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Reviews for 2020

December 2020 - New Release

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

New Release Reviews

Red Thread 2018 Estate Red Blend Howell Mountain, Napa Valley
93 points
$65
Black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of dark chocolate, creamy caramel, licorice, freshly roasted espresso beans, and chai latte with a lightly tannic, lively, dry-yet-fruity full body and a hot, complex, long finish with overtones of coconut and lemon curd with moderate oak flavor. A bold, bright and commanding Howell Mountain Red that turns heads.
Omina Romana 2016 Ars Magna Merlot
93 points
$70
Brick red color. Aromas of candied cherry, raspberry gelee, and red bell pepper with a round, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a complex, long leather, licorice, cola, and cafe au lait finish with silky, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A silky, well integrated Merlot that will fit right in with an excellent steak.
Estancia 2016 Stonewall Vineyard Pinot Noir
92 points
$26
Burnt sienna color. Inviting aromas and flavors of pickled strawberry, black cherry, marinated beets, and foraged mushrooms with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, complex, long finish that shows impressions of cinnamon, black tea, shortbread, and cranberry relish with light oak flavor. A delightful Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir with hints of maturity and nice depth.
Red Thread 2019  Pinot Noir
92 points
$45
Deep purple color. Herbal aromas and flavors of pomegranate, sweet cherry, red velvet cake, mint-chocolate, and coconut flakes with a round, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, interesting, medium-long finish imparting impressions of fresh parsley with moderate oak flavor. A rich Pinot Noir with marked herbal notes that lift the palate and create a highly pairable wine.
Omina Romana 2018 Ars Magna Viognier
92 points
$50
Light gold color. Fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of orange marmalade, vanilla bean, ripe starfruit, spiced orange tea, licorice, tarragon, and peach danish with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, nuanced, long finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and heavy oak flavor. A joyful Viognier with toasty and balanced oak kissed with notes of orange zest and vanilla bean.
Estancia 2017 Reserve Meritage Red Blend Paso Robles
91 points
$26
Black violet color. Aromas of juicy plum, black cassis confiture, licorice, and hazelnut with a slightly chewy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, elegant, long fine tea and pickled pomegranate arils finish with moderate oak flavor. A bold and chewy Meritage blend with mouthwatering acidity that will elevate steak.
Macauley 2018 Old Vine Zinfandel
91 points
$55
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate-covered strawberries, raspberry tart with dark chocolate ganache, black plum, underbrush, and hints of tobacco with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and an effortless, appealing, medium-long finish with moderate oak flavor. A big and chocolatey Zinfandel that delights.
Omina Romana 2019  Chardonnay
90 points
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of pineapple pastry, coconut cream, yuzu, chamomile, thyme, and minerals with a supple, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a refreshing, medium-length finish revealing suggestions of dried peach, corn muffins, and buttered croissant with well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. A bright, balanced, fruity and creamy Chardonnay.
Augusta Winery 2017 Estate Bottled Chambourcin
90 points
$8
Best Buy
Dusty violet color. Aromas and flavors of milk chocolate ganache, ripe blackberries, spiced cocoa powder, and hints of mint with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-length finish with notes of candied violet petals with well-integrated, silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A highly pleasing, chocolatey Chambourcin with wide appeal.
90 points $8 Best Buy
Augusta Winery 2019 Estate Bottled Chardonel
90 points
$8
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of pineapple glaze, sweet yellow corn, toasted apple cake, and lemon candies with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length finish displaying nuances of ginger and banana with a suggestion of oak flavor. A bright and full-bodied Chardonel with big fruity character and easy pairability.
90 points $8 Best Buy
Estancia 2018  Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$13
Best Buy
Dusty violet color. Aromas of dried cherries, cranberry, fig, licorice, and olives with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, charming, medium-length black tea finish with drying tannins and moderate oak flavor. A vivacious Paso Cabernet that will be a dream at the table; pair with rib roast, steak, pork chops and more.
90 points $13 Best Buy
Mark West 2017  Pinot Noir
90 points
$24
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of amarena cherries, sweet beets, ripe figs, luxury black tea, hints of caramel, suede, and spiced fritters with a satiny, crisp, dryish medium body and an even, compelling, medium-long finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A juicy, cellar-able Pinot Noir with bold structure and complex style.
Lawer Estates 2019 Cannon Block Unoaked Chardonnay
90 points
$32
Straw color. Interesting aromas and flavors of heirloom apples, honey on granola, wild lemon, dried flower petals, and ripe peach with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, intricate, medium-long finish displaying notes of pineapple cake with no oak flavor. A juicy, grown-up, smooth-sipping Chardonnay with great varietal character.
Lawer Estates 2019 Cannon Block Chardonnay
90 points
$36
Pale golden straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of roasted apple, hints of orange, tropical fruit danish with vanilla icing, and golden kiwi with a velvety, lively, fruity medium body and a tingling, layered, medium-long finish conveying notes of honey roasted seeds and nuts, vanilla cream, and orange zest with coating tannins and heavy oak flavor. A firm and generous Chardonnay with whispers of tropical fruit.
Omina Romana 2015 Ars Magna Cabernet Franc
90 points
$70
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of douglas fir, tart cranberry, dried cherry, flamed orange peel, and chocolate-dipped raisins with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-length finish imparting suggestions of ink, carob, black tea, and macerated strawberry with moderate oak flavor. A charming Italian Cabernet Franc that will pair effortlessly.
Estancia 2018  Chardonnay
89 points
$11
Best Buy
Pale golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of orange marmalade and butter on toast, apple strudel, and fancy roasted nuts with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish displaying shades of hints of pineapple and coconut cookies with moderate oak flavor. A smooth-sipping Monterey Chardonnay with balanced flavors.
89 points $11 Best Buy
Estancia 2017  Merlot
89 points
$11
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of blistered blackberries, ripe plum, ginger cookies, and crushed nuts with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a sleek, refreshing, medium-long finish with notes of charcoal and tobacco with grippy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A mouthwatering Paso Robles Merlot that won’t let you down.
89 points $11 Best Buy
The Dreaming Tree 2019  Sauvignon Blanc
89 points
$14
Best Buy
Pale yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of lemon-spritzed plantains, pickled grapefruit, honey, hints of mint, violet, and celery leaf with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length finish. A bright and charming Sauvignon Blanc with delicate, enchanting herbal notes.
89 points $14 Best Buy
Roga  Junmai Daiginjo
89 points
$18
White gold color. Aromas and flavors of pine nut brittle, honeycrisp apples, dried pineapple, hints of soy, and musk with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-length finish with accents of beurre blanc, clove, and horchata finish. A table-ready Junmai Daiginjo with a full body and grippy texture.
Magnífico 2019 Ignacio Marín Family Vineyards Grenache
88 points
$12
Best Buy
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of green bell pepper, ripe blackberries, and buttercream with a slightly chewy, crisp, medium body and a warming, compelling, medium-length finish displaying impressions of hints of dark chocolate and black tea with grippy tannins and light oak flavor. A rich Grenache that will be very versatile at the table.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Mark West 2018 Black Label Pinot Noir
88 points
$13
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Oaky aromas and flavors of crushed berries, vanilla bean, and smoked nuts with a supple, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish with suggestions of salted caramel and pie crusts with light oak flavor. A food-friendly Pinot Noir for the table with nice berry aromas.
88 points $13 Best Buy
Simi 2019 County Series Sauvignon Blanc
88 points
$13
Best Buy
Pale straw color. Aromas and flavors of white grapefruit, poached pear, hints of celery leaf, and white peppercorns with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish conveying notes of salted grapefruit segments and sweet apple with no oak flavor. A bright, palate-pleasing Sauvignon Blanc that will have you coming back for more.
88 points $13 Best Buy
The Dreaming Tree 2018  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$14
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of caramel, wood shavings, blackberry jam, and sweet tea with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, medium-length finish that exhibits accents of toast and roasted nuts with moderate oak flavor. A juicy, pleasing weeknight Cabernet with toasty oak flavors.
88 points $14 Best Buy
Ruggeri NV  Prosecco di Treviso DOC
88 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas of lemon custard, almond biscotti, and carnation with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, medium-length white peach and pink peppercorns finish with no oak flavor. A crisp, easy-drinking Prosecco.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Roga  Junmai Sake
88 points
$15
Best Buy
White gold color. Fruity aromas of sticky rice, jicama, honeyed peach, ripe melons, and strawberry with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, snappy white peppercorns and hints of preserved ginger finish. A fruity entry point into Sake that’s easy to love.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Black Box 2019  Chardonnay
88 points
$19
Light gold color. Oaky aromas of pickled pineapple, dill, jicama, and sweet blossoms with a silky, vibrant, dryish light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length baked peach and lemon curd finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A vibrant and steely Chardonnay that will work very well at the table.
Simi 2018 County Series Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$24
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of plum butter, nutmeg, spiced raisins, molasses, and earl grey tea with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-length finish with moderate oak flavor. A solid Sonoma Cabernet that checks all the boxes.
Robert Mondavi Private Selection 2018  Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$10
Best Buy
Dusty deep purple color. Aromas of blackberry jam on toast, cranberry sauce, coriander, and cigar box with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, amusing, medium-length vanilla bean, roasted, candied nuts, and licorice finish with moderate oak flavor. A rich and spicy everyday Cab that won’t let you down.
87 points $10 Best Buy
Clos du Bois 2018  Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$11
Best Buy
Dusty deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of cassis tart, oatmeal raisin cookies, cherry cola, hints of banana, and mocha latte with a satiny, dryish medium body and a sleek, medium-length finish displaying notes of tobacco and cedar with woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. A dry-yet-fruity red packed with notes of berry, spice and oak.
87 points $11 Best Buy
Estancia 2019  Pinot Grigio
87 points
$11
Best Buy
Topaz gray color. Inviting aromas and flavors of delicate pear, white florals, white peach, fondant, ginger, and slivered almonds with a satiny, crisp, fruity light body and a sleek, interesting, medium-length finish with no oak flavor. A delicate and restrained Pinot Grigio with a sense of elegance.
87 points $11 Best Buy
Estancia 2019  Sauvignon Blanc
87 points
$11
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of green apple, hints of almond, fresh lime, and wheat grass with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish with notes of underripe peach with no oak flavor. A solid Monterey Sauvignon Blanc with bright acidity and a zesty, grassy profile.
87 points $11 Best Buy
Los Conquistadores 2019 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$12
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Smoky aromas and flavors of blistered berries, charcoal briquettes, cacao nib, and grilled banana with a chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish with shades of cherry yogurt and cedar with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A chewy but balanced Cabernet for grilled fare.
87 points $12 Best Buy
Augusta Winery 2017 Estate Bottled Norton
87 points
$14
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of toasted almonds and coconut flakes, dark chocolate flakes, and dried berries with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish with no oak flavor. A simple red quaffer that goes down easy.
87 points $14 Best Buy
The Dreaming Tree 2018 Crush Red Blend California
87 points
$14
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of fruit cake, prune, and tobacco with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and an even, appealing, easy finish revealing notes of chocolate and licorice with no oak flavor. A dark, rich red blend for weeknight indulging.
87 points $14 Best Buy
Kwaya Cellars 2019 Organic Merlot
87 points
$16
Dark dusty violet color. Aromas and flavors of blackberry wine, dried dates, graphite, and apples with a chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, appealing, medium-long finish with woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. An oaky, slightly funky Merlot for the natural set.
Frontera 2019 After Dark Red Blend Central Valley
86 points
$6
Best Buy
Dark violet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of raspberry sauce on chocolate gelato, fertile earth, pickles, and pepper medley with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, medium-length finish with soft tannins and moderate oak flavor. A fruity, earthy Chilean red with chocolate undertones.
86 points $6 Best Buy
Robert Mondavi Private Selection 2019 Buttery Chardonnay
86 points
$10
Best Buy
Straw green color. Oaky aromas and flavors of vanilla gelato, toasty pastry, and hazelnut creme with a velvety, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and an even, compelling, medium-length finish manifesting notes of pineapples in cream with moderate oak flavor. A creamy, dreamy vanilla-scented Chardonnay for lovers of the style.
86 points $10 Best Buy
Clos du Bois 2018  Chardonnay
86 points
$11
Best Buy
Light golden straw color. Sweet aromas and flavors of poached apples, frosted cream cheese danish, cream soda, banana pastry, and hints of sassafras with a supple, bright, dryish light body and a smooth, brisk finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A supple and pillowy Chardonnay with plenty of California style.
86 points $11 Best Buy
Estancia 2018  Pinot Noir
86 points
$13
Best Buy
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of roasted nuts with maple syrup, toasty crepes, cherry cola, and mocha with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length cranberry and black tea finish with light oak flavor. A slightly oaky Pinot Noir with attractive roasty notes; an easy weeknight Pinot.
86 points $13 Best Buy
The Dreaming Tree 2018 Rosé California
86 points
$14
Best Buy
Steely amber color. Aromas and flavors of dried strawberry and earthy thyme with a supple, bright, dryish light body and an effortless, swift finish that shows nuances of cherry glaze with no oak flavor. A simple, slightly earthy Rosé with a fruity finish.
86 points $14 Best Buy
Black Box 2018  Pinot Noir
86 points
$19
Light garnet color. Aromas of spiced cherries, sumac, and cola with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length hints of orange and clove finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A solid Pinot Noir that will play well at the table and beyond.
Black Box 2018 Red Blend California
86 points
$19
Violet color. Spicy aromas and flavors of blackberry, mint, brown butter, mulling spices, and chocolate-covered orange peel with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length finish with moderate oak flavor. A fruity, spicy red that’s bold but uncomplicated.
Black Box 2019  Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$19
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of black cassis, bay leaf, gingerbread, mulling spices, vanilla, and orange peel with a satiny, crisp, dryish medium body and a silky, medium-length finish with accents of smoked meats and sun dried tomatoes with moderate oak flavor. A toasty, fruity Cabernet for weeknight sipping.
Crafters Union NV  Pinot Grigio
85 points
$6
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of cooked apples, pineapple, and banana custard with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, relaxed finish with no oak flavor. A juicy, effortless Pinot Grigio.
85 points $6 Best Buy
Crafters Union 2018 Daring & Elegant Red Blend California
85 points
$6
Best Buy
Black violet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of plum danish, spritz of lime, fruit punch, and raisin swirl toast with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, medium-length finish that presents accents of milk chocolate covered raspberry and blueberry with moderate oak flavor. An intensely fruity, bold red for weeknight indulging.
85 points $6 Best Buy
Frontera 2019 After Dark Cabernet Sauvignon
85 points
$6
Best Buy
Dark violet color. Aromas of fertile earth, pimento, violet, and spice cabinet with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, medium-length cherry candies and black tea finish with drying tannins and moderate oak flavor. A simple Cabernet quaffer for everyday enjoyment.
85 points $6 Best Buy
Fetzer 2019 Sundial Chardonnay
85 points
$10
Pale golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of peach tart, apple compote, pineapple cake, and coconut cookies with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a warming, medium-length finish displaying shades of cracked pepper with a suggestion of oak flavor. An easy-drinking Chardonnay in an everyday style.
Mark West 2018  Pinot Grigio
85 points
$10
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of diced apples, pears, pineapple fruit leather, and lemongrass with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy finish with notes of mango lassi with no oak flavor. A fruity, effortless Pinot Grigio for anytime refreshment.
Robert Mondavi Private Selection 2019  Chardonnay
85 points
$10
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of brioche, pineapple preserves, and honey with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish manifesting notes of pineapple pastry and hints of peach with moderate oak flavor. A juicy, fruity Chardonnay with toasty nuance.
Robert Mondavi Private Selection 2018  Merlot
85 points
$10
Ruby black color. Aromas of raspberry jam thumbprint cookies and pencil shavings with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length plum butter and oak finish with woody tannins and light oak flavor. A chewy, oaky Merlot to pair with casual meals.
Clos du Bois 2019  Pinot Grigio
85 points
$11
Silver color. Interesting aromas and flavors of melon, sweet orange peel, white peach, hints of candied peanut, and underripe pineapple with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, brisk finish imparting accents of Granny Smith apple with no oak flavor. A mild and refreshing wine for al fresco pleasure.
The Dreaming Tree 2019  Pinot Noir
85 points
$14
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of juicy cherries and raspberries, hints of toast, and herbal tea with a bright, dryish light body and a smooth, carefree finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. An appetizing, easy-drinking Pinot Noir for everyday pleasure.
The Dreaming Tree 2019  Chardonnay
85 points
$14
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of buttered graham cracker, candied orange, and hints of creamy banana with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish with impressions of Parker dinner rolls and moderate oak flavor. A juicy, oaky Cali Chardonnay that hits the spot.
Black Box 2019  Pinot Grigio
85 points
$19
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of juicy pear, honey, and hints of apricot with a satiny, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, breezy finish with accents of pineapple sorbet with no oak flavor. A fruity, friendly Pinot Grigio for the gang.
Black Box 2018  Malbec
85 points
$19
Ruby black color. Green aromas and flavors of grilled green bell pepper, blackberry jam, and coriander seed with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish displaying suggestions of spiced nuts and dark chocolate with a suggestion of oak flavor. A green and herbaceous Malbec with a chocolatey finish.
Frey 2018 Biodynamic Chardonnay
85 points
$20
Yellow straw color. Aromas of grilled apple, toasted marshmallow, dark roasted nuts, licorice, and hints of leather with a supple, soft, dryish light body and a smooth, medium-length cedar and ginger finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A funky Chardonnay for the table.
Frontera 2019 After Dark Sauvignon Blanc
84 points
$6
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of pickled white asparagus, meyer lemon, key lime pie, and petrol with a silky, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, brisk finish with no oak flavor. A crisp, savory Sauvignon Blanc for the table.
84 points $6 Best Buy
Cedar Ridge Winery NV Gothic Red Blend American
84 points
$9
Dark garnet color. Creamy aromas of parmesan, dried berries in yogurt, and fragrant plum with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk apple butter and jam finish with moderate oak flavor. A supple, fruity quaffer for the table.
Mark West 2018 Orange Label Pinot Noir
84 points
$10
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of dried cranberries, compressed watermelon, candied beets, and hints of earthy mushrooms with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a sleek, brisk finish with no oak flavor. A solid Pinot Noir for the table.
Robert Mondavi Private Selection 2019  Sauvignon Blanc
84 points
$10
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of citrus, melon, and fresh herbs with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, easy finish with no oak flavor. A bright quaffer for anytime indulging.
Clos du Bois 2018 Rosé California
84 points
$11
Pink coral color. Fruity aromas and flavors of strawberry shortcake and cherry jam with a round, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish with no oak flavor. Big fruit flavors stand out in this crowdpleasing Rosé.
Clos du Bois 2018 Lightly Bubbled Chardonnay
84 points
$12
Yellow straw color. Aromas of poached pear, buttery croutons, and hint of mint with a supple, soft, spritzy, moderately sweet light body and a graceful, brisk sweet marmalade and lemon drops finish with no oak flavor. A juicy off-dry wine to toast the season.
Clos du Bois 2018 Lightly Bubbled Rosé California
84 points
$12
Silvery amber color. Aromas of strawberry jam and sun dried tomato with a syrupy, soft, spritzy, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a silky, swift cherry preserves and vanilla buttercream finish with no oak flavor. A juicy, fruity sparkler to serve with cheese.
Pacific Redwood 2019 Organic Chardonnay
84 points
$15
Yellow straw color. Aromas of caramel-y tequila, spiced apples, pastry dough, and peanuts with a supple, bright, petillant, dryish light body and a smooth, swift buttered toast and lemon spritz finish with light oak flavor. A simple, somewhat oaky white for weeknight pairing.
Black Box 2019  Sauvignon Blanc
84 points
$19
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of golden kiwi, ripe gooseberry, passion fruit, and celery leaf with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, relaxed finish with no oak flavor. A ripe, outgoing Chilean Sauvignon Blanc.
Black Box 2019 Rosé California
84 points
$19
Pink coral color. Aromas and flavors of watermelon candies, cherry yogurt, and white strawberry with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, breezy finish with no oak flavor. A solid, crisp Rosé with a mild flavor profile.
Crafters Union NV Rosé California
83 points
$6
Best Buy
Steely coral color. Aromas and flavors of stewed strawberries, starched linen, and preserved lemon with a supple, soft, fruity light body and a graceful, brisk finish with no oak flavor. An easy-going Rosé for casual sipping.
83 points $6 Best Buy
Frey 2019 Organic Chardonnay
83 points
$15
Yellow straw color. Aromas of banana, raisins, sweet cream, and fallen leaves with a supple, crisp, petillant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, brisk apple compote on yogurt finish with light oak flavor. A simple Chardonnay quaffer for anytime indulgence.
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