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July 2019 - New Release Wine/OOS

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

New Release Wine/OOS Reviews

Hawk and Horse Vineyards 2013 Block Three Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$50
Black garnet color. Elegant aromas of red cassis, latex, cinnamon pastry, and black olives with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, layered, long smoked meats, dates, chocolate, and licorice finish. A slightly savory Cabernet with excellent balance; a great steak pairing.
Cielo 2015 Centenero Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG
92 points
$35.99
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of roasted beets, white bean, rosemary, sun dried tomato, and plump figs with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a subtle, medium-long grilled plums, pomegranate coulis, chocolate-covered espresso beans, olives, meyer lemon, and cured meats finish. A balanced Amarone with a rustic old world charm and endless layers of complex flavors.
92 points $35.99
Perle de Mer 2018  Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie
91 points
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of pear, underripe apricot, peony, and pastry with a supple, vibrant, dryish light body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length finish that exhibits accents of minerals with no oak flavor. A floral, vivacious Muscadet that will be a dreamy pairing with shellfish.
Contempo 2018 Dry Rosé Pinot Noir
89 points
$10
Coral orange color. Interesting aromas of ripe pineapple, baked apricot, and jam on toasted hawaiian roll with a velvety, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, amusing, medium-length cherry, hibiscus, and dry rub finish. A lively rose with lots of interesting nuances and hint of earthy spices.
Cielo 2017 1908 Appassionatamente Red Blend Veneto IGT
89 points
$17.99
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of baked berries, milk chocolate, molasses, thyme, pastry crust, and meringue with a slightly chewy, crisp, off-dry medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length finish manifesting shades of raspberry gelato and plum tart with well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. A decadent ripasso-style red from Italy that offers rich and succulent fruit flavors.
89 points $17.99
Lawer Estates 2017 Betsys Vineyard Pinot Noir
89 points
$32
Dusty violet color. Aromas of vanilla custard, blackberry coulis, and cigar box with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, captivating, medium-length spiced berry tea and cedar finish with heavy oak flavor. A juicy, oak-driven Pinot Noir with wide appeal.
Domaine des Amoureaux 2018  Muscadet Sèvre et Maine sur Lie
88 points
Yellow straw color. Aromas of dried lemon, chamomile, and apricot with a supple, bright, dryish light body and an even, brisk lemon curd on toast and pear finish with no oak flavor. A crisp and clean Muscadet with great versatility.
Contempo 2018  Pinot Grigio
88 points
$10
Yellow straw color. Aromas of white peach, honeysuckle, ripe pear, and sea breeze with a supple, bright, dry light body and a smooth, compelling, relaxed mango finish. A perfectly dry-yet-fruity Pinot Grigio that hits the spot.
Bogle 2016  Pinot Noir
88 points
$12
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of cranberry, sandalwood, and rhubarb with an oily, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length cherry chutney, orange zest, toasted pine nuts, dill, and coconut finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. An appetizing and versatile Pinot Noir with a serious side; an excellent value.
Lawer Estates 2017 Cannon Block Chardonnay
88 points
$28
Yellow straw color. Aromas of cinnamon-dusted apples, wild citrus, turmeric, and spice cake with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, interesting, medium-length white pepper, creme anglaise, warm biscuit, and macadamia nut finish with coating tannins and moderate oak flavor. A zesty Chardonnay that will be a great match to richer fowl.
Bogle 2016 Old Vine Zinfandel
86 points
$12
Bright ruby garnet color. Spicy aromas and flavors of black licorice, raspberry coulis, cola, and mulling spices with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish with soft tannins and moderate oak flavor. A solid spicy zinfandel with wide appeal.
Barefoot Bubbly NV Sparkling Peach California
85 points
$9.99
Straw color. Fruity aromas of peach liqueur and peach gummy candy with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, very sweet medium body and a smooth, swift finish with no oak flavor. A spritzy wine the provides a boozy answer to peach Faygo.
85 points $9.99
Contempo 2018  Chardonnay
85 points
$10
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas of mixed fruit agua fresca and marshmallow with a lean, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, sparse white tea and apple gelatin finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A lean and friendly Chardonnay for the gang.
Contempo 2018  Sauvignon Blanc
85 points
$10
Yellow straw color. Fruity, earthy aromas and flavors of baked citrus, peppermint, and green pepper with a silky, crisp, fruity light body and a smooth, brisk finish with notes of chalk with no oak flavor. A bright and summery Sauvignon Blanc.
Contempo 2018  Pinot Noir
84 points
$10
Light burnt sienna color. Aromas of roasted beets and steamed veggies with a lean, crisp, dryish light body and a terse cherry glaze, cedar, and roasted poblano finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. An easy-drinking banquet-style Pinot Noir.
Contempo 2018  Tempranillo
84 points
$10
Garnet color. Aromas of grape jam, toffee, black olive, vanilla, and clove with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and an effortless, brisk berry confection and hint of cedar finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A fun and fruity and wildly accessible Tempranillo.
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 smooth, short-lived 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 smooth, short finish with no oak flavor. A peachy little number for sugar cravings.
82 points $9.99
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