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Reviews for 2020

May 2020 - New Release Wine

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

New Release Wine Reviews

Bells & Whistles 2016 Red Blend Limestone Coast
92 points
$35
Garnet color. Aromas of lavender, grilled plum, cranberry relish, and eucalyptus with a full body and a long chocolate mint and herbal gastrique finish. A vibrantly spicy red blend that screams for bbq.
Exquisite Collection 2019  Sauvignon Blanc
91 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Pale silvery emerald straw color. Fresh aromas and flavors of ripe gooseberry, meyer lemon, kiwi, wet stone, and chamomile tea with honey with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, medium-length finish with touches of fresh wheat grass with no oak flavor. A crisp and aromatic Sauvignon Blanc with all the juicy charm you’re looking for.
91 points $8.99 Best Buy
Kenwood 2017 Six Ridges Pinot Noir
91 points
$30
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of blackberry cobbler a la mode, strawberry-vanilla trifle, orange marmalade, charred oak, and cola with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length vanilla-sandalwood, cranberry relish, and chocolate finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak flavor. An oaky, berry-centric Pinot Noir in a dense and brooding style.
Pampa 2015 Family Reserve Malbec
91 points
$30
Black violet color. Jammy aromas and flavors of black cassis and star anise with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish manifesting suggestions of black tea with medium, firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A dry yet fruity Malbec that should blossom with cellaring.
Crestwood 2019 Barrel Riesling
90 points
$5.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of banana, fruit cup, spray roses, and beeswax with a satiny, lively, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a seamless, medium-length finish displaying notes of peach soufflé with no oak flavor. A juicy Riesling for sipping and pairing; try with spicy Thai dishes.
90 points $5.99 Best Buy
Elementalist 2019  Pinot Grigio
90 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of golden apples, juicy pear, candied lemon peel, and white flowers with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-length finish with elements of honeysuckle, ginger, and nectarine. A bright and balanced Pinot Grigio that over delivers.
90 points $6.99 Best Buy
Belletti NV Prosecco Veneto DOC
90 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of straw, green apple, underripe banana, and sultana compote with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, brisk finish with suggestions of pear tart and orange chiffon with no oak flavor. A fun and spritzy dry Prosecco that goes down easy.
90 points $8.99 Best Buy
Chevalier du Grand Robert 2018  Pinot Noir
90 points
$14
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Aromas of grilled cherries, strawberry fruit leather, raspberry tisane, gherkins, and forest mushrooms with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish light body and a tingling, intriguing, fleeting cinnamon-dusted raisins and plum sauce finish with coating tannins. A solid French Pinot Noir for weeknight pairing.
90 points $14 Best Buy
Kenwood 2018  Merlot
90 points
$15
Best Buy
Violet color. Aromas of chocolate ganache, peppermint, dried figs and dates, and lime with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length ripe blackberry and cedar finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A juicy Merlot with bright herbal character.
90 points $15 Best Buy
Shaken Awaken 2019  Sauvignon Blanc
90 points
$18
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas of gooseberry, jalapeño, ripe honeydew melon, sage, and green apple with a medium-full body and an intriguing, cheery golden kiwi, mango-honey sorbet, and pink grapefruit cordial finish with no oak flavor. A bold, concentrated Sauvignon Blanc with great minerality; this juicy number will shine with grilled seafood.
90 points $18 Best Buy
Ca’ Vittoria 2019 Rosso Passito Puglia IGT
90 points
$26
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of mixed berry cobbler, vanilla fondant, violet candies, and licorice with a vibrant, fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-long finish with elements of cranberry orange relish and spiced praline. A juicy, satisfying Italian red that will likely go with anything you can throw at it.
Kenwood 2017 Six Ridges Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$35
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of red cassis, almond biscotti, floral soap, and tarragon with a supple, vibrant, fruity medium body and a graceful, appealing, medium-length finish that shows accents of tangerine marmalade, roasted nuts, and birch bark with moderate oak flavor. A silky-smooth Cabernet Sauvignon for the table.
Château Lauriga 2019 Rosé Côtes du Roussillon
89 points
$19.99
Silvery amber color. Aromas of cherries in cream and red cassis with a velvety, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-long sourdough cracker with butter and cassis preserves and cranberry finish with no oak flavor. Pure sophisticated fruit flavors shine in this highly drinkable Rosé.
89 points $19.99
Kenwood 2018 Six Ridges Chardonnay
89 points
$26
Light gold color. Aromas of butter-poached peach, white flowers, caramel, and pineapple tart with a velvety, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, complex, long crisp apples, baklava, vanilla bean gelato, and coconut custard finish with coating tannins and heavy oak flavor. A creamy, dreamy Russian River Valley Chardonnay with great balance and style.
Stormchaser 2018 Wild Ride Red Columbia Valley
88 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Indigo color. Aromas and flavors of blueberry jam, blackberry cobbler, plum pudding, graphite, southern biscuit, and dark chocolate with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, breezy finish with overtones of cracked pepper, baking spices, and caramel cookies with well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. A pleasant fruity wine with a solid backbone of oak.
88 points $6.99 Best Buy
Outlander 2018 Meritage Paso Robles
88 points
$7.99
Best Buy
Indigo color. Aromas and flavors of graphite, moss, cassis preserves, and chocolate covered blackberry with a supple, bright, fruity light body and a sleek, medium-length finish with notes of ripe blackberry and clay with moderate oak flavor. A juicy red that will be a nice sipper and also work well with the meal.
88 points $7.99 Best Buy
Crestwood 2018 Barrel Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Aromas of black cassis, ripe fig, toasty pie crusts, bananas foster, cinnamon, and praline with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, engaging, medium-long chocolate ganache finish with medium, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A stylish Cabernet pleaser with big fruit and personality.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Contempo 2019 Inferno Central Valley
88 points
$10
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Earthy aromas of smoked cashews and peanuts, milk chocolate, menthol, and grilled pickles with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish medium body and an effortless, engaging, medium-length charred veggies, caramel, and black licorice finish with moderate oak flavor. A smoky, earthy Chilean red blend for grill-outs.
88 points $10 Best Buy
Lujuria 2019  Malbec
88 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Dusty deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of forest berries, pie crusts, autumn leaves, and mint with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish with notes of honey on chocolate wafers with moderate oak flavor. A fruity, chewy Malbec that hits the spot.
88 points $11.99 Best Buy
Domaine de la Ferrandière 2019  Grenache Gris
88 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Silvery pink color. Aromas and flavors of thyme, sour cherries in greek yogurt, mint, and cashew nougat with a supple, crisp, light body and a sleek, breezy finish that presents notes of underripe watermelon with no oak flavor. A crisp and easy Rosé for the warmer months.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
William Wright 2018 Reserve Pinot Noir
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Ruby garnet color. Aromas and flavors of mocha, cherry cordial, baked beans, grilled mushrooms and scallions, and iced tea with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and an even, medium-length finish that shows accents of strawberry greens with moderate oak flavor. A smoky, pairable Pinot Noir; try with grilled pork.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Contempo 2019  Pinot Noir
87 points
$10
Best Buy
Ruby color. Earthy aromas of beet salad, rubber eraser, dressed arugula, and flamed rosemary with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a medium-long toasted sourdough with cranberries, marinated artichokes, and juicy-tart cherries finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A savory, food-friendly Pinot Noir with nice balance, pair with similarly earthy dishes like paté or mushrooms.
87 points $10 Best Buy
Kenwood 2018  Chardonnay
87 points
$12
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of toasty cracker bread, honey butter, lemon zest, and fresh dairy with a satiny, crisp, fruity light body and an even, delightful, long finish that exhibits accents of wet stones with a suggestion of oak flavor. A restrained and finely balanced Chardonnay with hints of refreshing minerality.
87 points $12 Best Buy
Chevalier du Grand Robert 2019  Sauvignon Blanc
87 points
$14
Best Buy
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of ripe heirloom apple, dried grapefruit, talc, and heritage cider with a silky, crisp, light body and an even, medium-length finish with suggestions of sea salt with no oak flavor. A dry, food-friendly Sauvignon Blanc that is sure to please.
87 points $14 Best Buy
Sea Salt 2019 Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
87 points
$14
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas of fresh cut grass and lime pop with a silky, bright, spritzy, dryish light body and a smooth, breezy pink grapefruit, passion fruit, and club soda finish with no oak flavor. A fun effervescent Sauvignon Blanc for summertime sipping.
87 points $14 Best Buy
Kenwood 2019 Six Ridges Sauvignon Blanc
87 points
$22
Emerald straw color. Aromas of white lilac and lime confection with an oily, vibrant, dryish light body and a sleek, delightful, fast jicama, soursop, olive oil, and white pepper finish with no oak flavor. A light and pairable Sauvignon Blanc; try with cod.
Coltifredi 2017  Chianti Classico DOCG
87 points
$26
Dark ruby color. Aromas of raspberry pastille, black plum, toffee, hints of tobacco, raisins, and leather with a crisp, dryish medium body and a brisk pomegranate, sandalwood, dried herbs, and wicker finish with barky, firm tannins and heavy oak flavor. A solid Chianti with staying power; pair with beef, lamb, boar and more.
Verso 2019  Primitivo di Manduria
87 points
$30
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of raspberry, dried figs and dates, peony blossom, and cacao nibs with a medium body and a medium berry tart and seeded toffee finish. A fruit-forward Primitivo that’s sure to please.
Domaine Lauriga 2019 Le Gris Grenache Gris
86 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Amber salmon color. Aroma of distant strawberry with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, fleeting forest fruit tea and sesame finish with no oak flavor. A pink quaffer for summer days.
86 points $13.99 Best Buy
Sea Salt 2019 Sparkling Dry Rosé East Coast
86 points
$14
Best Buy
Pale pink coral color. Aromas and flavors of blood orange marmalade and ripe strawberry with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a polished, breezy finish conveying accents of pink grapefruit with no oak flavor. A simple, slightly sparkling Rosé that refreshes.
86 points $14 Best Buy
Pampa 2018 Reserve Malbec
85 points
$9.99
Garnet black color. Inviting aromas of chocolate wafers, ripe blackberry jam, vanilla, hints of leather, and cedar with a round, crisp, dryish medium body and a tingling, subtle, long spiced almond croissant, black tea, and gravel finish with moderate oak flavor. A mouthwatering Malbec with great concentration and finesse.
85 points $9.99
Verso 2019  Salento Rosso IGP
85 points
$26
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of raspberry chiffon, red cassis, vanilla-honey, and hazelnut creme with a bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an easy finish that shows notes of vanilla trifle with graham cracker and plantain with drying, papery tannins. A palate-pleasing Italian red with notes of fresh fruit and creams.
Contempo 2019  Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$10
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of hazelnut creme filled chocolates, bacon, stuffed cabbage, wood grilled mushrooms, and cheesecake with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length finish imparting accents of barbecue maple rub with moderate oak flavor. A funky table offering for sausage lovers.
Kenwood 2018  Sauvignon Blanc
84 points
$12
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of ripe pear, passion fruit custard, pineapple, and tangerine with a round, bright, fruity light body and a smooth, crisp finish that exhibits notes of lime zest. A crisp and clean Sauvignon Blanc for casual sipping.
Sordo 2015  Barolo DOCG
84 points
$35
Light garnet color. Aromas and flavors of tar, dried potpourri, and rubber with a lightly tannic, bright, dry light body and a smooth, quick finish with elements of lime peel, parchment, underripe raspberry, heirloom tomato, and mocha with light oak flavor. A dry, lean, earthy Barolo for the table; drink now.
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