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92 • Ravenswood 2007 "Vintner's Blend", Petite Sirah, California $9.99.
Deep, inky purple hue. Perfumed, floral briar fruit nose. A velvety entry leads to a concentrated, full-bodied palate with firm tannins and great depth of flavor. Show great purity and intensity without the typical oak-dominant qualities. Bright through the finish. Get something on the grill. (tasted on Aug-15-2009)
90 • Chateau Mayne Guyon 2005 Premières Côtes de Blaye Rouge $9.99.
Deep garnet hue. Pure, minerally cassis aromas show good varietal character. A firm entry leads a drying, moderately full-bodied palate with dusty tannins and some earthy complexities. Juicy, minerally finish. A great value in everyday Bordeaux. (tasted on Aug-15-2009)
89 • La Puerta 2008 Estate Grown and Bottled, Malbec, Famatina Valley $9.99.
Garnet color. Aromas of toffee, roasted nuts, and black raspberries follow through on a round, supple entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with delicate baking spice and melon notes. Finishes with an even, smooth, juicy fade. (tasted on Jul-27-2009)
89 • Hogue 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley $9.99.
Deep, saturated ruby hue. Varietally correct lead pencil and cassis aromas have a subtle oak accent. A ripe entry leads a drying, moderately full-bodied palate with soft tannins. Lengthy and flavorful. Great value. (tasted on Aug-15-2009)
88 • Line 39 2007 Petite Sirah, Lake County $10.
Deep garnet violet color. Soft aromas of berries and peppers follow through on a bright entry to a tangy dry-yet-fruity medium body with nice depth and acidity for the table. Finishes with a crisp mineral and dried berry fade. (tasted on Aug-03-2009)
88 • Patch Block 2008 Merlot, Vin de Pays d'Oc $8.99.
Bright ruby-purple hue. Generous, floral dusty red fruit aromas show good varietal character. A ripe entry leads a taut, juicy, medium-bodied palate with exceedingly pure berry flavors. Great balance. An enticing wine that will work equally as well with food as without. (tasted on Aug-15-2009)
88 • Holden James 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, California $10.
Deep, saturated ruby hue. Oak-tinged brown spice and black fruit nose. A lush entry leads a generous, full-bodied palate with ripe, chocolatey flavors and chewy tannins. A solid, weighty Cab. Drink now, with food. (tasted on Aug-15-2009)
87 • Quasar 2007 Reserva, Carmenére, Central Valley $8.99.
Deep blackish-ruby hue. Complex fresh herb, mineral, and black fruit nose. A soft entry leads a rounded, full-bodied palate with velvety tannins. A lush, stylish Carmenere to drink now. (tasted on Aug-15-2009)
87 • Ca Momi Wines 2007 Rosso Di California, California $9.
Bright ruby hue with a purplish cast. Fruit-forward cassis and red berry nose. A ripe entry leads a medium-bodied palate with grippy tannins and bright acidity. A tasty blend of Cab, Zin, and Petite Sirah. Drink now. (tasted on Aug-15-2009)
87 • HRM Rex Goliath NV Shiraz, California $8.99.|Find-a-Wine|
Bright ruby-purple hue. Ripe blackberry and vanilla nose. A ripe entry leads a rich, chewy, full-bodied palate with nice depth of flavor. An attractive, fresh, fruit-driven style. Drink now. (tasted on Aug-15-2009)