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93 • Worthy 2008 Sophia's Cuvee, Napa Valley $29.99.
Garnet color. Layered aromas of cassis, chocolate, praline, and marinated peppers with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, tangy, and pure berry, vanilla, spice and nut finish with delicate tannins. Artfully crafted with lots of Bordeaux-like nuances. (tasted on Aug-06-2012)
92 • Bacchanal 2009 Red Wine, Napa Valley $48.
Aromas of waxy honeycomb, toasted graham cracker, cocoa, dried berries and peppers with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a chewy, cassis, spice and honeyed nut accented finish. Nice Old World character with a rich core of fruit. (tasted on Aug-06-2012)
91 • Ledson 2008 "Cepage", Sonoma County $86.
Aromas of chocolate mousse and nougat with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a racy cranberry, herb, mocha and pepper driven finish. A bold and zesty table wine. (tasted on Aug-06-2012)
89 • Colter's Creek 2009 Colter's Creek Vineyard, Koos-Koos-Kia Red, Idaho $16. Best Buy.
Chocolate, herb, crusty lingonberry pie, vanilla nougat, and delicate spice aromas with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a pepper, mocha, baked apple, and blackberry finish. A nice everyday sipper. (tasted on Aug-07-2012)
89 • Unionville Vineyards 2010 Artisan Series, "The Big 'O'", New Jersey $28.95.
Aromas and flavors of tomatoes on the vine, herbs, cocoa and pomegranate with a tangy, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a racy mocha, mushroom and earthy tannin finish. A very nice savory and slightly rustic red for the table; pair with rabbit. (tasted on Aug-07-2012)
88 • Grande River Vineyards NV "Havin' a Cow" Red Table Wine, Grand Valley $16.99.
Deep ruby color. Aromas of cranberry yogurt, roasted root vegetables, clay, Asian slaw, and creme brulee with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body with a tangy, olive, red berry and cocoa with dusty, chewy tannins. A great choice for spicy Asian beef dishes. (tasted on Aug-07-2012)
87 • Biltmore Estate 2010 Reserve, "Passport", Sonoma County $24.99.|Find-a-Wine|
Aromas of smoked nuts, mocha and baked berries with a chewy dryish medium body and a tart pomegranate, pepper and herb finish with grassy tannins. (tasted on Aug-06-2012)