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94 • Heritage 2009 Reserve, BDX, Outer Coastal Plain $35.
Rich coffee gelato, jerky, and roasted caramelized nut aromas with a supple, silky fruity-yet-dry medium body and a juicy, tangy craisin, green apple, green peppercorn, and latte accented finish. A delicious, racy sipper or table wine with a rich and judicious oak character. (tasted on Feb-21-2011)
93 • Reynolds Family Winery 2007 "Persistence", Napa Valley $49. Cellar Selection.
Deep violet black color. Aromas of cassis, vanilla, peppercorn, and dried cherries with a hint of herbs. Supple and round with a fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a juicy, tangy starfruit and cedar accented finish with firm, chewy tannins. (tasted on Feb-28-2011)
92 • Hawk Haven 2008 "Talon", Outer Coastal Plain $35.
Garnet color. Aromas of waxy honeycomb, goji berry, bay leaf, and green peppercorn with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a menthol tobacco, sundried tomato and mint leaf accented finish. An elegant, earthy, and zesty table wine that will pair brilliantly with prime rib. (tasted on Jan-03-2011)
92 • Alexandria Nicole 2008 Destiny Ridge Vineyards, "Destiny", Horse Heaven Hills $45.
Dark garnet violet color. Aromas of nougat, cranberry, peppercorn, and clay with a soft, supple dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and long, apple, nut and graphite finish with polished tannins. An elegant table wine. (tasted on Jan-03-2011)
90 • Château Julien 2007 "Black Nova III", Monterey County $78.
Deep garnet violet color. Aromas of nougat, raspberries, and spicy chocolate with a round, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a long, smooth, fine tannin finish. (tasted on Feb-28-2011)
89 • Isaac Smith 2008 Red Reserve, Outer Coastal Plain $24.
Garnet color. Mild aromas of cinnamon, cedar, herbs, and stewed fruits with a supple, satiny fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body with prune, craisin and peppery spice notes on the finish. A nice zesty table wine to pair with spicy lamb dishes. (tasted on Jan-03-2011)
88 • Hawk Haven 2008 Red Table Wine, Outer Coastal Plain $19.
Garnet violet color. Aromas of stewed berries, herbs, and tomatoes and dried leaves with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a chocolate covered cherry and nutskin accented finish. A nice, earthy table wine that will go well with roasts and stews. (tasted on Jan-03-2011)
88 • Jason-Stephens Winery 2007 Estate, Cabernet Sauvignon-Syrah, Santa Clara Valley $36.
Deep garnet violet color. Bright boysenberry, sundried tomato and nougat aromas with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, mossy earth, vanilla and cedar accented finish. (tasted on Feb-28-2011)
88 • Maryhill 2009 Winemaker's Red, Columbia Valley $11.99. Best Buy.
Garnet violet color. Aromas of stewed berries, cornichon and melted milk chocolate with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium body and a craisin, coffee and cedar finish with powdery tannins. (tasted on Jan-03-2011)
88 • Alexandria Nicole 2009 Destiny Ridge Vineyards, "Quarry Butte", Horse Heaven Hills $20.
Garnet violet color. Rich raspberry cobbler, praline, and creme brulee aromas with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and tangy, cedar and mineral kissed finish with chewy tannins. (tasted on Jan-03-2011)
87 • Highway 12 2008 Red Blend, Sonoma County $17.99.
Violet color. Earthy aromas of olives, sandalwood, and dried blueberries with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, juicy wood spice accented finish with powdery tannins. Pair with spicy flank steaks. (tasted on Feb-28-2011)
84 • Yn NV Table Red, California $6.99. Best Buy.|Find-a-Wine|
Aromas of chocolate covered cherries and peach ice cream with a soft, fruity medium body and and a tangy craisin and spice finish. A pleasant quaffer. (tasted on Feb-28-2011)