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Reviews for 2020

April 2020 - New Release Wine

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

New Release Wine Reviews

Domaine Beausejour 2019 Les Silex Sauvignon Blanc
93 points
$45
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of pickled jicama, fresh cut grass, white grapefruit, white pepper, and hint of passion fruit with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish with notes of lime pie with meringue with moderate oak flavor. A spot-on Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire with great balance and concentration.
Awards: 2020 Best International Sauvignon Blanc
Bonterra 2017  Merlot
92 points
$16
Best Buy
Violet color. Aromas of acai, boysenberry, watermelon, sautéed mushrooms, and sandalwood incense with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an even, layered, medium-long pine nut brittle, raspberry vinaigrette, and peppered radishes finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A well-balanced and pleasing Merlot that will shine with food.
92 points $16 Best Buy
Carneros Springs 2018  Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$29.99
Garnet black color. Aromas of black olives, fresh herbs, lingonberry, dark chocolate-covered almonds, and salumi with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, very complex, very long roasted mushrooms, braised green onion, hazelnut, boysenberry, and violet finish with moderate oak flavor. An absolutely divine Cabernet Sauvignon with delicious, fully integrated savory notes; buy this!
92 points $29.99
Bonterra 2017  Zinfandel
89 points
$16
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Aromas of red apple, spiced pumpkin bread, berry preserves, and chestnut honey with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a hot, interesting, medium-length black pepper, ginger, and chocolate ganache finish with moderate oak flavor. A delightfully autumnal Zinfandel with lots of spicy character.
89 points $16 Best Buy
Eagle Lake 2017  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$16.99
Dusty deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of panettone with chocolate spread, raspberry crumble, sun dried tomato, black licorice, and sassafras with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and an engaging, medium-length finish revealing notes of boysenberry jam. A toasty, savory red that will offer a creative pairing at the table.
89 points $16.99
Lifevine 2018  Pinot Noir
88 points
$15
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Smoky aromas and flavors of gilled berries, sour cherry conserve, smoked almonds, and marinated beets with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish light body and a silky, relaxed finish with notes of cranberry-orange relish with crunchy tannins and light oak flavor. A smoky Pinot Noir that will pair well with grilled fare.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Bonterra 2018 Rosé Mendocino County
88 points
$16
Silvery amber color. Aromas and flavors of ripe strawberry, nectarine, fig, and honey with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a seamless, interesting, medium-long finish that shows overtones of almond skin, orange, and peppered cranberry with no oak flavor. A refined and pure Rosé that plays well with food and all on its own.
Bonterra 2017 Equinox Red California
88 points
$16
Deep purple color. Aromas of raspberry crumble bar, bay leaf, dark chocolate with candied orange peel, and peony with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length honey-roasted pine nuts finish with light oak flavor. A lip-smacking red for Zinfandel lovers.
La Fama NV  Prosecco di Treviso DOC
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of green apple, poached pear, orange flower water, and fresh grass clippings with a satiny, bright, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, rapid finish with suggestions of ripe apricot and chalk with no oak flavor. A juicy, stonefruit-filled Prosecco that will be a real crowd-pleaser.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Eagle Lake 2016  Merlot
87 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of ripe blackberry, raspberry leaf, cornichons, basil, eucalyptus, and jalapeño with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish with notes of chocolate wafers layered with caramel and pepper jelly. A lean and green Merlot for the table.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Bonterra 2018  Chardonnay
87 points
$14
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of cinnamon-dusted apples, apple fritters, banana cream pie, and Texas toast with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish conveying accents of creamy caramel with silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A solid California Chardonnay that checks all the toasty, apple-y boxes.
87 points $14 Best Buy
Bonterra 2018 Young Red Mendocino County
87 points
$16
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of cherry, lavender, sweet almond, and mocha-nut bar with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, charming, medium-length finish with notes of berry hand pie with well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A fresh and youthful red with juicy berry flavors.
Bonterra 2018  Sauvignon Blanc
85 points
$14
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of lime custard, white peach, and white flowers with a crisp, dryish light body and a sleek, breezy finish with elements of candied lemon peel, straw, and apple with no oak flavor. A friendly Sauvignon Blanc that drinks effortlessly.
Lifevine 2018  Chardonnay
85 points
$15
Pale straw green color. Aromas and flavors of bruleed lime, butter, apple soufflé, and marmalade with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, swift finish. A smooth quaffer that goes down easy.
Bonterra 2018 Blue Heron Vineyard Dry Muscat Muscat
85 points
$16
Yellow straw color. Aromas of honeysuckle, peach jam, musk, and spiced orange tea with a supple, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, quick panettone and lime spritz finish. A crisp and food-friendly dry Muscat.
Bonterra 2018  Cabernet Sauvignon
81 points
$16
Deep purple color. Interesting aromas and flavors of lanolin, sesame brittle, wood chips, plum tart, and hint of cream soda with a dryish light body and a smooth, short finish with no oak flavor. A dry, oaky red for the table.
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