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91 • Echeverria 2006 Family Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Curico Valley $14.99.
Inky, blackish-ruby hue. Brooding, complex, minerally lead pencil and cassis aromas show classic varietal character. A lush entry leads a weighty, full-bodied palate with chewy tannins and big, ripe flavors. Big and intense through the finish. A heavyweight for a big steak. (tasted on Oct-15-2009)
90 • La Forge Estate 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Vin de Pays d'Oc $12.99.
Deep ruby-purple hue. Ripe, grapey black fruit aromas show good purity. A minerally entry leads a lean, moderately full-bodied palate with good grip and intensity. A structured, focused Cab that will work well with food. Great value. (tasted on Aug-15-2009)
90 • Pierre Rougon 2008 Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge $13.99.
Bright ruby with a purplish cast. Primary, grapey, briar fruit aromas have a floral accent. A ripe entry leads a weighty, moderately full-bodied palate with exceptionally pure, carbonic-influenced Grenache flavors. Clean, bright finish. Very Mediterranean. Good by itself or with a range of fresh cheeses. (tasted on Aug-15-2009)
90 • Lander Jenkins 2007 "Spirit Hawk", Cabernet Sauvignon, California $12.
Deep, saturated garnet hue. Smoky black fruit and brown spice aromas show a deft oak influence. A ripe entry leads a chewy, full-bodied palate with generous flavors and ripe tannins. A firm, balanced style with good depth of flavor and a lengthy finish. Best with food. (tasted on Aug-15-2009)
90 • Cupcake 2007 Petite Sirah, Central Coast $13.99.
Very deep purple hue. Pure, brooding mineral and licorice aromas have a subtle earthy accent. A firm entry leads a weighty, moderately full-bodied palate with chewy tannins and good depth of fruit. A structured PS with good intensity. Try with hearty grilled meats. (tasted on Aug-15-2009)
90 • Escudo Rojo 2007 Red Blend, Valle Central $14.99.
Dark, inky blackish-ruby hue. Generous chocolate and black fruit aromas have a lavish oak accent and a subtle earthy component. A ripe entry leads a weighty, full-bodied palate with big, bold flavors ad drying tannins. A heavyweight in a very French style. Lengthy finish. (tasted on Aug-15-2009)
90 • Echeverria 2006 Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Curico Valley $11.99.
Very deep ruby-garnet hue. Ripe red fruit aromas have an integrated oak influence and a subtle earthy accent. A lush entry leads a generous, full-bodied palate with ripe, chewy tannins and a juicy, intensely flavored finish. A stylish Cabernet with nice complexities. (tasted on Oct-15-2009)
89 • R&B Cellars 2006 "Saxy", Syrah, North Coast $13.
Inky blackish-ruby hue. Generous, smoky black fruit and vanilla aromas carry a lavish oak influence. A lush entry leads a generous, full-bodied palate with chewy tannins. A heavyweight style that still shows good balance through the drying finish. Made for a good steak. (tasted on Aug-15-2009)
89 • Cupcake 2008 Malbec, Mendoza $13.99.
Deep, saturated ruby hue. Ripe black fruit and licorice aromas show an elegant, integrated oak influence. A lush entry leads a generous, full-bodied palate with concentrated flavors and good length to the finish. A stylish, balanced wine. (tasted on Aug-15-2009)
89 • Genesis 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley $14.99.|Find-a-Wine|
Deep ruby hue with a garnet rim. Perfumed, minty black fruit aromas have an integrated oak accent. A ripe entry leads a weighty, full-bodied palate with fleshy tannins and a lengthy, flavorful finish. A solid Cab. Drinking well now and best with food. (tasted on Aug-15-2009)