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91 • Lynfred 2007 Zinfandel, American $25.
Deep garnet violet color. Aromas of strawberry-blueberry custard, banana taffy, rose hips, and pickled tomatoes follow through on a supple, round entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with very good depth and fine balance. Finishes with a long, enveloping dusty tannin fade. Nice interplay between ripe fruit, candy, and savory notes with make this shine at the table; try with aged gouda burgers. (tasted on May-10-2010)
90 • Lynfred 2007 Correl Vineyards, Norton, Illinois $25.
Deep garnet color. Aromas of spicy sugar plums, candied orange peel, and tomato frittata follow through on a round, juicy entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with very good depth and a tangy sour cherry jam and grassy earth accented finish. Nice character and style; serve with boar, or snout-to-tail cuisine. (tasted on May-17-2010)
90 • Lynfred NV "Apricocious" Apricot Wine, American $35/375 ml.
Deep amber color. Vivid dimensional aromas of dried apricot, apricot cider, butter roasted nuts and buttercream follow through on a plush, velvety entry to a fruity-yet-dry full body with great texture and depth. Finishes with a tangy, dried apricot skin, dusty mineral, and peppery spice flourish. A delicious and pure dessert wine or cocktail inspiration. (tasted on Jul-12-2010)
89 • Lynfred NV "Marionvino" Blackberry Wine, American $35/375 ml.
Aromas of blackberry-raisin chutney, light molasses, cocoa, and wet cedar follow through on a round entry to fruity sweet medium-to-full body with very good depth and tangy mouthwatering acidity. Finishes with a long spicy raisin and dusty mineral fade. Tasty and vibrant. (tasted on Jul-12-2010)
88 • Lynfred 2009 Correl Vineyards, Seyval Blanc, Illinois $25.
Aromas of dusty honeydew melon skin, raw smoked bacon, and kiwi are distinctive and follow through on a round, silky entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with watermelon, savory roasted turnip, and baked lemon notes. Finishes with a crisp, tart citrus and mineral accents. An interesting table wine to serve with smoked poultry. (tasted on May-17-2010)
87 • Lynfred NV Rosé, American $12. Best Buy.
Burnished ruby amber color. Aromas of raspberry and cherry butter, tomato mustard, and coconut oil follow through on a round entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with tangy citrus and pink peppercorn notes on the zesty, drying finish. A nice food wine. (tasted on Apr-29-2010)
86 • Lynfred 2008 Riesling, American $22.25.
Aromas of fruit gum, white cherry and melon follow through on a crisp entry to a fruity light-to-medium body with a hint of clementine and rubber. Finishes with a tart, lightly pithy citrus and chewy fruit tannin fade. (tasted on Apr-14-2010)
85 • Lynfred NV "Pearavino" Pear Wine, American $35/375 ml.|Find-a-Wine|
Brilliant copper color. Aromas of praline nuts, dried pear, white peppercorns, and earth follow through on a soft, silky entry to a fruity-yet-dry medium body with honeycomb and delicate peppery spice notes. Finishes with a long pear butter and mineral accented fade. (tasted on Jul-12-2010)