January 2022 - New Release

January 2022 - New Release
This month's Wine feature is On-Demand Wines

New Release Reviews

Pedroncelli 2019 Bench Vineyards Merlot
93 points
$22
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of sun dried tomato, blistered raspberry, roasted red pepper, and honey with a velvety, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, nuanced, long finish with accents of roasted hazelnuts, cured meats, and cocoa butter. Great texture, great body, and a distinctive savory style.
Pedroncelli 2019 Block 007 Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$30
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of black cassis, mixed berry preserves, hints of chocolate ganache, and clove with a satiny, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, very long finish conveying impressions of nutella, bright tangy cherries, and crepes with heavy oak flavor. A silky, stylish, spot-hitting Cabernet Sauvignon for Sonoma Enthusiasts.
Italics 2018 Proprietary Red Wine Blend Coombsville, Napa Valley
93 points
$65
Dark black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of polished furniture, bay leaf, vanilla custard, and cassis jam with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, very long finish with accents of hints of roasted hazelnuts and sweet tobacco with firm tannins. Bold, sophisticated Napa character shines in this excellent Coombsville red.
Dobson Family Wines 2017 Taurid Red Blend Napa Valley
92 points
$28
Black violet color. Interesting aromas and flavors of spiced plums, blackberry jam, black licorice, oolong tea, and hints of toffee with a tannic, lively, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, intricate, long finish evoking notes of milk chocolate and cinnamon pastry with moderate oak flavor. A spicy, creamy, dark fruit-laden Red that delivers; drink now, drink later, drink well.
Sixteen Appellations 2018 Red Wine Napa Valley
92 points
$75
Black ruby color. Aromas of cherry pie, black tea, hibiscus, and pomegranate with a chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, involved, long fine dark chocolate, hints of espresso, balsamic reduction, and vanilla-almond bark finish with firm tannins and heavy oak flavor. A sultry Bordeaux Varietal Blend with big Napa appeal.
La Pitancerie 2016 La Generale Champagne
91 points
$65
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of toast, nectarine preserves, and white tea with a supple, tangy, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a medium-length finish with touches of melon, meyer lemon, toasted hazelnut, and chalk with no oak flavor. A racy, dry vintage Champagne that will sing at the table.
Pedroncelli 2019 Three Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$24
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of red cassis, hints of amaretto, and parker dinner rolls with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, subtle, medium-long finish revealing notes of roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, fresh green pepper, and hints of vanilla with light oak flavor. A fruity, pure wine with restrained oak.
Coastline 2019  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$14
Best Buy
Black garnet color. Aromas of black cassis, ripe, sweet cherries, bay leaf, and earth with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, long olives, tamarind, fine herbs, and caramelized fruit finish with moderate oak flavor. An elegant, chic Cabernet Sauvignon that will be a hit.
89 points $14 Best Buy
Coastline 2019 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$17
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of sticky berry jam, balsamic reduction, and spiced raisin chutney with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, captivating, medium-long finish with shades of cinnamon-raisin pastry and hints of pecan praline with moderate oak flavor. Big sunbaked fruity character prevails in this hot climate Cabernet Sauvignon that delivers.
Gran Maestre 2020 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$8
Best Buy
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of black cassis, fresh parsley, and vanilla creme with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium body and a tingling, charming, medium-length finish evoking notes of dark chocolate and char-roasted almonds with moderate oak flavor. A rich and smoky Cabernet Sauvignon best for grilled fare.
88 points $8 Best Buy
Contempo NV  Prosecco DOC
88 points
$9
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of baked pear with honey granola, hints of white flowers, and marzipan with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, agreeable finish with no oak flavor. A simple, balanced and highly drinkable Prosecco for any occasion.
88 points $9 Best Buy
Cycles Gladiator 2019  Pinot Noir
88 points
$12
Best Buy
Ruby garnet color. Oaky aromas of grilled cherries, carob, creme caramel, and spice cookies with a round, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, buoyant cinnamon-sugar toast and berry preserves finish with moderate oak flavor. A light, oaky, juicy Pinot Noir that delivers good value.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Cycles Gladiator 2020  Sauvignon Blanc
88 points
$12
Best Buy
Pale straw green color. Aromas of fresh cut grass, white grapefruit, subtle apricot, and honey with a supple, crisp, fruity light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length juicy stone fruits spritzed with citrus finish with no oak flavor. A juicy, fruity Sauvignon Blanc that will work from cocktail hour to table.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Castillo Del Lago 2019 Premium Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$18
Black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of sage, hints of pomegranate, and spiced cranberry with a satiny, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, breezy finish with moderate oak flavor. A fruity and balanced Cabernet Sauvignon that finishes dry and chewy; a solid choice for the table.
Pedroncelli 2019 Barrel Select Sonoma Classico Red Blend Dry Creek Valley
88 points
$24
Light garnet color. Aromas of raspberry jam, watermelon, sweet pea blossom, and mint with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a graceful, interesting, medium-length plum pudding and black tea finish with moderate oak flavor. An interesting, fruity everyday red with a distinctive flavor profile.
Artesania 2020 Gran Reserva Carmenere
87 points
$11
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of roasted red pepper, hints of red cassis, smoked plum tart, and cinnamon toast with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, medium-length finish that exhibits impressions of spiced chocolate. A smoky, oaky Cabernet Sauvignon with a fruity center.
87 points $11 Best Buy
Barrelhouse 2019 Red Blend Cabernet Sauvignon
85 points
$14
Garnet black color. Aromas of ripe strawberries and chocolate chip muffin with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, medium-length sweet plum tart, baking spice, and berry gummies finish with moderate oak flavor. A fruity palate pleaser that goes down easy.
Pedroncelli 2019 Bushnell Vineyard Zinfandel
85 points
$30
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of milk chocolate wafers, ripe apples, and rosemary with a lightly tannic, crisp, fruity medium-full body and a hot, medium-long finish evoking nuances of ground peppercorn, chocolate, and roasted walnuts with a suggestion of oak flavor. A zesty Zinfandel with a chewy appeal.
Pedroncelli 2018 "Courage" Faloni Vineyard Zinfandel
83 points
$40
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of milk chocolate covered caramels, vanilla, chocolate cookies, and berry shrub with a supple, vibrant, fruity medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium-long finish with notes of spiced plum pudding with moderate oak flavor. A piquant Zinfandel with gumption.
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