February 2021 - US Red & White Bordeaux Varietals

February 2021 - US Red & White Bordeaux Varietals
This month's Wine feature is US Red & White Bordeaux Varietals Wines

US Red & White Bordeaux Varietals Reviews

Shenandoah Vineyards 2018  Cabernet Franc
95 points
$20
Best Buy
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of raspberry thumbprint cookies, grilled ladyfingers, redwood, and pimento with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, long chocolate mousse and baklava finish with heavy oak flavor. A decadent and distinctive Cabernet Franc that assuages the palate with creamy oak and enlivens with snappy fruit and charming terroir.
95 points $20 Best Buy
Alexandria Nicole 2018 Destiny Red Blend Horse Heaven Hills
95 points
$56
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of ripe fragrant plum, pomegranate, licorice, violet, and pimento with a chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a seamless, complex, long finish that presents accents of tobacco with moderate oak flavor. A brawny, highly ageable Bordeaux Varietal Blend to cellar for at least a few more years; vibrant fruit and acidity promise greatness to come.
Paradise Ridge 2018 Branham Vineyard Malbec
95 points
$58
Deep purple color. Inviting aromas and flavors of boysenberry, fine leather, coconut cream, shortbread with toffee, baking spices, and black tea with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-long finish with overtones of chocolate, honey, and blackberry sorbet with moderate oak flavor. A tasty, well-balanced Malbec that’s highly pairable; a serious Malbec for the enthusiast.
Paradise Ridge 2015 Barrel Select Cabernet Sauvignon
95 points
$65
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of black olives, grilled veggies, toasted coconut, blistered berries, and wildflowers with a lightly tannic, crisp, dryish medium-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish with notes of coriander, ginger, and chocolate-dipped crystallized orange peel with moderate oak flavor. A dense and vivid Cabernet Sauvignon for the long haul; juicy and decadent now but patience will be rewarded!
Reynolds Family Winery 2015 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
95 points
$125
Garnet black color. Aromas of chocolate-drizzled plums, caramel, curried nuts, and cola with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a distinctive, long tobacco, black olives, almond croissant, chocolate-covered jellies, and toasted coconut finish. A bold, chewy, complex Stags Leap Cabernet that delivers.
Reynolds Family Winery 2017 Steadfast Cabernet Sauvignon
95 points
$215
Black garnet color. Inviting aromas and flavors of dark chocolate, almond bark, fig bar, coconut, cedar, and caramel-drizzled berries with a satiny, vibrant, dryish full body and a warming, intricate, medium-long finish with suggestions of black tea and plump plums with moderate oak flavor. A seamless and elegant Napa Cabernet with a cult-cab personality.
Pedroncelli 2018 Block 007 Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$26
Garnet black color. Inviting aromas and flavors of dried raspberry, plump olives, hibiscus tea, and leather with a lightly tannic, dry medium body and an interesting, long finish with notes of chocolate and cedar with drying tannins and moderate oak flavor. A firm, complex Cabernet Sauvignon for now or later; pair with excellent steaks through 2030.
Basalt Cellars 2018  Malbec
94 points
$28
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of ripe blackberries, huckleberry, blood orange, hints of mint, and vanilla with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish that exhibits accents of honey-roasted nuts and cafe latte with moderate oak flavor. Pure, vibrant berry flavors will delight Malbec fans.
Basalt Cellars 2016  Merlot
94 points
$30
Dark dusty garnet color. Inviting aromas and flavors of cinnamon-dusted dark chocolate, dark-roasted espresso beans, hints of earth, and lingonberry with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a warming, complex, long finish revealing touches of ripe plum, candied ginger, and chai latte with moderate oak flavor. A bold, distinctive, wonderfully balanced Merlot for now or later; serve with excellent meals and excellent company.
Monte De Oro 2017 Estate Grown Merlot
94 points
$35
Dark dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of raspberry preserves, apricot tart, red and black licorice, and caramel with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, involved, long finish with accents of coconut, almond, and dried pineapple with moderate oak flavor. A balanced, never-heavy Merlot with distinctive Temecula flair; enjoy peachy nuances and a highly drinkable style.
Oak Farm Vineyards 2018 Genevieve Estate Grown Red Meritage
94 points
$40
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of toasted and buttered baguette with cherry preserves, herbed olives, raspberry jam, tobacco, and toasted nuts with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, nuanced, medium-long finish with moderate oak flavor. A juicy, balanced and effortlessly drinkable Red Meritage blend that satisfies.
Yorkville Cellars 2018 Rennie Organic Estate Vineyard Carmenere
94 points
$40
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of red peppercorns, paprika, red cassis, pomegranate, savory broth, and sumac with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, long finish conveying notes of strawberry relish with light oak flavor. A delightfully balanced, light-on-its-feet Carmenere that will blend in seamlessly at the table.
Trefethen 2018  Merlot
94 points
$45
Ruby black color. Aromas of cigars, spiced raisins, hazelnut, grilled cherries, and raspberry with a round, vibrant, dry medium-full body and a warming, complex, very long chocolate, espresso beans, and black olives finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and heavy oak flavor. A knockout Merlot from Oak Knoll that delivers great complexity and depth.
Reynolds Family Winery 2018  Merlot
94 points
$80
Black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of sweet tobacco, figs, raspberry jam, black olives, and toasted almonds with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, long finish displaying notes of leather and pie crusts with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A spot-on Napa Merlot that won’t let you down.
Eleven Eleven Wines 2018 XI Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$85
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of boysenberry, eclairs, sassafras, sage, and licorice with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dryish full body and a warming, complex, long finish with moderate oak flavor. A dense and brooding Oak Knoll Cabernet for fabulous steaks; drink now through 2035.
Soquel Vineyards 2016 Consonante Red Blend Napa Valley
94 points
$125
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of cassis tart, juicy plum, pencil shavings, pimento, lavender, black tea, and hints of roasted nuts with a lightly tannic, crisp, fruity medium body and a tingling, distinctive, long finish with firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A firm and poised Napa Bordeaux Varietal blend; decant or cellar.
Reynolds Family Winery 2018 Due Diligence Cabernet Franc
94 points
$140
Black garnet color. Complex aromas of black tea, cedar, dried figs, conditioned leather, and hints of eucalyptus with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish full body and a tingling, nuanced, medium-long hints of ginger, molasses, and mocha toffee finish with chewy tannins and heavy oak flavor. A dense and spicy Napa Cabernet Franc that will seamlessly pair with steak; decant or cellar.
Kayak 2017 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$14
Best Buy
Black garnet color. Aromas of raspberry and cherry coulis, grilled bread, and caramel with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, interesting, long blackberry sorbet, sage, and tea leaves finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A dry, chewy Cabernet for the table with a serious style; drink now or cellar.
93 points $14 Best Buy
Pedroncelli 2018 Three Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$20
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of almond bark, cinnamon-spiced chocolate, bananas, leather, and plums with a chewy, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, subtle, long finish displaying accents of spiced nuts and hints of cola with moderate oak flavor. A rich, Bordeaux-like Cabernet that satisfies; chewy, dry and deliciously complex.
93 points $20 Best Buy
Pedroncelli 2018 Barrel Select Cabernet Franc
93 points
$20
Best Buy
Rich violet color. Aromas and flavors of damson plum, vanilla-violet pastilles, red peppers, plump olives, tarragon, and dark chocolate with a lightly tannic, vibrant, medium-full body and a warming, involved, long finish that exhibits notes of cedar and spice cabinet with moderate oak flavor. A bold, chewy, highly satisfying Cabernet Franc with great varietal character and elegant style.
93 points $20 Best Buy
Alexandria Nicole 2018 a squared Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$25
Dusty black violet color. Aromas and flavors of dried plums, milk chocolate-covered strawberries, cedar, beeswax, and savory spiced nuts with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, very long finish with impressions of graphite and caramel with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A deliciously integrated Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet that will continue to harmonize even further with time.
Dry Creek Vineyard 2018  Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$32
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of grilled cherries, hints of jamon iberico, tobacco, and hints of mint with a lightly tannic, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, medium-length finish with suggestions of plum preserves, black forest cake and graphite with moderate oak flavor. A taut but willing Cabernet Sauvignon; decant or cellar to fully reveal its complexities.
AvinoDos 2016  Malbec
93 points
$42
Black ruby color. Interesting aromas and flavors of caramel buttercream, berry vinaigrette, cocoa butter, sage, and lavender with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a seamless, complex, long finish with suggestions of toasted coconut with moderate oak flavor. A very distinctive, rich and decadent Malbec with a fun herbaceous nuance.
Dry Creek Vineyard 2017 The Mariner Red Meritage
93 points
$50
Black violet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of black cassis, raspberry candle, blackberry pie, and hints of mustard seed with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish with notes of lemon zest and hints of dill with firm, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A svelte and juicy Meritage blend that should stand the test of time.
AvinoDos 2016  Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$62
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of black tea, dark chocolate, cola, orange zest, and baked strawberry pastry with a chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, distinctive, medium-long finish that shows impressions of toasted almonds with well-integrated, chewy tannins. A bold and brazen Coombsville Cabernet with great balance; best to let this one hit the cellar for a few years.
Modus Operandi Cellars 2018 Vicarious Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$65
Black violet color. Elegant aromas and flavors of chocolate-covered berries, espresso-soaked lady fingers, sassafras, aniseed, and coconut flakes with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, intricate, long finish manifesting shades of new leather with well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. A delight of a Napa Cabernet that delivers all the fruit, leather and spice you’re seeking.
Lobo 2017 Estate Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$70
Black garnet color. Aromas of blackberry, plum, and warm raspberries with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, subtle, long leather, tangy cranberry, ripe summer tomato, caramel, and bacon fat finish with medium, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. Lovely balance and style beckon the imbiber for another sip of this upstanding Oak Knoll Cabernet.
Keswick Vineyards 2017 Heritage Estate Reserve Red Blend Monticello
93 points
$74
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate-covered cherries, black tea, vanilla yogurt, black olives, gingerbread, and sandalwood with a vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, complex, medium-long finish with nuances of dark chocolate, licorice, and dried mint with moderate oak flavor. A lovely take on the Bordeaux Blend from Virginia; serious and steak-worthy.
Levendi 2018 Sweetwater Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$75
Violet color. Inviting, herbal aromas and flavors of spiced coffee, birria, marinated olives and peppers, and braised corn and sweet potato with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, long finish with nuances of artisan chocolate, spiced dried berries, toffee, and eucalyptus honey with fine tannins and moderate oak flavor. A meaty, spicy and complex Napa Cabernet to savor.
Lobo 2018 Estate Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$75
Black garnet color. Attractive aromas of dark chocolate, vanilla cola, pressed flowers, cigar box, and leather with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, compelling, medium-long toasted nuts, dried berries, and black tea finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A wholly appealing Napa Cabernet.
Monte De Oro 2016 Reserve Malbec
93 points
$90
Ruby black color. Aromas of dates, chocolate babka, eucalyptus, and coconut with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length berry sorbet, hints of dried herbs, and chamomile tea finish with light oak flavor. A lighter-bodied, distinctive Malbec with a unique flavor profile.
Benziger 2018  Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$20
Best Buy
Dusty violet color. Aromas of suede, cassis pie, tobacco, espresso, and spiced nuts with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, layered, long chocolate covered roasted nuts and Boston cream pie finish with heavy oak flavor. A decadent Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon that hits the spot.
92 points $20 Best Buy
Alexander Valley Vineyards 2018 Estate Merlot
92 points
$23
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of roasted strawberries, caramel-chocolate gelato, pie crusts, coconut, and berry tea with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, nuanced, medium-long finish with nuances of tart plum and raspberry sorbet with moderate oak flavor. A vivacious and distinctive Merlot.
Alexandria Nicole 2018 Gravity Merlot
92 points
$26
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of raspberry preserves, pistachio gelato, and frosted banana cake with a chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a warming, distinctive, long finish displaying nuances of chocolate-hazelnut latte, leather, and toasted coconut with chewy tannins and heavy oak flavor. A bold, multidimensional Horse Heaven Hills Merlot with big fruit flavor and luxurious oak.
AvinoDos 2020  Sauvignon Blanc
92 points
$28
Silvery emerald straw color. Attractive aromas and flavors of delicate lemon glaze, hints of golden kiwi, fresh cut grass, and citrus-scented cookies with buttercream with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, elegant, medium-long finish with no oak flavor. Mouthwatering acidity and lengthy flavor stand out in this upstanding Carneros Sauvignon Blanc; an excellent choice for California Sauvignon Blanc lovers.
Yorkville Cellars 2018 Rennie Organic Estate Vineyard Malbec
92 points
$34
Black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of plump blueberries, blackberry jam, graphite, and apricot granola with a satiny, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, captivating, medium-long finish that presents overtones of mocha gelato, fennel seed and peppercorns with well-integrated, chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A sturdy and serious Malbec; decant or cellar.
Basalt Cellars 2017  Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$36
Dusty deep purple color. Complex aromas and flavors of cacao nibs, sun dried tomato, rooibos tea, caramel popcorn, roasted nuts, licorice, and chai latte with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, nuanced, long finish that presents notes of raisins and caramelized eggplant with moderate oak flavor. A distinctive, slightly mature Cabernet Sauvignon with great depth of flavor; pair with pork, lamb or beef.
Monte De Oro 2017 Syngergy 65 Owners Red Blend Temecula Valley
92 points
$40
Dusty garnet color. Complex aromas and flavors of leather, black olives, fig jam, raisins, hints of peach, and coconut cream with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, epic, long finish displaying nuances of nut-studded scones with orange marmalade and marigold with light oak flavor. A lovely red blend that keeps things interesting; great integration of distinctive flavors and a juicy finish.
Alexander Valley Vineyards 2017 Alexander School Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$50
Black garnet color. Aromas of berry gelato, juicy plum, sandalwood, and vanilla tobacco with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, intricate, long raspberry glaze, dill, grilled coconut, and mocha finish with moderate oak flavor. A bold and dense Cabernet Sauvignon that will stand the test of time.
Modus Operandi Cellars 2018 Vicarious Red Blend Napa Valley
92 points
$55
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of plum butter, cola, berry preserves, toffee, hazelnut-maple creme, and honeyed nuts with a chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a smooth, intricate, medium-long finish with moderate oak flavor. A bold and balanced Napa red blend that offers piles of flavor; drink now or cellar.
Alexander Valley Vineyards 2015 Cyrus Red Meritage
92 points
$65
Black garnet color. Perfumed aromas and flavors of plum chutney, sandalwood, rose, and coconut with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, intricate, long finish with shades of honey-roasted pine nuts and lingonberry with moderate oak flavor. A bold, perfumed Red that offers a distinctive hedonic experience.
Lobo 2018 Estate Grown Single Vineyard Merlot
92 points
$65
Dark ruby black color. Aromas of chocolate-covered toffee, berry preserves, and roasted almonds with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long chocolate-covered nuts, nutmeg, black tea, and opera cake finish with moderate oak flavor. A sultry Merlot with staying power.
Trefethen 2018  Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$65
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of plum tart, toasted hazelnuts, coconut cream, and chocolate gelato with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length finish that presents nuances of cassis tart, nuts, and cedar with moderate oak flavor. A bold, chocolatey, juicy Cabernet Sauvignon that delivers.
Soquel Vineyards 2016 Intreccio Red Blend Napa Valley
92 points
$75
Dark deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of ripe mulberries, licorice, sage, raspberry vinaigrette, and clove-spiced chocolate with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a warming, intricate, long finish with notes of forest berry tea and toasty pastry with moderate oak flavor. A fruit-forward Napa Bordeaux Varietal Blend with welcoming flavors; an easy-to-love buffet of red and black fruits.
Levendi 2017 Sweetwater Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$80
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate-covered cherries, kirsch, hints of olives, peppermint, and apricots with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, charming, medium-long finish with moderate oak flavor. A juicy and distinctive Napa Cabernet with tantalizing acidity.
Monte De Oro 2016 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$90
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of damson plum, ripe figs, cola, spiced rum cake, and chocolate mousse with a satiny, lively, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, appealing, medium-long finish that exhibits suggestions of tea with cream and nut skins with moderate oak flavor. An intriguing and satisfying Cabernet with bold aromas, rich tannins and shareable style.
Levendi 2018 Legacy Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$120
Violet color. Inviting aromas and flavors of chocolate coconut macaroon, dulce de leche sundae, delicate sandalwood incense, and cassis shrub with a silky, soft, fruity medium-full body and a smooth, compelling, long finish conveying accents of craisin dusted with cocoa and cedar with dusty, chewy, fine tannins and moderate oak flavor. A seamless, sumptuous Howell Mountain Cabernet with great depth of flavor and panache.
Jarvis 2014 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$175
Violet color. Roasted aromas and flavors of roasted nuts, toasted cranberry bread, wood smoke, and olive tapenade with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long finish with accents of dried berries, mesquite honey, and flan with dusty, crunchy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A savory, well balanced Cabernet for pleasure now or later.
Jack Canyon 2016  Malbec
91 points
$19
Dark dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate-covered toffee, pickled berries, spiced plums, and blueberry crepes with a round, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-long finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A voluptuous, chocolatey Malbec that delivers brooding fruit and spice.
AvinoDos 2018  Merlot
91 points
$32
Dark ruby garnet color. Aromas and flavors of black raspberry, red cassis, strawberry preserves, and vanilla with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish with light oak flavor. A juicy, vivacious Merlot that offers vivid fruit and instant appeal.
Keswick Vineyards 2019  Cabernet Franc
91 points
$34
Ruby black color. Elegant aromas and flavors of bright cherry, hibiscus, red cassis, dark chocolate, and hints of bell pepper with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, interesting, medium-long finish revealing nuances of ripe strawberry and ginger with moderate oak flavor. A seamless Virginia Cabernet Franc with excellent flavor integration and palate-pleasing brightness; drink now or cellar.
Reynolds Family Winery 2018 Persistence Red Blend Red Meritage
91 points
$62
Black garnet color. Inviting aromas of raisin bread pudding and halvah with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, medium-long chocolate babka, honey, and Jordan almonds finish with moderate oak flavor. A delicious and instantly appealing Red Meritage blend with pastry-like oak.
Modus Operandi Cellars 2018 Rocca-Collinetta Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$150
Black garnet color. Aromas of mulberries, polished furniture, coconut creme brulee, and violet with a tannic, vibrant, dryish full body and a warming, compelling, long ripe red plum, nutmeg, and paprika finish with heavy oak flavor. A firm Coombsville Cabernet that needs time to develop; be patient while cellaring in order to tame this beast into a beauty.
Matthew Fritz 2018  Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$15
Best Buy
Indigo color. Aromas and flavors of dates, dried figs, turmeric, and bay leaf with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, engaging, medium-long finish conveying accents of chocolate-cherry crumble with moderate oak flavor. A rich and sturdy Cabernet Sauvignon with a distinctive style.
90 points $15 Best Buy
Pend d’Oreille 2019  Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$22
Dark dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of ripe blackberries, cassis cobbler, raspberry sorbet, and white chocolate ganache with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium body and an effortless, interesting, medium-length finish with moderate oak flavor. A fruit-forward, juicy and satisfying Washington state Cabernet that will be a hit.
Oak Farm Vineyards 2018 Estate Grown Petit Verdot
90 points
$35
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of blueberry pie, vanilla bean, hints of sweet tobacco, and milk chocolate with a chewy, vibrant, fruity fat body and a warming, refreshing, medium-long finish with chewy, coating tannins and heavy oak flavor. An enormous Petit Verdot with jump-from-the-glass ripe fruit aromas; an easy-to-love inky red for lovers of the boldest wines.
7Cellars 2018 Elways Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$39
Violet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of huckleberry syrup on waffles, apple sauce, and raspberry jam with a supple, tangy, fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish revealing notes of honeyed dried cherry and toffee with crunchy tannins and light oak flavor. A jammy, fruit forward Cabernet with effortless drinkability and balanced structure.
Cloak & Dagger 2018 Deep State Red Blend Paso Robles
90 points
$49
Deep purple color. Complex aromas and flavors of ripe plum, singed brownie edges, raspberry jam, and fresh herbs with a satiny, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, subtle, long finish with hints of rose with moderate oak flavor. A complex and distinctive Bordeaux Varietal Blend with well-integrated, stylish flavors.
Keswick Vineyards 2017 Block 7 Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$74
Black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of mulberry, chocolate covered caramels, cocoa powder, hints of olives, black tea, and dried raspberry with a vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, elegant, medium-long finish with nuances of toasted black bread with moderate oak flavor. A successful, steak-worthy Virginia wine; full-flavor, chic and complex.
Mina Mesa 2017 Red Blend Paso Robles
89 points
$11
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of boysenberry, nutty trail mix, lingonberry preserves, clove, and dark chocolate with almonds with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a polished, delightful, medium-long finish with moderate oak flavor. A juicy, full-flavor red for any season’s table.
89 points $11 Best Buy
7 Deadly Wines 2018 7 Deadly Cab Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$15
Best Buy
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate Tootsie Roll, vanilla bean gelato, cinnamon-raisin pastry, and caramel corn with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a smooth, medium-length finish with light oak flavor. A chewy, chocolatey Cabernet with a decadent vibe.
89 points $15 Best Buy
Chloe 2018  Merlot
89 points
$17
Ruby black color. Aromas of raspberry jam, charred carrots, toast, and fresh herbs with a velvety, crisp, dryish medium body and a warming, delightful, medium-long mocha, cola, carob, and hibiscus tea finish with moderate oak flavor. A lighter bodied Merlot that doesn’t skimp on complexity; pair with Latin steaks.
Chloe 2018  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$17
Dark ruby black color. Aromas of blistered berries, toasted coconut, dill, and tea with cream and honey with a round, vibrant, dryish medium body and an interesting, medium-long blackberry tart and iris finish with moderate oak flavor. A lush and outgoing, beef-friendly Cabernet Sauvignon; try with Korean beef dishes.
Biltmore Estate 2019 Red Blend American
89 points
$18
Violet color. Inviting aromas and flavors of wild raspberries, dried rose, rhubarb, dark chocolate covered blackberry, and hints of leather with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and an effortless, engaging, medium-long finish displaying overtones of graphite, white pepper, and sarsaparilla with moderate oak flavor. A juicy, alluring red blend that’s sure to please; instantly appealing and perfect for charcuterie.
Pedroncelli 2018 Bench Vineyards Merlot
89 points
$18
Ruby black color. Aromas of dried cherry, walnut, fresh bell pepper, marinated grape leaves, and licorice with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, compelling, medium-long graphite, coriander and black tea finish with moderate oak flavor. An easy-to-pair, strong-structured Merlot with a palate-awakening greenness.
Benziger 2018  Merlot
89 points
$20
Ruby black color. Inviting aromas and flavors of blueberry pie, blood orange, fine dark chocolate, and hints of mint with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, intricate, long finish that exhibits impressions of cinnamon swirl toast, marmalade, and hints of black olives with moderate oak flavor. A delightful Monterey Merlot bursting with stylish flavors.
Highway 12 2018 Red Blend Sonoma County
89 points
$20
Black garnet color. Aromas of crushed blackberries, lambic beer, toasted baguette, caramel latte, and bacon-wrapped dates with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an even, interesting, medium-long spiced tea and tobacco finish with light oak flavor. A bold fruity, funky red for creative pairings.
Gordon Estate 2016 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$23
Dusty dark violet color. Aromas and flavors of prunes, berry tart, raisins, kirsch, black olives, and toasted nuts with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length finish with notes of dill and pickled cherries. A fruity and wholly drinkable Columbia Valley Cabernet with lip smacking acidity.
Armstrong Valley Winery 2017 Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$24
Dark dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate-covered strawberries, black grapes, fruit and nut press, cherry tomatoes, and root beer float with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length finish with moderate oak flavor. A distinctive melange of fruit and spices keeps things interesting in this Pennsylvania Cabernet.
Alexandria Nicole 2018 Quarry Butte Red Blend Horse Heaven Hills
89 points
$26
Black violet color. Aromas of black cassis tart, blueberry pie crust, pickled plums, and rosemary with a tannic, vibrant, dryish full body and a warming, compelling, medium-long balsamic-drizzled chocolate and aromatic barks and herbs finish with drying, hard tannins and moderate oak flavor. A firm and frisky Horse Heaven Hills Bordeaux Varietal Blend with wild acidity and bold fruit aromas.
Pearmund Cellars 2018 Ameritage Virginia
89 points
$34
Dusty violet color. Herbal aromas and flavors of blackberry tea, sage, eucalyptus, and chocolate-mint with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish with moderate oak flavor. A fun, herbaceous Bordeaux blend from Virginia that has a bit of an Australian style.
Pearmund Cellars 2019 Ameritage Virginia
89 points
$34
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of roasted beets, yams, pomegranate glaze, and mocha with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish with light oak flavor. A nice earthy and fruity red that will shine with food.
Yorkville Cellars 2018 Rennie Organic Estate Vineyard Merlot
89 points
$34
Bright deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of blackberry, sage, black tea, and roasted pine nuts with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light body and a smooth, medium-length finish with light oak flavor. A breezy, table-ready Merlot with ripe fruit aromas.
DH Lescombes 2016 Limited Release Cabernet Franc
89 points
$36
Dark garnet black color. Attractive aromas and flavors of coconut macaroon, berry and fig muffin, and root beer float with dulce de leche gelato and whipped cream with a silky, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, engaging, long finish that shows notes of smoked praline with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A plush, fruity Cabernet Franc with an instant appeal.
Gordon Estate 2017 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$36
Dark dusty brick red color. Aromas and flavors of dried figs and dates, muesli, agave nectar, and dolmades with a slightly chewy, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, medium-length finish revealing notes of mixed fruit jelly and chocolate sauce with moderate oak flavor. An atypical Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon with baked and dried fruit flavors.
Monte De Oro 2017 Estate Grown Cabernet Franc
89 points
$43
Black garnet color. Aromas of chocolate cake, spiced orange tea, and peach cobbler with a vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, delightful, medium-long stewed dates, roasted espresso bean, balsamic reduction, and dark chocolate finish with moderate oak flavor. A dense, spicy, chocolatey Cabernet Franc with tall, dark and handsome vibes.
Dragon’s Tooth 2018 Red Blend Napa Valley
89 points
$65
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of mixed berry cobbler, black tea, geranium, and vanilla bean with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, complex, long finish with firm, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. An inky, fruit-dominated, Malbec-driven Bordeaux varietal blend bursting with berry flavors and taut tannins.
Barefoot NV  Malbec
88 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Black violet color. Aromas of blackberry jam, mulberry preserves, black tea, dark chocolate, orange blossom, and coconut with a supple, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish with light oak flavor. A juicy, toasty palate pleaser that hits all the right notes.
88 points $6.99 Best Buy
Firefly Ridge 2018  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$9
Best Buy
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of roasted plums, vanilla buttercream, sweet tobacco, and fig bar with a tannic, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length sun dried tomato and cinnamon finish with heavy oak flavor. A bold, food-friendly Cabernet for robust meals; pair with Italian fare.
88 points $9 Best Buy
Firefly Ridge 2017  Merlot
88 points
$9
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Aromas of raspberry tart, pomegranate, ripe plum, and hints of tangerine with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, engaging, medium-long chocolate-covered nuts and toasted cinnamon-raisin swirl bread finish with moderate oak flavor. A fresh, fruity Central Coast Merlot that develops into chocolatey, toasty flavors on the palate.
88 points $9 Best Buy
Voyager Point NV Red Blend California
88 points
$9
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of cigar box, blackberry jam, red peppercorns, and toasted pumpkin loaf with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish with nuances of brown butter with chewy tannins and heavy oak flavor. A very fruity, toasty red blend that will be a good weeknight standby.
88 points $9 Best Buy
7 Deadly Wines 2018 7 Deadly Red Blend Lodi
88 points
$15
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Toasty, fruity aromas and flavors of baked plums, blueberry cream cheese danish, creamy bread pudding, and cacao nibs with a chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long finish with moderate oak flavor. A rich and satisfying red blend with layers of fruit and oak.
88 points $15 Best Buy
7Cellars 2019 The Farm Collection Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$15
Best Buy
Black ruby color. Aromas of hibiscus, char-grilled nuts, strawberry fruit leather, pomegranate molasses, and sun dried tomato with a round, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long fudge and mixed berry jam finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A juicy, satisfying Paso Cabernet.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Black Box 2019  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of fertile earth, grilled fruit, aniseed, cocoa, and root beer float with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, captivating, medium-long cherry-vanilla tobacco finish. An oaky Cabernet that will certainly please lovers of the style.
88 points $19.99 Best Buy
Pend d’Oreille 2019  Merlot
88 points
$22
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of boysenberry, dried apple, chocolate wafer cookies, and hints of sage with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a graceful, medium-length finish with light oak flavor. A rich everyday Merlot.
Pend d’Oreille 2019  Cabernet Franc
88 points
$22
Dusty violet color. Aromas of ripe black plum, hints of olives, and coffee sorbet with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, agreeable hints of black cassis and cola spices finish with moderate oak flavor. A solid, wide-appealing Cabernet Franc for the table.
Gordon Estate 2016 Estate Merlot
88 points
$23
Dark ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of cherry jam, raisins, caramel, and fruit cake with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, buoyant finish with moderate oak flavor. A simple, easy-drinking Merlot with a bold dried fruit quality.
Oak Farm Vineyards 2018 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$40
Black garnet color. Earthy aromas of grilled beets, red cassis, chocolate-covered raisins, bell peppers, and licorice with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, charming, medium-long sun dried tomato, plum butter, and vanilla finish with moderate oak flavor. A bold and chewy Lodi Cabernet with distinctive earthy notes.
Reynolds Family Winery 2017 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$60
Deep purple color. Aromas of black cassis and raspberry vinaigrette with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, amusing, medium-length blueberry compote and hints of lavender finish with light oak flavor. An atypical Napa Cabernet with big acid and a light-on-its-feet profile.
101 North NV  Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$5
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Fruity aromas and flavors of mixed berry jam, berry popsicle, hibiscus, and vanilla with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-length finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A juicy, berry-centric quaffer to share.
87 points $5 Best Buy
Witching Hour NV Red Blend California
87 points
$7
Best Buy
Dusty ruby black color. Aromas of raspberry jam, shortbread, and root beer float with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity light body and a smooth, medium-length chocolate covered cherry and chocolate graham cracker finish with woody tannins and heavy oak flavor. The fruity, toasty, full bodied red you crave.
87 points $7 Best Buy
Mina Mesa 2018  Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$10
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Interesting aromas and flavors of dried berries, orange zest, hints of mango, cinnamon, and tapenade with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish displaying notes of peach yogurt with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A distinctive and stylish Paso Cabernet.
87 points $10 Best Buy
Tribute 2018  Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$16
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of plum pudding and tobacco with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, interesting, medium-length finish with nuances of juicy berry smoothie, hints of vanilla, and toasty crepes with moderate oak flavor. A juicy everyday red for sipping and pairing.
Highway 12 2018  Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$18
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of mixed berry jam, red apples, black licorice, and ink with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a medium-length finish displaying notes of tart cranberries and pencil shavings with leafy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A juicy, table-friendly red.
BonAnno Vintners 2018  Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$28
Deep purple color. Fruity aromas and flavors of ripe plums, cassis pie, raspberry jam, ginger-lime, and vanilla-scented tobacco with a round, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long finish with moderate oak flavor. A fruit-forward, drink-it-now Napa Cab that’s easy to love.
Alexander Valley Vineyards 2018 Estate Cabernet Franc
87 points
$34
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of fresh berries, black tea, licorice, and cornichons with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-long finish with light oak flavor. A velvety, fruit-forward Cabernet Franc that lingers on the palate.
Keswick Vineyards 2019  Merlot
87 points
$34
Black ruby color. Aromas of roasted pear and plum, fresh basil, and summer tomato with a satiny, crisp, dryish medium body and an even, appealing, medium-length dried raspberry and cacao nibs finish with moderate oak flavor. A rich and silky Merlot for the table.
Oak Farm Vineyards 2019 Estate Grown Malbec
87 points
$35
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of smoked cashews, dried cranberries, and tobacco with a supple, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, medium-length finish evoking notes of toast with butter and berry jelly with heavy oak flavor. A smoky, toasty Malbec with a fruity appeal.
Oak Farm Vineyards 2018 Estate Grown Merlot
87 points
$35
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of warm berry cobbler, cafe latte, and candied bacon with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, amusing, medium-long finish displaying notes of butterscotch with heavy oak flavor. A smoky, oaky Lodi Merlot with warm spices and a toasty persuasion.
Alexandria Nicole 2018 Alderdale Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$42
Dusty deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of sandalwood, dried fruits, and pencil shavings with a tannic, crisp, dry medium-full body and a warming, breezy finish with woody tannins and heavy oak flavor. A tannic and taut Cabernet for the table.
Cloak & Dagger 2018 Espionage Red Blend Paso Robles
87 points
$47
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of cream of coconut, cassis, and dill with a lightly tannic, tart, dry medium body and a warming, medium-long finish with overtones of basil and graphite with firm, harsh tannins and moderate oak flavor. A firm and dense Bordeaux Varietal Blend for rich beef entrees.
Cloak & Dagger 2018 Subterfuge Red Blend Paso Robles
87 points
$47
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of roasted raisins and plums, cinnamon, dried herbs, and black olives with a supple, crisp, dryish medium body and a graceful, captivating, medium-length finish revealing suggestions of chocolate covered almonds, lemon custard tart, and black tea with cream with moderate oak flavor. An interesting Bordeaux Varietal Blend from Paso that’s at once bright and sultry.
Paradise Ridge 2018  Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$50
Black garnet color. Aromas of berry muffins, tea with cream, smoked meats, and flourless chocolate cake with a lightly tannic, lively, dry medium body and a refreshing, medium-long cranberry, red cassis, and pimento finish with light oak flavor. A racy Cabernet Sauvignon to unwind in the cellar; drink in 3-10 years.
Cocobon Vineyards NV Red Blend California
86 points
$6
Best Buy
Black ruby color. Fruity aromas and flavors of mixed berry jam, berry muffins, and chocolate icing with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and an even, brisk finish that exhibits elements of apple pie with moderate oak flavor. A weeknight red quaffer that won’t let you down.
86 points $6 Best Buy
Barefoot NV  Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Black violet color. Aromas of black cassis preserves, singed pie crusts, oregano, and graphite with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length berry-pepper relish, peppercorns, and chocolate shavings finish with heavy oak flavor. A fruit-forward California Cabernet that checks all the boxes.
86 points $6.99 Best Buy
Cannonball 2018  Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$15
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of ripe black plum, blackberry jam, charred nuts, and ganache with a slightly chewy, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and an effortless, easy finish with moderate oak flavor. A berry-laden Cabernet Sauvignon that hits the spot.
86 points $15 Best Buy
Sobon Estate 2018  Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$18
Dark dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of red cassis, pomegranate, prunes, and leather with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, medium-length finish with light oak flavor. Dark red and black fruits abound in this weeknight crusher.
Shenandoah Vineyards 2018 Rezerve® Malbec
86 points
$24
Dusty dark ruby color. Alliaceous aromas and flavors of pickled garlic scapes, sun dried tomato, strawberry relish, and caramel corn with a silky, bright, light-to-medium body and an even, medium-length finish manifesting overtones of chocolate cookies and smoked coffee beans with heavy oak flavor. A savory, smoky, oaky Malbec that marches to the beat of its own drum.
Biltmore Estate 2018 Limited Release Malbec
86 points
$28
Deep purple color. Aromas of prunes, toffee with roasted nuts, fruit cake, and cinnamon-raisin bread with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium body and a warming, medium-length blackberry jam and buttered toast with cinnamon and sugar finish with moderate oak flavor. A dense and fruity Malbec with a port-like swagger.
Keswick Vineyards 2019 Estate Reserve Cabernet Franc
86 points
$39
Deep purple color. Earthy aromas of dark roasted coffee beans, chocolate buttercream, mulberries, barnyard, and tomato leaf with a velvety, vibrant, dry medium body and a smooth, breezy tart cherries and fertile earth finish with heavy oak flavor. A creamy, earthy Cabernet Franc for the natural set.
Winemakers Selection 2018  Cabernet Sauvignon
85 points
$5
Best Buy
Dusty garnet color. Oaky aromas and flavors of pencil shavings, tobacco, and singed berry pie crusts with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, relaxed finish with heavy oak flavor. An oak-centric Cabernet for anytime sipping.
85 points $5 Best Buy
Cocobon Vineyards NV Dark Red Blend California
85 points
$6
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Aromas of plum pie, dried figs, fruit cake, spiced cherries, and molasses with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, medium-length hints of candied bacon and toasty waffles finish with moderate oak flavor. A distinctive red blend with bold dried fruit character and hints of smokiness.
85 points $6 Best Buy
Barefoot NV  Merlot
85 points
$6.99
Deep purple color. Oaky aromas of sweet tobacco, plum jam, vanilla granola, cinnamon churros, and roasted poblano peppers with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, breezy plum finish with moderate oak flavor. A rich, toasty everyday Merlot with big oak flavors.
85 points $6.99
CK Mondavi 2018  Merlot
85 points
$7
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of swisher sweets, dried cherries, and raspberry tea with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, buoyant finish that shows accents of vanilla soft serve, toasty waffles, and blackberry jam with moderate oak flavor. An oaky Merlot for everyday quaffing.
Chloe 2018 No. 249 Red Blend California
85 points
$17
Dark dusty violet color. Aromas and flavors of blackberry jam, tobacco, and clove with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish medium body and a sleek, interesting, medium-length finish displaying notes of baking spices and berry-vanilla smoothie with moderate oak flavor. A solid Bordeaux varietal blend that will fit in neatly at the table.
Jitterbug 2019  Sauvignon Blanc
85 points
$18
Straw color. Fruity aromas of tart peach candies, ripe pear, and sweet ginger with a supple, crisp, dry light body and a smooth, rapid spritz of lemon and underripe stone fruit finish with no oak flavor. A crisp white to pair with shellfish.
Biltmore Estate 2019  Cabernet Sauvignon
85 points
$22
Garnet black color. Aromas of blistered berries, figgy pudding, bramble, cherry-scented tobacco, and herbs de provence with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, engaging, medium-long juicy plums, dark chocolate, and coffee beans finish with moderate oak flavor. A rich, full-flavor Cabernet with toasty oak and juicy fruit.
Armstrong Valley Winery 2018 Estate Reserve Merlot
85 points
$23
Dusty ruby color. Fruity aromas and flavors of seedless grapes, fruit punch, and pomegranate sorbet with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a sleek, medium-length finish manifesting notes of hints of toast with light oak flavor. A fruit-forward quaffer with a tangy pomegranate tone.
Monte De Oro 2017 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon
85 points
$38
Brick red color. Aromas of ripe peach, mixed melons, cherry conserves, and cranberry-orange relish with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, appealing, medium-length roasted red pepper finish with light oak flavor. A unique, lighter-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon with distinctive fruit character that offers something truly different.
Keswick Vineyards 2019 Estate Reserve Merlot
85 points
$39
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of spiced plum pudding, boysenberry, and hints of graphite with a silky, lively, dry medium body and a medium finish. A bright, medium bodied Merlot with lush fruit aromas; pair with beef Bourguignon.
Ancient Roots NV Red Blend California
84 points
$7
Dusty garnet color. Woody aromas of raspberry fruit leather, balsa wood, milk chocolate, and old fashioned donut with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, crisp cherry jam and toasted white bread finish with woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. A light-on-its-feet red blend for fruit and oak lovers.
CK Mondavi 2018  Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$7
Dusty violet color. Oaky aromas and flavors of blueberry handpie, swisher sweets, vanilla-spice bread pudding, and hints of mint with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-length finish with woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. A toasty California quaffer for weeknight indulging.
Cannonball 2019  Sauvignon Blanc
84 points
$14
Pale straw green color. Aromas and flavors of white peach, condensed milk, and white strawberries with a supple, vibrant, dry light body and a smooth, medium-length finish with no oak flavor. A dry, sprightly Sauvignon Blanc that whets the whistle.
DH Lescombes 631 Signature Series 2019  Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$15
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of beets, tomatoes, ripe wild cherry, and green fig with a satiny, crisp, dryish medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish that exhibits nuances of sorrel with light oak flavor. A savory and distinctive Cabernet from up-and-coming New Mexico.
Imagery Estate 2019  Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$19
Violet color. Fruity aromas of mixed berry jam and honey-roasted nuts with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, brisk vanilla soft serve and berry compote finish with no oak flavor. A fruit-forward, gulpable quaffer for weeknight indulging.
Armstrong Valley Winery 2017 Armstrong Red Blend American
84 points
$24
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of caramelized squash, rooibos tea, dried fruit, and olives with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish that exhibits accents of white chocolate-covered pretzels with light oak flavor. An earthy, savory Bordeaux varietal blend for the table.
DH Lescombes 2015 Limited Release Petit Verdot
84 points
$38
Black garnet color. Aromas of fruit cake, agrodolce, and pickled celery and plums with a tannic, prickly, dryish medium body and a hot, interesting, medium-length whole grain toast and black pepper sauce finish with moderate oak flavor. A high-octane, full throttle red.
Armstrong Valley Winery 2018 Estate Reserve Cabernet Franc
82 points
$23
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of granny smith apple, underripe berries, and sour cherry candies with a supple, tangy, dryish light-to-medium body and a hot, swift finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A tangy quaffer for rich, homestyle foods.
Yorkville Cellars 2018 Rennie Organic Estate Vineyard Petit Verdot
82 points
$36
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of blueberry kombucha, berry toaster pastry, dark chocolate, candied ginger, and ripe banana with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, refreshing, medium-length finish conveying notes of boysenberry tart with light oak flavor. A bold, berry-centric Petit Verdot with sass.
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