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93 • Quasar 2007 Gran Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Curico Valley$9.90. Best Buy.
Deep ruby black color. Wet clay, crayon, baked tomatoes and dried sour cherry aromas. Soft and silky with a dry-yet-fruity medium body. Finishes with an earthy melange of sautéed mushrooms and shallots, dried tomatoes, and cedar spice box. Great Old World complexity and dusty terroir in table friendly style. (tasted on Sep-13-2010)
93 • Rietvallei 2008 Estate, Cabernet Sauvignon, Robertson $16. Best Buy.
Deep garnet color. Lush mocha, marinated olive, grilled pepper, pipe tobacco, and spicy cherry bon bon aromas with a smooth silky fruity medium-to-full body and a generous, smoked nut, baked apple, and cedar finish with fine tannins. A delicious, vibrant, and graceful cab. (tasted on Sep-20-2010)
92 • Beyerskloof 2007 "Synergy", Stellenbosch $17.99. Best Buy.
Earth aromas of dried cherry and tomatoes, roasted herbs and nuts, black currants and cocoa with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth toffee, cranberry and roasted pepper finish. Elegant in an Old World style; serve with boar. (tasted on Sep-20-2010)
91 • Echeverria 2008 Reserva, Merlot, Curico Valley$10.90. Best Buy.
Deep ruby black color. Aromas of berry pie, roasted root vegetables and greens and melted toffee. Round and soft with a rich dry-yet-fruity medium body. Notes of roasted pepper, olive, and earth round out the finish nicely. Delicious. (tasted on Sep-13-2010)
91 • Rio Real 2008 Reserva, Vinho Regional Lisboa $12.99. Best Buy.
Rich aromas of dried currant and cherries, cocoa, roasted nuts, bacon fat, and spice with a smooth, supple fruity-yet-dry medium body and a crisp, tangy finish with soft dusty tannins. A very nice sipper. (tasted on Sep-27-2010)
91 • Du Von 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Robertson$10.50. Best Buy.
Deep garnet color. Aromas of spicy apple custard, cocoa, dried currant and clay with a chewy juicy fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a zesty black raspberry liqueur, nut, rosemary, and white peppercorn finish with chewy tannins. Big and brawny; serve with game. (tasted on Sep-20-2010)
91 • Du Von 2008 Shiraz, Robertson $14.99. Best Buy.
Interesting aromas of honeycomb, marinated chili peppers, Playdoh, and cherry chutney with a juicy fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, tangy, tangerine marmalade and spiced chocolate finish. Very tasty; serve with lamb. (tasted on Sep-20-2010)
90 • Yellow Tail 2008 Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, South-Eastern Australia $12. Best Buy.
Deep violet black color. Aromas of spicy cherry chutney, menthol, and eucalyptus honeycomb. Round and juicy with a fruity medium body. Tangy pomegranate, apple skin and earth on the long, dusty tannin finish. Very nice. (tasted on Sep-09-2010)
90 • Yellow Tail 2008 Reserve, Merlot, South-Eastern Australia $12. Best Buy.
Deep garnet black with a violet edge. Spicy blueberry custard, cherry butter, eucalyptus oil, and pomegranate molasses aromas. round and soft with a dry-yet-fruity medium body. Plum pie, crunchy apple, and mossy cedar notes on the gentle finish. Nice style. (tasted on Sep-09-2010)
90 • Cupcake 2009 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough $13.99. Best Buy.
Aromas of tropical citrus, gooseberry, pink pepper, and grapefruit with a zest, vibrant dry-yet-fruity medium body and a long, mouthwatering grass, sweet pepper, and chalk accented finish. Very nice balance and fruit. (tasted on Sep-20-2010)
90 • Elgin Vintners 2009 Rosé, Elgin $9.99. Best Buy.
Lovely pale salmon silver color. Aromas of strawberry custard, kiwi and nougat with a round, crisp dry-yet-fruity medium body and a long, tangy cherry, honeyed ruby grapefruit and goji berry finish. Delicious. (tasted on Sep-20-2010)
90 • Elgin Vintners 2009 Viognier, Elgin $19.99.
Pale golden silver color. Bold aromas of toasty coconut, banana-peach cobbler, and buttery cashew brittle with a chewy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp, tart apple, Asian spice, and honeyed citrus finish. Lush and lavish. (tasted on Sep-20-2010)
90 • Tienen Duende 2009 Garnacha, Campo de Borja $8.99. Best Buy.
Garnet violet color. Vibrantly fruity cassis, boysenberry, and mocha nut gelato aromas and flavors with a supple, fruity medium-to-full body and a zesty spiced apple peel, orange zest, and pencil shaving accented finish. A sensationally fresh and refreshing red; pair with everything! (tasted on Sep-27-2010)
89 • Ambiente 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza $5.99. Best Buy.
Vibrant sour cherry, peach compote and orange marmalade aromas. Supple and easy with a fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a nutty, cedar, cracked pepper and spice kissed finish. Very tasty. (tasted on Sep-13-2010)
89 • Yellow Tail 2008 Reserve, Shiraz, South-Eastern Australia $12. Best Buy.
Intense spicy blueberry, cocomint, bay leaf, and menthol aromas. Supple and lively with a fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body. Eucalyptus, apple sauce, fresh mowed grass, and peppery spices emerge on the long chewy, mouthwatering finish. A vivid, appetizing wine for sipping or pair with exotic gourmet burgers. (tasted on Sep-09-2010)
89 • Quasar 2007 Reserva, Merlot, Curico Valley$7.90. Best Buy.
Deep ruby black color. Aromas of plum tart, mocha, and sundried tomato. Soft and supple with a dry-yet-fruity medium body. Baked prune and okra and pencil shaving notes add an interesting Old World dimension to this savory, table friendly offering. (tasted on Sep-13-2010)
89 • Juno Cape Maidens 2009 Chardonnay, Western Cape $11. Best Buy.
Buttery toffee, pineapple cake and coconut creme brulee aromas with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp, warm melon and apple tart finish. A pleasant sipper or pair with roasted turkey. (tasted on Sep-20-2010)
89 • Juno Cape Maidens 2009 Chenin Blanc, Western Cape $11. Best Buy.
Nuanced aromas of guava, baked pepper, green peppercorns, and coconut milk with a dry-yet-fruity medium body and a honey, melon, lemon curd, and earth accented finish. A great appetizing sipper or pair with spicy grilled shrimp. (tasted on Sep-20-2010)
89 • Vega Real 2007 Crianza, Ribera del Duero $15. Cellar Selection. Best Buy.
Rich aromas of vanilla, buttery almond brittle, berry pie crust, and olive. Round and supple with a tangy dry-yet-fruity medium and and a crisp tannic apple and cedar dust finish. Nice tempranillo structure; pair with steaks, or wait for the tannins to melt away. (tasted on Sep-27-2010)
89 • Trascampanas 2009 Rueda $10. Best Buy.|Next| |Find-a-Wine|
Golden yellow color. Bright tropical notes of passionfruit, guava, kiwi, and waxy honeycomb with a crisp dry-yet-fruity medium body and a pure tangy passionfruit pulp finish. Very tasty and refreshing; pair with scallops. (tasted on Sep-27-2010)