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December 2023 - On-Demand

December 2023 - On-Demand
This month's Wine feature is On-Demand Wines

On-Demand Reviews

Member’s Mark 2017 Reserva Tempranillo
93 points
$9.98
Best Buy
Ready for pairing with asador meats, a full bodied modern styled Tempranillo.
93 points $9.98 Best Buy
Saracco 2023  Moscato dAsti DOP
93 points
$18
Best Buy
Ripe fruit and a sweet finish make this an easy wine to share instead of dessert; approachable and with a level of depth and complexity behind the sugar that will appeal to lovers of sophisticated bubbles.
93 points $18 Best Buy
Gordon Estate 2021 Reserve Malbec
93 points
$35
A big, bold and deliciously complex Malbec for sipping or dinner pairings.
Monte De Oro 2019 Congruity Red Blend Temecula Valley
91 points
$40
A soft mentholated note lifts this wine and makes it super refreshing.
Wallis Family Estate 2021 Wallis Haas Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$150
A very big wine with beautiful fruit and even bolder American oak; give this a lot of decanting or a minimum 10 years in cellar to open up.
River Road Family Vineyards 2022 Un-Oaked Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$14
Best Buy
Incredibly vibrant and fruit forward, making this a great daily drinker.
90 points $14 Best Buy
River Road Family Vineyards 2022 Reserve Pinot Noir
90 points
$24
Lush red berry in balance with the oak flavors; exactly what you want from the region and a benchmark example of why the style and region is a commercial success.
Made In America 2019 Bourbon Barrel-Aged Red Blend Livermore Valley
90 points
$29
A a bold and beautiful barrel forward red blend bursting with berries and vanilla creme on the nose and palate.
Made In America 2018 Bourbon Barrel-Aged Red Blend Livermore Valley
90 points
$29
The Cabernet is demure but the interplay of the barrel and Zinfandel on this is quite tasty.
Castillo De Monlero 2022  Tempranillo
89 points
$10
Best Buy
A nice Tempranillo to have around the house as a daily drinker.
89 points $10 Best Buy
NADIA 2020  Pinot Noir
88 points
$15
Best Buy
A smoky Pinot Noir with dark red fruit and subtle oak flavors.
88 points $15 Best Buy
River Road Family Vineyards 2021  Pinot Noir
88 points
$19
This is good, and it nicely shows California ripeness; the perfect everyday table Pinot Noir.
Gordon Estate 2021 Reserve Petite Sirah
88 points
$35
A nice example of Petite Sirah; vibrant purple in look, smell, and taste.
Monte De Oro 2019 Estate Grown Monte De Oro Vineyard Tempranillo
88 points
$35
A very flavorful and interesting Tempranillo that would pair nicely with pork tacos.
Screen Press 2020  Pinot Noir
88 points
$35
A nice, riper and crowd pleasing style of Pinot Noir for those who like confected fruits.
Monte De Oro 2018 Reserve Syrah
88 points
$90
This will hold up to and pair with just about any grilled meat and cut through the richness and smoke.
Wellsley Farms 2021  Pinot Noir
87 points
$9
Best Buy
Lovely concentrated red berry fruits from start to finish.
87 points $9 Best Buy
MYKA Cellars 2020  Barbera
87 points
$30
Riper than Piedmont but very much in the Italian style; a nice combination of red and black fruit with earth and smoke.
Acquisition 2021  Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$35
A solid Cali Cab that is not as ripe or as in need of cellar aging as some, which makes it a great BTG Cabernet option to pop today.
Viansa 2019  Chardonnay
87 points
$36
A nice round and crowd pleasing Chardonnay.
Monte De Oro 2019 Synergy 65 Owners Blend Red Temecula Valley
87 points
$44
A spicy red to pair with a pork dinner.
Monte De Oro 2019 Estate Grown Syrah
87 points
$48
This is a Syrah with big bold flavors that are begging to be paired with smoked meat and mushrooms or stories around a wood burning campfire.
Butter Knife 2021  Chardonnay
86 points
$16
Baked apple lathered in coconut butter and vanilla with a hint of citrus cream.
Chef’s Knife 2022  Pinot Noir
86 points
$16
A nice everyday table wine.
Steak Knife 2021  Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$16
Very fruity and approachable, bordering on jammy.
Narrative 2021  Chardonnay
86 points
$35
Citrus fruit and oak create a quaffable Chardonnay for enjoying any night of the week.
Wellsley Farms 2021  Chardonnay
85 points
$6
Best Buy
A simple and overall pleasant example of Chardonnay that would serve well as a regular table wine.
85 points $6 Best Buy
Monte De Oro 2018 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$90
A well aged expression of Cabernet.
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