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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 • 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 • 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 • Stephen Vincent 2011 Chardonnay, California $11.99. Best Buy.
Pale golden straw color. Aromas of whole pineapple, roasted nuts, apples, and clay with a crisp, dryish medium body and a mineral, citrus, and earth accented finish. A very nice Old World styled chardonnay. Impressive in its restraint and balance. (tasted on Sep-05-2013)
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)
92 • Knapp 2012 Vignoles, Finger Lakes $10.95. Best Buy.
Golden yellow color. Aromas of caramel apple, lemon tart, and pineapple cake with a crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy mandarin orange and Key lime accented finish with nice chewy fruit tannins. A superb, refreshing and delicious off-dry vignoles. (tasted on Sep-19-2013)
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 • Rex Goliath NV "Free Range Red", American $8.99. Best Buy.
Garnet color. Savory aromas of roasted peppers, olives, and chocolate drizzled berries with a supple, fruity medium body and juicy, jammy raspberry and spiced nut finish. A very tasty and appetizing red blend for everyday pleasure. (tasted on Sep-18-2013)
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
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)
91 • Barefoot NV Bubbly Red Moscato Sparkling Champagne, California $9.99. Best Buy.
Crimson garnet color. Aromas and flavors of cherry, strawberry and cranberry sorbets and custard with fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a long zesty lime curd, kiwi tart, and spice finish. Great vibrancy of fruit with zesty acidity to keep the sweetness in check, a winning formula for a sparkling red dessert wine. (tasted on Sep-18-2013)
91 • HandCraft 2011 Chardonnay, California $12.99. Best Buy.
Pale golden yellow color. Aromas of poached apples, creamy bread pudding, and nougat with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a nicely balanced sweet citrus curd and spice finish. Excellent vibrancy and finesse. (tasted on Sep-05-2013)
91 • Johnson Estate 2012 Freelings Creek Reserve, Sweet, Riesling, Lake Erie $12.99. Best Buy.
Aromas of dried citrus, grassy herbs, and peach pit with a very fruity medium body and a tangy, honeyed apricot, Meyer lemon and mineral driven finish. Delicious and more fruity than sweet with great balancing acidity. (tasted on Sep-17-2013)
91 • Alias 2011 Secret Agent Red, California $8.99. Best Buy.
Ruby with a red brick rim. Aromas and flavors of spicy blueberry cobbler, chocolate mint, and pomegranate chutney are rich and enticing with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a zesty lime curd, spiced apple, cedar, and toffee accented finish. A delicious go-to red wine that delivers impressive complexity and style for the price. (tasted on Sep-18-2013)
90 • La Playa 2011 Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc, Colchagua Valley $12/375 ml. Best Buy. Sustainable Agriculture
Medium gold. Aromas of ripe pineapple, honeycomb, candied ginger, dried mango and salt water taffy. Ripe and luscious with beautiful balance. Finish is long and complex with layers of ripe fruit and washed rind cheese, ginger and cake icing. Well balanced, concentrated and complex. (tasted on Sep-16-2013)
90 • Leyendas de Familia 2012 Reserva, Sauvignon Blanc, Maule Valley $9.99. Best Buy.
Pale straw color. Aromas of honeydew melon, lemon, white peaches, white grapefruit. Fruit forward flavors of nectarines and sweet lemon, a soft tartness and a finish of lemon squeezed on peaches. Very pleasant and vibrant. (tasted on Sep-05-2013)
90 • BEX 2011 Riesling, Nahe $10. Best Buy.|Next| |Find-a-Wine|
Light gold. Aromas of yellow watermelon, pineapple, ginger, creek stone, honeycomb and petrol. Off dry with flavors of luscious peaches, mango, sweet lemon, honeycrisp apples and quince. Minerally from aroma to flavor to finish adds complexity and exceptional balance to the long finish. Complex and delicious. (tasted on Sep-18-2013)