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93 • Rotta Winery 2009 Primitivo, Paso Robles $22.
Bright aromas and flavors of raspberry, chocolate, creme brulee, and spice with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, juicy toffee and pepper accented finish. A pure, pleasure producing primitivo. (tasted on May-27-2012)
91 • Hawk Haven 2009 "Talon", Outer Coastal Plain $34.
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of baked cherries, tomato chutney, fresh herbs and clay with a satiny dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, earthy craisin, creme brulee and praline accented finish. A sumptuously savory table wine with an elegant and refreshing Old World charm. (tasted on May-27-2012)
90 • Bouchaine 2010 Estate Vineyard, Bacchus Collection, Pinot Meunier, Carneros Napa Valley $35.
Garnet violet color. Aromas of smoky toffee and coffee and chocolate covered sour cherries with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crunchy apple and minerally earth accented finish. A charming, lively sipper or table wine somewhat reminiscent of a CdP. (tasted on May-21-2012)
89 • Heitz 2009 Grignolino, Napa Valley $18.75.
Watermelon, chocolate mint, and pomegranate aromas and flavors with a silky, dryish medium body and a pencil shaving, grilled apple, and menthol tobacco accented finish. A tangy table wine with nice complexity. (tasted on May-27-2012)
88 • Smart Cookie 2009 Red Blend, California $12.99. Best Buy.
Bright chocolate covered cherry and raspberry and spicy praline aromas and flavors with a silky, boldly fruity medium body and a juicy, dried berry and baking spice finish. An unpretentious, flavorfully fruity crowd-pleaser. (tasted on May-27-2012)
88 • Auburn Road 2009 Classico, Outer Coastal Plain $17.99.
Aromas and flavors of green tomatoes on the vine, toffee, and toasty graham cracker crust cherry pie with a supple, dryish medium body and a savory, tangy, smoky mineral finish. A nice rustic, food wine. (tasted on May-27-2012)
87 • Kitchen Sink NV Reserve Red Table Wine, California $11.99. Best Buy.
Aromas of chocolate covered cherries, nuts and graham crackers with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, pear, smoked nut, and burnt sugar accented finish. (tasted on May-27-2012)
87 • Walker 2007 Red Wine, Napa Valley $7.99. Best Buy.
Ruby black color. Bright aromas of spicy sweet pickles, cassis jam, and chocolate nuts with a supple, fruity medium body and a zippy, cherry and spice finish. A nice carefree sipper or table wine; will be great with gourmet burgers. (tasted on May-29-2012)
84 • Pend d'Oreille 2010 Coyote Canyon Vineyard, Primitivo, Washington $30.
Deep garnet black color. Aromas of fruit leather, praline, and pepper with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, slightly pithy, apple core, cherry pit, and straw finish. (tasted on May-27-2012)
84 • Memoir NV Red Wine, California $4.99. Best Buy.|Find-a-Wine|
Garnet violet color. Floral aromas of mixed berries, spicy nougat, and chocolate with a supple, fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a crunchy apple, tart cherry and dusty earth finish. A nice tangy table wine. (tasted on May-29-2012)