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90 • Brian Carter Cellars 2006 "Byzance", Columbia Valley $30.
Translucent ruby garnet color. Aromas of spicy plum chutney, toasty praline, and waxy chocolate follow through on a supple, satiny entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with tangy, craisin, tomatillo, and green peppercorn notes. Finishes with crisp, lightly chewy tannin fade. A nice choice for carne asada fajitas. (tasted on Jun-01-2009)
88 • Vina Robles 2006 "Syrée", Paso Robles $39. Cellar Selection.
Deep opaque violet color. Dense aromas of fondue chocolate, peanut brittle, craisin, and hard boiled egg follow through on a supple, satiny entry to a dryish medium-to-full body with dried raspberry, pear skin, dried tangerine peel, and dusty spice notes. Finishes with a firm, powdery twiggy tannin fade. Give this time it will get better. (tasted on Jun-01-2009)
88 • L'Aventure 2007 Estate "Côte á Côte", Paso Robles $85.
Deep garnet-violet color. Aromas of black raspberry sorbet, vanilla custard, and peppery spice follow through on a rich, entry to a jammy, fruity medium-full body with bright mulberry, roasted pepper, and graphite pencil notes. Finishes with a big wave of peppery heat, praline and cigar box that somehow hold together with nutskin-like tannins. A big, brawny over the top GSM for cult zinheads. (tasted on Jun-01-2009)
87 • Brophy Clark 2007 GSM, Santa Barbara County $20.|Find-a-Wine|
Translucent ruby garnet color. Dense aromas of roasted peppers and tomatoes, thyme, and pomegranate sorbet follow through on a silky entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with cocoa powder, walnut, and raw cranberry notes. Finishes with a crisp, dusty tannin fade. (tasted on Jun-01-2009)