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91 • Castoro Cellars 2011 Reserve, Estate Grown, Primitivo, Paso Robles $15. Best Buy.
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of mocha and toasty berry pie crust with a silky, fruity medium body and a tangy green apple, peach, and citrus accented finish with nice chewy tannins. A delicious, fruity and well balanced sipper or table wine. (tasted on Oct-14-2013)
90 • Morais 2012 Select Red, Virginia $20.
Garnet color. Aromas of cherry, pencil lead, vanilla and tomato on the vine with a dryish medium body and a tangy cocoa, cranberry, and leafy earth finish with fine tannins. A well balanced, Old World wine (very cru Beaujolais-like) that is a great choice for the table. (tasted on Nov-14-2013)
89 • Mariposa 2011 "Viceroy", Paso Robles $23.
Brilliant ruby color. Deep aromas of cherry and loganberry compotes, toffee, and mocha with a interesting herbal accent follow through on a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and crisp apple, vanilla nut and pomegranate nuanced finish. A nice zesty choice for lamb dishes. (tasted on Oct-07-2013)
89 • JC Cellars 2011 "The Impostor", California $35. Cellar Selection.
Deep garnet purple color. Earthy aromas and flavors of prunes, craisins, dried flowers, and beets with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a roasted root vegetable and salted nut accented finish. A dense table wine that is little shy right now. Give this some time. (tasted on Oct-07-2013)
87 • Posh NV Red, California $12.99. Best Buy.
Dark roasted nut, smoked back bacon, olive, and dried cherry aromas are interesting with a fruity medium body and a tangy honeyed apple and melon accented finish. Different, try with creative hamburger combos: mushroom, blue cheese, bacon, etc. (tasted on Oct-21-2013)
86 • Chime 2012 Red, California $12.99. Best Buy.
Ruby color. Aromas of waxy apples and cherries and nougat with silky, fruity medium body and a tangy apple, orange, blueberry. and melon accented finish. A nice carefree sipper or burger wine. (tasted on Oct-21-2013)
85 • Cottonwood Creek 2010 Red Table Wine, California $9.99. Organically Grown Grapes
Deep garnet color. Aromas and flavors of dried citrus, cherry, and black raspberry with a fruity medium body and a tangy, mango, peach, cocoa, and delicate spice accented finish. A tasty carefree sipper. (tasted on Oct-14-2013)
84 • Cable Car NV Red, California $12.99.|Find-a-Wine|
Bright ruby color. Fruity aromas of honeyed cherries and wrapped pralines with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, roasted apple and orange sorbet accented finish. (tasted on Oct-21-2013)