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96 • Weibel Family NV Almond Sparkling Grape Wine, California $11. Best Buy.
Shimmering golden yellow color with a delicate bubbly rim. Aromas of fresh marzipan and spicy pear tart with a frothy, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a long, zesty honeyed kiwi, real Maraschino cherry, and almond torte finish. This is amazingly delicious, clean and pure and a dessert on it's own, but with vanilla bean gelato and a bit of pound cake,heavenly. Cocktail possibilities abound too. (tasted on Sep-18-2013)
94 • ChocolatRouge NV Cream $12. Best Buy.
Creamy dark brown color. Bright aromas of chocolate graham crackers and creme brulee with a satiny, sweet medium body and a long, delicately spicy, caramel and honeyed berry nuanced finish. A delicious chocolate cream liqueur-like "wine" that will definitely appeal to fans of Bailey's Cream Liqueur, which tastes very similar. (tasted on Sep-13-2013)
93 • Ozzie Ba Ru 2006 Shiraz, Hunter Valley $17.95. Cellar Selection. Best Buy.
Opaque with a brick rim. Aromas of wild raspberry, dried plum, dusty cherry, figs, pomegranate, tomato jam, thyme, old Encyclopedia and toffee. Firm, but integrated tannins. Fruit is rich, ripe, complex and on the verge of funky, but is on that last day you can still eat a fresh fruit before it goes off the edge. Secondary aromas and flavors with layers of silky complexity. Complex and satisfying. (tasted on Sep-16-2013)
93 • Glenora 2012 Gewürztraminer, Finger Lakes $14.99. Best Buy.
Pale golden color. Bright aromas of rose petals, lychee and apple are classic with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, citrus and stone fruit driven finish with a nice wisp of minerality. A superb, mouthwatering gewurztraminer. (tasted on Sep-16-2013)
92 • Taylors 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley $17. Best Buy.
Opaque with a ruby rim. Aromas of blackberry, black plum, dark earth, coffee, red bell pepper, cherry skin, dark chocolate, cloves and vanilla. Big, rich and robust flavors of chewy black cherries, cocoa vanilla and dark earth. Has a hint of vegetal sweet peppers, menthol, and tomato leaf. A touch boozy, but savory, well-balanced, and delicious. (tasted on Sep-16-2013)
92 • Ti Point 2012 Pinot Noir, Marlborough $19.99. Best Buy.
Deep ruby red with a light red rim. Aromas of red cherries, raspberries and plums with beets and vanilla spice cake. Silky and voluptuous with the flavors of the fruits on the nose framed with a touch of earthy spice. Balanced and classic, long cherry-mushroom-spice Pinot Noir finish. Very classy. (tasted on Sep-19-2013)
92 • Avalon 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, California $10. Best Buy.
Deep ruby color. Aromas of roasted peppers, cassis pie, and chocolate with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, blood orange, spice, and sour cherry accented finish. A nicely balanced and fruit forward cabernet that covers a lot of bases. (tasted on Sep-13-2013)
92 • Concannon 2011 Selected Vineyards, Petite Sirah, California $10. Best Buy.
Deep cherry red with a velvet rim. Aromas of sweet red cherries, Damson plums, black raspberry, vanilla bean and creme caramel. Ripe, luscious flavors of wild strawberries, black raspberries and crushed blackberries with ripe tannins and vanilla. Over the top flavors, silky and balanced. Finish is fruit forward without lots of complexity. (tasted on Sep-17-2013)
92 • Lucky Star 2011 Chardonnay, California $8.99. Best Buy.
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of caramel apple and pineapple cake with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and long, mouthwatering lemon curd accented finish. Great vibrancy and purity of flavor. Delicious. (tasted on Sep-06-2013)
92 • Johnson Estate 2012 Freelings Creek Reserve, Semi-Dry, Riesling, Lake Erie $12.99. Best Buy.
Silvery straw green color. Aromas of lemon spritzed apple, chalk, and dried lime with a fruity medium body and a jazzy peach and kiwi driven finish with nice fruit tannins and minerality. A dead ringer for a fine German riesling. (tasted on Sep-17-2013)
91 • Belasco de Baquedano 2010 "AR Geuntota", Malbec, Mendoza $20.
Opaque to black Red with deep stained legs. Aromas of black raspberries, blackberry, black cherry, dark chocolate, toasted almonds, Reeses pieces, allspice, cardamom, S'mores and brisket. Succulent tannins frame flavors of black fruits, roasted fondant, mocha java and vanilla. There's an animal quality to it in a good way like a Cote Rotie from a top vintage. Enormous flavor profile is in check and balance. Long, complex and satisfying finish. Could stand up in a blind tasting to top Bordeaux and Napa Meritage. WOW. True excitement and indulgence for under $20. (tasted on Sep-06-2013)
91 • Taltarni 2009 Three Monks, Cab-Merlot-Petit Verdot, Victoria $19.
Ruby red with a brick rim. Aromas of cola, black raspberries, licorice, blackberry jam, root beer and black cherry soda. Dry with dusty tannins and light fruit flavors. Cherry leads the flavors with a balanced finish. (tasted on Sep-16-2013)
91 • Axel 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Colchagua Valley $20. Sustainable Agriculture
Deep brick garnet. Aromas of toasty, spicy vanilla and eucalyptus framing black currants, crushed blackberries, figs and roasted plums. Notes of tobacco, mocha and fondant. Tannins are well integrated carrying the deep fruit notes through the medium-long finish. Quite stylish. (tasted on Sep-05-2013)
91 • Doña Lucía 2011 Gran Reserva, Carménère, Maule Valley $14.99. Cellar Selection. Best Buy.
Deep Garnet with Aromas of black cherries, currants, crushed blackberries, vanilla. allspice, and olive. Taught tannins are well integrated with toasty oak and dark fruits on the palate. Touch of mocha richness and black raspberries on the mid-palate follow through to the finish. Impressive. (tasted on Sep-05-2013)
91 • Axel 2011 Syrah, Limari Valley $20. Sustainable Agriculture
Opaque with a deep red rim. Aromas of dark earth, coffee, cracked peppercorns, black currants, stewed plums, wild black raspberries, roasted meat and blackberries. Rich and robust flavors of dry blackberry jam, dried cherries and chewy licorice. Seamless tannins provide excellent structure to the rich, opaque fruit. Touch of black pepper adds an overall zestiness. (tasted on Sep-16-2013)
91 • Tiziano 2009 Chianti Riserva DOCG $14.99. Best Buy.
Ruby with red brick rim. Aromas of nut brittle, dried cherry, olive, pepper, and clay with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium body and tangy, berry, spice and roasted nut nuanced with chewy tannins. Pure and classic Chianti flavor, balance and style. A great value that will be awesome with food. (tasted on Sep-03-2013)
91 • Alexander Valley Vineyards 2012 Dry Rosé of Sangiovese, Alexander Valley $15. Best Buy.
Pale crimson silver color. Bright aromas of strawberries and vanilla yogurt nuts with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a long, mineral, grass, and green apple accented finish. Delicious and exquisitely balanced for sipping or the table. (tasted on Sep-06-2013)
91 • Line 39 2011 Merlot, Central Coast $10. Best Buy.
Deep garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of honeyed berries and nut have a hint of bacon with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a nice dash of roasted citrus, apple, and cedar on the finish. A very well balanced, flavorful, and pure merlot. (tasted on Sep-16-2013)
91 • HandCraft 2012 Pinot Noir, California $12.99. Best Buy.
Garnet color. Vibrant aromas of coffee candy and chocolate cherries with a silky, fruity medium body and a rich, mocha, spice, and citrus accented finish. Very pure and fruity flavors with a great smooth texture. (tasted on Sep-13-2013)
91 • Pacific Redwood 2012 Organic, Syrah, Redwood Valley $12.99. Best Buy. Certified Organic|Next| |Find-a-Wine|
Garnet violet color. Bright aromas and flavors of honeyed raspberries, vanilla bean, and peppercorns with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, juicy exotic spice and sandalwood accented finish with chewy appetizing tannins. Very nice purity and balance of flavor. (tasted on Sep-18-2013)