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Reviews for 2021

January 2021 - New Release

January 2021 - New Release
This month's Wine feature is New Release Wines

New Release Reviews

Wallis Family Estate 2017  Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$100
Violet color. Inviting aromas and flavors of crusty dark berry tart, chocolate craisin and orange peel, waxy honeycomb, and hint of leather with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and an effortless, involved, long finish manifesting notes of blueberries, violet and orange blossom water, and roasted pecans with chewy, drying tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich and chewy Napa Cabernet that is drinking with vigor and poise now, yet promises greater rewards with cellaring.
Mija NV White Sangria New York State
93 points
$10
Best Buy
Opaque cloudy golden yellow color. Aromas of tangerine juice, ripe mango, and hints of bay leaf with a supple, vibrant, fruity sweet medium body and a graceful, delightful, medium-long sweet apple finish with no oak flavor. A juicy and inviting Sangria that hits the spot; great for the brunch crowd.
Awards: 2021 Best Sangria
93 points $10 Best Buy
Wallis Family Estate 2018  Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$100
Deep purple color. Inviting aromas and flavors of chocolate toffee, bubbly berry pie crust, frozen French vanilla yogurt, and hint of dried flowers with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a seamless, charming, medium-long finish imparting shades of dried berries in cream, cedar, and roasted nuts with well-integrated, dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A lively Napa Cabernet with nicely balanced fruit and structure and a youthful stride.
Broadside 2018  Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$17
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Elegant aromas and flavors of grilled plum, spiced brown sugar sauce, dried cassis, and cinnamon creme with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, refreshing, medium-long finish with notes of dark chocolate, hazelnut, and green tea with firm, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A yummy Cabernet Sauvignon with attractive spicy character and great pairability.
90 points $17 Best Buy
Concrete 2016 Old Vine Zinfandel
90 points
$20
Black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of wild berries, tonka bean, and custard with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length finish revealing shades of tobacco and French toast with fresh berries with moderate oak flavor. A fruity, velvety Zinfandel with kisses of creamy sweetness.
Broadside 2018 Printers Alley Red Blend Paso Robles
89 points
$17
Ruby black color. Spicy aromas and flavors of spiced cranberry sauce, pickled tomato, licorice, black tea, and coconut with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, nuanced, medium-long finish with suggestions of ripe cherry, raisins, date cake, and charcoal with moderate oak flavor. A festive, firm and pleasing Red, perfect for the winter months.
Monte De Oro 2019  Muscat Canelli
89 points
$24
Pale yellow straw color. Aromas of apricot jam, honeysuckle, almond tea cakes, and candied violet with a round, soft, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-long apricot nectar, ripe fig and Meyer lemon finish. A delightful Temecula Muscat that will serve well as an aperitif, with shellfish or simply on its own.
Quinantu 2018 Red Wine Blend Maule Valley
88 points
$14
Best Buy
Black ruby color. Unusual aromas of smoked greens, black currant, blistered berries, and roasted root vegetables with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-length tart berries finish with coarse, grippy tannins and light oak flavor. An earthy Chilean red for grilled fare.
88 points $14 Best Buy
Crux Winery 2018 Estate Zinfandel
87 points
$40
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of raspberry crumble bar, lemon balm, and granola with a vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a brisk finish with light oak flavor. A light and bright Zinfandel quaffer.
Mija NV Red Sangria New York State
84 points
$10
Murky dull burnt sienna color. Aromas and flavors of orange juice, hints of pomegranate, and orange liqueur with a satiny, vibrant, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a seamless, breezy finish displaying overtones of hints of candied beets and grape jam with no oak flavor. A bouncing berry Sangria to serve on ice with good company.
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