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94 • Monte De Oro 2008 Reserve, Estate Grown, Cabernet Sauvignon, Temecula Valley $70.
Dusty ruby color. Complex, savory aromas of olive tapenade, grilled peppers, honeycomb, vanilla biscuit, and mulberries with a satiny, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a long, sumptuous cassis pie, spice, Belgian chocolate, and earth driven finish. A fantastically rich and rewarding cabernet that will triumph with the finest steaks. (tasted on Jul-08-2013)
94 • D.R. Stephens Estate 2010 D.R. II, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley $65.
Garnet violet color. Aromas of mixed berry compotes, olive, chocolate and leather with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, seamless, vanilla bean and fine tannin finish. Artfully crafted and elegantly styled cabernet for the table. (tasted on Jun-24-2013)
93 • D.R. Stephens Estate 2009 D.R. II, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley $65.
Aromas of coffee yogurt, roasted nuts, chocolate fudge, and dried cherries with a satiny, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a juicy berry pie, peppery spice, and earth finish. A flavorful and well balanced cabernet with a mellow old school Napa style. (tasted on Jun-24-2013)
93 • Renteria 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District, Napa Valley $60. Cellar Selection.
Garnet violet color. Deep aromas of cassis, creme brulee, mocha, honeycomb, and spice with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy pomegranate, passionfruit, and lime curd accented finish. A zesty, vibrant cabernet that will shine at the table. (tasted on Jun-24-2013)
91 • Sagebrush Annie's 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Barbara County $48.
Garnet color. Aromas of floral honey, sandalwood, buttery praline, and sweet spice with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a rich, dried cherry and raspberry, peppercorn, incense ash, and blueberry creme brulee finish. Deliciously different and terroir driven. (tasted on Jul-08-2013)
91 • Pend d'Oreille 2010 Lawrence Vineyard, Meyer Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington $36. Cellar Selection.
Dark ruby. Aromas of plum pie, pickled watermelon rind, and Black Forest cake with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, pomegranate sorbet, cassis, pink peppercorn and sweet spice finish with powdery tannins. A vibrantly flavorful cabernet that will be a fine table companion. (tasted on Jul-08-2013)
89 • Renteria 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley $32. Cellar Selection.
Aromas of chocolate toffee, eucalyptus honey, and berry mint gelato with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, cranberry, blood orange, nutshells, and baking spices accented finish with chewy tannins. (tasted on Jun-24-2013)
89 • Pend d'Oreille 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington $21. Cellar Selection.
Garnet purple color. Aromas of chocolate graham cracker and cranberry-banana bread with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, cedar, vanilla custard, nutshell, and marinated olive accented finish with chewy coating tannins. A lovely table wine. (tasted on Jul-08-2013)
88 • Yorkville 2010 Rennie Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Yorkville Highlands $30. Cellar Selection. Organically Grown Grapes
Garnet black color. Chocolate cherry, grape soda, and graham cracker aromas and flavors with a tangy, medium-to-full body and a nutty, firm tannin finish. (tasted on Jul-08-2013)
81 • Silver Lake 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Rattlesnake Hills $11.99.|Find-a-Wine|
Ruby color. Very woody aromas of lit candle, nutshells, toasty cedar, and baked berries with a soft, dryish medium body and a tart cranberry, vanilla cream, and straw finish. A bit out of balance--too woody. (tasted on Jul-08-2013)