April 2020 - New Release Wine

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

New Release Wine Reviews

Domaine Beausejour 2019 Les Silex Sauvignon Blanc
93 points
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of pickled jicama, fresh cut grass, white grapefruit, white pepper, and hint of passion fruit with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish with notes of lime pie with meringue with moderate oak flavor. A spot-on Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire with great balance and concentration.
Bonterra 2017  Merlot
92 points
$16
Best Buy
Violet color. Aromas of acai, boysenberry, watermelon, sautéed mushrooms, and sandalwood incense with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an even, layered, medium-long pine nut brittle, raspberry vinaigrette, and peppered radishes finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A well-balanced and pleasing Merlot that will shine with food.
92 points $16 Best Buy
Carneros Springs 2018  Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$29.99
Garnet black color. Aromas of black olives, fresh herbs, lingonberry, dark chocolate-covered almonds, and salumi with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, very complex, very long roasted mushrooms, braised green onion, hazelnut, boysenberry, and violet finish with moderate oak flavor. An absolutely divine Cabernet Sauvignon with delicious, fully integrated savory notes; buy this!
92 points $29.99
Bonterra 2017  Zinfandel
89 points
$16
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Aromas of red apple, spiced pumpkin bread, berry preserves, and chestnut honey with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a hot, interesting, medium-length black pepper, ginger, and chocolate ganache finish with moderate oak flavor. A delightfully autumnal Zinfandel with lots of spicy character.
89 points $16 Best Buy
Eagle Lake 2017  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$16.99
Dusty deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of panettone with chocolate spread, raspberry crumble, sun dried tomato, black licorice, and sassafras with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and an engaging, medium-length finish revealing notes of boysenberry jam. A toasty, savory red that will offer a creative pairing at the table.
89 points $16.99
Lifevine 2018  Pinot Noir
88 points
$15
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Smoky aromas and flavors of gilled berries, sour cherry conserve, smoked almonds, and marinated beets with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish light body and a silky, relaxed finish with notes of cranberry-orange relish with crunchy tannins and light oak flavor. A smoky Pinot Noir that will pair well with grilled fare.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Bonterra 2018 Rosé Mendocino County
88 points
$16
Silvery amber color. Aromas and flavors of ripe strawberry, nectarine, fig, and honey with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a seamless, interesting, medium-long finish that shows overtones of almond skin, orange, and peppered cranberry with no oak flavor. A refined and pure Rosé that plays well with food and all on its own.
Bonterra 2017 Equinox Red California
88 points
$16
Deep purple color. Aromas of raspberry crumble bar, bay leaf, dark chocolate with candied orange peel, and peony with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length honey-roasted pine nuts finish with light oak flavor. A lip-smacking red for Zinfandel lovers.
La Fama NV  Prosecco di Treviso DOC
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of green apple, poached pear, orange flower water, and fresh grass clippings with a satiny, bright, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, rapid finish with suggestions of ripe apricot and chalk with no oak flavor. A juicy, stonefruit-filled Prosecco that will be a real crowd-pleaser.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Eagle Lake 2016  Merlot
87 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of ripe blackberry, raspberry leaf, cornichons, basil, eucalyptus, and jalapeño with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish with notes of chocolate wafers layered with caramel and pepper jelly. A lean and green Merlot for the table.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Bonterra 2018  Chardonnay
87 points
$14
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of cinnamon-dusted apples, apple fritters, banana cream pie, and Texas toast with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish conveying accents of creamy caramel with silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A solid California Chardonnay that checks all the toasty, apple-y boxes.
87 points $14 Best Buy
Bonterra 2018 Young Red Mendocino County
87 points
$16
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of cherry, lavender, sweet almond, and mocha-nut bar with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, charming, medium-length finish with notes of berry hand pie with well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A fresh and youthful red with juicy berry flavors.
Bonterra 2018  Sauvignon Blanc
85 points
$14
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of lime custard, white peach, and white flowers with a crisp, dryish light body and a sleek, breezy finish with elements of candied lemon peel, straw, and apple with no oak flavor. A friendly Sauvignon Blanc that drinks effortlessly.
Lifevine 2018  Chardonnay
85 points
$15
Pale straw green color. Aromas and flavors of bruleed lime, butter, apple soufflé, and marmalade with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, swift finish. A smooth quaffer that goes down easy.
Bonterra 2018 Blue Heron Vineyard Dry Muscat Muscat
85 points
$16
Yellow straw color. Aromas of honeysuckle, peach jam, musk, and spiced orange tea with a supple, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, quick panettone and lime spritz finish. A crisp and food-friendly dry Muscat.
Bonterra 2018  Cabernet Sauvignon
81 points
$16
Deep purple color. Interesting aromas and flavors of lanolin, sesame brittle, wood chips, plum tart, and hint of cream soda with a dryish light body and a smooth, short finish with no oak flavor. A dry, oaky red for the table.
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