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Reviews for 2022

October 2022 - New Release Wine

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

New Release Wine Reviews

Chevalier Du Grand Robert 2020  Cabernet Franc
94 points
$11
Best Buy
This Cabernet Franc is dark, savory, and complex yet easy going enough to drink on any day of the week.
94 points $11 Best Buy
Contempo NV  White Moscato
93 points
$9
Best Buy
A fun and fruity crowd pleaser at the tailgate, or really anytime you want some sweet bubbles.
93 points $9 Best Buy
La Gioiosa 2021  Prosecco di Treviso DOC
93 points
$14
Best Buy
A rich, yet refreshing, very pleasurable Prosecco bursting with ample fruit that glides down the palate with silky texture, fine carbonation, and pinpoint balance.
93 points $14 Best Buy
Art Of Earth 2021  Pinot Grigio
93 points
$15
Best Buy
A distinctive, zippy, and complex Pinot Grigio with aromatics of spiced stone fruit that captures your attention, and far from another neutral and humdrum white wine.
93 points $15 Best Buy
Stella Rosa NV Gold V.S. Rosé Glera
93 points
$29
Fruity and refreshing, but a more serious style of Prosecco that can hold its own next to some traditional French sparkling wines.
Catman Cellars 2020 Single Vineyard Barbera
93 points
$48
A dead ringer for a Barbera from Piedmont; the fresh primary fruit and fresh acid make this wine a delight with wide appeal.
Levendi 2019 Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$95
Ripe with high quality fruit matched against French oak; this is delicious now, and will only improve with time in cellar or decanter.
Witching Hour NV  Chardonnay
92 points
$9
Best Buy
A fun and zippy Chardonnay with just a dash of oak.
92 points $9 Best Buy
Kirkland Signature 2020 Red Blend Columbia Valley
92 points
$16
Best Buy
This interesting and warming red would make a good steakhouse BTG for pairing with richer and decadent courses.
92 points $16 Best Buy
River Road 2021 Reserve Chardonnay
92 points
$17
Best Buy
An oak driven style of Chardonnay but it has the body and acid structure to hold up.
92 points $17 Best Buy
Ron Rubin 2021  Pinot Noir
92 points
$24
This delicious Pinot Noir offers up the depth of fruit and balance of production style that one expects from this region.
Hazel Wine Company 2021  Pinot Noir
92 points
$29
A lovely, light, crisp, and direct everyday Pinot with Old World sensibility.
Stella Rosa NV Gold V.S. Glera
92 points
$29
A refreshing and fruit forward sparkler for Sunday brunch and a perfect pairing with a fruit salad.
Corner 103 2019  Malbec
92 points
$50
A vibrant and fruit forward expression of Malbec to pair with a roast or chocolate covered berries.
Wine Spots 2018 Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$90
This Napa Cab has an excellent interplay of fruit and herb flavors that should gain weight and complexity with decanting or cellaring.
Chloe NV  Glera
91 points
$17
Best Buy
A refreshing, drier style of Prosecco for the lover of everyday bubbles.
91 points $17 Best Buy
Monte De Oro 2021 Estate Grown White Blend Temecula Valley
91 points
$24
A decadent white wine blend with rich layers of fruit and creamy spice; will appeal to Conundrum fans.
Zinfandelic 2020 Old Vine Zinfandel
90 points
$19
A deep, dark, and brooding red wine to drink on a cold night with a hot dinner.
Monte De Oro 2018 Cuvée De Oro Red Blend Temecula Valley
90 points
$35
A rich, chewy red blend for elevated sipping that will also stand up to any meat dish.
Corner 103 2019  Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$65
A very good Cabernet that is a bit too bold now, but has all the trademarks of being a stunner in a few years time.
Porterhouse Winery 2019 Blackridge Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$70
A delightfully savory and spicy Cabernet with great versatility and style.
Relic Wine Cellars 2015 Putnam Vineyard Pinot Noir
90 points
$75
A ripe New World Pinot Noir for great dinner pairings or savory desserts with dark cocoa.
101 North NV  White Moscato
89 points
$5
Best Buy
Sweet and fruity with a wisp of bitter complexity to add a contrast makes this a more interesting food pairing than the average Moscato.
89 points $5 Best Buy
Cloud Watcher 2019  Merlot
89 points
$8
Best Buy
A Merlot that calls for food and will stand up to richer meat courses.
89 points $8 Best Buy
Cloud Watcher 2021  Sauvignon Blanc
89 points
$8
Best Buy
Tropical fruit forward with a lingering presence of fresh garden herbs, this is one vibrant New World Sauvignon Blanc.
89 points $8 Best Buy
Intipalka 2022  Sauvignon Blanc
89 points
$14
Best Buy
A highly aromatic and herbaceous wine that will pair with salads or ball park nachos.
89 points $14 Best Buy
Pam’s Un-Oaked 2021  Chardonnay
89 points
$14
Best Buy
A California Chardonnay with some Burgundian style.
89 points $14 Best Buy
Chloe 2021 Rosé Central Coast
89 points
$16
Best Buy
A food friendly and crushable Rosé for all occasions.
89 points $16 Best Buy
Broadside 2020 Sip Certified Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$17
Ripe and juicy with depth and structure, this wine would work well at any steak house.
River Road 2021  Chardonnay
89 points
$17
A rock solid, crowd pleasing Chardonnay.
River Road 2018 Mills Cuvee Chardonnay
89 points
$29
Decadent orchard fruit flavors that will please a California wine drinker and appease your Montrachet drinking friends.
Corner 103 2020  Pinot Noir
89 points
$55
A vibrant and fruity crowd pleaser to pair with richer seafood or light hors d'ouevres.
Corner 103 2019 Corner Cuvée Red Blend Sonoma County
89 points
$55
Pair this with a steak in a mole sauce or chocolate covered fruits for dessert.
Caelesta 2019 Vega Estate Grenache
89 points
$62
Broad and slightly brutish with heavy black and purple fruits that will pair nicely with steak and mole sauces.
Oak Leaf NV  White Moscato
88 points
$3
Best Buy
Sweet, perfumed, and an all around lighthearted and fun little sipper.
88 points $3 Best Buy
Oak Leaf NV Pinot Grigio Colombard Blend California
88 points
$3
Best Buy
Enjoy the simple pleasures of a crisp and refreshing wine in your glass that does not distract from your charming company.
88 points $3 Best Buy
101 North NV  Pinot Grigio
88 points
$5
Best Buy
A solid and crowd friendly Pinot Grigio.
88 points $5 Best Buy
Witching Hour NV Red Blend California
88 points
$6
Best Buy
A dark, decently fruity dessert red.
88 points $6 Best Buy
Sargent Canyon 2020  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$6.99
Best Buy
A bold red wine with a pleasant cocoa powder notes lingering on the finish.
88 points $6.99 Best Buy
Bear Bros 2021 Rosé Sonoma Coast
88 points
$7.99
Best Buy
Zippy and fresh Rosé perfect for brunch or on the patio by the pool.
88 points $7.99 Best Buy
Cloud Watcher 2021  Pinot Grigio
88 points
$8
Best Buy
A light and easy Pinot Grigio to sip while cooking.
88 points $8 Best Buy
Castello Del Poggio NV Peachy Dreams White Moscato
88 points
$10
Best Buy
Fruity, floral, and fun, this will make the perfect accompaniment with peach cobbler.
88 points $10 Best Buy
Peaks & Tides 2019  Pinot Noir
88 points
$12.99
Best Buy
A classic cool climate new world Pinot Noir; very well integrated tannins and racy acid are the backbone of this wine.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
30 Miles 2020  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$14.99
Best Buy
A lighter bodied style of Cabernet with crunchy minerality that keeps this wine lifted.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Art Of Earth 2020  Montepulciano DAbruzzo DOC
88 points
$15
Best Buy
A chewy, even-tempered Italian red that will shine at the table with meaty pasta fare.
88 points $15 Best Buy
River Road 2020  Pinot Noir
88 points
$17
A very nice example of a riper, more stylized Pinot Noir.
River Road 2021  Pinot Noir
88 points
$19
A lovely Pinot Noir that will please on all occasions.
Monte De Oro 2021 Estate Grown Sauvignon Blanc
88 points
$20
An interesting and savory, dry white wine blend that will be a good pairing partner.
Monte De Oro 2021 Synergy 65 Rosé Temecula Valley
88 points
$21
A complex and serious Rosé that could be an afternoon sipper but deserves a spot at the dinner table.
MCV 2020 Red Blend Paso Robles
88 points
$22
A solid and versatile red blend for most occasions.
Monte De Oro 2021 Canelli White Muscat
88 points
$24
Fruity and floral; everything you want from a sweet Muscat.
Wine Spots 2021 Rosé Sonoma Coast
88 points
$25
Fresh, fruity, and floral, this will be very versatile with picnic and cookout food pairings.
Monte De Oro 2018 DePortola Vineyard Merlot
88 points
$35
A big, brawny Merlot with lots of savory fruit and oak.
Monte De Oro 2017 Reserve Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$90
A Cabernet that tastes like juicy red and black fruits wrapped in vanilla cream.
Oak Leaf NV  Shiraz
87 points
$3
Best Buy
A juicy, bright, and BBQ friendly wine.
87 points $3 Best Buy
101 North NV  Chardonnay
87 points
$5
Best Buy
A solid, buttery daily drinker Chardonnay for around the house.
87 points $5 Best Buy
William Wright 2020  Chardonnay
87 points
$6.99
Best Buy
A rich and sunshine filled Chardonnay; this is a wine that will please the classic California Chardonnay drinker.
87 points $6.99 Best Buy
State of Brewing  Pumpkin Pie Cider
87 points
$7.99
Best Buy
Tastes like autumn in a glass.
87 points $7.99 Best Buy
Scarlet Path 2020  Zinfandel
87 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Playful and fruity with savory elements and good structure that will pair well with dinner.
87 points $8.99 Best Buy
Chevalier Du Grand Robert 2021 White Bordeaux Bordeaux Blanc
87 points
$12
Best Buy
Floral, fruity, and classic without being too serious; pour as an apéritif at your next party.
87 points $12 Best Buy
Intipalka 2021 Reserva Malbec Merlot Ica Valley
87 points
$18
A rustic and complex Malbec blend that will compliment grilled meats and veggies.
Monte De Oro 2021 Galway Vineyard Viognier
87 points
$23
A very pretty and floral wine that would make an excellent pairing with lobster bisque.
Monte De Oro 2021 Bolle De Oro Brut Sparkling Wine Temecula Valley
87 points
$25
A fruity and light sparkling wine that would be a nice pairing for a fruit salad; a patio sipper.
Monte De Oro 2021 Estate Grown Chardonnay
87 points
$25
A rich, buttery and juicy Chardonnay that would be a good match for lobster or other rich shellfish.
Wine Spots 2021  Sauvignon Blanc
87 points
$25
A refreshing and crowd pleasing white to serve as an aperitif and with crudités.
Corner 103 2021 Rosé Pinot Noir
87 points
$30
A nice. crisp Rosé for drinking all day long on the front porch or by the pool.
Monte De Oro 2017 Unique Elements Estate Grown Red Blend Temecula Valley
87 points
$32
A fun and vibrant red fruit medley.
Catman Cellars 2020 Single Vineyard Malbec
87 points
$48
Big, brooding and full bodied; pair with heavy dishes and give this some air time before dinner.
Oak Leaf NV  Chardonnay
86 points
$3
Best Buy
A house Chardonnay for someone looking for restrained fruit with dominant oak character.
86 points $3 Best Buy
Cocobon Vineyards NV Roasted Oak Red Blend California
86 points
$5
Best Buy
All the stewed red fruits to mimic a bramble berry pie in your glass.
86 points $5 Best Buy
Witching Hour NV Sweet Red Blend California
86 points
$8
Best Buy
Interesting and flavorful, this is an American blend made in a ripasso style.
86 points $8 Best Buy
Castello Del Poggio NV Blueberry Bliss Flavored Wine Monferrato DOC
86 points
$10
Best Buy
Mesmerizing color and bold berry flavors will make this one a summer patio pleaser.
86 points $10 Best Buy
Castello Del Poggio NV Honeydew Joy Flavored Wine Monferrato DOC
86 points
$10
Best Buy
Fun, fruity, and crushable; drink in a Sangria at your next brunch.
86 points $10 Best Buy
PaintBox NV  Pinot Grigio
86 points
$16
Crisp, light, and bordering on neutral, you could drink this instead of your lemon water and not realize it until tomorrow morning.
River Road 2020 Double Oaked Chardonnay
86 points
$16
A rich and smoky Chardonnay for the backyard BBQ.
Intipalka 2019 Gran Reserva No.1 Ica Valley
86 points
$49
An interesting food wine that will good well with grilled meats.
Gardenia 2020  Sauvignon Blanc
85 points
$8
Pleasant and easy drinking as an everyday wine but lacks je ne sais quoi.
Intipalka 2022  Chardonnay
85 points
$14
A tangy, savory, and green expression for Sauvignon Blanc fans.
Intipalka 2020 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah Ica Valley
85 points
$18
An interesting bouquet of aromas and flavors that improves on the palate and begs for food.
Monte De Oro 2017 Reserve Estate Grown Syrah
85 points
$70
This wine drinks like it was meant for smoked meats and barbecue.
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