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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.