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March 2016 - US Bordeaux Varietals

March 2016 - US Bordeaux Varietals
This month's Wine feature is US Bordeaux Varietals Wines

US Bordeaux Varietals Reviews

Opaque 2010  Petit Verdot
97 points
$30
Black garnet color. Bright, exotic, earthy aromas of dried cassis and herbs, saddle leather, bloody meat, and clay with a supple, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a silky, complex, medium-long nuts, baking and peppery spices, oak, and earth finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A wonderfully savory and old world styled petit verdot that drinks like a right bank Bordeaux.
Arrowhead Spring Vineyards 2012 Estate Cabernet Franc
96 points
$24.95
Garnet black color. Bright, interesting, complex aromas and flavors of pressed flowers, carrot cake, exotic spices, and tomato chutney with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, medium-long boysenberry relish, marinated olives, and spiced nuts finish with moderate oak. A vibrant, pure and complex cabernet franc with great varietal character.
96 points $24.95
Riboli Family Vineyard 2012  Cabernet Sauvignon
95 points
$60
Opaque dark bright violet color. Bright, roasted aromas of roasted nuts, chocolate fudge, banana foster, and dried berries and leather with a soft, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a warming, medium-long menthol mint and eucalyptus honey on toast finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A brooding, chewy well-structured cabernet that will improve with time.
Martin Estate 2013 Collectors Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
95 points
$150
Deep purple color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of dried berries, toffee, leather, and herb toast with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a complex, medium-long nut brittle and berry creme brulee finish with fine tannins and moderate oak. An impressively polished and stylish cabernet.
Tom Eddy 2012  Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
Dark violet color. Lively, fruity, creamy attractive aromas and flavors of huckleberry custard tart, creme brulee, and chocolate mousse with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, nuanced, medium-long spicy currant compote, nuts, and pencil shavings finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A richly flavored, well-structured and elegantly styled cabernet.
San Antonio 2010 Cask 520 Paso Robles
94 points
$30
Nearly opaque black ruby color. Delicate, savory aromas of bouillon, dried berries and cherries, leather, and wet clay with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-long craisins, roasted beets and parsnips, cocoa, and spice finish with fine, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A savory, delectable, and meaty red blend with an old world style.
Soquel Vineyards 2014 "Cepage a Deux" Partners Reserve Napa Valley
94 points
$45
Violet color. Lively, spicy, herbal aromas of menthol, chocolate mint, and spicy pomegranate tart with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, nuanced, medium-long blueberry chutney, honeyed nuts, and cedar bark finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A wonderfully spicy and engaging red blend.
Wish Vineyards 2012  Merlot
94 points
$47
Garnet black color. Delicate, toasty, buttery aromas and flavors of butter roasted nuts, toasted coconut, and chocolate dark berries with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, complex, medium-long chocolate mint, alpine herbs and menthol, delicate spiced apple and cherry, and toasty oak finish with silky, fine tannins and light oak. An intriguingly inviting and elegant merlot with great balance.
Napa Cellars 2012 V Collection Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$50
Bright dark black garnet color. Bright, spicy, fruity aromas and flavors of pickling spices, boysenberry compote, apple pie, and blossoms with a soft, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a warming, layered, medium-length cassis creme brulee, spiced green apple and melon, and earth finish with chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A lovely, nuanced Napa cabernet that is sure to please.
SeaGlass 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$12
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Fruity, jammy floral aromas and flavors of blueberry pie, candied violets, chocolate mint, and eucalyptus with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium body and a seamless, appealing, medium-length cassis jam on raisin toast, strawberry sorbet, nuts, and sandalwood incense finish with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A toothsome, spicy and vibrant cabernet that will sing with spicy meat dishes.
93 points $12 Best Buy
Rutherford Vintners 2013  Malbec
93 points
$21.99
Deep purple color. Lively, spicy, herbal aromas of eucalyptus honey, blueberry tart, and black forest cake with a silky, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length chocolate mint cookie, menthol, and roasted nuts finish with fine, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A delightfully spicy and herbal malbec for spicy fare.
93 points $21.99
Spangler 2012  Cabernet Franc
93 points
$27
Bright medium burnt sienna color. Bright, fruity, funky toasty savory aromas of raspberry crumble, spiced cedar, toasty yeast, and heather & clay with a crisp, dry medium-full body and a warming, complex, swift finish with chewy, firm, earthy tannins and moderate oak.
Corner 103 2013  Cabernet Franc
93 points
$50
Nearly opaque bright dark garnet color. Bright, attractive aromas and flavors of chocolate mousse, berry pie, and dulce du leche gelato with a soft, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a warming, complex, medium-length marinated beets, salty roasted nuts, and earth finish with crunchy, earthy tannins and moderate oak. Nicely balanced fruit, oak and savory earthiness note bodes well for pairings.
Brecon Estate 2013 Meritage Paso Robles
93 points
$52
Opaque dark deep purple color. Delicate, fruity aromas and flavors of craisins, cocoa roasted nuts, and pink peppercorn with a soft, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, elegant, medium-long creme brulee, blackberry tart, and cedar finish with dusty, woody tannins and moderate oak. A well-structured red blend with lots of pleasing nuances of flavor.
John Robert Eppler 2010  Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$55
Opaque bright dark deep purple color. Savory, toasty fruity aromas of resonant spiced blackberries, burnt cream, lightly charred cedar, and rose hip tea with a bright, dry full body and a warming, medium-long finish with firm, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak.
Alexander Valley Vineyards 2011 CYRUS Alexander Valley
93 points
$65
Bright dark opaque garnet black color. Toasty aromas and flavors of honeyed cranberry bread and herb muffin, dried meat, brown spices, and ink with a soft, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a warming, layered, medium-length spicy plum custard, olives, nutskin, and earth finish with crunchy, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A savory, nuanced Bordeaux varietal blend.
Riboli Family Vineyard 2011  Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$70
Indigo color. Inviting aromas and flavors of dried fruits, honeyed olive bread toast, and herbs and spices with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and an even, medium-long chocolate, cedar, peppery spices, and earth finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A flavorful and vibrant cabernet offering.
Maroon Wines 2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$80
Opaque dark dusty garnet color. Bright, interesting, smoky aromas and flavors of grilled berries, smoked nuts, and caramelized bacon with a glycerous, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, stimulating, medium-length spiced cherries, toasty cedar, chestnuts, and earth finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A delectably intricate cabernet with lovely smoky oak tones.
Heibel Ranch Vineyards 2012 GBH Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$95
Garnet black color. Bright aromas of baked berries, waxy honeycomb, pickling spices, and mocha with a silky, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and an even, compelling, medium-length chestnuts, earth, oak, and cassis gastrique finish with silky, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A chewy, savory Napa cabernet that will develop nicely with a little time.
Tom Eddy 2012 Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$135
Nearly opaque deep purple color. Bright, toasty aromas of roasted nuts, chocolate coffee beans, berry danish, and leather with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length craisins, honey butter, and praline finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A very nice, mellow and stylish cabernet.
Pend d’Oreille 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$21
Nearly opaque bright dark garnet color. Bright, interesting, tropical aromas and flavors of banana-berry yogurt, cherry pie a la mode, toffee, and leather with a soft, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, elegant, medium-long delicate baking spices, cherry custard, tomato-beet relish, and earth finish with crunchy, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A wonderfully savory and layered cabernet that will sing at the table.
Opaque 2010  Malbec
92 points
$30
Dusty garnet color. Bright, interesting, creamy fruity aromas of dried berries, buttercream, suede, and olive skin with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a nuanced, medium-length black raspberry pie, toffee, dried apricot and raisins, and spice finish with fine, silky tannins and moderate oak. A delicious, smooth, and satisfying malbec that is sure to please.
deLorimier 2012 Preston Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$40
Deep purple color. Delicate, spicy, toasty aromas and flavors of roasted nuts, blueberry tart, and clay with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a refreshing, craisin toast, spicy nut brittle, cream, and pepper finish with well-integrated, soft, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A juicy, almost jammy, appetizing cabernet that will appear to zinfandel fans.
John Robert Eppler 2009  Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$45
Opaque bright dark violet color. Fruity, toasty earthy aromas of spiced ripe blackberries, turned earth, cedar, and resonant pepper - old vine spice with a chewy, lively, dry full body and a peppery, engaging, swift finish with chewy, firm tannins and moderate oak.
Maroon Wines 2013 Signature Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$50
Dusty garnet color. Bright, creamy, funky aromas of berry custard tart, spiced chocolate graham crackers, and butter roasted nuts with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, delightful, breezy sandalwood, cedar, and olive finish with fine, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A smooth and supple Napa cab.
Lawer Estates 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$56
Black garnet color. Bright, roasted, interesting aromas of dark roasted nuts, chocolate espresso bean, leather, and olives and incense with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, interesting, medium-long craisin, sundried tomato, creme brulee, and spiced nuts finish with silky tannins and light oak. An amazingly smooth and supple, artfully balanced cabernet.
Maddalena 2011  Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$20
Bright dark violet color. Mild, earthy, savory aromas of potting soil and clay, waxy honeycomb, and sundried berries and tomatoes with a soft, crisp, dryish full body and a smooth, complex, medium-long pickled beets and cherries, blueberry tart, nuts, and earth finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A nice combination of sweet, earthy, and savory flavors bodes well for the table.
Arrowhead Spring Vineyards 2012 Meritage Reserve Niagara Escarpment
91 points
$24.95
Black ruby color. Buttery aromas of dark salted caramelized fruits and nuts, frosted chocolate cake, and wood smoke with a satiny, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, refreshing, medium-long honeyed dried berries, spiced nuts, cherry gastrique, and sundried tomato finish with fine, dusty tannins and moderate oak. An elegant and nicely layered red blend with a good future ahead of it.
91 points $24.95
San Simeon 2012 Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$25
Violet color. Bright aromas and flavors of spiced berries, roasted chestnut, and cocoa with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length black raspberry custard finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A smooth and satisfying cabernet that will cover a lot of bases.
Byington 2013 Bates Ranch Vineyard Cabernet Franc
91 points
$36
Bright dark nearly opaque garnet color. Bright, fruity, toasty floral aromas of tangy black raspberries, sandalwood, dried heather, and canvas with an lively, dry full body and a warming, involved, brisk finish with chewy, cottony tannins and moderate oak.
Maroon Wines 2012 Reserve Single Vineyard 125 Cases Bottled Pinot Noir
91 points
$50
Dusty ruby color. Bright, fruity, smoky aromas and flavors of smoked cherries and sandalwood incense with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long spiced plums and oranges, pencil shavings, creme brulee, and chestnuts finish with fine, chewy tannins. A nice fruit driven pinot noir with interesting spicy, smoky barrel tones.
Barboursville 2013 "Octagon" Virginia
91 points
$54.99
Nearly opaque bright dark violet color. Bright, roasted aromas and flavors of baked berries, coffee beans, and dark chocolate with an even, lively, dryish medium-full body and a warming, complex, medium-length marinated cherries and beets, nutskins, and dusty earth finish with chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A very dry, seriously styled, old world like red blend for the table.
91 points $54.99
Brecon Estate 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$65
Bright dark opaque garnet black color. Bright, fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of dried sour cherries and berries, spiced toffee, clay, and lacquered wood with a soft, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, appealing, cheery creme brulee, nuts, and earth finish with firm, grippy tannins and moderate oak. A very fruity, smooth and creamy cabernet that is sure to please.
Maddalena 2011  Merlot
90 points
$20
Violet color. Delicate, fruity aromas of baked plums, spiced nuts, and cocoa with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length blood orange and nutskin finish with crunchy, chewy tannins and light oak. A lovely, spicy, zesty merlot.
Pend d’Oreille 2013  Cabernet Franc
90 points
$21
Dusty garnet color. Creamy aromas of milk chocolate mousse and macaroon, olives, cashew brittle, and horsehair with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a compelling, medium-length marinated beets and vanilla custard finish with silky tannins and light oak. A lovely, creamy cabernet franc.
Auburn Road 2013 "Gaia" Outer Coastal Plain
90 points
$24
Brick red color. Bright, funky, fruity aromas and flavors of honeyed cherries and Meyer lemon, tomatoes on the vine, chocolate coffee bean, and leather with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a silky, interesting, carefree marinated beets, cranberries, sandalwood, and dried herbs and tobacco finish with well-integrated, chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A very savory, dry red blend for the table.
Folie à Deux 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$24
Opaque bright dark black violet color. Bright, dusty aromas and flavors of berry tart, sesame-pistachio cookie, and pressed flowers with a soft, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, medium-long honeyed herbs, vanilla cream, brown spices, and floral talc finish with chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A pleasant spicy cabernet.
Arrowhead Spring Vineyards 2012 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$24.95
Bright dark violet color. Bright, spicy, buttery aromas and flavors of horchata buttercream, flan, pomegranate gelato, and chalk with a soft, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, captivating, breezy cranberry, blood orange, and cedar mulch finish with chewy, earthy tannins and moderate oak. A crisp and refreshing cabernet with a sense of place and individual style.
90 points $24.95
ONE LEAF 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$25.99
Nearly opaque bright dark garnet color. Bright, toasty, spicy fruity creamy aromas and flavors of dark chocolate, berry and sweet potato pies, and bath talc with a silky, bright, dryish medium-full body and a smooth, complex, medium-long roasted nuts, creme brulee, peppery spices, and cedar mulch finish with firm, chewy, woody tannins and moderate oak. A nice oaky cabernet.
90 points $25.99
Wine Spots 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$29
Deep purple color. Mild, fruity aromas and flavors of dark berry pie, peanut brittle, brown butter, and dried lavender with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-length cassis gelato, brown spices, cocoa, and cedar mulch finish with chewy, woody tannins and moderate oak. A very nice cabernet with chewy table-friendly tannins.
Byington 2013 Frei Vineyard Merlot
90 points
$35
Nearly opaque bright dark black color. Bright, attractive, fruity aromas and flavors of berry tart and toffee with a soft, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, nuanced, medium-length vanilla custard, praline, spiced currants, and cedar finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A very nice dry merlot that will be very versatile.
Corner 103 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$55
Dusty medium dark ruby black color. Delicate, fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of cherry preserves and delicate spice with an even, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a warming, complex, medium-length roasted nuts and sweet potatoes and cedar finish with crunchy, fine tannins and moderate oak. A smooth, nutty, elegantly styled cabernet.
Picket Fence 2014  Malbec
89 points
$17.99
Nearly opaque bright dark color. Fruity, inviting toasty aromas of blackberry cobbler, leather, pressed violets, and pan grille with a supple, vibrant, dryish full body and a warming, medium-length finish with firm, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak.
89 points $17.99
Napa Ridge 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$21.99
Violet color. Delicate, waxy aromas of candle wax, creme brulee, and berry puff pastry with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length spicy cassis-blueberry compote, toffee, menthol mint, and cedar finish with chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A nicely spicy and lively Napa cabernet.
89 points $21.99
Westport 2013 "Charterboat Chick" Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$28
Deep purple color. Roasted aromas and flavors of coffee beans, bubbly berry pie crust, and dark chocolate with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length cassis jam on pumpernickel, nuts, and oak finish with dusty tannins. A solid marriage of fruit and oak.
Napa Cellars 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$30
Bright dark opaque black garnet color. Lively, fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of chocolate graham cracker, creme brulee, berry tart, and candied yams with a soft, tangy, dryish medium-full body and a smooth, complex, medium-length vanilla cream and nougat finish with well-integrated, firm, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A solid, creamy cabernet pleaser.
Byington 2013 Bates Ranch Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$42
Dark violet color. Bright, attractive, toasty spicy aromas and flavors of cassis-boysenberry tart, pickling spices, and toffee with a creamy, tangy, dryish medium-full body and a warming, captivating, breezy nutskins, cassis jam, reduced lemons and oranges, and cedar finish with chewy, crunchy, woody tannins and heavy oak. A rich, chewy, firmly structured cabernet that will shine at the table.
deLorimier 2012 Barrel Select Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$50
Dark bright opaque deep purple color. Lively, fruity, toasty earthy aromas of ripe mulberries, spiced cedar, turned earth, and canvas with a tannic, crisp, dry body and a warming, interesting, fleeting finish with firm, grippy, hard tannins and heavy oak.
House Family Vineyards 2010 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$54
Violet color. Fruity, waxy aromas and flavors of berry compote, spice, leather, and honeycomb with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, breezy roasted nuts, earth, and olives finish with chewy, firm tannins. A very dry, very serious cabernet.
Corner 103 2012  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$55
Bright dark black ruby color. Bright, buttery, fruity aromas and flavors of berry tart, peppery spice, and roasted nuts with a soft, crisp, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length chocolate yogurt, creme brulee, and toasty cedar finish with chewy, fine tannins and moderate oak. A solid, attractive cabernet that will be versatile.
Camelot NV  Merlot
88 points
$7
Best Buy
Dusty ruby color. Bright, fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of pickling spiced cherries and berry caramel tart with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium body and a smooth, intriguing, buoyant chocolate craisin, nuts, and cedar finish with well-integrated, crunchy tannins and light oak. A rock solid, fruity, easy drinking merlot.
88 points $7 Best Buy
Secret Cellars 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Dusty ruby color. Delicate, fruity aromas of berry coulis, toffee, and honey with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, cheery vanilla nuts, currant, and cedar finish with firm, barky tannins and moderate oak. A solid cabernet with good acidity and fruit and ample tannins.
88 points $13.99 Best Buy
Domaine Napa 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$18.99
Dark deep purple color. Delicate, interesting aromas of mocha fudge, cassis jam on dark toast, chocolate roasted nuts, and sliced radish with a silky, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a spiced cherries, apples, and raspberries, chocolate citrus peels, and cedar bark finish with dusty, barky tannins and heavy oak. A nice fruity, oaky Napa cabernet with firm tannins; give this a bit of time.
88 points $18.99
Garnet Vineyards 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$19.99
Dusty garnet color. Interesting, savory aromas and flavors of caperberry and olive relish, dill pickles, chocolate cherries, and bacon bits with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, buoyant craisin, nutskin, vanilla, and toasty oak finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A nicely savory and tangy cabernet with a nice brushstroke of American oak.
88 points $19.99
Kirkland Signature 2013 Signature Series Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$19.99
Garnet black color. Bright, creamy aromas of berry custard pie and toffee with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium body and a graceful, breezy pencil shavings, spiced cherries, nuts, and cherry cola finish with soft, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A rock solid, everyday Napa cab.
88 points $19.99
Pico & Vine 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$19.99
Brilliant dusty ruby color. Delicate, attractive aromas of spiced cherries and berries, chocolate graham cracker, and mocha with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a silky, breezy grenadine, nutskins, and cedar bark finish with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A nice, juicy, fruity sipper for gourmet burgers.
88 points $19.99
Folie à Deux 2013  Merlot
88 points
$20
Violet color. Bright, toasty, spicy floral aromas and flavors of fermenting apples and pears, chocolate halva, and perfume with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, captivating, relaxed craisin, nuts, and pencil shavings finish with chewy, earthy tannins and moderate oak. A nice light and refreshing, oaky merlot for everyday meals.
San Simeon 2012 Estate Reserve Merlot
88 points
$20
Ruby black color. Bright, creamy aromas of creme brulee and cherry tart with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, amusing, easy chocolate nuts and citrus peels and cedar dust finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A pure, nicely balanced merlot that will cover a lot of bases.
Bordeleau NV Meritage Maryland
88 points
$22
Bright dark medium dusty garnet color. Bright, interesting aromas and flavors of craisins, carob, clay, and dried flowers and tomatoes on the vine with a soft, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, intricate, medium-long mulberries, grape vines, and nuts finish with chewy, barky tannins and moderate oak. A fun, funky red blend.
Barboursville 2013 Reserve Cabernet Franc
88 points
$24.99
Bright medium dusty garnet color. Lively, smoky aromas and flavors of grilled berries and meats, smoked nuts, cigar ash, and peppercorns with an even, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, elegant, medium-long roasted beets and carrots, cigar box, and nutskins finish with chewy, woody tannins and moderate oak. A fun smoky, savory red that screams for grilled meats.
88 points $24.99
Heist 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$27.99
Deep purple color. Delicate, toasty aromas and flavors of coconut, berry pie a la mode, and toffee with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium body and a seamless, interesting, breezy spiced cherries and cedar finish with fine, well-integrated tannins and light oak. A smooth and even cabernet.
88 points $27.99
Pend d’Oreille 2013 LOEUVRE Reserve Washington
88 points
$30
Dusty garnet color. Delicate, toasty, buttery aromas and flavors of roasted nuts, buttercream, dried berries, and dried mushroom with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a silky, carefree spiced plums and cherries, custard, and roasted carrot finish with silky, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A very smooth and mellow red blend sipper.
Barboursville 2013 Reserve Petit Verdot
88 points
$31.99
Bright dark black garnet color. Bright, smoky aromas and flavors of grilled fruits and yams, smoked nuts, and burnt sugar with a glycerous, crisp, dryish medium-full body and a warming, intricate, medium-length vanilla yogurt, honey roasted cherries and root vegetables, and cedar finish with chewy, earthy tannins and moderate oak. An interesting, smoky, savory red that will excel with bbq.
88 points $31.99
Soquel Vineyards 2013 "Intreccio" Library Selection Napa Valley
88 points
$75
Garnet black color. Delicate, toasty aromas of butter roasted nuts, mixed berries, and chocolate with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, medium-length spiced nuts and cherries, earth, sandalwood, and tobacco leaf finish with chewy, firm tannins and moderate oak. A firm cellar worthy red that will improve with time.
Big House Wine Co. 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Violet color. Bright aromas and flavors of blueberry pie and gelato and cherry gum with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, breezy praline finish with light oak. A nice fruity, everyday sipper.
87 points $19.99 Best Buy
Powder Keg 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$19.99
Nearly opaque bright dark dusty color. Bright, fruity, toasty floral aromas of black currants, cranberries, dried flowers - roses, and potters clay with a tannic, lively, dry full body and a warming, interesting, brisk finish with firm, grippy tannins and moderate oak.
87 points $19.99
Backhouse 2014  Merlot
86 points
$8
Best Buy
Dusty ruby color. Bright, buttery aromas and flavors of chocolate berries and spiced roasted nuts with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, crisp strawberry and cherry jams on toast, toffee, and cedar finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and light oak. A solid, nicely fruity merlot for everyday enjoyment.
86 points $8 Best Buy
Three Thieves 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$8
Best Buy
Nearly opaque bright medium dark color. Bright, fruity, creamy aromas and flavors of butter roasted nuts, chocolate rice bar, and berry jam with a soft, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, refreshing, breezy vanilla fudge and spiced nut finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A juicy, vibrant cabernet that is sure to please.
86 points $8 Best Buy
Fancy Pants 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$11
Best Buy
Bright deep purple color. Lively, fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of chocolate covered graham crackers, berry jam on toast, and praline with an even, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, stimulating, relaxed cedar, honey, and vanilla cream finish with firm, grippy tannins and moderate oak. A nice fruity everyday cabernet.
86 points $11 Best Buy
Red Truck 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Bright dark nearly opaque dusty color. Bright, fruity, toasty aromas of purple gummy bears, red licorice, black cherries, and gravel with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, compelling, breezy finish with well-integrated, firm tannins and light oak.
86 points $11.99 Best Buy
Ménage à Trois 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$14
Best Buy
Nearly opaque bright medium dark color. Bright, citrusy, fruity aromas and flavors of honeyed cherries, raspberry jam on toast, and vanilla toffee with a soft, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a peppery, interesting, breezy baking spices and pencil shavings finish with fine tannins and moderate oak. A nice fruity, carefree cabernet.
86 points $14 Best Buy
Antares 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$21.99
Ruby black color. Aromas of dried lavender and violets, cassis tart, dried eucalyptus leaf, and chocolate nuts with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a tingling, breezy nutshells, tea leaves, and earth finish with firm, cottony tannins and heavy oak. A big oaky cabernet with spice and lots of tannins.
86 points $21.99
Napa Cellars 2013  Merlot
86 points
$24
Garnet black color. Bright, fruity, minerally aromas of gravel, dried berries, flan, and dried lavender with a soft, crisp, petillant, dryish light-to-medium body and a nutskins and shells, craisins, and grassy earth finish with barky tannins and moderate oak. A firm, oaky merlot for the table.
Corner 103 2012  Merlot
86 points
$45
Bright dark violet color. Bright, fruity, spicy aromas of black raspberry chutney, cocoa, and pepper with an even, crisp, dryish medium-full body and a warming, compelling, easy plum skin and marinated beets and carrots finish with firm, leafy tannins and heavy oak. A firm, tightly wound merlot that needs time.
Crane Lake 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
85 points
$6.99
Medium dark dusty garnet color. Bright, fruity, toasty aromas of ripe yet tart berries - mulberries, saddle leather, cedar, and plums with a lively, dry full body and a warming, charming, quick finish with woody, firm, grippy tannins and light oak.
85 points $6.99
Crane Lake 2014  Malbec
85 points
$6.99
Bright dark ruby black color. Bright aromas of cherry-berry, purple Pez, leather, and clay with an lively, dryish full body and a warming, interesting, brisk finish with grippy tannins and light oak.
85 points $6.99
Harlow Ridge 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
85 points
$10.99
Bright medium dark brick red color. Bright, fruity, creamy toasty aromas of tart berries, cream de cassis, canvas, and gravel with an crisp, dry full body and a peppery, stimulating, brisk finish with firm, grippy tannins and light oak.
85 points $10.99
Bears’ Lair 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
85 points
$11.99
Bright medium dark dusty garnet color. Confected, candied fruity toasty aromas of candied violets, spiced black currants, planked cedar, and gravel with a chewy, dry full body and a warming, engaging, rapid finish with woody, firm, grippy tannins and heavy oak.
85 points $11.99
Pico & Vine 2013 Meritage Napa County
85 points
$16.99
Dark ruby black color. Bright, attractive, creamy aromas and flavors of warm tapioca, chocolate toffee, and caramelized bacon with a creamy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, interesting, easy berry pie a la mode, spiced nuts, cedar, and earth finish with chewy, woody tannins and heavy oak. A rock solid red blend that is sure to please.
85 points $16.99
Picket Fence 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
85 points
$17.99
Nearly opaque bright dark dusty color. Bright, fruity, spicy toasty aromas of spiced mulberries, dried canvas, cedar & craisins, and white pepper with an lively, dry full body and a peppery, engaging, swift finish with chewy, firm, grippy tannins and moderate oak.
85 points $17.99
Westport 2013 "Mermaid" Merlot
85 points
$28
Bright medium dark garnet black color. Bright, roasted aromas and flavors of nuts, coffee, pie crust, and berry yogurt with an even, crisp, dryish medium-full body and a warming, elegant, medium-length spiced berries, chocolate nuts, pencil shavings, and pepper finish with fine, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A lively merlot sipper.
Barboursville 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
85 points
$34.99
Bright medium dark garnet black color. Bright, smoky, roasted aromas of coffee beans, grilled fruits, and clay with a soft, tangy, dryish medium body and a tingling, charming, breezy burnt cranberry toast, chocolate nuts, and grass finish with well-integrated, dusty tannins and moderate oak. An earthy, slightly rustic cabernet for the table.
85 points $34.99
Crane Lake 2013  Merlot
84 points
$6.99
Ruby black color. Delicate aromas and flavors of chocolate graham cracker, dill pickle, and cherry pie with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a graceful, interesting, snappy black raspberries, craisins, and cedar finish with soft, chewy tannins and light oak. A pleasant everyday sipper or burger wine.
84 points $6.99
Camelot NV  Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$7
Bright medium dusty ruby color. Delicate, fruity, roasted aromas and flavors of berry custard pie, whipped cream, and toffee with an even, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, stimulating, rapid cherry preserves, lemon seltzer, and nuts finish with cottony tannins and moderate oak. A sturdy quaffable burger wine.
Line 39 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$10
Bright medium dark violet color. Bright, attractive, creamy aromas and flavors of chocolate nut bar, berry cream torte, and latte with a soft, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, stimulating, brisk berry jam on nut toast finish with chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A carefree cabernet quaffer.
Thirty Five 2013 Bauer Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$13.99
Bright medium garnet color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of spiced cherries, toffee, and mocha with an even, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, buoyant cedar and nutskins finish with crunchy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A pleasant, easy drinking cab with table friendly tannins.
84 points $13.99
The Show 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$14
Bright violet color. Delicate aromas and flavors of toasty graham cracker, chocolate mint cookie, cherry yogurt, and mocha with a soft, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, interesting, breezy nuts and bark finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A solid quaffer.
Barboursville 2014 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
84 points
$19.99
Silvery straw color. Mild, citrusy, creamy aromas and flavors of lemon custard, grapefruit salad, nectarine tart, and pavement with a silky, soft, dryish light-to-medium body and an even, brisk grass and straw and nutskin finish with dusty, fruit tannins. A dry sauvignon blanc sipper.
84 points $19.99
Danenberger Family Vineyards NV Desagace Muse De Ceres American
84 points
$24
Dusty ruby black color. Mellow, jammy aromas and flavors of grape jam and cherry juice, nougat, clay and putty with an even, tangy, moderately sweet medium body and a warming, brisk raw cranberry, straw, and earth finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. An earthy old world style table wine.
LUXX 2014  Merlot
84 points
$29.99
Bright medium dusty ruby color. Bright, jammy aromas and flavors of cherry and grape preserves on toast and grape candy with an even, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, breezy spiced dried cherries, blueberry pie, and whole nuts finish with fine, chewy tannins and light oak. A distinctively fruity and jammy merlot sipper.
84 points $29.99
Byington 2013 Alliage Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$33
Nearly opaque bright dark garnet color. Lively, fruity aromas and flavors of mixed berry compote, delicate spices, and pistachio gelato with an oily, crisp, dryish medium-full body and a warming, stimulating, breezy cedar and nutskins and shell finish with firm, cottony tannins and heavy oak. A tightly compacted and tannic red that needs time.
Sutter Home NV  Merlot
83 points
Best Buy
Light garnet color. Bright aromas and flavors of chocolate nuts and raisins with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, snappy cherry jam, apple sauce, praline, and cedar finish with fine tannins. An easy quaffer for burgers.
83 points Best Buy
Sutter Home NV  Cabernet Sauvignon
83 points
Best Buy
Bright medium dusty garnet color. Delicate, fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of dried berries and chocolate with an even, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, charming, brisk honeyed apple and citrus, nuts, cream, and bark finish with chewy, firm, grippy tannins and moderate oak. A pleasant quaffer.
83 points Best Buy
Backhouse 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
83 points
$8
Bright medium dusty ruby color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of berry pie a la mode and toasty toffee with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, brisk meringue and sweet spiced nuts finish with medium, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A solid, sturdy cabernet quaffer.
Bandit NV  Cabernet Sauvignon
83 points
$9
Bright medium ruby black color. Bright, fruity, toasty floral aromas and flavors of milk chocolate cookie and raspberry tart with a soft, tangy, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, brisk cedar and nutskins finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A pleasant cabernet sipper.
Ménage à Trois 2014  Merlot
83 points
$14
Ruby black color. Delicate, baked, spicy aromas and flavors of berry compote, bacon, and chocolate with a supple, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, swift pickled beets, craisins, vanilla nuts, and cedar mulch finish with dusty, barky tannins and moderate oak. A nice, dry, tannic merlot.
Byington 2014 Tin Cross Vineyard Merlot
83 points
$18
Opaque bright dark black ruby color. Bright, herbal, fruity aromas and flavors of dill pickle and cranberry toast and compote with a glycerous, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, intriguing, relaxed apple skin and cedar finish with hard, woody tannins and heavy oak. A very oaky and tannic merlot that could use cellaring.
Byington 2013 Reichel Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
83 points
$55
Dark deep purple color. Lively, toasty, spicy aromas and flavors of gherkins, baked berries, caramelized nuts and bacon, and berry candy with an oily, tart, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, delightful, quick nutskins and shells and cedar mulch finish with hard, barky tannins and heavy oak. A firm, tannic red that needs time.
Bandit NV  Merlot
82 points
$9
Ruby black color. Mild aromas and flavors of smoked nuts, cocoa, and plum pudding with a silky, soft, fruity light body and a smooth, brisk cherry jelly on toast, nuts, and cedar finish with fine, chewy tannins and light oak.
Danenberger Family Vineyards NV Desagace Scarlet Petit Verdot
80 points
$26
Hazy garnet black color. Rich, jammy, vaporous aromas and flavors of grape and cherry jellies, dried goji berry and raisins, and wood putty with a velvety, crisp, moderately sweet medium-full body and a tingling, fast nutskin, mulberries, berry cider vinaigrette, and cedar finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A very savory, grapey red.
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