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March 2017 - US Bordeaux Varietals

March 2017 - US Bordeaux Varietals
This month's Wine feature is US Bordeaux Varietals Wines

US Bordeaux Varietals Reviews

Arrowhead Spring Vineyards 2014 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
95 points
$27.95
Garnet black color. Fruity, creamy aromas and flavors of berry custard, spiced watermelon, vanilla toffee, and flowers and bee pollen with a silky, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a complex, long finish that exhibits accents of delicate spices, marinated beets and apricots, and nuts with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A pure, flavorful, mouthwatering cabernet for all occasions.
Awards: 2017 Top 3 Best Cabernet Sauvignon
95 points $27.95
Riboli Family Vineyard 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
95 points
$60
Deep purple color. Fruity, roasted aromas and flavors of berry tart, toffee, sandalwood, and pickling spice and dried meat with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity fat body and a smooth, refreshing, long finish evoking notes of spiced nuts, blood orange, and pepper with chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A full throttled Napa cabernet with plenty of juicy flavors and oak.
Awards: 2017 Top 3 Best Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Hall Winery 2016  Sauvignon Blanc
94 points
$16
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of melon, ripe banana, and pomelo with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a silky, appealing, medium-length finish that presents overtones of apple, lemon curd, and fig with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A lovely well balanced sauvignon blanc with great smoothness and drinkability.
Awards: 2017 Top 2 Best Sauvignon Blanc
94 points $16 Best Buy
Napa Smith 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$35
Bright violet color. Inviting, complex aromas and flavors of dried and spiced berries, chocolate figs, caramelized bacon, and sundried tomatoes and leather with a supple, bright, dryish medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish that presents notes of vanilla yogurt nuts, delicate brown spices, and chocolate mint with silky tannins and light oak flavor. A lively and inviting cabernet that will be very versatile.
John Robert Eppler 2012  Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$65
Dark dusty garnet color. Interesting, attractive aromas and flavors of spiced berries, figs,and dates, pistachio gelato, chocolate coconut macaroon, and blossom water with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, nuanced, medium-long finish with notes of creme brulee, nut brittle, oak, and pink pepper with chewy, dusty tannins. A wonderfully flavorful and extroverted cabernet for fans of big wines with big flavors.
Ledson 2013 Cepage Red Blend Sonoma Valley
94 points
$86
Nearly opaque dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of dried fruits, chocolate roasted nuts, and dusty earth with a silky, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, long finish with shades of sandalwood, spiced cassis, earth, and tobacco and hint of pepper with fine, chewy, earthy tannins and moderate oak flavor. An elegant, nicely reserved red blend with great aging potential.
Cross Springs 2014 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Dusty dusty garnet color. Fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of mixed berry compote, sweet and peppery spices, olives and cucumber, and white tea with a supple, crisp, fruity medium body and a tingling, charming, buoyant finish that presents notes of spiced apple, floral honey, nutskin, and cedar with crunchy, cottony tannins and heavy oak flavor. A dry, chewy, tannins cabernet that needs a bit of time.
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
Yorkville Cellars 2014 Rennie Vineyard Cabernet Franc
93 points
$34
Nearly opaque garnet black color. Fruity, creamy, attractive aromas and flavors of berry custard pie, toffee, and tobacco and tea with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, intriguing, medium-long finish that exhibits accents of creme brulee, spiced melon, and nuts with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A richly fruity and well oaked cabernet franc.
Awards: 2017 Top 2 Best Cabernet Franc
City Winery 2014 Haystack Peak Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$36
Ruby black color. Fruity aromas and flavors of berry tart, pistachio nougat, and clay and wax with a silky, tangy, fruity medium body and a smooth, intricate, long finish with nuances of spiced cherries and berries, pencil shavings, creme brulee, and hint of rose water with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A delightfully complex and attractive cabernet with an intriguing floral note.
City Winery 2013 Bettinelli Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$36
Bright violet color. Attractive, toasty aromas and flavors of almond joy bar, berry compote, and sweet and peppery spices with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, appealing, medium-long finish revealing notes of sour cherries and apricots, nutskin, cedar, and pepper jelly with well-integrated, dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich, warming cabernet with lots of stuffing.
Rock Wall 2014 Rigg Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$40
Dusty garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of roasted chestnuts, spicy berry compote in a clay pot, and gherkin and celery with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, interesting, medium-long finish with notes of chocolate cherries and craisins, spiced toffee, and mocha cream with silky, chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A lively and engaging cabernet with tangy fruit and acidity.
Hagafen 2014 Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$48
Pale garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of resonant dark fruits and blackberries, black cherries and violets, planked cedar, and turned earth with a vibrant, dry full body and an epic, medium-length finish with earthy, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. An excellent example.
Peachy Canyon 2014 Para Siempre Red Wine Paso Robles
93 points
$55
Deep purple color. Fruity, attractive aromas and flavors of huckleberry jam and orange marmalade on raisin toast with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish with accents of vanilla cream and walnut nougat with silky tannins and light oak flavor. A delicious, satiny red blend that is certain to satisfy.
Lobo 2014 Wulff Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$80
Dusty ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of dried dark berries, spiced chocolate, and vanilla nuts with a supple, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, layered, long finish conveying notes of sour cherry compote, earth, and nuts with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich, juicy, well balance cabernet.
Maroon Wines 2013 Maroon Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$80
Nearly opaque violet color. Aromas and flavors of baked berries and herbs, toasted nuts and meringue, and cornichon with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, complex, long finish conveying suggestions of cassis chutney, sweet and peppery spices, and oak and earth with fine, silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A lush, concentrated cabernet for pleasure now or many years hence.
Maroon Wines 2013 Maroon Vineyard Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$120
Nearly opaque ruby black color. Fruity, earthy aromas and flavors of baked berries, clay, spiced nuts, and olive with a supple, bright, dryish medium body and a silky, complex, long finish that exhibits shades of cedar, roasted chestnuts, and earth with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich, savory claret styled cabernet that will shine at the table.
Sunstone 2012 Grand Reserve Estate Santa Ynez Valley
93 points
$150
Nearly opaque ruby garnet color. Aromas and flavors of toasted and polished wood, fried pickle, honey drizzled cherries and berries, and wet potter’s clay with a silky, bright, dryish medium body and a tingling, medium-long finish displaying notes of chocolate coconut bar, cedar, and sweet and peppery spices with silky, chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A rich and flavor packed cabernet for enjoying now or later.
SeaGlass 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$12
Best Buy
Opaque dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of dried dark fruits and blackberries, planked oak and wood smoke, crushed gravel, and old vine spice and pepper with an lively, dry full body and a complex, medium-length finish with earthy, woody, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. Complex savory scents and flavors are seamlessly integrated.
92 points $12 Best Buy
Maddalena 2012  Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$18
Best Buy
Bright garnet black color. Pure, fruity aromas and flavors of dried berries, floral honey, herb satchel, and white clay and kidd leather with a silky, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, compelling, medium-long finish imparting notes of choke cherry jam on toast, almond skin, and oak with well-integrated, fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A delicious, fruit-driven cabernet with fun layers of nutty oak and earthiness.
92 points $18 Best Buy
Le Vigne 2014  Merlot
92 points
$19
Best Buy
Nearly opaque ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of dried berries, dill marinated olives, and chocolate with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a polished, interesting, medium-long finish displaying overtones of spiced toffee, cedar, and cherry cola with well-integrated, earthy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A delicious and lively merlot with great fruit and acidity.
92 points $19 Best Buy
Mossback 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$25
Brilliant violet color. Minerally aromas and flavors of chalk, crusty berry tart, and orange blossom honey with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, delightful, medium-length finish revealing suggestions of cocoa-dusted almonds, mulberries, and pencil shavings with well-integrated, leafy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A very tidy and well balanced cabernet with a nice sense of place.
Highway 12 2014 Serres Ranch Single Vineyard Sonoma Valley
92 points
$28
Medium garnet black color. Fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of spice rub, tart berries and citrus, conditioned wood and leather, and leather with a silky, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, odd, brisk finish that shows overtones of nutskin and shell with firm, clunky tannins and heavy oak flavor. A oaky, very tannic red blend that needs a lot of time to come together.
Forchini 2013 BeauSierra Bordeaux Blend Estate Grown & Bottled Dry Creek Valley
92 points
$30
Violet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of raisin and prune, spiced toffee, cocoa, and waxy honeycomb with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, charming, medium-long finish displaying notes of creme brulee, berry cobbler, and sweet and peppery spices with fine tannins and light oak flavor. A juicy, fruit-forward blend with wide appeal and versatility.
Danenberger Family Vineyards 2013 Desagacé Carmin Reserve Cabernet Franc
92 points
$35
Nearly opaque garnet black color. Fruity, herbal, interesting aromas and flavors of dill marinated berries and peaches, whisky barrel, chocolate, and corn pudding with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an engaging, medium-length finish that exhibits accents of vanilla nut fudge, sassafras, and incense with well-integrated, chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A delightfully chewy and spicy cabernet franc with lots to offer.
Wiseman Cabernet 2012 Haystack Peak Vineyards Kosher Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$36
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of dried berries, earth, and waxy honeycomb with a supple, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, appealing, medium-long finish imparting overtones of sweet and peppery spice, cocoa, and vanilla cream with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A juicy, chewy cabernet that is sure to please and will be versatile.
Peachy Canyon 2014 Ms Behave Malbec
92 points
$38
Ruby black color. Inviting, exotic aromas and flavors of cherry pipe tobacco, spiced berries and chocolate, floral incense, and white clay with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, compelling, medium-long finish with notes of craisin and sundried tomato, nutskin, and minerals with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A stylish and flavorful malbec with a distinctive personality.
Barboursville 2014 Octagon Red Blend Virginia
92 points
$54.99
Opaque brown brick red color. Aromas of blackberry cobbler, spiced damson plums and with air, planked wood and sandalwood, and oriental five star spice and potters clay with a crisp, dry full body and a very complex, medium-length finish with earthy, woody, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. Very complex flavors all integrated harmoniously. Good depth here.
92 points $54.99
Lobo 2014 "Howl" Wulff Vineyards Custom Red Blend Napa Valley
92 points
$65
Violet color. Earthy, fruity, complex aromas of dried berries and orange, waxy honeycomb, flower patch, and gherkin with a supple, fruity full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long vanilla custard, spiced cherries, leather, and hint of pepper finish with well-integrated, crunchy tannins. A silky, fruity, engaging red blend with lively acidity.
Rock Wall 2014 Reserve Merlot
92 points
$75
Nearly opaque ruby black color. Spicy, fruity aromas and flavors of caramelized berries, toffee, and latte with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a smooth, complex, long finish that presents notes of creme brulee, pomegranate, and sweet spices with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A superb merlot with bold fruit and acidity.
Ledson 2013 Tiamo Red Blend Alexander Valley
92 points
$86
Opaque violet color. Earthy, toasty aromas and flavors of dark roasted nuts, saddle leather, creme brulee, and berry tart with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-long finish conveying notes of vanilla nut brittle, cedar, spiced nectarines, and earth with fine, chewy, dusty tannins and light oak flavor. A nicely balanced red blend with fine oak.
PONO 2014 Mana Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$95
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of berry pie, buttery peanut and cashew brittle, and spiced cocoa with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish with notes of cassis jam on raisin toast and pepper with moderate oak flavor. A rich, powerful cabernet with punchy flavors.
Sutter Home NV  Merlot
91 points
$6
Best Buy
Bright dark garnet color. Fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of clay, baked berries, and roasted nuts with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy finish that shows notes of nutskin and cedar plank with fruit, dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A quaffable merlot with toasty oak.
91 points $6 Best Buy
Barbed Wire 2014 Winemakers Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$14
Best Buy
Opaque violet color. Toasty, attractive aromas and flavors of dark roasted nuts, dark chocolate cherries, and toasty cedar plank with a silky, tangy, fruity medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-long finish imparting notes of creamy nougat and berry cobble a la mode with crunchy, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A juicy, nutty cabernet for everyday pleasure.
91 points $14 Best Buy
Maddalena 2012  Merlot
91 points
$16
Best Buy
Dark violet color. Aromas and flavors of dried berries and figs, cherry cola, and chocolate nuts with a satiny, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, appealing, medium-long finish that exhibits elements of spiced nuts with fine, dusty tannins and light oak flavor. A very tasty, juicy merlot thank will cover a lot of bases.
91 points $16 Best Buy
San Simeon 2013 Estate Reserve Merlot
91 points
$20
Nearly opaque garnet black color. Toasty, spicy aromas and flavors of spiced figs and berries, toffee, chocolate nougat bar, and cigar box with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a silky, medium-long finish that exhibits notes of chocolate covered plums, vanilla nuts, and dusty earth and cedar with fine, silky tannins and light oak flavor. A smooth, delicious, flavorful merlot with great balance and style.
Vanderbilt Reserve 2014  Merlot
91 points
$26.99
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of warm coconut custard, nougat, berry cobbler, and chocolate plums with a silky, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long finish evoking overtones of dried cherries, spiced nuts, and cedar with fine, soft tannins. A wonderfully fruity and lively merlot pleaser.
91 points $26.99
Barboursville 2014 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$34.99
Ruby black color. Fruity aromas and flavors of spiced berries and chocolate toffee with a supple, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish with accents of delicate spice, minerals, and vanilla bean with silky, soft tannins and light oak flavor. A supple, elegant cabernet for pleasure now or later.
91 points $34.99
Gordon Estate 2013 Tradition Red Blend Columbia Valley
91 points
$35
Nearly opaque dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of dark plums and blackberries, planked cedar, five star spice, and pressed linen and turned earth with a lively, dry full body and a complex, medium-long finish with earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. Nice flavors all in a silky/satiny package.
Peachy Canyon 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$44
Nearly opaque burnt sienna color. Aromas and flavors of turned earth and root vegetables, dried vine cuttings, blackberries, and pepper with an lively, dry full body and a delightful, sparse finish with earthy, barky tannins and moderate oak flavor. An excellent example.
Peachy Canyon 2014 DeVine Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$45
Nearly opaque dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of bubbling blue fruit and boysenberries, toasty barrel staves, potters clay, and titch of pepper and alcohol peeking through with a lively, dry full body and a brisk finish with earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. Satiny mid-palate is a real plus.
Levendi 2014 Symphonia Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$50
Opaque dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of dried flowers, black currants, planked cedar and clay, and huckleberries and dried straw with an tart, dry full body and a compelling, brisk finish with earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. Some very savory scents framed out nicely with a subtle woody definition.
Lobo 2014 Wulff Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$64
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate mint, eucalyptus, mincemeat tart, and candied yams with an tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, layered, medium-long finish with notes of vanilla toffee and mocha creme brulee with moderate oak flavor. A lively and supple cabernet with great balance and style.
San Antonio 2014 Centennial Red Blend Paso Robles
91 points
$85
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of spiced cherries in cream, hint of banana cake, and cornichon with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, intriguing, medium-long finish with notes of berry tart, mocha nuts, cedar pencil, and birch beer with chewy tannins. A sumptuous, elegant styled red blend that will improve with age.
Le Vigne 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$21
Bright garnet color. Aromas of mulberries, creme de cassis, planked oak, and turned earth with a tangy, bone-dry full body and a captivating, rapid finish with earthy, cottony tannins and moderate oak flavor. Balanced easy flavors.
90+ Cellars 2015 Lot 94 Collector Series Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$24.99
Brown brick red color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of spiced berries and nuts and dried flowers with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, captivating, medium-long finish imparting notes of praline, creme brulee, and toasty oak with fine tannins and light oak flavor. A juicy, appealing cabernet with nice nutty, toasty oak.
90 points $24.99
2Hawk 2014  Cabernet Franc
90 points
$30
Medium violet color. Fruity, green aromas and flavors of spiced berries and clementine, peppers, tomato skin, and clay with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, delightful, medium-length finish that shows notes of chocolate cherries and craisins, vanilla nut brittle, and leaves with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A nice juicy, chewy cabernet franc with appealing flavors and style.
Spangler 2013  Malbec
90 points
$30
Dusty garnet black color. Green, floral, interesting aromas and flavors of roasted root vegetables, dried citrus and lavender, and gherkin with a silky, bright, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-long finish that shows nuances of spiced berries, cocoa, and cedar with fine, chewy tannins and light oak flavor. An intriguingly spicy and savory malbec that will shine at the hunter’s table.
Yorkville Cellars 2014 Rennie Vineyard Merlot
90 points
$32
Medium garnet black color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of spiced berries and citrus, flowers, and tapioca with a silky, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, delightful, long finish imparting accents of pomegranate, fruit custard tart, spiced nuts, and sassafras with chewy, earthy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A brawny, chewy merlot with bright fruit and zippy acidity.
Yorkville Cellars 2014 Rennie Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$36
Dark violet color. Interesting, earthy, floral aromas and flavors of crayon and clay, dark berry chutney, peony, and melted chocolate toffee with a supple, lively, fruity medium body and a graceful, interesting, medium-length finish that shows elements of cranberry-orange relish, cedar shavings, and lime curd with crunchy, woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. A bright, vibrant cabernet sauvignon with zesty fruit and acidity.
Peachy Canyon 2014 Ms Behave Petit Verdot
90 points
$38
Nearly opaque ruby black color. Fruity, toasty, interesting aromas and flavors of chocolate coconut macaroon, berry tart, dried cherries and bananas, and dill pickle with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a compelling, medium-long finish displaying notes of pomegranate-tomato chutney, cedar, and cocoa-dusted nuts with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A dense, chewy petit verdot for the table.
Levendi 2015 Estate Reserve Chardonnay
90 points
$40
Pale golden straw color. Toasty aromas and flavors of roasted nuts, apple pie crust, and sweet and peppery spices with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, long finish with notes of pineapple custard pie, lemon curd, nuts, and cedar with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rock solid Napa chardonnay.
Yorkville Cellars 2014 Rennie Vineyard Carmenere
90 points
$40
Dark deep purple color. Herbal, green aromas and flavors of chocolate berries and nuts, hint of root beer sorbet, olive and green pepper skin, and hint of caulk with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an even, compelling, medium-length finish with notes of cherry orange relish, pickled melon and beets, cedar, and clay with fine, dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. An interesting and charming red with bright acidity and a nice sense of place.
Highwayman 2014 Proprietary Red Reserve Sonoma County
90 points
$48
Ruby color. Fruity aromas and flavors of dried berries and cocoa roasted nuts with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, stimulating, medium-long finish revealing nuances of melted toffee and spiced craisins with silky, dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A supple and inviting red blend with subtle fruit and nicely integrated tannins.
Heitz 2012  Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$52
Bright burnt sienna color. Aromas of ripe mulberries, dried violets and straw, cassis, and toast and potters clay with an soft, dry full body and an appealing, snappy finish with earthy tannins and light oak flavor. Easy,balanced simple straightforward flavors.
Sunstone 2014 Estate Cabernet Franc
90 points
$55
Bright dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of red raspberries, heather, wine gums and red gummy bears, and sandalwood and crushed gravel with an lively, dry full body and an intricate, breezy finish with woody, earthy tannins and light oak flavor. Would really enjoy this wine in warmer weather or in the Caribbean with a slight chill "more than the consequence of a summer day"
PONO 2014 Hapa Red Wine Napa Valley
90 points
$68
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of berry pie a la mode and dried goji berries with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish with accents of cocoa dusted nuts and cedar bark with chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A nice chewy red blend that could use a bit more time.
Bordeleau NV Lot Number 2 Malbec
89 points
$18
Dusty ruby color. Interesting, green, herbal aromas and flavors of pickled okra, melon and tomatoes, pink peppercorn, chocolate cherries, and grassy herbs with a silky, vibrant, dryish medium body and an effortless, interesting, medium-length finish with notes of vanilla yogurt nuts with silky, fine tannins and light oak flavor. An intriguing, very herbaceous and savory malbec.
Le Vigne 2015  Chardonnay
89 points
$18
Pale golden straw color. Funky aromas and flavors of pineapple yogurt and wet wood with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an even, breezy finish manifesting notes of clementine and kiwi and reduced lemon with fine, earthy tannins. A juicy, earthy chardonnay for the table.
Frey 2015 Biodynamic Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$20
Opaque dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of ripe mulberries, mocha and violets, planked oak, and sweet potato skins with an lively, bone-dry full body and a complex, medium-length finish with earthy, woody, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. Lovely nose and a rich silky mid-palate.
Barboursville 2014 Reserve Cabernet Franc
89 points
$24.99
Bright garnet black color. Roasted aromas and flavors of dark roasted nuts and peppers, chocolate espresso beans, and dark berry pie crust with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length finish conveying overtones of roasted carrots and beets, sour cherry and blackberry, and cocoa with well-integrated, dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A nice savory cabernet franc that will shine at the table.
89 points $24.99
San Simeon 2013 Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$25
Nearly opaque violet color. Fruity, creamy aromas and flavors of chocolate covered berries, vanilla toasted cashews, and yogurt with a supple, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-long finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A big and bold cabernet, well balanced with dark red fruits, well integrated tannins, and a lingering finish.
Santo Stefano 2012 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$25
Garnet black color. Spicy, fruity aromas of roasted nuts, berry pie crust, and pickling spices with a silky, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long cherries in cream finish with chewy, firm, woody tannins and light oak flavor. A firm, zesty cabernet for the table.
Vanderbilt Reserve 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$26.99
Opaque violet color. Aromas and flavors of berry pie crust, toffee, and honeyed plum with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a silky, delightful, medium-long finish with accents of blueberry-cassis custard and nuts with fine, dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A ripe, juicy cabernet with appealing fruit and creamy oak.
89 points $26.99
Spangler 2013  Cabernet Franc
89 points
$28
Nearly opaque deep purple color. Savory aromas and flavors of olive skin, gherkin, and berry-lemon chutney with a supple, soft, dryish medium body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-to-long finish with accents of cherry compote, cedar and nuts, and earth with fine, chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A nice savory cabernet franc with good versatility.
Picayune Cellars 2014 Padlock Red Napa Valley
89 points
$29
Deep purple color. Interesting aromas and flavors of chocolate cereal, cassis pie, and beef jerky with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish conveying suggestions of dried cherries and peaches and nuts with fine, dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A nice, well rounded Napa blend.
Barboursville 2014 Reserve Petit Verdot
89 points
$31.99
Nearly opaque dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of spiced berry compote, grilled citrus, sandalwood, and chocolate fondue with a supple, bright, fruity medium-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish that presents overtones of cranberry custard and spiced nuts and melon with moderate oak flavor. A very solid, well balanced petit verdot.
89 points $31.99
Forchini 2013 Proprietors Reserve Estate Grown & Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$36
Nearly opaque ruby black color. Roasted aromas and flavors of char-roasted nuts, olive tapenade, baked berries, and clay with a supple, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, elegant, medium-long finish displaying shades of sour cherry, hint of bubblegum spice, nuts, and earth with chewy, earthy, fruit tannins and moderate oak flavor. An attractive savory and Old World Styled cabernet.
Magic Door 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$39.99
Dusty dusty garnet color. Roasted aromas and flavors of chocolate espresso bean and macaroon, toasty berry pie graham cracker crust, and vanilla gelato with a silky, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length finish evoking overtones of blueberry cobbler, chocolate citrus peels, hint of eucalyptus, and cedar bark with silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A solid, well balanced Napa cab.
89 points $39.99
Robert Hall Winery 2014 Meritage Paso Robles
89 points
$40
Opaque ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of ripe dark fruits and mulberries, fruitcake, leather and planked oak, and turned earth with an lively, dry full body and a nuanced, cheery finish with earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. Lovely rich attack, ample fine tannins and a sense of place.
Highwayman 2013 Proprietary Red Reserve Sonoma County
89 points
$48
Dark garnet black color. Savory, fruity aromas and flavors of olive, pickled berries, and sandalwood with a supple, dryish medium-to-full body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length finish displaying impressions of blackberry tart and vanilla nuts with fine, dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A nice savory red blend; drink up.
Antler Hill 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$49.99
Violet color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of dried berries, chocolate, and baking spices with a round, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, captivating, medium-to-long finish revealing notes of berry pie a la mode and nougat with fine tannins and light oak flavor. A nice fruity Napa cab that is sure to please.
89 points $49.99
Great Sage 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$60
Opaque violet color. Aromas of dark fruits and black plums and mulberries, dried violets, planked cedar, and turned earth and pepper with an lively, dry full body and an interesting, brisk finish with earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. Very rich flavors initially, nice attack.
Barefoot NV  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate espresso bean, caramelized green peppers, and honeyed herbs and spices with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a sleek, medium-length finish with notes of cherry jam on raisin nut toast and cedar with fine, soft tannins and light oak flavor. A fruity, easy drinking, crowd pleasing cab.
88 points $6.99 Best Buy
Barefoot NV  Malbec
88 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Fruity, creamy aromas and flavors of berry custard pie, chocolate toffee, and floral honey with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, stimulating, relaxed finish displaying accents of delicate sweet spices and vanilla cream with fine, soft tannins and light oak flavor. A juicy,fruity, very appealing malbec that is sure to please.
88 points $6.99 Best Buy
Montevina 2015 Independence Point Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$12
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Fruity, attractive aromas and flavors of cherry pastry and melted toffee with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a graceful, medium-to-long finish with elements of vanilla cream, berry pie, nutskin, and cedar with fine, chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A fun, fruit cabernet that tis sure to please.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Frey 2015 Organic Sauvignon Blanc
88 points
$14
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Earthy, tropical aromas and flavors of floral patch earth, roasted coconut, caramelized nuts, and molasses with a supple, crisp, petillant, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish with overtones of bread fruit and durian, Meyer lemon and kiwi, honeycomb, and cashew fruit. A very exotic and rustic white with a rollercoaster of tropical flavors.
88 points $14 Best Buy
Frey 2015 Organic Merlot
88 points
$15
Best Buy
Medium violet color. Fresh, fruity aromas and flavors of huckleberry, montmorency cherry jam, spiced dates and yams, and reposado tequila with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish evoking accents of vanilla cream, nuts, and earth with dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A juicy, fruity, very appealing merlot pleaser with a lot of character.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Frey 2015 Organic Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$16.50
Nearly opaque brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of ovaltine and mocha, dried red flowers, cassis and planked oak, and agave with a crisp, dry full body and an appealing, brisk finish with earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. Warm, subtle, and complex scents with an echo of reposado tequila.
88 points $16.50
Kirkland Signature 2014 Signature Series Red Blend Columbia Valley
88 points
$16.99
Opaque ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of baked blackberries, wild cherries, planked oak and chestnuts, and dried twigs and potters clay and pepper with a crisp, dry full body and a complex, brisk finish with earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. Lots of youthful flavors come at you, good depth and structure should improve and come together with time.
88 points $16.99
Frey 2015 Biodynamic Merlot
88 points
$20
Garnet black color. Interesting aromas and flavors of carob nut bar, caramel rice cake, dried mulberries and goji berries, and pickled figs and dates with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, engaging, medium-length finish that exhibits notes of cranberry-tomato relish, nutskin, cedar bark, and clove with chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A very unique and interesting merlot that will pair well with Asian meat dishes.
Robert Hall Winery 2014  Merlot
88 points
$20
Nearly opaque garnet black color. Roasted aromas and flavors of fresh coffee, dark chocolate covered berries, and hint of pickling spices with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, delightful, snappy finish revealing notes of smoked nuts, pomegranate, and earth with crunchy, dusty tannins and light oak flavor. A nice chewy, dusty merlot with bright fruit.
Peachy Canyon 2014  Merlot
88 points
$25
Nearly opaque garnet black color. Interesting aromas and flavors of spiced dried berries and raisins and hint of wax and clay with a supple, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish revealing accents of sour cherry, plum skin, and smoked nuts with crunchy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A flavorful, almost Amarone-like merlot.
Spangler 2013 Claret Southern Oregon
88 points
$28
Garnet black color. Green aromas and flavors of green olives and peppers, chocolate cherry bonbons, and smoked nuts with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a medium-to-long finish with notes of craisins and blueberry honey with fine, chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A nice combination of juicy fruit and savory green notes.
Biltmore Estate 2013 Wine Club Exclusive Sonoma County
88 points
$29.99
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate covered berries and nuts with a supple, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a sleek, crisp finish revealing accents of cedar, earth, and hint of citrus with crunchy, earthy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A crisp, nicely structured red blend that will shine at the table.
88 points $29.99
Yorkville Cellars 2014 Rennie Vineyard Petit Verdot
88 points
$32
Nearly opaque dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of black currants, five star oriental spices, planked cedar, and pressed flowers and clay with a crisp, dry full body and a complex, normal finish with earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. Good depth of flavors that should flesh out over time
City Winery 2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$36
Brilliant garnet black color. Baked aromas and flavors of baked and dried berries and olives, lit candle, dark roasted nuts, and leather shoes on a sidewalk with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, medium-length finish with elements of cedar, cocoa, nutskin, and coffee with crunchy, dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A dark brooding cabernet that needs time.
Sunstone 2014  Merlot
88 points
$50
Nearly opaque garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of spiced plums, nut brittle, berry custard, and pencil eraser with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length finish that shows overtones of spiced nuts and cedar mulch and incense with chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A nice chewy merlot with structure for aging.
Grgich Hills 2013 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$69
Ruby color. Baked aromas and flavors of cooked berries, spice and licorice, and dark roasted nuts with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-long finish conveying impressions of nutskin, cedar, and earth with firm, woody tannins and heavy oak flavor. A big, brawny densely packed cabernet that needs time.
Backstage 2013 Green Room Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$150
Nearly opaque burnt sienna color. Aromas and flavors of tree bark, blackberries and cassis, subtle yeasty barnyard note, and turned earth with an tangy, dry full body and a delightful, brisk finish with earthy, barky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A good quality example.
Three Thieves 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$8
Best Buy
Opaque brown brick red color. Aromas of mulberries, spiced blackberries, charred oak, and dried flowers and turned earth with an lively, dry full body and an engaging, relaxed finish with earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. Enticing complex nose and flavors followed as a nice afterthought.
87 points $8 Best Buy
Ménage à Trois 2015  Merlot
87 points
$14
Best Buy
Brilliant ruby black color. Fruity, spicy, peppery aromas and flavors of berry pie and nut brittle with a soft, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a snappy finish with notes of nutskin, cedar, and plum skin with crunchy, dusty tannins and light oak flavor. A nice fruity, chewy merlot.
87 points $14 Best Buy
Biltmore Estate 2014  Merlot
87 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Bright brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of black currant, walnut skin and leather, sandalwood, and phosphate and pepper with a crisp, dry full body and an elegant, brisk finish with woody, crunchy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A fairly good quality example.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Awning Estate 2014 Apalta Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$17
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of spiced cherries, chocolate, and olives with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a silky, compelling, medium-length finish evoking notes of blackberry, delicate spices, nuts, and cedar with fine, chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A tasty, fruity cabernet with a nice dash of oak.
Black Box 2015  Sauvignon Blanc
87 points
$20.09
Bright golden straw color. Citrusy, grassy aromas and flavors of green pepper, grapefruit skin, grass, and peppered potato chip with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a cheery finish with impressions of lemon sherbet, starfruit, and mineral water with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. An easy, mellow quaffer.
87 points $20.09
Black Box 2015  Merlot
87 points
$20.09
Ruby color. Roasted aromas and flavors of melted dark chocolate, dark roasted nuts, and berry pie crust with a supple, bright, fruity medium body and an even, breezy finish manifesting accents of creme brulee, toasty oak, and grilled beets with fine, dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A nice toasty merlot sipper.
87 points $20.09
Elk Run 2014 Cold Friday Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$26.61
Brick red color. Aromas and flavors of tomatoes on the vine, mulberries, and carob with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length finish imparting nuances of pomegranate and nutskins with chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. An earthy, chewy cabernet.
87 points $26.61
Danenberger Family Vineyards 2014 Desagace Carmin Estate Bottled Cabernet Franc
87 points
$28
Dull brown brick red color. Baked aromas and flavors of dried and stewed tomatoes and fruits, brown butter roasted nuts, pickled grapefruit and apricot, and clay with a silky, crisp, dryish medium body and a tingling, swift finish that exhibits shades of tree bark and pine lumber, craisin, and earth with firm, dusty, barky tannins and heavy oak flavor. A very firm oak red with funky, savory notes for exotic game.
LUXX 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$29.99
Nearly opaque violet color. Attractive aromas and flavors of chocolate toffee, caramelized berries, and hint of bouillon with a supple, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-long finish that shows notes of dried berries and cherries, minerals, delicate spice, and cedar with fine, chewy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A nice chewy cabernet.
87 points $29.99
Gordon Estate 2013 Block 3 Merlot
87 points
$30
Bright brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of pressed red flowers, red sweet tarts, toast points, and fruitcake and crushed gravel with an lively, dryish full body and an elegant, breezy finish with earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. A fairly good quality example.
Gordon Estate 2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$40
Opaque garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of ripe blackberries, planked cedar, mocha and pressed flowers and violets, and clay with an crisp, dry full body and an intriguing, brisk finish with earthy, woody tannins. A fairly good quality example.
Riboli Family Vineyard 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$60
Dark violet color. Aromas and flavors of cassis jam on raisin toast, olive tapenade, and chocolate nuts with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, medium-length finish evoking accents of sweet and peppery spices, cedar, almond skin, and dusty plum with chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich, warming cabernet.
Barefoot NV  Merlot
86 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of berry tart, dark roasted nuts, and slate with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, breezy finish that shows touches of toasted cedar and vanilla toffee with well-integrated, crunchy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A solid merlot sipper.
86 points $6.99 Best Buy
Trinity Oaks 2015  Merlot
86 points
$9
Best Buy
Bright dusty ruby color. Fruity, waxy aromas and flavors of berry lip balm, cherry tart, and chocolate nut bar with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, relaxed finish evoking overtones of spiced nuts and cedar with light oak flavor. A pleasant, lightly spicy merlot for everyday sipping.
86 points $9 Best Buy
The Show 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$14
Best Buy
Nearly opaque brick red color. Aromas and flavors of cream de cassis, spiced plum and dried flowers, mocha and planked oak, and crushed gravel with an crisp, dry full body and a compelling, brisk finish with earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. Restrained delicate nose leads into easy approachable flavors and with air thoughts of a Butterfinger candy bar come to mind.
86 points $14 Best Buy
Beeline 2015 Symphony Lodi
86 points
$17.99
Bright golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of honeysuckle, tropical fruit salad, and dried apricot with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a sleek, intriguing, medium finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A very tasty floral sipper.
86 points $17.99
Robert Hall Winery 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$20
Opaque brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of ripe huckleberries, petrolation and latex, ripe plums and oriental spices, and potters clay and oak and white peppercorns with a crisp, full body and a complex, medium-length finish with earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. Ample very fine fruit tannins throughout.
Black Box 2015  Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$20.09
Ruby black color. Fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of chocolate mint and spicy berry jam on toast with a supple, bright, fruity medium body and a seamless, carefree finish revealing notes of spiced apples, cedar and eucalyptus, and crushed nuts with silky, chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A nice well balanced quaffer.
86 points $20.09
Trinity Oaks 2015  Cabernet Sauvignon
85 points
$9
Nearly opaque dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of black currants and cream de cassis, pressed dried violets, toasty oak, and crushed gravel with an crisp, dry-yet-fruity full body and an interesting, quick finish with earthy, woody tannins and light oak flavor. A better than average quality example.
Biltmore Estate NV Century Sweet Red American
85 points
$15.99
Dusty garnet color. Fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of berry pie filling, toffee, and tomato cucumber relish with a supple, bright, off-dry medium body and a easy finish with notes of candied citrus, baking spices, and ground nuts with fine, crunchy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A fun, fruity, off-dry red that will go great with bbq.
85 points $15.99
Black Box 2015  Malbec
85 points
$20.09
Bright brick red color. Aromas and flavors of spiced mulberries and black cherries, gauze, leather, and crushed gravel with a crisp, dry full body and a brisk finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A better than average quality example.
85 points $20.09
Vanderbilt Reserve 2014  Cabernet Franc
85 points
$26.99
Opaque brown brick red color. Aromas of crushed mixed berries and raspberries, sandalwood, potters clay, and pressed linen with a lively, dry full body and a subtle, quick finish with cottony, woody, earthy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A better than average quality example.
85 points $26.99
Arrowhead Spring Vineyards 2014 Estate Cabernet Franc
85 points
$27.95
Medium dusty garnet color. Savory aromas and flavors of baked and pickled tomatoes and cherries and cedar with a supple, bright, dryish medium body and a graceful, breezy finish revealing accents of blackberries, oak, and nuts with crunchy, dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A nice savory red for the table.
85 points $27.95
Spangler 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
85 points
$28
Bright dusty ruby color. Aromas of gauze and peat, black currants, planked oak, and crushed gravel with a crisp, dry full body and a delightful, short finish with earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. A better than average quality example.
Heritage Vineyards 2014 Limited Release Cabernet Franc
85 points
$35
Light dark garnet color. Interesting, fruity, green aromas and flavors of tomato on the vine, chocolate berries an nuts, and pumpkin cheesecake with a silky, crisp, dryish medium body and a smooth, compelling, breezy finish that presents suggestions of dried lemon and lavender and nutskin with fine, dusty tannins and light oak flavor. A nice dry, earthy red for the table.
Bandit NV  Merlot
84 points
$9
Medium dusty ruby color. Fruity aromas of cherry and apple pie and toasted nuts with a soft, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a cheery chocolate nut bar, fruit pith, and cedar paper finish with fine, dusty tannins and light oak flavor. A nice easy drinking merlot quaffer.
Bent Gate 2015  Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$17.99
Bright dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of blue fruits and creme de cassis, dried plums, toast points, and dried flowers with an tangy, dry medium-full body and a refreshing, brisk finish with woody, crunchy tannins and light oak flavor. An average quality example.
84 points $17.99
Joel Gott 2014 815 Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$18
Brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of dried powdered fruit and purple pez, tangy black currants, salinity and minerality, and planked oak and oak with a tangy, dry full body and a stimulating, momentary finish with earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. An average quality example.
Picayune Cellars 2015  Sauvignon Blanc
84 points
$21
Bright straw color. Aromas and flavors of lemon custard and gum, kiwi, and hint of rubber band with a soft, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, carefree finish with accents of grass and nutskin with soft, chewy, fine tannins and no oak flavor. A pleasant, relaxing sipper.
2Hawk NV Red-tail Red v.2 Rogue Valley
84 points
$22
Nearly opaque burnt sienna color. Aromas and flavors of black currants, tree sap and band aid box, mocha, and potters clay with an crisp, dry full body and an engaging, brisk finish with earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. An average quality example.
Kingman Estates 2013 Karens Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$24
Nearly opaque brick red color. Aromas and flavors of baked berries and black currants, planked oak, crushed gravel, and dried canvas with an tangy, dry full body and a delightful, scant finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak flavor. An average quality example.
Elk Run 2014 Cold Friday Vineyard Cabernet Franc
84 points
$26.61
Medium dusty ruby color. Spicy, green, herbal, earthy aromas and flavors of spiced berries, toasted dill and herbs, twigs and leaves, and varnished wood with a supple, bright, dry medium body and a sleek, carefree finish with notes of olive skin and pit, cranberry, and earth with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A dry, woody, rustic cabernet franc for game.
84 points $26.61
Sutter Home NV  Cabernet Sauvignon
83 points
$6
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Toasty, fruity aromas and flavors of cherry pie, nuts, and cedar with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, fast finish with accents of milk chocolate and mulch with soft, crunchy tannins and light oak flavor. A juicy, fruity everyday sipper with crunchy oak.
83 points $6 Best Buy
Bandit NV  Cabernet Sauvignon
83 points
$9
Violet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of chocolate toffee, berry tart, dark roasted nuts, and cedar with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a sleek, quick finish that shows suggestions of black cherry and oak bark with soft tannins and light oak flavor. An easy drinking everyday red.
Kingman Estates 2015  Cabernet Sauvignon
83 points
$19.50
Nearly opaque ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of under ripe blackberries, planked oak, green olives, and crushed gravel with a tangy, dry full body and a brief finish with dusty, woody, earthy tannins and moderate oak flavor. An average quality example.
83 points $19.50
Arrowhead Spring Vineyards 2014 Estate Merlot
82 points
$27.95
Bright brown brick red color. Aromas of blackberries and plums, walnut skin and oil, pressed flowers, and oak and turned earth with an tangy, dry full body and an interesting, brief finish with papery, earthy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A lower quality commercially acceptable example.
82 points $27.95
Heritage Vineyards 2012 Estate Reserve BDX Red Blend Outer Coastal Plain
82 points
$50
Bright burnt sienna color. Aromas of dried red fruits, dried canvas, funky old wood planks, and clay with a tart, dry full body and a short finish with earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. A lower quality commercially acceptable example.
Handsome Devil 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
81 points
$10
Garnet black color. Earthy, fruity aromas and flavors of mulberries and grass with a soft, dryish light body and a tingling, short-lived finish conveying suggestions of cherry and pit and mulch with dusty tannins. A light red quaffer.
Biltmore Estate 2015 Limited Release Merlot
81 points
$19.99
Bright brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of sugar dusted blackberries, planked oak, beech mushrooms, and turned earth with an tangy, dry full body and an interesting, short finish with woody, earthy tannins and heavy oak flavor. A lower quality commercially acceptable example.
81 points $19.99
Kingman Estates 2013 Karens Reserve Merlot
80 points
$24
Bright light garnet color. Aromas and flavors of funky older oak staves, ripe plums, craisins, and iodine and clay with a tart, dry full body and a short finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A lower quality commercially acceptable example.
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