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96 • Montagna 2007 Tre Vigneti, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley $50.
Nearly opaque brick red color. Vibrant pickled tomato-pepper relish, chocolate currant, honeycomb, and dried eucalyptus leaf aromas with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a rich, concentrated blueberry, raisin, praline and peppercorn finish with dusty tannins. Vibrant and balanced; serve with prime rib. (tasted on Aug-22-2011)
94 • Montagna 2006 Tre Vigneti, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley $50.
Aromas of boysenberry pie, chocolate mousse, cashmere and pickled tomatoes and peppers with a satiny fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a seamless, tangy craisin, lime leaf, and earth accented finish. A wonderfully balanced and flavor cabernet to serve with filet mignon. (tasted on Aug-22-2011)
94 • Reynolds Family Winery 2007 Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District $89.
Deep artisan chocolate, nut brittle, and boysenberry gelato aromas and flavors with a supple fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a long, tangy craisin, sandalwood and pink peppercorn finish with chewy tannins. Delicious and opulent. (tasted on Oct-03-2011)
93 • Pollak Vineyards 2009 Estate Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Monticello $30.
Aromas of chocolate and vanilla nut fudge, violet candy, waxy honeycomb and craisins with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, seamless spiced apple, lemongrass, praline, and tilled earth accented finish. A delicious and stylish red blend for the table; pair with porterhouse steaks. (tasted on Aug-22-2011)
93 • Reynolds Family Winery 2007 Estate Select, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley $45.
Subtle mocha, nut, and cassis aromas with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery and sweet pickling spice accented finish with excellent citrusy acidity and length. Superbly plush with a great sense of place. (tasted on Oct-03-2011)
92 • H/H Estates 2009 Coyote Canyon Vineyard, "Big John Cab", Horse Heaven Hills $35.
Deep garnet violet color. Subdued aromas of waxy honeycomb, toasty cashew nougat, cigar tobacco, and currant chutney with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, peppery spice, cedar and earth accented finish. Very nicely balanced for the table. (tasted on Aug-29-2011)
89 • JuneRay Wines 2008 "Ashlow", Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley $97.
Deep garnet violet color. Dried currant, chocolate nut, olive, leather, and clay with a tangy and supple dryish medium-to-full body and a tart cranberry coulis, baked apple skin and dusty earth finish with somewhat gritty tannins. A tightly-wound cabernet that needs aeration and time. (tasted on Oct-03-2011)
88 • Pollak Vineyards 2008 Estate, Cabernet Sauvignon, Monticello $24.
Aromas and flavors of herbal marinated tomatoes, beets, and black raspberries with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy pomegranate, plum skin and dusty earth accented finish. (tasted on Aug-22-2011)
88 • Biltmore Estate NV Cabernet Sauvignon, American $14.99. Best Buy.
Bright berry yogurt, tomato, and herb aromas with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, tart dried cranberry and earth finish. A nice earthy and fruity table wine. (tasted on Oct-15-2011)
88 • Tomasello 2008 Oak Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Outer Coastal Plain $22.
Intriguing vegetal aromas of pickled okra, smoky grilled cabbage, toffee, and stewed berries with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, craisin, mocha, tomato on the vine, and dusty leafy earth finish. Interesting table friendly rusticity; try with goulash. (tasted on Oct-03-2011)
85 • Domino 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, California $6.99. Best Buy.|Find-a-Wine|
Dried berry and almond aromas and flavors with a silky fruit medium body and juicy cherry and cedar finish. (tasted on Oct-15-2011)