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March 2014 - US - Red Bordeaux Varietals

March 2014 - US - Red Bordeaux Varietals
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US - Red Bordeaux Varietals Reviews

Heitz 2009  Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$49
Garnet violet color. Aromas of menthol tobacco, clay, black currant, olive, beeswax,and carob with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, savory roasted pepper, honey, and nut accented finish. Fantastically flavorful and balanced.
Jarvis 2009 Estate Grown, Cave Fermented Petit Verdot
94 points
$105
Deep violet black color. Aromas and flavors of spicy dried cherries and apples, mocha, maple smoked bacon, and spicy gherkin with satiny fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, oak tannin accented finish. A delightful, flavorful petit verdot that will be sensation with spicy red meat dishes.
Esser Vineyards 2012  Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$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.
93 points $15.99 Best Buy
Tom Eddy 2010 "Elodian" Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$45
Violet black color. Aromas and flavors of cassis jam, chocolate, creme brulee, and olive with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a long, juicy, fine tannins finish. Seductively smooth and delicious.
Thorn Hill 2009  Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$50
Dark garnet black color. Lovely dank aromas of cassis, licorice, herbal olives, chicken fat, and chocolate sour cream frosting with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, pomegranate sorbet, mint tobacco, spice, and earth finish with fine supple tannins.
Prix 2009 Reserve Cabernet Franc
93 points
$60
Opaque garnet violet color. Attractive aromas and flavors of chocolate mint fudge, sour cherry, and menthol with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a juicy, chewy tannin and cedar finish. Great structure for the table, try with spicy lamb dishes.
Prix 2008 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$65
Deep garnet violet color. Layered aromas of dried currants, blueberries, creme brulee, and a hint of menthol tobacco with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a cassis, cedar, clay, and peppery spice finish with chewy tannins. A full throttled steak wine with very fancy oak that will be even better with time.
Jarvis 2010 Estate Grown, Cave Fermented Cabernet Franc
93 points
$90
Deep garnet black color. Subtly expressive aromas and flavors of white clay, gherkin, craisin, and chocolate nuts with a satiny, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tangy pomegranate, dolmades, cedar, mocha, and delicate brown spice nuanced finish. Impressively layered, savory, and flavorful. Pair with prime rib or elk.
Freedom Estate 2010  Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$94
Garnet black color. Bright aromas of chocolate blueberries, dried currants, and graham crackers with a silky, fruity medium-full body and a rich, tangy mocha gelato, creme brulee, sandalwood and spice finish. An intensely hedonistic, flavor packed wine.
Jericho Canyon 2010 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$100
Inky garnet purple color. Aromas of whole berries, clay, orange blossom honey, and olive skin with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an elegant, frosted berry tart, cocoa, and sandalwood accented finish. Delicious and rewarding, for now or later.
Jericho Canyon 2009 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$100
Garnet violet color. Aromas crusty cassis tart, beeswax, and vanilla yogurt nuts with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, baking spices, cedar, and earth accented finish with chewy oak tannins. Very nice now and built for the long haul.
Tom Eddy 2009  Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$100
Deep garnet violet color. Aromas of dried currant, clay, and peppery spices with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, concentrated, chewy tannins finish. Built for the long haul or enjoy now with a great steak.
Jarvis 2009 Estate Grown, Cave Fermented Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$130
Deep garnet violet color. Intriguing aromas of sauerkraut, cassis jam on rye toast, chocolate mousse and floral honeycomb with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a clay, creme brulee and earthy pickled beet accented finish. A great savory wine for the table or sipping. Pair with porterhouse steaks and sauerbraten.
Curvare 2010  Merlot
92 points
$22
Dar ruby garnet color. Jazzy aromas and flavors of spicy blueberry pie, menthol mint, açai and goji berry with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a sleek, mouthwatering pomegranate finish with chewy tannins.
Stina’s Cellars 2008  Cabernet Franc
92 points
$22
Dark ruby with a red brick rim. Mature aromas suggest dried currants, leather, olive, almond custard, and forest floor with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, pomegranate sorbet and silt accented finish with plush tannins. Drinking very well now with great varietal character and balanced oak. A great choice for filet mignon with mushrooms.
Draxton 2011  Malbec
92 points
$36
Garnet black color. Aromas of nougat, leather and dried blackberry with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, berry, cocoa, and spice finish with fine, dusty tannins. A great, vibrant table wine.
Nordby Vineyards 2007 "Il Re" Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$37
Deep ruby black with a fading rim. Aromas of eucalyptus, spicy blueberry jam, and clay with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a spicy, honeyed nut, cigar box, and earth accented finish with fine tannins. A nice mature cabernet for the table; pair with exotic game or prime rib.
Hagafen 2011 Estate Cabernet Franc
92 points
$39
Deep garnet violet color. Aromas of black olive, dried currant, sandalwood, and cashew with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, savory chocolate, mulberry, and hay finish. A great combination of table-friendly fruit, oak and terroir.
H/H Estates 2010 Coyote Canyon Vieyard, "Bozak Red" Horse Heaven Hills
92 points
$42
Garnet violet color. Aromas and flavors of pencil shavings, dried currants, cracked pepper, olive, and chocolate nut fudge with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, cedar and peppery spice accented finish with fine tannins. Excellent flavor, structure, and balance.
Barboursville 2010 Octagon Virginia
92 points
$50
Deep garnet color. Aromas of clay, creamy mocha, and blackberry cobbler with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, creamy vanilla and spice accented finish with well-integrated tannins.
Schug 2010 Heritage Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$50
Garnet violet color. Aromas of dried cherries and berries, clay, olive and cedar with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, chocolate, pomegranate, nutshell, and mineral finish with firm, powdery tannins. Give this a little time.
Greyscale 2010  Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$54
Garnet violet color. Bold aromas of chocolate, cassis, spicy hot pickles, and bbq pepper rub with a satiny smooth, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a plush, spiced blackberry, nut, and cedar accented finish. A playful and classy range of flavors and textures.
Grgich Hills 2010  Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$60
Garnet violet color. Attractive aromas and flavors of cassis pie, cocoa nuts, pickling spices, olive, and toasty cedar with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, dried blueberry and mineral accented finish with round tannins. Delicious and structured for enjoyment now or later.
Ledson 2010  Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$86
Deep garnet black color. Aromas of chocolate coconut macaroon, honeycomb, gherkin, and cassis jam on toast with supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and vanilla nut and cedar accented finish and chewy, earthy tannins. Excellent structure for the table.
Jarvis 2011 Estate Grown, Cave Fermented, "Will Jarvis Science Project" Napa Valley
92 points
$135
Dark garnet color. Attractive aromas of spumoni gelato, spicy gherkin, nougat, and suede with a satiny fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a creamy vanilla, roasted nut, and floral incense with ultra fine tannins. Uniquely flavorful and inviting.
Pedroncelli 2011 Three Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$18
Best Buy
Garnet violet color. Aromas of cassis, olive, roasted pepper and vanilla candle wax with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a zesty blood orange. grilled pepper, and cedar finish. A very lively and spicy cabernet that will be great with Latin beef or pork dishes.
91 points $18 Best Buy
Heist 2012  Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$24.99
Violet black color. Aromas of chocolate nuts, currants, deep fried pickle, and peppery spices with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a creamy, mocha, cedar, and sour cherry accented finish with fine tannins. Very tasty and sure to please.
91 points $24.99
Wine Spots 2012  Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$25
Violet black color. Aromas of chocolate wafer bar, powdered berries and limes, and butter roasted nuts with a satiny, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a dried blueberry, roasted citrus, and cocoa accented finish with ultra fine tannins. A delightful sipper or table wine.
Alexandria Nicole 2011 Destiny Ridge Vineyard Malbec
91 points
$38
Garnet violet black color. Interesting aromas of spiced melon, berries, and floral honey with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy pomegranate, chocolate goji berry and mineral finish. Excellent complexity and subtle layers of flavor that will be great at the table.
H/H Estates 2010 Coyote Canyon Vineyard, "Big John Cab" Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$42
Garnet purple color. Interesting earthy aromas of roasted vegetables, craisins, spice, and buffalo jerky with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless slate, roasted apple, and cocoa finish. A great choice with pot roast or pheasant stew.
Wise Villa 2010  Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$43.47
Garnet black color. Interesting aromas of menthol-mint, cranberry relish and waxy honeycomb with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy currant preserves, chocolate craisin, cedar, melon, and roasted nut finish with chewy tannins. Nice now and will get better with time. Serve with spicy Latin steak dishes.
91 points $43.47
CULT X 2011 Meritage Alexander Valley
91 points
$56
Violet color. Aromas of milk chocolate covered berries, vanilla, and delicate berries with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a juicy, nutty, red apple, cedar, and earth accented finish with fine, dusty tannins. Very tasty and structured for sipping or the table.
Jericho Canyon 2010 Jericho Creek Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$65
Deep garnet amethyst color. Intriguing aromas of coconut macaroon, floral honeycomb, white clay, vanilla, and boysenberry pie with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, chocolate nut and earth accented finish. Very sleek, flavorful, and stylish.
Jericho Canyon 2009 Jericho Creek Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$65
Deep garnet violet color. Aromas of chocolate graham crackers, cherry pie, and lightly smoked nuts with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a pleasant chocolate and delicate spice finish with fine tannins. An artfully composed cabernet.
Ledson 2010  Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$68
Garnet black. Aromas of chocolate graham cracker, peppery spices, and olive tapenade with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a creamy mocha and tangy cherry accented finish. Very good depth and structure.
Jarvis 2008 Estate Grown, Cave Fermented Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$130
Dark garnet black color. Honeycomb, roasted nuts, dried cherry and tomato, and spicy cassis pie a la mode aromas and flavors with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a chewy, chocolate and earth accented finish. A great earthy sipper and table wine; serve with prime rib.
Frey 2009 Biodynamic Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$20
Garnet black color. Rich aromas of candied nuts, dried blueberries, exotic incense, spiced chocolate, and sweet herbs with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a mouthwatering, cedar accented finish with chewy tannins. Tasty. Drink up.
Alexandria Nicole 2011 Destiny Ridge Vineyard, "Quarry Butte" Horse Heaven Hills
90 points
$24
Deep garnet color. Aromas of cedar, spicy cherry, and honeycomb with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, chocolate mint, and nut accented finish with fine tannins. A delicious, easy drinking red sipper or table wine.
Coyote Canyon Winery 2010 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$28
Dark garnet color. Beets and cassis aromas and flavors with a dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy chocolate, tobacco and mint finish.
Wise Villa 2012  Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$39.37
Dark ruby color. Aromas of chocolate graham crackers, roasted nuts, latte, and berry jam on toast with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, chewy mocha latte and roasted pecan finish. Very tasty and refreshing.
90 points $39.37
Stone Pine Estate 2006  Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$40
Dark ruby with a fading rim. Aromas of olive and pepper skins, cassis and cocoa with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful dried currant, tomato preserves, nutskin, and accented earth finish. Excellent mature balance complexity for the table.
Calcareous Vineyards 2010 "Lloyd" of Calcareous Paso Robles
90 points
$49
Violet black color. Brawny aromas and flavors of stewed berries and chocolate mint cookie with a supple, fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, warming, cedar, vanilla, and dusty spice accented finish with fine tannins. Nice rusticity and fruit.
Ledson 2010  Petit Verdot
90 points
$60
Deep violet black color. Aromas of dried berries, clay, chocolate nuts, and a touch of coconut vinegar with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a spicy, spice and cedar accented finish with full, chewy tannins. Will get better with time.
Sagebrush Annie’s 2011  Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$60
Garnet color. Aromas of clay, crayon, chocolate graham cracker, peppery spices, and dried berries with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a frosted shredded wheat, cedar, and pomegranate finish with dusty tannins. An interesting wine that will be fun at the table.
Bentgate 2012  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$19.99
Garnet color. Aromas of honeycomb, mulberries, clay, and pickling spices with silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a juicy, cassis jam, nutskin, and smoky cedar nuanced finish with chewy tannins. Tasty and nicely structured for the table.
89 points $19.99
Frey 2012 Biodynamic Merlot
89 points
$20
Dark violet color. Aromas of spiced blackberries, peppercorns, and pistachio gelato with a tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a vibrant, cinnamon, clove, and cedar accented finish. Great spiciness, pair with spicy Asian beef dishes.
Kinkead Ridge 2011 Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$20.99
Garnet violet color. Pleasant aromas and flavors of floral black raspberry preserves, chocolate nuts, and peppery spice with a dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, green apple and mineral accented finish. A very nice sipper with fine structure for the table too.
89 points $20.99
Chateau St. Croix 2012  Merlot
89 points
$25
Inky garnet violet color. Aromas of black raspberry custard pie and chocolate Montmorency cherries with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, plum, cocoa, and nutshell finish with dusty tannins. Great acidity and structure.
Wine Spots 2011  Merlot
89 points
$25
Ruby color. Aromas of powdered plum tart and chocolate nut with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy blood orange and earth accented finish with nutskin-like tannins. Good varietal character.
Shannon Ridge 2010 Home Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$29.99
Violet black color. Aromas of menthol mint, dried berries, chocolate, and dried meat with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, spiced, nutty tannin finish with chewy tannins.
89 points $29.99
Chateau St. Croix 2011 Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$30
Violet black color. Attractive aromas of milk chocolate covered raisins and nuts, earth and peppercorns with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with a barky, nutty tannin finish. Needs some time.
White Oak 2011  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$32
Deep garnet purple color. Aromas of ink, forest floor, mulberries, and peppery spices with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a roasted nut, cocoa, and black currant finish. A good choice for game.
Nordby Vineyards 2008 "Il Re" Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$37
Deep garnet color. Earthy aromas of smoked pepper, tar, cocoa, and cassis with a dry-yet-fruity medium body and an exotic spice, sandalwood incense, and herb accented finish with nutty tannins. An interesting, esoteric red that will shine with grilled game, especially venison.
Shannon Ridge 2010 Betsy Vineyard Malbec
89 points
$45
Amethyst black color. Aromas of dried berries and peaches, violets, and chocolate yogurt nuts with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a mocha and roasted nut finish with tight, chewy tannins. A sturdy, attractive sipper or table wine.
Magness 2012  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$22.99
Garnet black color. Aromas of dried cassis, violet candy, toffee, and delicate olive relish with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, chocolate blueberry, cedar, and nut finish. A pleasant sipper or serve with roasts.
88 points $22.99
Twin Oaks Tavern 2012 "Raven Rocks Red" Virginia
88 points
$23
Garnet purple color. Complex aromas of cassis, mulberries, and Mexican chocolate with a tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a spiced cherry, pickled beet, and cranberry finish with powdery tannins. A vibrant and lively red blend that will excel at the table.
Stina’s Cellars 2008 "Montage" Washington
88 points
$25
Dark ruby color. Aromas of wax, grilled olives, gherkin, and smoked peppercorns with a supple, dryish medium body and a earthy dried fruit, melon rind, and tobacco accented finish with leafy tannins. An interesting mature and rustic Old World styled red for the table.
Brecon Estate 2012  Cabernet Franc
88 points
$29
Violet black color. Aromas of chocolate nuts, mocha, and currants with a supple, tangy medium body and a smoked nut and mineral finish. Try with steak tips.
Wise Villa 2011  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$33.47
Garnet color. Aromas of chocolate cream pie, cherry preserves, and floral honeycomb with supple, fruity medium body and a tangy cranberry-melon gelato and toasted nut accented finish. Fun and easy.
88 points $33.47
Reaper 2012  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$35
Deep garnet color. Attractive aromas of potpourri, berry lip balm, and chocolate cherry bonbon with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, chocolate toffee and pencil shavings accented finish. Flavorful and well put together.
Alexandria Nicole 2011 Destiny Ridge Vineyard, "Wild One" Cabernet Franc
88 points
$42
Garnet color. Aromas of dried flowers, beeswax, and berry custard with a silky, dryish medium body and a tangy berry and nutshell finish with powdery tannins. Try with rabbit pasta.
Ankh 2010  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$65
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of dried currants, olive tapenade, leather, cocoa, and delicate peppery spices with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a cedar, nutshell, and pomegranate finish with big woody tannins. This needs time and will improve with it.
Chateau St. Croix 2011 Reserve, "3 Barrel" California
88 points
$65
Dark purple color. Aromas of cassis pie, mocha, and chocolate mint with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, spicy, menthol tobacco, creme brulee, and cedar accented finish with chewy tannins. Good structure for the table. Give this a bit of time and it will improve.
Lobo 2010 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$75
Dark garnet color. Compacted aromas of mixed olives, berry compote, gherkin, hemp, and chocolate yogurt with a supple, dry medium body and mulberry and cocoa driven finish with firm, woody tannins. Give this a bit of time.
Esser Vineyards 2012  Merlot
87 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Garnet color. Aromas of mocha, roasted nuts, and spiced plums with a silky, tangy medium body and a refreshingly crisp, blackberry and mineral nuanced finish.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Girly Girl 2011  Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$16.99
Garnet color. Sweet aromas of chocolate cherries and nougat with a soft, fruity medium body and a juicy, nutty, fine tannin finish. A fun, flavorful, everyday sipper or pizza wine.
87 points $16.99
Ledson 2010 "Cepage" Sonoma County
87 points
$86
Dark garnet color. Meaty aromas of dried berries and chicken skin with a supple, dryish medium body and a chocolate yogurt, craisin, and cedar plank accented finish with big barky tannins. A deep wine that needs time to resolve.
Cable Car 2012  Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Aromas and flavors of milk chocolate covered graham crackers and cassis jam on toast with a supple, fruity medium body and a juicy, nut accented finish with chewy, oaky tannins. A tasty sipper or burger wine.
86 points $12.99 Best Buy
Girly Girl 2011  Merlot
86 points
$16.99
Garnet color. Aromas of cherry, honeycomb, blood orange sorbet and chocolate mint cookie with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, peppercorn and earth accented finish. A nice everyday sipper.
86 points $16.99
Skinnygirl 2012  Cabernet Sauvignon
85 points
$13.99
Garnet violet color. Aromas of dried cherries, toffee, cedar, and spices with a soft, fruity light-to-medium body and juicy blueberry sorbet and nut finish. A solid sipper.
85 points $13.99
Silver Lake 2010  Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$11.99
Dark garnet color. Aromas of spiced nuts, cocoa, and bubblegum with a light-to-medium body and a relaxed, oak kissed finish.
84 points $11.99
CalNaturale 2010 French Camp Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$12.99
Deep garnet color. Intricate aromas of berries, dried flowers, Asian spices and herb muffin with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and and a plum skin, cocoa, wood pulp, and gravel finish with firm, coating tannins. Interesting nose, but clobbering tannins.
84 points $12.99
Alexandria Nicole 2011 Destiny Ridge Vineyard, "Sgt. Pepper" Carmenere
83 points
$38
Garnet violet color. Toasty aromas of sandalwood, roasted nuts, dried berries, cocoa, and herbs with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a plum skin, leaf and chalk finish with firm, woody, pulpy tannins.
Woodvale Estates 2012  Merlot
82 points
$17.99
Garnet color. Smoky aromas and flavors of chocolate, roasted coffee beans and nuts, and charcoal with a supple, dryish medium body and a chewy, tar and tannin finish. Too much oak and sulfur.
82 points $17.99
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