February 2022 - US Red & White Bordeaux Varietals

February 2022 - US Red & White Bordeaux Varietals
This month's Wine feature is US Red & White Bordeaux Varietals Wines

US Red & White Bordeaux Varietals Reviews

Kenwood Vineyards 2017 Jack London Cabernet Sauvignon
95 points
$35
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of berry jam, salted caramel, dried fruits, fine woods, and hazelnut pastry cream with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a tingling, complex, long finish displaying impressions of raspberry lemon bars, cocoa shortbread, mixed peppercorns, and spiced cafe au lait. A divine nectar of the most concentrated, decadent flavors; a weighted blanket of a Cabernet.
Axios 2015  Cabernet Sauvignon
95 points
$150
Black violet color. Aromas of spiced cherry chutney, tarragon, cafe latte, leather, and toasted hazelnut with a tannic, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, very complex, very long aniseed, cinnamon toast, raspberry tart, and black olives finish with heavy oak flavor. A mature, persuasive Cabernet Sauvignon with impact.
Jarvis 2016 Estate Cabernet Franc
95 points
$160
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate covered plum, grilled green peppers, cured meats, and tobacco with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, intricate, long finish with notes of chocolate, grilled almonds, creme brulee, and fresh parsley with firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A divine Cabernet Franc that is sure to please.
Kenwood Vineyards 2018 Six Ridges Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$22
Deep purple color. Aromas of raspberry coulis, pencil shavings, caramel latte, and hint of beets with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, intricate, long cherry chutney, tamarind pastry, salted dark chocolate, and tobacco finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A complex, sophisticated Cabernet Sauvignon the fills the palate with epic flavor.
Palmaris 2018 Reserve Merlot
94 points
$23
Dusty ruby color. Attractive aromas and flavors of spumoni gelato, white chocolate macadamia cookie, and boysenberry jam with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, captivating, long finish with accents of plum tart and ground almond with well-integrated, chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A vibrant and layered Merlot with great table appeal; drinks like a super Tuscan.
Publix Premium 2019 Limited Edition Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$24
Black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of cedar incense, wet leaves, and red fleshed plums with a round, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a smooth, subtle, long finish with notes of tonka bean and saffron with well-integrated, firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A pure, fruit-focused Cabernet Sauvignon with elegant restraint but great concentration.
Worthy 2019 Sophias Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$32
Garnet black color. Aromas of red cassis, grilled fennel, toasted cinnamon, caramel, and espresso with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, distinctive, long chocolate mouse, roasted nuts, roasted carrots, and hints of olives finish with heavy oak flavor. A nuanced, instantly satisfying Cabernet Sauvignon for long dinners and excellent pairings.
Reynolds Family Winery 2019 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$63
Black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of piles of ripe blackberries, hints of balsamic reduction, dark chocolate, and marjoram with a lightly tannic, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, subtle, long finish with nuances of spice cabinet and freshly pulled espresso with firm tannins and heavy oak flavor. A high-power, bold, spicy Napa Cabernet with daring style.
Grgich Hills 2018 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$72
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of gooey chocolate fudge brownie, caramelized berries and yams, cajeta and ghee, and new suede and herb stuffing with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, complex, long finish with impressions of coconut milk and nut brittle with silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A elegant, finely balanced Napa cabernet with everything in its proper place to produce plentiful pleasure.
Jarvis 2016 Lake William Red Blend Napa Valley
94 points
$270
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of earth, olives, leather, and hints of forest berries with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, very long finish with impressions of glazed black fruit tart and blueberry preserves with moderate oak flavor. A sultry, mature Bordeaux Varietal Blend with flavor that builds and builds; fantastic texture.
Pend D’Oreille 2020  Cabernet Franc
93 points
$25
Deep purple color. Aromas of bright blackberry and hints of rose with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long dark chocolate, caramel, and hazelnut tart finish with moderate oak flavor. An oaky, chocolatey Cabernet Franc with bright fruit and a lasting finish.
Reynolds Family Winery 2019 Persistence Red Blend Napa Valley
93 points
$68
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of buttery chocolate toffee, black forest cake, sweet and peppery spices, and olives and bacon wrapped dates with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish that exhibits notes of cassis and nuts with crunchy, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A nicely composed red blend with a prim and proper style.
Lobo 2019 Wulff Vineyards Merlot
93 points
$70
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of firm raspberries, black cherry, milk chocolate with roasted almonds, and cerignola olives with a slightly chewy, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a smooth, thought-provoking, very long finish that exhibits accents of roasted cacao nibs, fine herbs and spices, leather, and cured meats with moderate oak flavor. While a bit tightly wound and shy at this moment, this Merlot displays enormous potential. With aeration or cellar time, this wine will develop into a powerful, velvety centerpiece for a great meal.
Brecon Estate 2019 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$78
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of mocha latte, pickled cherries, and toasted brioche with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-long compressed watermelon, thyme, hazelnut latte, and licorice finish with moderate oak flavor. A balanced, silky-smooth Cabernet that delights.
Basalt Cellars 2018  Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$36
Dusty deep purple color. Aromas of ripe fruit, olives, sun dried tomato, and pickled blackberry with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long vanilla bourbon balls, fruited black tea, and cream finish with moderate oak flavor. A yummy, high-impact Cabernet Sauvignon.
Fox Run 2019 Red Meritage Seneca Lake
92 points
$45
Brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of clay, balsamic drizzled cherries and olives, smoked gherkins and nuts, and tobacco with a supple, vibrant, dryish medium body and an effortless, compelling, medium-long finish revealing accents of blackberries, cedar, dolmades, and mixed nuts with well-integrated, chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A distinctive, savory and inviting red blend with great table appeal.
Pend D’Oreille 2020  Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$25
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of chex and chocolate chip trailmix, pickled watermelon rind, pressed flowers, and herbal mint tea with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish revealing nuances of roasted nuts with soft, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A very pleasing cabernet with nice integration of bright fruit and oak.
Basalt Cellars 2017  Merlot
91 points
$30
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of sweet anise, dried plum, and sandalwood with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish medium body and a warming, appealing, breezy finish revealing accents of apricot jam on toast and dark chocolate with moderate oak flavor. A chewy, toasty Merlot for weeknight indulging.
Abrupt Vineyards 2018  Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$60
Deep purple color. Attractive aromas and flavors of red plum, cranberry sauce, suede, and hints of pine with a satiny, crisp, dryish medium body and a silky, interesting, medium-long finish with impressions of pomegranate, ripe black cassis, spice cabinet, and tobacco with moderate oak flavor. A restrained but juicy Cabernet Sauvignon that will shine at the table.
Lobo 2019 Wulff Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$80
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate fondue with toasted marshmallow, toasted coconut buttercream, bubbly berry pie crust, and cheese rind with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, long finish that shows nuances of green pepper and celery and nut brittle with fine, silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A sumptuous Napa cabernet with savory, lightly spicy flavors and a fine texture.
Palmaris 2017 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$28
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of buttery chocolate fudge, pickled green tomatoes, peppers, and berries, and herb patch with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a smooth, captivating, medium-long finish with overtones of cassis tart, tres leche cake, and spiced nuts and olives with silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. An elegant vibrant cabernet with well balanced fruit, spice, and earthy notes.
Basalt Cellars 2018  Merlot
90 points
$30
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of roasted espresso bean and creme brulee with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium body and a silky, interesting, medium-long finish that shows suggestions of sweet cherry, baked berries, toasty pastry, and hints of sweet cinnamon with heavy oak flavor. A silken, oaky Merlot with nice balance.
Spangler 2018  Carmenere
90 points
$35
Indigo color. Aromas and flavors of frosted pound cake with dulce de leche gelato and spicy cherry chutney with an vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, appealing, long finish revealing elements of neapolitan gelato, toffee, and spiced caramel apples with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A delicious, warming red that is drinking well now.
Grgich Hills 2018 Estate Grown Merlot
90 points
$43
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate espresso bean, dark roasted nuts, petrol, and ginseng with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a silky, interesting, medium-length finish evoking notes of baked berries, toasted vanilla meringue, and cedar with soft, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. Rich and well rounded Merlot with a nice sense of place.
Tributus 2018 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$44
Black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of plum tart, coconut, cinnamon, and hints of cannabis with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a nuanced, medium-long finish that shows impressions of dark chocolate, roasted almonds, hints of suede, and cola with heavy oak flavor. A complex, stately Cabernet to elevate a steak dinner.
True Oak Vineyards 2020  Sauvignon Blanc
90 points
$56
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of meyer lemon, hints of brown butter, and honey with a supple, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a polished, engaging, medium-length finish that shows notes of toast, lemon curd, fresh basil, and yuzu marmalade with moderate oak flavor. A rich and toasty Sauvignon Blanc with balance and style.
Brecon Estate 2019 Reserve Cabernet Franc
90 points
$80
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of grilled berries, cranberry, shortbread, honey, and char-roasted coffee beans with a round, vibrant, medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long finish with notes of bright cherry and hints of herbs with light oak flavor. A seamless, juicy Red with class.
Kenwood Vineyards 2018  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$12
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Aromas of dark berry coulis, prosciutto, and prune with a satiny, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-long cinnamon pastry, roasted nuts, and chocolate-raspberry truffles finish with moderate oak flavor. A toasty, chocolatey Cabernet with great Sonoma style.
89 points $12 Best Buy
Ely By Callaway Cellars 2019  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$16
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Unusual aromas of pine, fragrant cherries, melons, violet, and spiced pastry with a vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a medium-to-long hints of citrus zest and tobacco finish. An easy-to-love, juicy and distinctive Cabernet with Paso swagger; a sure crowdpleaser.
89 points $16 Best Buy
South Coast 2017 Maverick Red Blend South Coast
89 points
$24
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of cranberry, orange zest, and freshly brewed tea with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, compelling, medium-long chocolate-cherry cordial, hints of toasted nuts, violet, and five-spice finish with light oak flavor. A lovable Bordeaux Varietal blend that’s youthful, fresh and interesting.
Tributus 2020  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$24
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of toasted coconut, creme caramel, cinnamon sugar, and black licorice with a creamy, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-long finish with moderate oak flavor. Sugar, spice and everything nice; enjoy this luscious and lighthearted Paso Cabernet at any occasion.
Biltmore Estate 2019 Limited Release Malbec
89 points
$28
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of dark berry pie, chocolate cherry bar, and caramel coconut buttercream with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a silky, compelling, medium-long finish with suggestions of praline and chocolate orange peel with well-integrated, chewy, fine tannins and light oak flavor. A juicy and mouthwatering Malbec with tasty fruit and nice chewy tannins.
South Coast 2017 Wild Horse Peak 4 Block Blend Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$30
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of maple-candied nuts, sweet cherry, spiced plums, perfume, and hints of green pepper with a velvety, vibrant, fruity sweet medium body and a smooth, elegant, medium-long finish evoking notes of chocolate-drizzled caramel, espresso, and hints of smoke with moderate oak flavor. A tasty, full-flavor Cabernet Sauvignon with nice complexity and style.
Spangler 2018  Cabernet Franc
89 points
$30
Garnet black color. Fruity aromas and flavors of chocolate cherry fudge cake, singed black raspberry soufflé, almond nougat, and halvah with a supple, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a complex, long finish that presents notes of cedar mulch with barky, coating tannins and heavy oak flavor. A remarkably flavorful and distinctive smoky cabernet franc to share and impress with.
Greyscale 2018  Merlot
89 points
$48
Dark brick red color. Aromas and flavors of dark chocolate, roasted almonds, sandalwood, black olives, and licorice with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, intricate, long finish with impressions of chocolate silk pie with moderate oak flavor. A sumptuous, generous Merlot; decant or cellar.
True Oak Vineyards 2018  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$66
Deep purple color. Fruity aromas and flavors of cassis pie and toasted pecan with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a warming, amusing, medium-long finish that presents notes of hezelnut-chocolate tart, pickled berry, suede, and fresh herbs with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A delicious, ready-to-drink Napa Cabernet that delivers.
Antler Hill 2019  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$75
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of ripe plums, caramel latte, black licorice, sage, and fine tea with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, long finish that exhibits notes of chocolate dipped candied orange peels with firm, grippy tannins and moderate oak flavor. While a bit quiet in its current state, this Cabernet has the potential to blossom with aeration or cellar time.
Jarvis 2016 Estate Petit Verdot
89 points
$195
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of plum jam and baked blackberries with an vibrant, light-to-medium body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-length finish that exhibits notes of chocolate, cured meats, and toasty pie crusts with moderate oak flavor. An inky, fruity wine for rich steaks.
Cocobon Vineyards 2019  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$6
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Aromas of cassis, black cherry, and dark chocolate with a satiny, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length licorice finish with drying tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rock solid Cabernet Sauvignon with yummy spice and fruit notes.
88 points $6 Best Buy
Callaway Cellar Selections 2019  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$10
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Attractive aromas of pomegranate, caramel, and leather with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, amusing, medium-long compressed watermelon, cassis on greek yogurt, and hints of caramel finish with moderate oak flavor. An unabashedly fruity Cabernet Sauvignon.
88 points $10 Best Buy
Pend D’Oreille 2020  Merlot
88 points
$25
Ruby black color. Aromas of ripe strawberry, red apples, and honey with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length juicy plum, mesquite, mocha latte, and black tea finish with light oak flavor. An everyday Merlot with a great sense of juiciness.
Frog’s Tooth 2018  Malbec
88 points
$32
Deep purple color. Fruity aromas and flavors of ripe blackberries, boysenberry preserves, and hints of shortbread with a lightly tannic, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a polished, charming, medium-long finish with notes of silky dark chocolate and espresso with silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A juicy, jammy Malbec with great acidity; tasty on its own and highly pairable.
Spangler 2018  Malbec
88 points
$32
Ruby black color. Exotic, floral, fruity aromas and flavors of bergamot incense, kirsch soaked panettone, and menthol with a satiny, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, medium-length finish displaying accents of goji berry and dragonfruit with chalky, coating tannins and heavy oak flavor. A uniquely scented Malbec for adventurous pairings; enjoy a wild flavor ride with this one.
Thirty Degrees 2020  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$34
Garnet black color. Attractive aromas and flavors of candied berries and milky way bar with a supple, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish that shows suggestions of creme caramel, raspberry buttercream, and honey-roasted nuts with heavy oak flavor. Creamy oak lends caramelly flavors to this lighter-than-expected Paso Cabernet.
Blacklist 2019 Red Blend California
88 points
$39
Deep purple color. Aromas of raspberry tart, sweet tea, and black licorice with a round, vibrant, off-dry medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length sweet cherry pastry finish with moderate oak flavor. A juicy, jammy Red with crowd-pleasing vibes.
Biltmore Reserve 2019 Reserve Cabernet Franc
88 points
$40
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of pickled cherries, green tomatoes, and rhubarb, melted dark chocolate, brown butter and pumpkin spice, and vanilla-caramel yogurt with a supple, bright, dryish medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length finish displaying suggestions of craisins, cocoa-dusted nuts, and dolmades with reduced lemon with dusty, earthy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A fine dance of fruit and savory herbs make this an intriguing cabernet franc for pairings.
Biltmore Estate 2019 The Hunt Red Blend Sonoma County
88 points
$45
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of herb butter, dried berries, forest floor, and ancho with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, swift finish imparting shades of berries in a wicker basket, parchment, and incense and bark with dusty, leafy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A bright dry red blend well suited for a meaty meal.
Kalaris 2019  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$59
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of dried cherries, figs, sassafras, black tea, and hazelnut latte with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish medium body and a seamless, delightful, medium-long finish manifesting notes of dark chocolate, roasted almonds, and hints of licorice with well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. An accessible, rock solid Napa Cabernet for everyday luxury.
Kalaris 2016  Merlot
88 points
$59
Garnet black color. Aromas of dried plum, hints of tea, thyme, baked banana, and vanilla with a supple, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, captivating, medium-long milk chocolate, hints of balsamic reduction, and spiced pastry finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A grown-up Merlot with juicy balance and toasty tannins.
Voyager Point 2019  Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$9
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Aromas of black cassis, spiced bread pudding, and blackberry tea with a supple, lively, fruity medium body and a warming, delightful, medium-long milk chocolate truffle, hints of honey-roasted nuts, and mocha latte finish with moderate oak flavor. A fruit-forward Cabernet with a silky-smooth style.
87 points $9 Best Buy
South Coast 2017 Red Meritage South Coast
87 points
$16
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of cherry tobacco, ripe cassis, melon, cocoa powder, and bay leaf with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, delightful, medium-length finish that shows overtones of eucalyptus, goji berry, and dark chocolate with firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A firm, friendly Meritage Blend that will fit right in at the table.
Rubus 2018  Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$17
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of black cassis, chocolate, honeycomb, coffee, and cinnamon roll with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish with moderate oak flavor. A table-ready, dry California Cabernet with nice varietal character.
Cunningham Creek Winery 2017 Rivanna Red Blend Virginia
87 points
$28
Black ruby color. Aromas of cherry candies, hints of bubblegum, rose, and black tea with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, medium-length black cassis preserves, hints of tobacco, and brown sugar finish with moderate oak flavor. A quality Bordeaux Varietal Blend that will make Virginia proud.
Narmada Winery 2019  Merlot
87 points
$28
Brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of grilled coconut and pineapple, tomatoes on the vine, blueberry, and honey buttercream with a silky, crisp, fruity medium body and a seamless, delightful, instant finish with notes of chocolate rice bar and pomegranate with chewy, woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. A bright expressive Merlot with a nice savory streak.
Spangler 2018 Claret Red Blend Southern Oregon
87 points
$30
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of cherry cake, vanilla frosting, cornichons, and honey yogurt with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, medium-length finish manifesting accents of ground nuts, cedar bark, and pomegranate with earthy, drying tannins and moderate oak flavor. A racy, savory red to enjoy with cheeses and spicy meat dishes.
Cunningham Creek Winery 2019  Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$36
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of dressed beets, dill, sun dried tomato, and red apples with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a polished, captivating, medium-length finish with suggestions of plum tart and vanilla fondant with heavy oak flavor. A lively Virginia Cabernet with a rustic-but-refined approach; Italian wine lovers need apply.
Narmada Winery 2019  Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$42
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of fresh caramel coconut macaroon, marinated olives and mushrooms, berry bush, and tomato plant with a wooded pot with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-length finish with suggestions of cocoa and carob and cedar bark with dusty, drying tannins. A bright, earthy cabernet that will sing at the table.
DH Lescombes 2013  Petit Verdot
87 points
$100
Dark burnt sienna color. Aromas of hints of cherry, vanilla, and mint tea with a round, vibrant, dryish medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long cherry chutney, rose, and fresh mint finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A distinctively herbal, balanced and intriguing Petite Verdot that could pair quite well with Mediterranean cuisines.
Harthill Farms NV  Merlot
86 points
Ruby garnet color. Aromas and flavors of plum pie, carob, hints of mint tea, and black olives with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish. A solid weeknight red with bold body.
Beringer NV Main & Vine Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$6
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of ripe blueberries, fresh shortcake, aniseed, and black tea with a satiny, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long finish displaying notes of chocolate fudge. A juicy and appealing Cabernet bursting with blue fruit flavors.
86 points $6 Best Buy
Archetype 2019  Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$9
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of raspberry jam, graham cracker, spiced vanilla pudding, and tobacco with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a stimulating, medium-long finish with nuances of toasted marshmallow and cherry creme with moderate oak flavor. Notes of candied cherry and creamy confections make this a simple, but indulgent weeknight sipper.
86 points $9 Best Buy
Dark Cherrycream 2019  Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$13
Best Buy
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of blueberry muffin, chocolate-enveloped hazelnut creme, and blackberry tea with a round, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a silky, delightful, medium-length finish that shows nuances of dark chocolate with moderate oak flavor. A juicy, berry centric Cabernet with a backbone of firm tannin.
86 points $13 Best Buy
Verada 2019 Tri County Merlot
86 points
$16
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of artichoke heart and cherry chutney with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a warming, captivating, medium-length finish displaying notes of dried berries and earl grey tea with moderate oak flavor. A sunbaked Merlot.
Biltmore Estate 2020 Estate Sauvignon Blanc
86 points
$17
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of lemon zest on fresh yogurt, grapefruit curd, toast, and hints of banana with a supple, crisp, petillant, dryish light body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length finish with no oak flavor. A fruity, easy-drinking American Sauvignon Blanc.
Telios 2017  Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$17
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of red cassis and raspberry tart, pomegranate, cola, hints of herbs, and sandalwood with a supple, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, breezy finish with moderate oak flavor. Fruit-forward and crowdpleasing.
Biltmore Estate 2019 Estate Merlot
86 points
$18
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate toffee, berry pie a la mode, jerky, and cherry cola with a supple, soft, fruity medium body and a polished, buoyant finish displaying notes of vanilla yogurt nuts with fine tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A solid Merlot that will cover a lot of bases.
Johnson Estate 2019 Freelings Creek Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$18
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of ripe plums, cedar, and baking spice with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a polished, intriguing, medium-length finish evoking notes of hints of pickled dill with moderate oak flavor. An elevated weeknight go-to that will fit right in at the table.
Palmaris 2016 Reserve Petite Verdot
86 points
$30
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of prunes and cedar with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry medium-full body and a tingling, breezy cherry and pomegranate finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A chewy, high-acid red that will work well with rich meals.
Frog’s Tooth 2018  Merlot
86 points
$36
Garnet black color. Aromas of fruit cake, pomegranate, and black tea with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, medium-length plum vinaigrette, baking spice, dark chocolate-covered nuts, and hints of smoke finish with moderate oak flavor. Stately tannins and bold body make this an easy choice for the table.
Winemakers Selection 2019 Classic Series Cabernet Sauvignon
85 points
$5
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Aromas of fresh herbs and sweet strawberry with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length sweet cassis jam, hints of sweet tea, mint, and dark chocolate finish with moderate oak flavor. A fruity, oaky palate pleaser that won’t let you down.
85 points $5 Best Buy
Beringer NV Main & Vine Merlot
85 points
$6
Best Buy
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of cranberry maple chutney, cocoa-dusted nuts, and cedar plank with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, breezy finish that exhibits accents of dried cherries and mulberries, dusty earth, and nuts with soft, chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A solid Merlot sipper for everyday enjoyment.
85 points $6 Best Buy
Witching Hour NV  Cabernet Sauvignon
85 points
$7
Black garnet color. Aromas of roasted dates, dried cherries, caramelized mushrooms, and jasmine tea with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, agreeable mounds bar, berry jam, and balsamic reduction finish with moderate oak flavor. A rich and flavorful Cabernet Sauvignon that overdelivers for its price point.
Beringer 2019 Founders Estate Merlot
85 points
$9
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of blistered berries in vanilla yogurt, clover and herb patch, and parsley with a soft, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a quick finish evoking suggestions of nut skin and raspberry ice tea. A sturdy Merlot for carefree enjoyment.
Beringer 2020 Founders Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
85 points
$9
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla pudding, caramel buttercream, and cherry confection with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a polished, complex, medium-long finish conveying touches of black licorice, cola, and espresso with moderate oak flavor. A big, chewy Cabernet Sauvignon best with steaks.
California Wine Company 2020  Cabernet Sauvignon
85 points
$24
Light garnet color. Oaky aromas of scented tobacco, fruit punch, and cafe au lait with a supple, crisp, fruity light body and a seamless, brisk jam on toast finish with heavy oak flavor. An casual red quaffer.
Biltmore Estate 2019 Limited Release Petit Verdot
85 points
$28
Black ruby color. Aromas of cola and berry coulis with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a graceful, rapid dried fruits and herbs finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A dry, table-ready Petite Verdot.
Lexicon 2018  Cabernet Sauvignon
85 points
$29
Black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate-covered cherry, lavender, and turmeric with a silky, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, medium-long finish manifesting notes of cassis pie and chocolate chips with moderate oak flavor. A tasty, everyday Napa Red.
Frog’s Tooth 2018 Matagrano Vineyards Cabernet Franc
85 points
$32
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of caramel-covered fruit and nuts, raspberry vinaigrette, black pepper, and anise with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry medium body and a hot, breezy finish with moderate oak flavor. A chewy, high-octane Cabernet for the table.
Thanksgiving Farm 2019 Estate Grown Reserve Meritage Anne Arundel County
85 points
$35
Deep purple color. Earthy aromas and flavors of tomato vine, cedar, green tomato, and mulberry relish with a supple, soft, dry medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish that shows notes of marinated and roasted root vegetables, varnished wood, baker’s chocolate, and forest floor with dusty, fine tannins and moderate oak flavor. A nice earthy and slightly rustic red that will be great with game.
Frog’s Tooth 2018 Delatreca Ranch Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
85 points
$40
Dusty dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of dark chocolate, rosemary, and violet with a tannic, lively, dry medium-to-full body and a sleek, medium-long finish with elements of cherry liqueur with moderate oak flavor. A bold Cabernet for the table; serve with rich meats.
Paradise Hills Vineyard NV Founders Reserve Red Blend American
85 points
$46
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of dried cassis, leather, geranium, sun dried tomato, and charred whole spices with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, delightful, agreeable finish with accents of blueberry, carob, licorice, and mint with moderate oak flavor. A firm and fruity Bordeaux Varietal Blend with enticing, leather-like aromas.
101 North NV  Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$5
Best Buy
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of cherry candies, compressed watermelon, and toast with a supple, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, rapid berry smoothie, cafe latte, and root beer float finish with moderate oak flavor. A fruity, oaky quaffer for weeknight pairings.
84 points $5 Best Buy
Stolen Season NV  Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$5
Best Buy
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of dried cherries and hints of baking spices with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, rapid cherry cookies, hints of cola, vanilla buttercream, and cocoa powder finish with moderate oak flavor. A supply, vanilla-laden Cabernet Sauvignon for weeknight indulging.
84 points $5 Best Buy
Stolen Season 2019 Red Blend California
84 points
$5
Best Buy
Dark garnet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of juicy raspberry, mixed berry cobbler, and licorice with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, relaxed finish with moderate oak flavor. A juicy, jammy red with dark, oaky undertones.
84 points $5 Best Buy
Voyager Point NV Red Blend California
84 points
$9
Violet color. Oaky aromas and flavors of cherry confection, scented tobacco, vanilla pudding with bananas, and flan with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and an even, breezy finish with heavy oak flavor. A creamy oak bomb with custardy flavors.
Cloud Watcher 2019  Merlot
84 points
$10
Dusty ruby color. Earthy aromas and flavors of beeswax, dried berries and stems, cocoa, and herb patch with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, swift finish with notes of honeyed dried cherries and nut skins with dusty, coating tannins and moderate oak flavor. A dry and earthy Merlot for the table.
Summit NV  Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$19
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of ripe cassis, toasty pie crusts, hints of rose petal preserves, and sweet anise with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A creamy, spicy, dark and moody Cabernet Sauvignon for evening sipping.
Biltmore Estate 2020 Limited Release Sauvignon Blanc
84 points
$22
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of hints of lemon pepper with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, brisk finish with no oak flavor. A juicy white for anytime drinking.
Thanksgiving Farm 2019 Estate Grown Meritage Anne Arundel County
84 points
$35
Indigo color. Earthy aromas and flavors of polished wood, tomatoes on the vine, goji berries, and mocha and walnut shell with a supple, crisp, dry medium body and a tingling, fast finish revealing impressions of roasted greens, parsley, and cedar bark with coarse tannins and heavy oak flavor. A very savory and finely textured red with appetizing green notes for the table.
DH Lescombes 2017  Cabernet Sauvignon
81 points
$28
Burnt sienna color. Aromas of fruit cake and trail mix with a satiny, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, brisk blueberry yogurt, roasted strawberries, and chocolate chips finish with moderate oak flavor. A fruity funky red from New Mexico.
Thanksgiving Farm 2019 Estate Grown Petit Verdot
80 points
$35
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of pickled beets, pomegranate reduction, and roasted meats with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length finish that shows accents of cacao and fresh herbs with a suggestion of oak flavor. A funky, earthy Petit Verdot for rustic pairings.
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