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91 • Stinas Cellars 2008 Petite Verdot, Washington $20.
Deep purple color. Aromas of dried berries and tomatoes, pink peppercorn, waxy honeycomb and clay with a supple fruity medium-full and a tangy, richly layered, fruit driven finish. A sumptuous table wine to pair with braised meats. (tasted on Oct-15-2010)
89 • Old Hands 2008 Organic, Monastrell, Yecla $12.99. Cellar Selection. Best Buy. Organically Grown Grapes-Certified Organic
Aromas of dried orange, lavender talc, sappy pine, and creamy chocolate fudge with a a supple dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp raw cranberry and green tomato finish with pithy, clinging tannins. (tasted on Sep-27-2010)
88 • Red Guitar 2008 Old Vine, Tempranillo-Garnacha, Navarra $13. Best Buy.
Chocolate covered espresso bean, crispy bacon, cedar, and blackberry compote aromas with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, tangy and vanilla sprinkled, toasty oak finish. Very tasty; pair with gourmet burgers. (tasted on Sep-27-2010)
88 • Pagos de Negredo 2005 Estate Grown, Crianza, Arlanza $15. Best Buy.
Chocolate covered cranberries, warm buttercream, crayon, and pickling spice aromas with a supple fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a spiced apple, roasted nut, peach marmalade and cedar accented finish. Nice complexity and style. (tasted on Sep-27-2010)
87 • Bodegas Orborne NV SEVEN Red Table Wine, Spain $21.99/3L Cask.
Dense aromas of warm blackberry-blueberry custard with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a creamy vanilla and roasted cherry and apple finish with powdery tannins. A tasty burger wine. (tasted on Sep-27-2010)
87 • Crin Roja 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon-Syrah, Vino de Castilla $7.99. Best Buy.
Aromas of black raspberry, dried flowers, bay leaf, and chocolate covered cherries with a round dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp, mocha, smoky oak, and pomegranate finish. (tasted on Sep-27-2010)
87 • Pagos de Negredo 2007 Estate Grown, Joven Roble, Arlanza $10. Best Buy.
Interesting aromas and flavors of sundried tomato, peach-orange cake, menthol-eucalyptus, and lavender talc with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp, roasted root vegetable, balsamic and earth accented finish. A savory treat to pair with roasts. (tasted on Sep-27-2010)
86 • Vega Real 2007 Roble, Ribera del Duero $10. Best Buy.
Aromas of pork skin and fat, cedar, clay, and dried blackberries with a round and silky dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, tart green apple and spicy pomegranate finish with firm tannins. Pair with grilled game. (tasted on Sep-27-2010)
84 • Trevini 2008 Merlot-Primitivo, Tarantino $12.99.
Deep garnet black color. Mild dried cherry and leather aromas with a tart medium body and a lightly pithy cedary finish. (tasted on Oct-15-2010)
84 • Almaden NV Pinot Noir Burgundy, Macedonia $8/1.5 L.
Ruby black color. Aromas of honeyed nougat, dried tomato, and orange-peach marmalade on rye toast with a round, crisp dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tart pomegranate and spicy poached apple finish. (tasted on Sep-27-2010)
83 • Pinot Evil NV Pinot Noir, Hungary $21.99/3L Cask.
Ruby with a red brick rim. Intriguingly spicy aromas of sandalwood, floral incense, cranberry sauce, and sweet pickled peppers with a crisp dryish light-to-medium body and a crunchy crabapple, edible flower, and nectarine pit accented finish. Different; try with pasta. (tasted on Sep-27-2010)
83 • Tienen Duende 2009 Red Blend, Campo de Borja $8.99.
Spicy blueberry and chocolate aromas with a soft fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, vanilla, apple peel, and nutty oak kissed finish with firm, chewy tannins. (tasted on Sep-27-2010)
81 • E-Z (EASY) NV Pinot Noir-Dornfelder, Rhienhessen $5.99.|Find-a-Wine|
Ruby color. Aromas of cherry-raspberry jam, honey roasted nut brittle, and subtle pickled beets with a soft fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy candied apple and smoked nut finish. (tasted on Sep-27-2010)