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Reviews for 2020

March 2020 - New Release Wine

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

New Release Wine Reviews

Lawer Estates 2016 Vineyard 600 Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$65
Dusty black violet color. Aromas of creme anglaise, ripe plum, black cassis, sweet tobacco, and leather with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, nuanced, medium-long toffee with roasted macadamia nuts, spice cookies, and darkest chocolate finish with heavy oak flavor. A scintillating Calistoga Cabernet with a silky, nutty style.
San Simeon 2016 Stormwatch Paso Robles
94 points
$90
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of dark chocolate cake with roasted almonds, dark plum, vanilla-caramel steamer, oolong tea, and champurrado with a chewy, vibrant, fruity full body and a warming, intricate, long finish manifesting overtones of earth with heavy oak flavor. A big, dominating wine with huge fruit and distinctive roasty notes.
Lawer Estates 2016 Vineyard Select Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$95
Black garnet color. Herbal aromas and flavors of black cassis, licorice, jalepeño, and cracked peppercorns with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, captivating, medium-long finish evoking notes of tobacco, nutmeg, and chocolate cookies with well-integrated tannins and heavy oak flavor. A rich and velvety Napa cabernet for oak-lovers.
Jarvis 2014 Estate Petit Verdot
92 points
$165
Black violet color. Aromas of plum, shellac, carob, pastry with rose hip jam, and hints of bacon with a tannic, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, intriguing, medium-long tawny port, nutella, and grilled nuts finish with firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. Big, bold, beautiful.. this Napa Petit Verdot begs for a second sip and a grilled rib eye.
Florida Orange Groves Winery NV Barrel Selection Peach
90 points
$59.99
Silvery emerald straw color. Elegant aromas and flavors of asian pear, ripe mango and pineapple spritzed with lime, coconut confection, and sunchokes with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish with no oak flavor. A perfumed nose and tropical vibe lend this fruit wine to al fresco dining and Latin pairings.
90 points $59.99
Lawer Estates 2018 Betsys Vineyard Viognier
89 points
$28
Pale golden straw color. Aromas of ripe pear and citrus blossom with a supple, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, amusing, medium-length peach, green apple, and carnation finish with no oak flavor. Concentrated aromas and a length palate make this an extroverted, refreshing summer sipper.
Chevalier du Grand Robert 2019 White Bordeaux Bordeaux AOC
88 points
$12
Best Buy
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of grapefruit, pineapple, and jicama with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and an effortless, medium-length finish that shows notes of fresh cut grass and lime sorbet with no oak flavor. A silky-smooth White Bordeaux with fresh grassy aromas.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Chevalier du Grand Robert NV Cremant Brut Rosé Cremant de Bordeaux
88 points
$14
Best Buy
Pale pink coral color. Aromas of wild strawberry preserves, candied cherry, tart raspberry, biscuit, and cracked pepper on fresh bread with an vibrant, spritzy, dryish light-to-medium body and a seamless, delightful, medium-length dressed radicchio finish with no oak flavor. A dry and flavorful Cremant that is effortlessly enjoyable and highly pairable.
88 points $14 Best Buy
Chevalier du Grand Robert 2017 Bordeaux Supèrieur Bordeaux AOC
88 points
$14
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of plum tart, cranberry sauce, green peppercorns, rosemary, and smoke with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, appealing, medium-length finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rock solid Bordeaux AOC ready to pair.
88 points $14 Best Buy
Chevalier du Grand Robert NV Cremant Brut Cremant de Bordeaux
87 points
$14
Best Buy
Pale yellow straw color. Aromas of lemon zest, almond croissant, and white peach with a satiny, lively, finely carbonated, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length toast with lemon curd and white grapefruit supremes finish. A lively Cremant that’s joyous and pairable.
87 points $14 Best Buy
Kenwood 2016  Merlot
86 points
$16
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of strawberry preserves, eucalyptus, bread pudding with plums, cracked pepper, and roasted bell pepper with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a seamless, refreshing, medium-length finish with impressions of baking spices, black licorice, and coconut with dusty tannins. A dusty, sultry Merlot that’s big on food-friendly spice.
Florida Orange Groves Winery NV Barrel Selection Kiwi
86 points
$59.99
Golden amber color. Aromas of apricot jam, fruit cake, dried peach, mango preserves, and hints of toast with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a tingling, medium-length bruleed tangerine, exotic citrus, lychee, and chamomile tea with honey finish. A bold, fruity wine with rich citrus notes; serve this fruit wine ice cold with Indian fare for maximum refreshment.
86 points $59.99
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