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October 2019 - Priority Wines

October 2019 - Priority Wines
This month's Wine feature is Priority Wines

Priority Wines Reviews

Maroon Wines 2014 Maroon Vineyard Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
96 points
$160
Brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of spiced dried berries, honeycomb, leather bag filled with coffee, chocolate and spice, and wet clay with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, very long finish with notes of cassis pie a la mode, honey glazed carrots, cherry cola, and chocolate mint with silky, soft tannins. A stately, seamless cabernet with deep rich flavors, finely balanced oak, and a long satisfying finish.
Maroon Wines 2014 Maroon Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$100
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of roasted berries, peppers and shiitakes, honeycomb, and forest floor with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, long finish revealing notes of marinated cassis, oranges and beets, spiced nuts, olive tapenade, and pink pepper with silky, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich, brooding cabernet with a lot to offer now and in the future.
Maroon Wines 2014 Reserve Zinfandel
92 points
$60
Garnet black color. Fruity aromas and flavors of dried cherry tart, chocolate raisins, and pepper dust with a supple, soft, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, medium-long finish with accents of cocoa-dusted orange, nut brittle, and caramelized peppers with soft, dusty, fine tannins and light oak flavor. A rich, appetizing, and zesty zin with balance, style and a long, nicely warming finish.
Rayen 2018  Garnacha Tintorera
91 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of marinated mushrooms, sweet cherries, tobacco, fresh thyme on strawberries, and coconut with a satiny, lively, fruity medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length finish with notes of raspberry and pineapple relish and rose water with moderate oak flavor. A fruity, juicy Spanish red with wide appeal; bright floral aromas enthrall the senses.
91 points $12.99 Best Buy
In Situ 2017 Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$13
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of dried berries and green peppers and toasty peanut brittle with a silky, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish with overtones of chocolate craisin and orange peel, cassis marmalade, melon and apple, and cedar with fine, chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A round, versatile cabernet with tasty flavors and an instant appeal.
90 points $13 Best Buy
In Situ 2017 Laguna Del Inca Red Blend Aconcagua Valley
90 points
$15
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate mint, pomegranate chutney, and hint of eucalyptus with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an interesting, long finish manifesting notes of raspberry, creme brulee, and cedar and spice with fine, silky tannins and light oak flavor. A spicy, snappy red that invigorates the palate.
90 points $15 Best Buy
In Situ 2017 Signature Aconcagua Valley
89 points
$15
Best Buy
Burnt sienna color. Aromas and flavors of exotic berry pie, rich spices, and hint of proscuitto with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length finish that exhibits notes of cranberry, green apple, and caramel with light oak flavor. A bright and lively Chilean red blend that will delight at the table with spicy fare.
89 points $15 Best Buy
CIRO 2016 Black Edition Red Blend Tierra de Castilla
89 points
$17.99
Ruby black color. Aromas of grilled beets in raspberry vinaigrette and berry kefir with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-long candied ginger, dark chocolate, and savory herbed olives finish with silky tannins and light oak flavor. An appetizing Spanish red with very well-integrated tannins and table-friendly style; drink now.
89 points $17.99
Byington 2017 Alliage Red Blend Santa Cruz Mountains
89 points
$47
Black ruby color. Aromas of ripe red plum, cured meats, grape leaves, black tea, black peppercorn, and dried figs with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, nuanced, long espresso, toasted baguette, grilled stone fruit, and licorice finish with moderate oak flavor. A concentrated, drink-it-now red that offers an elegant companion to steak dinners.
Contempo 2018  Merlot
88 points
$10
Best Buy
Dusty ruby color. Roasted aromas of chocolate espresso beans and berry tart with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long yogurt raisins, mocha, and nuts finish with well-integrated, dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A nice toasty Merlot with appealing flavors and a well balanced finish.
88 points $10 Best Buy
In Situ 2017 Reserve Pinot Noir
88 points
$11
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Smoky aromas and flavors of char-roasted artichoke, cherry preserves, mint chutney, cinnamon, and espresso with a satiny, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish that exhibits accents of cherry scone, fire roasted mushrooms and orange marmalade with well-integrated tannins and light oak flavor. A slightly smoky, earthy Pinot Noir accented by roasty oak flavors.
88 points $11 Best Buy
NETON 2014  Monastrell
88 points
$21.99
Black garnet color. Aromas of baked apricot, rosemary, black olives, balsamic reduction, and licorice with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, engaging, medium-long genache and dried strawberry finish with light oak flavor. A mature yet fruity wine with a silky smooth palate and sophisticated style.
88 points $21.99
In Situ 2017 Reserve Red Blend Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$11
Best Buy
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of grilled shishito peppers, exotic herbs, and dried wild berries with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a polished, medium finish with notes of raspberry and ground nuts with soft tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A smooth, easy drinking cabernet with tasty fruit and bright acidity; well suited for Latin fare.
87 points $11 Best Buy
Byington 2015 Liage White Blend Monterey County
87 points
$29
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of kiwi, green apple, sunflower, cut grass, and grilled peach with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, relaxed finish with elements of chamomile tea and sunflower seed brittle with a suggestion of oak flavor. An herbaceous full bodied white for dinner pairing.
SURYA 2018  Monastrell
84 points
$10.99
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of dusty books, forest mushrooms, and roasted peppers with a slightly chewy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an even, quick finish with notes of pencil shavings with dusty, papery tannins and moderate oak flavor. A dry and toothsome red for the table.
84 points $10.99
Byington 2017 Estate Pinot Noir
83 points
$47
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of berry jelly, war heads candies, bay, and rooibos tea with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, brisk dates and sunflower seeds finish with light oak flavor. A zesty pinot.
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