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Reviews for 2021

March 2021 - New Release

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

New Release Reviews

Eagle Glen 2018 Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$22
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate blueberry and nuts bar, cassis compote, and buttercream with a satiny, vibrant, fruity full body and a sleek, appealing, long finish with overtones of blueberry cobbler a la mode, spiced dried berries, nuts, and hint of leather with well-integrated, fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A remarkably plush and elegant Napa Cabernet with almost irresistible fruit, spice, and creaminess.
94 points $22 Best Buy
Cielo 2020 Rosé Prosecco DOC
92 points
$12
Best Buy
Steely pink color. Aromas of ripe strawberries, fresh thyme, and hints of toast with a round, vibrant, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length raspberry coulis finish with no oak flavor. A deliciously fruity Prosecco with a silky mousse of fresh bubbles.
92 points $12 Best Buy
Comartin Cellars 2018 Cuvée Cassidy Santa Ynez Valley
92 points
$44
Ruby black color. Aromas of lingonberry preserves, ripe peach, pickled cherries, baking spices, and mint with a supple, vibrant, sweet medium body and a smooth, involved, long vanilla-almond-fudge gelato, orange zest, and cranberry crisp cake finish with heavy oak flavor. A rich and luxurious GSM with style and nuance.
Porterhouse Winery 2017 Reserve Black Label Red Blend Santa Ynez Valley
92 points
$55
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of spiced prunes, ripe fig, tea cakes with cardamom and citrus, and roasted artichokes with a lightly tannic, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a tingling, complex, long finish with light oak flavor. A lipsmacking, balanced and bold Santa Ynez Valley red that delivers power and poise.
Opolo Vineyards 2019 Estate Chardonnay
91 points
$29
Straw color. Aromas of frosted cinnamon rolls, bruléed banana, caramelized pineapple on Greek yogurt, and fresh herbs with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long minerals, green apple, and lime zest finish with moderate oak flavor. A wonderfully balanced and pleasing Edna Valley Chardonnay.
Fiftyrow 2018 Silver Dollar Vineyard Petite Sirah
91 points
$60
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of ripe blackberry, raisin swirl bread, violet, spicy radish, dark chocolate, dried mint, and toasty crepes with a tannic, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, amusing, medium-long finish with moderate oak flavor. Among the boldest of wines, this Petite Sirah delivers power and juicy purple fruits atop a toasty background of well-executed oak.
Porterhouse Winery 2018  Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$85
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of red cassis, pickled peppers, peach chutney, dill, and oregano with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length finish with shades of flamed orange peel with moderate oak flavor. A bright and vivacious Oak Knoll Cabernet with joyful fruit and acidity mingling with crisp green notes.
Cherrier Père Et Fils 2020 Cuvée Les 7 Hommes Sancerre
90 points
$45
Pale straw color. Complex aromas and flavors of fresh meyer lemon, hints of white grapefruit, white melon, passion fruit, and fresh artichoke with a satiny, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-long finish with nuances of creme fraiche and white asparagus with no oak flavor. A bright, juicy, spot-on Sancerre that drinks effortlessly.
Fernz 2020 Estate Bottled Sauvignon Blanc
89 points
$15
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of green gooseberry, ripe starfruit, baked peach, finger lime, and fresh cream with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, refreshing, medium-length finish revealing overtones of grapefruit jam and pepper jelly with no oak flavor. A bright and fruity Sauvignon Blanc with refreshing grassy character.
89 points $15 Best Buy
Don’t Mind If I Do 2019  Pinot Noir
88 points
$7.99
Best Buy
Medium garnet color. Aromas and flavors of black cherry liqueur, macerated raspberries, brown mushrooms, sage, cherry fruit leather, turned earth, and chicory with a supple, racy, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, short finish with suggestions of grilled black plum, black lime, fresh cranberry juice, choke cherries, savory marinated vegetables, and gingerbread with fine, firm tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A savory and crisp everyday Pinot Noir.
88 points $7.99 Best Buy
Cielo 2018  Pinot Noir
88 points
$8
Best Buy
Light ruby color. Aromas and flavors of kirsch, smoked plum, caramel, oregano, graphite, and carob with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a polished, charming, medium-length finish with notes of hints of blood orange with light oak flavor. A simple yet satisfying Pinot Nero that will play very well at the table.
88 points $8 Best Buy
Cielo NV Brut Prosecco DOC
88 points
$12
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas of dried pear slices, melon, savory Italian herbs, hints of underripe pineapple, and marzipan with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, captivating, medium-length lime zest and lemon curd finish with no oak flavor. A juicy, balanced and pleasing Prosecco with hints of sweetness on the palate.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Lobster Reef 2020  Sauvignon Blanc
88 points
$12
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of diced bell pepper, gooseberry, peach jelly, coriander, and peppercorns with a lean, lively, light body and a polished, medium-length finish manifesting notes of meyer lemon and celery with no oak flavor. A lean and green Sauvignon Blanc with a big pop of refreshing acidity.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Manzanita Creek 2017 Cloud Buster Zinfandel
88 points
$15
Best Buy
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of cherry popsicle, raspberry liqueur, paprika, and cedar with a round, crisp, fruity medium body and a warming, breezy finish with overtones of raspberry crumble bar and hints of white chocolate with moderate oak flavor. Bold, candied berry flavors abound in this accessible and crowd-pleasing Zinfandel.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Alberti 154 2017  Malbec
88 points
$18.99
Deep purple color. Aromas of balsamic reduction, dark chocolate, and smoked cherries with a satiny, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, amusing, medium-long cured meats and cranberry tart finish with moderate oak flavor. A mature, table-ready Malbec with subtle savory nuance for beefy entrees.
88 points $18.99
Don’t Mind If I Do 2020  Sauvignon Blanc
87 points
$7.99
Best Buy
Light golden straw color. Aromas of lemon vinaigrette, lemon peel, mandarin orange peel, and vanilla with a supple, lively, dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, breezy fresh pressed apple cider, golden apple, thyme, orange marmalade, white pepper, chalk, and limestone finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A juicy Sauvignon Blanc with a hint of new oak; very food friendly.
87 points $7.99 Best Buy
Cielo NV Red Blend Italy
87 points
$8
Best Buy
Dark ruby color. Aromas of cherry jam, figs, ripe black plum, licorice, and chocolate-drizzled caramels with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, medium-length earth and roasted nuts finish with moderate oak flavor. A balanced fruity and oaky red that hits the spot.
87 points $8 Best Buy
Cielo 2020  Pinot Grigio
87 points
$12
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas of lime candies, heirloom apple, and meyer lemon with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, medium-length lemon flesh, hints of almond, and echinacea finish with no oak flavor. A citrusy, crisp and highly quaffable Pinot Grigio for everyday enjoyment.
87 points $12 Best Buy
Second Wind 2020  Sauvignon Blanc
87 points
$12
Best Buy
White gold color. Aromas of nectarine, green bell pepper, cilantro, and gherkins with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a seamless, medium-length hints of green plantain and wheat grass finish with no oak flavor. A juicy, herbaceous Sauvignon Blanc that quenches.
87 points $12 Best Buy
Silhouette Reserve Cuvée 211 2017 Red Blend North Coast
86 points
$17
Dark dusty garnet color. Attractive aromas and flavors of spiced cherry pie, sweet sesame, baklava, and cola with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish with nuances of chocolate-covered toffee and sweet tobacco with moderate oak flavor. A ripe and easy-drinking, oaky-but-balanced red.
Durigutti 2020  Viognier
85 points
$14.99
Pale golden yellow color. Waxy aromas and flavors of clementine, white flowers, melon, and ginger with a satiny, crisp, dry light body and an even, swift finish revealing overtones of lemon with no oak flavor. A zippy and aromatic Viognier for hot days.
85 points $14.99
Jolee NV Rouge Red Blend Rogue Valley
85 points
$17
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of watermelon, strawberry fruit leather, and hints of olive with a supple, vibrant, dryish light body and an even, medium-length cranberry, orange, and leather finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A supple and restrained red that drinks effortlessly.
Cherrier Freres 2019 Domaine Du Loriot Menetou-Salon
85 points
$25
Yellow straw color. Aromas of lemon zest, pineapples in yogurt, and white pepper with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, snappy wet stone finish with no oak flavor. A lively and mineral-driven Loire White for lipsmacking shellfish pairings.
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