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September 2012 - US - Red Bordeaux Varietals & Blends

September 2012 - US - Red Bordeaux Varietals & Blends
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US - Red Bordeaux Varietals & Blends Reviews

Greyscale 2009  Cabernet Sauvignon
96 points
$54
Garnet black color. Resonant aromas of candle wax, oiled leather, olive, clay, and blackberry yogurt with a silky, dryish medium-full body and a long, seamless interplay of tart berries, cocoa, spices, and forest floor minerality. A great earthy, savory table wine that is a dead ringer for a left bank Bordeaux.
Jarvis 2009 Estate Grown, Cave Fermented Merlot
96 points
$95
Chocolate and vanilla toffees, plum pie, and peppery spice aromas with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a long, tangy, craisin and raspberry finish with elegant tannins. Exceptionally tasty and nicely balanced for sipping or the table.
Martin Estate 2009 Collectors Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
95 points
$125
Deep garnet black color. Rich dense aromas and flavors of chocolate covered berries, anise cookie, creme brulee, herbs, and spicy carrot cake with a satiny, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a long, nuanced finish with oak spice, pepper and tannins masterfully integrated.
Renteria 2008  Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$50
Bold aromas of leather, honeycomb, dried currants and black olives with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a polished chocolate, blackberry, cherry, and spice finish with light, dusty tannins. Very flavorful and stylish with fantastic food friendly acidity.
Starlite 2007  Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$94
Garnet purple color. Deep aromas of berry pie a la mode, pickling spices, and faint roasted pepper with a tangy, chewy, fruit-driven finish with notes of cherry tobacco and spiced nuts. A voluptuous, sensuous cabernet that will shine at the table.
Parallel 2008 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$125
Deep ruby black color. Mocha, chocolate covered nut, raspberry, honey roasted carrot, and graham cracker aromas with a satiny fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a spicy, cassis and mineral finish. A zesty, flavorful Napa cab.
Velocity 2008  Malbec
93 points
$24
Vibrant purple color. Bold aromas and flavors of spiced cherry custard pastry and chocolate-violet gelato with a supple, fruity medium-to-full body and a lush, tangy black raspberry, clay, and cedar finish with chewy tannins. A superbly flavorful Malbec.
Rotta Winery 2006  Petite Verdot
93 points
$26
Garnet color with a charcoal gray cast. Rich cherry pie, banana taffy, and spicy praline aromas with a satiny, fruity medium-full body and a juicy, lively berry and spiced apple and nut driven finish with crunchy tannins. A delicious crowd pleasing red.
Worthy 2008 Sophias Cuvee Napa Valley
93 points
$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.
93 points $29.99
Pend d’Oreille 2009 Freepons Vineyard Malbec
93 points
$30
Deep purple color. Mocha gelato, buttery praline, and spicy blueberry pie crust with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a concentrated chocolate raspberry, pencil shaving, and fine, earthy tannin finish. A zesty flavorful Malbec that will be great with Latin beef dishes.
Three Coins 2009  Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$30
Rich malt chocolate cherry, meringue, white pepper, and creme brulee aromas and flavors with a satiny, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, zesty, smoked nut, baked apple, and earth accented finish. A delicious mouthwatering cab for all occasions.
Renteria 2008  Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$32
Aromas of olive, leather, honeycomb, roasted peppers, and currant pastry with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy black raspberry and spice driven finish. A vibrant, flavorful Old World styled cab that will be a star at the table.
Hawk and Horse Vineyards 2009  Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$65
Deep garnet purple color. Rich aromas and flavors of creme brulee and spicy currant pie with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a long, bright, tangy finish with powdery, elegant tannins. A pure, delicious, beautifully structured cabernet.
Heritage 2010 Estate Reserve, BDX Outer Coastal Plain
93 points
$70
Deep ruby color. Dark roasted coffee, artisan chocolate, and berry pie aromas and flavors with a satiny fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, savory, salty roasted nut and earth finish with plush, integrated tannins. An elegant table for aged steaks.
Fourteen Appellations 2008 Meritage Napa Valley
93 points
$85
Deep garner black color. Aromas and flavors of roasted pepper, cassis pie, floral honeycomb, and dill pickle with silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a plush creamy vanilla and chocolate accented finish with seamless acidity and tannins. A flavorful artfully crafted red blend that will shine at the table.
White Oak 2008  Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
Deep garnet color. Aromas of baked berries, pickled okra and pepper, vanilla and cherries with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, graceful caramelized nut and dried cherry accented finish with chewy tannins. A wonderfully savory cabernet.
Velo 2011  Rosé of Malbec
92 points
$14
Best Buy
Bright scarlet color. Aromas of strawberries and meringue with a fruity-yet-dry medium body and crisp, tangy raspberry finish. Superb vibrancy and purity of fruit.
92 points $14 Best Buy
Colter’s Creek 2009 Colters Creek Vineyard Cabernet Franc
92 points
$28
Garnet color. Delicate aromas of dried peach and raspberry danish with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, creamy chocolate and praline finish with fine, polished. A delicious, elegant cabernet franc for sipping or the table.
Trailhead 2010  Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$29.99
Aromas of honeycomb, black pepper, dried cherries,grilled peppers, and cedar with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, zesty spice and maple nut fudge accented finish with chewy tannins. An excellent food wine with superb acidity.
92 points $29.99
NADIA 2010 Highlands Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$35
Deep garnet color. Rich aromas of berry creme brulee, honey gelato, cedar, and toffee with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a chewy, roasted pepper, mocha, and slate finish with earthy tannins. A very flavorful and balanced table wine.
Perry Creek 2009 "Altitude: 2401" Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$35
Garnet purple color. Aromas of berry and banana cream pies with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a juicy, toasted meringue, praline and spiced pear accented finish. A delicious and balanced wine for all occasions.
Bacchanal 2009 Red Wine Napa Valley
92 points
$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.
Chanticleer 2009  Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$58
Deep garnet violet color. Dense aromas of chocolate dried berries, almond brittle, and olive with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tart, pomegranate, cocoa and pepper finish with powdery tannins. Give this a little time.
Chanticleer 2008  Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$58
Deep garnet black. Layered aromas and flavors of honeycomb, chocolate currants, baking spices, green olive, and clay with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, polished, earthy tannin finish. A delightful table wine.
Parallel 2009  Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$60
Aromas of suede, cherry tart, and creamy toffee with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a plush, cedar, apple and spice finish with chewy tannins.
Renteria 2008  Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$60
Rich 3D aromas of crayon, dried currant, roasted pepper, leather and clay with a vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a long, expressively tangy black raspberry, sour cherry, candied lime, cedar, and spice finish. Fantastically flavorful.
Johnson Estate 2010 Freelings Creek Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Deep garnet violet color. Interesting aromas of lavender, dried citrus, pomegranate tart, and thyme with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a plush, dried apple and flower, Asian spice, and earth finish. Great floral terroir makes this a very distinctive cabernet. Pair with spicy lamb dishes.
91 points $14.99 Best Buy
William Augustus 2009  Cabernet Franc
91 points
$18
Best Buy
Rich roasted coffee and dark chocolate, blackberry,pickled okra and pipe tobacco aromas with silky, dryish medium body and a tangy citrus and vanilla cream kissed finish. Good varietal character with a big dose of oak upfront. Very Chinon-like.
91 points $18 Best Buy
Roza Ridge Vineyards 2009  Petit Verdot
91 points
$20
Garnet black color. Smoked nut, dried meat, dried cherries, and roasted coffee with a silky fruity-yet medium-to-full body and a mocha gelato, anise, and a berry pie finish. Delicious and balanced.
Heritage 2009  Cabernet Franc
91 points
$25
Ruby color. Aromas of roasted tomato and root vegetables and waxy chocolate cherries with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and tangy, raspberry tart and earth tannin finish. A very polished cabernet franc with a great savory character for the table.
Ledson 2007 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$80
Deep garnet black color. Aromas of melted toffee, berries, cherries, mocha, and delicate spice with a supple fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy cranberry, mineral and spice finish with dusty tannins. A elegant blend of fruit and oak.
Ledson 2008 "Cepage" Sonoma County
91 points
$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.
Roza Ridge Vineyards 2009  Malbec
90 points
Aromas of pomegranate jam, pistachio nougat, cherry custard, and spice with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a juicy, chocolate raspberry with silky tannins. A fun flavorful malbec for all occasions.
Cape May 2010  Cabernet Franc
90 points
$18
Best Buy
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of green tomato, chocolate pretzel, carrot cake, cranberry compote with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a juicy finish with grassy, leafy tannins. Lots of Old World and varietal character.
90 points $18 Best Buy
Velo 2010  Malbec
90 points
$18
Best Buy
Garnet violet color. Aromas and flavors of spice box, chocolate berries, and vanilla custard with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, juicy, tangy blackberry, peppery, cedar, and earth tannin finish. A vibrantly fruity, spot on Malbec.
90 points $18 Best Buy
Biltmore Estate 2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$19.99
Garnet purple color. Bright aromas and flavors of black currants, raspberries, chocolate, cedar and spice with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, baked apple and praline finish with nice dusty tannins. Great balance for the table.
90 points $19.99
Main & Geary 2010  Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$19.99
Rich savory aromas and flavors of chocolate, sundried tomatoes, herbs, pepper,and dried boysenberries with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and tangy. sandalwood and spice accented finish. Very tasty.
90 points $19.99
Pend d’Oreille 2007  Merlot
90 points
$21
Rich chocolate craisin, roasted root vegetable, and blueberry soufflé aromas and flavors with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, spicy berry compote and chewy tannins. A very nice savory merlot for the table.
Rotta Winery 2006 Dino Boneso Vineyard Cabernet Franc
90 points
$22
Ruby red color with an orange-red brick rim. Interesting aromas of olive tapenade, dried pears, and raspberries with a tangy medium body and a tart pomegranate, chocolate, green tomato, and peppery spice finish. A racy sipper or table wine that will cut through oily foods like a knife.
Beaucanon 2005 Cuvée Louis Cabernet Franc
90 points
$30
Ruby black color. Aromas of black raspberry creme brulee and chutney with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a rich concentrated, tangy cranberry, maple balsamic, cedar, and spice finish with firm oak tannins. Give this time or a well marbled steak.
Pend d’Oreille 2009 Freepons Vineyard Petit Verdot
90 points
$30
Deep garnet purple color. Aromas of spiced plums, dried violets and lavender, and berry gelato with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a banana custard, pomegranate ice, charred nut and firm, dusty tannin finish.
Ledson 2007 Reserve Merlot
90 points
$52
Ruby black color. Mellow aromas of spiced plum, chocolate graham crackers, delicate herbs and cream with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a craisin, pepper finish with chewy earth tannins. A serious steak wine with a pleasing Old World character.
Colter’s Creek 2009 Colters Creek Vineyard, Koos-Koos-Kia Red Idaho
89 points
$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.
89 points $16 Best Buy
Shiloh Road 2010  Merlot
89 points
$16.99
Ruby black color. Very spicy aromas suggest vanilla, cocoa, cinnamon, cedar and eucalyptus with a solid core of dark berry fruit. Supple, dry-yet-fruity and full body with a tangy, blueberry, sandalwood and chocolate covered citrus finish. Lots of pizzaz and structure.
89 points $16.99
Cape May 2010  Merlot
89 points
$18
Deep ruby color. Aromas of cocoa dusted pomegranate and craisin with a vibrant, tangy medium-to-full body and a chewy, blueberry, violet candy, mineral, and roasted nut finish with coating, powdery tannins. Nice vibrancy for the table. Will be even better in a couple of years.
Cape May 2010  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$20
Garnet with a dark gray cast. Aromas of clay, blueberries, and apricot marmalade with a supple fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a peppercorn, caramel apple, slate, and woody incense accented finish. Nice combination of fruit, spice, and oak.
Pend d’Oreille 2008 Willard Vineyard Cabernet Franc
89 points
$21
Garnet color. Aromas of baker’s chocolate, graham cracker, and spicy meringue with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a roasted vegetable and cranberry tart finish with a chewy, tannins.
Unionville Vineyards 2010 Artisan Series, "The Big O" New Jersey
89 points
$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.
89 points $28.95
Antler Hill 2007  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$48
Dark garnet color. Aromas of cassis compote, roasted nuts, floral honey, and spice with a chewy, dryish medium body and an olive and sour cherry accented finish with firm, earthy, powdery tannins. Give this a few years and it will really blossom.
Grande River Vineyards NV "Havin a Cow" Red Table Wine Grand Valley
88 points
$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.
88 points $16.99
Wheelhouse Wine Cellars 2010  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$17.99
Aromas and flavors of dark chocolate custard, pickling spices, roasted nuts, and blackberries with a chewy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy citrus, apple-grape preserves and pepper accented finish.
88 points $17.99
William Augustus 2008  Cabernet Franc
88 points
$18
Ruby color charcoal gray color. Aromas of baked berries, cocoa, roasted nuts and herbs with a silky, dryish medium-to-full body and a tangy apple and earth accented finish with smooth tannins. A nicely aged cabernet franc. Try with duck rillettes.
Canyon Wind 2009  Merlot
88 points
$19.95
Garnet color. Aromas of dark chocolate mousse and berry pie with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a lovely salty, smoked nut, mocha, mineral and earthy tannin finish. A rock solid merlot for sipping or the table.
88 points $19.95
Heritage 2010  Merlot
88 points
$25
Garnet color. Toffee, spicy plum pie, and orange marmalade with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body with chewy, fried green tomato, cappuccino, and straw-like tannin finish. Nicely structured, but give this some time.
Canyon Wind 2009  Petit Verdot
88 points
$25.95
Deep purple color. Aromas of blueberry compote, vanilla cream, and spicy nougat with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and tangy, chewy spiced apple, beet, and tobacco accented finish.
88 points $25.95
Beaucanon 2009 Longwood Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$32
Deep garnet color. Aromas of wax, cassis chutney, and butterscotch with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy apple, spice, mocha, and cedar finish.
Domaine Sonoma 2008  Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Deep ruby color. Aromas and flavors of blackberry-cherry custard, milk chocolate yogurt, tomato, and spice with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, powdery tannin finish. A nice savory table wine.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Grande River Vineyards 2010  Merlot
87 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Ruby color. Light aromas of strawberry and vanilla praline with tangy, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a bright cranberry and pomegranate sorbet finish. A nice zippy table wine.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Donovan-Parke 2010  Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Garnet violet color. Berry pie a la mode and nut brittle aromas with a silky, fruity medium body and a cassis jam, cedar and apple accented finish. A tasty everyday red.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Biltmore Estate 2010 Reserve, "Passport" Sonoma County
87 points
$24.99
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.
87 points $24.99
Grey Fox NV  Cabernet Franc
86 points
$16
Ruby color. Aromas of pepper, herbs, and baked berries with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy chocolate covered berry, cedar, and spice finish with chewy, pithy tannins.
Canyon Wind 2007  Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$25.95
Dark ruby color with a dark gray cast. Mild aromas and flavors of dried berries, roasted nuts, cedar, and olive with a supple dryish medium body and a chewy, grassy tannin finish.
86 points $25.95
Domaine Sonoma 2009  Merlot
85 points
$12.99
Ruby black color. Spicy plum pie and chocolate mousse aromas with a supple, dryish medium body and a pickled pepper and baked apple accented finish with firm tannins.
85 points $12.99
Johnson Estate 2009 Freelings Creek Reserve Merlot
85 points
$14.99
Aromas of dried lemon, lavender, thyme, vanilla bark, and huckleberries with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and crisp, beet and tart blackberry finish.
85 points $14.99
Delfino 2010  Cabernet Sauvignon
85 points
$26
Garnet color. Mild aromas of blackberry pie, praline, olive, and sandalwood with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tart, cranberry, apple core, pepper, and dusty tannin finish.
Bouquet 2010  Cabernet Franc
84 points
$21.99
Ruby color. Rather stemmy cranberry and chocolate mousse aromas with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium body and a savory borscht, sage, pepper, and bay leaf finish with a dusty tannins. A rustic table wine to pair with boar.
84 points $21.99
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