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December 2019 - All Red & White Blends US & International

December 2019 - All Red & White Blends US & International
This month's Wine feature is Natural Wine Review Wines

All Red & White Blends US & International Reviews

Peirano 2017 Illusion Red Blend Lodi
91 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Attractive, fruity aromas and flavors of butter roasted nuts, chocolate coconut bar, and frosted huckleberry danish with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish displaying notes of raisinettes, nut brittle, dried apricot, and pepper with a suggestion of oak flavor. A juicy, super tasty, zin-led red blend with instant appeal.
91 points $12.99 Best Buy
Colter’s Creek 2017 Rocinante Red Blend Lewis-Clark Valley
91 points
$30
Light garnet color. Aromas and flavors of white peppercorn, cedar pencil shavings, spiced dried cherry, and sandalwood incense with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, captivating, medium-length finish that shows notes of honey roasted beets, cherry cobbler, smoked nuts, and blood orange and pepper with soft tannins and light oak flavor. A distinctive and engaging red blend that is a pleasure to drink.
Peirano 2017 The Other White Blend Lodi
90 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of buttery apple pie, fresh peaches, grilled lime, pumpkin spice, and buttered popcorn with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, intriguing, medium-length finish with moderate oak flavor. A bold and toasty white blend for New World Chardonnay lovers.
90 points $12.99 Best Buy
Fire Tree 2018  Pinot Grigio-Sauvignon Blanc
89 points
$5.99
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of baked apple, corn tortilla, pickled peach, and white strawberry with a satiny, crisp, fruity light body and an effortless, buoyant finish revealing accents of tropical fruit tart with no oak flavor. A light and vibrant Italian white for soirees al fresco.
89 points $5.99
Zarpara Vineyard 2016 Etapa Red Blend Willcox
89 points
$29
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of dark roasted nuts, charcoal grilled meats, blackberries in chocolate, and honey roasted tomatoes and peppers with a supple, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, amusing, medium-long finish that exhibits notes of minerals, red plum, almond skin, and roasted root vegetables with fruit tannins and moderate oak flavor. A meaty, appetizing red with lots of interesting and rewarding flavors.
Peirano 2017 The Other Red Blend Lodi
88 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Dark garnet color. Toasty aromas and flavors of grilled berries and carrots, cassis jam on dark toast, whole leaf tea, and dried herb with a supple, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, engaging, medium-long finish manifesting notes of raspberry tart and nuts with chewy, fine tannins and light oak flavor. A jammy, easy drinking red for comfort food.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Château Bellevue Saint Georges 2016 Grand Vin de Bordeaux Saint-Georges-Saint-Emilion
88 points
$50
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of cranberry sauce, dark chocolate shavings, plum pudding, and olive oil cake with a chewy, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length roasted nuts, compressed watermelon, and pomegranate finish with moderate oak flavor. A solid Saint Emilion that will play well at the table.
Les Hauts de Lagarde 2018 Red Blend Bordeaux AOC
87 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of grilled berries, cured meats, caramelized mushrooms, and grilled bell peppers with a chewy, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-length finish with moderate oak flavor. A dry and chewy Bordeaux that will pair perfectly with a rich winter stew.
87 points $13.99 Best Buy
Luna Argenta 2017 Appassite Negroamaro-Primitivo
87 points
$14.99
Black garnet color. Aromas of tangerine, tobacco, and white beans and roasted kale with a slightly chewy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, delightful, medium-long baked citrus and black tea finish. A jammy and juicy Italian red that is sure to please.
87 points $14.99
Château Bourdieu 2016 Grand Vin de Bordeaux Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux
87 points
$40
Deep purple color. Earthy aromas and flavors of grilled plum, blackbery-pepper jam, autumn leaves, pomegranate, and pencil shavings with a slightly chewy, vibrant, medium-to-full body and a peppery, breezy finish manifesting accents of dried orange, ginger, and pepper with crunchy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A very dry and tightly wound Blaye that may become more generous with time.
Biltmore Estate NV The Railcar Red Blend American
86 points
$30
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of baked blackberries, fruitcake, roasted almonds, citronella, and chocolate bon bons with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, breezy finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A dense and chocolatey red blend for effortless pairing.
Château La Fleur Baudron 2015 Grand Vin de Bordeaux Bordeaux Supèrieur
86 points
$35
Dark brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of dried cranberry and cherry, sun dried tomato, cannellini beans, and tea with scones with a velvety, bright, dry medium body and a breezy finish with well-integrated tannins and no oak flavor. A savory Bordeaux for the table.
Pizzolato 2018 NSA Rosso Convento Veneto IGT
85 points
$13.99
Dark dusty violet color. Aromas and flavors of dried figs and dates, milk chocolate, toast, and roasted vegetables with a supple, bright, light-to-medium body and a silky, breezy finish revealing overtones of cooked plums, nut brittle and pencil shavings. An easy-drinking full-bodied red for the gang.
85 points $13.99
Château Bellevue La Ferriere 2017 Red Blend Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux
85 points
$40
Black violet color. Baked aromas of carob, india ink, stewed dates, and sesame candy with a chewy, crisp, dry medium-full body and a polished, rapid graphite and pencil shavings finish with coarse tannins and moderate oak flavor. A grippy, chewy Bordeaux for the table.
Château du Grand Puch 2016 Cuvée Anne Laure Red Blend Bordeaux Supèrieur
84 points
$35
Dusty ruby black color. Aromas of stewed blackberry, caramelized root vegetables, savory pastry, and cinnamon with a chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, engaging, medium-length dark chocolate finish. A toothsome Bordeaux for rustic dinner pairings.
Corner 103 2017 Corner Cuvée Red Blend Sonoma County
83 points
$50
Black ruby color. Aromas of raspberry candies, caramel latte, honey cake, nut butter, and vanilla candle with a slightly chewy, crisp, off-dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, medium-length raspberry fruit leather and chocolate ganache finish with moderate oak flavor. A fruity, juicy red for weeknight indulging.
Veronica Creek 2017 Red Blend California
80 points
$19.99
Dusty garnet color. Flawed aromas and flavors of dried berries and nut brittle with a tannic, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a brisk finish revealing notes of yogurt and stems with papery tannins and moderate oak flavor. A red for the table.
80 points $19.99
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