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September 2015 - US Bordeaux Varietals

September 2015 - US Bordeaux Varietals
This month's Wine feature is US Bordeaux Varietal Wines

US Bordeaux Varietals Reviews

Browne 2012  Cabernet Franc
94 points
$35
Garnet black color. Attractive, fruity spicy aromas of berry pastry, leather, buttercream, and oak with a satiny, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, involved, long vanilla nuts, creme brulee, and minerals finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. An exceptionally rich and delicious cabernet franc.
Jana 2012 "Cathedral" Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$65
Garnet black color. Rich, sweet, minty aromas of cassis, blue eucalyptus leaf, and white peppermint toffee with a satiny, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, layered, long spiced berries, vanilla, and earth finish with silky tannins and light oak. A superb, supple, and satisfying Napa cabernet.
Antares 2012  Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$21.99
Black ruby color. Delicate, spicy aromas of chocolate mint cookie, fondue with berries, and jerky with a satiny, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, subtle, medium-long menthol mint, spice, nuts, and earth finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A delicious, complex cabernet with great table appeal.
93 points $21.99
Rutherford Vintners 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$21.99
Bright dark medium color. Oaky, attractive fruity toasty aromas of blackcurrants, castelvetrano olives, mocha, and turned earth with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry full body and a warming, elegant, medium-long finish with firm, well-integrated, fine, fruit tannins and moderate oak.
93 points $21.99
Worthy 2013 Sophias Cuvee Napa Valley
93 points
$32
Garnet black color. Bright, attractive aromas of melted chocolate, roasted nuts, and berry pie with a satiny, vibrant, medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long vanilla cream, spice, and oak finish with well-integrated tannins and light oak. A supple and inviting red blend.
Yorkville Cellars 2013 Rennie Vineyard Petit Verdot
93 points
$32
Black ruby color. Attractive aromas of chocolate covered peanuts and berry cobbler with a silky, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long spiced cherries, cedar, and floral honey finish with crunchy, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A delicious, broad-shouldered red that will be great with spicy meat dishes.
Yorkville Cellars 2013 Rennie Vineyard Cabernet Franc
93 points
$32
Garnet black color. Fruity, creamy aromas of brownie a la mode and raspberry pie with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length dried sour cherry, baking spices, toffee, and minerals finish with fine, chewy tannins and light oak. A delicious, lively, and very hedonistic cab franc for all occasions.
Yorkville Cellars 2013 Rennie Vineyard Malbec
93 points
$32
Deep purple color. Bright, fruity, spicy aromas of blueberry cobbler and milk chocolate bar with a silky, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, intriguing, medium-long spiced cherries and apples finish with silky tannins and light oak. A toothsome and satisfying malbec.
3 Clowns 2012 Klipsun Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$40
Violet color. Bright, attractive, fruity aromas of mulberries and cassis, floral honey, and hint of barnyard hay with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a complex, medium-long craisin, nut, and herbs finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. An elegant and appetizing cabernet.
Six Prong 2013 by Alder Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$16
Best Buy
Black ruby color. Bright, spicy, attractive aromas of pickling spices and berry chutney with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, charming, medium-long spiced yams and carrots and pencil shavings finish with silky tannins. A beautiful spicy cabernet that is sure to please.
92 points $16 Best Buy
Pend d’Oreille 2012  Cabernet Franc
92 points
$21
Bright medium dusty ruby color. Lively, fruity, floral woody aromas of spiced raspberries, ripe plums, oriental spices, and sandal wood with a vibrant, dry medium-full body and a smooth, medium-long finish with firm, well-integrated tannins and light oak.
Truth 2012  Napa Valley
92 points
$25
Bright medium burnt sienna color. Delicate, earthy, fruity floral toasty aromas of black currants, raspberries, cedar/sandalwood, and dried violets with a lively, dry full body and a warming, long finish with fine, firm, fruit tannins and moderate oak.
Le Vigne 2012  Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$35
Bright medium dusty ruby color. Bright, fruity, earthy toasty aromas of mulberries, tangy blackcurrants, oriental spices, and gravel with a crisp, dry full body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish with firm, fine, fruit tannins and moderate oak.
Yorkville Cellars 2013 Rennie Vineyard Carmenere
92 points
$38
Nearly opaque black garnet color. Bright, spicy aromas of blueberry cobbler and Mexican chocolate with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a polished, delightful, medium-long spiced berries and vanilla cream finish with silky tannins and light oak. A delicious, juicy domestic carmenere that will be very versatile.
Hawk and Horse Vineyards 2011  Petite Sirah
92 points
$48
Violet color. Aromas of vanilla nut fudge and cherry pie a la mode with a satiny, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, subtle, medium-long toffee, spiced apple, and nutskin finish with fine, crunchy tannins and no oak. A luscious, creamy, fruity petite sirah that is sure to induce pleasure.
Greyscale 2012  Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$59
Bright medium dark dusty garnet color. Toasty aromas of spiced blackcurrants, hung game, clarified butter, and cedar shavings with a chewy, bright, dry full body and a warming, intricate, medium-length finish with firm, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak.
Lobo 2012 Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$80
Garnet black color. Bright, savory aromas of dried berries, leather, honeycomb, and nuts with a bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, engaging, medium-long cocoa, smoked peppercorns, oak, and earth finish with woody tannins and moderate oak. A rich, brooding cabernet that will reward cellaring.
Cascade Ridge 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$16
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Bright, attractive, fruity creamy aromas of berry creme brulee and chocolate cherry fudge with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, delightful, medium-length toffee finish with silky tannins and light oak. A juicy and very tasty cabernet.
91 points $16 Best Buy
Picket Fence 2013 Miller Creek Malbec
91 points
$17.99
Best Buy
Bright medium dusty ruby color. Bright, fruity, toasty sweaty aromas of mulberries, saddle leather, purple pez, and light toast with a bright, dry full body and a warming, nuanced, medium-long finish with firm, well-integrated, fine, fruit tannins and light oak.
91 points $17.99 Best Buy
Bordeleau NV Lot 6 Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$18
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Bright, exotic, fruity aromas of cherry cobbler, toffee, and salsa with a satiny, tangy, fruity body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-length craisin and mocha nuts finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. A juicy and exotic treat.
91 points $18 Best Buy
Gravel Bar Winery 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$19.99
Indigo color. Bright, fruity aromas of berry berry a la mode, melted toffee, and chocolate mint mousse with a satiny, fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, interesting, medium-length creme brulee and buttered nuts finish with silky tannins and light oak. A smooth, delicious and satisfying cabernet.
91 points $19.99
Yorkville Cellars 2013 Rennie Vineyard Merlot
91 points
$30
Violet color. Bright, interesting, spicy aromas of chocolate mint and berry tart with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a polished, interesting, vanilla custard and nutskin finish with well-integrated, crunchy tannins and light oak. A rock solid merlot with lots of charm.
Narmada Winery 2011  Petit Verdot
91 points
$33
Bright dark ruby black color. Earthy, fruity creamy toasty aromas of mulberry cobbler, tart plums, oriental spice, and turned earth with a chewy, crisp, dry full body and a peppery, long finish with silky, well-integrated, firm, fruit tannins and moderate oak.
Yorkville 2013 Rennie Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$34
Bright dark ruby black color. Bright, fruity, toasty spicy aromas of dried blackberries, canvas, dried flowers, and potters clay with a tangy, full body and a peppery, compelling, brisk finish with firm, dusty tannins and moderate oak.
Le Vigne 2012 Nikiara Red Blend
91 points
$39
Bright medium brick red color. Bright, fruity, earthy toasty aromas of cassis, red raspberries, leather, and clay with a vibrant, dry full body and a warming, involved, medium-length finish with firm, fine, well-integrated, fruit tannins and moderate oak.
PEJU 2012  Petite Verdot
91 points
$40
Opaque black garnet color. Delicate, toasty, creamy aromas of berries, meringue, and toffee with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length roasted nuts, oak, and earth finish with chewy, firm tannins. A powerful age-worthy red wine that will be even better in a few years.
Jeff Gordon Collection 2010 "Leo" Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$65
Ruby color. Aromas of cassis pie, pickling spices, and honeyed yams with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, intriguing, medium-length cocoa, cedar, caramelized Meyer lemon, and pepper finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A lively, appetizing Napa cabernet.
Kukeri 2011 Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$89
Bright medium dusty garnet color. Lively, fruity, toasty aromas of ripe blackcurrants, black cherries, dried twigs, and green olives with an lively, dry full body and a peppery, complex, medium-long finish with chewy, firm, fruit tannins and moderate oak.
The Originals 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$14
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Mild aromas of chocolate and toasted nuts with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-length blueberry pie a la mode and nuts finish with well-integrated tannins and light oak. A pure and tasty everyday red wine that will cover a lot of bases.
90 points $14 Best Buy
Easley 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$14.95
Best Buy
Light garnet color. Bright aromas of honey butter and berry danish with a silky, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, appealing, easy caramel corn, craisin, and vanilla custard finish with fine, silky tannins and light oak. A very different, very creamy and juicy, crowd-pleasing style of cabernet.
90 points $14.95 Best Buy
Diversion 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Mild aromas of baked berries and spiced candied nuts with a silky, tangy, fruity medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length sour cherry, chocolate and vanilla swirl ice custard, and sweet spices finish with silky tannins and light oak. A vibrant and charming red that is sure to please.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
Acre 21 2013  Harvest Blend
90 points
$15
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Bright, attractive aromas of blueberry cobbler, caramelized bacon, and chocolate toffee with a silky, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, stimulating, medium-length apple pie and roasted nuts finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and light oak. A tasty, appetizing red blend that will pair nicely.
90 points $15 Best Buy
David James 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$15
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Delicate, toasty aromas of nut brittle, craisins, and hay with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-length vanilla cream and roasted nuts finish with silky tannins and light oak. A clean and fruity red with nice use of oak.
90 points $15 Best Buy
Austerity 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$17
Best Buy
Bright medium brick red color. Bright, jammy, fruity toasty aromas of ripe blackcurrants, cream di cassis, and gravel with a chewy, puckering, dry full body and a warming, interesting, brisk finish with firm, dusty tannins and moderate oak.
90 points $17 Best Buy
Picket Fence 2012  Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$17.99
Best Buy
Black ruby color. Delicate, attractive aromas of berries, chocolate, and smoked nuts with a satiny, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, breezy vanilla cream and cedar finish with chewy, coating tannins and light oak. A nicely stuffed cabernet that will be even better in a couple of years.
90 points $17.99 Best Buy
Bordeleau NV Lot 6 Merlot
90 points
$18
Best Buy
Dusty garnet color. Bright, complex aromas of chocolate nuts, spices and herbs, berry tart, and tree bark and twigs with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a sleek, delightful, medium-long tomato chutney, dried berries, oak, and earth finish with fine tannins and moderate oak. A lively earthy merlot that will shine at the table.
90 points $18 Best Buy
Domaine Napa 2012  Merlot
90 points
$19.99
Garnet black color. Mild aromas of nuts and dried berries with a silky, tangy, fruity medium body and a seamless, refreshing, breezy cassis jam and spiced chocolate finish with fine, chewy tannins and light oak. A tasty and appetizing merlot.
90 points $19.99
Whiskers 2012 Red Blend Lodi
90 points
$19.99
Brick red color. Bright, attractive aromas of chocolate berries and cherries, toffee, and cedar with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a sleek, easy delicate spice, nougat, and coconut buttercream finish with fine tannins and light oak. A nice crowd pleasing cabernet.
90 points $19.99
Pend d’Oreille 2011  Merlot
90 points
$21
Bright medium brown brick red color. Delicate, fruity, nutty aromas of damsom plums, toasted walnut skin, spiced berries, and cream with a bright, full body and a smooth, long finish with well-integrated, firm, fruit tannins and light oak.
The Grifter 2013 Napa Valley Red Blend Napa Valley
90 points
$24.99
Ruby color. Bright, fruity aromas of berry pie a la mode and vanilla toffee with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a silky, appealing, medium-length nuts, spice, and cedar finish with moderate oak. A juicy, crowd pleasing red.
90 points $24.99
Elk Run 2013 Cold Friday Vineyard Cabernet Franc
90 points
$26.61
Garnet black color. Bright, savory, herbal complex aromas of marinated tomatoes and root vegetables, buttery roasted nuts, coconut husk, and latex with a silky, soft, dryish medium body and an effortless, medium-length dried berries, cedar, and mocha toffee finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A silky flavorful table companion.
90 points $26.61
Chakana Estate 2013  Mendoza
90 points
$26.95
Bright dark brown brick red color. Earthy, fruity toasty aromas of ripe mulberries, saddle leather, cassis mocha, and white pepper phosphate with a creamy, vibrant, dry full body and a warming, long finish with silky, well-integrated, fruit tannins and moderate oak.
90 points $26.95
Denizen Cellars 2012  Red Blend
90 points
$29.99
Bright medium brown brick red color. Bright, fruity, earthy toasty aromas of black currants, plums pomegranate, leather, and clay with an tart, dry full body and a warming, elegant, medium-length finish with firm, crunchy tannins and moderate oak.
90 points $29.99
Pend d’Oreille 2012 Reserve Malbec
90 points
$30
Bright dark dusty ruby color. Bright, fruity, earthy toasty aromas of black plums, mulberries, leather, and mint leaf with a vibrant, dry full body and a peppery, complex, brisk finish with firm, fruit tannins and light oak.
Narmada Winery 2010 Reserve Cabernet Franc
90 points
$31
Garnet black color. Lively, nutty aromas of butter roasted nuts, chocolate berries, and pencil shavings with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a stimulating, medium-length nutskin, spice, and flower patch finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A nicely aged and wood accented cabernet franc.
Browne 2012  Malbec
90 points
$35
Bright dark garnet black color. Fruity, earthy toasty aromas of spiced blackberries, suede, salinity/minerality, and melba toast/light reductive note with a lively, dry full body and a warming, complex, medium-length finish with firm, well-integrated, fine, fruit tannins and moderate oak.
Browne 2012  Petite Verdot
90 points
$35
Opaque black garnet color. Lively, attractive aromas of creamy vanilla, berry tart, and chocolate mint with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, amusing, medium-long spicy pomegranate chutney, roasted nuts, and earth finish with firm, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A rich and brood red that will improve with age.
Narmada Winery 2010  Tannat
90 points
$35
Indigo color. Lively aromas of coffee buttercream and berry pie crust with a silky, crisp, dryish medium body and a seamless, charming, gherkin, nutskin, and pepper finish with soft, chewy tannins and light oak. A rich, interesting wine that will pair well with grilled meats.
Pedroncelli 2012 Wisdom Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$36
Black violet color. Bright, interesting, spicy aromas of berry chutney, chocolate mint, and herbs with a silky, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, amusing, snappy cassis jam on buttered toast, yams, and earth finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A concentrated, layered cabernet that will improve with age.
Grgich Hills 2012  Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$65
Bright medium burnt sienna color. Aromas of black currants, black cherries, cedar, and toasted yeast with a chewy, vibrant, dry full body and a peppery, complex, medium-length finish with firm, chewy tannins and moderate oak.
Silver Ridge 2012  Merlot
89 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Bright dusty ruby color. Bright, fruity, earthy toasty aromas of huckleberries, blackcurrants, leather, and butter cream with a bright, dry full body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish with firm, well-integrated, fine, fruit tannins and moderate oak.
89 points $11.99 Best Buy
Alamos 2014  Malbec
89 points
$13
Best Buy
Bright dark brown brick red color. Lively, fruity, earthy aromas of black currants/cassis, leather, cedar, and turned earth with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry full body and a smooth, distinctive, medium-long finish with fine, firm, well-integrated, fruit tannins and light oak.
89 points $13 Best Buy
The Originals 2013  Red Wine
89 points
$14
Best Buy
Bright medium brick red color. Bright, fruity, toasty earthy peppery aromas of spiced currants, plum pits, clay, and white pepper with a bright, dry full body and a peppery, nuanced, medium-long finish with firm, chewy tannins and moderate oak.
89 points $14 Best Buy
Acre 21 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$15
Best Buy
Black garnet color. Delicate, nutty aromas of chocolate nuts with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length berry tart and roasted nuts finish with silky tannins and light oak. A juicy, crowd-pleasing red.
89 points $15 Best Buy
Apex 2012 Catalyst Red Blend
89 points
$15
Best Buy
Bright medium brick red color. Bright, earthy, fruity toasty aromas of red berries, pomegranate, clay, and white pepper with a crisp, dry full body and a peppery, complex, buoyant finish with firm tannins and moderate oak.
89 points $15 Best Buy
Rutherford Vintners 2012  Merlot
89 points
$19.99
Ruby black color. Delicate, attractive aromas of chocolate nuts and berry pie with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length vanilla, mocha, and tree bark finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A smooth and juicy everyday sipper.
89 points $19.99
Le Vigne 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$21
Bright dark medium dusty garnet color. Fruity, earthy minerally toasty aromas of turned earth, mulberries, dark toffee, and black currants with a chewy, crisp, dry full body and a peppery, captivating, easy finish with firm, earthy tannins and moderate oak.
Pend d’Oreille 2012  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$21
Bright medium brown brick red color. Woody, fruity interesting elegant aromas of spiced blackcurrants, buttercream, cedar, and anise with a creamy, vibrant, dry full body and a smooth, layered, medium-long finish with firm, fruit tannins and light oak.
Antares 2013  Malbec
89 points
$21.99
Bright dark ruby black color. Lively, fruity, interesting spicy woody aromas of spiced blackcurrants, leather, black raspberries, and black pepper with a bright, dry full body and a peppery, complex, medium-length finish with firm, well-integrated, fine, fruit tannins and moderate oak.
89 points $21.99
Napa Ridge 2012  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$21.99
Violet color. Delicate, fruity aromas of currant, wintergreen, and caramelized bacon with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, refreshing, snappy nutskin finish with crunchy, woody tannins. A refreshing, appetizing cab will be even better in a couple of years.
89 points $21.99
Pearmund Cellars 2013 Toll Gate Vineyard Cabernet Franc
89 points
$25
Dusty garnet color. Bright, earthy, funky aromas of tomatoes on the vine, spiced mulberries and currants, and barnyard hay with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length spiced carrots, sour cherries, vanilla nuts, and cedar finish with well-integrated tannins and light oak. An earthy, spicy, savory cab franc with a nice sense of place.
Elk Run 2013 Cold Friday Vineyard Merlot
89 points
$26.61
Dark brown brick red color. Delicate, interesting aromas of sundried tomato, chocolate berries, spiced nuts, and honey with a vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, compelling, medium-length roasted carrot, oak, earth, and nutshells finish with soft tannins and moderate oak. A nice earthy, savory merlot.
89 points $26.61
Browne 2012  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$35
Black garnet color. Delicate, fruity, mature aromas of raisin chutney, plum pie, and spicy vanilla cream with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity body and a tingling, snappy craisin and nutskin finish with chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A nice, savory, Old World styled cabernet.
Forchini 2011 Proprietor Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$36
Bright light medium dark garnet color. Lively, fruity, earthy creamy toasty aromas of cherry/berry, dried straw, star anise, and clay with a chewy, crisp, dry medium-full body and a warming, interesting, swift finish with firm tannins and light oak.
Hawk and Horse Vineyards 2011 Block Three Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$45
Ruby color. Aromas of dried berries, dried flowers, and potting soil with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, interesting, crisp dried cherries, pomegranate molasses, blood orange, and cedar finish with silky tannins and light oak.
Lobo 2012  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$58
Deep purple color. Lively, interesting aromas of floral honeycomb, chocolate craisin, and raisin bread pudding with a silky, crisp, medium body and a tingling, interesting, breezy berry and apple skin, walnut skin, and oak finish with dusty, firm tannins and light oak.
Kalaris 2012  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$59
Bright medium brick red color. Bright, toasty, woody fruity earthy aromas of ripe mulberries, cassis, tree bark, and toasted yeast with a chewy, vibrant, dry full body and a warming, charming finish with firm, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak.
Jeff Gordon Collection 2011 Joie de Vivre Napa Valley
89 points
$65
Violet color. Bright aromas of waxy chocolate nuts, dark berry pie crust, and pickling spices with a supple, crisp, dryish medium body and a smooth, breezy craisin, vanilla cream, and nutskin finish with crunchy, firm tannins and moderate oak. A concentrated red that will blossom in a few years.
Perimeter 2013  Merlot
88 points
$11
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Delicate, fruity aromas of chocolate covered berries and nuts and creamy vanilla with a silky, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, engaging, medium-length toffee finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. An attractive, creamy everyday merlot sipper.
88 points $11 Best Buy
Motos Liberty 2012  Merlot
88 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Bright medium burnt sienna color. Delicate, fruity, toasty aromas of dried cranberries, boysenberries, spiced oak, and apple sauce with a lively, dryish medium-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish with firm, fine, fruit tannins and light oak.
88 points $11.99 Best Buy
Diversion 2012 Majestic Red Columbia Valley
88 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Bright medium brown brick red color. Fruity, earthy toasty aromas of spiced berries, gauze, gravel, and leather with a lively, full body and a warming, nuanced, medium-length finish with firm, crunchy tannins and moderate oak.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
MYKA Cellars 2013 Chloe Meritage California
88 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Mild, fruity, floral aromas of honeycomb, boysenberries in cream, and malted chocolate with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, breezy cedar and craisins finish with crunchy, woody tannins and moderate oak. A snappy red that will liven up a meal.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Cascade Ridge 2013  Red Blend
88 points
$16
Bright medium dusty ruby color. Bright, fruity, toasty earthy aromas of black currants, damsom plums, white pepper, and clay with a vibrant, dry full body and a peppery, nuanced, medium-long finish with firm, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak.
Pedroncelli 2013 Three Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$19
Nearly opaque black garnet color. Mild aromas of baked berries and herbs and spices with a supple, crisp, dry medium body and a tingling, breezy smoked nuts and earth finish with papery tannins. A solid, well balanced cabernet.
Provisions NV  Merlot
88 points
$20
Bright medium dusty garnet color. Rich, fruity, earthy toasty aromas of damsom plums, mocha, black currants, and toffee with a supple, crisp, dry full body and a sleek, elegant, long finish with fine, well-integrated, fruit tannins and moderate oak.
Three Knights 2012  Malbec
88 points
$25.99
Medium brown brick red color. Lively, jammy, fruity earthy woody aromas of blackberry jam, leather, spiced black raspberries, and black pepper with a lively, dry full body and a peppery, intricate, rapid finish with firm, chewy tannins and moderate oak.
88 points $25.99
Three Knights 2011  Cabernet Franc
88 points
$25.99
Dusty ruby color. Delicate, interesting, toasty creamy aromas of sesame toffee, vanilla buttercream, sour cherry tart, and herbs with a silky, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, snappy cedar, black raspberry, and mint cream finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A lively and nicely balanced cab franc.
88 points $25.99
Jewelry Box 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$27.99
Ruby color. Aromas of berry chutney, orange spice cake, and jasmine with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length chocolate nuts, clementine, and melon finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. A tasty, crowd-pleasing sipper.
88 points $27.99
Jewelry Box 2013  Red Blend
88 points
$27.99
Bright medium dusty ruby color. Aromas of black raspberries, ripe plums, toffee clay, and cherry jubilee with a chewy, crisp, dryish full body and a peppery, medium-length finish with firm, crunchy tannins and moderate oak.
88 points $27.99
Browne 2012 "Tribute Red" Columbia Valley
88 points
$30
Deep purple color. Delicate, creamy aromas of milk chocolate, berry danish, and roasted nuts with a silky, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, breezy nutskin, earth, roasted sweet potato, and spicy gingerbread finish with chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A nice savory red blend for the table that will improve with time.
Forchini 2012 "Beau Sierra" Estate Bordeaux Blend
88 points
$30
Bright medium dark garnet color. Lively, earthy, toasty aromas of spiced black currants, black raspberries, spiced cherry, and rubber with a chewy, crisp, full body and a warming, interesting, brisk finish with firm, grippy tannins and moderate oak.
Canyon Wind 2013  Petit Verdot
88 points
$34.95
Bright dark dusty garnet color. Bright, earthy, fruity toasty floral aromas of dark berries, violets, oriental spices, and potters clay with a chewy, crisp, dry full body and a peppery, intricate, medium-long finish with well-integrated, firm, fruit tannins and moderate oak.
88 points $34.95
Gallo Family Vineyards NV  Merlot
87 points
$4.99
Best Buy
Bright dark brick red color. Lively, fruity, earthy toasty aromas of ripe plums, blackcurrants, dried straw, and purple pez with a tart, dry medium-full body and a warming, intriguing, brisk finish with firm, fine, fruit tannins and light oak.
87 points $4.99 Best Buy
Forest Glen 2013  Merlot
87 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Bright medium brown brick red color. Inviting, fruity earthy toasty aromas of black cherries, wood smoke, roasted herbs, and cedar with a tannic, crisp, dry full body and a warming, distinctive, breezy finish with firm, coating, fruit tannins and moderate oak.
87 points $10.99 Best Buy
Silver Ridge 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Bright medium brown brick red color. Lively, minerally aromas of mulberries, blackberries, spring water, and wood smoke with a lightly tannic, tangy, dry full body and a warming, complex, breezy finish with firm, woody tannins and moderate oak.
87 points $11.99 Best Buy
Cedar Creek Winery 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$17
Ruby color. Aromas of buttery nut brittle and berry custard pie with a silky, tangy, fruity medium body and an appealing, cheery tart cherry and cedar finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A nice tangy cabernet that will be versatile at the table.
ONEHOPE 2013 Proprietary Blend Merlot
87 points
$18.99
Bright medium brick red color. Delicate, fruity, earthy toasty aromas of black plums, blackcurrants/ pomegranates, toffee, and dried twigs with an crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, elegant, snappy finish with firm, fruit tannins and light oak.
87 points $18.99
Casa Larga NV Meritage Finger Lakes
87 points
$21.99
Dark bright dusty ruby color. Bright, earthy, fruity aromas of black plums, black raspberries, sandalwood, and loess/wind blown silt with a bright, dry full body and a warming, medium-long finish with firm, fruit tannins and light oak.
87 points $21.99
Narmada Winery 2010 Melange Virginia
87 points
$25
Ruby black color. Rich, roasted aromas of coffee, toffee, and berry pie crust with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, refreshing, breezy tomato, earth, and nutshell finish with crunchy, earthy tannins and moderate oak. A nicely structured wine for the table.
Greyscale 2013 Cuvee Blanc Rutherford, Napa Valley
87 points
$34
Silvery straw color. Delicate, inviting aromas of tapioca and dried coconut and banana with a silky, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a seamless, breezy nutskin, coconut milk, and vanilla cream finish with crunchy, fruit tannins and light oak. A nice dry oak sauvignon blanc in the fume style.
Browne 2012  Merlot
87 points
$35
Garnet black color. Delicate, nutty aromas of roasted whole nuts, dark chocolate, and tree bark with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a silky, relaxed berry tart and earth finish with fine, woody tannins and moderate oak. A appetizing, well-oaked merlot.
Barefoot NV  Malbec
86 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Bright medium dusty ruby color. Bright, fruity, earthy aromas of ripe mulberries, black currants, saddle leather, and clay with a chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, refreshing, breezy finish with well-integrated, grippy tannins and light oak. A very zin-like malbec.
86 points $6.99 Best Buy
Barefoot NV  Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Bright medium color. Creamy, fruity toasty aromas of red berries, cassis, dried straw/twigs, and clay with an bright, medium-to-full body and a warming, engaging, breezy finish with well-integrated, fine, fruit tannins and light oak.
86 points $6.99 Best Buy
CK Mondavi 2013 Wildcreek Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Bright medium dusty ruby color. Dank, fruity toasty confected aromas of mulberries, blackcurrants, dried flowers / star anise, and peppery with an crisp, dry full body and a peppery, interesting, brisk finish with firm tannins and moderate oak.
86 points $6.99 Best Buy
Line 39 2013  Merlot
86 points
$10
Best Buy
Bright medium brick red color. Mild, fruity, earthy toasty aromas of maraschino cherry, turned earth, blackberry, and toast with a lively, dry medium-full body and a warming, interesting, breezy finish with firm, dusty, fruit tannins and light oak.
86 points $10 Best Buy
Perimeter 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$11
Best Buy
Bright medium brown brick red color. Bright, fruity, toasty earthy aromas of creme de cassis, boysenberries, gravel, and vanillin with a lively, dry full body and a warming, intriguing, brisk finish with firm, woody tannins and moderate oak.
86 points $11 Best Buy
The Originals 2013  Merlot
86 points
$14
Best Buy
Dusty garnet color. Mild aromas of clay, olive, and dried berries with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a brisk spiced apple and earth finish with crunchy, woody tannins and moderate oak. A nice zippy everyday red.
86 points $14 Best Buy
Besitos NV  Red Blend
86 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Ruby color. Aromas of honeyed nut toast, dark berry jam, and cornichon with a soft, tangy, fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, buoyant honeyed cherries and bark finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A nice fruity, everyday quaffer.
86 points $14.99 Best Buy
ONEHOPE 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$18.99
Bright medium dusty ruby color. Bright, fruity, earthy toasty aromas of bright black currants, toasted coconuts, pomegranate, and pressed linen /turned earth with an crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, breezy finish with firm tannins and moderate oak.
86 points $18.99
Provisions NV  Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$20
Bright dark dusty ruby color. Fruity, woody aromas of ripe black berries, caramelized oak, ripe plums/prune, and saddle leather with an lively, dryish full body and a warming, nuanced, carefree finish with firm, chewy tannins and moderate oak.
Pearmund Cellars 2013 Toll Gate Vineyard Petit Verdot
86 points
$25
Bright dark violet color. Rich, fruity, earthy toasty aromas of spiced blackberries, ripe mulberries, oriental spices, and leather with a chewy, puckering, dry full body and a peppery, complex, medium-length finish with chewy, firm tannins and moderate oak.
Canyon Wind 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$29.95
Medium dark garnet color. Mild, fruity, woody spicy aromas of spiced black berries, plum pits, putty, and tree bark with a chewy, lively, dry medium-full body and a warming, compelling, easy finish with firm tannins and moderate oak.
86 points $29.95
Narmada Winery 2010  Malbec
86 points
$35
Garnet black color. Bright, toasty aromas of roasted pecans, chocolate covered espresso beans, dried berries and tomatoes, and pencil shavings with a supple, tart, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a refreshing, buoyant cranberry, nuts, and earth finish with dusty, woody tannins. A racy, earthy red for the table.
Barefoot NV  Merlot
85 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Dusty dark dusty garnet color. Lively, fruity, toasty aromas of black currant, plum, dried twigs, and mocha with a chewy, tart, dry full body and a warming, refreshing, brisk finish with firm, grippy tannins and moderate oak.
85 points $6.99 Best Buy
CK Mondavi 2013 Wildcreek Canyon Merlot
85 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Dusty ruby color. Delicate, fruity aromas of vanilla peppermint bark and spicy berry compote with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, easy chocolate nut fudge finish with medium, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A nice everyday sipper.
85 points $6.99 Best Buy
J.W. Morris 2012  Merlot
85 points
$7.99
Bright medium brick red color. Bright, fruity, funky floral aromas of mulberries, toasted yeast, gravel, and pomegranate with a chewy, lively, dry full body and a warming, complex, breezy finish with firm, chewy tannins and moderate oak.
85 points $7.99
Coast 2014  Merlot
85 points
$8.99
Bright medium dark garnet color. Lively, fruity aromas of spiced plums, red licorice, red cherries, and dried twigs with an bright, dryish medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish with medium, well-integrated, fruit tannins and light oak. An easy balanced quaffer.
85 points $8.99
Pennywise 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
85 points
$12
Ruby color. Aromas of berry sorbet and nut brittle with a soft, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, brisk berry cookie and nutskin finish with light oak. A nice, fruity everyday red.
Casa Larga NV  Cabernet/Merlot
85 points
$12.99
Bright garnet color. Delicate, earthy, fruity aromas of cassis, plum pits, loess, and tree bark with an bright, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, refreshing, breezy finish with firm, fine, fruit tannins and light oak.
85 points $12.99
Cambridge & Sunset 2013  Merlot
85 points
$13.99
Bright medium brick red color. Bright, fruity aromas of plums, black currants, and red gummy bears with an bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, interesting, cheery finish with well-integrated, fruit tannins and light oak.
85 points $13.99
Pearmund Cellars 2013 "Ameritage" Virginia
85 points
$25
Bright medium brick red color. Lively, fruity, floral confected toasty aromas of powdered raspberry, dried flowers, burnt toffee, and potters clay with a chewy, lively, dry full body and a warming, engaging, brisk finish with firm, grippy tannins and light oak.
Narmada Winery 2011 Yash-Vir Virginia
85 points
$36
Ruby black color. Spicy, minty aromas of floral honey, cranberry relish, and mint cookie with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, easy oak finish with firm, woody tannins and moderate oak. An earthy red for table.
Kalaris 2013  Merlot
85 points
$55
Bright dark dusty ruby color. Lively, fruity, earthy funky aromas of ripe plums, fruitcake, cassis, and barnyard/old leather with a chewy, puckering, dry medium-to-full body and a peppery, delightful, brief finish with grippy, firm, leafy tannins and heavy oak.
Line 39 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$10
Bright medium color. Fruity, earthy toasty aromas of cassis, red gummy bears, clay, and dried twigs with a bright, dryish medium-full body and a warming, brisk finish with grippy tannins and light oak.
Carmenet 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$11.99
Bright medium brown brick red color. Bright, earthy, fruity toasty funky aromas of cassis, toasted coconuts, wood putty, and stale gummy bears/red licorice with a chewy, lively, dry full body and a warming, brief finish with firm, grippy tannins.
84 points $11.99
Fat Cat 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$11.99
Bright medium brick red color. Bright, fruity, funky toasty aromas of ripe black currants, old barrel staves, gravel, and white pepper with a chewy, lively, dry full body and a peppery, involved, medium-length finish with firm, chewy tannins and moderate oak.
84 points $11.99
Cambridge & Sunset 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$13.99
Bright medium brown brick red color. Bright, earthy, fruity toasty aromas of creme de cassis, tootsie roll, toasted marshmallow, and red berries with a soft, dryish medium-full body and a smooth, brisk finish with soft, medium tannins and light oak.
84 points $13.99
Acre 21 2013  Merlot
84 points
$15
Ruby black color. Bright, fruity aromas of chocolate and berry pie with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, relaxed nuts and wood finish with firm, barky tannins. A sturdy oaky merlot.
Bentgate 2012  Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$19.99
Bright medium brown brick red color. Lively, fruity, earthy floral aromas of spiced black berries, leather, finely milled Spanish soap, and lavender with a chewy, lively, dry full body and a warming, elegant, medium-length finish with firm, grippy tannins and moderate oak.
84 points $19.99
Backhouse 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
83 points
$8
Bright pale burnt sienna color. Mild, fruity, toasty aromas of cassis, turned earth, black berries, and green olives with a chewy, bright, dry medium body and a warming, medium-length finish with firm tannins and moderate oak.
Redtree 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
83 points
$9
Dusty ruby color. Bright, fruity aromas of dark berry jam, chocolate nuts, and pencil with a soft, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a short cranberry, cedar bark, and vanilla nuts finish with firm, woody tannins and heavy oak. A sturdy everyday dinner wine.
Bears’ Lair 2012  Cabernet Sauvignon
83 points
$11.99
Violet color. Bright, meaty aromas of BLT, berry scone, and nuts with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, brisk plum and nutskin finish with moderate oak. A solid red sipper or burger wine.
83 points $11.99
Red Truck 2012  Cabernet Sauvignon
83 points
$11.99
Deep purple color. Bright aromas of malted chocolate and black raspberry cobbler with a supple, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy cedar and nutskin finish with crunchy, papery tannins and moderate oak. A sturdy red for the table.
83 points $11.99
Masked Rider 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
83 points
$12.99
Garnet black color. Delicate aromas of chocolate berries and butter roasted nuts with a supple, tart, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, brisk green apple, pomegranate, and earth finish with firm, barky tannins and moderate oak. A tangy, oaky red for the table.
83 points $12.99
Forest Glen 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
81 points
$10.99
Violet color. Delicate, fruity aromas of berries and honey baked ham with a soft, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a momentary craisin, whole nuts, and twigs finish with hard, grippy tannins and heavy oak. A light oak red that needs food.
81 points $10.99
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