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Reviews for 2020

July 2020 - New Release Wine

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

New Release Wine Reviews

Christeni Vineyards 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$60
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of mocha, chocolate-covered raspberry, roasted hazelnuts, earl grey tea, and toffee with a round, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, intricate, long finish that shows touches of mixed peppercorns, dill, and cherry relish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A dreamy Napa Cabernet with a long road ahead; relish now or cellar.
Christeni Vineyards 2016  Pinot Noir
93 points
$45
Light garnet color. Aromas and flavors of cherry glazed pound cake, cranberry mostarda, smoked nuts, foraged mushrooms, cocoa powder, and dried herbs with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, subtle, medium-long finish with well-integrated, silky tannins and light oak flavor. A juicy but sophisticated Pinot Noir with great texture and pairability.
JDR Wines 2015  Chardonnay
93 points
$45
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of apricot preserves, wildflower honey, buttered popcorn, mulled cider, and mocha latte with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, distinctive, medium-long finish that shows suggestions of buttery toffee, dried pineapple, and vanilla-caramel ice cream swirl with heavy oak flavor. A velvety, oak-centric pleaser from Russian River Valley.
Christeni Vineyards 2015  Chardonnay
92 points
$45
Light gold color. Elegant aromas and flavors of lemon bar, hazelnut, lime spritz, and bruleed tangerine with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, distinctive, medium-length finish with impressions of frosted spice cake, hints of sweet blonde tobacco, and dulce de leche drizzled pineapple with heavy oak flavor. A bold Chardonnay that boasts intense yet elegant fruit flavors mingled with sophisticated creamy oak.
Campo Viejo 2015 Reserva Tempranillo
91 points
$15.99
Best Buy
Garnet color. Earthy, mature aromas and flavors of dried figs and dates, balsamic reduction, rose hip jam, castelvetrano olives, and wet leaves with a round, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a complex, very long finish displaying notes of smoked almonds, candied orange peel, and carob. A mature, layered Tempranillo that drinks wonderfully now and will continue to blossom with time.
91 points $15.99 Best Buy
Wicked Grove  Crisp Apple Hard Cider
90 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Brilliant straw green color. Fruity aromas and flavors of spicy poached apple with caramel, hard apple candy, and apple soda with a supple, tangy, effervescent, fruity medium body and an amusing, medium-length finish that exhibits suggestions of dried peach and candied citrus peels. A mouthwatering, fruity Cider for carefree sipping.
90 points $6.99 Best Buy
Spoiled Dog 2017 Crawford Vineyard Merlot
90 points
$28
Black ruby color. Aromas of dark chocolate-dipped plum, strawberry jam, earth, and ripe red apple with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, complex, long cacao nib, nuts skins, and vanilla creme finish with firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. Bold tannins and rich, concentrated flavors set this wine up for the long haul; cellar.
Spoiled Dog 2017 Reserve Cuvee Pinot Noir
90 points
$36
Dark violet color. Aromas of ripe red plum, blueberry compote, heirloom apples, sun dried tomato chutney, and cinnamon pastry with a velvety, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-length candied beets, ripe peach, huckleberry, and buttery cobbler topping finish. A fruity, earthy Pinot Noir with a great sense of place.
White Horse Winery 2017 Reserve Cabernet Franc
90 points
$42
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of sliced fresh jalapeño, cherry coulis, and tomato leaf with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, involved, medium-long green peppercorns, roasted red pepper, creme anglaise, cacao nibs, and ground coffee finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A bright, inviting Cabernet Franc with an easy-to-drink light body and plenty of peppery complexity.
Domaine le Montoire 2019  Sauvignon Blanc
89 points
Golden straw color. Aromas of yellow apple, crenshaw melon on yogurt, water chestnuts, honey, and slate with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light body and an effortless, compelling, medium-length hints of lime, panettone, honeydew melon, and pears finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A bright, food-friendly Sancerre with refreshing minerality.
Contempo 2020  Chardonnay
89 points
$10
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of sweet apple compote, ground cinnamon, and toasted croissant with a satiny, crisp, fruity light body and a polished, medium-length finish with notes of chicha morada and a suggestion of oak flavor. Big fruit flavors shine in this simple, effortless Chardonnay.
89 points $10 Best Buy
Campo Viejo NV  Cava DO
89 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of apricot, orange blossom, golden apples, hint of rubber balloon, and shortcake with honey with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish that exhibits touches of kumquat. A crispy Spanish sparkler that opens the palate.
89 points $12.99 Best Buy
Campo Viejo 2018  Tempranillo
89 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Black ruby color. Earthy aromas and flavors of clay, thyme, macerated strawberries, moist tobacco, and olives with a tannic, crisp, dry medium body and a graceful, engaging, medium-length finish revealing overtones of dark chocolate, flaky croissant, and tapenade. A bold and balanced Spanish Red to sit proudly alongside grilled meats, charcuterie, or a juicy burger
89 points $12.99 Best Buy
Comartin Cellars 2018  Zinfandel
89 points
$30
Brick red color. Aromas of black tea with raspberry, caramel on chocolate wafer, and oaken box with a chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-length cherry and radish finish with moderate oak flavor. A supple and straightforward Zinfandel with lingering warmth.
Spoiled Dog 2017  Pinot Noir
89 points
$30
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of dark roasted berries, lit candle, singed medicinal herbs, and grilled beets with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, compelling, medium-length finish revealing nuances of grilled blood orange and heirloom tomato, sour cherries, smoked nut, and cherry tobacco with well-integrated, fine tannins and light oak flavor. An interestingly savory and smoky Pinot that will shine at the hunter’s table.
Lorenzi Estate 2017 Reserve Petite Sirah
89 points
$65
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of dried pineapple, apricot, fig bars, and honey with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a peppery, interesting, medium-long finish with shades of cacao nibs and herb foccacia. A port-like Petite Sirah with bold, fruity character; this craves a blue cheese crusted steak.
Le Champ du Roy 2019  Sauvignon Blanc
88 points
Yellow color. Aromas of golden apple, white sponge cake, and spring peas with a satiny, crisp, light body and a seamless, swift lemon, chalk, and brioche finish. A smooth and assuaging Sancerre for the table.
Contempo 2020  Sauvignon Blanc
88 points
$10
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of pineapple, passion fruit, yellow bell pepper, and lychee jelly on toast with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and an even, appealing, medium-length finish with notes of green apple and jicama. A juicy, fruit-forward Sauvignon Blanc with plenty of tropical flavor.
88 points $10 Best Buy
Campo Viejo 2019 Rosé Spain
88 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Pink coral color. Aromas of juicy plum, watermelon, and cilantro with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length strawberry and hints of banana finish. A fruity, summery Rosé with great crowd appeal.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Chevalier du Grand Robert 2019 Clairet Dry Rosé Bordeaux AOC
88 points
$14
Best Buy
Light siam color. Green aromas of fresh green pepper, graphite, cherry relish, and grilled plum with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a polished, medium-length wood-grilled mushrooms, black pepper, and plum yogurt finish. A summer barbecue friendly Rosé with rich color and bold, smoky flavors.
88 points $14 Best Buy
Contempo 2020 Dry Rosé Cachapoal Valley
87 points
$10
Best Buy
Pale pink coral color. Aromas and flavors of red cassis, bell pepper, and hint of bubblegum with a satiny, crisp, fruity light body and a graceful, quick finish with elements of underripe plum, strawberry jam, and lime. A gulpable Chilean Rosé best with hot days and summer fare.
87 points $10 Best Buy
Campo Viejo NV Rosé Cava DO
87 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Pale salmon orange color. Aromas of southern biscuits with honey butter, strawberry preserves, and citrus leaves with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, captivating, medium-length gravel, hints of apricot, lemon curd, and almond skins finish. Inviting, toasty aromas beckon the imbiber into this cheerful Cava; pair liberally.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Sea Salt 2020 Rosé East Coast
87 points
$14
Best Buy
Bright pink coral color. Fresh aromas and flavors of green gooseberry, green bell pepper, and green mango with a satiny, vibrant, spritzy, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish displaying notes of ripe strawberry and cucumber-melon cooler. A bright, somewhat green Rosé with a bit of sparkling lift; a festive and bubbly quaffer.
87 points $14 Best Buy
Brickstone Cellars NV Doyle Fournier Vineyard Chardonnay
85 points
Emerald straw color. Aromas of mango and papaya yogurt, young pineapple, and green apricot with a soft, vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and a polished, medium-length green apple, honey, lime, and chalk finish with no oak flavor. A lean Chardonnay in a delicate style; youthful green flavors make this a solid pairing for hors d’oeuvres.
Firebrand 2018 Reserve Chardonnay
85 points
$12
Pale yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of honey roasted pineapple, baking spices, lemon bar, and toffee with a slightly chewy, bright, dry thin body and a smooth, brisk finish with impressions of baked apples and vanilla-yogurt nuts with moderate oak flavor. A nice easy-drinking everyday Chardonnay.
Quanta 2017 Crianza Monastrell
85 points
$12
Black garnet color. Aromas of mixed peppercorns, prune, hibiscus, black tea, strawberry leaf, and new leather with a satiny, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a seamless, buoyant jam on black toast and raisin finish with moderate oak flavor. A chewy, leathery Spanish red with a solid fruity backbone; good for simple pairings.
Comartin Cellars 2019 Private Reserve Chardonnay
85 points
$35
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of dried apple, pressed apple juice, and quince with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and an effortless, short finish conveying notes of moderate oak with crunchy tannins. A bright and snappy Chardonnay sipper.
Sea Salt 2020  Sauvignon Blanc
84 points
$14
Silvery straw color. Grassy aromas and flavors of fresh English peas, grapefruit zest, light agave nectar, and fresh cut grass with a satiny, vibrant, spritzy, dryish light body and a graceful, breezy finish with notes of golden apples and sea spray. A bright and spritzy Sauvignon Blanc that instantly refreshes; fun and festive.
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