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90 • Viansa 2006 Farneta, Primitivo, Carneros $35.
Dark ruby color. Round, smooth and balanced fresh and dried berry, aromas and flavors with a hint of chocolate and beeswax. Long, zesty finish. Very food friendly. (tasted on Nov-30-2009)
90 • Calcareous Vineyards 2007 "Tres Violet", Paso Robles $36.
Deep garnet violet color. Rich aromas of blueberry cobbler a la mode and waxy chocolate follow through on a round, supple entry to a fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body with great depth and tangy acidity. Finishes with a long, dried berry and fine tannin fade. An excellent sipper or table with to serve with porterhouse steaks. (tasted on Jan-04-2010)
89 • Des Voigne Cellars 2007 "The Duke" Zinfandel Blend, Columbia Valley $28.
Somewhat dull garnet black color. Aromas of chocolate covered espresso bean and melted wax follow thorugh on soft, supple entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with dried berry, melon, and custard notes. Finishes with a crisp, chewy tannin fade. A tasty table friendly red to pair with spicy pork dishes. (tasted on Nov-30-2009)
89 • Yellow Hawk 2006 "Solstice", Columbia Valley $20.
Deep garnet color. Attractive aromas of sautéed cherries, honeycomb, cracked pepper,and delicate herbs follow through on a supple entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with tart berry skin and sweet baking spice notes. Finishes with a long, chewy tannin fade. (tasted on Jan-04-2010)
86 • Villa Toscano 2007 Estate Bottle, Tre Stellina, Shenandoah Valley $24.
Deep ruby black color. Aromas of smoky cedar and nuts and strawberry jam follow through on a soft entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with even flavors and a tangy powdery tannin finish. A nice table wine to pair with roasted pork. (tasted on Dec-07-2009)
85 • Pend d'Oreille 2007 Coyote Canyon Vineyard, Primitivo, Washington $28.
Ruby garnet color. Almost confectionary aromas of chocolate mousse, coconut macaroon, and cherry-strawberry liqueur have a delicate waxy edge and follow through on a very smooth and soft entry to a fruity medium-to-full body with a peppery spice flourish on the juicy, dried berry and dusty tannin finish. A 300 pound ballerina of a wine, smooth but hefty. Pair with osso bucco or Jamaican jerked pork. (tasted on Nov-30-2009)
84 • Kokopelli NV "Sweet Lucy" Red Table Wine, Arizona$11.50.
Bright ruby color. Sweet fruity aromas of strawberry and cherry pie follow through on a brisk entry to a sweet light-to-medium body with a zippy honeyed finish. Try with Stilton. (tasted on Jan-18-2010)
83 • Clautiere Vineyards 2005 Estate, Grand Rouge, Paso Robles $14.
Deep garnet color. Aromas of mocha, stewed tomatoes, and sautéed bell peppers follow through on a soft, round entry to a fruity medium body with sweet lingonberry pancake syrup notes and a smoky cedar and hot peppery spice finish. A bit clumsy. (tasted on Nov-30-2009)
82 • Kokopelli NV "Chianti", Arizona $15.
Deep ruby black color. Aromas of baked blackberries and mulberries and cedar follow through on a soft, brisk entry to a dryish light-to-medium body with tart, tangy pomegranate and citrus notes. Finishes with a crisp, slightly pithy tannin fade. (tasted on Jan-18-2010)
80 • Kokopelli NV "Twin Bliss", Arizona$13.50.|Find-a-Wine|
Deep ruby with a faint maroon brown cast. Aromas of incense, leather, and grilled peppers follow though on a dull, flabby entry to a dry light-to-medium body with shy baked fruit and a firm, cottony tannin fade. Tired and out-of-balance. (tasted on Jan-18-2010)