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Reviews for 2022

August 2022 - New Release Wine

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

New Release Wine Reviews

Il Duca NV Rosso Luxury Semi-Sweet Sparkling Red Wine Brachetto
94 points
$12
Best Buy
Brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of blackberry ice and dried strawberries with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, engaging, medium-long finish that exhibits nuances of sour cherry relish and watermelon sorbet with no oak flavor. A very tasty, spot-on Lambrusco-like, Brachetto with nice layers and zippy acidity to hold it all together.
94 points $12 Best Buy
Grand Barossa 2019  Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$15
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of spicy blueberry-fig compote, caramelized nuts, herbal lozenge, and slate with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, complex, long finish with notes of creme brulee, creamed eucalyptus honey, sun-dried tomato, and fernet with silky, fine tannins and light oak flavor. A rich and welcoming Barossa Cabernet that delivers the tasty, spicy goods in an elegant package.
94 points $15 Best Buy
Mt Yengo 2020  Shiraz
94 points
$22
Ruby black color. Spicy aromas and flavors of smoked peppercorn bacon, cinnamon roasted blueberries, herbal eucalyptus lozenge, and chocolate with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, compelling, long finish imparting elements of pickled cranberry-pomegranate relish, chocolate orange peel, and caramelized yams and tomatoes with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A delicious and delightfully savory and spicy Shiraz that is sure to please.
Tar & Roses 2021  Pinot Grigio
93 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Pale golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of baked peach, tropical fruit salad, banana peel, and cherry blossom with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-long finish displaying nuances of crushed apple and clementine with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A bright and pleasurable Pinot Grigio that delivers richness along with grace.
93 points $14.99 Best Buy
Chevalier Du Grand Robert 2021  Pinot Noir
92 points
$13
Best Buy
Brick red color. Aromas and flavors of boysenberry crumble, plums and prunes, and white chocolate toffee with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a silky, refreshing, medium-long finish with accents of cherry-orange compote, hot cocoa with marshmallows, and mushroom and pepper with cherry balsamic with soft, well-integrated tannins and no oak flavor. A nice, flavorful, everyday Pinot Noir that will deliver plenty of pleasure.
92 points $13 Best Buy
Grand Barossa 2019  Shiraz
92 points
$15
Best Buy
Indigo color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate blueberries, raisins and nuts and lady grey tea with cream with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, captivating, medium-long finish imparting accents of spiced berries and apples, chocolate mint, menthol lozenge, and nuts with chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A rock solid Shiraz with great fruit and fine balance that is sure to please in any situation.
92 points $15 Best Buy
Lawer Estates 2019 Betsys Vineyard Pinot Noir
92 points
$42
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate covered cherries, praline, and cola with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, medium-long finish evoking notes of cherry vanilla syrup, creme brulee with chocolate fudge drizzle, orange marmalade, and marinated beets with soft tannins and no oak flavor. A lovely balance of sweet and savory make this Pinot both interesting and satisfying.
Sussurri Di Vino 2019 Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG Chianti Classico Riserva
90 points
$19
Ruby black color. Attractive, fruity aromas and flavors of huckleberry jam, berry sorbet, cherry blossoms, and lavender with a silky, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long finish with notes of candied orange peels and nuts, pencil shavings, and cocoa powder with well-integrated, chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A boldly fruit and floral expression of Sangiovese that is tailored-made for the New World red drinker.
Winebud NV  Pinot Noir
89 points
$4.99
Best Buy
Rich ruby garnet color. Spicy, herbal aromas and flavors of eucalyptus honey, cranberry-blueberry shrub, alpine herb lozenge, and five spice with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, long finish that exhibits notes of pomegranate-tomato chutney, apple, and spiced melon with a suggestion of oak flavor. A delightfully spicy and generous pinot noir with fine fruit, balance and sense of place.
89 points $4.99 Best Buy
Chevalier Du Grand Robert 2021  Côtes-Du-Rhône Rouge
89 points
$11
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of strawberry licorice, fennel, balsamic vinegar, and garrigue with a velvety, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, elegant, medium-long finish manifesting notes of red and black fruit with tart red fruits, thyme, sage and rosemary and polished saddle leather with a suggestion of oak flavor. A straightforward, balanced, and reliable Rhone blend for easy food pairings.
89 points $11 Best Buy
Stella Rosa NV Semi-Sweet Cranberry Flavored Wine Brachetto Piemonte
89 points
$12
Best Buy
Light siam color. Aromas and flavors of berry sorbet and candy, orange and berry blossoms, and grenadine with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, moderately sweet medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish that exhibits overtones of strawberry lemonade, cherry-orange-lavender sorbet, and sangria with no oak flavor. A fun, floral, Sangria-like sweet sparkler that is sure to be a hit at summer soirees.
89 points $12 Best Buy
Copper Cap 2021 Reserve Estate Chardonnay
89 points
$14
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of yellow apple and lemon peel, cream, honeydew melon, and wilting white flowers with a supple, bright, dry medium body and a tingling, charming, medium-to-long finish with notes of yellow apple, citrus, and white florals, green herb, and melon with a suggestion of oak flavor. A pleasant Chardonnay with good fruit character and acid balance, and will benefit from a short decant.
89 points $14 Best Buy
Zilzie 2019 Regional Collection Shiraz
89 points
$22
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of bacon-wrapped dates, boysenberry pie, milk chocolate bar, and mocha latte with a satiny, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long finish displaying notes of sour cherry, honey roasted root vegetables, dusty road, and pepper with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A supple, oak-forward, very approachable Shiraz that will be quite versatile.
Winebud NV Prosecco King Valley
88 points
$4.99
Best Buy
White gold color. Tropical aromas and flavors of reduced lemon, green papaya and breadfruit, rubber sap, and root vegetable with a supple, bright, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and an even, captivating, buoyant finish that presents accents of kiwi, wheat grass, and minerals with no oak flavor. A very nice, dry, Prosecco-like sparkler that will be very versatile.
88 points $4.99 Best Buy
Contempo 2021 Estate Grown Merlot
88 points
$9
Best Buy
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of blackberry and black cherry, pomegranate juice, leather and cocoa nibs, and sage with a round, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-long finish that exhibits accents of bramble berry medley and stewed mushrooms with well-integrated tannins. Medium bodied and green, this would pair with steak fajitas or chimichurri.
88 points $9 Best Buy
Il Duca NV Sparkling Rosé White Moscato
88 points
$12
Best Buy
Old gold color. Aromas and flavors of peach, guava and passionfruit, and mint leaf with an finely carbonated, fruity light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-to-long finish with impressions of peach and raspberry candies, fruit punch, pineapple, and lemon sorbet. Light and refreshing, with ripe peach leaping from the glass and a touch of herbal notes to give the palate complexity.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Il Duca NV Semi-Sweet Apple Flavored Wine Piedmont
87 points
$12
Best Buy
White gold color. Aromas and flavors of cream soda and apple hard candy with a supple, crisp, effervescent, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and an effortless, brisk finish conveying notes of diet apple soda, alka seltzer, and waxy candy with no oak flavor. A tasty apple-flavored bubbly to punch up a party.
87 points $12 Best Buy
Pin Point 2020  Pinot Noir
87 points
$14
Best Buy
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of loganberry, caramelized button mushroom, ripe tomato, and pipe tobacco with a velvety, vibrant, dry medium body and a medium finish displaying touches of raspberry, strawberry crumble, cocoa nibs, and black tea. A youthful Pinot Noir that would pair just as easily with a burger at a cook out as it would with duck at a French bistro.
87 points $14 Best Buy
Portola Vineyards 2017  Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$38
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of candy bar milk chocolate, black licorice, stewed plum, and sassafras with a silky, prickly, bone-dry medium-full body and a warming, compelling, medium-long finish displaying impressions of milk chocolate covered cherries, fennel, baking spice, and jelly donut with light oak flavor. A rich and decadent style of Cali Cabernet that will please many consumers.
San Antonio Fruit Farm NV Semi-Sweet Pineapple Papaya Flavored Wine Piedmont
86 points
$12
Best Buy
Silvery straw color. Aromas of pineapple lifesaver candy, papaya-coconut yogurt, and tropical blossoms with a supple, bright, fruity sweet medium body and a graceful, carefree piña colada sorbet and coconut oil finish with no oak flavor. A fun tropical treat with bubbles.
86 points $12 Best Buy
Contempo 2021 Estate Grown Pinot Noir
85 points
$9
Brick red color. Aromas and flavors of dark roasted chestnuts and yams with balsamic, artisan chocolate craisins, and mocha gelato with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, interesting, medium-length finish displaying suggestions of dried sage and bay leaves, bleached linen, reduced lemon, and dried flowers. A rich and racy South American Pinot Noir that will shine at the table.
Portola Vineyards 2016  Pinot Noir
85 points
$38
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of stewed cherry cordials in sweet chocolate and smoked sage with a medium body and a warming, medium finish revealing accents of chocolate covered strawberries and pomegranate, kola nut and dr. pepper, brandy soaked raisin and cherries, and black tea with moderate oak flavor. A big and broad Pinot Noir that will hold up to a night at the steakhouse and pair well with chocolate covered pomegranate for dessert.
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