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December 2021 - New Release

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

New Release Reviews

Corner 103 2018  Petit Verdot
95 points
$60
Deep purple color. Aromas of berry compote, chocolate-covered caramels, and hints of rose with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, distinctive, long sassafras and black pepper finish with firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A commanding, pure and instantly appealing Petite Verdot.
Smith Devereux 2017 Limited Edition Cabernet Sauvignon
95 points
$60
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of artisan candle in a leather holder, dusty road, cacao, pinecone, and dried mulberries with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, distinctive, long finish that presents notes of berry chutney, eucalyptus honeycomb, and cedar with chewy, coating tannins and moderate oak flavor. A poised and chewy old world claret style cabernet that deserves serious attention, time, and the finest cuts of meat.
Alexander Valley Vineyards 2017 Redemption Zinfandel
94 points
$24
Garnet black color. Jammy, inviting aromas and flavors of toasty, frosted raspberry strudel and peach cobbler a la mode with a round, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, long finish revealing overtones of chocolate craisins and orange peels and boysenberry tart with chewy, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A wonderfully chewy and rich, full-throttled zinfandel with great acidity and tannins to balance the vibrant pie-like fruit; a textbook example of old school California zinfandel.
Broadside 2019 Paso Robles Margarita Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$24
Deep purple color. Spicy aromas and flavors of spicy black raspberry tamarind ginger chutney, incense, peppered smoked bacon, and pickled prickly pear with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, interesting, long finish displaying notes of cherry menthol mint, smoked nuts, and cedar with chewy, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich, spicy and spry Paso cab to dig into and explore.
Smith Devereux 2018 Zetta Red Meritage
94 points
$64
Deep purple color. Inviting aromas and flavors of stroopwafel, cashew butter on raisin toast, cassis pie a la mode, and fresh parsley with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, intricate, long finish with overtones of vanilla toffee, spiced nuts, and earth with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A supple and delicious Merlot-forward red blend that is drinking delightfully now and will do so for some time.
Reynolds Family Winery 2019 Persistence Red Blend Napa Valley
94 points
$68
Violet color. Inviting aromas and flavors of chocolate coconut macaroon, honeyed dried berries, and hint of olive with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, long finish revealing touches of roasted marinated beets, chocolate apple and citrus peels, brown spice melange, and pencil shavings and potting earth with well-integrated, dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. An elegant, delicately spicy, cabernet-led red blend that is drinking beautifully now and has the structure for a happy future.
Broadside 2019 Single Vineyard Margarita Vineyard Merlot
93 points
$17
Best Buy
Dark dusty garnet color. Aromas of pumpkin spice latte, apple-cinnamon pastry, rose, and tarragon with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a complex, long hazelnut creme, raspberry confection, caramel, and ripe boysenberry finish with moderate oak flavor. A huge, fruity, oak-bomb with delicious caramel and spice flavors.
93 points $17 Best Buy
Peaks & Tides 2018  Pinot Noir
92 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Ruby garnet color. Aromas and flavors of blistered cranberries, hibiscus, orange zest, honey-roasted pine nuts, and sandalwood with a velvety, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, intricate, medium-long finish displaying notes of opera cake with moderate oak flavor. A balanced, easy-to-love Pinot Noir.
92 points $12.99 Best Buy
Corner 103 2019  Syrah
92 points
$50
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of spiced blackberry compote, black tea, cardamom-rose, and vanilla with a velvety, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish revealing accents of chocolate-covered espresso bean and blueberry compote on crepes with heavy oak flavor. A balanced, instantly appealing Syrah.
Broadside 2019  Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$17
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of clay earth, berry preserves on sprouted grain bread, and ground nuts with a silky, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, long finish revealing impressions of blueberry pie a la mode and spicy chocolate toffee with dusty, crunchy tannins and light oak flavor. A very juicy, widely appealing, crunchy cabernet with lots to offer every cab fan.
91 points $17 Best Buy
Corner 103 2020  Chardonnay
91 points
$45
Straw green color. Aromas of tinned pineapple, peaches ’n cream, butterscotch-drizzled apples, and vanilla buttercream with a round, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, layered, medium-long honey on toasted crumpet and lemon-ginger tea finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A round, balanced Chardonnay with delicious oak flavor.
Corner 103 2019 Old Vine Zinfandel
91 points
$50
Bright ruby garnet color. Aromas of raspberry sorbet, toasty shortbread, and honey-vanilla gelato with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long hibiscus tea and milk chocolate finish with moderate oak flavor. A juicy, balanced and friendly Zinfandel with creamy oak nuance.
Evanta 2021  Malbec
90 points
$4.49
Best Buy
Indigo color. Aromas and flavors of blueberry pie, baking spices, and ganache with a round, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-long finish with overtones of hints of citrus peel and warm cinnamon with moderate oak flavor. A bold, hugely pleasing Malbec that nails the style.
90 points $4.49 Best Buy
Sunshine Bay 2021  Sauvignon Blanc
90 points
$7.95
White gold color. Tropical aromas and flavors of grapefruit, passionfruit, gosseberry jam, and hungarian pepper with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, amusing, medium-long finish that presents overtones of meyer lemon and white raspberry with fine, fruit tannins. A bright and zesty sauvignon blanc bursting with tropical citrus flavors.
90 points $7.95
Scarlet Path 2019  Zinfandel
90 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Dusty garnet color. Inviting aromas and flavors of ripe raspberry, chocolate mousse, cherry blossom, bramble, dill, and tea with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium body and an even, appealing, medium-length finish with notes of sassafras, toffee, and macerated strawberry with moderate oak flavor. A rock solid Lodi Zin with loads of juicy flavors.
90 points $8.99 Best Buy
30 Miles 2019  Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Dark violet color. Aromas and flavors of black cherry, grilled bell peppers, leather, tobacco, olives, and savory herbs with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, long finish with accents of ripe plums, black cherry and cracked pepper with heavy oak flavor. A lovely Napa Cabernet that nails the style for a fraction of the price.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
Matthew Fritz 2019  Pinot Noir
90 points
$16
Best Buy
Light garnet color. Jammy aromas and flavors of sour cherry and black raspberry preserves, chocolate toffee, and spiced nuts with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and an effortless, engaging, medium-long finish that exhibits suggestions of orange marmalade, berry tart, and vanilla cream with soft, chewy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A juicy, fruity, crowd-pleasing Pinot with plenty to offer.
90 points $16 Best Buy
Corner 103 2019  Malbec
90 points
$55
Deep purple color. Aromas of huckleberry jam, candied orange peel, and hint of honey bacon with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long ginger cookies, cassis coulis, and cacao nibs finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and heavy oak flavor. A robust Malbec with big fruit and stately tannins.
Corner 103 2019  Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$60
Black garnet color. Aromas of honey-drizzled cherries, caramel latte, and hints of dried herbs with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a warming, layered, long coconut cream, anise, and genache finish with moderate oak flavor. A tasty Sonoma Cabernet with creamy, spicy oak that satisfies.
Outlander 2019  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Dusty deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of black plum and hints of concord grapes with a chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a seamless, complex, long finish with accents of chocolate fudge, sassafras, cinnamon-swirl toast, and hints of olives with heavy oak flavor. A brawny, fruit-laden Cabernet with bold chocolate-y character complimented by an unexpected brightness; lovely.
89 points $8.99 Best Buy
William Wright 2019 William Wright Reserve Pinot Noir
89 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Brick red color. Aromas and flavors of montmorency cherries, hints of espresso, chocolate, roasted sweet potatoes, and earth with an vibrant, light-to-medium body and an even, interesting, medium-length finish with well-integrated tannins. A nicely composed Pinot Noir with good varietal character.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Del Rio 2020 Estate Grown and Produced Pinot Noir
89 points
$32
Brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of dried cranberries and goji berries, spumoni gelato, and toasty crepes with a supple, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, agreeable finish revealing notes of smoked nuts and melon balls with a suggestion of oak flavor. An unabashedly fruity nose coupled with a very dry palate; pair this with roasted fowl.
Tonti Family Wines 2019 Old Vine Zinfandel
89 points
$65
Medium ruby garnet color. Aromas and flavors of raspberry gummies, grilled nectarine, and nutmeg with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, delightful, medium-length finish manifesting elements of cherry cola and hints of spiced pastry with moderate oak flavor. A light and juicy Zinfandel that drinks effortlessly.
Tonti Family Wines 2019 Artisan Reserve Old Vine Zinfandel
89 points
$75
Violet color. Aromas of dried berries and nut brittle with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, complex, long pomegranate granita, honey-roasted nuts, and raspberry pastilles finish with medium, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich Zinfandel with piles of dried fruit and roasted nuts; a lovely cool-weather Zin.
Fancy Flock 2019 Red Blend Valdepenas
88 points
$3.99
Best Buy
Violet color. Aromas of ripe plums and hints of chocolate taffy with a supple, vibrant, dry medium body and a polished, buoyant honey-roasted nuts, berry tisane, and fig finish with light oak flavor. A solid old-world red that will fit right in at the table; pair with roasted pork dishes and good company.
88 points $3.99 Best Buy
Tailslide 2019  Pinot Noir
88 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of raspberry jam, pomegranate, and watermelon with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, compelling, medium-length finish manifesting notes of roasted cashew, black tea, and herbs with light oak flavor. A fruity, juicy Pinot Noir that will be a real crowd pleaser.
88 points $6.99 Best Buy
Exquisite Collection 2020 Rosé Côtes de Provence
88 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Steely amber color. Aromas of hints of dried strawberries with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and an even, crisp cherry yogurt and herbs de provence finish with no oak flavor. A solid Provençal rose that delivers flavors of the French countryside.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Villanella 2020  Pinot Grigio
88 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of fresh lime, hints of mango and italian wedding cookies with a supple, vibrant, dryish light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish with no oak flavor. A clean, crisp and fruit-forward Pinot Grigio.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Shortbread 2019  Chardonnay
88 points
$14
Best Buy
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of pineapple yogurt, plank grilled apples, and toasty lemon meringue with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, interesting, medium-long finish revealing impressions of roasted tropical fruits and cashews, delicate spices and green herbs, apple shrub, and cedar with well-integrated, fruit tannins and moderate oak flavor. A lush and inviting Chardonnay with great flavor and style.
88 points $14 Best Buy
BonAnno Vintners 2019  Chardonnay
88 points
$18
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of pineapple yogurt, spiced apple, and roasted nuts with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a silky, medium-length finish that presents nuances of tropical fruits and melon with no oak flavor. A solid, nicely balanced Chardonnay that will cover a lot of bases.
Corner 103 2019  Zinfandel
88 points
$50
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of ripe raspberry, black cherry, honey-roasted pine nuts, and hints of tropical fruit with a supple, vibrant, fruity medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length finish that exhibits nuances of cocoa butter and hints of black pepper with light oak flavor. A juicy, easy Zinfandel that’s a great introduction to the varietal.
Elementalist 2020  Pinot Grigio
87 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of golden apples, hints of candied lemon peel, and almond cookies with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish manifesting shades of hints of ginger with no oak flavor. A cheerful and laid back Pinot Grigio for anytime sipping.
87 points $6.99 Best Buy
Bear Bros 2019  Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Dusty deep purple color. Aromas of sugared plums, ripe fig, blackberry jam, and chocolate fudge with a satiny, crisp, fruity light body and a sleek, interesting, medium-length roasted nuts on fudge, berry coulis, and hints of leather finish with moderate oak flavor. A rock solid California Cabernet dripping with chocolate-covered berry flavors.
87 points $8.99 Best Buy
Exquisite Collection 2021  Sauvignon Blanc
87 points
$8.99
White gold color. Aromas and flavors of herbed melon, baked quince in cream, grapefruit custard, and talc and wet grass with a supple, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-long finish displaying accents of green apple and lemon zest with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A round and gentle sauvignon blanc sipper to serve with a good chill.
87 points $8.99
Contempo 2021  Dry Rose
87 points
$9
Best Buy
Pale orange salmon color. Aromas of orange zest, berry coulis, and strawberry cake with buttercream with a silky, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, medium-length raspberry, hints of green tea, ripe peach, and pimiento finish with no oak flavor. A cheerful, tropical rose that surely fits the bill.
87 points $9 Best Buy
Contempo 2021  Sauvignon Blanc
87 points
$9
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of green bell pepper, green papaya salad, and sweet tangerine with a velvety, lively, light body and a sleek, stimulating, medium-length finish with no oak flavor. A bright, refreshing Sauvignon Blanc with tropical style.
87 points $9 Best Buy
Quarter Cut 2020 Bourbon-Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$9.99
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate coconut macaroon, black forest cake, and fruit loops with a supple, bright, fruity medium body and an effortless, medium-length finish with nuances of cream pie, dark berry jam on buttered toast, and cedar with soft tannins and light oak flavor. A fun, fruity, instantly appealing cabernet crusher.
87 points $9.99
Quarter Cut 2020 Bourbon Barrel Aged Red Blend California
87 points
$9.99
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of honey smoked canadian bacon, berry jam and coconut caramel spread on toast, and sweet gherkin with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a stimulating, medium-length finish that presents suggestions of berry and coconut custard pie, caramel apple, and cedar with chewy, grippy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A nice spicy, creamy red blend that is sure to please.
87 points $9.99
Zarita  Margarita RTD California
87 points
$13.99
Minutely hazy golden green color. Aroma of and with a medium body and a medium finish. A tangy and fun margarita; serve on the rocks with a salt rim.
87 points $13.99
Alexander Valley Vineyards 2019  Pinot Noir
87 points
$34
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of smoked bacon, chocolate drizzled dried berries, hint of charcoal, and oven-dried tomato with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, medium-length finish displaying elements of roasted nuts and cedar with earthy, barky tannins and heavy oak flavor. A nice chewy, oaky pinot sipper.
Corner 103 2019  Marsanne-Roussanne
87 points
$35
Golden straw color. Attractive aromas and flavors of coconut cream pie, peach and pineapple cookie, and virginia peanuts with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length finish with accents of honeyed pears, kiwi skin, and nuts with crunchy, fine, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A juicy, well-structured white for the table.
Contempo 2021  Chardonnay
85 points
$9
Golden straw color. Tropical aromas and flavors of pineapple slices, coconut milk, and fruit punch with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, captivating, medium-length finish displaying nuances of green apple and almond with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A clean, lithe Chardonnay with zippy mouthwatering acidity.
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