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96 • Shenandoah Vineyards 2012 "Special Reserve", Zinfandel, Amador County $11. Best Buy.
Ruby black color. Bright, herbal, attractive aromas of marinated olives and raspberry tart with a silky, crisp, fruity medium body and a warming, nuanced, long sour cherries, tangerine sorbet, spiced apple, and herbed nuts finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A fantastically flavorful and stylish zinfandel in the classic, hedonistic style. (tasted on Apr-20-2015)
94 • Wakefield/Taylors 2014 Merlot, Clare Valley $19. Best Buy.
Dark violet color. Delicate, fruity, creamy aromas of berry custard pie and toast with a supple, tangy, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, carefree buttercream, spiced plums, eucalyptus, and caramelized carrot finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. A delicious and a mouthwatering merlot that is sure to please. (tasted on Mar-23-2015)
94 • Wakefield/Taylors 2014 Shiraz, Clare Valley $19. Best Buy.
Dark violet color. Bright, interesting aromas of berry tart, violets, spiced chocolate, and dried apricot with a glycerous, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, medium-long marinated beets, blood orange custard, and spiced nuts finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A scrumptious shiraz that is sure to please. (tasted on Mar-23-2015)
93 • Frey 2013 Biodynamic, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendocino $20. Best Buy. Certified Organic-Demeter Certified Biodynamic
Opaque garnet violet black color. Interesting aromas and flavors of roasted peppers, toasty cedar, toffee, and cassis custard with a silky, vibrant, fruity body and a smooth, complex, medium-length finish with touches of sandalwood, rhubarb, and earth with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A vibrant and exotically flavorful cabernet. (tasted on Oct-13-2014)
93 • Scala Dei 2013 Garnatxa, Priorat DOQ $18. Best Buy.
Ruby color. Aromas of mocha yogurt, toasted chocolate berry pastry, and sweet herbs and spices with a silky, lively, fruity medium body and an engaging, medium-long pomegranate gelato and sour cherry sorbet finish with silky tannins and light oak. A juicy, delicious, resonant, red that will cover a lot of bases. (tasted on Dec-08-2014)
93 • The Show 2013 Malbec, Mendoza $14. Best Buy.
Garnet color. Bright, attractive aromas and flavors of huckleberry jam, candied lilac, and melted chocolate nut bar with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish displaying touches of blueberry pie a la mode and boysenberry sorbet with well-integrated tannins and light oak. A very tasty, fruity, and crowd pleasing malbec. (tasted on Jan-19-2015)
93 • Small Hours 2013 Zinfandel, Lodi $16.99. Best Buy.
Ruby black color. Delicate, toasty, creamy aromas of dark roasted nuts and berry pie crust with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long minerals, dried sour cherries, delicate peppery spices, and beets finish with well integrated tannins and moderate oak. A delicious and poised claret styled zin. (tasted on Apr-27-2015)
93 • Jacob's Creek 2013 Two Lands, Shiraz, Barossa Valley $13.99. Best Buy.
Deep purple color. Rich, exotic, minty herbal aromas of eucalyptus, menthol mint, and blueberry pie with a satiny, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, involved, medium-long spiced pomegranate and vanilla brittle finish with light oak. A spot on Barossa shiraz with tons of personality. (tasted on Jun-01-2015)
93 • Linaje Garsea 2011 Crianza, Ribera del Duero $20. Best Buy.
Dark bright black garnet color. Bright, buttery, nutty aromas of roasted walnuts, blueberry pie crust, and lentil with an oily, vibrant, dryish medium body and a warming, medium-long craisins, delicate spice, and sandalwood finish with chewy, earthy tannins and moderate oak. A tangy, appetizing red with a great savory character. (tasted on Jun-22-2015)
93 • Vino de Eyzaguirre 2014 Syrah, Colchagua Valley $10. Best Buy. Sustainable Agriculture
Bright medium ruby black color. Delicate, toasty, attractive aromas of chocolate creme brulee and berry pie crust with a soft, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long sour cherry, creamy vanilla, and spices finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A delicious and well balanced syrah. (tasted on Sep-14-2015)
93 • Gravel Bar Winery 2013 "Alluvial" Red Blend, Columbia Valley $19.99. Best Buy.
Opaque black garnet color. Bright aromas of chocolate berries and nuts and creme brulee with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length finish with fine tannins and light oak. A deliciously, juicy and hedonistic delight. (tasted on Sep-18-2015)
93 • Bogle 2013 Petite Sirah, California $11. Best Buy.
Black garnet color. Bold, fruity, savory jammy aromas of black raspberry, leather, vanilla, and cherry compote with a tangy, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long black raspberry, sweet leather, spiced walnuts, and preserved plum finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. Think old vine zinfandel meets Cotes du Rhone with a pepper mill, this vibrant petite sirah over-delivers with layers of fruit and complexity, silky tannins and a chewy, satisfying texture. (tasted on Sep-17-2015)
92 • Echeverria 2013 Reserva, Carmenere, Curico Valley $10. Best Buy.
Opaque ruby black color. Bright, complex aromas of spicy berry tart, olive tapenade, and sandalwood incense with a silky, fruity medium body and a refreshing, medium-length eucalyptus, cherry sorbet, vanilla nuts, and earth finish. A deliciously layered and wonderfully balanced carmenere. (tasted on Dec-08-2014)
92 • Echeverria 2012 Gran Reserva, Carmenere, Curico Valley $13. Best Buy.
Garnet black color. Bright aromas and flavors of chocolate peanut, cherry cobbler, and coconut custard with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long finish with accents of menthol mint, mocha nuts, pickled beet, and orange blossom honey with fine tannins and light oak. A sensational carmenere that is sure to please. (tasted on Dec-08-2014)
92 • Tinga 2013 Reserve, Red Blend Claret, Colchagua Valley $12. Best Buy. Sustainable Agriculture
Garnet black color. Lively, interesting aromas and flavors of sweet mint, eucalyptus, and blueberry cobbler with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and an amusing, medium-length finish evoking notes of spiced cherries, blackberry chutney, and pink peppercorns with silky tannins. An attractive, exotically spice red blend. (tasted on Jan-26-2015)
92 • Folie à Deux 2012 Merlot, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County $20. Best Buy.
Dark garnet violet black color. Lively aromas and flavors of pistachio gelato, spiced plums, waxy honeycomb, and chocolate with a supple, bright, dryish medium body and a warming, breezy finish with notes of blueberry, pencil shavings, and pepper with light oak. A solid sipper. (tasted on Jan-19-2015)
92 • Saracco 2011 Pinot Nero, Piedmont $19.99. Best Buy. Sustainable Agriculture
Medium clear bright garnet color. Bold, toasty, fruity floral spicy aromas of spiced black cherries, rhubarb custard, toasted oak, and bitumen with a satiny, vibrant, dry medium-full body and a seamless, long finish with well integrated tannins and moderate oak. This lovely wine, lends much credence to the cliché that Piedmont is the most "Burgundian" of all the Italian wine regions. (tasted on Mar-09-2015)
92 • Stone Hill 2012 Chambourcin, Missouri $12.99. Best Buy.
Clear dark bright violet color. Rich, toasty, fruity aromas of berry pie a la mode with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, amusing, medium-length cranberry bread, melon rind, nougat, and minerals finish with fine chewy tannins and light oak. A fruity driven, very balanced red with great table appeal. (tasted on Apr-06-2015)
92 • Casas del Toqui 2013 Barrel Series, Reserva, Carmenere, Cachapoal Valley $14. Best Buy.
Dark violet color. Bright, interesting, citrusy aromas of powdered lemon, dark mulberries, and cracked pepper with a supple, crisp, petillant, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, medium-length pencil shavings, nuts, black raspberry jam, and green peppercorn finish with fine tannins and light oak. A stylish and lively red that is sure to please. (tasted on Mar-23-2015)
92 • Casas del Toqui 2012 Terroir Selection Gran Reserva, Syrah, Cachapoal Valley $20. Best Buy.|Next| |Find-a-Wine|
Dark hazy black ruby color. Muted, herbal aromas of new mown hay with a tannic, crisp, dry medium body and a tingling, medium-length blackberry finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. Nice tight tannins and dark fruit. (tasted on Apr-14-2015)