January 2019 - New Release Wine

January 2019 - New Release Wine
This month's Wine feature is New Release Wines

New Release Wine Reviews

Exquisite Collection 2018  Malbec
93 points
$7.99
Best Buy
Black violet color. Aromas of huckleberry tart, sweet tomato, elderflower, blueberry, sandalwood, and suede with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a polished, amusing, medium-length toasted pine nuts, cocoa nib, and pomegranate relish finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A delicious, nuanced Malbec that will be a hit.
93 points $7.99 Best Buy
Barone Montalto 2017  Pinot Grigio
93 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas of lemon zest, chervil, orange blossom, and honey with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-length acacia and fresh pear finish with no oak flavor. A rich and layered pinot grigio with charming white floral notes and vibrant acidity.
93 points $9.99 Best Buy
Barone Montalto 2017  Nero dAvola-Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of grilled root vegetables, demi glace, and dried cherries in honey with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length marinated strawberry, clove, and black tea with forest fruit finish with medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. An earthy, well rounded Italian red that will be a conversation piece at the table.
93 points $9.99 Best Buy
Puroandes 2016 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Black ruby color. Inviting aromas of baked plums and berries, pastry, vanilla, and spearmint with a slightly chewy, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a graceful, interesting, long dark chocolate, egg custard tart, bramble, thyme, and menthol finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A bold Chilean cabernet bursting with fruit, herbs, and creamy oak.
92 points $10.99 Best Buy
Balduzzi 2015 Viejo Encachao Carignan
92 points
$25
Ruby color. Aromas of borscht, white beans, thyme, and cherry with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a graceful, appealing, medium-long roasted parsnip in vinaigrette, French silk pie, and toasted meringue finish with moderate oak flavor. An attractive and well-balanced Carignane in a highly pairable style.
Château Tuilerie de Plaisance 2015  Montagne St. Emilion
92 points
$50
Dusty black garnet color. Inviting aromas and flavors of cranberry, black toast, cardamom, and cinnamon with a chewy, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long finish revealing notes of geranium, roasted beets, and thyme with moderate oak flavor. A juicy, high-impact Bordeaux that’s delicious now and will cellar well.
Château Rastouillet Lescure 2015  Saint-Emilion
92 points
$55
Dusty black garnet color. Aromas of blackberry coulis, sage, and toasted caraway rye with a round, vibrant, dry medium body and a sleek, amusing, medium-length black tea, fresh scone, earth, and cinnamon finish. A rich Bordeaux layered with intriguing spices and concentrated fruit.
Exquisite Collection 2018 Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
91 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of gooseberry, passionfruit, golden raspberry, and fresh thyme with a round, lively, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, interesting, medium-length finish conveying notes of peach and pineapple with no oak flavor. A vivacious sauvignon blanc with explosive, mouthfilling flavors.
91 points $9.99 Best Buy
Skeleton 2018  Malbec
91 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of sandalwood incense sprinkled with cinnamon, pickled cherries and berries, and eucalyptus honey nougat with an bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an appealing, medium-long finish with elements of pencil shavings, bubbly blackberry pie crust, and kiwi with well-integrated, fine tannins. A delicious and nuanced old world styled Malbec that will sing at the table.
91 points $9.99 Best Buy
Balduzzi 2017 Reserva Merlot
91 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Black violet color. Spicy, smoky aromas of pimento, brined olives, cinnamon, and black pepper with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, nuanced, long blackberry handpie, smoky tobacco, and marinated root vegetables finish with earthy, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. An earthy and stylish merlot with great concentration and loads of savory, salty goodness.
91 points $10.99 Best Buy
Galius 2015  Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
91 points
$65
Garnet color. Attractive aromas of candied bacon, olives, baked berries, caramelized stone fruit, and leather with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a silky, complex, long baking chocolate, pink peppercorns, and dried rose finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A brooding Bordeaux with vibrant fruit and contemplative oak character.
Puroandes 2016 Reserva Carmenere
90 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Aromas of blistered blueberries, earthy mushrooms, grilled bell pepper, and cumin with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a polished, appealing, medium-long aniseed and leather finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A velvety Carmenère with plenty of earthy appeal.
90 points $10.99 Best Buy
Balduzzi 2015 Gran Reserva Syrah
90 points
$19.99
Black garnet color. Fruity aromas of dried cranberry and strawberry, dates, fruit cake, and tea with cream with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, long bacon scone, licorice, herbs de Provence, and black pepper finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A concentrated syrah with piles of dried fruit and intriguing spice.
90 points $19.99
Château Rouzerol 2015  Côtes de Castillon
90 points
$45
Dusty deep purple color. Aromas of fertile earth, macerated strawberry, vintage furniture, and rustic baguette with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry medium-full body and a smooth, complex, long cola, dates, and old fashioned coffee finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak flavor. An terroir-driven Bordeaux that lots of earthy appeal.
Château Cazenave 2015  Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
90 points
$65
Ruby black color. Oaky aromas of raspberry scone, raisins, varnished oak, spiced caramel, licorice, and blackberry mostarda with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long dark chocolate coated nuts and earth finish with firm tannins and heavy oak flavor. Get lost in the wild fruit notes that balance this dry and ageable Bordeaux.
Château Piney 2015  Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
90 points
$65
Deep purple color. Aromas of red currant, sandalwood, caramelized onion, dried orange, and licorice with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long macerated strawberry with cinnamon and carob finish with moderate oak flavor. A youthful Bordeaux that requires cellaring to soften its edges.
Essenza di Vita 2017  Pinot Grigio
89 points
$7.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of pear chutney, capers, and fuji apple with a satiny, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish with overtones of cantaloupe and almond with no oak flavor. A classic Italian pinot grigio with a refreshing salinity.
89 points $7.99 Best Buy
Balduzzi 2017 Reserva Carmenere
89 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Indigo color. Aromas of dark chocolate, roasted nuts, carob, and charred root vegetables with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length black licorice finish with moderate oak flavor. An earthy, silky red for with a rustic charm.
89 points $10.99 Best Buy
El Tractor 2018  Malbec
89 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Dark violet color. Fruity aromas of blackberry cobbler, pomegranate, basalt, and acacia honey with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a sleek, captivating, medium-length figs and toasted zucchini bread with raspberry jam finish with well-integrated, silky tannins. A juicy Malbec brimming with succulent fruit.
89 points $10.99 Best Buy
Luna Argenta 2016 Appassite Negroamaro-Primitivo
89 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of ripe bing cherry, dried cranberry, menthol, leather, and roasted beets with a satiny, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and an even, medium-length finish that shows nuances of grilled tangerine, chocolate pastry, and dates with dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. An earthy yet fruity Italian red that will work well at the table.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Château Hautes Versannes 2015  Saint-Emilion
89 points
$55
Garnet color. Aromas of tobacco, cranberry, mushrooms, orange liqueur, and graphite with a lightly tannic, lively, dry medium body and a warming, medium-length pencil shavings finish with moderate oak flavor. A cellar-ready Bordeaux for the long haul.
Galius 2016  Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
89 points
$70
Deep purple color. Aromas of blackberry jam, spearmint, bacon-wrapped dates, and butter with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a hot, delightful, medium-length black cassis, sage, leather, caramelized mushrooms, and ground pepper finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A warming, chewy Bordeaux to unwind in the cellar.
Puroandes 2018 Reserva Sauvignon Blanc
88 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Citrusy aromas of key lime, white grapefruit, orange bundt cake, and nectarine with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light body and a smooth, buoyant underripe mango, snipped chive, and dashi finish with no oak flavor. A tasty and expressive Sauvignon Blanc; a truly lovely everyday white.
88 points $10.99 Best Buy
Bogle 2016  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$12
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Sweet aromas of stewed berries, vanilla yogurt, and coconut flake with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity medium body and an intriguing, medium-long roasted cashew, butter, chocolate drizzled dates, and cafe au lait finish with no oak flavor. An oaky and rich cab with a roasty sensibility.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Koyle Costa La Flor 2018  Sauvignon Blanc
88 points
$16.99
Straw green color. Fruity aromas of fresh cut grass, summer peach, and ripe papaya with a silky, lively, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, captivating, medium-length lychee, diced green pepper, and passion fruit finish with no oak flavor. A vibrant, energetic sauvignon blanc with intense, juicy flavor.
88 points $16.99
Balduzzi 2015 Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$19.99
Black violet color. Smoky aromas and flavors of singed berry pie, honey roasted peppers, cedar plank, and slate with a supple, dryish medium body and an intriguing, medium-long finish that exhibits accents of pomegranate and smoked nuts and wood with crunchy, dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A smoky, earthy cabernet for the table and grilled meats.
88 points $19.99
William Heritage 2017 Coeur dEst Outer Coastal Plain
88 points
$21
Dark violet color. Aromas of blueberry pie, ripe melon, and orange blossom with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, medium-length dark chocolate and tobacco finish with silky tannins and light oak flavor. An effortlessly drinkable and intriguingly fruity red blend that fills the palate with satin-like tannins.
Chateau Tour de Yon 2015  Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
88 points
$65
Bright black ruby color. Aromas of blackberry preserves on blackened toast, pine nuts, and nectarine with a lightly tannic, vibrant, bone-dry medium-full body and a warming, refreshing, medium-length fig, roasted pecan, cinnamon, and ginseng finish with firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A firm wine that will benefit from cellar time to unwind and reveal it’s balanced character.
Black Box 2017  Pinot Grigio
87 points
$6.25
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of whole kiwi, iced tea with lemon, and ripe pear with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a silky, breezy finish with notes of jicama with no oak flavor. An easy-drinking, crisp n’ fruity Pinot Grigio.
87 points $6.25 Best Buy
Art of Earth 2017  Pinot Grigio
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Fruity aromas of apples in creme, glazed apricot tart, fruit cup, and coconut brittle with a silky, crisp, dryish light body and a seamless, crisp buttered toast, sliced lemons, and cashew finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. An easy drinking, crisp pinot grigio that will pair with most anything.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Balduzzi 2017 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Black violet color. Aromas of fertile earth, baked plum, bay leaf, lumber, and cranberry studded spice cake with a lightly tannic, lively, dryish medium-to-full body and a smooth, medium-long finish with firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A juicy cabernet who’s tannins may require some cellar time to smooth.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Falkner 2017 Luscious Lips White California
87 points
$17.95
Straw color. Aromas of soft peaches, honeysuckle, orange creme, and honey-drizzled pear with a satiny, crisp, fruity light body and a smooth, brisk wildflowers finish with no oak flavor. A sunny and cheerful off-dry white.
87 points $17.95
Balduzzi 2018 Reserva Chardonnay
86 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Aromas of baked apple, buttered toast, caramel laden baked peach, and cinnamon potpourri with a satiny, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, buoyant toasted nuts finish with moderate oak flavor. A creamy chardonnay that hits all the toasty notes.
86 points $10.99 Best Buy
Puroandes 2018 Reserva Chardonnay
86 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Pale straw color. Fruity aromas of pineapple pastry and bananas foster with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, breezy almond nougat and black tea finish with cottony tannins and moderate oak flavor. A toasty chardonnay with a hint of tropical fruits.
86 points $10.99 Best Buy
Art of Earth 2017  Montepulciano dAbruzzo DOC
85 points
$9.99
Brick red color. Savory aromas of beef stew en papillote with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length cocoa nib, black tea, and tar finish with chewy tannins and heavy oak flavor. A dry and savory Montepulciano for rustic Italian meals.
85 points $9.99
Skeleton 2017  Gruner Veltliner
85 points
$9.99
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of lime, valencia orange, and yellow apple with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a graceful, fast finish with nuances of white tea and almond. A crisp and youthful white for anytime sipping.
85 points $9.99
Bogle 2016  Merlot
85 points
$10
Black garnet color. Aromas of grilled bell pepper and graphite with a crisp, fruity medium body and a warming, brisk dark fruit jam, cranberry, and dark chocolate finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A table-friendly merlot to pair with weeknight beef.
Château Paran Justice 2015  Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
85 points
$65
Black garnet color. Interesting aromas and flavors of dried cranberry, ginger tea, tomato, fresh-baked scone, and chocolate dipped candied orange peel with a vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long finish displaying accents of black pepper, carob, dried oregano, and nutmeg with moderate oak flavor. A dusty Bordeaux that can drink now or take a sleep in the cellar.
Balduzzi 2018 Reserva Sauvignon Blanc
84 points
$10.99
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas of soft apple, white grape jelly, flint, and shaved spring veggies in lime vinaigrette with a satiny, bright, dryish light body and a smooth, brisk underripe peach and sea salt finish with no oak flavor. A laid back wine that offers a crisp quaffing experience.
84 points $10.99
Château Vieux Barrail 2015  Bordeaux Supèrieur
84 points
$35
Deep purple color. Aromas of huckleberry preserve, glue, fertile earth, and espresso with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, delightful, medium-length pecan, sassafras, and blackened toast finish with crunchy tannins and heavy oak flavor. A weeknight Bordeaux with an earthy sensibility.
Château Capet Duverger 2015  Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
83 points
$65
Dark dusty garnet color. Aromas of smoked pomegranate, cedar shavings, black tea, and bell pepper with a slightly chewy, lively, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-length watermelon relish, raspberry thumbprint cookie, genache, and dried peppers finish with crunchy tannins and heavy oak flavor. A chewy Bordeaux with a notable food-friendly juiciness.
Château Saint-Elme 2015  Bordeaux Supèrieur
82 points
$35
Dark deep purple color. Woody aromas of oaken box, fig bar, and blackberry preserve with a lightly tannic, bright, bone-dry medium-full body and a warming, cheery tamarind chutney, oak chips, and haricot verts finish with barky tannins and heavy oak flavor. A rustic French red to serve with game.
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