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Reviews for 2023

January 2023 - New Release Wine

January 2023 - New Release Wine
This month's Wine feature is On-Demand Wines

New Release Wine Reviews

Coltbridge Vineyards 2020  Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$9
Best Buy
Both over ripe and under ripe expressions of the fruit exist in tandem with very well balanced oak illustrating the deft execution by the wine maker; New World flavors combine with Old World complexity.
94 points $9 Best Buy
Bodegas Piqueras 2020 Castillo De Almansa Roble Almansa
94 points
$12
Best Buy
Herbal and floral in companionship with bold dark red fruits and earthy tones, this is an indulgent, plush wine with broad appeal.
94 points $12 Best Buy
Bodegas Piqueras 2019 Los Losares Monastrell Mourvedre
93 points
$8
Best Buy
A classic and delicious Mourvedre that is very easy to drink now but has the potential to gain depth and nuance with a little more age.
93 points $8 Best Buy
Bodegas Piqueras 2019 Los Losares Garnacha Tintorera
93 points
$8
Best Buy
A dense, inky red wine that wraps you in a warm blanket of dark macerated fruit and rich oak spices.
93 points $8 Best Buy
Bodegas Piqueras 2019 Old Vines Garnacha Tintorera
93 points
$9
Best Buy
Ripe and fruity with crisp acidity, this will make an adventurous alternative BTG for Zinfandel and Merlot fans at steakhouses.
93 points $9 Best Buy
Sea Salt 2021 Dry Rosé New Zealand
93 points
$13
Best Buy
Intense fruit and floral notes make this wine leap from the glass; an ideal Rosé for all day.
93 points $13 Best Buy
Destination 2019 True North Red Blend Columbia Valley
93 points
$18
Best Buy
Layers of fruit mingle with good acid, well integrated oak, and ample tannins; a fantastic table wine for any night of the week.
93 points $18 Best Buy
Vilano 2020 Crianza Ribera Del Duero
93 points
$24
A lush and savory expression of Tempranillo with a depth of black fruits, leather, cherries, and nice tones of oak.
Bodegas Piqueras 2021 Wild Fermented Verdejo
92 points
$8
Best Buy
Fruity with good acidity and hints of minerality, this is a perfect companion for seafood paella.
92 points $8 Best Buy
Bodegas Piqueras 2019 Castillo De Almansa Crianza Almansa
92 points
$13
Best Buy
Meaty and herbal yet with a pleasant balance of fruit and mild bitterness that will make an excellent companion to red meat.
92 points $13 Best Buy
La Playa 2020 Claret Red Blend Colchagua Valley
92 points
$13
Best Buy
Layers of red and black fruit balance with light oak in this savory and flavorful wine that will make for an excellent dinner companion.
92 points $13 Best Buy
Bodegas Piqueras 2018 Castillo De Almansa Reserva Almansa
92 points
$17
Best Buy
A lovely, fruit forward Spanish table wine with enough character and savory notes to shine against complex dishes.
92 points $17 Best Buy
Vilano 2021 Black Ribera Del Duero
92 points
$19
Best Buy
An exceedingly well structured and benchmark Ribera Del Duero example, with an excellent balance of fruit and oak.
92 points $19 Best Buy
Alamos 2018 Seleccion Malbec
92 points
$20
Best Buy
A bold, complex Malbec with concentrated aromas; a great example of Argentine's most famous grape.
92 points $20 Best Buy
Tilth 2019  Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$55
Classic ripe Napa fruit with polished oak and rich, smooth tannins; this will win fans tonight with a quick decant as well as improve with a decade in cellar.
La Playa 2021 Estate Series Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$9
Best Buy
A deliciously lean and rustic take on Cabernet Sauvignon that is incredibly well executed.
91 points $9 Best Buy
La Playa 2020 Reserva Carmenere
91 points
$13
Best Buy
An earthy and savory red wine with plentiful notes of dried herbs, tart red fruit, and hints of tobacco; this is a wine that demands some steak.
91 points $13 Best Buy
Barefoot Fruitscato NV Blueberry California
90 points
$6.99
Best Buy
A nicely flavored sweet blueberry wine for cobbler fans.
90 points $6.99 Best Buy
Terra Incógnita 2020  Ribera Del Duero
90 points
$45
A bold and powerful wine that will soften and integrate with either cellar time or decanting.
Barefoot Fruitscato NV Mango California
89 points
$6.99
Best Buy
A robust and purely flavored mango moscato that delivers sweet pleasure without getting cloying; if you like piña coladas, you'll like this.
89 points $6.99 Best Buy
Alamos 2020  Malbec
89 points
$13
Best Buy
A bold, chewy and complex Malbec with a sultry, almost smoky character.
89 points $13 Best Buy
Rombauer 2021  Chardonnay
88 points
A pleasingly rich style of New World Chardonnay with a burst of tropical fruit.
Bodegas Piqueras 2019 Gold Label Red Blend Almansa
88 points
$8
Best Buy
Intense black and red fruits dominate the nose leading to a savory palate that conjures up thoughts of the perfect Italian beef pairing.
88 points $8 Best Buy
La Playa 2022 Estate Series Dry Rosé Maule Valley
88 points
$9
Best Buy
A Rosé full of nuanced red fruit flavors with medium alcohol, refreshing acidity, and food friendly herbal undertones.
88 points $9 Best Buy
Barefoot Bubbly NV Peach California
88 points
$9.99
Best Buy
A vibrant and delicious peach flavored bubbly that is sure to please.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Bodegas Piqueras 2017 Castillo De Almansa Old Vines Selección Almansa
88 points
$11
Best Buy
A complex and well-muscled red wine to warm up any winter evening; serve alongside a rich meat or mushroom stew.
88 points $11 Best Buy
La Playa 2020 Estate Series Red Blend Colchagua Valley
88 points
$13
Best Buy
Lush with black fruit, alongside slight baked and confectionary notes, and balanced with savory sanguine tones and fresh herbs that lift the finish.
88 points $13 Best Buy
La Playa 2022 Estate Series Sauvignon Blanc
88 points
$13
Best Buy
Vibrant tropical fruit flavors balance with crisp acidity and playful herbaceous notes; pair this Sauvignon Blanc with appetizers.
88 points $13 Best Buy
Bodegas Piqueras 2018 Piqueras VS Red Blend Almansa
88 points
$15
Best Buy
A warming, herbaceous wine with pleasant fruit tones dancing on the palate that transports you to a rustic seaside town on the Mediterranean.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Black Box 2019  Merlot
88 points
$19.98
A nice fruity merlot for carefree sipping.
88 points $19.98
Black Box 2020  Sauvignon Blanc
88 points
$19.98
A pleasantly crisp and refreshing sauvignon for sipping and seafood.
88 points $19.98
Barefoot NV  Shiraz
87 points
$6.99
Best Buy
A solid, oak-accented syrah for everyday pleasure.
87 points $6.99 Best Buy
Barefoot Fruitscato NV Strawberry California
87 points
$6.99
Best Buy
A bold strawberry bomb of a moscato for fans of dessert in a glass.
87 points $6.99 Best Buy
La Playa 2022 Estate Series Un-Oaked Chardonnay
87 points
$9
Best Buy
A slightly rustic and greener style of Chardonnay, but very refreshing and food friendly.
87 points $9 Best Buy
Barefoot Bubbly NV  Pinot Grigio
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
A charming off-dry sparkler with finely balanced sweetness, acidity and a crowd pleasing style.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Alamos 2020  Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$13
Best Buy
A solid Mendoza Cabernet with chewy tannins and red fruit for the table.
87 points $13 Best Buy
La Playa 2021 Reserva Pinot Noir
87 points
$13
Best Buy
A pleasant and leaner style of Pinot Noir that will appeal to lovers of zippy, cool climate reds with flavors of dried cherries and cranberry with rich tannins.
87 points $13 Best Buy
Barefoot Fruitscato NV Peach California
86 points
$6.99
Best Buy
A fun peach dessert in a glass.
86 points $6.99 Best Buy
South Slope Wines 2018 Rittenhouse Vineyard Zinfandel
86 points
$42
Big and a bit boozy, but with pleasant waves of black and blue fruits.
Barefoot NV  Zinfandel
85 points
$6.99
Bold fruity flavors jump out of the glass in this simple, lovable Zinfandel.
85 points $6.99
Barefoot NV  Red Moscato
85 points
$6.99
A vibrant, mouthwatering sweet wine that delivers.
85 points $6.99
Barefoot Fruitscato NV Sweet Cranberry California
85 points
$6.99
A tangy, lightly medicine cranberry moscato for desserts.
85 points $6.99
Barefoot Bubbly NV  Prosecco
85 points
$9.99
A cheerful Prosecco with ripe fruit flavors and kisses of flowers.
85 points $9.99
Black Box 2020  Malbec
85 points
$19.98
A spicy, herbal Chilean Malbec that drinks alike an Aussie Shiraz.
85 points $19.98
Black Box 2019  Shiraz
85 points
$19.98
A robustly fruity, pie-like syrah that will appeal to fans of zinfandel.
85 points $19.98
Whitehaven 2020  Sauvignon Blanc
85 points
$20
A rounded, vibrant green machine of a Sauvignon Blanc; great for pairing.
Barefoot NV Sweet Red California
84 points
$6.99
A sweet and easy crusher for sweet teeth.
84 points $6.99
Barefoot Fruitscato NV Pineapple California
84 points
$6.99
Simple and elegant flavored moscato for the everyday or when you want to spice up your sangria.
84 points $6.99
Barefoot NV Sunset Red Blend California
84 points
$19.98
A simple, very fruity red for uncomplicated quaffing and bbq.
84 points $19.98
Black Box 2019  Pinot Noir
84 points
$19.98
An effortless Pinot Noir quaffer.
84 points $19.98
Barefoot Fruitscato NV Watermelon California
83 points
$6.99
Simple, nostalgic berries n' cream aromas seal the deal.
83 points $6.99
Barefoot Fruitscato NV Apple California
83 points
$6.99
A fun and easy apple-flavored moscato.
83 points $6.99
Black Box 2020  Pinot Grigio
83 points
$19.98
A hot summer crusher to serve with a good chill.
83 points $19.98
Black Box 2019  Rose
82 points
$19.98
A summer crusher.
82 points $19.98
Barefoot NV  White Zinfandel
81 points
$6.99
A candied rose quaffer for hot days.
81 points $6.99
Black Box 2019  Riesling
81 points
$19.98
A shy Riesling sipper.
81 points $19.98
Black Box 2019 Red Blend California
81 points
$19.98
A fruity, off dry quaffer.
81 points $19.98
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