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93 • Alba NV Apple Wine $7.99/500 ml.
Golden yellow color. Fresh, sweet spicy apple sauce and honey aromas follow through on a round, satiny entry to a fruity sweet medium-full body with great dimension, purity and depth. Finishes with excellent balance and smoothness. A fine choice for artisan cheese or pies or cocktails. (tasted on Sep-14-2009)
90 • Osborne Pedro Ximenez 1827 Sweet Sherry, Jerez $20.
Deep mahogany hue with an olivey rim. Warming salted pecan, praline, and caramel nose. A rich entry leads a viscous, full-bodied palate with a thick, oily texture and complex flavors. Very sweet through the finish. Try with vanilla ice cream. (tasted on Aug-15-2009)
90 • Black Box 2007 Shiraz, Central Coast $24.99/3L Cask.
Deep, inky ruby-purple hue. Attractive, brooding black fruit aromas carry an integrated oak accent. A lush entry leads a supple, full-bodied palate with chewy tannins and solid intensity. Finishes with a kiss of vanilla oak. Great value. Drink now. (tasted on Aug-15-2009)
90 • Chocovine NV Chocolate Wine $12.
Look like Irish cream liqueurs. Minty milk chocolate nose. A rich entry leads a lush, velvety, full-bodied palate. Creamy, sweet, flavorful finish. A chocolate and red wine blend that winds up like a thicker version of Baileys. An interesting cordial-like product. (tasted on Aug-15-2009)
89 • Don Ernesto 2008 "Vin Gris", Rosé, Napa Valley $15. Kosher
Pale scarlet color. Rich aromas of toasty strawberry danish and cherry ice follow through on a soft, round entry to a fruity medium body with nice depth and supportive citrusy acidity. Finishes with a touch of green pepper and minerals in the long fruit and nut driven fade. (tasted on Aug-03-2009)
89 • Blason de Bourgogne NV Blanc de Noirs Brut, Pinot Noir, Cremant de Bourgogne $12.99.
Deep straw hue with a fine mousse. Forceful, creamy, leesy aromas show a bit of bottle age. A crisp entry leads a drying, medium-bodied palate with good flavor intensity. Lengthy finish. Great value. (tasted on Aug-15-2009)
89 • Black Box 2008 Chardonnay, Monterey County $24.99/3L Cask.
Bright yellow-straw hue. Toasty vanilla and pear aromas have a tropical undertone. A ripe entry leads a rounded, moderately full-bodied palate with sweet citrus flavors. Balanced, with a lengthy finish. Very solid. Drink now. (tasted on Aug-15-2009)
88 • Tinhorn Creek 2007 Merlot, Okanagan Valley $18.99.
Deep garnet hue. Varietally correct red fruit and tobacco nose. A firm entry leads a structured full-bodied palate with chocolatey flavors and drying tannins. A weighty Merlot that will work well with hearty foods. (tasted on Aug-15-2009)
88 • Tinhorn Creek 2008 Gewürztraminer, Okanagan Valley$16.50.
Brilliant straw hue. Attractive spicy lychee nose. A crisp entry leads a flavorful, medium-bodied palate with good varietal character. Drying, lengthy finish. A good choice for spicy foods. (tasted on Aug-15-2009)
88 • La Forge Estate 2008 Chardonnay, Vin de Pays d'Oc $12.99.
Golden straw color. Aromas of honeyed pineapple, apple, and buttery praline follow through on a soft, silky entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with excellent balance and good depth. Finishes crisply with a nice interplay of citrusy acidity and wet stone minerality. A spot on Vin de Pay Chardonnay. (tasted on Sep-08-2009)
88 • Alba NV "Rosa" Rosé, New Jersey $7.99.
Salmon orange amber color. Aromas of peony, spicy rhubarb jam, tomato skin, and watermelon candy follow through on a round entry to a very fruity medium body with peach soda and orange sorbet notes. Finishes with a crisp, refreshing fade. A fun, off-dry sipper, or pair with grilled fruit laced salads. (tasted on Aug-17-2009)
88 • IL Passo di Sabina 2007 Rosso Veronese $12.99.
Deep garnet hue. Very ripe, plummy aromas have an Amarone-like quality. A firm entry leads a chewy, full-bodied palate with ripe tannins. Dry, compact finish. A chunky, hearty blend of Merlot and Corvina that will work well with winter stews and pastas. (tasted on Aug-15-2009)
88 • St. Christopher 2008 Piesporter Goldtropfchen, Riesling, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer $11.99.
Pale golden yellow color. Mild aromas of lemon wax and rubber ball follow through on a bright entry to a fruity light body with honeyed peaches and a delicate touch of petrol-like minerality on the crisp finish. A light appetizing white to pair with bbq. (tasted on Sep-14-2009)
88 • Cavit NV Lunetta, Prosecco, Trentino$11.50.
Pale platinum straw color with a fine mousse. Aromas of apple soda, dried lemon, and delicate floral soap follow through on a crisp entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with tangy nectarine and starfruit notes. Finishes with a zesty talc tinged fade. A clean, well made Prosecco for carefree sipping or the table. (tasted on Aug-31-2009)
88 • Peter Brum 2008 Bacchus, Rheinhessen $10.99.
Aromas of dried honey, raisin box, and light petrol follow through on a soft, round entry to a fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body with tart green apple, melon rind, and orange zest notes. Finishes with a crisp, tangy nectarine skin fade. A great choice for bbq. (tasted on Sep-08-2009)
88 • Yellow+Blue 2008 Torrontes, Cafayate Valley $12/Liter. Organically Grown Grapes
Deep golden straw hue. Perfumed, intensely spicy, floral aromas. A rich entry leads a rounded, full-bodied palate with an oily texture. Balanced by a lean edge of acidity through the drying finish. Try with Asian food. (tasted on Aug-15-2009)
88 • Black Swan 2008 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough $13.
Pale straw hue. Racy gooseberry and fresh herb aromas are very varietal and very New Zealand. A sharp entry leads a fresh, medium-bodied palate with ripe varietal flavors. Zesty acidity makes for a refreshing finish. Drink now. (tasted on Aug-15-2009)
87 • Sylvester 2008 Blush, California $8.99.
Pale silvery pink orange color. Aromas of plum, rhubarb, and pepper follow through on a supple entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with good depth and balance. Finishes with a touch of sweet cream and spiced apple. A nice rosé sipper. (tasted on Aug-31-2009)
87 • Barefoot NV Bubbly Pinot Grigio Champagne, California $10.99.
Pale golden yellow color. Aromas of creamy nougat and caramel drizzled pears follow through on a soft, round entry to a fruity medium body with toasted coconut and ripe green apple notes. Finishes with a crisp, toasty spicy pie crust and nectarine fade. A confected, but very tasty sparkling treat. (tasted on Sep-14-2009)
86 • Vinex 2007 Pinot Noir, Rose Valley $9.|Next| |Find-a-Wine|
Garnet violet color. Delicate aromas of spiced cherry and pencil shavings follow through on a gentle entry to a dryish light-to-medium body with mild fruit , a hint of earth and menthol and a relaxed finish. (tasted on Aug-31-2009)