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Opici Wine & Spirits is a New Jersey-based importer that has set its sights on the world of wine. The 2 new bottles underneath “The Critic” label — which appear to be daring the likes of us to take a stab at it — are each sourced from Napa Valley fruit however land at $20 a bottle or much less.
And right here’s why.
2020 The Critic Chardonnay Napa Valley – Overblown with oak on the nostril, that is Napa chardonnay at its most blunt and primary. A number of barely bitter lemon peel pairs awkwardly with an enormous slug of candylike vanilla, with an overload of toasted wooden clinging to the end. I get the sensation the winemakers wished this to come back throughout like a light-weight lemon meringue pie, however the mark appears to have been missed fairly extensively. C- / $20
2020 The Critic Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley – 90% cabernet sauvignon and 10% merlot. Additionally fairly blunt: Extraordinarily jammy with an artificial-tasting vanilla and uninteresting oak high quality to it. A punchy be aware of raspberry jam — heavy on the sugar — results in a gummy, mouth-coating end. Tough and inauthentic. D+ / $20