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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)
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 • 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.
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)
91 • Duck Pond 2010 Syrah, Wahluke Slope, Columbia Valley $12. Best Buy.|Find-a-Wine|
Rich creamy mocha and berry pie aromas with a silky fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, vanilla cream, craisin, honeycomb and peppery spice finish. A deliciously balanced and appetizing syrah; pair with spicy Mediterranean lamb dishes. (tasted on Sep-20-2012)