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90 • Yellow Hawk 2007 Barbera, Columbia Valley $20.
Deep violet color. Big expressive aromas of blackberries, toffee, and honeycomb follow through on a rich, tangy entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with great acidity and a tart pomegranate and chewy tannin fade. A fine table wine to pair with spicy Latin or Mediterranean beef dishes. (tasted on Jan-04-2010)
89 • Viansa 2005 Augusto, Barbera, Sonoma Valley $42.
Deep garnet color. Roasted nuts, warm berry-cherry compote, and melted toffee aromas follow through on a round, supple entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with good depth and tangy, dried citrus like acidity. Finishes with a crisp, lively, powdery tannin fade. A zesty red that will work great with spicy Mediterranean red meat dishes and even mild domestic ones like pot roasts. (tasted on Nov-30-2009)
88 • Alba 2007 Barbera, Warren Hills $26.99.|Find-a-Wine|
Briary, berry on the vine and wild yeast aromas display a touch of clay, cocoa, and cherry cider vinegar and follow through on a soft, brisk entry to a fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body with good depth and balance. Finishes with a hint of candied fig and prunes and soft, mossy wood tannins. A distinctive, charming rustic wine to pair with mushroom risotto and boar stew. (tasted on Nov-30-2009)