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90 • Graffigna 2007 Centenario, Cabernet Sauvignon, San Juan $12.99. Best Buy.
Garnet violet color. Bright aromas of boysenberry pie, chocolate, and vanilla custard have a lush spiciness and follow through on a soft, plush entry to a fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body with good, even depth and a touch of pencil shavings. Finishes with a long, creamy silky tannin fade. A highly polished, very tasty sipper. (tasted on Feb-17-2010)
90 • Carlos Basso 2008 Reservado, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza $15.99. Best Buy.
Inky purple color. Aromas of toasty cedar, vanilla, dill pickle, and lingonberry jam follow through on a soft, round entry to a dryish medium body with good depth and food affinity. Finishes in a toasty oak spice and craisin fade with rim chewy tannin. Pair with spicy Latin steaks. (tasted on Feb-17-2010)
87 • Bodegas San Huberto 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, La Rioja $8.99. Best Buy.
Deep ruby violet color. Aromas of baked berries, chocolate covered nuts, and cedar follow through of on a supple entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with good depth and a zippy, soft tannin finish. (tasted on Feb-17-2010)
84 • Alta Vista 2008 Classic, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza $13.
Aromas of sweetened coffee and cocoa follow through on a round entry to a dryish light-to-medium body with dried berry and earth notes. Finishes with a crisp, dusty tannin fade. (tasted on Feb-17-2010)
84 • Algodon Wine Estates 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, San Rafael $14.99.
Mild aromas of berries, tomatoes on the vine, and wet cedar have a whiff of acetone and follow through on a round entry to dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with baked raisin and prune notes. Finishes with a peppery, powdery tannin fade. (tasted on Feb-17-2010)
80 • Bodegas San Huberto 2007 Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, La Rioja $12.99.|Find-a-Wine|
Deep garnet color with a purple rim. Musty dried flowers, talc, and lavender soap aroma follow through on a brisk entry to a dryish light-to-medium body charred nut, cherry tobacco, and tart blackberry notes throughout the short pithy, sandalwood accented finish. (tasted on Feb-17-2010)