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Reviews for 2020

October 2020 - New Release Wine

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

New Release Wine Reviews

Greenhouse NV Pink Grapefruit Hard Seltzer California
91 points
White gold color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of club soda with lemon and lime, Pixie Stix, and grapefruit zest with a satiny, crisp, fizzy, dry-yet-fruity light body and a seamless, charming, medium-length finish. A smooth-sipping Wine Seltzer with lingering grapefruit flavor.
Four Sisters Ranch 2017 River Cab Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$23
Dark brick red color. Aromas and flavors of baked plum, orange marmalade, cedar, and peppercorns with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a peppery, interesting, medium-long finish with suggestions of ripe tomato and mint with moderate oak flavor. A dry, spicy, very food-friendly Cabernet with generous aromas of ripe fruit.
Water from Wine 2016  Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$30
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of grilled black plum, ripe raspberry, suede, soy reduction, cream pie, and sage with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, distinctive, long finish with impressions of black tea, dried blueberry, clove, coriander, and iron with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A bucking bronco of a HHH Cabernet Sauvignon that will pair perfectly with a dry aged steak.
Greenhouse NV Cucumber Basil Hard Seltzer California
90 points
Silver color. Aromas and flavors of sliced cucumber, sweet lime cooler, candied lemon, and honeydew melon with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dryish medium-full body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length finish. A cool refreshing cucumber Wine Seltzer; rock solid.
Water from Wine 2015  Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$30
Deep purple color. Aromas of huckleberry muffin, honey granola with cashews, and fennel with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a peppery, complex, long peppered toast, leather, buttered nuts, and coconut finish with moderate oak flavor. A robust, spicy HHH Cabernet with a rich palette of flavors.
Casillero del Diablo 2019 Reserva Carmenere
89 points
$12
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Smoky aromas and flavors of flame-grilled bell peppers, blistered blackberries, olive focaccia, hints of sesame, and soy with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, agreeable finish that shows notes of coriander seed with moderate oak flavor. A smoky, spicy, fruity Carmenere for grilling and chilling.
89 points $12 Best Buy
Frey 2019 Biodynamic Syrah
89 points
$20
Indigo color. Aromas of blueberry bread, milk chocolate chips, caramelized agave, flowers, and pepper jelly with a lightly tannic, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a warming, captivating, medium-length blackberry mint jelly, pomegranate chutney and black toast finish with moderate oak flavor. A distinctive and fruity Syrah for creative pairings.
Four Sisters Ranch 2018 Magic Tree Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$23
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of dried figs and dates, raspberry coulis, brandied prunes, and gingerbread with a slightly chewy, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, relaxed finish revealing impressions of chocolate chips with moderate oak flavor. A very ripe Paso Cabernet that will have you swimming in plump dried fruit flavors.
Water from Wine 2017  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$30
Black garnet color. Green aromas and flavors of grilled poblano pepper, black cassis, and blackberry custard with a tannic, vibrant, dry medium-full body and an even, stimulating, medium-long finish with moderate oak flavor. A firm Cabernet that deserves thorough decanting or cellar time.
Three Birds NV Lime Hard Seltzer California
88 points
Silver color. Aromas and flavors of club soda with lime with a satiny, crisp, fizzy, dry-yet-fruity light body and a silky, breezy finish that shows notes of hints of lemon-lime cooler and chalk with no oak flavor. A clean and citrusy Wine Seltzer that drinks effortlessly.
Three Birds NV Raspberry Hard Seltzer California
88 points
Silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of raspberry candies, club soda, Pixie Stix, and cotton candy with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dryish light body and a sleek, medium-length finish with no oak flavor. A fun, fruity but refreshingly dry Wine Seltzer that hits the spot.
Three Birds NV Mango Hard Seltzer California
88 points
White gold color. Aromas and flavors of peach jam, dried apricot, mango yogurt, and ruby red grapefruit with a satiny, crisp, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light body and a polished, interesting, medium-length finish with notes of club soda with no oak flavor. A fruity, peachy Wine Seltzer that refreshes.
Three Birds NV Cucumber Hard Seltzer California
88 points
Silvery straw color. Interesting aromas and flavors of sliced cucumber, dried mint, and hints of sandalwood with a supple, bright, spritzy, dry light body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length finish with accents of hints of allspice and lime. An interesting and somewhat complex flavored Wine Seltzer with big cucumber notes; dry and refreshing.
Contempo 2019  Montepulciano dAbruzzo DOC
88 points
$10
Best Buy
Black ruby color. Fruity aromas and flavors of raspberry coulis, dried cranberry, carob, hints of orange marmalade, and ginger with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium-long finish with notes of allspice and fennel with light oak flavor. A fruity, lipsmacking Montepulciano that will pair effortlessly.
88 points $10 Best Buy
Four Sisters Ranch 2018 Skeleton Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$23
Deep purple color. Aromas of chocolate pudding, sassafras, mixed berry coulis, dill, and terra cotta with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length baked berry crumble bars finish with light oak flavor. A rich and jammy Cabernet with a tasty just-baked vibe.
Stealth 2018  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$29
Black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of plum, creme de cassis, pickled strawberry, sassafras, and maple creme pastry with a chewy, crisp, dry medium-full body and a warming, medium-length finish that shows accents of spiced dark chocolate with firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich and full Napa Cabernet with a big fruity nose and dry, food-friendly palate.
Frey NV Agriculturist Red Blend California
87 points
$12.50
Best Buy
Dusty violet color. Aromas and flavors of plum tart, strawberry jam, savory herbs, and raspberry muffins with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and an even, relaxed finish revealing accents of jammy pie crusts with drying tannins and moderate oak flavor. A juicy, jammy red for the table and beyond.
87 points $12.50 Best Buy
Chevalier du Grand Robert 2018  Haut-Médoc
87 points
$17.99
Black violet color. Aromas of grilled plum, shaved hazelnut, cassis pie, jalapeño, and mace with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a smooth, engaging, medium-long plum tartlet, cocoa powder, pencil shavings, and sassafras finish with moderate oak flavor. A solid Haut-Medoc with a nice balance of fruit and earth.
87 points $17.99
Frey 2019 Biodynamic Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$20
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of stewed plums, roasted pecan, caramelized agave, cherry pie, and cafe au lait with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and an even, interesting, medium-length finish evoking elements of pickled berries on pastry and coconut with light oak flavor. A chewy, funky Cabernet with distinctive style.
Bay Bridge Vineyards NV Pinot Grigio Colombard American
85 points
$3
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of ripe pear, hints of marshmallow, and honey with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, captivating, medium-long finish displaying elements of underripe strawberry with no oak flavor. A clean aperitif-like white that will open the palate and pair well with light hors d’ouevres.
85 points $3 Best Buy
Greenhouse NV Mango Guava Hard Seltzer California
84 points
Pale straw color. Aromas and flavors of sliced apples, bananas, and fruit cup with a crisp, spritzy, dryish light body and an even, brisk finish evoking notes of ripe orange. A fruit basket of flavors tickle the palate in this fun, refreshingly dry Wine Seltzer.
Oak Leaf NV Pinot Grigio Colombard American
84 points
$3
Best Buy
Straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of fruit punch, sweet tea, and tinned pears with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a seamless, easy finish with no oak flavor. A juicy white quaffer with a dry-yet-fruity palate.
84 points $3 Best Buy
Three Wishes NV  American
84 points
$3
Best Buy
White gold color. Aromas and flavors of hints of tinned pineapple and passion fruit with a lean, soft, dryish light body and a smooth, brisk finish that exhibits touches of lemon supremes with no oak flavor. A simple quaffer for events.
84 points $3 Best Buy
Castillo 2019  La Mancha
84 points
$7.99
Black ruby color. Fruity aromas and flavors of raspberry jam, vanilla candle, hints of tropical fruit, and hibiscus tea with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, breezy finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A juicy red pleaser.
84 points $7.99
Quail Oak NV Pinot Grigio Colombard California
84 points
$8
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas of dried apple apple and hint of lemon with a lean, soft, dryish light body and an effortless, short pineapple spa water finish with no oak flavor. A lean and crushable white for a crowd.
Frey NV Organic Red Blend California
84 points
$9
Dusty violet color. Oaky aromas and flavors of black cassis, raspberry jam, blackberries, allspice, and charred wood with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a delightful, medium-length finish displaying notes of tobacco with drying tannins and heavy oak flavor. An oaky weeknight red for the table.
Four Sisters Ranch 2018 Michaels Way Red Blend Paso Robles
84 points
$23
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of baked plum, melon rinds, and banana candies with a supple, soft, dryish light body and a smooth, carefree strawberry, strawberry leaf, and blood orange finish. An easy drinking Paso Rhone Varietal Blend with an all-natural vibe.
Pacific Redwood 2019 Organic Cab Cabernet Sauvignon
81 points
$15
Black violet color. Interesting aromas of dark roasted agave, green banana, woodruff, bay leaf, violet candies, and espresso with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a warming, medium-length herb tea with heavy cream finish with moderate oak flavor. A distinctive, funky Cabernet for creative pairings.
Frey 2019 Organic Cabernet Sauvignon
80 points
$18
Black violet color. Medicinal aromas and flavors of berry shampoo, birch water, Cheerios, purple flowers, and candles with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, swift finish with notes of black tea with moderate oak flavor. A funky, chewy Cabernet for the table.
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