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Reviews for 2022

December 2022 - New Release Wine

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

New Release Wine Reviews

Peace Water 2020 Mellow Brick Road Merlot
95 points
$44
A delicious Merlot heavy blend for a cool winter's eve and rich foods, this luxurious red will integrate and improve with age.
Ama Bene NV  Sangiovese
94 points
$11
Best Buy
A straight forward and no frills solid example of Sangiovese; serve this by the glass and you will have many happy customers.
94 points $11 Best Buy
Copain 2019 SeaLift Pinot Noir
93 points
Think crisp and crunchy red berries with barrel spice finesse and bright acidity; a beautiful dinner pairing this evening that should gain complexity in the cellar.
Natural Selection NV Dangerously Good Chardonnay
93 points
$9
Best Buy
An elegant white wine with subtle notes of apple and orange blossom that crests in to a long pleasant finish.
93 points $9 Best Buy
Ama Bene NV  Pinot Grigio
93 points
$11
Best Buy
A refreshing white wine with soft lemon and apple aromas coupled with soft acidity; a definite crowd pleaser.
93 points $11 Best Buy
Berton Vineyards 2021 Metal Label Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$13
Best Buy
A leaner, higher acid style of Cabernet that brilliantly expresses the terroir; a complex and refined red wine with ample tannins and well integrated oak.
93 points $13 Best Buy
Peace Water 2021 Soulful Oaked Chardonnay
93 points
$34
A supple and ripe Russian River Chardonnay that delivers the juicy, creamy goods.
Peace Water 2021 Zen Zinfandel
92 points
$39
Big and juicy with fruit aplenty to please novices and serious drinkers alike,with the structure to pair well at a steakhouse.
Peace Water 2021 Franks Blend Red Lake County
92 points
$49
A satisfying red wine that has light tannins and light oak with red fruit that you can grab for almost any meal.
Chevalier Du Grand Robert 2021 Dry Rosé Bordeaux Clairet
91 points
$13
Best Buy
Fruity and easy drinking with good acidity to balance out a meal, this is exactly what you want from a simple yet delicious table wine.
91 points $13 Best Buy
World’s End 2016 Good Times, Bad Times To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$155
A textbook Cabernet for a winter roast; drinking well now but decant or cellar a few years to let the tannins integrate and the aromatics blossom.
Belasco De Baquedano 2022 Rosa De Argentina Malbec
90 points
$12
Best Buy
A juicy, mouthwatering Rosé with a beautiful, inviting silvery pink color, lively fruit and acidity, and a warm satisfying finish; a charmer.
90 points $12 Best Buy
Broadside 2020 Santa Margarita Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$22
A dark and chocolatey red wine that is good for a cold winter night with a heavy, meaty meal.
World’s End 2016 If Six Was Nine Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$65
A plush and satisfying Napa Cabernet that delivers rich flavors in a seamless, elegant package.
Copain 2012 Hawks Butte Syrah
89 points
A floral, meaty, and fruity Syrah showing depth and complexity, this is a go-to for slow roasted and smoked meats.
Berton Vineyards 2021 Metal Label The Black Shiraz
89 points
$13
Best Buy
A nice and easy drinking Shiraz that will pair well with grilled meats, especially a burger.
89 points $13 Best Buy
Pampa 2022 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$10
Best Buy
Earthy and fruit forward, this would pair nicely with grilled meats in a mole sauce.
88 points $10 Best Buy
Chevalier Du Grand Robert 2018  Bordeaux Rouge
88 points
$11
Best Buy
A wine that will express itself best with a dinner complement like cassoulet; excellent structure and good flavors.
88 points $11 Best Buy
Berton Vineyards 2021 Metal Label Petite Sirah
88 points
$13
Best Buy
Interesting black fruits and good structure make this a very food friendly wine.
88 points $13 Best Buy
Axel 2020  Carmenere
88 points
$17
A great red wine to serve with grilled carnes asada fajitas with blistered red peppers.
Peace Water 2021 Bliss Sauvignon Blanc
88 points
$33
Very floral and fruity with a crescendo of herbs; this would be a great addition to taco night.
Peace Water 2021 Sublime Pinot Noir
88 points
$41
A remarkably spicy and dynamic Pinot Noir that commands attention; a savory wine with firm tannins and a smoky finish.
Natural Selection NV Dangerously Good Shiraz
87 points
$9
Best Buy
A rich, bold red wine with dark fruit and hints of peppercorn.
87 points $9 Best Buy
Chevalier Du Grand Robert 2019  Haut-Médoc
87 points
$17
A lovely Bordeaux blend with black fruits and herbs that makes you crave an an herb and pepper crusted steak.
Brass Tacks 2021  Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$19
Ripe confectionary fruit hold their own against the luscious oak notes; perfect for cocktail hour at a steakhouse.
Arrington Vineyards 2018  Petite Sirah
87 points
$34
An interesting wine with fruit playing off of earthy tones; pair with BBQ.
Peace Water 2021 Grateful Red Blend North Coast
87 points
$39
Fruity, earthy, and savory, this bottle would pair well with some braised duck tacos.
Peace Water 2021 Passion Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$40
A big and dark red wine that would pair well with a big plate of meat.
Wine Spots 2021  Pinot Noir
87 points
$49
Dark red and black fruits with complexity and a touch of smoke make up this wine; it would make for a great cookout companion.
Pampa 2022 Estate Chardonnay
86 points
$10
Best Buy
Crisp but with a touch of sweetness and some herbal notes that would make this a charming pairing with ceviche.
86 points $10 Best Buy
1797 2019 Bourbon Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$22
Big bold flavors that will sing at the steak house today and hopefully integrate for a nice grilled beef pairing with a few days of air.
Quady 2021 Sweet White Moscato
85 points
$15
A crushable summer wine with a nice citrus acidity to balance the sweetness.
Vino De Eyzaguirre 2020  Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$11
Lean, mean, and a little bit green; this wine would be great with grilled steak and chimichurri.
Cycles Gladiator 2020 Red Blend California
84 points
$13
A red wine that starts tart on the nose and ripe on the palate giving you twists and turns as the wine is sipped.
Cycles Gladiator 2020  Chardonnay
84 points
$13
A nutty and food friendly expression that while rich, has some structural counterpoints to balance.
Quady 2021 Sweet Red Moscato
84 points
$15
Fruit bombs away, this would be a good wine to use in cocktails in place of simple syrup.
Quady 2021 Moscato Rosé California
84 points
$15
Easy drinking and filled with nostalgic confectionary flavors.
Brass Tacks 2021  Chardonnay
84 points
$19
Refreshing acidity livens this white wine that is full of oak and tropical fruit.
Peace Water 2021 Radiant Unoaked Chardonnay
84 points
$33
A lively and citrus focused Chardonnay with herbs and flowers that will pair well with Indian cuisine.
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