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92 • Rutherford Ranch 2005 "Rhiannon" Red, Napa Valley $28.
Deep violet color. Aromas of oily coffee bean, seared ham, cocoa, lemon verbena, and red clay follow through on a brisk entry to a dryish medium body with tart black cherry and pepper flavors and a warm, raisin and mineral fade with firm, dusty tannins. (tasted on Jun-29-2009)
90 • Tamayo Vineyards 2006 Estate Red Blend, Contra Costa County $15. Best Buy.
Deep garnet violet color. Aromas of singed cedar, dark toffee, and black raspberry jam follow through on a supple entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with excellent depth, structure, and a hint of heirloom tomato. Finishes with tangy warm berry compote, slate, and white pepper accented fade. A lovely, balanced table wine to serve with smoked meats and fajitas. (tasted on Jul-04-2009)
89 • Velocity 2006 Red Wine, Rogue Valley $25.
Deep purple black color. Aromas plums, cocoa powder, and figs have a floral perfumed quality and follow though on a soft, buoyant entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with notes of pencil shavings and peppery spice on the crisp, cottony tannin fade. (tasted on Jul-06-2009)
88 • Alexandria Nicole 2007 Destiny Ridge Vineyards "Quarry Butte", Horse Heaven Hills $20.
Deep garnet purple color. Rich aromas of chocolate covered berries, beeswax, and baking spices follow through on a round entry to a dryish medium-to-full body with good depth and an apple, dried currant, and chewy nutty tannin fade. Serve with ribeye steaks. (tasted on Jul-06-2009)
87 • Cayalla 2005 RTW, Columbia Valley $11.99. Best Buy.
Deep garnet color. Aromas of toffee, chocolate covered coffee beans, tomato leaf,and raspberry cobbler follow through on a soft, round entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with crisp acidity, wet cedar, and baking spice notes. Finishes with quick, powdery tannin fade. (tasted on Jul-13-2009)
87 • Velocity 2007 "Velo" Red Wine, Rogue Valley $18.
Deep garnet violet color. Aromas of blackberries, grilled pepper, apple skin, and vanilla pod follow through on a light, supple entry to a dryish medium body with tart cranberry, melon rind, and cacao nib notes. Finishes with a crisp, wispy tannin fade. A nice, elegant Old World styled table wine. (tasted on Jul-06-2009)
84 • Cedar Mountain 2006 Reserve "Pas de Deux", Livermore Valley $33.
Deep garnet purple color. Pleasant aromas of blueberries in cream, bacon fat, and mint follow through on a round, supple entry to a tangy medium body with roasted nut and dark cherry notes. Finishes in a tart berry and cedar accented fade with big, chewy tannins. (tasted on Jun-29-2009)
84 • Road i NV Red Blend, Mendocino County $9.95.|Find-a-Wine|
Deep ruby black color. Soft aromas of red berries and talc follow through on a round, supple entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with raisin and wet cedar notes. Finishes with minerals, green twigs and nutshell like tannins. (tasted on Jun-29-2009)