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June 2019 - New Release Wines/OOS

June 2019 - New Release Wines/OOS
This month's Wine feature is New Release Wines

New Release Wines/OOS Reviews

White Horse Winery 2017 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
94 points
$29
Straw color. Aromas of honey-roasted pineapple, apple pastry, béchamel, and toast with a supple, lively, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length caramel, toasted pecan, and allspice finish. A toasty, well integrated Chardonnay for fans of Montrachet.
Grifoll Declara 2016 Red Blend Priorat
94 points
$38
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of lingonberry, savory herbs, powdery florals, earth, and dried mint with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, very complex, long finish evoking accents of almond and rose water with crunchy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A delicious red from Priorat with riveting twists and turns; new nuances to discover around every corner.
Lawer Estates 2016 Betsys Vineyard Syrah
94 points
$38
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of dark plum, blueberry coulis, violet petals, bacon, and Belgian waffle with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a tingling, elegant, very long finish displaying overtones of balsamic glaze, cedar, and black licorice with firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. An enormous, inky Syrah with lots of cellar potential; great balance of poise and strength.
Cielo 2017  Pinot Noir
93 points
$9.99
Dark ruby color. Attractive aromas of cranberry sauce, cherry tart, tomato leaf, foraged mushrooms, and candied orange peel with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-long chocolate tart, dried leaves, and clove finish with light oak flavor. A widely appealing Pinot Noir with a great balance of flavors.
93 points $9.99
Leaf Plucker 2018  Sauvignon Blanc
92 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of buttered apples, pineapple relish, toasted Hawaiian roll, passionfruit, grilled asparagus, and tropical spices with a satiny, fruity light body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length finish with no oak flavor. A flamboyant and outgoing toasty Sauvignon Blanc with character for days.
92 points $8.99 Best Buy
Grifoll Declara 2016 Can Maurisset Red Blend Priorat
92 points
$42
Ruby color. Aromas of chocolate, black tea, mallow, and cedar with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a tingling, elegant, medium-long celery leaf, cinnamon-dusted prune, granite, and sea salt finish with light oak flavor. A firm and steady Priorat with scintillating minerality and spicy intrigue.
Serre dei Roveri 2013  Barolo Riserva DOCG
92 points
$120
Dark garnet color. Inviting aromas of wild raspberry, underbrush, slate, and spray roses with a chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, complex, medium-long carob, menthol, ginger, and black pepper finish with firm, earthy tannins and light oak flavor. Intricately woven flavors offer instant satisfaction, but this Barolo may also reward the patient cellarer, too.
Car Men Air 2016 Grand Reserve Carmenere
91 points
$12.99
Ruby black color. Roasted, fruity aromas and flavors of roasted pomegranate and nuts, singed dark chocolate, and gherkin with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long finish with notes of roasted beets and yams, smoked nuts, and cedar plank with soft, chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A spot-on smoky carmenere that will be great with grilled fare.
91 points $12.99
Milbrandt Vineyards 2018 Evergreen Vineyard Family Grown Riesling
91 points
$12.99
Silvery emerald straw color. Floral aromas and flavors of honeyed peaches and apples and apple blossoms with a supple, vibrant, off-dry medium body and a polished, engaging, medium-long finish revealing accents of clementine, Meyer lemon, and almond skin with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A bright and very attractive New World style Riesling with great acidity for the table.
91 points $12.99
El Tractor 2017 Reserva Malbec
91 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Black ruby color. Aromas of milk chocolate, black tea, and root beer with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, refreshing, medium-long black currant, cola, sumac, and smoky dry rub finish. A nicely concentrated, stylish Malbec.
91 points $14.99 Best Buy
AvinoDos 2018  Sauvignon Blanc
91 points
$28
Straw color. Herbal aromas and flavors of white grapefruit, fresh grass, cilantro, and yuzu with a satiny, crisp, fruity light body and an even, stimulating, medium-length finish that shows overtones of white peach. A vibrant, herbal sauvignon blanc; a California Sauvignon Blanc for the Marlborough drinker.
CRU9 2016 Stop Talking Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$60
Dark violet black color. Interesting, attractive aromas and flavors of baked berries and plums drizzled with white balsamic, grilled mango and coconut, and chocolate banana nut muffin with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish with accents of creme brulee, craisin, nuts, and oak with crunchy, woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich fruit and oak forward Napa cabernet that will benefit from time in the cellar.
Barefoot NV Sangria California
90 points
$6.99
Bright ruby color. Smoky, fruity aromas of grilled berries, pencil eraser, boysenberry jam on toast, and baking spices with a satiny, vibrant, sweet medium body and a smooth, charming, medium-length finish with moderate oak flavor. A delicious and nuanced sangria with a smoky edge.
90 points $6.99
Velata NV Premium Sangria
90 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Bright dark ruby color. Spicy aromas and flavors of cinnamon, ripe raspberry, candied ginger, eucalyptus, and orange zest with a satiny, vibrant, moderately sweet medium body and a graceful, complex, medium-long finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A great bottled sangria; balanced, spicy, pure, with a great kiss of chewy tannins; a resounding YES from the panel.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Svetoni 2016 Leo Toscana IGT
90 points
$30
Indigo color. Aromas of dark chocolate, rose hip, espresso, dried cherries, and cinnamon pastry with an vibrant, dry medium-full body and an effortless, interesting, medium-to-long chocolate-cherry layer bar and olives finish with firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A dry, food-friendly Tuscan red for the table; ageable.
Domaine Beausejour 2018 Les Silex Sauvignon Blanc
90 points
$35
Emerald straw color. Tropical aromas and flavors of lemon curd and passionfruit and kiwi relish with a supple, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish with accents of citrus spritzed melon, minerals, and almond with no oak flavor. Lively acidity and crushable; a solid summer sauvignon blanc.
Cantina del Redi 2015 Pleos Sangiovese
90 points
$42
Dark burnt sienna color. Rustic, savory aromas and flavors of roasted beets, dressed kale, terra cotta, and bruleed citrus with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a sleek, interesting, medium-long finish with notes of bay and oregano with firm tannins. A dry and chewy Sangiovese that will be a real charmer at the table; very food-friendly.
Alysian 2015 Rochioli Vineyard Chardonnay
90 points
$50
Golden green color. Oaky aromas of marshmallow, vanilla caramel, peanut cookie, pineapple upside down cake, and graham cracker with a velvety, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-long caramel-candied apple and peach chutney finish with coating tannins and moderate oak flavor. A decadent, very oaky Chardonnay that is sure to please fans of the style.
Famiglia Castellani 2012  Brunello di Montalcino
90 points
$59.99
Dark dusty garnet color. Mature aromas and flavors of oaken box, licorice tea, dried leaves, orange zest, and dried berries with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-length finish with accents of chocolate shavings with grippy tannins and moderate oak flavor. An old-school Brunello to take rich meals to new heights.
90 points $59.99
Château Élan 2017 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$60
Violet color. Toasty aromas and flavors of roasted nuts, melted chocolate toffee, and dried berries and cherries with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a smooth, medium-long finish imparting notes of vanilla custard with blueberries, nuts, and cedar with fine tannins and light oak flavor. A rock solid, well-crafted cabernet that is sure to please and evolve.
Serre dei Roveri 2015  Barolo DOCG
90 points
$90
Dark burnt sienna color. Aromas of strawberries, terra cotta, carnation, and eucalyptus with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and a polished, medium-length tar finish with light oak flavor. A solid Barolo to elevate Italian night.
Art of Earth 2018 Organic Malbec
89 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Black violet color. Aromas of black plum, mint, dark chocolate, blood orange, and vanilla bean with a silky, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, captivating, medium-long blackberry coulis, baking spices, and tobacco finish with medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich and refined Malbec to pair with all manner of roasted and grilled beef.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Paso Grande 2017 Premier Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$13.99
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of tar, blistered cherries, smoked peppers, and coffee with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish conveying accents of blackened eggplant, grilled plum, and roasted nuts with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich, smoky, earthy Cabernet fit for grilled meats.
89 points $13.99
Stone Castle Vineyards and Winery 2017 Gjergj Kastrioti Vranac
89 points
$15
Best Buy
Black garnet color. Fruity aromas of pomegranate, black cassis, bubble gum, figs, cedar, and licorice with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-length dried leaves and cracked pepper finish with leafy tannins. A great balance of rustic spices and fruits make this a distinctive and share-worthy wine for the western set.
89 points $15 Best Buy
UKO 2017 Reserva Malbec
89 points
$30
Ruby black color. Aromas of blackberry cobbler, orange zest, cafe latte, blackened toast, and allspice with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, intriguing, medium-long roasted nuts and chocolate chips finish with moderate oak flavor. A spicy, roasty Malbec with instant appeal.
Lorenzi Estate 2014 Private Reserve Bold Move Red Blend Temecula Valley
89 points
$55
Dusty black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of fruitcake, stewed plum, maple-bacon, and sweet tobacco with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-long finish that shows elements of black olive focaccia with moderate oak flavor. A hot-climate red full of baked-fruit-goodness and spicy oak character.
Lorenzi Estate 2014 Reserve Fifty Fifty Red Blend Temecula Valley
89 points
$65
Dusty ruby black color. Aromas of raspberry vinaigrette, sauteed mushrooms, and cigar box with an bright, fruity medium-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-length raspberry jam and menthol finish. A sturdy, juicy red blend that’s great for a plate of cheese and charcuterie.
Bernador NV  Vinho Verde
88 points
$4.99
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas of kiwis in sweet yogurt, ruby red grapefruit, and lime custard with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light body and a smooth, compelling, fast apple and jicama finish with no oak flavor. A crisp, fresh Vinho Verde with wide appeal.
88 points $4.99 Best Buy
Seratina 2017  Pinot Grigio
88 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Fresh aromas and flavors of citron, underripe peach, and milk toast with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, medium-length finish with notes of white pepper and lime yogurt with a suggestion of oak flavor. A fresh, classic Venezie Pinot Grigio that won’t let you down.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Les Hauts de Lagarde 2018 Bordeaux White Blend Bordeaux AOC
88 points
$14.99
Straw color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of lemon chiffon, pickled citrus, and caperberry with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-long finish with notes of nuts, earth, and jicama with a suggestion of oak flavor. A clean, supple, and delicious white Bordeaux that drinks with charm and grace.
88 points $14.99
Barefoot NV  Pinot Grigio
87 points
$6.99
Clear silver color. Minerally, clean, citrusy aromas of lemon pith, underripe peach, mango candy and orange rose petals with a soft, shy, dry-yet-fruity light body and a silky, brisk lemon zest, confected lemon candy, orange blossom water, and wilted flower petals finish with no oak flavor. A subtle Pinot Grigio that yearns for some flavorful food to complete the meal.
87 points $6.99
Barefoot NV  Riesling
87 points
$6.99
Silvery emerald straw color. Fruity aromas of bartlett pear, beeswax, lanolin, and wildflowers with a round, crisp, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length juicy apricot finish with no oak flavor. A sweet riesling pleaser with pure fruit and honey notes.
87 points $6.99
Leaf Plucker 2017 Red Blend Western Cape
87 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Spicy aromas and flavors of pimiento and plum with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a smooth, brisk finish imparting impressions of dark chocolate genache and charcoal briquettes. A carmenere-like red that will fit right in at the table.
87 points $8.99 Best Buy
Barefoot Bubbly NV Extra Dry Sparkling California
87 points
$9.99
Light silvery emerald straw color. Aromas of starfruit, kiwi, passionfruit, and cream soda with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, fruity sweet light body and a silky, breezy peach gummies and lemon zest finish with no oak flavor. A tropical quaffer for effortless enjoyment.
87 points $9.99
Milbrandt Vineyards 2018 Family Grown Chardonnay
87 points
$12.99
White gold color. Aromas and flavors of candied pineapple, lime zest, banana soufflé, and toasty cinnamon with a supple, vibrant, fruity light body and a smooth, medium-length finish with suggestions of Hawaiian roll, grilled apple, and pickled apricot with light oak flavor. A fruity, never-heavy Chardonnay with great acidity.
87 points $12.99
Fleur de Rosée 2018 Rosé Côtes de Provence
87 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Pink color. Aromas of strawberry, cherry cheesecake, yellow plum, rose petals, and wet stone with a satiny, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, carefree candied lime and strawberry yogurt finish with no oak flavor. A smooth, friendly rose with wide appeal.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Milbrandt Vineyards 2017 Family Grown Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$16.99
Garnet black color. Inviting aromas and flavors of blackened pie crust, blueberry coulis, black plum, bay, mint sorbet, and baking spices with a chewy, vibrant, dry medium-full body and a peppery, medium-length finish with impressions of black pepper with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A chewy cab to complement rich meals.
87 points $16.99
Castello di Gabbiano 2015  Chianti Classico Riserva
87 points
$22.99
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of sandalwood and cedar, clay and leather, and dried cherries and tomatoes with herbs with a supple, soft, dry medium body and a breezy finish displaying touches of ground nuts, potting soil, and cedar bark with dusty, drying tannins and moderate oak flavor. A sturdy Chianti for the table.
87 points $22.99
UKO 2017 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$30
Black violet color. Peppery aromas of candied jalepeño, raspberry cobbler, beeswax, and tobacco with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, intriguing, medium-length black cassis and licorice finish with medium, well-integrated tannins and light oak flavor. A spicy Cabernet with a big burst of fruit; quite complementary for the meal.
Gecaj Estate 2016 Owners Choice Grand Reserve Rahoveci Valley
87 points
$80
Dusty ruby color. Herbal aromas and flavors of geranium, juniper, eucalyptus, bay, and cinnamon-spiced cranberry with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a graceful, delightful, medium-length finish that exhibits notes of cherry, licorice, espresso, and dark chocolate with moderate oak flavor. A distinctively herbal red with a charmingly rustic style.
Vinas Viejas 2016  Grenache
86 points
$5.99
Best Buy
Violet color. Fruity aromas of blackberry pie, mint tea, coriander seed, and green apple with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length granite and charcoal finish. A fruit-forward wine with great stoney minerality.
86 points $5.99 Best Buy
Denada 2017 Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$7.99
Black garnet color. Elegant aromas and flavors of black plum, cinnamon smoke, olives, grilled meats, malted chocolate, sautéed mushrooms, and dried herbs with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, medium-length finish with moderate oak flavor. A spicy, smoky Cabernet that offers a great introduction to the wines of Chile.
86 points $7.99
Barefoot Bubbly NV Brut Cuvée Sparkling California
86 points
$9.99
Bright emerald straw color. Aromas of key lime sorbet, peppermint, and white strawberry with a silky, crisp, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, relaxed lemon pith and flesh, orange sherbet, and apple lollipop finish. An easy-drinking fruity sparkler perfect for summer refreshment.
86 points $9.99
Barefoot Bubbly NV Sparkling Pinot Grigio
86 points
$9.99
Pale straw color. Aromas of golden apple, tropical fruit salad, and lemon oil with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a graceful, medium-length sweet cream butter, pear skins, and orange fruit slice candy finish. An easy drinking sparkler with wide appeal.
86 points $9.99
Barefoot Bubbly NV  Prosecco DOC
86 points
$9.99
Brilliant emerald straw color. Aromas of baby’s breath, sliced lime, minerals, and white rose with a supple, bright, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy white peach, fresh pear, and cotton candy finish with no oak flavor. A nice go-to prosecco with a fruity style.
86 points $9.99
Cielo 2018  Pinot Grigio
86 points
$9.99
Straw color. Floral aromas and flavors of ripe apricot, orange blossom water, honey, banana, and baked pear with a supple, crisp, fruity light body and a silky, brisk finish with touches of lemon flesh, cream, and nougat with no oak flavor. A crisp Pinot Grigio with pretty layers of fruit and florals.
86 points $9.99
Château Élan 2016 Fingerprint Collection Les Petits Red Blend American
86 points
$60
Black violet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of ripe blackberry, graham cracker crust, and honey comb with a lightly tannic, crisp, dryish medium body and a seamless, medium-length finish with impressions of cafe latte, nutmeg, and pomegranate molasses with moderate oak flavor. A big and bold red blend for rich dishes.
Barefoot NV  Moscato
85 points
$6.99
Straw green color. Fruity, floral aromas of pears and apricots in syrup, fondant, honeysuckle, white elderflower, and lime sherbet with a satiny, bright, sweet light-to-medium body and a graceful, medium-length apple taffy finish with no oak flavor. A fruity summer crusher.
85 points $6.99
Barefoot NV Sweet Red Blend California
85 points
$6.99
Bright light ruby color. Fruity aromas of raspberry granita, vanilla cream, lilac, and ripe plum with a silky, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, medium-length pineapple upside down cake finish with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A tasty dessert-like wine packed with raspberry flavor.
85 points $6.99
Barefoot Bubbly NV Sparkling Berry California
85 points
$9.99
Light ruby color. Aromas of raspberry sorbet and tangerine oil with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, very sweet light-to-medium body and a brief black raspberry lollipop finish with no oak flavor. A boldly berry flavored sparkler.
85 points $9.99
Barefoot Bubbly NV Sparkling Peach California
85 points
$9.99
Yellow color. Fruity aromas of peach liqueur and peach gummy candy with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, very sweet medium body and a smooth, rapid finish with no oak flavor. A spritzy wine the provides a boozy answer to peach Faygo.
85 points $9.99
Pico Andico 2018 Special Selection Malbec
85 points
$9.99
Black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of orange julius, ripe plum, honeysuckle, and hibiscus with a satiny, crisp, off-dry medium body and a medium-length finish manifesting elements of blackberry cobbler and ripe peach with soft tannins. A fruity Malbec with a kiss of sweetness.
85 points $9.99
Stone Castle Vineyards and Winery 2018 Rose Pinot Noir
85 points
$10
Coral orange color. Aromas and flavors of tangerine zest, grape candies, potter’s clay, cinnamon, and aniseed with a silky, bright, fruity light body and an even, breezy finish. A crowd-pleasing Rose with vibrant notes of sweet fruit.
Santodeno 2016 Sangiovese Appassimento Romagna DOC
85 points
$14.99
Black violet color. Aromas of minestrone, hot granite, mulberry, and vanilla with a crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, relaxed citrus zest, hickory, and berry muffin finish with woody tannins and heavy oak flavor. A savory and pairable Sangiovese for casual Italian fare.
85 points $14.99
Milbrandt Vineyards 2017 Family Grown Merlot
85 points
$16.99
Indigo color. Toasty, oaky aromas and flavors of melted chocolate berry bar, choke cherry compote, oily roasted nuts, and cedar dust with a supple, crisp, dryish medium body and a tingling, medium-length finish evoking notes of plums in cream, pink peppercorns, and lumber with woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. A sturdy, oaky merlot that will play nicely at the table.
85 points $16.99
Barefoot NV Red Moscato California
84 points
$6.99
Siam color. Aromas of montmorency cherry, vinyl, berry sno cone, and red sports drink with a satiny, bright, sweet medium body and an effortless, brisk raspberry Jell-O finish with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A candied quaffer for daytime sipping.
84 points $6.99
Barefoot NV  Pinot Noir
84 points
$6.99
Dull brown brick red color. Aromas of over ripe blackberries and violet petals with a bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a medium-length finish with no oak flavor. A smooth sipping Pinot that is great on its own.
84 points $6.99
Barefoot NV Pink Moscato California
83 points
$6.99
Pale coral orange color. Boozy aromas of nectarine, lemon lime soda, and jasmine with a supple, soft, moderately sweet light body and a sparse pear skins finish with no oak flavor. An effortless alcohol delivery system.
83 points $6.99
Barefoot Bubbly NV Moscato Spumante California
83 points
$9.99
Straw color. Floral aromas of honeysuckle, iced peach tea, botan rice candy, and plastic cutlery with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, cloying light body and a smooth, short lemon drop candies finish with no oak flavor. A very sweet sparkler that won’t let the sweet tooth down.
83 points $9.99
Barefoot Bubbly NV Sweet Red Sparkling California
83 points
$9.99
Bright light siam color. Aromas of scented marker, strawberry jelly, and lilac with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, cloying light-to-medium body and a seamless, short charcoal filter finish. A sweet tooth’s friend.
83 points $9.99
Barefoot Bubbly NV Sparkling Pink Moscato California
82 points
$9.99
Pale coral orange color. Aromas of vinyl, honey, orange blossom water, and peach jelly with a soft, vibrant, effervescent, cloying light body and a sleek, short finish with no oak flavor. A peachy little number for sugar cravings.
82 points $9.99
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