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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)
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 • 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.
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)
89 • Sky River Meadery NV Raspberry Mead, Washington $14.99. Best Buy. Kosher
Bright ruby color. Baked raspberry and pure, slightly herbal aromas and flavors with a fruity sweet medium body and a long, juicy berry finish. (tasted on Oct-15-2010)
88 • Landshut 2009 Sweet Red, Rheinhessen $4.99. Best Buy.
Aromas of spiced cherries, pickled beets, roasted parsnips, and strawberry compote with a supple fruity sweet medium body and a lightly tangy watermelon and pencil shaving finish. A tasty off dry red that will work well with a chill with hot bbq. (tasted on Sep-27-2010)
88 • Codici 2009 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo $10.99. Best Buy.
Chocolate covered dried cherry, coffee bean, and clay aromas with a fruity-yet-dry medium and a crisp apple and praline accented finish. (tasted on Oct-15-2010)
88 • Blue Fin 2009 Vinho Verde $10.99. Best Buy.|Find-a-Wine|
Pale silver straw color. Aromas and flavors of lemon pie and banana taffy with a supple, crisp fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a lime ice cream and mineral accented finish. A fun, flavorful sipper. (tasted on Sep-27-2010)