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August 2022 - US Red & White Bordeaux Varietals 2

August 2022 - US Red & White Bordeaux Varietals 2
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US Red & White Bordeaux Varietals 2 Reviews

Greyscale 2018 Stage 1 Red Blend Napa Valley
95 points
$55
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of squid ink pasta, wild berries on a forest floor, olives and onion relish in a pewter bowl, and leather book and varnished wood with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a polished, complex, long finish that exhibits elements of blackberry tart with creme anglaise, pomegranate chutney, spiced toffee, and cedar with chewy, crunchy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A lovely, earthy, Old World styled Cabernet on the nose reveals a New World cousin on the palate wrapped in cloak of cedary oak.
Gravel Pit Wines 2019  Cabernet Sauvignon
95 points
$85
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of mocha, red plum, blackberry, and cigar box with a medium-full body and a very long finish with nuances of black cherry, espresso bean, sweet tobacco, and mocha. A bright and powerful Mountain Cabernet; savory and fruity, this is a classic California powerhouse to cellar for 3-5 years.
Ehret Family Winery 2021 Bavarian Lion Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc
94 points
$40
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of key lime pie, fresh tropical fruit salad, and banana and chive blossoms with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish that presents accents of grapefruit and golden apple relish and passionfruit and guava with no oak flavor. A inviting tropical style of Sauvignon Blanc that is sure to please as a sipper or table companion.
Greyscale 2019  Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$70
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of bell pepper, leather, barnyard, brett, speck, and jalapeño chips with a satiny, vibrant, bone-dry medium-to-full body and a warming, involved, medium-long finish with impressions of cassis, raspberry, and black cherry, chocolate covered raisin with a suggestion of oak flavor. New world fruit with a bit of old world funk and some je ne sais quoi make this Cabernet something truly special.
Palmaris 2020 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$75
Black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of baked blackberries and loganberries, frango mint chocolates, cedar, violets, rose petals, and and wild flowers with a full body and a long finish that presents impressions of loganberry and blueberries, cedar and cassis, and cocoa nibs and sweet peppers. A well balanced Bordeaux red blend that has more lift than most wines in its category and will be very versatile with food.
Ehret Family Winery 2018 Bavarian Lion Vineyards HiIlside Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$115
Violet color. Inviting aromas and flavors of horse hay, carob bacon bar, cassis pie crust, and sweet pepper with a supple, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, elegant, long finish with accents of blueberry cobbler a la mode, spiced cherries, and cocoa nibs with moderate oak flavor. A plush, dimensional, fruit-forward Cabernet Sauvignon pleaser for now or years down the road.
Greyscale 2019  Merlot
93 points
$48
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla, caramel mocha frappachino, black currant, black cherry, and blackberry, and fig and sweet tobacco with a round, crisp, bone-dry medium body and a tingling, intricate, medium-length finish that shows impressions of raspberry preserves, chocolate covered acai and pomegranate, fruit leather, and black tea with well-integrated tannins and light oak flavor. A well made, layered, expressive Merlot that will benefit from some air.
AvinoDos 2018  Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$62
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of cocoa nibs, mocha, and chocolate covered fruit, pipe tobacco, and black currant with a round, tangy, dryish medium-full body and a warming, layered, very long finish with notes of chocolate covered almonds and pomegranate, toasted peppercorns, and black currant with woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. Dark and rich without being over-extracted, well-balanced between fruit and earth flavors, this would hold up to Old World Bordeaux while maintaining New World identity.
Lobo 2019 Wulff Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$105
Black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of cassis-fig tart a la mode, chocolate caramel nut brownie, and cedar pencil with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a silky, stimulating, medium-long finish with notes of honeyed dried cherries and berries and buttery spiced nuts with light oak flavor. A supple and sensuous Napa Cabernet with rich flavor and chewy, warm goodness.
Rosemary Manor 2020  Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$30
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of candied strawberry, raspberry jam and red currants, black olive, and rooibos with an medium body and a tingling, amusing, medium-long finish with accents of cranberry pomegranate juice, grilled grapes, and cocoa nibs with dusty tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. Old World spice marries New World fruit to make this compelling and complex Cabernet.
Ehret Family Winery 2018 Bavarian Lion Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$75
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate fondue with berries, black forest cake, olive focaccia, and vanilla bean with a supple, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a silky, intriguing, long finish conveying nuances of creme brulee, toffee, and toasted marshmallow with well-integrated, silky tannins and light oak flavor. A supple, fruit-laden Cabernet with instant appeal and a long future.
Vezer Family Vineyard 2018 Estate Gabrielle Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$150
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of red cherry jam, dark chocolate covered blueberry, spiced crab apple, and wet straw with a velvety, crisp, dry medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-length finish displaying impressions of chocolate covered blueberry, mocha, mint and and straw with a suggestion of oak flavor. A very easy drinking Meritage blend; ripe fruit and generous acid make this a pleasing red wine.
Shoreside 2019  Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$9
Best Buy
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of juicy black plum, dark raspberry, toasted cedar, and rose petals with a full body and a long finish that shows shades of dark chocolate covered cherries, black raspberry, oak spice, and pipe tobacco. This is the wine you break out for special occasions - like getting through another week.
91 points $9 Best Buy
Tailor Made 2020  Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$12
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of grilled red and black fruit, savory green herbs, caramelized leather, and chocolate covered marshmallow with a full body and a long finish evoking notes of fruit leather, green herbs, and sweet spices. Fruity and approachable with just a hint of savory green herbs, this Cabernet is the moment.
91 points $12 Best Buy
Palmaris 2020 Red Reserve Napa Valley
90 points
$70
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of blueberry pie with french vanilla ice cream, polished leather, tart cherry candies, and pickled plum with a silky, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, intriguing, medium-long finish with shades of blueberry, sour cream, and rooibos tea with chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A firm and peppery blend from Napa Valley that is Merlot dominant, so expect more plushness and herbal notes.
Blacklist 2019 Red Blend California
89 points
$12
Best Buy
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of peach yogurt, blueberry custard, and cassis with a medium-to-full body and a medium-to-long finish that presents notes of peach creme fraiche, cracked black pepper, and violet petals on s’mores. A highly versatile fruity wine with a spicy finish to pair with a wide range of foods.
89 points $12 Best Buy
7cellars 2020 The Farm Collection Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$14
Best Buy
Indigo color. Aromas and flavors of raspberry and blackberry, leather and mocha, and blueberry syrup with a satiny, bright, bone-dry medium body and a warming, delightful, medium-length finish that shows notes of black cherry blueberry mocha, red plum, and black currant with earthy, woody tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. Fire up the grill, throw some skirt steak and peppers on it then crack open a bottle of this Cab for a tasty taco Tuesday.
89 points $14 Best Buy
Dh Lescombes 631 Signature Series 2021  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$22
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of jalapeño and bell pepper, pomegranate, cocoa nibs and plum sauce, and black tea with an dry medium body and a tingling, compelling, medium-length finish with shades of sweetened red and black fruit leather, sweet peppers, and cedar with a suggestion of oak flavor. A rich, dark, and full bodied Cabernet with aromas and flavors of dark fruit, sweet peppers and leather.
Rosemary Manor 2019  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$27
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of red fruit snacks, cherry, strawberry, and raspberry, sautéed mushrooms and bell pepper with balsamic vinegar, and tobacco leaf with a round, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, charming, medium-long finish imparting notes of cherry gushers, blood orange, baking spice, and toasted peppercorn with medium tannins and light oak flavor. A rich and juicy Cabernet to pair with a steak.
7cellars 2020 Elways Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$39
Indigo color. Aromas and flavors of polished leather and oak furniture, blackberry, black plum, dark chocolate covered acai, and fudge and coffee bean with a supple, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, appealing, long finish with elements of chocolate covered red fruits, cigar box, and pomegranate with drying tannins and light oak flavor. A well-structured and serious Cabernet that will need decanting or age to open up.
Narmada Winery 2019 Yash-Vir Red Blend Amissville
89 points
$45
Indigo color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate malt, dark chocolate covered cherries, and bell pepper in plum and hoisan sauce with a velvety, crisp, dry medium-full body and a tingling, layered, medium-long finish displaying suggestions of duck sauce, grilled cedar plank and garden herbs, and oaky baking spices with chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A rich, food friendly wine with layers of aromatic and flavor complexity that should expand with time.
Ehret Family Winery 2018 Bavarian Lion Vineyards Merlot
89 points
$60
Black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of pomegranate juice, dried cranberries and raisins, and sweet grilled peppers with a round, crisp, dryish medium-full body and a warming, interesting, long finish with notes of red and black fruit, vanilla and cedar, and dried green herbs with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A big and juicy red wine with a lot of dry tannin and oak flavors.
Vezer Family Vineyard 2019 Lizzy Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$65
Violet color. Aromas of alpine cherry and honey cough drop, cocoa nib, maduro tobacco, and pomegranate juice with a round, dry medium-full body and a tingling, intricate, medium-long black cherry and red plum, grilled herbs and stewed sweet peppers, and baking spices finish with crunchy tannins and light oak flavor. A really pleasant wine to drink any time of day, and would make for an excellent companion to a roast beef sandwich.
Oak Leaf NV  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$3
Best Buy
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of red cassis, strawberry, red kool-aid, and rose with a supple, dry medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length finish that shows accents of cranberry, grilled garden herb, and violet with a suggestion of oak flavor. Classic flavors and structure; a crowd pleasing California Cabernet.
88 points $3 Best Buy
Harthill Farms NV  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$5
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of milk chocolate, vanilla, and new leather, chocolate covered over ripe strawberry and black cherries, balsamic vinegar, and pipe smoke with a round, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, refreshing, medium-long finish with elements of ripe black cherry, mocha, and balsamic vinegar with coating tannins and light oak flavor. Chocolate covered fruit with well-balanced oak flavors on the nose and palate makes this a great dinner date wine.
88 points $5 Best Buy
Winemakers Selection 2020  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$5
Best Buy
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of raspberry and blackberry, black cherry, and sauteed mushroom with a satiny, medium-to-full body and a medium-to-long finish with nuances of red and black fruits, balsamic vinegar, and tobacco leaf with well-integrated tannins and light oak flavor. A fruity and savory Cabernet that will pair well with a variety of dishes.
88 points $5 Best Buy
Cloud Watcher NV Red Blend California
88 points
$8
Best Buy
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of gingersnaps, cinnamon, nutmeg, and candied blood orange, candied plum sauce, and chocolate fudge with a dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, layered, medium-long finish with impressions of red fruits and gingersnaps, chocolate covered cherries, and mocha with dusty tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. This red has concentrated fruit to sip for days or pair with chocolate.
88 points $8 Best Buy
Voyager Point 2018  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$9
Best Buy
Black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of black plum, blueberry compote, and leather and spice with a round, bright, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, medium-long finish with notes of strawberry, blueberry, and cranberry juice and leather with clunky tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A juicy, toothsome Cabernet to pair with red meats.
88 points $9 Best Buy
Voyager Point NV Red Blend California
88 points
$9
Best Buy
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of blueberry yogurt, peaches with cherries, and vanilla cream with a round, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish with accents of very ripe bing cherry, sweetened pomegranate juice, and blueberry muffins with chewy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A tasty, fruity juice bomb.
88 points $9 Best Buy
Witching Hour NV  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$9
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of tart black cherry, red and black currant, and fresh garden herb and mint with a velvety, vibrant, dry medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish conveying nuances of red and black fruit, red and purple candied flowers, pomegranate, and ripe and candied tomato with well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A Cabernet made of high quality fruit that would pair well with a Sloppy Joe on a Wednesday night.
88 points $9 Best Buy
Conservancy 2019  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$19
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of cranberry, pomegranate, leather, and cedar with a silky, vibrant, dry medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish revealing nuances of tart red cherry, cinnamon and clove, and black tea with a suggestion of oak flavor. This is the Cabernet with just a touch more acid to cut through those rich dishes at your favorite French restaurant in Sonoma.
Submission 2019  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$19
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of baking spice and leather in a rich plum sauce, stewed cherries and raspberries, black tea, fruity hookah tobacco, and dried rose petal with a round, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length finish conveying notes of black cherry preserves and cocoa nibs and peppered pork fat with a suggestion of oak flavor. A juicy and palate friendly wine that will take you from afternoon sipper to table wine for dinner.
Viluko Vineyards 2016 Estate Malbec
88 points
$55
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of blackberry, blueberry, and cooked red cherries, thyme, sage, and mint, grilled lamb fat with berries and herbs, and black tea with a medium-to-full body and a medium-to-long finish displaying accents of blackberry compote, thyme, tobacco leaves, and cedar. A full-bodied but a pleasantly restrained version of Malbec that will pair nicely with red meats.
Oso Libre Winery 2018 Estate Reserva Red Blend Paso Robles
88 points
$62
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of mocha and coffee bean, saddle leather, red and black fruit preserves, and strawberry frosting with an medium-to-full body and a tingling, subtle, long finish that exhibits notes of red and black fruits, cedar and bell pepper, cherry garcia ice cream, and black forest cake with drying tannins and moderate oak flavor. A fruit-forward New World red wine that would pair well with grilled meats.
Vezer Family Vineyard 2018 Lizzy Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$65
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of german chocolate cake with dried coconut. and cherry concentrate with a satiny, dry medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-long finish that presents accents of mocha and stewed black cherry, tart cherry, and cinnamon stick and savory herbs with light oak flavor. A Cabernet-dominant blend that is accessible for numerous food pairings as well as a friendly pop and pour sipper right now.
Oso Libre Winery 2018 Estate Quixotic Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$70
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of cherry cough syrup, cocoa powder, and prickly pear with a soft, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish imparting accents of ripe and tart red fruits, vanilla and sweet baking spices, and sun dried tomato and pickling spices with medium tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. Fruity, structured, and well made Cabernet that will be right at home with a juicy New York strip.
Oak Leaf NV  Merlot
87 points
$3
Best Buy
Burnt sienna color. Aromas and flavors of strawberry, red plum, wet cedar and 5 spice, and sun dried tomato with a silky, bright, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish manifesting accents of strawberry and red currant and garden herbs with no oak flavor. A bright, juicy Merlot for picnics and bbq’s.
87 points $3 Best Buy
Cocobon Vineyards 2019  Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$6
Best Buy
Black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of ripe black fruit, vanilla caramel sauce, grilled herbs, and citronella with a supple, soft, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-length finish with notes of cooked black fruit, red fruit preserves, and cocoa nibs with chewy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. Ripe and rich with fruit and restrained oak influence, this is a good example of what Cabernet grapes taste like.
87 points $6 Best Buy
Cloud Watcher 2020  Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$8
Best Buy
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of strawberry cherry fruit leather, black currant, new leather books on oak shelves, and beeswax with a satiny, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, engaging, medium-long finish manifesting notes of black plum, red cherry, and black tea with coating tannins and light oak flavor. Juicy, well structured and immediately identifiable as New World Cabernet.
87 points $8 Best Buy
Shoreside 2019  Merlot
87 points
$9
Best Buy
Brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla and strawberry cream, suede, olive tapenade, and saw dust with a satiny, crisp, bone-dry medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish displaying notes of red and black currant and sweet baking spices with soft tannins and light oak flavor. Fruit forward, polished, and very consumer friendly, this is a great table wine.
87 points $9 Best Buy
Ancient Roots NV Dark Red Blend California
87 points
$12
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of black cherry, new leather and brandied raisins, and toasted marshmallow with a supple, soft, dry medium body and a tingling, interesting, breezy finish that exhibits impressions of chocolate covered cherries, barrel essence, and cocoa nibs with soft tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. With rich, stewed, dark fruit on the nose and palate, this would pair well with braised meats.
87 points $12 Best Buy
Tailor Made 2019 Bourbon Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$12
Best Buy
Black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of fudge, black cherry, marshmallow fluff, and polished leather with a round, crisp, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, medium-long finish with suggestions of cooked black cherry, plum, and chocolate cake with a suggestion of oak flavor. Full bodied, ripe cherry with chocolate cake; a crushable crowd pleaser.
87 points $12 Best Buy
Smokescreen 2021 Lambert Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
87 points
$28
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of baked citrus, lemon curd, flax and nut oils, and buttermilk with a supple, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish that shows notes of lemon custard, lime-spritzed papaya, and dry hay with no oak flavor. A nice savory Sauvignon Blanc well suited for a seafood-laced brunch.
Narmada Winery 2020  Malbec
87 points
$65
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of cherry blossom, cedar, and dry tobacco with a silky, bright, dry medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish revealing notes of tart cherry and cigar box with a suggestion of oak flavor. A racy and juicy domestic Malbec to pair with braised meats.
Fiftyrow 2019 Alice Block Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$90
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of frango mint chocolate, mocha, red and black cherry, and new car leather with a velvety, bright, dry medium-to-full body and a medium finish conveying accents of leather and herbs, huckleberry, and black fig and vanilla. Slick, polished, and versatile, this follows the blueprint for Napa Cabernet.
Quail Oak NV  Merlot
86 points
$3
Best Buy
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of strawberry, raspberry, and red cherry with a satiny, dry medium body and a sleek, medium-length finish displaying accents of dried cherries and cranberries and olive brine with chewy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. Pleasant and straightforward with hallmark Merlot fruit characteristics on the nose and palate.
86 points $3 Best Buy
101 North NV  Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$5
Best Buy
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of red cherry, black plum, chocolate covered raspberry, and black tea with a silky, bright, dry medium body and a tingling, medium-length finish displaying notes of dark cherry, raspberry, cedar, and cocoa nibs with soft tannins and no oak flavor. Easy drinking, plump fruit, and restrained oak make for an approachable everyday Cabernet.
86 points $5 Best Buy
Cocobon Vineyards NV Red Blend California
86 points
$5
Best Buy
Brick red color. Aromas and flavors of red berries, raspberry nougat, candied red grapefruit, and tobacco leaf with a supple, bright, dry medium body and a stimulating, medium finish conveying overtones of cherry fudge, dr. pepper, and tobacco leaf. A straight forward crowd-pleasing red wine with Pinot Noir-esque characteristics.
86 points $5 Best Buy
Ancient Roots NV Red Blend California
86 points
$7
Best Buy
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of ripe red, black, and purple fruit salad, chocolate covered cherry, dried cranberries and raisins, and pipe tobacco with a medium body and a medium finish evoking notes of welsh’s red grape juice, plum sauce on pork ribs, toasted marshmallow, and chocolate covered cherries. A big, bold, and juicy red wine to pair with a big, juicy cheeseburger.
86 points $7 Best Buy
Shoreside NV Red Blend California
86 points
$9
Best Buy
Black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of stewed cherries, new car leather, and cocoa powder with a round, bright, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, appealing, medium-long finish displaying shades of baked tart cherry pie and vanilla bean with crunchy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. Fruity, oaky, and with a pleasant fore palate, this wine would love a food pairing.
86 points $9 Best Buy
Spill The Wine NV  Chardonnay
86 points
$10
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of apple blossom, nectarine, dried pineapple, and toast with a supple, bone-dry medium body and a tingling, medium-length finish revealing impressions of wet straw and green apple, white grape juice, meyer lemon, and coconut oil. Lively and citrusy with wisps of white flowers; a pleasant sipper for a summer evening.
86 points $10 Best Buy
Killer Drop 2020 Red Blend California
86 points
$29
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of s’mores, berry custard pie, hostess cupcake, and mint ice cream with a supple, bright, fruity medium body and a silky, medium-length finish that presents accents of coconut creme brulee and toffee with well-integrated, chewy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A juicy, fruit-forward red that will appeal fans of Aussie Shiraz.
Narmada Winery 2019 Melange Red Blend Amissville
86 points
$33
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of leather and cocoa nibs, cooked strawberries, and crayons with a bright, medium body and an even, delightful, medium-long finish imparting accents of blackberry, pencil shavings, and bell pepper with grippy, woody tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. Well-balanced and sippable, this wine makes you want to light up the grill and get outside for the weekend.
AvinoDos 2019  Merlot
85 points
$32
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of blackberry, black cherry juice and over ripe strawberry with watermelon candies with a supple, bright, bone-dry medium-to-full body and a warming, medium-long finish with overtones of black cherry, pomegranate, and red fruit preserves with woody tannins and light oak flavor. Ripe and fruity, this one’s an uncomplicated sipper.
Star In The Valley 2020  Petit Verdot
85 points
$32
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of brett, black olive, and blackberry with a medium body and a medium finish revealing notes of leather, barnyard, and black olive and rose petal. A rich and funky example that will appeal to lovers of rustic wines.
Vezer Family Vineyard 2021 Estate Blue Victorian Sauvignon Blanc
85 points
$36
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of roasted peanuts, pickled melon rind, dried citrus, and white tea with a soft, tangy, dryish light-to-medium body and a breezy finish displaying shades of meyer lemon and lime leaf with no oak flavor. A dry, table-style Sauvignon Blanc to pair with shellfish.
Viluko Vineyards 2016 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
85 points
$50
Indigo color. Aromas and flavors of cranberry, blood orange, wet autumn forest floor, and wet cedar with a silky, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-length finish that exhibits accents of cranberry, sweet garlic and sauteed mushrooms, and cigar tobacco with a suggestion of oak flavor. Ripe fruits balanced with savory and earthy qualities; a sipper to contemplate over a casual dinner.
Oak Leaf NV Red Blend California
84 points
$3
Best Buy
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of waxy cherries, tropicana fruit punch, mulling spices, and orange peel with an soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish manifesting overtones of chilled Gluhwein with silky tannins and no oak flavor. Fruity with some hints of sweet spices, this is highly drinkable.
84 points $3 Best Buy
Oak Leaf NV  Sauvignon Blanc
84 points
$3
Best Buy
Yellow color. Aromas and flavors of lemon, sweet pea, banana skin, and lime zest with a lean, shy, dry thin body and a graceful, easy finish that exhibits notes of cantaloupe, lemon wedge and white flowers in water, and candied ginger with no oak flavor. An easy every day wine for large gatherings.
84 points $3 Best Buy
Winemakers Selection 2019 Red Blend California
84 points
$5
Best Buy
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of red berry fruit punch, orange peel, and mulling spices with a silky, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, medium-length finish displaying impressions of mixed red berries, raspberry, and vanilla with fine tannins and no oak flavor. A pleasant red wine to sip and will also make a lovely base for Sangria or mulled wine.
84 points $5 Best Buy
Spill The Wine NV Red Blend California
84 points
$10
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of prune juice, roast beef with carrots, caramelized yams, and pechuga mezcal with a velvety, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, odd, brisk finish with elements of creamy ambrosia dessert, hint of medicated vaseline, dreamsicle stick, and cherry bonbon with no oak flavor. A simple fruity wine for picnics and Sangria; serve with a chill.
Quail Oak NV  Cabernet Sauvignon
83 points
$3
Best Buy
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of red currant, cranberry and black tea, black pepper, and orange and red flintstones vitamins with a soft, dry medium body and a tingling, medium-length finish with touches of cherry candies, vanilla yogurt, pomegranate, and black tea with a suggestion of oak flavor. A light-bodied Cabernet with dry, leafy tannins.
83 points $3 Best Buy
Thanksgiving Farm 2019 Estate Grown Petit Verdot
83 points
$29
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of boiled red cabbage, pickled bramble berry, and twizzler strawberry and black licorice with a silky, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a short finish with notes of sparge water chocolate malt, boiled green vegetables, beet salad, and mushrooms and plum sauce with crunchy tannins and light oak flavor. It smells and tastes of flavor combinations uniquely different to other Petit Verdots.
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