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90 • Jarvis 2010 Estate Grown, Cave Fermented, Tempranillo, Napa Valley $70.
Aromas of chocolate caramels, nougat, and spicy black raspberry pie with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy apple, pomegranate, cedar, and dusty tomato accented finish. A nice chewy table wine. (tasted on May-14-2012)
89 • Berryessa Gap Vineyards 2009 Tempranillo, Yolo County $19.
Ruby with a violet cast. Very spice mixed berry compote, menthol tobacco, and delicate herb aromas and flavors with a tangy medium body and a savory, chewy, apple, nut, and sweet spice finish. A fun, flavorful take on the classic Spanish grape. (tasted on May-14-2012)
87 • Bumgarner 2008 Tempranillo, El Dorado $27.
Aromas of honeycomb, nougat, dried berries, and wood putty with a supple, dryish medium-to-full body and a tart craisin, cherry cider, dried tomato, and cedar saw dust finish with heavy tannins. (tasted on May-14-2012)
86 • Delfino 2010 Tempranillo, Umpqua Valley $25.
Interesting aromas of berry scented latte, floral soap, and milk chocolate with a supple, dryish medium body and a butter roasted nut shell, pomegranate, sandalwood and dusty earth finish with heavy tannins. (tasted on May-14-2012)
84 • Hawk Haven 2010 Tempranillo, Outer Coastal Plain $36.|Find-a-Wine|
Aromas of clover honey, baked mulberries, bay leaf and cinnamon bark with a silky, dryish medium body and a tomato vine and grassy earth accented finish. (tasted on May-14-2012)