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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
Barefoot NV Sangria California
89 points
$6.99
Medium ruby color. Aromas of red cherry, blood orange, clove, allspice, and nutmeg with a supple, crisp, spritzy, sweet light body and a sleek, interesting, medium-length black raspberry and clementine finish with no oak flavor. A well balanced sangria, that is for fun on a summer day.
89 points $6.99
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.
Barefoot Fruitscato NV Peach California
88 points
$6.99
Silvery pink color. Aromas of peach sorbet, honey-drizzled biscuits, and honeysuckle with a satiny, petillant, sweet light body and a smooth, relaxed peach liqueur finish. A spritzy, peachy refresher for poolside sips.
88 points $6.99
Barefoot Fruitscato NV Mango California
88 points
$6.99
Silvery amber color. Aromas of tangerine, honey, and passionfruit with a satiny, vibrant, petillant, sweet light-to-medium body and a seamless, appealing, breezy ginger-peach iced tea finish with no oak flavor. A passionate blend of tropical flavors will delight sweet drink lovers.
88 points $6.99
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
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
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.
Barefoot NV Rich Red Blend California
87 points
$6.99
Black violet color. Jammy aroma of blackberry pie with a slightly chewy, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, medium-length ganache, cherry meringue, vanilla-scented tobacco, tea with cream, and pastry finish with heavy oak flavor. A voluptuous and profoundly oaky weeknight red with big fruity appeal.
87 points $6.99
Barefoot NV  Pink Pinot Grigio
87 points
$6.99
Pink coral color. Candied aromas of watermelon candies and magnolia with a supple, crisp, fruity light body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-length rainier cherries and hibiscus finish with no oak flavor. A facile, friendly and fruity rose.
87 points $6.99
Barefoot Fruitscato NV Apple California
87 points
$6.99
Silvery straw color. Candied aromas of green apple candies, honey sticks, bubblegum, and pear sorbet with a satiny, vibrant, petillant, sweet light-to-medium body and a polished, brisk finish with no oak flavor. A sweet and candied quaffer with the fresh flavors of green apple.
87 points $6.99
Barefoot Fruitscato NV Watermelon California
87 points
$6.99
Coral orange color. Aromas of watermelon cooler, strawberry sauce, guava nectar, orange julius, and vanilla bean with an crisp, petillant, sweet medium body and a polished, interesting, relaxed bubblegum and banana candies finish with no oak flavor. A sweet and fruity summertime quaffer.
87 points $6.99
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
Barefoot Bubbly NV Spumante Moscato
87 points
$9.99
Pale golden yellow color. Aromas of chamomile tea with honey, sliced peaches, sweet melon, and honeycrisp apple with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, fruity sweet medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish. A juicy and refreshing sweet Moscato pleaser.
87 points $9.99
Barefoot Bubbly NV Peach California
87 points
$9.99
Straw color. Aromas of green apple, peach candies, strawberry popsicle, and coconut lifesavers with a satiny, sharp, fizzy, sweet medium body and a tingling, medium-length peach iced tea finish with no oak flavor. A fun peach bubbly quaffer for sweet tooths.
87 points $9.99
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.
Black Box 2019  Malbec
87 points
$19.99
Garnet black color. Oaky aromas of grilled plum, dark roasted nuts, and cedar with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry medium body and a seamless, medium-length tobacco, berry cobbler and vanilla finish. A dark and brooding, oaky Malbec.
87 points $19.99
Barefoot Fruitscato NV Strawberry California
86 points
$6.99
Light ruby color. Aromas of grape jam, raspberry jellies, and strawberry bon bons with a round, vibrant, petillant, very sweet light-to-medium body and a seamless, breezy finish with no oak flavor. A grapey, lipsmacking flavored Moscato for your sweet tooth.
86 points $6.99
Barefoot Bubbly NV  Prosecco DOC
86 points
$9.99
Straw color. Aromas of green apple, ripe pear, lime, and almond croissant with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, fruity light body and a medium-length finish with no oak flavor. A cheerful, fruity Prosecco with a kiss of sweetness.
86 points $9.99
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
Black Box 2019  Chardonnay
86 points
$19.99
Straw color. Aromas of butter-drizzled pineapple, poached mango, cooked lime, and pear custard with a supple, vibrant, dryish light body and an effortless, brisk apple compote finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A supple and clean Chardonnay for the gang.
86 points $19.99
Black Box 2019  Rose
86 points
$19.99
Steely orange color. Candied aromas of orange salt water taffy, rainbow sherbet, and strawberry-jalepeno jam with a satiny, crisp, fruity light body and a smooth, easy mixed fruit gummies finish with no oak flavor. A plush and fruity Rose with crowd appeal.
86 points $19.99
Barefoot NV  Pinot Grigio
85 points
$6.99
Pale straw color. Aromas of pear drops, candied apple, and hints of peach with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length pressed flowers and minerals finish with no oak flavor. A clean and delicate Pinot Grigio with friendly fruit.
85 points $6.99
Barefoot NV  Moscato
85 points
$6.99
Emerald straw color. Aromas of orange flower water, fondant, honey cake, and sweet ginger with a supple, spritzy, sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length grapefruit segments in syrup finish with no oak flavor. A cheerful fruit basket of a wine.
85 points $6.99
Barefoot NV  Pink Moscato
85 points
$6.99
Pink coral color. Aromas of honey-drizzled peach candies, strawberry sauce, and fruit cocktail with a satiny, crisp, spritzy, sweet medium body and a smooth, medium-length watermelon candies finish with no oak flavor. A sweet and candied Pink Moscato that satisfies your sweet tooth.
85 points $6.99
Barefoot NV  Sauvignon Blanc
85 points
$6.99
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas of ripe pear, hints of grapefruit, mixed melons, and lilac with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a seamless, breezy sweet citrus and mineral water finish with no oak flavor. A crisp, juicy and crowdpleasing Sauvignon Blanc quaffer.
85 points $6.99
Barefoot Spritzer NV Summer Red California
85 points
$6.99
Light siam color. Aromas of raspberry liqueur and strawberry bon bon with a satiny, crisp, spritzy, sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy berry sherbet and sweet hibiscus tea finish with no oak flavor. A fun and bubbly berry-flavored wine cocktail that’s friendly and crushable.
85 points $6.99
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.
Barefoot NV  Riesling
84 points
$6.99
Pale straw color. Fruity aromas of tinned pineapple, fruit cup, and ginger ale with a supple, crisp, petillant, sweet light body and a smooth, brisk mandarins in syrup and marzipan finish with no oak flavor. A fun, fruity, slightly spritzy sweet Riesling that will charm your sweet tooth.
84 points $6.99
Barefoot NV  Chardonnay
84 points
$6.99
Yellow straw color. Aromas of ripe banana, vanilla pudding, and spiced apple compote with a supple, soft, dry-yet-fruity light body and a seamless, swift apricot jam and butter finish with light oak flavor. A soft and buttery Chardonnay quaffer for everyday indulging.
84 points $6.99
Barefoot Spritzer NV  Moscato
84 points
$6.99
Silver color. Candied aromas of lime sherbet, peach gummies, fruit snacks, and elderflower with a supple, vibrant, very sweet light body and a tingling, medium-length berry pastilles finish with no oak flavor. A candied quaffer for that sweet-tart craving.
84 points $6.99
Barefoot Bubbly NV Brut Cuvée California
84 points
$9.99
Pale yellow straw color. Fruity aromas of candied pear, honey-drizzled biscuits, and peach gummies with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dryish light body and a smooth, snappy lime zest finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A fruit-forward, bright and awakening sparkler.
84 points $9.99
Barefoot Bubbly NV Extra Dry California
84 points
$9.99
Golden straw color. Fruity aromas of buttered multigrain toast, peach preserves, mango yogurt, and soursop with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, agreeable finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. Big fruity flavors shine in this crowd-pleasing, almost-off-dry sparkler.
84 points $9.99
Barefoot Bubbly NV  Pink Moscato
84 points
$9.99
Steely pink color. Fruity aromas of sliced watermelon, honey, and peach sorbet with a supple, crisp, effervescent, sweet light body and a seamless, breezy strawberry-lime soda finish with no oak flavor. A soda-like refresher for anytime quaffing.
84 points $9.99
Barefoot Bubbly NV  Pinot Grigio
84 points
$9.99
Pale gold color. Fruity aromas of apricot, lilac, sorbet, apple vinaigrette, and ripe melon with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a graceful, breezy finish with no oak flavor. A fruity, crowd-pleasing sparkler with kisses of sweetness.
84 points $9.99
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
Black Box 2019  Pinot Noir
84 points
$19.99
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of charred figs, caramel-drizzled carob, and blackened cherry pie crusts with a slightly chewy, crisp, light-to-medium body and a relaxed cola finish with moderate oak flavor. An oaky, chewy Pinot for the weeknight table.
84 points $19.99
Black Box 2020  Sauvignon Blanc
84 points
$19.99
Pale straw color. Aromas of honey-drizzled apples, lime zest, ripe mango, and peppercorn muffin with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a tingling, compelling, medium-length coriander and lemon pepper finish with no oak flavor. A soft but refreshing Sauvignon Blanc with delicate notes of orchard fruits and citrus.
84 points $19.99
Black Box 2019  Merlot
83 points
$19.99
Light garnet color. Oaky aromas of cranberry tart, smoked caramel, black tea, and wood shavings with a supple, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, fast finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. An oaky weeknight red that’s light on its feet.
83 points $19.99
Barefoot Fruitscato NV Blueberry California
81 points
$6.99
Violet color. Tropical aromas of blackberry-sage lozenge, honey, and earth with a satiny, vibrant, petillant, very sweet light-to-medium body and an even, relaxed finish with no oak flavor. A brambly, funky flavored Moscato.
81 points $6.99
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