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93 • Vina Robles 2007 "Red 4", Huerhuero Vineyard, Paso Robles $16.
Inky purple hue. Very ripe, floral black fruit aromas have a roasted, bacony Syrah varietal accent. A lush entry leads a velvety, full-bodied palate with exceptional purity and great depth of flavor. Oak character is firmly in support with exceptional varietal Petite Sirah and Syrah flavors shining clear. A great red for meats on the grill and a fabulous value. Drinking well now. (tasted on Aug-15-2009)
91 • Forchini 2006 "Beau Sierra" Bordeaux Style Red Wine, Dry Creek Valley $20. Cellar Selection.
Deep garnet violet color. Aromas of cherry creme brulee, sandalwood, putty, and pink peppercorns aromas are exotic and follow through on a slightly tannic entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with currant, fig paste, chalk notes. Finishes with a big, firm tea-like tannin fade. Very old school Bordeaux-like in style. Give this some time to improve or pair with a well marbled steak. (tasted on Aug-03-2009)
91 • Lynfred 2007 Petit Verdot, American $20.
Deep, saturated blackish-ruby hue. Ripe black fruit aromas have a lavish-but-integrated chocolatey oak accent. A lush entry leads a rounded, full-bodied palate with velvety tannins. Drying, lengthy, balanced finish. An extremely well made PV that will work beautifully with roasted meats. (tasted on Aug-15-2009)
91 • Alexandria Nicole 2007 "Quarry Butte" Red, Horse Heaven Hills $20.
Deep, saturated ruby-red hue. Minty, minerally red fruit aromas show balance and purity with an integrated, subtle oak accent. A lush entry leads a pure, minerally, full-bodied palate with elegant tannins and good grip. A balanced, pure, lengthy Bordeaux-styled red. Drinking well now, but structured to develop over the next five years. (tasted on Aug-15-2009)
91 • Darcie Kent 2007 West Pinnacles, Pinot Noir, Monterey County $17.
(tasted on Aug-31-2009)
90 • Ozzie Ba Ru 2006 Shiraz, Hunter Valley $17.95. Organically Grown Grapes
Deep, saturated ruby hue. Generous black fruit and chocolate aromas show good ripeness for the Hunter and a prominent American oak influence. A lush entry leads a generous, full-bodied palate with good flavor intensity. Drying tannins and good acidity lend balance throughout. An admirably balanced Shiraz. (tasted on Aug-15-2009)
90 • Pedroncelli 2007 Three Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon, Dry Creek Valley $16.
Deep, saturated ruby garnet hue. Ripe, brooding, chocolatey, oak-influenced nose. A lush entry leads a generous, full-boded palate with silky tannins and a big, opulent texture. Attractive, lengthy, drying finish. Begs for a good steak. (tasted on Aug-15-2009)
90 • Van Ruiten 2007 Petite Sirah, Lodi $16.99.
Very deep ruby-purple hue. Brooding, floral black fruit aromas show nice purity and a deft oak accent. A lush entry leads a rounded, full-bodied palate with good intensity of sweet fruit flavors. A soft-but-weighty, generous style of red. Very California. (tasted on Aug-15-2009)
90 • Two Rivers 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, Mesa County $15.25.
Deep, saturated ruby hue. Maturing, spicy cassis aromas have an elegant oak accent. A ripe entry leads a velvety, full-boded palate with varietally correct flavors. A generous, balanced Cabernet with olivey, minerally flavors through the drying finish. Good with hearty foods. (tasted on Aug-15-2009)
89 • Alexandria Nicole 2007 Girl Next Door "Redline Red", Horse Heaven Hills $16.|Find-a-Wine|
Deep, saturated ruby hue. Warming, brooding black fruit nose. A firm entry leads a concentrated, full-bodied palate with dusty tannins. A heavyweight style balanced by a firm structure and modest oak. Will work well with hearty foods. A good value Bordeaux varietal blend. (tasted on Aug-15-2009)