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95 • Salt of the Earth 2011 Flore de Moscato, California $9.99. Best Buy.
Brilliant golden color. Bright aromas of honeyed dried peach, golden raisin, almond and suede with a silky fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a long, mouthwatering citrus and apricot jam finish. Great purity and vibrancy of fruit. (tasted on Sep-27-2012)
94 • John Robert Eppler 2009 Todd Ranch, Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley $19. Cellar Selection. Best Buy.
Bold aromas and flavors of cranberry sauce, menthol-mint candy, and vanilla nut fudge with a rich, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a mouthwatering, chewy, tannin, dried currant and exotic spices and herbs. A phenomenal flavorful and exotic cabernet that is a steal for under $20. (tasted on Sep-12-2012)
94 • Journey's End 2008 Merlot, Stellenbosch $18.99. Best Buy.
Blackberry, dark cherry and boysenberry, rich dark soil, vanilla, brown spice, cherry compote and menthol lead to a velvety soft palate with a lingering, somewhat complex, haunting finish. Tannins are fine and integrated. Tastes like a Grand Cru right bank Bordeaux. (tasted on Sep-20-2012)
93 • Nederburg 2011 Special Late Harvest, Western Cape $11.99. Cellar Selection. Best Buy.
Deep golden color. Honey, maple and creme brulee on the attack lead to dried apricots, golden pineapple, grilled banana and mango on the nose. Palate is rich and broad with ripe, decadent fruit, sweet but well balanced with lemon curd and sweet Meyer lemon acidity, yuzu and caramel. Finish continues to unfold and develop with honeyed fruits and ginger spice. So much going on and such finesse despite it richness. WOW! (tasted on Sep-25-2012)
93 • Quady 2011 "Electra", Moscato, California $13.99. Best Buy.
Bright golden color. Aromas of sautéed nuts, suede, raisins, and peach cider with a lightly frizzante fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a tangy, lingering, sweet citrus sorbet and apricot finish. Great zesty fruitiness. Pair with ice cream (tasted on Sep-27-2012)
93 • Heron Hill Winery 2011 Semi-Dry, Riesling, Finger Lakes $13.99. Best Buy.
Rich earthy mineral, dried apricot and waxy honeycomb aromas with silky fruity medium body and a tangy nectarine skin and apple accented finish. Fantastic flavor intensity and purity. (tasted on Sep-27-2012)
93 • Cameron Hughes 2010 Lot 330, Chardonnay, Arroyo Seco $14. Best Buy.
Lush pineapple cake and coconut buttercream aromas with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy spiced apple, toasty toffee and orange chiffon finish. A delicious textbook example of well oaked California chardonnay. Pair with a glass! (tasted on Sep-13-2012)
93 • Hermanos 2011 Malbec-Tannat, Salta $15. Best Buy.
Roasted black cherry, blackberry, vanilla, red licorice, black raspberry, Kalamata olives, cedar and Coffee grounds lead to a massive mid-palate with a complex potpourri of dark fruits and earthiness. Tannins are well-integrated, acidity moderate and a finish medium long and balanced. (tasted on Sep-18-2012)
93 • Knapp 2011 Vignoles, Finger Lakes $10.95. Best Buy.
Aromas of floral honey and apple-peach pie with a fruity medium body and a tangy orange-melon sorbet and mineral accented finish. A very tasty off-dry white that will pair beautifully with Thai or Vietnamese food. (tasted on Sep-26-2012)
93 • Crow River NV Frontenac Dessert Wine, Minnesota $18.99/375 ml. Best Buy.
Really dark and opaque brown red color. Aromas of sautéed nuts, spicy berry chutney, creamy chocolate, clay-like earth and pepper with a supple, fruity sweet medium-full body and a tangy, citrus marmalade, cocoa and spice finish. Great complexity and vibrancy?not unlike a fine tawny port. (tasted on Sep-11-2012)
93 • Bordeleau NV Chambourcin, Maryland $18. Best Buy.
Rich spice box, grape leaf, blueberry-rhubarb pie, toffee, and sandalwood aromas with a tangy, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and tomato on the vine, spiced pear, and earth accented finish. A very classy and lively, savory red that will shine as a sipper or pair with prime rib. (tasted on Sep-25-2012)
93 • Harbor Town 2009 Pinot Noir, Marlborough $14.99. Best Buy.
Red raspberries, wild mushrooms, rose petals, wild strawberries, ruby red grapefruit zest, cherry compote and toasted baking spices lead to a dense palate that is remarkably silky and spry given the depth of complexity and length of finish. The luxurious tannins and well-integrated acidity balance everything together beautifully. Remarkable finesse at this price point. (tasted on Sep-13-2012)
92 • Castoro Cellars 2009 Zinfandel, Paso Robles $14. Best Buy.
Bright raisiny dried cherry and flan aromas with a supple, fruity medium-to-full body and a juicy, well balanced spice accented finish with chewy appetizing tannins. A spot on California zin; will pair perfectly with deep dish pizza. (tasted on Sep-19-2012)
92 • Dr. Konstantin Frank 2011 Gewürztraminer, Finger Lakes $14.99. Best Buy.
Lush layered aromas of peaches, lychee, and lavender with a silky fruity medium body and a long, ripe pineapple and green apple finish. A delicious zesty wine for sipping or spicy Thai food. On the money. (tasted on Sep-12-2012)
92 • Cameron Hughes 2008 Lot 268, Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley $15. Best Buy.
Deep aromas of sweet pickling spice marinated cherries and tomatoes and toffee with a satiny fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and rich, layered apple and nut accented finish. A great table wine to pair with roasted duck, veal and pork. A great value. (tasted on Sep-19-2012)
92 • Cameron Hughes 2010 Lot 269, Sauvignon Blanc, Santa Barbara County $11. Best Buy.
Bold grilled pepper, grapefruit, and passionfruit aromas and flavors with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity and a long, vibrant smoky mineral accented finish. This really nails it with great varietal character and intensity. Pair with a grilled Latin seafood and chicken. (tasted on Sep-25-2012)
92 • Zinopolis 2011 Zinfandel, California $18.99. Best Buy.
Rich berry pie, chocolate mousse and vanilla custard aromas with a vibrant fruity medium-to-full body and a lush, artfully balanced finish with spice and mineral notes playing with the fruit. A great zin for all occasions. (tasted on Sep-18-2012)
92 • John Robert Eppler 2010 Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast $19. Best Buy.
Aromas of exotic tropical fruit custard tart and toasty lemon cake with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a pineapple, kiwi, melon, and earth accented finish. Excellent Burgundian complexity and depth. Will shine with grilled lobster. (tasted on Sep-13-2012)
92 • Château Julien 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Monterey County $11.99. Cellar Selection. Best Buy.
Aromas and flavors of beeswax, clay, and dried berries and tomatoes with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a pomegranate, cedar, olive, and earthy tannin driven finish. Great Old World-like terroir and poise. Will be great at that table with a wide range of ethnic dishes. (tasted on Sep-12-2012)
92 • Château Julien 2010 Merlot, Monterey County $11.99. Best Buy.|Next| |Find-a-Wine|
Somewhat mature aromas of sautéed nuts, leather, olive and dried currant with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and an earthy, woodsy note on the finish. Really nice Old world sense of place here; will pair great with Italian beef dishes. (tasted on Sep-20-2012)