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92 • Wolfgang Puck 2010 Red Blend, California $14.99. Best Buy.
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate coffee beans and nuts and huckleberry tart with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with damson plums, cedar, and earth on the drying, chewy tannin finish. A very nicely structured red wine that will excel at the table. (tasted on Sep-18-2013)
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 • 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 • Plungerhead 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi $14.99. Best Buy.
Brick red with brick red rim. Aromas of red currant, blackberry, boysenberry, mocha and vanilla. Chewy tannins are in perfect balance with classic Cabernet fruit. Toothsome finish with chewy fruit and solid structure. Excellent. (tasted on Sep-17-2013)
91 • Wolfgang Puck 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, California $14.99. Best Buy.
Dark garnet color. Aromas of mocha nut fudge and chocolate berries with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, well-balanced finish with notes vanilla cream, spice, cherry, and roasted nuts. A graceful, appetizing cabernet that will be great at the table. (tasted on Sep-05-2013)
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)
90 • Robert Mondavi 2011 Private Selection, "Coastal Crush Red", Central Coast $11. Best Buy.
Rich and attractive aromas and flavors of huckleberry pie a la mode and chocolate toffee with a silky, fruity medium body and a tangy, sour cherry jam, cedar, and spiced apple accented finish. A delicious, almost-off-dry red that is certainly a crowd pleaser and has some nice structure to boot. (tasted on Sep-18-2013)
90 • Bogle 2010 Essential Red, California $11. Best Buy.
Garnet color. Attractive aromas of toasty, spicy boysenberry pie a la mode with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, creamy vanilla and toffee accented finish. A nice, fruit-driven red that is sure to please. (tasted on Sep-18-2013)
90 • Bogle 2011 Pinot Noir, California $11. Best Buy.|Find-a-Wine|
Ruby black color. Aromas of baked cherries, pickled beets and roasted nuts with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a vanilla, praline, and roasted tomato accented finish. A great combination of fruity and savory notes will make this a pleasure at the table or on its own. (tasted on Sep-06-2013)