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92 • CANA 2007 Red Wine, Contra Costa County $29.
Deep inky violet color. Sexy aromas of buttercream, nougat, toasted coconut, and blackberry pie crust follow through on a rich juicy entry to a fruity-yet-dry medium body with tangy black fruit and toffee flavors. Finishes with a long, mocha and vanilla custard accented fade. A delicious red to sip or serve with prime rib. (tasted on Feb-16-2009)
92 • H/H Estates 2005 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Reserve "Bozak Red", Horse Heaven Hills $28.
Opaque violet color. Bright aromas of boysenberry custard, rhubarb, and dried currant follow through on a silky entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with praline and poached apple notes. Finishes with a long, crisp, sherry sautéed nut and mossy earth accented fade. Great complexity and style. (tasted on Feb-16-2009)
92 • Dunham 2006 "Trutina" Red, Columbia Valley $26.
Deep garnet color. Rich aromas of black raspberry, melon rind, mint leaf, and creamy nougat follow through on a juicy entry to a fruity-yet-dry medium body with a great blend of crushed berry, spiced pear, and caramelized nut flavors and a crisp, refreshing finish. A delightful table wine or sipper with brilliant purity. (tasted on Feb-16-2009)
91 • Maryhill 2007 "Winemaker's Red", Columbia Valley $14. Best Buy.
Deep garnet color. Rich aromas of dark roasted coffee and berry pie crust follow through on a silky entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with an intense mocha character. Finishes with a dried apple, berry, and roasted walnut fade. Impressive. (tasted on Feb-16-2009)
89 • Alexandria Nicole 2006 Destiny Ridge Vineyards "Quarry Butte", Horse Heaven Hills $20.
Deep garnet color. Rich aromas of blueberry pie a la mode, buttery toffee, and minerals follow through on a ripe, round entry to a fruity medium-to-full body with great balance and depth. Finishes with a touch of pepper and minerals on the juicy nut accented fade. (tasted on Feb-16-2009)
89 • Red Zeppelin Winery NV "Vinidiction", Monterey $22.
Deep ruby color. Aromas of banana custard, berry ice cream, and buttery praline follow through on a soft, silky entry to a fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body with dried currant, cranberry, spiced apple, and nut notes. Finishes with a long, chewy tannin fade. A tasty, balanced red to serve with pot roasts and lamb chops. (tasted on Feb-16-2009)
89 • Velocity 2005 Red Wine, Rogue Valley $25.
Deep garnet violet color. Aromas of smoked nuts and meats, olives, sea water, and nougat follow through on round, supple entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with roasted pepper and cedar notes. Finishes with cinnamon, clay, and cedar fade. Try with venison chops and broccoli rabe. (tasted on Feb-16-2009)
89 • Velocity 2006 "Velo" Red Wine, Rogue Valley $18.
Deep garnet violet color. Aromas of blueberry coulis, graphite, pepper dust, and baking spice follow through on a soft, silky entry to a dryish medium body with notes of corn starch, talc, and mulberries. Finishes with a charred pepper and pencil accented fade. A nice choice for charred flank steak. (tasted on Feb-16-2009)
87 • A to Z 2005 "Night and Day", Oregon $14. Best Buy.
Deep garnet violet color. Bright aromas of plum skin, cinnamon, grilled pepper, and creamy nougat follow through on a round, juicy entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with bright red fruit and mineral accents. Finishes with a zippy, pencil shaving accented fade. A tasty sipper, or pair with pheasant. (tasted on Feb-16-2009)
87 • Mount Pleasant NV Claret, Augusta, Missouri $13.99. Best Buy.
Bright violet color. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, and baked berries follow through on a supple entry to a dryish medium body with tangy blackberry, toffee, and pencil shaving notes. Finishes with a crisp green apple skin, cinnamon bark and hay fade. A good choice for osso bucco or lamb. (tasted on Feb-16-2009)
83 • Henry Estate 2005 Henry the V, Umpqua Valley $25.
Deep ruby color. Pungent aromas of tar, leather sole, and stewed tomatoes follow through on brisk, strident entry to a dry medium body with nutshell, pomegranate vinegar and praline notes. Finishes with a powdered metal ore and dried pomegranate seed fade. Challenging; serve with grilled boar. (tasted on Feb-16-2009)
81 • Tomasello 2007 Villard Noir, Outer Coastal Plain $14.|Find-a-Wine|
Bright ruby color. Bright aromas of cinnamon, Brazil nuts, green tomatoes on the vine, and red clay follow through on a brisk, sharp entry to a dry light-to-medium body with raw cranberry and pewter notes. Finishes with a brisk, pithy cider vinegar accented fade. A rather austere and angular red. (tasted on Feb-16-2009)