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93 • Balduzzi 2006 Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Maule Valley $8.99. Best Buy.
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of espresso creme brulee, muddy tomato bed, baked berry and cacao nibs follow through on a silky entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with praline and moss notes. Finishes with a piquant, dusty tannin fade. Very Old World in style with an appealing, easy drinking core of fruit. (tasted on Apr-15-2009)
91 • Viu Manent 2006 Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Colchagua Valley $14. Best Buy.
Deep garnet violet color. Cassis, cocoa, shea butter, and menthol aromas follow through on a smooth, supple entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-full body with rosemary, grilled pepper, blueberry, and herb notes all in tight integration. Finishes with a long, velvety tannin fade. A polished elegant sipper or pair with prime rib. (tasted on Mar-23-2009)
87 • Gillmore 2005 Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Loncomilla Valley $39.99. Cellar Selection.
Opaque ruby color with a garnet rim. Berry chutney, cocoa, and chalk aromas follow through on a supple entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-full body with currant, nut, moss, and menthol tobacco notes. Finishes with a long, firm and chewy tannin fade. Give this some time. (tasted on Apr-15-2009)
87 • Yaima 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Maule Valley $6.99.
Garnet color. Reserved aromas of black cherry jam on rye toast, delicate herbs, and orange blossom honey follow through on a bright, juicy entry to a fruity-yet-dry medium body with menthol, apple butter, and pomegranate notes. Finishes with a zesty, lightly spicy fade. Very pleasant. (tasted on Apr-15-2009)
85 • Yagan 2005 Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Maule Valley $10.99. Best Buy.|Find-a-Wine|
Chocolate covered berries and tobacco aromas follow through on a round entry to a dryish medium body with brisk apple and nut accented flavors and a breezy old spice accented fade. A carefree sipper. (tasted on Apr-15-2009)