April 2022 - New Release Wine

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

New Release Wine Reviews

Alexander Valley Vineyards 2019  Merlot
93 points
$23
Garnet black color. Savory aromas and flavors of conditioned leather, olives with orange zest, berry scented candle, and berry balsamic vinaigrette with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, engaging, medium-long finish with notes of artisan fruit salad, meringue, and spiced apple taffy with silky, chewy tannins. A vibrant combination of ripe berry fruit and sweet and savory spiciness make this merlot a pleasure to drink.
Macauley 2019 Bacigalupi Vineyard Chardonnay
92 points
$48
Gold color. Aromas of lemon meringue, dry vermouth, and allspice with a dry-yet-fruity full body and a long lemon, white peach, Bananas Foster, and roasted walnut finish. A Burgundian style of new world wine with attractive savory notes and wood spice.
PONO 2018 Hapa Red Blend Napa Valley
92 points
$80
Deep purple color. Attractive, savory aromas and flavors of cassis tart, eucalyptus, fancy olives, and raisinettes with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, interesting, medium-long finish with touches of chocolate orange peels, creme brulee, and coconut macaroon with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A young and developing Napa red blend that is drinking well now for dinner and will be a seamless sipper in a few years hence.
PONO 2018 Mana Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$110
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of chocolate mousse, dark berry pie crust, and jerky with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long finish. A mature Napa cabernet that is drinking beautifully now.
Stokelan Estate Winery 2019 Simla Red Blend American
90 points
$30
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of mocha gelato, chocolate espresso bean, olive pepper focaccia, and spiced roasted berries and coconut with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, engaging, medium-long finish revealing notes of candied orange peel, butter roasted nuts, and mossy timber with chewy, woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. A grippy, mouthwatering red blend that is a smart play for a meaty meal.
PONO 2019 Aina Pinot Noir
90 points
$65
Garnet color. Inviting aromas and flavors of cedar plank roasted cherries and apricot, marinated beets in a clay pot, honey roasted pistachios, blonde tobacco, wax, and and birch bark with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-long finish that presents notes of roasted root vegetables, dark berry shrub, and pickled watermelon rind with well-integrated, fine tannins and light oak flavor. A subtly expressive Pinot Noir that draws you in for another sip.
Stella Rosa NV Ruby Rose Grapefruit Flavored Wine Italy
88 points
$16
Pink color. Aromas of geranium, orange blossom, and lime oil with a medium-to-full body and a medium-to-long elderflower, watermelon candy, and white flowers finish. A Moscato "rose" that would be great with an apple crisp; a glass full of crushed berries.
Stokelan Estate Winery NV Kirbys Mill Red Blend American
88 points
$25
Brick red color. Savory aromas and flavors of smoked bacon and nuts, cedar plank grilled berries and tomatoes, latte with chestnut honey, and tomato vine and marinated grape leaves with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish with touches of marinated beets with crunchy, dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A savory, chewy, lightly smoky red blend with a nice combination of dark fruit and oak.
Oak Farm Vineyards 2021  Chardonnay
87 points
$20
Gold color. Aromas of orangesicle, lemon yogurt, and baked yellow apple with a medium body and a medium lemon verbena, orange peel, and baked apples finish. A classic example of a sunshine Chardonnay that is ripe and pleasing.
Stokelan Estate Winery 2019 Crossroads Chardonnay
87 points
$25
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of ayurvedic mint toothpaste, char-grilled apple and leaves, and mustard seed with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, carefree finish with notes of tangy apple, peppery spice, and caramel with no oak flavor. A racy and rustic Chardonnay to pair with cheeses and game.
Pampa 2021 Estate Malbec
85 points
$10
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of berry compote, black garlic marinated beets, prune, and tobacco with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, medium-length finish displaying touches of spiced figs and plums and chocolate nuts with light oak flavor. A rock solid red that will be very versatile.
Stokelan Estate Winery 2019 Catspaw Chardonnay
85 points
$22
Golden straw color. Aromas of frosted banana cake, honeyed green apple, and honey butter with a bright, dryish medium body and a medium golden kiwi and melon and banana bread finish with no oak flavor. A dry, savory, Chardonnay for the table.
Stella Rosa NV Blueberry Flavored Wine Italy
84 points
$16
Dusty garnet color. Candied aromas and flavors of berry sherbet and soda, blueberry acai shake, and chocolate cherries with a soft, crisp, effervescent, light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk finish with accents of raspberry nonpareil tin. A tasty berry treat for sweet teeth.
Stella Rosa NV Green Apple Flavored Wine Italy
84 points
$16
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of elderflower, rainbow sherbet, apple hard candy, and hint of apple scented candle with a silky, crisp, spritzy, moderately sweet light body and a carefree finish that exhibits touches of green apple sorbet and lemon-lime soda with no oak flavor. A carefree apple flavored Moscato for parties and punches.
Stokelan Estate Winery 2020 Myra Rose Outer Coastal Plain
84 points
$20
Salmon orange color. Aromas and flavors of roasted nuts, cherry pit and branch, and pomegranate with a supple, bright, dry light-to-medium body and a polished, brisk finish displaying nuances of pickled tomato and melon rind and nut skin with a suggestion of oak flavor. A very dry and savory adult Rose for the table.
Stella Rosa NV Organic Orange Fusion Flavored Wine Italy
83 points
$16
Straw color. Aromas of dill, orange peel, and white cherries with a light body and a short boysenberry, jasmine, and white raspberry finish. An after dinner wine that would be good with a variety of pies.
Stella Rosa NV Watermelon Flavored Wine Italy
83 points
$16
Pink color. Aromas of cassis, cherry juicy juice, and peaches with a light body and a short strawberry, hibiscus, and brown sugar finish. Bright and bubble gum forward sparkler great for pairing with chocolate desserts.
Stella Rosa NV Lemon Lime Flavored Wine Italy
81 points
$16
Straw color. Aromas of fresh cut grass, graphite, and lemon juice with a watery body and a swift blueberries, carnations, white pepper, and white cranberry finish. A dessert style wine made for affogados.
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