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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.
Barefoot NV Sangria California
89 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Medium ruby color. Aromas and flavors of red cherry, blood orange, clove, allspice, and nutmeg with a supple, crisp, spritzy, sweet light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish with overtones of black raspberry and clementine with no oak flavor. A well balanced Sangria for summer fun.
89 points $6.99 Best Buy
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
Barefoot NV  Malbec
88 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of blackberry jam, mulberry preserves, black tea, dark chocolate, orange blossom, and coconut with a supple, crisp, fruity medium body and a seamless, intriguing, medium-length finish with light oak flavor. A juicy, toasty palate pleaser that hits all the right notes.
88 points $6.99 Best Buy
Barefoot Fruitscato NV Peach California
88 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Silvery pink color. Aromas of peach sorbet, honey-drizzled biscuits, and honeysuckle with a satiny, petillant, sweet light body and a smooth, breezy peach liqueur finish. A spritzy, peachy refresher for poolside sips.
88 points $6.99 Best Buy
Barefoot Fruitscato NV Mango California
88 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Silvery amber color. Aromas and flavors of tangerine, honey, and passionfruit with a satiny, vibrant, petillant, sweet light-to-medium body and a graceful, compelling, breezy finish revealing notes of ginger-peach iced tea with no oak flavor. A passionate blend of tropical flavors will delight sweet drink lovers.
88 points $6.99 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
Alamos 2019  Malbec
88 points
$13
Best Buy
Black ruby color. Aromas of blackberry bush, honeycomb, and vanilla toffee with a chewy, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a sleek, medium-length boysenberry, graphite, and graham cracker finish with no oak flavor. A dry and oaky Mendoza Malbec tuned for the table.
88 points $13 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
Black Box 2019  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$19.99
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of fertile earth, grilled fruit, aniseed, cocoa, and root beer float with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a silky, captivating, medium-long finish with suggestions of cherry-vanilla tobacco. An oaky Cabernet that will certainly please lovers of the style.
88 points $19.99
Kirkland Signature 2020 Rosé Prosecco DOC
87 points
$6
Best Buy
Silvery pink color. Aromas of ripe wild strawberry, whipped butter, and crumpets with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a medium pickled green apples and sweet almond finish. A dry-yet-fruity Prosecco Rosé that fills the palate with balanced and pleasing flavors.
87 points $6 Best Buy
Barefoot NV  Pink Pinot Grigio
87 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Pink coral color. Candied aromas of watermelon candies and magnolia with a supple, crisp, fruity light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length Rainier cherries and hibiscus finish with no oak flavor. A facile, friendly and fruity Rosé.
87 points $6.99 Best Buy
Barefoot NV Rich Red Blend California
87 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Black violet color. Jammy aroma of blackberry pie with a slightly chewy, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and an even, 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 Best Buy
Barefoot Fruitscato NV Apple California
87 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Silvery straw color. Candied aromas and flavors of green apple candies, honey sticks, bubblegum, and pear sorbet with a satiny, vibrant, petillant, sweet light-to-medium body and a silky, brisk finish with no oak flavor. A sweet and candied quaffer with the fresh flavors of green apple.
87 points $6.99 Best Buy
Barefoot Fruitscato NV Watermelon California
87 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Coral orange color. Aromas of watermelon cooler, strawberry sauce, guava nectar, orange julius, and vanilla bean with a crisp, petillant, sweet medium body and a smooth, stimulating, breezy bubblegum and banana candies finish with no oak flavor. A sweet and fruity summertime quaffer.
87 points $6.99 Best Buy
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
Barefoot Bubbly NV Spumante Moscato
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Pale golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors 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 Best Buy
Barefoot Bubbly NV Peach California
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
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 and peachy bubbly quaffer for those with a sweet tooth.
87 points $9.99 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
Alamos 2019  Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$13
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Aromas of buttered toast, berry preserves, and black coffee with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish light body and a seamless, delightful, medium-length cassis and black tea with cream finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rock solid Argentine Cab that will fit right in at the table.
87 points $13 Best Buy
Alamos 2019 Red Blend Mendoza
87 points
$13
Best Buy
Indigo color. Aromas of ripe fragrant plum, blackberry, sage tea, and licorice with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a silky, medium-length milk chocolate covered berries and French silk pie finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A fruit-forward, satisfying Argentine Red that will be a real crowd pleaser.
87 points $13 Best Buy
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 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 an effortless, delightful, 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
Barefoot Fruitscato NV Strawberry California
86 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Light ruby color. Aromas and flavors of grape jam, raspberry jellies, and strawberry bon bons with a round, vibrant, petillant, very sweet light-to-medium body and a graceful, easy finish with no oak flavor. A grapey, lipsmacking flavored Moscato for your sweet tooth.
86 points $6.99 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.
Black Box 2019  Rose
86 points
$19.99
Steely orange color. Candied aromas and flavors of orange salt water taffy, rainbow sherbet, and strawberry-jalapeño jam with a satiny, crisp, fruity light body and a smooth, easy finish with notes of mixed fruit gummies with no oak flavor. A plush and fruity Rosé with crowd appeal.
86 points $19.99
Alamos 2018 Selección Malbec
86 points
$20
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of baked cherries, mulberries, hints of espresso bean, and wood with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, medium-length finish with accents of blackberry cobbler and berry toaster pastry with moderate oak flavor. A rich and berry-laden red that will be a hit at the table.
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, agreeable sweet citrus and mineral water finish with no oak flavor. A crisp, juicy and crowdpleasing Sauvignon Blanc quaffer.
85 points $6.99
Barefoot NV  Merlot
85 points
$6.99
Deep purple color. Oaky aromas and flavors 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, relaxed finish revealing notes of plum with moderate oak flavor. A rich, toasty everyday Merlot with big oak flavors.
85 points $6.99
Barefoot NV  Moscato
85 points
$6.99
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of orange flower water, fondant, honey cake, and sweet ginger with a supple, spritzy, sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish with notes of grapefruit segments in syrup 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 and flavors of honey-drizzled peach candies, strawberry sauce, and fruit cocktail with a satiny, crisp, spritzy, sweet medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish revealing accents of watermelon candies with no oak flavor. A sweet and candied Pink Moscato that satisfies your sweet tooth.
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, easy 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
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.
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, rapid 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 Spritzer NV  Moscato
84 points
$6.99
Silver color. Candied aromas and flavors of lime sherbet, peach gummies, fruit snacks, and elderflower with a supple, vibrant, very sweet light body and a tingling, medium-length finish with notes of berry pastilles 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 and flavors of candied pear, honey-drizzled biscuits, and peach gummies with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dryish light body and a smooth, breezy finish that presents nuances of lime zest with a suggestion of oak flavor. A fruit-forward, bright and stimulating sparkler.
84 points $9.99
Barefoot Bubbly NV Extra Dry California
84 points
$9.99
Golden straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of buttered multigrain toast, peach preserves, mango yogurt, and soursop with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, off-dry light-to-medium body and an effortless, relaxed 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 smooth, crisp strawberry-lime soda finish with no oak flavor. A fizzy refresher for anytime quaffing.
84 points $9.99
Barefoot Bubbly NV  Pinot Grigio
84 points
$9.99
Pale gold color. Fruity aromas and flavors of apricot, lilac, sorbet, apple vinaigrette, and ripe melon with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, agreeable finish with no oak flavor. A fruity, crowd-pleasing sparkler with kisses of sweetness.
84 points $9.99
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, charming, 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 and flavors of cranberry tart, smoked caramel, black tea, and wood shavings with a supple, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk 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 and flavors of blackberry-sage lozenge, honey, and earth with a satiny, vibrant, petillant, very sweet light-to-medium body and an even, snappy finish with no oak flavor. A brambly and funky flavored Moscato.
81 points $6.99
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