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Reviews for 2021

May 2021 - Flavored Wine

May 2021 - Flavored Wine
This month's Wine feature is Flavored Wines

Flavored Wine Reviews

Grove Selections NV Pomegranate New Mexico
91 points
$11
Best Buy
Medium ruby garnet color. Aromas of cinnamon stick, anise, red cherry, amaro, wild herbs, and wild flowers with a satiny, lively, petillant, sweet medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length blackberry, black cherry, black berry, red cherry cola, prunes, and mint leaves finish with fine, soft tannins and no oak flavor. A slightly sweet red with a vermouth-like herbal quality; try as an aperitif or digestif.
Awards: 2021 Best Flavored Wine
91 points $11 Best Buy
Bella Bolle NV Red Moscato Italy
87 points
$7
Best Buy
Light light ruby color. Aromas and flavors of violet, lavender, juniper, quinine, apricot preserves, and mint with a satiny, lively, finely carbonated, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a silky, appealing, swift finish that exhibits notes of red cherry, almond paste, and canned lychee with fine, silky tannins and no oak flavor. A fun - and balanced! - flavored and floral sweet and spritzy wine for all your brunch needs.
87 points $7 Best Buy
XOXO NV Botanical Raspberry Rhubarb Canada
86 points
$8
Best Buy
Medium pink coral color. Aromas and flavors of raspberry jolly rancher, candied strawberry, and lime candy with a supple, lively, petillant, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk finish with notes of cherry, watermelon spritz, and cotton candy with no oak flavor. A tangy and crisp berry-flavored bubbly for hot summer days.
86 points $8 Best Buy
Bella Bolle NV Peach Moscato Italy
85 points
$7
White gold color. Aromas of peach gummy rings, pineapple essence, orange blossom, and berry cobbler a la mode with a satiny, lively, effervescent, light body and a polished, brisk peach hard candy, lemon hard candy, lemon rind, chervil, and wet stone finish. A zippy and tropically sweet flavored wine for summer picnics.
Bella Bolle NV Rosso Italy
85 points
$7
Light ruby black color. Aromas of black raspberry, plum, citrus peel, white chocolate mint, and mixed berry smoothie with a round, lively, spritzy, moderately sweet medium body and a smooth, swift blood orange, cherry juice, pomegranate, jasmine, and lemon zest finish with fine, well-integrated tannins and no oak flavor. An off-dry sparkler for brunch quaffing.
XOXO NV Botanical Peach Orange Blossom Canada
85 points
$8
Pale old gold color. Aromas and flavors of yellow plum, white nectarine, and apple jolly rancher with a silky, crisp, petillant, fruity medium body and a smooth, relaxed finish evoking accents of elderflower and lilac with no oak flavor. An fruity and fun spritz.
XOXO NV Botanical Strawberry Hibiscus Canada
85 points
$8
Medium pink coral color. Aromas and flavors of pineapple gummy worm and tropical fruit punch with a supple, crisp, petillant, off-dry medium body and a seamless, uncommon, fast finish evoking accents of peach, lemon, lavender soap, hibiscus, and passion fruit with no oak flavor. A tropical sparkler for beach season.
Viola Rosa NV Peach Italy
85 points
$9
Light yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla, peach cobbler, whipped cream, and coconut with a round, crisp, spritzy, very sweet light body and a smooth, brisk finish manifesting notes of lemon, vanilla ice cream, pound cake, and butterscotch gelato with no oak flavor. A buttery rich sparkler to replace dessert with peach cobbler a la mode in liquid form.
Bella Bolle NV Berry Moscato Italy
84 points
$7
Medium pink coral color. Aromas of strawberry, red plum, and citrus peel with a lively, fizzy, sweet medium body and an even, breezy strawberry banana muffins, rhubarb pie, blueberry, and toasted vanilla marshmallow finish. A juicy, sweet and fruity flavored wine with a little sparkle.
Stella Mia NV Moscato & Peach Italy
84 points
$8
Light silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of peach gummy rings, pineapple gummy bear, lilies, and white cranberry juice with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, sweet light body and a seamless, short finish with shades of dried lemon peel, peach hard candy, kiwi, and hint of peanut with no oak flavor. An intensely flavored fruit wine for the stone fruit-loving imbiber.
Stella Mia NV Rosso E Dolce Italy
84 points
$9
Light garnet color. Aromas of dried strawberry, red cherry, raisin, dried fig, walnut liqueur, and wood varnish with a round, crisp, finely carbonated, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy plum, dried plum, golden raisins, sun tea, and dried cherries finish with fine, medium tannins and no oak flavor. A rich and nutty off-dry sparkler to pair with chocolate desserts.
Viola Rosa NV Berry Italy
84 points
$9
Medium steely amber color. Aromas and flavors of red cherry, strawberry, orange zest, and mixed berry compote with a satiny, lively, spritzy, very sweet medium body and a smooth, swift finish with impressions of cranberry juice, blueberry, green tea, and creamy brie with no oak flavor. Pour a glass of this mixed berry fun for a refreshingly sweet spritzer.
Viola Rosa NV Rosso Italy
84 points
$9
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of dried red cherry, strawberry, rhubarb, potpourri, dried currant, and walnut with a round, lively, spritzy, sweet light body and a smooth, appealing, buoyant finish that presents suggestions of cranberry, black cherry, violet, sour cherry, red apple skin, and bay leaf with fine tannins and no oak flavor. A spritzy and fruity wine with balanced sweetness.
Line 39 NV Rosé Spritzer California
84 points
$12.99
Pale steely pink color. Exotic aromas and flavors of candied strawberry, passion fruit, and clementine zest with a silky, crisp, fizzy, sweet thin body and a sleek, rapid finish with touches of cherry essence, watermelon, and fresh rosemary with no oak flavor. A flavorful spritzer redolent with summer fruit flavors.
84 points $12.99
Viola Rosa NV Black Italy
83 points
$9
Medium ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of black cherry, pomegranate juice, black plum, and black tea with a satiny, lively, finely carbonated, sweet light-to-medium body and a seamless, brisk finish with notes of green peppercorn, cassis liqueur, and grape jam with fine tannins and no oak flavor. Dark berries take center stage in this refreshing sparkling wine that’s perfect for sangria uses.
Stella Mia NV Moscato & Berry Italy
81 points
$8
Medium pink coral color. Aromas of fruit salad, strawberry essence, and pine needles with a supple, lively, effervescent, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk cotton candy, banana, strawberries, red kiwi, orange creamsicle, and lime juice concentrate finish with no oak flavor. A refreshingly zesty dessert in a glass.
Pend D’Oreille 2019 Huckleberry Blush Idaho
81 points
$23
Light siam color. Aromas of apple cider and cranberry with a lean, crisp, off-dry light body and a smooth, odd, easy rhubarb and burnt strawberries finish with no oak flavor. A pretty in pink wine made for a party.
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