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95 • Forchini 2007 "BeauSierra" Bordeaux Style Red Wine, Dry Creek Valley $15. Best Buy.
Garnet color. Rich, complex currant, clay, olive, and leather aromas with a satiny dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a very long elegant earth finish. Very reminiscent of Cheval Blanc at one-twentieth the price, incredible! (tasted on Aug-15-2010)
94 • Tinhorn Creek 2009 Late Harvest, Kerner Icewine, Okanagan Valley $12.99/200 ml. Best Buy.
Bright gold color. Golden raisin compote, baked apple and peach pie aromas with satiny, sweet full body and a long, tangy mineral finish. (tasted on Aug-15-2010)
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 • Gelisi Antonio 2009 Moscato Dolce, Oltrepo Pavese $9.99. Best Buy.
Pale silver gold color with a fine rim of mousse. Sweet lemon marmalade, peach jam, and wax aromas. round and effervescent with a fruity sweet medium-to-full body. Wonderfully tangy and bright on the long finish with golden raisin, candied pear, and seltzer water notes. (tasted on Sep-02-2010)
93 • Castelcosa by Furlan 2005 Cabernet Franc, Venezia Giulia IGT $19.99. Best Buy.
Ruby with a red brick rim. Aromas of dark berries, lipstick, roasted pepper and praline with a supple, vibrant fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long vanilla taffy kissed finish with fine tannins. A great, well aged combination of fruit and oak. Serve with braised meats. (tasted on Aug-15-2010)
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)
93 • Quady 2009 Electra, Orange Muscat, California $13.99. Best Buy.
Golden orange color. Baked orange, peach butter, and suede aromas with a spritzy, tangy and sweet medium-to-full body and a sweet-tart peach and apple skin finish. Delicious. (tasted on Aug-15-2010)
93 • Quady 2009 Red Electra, Muscat, California $13.99. Best Buy.
Garnet violet color. Baked berry, honey cream, and leather aromas with a spritzy vibrantly fruity medium-full body and a long, sumptuous finish. (tasted on Aug-15-2010)
93 • Glenora 2009 Riesling, Finger Lakes $15.99. Best Buy.
Apple, grapefruit and nectarine aromas with a juicy fruity light-to-medium body and a long tangerine and mineral finish. Fantastic. (tasted on Aug-15-2010)
92 • Quasar 2009 Selection, Carmenère, Curico Valley$5.90. Best Buy.
Nearly opaque garnet amethyst color. Complex aromas of grilled sweet and hot peppers, herb rubbed pork, singed cedar, and spicy chocolate mint. Round and supple with a smooth, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body. Long evolving finish with a solid core of tangy pomegranate, currant and accents of smoked thyme, rosemary, incense and honey. Very impressive; Pair with spicy lamb dishes. (tasted on Aug-23-2010)
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 • Tinhorn Creek 2008 Merlot, Okanagan Valley $17.99. Best Buy.
Garnet violet color. Honeycomb, buttery roasted nut, boysenberry, and minty spice aromas with a dryish medium-to-full body and a complex menthol tobacco accented finish. (tasted on Aug-15-2010)
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 • Mother Zin 2008 Primitivo del Salento $14.99. Cellar Selection. Best Buy.
Dark ruby black color. Spicy cherry compote, praline, candied lemon, clay, and white asparagus aromas. Soft with a dry light-to-medium body. Tangy blackberry, green peppercorn, and dried grassy earth accented finish with chewy tannins. A nice food wine; pair with Tuscan steaks with roasted vegetables. (tasted on Sep-02-2010)
91 • Ricossa 2009 Moscato d'Asti $16.99. Best Buy.
Pale straw color. Floral apricot and orange blossom aromas. round and silky with a tangy fruity medium-to-full body with great intensity and depth and a long, mouthwatering, coriander, accented finish. (tasted on Sep-02-2010)
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)
91 • Heritage Station NV Estate, Painted Horse Cuvèe, Outer Coastal Plain $14.99. Best Buy.
Complex aromas of clay, olive, leather, cocoa, and waxy pepper with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long dried raspberry, cherry, and coffee finish. (tasted on Aug-15-2010)
91 • The Crusher 2008 Grower's Selection, Petite Sirah, Clarksburg $12.99. Best Buy.|Next| |Find-a-Wine|
Purple black color. Rich blueberry pie, creme brulee, and mocha aromas with a fruity full body and a tangy citrus, apple, and earth finish. Richly flavored and stylish. (tasted on Aug-15-2010)