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December 2019 - New & Innovative Wine

December 2019 - New & Innovative Wine
This month's Wine feature is New & Innovative Wines

New & Innovative Wine Reviews

LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards 2016 Miller Vineyard Cabernet Franc
93 points
$32
Black garnet color. Complex aromas of candied jalapeño, fine dark chocolate, rose petal, and sweet paprika with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, complex, long caramelized mushrooms and juicy plum finish with well-integrated, fine tannins and moderate oak flavor. A finely tuned Clarksburg Cabernet Franc with a delectably smooth palate full of elegance and depth.
Barone Montalto 2017  Pinot Grigio
92 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of green apple, white peach, green almond, lilac, and flint with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, complex, medium-long finish with accents of pickled snap peas and grilled apple with no oak flavor. A crisp, clean, terroir-driven Pinot Grigio to be taken seriously.
92 points $9.99 Best Buy
Peirano 2016 Estate, The Heritage Collection Syrah
92 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Complex, inviting aromas and flavors of mocha caramel fudge, honey dried cherries and berries, and jerky with a silky, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, medium-long finish that shows touches of spicy sour cherry compote, pepper, and roasted almonds with well-integrated, chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A rich, powerful syrah with bold berry and oak flavors and a long warming finish.
92 points $12.99 Best Buy
Windrun 2017 Selection No. 15 Pinot Noir
92 points
$33
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of sour cherry, roasted beets, oolong tea, schmaltz, and caramelized mushrooms with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long cranberry, compressed watermelon, orange zest, fennel, and pepper finish with light oak flavor. A rich and concentrated pinot noir that should improve with age.
Corner 103 2017  Chardonnay
91 points
$40
Golden yellow color. Aromas of peach relish, coconut custard, chess pie, and flint with a satiny, lively, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long lemon custard, almond biscotti, and sea spray finish with well-integrated tannins and light oak flavor. Sonoma Coast by the numbers! Snag this bright and complex chardonnay for an elegant dinner pairing or for a fresh and lively quencher.
Art of Earth 2018 Organic Pinot Grigio
90 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Aromas of ripe pear, melon, butter lettuce, and flint with a round, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and an even, charming, long green bean almondine, lime, squash blossoms, and sliced white peach tossed in vinaigrette finish with no oak flavor. A mineral-driven Pinot Grigio with elegant character.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Freedom Estate 2015  Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$100
Black garnet color. Aromas of dark chocolate, roasted hazelnuts, licorice, and black tea with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long berry jam, chocolate ladyfingers, espresso, and toast finish with heavy oak flavor. A nuanced and well-structured red that will certainly develop with cellar time.
Waikiwi Bay 2018  Sauvignon Blanc
89 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Straw green color. Aromas of ripe gooseberry and soursop with a supple, vibrant, petillant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a graceful, medium-length fresh cut grass and pink grapefruit finish. A juicy and herbal sauvignon blanc that will hit the spot.
89 points $6.99 Best Buy
Pianeta 2018 Organico Pinot Grigio
89 points
$7.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of baked apple, toasty savory pastry, pineapple cake, and cassava with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and an effortless, breezy finish that shows shades of apricot nectar. An effortlessly drinkable Pinot Grigio with big fruit and easy balance.
89 points $7.99 Best Buy
Peirano 2017 Estate, The Heritage Collection Chardonnay
89 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Bright gold color. Aromas and flavors of toasted marshmallow, dulce de leche, coconut cream, graham cracker, brown butter, and fresh lemon zest with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, intriguing, medium-length finish with accents of baked pear and agave nectar with moderate oak flavor. A ripe, rich chardonnay packed with baked-fruit flavor.
89 points $12.99 Best Buy
Stone Hill 2015 Estate Norton
89 points
$18.99
Dark violet color. Aromas and flavors of dried blueberry, watermelon candies, plump olives, elderflower, and thyme with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and an even, subtle, medium-long finish that presents notes of cafe latte and roasted root vegetables with light oak flavor. A complex and expressive red; branch out and try this Missouri wine that offers elegance and finesse.
89 points $18.99
ZiRonda 2015  Corvina Veronese
89 points
$34.99
Dusty burnt sienna color. Aromas and flavors of dried cassis, figs and dates, fresh parsley, plum pudding, and sarsaparilla with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium body and a subtle, medium-long finish with touches of espresso bean and pickled radish with light oak flavor. An understated and pure Amarone that glides over the palate.
89 points $34.99
Corner 103 2018  Pinot Noir
89 points
$50
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of cranberry, tea, roasted beets, tomato leaf, prune, and mesquite with a supple, vibrant, dryish light body and a smooth, medium-length finish that presents nuances of candied root vegetables and pomegranate vinaigrette. A savory Pinot Noir for the table.
Seratina 2017  Pinot Grigio
88 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of apricot jam, pavlova, sliced apple, and persimmon with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, delightful, medium-length finish that presents accents of lemon marmalade and slivered almonds with no oak flavor. A crisp and clean pinot grigio that offers a nice expression of the varietal.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
La Catrina NV Strawberry Margarita Wine Cocktail
88 points
$15.99
Bright pink coral color. Aromas and flavors of watermelon candies, strawberry smoothie, key lime spritz, and orange sherbet with a satiny, vibrant, petillant, sweet medium-to-full body and a silky, medium-length finish. A fun, crushable strawberry margarita that satisfies.
88 points $15.99
Henry Estate 2018 Scott Henry III Veraison Rose Umpqua Valley
88 points
$20
Steely pink color. Aromas and flavors of ripe strawberries in cream, melon, strawberry, and tarragon with a velvety, crisp, fruity light body and a seamless, captivating, medium-length finish. A flavorful, fruity rose that’s a pleasure to drink.
Rancho Coyote 2018 Datcas Vineyard Pinot Noir
88 points
$40
Dusty violet color. Aromas and flavors of cherry, toasted raspberry muffin, sandalwood, and graphite with a vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-length finish that exhibits elements of mixed berry cobbler a la mode and toasted nuts with a suggestion of oak flavor. A lipsmacking, juicy pinot noir that is sure to please.
Peirano 2017 Estate, The Heritage Collection Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Black ruby color. Aromas of ripe red plum, blackberry, and hint of menthol mint with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and an engaging, medium-length cherry sorbet, silky whipped cream, and toasted brioche finish with silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich and fruit-forward cabernet that’s sure to please.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Peirano 2017 Estate, The Heritage Collection Petite Sirah
87 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of baked blackberries, tobacco, cedar, and toasty cinnamon pastry with an vibrant, medium-to-full body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length finish displaying notes of lemon curd, genache with firm tannins and light oak flavor. A ripe petite sirah with a balancing pop of acidity.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Pizzolato 2018  Chardonnay
87 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Straw green color. Aromas of apple-cinnamon muffin, pineapple, and saffron with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and an effortless, crisp peach cobbler finish with no oak flavor. A fruity and approachable chardonnay that will be very crowd-pleasing.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Rancho Coyote 2018 Luccas Vineyard Pinot Noir Blanc
87 points
$20
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of agave nectar, panettone, white strawberry, honey, and toffee-popcorn with a satiny, vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and a seamless, relaxed finish with accents of crisp apple and grape leaves with fruit tannins. A dry, food-friendly white to pair with rich, fatty fish like salmon or monkfish.
The Great Oregon Wine Company 2017  Pinot Noir
87 points
$20
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of blueberry muffins, ripe fig, graphite, hibiscus, and black tea with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, subtle, medium-long finish with suggestions of savory herbs, pomegranate, and blood orange with light oak flavor. A juicy, incredibly silky Pinot Noir that will be a dream with duck or holiday turkey dinners.
St. August 2018 Sweet Wine Riesling
86 points
$5.99
Best Buy
Golden yellow color. Aromas of lemon curd, pineapple upside down cake, and white flowers with a satiny, crisp, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length honeycomb and mandarins in syrup finish with no oak flavor. A tropical sweet Riesling that goes down easy.
86 points $5.99 Best Buy
Giacondi 2018  Pinot Grigio
86 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of almond biscotti, lemon curd, and ripe apple with a silky, vibrant, fruity light body and a smooth, breezy finish that shows shades of meyer lemon custard and kiwi yogurt with no oak flavor. A juicy and smooth Pinot Grigio that is sure to please.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Riva Leone 2017  Barbera
86 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Aromas of mulberry, toasted granola, and bread crusts with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium body and a polished, swift tart raspberry and hibiscus finish. A easy-drinking Barbera for salumi.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Sand Point Family Vineyards 2017  Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$12
Best Buy
Black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of roasted nuts in milk chocolate, suede, and oak chips with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a sleek, complex, medium-long finish that shows notes of pine nut toffee and rose hip jam with moderate oak flavor. A toasty, jammy Cabernet.
86 points $12 Best Buy
Pizzolato 2018 NSA Merlot
86 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Dark dusty violet color. Aromas and flavors of pickled beets, baked blackberry, black currant, and blackened pie crusts with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish with notes of berry iced tea. A fruity, juicy merlot with lots of charm.
86 points $13.99 Best Buy
Cardigan Bay 2018  Sauvignon Blanc
86 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Aromas of dill pickles, white grapefruit, bay, and toasted herb baguette with a round, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a seamless, brisk apple cider and underripe stone fruit finish with no oak flavor. A pickley and herbaceous wine that offers a distinctive take on New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.
86 points $14.99 Best Buy
La Catrina NV Classic Margarita Wine Cocktail
86 points
$15.99
Cloudypale yellow-green color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of meringue, key lime custard, agave nectar, peppercorns, and roasted root vegetables with a supple, tangy, petillant, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a silky, interesting, medium-length finish. A juicy margarita that checks off all the boxes.
86 points $15.99
Riva Leone 2015  Nebbiolo
86 points
$19.99
Burnt sienna color. Aromas and flavors of pomegranate, roasted nut brittle, hibiscus, incense, and rosehips with a lightly tannic, lively, dry light-to-medium body and a warming, medium-length finish with notes of reduced citrus with coarse tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. Bold acid and tight tannins; cellar this for a few years.
86 points $19.99
Replica 2018 Retrofit Chardonnay
86 points
$20
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of smoked gouda, apple pastry, and frosted banana cake with a velvety, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, appealing, medium-length finish evoking notes of buttery croutons and herb muffin with moderate oak flavor. A smoky chardonnay to pair with autumnal dishes.
LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards 2017 One Hundred Vineyard Petite Sirah
86 points
$32
Black violet color. Aromas of ripe blueberry, lavender, and seasoned wood with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length toast finish with drying tannins. A toasty petite sirah that will fit in nicely at the table.
Pico Viejo 2017 Reserva Malbec
85 points
$6.99
Black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of toasty graham cracker pie crust, blackberry jam, grilled meats, and chocolate genache with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a polished, compelling, medium-length finish that shows notes of graphite with moderate oak flavor. A rich and alluring malbec that will pair effortlessly with beef.
85 points $6.99
Cape Africa NV Marula Cream
85 points
$7.99
Dark taupe color. Aromas of vanilla wafer creme cookie, caramel sauce, waffle cone, and rocky road ice cream with a creamy, crisp, sweet light-to-medium body and a silky, medium-length candied cherry and pineapple finish. A creamy, chocolatey, fruity concoction to serve over ice; sweet tooths need apply.
85 points $7.99
Essenza di Vita 2018  Pinot Grigio
85 points
$7.99
Straw color. Aromas of lemon soufflé and tapioca with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, brisk tart lemon candies and meringue finish. A smooth and slammable Pinot Grigio.
85 points $7.99
Connelly’s NV Caramel Country Cream
85 points
$8.99
Creamy toffee color. Aromas of cookies ’n cream milkshake, coconut macaroon, and butter-pecan with a glycerous, bright, light-to-medium body and a warming, medium-length kit kat bar, Irish butter, parmesan, and dulce de leche finish. A very creamy dessert beverage to serve on ice or spike coffee with.
85 points $8.99
Connelly’s NV Salted Caramel Country Cream
85 points
$8.99
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of toffee and caramel bar with a glycerous, bright, sweet medium body and a smooth, brisk finish revealing touches of whipped cream and coconut cake. A sweet and creamy dessert beverage to spike your coffee with.
85 points $8.99
Peirano 2016 Estate, The Heritage Collection, "Six Clones" Merlot
85 points
$12.99
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of black raspberry, blackened focaccia, red licorice, and cedar with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a silky, interesting, medium-length finish with accents of ligonberry jam and menthol with earthy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A chewy, earthy merlot with pops of jammy fruit; will fit in well at the table.
85 points $12.99
Inkarri 2018 Estate Bottled Bonarda
85 points
$13.99
Dark violet color. Aromas and flavors of ripe blueberry, pickled garlic, tomato, black tea, and allspice with a slightly chewy, racy, dryish medium body and a silky, medium-length finish with crunchy tannins. A high-acid Bonarda with lots of character on the nose; a nice choice for pairing with rich foods.
85 points $13.99
En Memoire du Malbec 2016  Malbec
85 points
$14.99
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of asparagus, stewed black fruit, black pepper, and dried herbs and spices with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-length finish imparting nuances of char-grilled plum and tomato. A dry and table-ready Malbec.
85 points $14.99
Corner 103 2018  Chardonnay
85 points
$40
Light gold color. Aromas of honeycrisp apple, fresh baguette with spiced apple butter, golden kiwi, and fresh cream with a soft, medium body and a graceful, medium-length caramel and ghee finish with moderate oak flavor. A ultra-buttery chardonnay to pair with a lobster roll.
Connelly’s NV Mint Chocolate Country Cream
84 points
$8.99
Taupe color. Aromas and flavors of creme de menthes thins with a creamy, bright, sweet medium body and a seamless, brisk finish with notes of mint gum and quark. A rich and buttery mint-chocolate beverage for after-dinner indulging.
84 points $8.99
Connelly’s NV Pumpkin Spice Country Cream
84 points
$8.99
Gold color. Aromas of horchata, toffee, greek yogurt, and wafer cookies with a sweet light-to-medium body and a warming, quick pumpkin latte and tvorog with dried apricot finish. A rich, cinnamon kissed dessert beverage.
84 points $8.99
Pizzolato 2018 NSA Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$13.99
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of hibiscus, milk chocolate coconut bar, dried fruit, and kraut with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length fruit punch and black tea finish with moderate oak flavor. A juicy, lighthearted red that’s easy to drink.
84 points $13.99
Duck Pond 2017 Fries Family Cellars Pinot Noir
84 points
$19
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of pickled beets, steamed asparagus, sour cherries, red bean buns, and salami with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish that presents notes of dill and strawberry jam with light oak flavor. A savory Pinot Noir for the table.
Connelly’s NV Strawberry Country Cream
83 points
$8.99
Creamy pink color. Aromas and flavors of strawberry soft serve ice cream, canned fruit punch, rainbow sherbet, and bubble gum with a satiny, soft, sweet light-to-medium body and a silky, relaxed finish evoking notes of marshmallows and ghee. A creamy, fruity novelty for your inner child.
83 points $8.99
Rancho Coyote 2018 Luccas Vineyard Rosé Pinot Noir
82 points
$18
Khaki orange color. Aromas of dried rose hips and dried apricot with a satiny, crisp, dry light body and a seamless, relaxed chamomile and minerals finish. A dry and food-friendly rose for the table.
Inkarri 2017 Estate Bottled Petit Verdot
81 points
$13.99
Black violet color. Aromas of blackberry, menthol, dark chocolate, banana bread, and rose hip with a slightly chewy, sharp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a warming, fast Warheads candy finish with firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A zingy Petit Verdot for rich meals.
81 points $13.99
Holly Hill Farms NV Eggnog
80 points
$6.99
Creamy marigold color. Aromas and flavors of cinnamon, egg custard, sour cream frosting, peach sherbet, and spice cake with a creamy, sweet medium body and a smooth, brisk finish. A toasty, fruity, spicy melange for dessert-topping.
80 points $6.99
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