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February 2020 - US Red & White Bordeaux Varietals

February 2020 - US Red & White Bordeaux Varietals
This month's Wine feature is US Red & White Bordeaux Varietals Wines

US Red & White Bordeaux Varietals Reviews

AvinoDos 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
95 points
$125
Black garnet color. Inviting aromas and flavors of black licorice, preserved plum, buttery ganache, and spiced black tea with a slightly chewy, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long finish with notes of toasted coconut, dates and chorizo, and five-spice with firm tannins and heavy oak flavor. A vibrant, cellar-worthy Napa Cabernet; unleash this wine’s potential after a few years in the cellar.
Monte De Oro 2016 Deportola Vineyard Cabernet Franc
94 points
$40
Garnet black color. Fruity aromas and flavors of roast apricot, fresh orange zest, and plum gastrique with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish revealing notes of cranberry-orange tea cakes, black tea, and black licorice with moderate oak flavor. A bright and distinctive Temecula Cabernet Franc with loads of uplifting citrus character.
Monte De Oro 2015 Vista Del Monte Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$90
Dusty garnet black color. Inviting aromas and flavors of patent leather, butter, hazelnut creme, black licorice, clove, nutmeg, and flint with a round, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, massive, long finish manifesting nuances of spiced berries and toffee with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A bold, statement-making Cabernet with that offers an exquisite flavor journey.
Robert Hall 2016  Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$20
Best Buy
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of leather, hazelnut creme, dried strawberry, dried herbs, and black tea with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium-full body and a sleek, subtle, long finish with nuances of salted dark chocolate and roasted almonds with well-integrated, silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A dense and silky Paso Cabernet Sauvignon that is sure to impress your guests.
93 points $20 Best Buy
Yorkville Cellars 2017 Rennie Vineyard Malbec
93 points
$34
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of stewed blueberry, black cassis, kriek lambic, sautéed mushrooms, macerated strawberries, cracked pepper, and focaccia with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, distinctive, medium-long finish that exhibits notes of dark chocolate with well-integrated, medium tannins and light oak flavor. A complex and earthy Yorkville Malbec; a New World alternative to Cahors.
Oak Farm Vineyards 2018  Malbec
93 points
$35
Ruby black color. Attractive, fruity aromas and flavors of coconut caramel cheesecake, huckleberry jam, chocolate toffee, and hint of lilac and violet candies with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a long finish revealing notes of dark berry compote, spiced nuts, and cedar and leather. Cut yourself a slice of this berry-laden Malbec with your next cheese plate.
Oak Farm Vineyards 2017 Genevieve Lodi
93 points
$40
Black ruby color. Aromas of plum preserves, pickling spices, candied bacon, and vanilla with a glycerous, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, subtle, long berry cobbler, pickled watermelon, and mint chocolate finish with well-integrated, firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A brawny but well-integrated red from Lodi that is sure to compliment fine meals of beef or lamb.
Yorkville Cellars 2017 Rennie Vineyard Carmenere
93 points
$40
Black ruby color. Aromas of ripe apples, figs, sultanas, leather, roasted carrots, star anise, and tomato jam with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, long autumn leaves and ripe plums finish with moderate oak flavor. A rich, complex and wonderfully integrated Carmenére.
Di Arie 2016 Estate Grown & Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$45
Dusty dark garnet color. Interesting aromas of dried cassis, grilled berries, black tea, thyme, and hint of menthol with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a warming, elegant, long paprika, peppercorns, dark chocolate, and espresso finish with moderate oak flavor. A rich and spicy Cabernet Sauvignon with a great sense of place.
Swing Set 2015  Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$50
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of ripe black cassis, rosehips, sandalwood, almond nougat, mocha latte, and mixed peppercorns with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, complex, very long finish revealing impressions of black licorice, cured meats, and chamomile with moderate oak flavor. A delicious, stylish, nuanced Cabernet Sauvignon that takes you on a flavor journey.
Mira Winery 2016 Yountville Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
Garnet black color. Aromas of tapenade, quince paste, plum butter, and nutmeg with a tannic, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, delightful, long black licorice, ganache, black toast with boysenberry compote, and toasted nuts finish with drying, firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. Cellar, decant or aerate this Napa Cabernet to uncover expressive character.
Oak Farm Vineyards 2017 Estate Grown Single Vineyard Merlot
92 points
$35
Black garnet color. Meaty aromas and flavors of chocolate, hibiscus, pomegranate, smoked meats, cumin, and cardamom with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, involved, long finish manifesting notes of vanilla latte and creme caramel with heavy oak flavor. A velvety, toasty Merlot that offers a stylish, palate-assuaging wine with silky oak and lipsmacking fruit.
Yorkville Cellars 2017 Rennie Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$36
Ruby black color. Aromas of ripe cherry, red cassis tart, rosehip jam, strawberry preserves, and chocolate-covered roasted nuts with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, nuanced, long chocolate ganache with raspberry jam, lemon zest, carob, and clove finish with heavy oak flavor. An upstanding Cabernet Sauvignon that will please most every big red wine lover.
Di Arie 2015 Estate Grown & Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$39
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of dried figs and dates, toasty pie crusts, hazelnut, leather patina, and dried spice mix with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a warming, subtle, very long finish evoking nuances of rose petal, black tea with cream, mocha latte, and candied cherry with moderate oak flavor. A mature Cabernet Sauvignon to drink right now; very well balanced with savory notes stitched between ripe fruit and well integrated oak.
Dewitt Family 2017  Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$65
Ruby color. Aromas of dark red fruit, cardamom, crumble-topped coffee cake, and brisket burnt ends with a chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, refreshing, medium-length leather, espresso bean, and carrot cake finish with moderate oak flavor. A full-bodied, juicy red that begs for marbled steaks, smoked and grilled meats.
Summit Lake 2016 Emily Kestrel Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$89
Violet color. Toasty, inviting aromas and flavors of dark chocolate toffee, vanilla candle, and coconut dream bar with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long finish with accents of blueberry cobbler a la mode, pink pepper, and roasted nuts with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. Hold onto this stunner for a few years before enjoying its spoils.
AvinoDos 2016  Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$95
Black garnet color. Attractive aromas of kirsch, black licorice, chinese 5-spice, black tea, fine leather, and herb focaccia with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a graceful, thought-provoking, long allspice, lime leaf, and sage finish with firm tannins and heavy oak flavor. A bold and concentrated Napa Cabernet with style and finesse.
Vineyard {511} 2016  Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$149
Dark violet color. Aromas and flavors of damson plum, pressed flowers, graphite, cacao nibs, anise, and black olive with a round, fruity full body and a warming, elegant, long finish revealing notes of brandied cherries with moderate oak flavor. A dense yet nuanced Cabernet Sauvignon with intoxicating aromatics; cellar to reveal its full potential.
Oak Farm Vineyards 2019  Sauvignon Blanc
91 points
$17
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of pineapple cake, gooseberry preserves, honeydew melon, hint of vanilla, and fresh cut grass with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-length finish with shades of citrus zest and sweet banana with no oak flavor. A tropical Sauvignon Blanc that fills the palate with flavor.
91 points $17 Best Buy
Robert Hall 2019  Sauvignon Blanc
91 points
$18
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of beeswax and honeycomb, candied grapefruit and lemon peel, lychee, mango and papaya, and bubblegum dust with a supple, tangy, fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-length finish that exhibits notes of mango-pepper salsa, green apple skin, and lemon sorbet with no oak flavor. A rock solid Sauvignon Blanc sipper with rich tropical fruit.
91 points $18 Best Buy
Sharpe Hill 2015 Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Franc
91 points
$19.99
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of mocha latte, wild berries, cocoa powder, tomato leaf, red and black licorice, and watermelon candies with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, interesting, medium-length finish conveying nuances of green tea and tobacco with well-integrated, silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. An oaky, silky Cabernet Franc with great complexity and finesse.
91 points $19.99
Yorkville Cellars 2017 Rennie Vineyard Cabernet Franc
91 points
$36
Dark dark garnet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of red cassis, raspberry coulis, wild strawberry, grilled red pepper, and compressed watermelon with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, refreshing, medium-length finish that presents notes of graphite, caramel, and orange zest with light oak flavor. A stylish, lively, fruit-forward Cabernet Franc.
DH Lescombes 2018 631 Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$15
Best Buy
Bright garnet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of red cassis, dark agave syrup, ripe strawberry, roasted beets in citrus vinaigrette, candied orange, and vermouth with a round, vibrant, fruity medium body and a sleek, amusing, medium-long finish that presents notes of cinnamon and maple-vanilla with light oak flavor. An appetizing, balanced, complex Cabernet with aromatics akin to vermouth or citrus-forward amari; highly recommended.
90 points $15 Best Buy
Frey 2018 Organic Malbec
90 points
$15
Best Buy
Dark dusty violet color. Aromas and flavors of plum pie, kalamata olive, peppered radish, spearmint, black tea, and roasted almonds with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length finish with moderate oak flavor. A rock solid Malbec that will cover a lot of bases.
90 points $15 Best Buy
Misson 2018  Merlot
90 points
$19.99
Black garnet color. Aromas of strawberry-rhubarb tart, baklava, dark chocolate, rose water, and cinnamon tea with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a sleek, interesting, medium-long ripe cherry, sandalwood and cream finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A bright and distinctive merlot with layers and layers of complex aromatics.
90 points $19.99
Robert Hall 2017  Merlot
90 points
$20
Ruby color. Floral aromas and flavors of jasmine, peanut brittle, and caramel rum raisin cake with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, delightful, medium-long finish with overtones of berry pie, caramelized carrots, and peppered nuts with crunchy, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich warming Merlot with nice length and balance of tasty flavors that will be even better with time.
Gordon Estate 2015 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$24
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of ripe blackberry and blueberry, brandied cherry, black olives, vanilla nougat, and layer cake with strawberry preserves with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium-full body and an even, compelling, medium-length finish manifesting notes of vanilla-sandalwood, tobacco, devil’s food cake, and black tea with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A bold Cabernet with extroverted fruit and alluring oak character.
Grgich Hills 2017 Estate Grown Fumé Blanc Sauvignon Blanc
90 points
$31
Light gold color. Aromas of preserved lemon, vanilla nougat, brie, baked peach, banana, and passion fruit-caramel with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, medium-length underripe apricot finish with light oak flavor. A concentrated and fruity Fume Blanc for lovers of the style; aerate.
Yorkville Cellars 2017 Rennie Vineyard Petit Verdot
90 points
$34
Black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of blueberry confection, cola, carnation, candied orange peel, wood shavings, and rooibos tea with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, interesting, medium-length finish that shows shades of sweet raspberry, acai and black pepper. A firm and fruity Petit Verdot for bold meals.
Le Vigne 2016 Di Domenico Riservato Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$60
Brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of olive skin, beeswax, wet cedar chips, and lemon pepper with a supple, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, breezy finish that exhibits notes of craisin and nut skin. A nice zippy Cabernet sipper with lively fruit and acidity.
Bogle 2017  Merlot
89 points
$10
Best Buy
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of blackberry jam, dried strawberry, vanilla bean, tea with honey, and flaky pastry with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a polished, interesting, medium-length finish with accents of vanilla candle, sandalwood, and grilled berries with well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. An oaky, crowd-pleasing Merlot; juicy and delicious.
89 points $10 Best Buy
Lifevine 2017  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$15
Best Buy
Dark dusty garnet color. Aromas of cherry pie, cured meats, tobacco, and toasted bread with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, medium-length ligonberry and crepes finish with barky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich and meaty Cabernet Sauvignon.
89 points $15 Best Buy
Frey 2018  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$17
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of spiced plums, raspberry tart, mocha latte, whipped cream, and vanilla bean with a chewy, fruity full body and a warming, elegant, long finish with notes of black tea, hint of peppermint, dark chocolate, and purple flowers with firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A bold North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon that reigns with concentrated purple fruit and creamy oak.
Jitterbug 2018  Sauvignon Blanc
89 points
$17.99
Pale straw color. Aromas and flavors of fresh papaya, coconut cream, pink grapefruit, and fresh green herbs with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a graceful, captivating, medium-length finish with accents of lime spritzed jicama with honey and aloe with no oak flavor. A fresh, crisp and herbal Sauvignon Blanc that will elevate the meal.
89 points $17.99
Pend d’Oreille 2018  Merlot
89 points
$22
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of baked raspberry cobbler, sweet berry custard with bananas, cinnamon-vanilla pastry, and hint of eucalyptus with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a silky, refreshing, medium-length finish with well-integrated, silky tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A fresh and vibrant take on fruit-forward Merlot from Columbia valley.
Le Vigne 2017  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$27
Black garnet color. Aromas of black currant, apple pastry, leather, sarsaparilla, and dark chocolate with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long black licorice, balsamic reduction, and espresso finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A delicious and fresh Cabernet with well-integrated flavors and tannins; highly recommended.
Pearmund Cellars 2017 Toll Gate Vineyard Petit Verdot
89 points
$29
Black garnet color. Oaky, interesting aromas and flavors of roasted beets, horse blanket, tomato leaf, and honeyed toast with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, interesting, medium-long finish with accents of dark chocolate and pickled strawberries with heavy oak flavor. An earthy Petite Verdot for the savory palate; will absolutely shine with game.
Monte De Oro 2016 Estate Grown Merlot
89 points
$32
Garnet black color. Aromas of montmorency cherry, roasted red pepper, graphite, and candied bacon with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, intriguing, medium-length rose hip jam, tobacco, and chinese 5 spice finish with well-integrated tannins. An easy-drinking Merlot with spicy charm.
DH Lescombes 2015 Limited Release Cabernet Franc
89 points
$38
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of romaine lettuce, resin, cherry vinaigrette, thyme, clove, and fig jam with a velvety, crisp, light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long whipped creme, cafe latte, and seven-layer bar finish with well-integrated, silky tannins and heavy oak flavor. A distinctively herbal New Mexico Cabernet Franc with layers of silky, velvety oak.
Monte De Oro 2016  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$40
Dusty dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of dried figs, tonka bean, custard, and coffee with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, intricate, long finish with impressions of plum and dried leaves with moderate oak flavor. A highly drinkable Cabernet Sauvignon that’s light on its feet but big on flavor; stylish.
Grgich Hills 2016 Estate Grown Merlot
89 points
$43
Ruby color. Aromas of dried raspberry, graphite, wood shavings, and peppercorns with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a smooth, medium-length chocolate mint and tomato leaf finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. Old World oak and acidity with new world ripe fruits star in this Napa Merlot.
Maroon Wines 2015 Maroon Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$100
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of ground coffee, roasted peppers, dried black cassis, and roasted nuts with a chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity full body and a delightful, long finish with chewy tannins and heavy oak flavor. A muted and accessible Coombsville Cabernet.
Mira Winery 2016 Jimmy Ds Red Blend Napa Valley
88 points
Dusty ruby color. Roasted aromas and flavors of wood shavings, cashew butter with mixed peppercorn, cassis pie crust, and berry vinaigrette with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, medium-long finish that shows notes of pomegranate, spiced citrus peels, and allspice dram with moderate oak flavor. A nice tangy and savory red blend for the table.
St. Clair Winery 2015 Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$15
Best Buy
Dark brick red color. Herbal aromas and flavors of butter lettuce, rhubarb, tobacco, stout, menthol, and dried cassis with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, captivating, medium-length finish imparting nuances of gingerbread and chocolate chips with moderate oak flavor. An herbal, creamy Cabernet for those seeking an outside-of-the-box option.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Tailor Made 2017  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$15.99
Garnet black color. Aromas of chocolate berries and apricots, coconut custard pie, brunost, and berry soda with a supple, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, refreshing, medium-long raspberry pie and orange and violet waters finish with light oak flavor. A vibrant, juicy, mouthwatering Cabernet pleaser.
88 points $15.99
Bentgate 2018  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$19.99
Black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of black cassis, candied orange peel, cured meats, black tea, and mocha with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long finish revealing impressions of vanilla custard with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A crowd-pleasing Cabernet with rich fruit and creamy oak.
88 points $19.99
Misson 2016  Merlot
88 points
$19.99
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of panettone, singed plum pie, balsamic reduction, and chinese 5-spice with a satiny, puckering, dryish medium body and a peppery, interesting, medium-length finish manifesting impressions of spiced rhubarb compote and vanilla custard with moderate oak flavor. A dense and piquant merlot to pair with very rich foods.
88 points $19.99
Pend d’Oreille 2018  Cabernet Franc
88 points
$22
Dark dusty garnet color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of boysenberry, sweet pea blossom, sweet licorice, and ripe figs with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish. A super-fruity and floral Cabernet Franc with an almost-off-dry profile; gulp!
Le Vigne 2017  Merlot
88 points
$23
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of blackberry cobbler, spiced pastry, plum jam, and cola with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, compelling, medium-long compressed watermelon, raspberry sorbet, caramel, and marinated grape leaves finish with moderate oak flavor. Dense, extroverted fruit stars in this Paso Merlot pleaser.
Big Max 2018  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$24.99
Dark violet color. Aromas of mixed berry jam, patent leather, thyme, sage, roasted nuts, and coconut cream with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long vanilla-sandalwood, lemon balm, cherry pie, and suede finish with silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A sultry, velvety Cabernet that certainly hits the spot.
88 points $24.99
Akash Winery 2018  Sauvignon Blanc
88 points
$33
Yellow color. Fruity aromas and flavors of banana custard, peach butter, and ripe golden kiwi with a supple, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish revealing nuances of grapefruit pith with no oak flavor. Soft fruit and tropical flare make this a highly drinkable Sauvignon Blanc.
Di Arie 2016 Estate Grown & Bottled Cabernet Franc
88 points
$39
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of baked cranberries and blackberries, black tea with cream, lavender, and black licorice with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length sun dried tomato and milk chocolate finish with silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A creamy, oaky Cabernet Franc.
Maroon Wines 2015 Single Vineyard Merlot
88 points
$60
Ruby black color. Aromas of grilled plum, raspberry tart, roasted nuts, and savory spice mix with a round, crisp, fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long roasted poblano pepper, brandied cherries, and sarsaparilla finish with light oak flavor. A slightly smoky Merlot that doesn’t skimp on fruit or style.
Trinitas Cellars 2017  Malbec
88 points
$65
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of crushed blackberries, caramelized bacon, and boysenberry pie with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a peppery, delightful, long charred oak, raspberry bon bon, chocolate toffee, and vanilla custard finish with heavy oak flavor. A brawny velvet monster of a Malbec with a big smoky underbelly.
Firebrand 2017 Barrel Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of red licorice, berry tart, plum pudding, and no. 2 pencil with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, medium finish that exhibits shades of nut brittle with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A dry-yet-fruity Cabernet that will pair with most anything.
Firefly Ridge 2017  Merlot
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Dark ruby color. Aromas and flavors of raspberry confection, wild strawberry, crepes with Nutella, no. 2 pencil, and hints of mushroom with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long finish with moderate oak flavor. A very food-friendly and palate-pleasing Merlot; give this one a little time to open up.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Bogle 2018  Sauvignon Blanc
87 points
$10
Best Buy
Pale straw color. Aromas and flavors of ripe kiwi, fresh parsley, pink grapefruit zest, and honey cake with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, crisp finish with no oak flavor. A crisp, fruity Sauvignon Blanc with attractive citrusy and herbal aromatics.
87 points $10 Best Buy
Frey 2018 Organic Merlot
87 points
$15
Best Buy
Dusty deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of fallen black fruit, prunes, moss, roasted agave, walnuts, and violet with a chewy, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, medium-length finish with notes of dates and blueberry compote with chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A bold and fruity red.
87 points $15 Best Buy
Chesterfield Cellars 2018  Sauvignon Blanc
87 points
$20
Emerald straw color. Aromas of orange zest, white flowers, pear nectar, and ripe melon with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, breezy lemon cordial and hints of clover and lavender finish with no oak flavor. A smooth and citrusy Sauvignon Blanc with hints of floral nuance.
Gordon Estate 2016  Malbec
87 points
$24
Garnet black color. Aromas of blackberry jam, chocolate cookie, ripe cherry, and thyme with a satiny, vibrant, medium-to-full body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-length plum tart, chocolate dipped berries, and balsamic glaze finish with moderate oak flavor. A fruity, chocolatey Malbec that will be very versatile.
Oak Farm Vineyards 2017 Estate Grown Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$35
Garnet black color. Sulfurous aromas of chocolate fondue, struck match, charred plum, and dried apricot with a vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, interesting, medium-long berry preserves and pepper jelly on toast finish with moderate oak flavor. A fruit-forward, concentrated Lodi that will come together with food.
DH Lescombes 2014 Limited Release Petit Verdot
87 points
$38
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of ripe plum, vanilla candle, blood orange, coconut, and sumac with a lightly tannic, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, engaging, medium-long finish manifesting accents of dark chocolate and roasted almonds with heavy oak flavor. A chewy New Mexico red for local flair; bright and buoyant with great table appeal.
Cloud Break 2018 Barrel Reserve Merlot
86 points
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of raspberry preserves, pencil shavings, pomegranate, and toast with a round, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, amusing, medium-length finish with notes of blonde tobacco, saddle leather, and cola with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A jammy casual red that will hit the spot.
Member’s Mark 2017  Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$7.99
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Aromas of grilled plum, blistered berries, buttercream, carnation, and cigar box with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-long whipped cream, spiced cranberries, onion jam, and berry preserves on toast finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A nicely juicy and toasty Paso Cabernet that will fit right in at the table; easy to love.
86 points $7.99 Best Buy
Firefly Ridge 2017  Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of scallion and dill potato pancake, cray pas, pickled berries and radishes, and melted candle with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, engaging, medium-long finish manifesting overtones of honey roasted leeks, raspberry cobbler a la mode, and paper mache with crunchy, earthy tannins and light oak flavor. An earthy Cabernet for the table.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Voyager Point 2016  Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Aromas of black cassis, red and black licorice, and cola with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, buoyant shortbread with chocolate and caramel, cedar, and fruit compote finish with leafy tannins and moderate oak flavor. An almost off-dry Cabernet that’s very approachable.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Witching Hour NV Red Blend California
86 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Jammy aromas of blackberry jam, vanilla pod, roasted figs and dates, and black tea with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length licorice and tobacco finish with moderate oak flavor. A juicy, jammy, toasty red that will be a real crowd pleaser.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Line 39 2017  Merlot
86 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Brick red color. Herbal aromas and flavors of deep fried dill pickle, pizza sauce, prunes, and hint of glue gun soldering with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, medium-length finish with nuances of chocolate drizzled berries and apples, mixed nuts, cedar plank, and white peppercorn with soft, chewy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A nice easy-drinking red for everyday pleasure.
86 points $10.99 Best Buy
Line 39 2017  Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$10.99
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Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of cherry preserves, pencil shavings, flaky pastry, and baking spices with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish with nuances of fruit cake with well-integrated tannins. A fruit-forward gulper for anytime enjoyment.
86 points $10.99 Best Buy
Cupcake 2017  Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$12.99
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Dusty garnet color. Aromas of mixed berry jam, vanilla custard danish, and swisher sweet with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, cheery cedar shavings and ripe plum finish with moderate oak flavor. A toasty, fruity Cabernet that’s easy-drinking and palate-pleasing.
86 points $12.99 Best Buy
Misson 2018  Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$19.99
Violet color. Aromas of baked fruit, sliced bananas in yogurt, vanilla wafer cookies with caramel, and black tea with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, appealing, medium-length paprika and plum tart finish with moderate oak flavor. A rich and fruity Cabernet Sauvignon with a sophisticated side.
86 points $19.99
Pearmund Cellars 2017 Toll Gate Vineyard Cabernet Franc
86 points
$29
Garnet black color. Aromas of tomato leaf, green tomato jam, spiced plums with honey, and candied violet with a satiny, crisp, dryish medium body and a smooth, breezy cedar and cranberry tart finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. A delicate and interesting Cabernet Franc in a food-friendly style.
Monte De Oro 2016 Simplexity Temecula Valley
86 points
$43
Garnet black color. Odd aromas of fondant, berry fruit snacks, cashew milk, steamed grains, and berry scented candles with a velvety, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, medium raspberry jam and berry tea finish with moderate oak flavor. A distinctive quaffer with lots of berry goodness.
Yorkville Cellars 2017 Richard the Lion-Heart Rennie Vineyard Yorkville Highlands
86 points
$48
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of overripe berries, berry vinaigrette, dark chocolate, and pomegranate kombucha with a satiny, puckering, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a smooth, medium-length finish. A racy red for rich meals.
Le Vigne 2017 Di Domenico Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$49
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of vinaigrette-dressed sliced plum, cream cheese, cassis preserves, and spiced orange peel with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length finish with overtones of whipped creme and creme de cassis with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A fruity palate-pleaser, pair with a meat and cheese plate.
Akash Winery 2017  Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$52
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of blackberry pie, black olives, leather, and clove with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length finish with touches of chocolate buttercream with moderate oak flavor. A balanced, bright and juicy Cabernet to enjoy on its own or with the meal.
Pellegrini 2015 Vintners Pride Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$69.99
Brick red color. Earthy aromas and flavors of wild strawberry, tomato leaf, pomegranate, and baked potato with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish revealing overtones of bay leaf and green tea with firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A firm and lengthy Cabernet with nice food-friendly, earthy flavors.
86 points $69.99
Ledson 2015 Estate Vineyard Merlot
86 points
$74
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of pencil shavings, pencil eraser, cinnamon, blueberry kombucha, coconut oil, and cedar with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long finish with nuances of ink with barky tannins and heavy oak flavor. A chewy, oaky Merlot with lots of toasty charm.
Firebrand 2017 Barrel Reserve Merlot
85 points
Light garnet color. Aromas and flavors of char-roasted green pepper, dark red cherry, cacao nib, and graphite with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a sleek, relaxed finish with notes of tomato jam and flamed orange with no oak flavor. A somewhat smoky Merlot in an easy-drinking style.
Cloud Break 2018 Winemakers Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
85 points
$10.99
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of flint, fallen kiwi, pink grapefruit cordial, and green pepper with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, carefree finish with notes of yuzu with no oak flavor. A fruity and easy-going Sauvignon Blanc for anytime sipping.
85 points $10.99
Replica 2017 Just Right Cabernet Sauvignon
85 points
$15
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of cranberry tart, mixed berry jam, cedar shavings, and fig bars with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a sleek, fast finish that exhibits impressions of panna cotta with berry sauce with moderate oak flavor. A silky, easy-going Cabernet Sauvignon.
Yorkville Cellars 2017 Rennie Vineyard Merlot
85 points
$34
Ruby garnet color. Aromas and flavors of lavender candies, red currant, muddled raspberry, and graphite with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry medium body and a medium-length finish revealing touches of parchment with papery tannins and moderate oak flavor. A chewy Merlot for the table.
Barboursville 2015 Octagon Red Blend Virginia
85 points
$54.99
Black violet color. Smoky aromas and flavors of candied bacon, vanilla gelato, tomato leaf, black cassis preserves, leather, and toasty crepes with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, refreshing, medium-long finish manifesting touches of hint of peppermint and fudge with medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. A full, food-friendly wine with a smoky edge.
85 points $54.99
Grgich Hills 2016 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon
85 points
$72
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of leather, coffee, cracker jacks, water chestnuts, and parchment with a tannic, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a warming, medium-length finish with moderate oak flavor. A big and chewy cab for dense and meaty meals.
Black Cloud 2018 Barrel Reserve Red Blend California
84 points
Ruby black color. Jammy aromas of raspberry candies and cedar chips with a satiny, bright, medium-to-full body and a smooth, brisk vanilla candle, sawdust, chocolate, and no. 2 pencil finish. An effortless quaffer for the crowd.
Ancient Roots NV Red Blend California
84 points
$7.99
Violet color. Oaky aromas and flavors of vanilla scented candle, blueberry yogurt, cherry jam, pencil shavings, and coffee with cream with a supple, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, brisk finish with moderate oak flavor. A solid red wine quaffer with notes of toasty vanilla and juicy berries.
84 points $7.99
Line 39 2018  Sauvignon Blanc
84 points
$10.99
Straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of apple, apricot, banana, lime spritz, and asparagus with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and an effortless, brisk finish that shows accents of passion fruit with no oak flavor. An easy Sauvignon Blanc quaffer.
84 points $10.99
Bogle 2017  Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$12
Ruby black color. Aromas of ripe fig, blueberry yogurt, red cassis, butter cake, and red peppercorns with a slightly chewy, crisp, medium body and a silky, medium-length chocolate pot de creme and baking spices finish with moderate oak flavor. A balanced and tasty California red with a nice pop of spice on the finish.
Frey 2018 Organic Sauvignon Blanc
84 points
$14
Straw color. Aromas of golden kiwi, flint, yuzu, and jicama with a slightly chewy, crisp, spritzy, dryish medium body and a smooth, breezy butter, chives and apple compote finish with crunchy tannins and no oak flavor. A crisp and buoyant quaffer for the hottest days; serve ice cold.
Tailor Made NV Red Blend California
84 points
$15.99
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of pencil shavings, dark chocolate, berry jam, clay, and hints of green pepper with a bright, fruity medium body and a crisp finish with accents of red and black licorice with moderate oak flavor. A gulpable red for casual affairs.
84 points $15.99
DH Lescombes 2016 Heritage Series Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$24
Black ruby color. Aromas of cream cheese frosted cinnamon roll, fresh butter lettuce, dark chocolate and dried fruits, cappuccino, and caramel with a velvety, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, long cedar and apple pastry finish with silky tannins. A velvety and rich Cabernet Sauvignon with lots of toasty charm; a must try for fans of creamy, oaky styles with a kiss of sweetness.
Wildwood Oak Winery 2017 Abba Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
83 points
$35
Ruby color. Aromas of stewed black fruit, blackberry vinaigrette, roasted cashew, brown banana, and war heads candy with a chewy, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a hot, medium-length liqueur-filled chocolates and apple compote finish with moderate oak flavor. A rich and sturdy red with a bold personality.
Firebrand 2017 Barrel Reserve Red Blend California
81 points
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of stewed prunes and herb focaccia with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, short fruit punch finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A simple, breezy quaffer.
Barboursville 2014 Reserve Petit Verdot
81 points
$39.99
Dusty violet color. Aromas of spoiled butter, earth, fallen plum, and brown banana with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, snappy fruit chips finish with light oak flavor. A funky quaffer for the table.
81 points $39.99
Harthill Farms NV  Cabernet Sauvignon
80 points
$9.99
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of coconut cream, brown banana, sunscreen, oatmeal, peanut butter, and jelly with a chewy, crisp, dryish medium body and a tingling, odd, brisk finish with light oak flavor. A low-pressure quaffer.
80 points $9.99
Chime 2017  Cabernet Sauvignon
80 points
$13
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of cedar chips, vanilla candle, parmesan, and durian with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, buoyant finish with notes of vanilla fondant with woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. A juicy, toasty red for the table.
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