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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 • 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)
92 • Echeverria 2007 Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Curico Valley$10.90. Best Buy.
Deep garnet color. Spicy blueberry-vanilla custard pie, waxy honeycomb, and toffee. Supple and silky with a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body. Crisp and lively on the finish with tart dried berries and apples, cocoa powder, sweet spices, clay and cedar cigar box notes. Excellent complexity and deft use of oak make this a pleasure to sip or pair with steaks. (tasted on Sep-13-2010)
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 • 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)
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)
88 • Aconga 2009 Chenin Blanc-Chardonnay, Mendoza $3.99. Best Buy.
Pale golden color. Aromas of apple pie, lemon blossoms and sweet potato. Soft with a dry-yet-fruity medium body. Crisp green apple and crunchy nectarine finish. A refreshing sipper. (tasted on Sep-13-2010)
88 • Landshut 2009 Riesling, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer $4.99. Best Buy.
Interesting aromas of mild lemon buttercream, pistachio nougat, and peach jam with crisp fruity sweet medium body and a tangy orange zest and slightly smoky mineral finish. Tasty. (tasted on Sep-27-2010)
88 • Silver Birch 2009 New Zealand, Marlborough $23.99/3L Cask.|Find-a-Wine|
Aromas of Manuka honey, citrus marmalade, and boiled peppers with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a tart, citrus zest and wet grass finish. Nice jazzy varietal character and intensity. (tasted on Sep-20-2010)