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Reviews for 2021

November 2021 - New Release

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

New Release Reviews

Lake Road 2021  Sauvignon Blanc
94 points
$24
Pale straw color. Aromas of fresh asparagus, marjoram, passion fruit, magnolia blossom, and marmalade with a round, lively, fruity medium body and a tingling, complex, long meyer lemon and candied ginger finish with no oak flavor. An ultra-concentrated Sauvignon Blanc with style for days.
Michel-Schlumberger 2017 Platinum Collection Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$65
Black garnet color. Aromas of olives, sun dried tomatoes, dill, and leather with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, subtle, very long espresso, black cassis, eucalyptus-honey, rhubarb, and tobacco finish with moderate oak flavor. A beautifully integrated Cabernet Sauvignon; refined and concentrated.
Blagden Wines 2017 Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$125
Indigo color. Aromas of dark chocolate-dipped cherries, young coconut, and huckleberry with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry full body and a polished, complex, long tobacco, milk chocolate, ginseng, and suede finish with moderate oak flavor. A tight, but high quality Cabernet that will unveil more complexity and balance after cellar time.
Lawer Estates 2017 Betsys Vineyard Syrah
93 points
$42
Deep purple color. Aromas of baked cherries and plums, black tea, toffee, honey, and graham cracker with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish full body and a peppery, complex, long aniseed, dark chocolate, and char-roasted nuts finish with firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A concentrated, pure Syrah with an inky appeal.
Michel-Schlumberger 2017 Mountain Ranch, Bottle 2167 Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$50
Garnet black color. Savory aromas of olive tapenade, roasted bell peppers, baked plum, and dried blueberries with a chewy, vibrant, dry medium-full body and a warming, complex, very long salted plums in chocolate, rose hips, suede, and licorice finish with grippy tannins and heavy oak flavor. A table centerpiece of a wine meant for excellent meals and company.
Blagden Wines 2017 Single Vineyard Pinot Noir
93 points
$52
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of marasca cherries, black tea, carob, licorice, and fig jam with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a graceful, complex, medium-long finish with touches of toasted almond cakes, persimmon, and sage with moderate oak flavor. A balanced and pure Pinot Noir with exceptional velvety texture.
Blagden Wines 2017 Single Vineyard Chardonnay
93 points
$58
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of fresh pineapple, toasted brioche, herb butter, almond croissant, and hints of passion fruit with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, subtle, medium-long finish that shows overtones of creme caramel with heavy oak flavor. A custardy, tropical, smooth-sipping Chardonnay with great balance.
Bodegas Piqueras 2020 Wild Fermented Verdejo
92 points
$8
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of orange blossom, honey almonds, bruleed lemon, and flint with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an even, interesting, medium-length finish with suggestions of hints of caramelized fruit with a suggestion of oak flavor. A balanced, bright and sunny Verdejo with cheerful floral nuance and excellent balance.
92 points $8 Best Buy
Bodegas Piqueras 2018 Old Vines Garnacha Alicante Bouchet
92 points
$9
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Aromas of sage, pomegranate, hints of mint, and sandalwood with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an intricate, long coconut and sun dried tomato finish with drying tannins and moderate oak flavor. A distinctive Alicante Bouschet that could be quite dreamy with lamb; enjoy notes of sandalwood and mint.
92 points $9 Best Buy
Red Thread 2019 Estate Red Blend Howell Mountain, Napa Valley
92 points
$68
Garnet black color. Aromas of ripe raspberries, mocha latte, and sweet pea blossom with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, long chocolate gelato, raspberry coulis, and sweet tobacco finish with heavy oak flavor. A highly extracted Red Blend that offers intense notes of raspberry, mocha and spice.
Bodegas Piqueras 2016 Castillo De Almansa Selección Almansa
91 points
$11
Best Buy
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of ripe cherry, red apple, fruit cake, soy, and honey with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, charming, medium-long finish displaying notes of cedar with firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A juicy, chewy Red that will fit right in at the table.
91 points $11 Best Buy
Red Thread 2020 Marvin Jack Vineyard Pinot Noir
91 points
$45
Dark dark ruby color. Aromas of eucalyptus, dried cherries, cola, cinnamon-spiced pecans, and black tea with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a silky, complex, long spiced chocolate, roasted almonds, and hints of caramelized squash finish with moderate oak flavor. A rich and spicy Pinot Noir that will be fabulous with holiday festivities.
Michel-Schlumberger 2018 Platinum Collection Chardonnay
91 points
$55
Straw green color. Aromas of buttered green apples and nut brittle with a round, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and an effortless, brisk pineapple sherbet, brown butter, and pressed flowers finish with coating tannins and moderate oak flavor. A juicy Dry Creek Valley Chardonnay with restrained oak.
Bodegas Piqueras 2018 Gold Label Red Blend Almansa
90 points
$8
Best Buy
Dark dusty garnet color. Inviting aromas and flavors of ripe cherry, pomegranate, cigar box, dried herbs, and cola with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry medium-full body and a medium-length finish with woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. A dry, firm, highly pairable Spanish Red.
90 points $8 Best Buy
Reschke 2019 R-Series Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$12
Best Buy
Dark dusty garnet color. Aromas of red cassis, mint tea, hints of chocolate and soy sauce, and aniseed with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long lingonberry, clove, licorice, and peppercorns finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rock-solid, balanced Aussie cabernet that delivers the fruit and spice you crave.
90 points $12 Best Buy
Tropical NV Peach Moscato Italy
90 points
$17
Best Buy
White gold color. Aromas and flavors of candied peach, green apple, honeysuckle, and elderflower with a supple, soft, petillant, sweet medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish conveying accents of peach sorbet with no oak flavor. A sweet, delicate and balanced flavored Moscato with hints of peach candies.
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 polished, 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.
Bodegas Piqueras 2018 Los Losares Garnacha Tintorera Alicante Bouschet
89 points
$8
Best Buy
Violet color. Aromas of black cassis, earth, pine, sweet basil, and tarragon with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a refreshing, medium-to-long dark chocolate and sandalwood finish with firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A firm and herbaceous Alicante Bouschet with plenty of old world charm.
89 points $8 Best Buy
Reschke 2021 R-Series Riesling
89 points
$12
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of ripe pears, lily, tangerine, and almond cakes with a supple, vibrant, dry light body and a sleek, compelling, medium-long finish displaying accents of golden delicious apples with no oak flavor. An elegant and cheerful Riesling with tasty citrus notes complimented by floral and nutty aromas.
89 points $12 Best Buy
Catman Cellars 2019 Single Vineyard Malbec
89 points
$42
Deep purple color. Fruity aromas of plump blackberries and hints of star anise with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium body and a sleek, engaging, medium-long blueberry pie and firm oak finish with moderate oak flavor. A voluptuous Malbec with bold, pure fruit flavors; easy to love.
Hook Or Crook Cellars 2019 Reserve Merlot
88 points
$12
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate-mint, black tea, tobacco, and bell pepper with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a silky, medium-length finish with moderate oak flavor. A spicy, oaky Merlot for weeknight indulging.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Hook Or Crook Cellars 2018 Old Vine Zinfandel
88 points
$12
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Oaky aromas of cigarillos, raspberry candies, and honey-graham cracker with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity medium body and a polished, medium-long chocolate-hazelnut truffle finish with heavy oak flavor. An oaky weeknight Zinfandel.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Tropical NV Grapefruit Moscato Italy
88 points
$17
Pink coral color. Aromas of berry candies, honey, and green apple with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, intriguing, long bitter orange, cranberry, marmalade, and hints of herbs finish with no oak flavor. A citrusy, bittersweet spritz-like wine that will work well in aperitivo hour.
Tropical NV Lux Passion Fruit Moscato Italy
88 points
$21
White gold color. Aromas and flavors of crisp pear, juicy nectarine, hints of ginger, white flowers, and pineapple with a supple, soft, petillant, sweet medium body and a graceful, medium-length finish with no oak flavor. A clean, sweet and fizzy flavored Moscato that’s easy to love.
Bodegas Piqueras 2018 Los Losares Monastrell Mourvedre
87 points
$8
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of red cassis, thyme, forest berries, hints of mint, and hazelnut with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, captivating, medium-length finish with moderate oak flavor. A dry, table-ready red for beef and pork pairings.
87 points $8 Best Buy
Reschke 2020 R-Series Shiraz
87 points
$12
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Aromas of ripe, juicy plum, sassafras, hints of violet, and green peppercorn with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a sleek, complex, long spiced chocolate, roasted nuts, and eucalyptus finish. A delicious, outgoing Shiraz with great complexity.
87 points $12 Best Buy
Sideways 2019 Estate Pinot Noir
87 points
$17
Garnet color. Aromas of blistered cherries, sandalwood, and roasted red peppers with a supple, soft, dryish light body and a smooth, medium-length dried cherries, hint of watermelon, strawberry sorbet, and soda bread finish. A pure, terroir-driven Chilean Pinot Noir.
Tropical NV Lux Mango Moscato Italy
87 points
$21
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of ripe mango and honey on peaches with a satiny, crisp, spritzy, sweet medium body and an intriguing, medium-length finish with notes of ripe green apple, tropical smoothie, and orange zest. An intensely tropical flavored Moscato.
Tin Star 2019  Zinfandel
86 points
$14
Best Buy
Dark dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of red licorice, chocolate truffles, and golden raisins with a supple, vibrant, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length finish that shows nuances of caramel, toasted coconut, and vanilla bean with moderate oak flavor. An off-dry, rustic Zinfandel; pair with spicy beef or sip on its own.
86 points $14 Best Buy
Michel-Schlumberger 2018 La Brume Chardonnay
86 points
$40
Straw color. Aromas of white flowers and tapioca with a satiny, crisp, light body and an even, brisk heirloom apples, buttered pastry, hints of allspice, and lime yogurt finish with moderate oak flavor. A dry and restrained Chardonnay for sipping anytime.
Tropical NV Blueberry Moscato Italy
85 points
$17
Light ruby color. Fruity aromas and flavors of marasca cherries, lingonberry jam, and fruit punch with a round, crisp, spritzy, sweet light body and a polished, medium-length finish with notes of raspberry jam with no oak flavor. A juicy, berry-centric sparkler.
Tropical NV Cranberry Moscato Italy
85 points
$17
Pink coral color. Herbal aromas of eucalyptus honey and ginger with a supple, crisp, petillant, dryish medium body and a smooth, buoyant strawberry candies and mint tea finish. A juicy, herbal and refreshing flavored Moscato.
Tropical NV Strawberry Moscato Italy
84 points
$17
Pink coral color. Aromas and flavors of berry preserves, fruit punch and honey with a supple, crisp, spritzy, light body and a graceful, brisk finish with no oak flavor. A berry-flavored pleaser.
Tropical NV Dark Red Semi-Sweet Berry Wine Italy
84 points
$17
Light ruby color. Fruity aromas and flavors of eucalyptus-mint tea and blackberries with a satiny, crisp, spritzy, sweet light body and a smooth, medium-length finish manifesting notes of raspberry tartlet and hints of cola with no oak flavor. A dense, sweet sparkler with big berry flavor.
Tropical NV Black Semi Sweet Berry Wine Italy
84 points
$17
Dark ruby color. Aromas of honeysuckle and sugared strawberries with a satiny, vibrant, spritzy, sweet light-to-medium body and a graceful, buoyant cinnamon-dusted apples finish with no oak flavor. A sweet, spicy, fruity tipple for easy sharing.
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