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March 2013 - US - Red Bordeaux Varietals

March 2013 - US - Red Bordeaux Varietals
This month's Wine feature is US - Red Bordeaux Varietals Wines

US - Red Bordeaux Varietals Reviews

PEJU 2009  Merlot
95 points
$35
Tangy dark berries and a persistent "sense of place" on the nose. Deliciously rich fruit and oak spice flavors follow with great length and style. An elegant powerhouse of a Merlot.
Maroon Wines 2009 Reserve, Maroon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
95 points
$80
Garnet black color. Complex aromas suggest olives, leather, honeycomb, herbs, and spiced cherries with silky dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body a creamy vanilla, cassis, and incense accented finish with chewy tannins. A delicious, mouthwatering cabernet that is a sheer delight.
Martin Estate 2010 Collectors Reserve, Puerta Dorada Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
95 points
$135
Garnet black color. Dense aromas of herbs, spices and chocolate drizzled bacon, nuts and berries with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy layered finish with notes of cassis, vanilla, peppercorn and minerals. A vibrant, lively wine with great table appeal; pair with prime rib.
Castoro Cellars 2010 Reserve Malbec
94 points
$22
Vibrant trumpet notes of black raspberries, ripe figs and watermelon rind with a delicate retronasal note of violets. Big rich flavors follow along with ample grippy tannins.
Amizetta Vineyards 2010 Terraced Hillside, "Complexity" Napa Valley
94 points
$45
Very perfumed nose of violets, tree bark and cassis. Lively flavors follow with a grippy youthful finish. Very flavorful and balanced.
PEJU 2010  Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$50
Deep garnet color. Aromas and flavors of berry pie, vanilla custard, buttery spiced nuts, and peppercorn with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, graceful, chewy tannin finish. A delicious, vibrant, and structured cabernet for all occasions.
Jericho Canyon 2007 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$80
Violet black color. Brooding aromas of cassis pie, toffee and Asian spices with satiny, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long seamless, fine tannin finish. A superb table wine that will shine with file mignon.
Castoro Cellars 2010 Reserve Petit Verdot
93 points
$22
Aromas of cherry cola, sassafras, herbs, and chocolate nuts and berries with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a blueberry pie, cocoa, cedar and menthol driven finish with supple tannins. Delicious and fun; try with spicy Asian beef dishes.
Conway 2009  Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$39
Dark garnet color. Aromas of salted caramel, chocolate berries, pecan pie, and pink pepper with a satiny, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a seamlessly smooth mocha, vanilla and mineral accented finish with extra fine tannins. Very tasty and very classy.
Reynolds Family Winery 2009  Merlot
93 points
$48
Mulberries and black currants with a light herbaceous note peaking through. Later a nice earthy "Graves-like" profile came to mind. Easy, rich balanced flavors. Ample fine tannins bode well for this wine.
Schug 2008 Heritage Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$50
Garnet color. Berry custard and nougat aromas and flavors with a supple, fruity medium body and a tangy, very well integrated finish. Very elegant.
Ledson 2009  Cabernet Franc
93 points
$52
Garnet black color. Aromas of mocha custard and berry tart with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a gentle, dried cherry, rhubarb, and earth accented finish. A very nicely composed and elegant cabernet franc with great varietal character.
Sagebrush Annie’s 2009  Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$60
Candied black currants along with candied violets are the dominant scents. Later dried hay, earth and hint of cardamom. Polished flavors and silky fine tannins follow. Elegant and balanced finish.
Reynolds Family Winery 2009 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$98
Nice warm cedar scents lead and flavors of black currants follow with a soft texture on the full-bodied mid-palate. Ample fine tannins will allow this excellent wine to improve even more with age.
RoxyAnn 2009  Merlot
92 points
$25
Attractive aromas of baked plum, delicate spice, cocoa and honeycomb with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, mineral and dried cherry accented finish. Great purity, directness, and sense of place. A fine table companion.
Kitzke 2009  Malbec
92 points
$29
Elegant nose, mocha and mulberries - nicely integrated. Rich juicy entry, very good length and balance. A lovely US malbec.
Louis M. Martini 2009  Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$30
Christmas scents come to mind along with a hint of pine cones and olives. A bit of bread crust, violets and later some spiced mulberries. Creamy entry and big front loaded flavors with a relaxed finish.
Forchini 2009 Proprietors Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$32
Very vibrant nose of olives, chutney and a titch of earth and spice. Tangy ripe flavors are blanketed by velvety tannins. Very Old World in style.
Martha Clara Vineyard 2010 Estate Reserve Merlot
92 points
$32.99
Lovely spicy aromas and flavors of cinnamon, eucalyptus, and cranberry coulis with a crisp, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a zesty, mouthwatering finish with chewy, food friendly tannins. A delicious and vivacious table wine.
92 points $32.99
PEJU 2010  Merlot
92 points
$35
Enticing nose of blackberries and dark plums within a nice toasty framework. Rich entry and a long, warm, spicy finish. Very tasty.
Heritance 2010  Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$36
Garnet black color. Inviting aromas of bacon-wrapped dates and chocolate drizzled berries with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, mouthwatering finish with nuts and fine tannins. Very tasty.
Tom Eddy 2009 "Elodian" Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$39.99
Deep garnet color. Aromas of currant, olive, toasty meringue and leather with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, dried berry, milk chocolate, pepper, cedar, and earth accented finish. A stylish sipper or pair with T-bones.
92 points $39.99
Robert Hall Winery 2010 Meritage Paso Robles
92 points
$40
Mocha, cassis, dark plums and dried leaves. Nice attack, lively acidify and ample fine tannins are discernible. Very Old World and claret-like.
Reynolds Family Winery 2009 Estate Select Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$45
Deep ruby color. Mild aromas of cherry butter and praline with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and blueberry tart, cedar, and creme brulee accented finish. Very tasty and nicely balanced for sipping or the table.
Jericho Canyon 2008 Jericho Creek Block Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$50
Aromas and flavors of chocolate craisins, nuts and coffee beans with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a pleasant dried berry finish with chewy, fine tannins. Will be great with a porterhouse.
Reynolds Family Winery 2009 "Persistence" Napa Valley
92 points
$50
Elegant nose of black currants, vanilla custard and toffee. Great balanced texture and acidity with just the right of amount of tangy fruit, oak spice, cocoa, and earth. Very nice and extremely flexible at the table.
Amizetta Vineyards 2010 Terraced Hillside Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$55
Deep garnet black color. Rich aromas of cassis pie a la mode with a hint of honey menthol drop. Supple and tangy with a fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a crunchy red apple, spice and earth accented finish. A nicely balanced and refined cabernet for sipping or the table with prime rib.
John Robert Eppler 2009  Cabernet Franc
92 points
$55
Ruby black color. Interesting aromas of lingonberry jam and dried eucalyptus leaf with silky fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, praline, creme brulee and fine tannin finish. A robust and well structured cabernet franc for sipping or the table.
Damian Rae Winery 2009  Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$59
Dark purple black color. Aromas of toasty cassis pie and toffee with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body a long, graceful finish with notes of dried cherry, spice and apple and fine, chewy tannins. An excellent sipper or table wine.
NICE 2008 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$110
Ripe raspberry aromas and juicy flavors with hints of violets and cassis are very zin-like. Later a nice toasty cedary note. Good length and balance and will improve as the fine tannins evolve.
Two Rivers 2010  Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$16.25
Best Buy
Garnet color. Aromas of dried flowers, ripe berries, chocolate and honey with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy craisin and spice finish. A delicious and zesty cabernet for sipping or the table.
91 points $16.25 Best Buy
Robert Hall Winery 2010  Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$18
Best Buy
Deep garnet color. Aromas of chocolate covered graham crackers and nuts, berry pie, and pistachio gelato with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a graceful, mocha and fine tannin driven finish. Well balanced and flavorful.
91 points $18 Best Buy
Ghost Pines 2009 Winemakers Red Blend California
91 points
$23
Purple color. Honeycomb, berry compote, custard, and clay aromas and flavors with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, dried berry, nut and spice finish. Well crafted and very crowd pleasing for sipping or the table.
Pend d’Oreille 2008 Reserve, "LOeuvre" Washington
91 points
$30
Subtle nose of macerated fruits - cassis, black plums and blueberries. Big integrated flavors follow with a nice underlayment of refreshing acidity. Ample tannins bode well for this wine.
Schug 2008 Heritage Reserve Merlot
91 points
$35
Rich aromas of chocolate, boysenberry jam, and delicate spice with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body medium body and a honeyed apple, blood orange, and spiced praline nut finish with crunchy tannins. A wonderfully spicy and food friendly merlot that will be great with spicy lamb dishes.
Sugarloaf Mountain 2010 "EVOE!" Maryland
91 points
$38.95
Garnet black color. Aromas of crusty berry pie and mocha cream with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a zesty black raspberry, candied lime and toffee finish. A very flavorful and lively red that will be great at the table with spicy pork and lamb dishes.
91 points $38.95
Zina Hyde Cunningham 2009  Malbec
91 points
$40
Nice nose of mocha and restrained black berries. Juicy ripe flavors and toasty tannins make this a pleasure to drink.
Alta 2010 "Oso Malo" Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$42
Violet black color. Spicy aromas of vanilla peppermint bark, herbal lozenge and lingonberry jam with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a latte and tart berry coulis finish. A zesty, flavorful wine that will be great with spicy lamb and beef dishes.
Jericho Canyon 2007 Jericho Creek Block Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$45
Garnet black color. Aromas of chocolate yogurt, espresso gelato, and dried cherries with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a compact dried berry, nut, mineral and spice finish with chewy tannins. Give this a little time or a well marbled steak.
Maroon Wines 2009 Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$60
Dried herbs, toasty oak and a potpourri of dried flowers bode well for this wine. Dried straw mat scents and creamy cassis flavors come on with air. Big flavors and ample tangy tannins.
Canyon Wind 2007 IV Grand Valley
91 points
$100
Embers and black currants dominate the nose. Brambly simple flavors follow with a jazzy upturned finish. Very fine tannins and this wine would work with elk steaks grilled over a hard wood fire.
Peirano 2011 Heritage Collection Malbec
90 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Steely ruby color. Bold aromas of dried cherries and raspberries and buttercream with a soft, fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a buoyant finish with notes of sundried tomato, baking spices, and cocoa dusted nuts. A very attractive sipper that tastes a little like a lighter styled zin.
90 points $12.99 Best Buy
Two Rivers 2010 Vintners Blend Grand Valley
90 points
$16.25
Best Buy
Aromas of dried berries and tomatoes, honeycomb, cashew brittle, and buttercream with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, cranberry, cocoa, pickling spice, and dolmades accented finish with fine chewy, earthy tannins. A very nice structured Old World styled red that will be great at the table.
90 points $16.25 Best Buy
Louis M. Martini 2010  Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$18
Best Buy
Dusty earthy scents first, later oak spice and cream de cassis come on. Supple blueberry and chocolate flavors along with chewy tannins. This wine opens nicely with air and picks up on a hint of anise. A real crowd pleaser.
90 points $18 Best Buy
Morais 2012  Cabernet Franc
90 points
$18
Best Buy
Deep garnet with a light violet rim - a pretty wine. Nice nose, very old world earthy/gravely notes lead. Crushed strawberries and red licorice follow. Good length and nicely balanced flavors follow. Very earthy fine tannins.
90 points $18 Best Buy
Robert Hall Winery 2010  Merlot
90 points
$18
Best Buy
Deep dark roasted fruit notes define the nose with a nice walnut skin back note. Richly textured and very well balanced. It has the requisite structure to improve with age.
90 points $18 Best Buy
Frei Brothers 2010 Reserve Merlot
90 points
$20
Brambly, dried twigs and a light plum scent defines the bouquet. Rich entry with refreshing tangy acidity lifting the flavors. Nice lingering finish. The wine is at its peak drinkability now. Moo Shoo Pork is the match.
Maryhill 2009 Proprietors Reserve Merlot
90 points
$24.95
Very aromatic, ripe black currants and a nice mocha powder. Rounded supple flavors with a gentle finish. A fine wine to savor.
90 points $24.95
Sharrott 2010 "Trio" Outer Coastal Plain
90 points
$24.99
Chocolate coffee bean and cherry, beef sukiyaki, marinated mushroom, and chestnut nougat aromas are very distinctive with a supple, dryish medium-to-full body and a clay, nutskin, and earth driven finish with powdery tannins. A remarkable food wine.
90 points $24.99
Exitus 2011 Red Wine California
90 points
$25
Garnet violet color. Inviting aromas of boysenberry jam, milk chocolate, cedar and maple smoked bacon with a tangy, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a crisp, sour cherry, green apple, and whole roasted nut finish. Flavorful and poised for sipping or the table.
Canyon Wind 2008  Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$29.95
Garnet color. Aromas of spiced berries, mocha, and vanilla custard with a tangy, medium body and a seamless cassis, apple, pepper spice and roasted pecan finish with fine, earthy tannins. A very nicely balanced table wine.
90 points $29.95
Clarksburg Wine Company 2010 "Remenance" Clarksburg
90 points
$32
Nice toasty brewers yeast scent, followed by ripe currants. Well balanced easy flavors follow ample fine tannins bode well for this wine. Monterey Jack Cheeseburger would work well with this red.
RoxyAnn 2009  Cabernet Franc
90 points
$32
Berry, creme fraiche and honeyed granola with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a roasted carrot and beet and dried sour cherry accented finish with very fine tannins. An excellent table companion.
Martha Clara Vineyard 2010 Estate Reserve Petit Verdot
90 points
$32.99
Aromas of cherry, green olive, beeswax, and sweet grass with a supple, dryish medium-to-full body and a tangy green apple, wintergreen, pomegranate molasses and marinated baby carrot and beet accented finish with big chewy tannins. A varietally explosive and savory petit verdot for the table.
90 points $32.99
Somersville Cellars 2009 Meritage Red Wine Sonoma County
90 points
$34
Lovely vanilla bean and cream de cassis notes dominate the nose. Easy flavors follow. Plush, supple texture and good gripping tannins.
Zina Hyde Cunningham 2009  Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$48
Garnet. Aromas of cream de cassis and vanilla yogurt. A bit of gravel and red fruits with a supple and balanced finish and layers of spicy oak. Nice structure and style.
Zina Hyde Cunningham 2009 "Condeal" North Coast
90 points
$48
Very clean scents of black currants and plums. Pretty easy flavors with supple texture and rich tannins in fine balance. A fine sipper or steak wine.
Ledson 2009  Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$60
Nice nose black berry cobbler scents are enticing, a bit of red licorice - all framed out with toasty oak. Rich entry, good length and ample fine tannins will allow this wine to improve with age. Later a fun mocha-coffee liqueur scent comes on.
Peirano 2009 "The Unknown" Lodi
89 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Red juju bead candy, toasty pie crust and strawberry tart aromas round out the nose. Easy, well balanced flavors follow through to the finish.
89 points $12.99 Best Buy
Goyette 2010  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$22.99
Nice nose of spiced blueberries and a bit of creme brulee and pencil shavings. Easy rounded supple flavors follow along with nice chewy tannins. Should age well.
89 points $22.99
Martha Clara Vineyard 2010  Merlot
89 points
$22.99
Rich aromas of roasted coffee beans, grilled plums and tomatoes on the vine with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and roasted nut, mineral, and cherry-green tomato jam accented finish with dusty tannins. A very nice food wine.
89 points $22.99
Deep Sea 2009 Red Central Coast
89 points
$24
Nice creamy notes lead and are reminiscent of a blackberry cobbler. Later a light leathery note. Rich attack and lengthy flavors follow. Ample fine tannins round out the finish nicely.
Kitzke 2009  Cabernet Franc
89 points
$29
Savory, herbal aromas of marinated cherries and tomatoes with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp, blackberry, dolmades, and earth driven finish with dusty tannins. Nice poised and stylish.
Maryhill 2009 Proprietors Reserve, "Serendipity" Columbia Valley
89 points
$29.95
Nice smoky, toasty berry pie notes are the lead impressions. Muted fruits, black currants and tangy plums me on later. Quite extracted and gripping tannins coat the palate.
89 points $29.95
Schug 2009  Merlot
89 points
$30
Black currants, gravely notes and later a hint of black plums and candied violets. Lean, restrained balanced flavors follow - very old world "right bank" style. Ample fine tannins.
Two Mountain 2009 Estate Grown, Reserve Cabernet Franc
89 points
$30
Garnet black color. Rich aromas of dried berries and stone fruits, coconut yogurt, and praline with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, blackberry and honeycomb finish with chewy tannins. A refreshing nice table wine.
Hooker 2010 "Old Boys" Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$32
Deep purple color. Aromas of mocha mousse, chocolate cherries, and delicate baking spices with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, cassis and mineral finish with big, powdery tannins.
Bacchanal 2010 Red Wine Napa Valley
89 points
$48
Dark forest aromas lead with tree bark, candied violets and cassis rounding out the nose. Tangy entry and light easy flavors follow through to the finish. An age worthy red, give this some time to really shine.
Brian Arden 2008 Delaney Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$65
Aromas of raspberries and black berries, praline, and vanilla yogurt. Rich juicy entry framed out in toasty oak with ample chewy, dusty tannins. Big structure and a solid core of fruit.
John Robert Eppler 2009  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$12
Best Buy
Nice roasted herb notes, a candied jolly rancher cassis scent and a bit of mocha & toast. Simple flavors follow with a tangy finish.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Frey 2011 Biodynamic, Field Blend Mendocino
88 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Garnet violet color. Intriguing aromas of herb-rubbed meat, incense, honeyed nuts and spicy berry compote with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a grilled pineapple and sweet potato, straw, and nut shell accented finish with a slight agave-like quality. Different and fun.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Castoro Cellars 2010 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$15
Best Buy
Attractive aromas of mocha buttercream, toffee, and currant pie with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body chocolate craisin, cedar and spice accented finish with firm, dusty tannins. Serious structure here and a solid value; pair with flank steak or ribs.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Austerity 2011 Proprietary Red Wine California
88 points
$16
Deep garnet purple color. Interesting aromas of dried berries, dulce du leche gelato, Asian spices, and faint jerky with a silky, fruity medium body and lively, spicy apple-cherry sauce and toasted nut finish. Tasty.
Moniz Family 2010 "Cuvee Olívía" Sonoma County
88 points
$16.99
Spiced black currants a bit of panne grille (toasted bread crust) and a dried leaf note. Quite tannic with piercing acidity. Grippy finish
88 points $16.99
Kitzke 2007 "Janaina Sensação Red" Columbia Valley
88 points
$18
Warm vibrant nose, black fruits along with a light herbal note, menthol and a hint of violets. Ripe fruit flavors follow with a really pleasant integrated oak component.
Morais 2011  Merlot
88 points
$18
Limpid ruby color. Aromas of honeycomb, cherries, pressed peony, and tomato on the vine with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, craisin, cocoa, cedar and earth accented finish. A refreshing and earthy merlot for the table.
Sharrott 2011 "Tango" Outer Coastal Plain
88 points
$18.99
Ruby color. Very savory and herbal aromas of marinated and roasted root vegetables, okra, and sour cherries with a touch of cajeta and chestnut honey. Supple with dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, cedar, peanut nutshell and firm, dusty tannin finish. A visceral dance of flavors; pair with rabbit stew.
88 points $18.99
Morais 2010 Estate Reserve, Red Wine Virginia
88 points
$20
Aromas and flavors of gourmet olives, beeswax, and craisin with a silky, dryish medium-to-full body and a savory, dolmades, nut and earth accented finish. A nice table wine for Mediterranean food, especially pasta with red clam sauce.
Pend d’Oreille 2008  Cabernet Franc
88 points
$21
Red brick color. Aromas and flavors of pickled tomatoes and cherries with a soft, dryish medium body and a tangy, dried berry, nut, and spice finish. Different, but fun and very food friendly. Try with boar and elk.
Maryhill 2009 Proprietors Reserve Malbec
88 points
$24.95
Roasted grains "Wheaties" is the initial scent. Black fruit scents come on later. Easy flavors and a supple finish.
88 points $24.95
Chatom 2008  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$26
Bright nose of resonant cassis, chocolate, and subtle memories of mud flats. Creamy cherry driven flavors follow along with chewy tannins and hints of herbs and cedar.
Frei Brothers 2009 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$27
Dried straw, high toned yeast and cassis aromas and flavors. Nice balance of fruit and oak spice. Grippy tannins round out the finish.
Clarksburg Wine Company 2010  Cabernet Franc
88 points
$28
Garnet black color. Attractive aromas of dark chocolate mousse and cranberry compote with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp, sour apple, cherry, and tobacco leaf accented finish with firm tannins. Give this a little time.
Kitzke 2008  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$29
Purple black color. Candied violets, praline and brandied black cherries aromas come to mind. The candied theme follows on the palate as kriek lambic meets cherry powder. Flavors are supple and in balance.
Ledson 2009  Mabec
88 points
$32
Restrained nose of fresh pressed linens black berries. Retro-nasally more of a forest floor, dried leaf scent. Would like a bit more of a fruit component. Should work well with a mushroom quiche.
Illinois River Winery NV Claret Illinois
87 points
Purple Pez candy scent leads. Later a grapey scent peeks through along with a dried straw/hay aromas and flavors. Cranberry and orange zest flavors are balanced and the underlying acidity is refreshing. Finishes with with lots of rustic earthiness, dried flowers and olives and silty tannins. A great choice for game.
Illinois River Winery 2011 Dry Hill Vineyard Cabernet Franc
87 points
Herbaceous, heather and resonant black raspberries are the three main impressions from the vibrant nose. Rounded, yet tangy flavors follow. Grippy finish shortens up the flavors.
Mirassou 2010  Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$12
Best Buy
Brambly dried twigs, black currants, sassafras, rhubarb and a reductive hint of pencil eraser. A fairly easy drink with a lightly oaked framework.
87 points $12 Best Buy
Mirassou 2010  Merlot
87 points
$12
Best Buy
Deep ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of spicy berry compote and cake with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a zesty citrus, mineral and roasted nut accented finish.
87 points $12 Best Buy
Chessman 2011  Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Funky berry yogurt, dried hay and strong cedar scents lead. Black currants and candied violets come through retro-nasally. Later a nice roasted brazil nut note. Flavors have good weight and balance. Ample chewy tannins.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Peirano 2011 Heritage Collection Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Spiced berries, minerals, chocolate and faint matchsticks. Rounded earthy notes balance out the creme de cassis and vanilla cream flavors. Very tasty.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Peirano 2010 "The Other" Red Lodi
87 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Dusty berry notes lead along with a hint of cream. Rich earthy flavors linger nicely on the palate with dusty tannins on the finish.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Two Rivers 2011  Merlot
87 points
$13.40
Best Buy
Aromas of waxy honeycomb, chocolate, and plum pie with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp, tangy, plum skin, pear and melon accented finish with chewy, dusty tannins. A nice choice for steak fajitas or Latin steaks.
87 points $13.40 Best Buy
Gain Bay 2010  Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$18
Ripe black currants a nice herbal note, roasted fennel and a bit toast. Easy flavors and grippy, chewy tannins bode well for this wine.
Morais 2011  Cabernet Franc
87 points
$18
Light bright garnet with a pale pink rim. Complex, old world nose (Chinon) of lignated stems, toasty yeast and ripe raspberries. Tangy taut balanced flavors follow. Vegetarian lasagna would be the pairing. Ample fine tannins.
Pend d’Oreille 2008  Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$18
Garnet charcoal gray color. Funky ripe black currants, mocha, pimento olive, leather, and a pressed linen note. Hints of candied violets with in a nice toasted oak framework and no shortage of tannins.
Barefoot NV  Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Nice nose, red licorice, a bit of tree bark and cassis. Simple, balanced easy flavors follow.
86 points $6.99 Best Buy
Barefoot NV "Impression" Red Blend California
86 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Nice nose of toasty, smoky dark fruits. Rich ripe fruit flavors follow and toasty bread crust flavor comes on in the finish. Ample tannins coat the palate.
86 points $6.99 Best Buy
The Naked Grape NV Harvest Red Blend California
86 points
$7.99
Best Buy
Warm toasted yeast and dark fruit aromas and flavors of black berries and dark plums. Easy fruit flavors are lifted by tangy acidity on the zippy finish. Pleasant.
86 points $7.99 Best Buy
Redwood Creek 2011  Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$8
Best Buy
Warm nose of wood smoke, red licorice and cassis. May be a bit of syrah or petite syrah in the mix. Dried twigs and a pleasant green herbal flavor. Soft tannins are in check.
86 points $8 Best Buy
Turning Leaf 2011  Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$8
Best Buy
Tree bark, black currants and a hint of red licorice. Easy tangy flavors follow.
86 points $8 Best Buy
Turning Leaf 2011  Merlot
86 points
$8
Best Buy
Garnet color. Aromas of mocha and pie pie crust with a soft, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a spiced apple and honey accented finish. A pleasant sipper or burger wine.
86 points $8 Best Buy
Peirano 2011 Heritage Collection, "Six Clones" Merlot
86 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Medium-light ruby robe with a strawberry cast. Subtle notes of toasted twigs/bramble. Green plum notes and a bit of turned earth. Easy simple flavors make this a nice sipper.
86 points $12.99 Best Buy
Edna Valley Vineyard 2009  Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$15
Best Buy
Garnet color. Soft aromas and flavors of currant, chocolate cake and pepper with a supple, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a breezy, nutty finish.
86 points $15 Best Buy
Heron Hill Winery 2008 "Eclipse" New York State
86 points
$16.99
Roasted coffee bean, cacao nib, berries on the bush, and tomatoes on the vine aromas with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, pickled okra, and dusty road accented finish. A nice rustic red for the table; pair with lamb tagine.
86 points $16.99
Morais 2011 Select Collection, Red Wine Virginia
86 points
$18
Limpid ruby color. Aromas of marinated rhubarb and tomatoes and honeycomb with a soft, dryish medium body and a gherkin, nut, and dusty soil accented finish. A direct, savory wine for the table, especially gourmet burgers.
Morais 2012  Merlot
86 points
$18
Rich ruby color. Aromas and flavors of Montmorency cherries, sweet pepper, and honey gelato with a crisp, tangy medium body and a honey spiced nut, apple, cherry pit, and firm, earthy tannins. Need a little time.
Somersville Cellars 2011 Meritage White Table Wine North Coast
86 points
$24
Wet straw, ripe apple skin, richly textured palate with brooding berry flavors and a somewhat tannic finish.
Martha Clara Vineyard 2010  Cabernet Franc
86 points
$26.99
Bright light garnet robe with nice tears. Nice nose of crushed raspberries and a hint of red licorice. Rounded easy flavors and a fairly brisk finish.
86 points $26.99
Maryhill 2009 Proprietors Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$29.95
Nice pure creme de cassis scents lead and as an added bonus, hints of cocoa, black walnut skin and leather. In spite of a rich entry, the flavors are clamped down a bit by tannins.
86 points $29.95
Mia Nipote 2009  Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$39
Mild mulberry aromas. Big shouldered and somewhat heavy texture with spiced black berries flavors and thick tannins.
Redwood Creek 2011  Merlot
85 points
$8
Ruby garnet color. Mild aromas of craisin, cocoa, and plum with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, toasty finish. A nice sipper.
Redwood Creek NV Winemakers Reserve, Rich Red Blend
85 points
$8
Sweet candied cherry scents and flavors come on nicely with vanilla and chocolate notes and a relaxed finish. Ripe, easy flavors are sure to please the crowd.
Crow River NV  Merlot
85 points
$14.99
Red brick color. Aromas of chocolate plums and pepper aromas with a soft, fruity-yet-dry medium body smooth, tangy honeyed baked apple finish. A very pleasant sipper.
85 points $14.99
Unionville Vineyards 2010 Artisan Series, "The Big O" Red Montage New Jersey
85 points
$28.95
Deep purple black color. Dense aromas suggest coffee, lingonberry sauce, and chocolate craisin with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, nutshell, vanilla bean and grassy earth accented finish.
85 points $28.95
Barefoot NV  Merlot
84 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Violet garnet color. Aromas of chocolate graham cracker, plum pie, pencil shaving, and faint honey baked ham with supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and crisp, tart, earthy finish with dusty tannins.
84 points $6.99 Best Buy
Heron Hill Winery 2010 "Classic Series" Cabernet Franc
84 points
$14.99
Funky toasted brewers yeast scents lead with a dusty red currant back note. Gravely grippy tannins and flavors follow.
84 points $14.99
Park Avenue 2009  Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$19.99
Toasty notes lead, some cassis and sour cherry notes. Flavors fall off with a bit of quickness.
84 points $19.99
El Pistolero NV  Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$34
Unusual aromas of chocolate, roasted nuts, and sauerkraut with a tangy fruity-yet-dry medium body and sweet pickled beet, cherry preserves, and cedar accented finish. Different.
CK Mondavi 2010 Wildcreek Canyon, "Scarlet 5" California
83 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Very vinous nose. Green stemmy notes detract from the wine, black currants and nelco wafer flavors came through retro-nasally. Easy tannins don’t detract.
83 points $6.99 Best Buy
The Naked Grape NV  Cabernet Sauvignon
83 points
$7.99
Muted nose, dried leaves, dusty blackberries and light short flavors follow.
83 points $7.99
CalNaturale 2009 French Camp Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
83 points
$12.99
Aromas of root beer float, pomegranate sauce, and peppercorns with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tart currant, vanilla, nutshell and spice finish with powdery tannins. Slightly angular, but interesting; try with rabbit stew.
83 points $12.99
Carlo Rossi NV  Cabernet Sauvignon
82 points
$5.99
Lots of burnt firecracker scents dominate the nose. Later lignated stems along with "berries & cream". Easy simple flavors follow with an impression of sweetness.
82 points $5.99
Carlo Rossi NV  Merlot
81 points
$5.99
Ruby color. Mild aromas of berries and wax with a very soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a crunchy green apple and nut skin accented finish. A simple quaffer.
81 points $5.99
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