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Reviews for 2021

July 2021 - New Release

July 2021 - New Release
This month's Wine feature is On-Demand Wines

New Release Reviews

Bargetto 2018 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$60
Black violet color. Aromas of dried berries, plum tart, black cassis, and compressed watermelon with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, nuanced, very long milk chocolate, raspberry confection, fine leather, and aniseed finish with moderate oak flavor. Juicy-but-elegant fruit keeps you coming back for more in this centerpiece Santa Cruz Mountains Cab.
Frey 2019 Biodynamic Zinfandel
92 points
$20
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of fruit and nut press, dried strawberries, roasted almonds, and peach yogurt with a lightly tannic, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, very long finish that shows notes of chocolate ganache, nutella, sarsaparilla, strawberry preserves, and hints of soy with well-integrated tannins and heavy oak flavor. A delicious, chocolate-centric Zinfandel with port-like dried fruits and precise balance.
92 points $20 Best Buy
Don Aurelio 2016 Reserva De Familia Tempranillo
92 points
$36
Dusty garnet color. Mature, earthy aromas and flavors of oily roasted nuts and olive, conditioned leather, clay, and berry-vanilla cake with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, compelling, medium-long finish with accents of marinated sour cherries and beets, cedar, and cascara with well-integrated, crunchy, dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A complex and layered Old World Tempranillo with power and finesse.
Château De Mus 2020 La Source Rosé Languedoc AOP
91 points
$19
Steely pink color. Aromas and flavors of ripe watermelon, strawberry shortcake, white peach, ginger-lemonade, and fresh radish with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-long finish that exhibits notes of pink peppercorns, white tea, and wild strawberry with no oak flavor. A joyful and refreshing Languedoc Rosé that screams summer.
Chevalier Du Grand Robert 2018  Haut-Médoc
90 points
$17
Best Buy
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of grilled berries, beets, incense, dried rose petal, and black tea with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long finish that exhibits elements of cedar and hints of dried bell pepper with moderate oak flavor. A slightly smoky, dark and mysterious Haut Medoc; rock-solid.
90 points $17 Best Buy
Whitehaven 2020  Sauvignon Blanc
89 points
Pale straw green color. Aromas of serrano pepper, guava, lime peel, ruby red grapefruit, and gooseberry with a supple, lively, dry light-to-medium body and a silky, appealing, medium-length lime zest, yellow peaches, star fruit, and spicy arugula finish with no oak flavor. A charming wine; fruity, crisp and citrus-forward.
Barefoot NV  Zinfandel
89 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Aromas of chocolate covered dried raspberries, raisins, blood orange, violet, raspberry, and black plum with a velvety, vibrant, dry medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length black cherry, cassis liqueur, raspberry candy, black peppercorn, caramel yogurt, and candied olives finish with fine, well-integrated, grippy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A food-friendly, bright wine with rich dark fruit, nuanced florals, and a hint of spice.
89 points $6.99 Best Buy
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
Premium 1904 2020 Graciano Graciano
89 points
$12
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of blueberry cobbler a la mode, dark caramel apple, and graphite with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, interesting, medium-long finish that shows notes of pomegranate puree, cocoa-dusted nuts and orange peels, and herbal tea with chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A wonderfully juicy, chewy and appetizing Spanish Red that will shine at the table.
89 points $12 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 graceful, appealing, 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 seamless, charming, medium-long cherry-vanilla tobacco finish. An oaky Cabernet that will certainly please lovers of the style.
88 points $19.99
Frey 2019 Biodynamic Petite Sirah
88 points
$20
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of blackberry tea, ginger, hints of purple flowers, and basil with a tannic, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, medium-long finish evoking nuances of darkest chocolate and almond skins with light oak flavor. A fruity, chewy and decadent red.
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, appealing, medium-length rainier cherries and hibiscus finish with no oak flavor. A facile, friendly and fruity rose.
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 a silky, 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
Contempo 2020  Barbera
87 points
$9
Best Buy
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of fresh raspberries, kir, potpourri, and sarsaparilla with a vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a medium-length finish revealing notes of rooibos tea, cherry pie, fresh wood chips, and rosemary with well-integrated tannins and light oak flavor. A bright and balanced red full of bright red fruit and herbaceous undertones.
87 points $9 Best Buy
Cycles Gladiator 2019  Chardonnay
87 points
$12
Best Buy
Bright gold color. Aromas and flavors of pineapple smoothie, guava, sweet caramel, and corn pops with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish that shows suggestions of pineapple upside down cake, creme caramel, and banana cream pie with moderate oak flavor. A solid, juicy Chardonnay with fruity Pina Colada-like flavors.
87 points $12 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 graceful, 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
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 smooth, refreshing, 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
Frey 2019 Organic Petite Sirah
87 points
$18
Dark ruby-garnet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of caramel cake, citrus, fruit leather, lilac, and tomato leaf with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, medium-long finish manifesting impressions of dried cranberry, blueberry cobbler, ground pepper, and butter cookie with moderate oak flavor. A chewy, appetizing Petite Sirah sipper.
Frey 2019 Organic Malbec
87 points
$18
Garnet black color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of huckleberry jam, violet, farina, and herbs with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-long finish that shows accents of honeyed blackberries and graham cracker with light oak flavor. A juicy, likeable Malbec with nice layers of nuanced fruit, floral and spice flavors propelled by bright acidity and chewy tannins.
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 silky, 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 an even, medium-length tobacco, berry cobbler and vanilla finish. A dark and brooding, oaky Malbec.
87 points $19.99
Portlandia 2019  Pinot Noir
87 points
$21
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of hibiscus, boysenberry, cranberry tart, chocolate-carob cookie, and graphite with a velvety, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length finish displaying accents of toffee-coated peanuts with moderate oak flavor. A rich Pinot Noir with outgoing fruit and a lipsmacking sense of juiciness.
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 a polished, charming, 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
Castillo De Monlero 2020  Tempranillo
86 points
$8
Best Buy
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of blackberry jam, toasty crepes, sugared orange zest, bay leaf, and lilac with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a polished, medium-length finish with elements of graphite, chocolate chips, and dried blueberries with moderate oak flavor. A juicy, toasty Spanish red that will be a real crowd-pleaser.
86 points $8 Best Buy
Barefoot Bubbly NV  Prosecco DOC
86 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas of green apple, ripe pear, lime, and almond croissant with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, fruity light body and a medium-length finish with no oak flavor. A cheerful, fruity Prosecco with a kiss of sweetness.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Frey 2020 Biodynamic Field Blend Red Other Red
86 points
$16
Dusty ruby color. Smoky aromas and flavors of grilled berries, beets, nuts, tobacco, and smoke with a satiny, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish displaying touches of roasted agave, dried dates, and almond skin with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A fun, smoky and muscular red that will excel with bbq.
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 sleek, swift apple compote finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A supple and clean Chardonnay for the gang.
86 points $19.99
Black Box 2019 Red Blend California
86 points
$19.99
Medium violet color. Aromas of roasted poblano pepper, black plum, red cherry, and crushed raspberry with a silky, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, medium-length fresh strawberry, mulberry, clove, and tobacco leaf finish with soft, well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A red with a rich mouthfeel complimented by balanced savory-sweet character.
86 points $19.99
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
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.
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 sleek, breezy sweet citrus and mineral water finish with no oak flavor. A crisp, juicy and crowdpleasing Sauvignon Blanc quaffer.
85 points $6.99
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 silky, delightful, 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  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, breezy plum finish with moderate oak flavor. A rich, toasty everyday Merlot with big oak flavors.
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
Chevalier Du Grand Robert 2020  Bordeaux Clairet
85 points
$13
Light siam color. Aromas and flavors of rhubarb preserves, dried cherry, tamarind, and orange blossom honeycomb with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, breezy finish with notes of butternut squash and honey baked apple and beets with no oak flavor. A round, warming rose that will be a nice sipper with a good chill.
Frey 2020 Organic Pinot Grigio
85 points
$15
Brilliant emerald straw color. Sulfurous, fruity aromas and flavors of soufflé, peach skin, almond, and teriyaki with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a snappy finish with notes of lemon nectarine yogurt, caramel green apple, and nougat with fruit, fine tannins. A nice fruity quaffer with a bit of caramel and smoke.
Frey 2018 Organic Charbono
85 points
$15
Ruby black color. Interesting aromas of sandalwood incense, smoked teriyaki basted meat and olives, tamarind, fino sherry and orange reduction with bouillon, stewed greens, and mushrooms and vegetables with a slightly chewy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, charming, medium-length roast meats and persimmon finish with chewy, earthy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A intriguingly savory and meaty Italian varietal red that will fit nicely at the hunter’s table.
Pacific Redwood 2019 Organic Merlot
85 points
$15
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of añejo tequila, earl grey tea, tobacco, and molasses with a slightly chewy, bright, dryish light body and a smooth, breezy finish displaying notes of dried berries and raisins with a suggestion of oak flavor. A funky quaffer for weeknight enjoyment.
Pacific Redwood 2020 Organic Pinot Noir
85 points
$18
Dark garnet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of caramelized cherries and cranberry, spumoni, raspberry tea, and cocoa powder with a supple, crisp, fruity medium body and an even, interesting, medium-length finish that shows notes of strawberry shortcake, praline, and ginseng and cola with soft, chewy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A juicy appealing Pinot Noir with plenty of ripe fruit to satisfy.
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 smooth, interesting, 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
Frey 2019 Organic Merlot
85 points
$20
Garnet black color. Fruity aromas and flavors of plum and berry pie, dark caramel, and vanilla cream puff pastry with a supple, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, refreshing, medium-long finish with suggestions of fresh mixed berries, nut skin, wood, and black radish with light oak flavor. A rock solid Merlot that will cover a lot of bases.
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 smooth, brisk apricot jam and butter finish with light oak flavor. A soft and buttery Chardonnay quaffer for everyday indulging.
84 points $6.99
Barefoot Bubbly NV Brut Cuvée California
84 points
$9.99
Pale yellow straw color. Fruity aromas of candied pear, honey-drizzled biscuits, and peach gummies with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dryish light body and a seamless, breezy lime zest finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A fruit-forward, bright and awakening sparkler.
84 points $9.99
Barefoot Bubbly NV Extra Dry California
84 points
$9.99
Golden straw color. Fruity aromas of buttered multigrain toast, peach preserves, mango yogurt, and soursop with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, carefree 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  Pinot Grigio
84 points
$9.99
Pale gold color. Fruity aromas of apricot, lilac, sorbet, apple vinaigrette, and ripe melon with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and an effortless, breezy finish with no oak flavor. A fruity, crowd-pleasing sparkler with kisses of sweetness.
84 points $9.99
Pacific Redwood 2020 Organic Chardonnay
84 points
$15
Yellow straw color. Aromas of crescent rolls, brown butter, and sliced golden apples with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a warming, quick ripe melons and toast finish with no oak flavor. An easy Chardonnay quaffer.
Frey 2020 Organic Pinot Noir
84 points
$18
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of honeyed cherry and blueberry, dark caramel sauce, and coconut pie with a round, bright, fruity medium body and an even, interesting, medium-length berry pie a la mode, vanilla yogurt nuts, pencil shavings, and hint of mushroom finish with fine, dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A round juicy, uncomplicated Pinot for pleasurable sipping.
Frey 2020 Organic Sauvignon Blanc
84 points
$18
Bright silvery emerald straw color. Tropical, creamy aromas and flavors of pineapple upside down cake, grapefruit custard, melon rind, and parsley with a supple, soft, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish that shows touches of green apple, pepper relish, and tangerine rind. A soft, easy drinking creamy Sauvignon Blanc that will appeal to Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay drinkers.
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, crisp toast finish with moderate oak flavor. A toasty Chardonnay with pleasing fruitiness.
84 points $19.99
Barefoot On Tap NV Sunset Red Blend California
84 points
$19.99
Medium brick red color. Aromas of red cherry, black cherry, dried thyme, and cherry pie with a velvety, crisp, off-dry medium body and a smooth, short-to-medium raisin, baked cherries, black plum, and cinnamon stick finish with well-integrated, soft tannins and no oak flavor. A plush, fruity red; serve slightly chilled on a hot summer day.
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 breezy 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, interesting, 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
Frey 2019 Biodynamic Merlot
84 points
$20
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of roasted agave, suede, spicy vermouth, and chocolate covered cherries with a slightly chewy, light-to-medium body and a warming, medium-length finish that exhibits notes of berry jam on buttered raisin toast with coarse tannins and light oak flavor. A tight and atypical Merlot with dried fruit notes and chewy charm.
Thanksgiving Farm 2019 Estate Grown Reserve Meritage Anne Arundel County
84 points
$45
Ruby color. Aromas of banana and raisin with a light-to-medium body and a short-to-medium bran flakes finish. A funk and fruity big Red for the table.
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 sleek, short-lived 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 an even, brisk finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. An oaky weeknight red that’s light on its feet.
83 points $19.99
Frey 2019 Biodynamic Chardonnay
82 points
$20
Golden straw color. Fruity, creamy aromas and flavors of singed apple pie a la mode, dried pineapple, sherry, and kiwi with a supple, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, medium-long finish with touches of tropical fruit custard and smoked nuts and apples with soft, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A solid Chardonnay with fresh fruit, bright acidity and a nice creaminess.
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