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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 • 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 • 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.
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)
93 • Echeverria 2012 Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Curico Valley $13. Cellar Selection. Best Buy.
Ruby color. Aromas of vanilla custard, olives, nougat, and berry tart with a silky, body and a warming, interesting, medium-long, cedar and peppercorns finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. A zesty, refreshing cabernet with lots of Old World character. Impressive. (tasted on Aug-04-2014)
93 • Grande River Vineyards 2011 Cabernet Franc, Grand Valley $17.99. Best Buy.
Ruby color. Bright aromas of tomato and pepper jelly, cranberry sauce, pickled beets, and vanilla cream with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, medium length, honeyed nuts, earth, bubblegum spice, and flowers finish with light oak. A zesty and savory cabernet franc that will be fantastic with spicy meat dishes. (tasted on Aug-05-2014)
92 • Chaman 2011 Red Blend, Mendoza $20. Best Buy.
Dark purple black color. Aromas of huckleberry creme brulee and cherry tart with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a praline, pear, and mineral accented finish. Very tasty and well balanced for sipping or the table. (tasted on Feb-10-2014)
92 • Oktana 2012 Agiorgitiko, Peloponnese $13. Cellar Selection. Best Buy.
Deep violet color. Aromas of raspberry pie and chocolate mousse with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a lush, creamy vanilla, pomegranate, and mineral finish. A very stylish sipper or table wine. (tasted on Sep-30-2013)
92 • Averoff 2008 Xinomavro, Naoussa $18. Best Buy.|Next| |Find-a-Wine|
Dark ruby color. Rich craisin, roasted pepper and tomatoes, clay, and spicy gherkin aromas and flavors with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a juicy, sour cherry, mint, and peppercorn accented finish with fine tannins. Great flavors and sense of place. Pair with spicy lamb dishes. (tasted on Sep-30-2013)