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Reviews for 2020

August 2020 - New Release Wine

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

New Release Wine Reviews

Dewitt Family 2018  Pinot Noir
91 points
$65
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of raspberry muffins, hibiscus tea, caramelized mushrooms, roasted walnut, leather, and licorice with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a seamless, interesting, medium-long finish conveying notes of violet with light oak flavor. A yummy Pinot Noir with great acidity and flavors that pop; pure and thoroughly enjoyable.
La Quintinye  Royal Extra Dry Vermouth
89 points
Pale silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of ginger, coconut, white tea, gentian, dried mint, cinnamon, and anise with a satiny, lively, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length finish that exhibits overtones of peppercorns and hints of grapefruit zest. A French Dry Vermouth that will be a great companion to gin.
Yes Way Rose  Pink Lemonade Spritz
89 points
$12
Best Buy
Pink coral color. Aromas of hint of strawberry with a supple, crisp, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length peach, ripe pear, juicy orange, and sage finish. A sangria-like Spritzer that will be a fabulous poolside refresher.
89 points $12 Best Buy
Portento 2018  Petit Verdot
89 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of blackberry wine, raisins, black pepper, coriander seed, and basil with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, medium-long finish with firm tannins. A rock-solid Petit Verdot that checks all the boxes.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Contempo 2019  Pinot Grigio
88 points
$10
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of green apple, honey, ripe pear, candied almond, and peach yogurt with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and a graceful, medium-length finish that shows notes of honeydew melon and lime spritz. A bright and fruity Pinot Grigio with a refreshing rush of acidity.
88 points $10 Best Buy
Yes Way Rose  Peach And Ginger Spritz
88 points
$12
Best Buy
Pink coral color. Aromas and flavors of strawberry popsicle, watermelon cooler, hint of peppermint, and fruit cocktail with a lean, crisp, effervescent, fruity thin body and a smooth, medium-length finish that presents notes of minerals and lilac. A light and breezy Spritzer that refreshes; add ice, sliced fruit and a straw!
88 points $12 Best Buy
Portento 2019  Tempranillo
88 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of underripe raspberries, black cassis, dried figs, black tea, peppercorns, and dried herbs with a supple, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish manifesting suggestions of tobacco with a suggestion of oak flavor. A highly pairable Old World Red that will be a great weeknight adventure wine.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Casas del Toqui 2018 Reserva Carmenere
88 points
$17
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of roasted red pepper, grilled pumpkin, blackened pepita, and mole negro with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish revealing notes of mango and licorice with moderate oak flavor. A smoky, earthy Red that will play well with beef and pork.
Portento 2015 Crianza La Mancha
87 points
$17.99
Dusty ruby garnet color. Aromas of cranberry, raspberry, cherry tart, cinnamon, bay leaf, and mushrooms with a satiny, vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and a seamless, captivating, medium-length dried leaves, cocoa, brazil nut, and tobacco finish with light oak flavor. A dry, table-friendly Red.
87 points $17.99
Campo Viejo 2019 Red Blend Spain
86 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Fruity aromas and flavors of raspberry candies, sugar cookie dough, and banana with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, relaxed finish with chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A youthful, berry-centric wine with chewy tannins; pair with beef.
86 points $12.99 Best Buy
DH Lescombes 2019 Heritage Series Rosé New Mexico
85 points
$15
Light siam color. Aromas and flavors of cherry jellies, cranberry candies, muddled raspberries, watermelon granita, and frosted cereal with a round, bright, fruity light body and a smooth, snappy finish. A round Rosé with attractive fruit; a smooth sipper to serve well chilled.
Bonterra NV Red Blend California
85 points
$23
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of fruit cake, blackberry jam, plum pierogi, and agave nectar with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, brisk finish evoking shades of pepper with drying tannins and moderate oak flavor. A dry and chewy Red for weeknight beef.
Portento 2018  Merlot
84 points
$14.99
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of grain husks, strawberry, red bell pepper, and tomatillo with a silky, vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk pan con tomate finish with light oak flavor. A bright and youthful Red best enjoyed with a meat and cheese plate.
84 points $14.99
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