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92 • Red Zeppelin Winery 2005 "Black Zeppelin", Paso Robles $42.
Deep violet garnet color. Aromas of chocolate caramel popcorn, cornichon, and dried berries follow through on a round supple entry to a fruity medium-full body with jammy fruit, peppercorn, and spice notes. Finishes with a rich pepper and mineral fade with powdery tannins. A big, flavorful red wine with amazing balance for its weight. (tasted on Feb-04-2009)
92 • Des Voigne Cellars 2006 "The Duke" Red Wine, Columbia Valley $26.
Deep violet color. Reserved aromas of black raspberries, chocolate, and slate follow through on a soft, silky entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with delicate spice and candied orange peel notes. Finishes in flourish of black cherry jam and cocoa with supple tannins. An elegant and balanced red that will shine at the table with veal, pork, and pasta. (tasted on Feb-02-2009)
90 • Biltmore Estate NV "Century Red", American $15.99. Best Buy.
Deep garnet violet color. Crushed blackberry, nutshell, cocoa, and floral honey aromas have a meaty edge and follow through on a supple entry to a tangy, fruity-yet-dry medium body with praline, nut skins, and peppery spice notes. Finishes with a firm, chewy tannin fade. A nice choice for Latin beef dishes. (tasted on Feb-02-2009)
89 • CANA 2007 "Red", Contra Costa County $45.
Garnet color. Buttery chocolate covered rice crispy and berry soufflé aromas follow through on a satiny entry to a fruity medium body with good length and depth. Finishes with a fruit caramel and apple skin fade. Hedonistic. (tasted on Feb-04-2009)
89 • Brian Carter Cellars 2006 "Corrida", Columbia Valley $35.
Deep violet color. Aromas of orange soufflé, violet, and berry pie crust follow through on a soft, supple entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with deep brown spice and cedar notes. Finishes in a tart cocoa dusted berry skin and citrus peel fade with dried flowers and dusty tannins. (tasted on Feb-02-2009)
88 • Yellow Hawk 2005 "Solstice", Columbia Valley $24.
Deep garnet color. Aromas of charred nut, mocha, dried sour cherry, tomato peel, and onion skin follow through on soft, silky entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with sour citrus and stewed berry and vegetable notes. Finishes with a fruity and salty cherry, okra, and limestone accented fade. A good savory choice for stews and pot roasts. (tasted on Feb-02-2009)
87 • Carmichael 2005 "Sa Vini", Monterey County $18.99.
Garnet color with a violet rim. Aromas of stewed berry, nougat, and pickle relish follow through on a round entry to a fruity medium body with touch of baked apple and clay. Finishes with a tart sour cherry, vanilla taffy and chalk fade. (tasted on Feb-02-2009)
85 • Big House Wine Co. 2006 Big House Red, California $9.99. Best Buy.
Deep garnet color. Spearmint leaf, smoked nuts, barnyard hay, and pickle relish aromas follow through on a soft, silky entry to a dryish medium body with compacted flavors and a silty tannin and caramel apple skin fade. (tasted on Feb-04-2009)
81 • Inwood Estates Vineyards 2005 Tempranillo-Cabernet, Texas$39.50.|Find-a-Wine|
Dull inky garnet. Pencil paint, clay, and stewed tomato and berry aromas follow through on a brisk, round entry to a tart medium body with berry stems, dried leaf, vanilla pudding, and pickled pepper notes. Finishes with a tangy, grainy, wood and fruit tannin fade. (tasted on Feb-02-2009)