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94 • Jarvis 2008 Estate Grown, Cave Fermented, "Lake William Blend", Napa Valley $135.
Pure mulberry and boysenberry aromas and flavors with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, vanilla bean, olive skin, peppery spice and earth nuanced finish. Very complex and expressive in a class oak frame. (tasted on Feb-27-2012)
91 • Chateau St. Croix 2008 "3 Barrel Red", California $50. Cellar Selection.
Aromas of chocolate covered graham crackers, brown spice, and cherry sorbet with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, chewy, herbal tea, cocoa, cedar, and peppery spice finish. A powerful, delicious, age-worthy red. (tasted on Mar-05-2012)
91 • RoxyAnn 2008 Claret, Rogue Valley $26.
Garnet color. Aromas of creamy spicy nougat and dried berry chutney with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, blackberry tart and crunchy apple finish. Very appealing as a sipper or table wine. (tasted on Mar-05-2012)
91 • Amizetta Vineyards 2009 Terraced Hillside Estate, "Complexity", Napa Valley $38. Cellar Selection.
Dark ruby black color. Vibrant aromas of cassis, blueberry cobbler, and eucalyptus with a supple fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a firm, crunchy tannin finish with notes of cedar, apple and vanilla. Deliciously lively. (tasted on Feb-27-2012)
91 • Ledson 2008 "Ti Amo", Knights Valley $74.
Deep garnet black color. Fruity aromas of chocolate raspberry, creme brulee, peppercorn and toasty cedar with a supple fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a pomegranate gelato, cedar, olive and firm tannin finish. Flavorfully structured for the table, especially grilled meats. (tasted on Feb-27-2012)
91 • Anemoi 2009 "Boreas", Grand Valley $39.95. Cellar Selection.
Rich aromas of berry pie a la mode, dusty brown spices, and smoked bacon with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a chewy, tangy, peppery spice and mulberry chutney finish with firm tannins. A wonderfully rich, well oaked red. (tasted on Mar-05-2012)
90 • Forchini 2009 Estate, "BeauSierra" Bordeaux Style Red Wine, Dry Creek Valley $22.
Earthy aromas and flavors of sautéed berries and mushroom are very reminiscent of Bordeaux and follow through with a supple dryish medium-to-full body and a long, complex clay, cedar, damp forest floor and peppery spice accented finish. A delightful Old World styled table wine. (tasted on Feb-27-2012)
90 • Isaac Smith 2009 Red Reserve, New Jersey $24.
Deep ruby black color. Rich aromas of creamy vanilla, berry pie, and pickling spices with a soft, tart and tangy medium body with a nice solid core of chewy berry fruit and a nutty praline, spice and earth accented finish. Very nice. (tasted on Mar-05-2012)
89 • Ledson 2006 "Cépage", Sonoma County $86.
Dark ruby black color with a brick rim. Aromas of buttercream, mocha, honeycomb,and cherry pie with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium body and a crisp, kiwi-strawberry custard tart accented finish. Very nice. (tasted on Feb-27-2012)
88 • Mica 2009 Jolon Vineyards, "CFM", Monterey $29.99.
Deep ruby black color. Aromas of blueberry pie a la mode and brandied raisin cake with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a lightly tannin pencil shaving and cranberry accented finish. Flavorful, nicely structured and easy drinking for the table. (tasted on Feb-27-2012)
85 • Ledson 2008 "Bellisimo", Knights Valley $60. Cellar Selection.|Find-a-Wine|
Aromas of berry pie, clay, and mocha milkshake with a chewy, dry-yet-fruity medium-body and a tart, leafy tannin, craisin and oak driven finish. Needs time. (tasted on Feb-27-2012)