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91 • Goyette 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County $20.
Opaque with a deep purple rim. Aromas of pomegranate, crushed cherries, black raspberry, lingonberry, vanilla and mocha. Soft tannins with cherry and black plum flavors. Fruit forward style that is clean and balanced. (tasted on Sep-19-2013)
91 • Daniel Gehrs 2011 Merlot, Central Coast $20.
Deep ruby color. Aromas of roasted nuts, spicy berry pie, mocha, and a hint of bacon with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a long, tangy finish with notes of vanilla, pickling spices, and poached peaches and apples. Great purity and style. (tasted on Sep-16-2013)
91 • Cryptic 2011 Red Wine, California $16. Best Buy.
Aromas of raspberry jam on toast and cherry puff pastry with a silky fruity, medium body and a long, juicy, cherry-berry, cocoa, cedar and delicate brown spice finish. Great fruit flavor and balance for sipping or the table; try with marinated grilled pork loins. (tasted on Sep-18-2013)
91 • Robert Hall Winery 2012 Cuvée de Robles, Paso Robles $18. Best Buy.
Opaque with a deep purple rim. Aromas of black plum, blackberries, black pepper, tar and leather. Dusty tannins and black plum, cherry, boysenberry flavors. Dry and balanced with a lush finish of juicy fruit and a touch of mocha. A nice red blend for all occasions. (tasted on Sep-19-2013)
91 • Maryhill 2010 Proprietor's Reserve, Sangiovese, Columbia Valley $19.95.
Opaque with a cherry red rim. Aromas of cherry, plums, mushrooms and vanilla. Dusty tannins frame flavors of dried strawberries, plums, violet and red cherries. Robust and balanced. (tasted on Sep-19-2013)
91 • Maryhill 2010 Syrah, Columbia Valley $16.95. Best Buy.
Opaque garnet black color. Minutely oxidized aromas of blackberry yogurt and vinaigrette, brie, and praline with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a savory roasted beet, olive, cedar and brown spice nuanced finish. A very nice mature tasting syrah that will be excellent at the table of as a late night sipper. Drink up. (tasted on Sep-18-2013)
91 • Plungerhead 2011 Old Vine, Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley $19.99.
Garnet with a violet cast. Rich aromas of cherry and berry cream pies and chestnut nougat with a supple, fruity-yet-dry and a creamy meringue, tangy blackberry, green apple,pepper and citrus accented finish with chewy tannins. Great purity and vitality of flavor. (tasted on Sep-06-2013)
91 • Four Vines 2010 "Maverick", Zinfandel, Amador County $19.
Dark ruby color. Rich aromas of berry pie a la mode, chocolate mint, and cherry creme brulee with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a hint of herbs, eucalyptus and spiced cranberry on the long, fine tannin finish. Very classy and well made; serve with veal chops. (tasted on Sep-17-2013)
90 • Espuela del Gaucho 2012 Limited Edition Reserve, Malbec, Mendoza $19.99.
Deep, rich crimson red with bright cherry rim. Nose of Chewy blackberry, brambly crushed black cherries, fresh turned garden soil and toasty vanilla. Broad and rich on the pallet with the fruit consistent with nose. Wine is fat and round with just enough chewy tannins to balance it out. Lively red fruit on the finish. (tasted on Sep-03-2013)
90 • Avalon 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley $19.
Opaque red with purple rim. Aromas of cola, black currant, raisins, vanilla and blackberries. Toothsome, with soft tannins and generous fruit. Subtle oak and good balance with the fruit pushed to the edge of ripeness. Very nice. (tasted on Sep-17-2013)
90 • Robert Hall Winery 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles $18. Best Buy.
Opaque with a cherry red rim. Aromas of black currant, black plum, vanilla, allspice and dark earth. Chewy tannins with black cherry, plum and black currant flavors, vanilla and spice. Full, fruity, and balanced with a dry, satisfying finish. (tasted on Sep-19-2013)
90 • HandCraft 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, California $12.99. Best Buy.
Deep garnet color. Pure cassis, toffee, and peppery spice aromas with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a lively sour cherry, craisin, apple sauce, and nut finish. Excellent purity, balance and restraint. (tasted on Sep-05-2013)
90 • Château Julien 2011 Merlot, Monterey County $12.99. Best Buy.
Pale ruby with a brick red rim. Aromas of red cherry, blackberry, boysenberry, freshly tilled soil and a light vanilla note. Bright cherry flavors are elegantly balanced with soft tannins and a touch of vanilla. Not over the top anywhere, but seamless from aroma, to flavor, to soft finish. (tasted on Sep-17-2013)
90 • HandCraft 2011 Inspiration Red, California $12.99. Best Buy.
Aromas of baked cherries and chocolate mint with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a creamy berry-vanilla custard and delicate spice accented finish. Delicious and delightfully balanced. (tasted on Sep-17-2013)
90 • Crow River NV Marquette, Minnesota $19.99.
Deep ruby black color. Aromas of mocha candy, toasty spiced nuts, and baked berries with a supple, dryish medium body and a savory, salted roasted beet, dried meat, cedar, and earth accented finish. A nice dry, savory table wine that will be great with bison and pot roasts. (tasted on Sep-19-2013)
90 • Four Vines 2010 "Biker", Zinfandel, Paso Robles $19.
Deep ruby color. Aromas of dried cherries, suede, and chocolate yogurt with a satiny, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, berry compote, cocoa, and peppery spice finish. A nice hearty, savory zin that will be great with roasts and gourmet burgers. (tasted on Sep-17-2013)
90 • Alexander Valley Vineyards 2011 "Sin Zin", Zinfandel, Alexander Valley $20.
Dark ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of baked cherries, toffee, peppercorn, and honeycomb with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a chewy, nut and roasted apple and citrus accented finish. A nice dry, claret style zin that shine at the table. (tasted on Sep-06-2013)
89 • Belasco de Baquedano 2012 "Llama", Malbec, Mendoza $14. Best Buy.
Deep garnet with a velvety purple rim. Aromas of black currant, black raspberry, mocha, mint, licorice, dark earth, vanilla and brown spice. Rich opulent red and black fruits are nicely framed with a cinnamon, vanilla and chewable tannins. Finish is long, robust and well balanced. (tasted on Sep-05-2013)
89 • Bodega Elena de Mendoza 2011 Malbec, Mendoza $10.99. Best Buy.
Opaque Red with a purple rim. Bright Aromas of red cherry, lingonberry, strawberry and boysenberry with notes of toasty vanilla. Silky tannins and medium body, fruit forward with a straight forward berry-cherry finish. Nicely composed and hedonistic. (tasted on Sep-06-2013)
89 • Cabal 2011 Reserva, Malbec, Mendoza $12.99. Best Buy.|Next| |Find-a-Wine|
Almost opaque with a garnet purple rim. Aromas of raspberries, wild strawberries, crushed cherries, mocha, mint and vanilla. Seamless tannins and acidity balance the beautiful red fruit and oak notes. Long balanced finish. Not over the top, but elegant and stylish. (tasted on Sep-05-2013)