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March 2012 - US - Bordeaux Varietals & Blends

March 2012 - US - Bordeaux Varietals & Blends
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US - Bordeaux Varietals & Blends Reviews

Heitz 2007 Marthas Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
99 points
$200
Deep garnet black color. Dense aromas of eucalyptus, chocolate toffee, mint jelly and cassis pie with a satiny, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a long, elegant, and evolving finish with a notes of craisin, spice, vanilla, and sandalwood. An amazingly balanced and flavorful Napa cabernet.
Jarvis 2006 Reserve, Estate Grown, Cave Fermented Cabernet Sauvignon
95 points
$245
Deep garnet black color. Aromas of chocolate, dried currants, baklava, bacon fat, and fleur de sal with a satiny, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, tangy, chocolate covered orange peel, vanilla and cedar finish. A delicious, elegant cabernet.
Sagebrush Annie’s 2007  Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$42
Bright fruity blueberry cobbler and vanilla aromas with a tangy, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a concentrated, flourish of tangy fruity, Asian spices, and nuts. A rich, almost decadent, delicious cabernet.
Jarvis 2008 Estate Grown, Cave Fermented Petit Verdot
94 points
$80
Dark purple black color. Rich aromas of huckleberries, mulberries, and dried currants with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a polished, craisin, plum pit, cedar, and mineral finish. Rather like a reserved claret style zinfandel.
Amizetta Vineyards 2005 "Vigneto", Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$85
Rich earthy aromas of dried eucalyptus, dried blueberry, beeswax, and mint jelly with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a eucalyptus incense, nutshell, cedar,and peppercorn accented finish. Exotically delicious.
Martin Estate 2008 Collectors Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$125
Deep garnet color. Rich milk chocolate covered cassis and nuts, vanilla mint fudge, peppery spice with a hint of seared pork fat with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and long, silky peppercorn, peach-apple pie, and flower patch accented finish. A classic Napa cab with a unique twist.
Jarvis 2008 Estate Grown, Cave Fermented, "Lake William Blend" Napa Valley
94 points
$135
Pure mulberry and boysenberry aromas and flavors with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, vanilla bean, olive skin, peppery spice and earth nuanced finish. Very complex and expressive in a class oak frame.
Louis M. Martini 2009  Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$18
Best Buy
Garnet color. Lush aromas of mocha cream, raspberry pie a la mode, and toffee with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, resonant apple and pencil shaving accented finish. A delicious, well-crafted cabernet for all occasions.
93 points $18 Best Buy
Sagebrush Annie’s 2008  Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$48
Garnet. Aromas and flavors of cassis, milk chocolate, pickling spice and pencil shavings with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, tangy, plush plum and peppery spice accented finish. Rich and delicious.
Reynolds Family Winery 2008 "Persistence" Napa Valley
93 points
$50
Deep ruby black color. Interesting aromas of chocolate rice crispy, singed herbs, blackberry gelato, and grilled pineapples with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, mouthwatering finish with a notes of oak spice, cherry, and earth. Great complexity, flavor, and vibrancy.
Heitz 2007 Bella Oaks Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$65
Deep garnet color. Aromas of cocoa dusted nougat, peach-berry pie crust and orange-ginger marmalade with a silky, fruity medium-full body and a bright, red and black berry and Asian spiced nut finish. Superb vibrancy and flavor.
Reynolds Family Winery 2008 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$89
Chocolate graham cracker, spicy cassis jam, and honeycomb aromas with a supple fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a creme brulee, boysenberry gelato, walnut and baking spice finish. Delicious, mouthwatering and versatile.
Purlieu 2009  Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$100
Deep garnet purple color. Aromas of chocolate malt, vanilla, berry pie, and toffee with a supple dryish medium-to-full and a craisin, pencil shaving, baked apple, brown spice, and earth with chewy tannins. Very nicely balanced and elegant.
Jarvis 2007 Estate Grown, Cave Fermented Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$110
Garnet black color. Exotic aromas of grilled peppers, aloe, cassis, peppercorns, pewter, and dried meat with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful kiwi, cedar, cocoa, and pickling spice nuanced finish. Uniquely flavorful and rich.
Pend d’Oreille 2009 Lawrence Vineyard, Meyer Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
Aromas of chocolate smore, raspberry tart, and creme brulee with a silky fruity medium-to-full body and a zesty, polished chocolate milkshake finish. A very tasty and appetizing wine that is sure to please.
Avalon 2010  Merlot
92 points
$14
Best Buy
Garnet color. Aromas of chocolate covered cherries and caramelized bacon with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a zesty, smoothly balanced vanilla kissed finish. Very tasty and poised.
92 points $14 Best Buy
Calcareous Vineyards 2008  Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$34
Deep purple color. Aromas of chocolate, honeycomb, and dried currants with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a wonderfully balanced and tangy mixed berry and peppery spice finish. A gusty cab that will appeal to zin lovers.
Heritage 2010 Estate Reserve, BDX Outer Coastal Plain
92 points
$35
Dark ruby color. Attractive aromas of currants, toffee, cedar, and peppercorn with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp, savory chocolate craisin and tomato relish accented finish. A wonderfully flavorful and seamless sipper or table wine.
Midsummer Cellars 2009 Clark-Claudon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$44
Aromas of chocolate covered rice crispy and berry pie with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a zippy, cocoa dusted craisin, kiwi jam, and peppery spiced nut finish. Very tasty and zesty for the table.
Midsummer Cellars 2009 Tomasson Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$44
Aromas of chocolate covered espresso bean, dried currant, and crispy bacon with a silky fruity medium-full body and a zesty chocolate orange, nut, and mint snap on the mouthwatering finish. A fantastically appetizing cabernet.
Reynolds Family Winery 2008 Estate Select Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$45
Aromas of cherry and pistachio gelatos, pink peppercorn, and baking chocolate with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, chewy, pomegranate sorbet, starfruit, cedar and earth finish. Very nicely composed and delicious.
Avalon 2010  Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$10
Best Buy
Aromas of dried bacon and honeyed cherries with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a chewy cedar, apple, chocolate, pomegranate and peppery spice finish. Very tasty and will be great at the table.
91 points $10 Best Buy
Capay Valley Vineyards NV Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$15.99
Best Buy
Aromas and flavors of chocolate mint, menthol, and blueberry jam with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a snappy cherry, licorice and mint accented finish. An immensely fun and flavorful, shiraz-like cabernet that is sure to please.
91 points $15.99 Best Buy
Alexander Valley Vineyards 2009 Wetzel Family Estate Merlot
91 points
$20
Complex aromas of spiced plum, cherry, cocoa, and waxy honeycomb with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, savory spiced apple and earth driven finish with fine, chewy tannins. A great balanced choice for the table.
Tomasello 2007  Petit Verdot
91 points
$25
Deep garnet black. Aromas of tomato vine, soy, cranberry and pork rind with a supple, dryish medium body and a thyme, pepper, ink and lavender accented finish with fine tannins. A rustic, unique and fun table wine; try with goulash.
RoxyAnn 2008 Claret Rogue Valley
91 points
$26
Garnet color. Aromas of creamy spicy nougat and dried berry chutney with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, blackberry tart and crunchy apple finish. Very appealing as a sipper or table wine.
Amizetta Vineyards 2009 Terraced Hillside Estate, "Complexity" Napa Valley
91 points
$38
Dark ruby black color. Vibrant aromas of cassis, blueberry cobbler, and eucalyptus with a supple fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a firm, crunchy tannin finish with notes of cedar, apple and vanilla. Deliciously lively.
Anemoi 2009 "Boreas" Grand Valley
91 points
$39.95
Rich aromas of berry pie a la mode, dusty brown spices, and smoked bacon with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a chewy, tangy, peppery spice and mulberry chutney finish with firm tannins. A wonderfully rich, well oaked red.
91 points $39.95
Chateau St. Croix 2008 "3 Barrel Red" California
91 points
$50
Aromas of chocolate covered graham crackers, brown spice, and cherry sorbet with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, chewy, herbal tea, cocoa, cedar, and peppery spice finish. A powerful, delicious, age-worthy red.
Ledson 2008 "Ti Amo" Knights Valley
91 points
$74
Deep garnet black color. Fruity aromas of chocolate raspberry, creme brulee, peppercorn and toasty cedar with a supple fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a pomegranate gelato, cedar, olive and firm tannin finish. Flavorfully structured for the table, especially grilled meats.
Avalon 2010  Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$19
Deep amethyst color. Chocolate cherry, graham cracker, and vanilla fondant aromas with a satiny fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long raspberry pie a la mode and crunchy tannin finish. A real crowd pleaser with great flavor and structure.
Forchini 2009 Estate, "BeauSierra" Bordeaux Style Red Wine Dry Creek Valley
90 points
$22
Earthy aromas and flavors of sautéed berries and mushroom are very reminiscent of Bordeaux and follow through with a supple dryish medium-to-full body and a long, complex clay, cedar, damp forest floor and peppery spice accented finish. A delightful Old World styled table wine.
Isaac Smith 2009 Red Reserve New Jersey
90 points
$24
Deep ruby black color. Rich aromas of creamy vanilla, berry pie, and pickling spices with a soft, tart and tangy medium body with a nice solid core of chewy berry fruit and a nutty praline, spice and earth accented finish. Very nice.
Mario Perelli-Minetti 2008  Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$25
Aromas of chocolate fondue, floral honey, dried currant, and cedar embers with a satiny fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and and a tangy, roasted nut and peppery charcoal dust finish. Very smooth and inviting.
Canyon Wind 2006  Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$25.95
Red brick color. Aromas of cranberry jelly, cracked pepper, dried tropical fruits and roasted nuts with a silky, dryish medium body and a salty pickle, cedar dust, and tangy currant accented finish. An excellent, lively, balanced table wine.
90 points $25.95
Tomasello 2007 Oak Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$30
Rich savory aromas and flavors of chocolate nuts, roasted tomato, sautéed olives, and forest floor with a dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, chewy, cedar and peppercorn accented finish. A wonderfully dry Old World styled table wine.
Amizetta Vineyards 2009 Terraced Hillside Estate Merlot
90 points
$34
Deep garnet color. Rich aromas of eucalyptus, juniper, cardamom and plum chutney with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a plump chocolate covered berry and spice finish. Delicious and lively.
Midsummer Cellars 2009 Cañon Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$44
Lush buttery aromas of chocolate caramel candy bar and dried cherries with a rich, satiny dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, chocolate covered berry, vanilla buttercream, and citrus accented finish with fine, earthy tannins. Very attractive.
Amizetta Vineyards 2009 Terraced Hillside Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$45
Aromas of cassis, vanilla peppermint bark, and pickle with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, spicy poached pear, cedar, and earth accented finish with fine, chewy tannins.
Jarvis 2007 Estate Grown, Cave Fermented Cabernet Franc
90 points
$85
Deep garnet purple color. Dense aromas of raisins, creme brulee, cocoa, and beeswax candle with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a rich, chewy, cigar tobacco and salted nut finish. Delicious and fine tuned for the table.
Pend d’Oreille 2007  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$18
Deep garnet color. Aromas mocha buttercream, raspberry pie, and peppery spices with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a toasty, praline and earth accented finish.
Lynfred 2008  Petit Verdot
89 points
$25.25
Attractive aromas of huckleberry pie, clay, and vanilla mint fudge with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium body and polished, grilled pear and spice accented finish.
89 points $25.25
Penns Woods 2005 Reserve Merlot
89 points
$40
Ruby black-brown color. Aromas and flavors of cherry, plums, cocoa and embers with lively, fruity-yet-dry medium body and spiced apple, damp earth, nutskin, and peppercorn snaps on the juicy finish. Nice zesty complexity for the table.
Star Lane Vineyard 2007 Estate Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara
89 points
$42
Deep garnet purple. Floral aromas of dried tea leaves and apricots, beeswax candle, and blackberry pie with a satiny dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, orange marmalade, cedar, and earth accented finish with fine, chewy tannins. Nicely styled and structured.
Reynolds Family Winery 2008  Merlot
89 points
$45
Chocolate covered cherry aromas with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a zippy, dried apple and pear and spiced nut finish. A fresh flavorful sipper or table wine.
Akóma Zoúme 2008 Mountain Terraces Vineyard, "Apollo" Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$65
Garnet color with a red brick rim. Aromas chocolate milkshake, red currants, and vanilla toffee with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a zesty, mocha and peppery spice accented finish. A very nice table wine with excellent acidity and balance.
Andrew Geoffrey 2005  Cabernet Sauvginon
89 points
$75
Ruby black color. Layered aromas of ink, cherry schnapps, chocolate custard, and faint acetone with a tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a craisin, bourbon barrel, and pepper driven finish with woody, chewy tannins. A big shouldered wine that will improve with cellaring.
Amizetta Vineyards 2009 "Vigneto", Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$85
Deep ruby garnet color. Bright mint and eucalyptus and spicy currant chutney aromas with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a sandalwood, cedar, spiced apple and pink peppercorn accented finish.
Amizetta Vineyards 2006 "Vigneto", Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$85
Deep ruby color. Aromas of chocolate covered graham cracker, dried cherry, and peppermint fudge with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy chocolate craisin, apple and nut finish with chewy tannins. Powerful and brooding, give this some time.
Ledson 2006 "Cépage" Sonoma County
89 points
$86
Dark ruby black color with a brick rim. Aromas of buttercream, mocha, honeycomb,and cherry pie with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium body and a crisp, kiwi-strawberry custard tart accented finish. Very nice.
Jarvis 2009  Cabernet Franc
89 points
$105
Garnet violet color. Aromas craisin, chocolate almond, and mint patch with a supple dryish medium body and and a cedar, sun-dried tomato, and roasted nut finish. Seductive.
Bridlewood 2009  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$15
Best Buy
Garnet violet color. Aromas of chocolate, cassis, and bread pudding with a juicy, fruity medium body and a tangy, lively blueberry pie and cherry finish. A crowd pleasing sipper or table wine that will be great with gourmet burgers.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Pedroncelli 2009 Morris Fay Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$20
Aromas of cherry-berry pie and custard with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy cassis, mossy earth, and peppery spice finish. An elegant cabernet.
Alexander Valley Vineyards 2009 Wetzel Family Estate Cabernet Franc
88 points
$24
Deep garnet violet color. Bright aroma of waxy honeycomb, goji berries, and sweet pipe tobacco with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a spicy blueberry and mint leaf accented finish. Nice complexity and earthy style. Try with veal picatta.
Lynfred 2009  Malbec
88 points
$25.25
Bright aromas of chocolate drizzled boysenberries and vanilla custard with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy apple, brown spice and cedar accented finish. A nice lively choice for the table.
88 points $25.25
Mica 2009 Jolon Vineyards, "CFM" Monterey
88 points
$29.99
Deep ruby black color. Aromas of blueberry pie a la mode and brandied raisin cake with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a lightly tannin pencil shaving and cranberry accented finish. Flavorful, nicely structured and easy drinking for the table.
88 points $29.99
Heritage 2010  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$30
Ruby color. Aromas of chocolate covered cherries, waxy honeycomb, and praline with a soft, dryish medium body and a tart pomegranate, tomato, cedar, and cigar wrapper accented finish. A nice dry, earthy cabernet with lively acidity for the table.
Hawk Haven 2009  Merlot
88 points
$34
Ruby red color. Aromas of plum pudding and tomato chutney with a chewy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a nice kiss of vanilla and peppery spices on the gentle finish.
Ledson 2007  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$60
Deep ruby black color. Blueberry cobbler and nut brittle aromas with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, pomegranate gelato, apple and earth accented finish.
Valley Legend 2009  Merlot
87 points
$25
Deep ruby red color. Aromas of dark chocolate, honeycomb, and char-roasted nuts with a dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a chewy green apple and craisin finish.
Penns Woods 2005 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$43
Deep ruby black color. Waxy honeycomb, cranberry and sun-dried tomato aromas with a tart medium body and a bright, spicy sour cherry cider and green apple skin finish with firm, tea-like tannins. A nice lively table wine.
Wish Vineyards 2007 Meritage California
87 points
$47
Aromas of chocolate craisin, green tomato chutney, charcoal, and pork fat with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming pepper, earth, and spiced baked apple and cherry finish with firm, chewy tannins. Needs time.
Heritage 2010  Merlot
86 points
$25
Deep garnet color. Bold aromas of blueberry cobbler a la mode and honeycomb with a dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tart, cranberry scone, dust apple skin and pomegranate finish with leafy tannins. Needs a little time.
Lynfred 2008  Merlot
86 points
$25.25
Light ruby color. Aromas of melted toffee, sour cherry and Playdoh with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, chocolate mousse and berry gelato finish.
86 points $25.25
Canyon Wind 2008  Petit Verdot
86 points
$25.95
Attractive aromas of wild strawberries, potpourri, pink peppercorn, and toffee with a silky, dryish medium-to-full body and a graceful, earthy oak tannin and cherry pit finish.
86 points $25.95
Ledson 2008 "Bellisimo" Knights Valley
85 points
$60
Aromas of berry pie, clay, and mocha milkshake with a chewy, dry-yet-fruity medium-body and a tart, leafy tannin, craisin and oak driven finish. Needs time.
Ledson 2007  Cabernet Sauvignon
85 points
$70
Aromas of inky newspaper, vanilla mint cream, and withered berries and beets with a soft, dryish medium-to-full body and a relaxed cocoa, cherry, and earth finish.
Heritage Ranch 2009  Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$8.99
Deep ruby color. Aromas of dried cherries, floral honey, and chocolate graham crackers with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy caramel apple finish. Tasty.
84 points $8.99
Hawk Haven NV "Northern Harrier Red" New Jersey
84 points
$14
Ruby color. Aromas of cranberries and tomatoes on the vine with a soft, dryish medium body and a tangy, tangerine and sun-dried tomato accented finish.
Rooster Hill 2010 Estate Cabernet Franc
84 points
$24.99
Earthy aromas of chocolate covered nuts and dried berries with a dryish, light-o-medium body and a craisin, nutskin and earth finish. A nice rustic tale wine to try with stews.
84 points $24.99
Auburn Road 2010 "Roxanne" Outer Coastal Plain
83 points
$12.98
Bright cotton candy pink color. Aromas of cherry and watermelon taffy with a lightly spritzy off-dry light body and a rather bitter, citrus pith and hard candy finish. Refreshing.
83 points $12.98
Canyon Wind 2007  Merlot
83 points
$19.95
Ruby color. Aromas of choke cherry jelly and tomato patch with a dry, light-to-medium body and a dilute, dusty, papery finish.
83 points $19.95
Penns Woods 2005 Ameritage Reserve Pennsylvania
82 points
$55
Ruby black color. Funky aromas of almond butter, cocoa, pomegranate, dried meat, and tomato leaf with a fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy craisin and grassy earth finish. A rustic table wine with a fruity core; pair with rabbit stew.
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