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Reviews for 2021

October 2021 - New Release

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

New Release Reviews

Chateau De Roques 2018 Chateau De Roques Puisseguin St. Emilion
94 points
$20
Best Buy
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of rosehips, orange peel, tobacco, mocha mousse, caramelized onion, and hints of apricot with a tannic, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a nuanced, long finish with notes of spiced latte and plum with drying tannins and moderate oak flavor. While youthful, this Puisseguin-Saint-Emilion promises a rich, satisfying and layered experience after some cellar time; if drinking now, be sure to decant.
94 points $20 Best Buy
Dewitt Family 2018  Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$65
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of cocoa dusted raspberry, black currant, suede, paprika, and black pepper with a tannic, lively, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, delightful, very long finish evoking accents of black cherry, nutmeg, fig bar, and coconut with chewy, firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A balanced Cabernet with firmness and complexity; pair with prime cuts.
Lobo 2018  Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$95
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of tomato stem, dark chocolate, bramble fruit, and fennel with a tannic, lively, dry full body and a peppery, intricate, very long finish that presents touches of boysenberry, fresh rosemary, cedar, and roasted green pepper with well-integrated, firm tannins and heavy oak flavor. A laser-focused palate of black fruit and cedar is supported by a solid structure; drink now and for years to come.
Kirkland Signature 2015 Gran Reserva Ribera Del Duero
93 points
$14
Best Buy
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of strawberry, watermelon candies, cherry tobacco, and licorice with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, appealing, medium-long finish that shows notes of black plum, mace, sun dried tomato, and cocoa with firm, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. An expressive Tempranillo balancing ripe fruit and fine tannic grip.
93 points $14 Best Buy
Corner 103 2018 Inspiration Red Blend Sonoma County
93 points
$75
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of bell pepper, dark chocolate, sassafras, and cranberry with a velvety, lively, dry full body and a warming, involved, very long finish with notes of black currant, prune, black licorice, and vintage leather with woody, well-integrated, chewy tannins and heavy oak flavor. Juicy and inviting Red Bordeaux that shows complexity and promise for years ahead.
Monte De Oro 2016 Vigna Vicini Reserve Red Wine Blend Temecula Valley
93 points
$90
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of cherry tart, hints of baked peach, hibiscus, milk chocolate, and sarsaparilla with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, involved, long finish with accents of earl grey tea with cream, toasted and spiced almonds, and opera cake with moderate oak flavor. A delicious and silky Temecula Red that’s a great choice for dinner parties and beyond.
Mt. Monster 2019  Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$13
Best Buy
Black garnet color. Herbal aromas and flavors of ripe plum, fresh cut grass, young coconut, Alpine herbs, wet stone, and fresh peppermint with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a peppery, very complex, long finish that shows accents of dark chocolate, nut-studded nougat, hints of leather, and peppercorns with moderate oak flavor. A big, bold, refined Cabernet Sauvignon with big Aussie style.
92 points $13 Best Buy
Porterhouse Winery 2018 Black Label Reserve Red Blend Santa Ynez Valley
92 points
$60
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of black olives, tart cherries, fruity black tea blend, vanilla latte, and leather with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, long finish with accents of tomato jam, crushed coriander, and boysenberry with heavy oak flavor. A lip-smacking Petite Sirah blend with exceptionally well-integrated tannins; elegant and pleasing.
Awards: 2021 Best US Red Blend
Ukan 2018  Rioja
92 points
$65
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of pimento, new leather, and red plum with a supple, tangy, dry medium body and a tingling, medium-long finish with nuances of tart plum, dark chocolate, and currant with dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. High-toned red fruits bring a lifted finish in this cedar-studded, dense Rioja.
Porterhouse Winery 2017  Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$95
Ruby black color. Elegant aromas and flavors of chocolate-plum pudding, olives, tobacco, aniseed, and turmeric with a round, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a complex, long finish revealing nuances of coconut with moderate oak flavor. A spicy, balanced and elegant Cabernet Sauvignon that has its best days ahead of it; serve with dry-aged steaks.
Wanderwild 2019  Chardonnay
91 points
$17
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Aromas of puff pastry, roasted apples, hints of light caramel, and allspice with a satiny, crisp, light-to-medium body and an effortless, interesting, medium-length bananas flambé, roasted pineapple, and toasted hawaiian rolls finish with well-integrated, fruit tannins and moderate oak flavor. A bright Santa Barbara Chardonnay with restrained oak and beautiful balance.
91 points $17 Best Buy
Line Shack Winery 2019  Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$18
Best Buy
Dark deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of dried fig, prune, and spiced nuts with a tannic, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a peppery, medium-long finish manifesting impressions of luxardo cherry, graphite, and cherry liquor with drying tannins and heavy oak flavor. A brooding, very fruity and dense Cabernet Sauvignon for the richest fare.
91 points $18 Best Buy
Chateau De Roques 2019 Chateau De Roques Puisseguin St. Emilion
91 points
$20
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of anise, dark chocolate, spruce, currant, and tomato leaf with a lively, dry full body and a smooth, complex, long finish with impressions of black berries, clove, suede, lavender, and eucalyptus with well-integrated, firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. This classic Bordeaux brings a complex density of fruit and spice while remaining lifted and balanced.
Viña Trebolar 2018 Author Wine Red Blend Spain
91 points
$24
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of damson plum, cherry preserves, fragrant black tea, and cured meat with a round, crisp, fruity medium body and an even, delightful, medium-length finish displaying notes of hazelnut-chocolate pot de creme with heavy oak flavor. A friendly, fruity, satisfying Spanish red for all occasions; allow this to open up in the glass.
Dewitt Family 2019 Single Vineyard Pinot Noir
91 points
$65
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of kirsch, cranberry-orange muffin, french silk pie, and nutella with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, interesting, medium-length finish revealing notes of pecan scone with heavy oak flavor. An oaky, almost chewy Pinot Noir with instantly appealing aromas.
Mt. Monster 2019  Shiraz
90 points
$13
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Aromas of cherry preserves, hints of smoked meats, and spicy dry-rub with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium body and a graceful, engaging, medium-length cherry fruit leather, spiced hazelnuts, toasted coconut, and grilled berries finish with moderate oak flavor. A chewy, easy-to-pair Shiraz that delivers the spicy complexity you crave.
90 points $13 Best Buy
Jip Jip Rocks 2020 Shiraz Cabernet Padthaway
90 points
$16
Best Buy
Black garnet color. Herbal aromas and flavors of black licorice, wintergreen, black plum, and cinnamon with a velvety, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a warming, medium-length finish with elements of black tea, forest berries, and hints of vanilla with moderate oak flavor. An easy-to-love, hugely herbaceous Australian red that will pair well with grilled lamb and more.
90 points $16 Best Buy
Premium 1904 2019  Tempranillo
90 points
$16
Best Buy
Dusty deep purple color. Rustic aromas and flavors of leather, mulberry, fennel, sun dried tomato, and prune with a velvety, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and an even, subtle, medium-long finish that presents touches of black cassis and graphite with light oak flavor. Earthy flavors, velvety texture and a memorable finish; what’s not to love about this Spanish red?
90 points $16 Best Buy
Morambro Creek 2019  Shiraz
90 points
$25
Violet color. Aromas of chocolate-raspberry truffles, cola, and suede with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, brisk pickled plums, bay, and coriander finish with moderate oak flavor. A spicy, high-acid Shiraz that will complement rich, grilled fare.
Christeni Vineyards 2017 Parker McCollum - Probably Wrong Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$45
Dark ruby black color. Attractive aromas and flavors of black licorice, espresso, marzipan, vanilla bean, and root beer with a chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a silky, interesting, long finish evoking accents of blistered berries and ganache with heavy oak flavor. A decadent, chocolate-y Cabernet Sauvignon that hits.
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 seamless, interesting, medium-length lime zest, yellow peaches, star fruit, and spicy arugula finish with no oak flavor. A charming wine; fruity, crisp and citrus-forward.
Sundry 2019  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$16
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Aromas of crushed blackberries, honey, amaretto, crystallized lemon peel, and ginger with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long chewy chocolate confection, roasted espresso, and nougat finish with moderate oak flavor. A chewy, palate-pleasing Cabernet with huge chocolatey notes and hints of sweet baked fruit in a very Paso Robles style.
89 points $16 Best Buy
Corner 103 2018 Corner Cuvée Red Blend Sonoma County
89 points
$55
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of cocoa nibs, black licorice, and vanilla bean with a velvety, lively, dry full body and a warming, interesting, long finish with impressions of blueberry compote, dried sage, cracked pepper, and olive tapenade with well-integrated, firm tannins and heavy oak flavor. A complex blend with lush layers; a wine that will continue to unfold.
Domaine de Bachellery 2016 Baccalarius Vin De Pays Doc
88 points
$16
Brick red color. Aromas and flavors of forest berries, hints of savory pastry, aniseed, and hints of black olives with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish manifesting touches of pomegranate and tea with a suggestion of oak flavor. A restrained, balanced French red; an old world wine for old world wine-lovers.
Christeni Vineyards 2019 Parker McCollum - To Be Loved By You Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$45
Ruby color. Inviting aromas and flavors of bing cherry, ripe red plum, cola, oregano, and sage with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a medium-to-long finish that shows suggestions of vanilla gelato and pound cake. A youthful Cabernet with easy appeal that offers bright aromas of sour cherry and rich vanilla bean flavors on the palate.
Jip Jip Rocks 2020  Shiraz
87 points
$16
Black garnet color. Herbal aromas of chocolate mint meltaways, rose hips, bell peppers, spice drop candies, and plum pudding with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length slivered almonds, minerals, and black peppercorns finish with moderate oak flavor. An herbaceous and bright Shiraz with a youthful vibe.
Three Mills  Botanicals Rose, Strawberry & Elderflower Flavored Wine
86 points
$6
Best Buy
Coral orange color. Aromas and flavors of freeze-dried raspberry, strawberry jam, and sweet pea with a soft, bright, fruity sweet light body and a smooth, rapid finish that shows notes of kiwi with fruit tannins. A berry-driven sipper that would add punch to a spritz.
86 points $6 Best Buy
Peekaboo 2020  Chardonnay
86 points
$19
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of heirloom apple, chalk, honey on pineapple, and underripe nectarine with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. An smooth and easy-drinking unoaked Chardonnay for anytime sipping.
Christeni Vineyards 2020 Parker McCollum - To Be Loved By You Sauvignon Blanc
86 points
$30
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas of parchment, fresh white asparagus, green tea, and bananas in cream with a supple, crisp, dry light body and a smooth, breezy marinated artichoke hearts and apple relish finish with no oak flavor. A food-friendly Sauvignon Blanc with distinctive herbal style.
Woodvale Estates 2016  Merlot
85 points
$18
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of berry popsicles, honey-roasted pine nuts, raspberry liqueur, and capers with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, long finish manifesting nuances of strawberry, coconut, chocolate, and roasted hazelnut with light oak flavor. A lighter-bodied yet boldly fruit Merlot with instantly appealing fruity aromas.
Joaquin’s Inferno 2019  Cabernet Sauvignon
85 points
$19
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of hints of cassis, violet, parchment, and cedar with a chewy, vibrant, dry light body and an effortless, brisk finish with firm tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A firm Cabernet for weeknight beef.
Portola Vineyards 2016 Estate Pinot Noir
85 points
$38
Ruby garnet color. Aromas and flavors of cherry gastrique, compressed watermelon, cranberry, fennel, and thyme with a chewy, vibrant, dryish light body and an engaging, medium-length finish revealing overtones of cocoa powder, black olives, and carob with coarse tannins and moderate oak flavor. A chewy Pinot Noir best for the Hunter’s table.
The Abarbanel 2020 Les Champs Nobles Pays Doc Igp
84 points
$17
Amber beige color. Aromas of cedar and parchment with a supple, soft, dry light-to-medium body and an effortless, brisk strawberry jam and toffee finish with no oak flavor. An easy rose quaffer to serve with a good chill.
Christeni Vineyards 2019 Parker McCollum - To Be Loved By You Central Coast
84 points
$30
Pale orange salmon color. Odd aromas and flavors of baked tangerines and apricots and lanolin with a supple, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a polished, agreeable finish with no oak flavor. A simple pleasure rose; serve with a good chill.
Three Mills  Botanicals Cucumber Juniper & Lime Flavored Wine
83 points
$6
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of cucumber jasmine, jasmine, and lime with a soft, bright, off-dry light body and a smooth, rapid finish with notes of watermelon with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. Fresh and fruity; try this flavored wine with spicy Thai dishes.
83 points $6 Best Buy
La Screaming Goat 2020 Gewürztraminer Pays Doc Igp
83 points
$19
Golden straw color. Funky aromas and flavors of banana soufflé, pear candies, peach vinaigrette, cream of wheat, and jasmine with a supple, bright, dryish light body and a smooth, intriguing, breezy finish evoking accents of honey-toasted oats with no oak flavor. Piquant aromas and a creamy mouthfeel combine with funky, unexpected aromas; a Gewurtz for the adventurous.
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