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Reviews for 2021

May 2021 - New Release

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

New Release Reviews

Domaine Beausejour 2020 Les Silex Sauvignon Blanc
93 points
Silvery straw color. Aromas of ruby red grapefruit, ripe gooseberry, apricot preserves, lemongrass, and white pepper with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length fresh asparagus, hints of coconut, and honey finish. A round and velvety Sauvignon Blanc with kisses of honeyed sweetness.
Awards: 2021 Best French Sauvignon Blanc
Corner 103 2020 Rosé Pinot Noir
91 points
$30
Light coral orange color. Aromas and flavors of warm strawberry jam, thyme, and hints of pastry with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, charming, medium-length finish that exhibits touches of pink peppercorns and pastry cream with no oak flavor. A juicy, full-flavored Rosé with a sophisticated fruit profile.
Christeni Vineyards 2014 Anderson Red Blend Napa Valley
91 points
$42
Dark dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of baked cherries, vanilla caramel pastry, dried rose petals, and black plum with a round, vibrant, dry medium-full body and a tingling, long finish with notes of raisins and smoked paprika, cocoa powder, grilled plum, and saffron and chocolate wafer with fine, firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich, yet nuanced red blend for weekend dinners with friends.
Vignobles Labuzan 2018 Château Des Gravières Graves
89 points
$12
Best Buy
Black garnet color. Oaky aromas of mocha latte, hazelnut, chocolate-covered berries, and carob with a round, vibrant, off-dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, medium-long raisin bread pudding, cassis jam, tobacco, and rocky road ice cream finish with silky tannins and heavy oak flavor. A decadently oaked Graves.
89 points $12 Best Buy
Christeni Vineyards 2018 Parker McCollum - To Be Loved By You Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$40
Medium dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of cola, fresh mint and oregano, dried tomato and cacao, and prunes with a satiny, lively, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-length finish with notes of black cherry, cedar wood, black plum, and cacao nibs and graphite with fine, coating tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A Cab with subtle sweet fruit and a food friendly structure.
Save Me, San Francisco 2018 Limited Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$50
Medium ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of black cherry, blackberry, dusty dry soil, roasted poblano, and cherry vanilla cola with a satiny, lively, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish revealing suggestions of rose petals, Hungarian paprika, rum raisin ice cream, and pistachio mortadella with dusty, well-integrated, fine tannins and light oak flavor. A silky mouthfeel coupled with bright red fruit and savory notes give this Cab staying power.
Freedom Estate 2018  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$100
Dark dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of black plum, blackberry, vanilla, French oak, toasted fruit and nut bread, chili powder, smoked meat, and blackberry pie with a supple, lively, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, medium-long finish revealing notes of vanilla, black peppercorn, black coffee, raisin biscotti, and dried blackberry with fine, grippy, firm tannins. A rich Napa Cab, tightly wound with black fruit, spice, and vanilla. Very cellarable; enjoy now over a long meal or let rest for up to ten years.
Corner 103 2017  Petite Sirah
88 points
$55
Black violet color. Attractive aromas and flavors of blueberry pancakes, lavender, candied lemon, and ripe plum with a tannic, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish with light oak flavor. A bold and gripping Petite Sirah that rewards each sip with mouthwatering acidity.
Don Aurelio 2014 Reserva Tempranillo
87 points
$13
Best Buy
Medium violet color. Aromas and flavors of new oak, vanilla, red cherry, black cherry, black plum, fresh dill, and coconut with a supple, vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, charming, medium-length finish that shows notes of baked plum, tart blackberry, vanilla, strawberry preserves, allspice, and pie crust with grippy, fine, dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A bright, balanced, food-friendly Tempranillo with one foot in the old world and one in the new.
87 points $13 Best Buy
Los Conquistadores 2019 Reserva Merlot
87 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Dark dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of black plum, overripe strawberry, dried ancho chile, fresh turned soil, and sunbaked stone with a supple, lively, dry medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish that exhibits overtones of baked raspberries, red plum, roasted poblano, hint of eucalyptus, and caraway crackers with fine, grippy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A juicy and structured Merlot.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Page Cellars NV Tickle Me Pink Columbia Valley
87 points
$15
Best Buy
Light pink coral color. Aromas and flavors of red cherries, fresh strawberry, pink lady apple, and watermelon candy with a supple, bright, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length finish with accents of pink grapefruit peel, meyer lemon, raspberry, and strawberry preserves with no oak flavor. A rich, yet nuanced Washington Rosé that puts you in a Provence state of mind.
87 points $15 Best Buy
Corner 103 2019  Chardonnay
87 points
$40
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of drawn butter, apple pie, cream soda, struck match, and toasted challah with a velvety, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an even, medium-length finish with notes of lemon marmalade and creme fraîche with moderate oak flavor. A toasty, buttery Chardonnay for sipping and pairing.
Vignobles Labuzan 2020 Château Des Gravières Graves Blanc
86 points
$9
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas of lime, gravel, honey, echinacea, and melon with a velvety, vibrant, dry light body and an even, medium-long white grapefruit finish with no oak flavor. A svelte and zippy White Bordeaux with nice length and texture.
86 points $9 Best Buy
Corner 103 2020  Grenache Blanc
86 points
$35
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of lemon cream pie, meringue, and orange zest with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, medium-length finish displaying notes of golden apple with grippy tannins. A crisp and lively Grenache Blanc for the table.
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