4 Gatos Locos Malbec

97
4 Gatos Locos Malbec
Varietal: Malbec
Country of Origin: Argentina
Appellation: Mendoza
Retail Price: $41.99

Tasting Notes: Sourced from vineyards nearly a mile in altitude, this 100% malbec is a very dark ruby in the glass. The nose and palate both exhibit rich dark fruit, with spice hints. The mouth-filling fruit has good weight and fine texture, with a long, balanced finish, showcasing its outstanding quality.
4 Gatos Locos Malbec

DiamAndes de Uco Grande Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec 2015

97
DiamAndes
Fanciful Name: de Uco Grande Reserve
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec
Vintage: 2015
Country of Origin: Argentina
Appellation: Uco Valley
Retail Price: $34.99

Tasting Notes: The vineyards providing the grapes for this 75% malbec/25% cabernet sauvignon blend are three-quarters of a mile above sea level, keeping the wine's acidity in balance with its other components. Brilliant dark ruby, with plenty of red berry and cherry fruit, accented by spice and vanilla notes. Very nicely balanced, with good weight, texture and structure.
DiamAndes  de Uco Grande Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec  2015

Keermont Estate Reserve Red Blend 2014

96
Keermont Estate
Fanciful Name: Reserve
Varietal: Red Blend
Vintage: 2014
Country of Origin: South Africa
Appellation: Stellenbosch
Retail Price: $34.99

Tasting Notes: A serious blend of Bordeaux varietals are showcased in this stunning offering. Ripe, fresh-squeezed red berries and black berries are seductively exposed from entry to finish. The long, dusty finish makes one think of California mountain fruit, but at a fraction of the price. 24 months in barrel and 36 months in cellar has this ready for immediate consumption — or it can be held for many years.
Keermont Estate Reserve Red Blend 2014

Vistalba Malbec Blend 2017

96
Vistalba
Varietal: Malbec Blend
Vintage: 2017
Country of Origin: Argentina
Appellation: Vistalba
Retail Price: $24.99

Tasting Notes: A lovely blend of malbec, cabernet sauvignon and bonarda, primarily sourced from vines 70+ years old. A deep bright garnet in the glass, the nose and palate showcase the quality and complexity of this finely crafted wine. Plenty of dark stone fruit on the nose and palate, exceptional weight and texture, with a long, lingering finish.
Vistalba  Malbec Blend 2017

Penfolds Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz 2017

95
Penfolds
Fanciful Name: Bin 28 Kalimna
Varietal: Shiraz
Vintage: 2017
Country of Origin: Australia
Appellation: South Australia
Retail Price: $29.00

Tasting Notes: Bold berry fruit, dark color and rich lingering finish, is the best description for this delicious shiraz. A deeply satisfying marriage of the fruit and tannin are complimented by the ever-present acidity, with a little time to air this wine becomes a rich masterpiece. 
Penfolds Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz 2017

Krone Rose Cuvee Brut Sparkling 2018

94
Krone
Fanciful Name: Rose Cuvee Brut
Varietal: Rose-Sparkling
Vintage: 2018
Country of Origin: South Africa
Appellation: Tulbagh
Retail Price: $24.99

Tasting Notes: Lively yet elegant, with a fine mousse dancing in the glass. Lovely notes of crushed strawberries, golden delicious apple and ripe cherries arouse the taste buds, giving way to a finish with a subtle bready texture that lingers joyously. Bubble-lovers should find great value in this vintage rosé that pairs with everything from cheeses to seafood to desserts and anything in between.
Krone Rose Cuvee Brut Sparkling 2018

Tait Ball Buster Shiraz Blend 2017

94
Tait
Fanciful Name: Ball Buster
Varietal: Shiraz Blend
Vintage: 2017
Country of Origin: Australia
Appellation: Barossa Valley
Retail Price: $24.99

Tasting Notes: Always one of the ‘go to’ wines of Australia, this might be the best vintage yet. Mostly shiraz, with a shot of cabernet sauvignon and merlot to add more depth. Dark, brooding fruit luxuriously coats the palate with notes of black cherry and dark chocolate, giving way to a plush finish of vanilla-kissed tannins. A mouthful of joy at a very friendly price.
Tait Ball Buster Shiraz Blend 2017

Terrazas de Los Andes Reserva Malbec 2018

94
Terrazas de Los Andes
Fanciful Name: Reserva
Varietal: Malbec
Vintage: 2018
Country of Origin: Argentina
Appellation: Mendoza
Retail Price: $21.99

Tasting Notes: A brilliant deep ruby in the glass, this 100% malbec has plenty of supple black and red fruit, with touches of spice. In the mouth, the bright fruit has good weight, and excellent balance, with a long finish.
Terrazas de Los Andes Reserva Malbec 2018

White Cliff Winemaker’s Selection Rose Blend 2020

93
White Cliff
Fanciful Name: Winemaker's Selection
Varietal: Rose Blend
Vintage: 2020
Country of Origin: New Zealand
Appellation: Hawke's Bay
Retail Price: $16.00

Tasting Notes: Brilliant salmon pink in the glass, the rosé enjoys a rich-and-complex nose, and palate of red berry, with faint citrus hints. The bright fruit is well balanced, with a finish sharing the same characteristics. Very versatile, and enjoyable.
White Cliff Winemaker’s Selection Rose Blend 2020

Los Vascos Cromas Gran Reserva 2019

93
Los Vascos
Fanciful Name: Cromas Gran Reserva
Varietal: Carmenere
Vintage: 2019
Country of Origin: Chile
Appellation: Colchagua Valley
Retail Price: $20.99

Tasting Notes: A pure Carmenère wine, from vineyard sites cooled by their proximity to the Pacific Ocean, which helps maintain good acidity and freshness. A very deep ruby with touches of purple. The nose is dominated by black cherry and dark fruit, with subtle spice notes. The palate is well rounded, with the weight of the fruit balanced by the acidity.
Los Vascos Cromas Gran Reserva 2019