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November 2019 - Stellar Cellar Selection

November 2019 - Stellar Cellar Selection
This month's Wine feature is Stellar Cellar Selection Wines

Stellar Cellar Selection Reviews

Varvaglione 2015 Papale Primitivo di Manduria DOP
95 points
$24.99
Black violet color. Aromas of blackberry pie, chocolate bicuit, and chai latte with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a polished, charming, medium-length date cake, toffee, and toast finish with moderate oak flavor. A rich and chocolatey primitivo with sultry dark fruit and kisses of sweetness.
95 points $24.99
Cantina Zaccagnini 2014 San Clemente Montepulciano dAbruzzo DOC
94 points
$49.99
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of ripe plum, dried figs, almond tart, dark chocolate, and sage with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a graceful, complex, long finish with elements of orange liqueur and chocolate genache with moderate oak flavor. A rich, ready-to-drink Montepulciano with great concentration of fruit and well-developed flavors.
94 points $49.99
Villadoria 2015 Serralunga dAlba Nebbiolo
94 points
$49.99
Brown brick red color. Aromas of candied beets, licorice, fresh basil, sun dried tomato, proscuitto, and dried herbs and cracked pepper with a chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, very complex, very long dried rose, rose hip jam, pomegranate, and leather finish with grippy tannins and moderate oak flavor. An excellent Barolo with superb tannin integration and concentrated flavor; get lost in this wine.
94 points $49.99
Villadoria 2015 Lazzarito Nebbiolo
94 points
$75.99
Burnt sienna color. Aromas of cherry tart, strawberry-rhubab, roasted parsnip, dried rose, hints of chocolate, and freesia with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, very long terra cotta, toasted spice cake, rosemary, and orris root finish with well-integrated tannins and light oak flavor. Great concentration, elegant flavors, and a triumphant finish; drink this.
94 points $75.99
Villadoria 2016  Nebbiolo
93 points
$29.99
Garnet color. Aromas of amarena cherry, wild raspberry, pencil shavings, and dried herbs with a tannic, vibrant, dry medium body and a tingling, involved, medium-long marzipan, nougat, cherry jam, orange zest, tar, and roasted beets and beans finish with moderate oak flavor. A firm but expressive Barbaresco with enchanting fruit aromas and serious ageability.
93 points $29.99
Nicolas Potel 2017  Chardonnay
93 points
$31.99
Gold color. Aromas of almond tart, glazed tropical fruit, and golden kiwi with a round, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, involved, long toast, caramel-laden banana, honeysuckle, and wet stone finish with leafy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich, concentrated and lengthy Pouilly-Fuisse with great style.
93 points $31.99
San Simeon 2017 Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$35
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of cassis preserves, anise, black pepper, and demi glace with a chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, involved, long finish that shows nuances of dark chocolate, tobacco, fruit cake, yeasty dinner rolls, roasted nuts, and vanilla biscotti with heavy oak flavor. A layered Cabernet Sauvignon with great balance and refined character.
Peace Water 2018 Sublime Pinot Noir
93 points
$40.99
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of grilled plum, ripe cherry, mocha latte, peppermint, and cocoa butter with a velvety, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, complex, medium-long finish with accents of pie crusts, cherry chutney, and spiced nuts with well-integrated, silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A silky, oaky pinot noir packed with toasty spice character and ripe fruit.
93 points $40.99
Aviary Vineyards 2017 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$35
Deep purple color. Aromas of cocoa-dusted figs with coconut, strawberry jam, chocolate buttercream, elderflower, and black olives with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-full body and an even, complex, medium-long spanish peanuts and pencil shavings finish with heavy oak flavor. A decadent layer cake of a Cab with flavors of rich chocolate, roasted nuts, and succulent fruits.
Peace Water 2017 Zen Zinfandel
92 points
$36.99
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of fresh baked blackberry pie, ripe, juicy plums, sweet tobacco, leather, and dark chocolate with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a peppery, intriguing, long finish that shows notes of vanilla custard and sour cherry relish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A well-structured, serious zinfandel that can stand the test of time.
92 points $36.99
LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards 2014 Centennial Estate Grown Zinfandel
92 points
$60
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of ripe raspberry, spray roses, hibiscus tisane, sweet paprika, and black tea with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, intricate, medium-long finish with notes of toast with dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. An outgoing, concentrated Zinfandel with great purity of flavor.
Peace Water 2017 Passion Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$37.99
Ruby black color. Aromas of flourless chocolate cake, cherry tart, and cured meats with a velvety, full body and a warming, complex, medium-long chocolate-hazelnut spread, honeyed toast, and cola finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A sultry Cabernet that will certainly improve with age; drink now through 2030 or beyond.
91 points $37.99
Ruggeri NV Cartizze Brut Prosecco DOCG
91 points
$39.99
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of sliced apples in creme, dried pineapple, fresh herbs, and pressed flowers with a supple, crisp, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, quick finish with no oak flavor. A crisp, clean and precise prosecco with a serious side.
91 points $39.99
Villadoria 2013 Sori Paradiso Nebbiolo
91 points
$65.99
Brick red color. Aromas of white beans, glazed beets, cherry coulis, and tar with a slightly chewy, dry light-to-medium body and a seamless, intriguing, long black toast, allspice, bay leaf, anise, coriander, and black tea finish with moderate oak flavor. A cohesive melange of fruit and earth, this Barolo offers approachable tannins, great style, and easy pair-ability.
91 points $65.99
Ruggeri 2018 Giustino B Prosecco DOCG
90 points
$31.99
Silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of ripe pear, whipped cream, sliced banana, lime relish, and melon with a supple, crisp, spritzy, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, brisk finish. A fragrant and fruity prosecco; a nice every day sparkler.
90 points $31.99
Wakefield/Taylors 2017 St. Andrews Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$50
Black ruby color. Spicy aromas and flavors of wintergreen, green olive focaccia, blackberry coulis, cinnamon potpourri, and marjoram with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-length finish that presents notes of sweet tea with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A bold and spicy Cabernet packed with Clare Valley terroir.
City Winery Nashville 2017 Smoky Mountain Syrah
89 points
Black violet color. Elegant aromas of violet candies, red raspberry jam, chocolate wafer cookie, and beeswax with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length buttercream, black olive, peppered melon, and cassis finish with moderate oak flavor. A dreamy syrah that’s light on its feet.
Wakefield/Taylors 2018 Jaraman Shiraz
89 points
$22
Black violet color. Aromas of chocolate genache, raspberry mouse, spearmint, and honeycomb with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and an effortless, medium-length blackberry cobbler finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins. A bold and juicy Shiraz that hits all the right notes.
Thorn-Clarke 2017 Shotfire Shiraz
89 points
$23
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of cinnamon pastry, blackberry-sour cherry cobbler, wintergreen, and parsley with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, amusing, medium-length finish that presents impressions of vanilla with moderate oak flavor. An outgoing, herbal Shiraz that’s easy to love.
Hunters’ Ridge 2016  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$25.99
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of creme de cassis, chocolate covered vanilla creme, cheese danish, and smoke with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium-full body and a warming, stimulating, medium-length finish with notes of balsamic reduction and vanilla wafers with heavy oak flavor. A voluptuous Cabernet that will pair well with spicy fare or stand on its own.
89 points $25.99
Bressia 2016 Monteagrelo Cabernet Franc
89 points
$27
Dark garnet color. Aromas of grilled bell pepper, raspberry jam, roasted root vegetables, red cassis, and plum tart with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a silky, snappy cacao nib and paprika finish with medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. An earthy Cabernet Franc with food-friendly acidity and accessible style.
Slanted Vines 2017  Pinot Noir
89 points
$32
Dusty garnet color. Herbal aromas and flavors of candied beets, orange zest, cranberry sauce, and pickling spices with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light body and an effortless, captivating, medium-length finish revealing suggestions of rye toast and dark chocolate with moderate oak flavor. An herbal yet fruit-forward pinot noir for interesting dinner pairings.
Silver Ghost 2017  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$35
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of creme de cassis and tobacco with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a warming, appealing, medium-long finish manifesting shades of crushed nuts and chocolate genache with moderate oak flavor. A dark and decadent Napa Cabernet that will pair harmoniously with substantial suppers.
Peace Water 2017 Mellow Brick Road Merlot
89 points
$45.99
Garnet black color. Aromas of black cassis, leather, gingerbread, and pie crusts with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium body and a graceful, refreshing, medium-length dried figs and dates, cafe latte, licorice, and tobacco finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A velvety Napa Merlot that will be a real crowd pleaser.
89 points $45.99
Wakefield/Taylors 2017 St. Andrews Shiraz
89 points
$50
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of mint jelly and blueberry compote with a velvety, lively, fruity medium-full body and a sleek, captivating, medium-long finish with impressions of lemon curd, dark chocolate, and peppercorns. A crisp and alive Shiraz with acidity that will cut through rich lamb chops like a knife.
Château Élan 2016 Riserva Georgia
89 points
$60
Black garnet color. Aromas of cocoa powder, ripe banana, and almond cakes with a round, crisp, very sweet medium-full body and a warming, appealing, medium-length crepes with bananas, dried figs, and cinnamon finish with light oak flavor. A fun port-style wine for those wishing to discover an underrepresented varietal; ripe, baked banana flavors display great purity and a balanced sweetness will be well received with the dessert course.
Château Élan 2018 Cherokee White Georgia
88 points
$22
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of gherkins, golden delicious apple, ripe mango and apricot, and white grape with a velvety, bright, off-dry light-to-medium body and a graceful, brisk finish imparting nuances of fresh herbs and melon salad. A smooth-sipping, fruity white to serve ice cold on the patio.
Château Élan 2018 Cherokee Rosé Georgia
88 points
$22
Pink coral color. Aromas and flavors of grape jelly, bergamot, banana smoothie, ripe mango, rose water, and pickled berries with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, breezy finish conveying accents of strawberry jelly. A fruity and friendly dry rose with jump-out-of-the-glass aromatics.
San Simeon 2017  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$25
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of baked blackberry pie, licorice, candied bacon, and chocolate buttercream with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, medium-length finish with elements of black toast with figs and vanilla custard with well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich and fruity Paso Cabernet that is sure to please.
L’Ecole N° 41 2016 Estate Merlot
88 points
$37
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of ripe raspberry, mulling spices, molasses, earth, and mint with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, interesting, medium-length finish evoking accents of toasted spices, dark chocolate, and pencil shavings with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A sippable Merlot-pleaser from Walla Walla; easy to pair.
Peace Water 2017 Grateful Red Blend North Coast
88 points
$37.99
Dark dusty garnet color. Aromas of chocolate genache, peppercorn muffin, rose hip jam, and toasted nuts with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-length dark chocolate, roasted coffee, and smoked vanilla bean finish with medium, well-integrated tannins and heavy oak flavor. An oak-centric red blend for substantial pairings.
88 points $37.99
LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards 2018 Prince Vineyard Chenin Blanc
87 points
$22
Straw color. Aromas of poached apple, milk and honey, pressed flowers, and tangerine with a supple, bright, light-to-medium body and a medium-length lanolin finish with no oak flavor. A juicy, uncomplicated Chenin Blanc that drinks effortlessly.
Night Cap 2016  Zinfandel
86 points
$26
Ruby black color. Aromas of figs, leather, and cherry pie with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a swift chocolate and graphite finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A sturdy red for the table.
Basalt Cellars 2018  Sauvignon Blanc
85 points
$26
Pale straw color. Aromas and flavors of soufflé, tobacco leaf, butter, and lime curd with a round, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, medium-length finish with no oak flavor. A creamy and mild sauvignon blanc to pair with butter-poached scallops.
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