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September 2021 - Stellar Cellar

September 2021 - Stellar Cellar
This month's Wine feature is Stellar Cellar Wines

Stellar Cellar Reviews

Inglenook 2015  Cabernet Sauvignon
96 points
$54.95
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of black cherry, blackberry preserves, allspice, and grilled pumpernickel with a chewy, lively, dry full body and a warming, thought-provoking, long finish with suggestions of black currant, india ink, molasses, clove, and black peppercorn. A robust and complex Cabernet that will develop in the glass throughout a meal and for years to come.
96 points $54.95
Jarvis 2015  Petit Verdot
96 points
$180
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of cured meat, mesquite, macerated blackberry, and dark chocolate shavings with a tannic, lively, dry full body and a very long finish with accents of ripe blackberry, sun dried tomato, and charred brisket. A complex, sun-drenched Petit Verdot with world-class intensity and structure; a bold and beautiful red.
Awards: 2021 Best Red Wine
Jarvis 2018 Will Jarvis Science Project Napa Valley
95 points
$210
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of espresso, cocoa powder, and black cherry with a velvety, lively, dry medium-full body and a warming, elegant, long finish that shows overtones of olive tapenade, fennel, and cherry sage mostarda with firm, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A delightful melange of herbs and berries that culminated in a long complex finish; among the best that’s graced our panelists this year.
Awards: 2021 Top 2 Bordeaux Varietal Blend
Mer et Soleil 2019  Chardonnay
94 points
$20.95
Bright gold color. Aromas of yellow pear, new leather, and buttered biscuit with a round, lively, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, distinctive, long caramel dipped green apple, kernel, and cinnamon finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. Complexity abounds in this satisfying and long finishing Chardonnay.
94 points $20.95
Jaraman 2018  Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$22
Bright black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of mulberry, coriander, eucalyptus, mesquite, and licorice with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, distinctive, endless finish displaying accents of mint-chocolate gelato, raspberry macaron, chocolate ganache, and cafe breve with heavy oak flavor. A sultry, spicy and fantastically textured Cabernet Sauvignon sure to please most any Aussie wine lover.
Ruggeri 2020 Giustino B Prosecco DOCG
94 points
$31.99
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of pineapple gummies, lemon swathe, and mandarin with a lean, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry light body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length finish that presents touches of ripe pear and cantaloupe with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. Perfectly balanced bubbly; great for sipping or pairing.
Awards: 2021 Best Prosecco
94 points $31.99
Château Montelena 2018  Chardonnay
94 points
$44.95
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of pineapple upside down cake, vanilla, and lemon with a supple, lively, dry medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish that presents accents of cornbread muffins, golden apple, vanilla, and baked pear with well-integrated, woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. A Chardonnay that delivers on freshness and richness
94 points $44.95
Hess Collection 2018  Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$59.95
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of red and black licorice, raspberry sorbet, tea with cream and honey, and hints of roasted meats with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and an elegant, long finish displaying suggestions of mint-chocolate with drying tannins and moderate oak flavor. Delicious balance and juicy berry notes bring the imbiber back for another sip of this upstanding Napa Cabernet.
94 points $59.95
Jarvis 2016  Merlot
94 points
$150
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate covered cherry and vanilla latte with a satiny, lively, bone-dry medium-to-full body and a warming, medium-long finish conveying notes of ripe bing cherry, mace, stewed raspberry, and cedar with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A sumptuous Merlot that delights in red and black fruits laced with vanilla and baking spice finishes strong and smooth
Austin Hope 2019  Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$21.95
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of blueberry jam, vanilla, and peppermint with a chewy, lively, dry full body and a peppery, interesting, long finish that shows accents of blackberry preserves, sweet hibiscus tea, and allspice with woody, well-integrated, chewy tannins and heavy oak flavor. A powerful Cabernet with dense, ripe fruit and a flirtatiously spicy finish.
93 points $21.95
Jaraman 2019  Shiraz
93 points
$22
Black ruby color. Aromas of cola, roasted coffee beans, peppermint, cardamom, and pickling spices with a chewy, dryish medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long juicy plum punch and berry gelato finish. A rich, velvety Shiraz that delivers.
Awards: 2021 Best Shiraz
Mosqueteros 2018 Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$22
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of snap peas, charred rosemary, and grilled mushroom with a satiny, vibrant, dry medium-full body and a warming, refreshing, long finish with accents of pomegranate, blackberry, and black licorice with firm, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. Herbal, refreshing, and full of concentrated fruit flavor.
Sobon Estate 2019 ReZerve® Primitivo
93 points
$24
Dusty garnet color. Savory aromas of tomatillo, savory, olive focaccia, and sweet red onion with an vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long watermelon, pink peppercorns, and flan finish with moderate oak flavor. A deliciously balanced Primitivo with lots of attractive savory flair.
Awards: 2021 Best Primitivo
Rombauer 2019  Chardonnay
93 points
$33.95
Bright gold color. Aromas and flavors of chamomile, elotes, honey, and brown butter with a round, lively, dry medium-full body and a silky, stimulating, long finish that shows suggestions of tart pineapple, charred pear, and vanilla with fruit tannins and moderate oak flavor. A juicy Chardonnay with a generous dollop of toast and honey.
93 points $33.95
Bargetto 2019 Regan Vineyards Reserve Chardonnay
93 points
$35
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of apple crumb cake, white peach, and bananas foster with a supple, bright, dry medium-to-full body and a silky, charming, medium-long finish with notes of butterscotch, sweet corn, and pear tart with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A supple California Chardonnay with an abundance of buttery notes and fresh orchard fruit.
Duckhorn 2017  Merlot
93 points
$39.95
Garnet black color. Aromas of baked plum with butter crust, stewed strawberry, chocolate ganache, iodine, and star anise with a slightly chewy, lively, full body and a peppery, interesting, medium-long fig bar, ground fennel seed, palo santo smoke, and green peppercorn finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A bold Merlot with lush fruit and an unmistakable cocoa note that will stand up to grilled and heavy proteins.
93 points $39.95
Bargetto 2018 Regan Vineyards Reserve Merlot
93 points
$40
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of milk chocolate, black plum, molasses, and dried herbs with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry medium-full body and a peppery, engaging, long finish evoking accents of cinnamon baked blueberry, stewed blackberry, white pepper, and clove studded plum with firm, grippy, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. An elegant blend that shows red and dark fruit concentration and sparks of herbs and spices.
Jaraman 2020  Grenache
92 points
$22
Bright garnet color. Aromas and flavors of raspberry, pomegranate, strawberry liqueur, and graphite with a velvety, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a sleek, involved, long finish with shades of rhubarb, peppercorns, mint jelly, and fennel seed with light oak flavor. A juicy, spicy Grenache that’s easy to love, pair and enjoy.
Awards: 2021 Best Grenache
Jaraman 2019  Pinot Noir
92 points
$22
Dark garnet color. Herbal aromas and flavors of cherry preserves, peppermint tea, white chocolate, and ginger with a round, vibrant, dryish medium body and a silky, complex, medium-long finish with nuances of minerals, blood orange, and dark chocolate shavings with light oak flavor. A delicious and elegant Australian Pinot Noir that offers gushes of minerality, plump fruit and sophisticated herbal nuance.
Hartford Court 2019  Chardonnay
92 points
$22.95
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of sweet coconut flakes, pecan pie, tangelo, ripe mango, and pineapple custard with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, complex, medium-long finish manifesting notes of fine minerals, toffee, apple charlotka, and hints of roasty espresso beans with light oak flavor. A finely balanced Russian River Valley Chardonnay with big oak in beautiful harmony with sophisticated fruit flavors.
92 points $22.95
Beaulieu 2017  Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$24.95
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of sweet tea, ripe berry-topped pavlova, herbs de provence, honey-roasted nuts, and vanilla cream with a round, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a complex, very long finish with heavy oak flavor. A fruity, creamy, palate-enveloping Napa Cabernet that won’t let you down.
92 points $24.95
The Prisoner 2019  Chardonnay
92 points
$28.95
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of fig jam, apple pie, and nutmeg with a round, tangy, dry medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long finish with accents of buttered challah, marzipan, and ripe peach with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A complex Chardonnay that shows rich layers and maintains balance; finishes clean and fresh.
92 points $28.95
Nicolas Potel 2020  Pouilly-Fuissé
92 points
$35.99
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of toffee, yellow apple, and marigold with a soft, vibrant, dry medium body and a polished, interesting, medium-long finish with accents of cast iron cornbread and lemon curd with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. Orchard fruit abounds in this Pouilly Fuisse that finishes with a dollop of buttery charm.
Awards: 2021 Best White Burgundy
92 points $35.99
Honig 2018  Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$39.95
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of dried currant, prune, toast, and dried thyme with a chewy, lively, dry full body and a peppery, complex, long finish conveying notes of black plum, new leather, cracked black pepper, and blueberry skin with grippy, firm, well-integrated tannins and heavy oak flavor. A brooding Cabernet that will hold up to hearty cuts and aging.
92 points $39.95
Masterstroke 2019  Shiraz
92 points
$44
Black violet color. Aromas of licorice, chocolate cake, black tea, and hints of mint with a round, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, subtle, long thyme, roasted nuts, and chocolate soufflé finish with moderate oak flavor. A round and pleasing Shiraz with big style.
Beringer 2018  Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$21.95
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla, blackberry jam, and gingerbread cookie dough with a chewy, lively, dry full body and a warming, interesting, very long finish with overtones of dark chocolate, currant, and fennel seed with firm, well-integrated, grippy tannins and heavy oak flavor. Complex Cabernet that shows ginger pastry alongside dark fruits and herb.
91 points $21.95
Villadoria 2018  Barbaresco DOCG
91 points
$31.99
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of crushed rose petal, black tea, vintage leather, and licorice whips with a supple, lively, dry medium-full body and a warming, complex, long finish with notes of sun dried tomato, ripe red plum, wild berries, and cedar with well-integrated, firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. Generous aromas and firm structure make this a solid choice for Barbaresco enthusiasts
91 points $31.99
Mount Veeder Winery 2018  Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$32.95
Black garnet color. Aromas of suede, roasted nuts, and delicate spices with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and an even, elegant, long compressed watermelon, artisan cola, hints of espresso, eucalyptus, and whipped cream finish with moderate oak flavor. A plush, approachable Napa Cabernet that hits the spot.
91 points $32.95
Masterstroke 2019  Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$44
Bright black garnet color. Herbal aromas of spearmint, dark chocolate shavings, sweet plumeria, and licorice with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, layered, very long ginger, sumac, ripe tangerine, terra cotta, and red peppercorns finish with moderate oak flavor. A stylish, endlessly complex Cabernet Sauvignon that’s instantly appealing.
Sanford 2018  Pinot Noir
90 points
$33.95
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of crushed blackberries, cassis tart, hints of watermelon, allspice, cinnamon babka, and herbal tea with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and a graceful, interesting, medium-length finish that shows notes of dressed beets and fresh herbs with moderate oak flavor. A classic, acid-driven Pinot with lovely fruit flavors; perhaps cellar for a year or two.
90 points $33.95
Caymus 2019  Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$73.95
Ruby black color. Aromas of vanilla blueberry pastry, star anise, eucalyptus, and cedar with a tannic, racy, dry full body and a peppery, intricate, very long blackberry jam, hibiscus black tea, chocolate mousse, and allspice finish with firm, chewy, well-integrated tannins and heavy oak flavor. A bold and complex Cabernet that shows nuance and muscle.
90 points $73.95
Sobon Estate 2019 ReZerve® Zinfandel
89 points
$24
Garnet black color. Aromas of plum, blueberry, cassia bark, and moist tobacco with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, involved, medium-long chocolate cake, raspberry coulis, and rhubarb finish with moderate oak flavor. A taught and complex Zinfandel with cellar potential.
The Prisoner 2018  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$44.95
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of black cherry, black plum, dried sage, and hickory with a chewy, racy, dry full body and a peppery, intricate, very long finish manifesting accents of blueberry, blackberry jam, ink, and molasses with grippy, well-integrated tannins and heavy oak flavor. Dark fruits shine in this bold choice for fatty cuts.
89 points $44.95
Villadoria 2016 Lazzarito Barolo DOCG
89 points
$89.99
Brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate, roasted almond, portabella mushroom, and cola with a tannic, racy, dry full body and a peppery, subtle, very long finish with accents of tart cherry, leather, charcoal, and black walnut with firm, drying tannins and moderate oak flavor. A solid Barolo offering structure and complexity that will unfold throughout a fine meal
89 points $89.99
William Fèvre 2018 Chablis Champs Royaux Chablis Premier Cru
88 points
$26.95
Yellow straw color. Aromas of gridded brioche, flint, freshly popped popcorn, and marigold with a supple, lively, dry medium body and a silky, charming, medium-long green apple, under ripe apricot, and chalk finish with well-integrated tannins and light oak flavor. A layered Chablis offering plenty of mineral character.
88 points $26.95
Thirty Degrees 2020  Chardonnay
88 points
$28
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of new leather, sliced cantaloupe, and caramel drizzled apple slice with a round, tangy, dry medium body and a smooth, breezy finish that exhibits suggestions of lime custard, vanilla, and grilled nectarine with fruit tannins and moderate oak flavor. A Chardonnay with a ripe character and bright finish .
Thirty Degrees 2019  Pinot Noir
88 points
$32
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of anise seed, ripe strawberry, and over ripe strawberry with a silky, medium-to-full body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length finish displaying accents of chocolate covered cherry, cedar, and oolong tea with well-integrated tannins and light oak flavor. A smooth Pinot Noir for fans of the modern style; cedar and cherries abound.
Seven Rings 2018  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$34
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of honey-drizzled pine nuts, shishito pepper, sage, cola, berry chutney, and eucalyptus with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, layered, medium-long finish revealing notes of tobacco and vanilla with moderate oak flavor. A lighter-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon with a distinctively nutty oak character; sophisticated and delicious.
The Prisoner 2019 Red Blend California
88 points
$37.95
Garnet black color. Aromas of peony, amerena cherry, cedar, and vanilla with a medium-to-full body and a warming, medium-long desiccated strawberry, red velvet cake, and ripe blackberry finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A layer cake of a wine full of vanilla and cherry; great for casual meals and conversations.
88 points $37.95
Coen Wines 2019 Reserve Malbec
88 points
$39
Ruby black color. Aromas of ripe plum, blackberry preserves, hints of tobacco, and caramel with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium-long chocolate-covered berries and toasted almonds finish with moderate oak flavor. A dry-yet-juicy Malbec with great balance and food-affinity.
Silver Oak 2016  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$74.95
Black garnet color. Aromas of lingonberry jam, rosemary, sage, clay, and hints of hot pepper infused honey with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long mixed peppercorns and ginger finish with moderate oak flavor. A zesty Alexander Valley Cabernet filled with spicy and herbaceous character.
88 points $74.95
High Lonesome Vineyard 2019 Peek-A-Boo White Blend Picpoul Blanc
87 points
$29
Pale yellow straw color. Aromas of lime vinaigrette, honey, green apple, ripe peaches, and mustard greens with a supple, lively, dryish light body and a smooth, swift perfume, lemon blossom, tinned pears, and ginger finish with no oak flavor. A crisp white with bright floral notes, serve well chilled for a summer picnic.
Thirty Degrees 2019  Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$34
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of incense, fresh violet, cola, and dried spearmint with a velvety, lively, dry full body and a warming, nuanced, long finish displaying suggestions of blackberry pie filling, nutmeg, chocolate covered blueberry, and mustard seed with firm, well-integrated, grippy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A Cabernet that is both rich and nuanced, delicate dried herbs and decadent chocolate dance across the palate.
Seven Rings 2019  Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$39
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of almond-studded chocolate, raspberry soufflé, coriander, and sassafras with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a silky, intriguing, medium finish with shades of fine herbs and amaretto with chewy tannins and heavy oak flavor. An laid-back Napa Cabernet with a complex, chocolatey nose.
Le Vigne 2020 Estate Chardonnay
86 points
$22
Pale golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of fresh pear, heirloom apples, and almonds with a velvety, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length finish revealing notes of tart green apple and cinnamon-sugar swirl toast with moderate oak flavor. A toasty, bright and accessible Chardonnay for everyday enjoyment.
Angels & Cowboys NV Brut Rosé Sparkling Wine California
86 points
$24
Salmon orange color. Aromas and flavors of strawberry pastry, vanilla, and tart raspberry with a lean, crisp, bubbly, dry light body and a graceful, delightful, medium-length finish with notes of peach jam on brioche and tart strawberry with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A strawberries and cream California sparkler with a lifted citrus finish.
Simi 2020 Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc
86 points
$24
Silvery emerald straw color. Tropical aromas and flavors of ginger-lemon tea, kiwi, starfruit, and golden apple with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, carefree finish with no oak flavor. A cheery, juicy and uncomplicated Sauvignon Blanc.
Coen Wines 2020  Malbec
86 points
$25
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of grilled baguette, ripe plums, and hibiscus with a round, crisp, dry medium body and a tingling, medium-length finish conveying accents of graphite and roasted nuts with moderate oak flavor. A chewy Malbec with a dry and serious personality.
High Lonesome Vineyard 2019 Big Brother Lemberger
86 points
$35
Light garnet color. Aromas and flavors of dill, grape leaves, vanilla, and clove with a lean, lively, dry light-to-medium body and an even, amusing, medium-long finish with nuances of cranberry, pomegranate, and cherry pie with well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. Explosively herbal and savory aromas conjure thoughts of dill rice and dolmades; a good pairing for Mediterranean fare.
High Lonesome Vineyard 2019 Emilys Malbec
86 points
$38
Dark violet color. Aromas of cooked black cherry, dried violet, black plum, candied orange peel, and thyme with a lean, tangy, dry medium body and a smooth, odd, medium-long blueberry compote, vanilla, and cacao finish with medium, grippy tannins and no oak flavor. A fresh, redolent Malbec for every day drinking.
High Lonesome Vineyard 2019 Emilys Malbec
86 points
$47
Deep violet color. Aromas and flavors of beef jerky, dashi powder, fresh violets, and kirsch with a lightly tannic, lively, dry medium-full body and a tingling, medium-long finish with nuances of greens in vinaigrette and balsamic strawberry with firm, drying tannins and moderate oak flavor. A juicy, lean Malbec with herbal interest that calls for a charcuterie board.
Champs De Rosé NV  Other
85 points
$21
Topaz gray color. Aromas of dried strawberries, peach, forest berry tea, and lime with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length watermelon, hints of jasmine, and almond cookies finish with no oak flavor. A tasty dry sparkler a pleasantly restrained sense of fruitiness; a rock solid weeknight Brut Rose.
Angels & Cowboys NV Brut Sparkling Wine California
85 points
$22
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of white stones, toast, and gala apple with a lean, vibrant, dry light body and an effortless, interesting, medium-length finish with shades of lemon swathe and curry spices with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A perfectly simple sparkler for anything from appetizers to fresh pastas.
High Lonesome Vineyard 2018  Tannat
85 points
$42
Medium ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of black plum, black raspberry, pine, and caramelized banana with a lean, lively, dry light body and a tingling, medium-length finish with accents of black pepper, red cherry, and plum with fine, grippy tannins and no oak flavor. A bright and flavorful Tannat ready for food pairings.
High Lonesome Vineyard 2019  Riesling
84 points
$29
Medium golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of red apple, beeswax, lemon pith, and melon with a supple, lively, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, quirky, snappy finish that shows notes of roasted apples, white pepper, and coriander with no oak flavor. A full-bodied Riesling for spritzers.
Robert Mondavi 2016  Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$37.95
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of blood orange, pomegranate, and spiced tea with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length finish with moderate oak flavor. A juicy, chewy Napa Cab that’s easy to enjoy.
84 points $37.95
Domaine Serene 2017  Pinot Noir
83 points
$41.95
Dusty ruby color. Curious aromas of tinned cherries, banana candies, dressed beets, and cedar with a chewy, soft, dryish light body and a seamless, brisk raisins in caramel finish with coarse tannins and no oak flavor. A chewy, robust Pinot Noir for bold pairings.
83 points $41.95
Coen Wines 2020 Rosé Malbec
82 points
$20
Bright pink coral color. Aromas of dried strawberry, apple, and jicama with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a polished, brisk fruit punch finish. A fruity, punch-like rose for al fresco enjoyment.
Flowers 2018  Pinot Noir
81 points
$39.95
Light garnet color. Aroma of roasted tomato with a chewy, crisp, dry medium body and a smooth, fast grilled almond and baked plum finish with chewy tannins. A chewy, table-ready Pinot Noir.
81 points $39.95
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