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September 2021 - Conscious Wines

September 2021 - Conscious Wines
This month's Wine feature is Conscious Wines, showcasing environmentally-, socially- and health-conscious wines.

Conscious Wines Reviews

Galil Mountain 2018 Yiron Red Blend Galilee
93 points
$38
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of prune, black currant, fresh rosemary, and adobo pepper with a tannic, lively, dry full body and a peppery, nuanced, long finish that presents suggestions of blueberry, cured meat, kalamata olive, and cigar box with firm, drying, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. Savory and herbal notes mingle with hints of soft vanilla in this wine that culminates in a long, complex finish.
Awards: 2021 Best Israeli Red
Arrowhead Spring Vineyards 2017 Estate Syrah
92 points
$34
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of pancetta, jasmine, fresh oregano, and ripe strawberry with a tannic, racy, dry full body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long finish with impressions of tobacco, tart cherry, and cocoa powder with chewy, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A quaffable choice for charred meats that need a lift.
Galil Mountain 2019  Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$17
Best Buy
Black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of baked blueberry, maple candies, eucalyptus, and black olive with a chewy, lively, dry full body and a warming, complex, long finish that exhibits impressions of date, blackberry, cinnamon stick, and charred plum with firm, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A laser focused Cabernet blend that brings harmonious structure to the table.
91 points $17 Best Buy
Yarden 2019  Chardonnay
91 points
$22
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of phyllo pastry, slivered almond, and clementine with a supple, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-length finish that shows shades of apple fritter, pear, and meyer lemon with well-integrated, soft tannins and moderate oak flavor. A fruit forward Chardonnay that will bring interest to pairings.
Arrowhead Spring Vineyards 2018 Meritage Reserve Red Meritage
91 points
$24
Black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of gherkins, blackberry, tomato leaf, and pickled dill with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-long finish with suggestions of cherry chutney, hints of cacao nib, and sage with moderate oak flavor. A rush of fruity acidity follows a savory and oaky nose; a lovely wine for food pairings.
Sonoma-Cutrer 2019  Chardonnay
90 points
$23
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of apple crisp, elotes, and vanilla wafer with a soft, crisp, dry medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium-long finish that presents accents of green apple and orange custard with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A toasted yet fresh example of a round Chardonnay.
Frisky Zebras NV Game Ranger Reserve Seductive Shiraz
89 points
$9
Best Buy
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of smoked meats, luxardo cherry, and shishito pepper with a chewy, racy, dry full body and a warming, interesting, long finish displaying overtones of wild raspberry, compressed strawberry, cola, and pine with firm, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A juicy Shiraz that brings plenty of red fruits and herbal interest to the table.
89 points $9 Best Buy
Jm Fonseca Twin Vines 2020  Vinho Verde DOC
89 points
$9
Best Buy
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of lemon, peaches and cream, and fresh herbs with a lean, vibrant, petillant, dry light body and a sleek, brisk finish that shows nuances of lemon curd, graham cracker, and wet white stones with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A refreshing sipper for light meals and pleasant conversation.
89 points $9 Best Buy
Galil Mountain 2020  Syrah
89 points
$17
Ruby black color. Aromas of hibiscus black tea, cassis, smoke, and peppered jerky with a medium-to-full body and a peppery, delightful, long sweet stewed plum, blackberry , graphite, pink peppercorn, and bitter chocolate finish with firm, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A layered Syrah that unfolds notes of spice and chocolate without losing focus on brooding fruit.
Gratsi NV Old Country White Sauvignon Blanc
89 points
$45
Silvery emerald straw color. Elegant aromas and flavors of white peach, juicy pear, tangerine, honey, and white flowers with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and an interesting, medium-length finish with accents of citron, toast, red pepper jelly, and roasted nuts with a suggestion of oak flavor. A charming, concentrated, elegant Sauvignon Blanc with toasty lees notes and shining bright fresh fruit.
Mind & Body 2019 Rosé California
88 points
$13
Best Buy
Light pink coral color. Aromas of red cherry, strawberry and tarragon with a supple, racy, petillant, dryish light-to-medium body and an effortless, brisk orange peel, lemon zest, pomegranate, and lavender finish with no oak flavor. A charming, piquant rose sipper.
88 points $13 Best Buy
Naturalis 2019  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$13
Best Buy
Dark ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of black cherry, blackberry, black tea, black currant, and vanilla with a supple, racy, dry medium-full body and a tingling, engaging, medium-length finish with fine, grippy, coating tannins and light oak flavor. A charming, balanced Cab ready for the weekday table.
88 points $13 Best Buy
Cuvée Des Lices 2020  Côtes De Provence
88 points
$15
Best Buy
Coral orange color. Aromas and flavors of yellow strawberry, star fruit, and dandelion greens with a lean, soft, dry light body and a smooth, easy finish with elements of snap peas and fresh sliced lemon with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A lively, mouthwatering rosé for patio season.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Stellar Organics 2020  Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$9
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of mole, dill, and pickled jalapeño with a slightly chewy, lively, bone-dry medium-full body and a tingling, medium-length finish manifesting elements of dark chocolate shavings, boysenberry, and eucalyptus with earthy, firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. Hints of dark berries under layers of savory mole and spice make this an fun choice to pair with meals cooked over an open flame.
87 points $9 Best Buy
Mind & Body 2018  Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$13
Best Buy
Medium ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of black cherry, cranberry, figs, cherry cordial, roasted poblano, green olive, and leather with a lean, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a graceful, breezy finish with fine, medium tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A crisp, fruit forward, easy drinking Cabernet for weekday dinner.
87 points $13 Best Buy
Gratsi NV Old Country Red Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$45
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of cranberry, balsamic strawberry, black cherry fruit leather, and basil stem with a supple, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, charming, medium-long finish manifesting accents of anise seed, blueberry, and dark chocolate with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. Enjoyable now, here’s a bright Cab blend with rich red fruit, chocolate, and vanilla notes.
HOM 2020  Merlot
86 points
$13
Best Buy
Clear medium brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of hibiscus tea, blackberry, and cigar with a slightly chewy, lively, dry medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish manifesting impressions of vanilla glazed cherry and chocolate chips with well-integrated tannins and light oak flavor. Aromatic intensity drives interest in this lively vanilla- and cherry-studded Merlot
86 points $13 Best Buy
Naturalis 2020  Sauvignon Blanc
86 points
$13
Best Buy
Light straw color. Aromas and flavors of lemon peel, lemongrass, mineral, wet stone, and tarragon with a round, racy, dry medium body and a tingling, medium-long finish with touches of Green apple with no oak flavor. A bright, zippy Sauvignon Blanc - serve well chilled on a hot summer day.
86 points $13 Best Buy
Frisky Zebras NV Game Ranger Reserve Sensuous Sauvignon Blanc
85 points
$9
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of bell pepper, chive, cucumber salad, and sesame with a lean, lively, dry light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish with nuances of pineapple core and granny smith with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. Vibrant aromas of peppers and herbs steal the show in this sprightly Sauvignon Blanc.
Mind & Body 2019  Pinot Grigio
85 points
$13
Light straw color. Aromas and flavors of lemon peel, lemon zest, apple blossom, jasmine, and green apple with a satiny, racy, dry medium body and a graceful, intriguing, medium-length finish with no oak flavor. A lively and energetic Pinot Grigio.
Living Coral NV Sparkling Rose
85 points
$14
Pale salmon color. Fresh aromas and flavors of incense, peach, and tamarind with a silky, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light body and a polished, brisk finish evoking accents of apricot and almond with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A delicate sparkler with a pillowy froth.
Osmosis 2021 DeLIGHTful Sauvignon Blanc
85 points
$15
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of kiwi, turmeric, and lemon with a soft, tangy, dry light body and a smooth, breezy finish with elements of pear, freshly squeezed lemon, and gooseberry with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. Fresh acidity lifts the palate to a clean finish in this approachable Sauvignon Blanc.
Frisky Zebras NV Game Ranger Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
85 points
$29
Garnet black color. Aromas of dill, lava soap, cranberry sauce, and jalapeño relish with a chewy, vibrant, dry full body and a warming, engaging, medium-length fresh blueberry, black pepper, mesquite chips, and red plum finish with firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. An herb and smoke laced weeknight Cabernet with heft and lift.
Sea Wave Wines 2019  Pinot Noir
84 points
$4
Best Buy
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of milk chocolate, potpourri, and dried fig with a supple, lively, dry light body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length finish imparting impressions of rhubarb, strawberry sorbet, and fresh raspberry with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. An approachable, everyday sipper bursting with tart red berries.
84 points $4 Best Buy
HOM 2020  Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$13
Medium dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of damp violet, raisin, and cedar with a slightly chewy, lively, dry medium-full body and a warming, medium-long finish conveying accents of tart wild strawberry and dried currant with firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A straightforward Cabernet offering a firm grip and juicy acidity.
Naturalis 2020  Chardonnay
84 points
$13
Medium yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of yellow apple, candied lemon peel, vanilla, and white pepper with a satiny, lively, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, medium-long finish with nuances of marmalade, fresh baguette, and orange pith with moderate oak flavor. A bright Aussie Chardonnay with subtle vanilla and new oak flavors - an elevated everyday white.
Sonoma-Cutrer 2020 Rosé of Pinot Noir Sonoma County
84 points
$25
Pale coral color. Aromas and flavors of yellow strawberry, watermelon rind, and nori with a lean, crisp, dry light body and a tingling, short-to-medium finish revealing elements of tart cherry with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. Lifted and ethereal, with whispers of tart berries; perfect for weeknight evenings
Sea Wave Wines 2019  Chardonnay
83 points
$4
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of hints of honeydew melon and green apple with a supple, soft, dryish light body and a smooth, sparse finish with no oak flavor. A simple white quaffer.
83 points $4 Best Buy
HOM 2020  Sauvignon Blanc
83 points
$13
Bright yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of wild lemon, fresh grass, and crushed stones with a lean, vibrant, dry light body and a tingling, brisk finish that presents notes of gooseberry with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. Lean and citrus driven; a simple and fresh sauvignon blanc.
HOM 2020 Rosé Spain
83 points
$13
Clear pale coral color. Aromas and flavors of watermelon, wet red clay, and chive with a lean, lively, light body and a smooth, relaxed finish evoking notes of pomegranate pith with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A zesty expression with a hint of flint.
Kusafiri 2020 Organic Red Blend Coastal Region
83 points
$17
Violet color. Aromas of preserved plum, hints of grilled meat, and charred red pepper with a crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, medium-length tar and black fruit finish with moderate oak flavor. A bold and smoky South African Red.
Frisky Zebras NV Game Ranger Reserve Chenin Blanc
83 points
$29
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of bartlett pear and honeydew with a silky, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a polished, stimulating, medium-long finish with suggestions of baked peach, chalk, banana candies, and dried rosemary with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A silky smooth foray with a lasting peachy finish and herbal nuance.
Esprit De Fanette 2020 Rosé IGP Mediterranee
82 points
$9
Pale coral color. Aromas and flavors of white peach, lily of the valley, and strawberry blossom with a lean, vibrant, dry light body and a smooth, relaxed finish that exhibits accents of white strawberry, lime, and maraschino cherry with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A refreshing and subtle rose that shows floral freshness.
Sea Wave Wines 2020 Rosé California
81 points
$4
Pale salmon color. Aromas of fallen apple and white grapefruit juice with a lean, bright, dry light body and a smooth, instantaneous pickled strawberry, lemon, and sweet and sour sauce finish with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A light bodied rose with tart fruit quality.
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