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94 • Camelot Cellars 2009 "Luna Rossa", American $19.95. Best Buy.
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of malted chocolate balls, butter roasted nuts, and plum pie with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy craisin, mocha, herb toast, and forest floor accented finish. Nicely structured and elegantly styled with a rock solid core of flavor. (tasted on Jul-25-2011)
93 • Amizetta Vineyards 2008 Estate, "Complexity", Napa Valley $40.
Rich aromas of clay, cassis, nougat, menthol tobacco, and forest floor with a tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a hint of apple cider, pomegranate, coconut and earth on the long, chewy tannin finish. An exotic sipper or table wine. (tasted on Jul-18-2011)
93 • Alexander Valley Vineyards 2007 "CYRUS", Alexander Valley $60. Cellar Selection.
Garnet color. Rich berry, suede and chocolate toffee aromas and flavors with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tangy, chewy, poised finish with great length and complexity and grippy tannins. Give this a few years for optimum rewards. (tasted on Aug-08-2011)
93 • Jarvis 2007 Estate Grown, Cave Fermented, "Lake William Blend", Napa Valley $115. Cellar Selection.
Lush oaken aromas and flavors of mocha, roasted nuts, currant, tomato chutney and spice with a satiny, smooth medium-full body and a long, elegant, cedar, pepper, earth accented finish. Flavorful with a well balanced wood character. (tasted on Jul-18-2011)
92 • Midnight Cellars 2006 Reserve, Estate Cuvée, "Zenith", Paso Robles $65.
Garnet ruby color. Rich aromas of dried berries and fig, malted chocolate, beeswax, anise incense and pickled root vegetables with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium body and a long, gracefully finish. Excellent. (tasted on Aug-08-2011)
91 • Prix 2006 Reserve, Mélange Red Table Wine, Napa Valley $75.
Deep ruby black color. Well integrated aromas and flavors of chocolate, berries, ginger bread, herbs, and earth with a touch of citrus and honeyed fig on the long, tea-like tannin on the finish. Very stylish. (tasted on Jul-18-2011)
91 • Maryhill 2008 Proprietor's Reserve, "Serendipity", Columbia Valley $29.95. Cellar Selection.
Deep ruby garnet color. Aromas of salty roasted nuts, tar, roasted tomatoes and warm berry compote with a supple dryish medium-to-full body and a long, tangy cocoa and earth finish. A seriously structured table wine. (tasted on Aug-08-2011)
90 • Forchini 2008 Estate, "BeauSierra" Bordeaux Style Red Wine, Dry Creek Valley $20.
Dark purple garnet. Spot on Bordeaux claret style aromas and flavors with olive, tobacco, leather, and forest floor elements all complimenting the dry fruit brilliantly. (tasted on Aug-08-2011)
89 • Rotta Winery 2007 "Trinity", Paso Robles $35.
Bright ruby color. Aromas of dried cherries and peppery spices with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a juicy chocolate covered plum finish. A very enjoyable sipper or table wine. (tasted on Aug-08-2011)
89 • Cellar Arts 2007 Proprietary, Napa Valley Cuvée, Napa Valley $37.
Deep garnet color. Rich chocolate covered blueberry and nut aromas with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a delicate cedar, mineral dust, herb and pepper accented finish. A stylish red for the table. (tasted on Jul-25-2011)
86 • Unionville Vineyards 2008 Artisan Series, "The Big 'O'" Red Montage, New Jersey $25.95.
Aromas of honeycomb, pine needle and raw red cabbage with a soft, dry medium body and a sandalwood incense, dusty plum, cracked peppercorn, and mossy earth accented finish. A somewhat rustic, but interesting table wine to pair with roasts and stews. (tasted on Jul-25-2011)
84 • Heron Hill 2007 "Eclipse", Finger Lakes $14.99.|Find-a-Wine|
Pale ruby color. Aromas of dark roasted chocolate nuts and coffee beans and deep fried pickles with a supple dryish medium body and a smoky, crispy bacon and green apple accented finish. Interesting. (tasted on Jul-25-2011)