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95 • Forchini 2007 "BeauSierra" Bordeaux Style Red Wine, Dry Creek Valley $15. Best Buy.
Garnet color. Rich, complex currant, clay, olive, and leather aromas with a satiny dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a very long elegant earth finish. Very reminiscent of Cheval Blanc at one-twentieth the price, incredible! (tasted on Aug-15-2010)
93 • Quasar 2007 Gran Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Curico Valley$9.90. Best Buy.
Deep ruby black color. Wet clay, crayon, baked tomatoes and dried sour cherry aromas. Soft and silky with a dry-yet-fruity medium body. Finishes with an earthy melange of sautéed mushrooms and shallots, dried tomatoes, and cedar spice box. Great Old World complexity and dusty terroir in table friendly style. (tasted on Sep-13-2010)
93 • Gelisi Antonio 2009 Moscato Dolce, Oltrepo Pavese $9.99. Best Buy.
Pale silver gold color with a fine rim of mousse. Sweet lemon marmalade, peach jam, and wax aromas. round and effervescent with a fruity sweet medium-to-full body. Wonderfully tangy and bright on the long finish with golden raisin, candied pear, and seltzer water notes. (tasted on Sep-02-2010)
93 • Quady 2009 Electra, Orange Muscat, California $13.99. Best Buy.
Golden orange color. Baked orange, peach butter, and suede aromas with a spritzy, tangy and sweet medium-to-full body and a sweet-tart peach and apple skin finish. Delicious. (tasted on Aug-15-2010)
93 • Quady 2009 Red Electra, Muscat, California $13.99. Best Buy.
Garnet violet color. Baked berry, honey cream, and leather aromas with a spritzy vibrantly fruity medium-full body and a long, sumptuous finish. (tasted on Aug-15-2010)
92 • Echeverria 2007 Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Curico Valley$10.90. Best Buy.
Deep garnet color. Spicy blueberry-vanilla custard pie, waxy honeycomb, and toffee. Supple and silky with a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body. Crisp and lively on the finish with tart dried berries and apples, cocoa powder, sweet spices, clay and cedar cigar box notes. Excellent complexity and deft use of oak make this a pleasure to sip or pair with steaks. (tasted on Sep-13-2010)
92 • Quasar 2009 Selection, Carmenère, Curico Valley$5.90. Best Buy.
Nearly opaque garnet amethyst color. Complex aromas of grilled sweet and hot peppers, herb rubbed pork, singed cedar, and spicy chocolate mint. Round and supple with a smooth, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body. Long evolving finish with a solid core of tangy pomegranate, currant and accents of smoked thyme, rosemary, incense and honey. Very impressive; Pair with spicy lamb dishes. (tasted on Aug-23-2010)
92 • California Karma 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles $12. Best Buy.
Deep purple color. Rich cassis jam, cream, and spice aromas with a rich tangy medium-full body and along, fruity finish. Delicious. (tasted on Aug-15-2010)
92 • Pend d'Oreille 2008 Willow Crest Vineyard, Pinot Gris, Washington $15. Best Buy.
Toasty coconut, pineapple and praline aromas with a soft, juicy medium-to-full body and a long, rich finish. (tasted on Aug-15-2010)
92 • Alba 2009 Dry, Riesling, Warren Hills $14.99. Best Buy.
Bright guava, lime, and kiwi with a crisp lively light-to-medium body and a long, melon and mineral finish. (tasted on Aug-15-2010)
92 • Knapp 2009 Riesling, Finger Lakes $14.95. Best Buy.
Bright nectarine, yellow apple, and lemon curd aromas with a tangy, fruity medium body and a long, bright finish. Delicious. (tasted on Aug-15-2010)
91 • Ruta 22 2008 Malbec, Patagonia $12.99. Best Buy.
Deep garnet violet color. Aromas of chocolate covered berries and toasty praline. Smooth and vibrant with a fruity medium-full body. Pure jammy, honeyed berries and cocoa flavors throughout the long, crisp and chewy tannin finish. A delicious crowd-pleasing sipper that will appeal to fans of Australian shiraz. (tasted on Aug-16-2010)
91 • Chilensis 2009 Reserva, Carmenère, Maule Valley $12. Best Buy.
Deep violet color. Aromas of blueberry cobbler, custard, and pickling spices. Round and supple with a fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body. Long juicy finish with accents of chocolate, spice, apple, and tobacco. Delicious. (tasted on Aug-23-2010)
91 • Echeverria 2008 Reserva, Merlot, Curico Valley$10.90. Best Buy.
Deep ruby black color. Aromas of berry pie, roasted root vegetables and greens and melted toffee. Round and soft with a rich dry-yet-fruity medium body. Notes of roasted pepper, olive, and earth round out the finish nicely. Delicious. (tasted on Sep-13-2010)
91 • Du Von 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Robertson$10.50. Best Buy.
Deep garnet color. Aromas of spicy apple custard, cocoa, dried currant and clay with a chewy juicy fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a zesty black raspberry liqueur, nut, rosemary, and white peppercorn finish with chewy tannins. Big and brawny; serve with game. (tasted on Sep-20-2010)
91 • R & B Cellars 2007 Swingsville Zinfandel, Lodi $12. Best Buy.
Garnet purple color. Coconut meringue, violet and plum custard aromas with a juicy, fruity medium-to-full body and a dried raspberry and chalk accented finish. Delicious. (tasted on Aug-15-2010)
91 • Bota Box 2009 Old Vine, Zinfandel, California $19/3L Cask.
Chocolate covered graham cracker, dried raspberry, and praline aromas with a fruity, juicy medium-to-full body and a long tangy finish. Very tasty. (tasted on Aug-15-2010)
91 • Bota Box 2009 Malbec, Lodi $19/3L Cask.
Fruity raspberry-blueberry jam aromas, custard and clay with a tangy, rich and spicy medium-to-full body and incense and cocoa accented finish. Delicious. (tasted on Aug-15-2010)
90 • Black Box 2008 Malbec, Mendoza $19.99/3L Cask.
Dark ruby black color. Soft aromas of toffee, cherry yogurt, and spiced nuts. Supple and glycerous with a dry-yet-fruity medium body. Tangy citrus marmalade and cocoa notes on the long, soft chewy tannin finish. A very nice sipper or serve with charred steaks. (tasted on Aug-16-2010)
90 • Chilensis 2009 Reserva, Pinot Noir, Maule Valley $12. Best Buy.|Next| |Find-a-Wine|
Deep ruby black color. Aromas of honeyed dried cherries, chocolate covered, and eucalyptus. Satiny and round with a plush dry-yet fruity medium-to-full body. Wonderful integrated and mellow berry, citrus and spicy oak flavor lingering on in the smooth tannin finish. A great sipper or pair with spicy dusk or ostrich. (tasted on Aug-23-2010)