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92 • Frenchman's Gulch 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, Washinton$19.50.
Garnet violet color. Lush aromas of cassis, peach blossoms, almond nougat, and apricot pudding follow through on a supple entry to a fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body with excellent depth and bright acidity. Finishes with touch of toffee, roasted nuts, clementine, slate and spice on the long refreshing fade. Wonderful balance and drinkability; pair with any meat. (tasted on Oct-02-2008)
92 • Rotta Winery 2005 "Proprietor's", Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles $16.
Ruby black color. Currant custard, wet clay, and nougat aromas follow through on a soft, supple entry to a dryish medium body with tangy berry, black cherry, and mineral accents. Finishes in a sweet spice and toasty praline fade with fine, polished tannins. A nicely balanced cab to pair with steaks. (tasted on Oct-06-2008)
92 • Crystal Valley Cellars 2005 "The Cab", Cabernet Sauvignon, California $18.
Dark garnet color. Baked plum, apple, dried currant, cassis, and white clay aromas follow through on bright entry to a crisp, fruity medium body with excellent acidity, fig, and nutty nougat accents and delicate spice fade. A rock solid, claret-like table wine to pair with a rib eye. A real sense of place here. (tasted on Sep-22-2008)
91 • Jessie's Grove 2005 "Vintner's Choice" Old Vine, Zinfandel, Lodi$19.50.
Deep garnet color. Aromas of chocolate covered nuts, bacon, licorice, and black raspberry tarts follow through on a silky entry to a fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body with excellent depth of jammy flavor and smooth peppery spice fade. Great style and drinkability. (tasted on Sep-26-2008)
90 • Pindar 2006 Estate Bottled, Gamay Beaujolais, Northfork of Long Island $8.99.
Ruby color. Baked cherry, sundried tomato, and new leather aromas follow through on a smooth, supple entry to a dryish light-to-medium body with with savory herb and tangy tomato sauce notes. Finishes with balanced, flavorful fade. (tasted on Aug-15-2008)
90 • Pindar 2003 Barrel Select Reserve, Merlot, North Fork of Long Island $18.99.
Deep ruby black color. Spicy berry coulis, cocoa, and smoked nut aromas follow through on a brisk, supple entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with nice dried cranberry, honey, and spice accents. Finishes with a crisp baked apple, dark roasted nut, and mineral inflected fade. A very nice table wine to pair with grilled pork loin. (tasted on Oct-02-2008)
90 • Clos du Bois 2005 Sonoma Reserve, Merlot, Alexander Valley $19.99.
Garnet color. Raspberry, creme brulee, and yellow pepper aromas follow through on a vibrant entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with tangy citrus and cocoa notes. Finishes with powdery, balanced tannins. (tasted on Aug-15-2008)
90 • Pedroncelli 2006 Bench Vineyards, Merlot, Dry Creek Valley $14.
Ruby black color. Plum pudding and pie aromas follow through on a smooth, round entry to a fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body with balanced flavors and an elegant fade. (tasted on Aug-15-2008)
90 • Crystal Valley Cellars 2006 "The Med", Lodi $18.
Garnet violet color. Rich sour cherry, cedar, slate and cocoa aromas follow through a round entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with nice perfume, pepper, and tangy citrus custard notes. Finishes with a fine tannin and fruit driven fade. (tasted on Aug-15-2008)
90 • Tulocay 2002 Zinfandel, Amador County $18.
Ruby black color. Pistachio nougat, cherry compote, and beeswax aromas follow through on a round, supple entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with sundried tomato, raspberry sorbet, coco-mint and sweet spice accents. Finishes with a long, tangy refreshing fade. A big, yet remarkably balanced and food friendly zin. Pair with ostrich and stews. (tasted on Oct-01-2008)
89 • Domaine Saint Claude 2003 "Tradition", Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge $10.46.
Deep ruby color with a brisk rim. Spicy dried sour cherry, raspberry tart, raisin puree, and baking spice aromas are vibrant and follow through on a soft,supple entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with tangy apple and candied orange peel accents. Finishes with a crisp, fruit tannin and spice fade. Pair with spicy lamb dishes. (tasted on Sep-16-2008)
89 • Pend d'Oreille 2005 Cabernet Sauvigonon, Washington $18.
Garnet purple color. Ripe boysenberry and toffee aromas follow through on a supple entry to dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with lovely shades of spice, violets, and citrus. Finishes with a nice chocolate covered nut fade. A tasty sipper or table wine to pair with lamb. (tasted on Oct-02-2008)
89 • Shelton Vineyards 2005 Estate, Cabernet Sauvignon, Yadkin Valley $15.
Garnet color. Mocha candy, currant sauce, and fig jam aromas follow through on a silky, bright entry to a tangy fruity-yet-dry medium body with layers of pomegranate, cranberry and cocoa. Finishes with a crisp, toasted nut and sundried tomato accented fade. A fresh, lively cab to pair spicy beef dishes. (tasted on Oct-08-2008)
89 • Rodney Strong 2004 Merlot, Sonoma County $19.
Garnet color. Plum custard tart, chocolate pudding, and pencil shaving aromas follow through on a bright entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with tangy apple skin and nut accents. Finishes with a zesty, plum skin and chewy tannin fade. Pair with grilled lamb. (tasted on Oct-06-2008)
89 • Daniel Gehrs 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Barbara County $20.
Garnet black color. Shy mocha nose, bright raspberry cassis fruit, lively orange zest, leafy veggie and bell pepper and honey finish. Very nice, lighter style cab to pair with gourmet pizza. (tasted on Oct-08-2008)
89 • Blackstone 2006 Sonoma Reserve "Rubric", Sonoma County $19.99.
Garnet violet color. Toffee and blackberry aromas follow though on a mellow entry to a dryish medium body with a touch on a roasted tomato and dried citrus on the long, polished tannin fade. A nice sipper or table wine to pair with braised meats. (tasted on Aug-15-2008)
89 • Robert Mondavi 2005 Solaire, Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles $16.99.
Garnet. Ripe berry custard tart, pickled tomato, pistachio nougat, and white clay aromas follow through on soft, supple entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with chocolate covered blackberry and cranberry accents. Finishes with a refreshing toffeed nut and mineral fade. A pleasant sipper or pair with meat and pasta dishes. (tasted on Oct-06-2008)
89 • Turn Me Red 2006 Red Blend, Burgenland $15.99.
Garnet color. Roasted pepper, slate, and waxy cherry aromas follow through on a soft entry to a fruity medium body with cedar and baked berry notes on the juicy, smooth tannin finish. (tasted on Aug-15-2008)
89 • Candido di Sicilia 2007 Sangiovese-Nero D'Avola, Sicilia Rosso IGT $18.99.
Violet color. Black raspberry jam, lilac, cedar and spice aromas follow through on a silky entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with notes of pencil shaving and red apple skin. Finishes with a long,tart berry skin fade. Nice style and balancewill make an excellent table wine. (tasted on Sep-11-2008)
89 • Jessie's Grove 2006 "Earth, Zin, & Fire", Zinfandel, Lodi $15.99.|Next| |Find-a-Wine|
Garnet purple color. Raspberry, cocoa dusted orange peel, and sweet spice aromas. A silky entry leads to a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with pencil shaving and roasted nut accents. Finishes with a crisp, tangy powdery tannin fade. Nicely balanced for sipping or the table. (tasted on Sep-26-2008)