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September 2019 - US Red & White Bordeaux Varietals

September 2019 - US Red & White Bordeaux Varietals
This month's Wine feature is US Red & White Bordeaux Varietals Wines

US Red & White Bordeaux Varietals Reviews

Forchini 2015 Proprietors Reserve Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon
96 points
$34
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of suede, sweet gum tree, spiced grapefruit, amaretto, kirsch, and peppercorns with a round, vibrant, medium-to-full body and a peppery, huge, very long toffee, cafe latte, hints of fine cognac, and toasted brioche finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. An outstanding wine that oozes sophistication and balance; any wine lover will be lucky to try this.
Spangler 2016  Petit Verdot
96 points
$39
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of fresh-baked gingerbread, spiced plum, canary wood, violet, black pepper, and berry studded fritters with a velvety, vibrant, fruity full body and a warming, complex, very long finish manifesting shades of eclair with moderate oak flavor. A superb example of Petite Verdot with in-check tannins and a wildly aromatic, exotic nose.
Spangler 2016  Claret
95 points
$28
Dark violet color. Aromas and flavors of huckleberry jam, patent leather, serrano ham, aromatic barks, basil, and vanilla bean with a lightly tannic, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, nuanced, very long finish with firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A brooding red with layers of intriguing flavor; outstanding aging potential.
Hagafen 2013 Prix Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
95 points
$80
Black garnet color. Complex aromas and flavors of boysenberry tart, kirsch, ripe olives, patent leather, coffee with cream, and sun dried tomato with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, complex, very long finish with shades of clove, tobacco, and black pepper with firm tannins and heavy oak flavor. A wildly complex and attractive Napa Cabernet that packs serious concentration, mouthwatering flavor, and exceptional length into one very stylish package.
Spangler 2015  Petit Verdot
94 points
$35
Black violet color. Elegant aromas of blackberry pie, violet, cacao nib, and hint of pine with a tannic, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, complex, long charcoal, chocolate-covered blueberries, black tea, hazelnut, and vanilla cream finish with moderate oak flavor. A brooding yet juicy petite Verdot that displays exceptional balance and drinkability.
Locatelli Vineyards and Winery 2015 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$38
Black garnet color. Attractive aromas and flavors of fine chocolates, compressed watermelon, ripe red berries, and roasted hazelnut with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, long finish that shows suggestions of turmeric, nut brittle, and eucalyptus honey with silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A decadent, velvety Cabernet with succulent fruit; concentrated and stylish.
Spangler 2016 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$49
Black violet color. Aromas of herb scone, plum sauce with ginger, dark chocolate, and leather patina with a lightly tannic, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, huge, very long juicy black cassis, parsley, chervil, star anise, and tobacco finish with firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. Enchanting aromas beacon one to a glass of this brooding red that will please lovers of old and new world wines alike.
Monte De Oro 2014 Reserve Malbec
94 points
$85
Dusty ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of lingonberry, pickled watermelon rind, biscuit, and peppermint with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a complex, long finish with overtones of chocolate mousse with raspberries, black cassis, licorice, and black pepper. A fancy, silken malbec that passes over the senses like a satin sheet.
Château Élan 2018 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
93 points
$25
Yellow color. Aromas and flavors of preserved lemon, banana danish, orange confection, fresh apple, flint, and petrol with a supple, prickly, petillant, fruity light body and a tingling, buoyant finish displaying notes of pineapple relish, gherkins, limestone, and fleur de sel with no oak flavor. A unique and wild sauvignon with piles of flamboyant character; superb minerality akin to an aged Chablis.
San Simeon 2016 Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$35
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of polished fine furniture, thyme, vanilla frosting, sea spray, and tiramisu with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, intricate, long finish that exhibits notes of black toast, nutella, graphite, salted caramel, and plum butter with dusty, firm tannins. A craveable, completely satisfying Paso Robles Cabernet that will be the highlight of the meal.
Opaque 2015  Petit Verdot
93 points
$36
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of dried apricot, chocolate graham cracker, dates, espresso beans, and peony with a chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, captivating, medium-long finish with moderate oak flavor. A fruity and well-integrated Petit Verdot packed with rich flavors.
Monte De Oro 2015  Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$40
Dusty garnet color. Inviting aromas of plum preserves, carnation, leather patina, ripe strawberry, fig, and fine tea with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium body and a graceful, complex, long ripe cassis, italian herbs, autumn leaves, pine nuts, and custard finish with well-integrated, fine tannins and moderate oak flavor. A refined cabernet with delicate and elegant flavors; excellent restraint.
2Hawk 2016 Darow Series Malbec
93 points
$49
Deep purple color. Inviting aromas and flavors of blueberry preserves, cured meats, sesame-honey confection, and cacao nibs with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, long finish that presents notes of smoked vanilla, bouquet garni, and roasted nuts with well-integrated, silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A nuanced and balanced Malbec that will surely elevate roasted and grilled meat; try this silky stunner with roast duck.
AvinoDos 2015 Two Barrel Reserve Malbec
93 points
$52
Dark deep purple color. Aromas of ripe blackberry, perfume, bay leaf, and licorice with a velvety, lively, dryish medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, long black tea, cream, cigars, mocha, and baking spice finish with heavy oak flavor. A well-refined Malbec with stately tannins, focused fruit and rich, delectable flavor.
AvinoDos 2016 Two Barrel Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$65
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of dark red cherry, creme anglaise, licorice, peppered and cured meats, fresh herbs, and dried roses with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length finish with moderate oak flavor. A firm Napa Cabernet that will fit right in at the table; fantastically aromatic.
Monte De Oro 2014 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$85
Indigo color. Interesting aromas and flavors of cigar ash, baked berries, and carob bar with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, refreshing, long finish evoking suggestions of berry caramel tart, toffee, and minerals with fine, soft tannins and moderate oak flavor. A round, concentrated cabernet with rich fruit and polished oak.
Broadside 2017  Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Ruby color. Inviting aromas and flavors of roasted dates, black fig, peony, bacon, black olive, and balsamic reduction with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a tingling, complex, long finish revealing notes of spiced plum chutney, chocolate cake, roasted walnut, and crushed espresso bean with crunchy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A decadent, slightly smoky Paso Cab that’s dark, enchanting, and effortlessly drinkable.
92 points $14.99 Best Buy
Spangler 2016  Carmenere
92 points
$35
Dark violet color. Aromas of roasted peppers, peppercorns, and sage with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, nuanced, medium-long blistered blueberries, polished oak, toasted sesame, and slate finish with moderate oak flavor. A firm and steadfast Carmenere with bold notes of Oregon terroir and structure built to last.
Narmada Winery 2017  Tannat
92 points
$38
Dusty ruby color. Attractive aromas and flavors of mocha frosting, neapolitan ice cream sundae, toasted coconut flakes, and beeswax with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, appealing, long finish imparting shades of smoked nuts, cassis-tomato tartlet, cappuccino, and cedar mulch with firm, barky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich, vibrant, chewy red that screams for a well marbled steak.
Biltmore Estate 2017 The Hunt Red Blend Sonoma County
92 points
$45
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of black cassis preserves on toast, sandalwood, and black tea with a lightly tannic, lively, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, layered, long finish with accents of graphite, rhubarb, pomegranate, rose petal, and carob with firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A firm and ageable Sonoma Bordeaux Varietal Blend that offers notes of cured meats, exotic woods and meal-enhancing acidity.
Adastra 2014 Optimism Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$75
Black ruby color. Aromas of roasted plum, spray roses, black olives, focaccia with oregano and cheese, and carob with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, nuanced, medium-long tea with cream, plum tart, nutmeg, and toffee finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A distinctive and balanced Cabernet Sauvignon; excellent.
Adastra 2015 Boundless Optimism Glorious River Red Blend Napa Valley
92 points
$75
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of lingonberry jam, star anise, sandalwood, candied ginger, spearmint, green pepper, and creme de violette with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and an intricate, long finish with touches of chocolate genache with silky, well-integrated tannins. A concentrated, well-finessed Napa red that will continue to develop with time.
Jarvis 2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$350
Dusty black violet color. Inviting aromas and flavors of flamed orange, quince, prune, cinnamon smoke, new leather, lavender, and graphite with a chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a sleek, complex, medium-long finish that exhibits accents of oregano, salted caramel, and campfire with firm tannins and heavy oak flavor. A complex and brooding Napa Cabernet; drink now through 2040
Stephen Vincent 2017  Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of ripe cherry, salt-cured olives, pencil shavings, dried cassis, and fragrant apple with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a silky, interesting, medium-length vanilla custard, honey-raisin, tobacco, chocolate genache, toasted almonds, and coconut finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rock solid California Cab that hits every note.
91 points $11.99 Best Buy
Line Shack Winery 2016  Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$16
Best Buy
Black violet color. Aromas of blackberry tart, rosehip jam, toast, chocolate croissant, and aniseed with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and an effortless, involved, medium-long spice cabinet, tobacco leaf, and wet stone finish with firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. An intensely concentrated Cabernet Sauvignon with grippy tannins and creamy oak; buy now and drink 2022 on.
91 points $16 Best Buy
Wine Spots 2017  Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$25
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of tiramisu, baked berries, cigar wrapper, underbrush, and black sesame crackers with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, nuanced, medium-long finish that exhibits accents of dark chocolate, caramel, and roasted nuts with moderate oak flavor. A deliciously chewy Napa Cabernet with an earthy nose and rich roasty notes of caramel and chocolate on the palate.
Jarvis 2014  Merlot
91 points
$125
Dusty black garnet color. Aromas of dark chocolate, blackberry tart, roasted nuts, cinnamon pastry, plush leather, bacon, and dill with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, elegant, long raspberry jam, mocha, toasted artisan baguette, and walnut butter finish with well-integrated tannins and heavy oak flavor. A brooding Merlot with sumptuous texture and stately oak flavor.
Jarvis 2014 Lake William Red Blend Napa Valley
91 points
$230
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of dried cassis, braised meats, dried rose, green pepper, and cumin with a round, fruity medium-full body and an effortless, distinctive, long finish displaying notes of roasted coffee bean, dark chocolate, cinnamon-dusted toast, and roasted plums with chewy, well-integrated tannins and heavy oak flavor. A delicious, slightly savory Bordeaux varietal blend from Napa that delivers power and nuance.
Jarvis 2014 Reserve Merlot
91 points
$260
Garnet black color. Aromas of rose petal, geranium, raspberry coulis, and fresh herbs with a round, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long roasted walnut, suede, and licorice finish with well-integrated, silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. An upstanding Merlot pleaser with great finesse and stylish flavor.
Kirkland Signature 2017 Kirkland Signature Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Fruity aromas and flavors of ripe cherries, red cassis, clove, and oaken box with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish displaying impressions of rich plum jam, oolong, cinnamon, and black tea with moderate oak flavor. A balanced, fruit-forward Cabernet Sauvignon for delicious dinner pairings.
90 points $8.99 Best Buy
Yorkville Cellars 2018 Randle Hill Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
90 points
$20
Straw green color. Aromas of yuzu marmalade, lemongrass, and sweet almond with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, stimulating, long orange zest, lemon curd, crisp apple, and hints of hazelnut finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A well structured, complex and age-worthy wine; greatly benefits from aeration.
Opaque 2015  Malbec
90 points
$36
Black ruby color. Aromas of blistered berries, caramelized pineapple, fruit cake, and perfume with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a silky, easy croissant, tropical fruit butter, sun-baked cassis, and lemongrass finish with medium tannins and light oak flavor. A zin-lover’s malbec.
Hagafen 2015 Estate Bottled Wieruszowski Vineyard Cabernet Franc
90 points
$48
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of baked plum, cherry preserves, cedar incense, dried figs, cinnamon danish, and vanilla-coconut custard with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a smooth, distinctive, long finish that presents impressions of tart berry relish, tobacco, dill, and coriander with medium, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A complex and pleasing Cabernet Franc that will continue to develop with time.
Hagafen 2014 Prix Reserve Merlot
90 points
$65
Garnet black color. Aromas of raspberry, rose hip jam, fine tobacco, licorice, and dried mint with an vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, compelling, medium-long cinnamon, nutmeg, dried plums, black tea, and spiced arugula finish with firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A dry and well-structured Merlot for substantial pairings; concentrated and ageable.
Cycles Gladiator 2017  Merlot
89 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Dark dusty violet color. Attractive aromas and flavors of blackberry relish, cinnamon stick, dried figs and dates, leather, and tobacco with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish that shows accents of pencil shavings and pecan praline with medium, silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. An attractive, silky Merlot with caramel like sweetness and toasty, tobacco notes.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Biltmore Estate NV Cardinals Crest Red Blend American
89 points
$15
Best Buy
Dusty garnet color. Spicy, herbal aromas and flavors of spicy compote, cola, and incense with a supple, vibrant, fruity medium body and a seamless, stimulating, medium-length finish with notes of spicy berry tart, cherry shrub, honeyed nuts, and cedar bark with dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A chewy red that will shine with grilled fare now and will be even better with time.
89 points $15 Best Buy
Pacific Valley Winery 2016  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$18
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of black forest cake, mocha, and lavender and eucalyptus honey with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-long finish with overtones of spiced dark berries, creme anglaise, pickled watermelon rind, and cedar with crunchy, chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A crunchy, engaging cabernet the will bloom in time.
Biltmore Estate 2017  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$19
Dusty violet color. Aromas of pickled cherries, bay, and earthy mushrooms with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, compelling, medium-length strawberry preserves, rose hips, and chocolate wafer cookies finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. A satiny, palate pleasing cabernet with great flavor.
Biltmore Estate 2017 Limited Release Malbec
89 points
$24
Garnet color. Spicy aromas of licorice, spice drop candies, mixed berry jam, and wintergreen with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, compelling, medium-length roasted pecan, dark chocolate, and rhubarb compote finish with moderate oak flavor. A rich and spicy malbec that offer layers of palate pleasing fruit.
Maddalena 2016  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$24
Dusty deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of cooked strawberry, marzipan, roasted sunflower seeds, dried apricot, and coffee cherry tea with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, subtle, medium-long finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A distinctive Cabernet Sauvignon proudly flashing Paso terroir.
2Hawk 2017  Sauvignon Blanc
89 points
$26
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of orange blossom, candied lemon peel, and pico de gallo with a silky, vibrant, dry light body and a graceful, interesting, medium-length finish that exhibits notes of quince and crushed nuts with no oak flavor. A floral, herbal sauvignon blanc that will lots of interesting pairing possibilities; crisp and nuanced.
Spangler 2016  Cabernet Franc
89 points
$28
Black violet color. Aromas of black tea with honey, fragrant plums, spiced cherry relish, and floral bouquet with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, engaging, medium-long boysenberry, cranberry, cacao nib, toast, and herbs de provence finish with firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. An expressive but somewhat wound Cabernet Franc that will come alive after cellaring.
Spangler 2016  Merlot
89 points
$28
Dark violet color. Aromas and flavors of pickled raspberry, beets, spiced plum pastry, and honey with a round, vibrant, fruity medium body and an effortless, stimulating, medium-length finish with suggestions of dill and tapioca custard with moderate oak flavor. A food friendly, silky Merlot that doesn’t skimp on fruit.
Bel Vino 2016 Long Valley Red Blend California
89 points
$45.95
Light brick red color. Aromas of raisins, cedar, and leather with a velvety, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length mocha, orange zest, and iced tea finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. A palate pleasing red blend for everyday indulgences.
89 points $45.95
Yorkville Cellars 2016 Richard the Lion-Heart Rennie Vineyard Yorkville Highlands
89 points
$48
Violet color. Aromas of ripe plum, honeyed pastry, black tea, and tonka bean with a lightly tannic, racy, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a captivating, medium-long underripe cassis and fine dark chocolate finish with drying tannins and moderate oak flavor. A finessed and structured red that will improve dramatically with cellar time; buy now and drink 2023 on.
Château Élan 2017 Fingerprint Collection Malbec
89 points
$60
Deep purple color. Aromas of plum pudding and raisin brioche with a vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, compelling, easy chocolate chips, chestnut, and honey finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A mouthfilling malbec with great structure and wide-appealing style.
Aeroviña Estate 2016 Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Franc
89 points
$74.95
Black garnet color. Oaky aromas of caramel, red peppercorns, coconut, and rosemary with a chewy, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long almond biscotti, cherry jam, and roasted nuts finish with chewy tannins and heavy oak flavor. An oak-driven Cabernet Franc with big personality.
89 points $74.95
Brass Tacks 2018  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$12
Best Buy
Light garnet color. Aromas of mixed berry jam, roast squash, roasted nuts, and vanilla with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a seamless, refreshing, breezy tobacco, cola, and cream finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rock solid Cabernet with wide appeal and great pairing versatility.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Esser Vineyards 2016  Merlot
88 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Ruby garnet color. Aromas of ripe cherry and raspberry, sun dried tomato, roasted pine nuts, and multigrain toast with honey with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length baked plum tart, lemon spritz, and lime leaf finish with well-integrated, silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A smooth but sprightly Merlot with great food-affinity.
88 points $13.99 Best Buy
Biltmore Estate 2017  Merlot
88 points
$15
Best Buy
Garnet color. Aromas of cinnamon pastry, dried berries, cherry blossom, and cherry wood with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long espresso bean, dark chocolate, cherry granola, and kalamata olive finish with dusty, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rock solid Merlot with great pairing possibilities.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Cannonball 2017  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$15.99
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of mocha latte, smoky bacon, vanilla-mint, and creme de cassis with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, captivating, medium-length finish with moderate oak flavor. A gulpable California Cabernet with silky tannins and palate-pleasing balance; a sure bet.
88 points $15.99
Jitterbug 2018  Sauvignon Blanc
88 points
$17.99
Straw green color. Fruity aromas and flavors of gooseberry, passionfruit, and honeydew melon with a satiny, crisp, fruity light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish imparting notes of candied ginger. Fruit-forward and friendly, this easy-drinking Sauvignon Blanc is sure to please.
88 points $17.99
City Winery Nashville 2017 Cab! Goes the Country Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$26
Black ruby color. Aromas of bouquet garni, cassis, and roasted squash with a medium-to-full body and a medium-to-long dried cherry and rose hip jam finish. A fruity, quaffable Cabernet Sauvignon with great drinkability.
Château Élan 2017 Reserve Merlot
88 points
$27
Ruby black color. Herbal aromas and flavors of eucalyptus, blackberry pie, menthol-mint lozenge, worn leather, and chocolate with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, intriguing, medium-length finish with moderate oak flavor. A highly drinkable, herbal Merlot for fans of Australian wines.
Château Élan 2017 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$29
Dusty violet color. Aromas of mulberry, black tea, and rhubarb pie with a fruity light-to-medium body and a medium-to-long cinnamon, holly, and sesame seeds in honey finish. A youthful Cabernet Sauvignon to let slumber in the cellar.
Narmada Winery 2016 Mélange Red Blend Virginia
88 points
$30
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of tiramisu, mocha cappuccino, cola nut, candied bacon, and creamed butter with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish with accents of lemon-vanilla custard and tomato leaf with silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A creamy, oaky red that bring the roasty toasty goods.
2Hawk 2017  Cabernet Franc
88 points
$32
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of black cassis, iodine, palo santo, patent leather, and sage with a round, vibrant, dry medium-full body and a tingling, amusing, long finish that shows accents of coffee beans with heavy oak flavor. A distinctive, powerful red with intense notes of polished oak and Islay-like iodine.
2Hawk 2017  Malbec
88 points
$34
Dusty indigo color. Aromas of spiced plums, cacao nibs, black sesame, and blueberry granola with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry medium-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length graphite finish with moderate oak flavor. A firm but juicy Malbec that’s a bit French in style; will improve with age.
Narmada Winery 2017  Merlot
88 points
$35
Ruby garnet color. Roasted aromas and flavors of roasted coffee beans, peanut brittle, chocolate bark, and sweet mascarpone with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish manifesting notes of whipped cream, proscuitto, baked plums, and shortbread cookies with moderate oak flavor. A plush and roasty Merlot that’s a decadent treat on its own or creative pairing to pork dishes.
Narmada Winery 2016 Yash-Vir Red Blend Virginia
88 points
$39
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of mocha latte, buttercream, cheesecake, and espresso syrup with a velvety, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy finish manifesting shades of hazelnut creme and dark chocolate covered espresso bean with silky tannins and heavy oak flavor. A decadent tiramisu of a wine; what’s not to love?
Bel Vino NV Butterfly Effect Red Blend California
88 points
$44.95
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of dill pickles, sun dried tomato, cherry mostarda, strawberry, and mint with a satiny, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk finish with light oak flavor. A zesty, herbal wine for casual fare.
88 points $44.95
Wine Spots 2017  Merlot
87 points
$25
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of blackberry in cream, cedar, smoked vanilla bean, toast, and cocoa powder with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a sleek, carefree finish with moderate oak flavor. A juicy, toasty Merlot pleaser with a smoky underbelly.
Narmada Winery 2016  Cabernet Franc
87 points
$29
Garnet color. Roasted, creamy aromas and flavors of ground espresso beans, dark chocolate, whipped mascarpone, and vanilla creme with a satiny, lively, fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, medium-length finish with moderate oak flavor. An oak-centric red with very appealing coffee-like aromas.
Narmada Winery 2016 Reserve Cabernet Franc
87 points
$38
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate candies, licorice, mocha toffee, tiramisu, and spiced plums with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish that presents notes of browned pastry crusts with heavy oak flavor. An oaky, chocolatey red from Virginia that will be equally delicious with charcuterie or a piece of dark chocolate.
Narmada Winery 2017  Malbec
87 points
$38
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of mocha latte, bramble berry, chocolate covered espresso bean, sweet mascarpone, and root beer float with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, intriguing, breezy finish imparting notes of black licorice and dill with soft tannins and heavy oak flavor. A creamy, decadent Malbec with lots of roasty character.
Hagafen 2016 Prix Melange Estate Bottled Reserve Napa Valley
87 points
$85
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of prune, raisin, and berry jam with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, breezy finish manifesting notes of milk chocolate covered almonds and black peppercorn with moderate oak flavor. Rich notes of dried fruit reign in this oaky Napa red.
Cycles Gladiator 2017  Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate granola and berry-date tart with a supple, fruity medium body and a smooth, breezy finish with accents of toffee, coconut milk, and nuts with chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A pleasant, easy drinking red sipper.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Esser Vineyards 2018  Sauvignon Blanc
86 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Pale straw color. Aromas of passionfruit, pickled radish, green pepper, parchment, and vidalia onion with a satiny, lively, dryish light-to-medium body and a seamless, stimulating, medium-length celery leaf, honeycomb, pressed flowers, and fresh herbs finish with no oak flavor. An herbal and juicy sauvignon blanc; pair with summer dinners.
86 points $11.99 Best Buy
Aviary Vineyards 2017  Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Dusty garnet color. Roasted aromas and flavors of vanilla candle, toasted marshmallow, sugared berries, tobacco, and spice cake with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and an effortless, appealing, medium-length finish with accents of roasted coffee and caramel with moderate oak flavor. A roasty palate-pleaser with big oak character.
86 points $14.99 Best Buy
Cannonball 2017  Merlot
86 points
$15.99
Dark violet color. Sweet aromas and flavors of mocha latte, hazelnut creme, smoky charred oak, flamed orange, and brown sugar with a supple, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, easy finish with notes of vanilla custard danish, sugared berries, and chocolate sauce with leafy tannins and heavy oak flavor. A solid oaky red for casual fare.
86 points $15.99
Biltmore Estate NV The Railcar Red Blend American
86 points
$25
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of huckleberry jam, milk and honey, toasted coconut, and fig newton with a coarse, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-long finish with harsh tannins and moderate oak flavor. Somewhat harsh tannins may unravel with time; cellar.
Narmada Winery NV  Petit Verdot
86 points
$38
Dark ruby color. Aromas and flavors of overripe strawberry, cured meats, bay, licorice, and barnyard with a satiny, lively, dryish medium body and a seamless, appealing, medium-length finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A bold red with funky food-friendly notes that will appeal to the adventurous.
Aviary Vineyards 2017 Birds of Prey Red Blend California
85 points
$14.99
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of milk chocolate, roasted hazelnuts, bay, and roasted coffee with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, easy finish that presents notes of chocolate-cherry crumble and caramel with moderate oak flavor. A rich and roasty California red blend with a dark and mysterious personality.
85 points $14.99
Biltmore Estate 2017  Sauvignon Blanc
84 points
$15
Straw green color. Aromas of peach preserves, vanilla taffy, and fresh peas with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and an even, short almond nougat finish. A juicy quaffer in an understated style.
Esser Vineyards 2017  Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$15.99
Black garnet color. Interesting aromas and flavors of beets, cherry granola, cranberry, legumes, cinnamon, and cedar incense with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, elegant, long finish displaying suggestions of dark chocolate with sea salt, dried apricot, and parchment with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A funky red from Paso Robles for distinctive pairings and memorable meals.
84 points $15.99
Monte De Oro 2018 Galway Vineyard Estate Grown Sauvignon Blanc
84 points
$20
Straw color. Aromas of custard, underripe mango, white flowers, and shale with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, brisk sweet herbs and lemon meringue finish with no oak flavor. An understated Sauvignon Blanc that offers quaffing pleasure.
Hagafen 2017 Don Ernestos Oh! Red Blend Napa Valley
84 points
$39
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of fruit cup, pencil shavings, fruit punch, and linen with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, carefree finish with notes of strawberry. A fruity, juicy red for casual fare.
Hamilton Family Wines 2018 Indian Springs Ranch Sauvignon Blanc
82 points
$32
Yellow color. Aromas of pressed flowers, parmesan, pretzel, dried apricot, and wet paper with a thin body and a quick green beans and ghee finish. A distinctive wine with a curious combination of flavors.
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