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August 2020 - US Red & White Bordeaux Varietals

August 2020 - US Red & White Bordeaux Varietals
This month's Wine feature is US Red & White Bordeaux Varietals Wines

US Red & White Bordeaux Varietals Reviews

Reynolds Family Winery 2015 Reserve 300 Series Cabernet Sauvignon
96 points
$115
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of black cassis, figs and dates, dark chocolate, fine caramel, toasted pine nuts, cola, and menthol with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, long finish evoking notes of french silk pie, hazelnut spread, and licorice with silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. Supreme texture and elegant flavors mesh in this serious, upstanding Stags Leap Cabernet that is sure to please.
Jacob Franklin 2014 Hoffman Lane Cabernet Sauvignon
95 points
$75
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of ripe damson plum, black raspberry, black tea, violet, espresso, roasted hazelnuts, and eucalyptus with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, elegant, medium-long finish displaying shades of bergamot with moderate oak flavor. An almost impossibly well-integrated wine that offers a seamless melange of fruits, flowers, nuts and herbs; lifted, serious, cult-worthy.
Jacob Franklin 2015 Hoffman Lane Cabernet Sauvignon
95 points
$75
Black ruby color. Complex aromas of cinnamon potpourri, damson plum, black tea, carob, olive tapenade, and bay leaf with a round, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, complex, long cumin, rose water, dark chocolate, and anise finish with moderate oak flavor. A bold, intensely complex Cabernet Sauvignon with huge aromatics of herbs and spices; exotic, conversation-worthy, and should be the centerpiece of the table.
Freedom Estate 2016  Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$100
Black violet color. Fruity, oaky aromas of blistered berries, espresso, dark chocolate, rosemary, and cinnamon pastry with a slightly chewy, lively, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, elegant, long flamed orange, molasses cake, roasted mushrooms, and licorice finish with chewy tannins and heavy oak flavor. A bold and beautiful Cabernet that boasts brawn and grit now but should mellow and open up over time.
Porterhouse Winery 2017  Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$49
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of cranberry compote, orange marmalade, pickled mango, cedar, moss, and blossoms with a fruity full body and a long huckleberry gelato, white chocolate mint, and spiced nut brittle finish. A beautiful, perfumed Cabernet that gives ample waves of pleasure.
Jacob Franklin 2014 Camusi Vineyard #6 Mon Chou Napa Valley
93 points
$70
Black garnet color. Inviting aromas and flavors of chocolate ganache, huckleberry, damson plum, violet, menthol-mint, and pimento with a round, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, subtle, long finish manifesting notes of cola, caramel, and espresso bean with moderate oak flavor. A vivid and fruity red that’s hard not to love; this red blend will have you sipping in Technicolor.
Jacob Franklin 2016 Camusi Vineyard #6 Mon Chou Napa Valley
93 points
$70
Dark deep purple color. Inviting aromas and flavors of cedar, rambutan, pickled ginger, black tea, tobacco, and violet with a lively, dry-yet-fruity full body and a tingling, complex, very long finish with notes of crushed blackberries with drying, firm tannins and heavy oak flavor. A cascade of enticing aromas evolves into complex, long lasting flavors; likely to significantly improve with age.
Jacob Franklin 2014 Holbrook Mitchell Vineyard Cabernet Franc
93 points
$75
Dusty deep purple color. Aromas of almond-studded nougat, ripe plum, chocolate-peppermint cookie, thyme, and caramel with a velvety, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a smooth, subtle, very long oiled nuts, macerated strawberry, leather, tobacco, dried leaves, carob, and olives finish with heavy oak flavor. A spot-on Cab Franc palate-pleaser with gobs of Napa style.
Jacob Franklin 2016 Hoffman Lane Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$75
Bright black garnet color. Herbal aromas and flavors of red plum, black cassis, cinnamon-raisin bread with honey, menthol-mint, and ginger with a velvety, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a warming, nuanced, medium-long finish with accents of plum bread pudding with moderate oak flavor. A bold, herbaceous Napa Cabernet with an Australian accent.
Milbrandt Vineyards 2017 The Estates Merlot
92 points
Black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of baking spices, banana-coconut cream pie, leather, flamed orange, vanilla custard, and anise with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, compelling, medium-length finish with suggestions of ganache with moderate oak flavor. A chewy and decadent, well-structured Merlot for sipping or to accompany a fine meal.
Ryan Patrick 2017 Elephant Mountain Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
Garnet black color. Inviting aromas of ripe plum, black licorice, black tea, eucalyptus honey, and peony with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a refreshing, medium-long dark chocolate with almonds, blueberry jam, and toasty crepes finish with drying tannins and moderate oak flavor. A dry, complex Cabernet that will open up beautifully with food; potential for improvement in the cellar.
Intercept 2017  Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$19
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Aromas of cumin, sumac, strawberry preserves, magnolia, and mesquite with a satiny, vibrant, dry medium-full body and a tingling, compelling, long walnut, dark chocolate, and darkly toasted croissant finish with chewy, drying tannins and moderate oak flavor. A highly pairable Paso Robles Cabernet to delight your guests.
92 points $19 Best Buy
Pend d’Oreille 2018  Merlot
92 points
$22
Dark violet color. Aromas of ripe wild blueberries on greek yogurt, ripe plum, vanilla gelato, black raspberry, and sweet pea blossom with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long chocolate sponge cake, dried mint and hint of licorice finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. Vivid blue fruit and dreamy vanilla mingle in this palate-pleasing Merlot.
Tributus 2017  Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$24
Ruby black color. Fruity aromas and flavors of salted dark chocolate, pickled black plum, dried mango, ripe raspberry, pine, and bing cherry with a round, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, nuanced, very long finish with notes of plum chutney and cedar with moderate oak flavor. A hugely appealing nose leads to a juicy yet sophisticated palate that showcases Paso Robles terroir in a conversation-worthy package.
Spangler 2017  Cabernet Franc
92 points
$29
Dusty deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of blackberry muffins, wild blueberries, grilled vanilla bean, and chocolate gelato with a round, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, distinctive, medium-long finish with impressions of grilled bell pepper, orange marmalade, bergamot, white peppercorns, and violet with heavy oak flavor. Notes of smoked vanilla and juicy wild berries entice most any new world wine drinker to the glass; a rock solid cab franc with a distinctly Oregonian swagger.
Wildwood Oak Winery 2018 Abba Vineyard "Super Trouper" Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$35
Deep purple color. Aromas of macerated cherries, sarsaparilla, vanilla bean ice cream with raisins, and spiced french toast with a slightly chewy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, complex, long strawberry jam, brandied cherry, caramel, and oreo cookies finish with moderate oak flavor. A bold, high octane red that delivers ripe fruit, toasty spices, and piles of satisfaction.
Reynolds Family Winery 2017 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$60
Black garnet color. Aromas of black tea with cream, underripe strawberry, plum, leather, thyme, roasted sweet potato, and violet with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and an even, elegant, long mocha, buttercream, and lemon pepper finish with firm tannins and heavy oak flavor. A bold, brooding, velvety Napa Cabernet with a long life ahead of it; cellar or decant.
Greyscale 2017  Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$70
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of dried berries, gravel, cedar and pine sap, and candle drippings with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, interesting, medium-long roasted nuts and tobacco, dried banana, dried cassis and spices, and tar and mineral dust finish with chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A round, stately cabernet for pleasure now or later.
Jacob Franklin 2015 Camusi Vineyard #6 Mon Chou Napa Valley
92 points
$70
Deep purple color. Fruity, inviting aromas and flavors of ripe plum, raspberry tart, lilac, and lemon custard pie with a satiny, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, layered, long finish displaying nuances of cinnamon fritters and fresh berry jams with well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. A dreamy Napa red bursting with well-balanced fruit; sure to capture your guests’ curiosity.
Jacob Franklin 2015 Holbrook Mitchell Vineyard Cabernet Franc
92 points
$75
Brown brick red color. Aromas of chocolate toffee, toasted herb and tomato focaccia, and chalk board with a silky, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long dolmades, roasted nuts and mulberries, and roasted yams and beets finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A nicely nuanced and polished, herbal cabernet franc that will delight at the table.
Jacob Franklin 2016 Holbrook Mitchell Vineyard Cabernet Franc
92 points
$75
Garnet black color. Inviting aromas of dried cherry, bay leaf, pencil shavings, red bell pepper, and ripe tangerine with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, elegant, long bergamot, black tea, and black pepper finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. Well-marbled steaks are begging for this Napa Cabernet Franc.
Trinitas Cellars 2014 Cabernet Francis Pelkan Ranch Cabernet Franc
92 points
$80
Garnet black color. Savory aromas and flavors of roasted red pepper, spiced cherries, baked apples, bacon, and spice cake with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a smooth, elegant, medium-long finish that presents notes of mocha, orange marmalade, gingersnaps, licorice, and sassafras with chewy tannins and heavy oak flavor. A bold, savory and smoky cabernet franc which makes its presence known.
Porterhouse Winery 2014 Alko Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$85
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of dried berries, leather, spiced nuts, mint, and polished wood with a full body and a long finish that presents overtones of cassis pie a la mode and chocolate toffee. A rich and enveloping Cabernet Sauvignon that will be very versatile.
Milbrandt Vineyards 2017 The Estates Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
Black garnet color. Aromas of cafe latte, cinnamon candies, and pomegranate with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a polished, appealing, medium-long cinnamon rolls, cherry jam, and carob nut bar finish with moderate oak flavor. Big juicy fruit flavors cozy up to toasty baking spices in this warming, palate-pleasing Cabernet.
Pend d’Oreille 2018  Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$22
Dark burnt sienna color. Aromas and flavors of ripe cherry, watermelon, lingonberry jam on crepes, fennel seed, red tea, and brown sugar with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium body and a smooth, brisk finish with touches of honey brittle and nut-studded toffee with light oak flavor. Delicious, distinctive, juicy fruit aromas merge into a complex and highly satisfying sipping experience; pair this outgoing, fruity Washington Cabernet with warm weather fare and great company.
Yorkville Cellars 2018 Rennie Estate Vineyard Cabernet Franc
91 points
$36
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of plum pastry, raisin, apple butter, cardamom, and roasted root vegetables with a satiny, vibrant, light-to-medium body and a warming, complex, long finish with overtones of dried cherry chutney with moderate oak flavor. A spicy, complex Cabernet Franc with style for days.
Reynolds Family Winery 2017 Persistence Napa Valley
91 points
$60
Black garnet color. Inviting aromas and flavors of spiced plums, cinnamon coffee cake, grilled walnuts, and espresso beans with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, elegant, medium-long finish that presents notes of dried blueberry, chocolate tart, and mixed peppercorns with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A balanced and scintillating red that will surely pair well with rack of lamb.
Reynolds Family Winery 2016 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$60
Dark dusty violet color. Aromas of blackberry, cafe au lait, almond brittle, herb focaccia, and caramel with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long suede, black tea, and nutmeg finish with moderate oak flavor. A seductive Napa Cabernet that should continue to develop with time.
Austerity 2017  Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$16
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Fruity aromas of ripe black plum, ripe cherry, apricot, tangerine, olives, and toasted pine nuts with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-long chocolate-dipped orange peel, dried cranberry, and caramel finish with medium, well-integrated tannins and light oak flavor. Flashy notes of citrus fruit tickle the palate in this lively and summery Cabernet Sauvignon.
90 points $16 Best Buy
Chloe 2017  Merlot
90 points
$17
Best Buy
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of ripe raspberries, raspberry leaf, semi-sweet chocolate, and basil with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, intriguing, medium-long huckleberry, milk chocolate gelato, and roasted hazelnuts finish with moderate oak flavor. A sexy, restrained Merlot with great concentration and style.
90 points $17 Best Buy
Robert Hall 2017 Artisan Collection Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$17
Best Buy
Brown brick red color. Fruity aromas and flavors of ripe plum, pomegranate, cherry custard, hints of jamon serrano, and toasty pie crusts with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long finish with accents of dark chocolate and vanilla bean with moderate oak flavor. A nicely balanced Paso Cabernet that is sure to please.
90 points $17 Best Buy
Robert Hall 2017  Merlot
90 points
$19
Garnet black color. Inviting aromas and flavors of ripe plum, tobacco, creme brulee, raspberry jam, toasty coconut crepes, honey butter, and chocolate-dipped strawberry with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, complex, medium-long finish revealing notes of onion jam and berry quick bread with moderate oak flavor. A delicious and complex Merlot with a most inviting nose; a fabulous and elegant pairing for summer dinners.
Broadside 2018 Margarita Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$23.99
Black violet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of dried apricot, raspberry coulis, potpourri, and clay with a satiny, vibrant, light-to-medium body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-length finish displaying accents of Nutella with well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. A juicy new world palate pleaser with piles of flavor.
90 points $23.99
Spangler 2017  Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$29
Violet color. Aromas of boysenberry jam, tonka bean, white chocolate, toffee, and shortbread with a satiny, lively, fruity medium-full body and a tingling, charming, medium-long blackberry tart, cinnamon, and cardamom finish with medium, firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. Bold fruit flavors star in this youthful-but-ageable Oregon Cabernet; pair with grilled fare.
Yorkville Cellars 2018 Rennie Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$36
Dark garnet color. Fruity, elegant aromas and flavors of spiced toffee, custard, dried berries, and hints of lime-spritzed tomatillo with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a silky, interesting, medium-long finish with silky tannins and light oak flavor. An elegantly textured Cabernet Sauvignon that should age gracefully.
Ryan Patrick 2016 Rock Island Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of graphite, gherkin, charred toast, blistered cranberries, sage, and pico de gallo with a round, crisp, dryish medium-full body and a warming, medium-length finish revealing nuances of cinnamon custard and raisins with moderate oak flavor. A bold and spicy red for the table.
Chloe 2017 Red No. 249 Blend North Coast
89 points
$17
Dusty violet color. Aromas of ripe cherry, plum, blackberry cobbler, moist tobacco, and figs with a satiny, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a seamless, engaging, medium-long toasted nuts and honey cake finish with firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A firm but generous Bordeaux Varietal Blend with silky texture and pleasing aromatics.
Chloe 2017  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$17
Black garnet color. Spicy aromas of spice cake, plum butter, mocha, and anisette biscotti with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, involved, medium-long huckleberry jam, sage, ganache, roasted cashews, carob, and mint finish with firm, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A spicy, roasty Cabernet Sauvignon with a rich and fruity center.
Robert Hall 2018 Artisan Collection Sauvignon Blanc
89 points
$17
Yellow straw color. Aromas of lemon bar, graham cracker crust, and golden apple with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, delightful, medium-long spiced pear butter, cinnamon brioche, pineapple, and grapefruit marmalade finish with no oak flavor. A great pop of acid harmonizes with toasty lees in this wide appealing Paso Robles white.
Robert Hall 2019  Sauvignon Blanc
89 points
$17
Pale golden straw color. Aromas of honey, heirloom melon, white peach, and flint with a satiny, crisp, dry light body and a smooth, engaging, medium-long hints of sesame and wet stone finish with no oak flavor. A dry, mineral-rich Sauvignon Blanc with elegant notes of honey and soft fruit.
Broadside 2018 Margarita Vineyard Merlot
89 points
$17.99
Ruby black color. Aromas of honey vinaigrette on bell peppers, blackberry crumble bar, and cedar with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-length chocolate-covered almonds, chewy caramel, and cafe au lait finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A toasty, roasty Merlot with a distinctive hint of mocha.
89 points $17.99
Robert Hall 2017  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$19
Black garnet color. Aromas of spiced berry fritters, dates, and roasted meats with a creamy, crisp, dryish medium body and an effortless, interesting, medium-length chocolate-covered nuts, chocolate swirled brioche, mocha, and black tea finish with moderate oak flavor. A chewy, chocolatey cabernet that will hit the spot.
Spyglass 2018  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$19
Dusty violet color. Aromas and flavors of ripe plum, cinnamon-raisin swirl toast, chocolate bar, and hints of anise with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish that presents suggestions of dried leaves and cracked pepper with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. The bright and bold, big chewy cab you’re looking for.
Benziger 2017  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$20
Bright garnet black color. Aromas of bright cherry, peppermint, suede, and creme caramel with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long strawberry tart finish with moderate oak flavor. A seamless Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon that hits every note.
Spangler 2017 Claret Red Blend Southern Oregon
89 points
$29
Dusty dark ruby garnet color. Creamy aromas and flavors of cashew brittle, fondant, vanilla cream, caramelized fennel, and blueberry pancakes with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a peppery, stimulating, medium-long finish imparting touches of ripe plum, licorice, black tea, and bergamot with medium, chewy tannins and heavy oak flavor. A very oaky yet surprisingly balanced red that delights with bright acidity and fruity, creamy flavors.
Seven Rings 2017  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$34
Black violet color. Aromas of black olives, buttercream, ripe raspberry, carob, and herbal tea with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long bacon, sugared plums, and black pepper finish with well-integrated tannins and heavy oak flavor. A bold and smoky cabernet sauvignon with a savory balance.
Spangler 2017  Malbec
89 points
$35
Black violet color. Interesting aromas and flavors of blueberry jam, cranberry, mango, thyme, orgeat, eucalyptus, and grilled vanilla bean with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, layered, medium-long finish with drying tannins. A very distinctive Oregon Malbec with vivid fruit and intriguing herbal nuance.
Wildwood Oak Winery 2017 Abba Vineyard "Joshuas Landing" Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$35
Black ruby color. Meaty aromas of raisins, panettone, black tea, and peppermint with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, appealing, medium-length tonka bean, ganache, orange-caramel sauce, ripe figs, and dates finish with moderate oak flavor. A rich, dried fruit-forward Cabernet for hot-climate wine lovers; bold and chocolatey.
Portola Vineyards 2016  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$38
Deep purple color. Aromas of pickled plum, leather, blackberry pie, and dill with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, interesting, medium-length chocolate chiffon cake, herbed olives, and licorice finish with moderate oak flavor. A fruity and buoyant Cabernet Sauvignon with juicy purple fruit balanced by tingling spice.
Greyscale 2017  Merlot
89 points
$48
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of artisan raspberry tart, singed pie crusts, cranberry, and orange zest with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, engaging, medium-to-long finish revealing elements of clove and nutmeg with coarse tannins and moderate oak flavor. A youthful Merlot with great aging potential; well made and ready for the long haul.
Instigator 2018  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$11
Best Buy
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of cherry jam, tangerine, spiced peach cobbler, tar, and sage with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and an even, intricate, very long finish that exhibits nuances of ripe strawberry and pencil shavings with light oak flavor. A flavor-packed Cabernet Sauvignon that sings on the palate.
88 points $11 Best Buy
Big Six 2017  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$12
Best Buy
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of stewed plums, raisins, tobacco, spiced rice pudding, and spiced orange tea with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a sleek, interesting, medium-length finish with medium tannins. Enjoy loads of flavor in this fruity, spicy red that is sure to please.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Geneseo 2017  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$12
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Aromas of cherry jam, ripe strawberry, caramel, cola spices, and clove with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an even, interesting, medium-long ripe fig, plum, chocolate wafer, and pecan praline finish with moderate oak flavor. A roasty Cabernet Sauvignon that’s easy to pair.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Currency 2017  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$14
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Aromas of green peppercorns, baked figs and dates, honey cake, and sun dried tomato with a supple, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long ripe cherry, orange zest, raisin, and brown sugar finish with light oak flavor. A rich and fruity Cabernet Sauvignon with a just-baked personality.
88 points $14 Best Buy
Frey 2018 Organic Merlot
88 points
$15
Best Buy
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of mixed berry jam, charcoal, roasted root vegetables, and hints of licorice with a chewy, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length finish displaying shades of blueberry tart and rose tea with firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A chewy, beef-friendly Merlot for the table.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Frey 2018 Organic Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$17
Dusty deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of ripe plum, toasted challah with a cinnamon-sugar swirl, and honey with a satiny, lively, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, compelling, medium-length finish with light oak flavor. A juicy, fruity Cabernet that drinks effortlessly.
The Buccaneer 2017  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$19
Dark dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of cherry chutney and spiced orange tea with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish evoking shades of tobacco with light oak flavor. A juicy, jammy cabernet with big crowd-appeal.
Mount Pleasant Estates NV  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$50
Dark dusty violet color. Aromas and flavors of raspberry lambic, blueberry jam, cinnamon sticks, tobacco, sage, and ginger with a satiny, tart, dryish medium body and an even, interesting, medium-length finish with earthy tannins. An earthy Cabernet Sauvignon that pops on the palate with notes of juicy berries.
Trinitas Cellars 2014 Pelkan Ranch Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$75
Mahogany garnet color. Aromas of fruit cake, dried leaves, squash blossoms, dried berry tea, dill, and spiced apple compote with a supple, bright, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, delightful, medium-length sumac, black pepper, sea salt, and dried herbs finish with earthy, dusty tannins and light oak flavor. A mature, bone dry Cabernet Sauvignon best served with rich cheeses.
Milbrandt Vineyards 2018  Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
Garnet black color. Aromas of strawberry jam, watermelon, lavender, and burnt pie crusts with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length tart plum and graham cracker finish with dusty tannins and light oak flavor. A solid dry Cabernet that will fit in well at the table.
Firebrand 2018  Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$9
Best Buy
Dusty violet color. Aromas and flavors of hints of blackberry, blueberry, chocolate, and black olives with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, medium-length finish with suggestions of blueberry tart and baking spices with light oak flavor. A juicy, berry-centric red that’s easy to pair and sip.
87 points $9 Best Buy
Aviary Vineyards 2018  Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$15
Best Buy
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of chewy fudge brownies with nuts and whipped cream and berry compote with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, cheery finish manifesting nuances of berry pie with frozen chocolate custard, spinach with cherry balsamic, and smoked nuts. An easy drinking cabernet for everyday pleasure.
87 points $15 Best Buy
Benziger 2017  Merlot
87 points
$17
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of wild raspberry, hints of peach, toffee, and suede with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an appealing, medium-long finish with accents of black tea, licorice, and almonds. A tight-but-elegant Merlot with a bit of a Francophone vibe.
Stave and Steel 2017 Bourbon Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$19
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of mixed berry jam, toasty flapjacks, cherry-vanilla cola, and cedar with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, brisk finish conveying notes of plum and oak with barky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A chewy crowdpleaser.
Barefoot NV  Merlot
86 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Jammy aromas and flavors of smoked wood chips, blistered blackberries, toasty pie crusts, and baking spice with a supple, bright, dryish light body and a smooth, medium-length finish with moderate oak flavor. An oak-forward Merlot with a pleasing jammy fruitiness.
86 points $6.99 Best Buy
Line 39 2018  Merlot
86 points
$10
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Aromas of blackberry jam, bell pepper, and clove with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, brisk tobacco, toasted challah, and peppercorn finish with medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. A jammy Merlot perfect for burgers.
86 points $10 Best Buy
Line 39 2018  Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$10
Best Buy
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of plum butter, pomegranate, mixed berry jam, charred oak, and chocolate-covered figs with a slightly chewy, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, easy finish with notes of baking spices and black tea with medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. A solid California cab that delivers the fruit and oak you crave.
86 points $10 Best Buy
7 Deadly Wines 2017 Seven Deadly Red Blend Lodi
86 points
$15
Best Buy
Black garnet color. Aromas of black raspberry, black cassis, blackberry crumble bar, and tropical fruit smoothie with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-long black toast, roasted nuts, and cocoa powder finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. Bold, fruity aromatics and chewy chocolate flavor make this a simple and pleasing go-to for weeknight sipping.
86 points $15 Best Buy
Verada 2018  Merlot
86 points
$16
Ruby black color. Aromas of fresh bell pepper, blackberry jam, watermelon, and licorice with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length praline, ganache, and mushrooms finish with no oak flavor. A rich and gulpable Merlot for the weeknight table.
Agitator 2017 Bourbon Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$19
Garnet color. Aromas of cherry fruit leather, cedar, milk chocolate, and black licorice with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk raisins, vanilla gelato, cherry glaze, and nuts finish with moderate oak flavor. A fruity and friendly California Cab for the weeknight table.
Line 39 2019  Sauvignon Blanc
85 points
$10
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of green gooseberry, jalepeño, and pickled ginger with a silky, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, breezy finish displaying nuances of lime with no oak flavor. A new world style sauvignon blanc with vibrant green pepper and tropical aromas in lockstep with a zippy, food-friendly finish.
Aviary Vineyards 2018 Birds Of Prey Red Blend California
85 points
$15
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of fragrant plum, spice cookies, mocha gelato, capers, and caramel with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, brisk finish with moderate oak flavor. Wide-appealing aromas of mocha and spice star in this easy-drinking pleaser.
Frey 2018 Organic Malbec
85 points
$15
Dusty violet color. Aromas of pickled strawberries, kraut, pimiento, agave nectar, and spicy cinnamon with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, compelling, medium-long tart plum and flaked chocolate finish with medium tannins and light oak flavor. A piquant, pickley Malbec that will serve as a distinctive dinner pairing.
Tribute 2017  Cabernet Sauvignon
85 points
$16
Black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate covered raisins, vanilla custard, mulling spices, and concord grape with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a seamless, cheery finish revealing notes of toasted Hawaiian roll with a suggestion of oak flavor. A fruity crowd-pleaser with sweet-spicy aromas.
Concannon Vineyard 2017  Cabernet Sauvignon
85 points
$18
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of cherry jam, cedar, black tea, and dried herbs with a chewy, crisp, dryish light body and a graceful, medium-length finish that shows notes of mulberry, red licorice and parchment with leafy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A dry and chewy red for the table.
Imagery Estate 2018  Cabernet Sauvignon
85 points
$19
Garnet black color. Aromas of milk chocolate covered strawberries, root beer float, and allspice-dusted banana with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, buoyant custard pie with berries finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. A berry-centric red with sweet spices and easy-going style.
Barefoot NV  Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$6.99
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of mixed berry jam, cinnamon toast, cola, hint of olives, and oak chips with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, brisk finish with moderate oak flavor. A smooth-sipping, jammy, oaky pleaser for weeknight indulging.
84 points $6.99
Cycles Gladiator 2018  Merlot
84 points
$12.99
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of mixed berry jam, blackberry sorbet, tobacco, cherry candle, and peach melba with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a medium-length finish with medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. A fruity, oaky pleaser for weeknight sipping.
84 points $12.99
DH Lescombes 2015 Limited Release Cabernet Franc
84 points
$36
Dusty ruby color. Odd aromas and flavors of sun-dried tomato, tropical fruit, buttered rice, and coffee liqueur with a supple, vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A distinctive, atypical red that will pique your curiosity.
Barefoot NV  Malbec
83 points
$6.99
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate shake, blackberry jam, licorice, and clove with a soft, fruity light body and a smooth, brisk finish with moderate oak flavor. A plush jammy red quaffer.
83 points $6.99
Cloud Break 2018 Winemakers Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
83 points
$9
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of bread and butter pickles, sauerkraut, crepes with candid lemon and ginger, baked pineapple, and hint of rosemary with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, brisk finish with no oak flavor. A funky, zingy Sauvignon Blanc to serve ice cold.
Frey 2019 Organic Sauvignon Blanc
83 points
$14
Golden straw color. Aromas of wild lemon, citron, and cream with a supple, crisp, petillant, dry light body and a smooth, cheery yogurt with orange slices and hints of toast finish with no oak flavor. A citrusy, easy-drinking white for casual sipping.
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