June 2022 - New Release Wine

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

New Release Wine Reviews

Jarvis 2015 Reserve Merlot
96 points
$310
Ruby black color. Aromas of chocolate raisins and prunes, carob bar, spiced berries, and bacon bits and pipe tobacco with a fat body and a very long cassis tart a la mode, toffee, and chocolate fudge finish. An elegant, satiny Merlot that is drinking exquisitely right now.
Jarvis 2018  Merlot
95 points
$190
Garnet black color. Aromas of spicy berry pie, creamed honey, toffee, and pipe tobacco with a fat body and a very long pickled cherries, blueberries and beets, cedar, and cocoa finish. A sumptuous, flavorful Napa merlot with power and grace.
Maison Marcel 2021 Heart Rosé IGP Mediterranee
94 points
$15
Best Buy
Pink coral color. Floral aromas and flavors of lilacs and honeysuckle and watermelon with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long finish with notes of apple and passionfruit and guava with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A delightfully fresh and floral rose with a truly charming personality.
94 points $15 Best Buy
Jarvis 2019 Will Jarvis Science Project Cabernet Franc
94 points
$220
Deep purple color. Aromas of blackberry, toffee, huckleberry pie crust, and bacon with a full body and a long roasted nuts, blackberry compote, cedar, and black tea finish. A rich, savory Cabernet Franc that is built to last.
Jarvis 2016  Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$230
Ruby black color. Aromas of roasted and dried berries, spiced nuts, walnut, and pipe tobacco with a full body and a long cassis pie a la mode, chocolate orange peel, sweet and peppery spices, and honeycomb finish. A gentle giant of a Cabernet with layered flavors and pinpoint balance and finesse.
Maison Marcel NV Sparkling Hearts Extra Dry Rosé Mediterranee IGP
93 points
$18
Best Buy
Pink coral color. Aromas and flavors of strawberries in cream, lemon marmalade, and butter sauteed peach with a supple, crisp, effervescent, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, long finish manifesting nuances of clementine, custard, and minerals with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A wonderfully crisp and refreshing French bubbly with fine fruit and balance.
93 points $18 Best Buy
Porterhouse Winery 2016 Creekside Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$58
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate nuts and berries, vanilla buttercream, touch of cherry tobacco, and polished wood and crayon with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and an even, complex, long finish that shows overtones of chocolate citrus peels, sweet and spicy gherkins, boysenberry pie, and mocha praline with silky, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A supple and satisfying Paso Cab that takes you on a pleasure-packed ride.
Jarvis 2018  Tempranillo
93 points
$95
Ruby black color. Aromas of cocoa nibs, baked berries and peppers, and aged gouda and cheddar with a full body and a long butter roasted nuts, delicate spice, pear skin, and tobacco finish. A rich and chewy Napa Tempranillo with brooding, savory fruit and lavish oak.
Contempo 2020  Montepulciano
92 points
$9
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Aromas of fruit and goat leathers, chocolate covered cherries, roasted peppers and cherries, and pistachio date toffee with a full body and a long roasted tomato, cedar, and pomegranates and mint finish. An Old World world red well suited for a nice Italian meal.
92 points $9 Best Buy
Summit Lake 2018 Emily Kestrel Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$93
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of chocolate coconut macaroon, berry pie crust, chocolate covered raisins, and spiced nuts with a full body and a long chocolate berries and orange peels, creme brulee, incense, and cinnamon finish. A beautiful and engaging example of rich Howell Mountain fruit driving this pleasure-packed, chocolatey oak-tinged wine.
Porterhouse Winery 2018 Blackridge Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$70
Black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of spicy roasted nuts, dried berries, hint of herb-rubbed and marinated meat, and mossy forest floor with a supple, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a sleek, interesting, long finish with overtones of pomegranate, goji berry, and spiced apple and kiwi with chewy, crunchy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A juicy, spicy, racy Cabernet tailor-made to amplify a fine meal.
William Wright 2020 Reserve Lot Pinot Noir
89 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Attractive aromas and flavors of melted chocolate toffee, buttercream, cherry pie, and hoisan with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-long finish revealing accents of spiced strawberry preserves on toast and honey roasted apples and nuts with a suggestion of oak flavor. A rich, supple and fruity Pinot pleaser for all occasions.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Pedroncelli 2021  Sauvignon Blanc
89 points
$16
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas of guava and passionfruit yogurt, lilac, peach ring, and pineapple with a medium-to-full body and a medium-to-long honeydew melon granita, pomelo, and wheat grass finish. A deliciously attractive white wine blend that is perfect for a light summer salad lunch.
89 points $16 Best Buy
Pedroncelli 2021 Signature Selection Chardonnay
89 points
$20
Golden straw color. Aromas of roasted apples, bananas and pineapples, cashews, and brioche with a medium-to-full body and a medium-to-long green apple, honey butter, starfruit and plantain relish, and vanilla frozen yogurt finish. A nice round and tropical Chardonnay sipper that is sure to please.
Summit Lake 2018 Estate Zinfandel
89 points
$42
Violet color. Aromas of chocolate nuts and sesame, dried berries, and hint of pink pepper jerky with a medium-to-full body and a medium-to-long chocolate cherry bark, creme anglaise, wood shavings, and dates and raisins finish. A delightfully bright and juicy Zinfandel that walks a long balanced, hedonistic line.
Jarvis 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$400
Garnet color. Aromas of cassis, dried berries and meat, blueberry cobbler, and tobacco with a medium-to-full body and a medium-to-long cassis tart a la mode, toffee, spice, and black tea finish. A broad-shouldered Napa Cabernet with stately poise and deep flavors.
Concrete 2018 Old Vine Zinfandel
88 points
$20
Garnet color. Aromas of chocolate covered coconuts with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, charming, medium-long blackberries, shredded beef jerky, and shredded coconut finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A big, modern style zin for braised meats.
Concrete 2018  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$20
Garnet color. Aromas of chocolate fudge, menthol, and rose petals with a supple, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-length thin mints and rolling tobacco finish with well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A big, fruity, earthy cab for weekend bbqs.
Pedroncelli 2021 Signature Selection Rosé Zinfandel
88 points
$22
Sunburst amber color. Aromas of fresh cherry tart and sated watermelon with a medium-to-full body and a medium-to-long strawberry shortcake, strawberry, tropical and kiwi fruit punch finish. A juicy and ripe Rose that will keep the blues away.
Wicked Grove  Pearsecco Bubbly Dry Cider
87 points
$7.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Creamy aromas and flavors of pear custard tart, white chocolate covered banana, and pear blossoms with a satiny, bright, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a graceful, compelling, medium-length finish with accents of pear and melon sorbets, lime, and lemon. A cheery and crisp pear Cider with effortless drinkability and pairability with spicy foods.
87 points $7.99 Best Buy
Chevalier Du Grand Robert 2021  Sauvignon Blanc
87 points
$13
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas of lemon/ lime peel, yeasty lemon muffin, lemon grass, and thai basil with a medium body and a medium under ripe gooseberry, melon, white grapefruit, and almond skin finish. A sturdy, zippy Sauvignon Blanc that will play nicely at the table.
87 points $13 Best Buy
Currency 2020 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$13
Best Buy
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of smoked berries and nuts, dark fruit, leather, and black olive with a medium body and a medium caramel apple with nuts, cedar bark, cassis, and molasses finish. A juicy tannic cabernet in search of a sloppy joe or beef sandwich.
87 points $13 Best Buy
Cycles Gladiator 2020  Pinot Noir
87 points
$13
Best Buy
Garnet color. Aromas of smoked cherries, black earth, and tobacco leaves with a dryish medium body and a medium tart cherry, campfire, and bell peppers finish with firm tannins. A smoky, tannic Pinot to pair with bigger dishes than your usual Pinot pairings.
87 points $13 Best Buy
Sip 2021  White Moscato
87 points
$15
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Aromas of spiced apricots, peach blossoms, golden raisins, and papaya with a medium body and a medium peach cobbler, fruit cup, and fermented honey finish. A lush and likable Moscato with rich but balanced sweetness.
87 points $15 Best Buy
Spartico 2021 Organic Red Blend Utiel Requena
86 points
$12
Best Buy
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of dried roses, cashew butter and nougat, and milk chocolate with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, delightful, medium-length finish with notes of blueberry pie a la mode, pound cake with chocolate fondue, and spiced apple with well-integrated, soft tannins and light oak flavor. A round and juicy red with a plenty of likable flavors to get into.
86 points $12 Best Buy
Cycles Gladiator 2020  Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$13
Garnet color. Aromas of cocoa powder and huckleberry with a fruity light-to-medium body and a medium-length chocolate covered orange, vanilla bean, graphite, and maple syrup finish. A dark, dense Cab but with a kiss of sweetness on the finish; like a dry Chocolatini in a glass.
Jarvis 2015  Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$210
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of dried dark berry-rhubarb compote, chocolate raisins and prunes, and brown sugar with a light-to-medium body and a short-to-medium honeyed figs and pears, spiced nuts, and cedar finish. A warm and brooding Napa Cabernet to take your time with and enjoy with a fine meal.
Broadside 2020  Chardonnay
82 points
$17
Gold color. Aromas of lychee, yellow tomato, and herbal notes of lemon basil and eucalyptus with a dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a medium-long orange coulis, royal jelly, and brioche finish with moderate oak flavor. A dense Chardonnay that would be nice with scallops.
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