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95 • Rubus 2012 Shiraz, Barossa Valley $18.99. Best Buy.
Deep purple color. Rich aromas of ripe blueberries, pink peppercorn, and vanilla cream with a silky fruity medium-to-full body and tangy sweet tangerine, spice cake, eucalyptus mint and mineral finish. A vibrantly delicious shiraz that stands out from the crowd. (tasted on Apr-21-2014)
94 • R&B Cellars NV "The Improviser" Vintner's Red Blend, California $17. Best Buy.
Opaque garnet violet color. Layered aromas of pomegranate chutney, dried blueberries and sour cherries, and mild Asian spices with a supple, fruity medium-to-full body and a long, chewy, juicy, ripe fruit and white chocolate toffee driven finish with velvety tannins. A superb sipper or table wine that will be great with spicy lamb. (tasted on Sep-18-2013)
94 • R&B Cellars 2012 "Swingsville", Zinfandel, Contra Costa $17. Best Buy.
Opaque violet color. Dense and rather outrageous aromas of mulberry pie and beefy pot roast (with carrots and roasted potatoes!) with a satiny, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a long, vanilla pudding, Asian spice, menthol, and chocolate mint nuanced finish. Quite unlike any other zin we've tasted, but somehow this exotica all comes together and is utterly fascinating. Serve with Asian beef and Indian goat dishes. (tasted on Sep-06-2013)
94 • Chime 2012 Pinot Noir, Sonoma County $19.99. Best Buy.
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of roasted nuts, dark chocolate, and baked cherries and beets with a satiny, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, plush vanilla and pepper kissed finish. A pure, flavorful, and elegant pinot for sipping or the table. (tasted on Nov-12-2013)
93 • Ben Marco 2012 Malbec, Mendoza $20. Best Buy.
Violet black color. Aromas of chocolate espresso bean, dark roasted pecans and raspberry pie with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a nice, delicately floral, citrus and melon sorbets, and spice finish with precise tannins. Very delicious, vibrant, and mouthwatering. (tasted on Feb-03-2014)
93 • Ozzie Ba Ru 2006 Shiraz, Hunter Valley $17.95. Cellar Selection. Best Buy.
Opaque with a brick rim. Aromas of wild raspberry, dried plum, dusty cherry, figs, pomegranate, tomato jam, thyme, old Encyclopedia and toffee. Firm, but integrated tannins. Fruit is rich, ripe, complex and on the verge of funky, but is on that last day you can still eat a fresh fruit before it goes off the edge. Secondary aromas and flavors with layers of silky complexity. Complex and satisfying. (tasted on Sep-16-2013)
93 • Maryhill 2010 Barbera, Columbia Valley $16.95. Best Buy.
Opaque with a deep purple rim. Aromas of chocolate, black raspberry, licorice, caramel, strawberry truffles and vanilla bean. Generous raspberry and plum flavors with soft tannins and a broad and balanced finish. Even a note of truffles adds overall complexity. Impressive. (tasted on Sep-19-2013)
93 • Zinopolis 2012 Zinfandel, California $18.99. Best Buy.
Deep garnet color. Bold aromas of Montmorency cherries, boysenberries, and violet candy with a satiny medium-to-full body and a long, mouthwatering raspberry jam, nut, and peppery spice finish. A robust, balance, sensationally flavorful zin that hits all the right notes. (tasted on Sep-06-2013)
93 • Maryhill 2009 Barbera, Columbia Valley $16.95. Best Buy.
Garnet purple color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla nut brittle, mocha, beets, and strawberry-rhubarb tart with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a rich, savory finish with notes of pepper, parsnip, sour cherry, and spices with chewy tannins. A great domestic barbera that will sing at the table. (tasted on Oct-07-2013)
93 • Haraszthy Family Cellars 2010 Zinfandel, Lodi $19.99. Best Buy.
Ruby color. Aromas of smoked bacon, spiced nuts, chocolate, and red berry tart are very unique and impressive with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, seared back bacon, craisin, and nut driven finish. Will be amazing with bbq baby back ribs or any grilled meats. (tasted on Oct-07-2013)
93 • Casa Nueva 2012 Barrel Select Reserva, Carmenere, Curico Valley $10.99. Best Buy.
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of dark roasted chocolate, cherries, beets, and peppers with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium body and a dash of green eucalyptus, peppercorn, smoked nut, and grass. A very appetizing and juicy Carmenère with pinpoint balance. (tasted on Oct-17-2013)
93 • Quasar 2011 Gran Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Curico Valley $11.99. Best Buy.
Dark ruby red color. Alluring aromas and flavors of vanilla toffee, cassis custard, marinated tomatoes and peppers, and clay with a satiny dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, blueberry cobbler, sour cherry, tart apple, and nut nuanced finish with fine, polished tannins. An elegantly flavorful and balanced cabernet for all occasions. (tasted on Oct-17-2013)
93 • Esser Vineyards 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Monterey $15.99. Best Buy.
Deep garnet color. Aromas of caramelized bacon, berry pie, and toasty meringue with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, cassis, mocha gelato, cedar, licorice, and whole nut accented finish. Great lively acidity and structure for sipping or the table. (tasted on Feb-10-2014)
93 • Calico Skies 2012 Frontenac, Iowa $18.95. Best Buy.
Garnet violet color. Aromas of raspberry tart and choke cherry jam with a silky, tart medium body and a pure, melon, marinated beet, toffee, and earth accented finish. A flavorful, well-balanced and savory choice for bbq or even roasted beet salads. Very impressive. (tasted on Apr-14-2014)
93 • Sobon 2011 Rocky Top, Zinfandel, Amador County $17. Best Buy.
Garnet color. Aromas of baked berries, mint, nut brittle, and clay with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a zesty, exotic spice, blood orange, and eucalyptus accented finish. Vibrantly delicious. (tasted on May-12-2014)
93 • La Playa 2013 Estate Series, Carmenere, Colchagua Valley $8. Best Buy. Sustainable Agriculture
Garnet color. Rich aromas and flavors of vanilla peppermint toffee, cassis, eucalyptus, and chocolate peanut butter fudge with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a savory marinated root vegetable, spiced apple, and mineral finish. Fantastic complexity and balance and a steal at this price. (tasted on Jun-13-2014)
93 • Cedar Creek 2012 Syrah, American $17. Best Buy.
Garnet black color. Aromas of smoked nuts, crispy bacon, and blueberry gelato with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, tangerine, limestone, and pepper accented finish. Nice balance and varietal character. (tasted on Jun-23-2014)
93 • Calini NV Ruche di Castagnole $17.99. Best Buy.
Ruby charcoal gray color. Aromas and flavors of dried peaches, honey, and raspberry tart with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy citrus sorbet and nut finish. Very distinctive flavor with excellent structure and table appeal. (tasted on Jun-23-2014)
93 • Calini NV Albarossa $15.99. Best Buy.
Garnet color. Aromas of dried mulberries, tobacco, olives, and floral honey with a silky, dryish medium body and a blackberry vinaigrette, nut, and marinated artichoke heart accented finish with fine leafy tannins. A old school, savory red for rustic game dishes. (tasted on Jun-23-2014)
93 • Calini NV Rosso, Italy $7.99. Best Buy.|Next| |Find-a-Wine|
Pale ruby color with a bone gray mousse. Aromas of raspberry phosphate and cherry sorbet with a fruity, frizzante medium body and a zesty candied citrus and limestone accented finish. A lively, fruity sweet red sparkler; try with chocolate mouse. (tasted on Jun-23-2014)