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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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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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