May 2021 - On-Demand

May 2021 - On-Demand
This month's Wine feature is On-Demand Wines

On-Demand 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.
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.
Whitehaven 2020  Sauvignon Blanc
89 points
Pale straw green color. Aromas and flavors of serrano pepper, guava, lime peel, ruby red grapefruit, and gooseberry with a supple, lively, dry light-to-medium body and a seamless, delightful, medium-length finish with accents of lime zest, yellow peaches, star fruit, and spicy arugula with no oak flavor. A charming Sauvignon Blanc; fruity, crisp and citrus-forward.
Barefoot NV  Shiraz
89 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Aromas of fresh blackberry, leather, black pepper, fresh suede, caramel, and cooked black plum with a velvety, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long fresh blueberry, blueberry jam, rooibos tea, tree bark, pencil shavings, and vanilla finish with well-integrated, grippy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A rich and brawny Shiraz that manages to stay fresh and elegant.
89 points $6.99 Best Buy
Barefoot NV Sangria California
89 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Medium ruby color. Aromas of red cherry, blood orange, clove, allspice, and nutmeg with a supple, crisp, spritzy, sweet light body and a smooth, compelling, 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 Best Buy
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.
Barefoot NV  Red Moscato
88 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Light siam color. Aromas of purple flowers, red plum, yellow peach, raspberry, and strawberry candy with a velvety, bright, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk raspberry bubblegum, lime cordial, and apricot candy finish with no oak flavor. A balanced Moscato with soft fruit and floral flavors.
88 points $6.99 Best Buy
Barefoot NV  Malbec
88 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Black violet color. Aromas of blackberry jam, mulberry preserves, black tea, dark chocolate, orange blossom, and coconut with a supple, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish with light oak flavor. A juicy, toasty palate pleaser that hits all the right notes.
88 points $6.99 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 smooth, 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
Black Box 2019  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$19.99
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of fertile earth, grilled fruit, aniseed, cocoa, and root beer float with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a silky, delightful, medium-long cherry-vanilla tobacco finish. An oaky Cabernet that will certainly please lovers of the style.
88 points $19.99
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.
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 an effortless, amusing, medium-length rainier cherries and hibiscus finish with no oak flavor. A facile, friendly and fruity rose.
87 points $6.99 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 an even, interesting, 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 an even, 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
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
Black Box 2018  Shiraz
87 points
$19.99
Dark ruby garnet color. Aromas of fresh raspberry, raspberry vinaigrette, smoky paprika, fresh blueberry, leather, fresh soil, and sunbaked rocks with a supple, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, breezy raspberry, blood orange zest, blueberry yogurt, and dried cranberry finish with fine, well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A bright, food-friendly Shiraz for weeknight dinners.
87 points $19.99
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 smooth, medium-length tobacco, berry cobbler and vanilla finish. A dark and brooding, oaky Malbec.
87 points $19.99
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.
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 even, interesting, 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
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
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, snappy mixed fruit gummies finish with no oak flavor. A plush and fruity Rose with crowd appeal.
86 points $19.99
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 a smooth, brisk apple compote finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A supple and clean Chardonnay for the gang.
86 points $19.99
Alamos 2018 Selección Malbec
86 points
$20
Black garnet color. Aromas of baked cherries, mulberries, hints of espresso bean, and wood with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, medium-length blackberry cobbler and berry toaster pastry finish with moderate oak flavor. A rich and berry-laden red that will be a hit at the table.
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.
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  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 smooth, easy 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 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 plum finish 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 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 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, snappy 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
Black Box 2019  Riesling
85 points
$19.99
Light golden yellow color. Aromas of baked pear, red apple, white peaches, chamomile, wet stones, and lemon curd with a supple, lively, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a sleek, delightful, medium lemon preserves, lilac, tangerine, star fruit, and orange zest finish with no oak flavor. A bright fruit-basket of a Riesling that is the perfect foil for spicy Thai.
85 points $19.99
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 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 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 Spritzer NV Rosé California
84 points
$6.99
Steely pink color. Aromas of candied cherry, rhubarb, and raspberry with a silky, lively, fizzy, moderately sweet light body and a smooth, brisk cherry-vanilla, red plum, red licorice, and cranberry finish with no oak flavor. Sweet cherries are balanced by bright acidity and refreshing bubbles in this fun spritzer.
84 points $6.99
Barefoot On Tap NV Buttery 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 buoyant 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, refreshing, 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
Barefoot NV Rosé California
83 points
$6.99
Pink coral color. Aromas of white strawberry, ruby red grapefruit, and rose petals with a satiny, crisp, moderately sweet light body and a smooth, sparse cotton candy finish with no oak flavor. An off-dry rose that will satisfy on hot summer days.
83 points $6.99
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, brisk finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. An oaky weeknight red that’s light on its feet.
83 points $19.99
Black Box NV Red Sangria American
81 points
$19.99
Garnet color. Aromas of red cranberry, red raspberry, blood orange, and lemon peel with a supple, soft, off-dry medium body and a smooth, odd, breezy candied cherries, lemon peel, raspberry danish, burnt orange, clove, strawberry candy, and bottled fruit punch finish with no oak flavor. A plush, rich sangria for summer porch enjoyment.
81 points $19.99
Black Box 2019  Pinot Grigio
81 points
$19.99
Pale straw color. Aromas of apples and bananas with a supple, bright, dryish light body and a smooth, swift finish with no oak flavor. An easy white quaffer for everyday indulging.
81 points $19.99
Barefoot NV Sweet Red Blend California
80 points
$6.99
Medium ruby color. Aroma of red cherry with a supple, soft, sweet light-to-medium body and a sleek, short cherry cough syrup, raisins, and fruit leather finish with no oak flavor. A subtle, sweet red.
80 points $6.99
Shortcut: https://www.tastings.com/Calendar-Wine/Review-2021-06-18-On-Demand.aspx