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February 2021 - New Release

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

New Release Reviews

Brancott Estate 2020 Flight Song Sauvignon Blanc
91 points
$14
Best Buy
Pale straw green color. Aromas and flavors of pink grapefruit, wheat grass, star fruit, and fresh bell pepper with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length finish evoking accents of Meyer lemon with no oak flavor. Classic juicy, fruity and grassy notes will certainly appeal to lovers of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.
91 points $14 Best Buy
Fog & Light 2018 Estate Grown & Bottled Vintage Reserve Chardonnay
91 points
$19
Bright straw green color. Aromas and flavors of buttered peach scone, sugared pineapple, and frosted vanilla danish with a velvety, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, interesting, medium-length finish with moderate oak flavor. A fruity, creamy Monterey Chardonnay with a velvety mouthfeel that drinks effortlessly.
Sunshine Bay 2020  Sauvignon Blanc
90 points
$7.95
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of gooseberry, ripe peach, fresh cut grass, and white grapefruit with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, engaging, medium-long finish with notes of pickled heart of palm with no oak flavor. A rock solid Sauvignon Blanc that hits the spot.
90 points $7.95 Best Buy
Exquisite Collection 2020  Sauvignon Blanc
89 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of lime, ginger, ripe gooseberry, under ripe pineapple, celery leaf, and pink grapefruit with a supple, vibrant, dry light body and a sleek, interesting, medium-length finish displaying accents of minerals with no oak flavor. A dry and lifted Sauvignon Blanc that will shine with food.
89 points $8.99 Best Buy
Wakefield/Taylors 2019 Estate Label Shiraz
89 points
$18
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of boysenberry, eucalyptus, chocolate-covered coconut confection, and cola with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a peppery, stimulating, medium-long finish that shows accents of peppercorns and ginger-mint with light oak flavor. A bold Australian Shiraz that nails it.
Grgich Hills 2017 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$72
Dark dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of dried figs, pencil shavings, hints of olives, and coconut with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-long finish with notes of milk chocolate and lemon-berry scone with moderate oak flavor. A firm and highly pairable Cabernet Sauvignon.
Exquisite Collection 2019  Chardonnay
88 points
$7.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of toast with marmalade, baked peaches, and pineapples with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish with heavy oak flavor. An easy-drinking oaky Chardonnay for effortless pairing and sipping.
88 points $7.99 Best Buy
Exquisite Collection 2020  Malbec
88 points
$7.99
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Aromas of chocolate dipped prunes, blackberry coulis, and black tea with vanilla cream with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an even, medium-length pickled berries and pie crusts finish with no oak flavor. A food friendly Malbec with great juicy acidity.
88 points $7.99 Best Buy
Connellys NV Original Country Cream
88 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Opaque taupe color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate milk, buttery cookie dough, and sprinkles with a thick, crisp, sweet fat body and a polished, captivating, medium-length finish with touches of soft serve hot fudge sundae. A sweet, decadent, chocolatey creamy beverage that’s instantly appealing.
88 points $8.99 Best Buy
Redwick Estate 2018 Vintners Red Blend Monterey County
88 points
$14
Best Buy
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of plum tart, tobacco, hints of orange zest, and smoked nuts with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, interesting, medium-length finish displaying elements of cherry, cranberry, and toast with moderate oak flavor. A lighter-bodied, toasty Red Blend that covers a lot of bases.
88 points $14 Best Buy
Grgich Hills 2017 Estate Grown Merlot
88 points
$43
Black garnet color. Aromas of mulberry, raspberry leaf, mixed peppercorns, black toast, and hints of lime marmalade with a tannic, lively, dry medium-to-full body and a peppery, medium-long black peppercorn and citrus spritz finish with grippy tannins and light oak flavor. A tightly wound Napa Merlot that needs cellar time to reveal its best self.
William Wright 2019  Chardonnay
87 points
$7.99
Best Buy
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of dried apple, flaky puff pastry, butter-braised pineapple, and cinnamon with a velvety, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and an even, easy finish revealing accents of coconut, graham cracker, and lemon curd with moderate oak flavor. A rich, full-flavor California Chardonnay.
87 points $7.99 Best Buy
La Cantina Pizzolato 2019 Rosé Brut Prosecco DOC
87 points
$18
Pale pink coral color. Aromas of candied flower petals, raspberry pastilles, and papaya custard with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, fruity light body and a smooth, crisp green apple and pomelo finish with no oak flavor. A fun, light and effortless Prosecco for anytime celebrations.
Jam Jar NV Sweet Blush Rosé Western Cape
86 points
$11
Best Buy
Steely pink color. Floral, candied aromas of honeysuckle and ripe peach with a supple, crisp, moderately sweet medium body and a smooth, easy strawberry sorbet and lemon-spritz finish with no oak flavor. A bright and cheerful sweet Rosé for Moscato lovers.
86 points $11 Best Buy
Hames Creek 2016  Cabernet Sauvignon
85 points
$10
Dusty garnet color. Jammy aromas and flavors of plum preserves, cherry coffee cake, cola, spiced figs and dates, and chocolate buttercream with a supple, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk finish with moderate oak flavor. A plush, jammy Cabernet for weeknight sipping.
Jam Jar 2019 Sweet Red Blend Western Cape
84 points
$11
Dark ruby color. Aromas and flavors of green bell pepper, lime leaf, and smoked peppercorns with a silky, bright, sweet light body and a smooth, quick finish with touches of toast with preserves and a suggestion of oak flavor. A simple sweet sipper to try with spicy foods; serve chilled.
Jam Jar 2020 Sweet Shiraz
84 points
$11
Deep purple color. Aromas of blistered raspberry and tar with a supple, bright, sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy sweet blackberry candies and violet finish. A sweet and quaffable red for anytime indulging.
Barefoot On Tap NV  Chardonnay
84 points
$19.99
Yellow straw color. Aromas of caramel-drizzled apple cobbler, banana cream pie, and fruit cocktail with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy toast finish with moderate oak flavor. A toasty Chardonnay with pleasing fruitiness.
84 points $19.99
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