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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 • Hayman & Hill 2007 Reserve Selection, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley $14.99. Best Buy.
Blackberry, cassis, spice, and cocomint aromas and flavors with a seamless dry-fruity medium-full body and a long, elegant tannin 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 • 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 • Van Ruiten 2008 Petite Sirah, Lodi $14.99. Best Buy.
Violet color. Mocha gelato, toffee, and strawberry pie aromas with rich, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a long dried apple and peppery spice finish with firm dusty tannins. Impressive. (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 • Rio Real 2008 Reserva, Vinho Regional Lisboa $12.99. Best Buy.
Rich aromas of dried currant and cherries, cocoa, roasted nuts, bacon fat, and spice with a smooth, supple fruity-yet-dry medium body and a crisp, tangy finish with soft dusty tannins. A very nice sipper. (tasted on Sep-27-2010)
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 • The Crusher 2008 Grower's Selection, Petite Sirah, Clarksburg $12.99. Best Buy.
Purple black color. Rich blueberry pie, creme brulee, and mocha aromas with a fruity full body and a tangy citrus, apple, and earth finish. Richly flavored and stylish. (tasted on Aug-15-2010)
91 • R & B Cellars 2007 Swingsville Zinfandel, Lodi $12. Best Buy.|Find-a-Wine|
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)