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Reviews for 2020

September 2020 - New Release Wine

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

New Release Wine Reviews

Comartin Cellars 2018 R-Bar-R Ranch Single Vineyard Pinot Noir
94 points
$56
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of pomegranate caramel tart, pencil shavings and matcha, lava rocks, and boysenberry vinaigrette with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-length finish revealing notes of choke cherry and huckleberry puree and nuts with well-integrated, chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A bright and inviting Pinot Noir that bring loads of tangy fruit and mouthwatering acidity to the table.
Porterhouse Winery 2016 Reserve Lot Red Blend Santa Ynez Valley
94 points
$60
Brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of exotic herbs and spices, baklava, palo santo, rose water, and cola with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, complex, long finish revealing notes of Craisins and dried apricot, salted heirloom tomato, spiced nuts, and pomegranate with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A muscular, chewy Red Blend with tantalizing waves of spice, fruit and savory flavors.
Wild Sun Winery 2018  Cabernet Franc
93 points
$42
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of fragrant red apple, ripe plum, cherry gastrique, graham cracker pie crusts, dill, and sage with a satiny, lively, dryish light body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length finish conveying nuances of black cassis tart, grilled red peppers, and sea salt with moderate oak flavor. An appetizing, high-acid red that will drink beautifully with full-flavor meats; drink now or cellar.
Wild Sun Winery 2019 Crying Stone Cuvée Blanc Réserve Missouri
92 points
$40
Yellow straw color. Aromas of golden apples, seven layer bar, and apricot with a velvety, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, amusing, medium-length wet stone and dandelion finish with light oak flavor. A rich and grown-up Chardonel with a flinty nuance that gives it a great sense of minerality; pair with upscale hors d’ouevres.
Champagne Langlet 2009 Extra-Brut Champagne
92 points
$58
Straw color. Aromas of brioche with apple compote, white cherry, spice cookies, quince paste, hints of petrol, and chalk with a satiny, vibrant, spritzy, dry light-to-medium body and a sleek, interesting, medium-long golden apples and young pineapple finish with crunchy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A bright Champagne that seems to have taken an anti-aging potion; sprightly and youthful despite its age and will continue to shine with more cellar time.
JDR Wines 2013  Sonoma Valley
90 points
$45
Black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of crispy cranberry toasts, dark chocolate drizzle, smoked meats, mocha latte, and mesquite with a chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, layered, medium-long finish that exhibits notes of black tea, clove, and greek oregano with light oak flavor. A robust, full-flavor Rhone Varietal Blend from Sonoma with deliciously integrated flavors and tannins.
Pin Point 2018  Pinot Noir
88 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Dark burnt sienna color. Aromas and flavors of dried cherries, hints of eucalyptus, seville orange peel, and chocolate wafer cookies with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, intriguing, medium-length finish with accents of red plum with a suggestion of oak flavor. A silky-smooth yet full-bodied Pinot Noir with hints of mint amongst earthy dried cherries.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Smokescreen 2016  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$35
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of red cassis, pencil shavings, carrot cake, licorice, and rose hip jam with a chewy, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and an interesting, medium-long finish with firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A firm, spicy Cabernet Sauvignon built for the long haul.
Wild Sun Winery 2018 Tempestuous Red Columbia Valley
88 points
$50
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of red apple tart, peach melba, spiced toffee, and toasty pastries with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish medium body and a tingling, intriguing, medium-length finish imparting impressions of lemon spritzed plums and chocolate-mint with light oak flavor. A vivacious, high-acid red; try with meats and cheeses for a lipsmacking pairing.
Wild Sun Winery NV Icarus Dessert Wine Missouri
86 points
$65
Brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of dates, mincemeat pie, carob, honey-drizzled panettone, and pomegranate molasses with a round, vibrant, sweet medium body and a warming, medium-length finish conveying notes of orange zest and sunflower butter with light oak flavor. A rich, sweet fortified wine that will be fun and festive for the winter months.
Jam Jar 2019 Sweet Shiraz Western Cape
85 points
$12
Light garnet color. Curious, smoky aromas and flavors of lava and flint stones, smoked cherries, honey glazed ibercio ham, and carob bar with a silky, crisp, fruity sweet medium body and an interesting, medium-length finish conveying elements of pomegranate and cranberry relish, plank grilled cherries and green apples, and chestnut honey with a suggestion of oak flavor. An interesting array of sweet and smoky flavors make this a clever choice for cheeses and desserts.
Currency 2018 Reserve Pinot Noir
85 points
$13.99
Dark burnt sienna color. Woody aromas and flavors of plum, cedar chips, rose water, and cherry fruit leather with a supple, crisp, light-to-medium body and a smooth, agreeable finish with elements of cranberry muffin, parchment, and clove with a suggestion of oak flavor. An easy-drinking Pinot Noir for casual sipping.
85 points $13.99
Wild Sun Winery 2016 Eclipse Dessert Wine Missouri
84 points
$40
Dark brown brick red color. Interesting aromas of chocolate wafer cookies, black tea, coconut cream, malted milk balls, spiced raisins, and hints of peppermint with a supple, crisp, sweet medium body and a warming, breezy tootsie roll, black licorice, cinnamon pastry, and chocolate-dipped pretzels finish with moderate oak flavor. A dense and chocolatey domestic port to serve with cookies after the meal.
Wild Sun Winery 2017 Crying Stone Cabernet Sauvignon
82 points
$65
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of graphite, spiced cherry jam, pink pencil eraser, fruit cake, menthol, and india ink with a lightly tannic, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, rapid finish. A firm and sprightly Cabernet for curious oenophiles.
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