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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)
90 • Barefoot NV Shiraz, California $6.99. Best Buy.
Garnet violet color. Raspberry jam,and Creme Anglaise aromas with a pure fruity medium-to-full body and a cocoa accented finish. Very tasty and a great value. (tasted on Aug-15-2010)
90 • Twisted 2008 Old Vine, Zinfandel, California $6.99. Best Buy.
Cherry butter, raspberry jam, pepper dust, and cocoa aromas with a juicy, fruity medium-full body and a nicely structured polished tannin finish. Rather elegant and claret-like. (tasted on Aug-15-2010)
89 • Ambiente 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza $5.99. Best Buy.
Vibrant sour cherry, peach compote and orange marmalade aromas. Supple and easy with a fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a nutty, cedar, cracked pepper and spice kissed finish. Very tasty. (tasted on Sep-13-2010)
89 • Aconga 2009 Malbec-Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza $3.99. Best Buy.
Deep garnet. Black raspberry danish, jasmine tea, and seared bacon fat aromas. Round and supple with a dry-yet-fruity medium body. Spicy poached apple, toasty cedar and black walnut skin notes on the lively finish. Nice flavor at a great price. (tasted on Sep-13-2010)
89 • Quasar 2007 Reserva, Merlot, Curico Valley$7.90. Best Buy.
Deep ruby black color. Aromas of plum tart, mocha, and sundried tomato. Soft and supple with a dry-yet-fruity medium body. Baked prune and okra and pencil shaving notes add an interesting Old World dimension to this savory, table friendly offering. (tasted on Sep-13-2010)
89 • Pepperwood Grove 2009 Pinot Noir, Chile $7.99. Best Buy.
Garnet color. Lightly smoky spiced nuts and dried cherry aromas. Soft and round with a dry-yet-fruity medium body. Chocolate covered raspberry, rice crispy, herb,and caramel apple titillate on the juicy, flesh finish. (tasted on Aug-23-2010)
89 • HRM Rex Goliath NV Cabernet Sauvignon, California$7.50. Best Buy.
Cassis pie, pink peppercorn, and chocolate nut aromas with a tangy fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a dusty, fine tannin finish. A nice sipper or table wine. (tasted on Aug-15-2010)
88 • Lost Vineyards NV Cabernet Sauvignon, Argentina $4.99. Best Buy.|Find-a-Wine|
Deep garnet color. Blueberry and key lime pie, peach marmalade, and chocolate covered nut aromas. Soft and supple with a dryish medium body. Savory roasted tomato, fleur salt, peppercorn and herb notes emerge on the long, tangy finish. Nice effortless style and complexity. (tasted on Aug-16-2010)