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June 2020 - Conscious Wine

June 2020 - Conscious Wine
This month's Wine feature is Conscious Wines

Conscious Wine Reviews

Pacific Redwood 2019 Organic Syrah
89 points
$18
Indigo color. Aromas of blackberry jam, chocolate croissant, cedar, and agave with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium-full body and a graceful, medium-length black cherry cola, vanilla custard, dark seeded toast, and spiced peach chutney finish with moderate oak flavor. A jammy, crowd-pleasing Syrah.
Frey 2017 Biodynamic Zinfandel
89 points
$20
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of chocolate-dusted dried figs, cola, berry gelato, and toasted panettone with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-length mixed berry cobbler and honey-nut Cheerios finish with moderate oak flavor. A toasty, chewy Zinfandel for the table.
Frey 2019 Organic Syrah
88 points
$15
Best Buy
Indigo color. Interesting aromas of prickly pear, brandy, wild raspberry, and honey with a slightly chewy, crisp, full body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length dried figs and dates, toasted pine nuts, and pastry crust finish with moderate oak flavor. An oaky, chewy Syrah with outgoing fruit flavors.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Chateau Frey 2019 Organic Red Mendocino
88 points
$18
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of dark roasted agave, cigar wrapper, spiced sweet potatoes, roasted nuts, dried bouquet, and berry coulis with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length finish with suggestions of carob and fig with moderate oak flavor. A roasty, fruity Bordeaux Varietal blend that offers a distinctive pairing for the table.
Frey 2018 Organic Petite Sirah
88 points
$18
Deep purple color. Interesting aromas of cumin, turmeric, black pepper, green leaves, and vanilla with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long dried fruit melange, Parker dinner rolls, and añejo tequila finish with moderate oak flavor. A toothsome Petite Sirah with a fruity underbelly and exotic spice.
Frey 2016 Organic Carignane
87 points
$15
Best Buy
Dusty violet color. Aromas and flavors of berry-studded scones, dark agave syrup, ripe plums, and pepper sauce with a tannic, vibrant, medium-full body and a seamless, captivating, medium finish with accents of dark chocolate, honey-lemon tea, and graphite with grippy, chewy, firm tannins and light oak flavor. A firm but fruity Carignane for steaks al fresco.
87 points $15 Best Buy
Frey 2018 Biodynamic Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$20
Black violet color. Curious aromas and flavors of fruit cake, prunes, roasted yams, orange marmalade, dried herbs, and agave nectar with a coarse, crisp, bone-dry medium-full body and a tingling, breezy finish imparting notes of graphite with drying tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich, chewy, astringent Cabernet Sauvignon that will stand up to the richest meals.
Frey 2018 Biodynamic Merlot
87 points
$20
Ruby black color. Aromas of fruit cake, mushrooms, honey-roasted sweet potatoes, wet tobacco leaf, and toasted marshmallow with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry medium body and an effortless, relaxed dark roasted nuts finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A simple Merlot quaffer for casual sipping.
Frey 2018 Organic Tannat
86 points
$18
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of sandalwood, smoked tomato, dried figs, red clay, and dark roasted agave with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish with notes of fruitcake and bittersweet chocolate. A bold red for the table.
Frey 2018 Biodynamic Zinfandel
85 points
$20
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of roasted mushrooms in hoisin sauce, agave syrup, dried figs and dates, and smoked nuts with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, compelling, medium-length finish revealing impressions of parmesan with light oak flavor. An atypically dusty and roasty Zinfandel with a distinctive style.
Frey 2018 Biodynamic Petite Sirah
85 points
$20
Dark violet color. Aromas and flavors of boysenberry jam, sticky date pudding, violet, and pine with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, amusing, medium-length finish that shows notes of rum-raisin cake, gingerbread, and dark-roasted agave nectar with moderate oak flavor. An approachable and funky Petite Sirah that will pair well with steak in all seasons.
Frey 2018 Biodynamic Chardonnay
84 points
$20
Dull golden straw color. Aromas of cream soda, agave nectar, honeycomb, and grilled corn with a satiny, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and an even, interesting, medium-length apple chutney, caramel, and dried flowers finish with moderate oak flavor. A funky, dusty Chardonnay from Mendocino.
Pacific Redwood 2018 Organic Pinot Noir
81 points
$18
Light ruby color. Aromas and flavors of bing cherry, wet leaves, and blistered grapes with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, swift finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. An easy-drinking red quaffer for casual sipping.
Frey 2018 Organic Viognier
80 points
$18
Golden straw color. Aromas of toast, bananas foster, and tinned fruit cocktail with a chewy, bright, dry light body and a smooth, short caramel and honey nut Cheerios finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. Atypical and funky, try this Viognier in spritzers.
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