July 2022 - New Release Wine

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

New Release Wine Reviews

Morambro Creek 2020  Shiraz
94 points
$25
Indigo color. Aromas of grilled plums, stewed prunes, grilled and candied vidalia onion, and chocolate covered raisin with a full body and a long spearmint in black cherry juice, cracked pepper, old leather books, blackberry and elderberry juice, and thyme and sage finish. This rich and full Shiraz with savory and herbal notes will pair well with pork or lamb dishes.
Rodney Strong 2018  Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$30
Ruby black color. Aromas of mocha, black cherry, pomegranate, dark chocolate, sweet pipe tobacco, and cigar box with a full body and a long cherry mocha vanilla latte, blackberry compote, and barrel aged maduro tobacco finish. Lush dark fruits balance with supple oak; well integrated enough to enjoy now but built for cellar aging.
Rodney Strong 2017  Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$37
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of blackberry, cherry, pomegranate juice, rose water, shoe leather, and chocolate fudge with a full body and a warming, very long finish with shades of blackberry and boysenberry, plum sauce with balsamic pomegranate, mint, bell pepper, and italian leather, and cedar with firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. An excellent and well crafted Cabernet that shows well today, but gives me every confidence that it will be more harmonious and delectable in 5 years.
Malbicho 2021  Malbec
93 points
$10
Best Buy
Black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of black cherry, blueberry, and mocha with a supple, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long finish that exhibits accents of blueberries with a dusting of cocoa powder and black cherry compote. A big, well-balanced chewy red wine with black and blue fruits, texture and personality; would sidle up quite nicely to grilled meats, strong cheeses or charcuteries
93 points $10 Best Buy
Jip Jip Rocks 2021 Single Vineyard Shiraz Cabernet Blend Padthaway
93 points
$16
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Aromas of pepper, plum, and cassis, cocoa nib and baking spices, black cherry and beef jerky, and tobacco with a full body and a long violets and elderberry, stewed cherries, thyme, and cedar finish. A stellar blend of Syrah and Cabernet makes this a delicious and versatile grilling wine.
93 points $16 Best Buy
Rodney Strong 2019  Chardonnay
93 points
$22
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of lime peel, orange blossom, and pickled ginger, buttered popcorn and coconut oil, and green and yellow apple with a velvety, dry medium body and a long finish with accents of creme fraiche, vanilla frosted banana bread, and tart yellow apple. A classic example of clean and well crafted California Chardonnay, spot on.
Davis Bynum 2018 River West Chardonnay
93 points
$25
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of rich vanilla and buttercream, banana bread, and white peaches with a velvety, tangy, dry medium body and a long finish revealing notes of lemon and tart yellow apple, vanilla sour cream frosting, and carnation with light oak flavor. A rich and opulent California expression that tastes and smells like a ripe vintage Montrachet.
Rodney Strong 2021 Rosé Russian River Valley
93 points
$25
Amber beige color. Aromas and flavors of orange blossom honey, raspberry, strawberry, watermelon, and peach gardenia and pear with a satiny, crisp, dry medium body and a tingling, subtle, medium-length finish that exhibits shades of candied pink grapefruit, blood orange, and lemon grass and thai basil. A crisp and highly drinkable Rose to pair with grilled salmon or tuna.
Davis Bynum 2018  Pinot Noir
93 points
$35
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of raspberry, tart red cherry, and strawberry, garden herbs, mild stemmy notes, french oak mocha, and rose petal with a round, lively, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, nuanced, medium-long finish that shows notes of espresso bean and mocha and ripe red berry medlee with a suggestion of oak flavor. High quality new world fruit made in an Old World style; to be enjoyed now or allowed to gain complexity in the cellar.
Monte De Oro 2018 Estate Grown Vista Del Monte Vineyard Vigna Vicini Red Blend Temecula Valley
93 points
$42
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of black pepper, leather, savory and sanguine, leather and nutmeg, and cherry glaze with a velvety, vibrant, bone-dry full body and a warming, appealing, medium-long finish that presents notes of red currant and bell pepper, black peppered beef jerky, and vanilla and cocoa nibs with chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A wonderful bbq wine that will take you from burgers to steak to lamb.
Jip Jip Rocks 2020 Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$16
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Aromas of eucalyptus, strawberry candies, chocolate fudge, and rosemary with a full body and a long leather, cooked and sweetened pomegranate, and bell pepper and coffee bean finish. A broad shouldered and well-structured Cabernet that will pair with a rich meal now as well as develop with cellaring.
92 points $16 Best Buy
Morambro Creek 2020  Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$25
Ruby black color. Aromas of mint, blackberry and black currant, and black cherry mocha frappe with a full body and a long mint with garden herb and balsamic and bell pepper finish. A minty and herbal forward high quality Cabernet with hints of bitter chocolate.
Wildwood Oak Winery 2021 Nonnos Legacy Zinfandel
92 points
$40
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of cherry cough drops, blueberry and peach yogurt, and sun dried tomato with a glycerous, crisp, bone-dry medium-full body and a warming, captivating, medium-long finish with notes of cooked black plum, blueberry, and blackberry and boysenberry with soft tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A classic California Zinfandel; fresh and fruity now but will shed fat and gain complexity with time.
Jip Jip Rocks 2021 Single Vineyard Shiraz
91 points
$16
Best Buy
Black ruby color. Aromas of hoisan, plum sauce, molasses and bbq, and cocoa nibs and black tea with a full body and a long black fruit and fresh ground black pepper, leather, dry garden herbs and eucalyptus, and sweet tobacco finish. Rich and savory with notes of stewed fruit and herbal spice, this Shiraz will continue to develop in the glass or cellar.
91 points $16 Best Buy
Rodney Strong 2013 Gentlemans Port Sonoma County
91 points
$22
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of dark red fruit preserves, candied walnuts, sweet tobacco, and earl grey tea with a glycerous, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, captivating, medium-length finish manifesting impressions of dried figs and black cherry, leather and stewed red fruits, mildly dark chocolate, and wisps of smoke with a suggestion of oak flavor. Pair with blue cheeses and red fruit preserves, dark chocolate, or a medium bodied cigar; this tastes like high quality Ruby Port.
Rodney Strong 2018  Pinot Noir
91 points
$25
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of kola nut and ripe strawberry, herbs de provence, chocolate covered raisins, and fig and black tea with a round, dry medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-long finish that shows overtones of baked raspberry, strawberry rhubarb, and grenadine with well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A ripe, juicy, and well structured Pinot Noir that is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
Comartin Cellars 2020 R-Bar-R Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir
91 points
$64
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of red velvet cake, ripe red and black cherry, candied strawberry, and dr. pepper with a round, crisp, dryish medium body and a long finish with accents of creamy vanilla and sweet pastry spices, savory green herb and candied orange peel, mushroom, and candied bacon with well-integrated tannins and light oak flavor. A ripe and approachable California Pinot Noir with enough complex savory notes to rein in the lush fruit.
Rodney Strong 2018  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of cooked black and red cherries, cocoa nibs, and espresso with demerara sugar, mesquite honey, and barrel aged tobacco with a round, lively, dry medium-full body and a medium-to-long finish with notes of mocha tobacco and dried red and black & red fruits, vanilla cream, and chocolate covered orange and raisins with medium tannins and light oak flavor. Rich chocolate and fruit flavors balanced out with woody vanilla flavors is what California does best.
Knotty Vines 2019 Red Blend California
89 points
$15
Best Buy
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of bing cherry, queen anne’s cherry, coffee grounds, and tobacco with a round, bright, dry medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish evoking accents of ripe juicy plum, fresh cherry, and blackberry and blueberry with a dash of fresh black pepper with well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A delightful and super versatile table wine.
89 points $15 Best Buy
Upshot By Rodney Strong 2019 Red Blend Sonoma County
89 points
$19
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of red, black, and blue fruit, blueberry yogurt, boutique of mixed flowers, and cocoa powder with a round, bright, dryish medium body and a tingling, nuanced, medium-length finish conveying notes of acai and mix red berry fruit cup, eating blue berry pie in your flower garden, and skirt steak with chimichurri pairing with a suggestion of oak flavor. A fun red wine with layers of complexity but also fresh and juicy berry flavors to be enjoyed by almost wine drinker.
Upshot By Rodney Strong 2019 White Blend California
89 points
$19
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of welsh’s white grape juice, sweet peppers and garden herbs, fresh white flowers, and green apple pastry with an oily, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, subtle, medium-length finish evoking elements of seville oranges, grapefruit, and touch of bitterness with no oak flavor. A complex and interesting white blend that shows the skill and value of having a great vignernon.
Monte De Oro 2018 Estate Grown Simplexity Red Blend Temecula Valley
89 points
$38
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of red plum and cheese rind, blueberry goat’s cheese, and bell pepper and a light roast coffee bean with a round, crisp, bone-dry medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length finish with nuances of plum wine, blood orange, and blueberry jam with well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A tasty and versatile red blend, like a Swiss Army knife of red wine food pairings.
Winemode 2021 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
88 points
$4
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of under ripe but candied jalapeño and cassis leaf, white florals, lime and lemon pith, and thai basil with a velvety, vibrant, dry medium body and a warming, captivating, medium-long finish with suggestions of star fruit, jack fruit, lychee, and fresh green salad with no oak flavor. A refreshing and tropical version of Sauvignon Blanc that will appeal to New Zealand drinkers while also expressing Chilean terroir.
88 points $4 Best Buy
Winemode 2021 Reserve Rosé Casablanca Valley
88 points
$4
Best Buy
Steely pink color. Aromas and flavors of green strawberry, strawberry limeade, tomato stem, and cantaloupe and very green with a supple, dry medium-to-full body and a medium-to-long finish with notes of under ripe raspberry and strawberry, stemmy spices and herbs, and arugula. A lovely apéritif wine with grilled meats.
88 points $4 Best Buy
Mt. Monster 2020 Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$13
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Aromas of plum wine, black cherry juice, pyrazines, and sage with a medium-to-full body and a medium-to-long black cherry and cocoa nibs and garden herbs and eucalyptus finish. A big and beautiful Aussie Cabernet to pair with grass fed beef and bbq shrimp skewers.
88 points $13 Best Buy
Rodney Strong 2019  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$23
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of red and black currants and cherries, vanilla cream and cocoa powder, stewed sweet pepper, and cocoa nibs with a round, vibrant, bone-dry medium-full body and a tingling, charming, long finish that shows notes of cherry ricola cough drop, baking spice, savory braised meats, and chocolate cake with medium tannins and light oak flavor. Ripe and fruity, well crafted and balanced with oak; a no-nonsense good quality Sonoma Cabernet.
Rodney Strong 2016 Symmetry Red Meritage
88 points
$60
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of black currant, red cherry, and black pepper and leather with a silky, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long finish with notes of stewed red cherry, cedar, sweet tobacco, and vanilla and cocoa nib with well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A high quality blend that makes a great table wine to pair with a wide variety of foods.
Rowen 2018 Red Blend Sonoma County
88 points
$60
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of cocoa nibs and blackberry, sweet tobacco, frango mint chocolates, and blueberry pancakes with a round, bone-dry medium-to-full body and a warming, subtle, medium-long finish with accents of mocha and blackberry, black cherry and fudge, and ripe tomato in aged balsamic with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A broad shouldered and structured Bordeaux blend with enough ripe fruit to consume now but with structure that would benefit from decanting or cellar aging.
Rodney Strong 2019  Chardonnay
87 points
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of sulfur, lilies, orange blossoms and stone fruits, and yellow apple and pear with a round, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, appealing, medium-long finish with accents of match stick, orchard and stone fruit, peach and apricot, and over toasted bread with moderate oak flavor. A crisp yet round Chardonnay built for some time in the cellar.
Knotty Vines 2019  Chardonnay
87 points
$15
Best Buy
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla cream cheese frosting, lemon peel, toasted brioche and almond, and white and yellow flowers with a silky, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a medium finish manifesting notes of orchard fruit, stone fruit, and vanilla cream and toasted oat bar. Orchard and citrus fruit balanced with oak offer a delightful food pairings or an evening sipper.
87 points $15 Best Buy
Rodney Strong 2021 Charlottes Home Sauvignon Blanc
87 points
$18
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of baby’s breath and jasmine, lemon and lavender soap on clean linens, dried and candied lemon peel, and apricot with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, intriguing, medium-long finish that shows accents of minute maid lemonade, floral and soapy, white peach, and green apple with no oak flavor. A refreshing and citrus driven expression with some sweet fruit to balance the tartness.
Monte De Oro 2018 Estate Grown Monte De Oro Vineyard Petite Sirah
87 points
$45
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of blue cotton candy, black pepper, grass clipping, and cherry pepper jam with a round, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, delightful, long finish evoking shades of chocolate raisins and craisins, fudge, olive brine, and fruit leather with woody tannins. A supple Petite Sirah with deep well of fruits, balanced oak, and pleasing warmth.
Monte De Oro 2018  Syrah
87 points
$46
Violet color. Interesting aromas and flavors of braised tomatoes and meat, baked berries and cherries with mint, cherry vinaigrette, and bbq sauce with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, medium-long finish with notes of chocolate, earth, and pepper with soft tannins and light oak flavor. A broad and chewy Syrah with a deep well of dark fruit.
Knotty Vines 2019  Pinot Noir
86 points
$15
Best Buy
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla, candied ginger and nutmeg, cooked red berries, and fudge with a satiny, crisp, dry medium body and a medium finish with notes of rc cola, cupcake sprinkles, and red apple. A pleasant and unmistakably juicy New World Pinot Noir.
86 points $15 Best Buy
Rodney Strong 2020  Chardonnay
86 points
$18
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of so2, vanilla yogurt and cream cheese, butter and lemon curd, and baked apple pie with a round, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish that shows accents of green apple, lemonade with key lime juice, and roasted pineapple with light oak flavor. A creamy new world Chardonnay with a crisp citrus backbone.
Portola Vineyards 2021 Rosé Of Pinot Noir
86 points
$20
Topaz gray color. Fruity aromas and flavors of parmesan reggiano, umami and funky, and red berries and tart orchard fruit with a supple, vibrant, dry medium body and a tingling, medium-long finish revealing impressions of strawberry and raspberry, baking spices, and sweet tart candies with no oak flavor. A pleasant Rose sipper with Pinot Noir fruit characteristics shining through.
Monte De Oro 2018 Estate Grown Cabernet Franc
86 points
$45
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of dried berries, carob powder, damp earth, and wax with a soft, crisp, dryish medium body and a smooth, quick finish conveying notes of cranberry, cedar, and garden path with barky, firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A light and dusty Cabernet Franc for the table.
Knotty Vines 2019  Cabernet Sauvignon
85 points
$15
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of red cherry, ripe strawberry, over ripe raspberry, chocolate graham cracker, stewed tomato, dried herbs, and thyme and oregano with a velvety, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, stimulating, medium-long finish displaying impressions of chocolate graham cracker and cherry preserves and mocha simple syrup with dusty tannins and light oak flavor. This wine has ripe fruit and pleasant oak aromas and flavors.
Wildwood Oak Winery 2021 Kelsi Kreek Rosé Grenache
84 points
$33
Bright gold color. Aromas and flavors of sour pomegranate and barnyard, dried red flowers, and wild strawberry with a round, vibrant, dry medium body and a silky, intricate, medium-length finish with notes of sour strawberry candy and ramp and fresh garden herb with no oak flavor. A savory Rose that begs to be paired with grilled vegetables as well as light protein dishes.
Star In The Valley 2021 Field Star White Blend Shenandoah Valley
80 points
$26
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of duncan hines vanilla cream cheese frosting, ripe honey dew melon, junmai sake, and baby powder with a supple, crisp, bone-dry medium body and a swift finish revealing notes of vanilla cream, melon, and lychee. Fruity and floral, this would make for an interesting grilled salmon pairing.
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