February 2020 - New Release Wine

February 2020 - New Release Wine
This month's Wine feature is New Release Wines

New Release Wine Reviews

Chevalier du Grand Robert 2016 Bordeaux Bordeaux AOC
91 points
$12
Best Buy
Violet color. Attractive aromas and flavors of cassis preserves, pomegranate, savory herbs, toffee, honeyed crushed nuts, espresso, flamed citrus, white flowers, and earth with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, amusing, medium-long finish displaying shades of ganache with moderate oak flavor. A very handsome Bordeaux with wide appeal; a great value that will be well-loved.
91 points $12 Best Buy
St. Clair Winery 2017 Special Reserve Chenin Blanc
91 points
$12
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of beeswax, pineapple, dried mango, lemon custard, and sweet pea blossom with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long finish manifesting suggestions of orange marmalade and ginger. A lovely Chenin Blanc with heaps of varietal character; plump, bright and generous.
91 points $12 Best Buy
Robert Hall 2017 Paso Red Paso Robles
91 points
$20
Garnet black color. Attractive aromas and flavors of blueberry cobbler, orange marmalade, floral honey, and macadamia nougat with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, captivating, long finish with nuances of peppered nuts, chocolate craisins, and pencil shaving with silky tannins. A chewy, toothsome red blend with fine balance and subtlety of flavor.
St. Clair Winery 2017 Special Reserve Chardonnay
90 points
$13
Best Buy
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of toasted apple muffin, apricot, pineapple coulis, caramel buttercream, mocha, and white flowers with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a silky, complex, long finish that exhibits impressions of flint and orange blossom with moderate oak flavor. A luscious, full-flavor Chardonnay that overdelivers.
90 points $13 Best Buy
St. Clair Winery 2018 Bellissimo New Mexico
90 points
$15
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of candied peaches, apricot yogurt, orange blossom, fondant, chamomile tea, and orange zest with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, sweet medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish that shows notes of marigold and ripe papaya with no oak flavor. Great depth of fruit character makes this a rich and interesting muscat pleaser.
90 points $15 Best Buy
Bogle 2017 Old Vine Zinfandel
89 points
$12
Best Buy
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of wild raspberry, ground ginger, spice cake, and red and black licorice with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-length finish conveying accents of raspberry crumble bars and spiced orange tea with crunchy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A bright Zinfandel with nice varietal character.
89 points $12 Best Buy
Bogle 2017  Petite Sirah
88 points
$12
Best Buy
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of blackberry tart, cranberry sauce, blueberry muffin, and lilac with a satiny, vibrant, fruity full body and an effortless, captivating, medium-length finish revealing notes of hint of olive, pomegranate, and vanilla with well-integrated tannins. A jammy Petite Sirah with piles of fruit; rich and full bodied.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Alexander Valley Vineyards 2019 Gewürz Gewurztraminer
88 points
$15
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Confected aromas and flavors of lychee gummies, ylang ylang, pineapple cordial, peony, allspice, and hints of jasmine with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish with no oak flavor. Sweet bubble gum notes mingle with classic lychee aromas in this distinctive Gewurztraminer from Mendocino.
88 points $15 Best Buy
St. Clair Winery NV Brut New Mexico
88 points
$15
Best Buy
Yellow color. Aromas and flavors of linen, green apple, white cranberry, lemon curd, dried apricot, caramel, and white flowers with a supple, racy, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a seamless, medium-length finish manifesting notes of coconut and popcorn with a suggestion of oak flavor. A racy sparkler with delicate notes of fruits and flowers; can withstand cellar time.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Secret Vines 2018 Village Red Blend Les Collines Minervois
88 points
$17.94
Garnet black color. Aromas of blackberry cobbler, black cassis compote, vanilla, and framboise lambic with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length chewy caramel and jam finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. Rich berries and French countryside flair make this a pleasing and highly pairable red.
88 points $17.94
Chesterfield Cellars 2017 Carlys Cuvee San Luis Obispo County
88 points
$32
Dark violet color. Aromas and flavors of plum tart, cherry pie, lychee, blueberry jam, and apricots in syrup with a satiny, sharp, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, breezy finish with moderate oak flavor. A sprightly Rhone blend that’s big on fruit.
Summit Lake 2015 Estate Bottled Zinfandel
88 points
$37
Indigo color. Aromas and flavors of candle drippings, chocolate prunes, blackberry cordial, and sumac syrup with a supple, bright, fruity medium-full body and a warming, compelling, medium-long finish imparting notes of mincemeat, nut skin, cedar mulch, and rum cake with dusty, barky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A big and boozy Zinfandel with concentrated flavor and a hearty swagger.
Bogle 2018  Chardonnay
87 points
$10
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Creamy aromas of butter, praline, poached apples, banana cake, and candied nuts with an oily, bright, fruity medium body and a silky, swift ghee, pastry, and caramel finish with moderate oak flavor. A buttery chardonnay with gulpable appeal.
87 points $10 Best Buy
Alexander Valley Vineyards 2016 Temptation Zinfandel
87 points
$16
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of raspberry preserves, nougat, pumpkin loaf, graphite, toast, and peach yogurt with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length spice cake and coconut buttercream finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A food-friendly Zinfandel that’s not just for die-hard Zin fans.
Arya 2018 Rosé Sangiovese
86 points
$19.99
Khaki orange color. Aromas and flavors of dried raspberry, fresh zucchini, rice noodles, black olives, thyme, and toast with a supple, bright, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, short finish with no oak flavor. A gulpable quaffer to serve with a good chill.
86 points $19.99
Secret Vines 2018 Village White Blend Deux Amis France
85 points
$17.94
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of honeydew, celery leaf, lanolin, and honey with a supple, bright, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk finish with accents of fresh cream, ripe golden apple, and lime spritz with no oak flavor. A dry, shellfish-friendly French white.
85 points $17.94
Bogle 2016 Phantom California
85 points
$20
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of ripe black fruit, black licorice, cinnamon danish, and menthol-mint with a velvety, bright, fruity medium-full body and a tingling, medium-length finish imparting notes of coffee with cream with moderate oak flavor. A rich and fruity California red with a spicy underbelly.
St. Clair Winery NV Special Reserve Imperial Kir New Mexico
84 points
$15
Coral orange color. Fruity aromas of candied tangerine, strawberry soda, and green apple with a satiny, vibrant, sweet light-to-medium body and an even, breezy peach gummies and icing sugar finish with no oak flavor. A clean and bright sweet sparkler that will be well-recieved; fun!
Misson 2018 Rosé Sangiovese
84 points
$19.99
Salmon coral color. Aromas and flavors of dried cherry, rose kombucha, agave nectar, sourdough, fig bar, and cranberry sauce with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, brisk finish with no oak flavor. A unique and slightly savory Rosé.
84 points $19.99
AvinoDos NV Methode Champenoise Sparkling White Wine American
84 points
$42
Pale yellow straw color. Aromas of golden apples, honey, lanolin, flint, and focaccia with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy marigold, yellow tomato, and lemon-lime seltzer finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A spritzy, Chardonnay-like sparkler to pair with appetizers.
Misson 2018  Sangiovese
81 points
$19.99
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of stewed plums and peaches, raisins, balsamic reduction, baking spices, and overripe figs with a slightly chewy, soft, fruity medium body and a warming, fast finish with chewy tannins. A dense red for the table.
81 points $19.99
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