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92 • Reynolds Family Winery 2009 "Persistence", Napa Valley $50.
Elegant nose of black currants, vanilla custard and toffee. Great balanced texture and acidity with just the right of amount of tangy fruit, oak spice, cocoa, and earth. Very nice and extremely flexible at the table. (tasted on Feb-18-2013)
91 • Ghost Pines 2009 Winemaker's Red Blend, California $23.
Purple color. Honeycomb, berry compote, custard, and clay aromas and flavors with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, dried berry, nut and spice finish. Well crafted and very crowd pleasing for sipping or the table. (tasted on Feb-18-2013)
91 • Alec Spencer Cellars 2007 Sharp's Hill Vineyards, "The College Fund Red", Paso Robles.
Nice array of ripe black currants, eucalyptus, toffee and toasty oak. Rich tangy flavors follow with a chewy texture and large scaled lingering plum and oak spice flavors follow. (tasted on Feb-25-2013)
91 • Kitzke 2009 "Monte Caramelle", Columbia Valley $30.
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of cherry pie, chocolate nuts, and a hint of pine with a silky dryish medium body and a tangy craisin, apple, mint and earth accented finish. A zesty, refreshing red that will cut through rich foods like a knife. (tasted on Feb-25-2013)
90 • Exitus 2011 Red Wine, California $25.
Garnet violet color. Inviting aromas of boysenberry jam, milk chocolate, cedar and maple smoked bacon with a tangy, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a crisp, sour cherry, green apple, and whole roasted nut finish. Flavorful and poised for sipping or the table. (tasted on Feb-18-2013)
90 • Two Rivers 2010 Vintner's Blend, Grand Valley $16.25. Best Buy.
Aromas of dried berries and tomatoes, honeycomb, cashew brittle, and buttercream with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, cranberry, cocoa, pickling spice, and dolmades accented finish with fine chewy, earthy tannins. A very nice structured Old World styled red that will be great at the table. (tasted on Feb-18-2013)
90 • Waving Tree NV "The Works", Columbia Valley $20.
Red brick brown color. Aromas of Playdoh, praline and dried berries with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a crisp, tangy caramelized almonds, suede, vanilla cream, and craisin finish. An interesting and engaging Old-World red like that will play well with food, especially veal chops and lamb. (tasted on Feb-25-2013)
89 • Deep Sea 2009 Red, Central Coast $24.
Nice creamy notes lead and are reminiscent of a blackberry cobbler. Later a light leathery note. Rich attack and lengthy flavors follow. Ample fine tannins round out the finish nicely. (tasted on Feb-18-2013)
89 • Peirano 2009 "The Unknown", Lodi $12.99. Best Buy.
Red juju bead candy, toasty pie crust and strawberry tart aromas round out the nose. Easy, well balanced flavors follow through to the finish. (tasted on Feb-25-2013)
89 • Crow River NV Marquette, Minnesota $19.99.
Aromas and flavors of cranberries, carrot cake, and pickling spices with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, apple, honey roasted nut, and pickled tomato accented finish. A zesty, spicy red that will be great with spicy Mediterranean lamb dishes. (tasted on Feb-25-2013)
88 • Frey 2011 Biodynamic, Field Blend, Mendocino $14.99. Best Buy. Certified Organic-Biodynamic
Garnet violet color. Intriguing aromas of herb-rubbed meat, incense, honeyed nuts and spicy berry compote with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a grilled pineapple and sweet potato, straw, and nut shell accented finish with a slight agave-like quality. Different and fun. (tasted on Feb-18-2013)
88 • Austerity 2011 Proprietary Red Wine, California $16.
Deep garnet purple color. Interesting aromas of dried berries, dulce du leche gelato, Asian spices, and faint jerky with a silky, fruity medium body and lively, spicy apple-cherry sauce and toasted nut finish. Tasty. (tasted on Feb-18-2013)
88 • Crow River NV Frontenac, Minnesota $15.99.
Aromas of mocha custard, toffee, and berries with a tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a zesty tangerine, green tomato, craisin, and balsamic accented finish. A fun, racy red that will be great with bbq. (tasted on Feb-25-2013)
88 • Kitzke 2007 "Janaina Sensação Red", Columbia Valley $18.
Warm vibrant nose, black fruits along with a light herbal note, menthol and a hint of violets. Ripe fruit flavors follow with a really pleasant integrated oak component. (tasted on Feb-18-2013)
87 • Peirano 2010 "The Other" Red, Lodi $12.99. Best Buy.
Dusty berry notes lead along with a hint of cream. Rich earthy flavors linger nicely on the palate with dusty tannins on the finish. (tasted on Feb-25-2013)
87 • Illinois River Winery NV Claret, Illinois. Organically Grown Grapes
Purple Pez candy scent leads. Later a grapey scent peeks through along with a dried straw/hay aromas and flavors. Cranberry and orange zest flavors are balanced and the underlying acidity is refreshing. Finishes with with lots of rustic earthiness, dried flowers and olives and silty tannins. A great choice for game. (tasted on Feb-18-2013)
87 • Midnight 2007 Reserve, "Gemini", Paso Robles.
Black fruits and brambly earth notes lead. Rich supple entry and tangy fruit and cedar flavors follow. Grippy finish. (tasted on Feb-25-2013)
86 • Barefoot NV "Impression" Red Blend, California $6.99. Best Buy.
Nice nose of toasty, smoky dark fruits. Rich ripe fruit flavors follow and toasty bread crust flavor comes on in the finish. Ample tannins coat the palate. (tasted on Feb-18-2013)
86 • The Naked Grape NV Harvest Red Blend, California $7.99. Best Buy.
Warm toasted yeast and dark fruit aromas and flavors of black berries and dark plums. Easy fruit flavors are lifted by tangy acidity on the zippy finish. Pleasant. (tasted on Feb-18-2013)
85 • Redwood Creek NV Winemaker's Reserve, Rich Red Blend $8.|Find-a-Wine|
Sweet candied cherry scents and flavors come on nicely with vanilla and chocolate notes and a relaxed finish. Ripe, easy flavors are sure to please the crowd. (tasted on Feb-18-2013)