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92 • Quasar 2007 "Perfecto", Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Valley$19.90. Cellar Selection. Best Buy.
Deep ruby black color. Aromas of melted toffee, cherry yogurt, strawberry custard, herb roasted tomato, pencil and clay. Round and silky with a rich, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body. Finishes with a long interplay of dried berries, spicy oak, and earthy herbal notes under an umbrella on fine chewy tannins. A great table wine that will sing with well marbled steaks. (tasted on Sep-13-2010)
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)
90 • Rietvallei 2008 Estate, Shiraz-Petit Verdot-Viognier, Robertson $16. Best Buy.
Deep garnet color. Aromas of black cherry custard, herbed cheese rind, dried tomato and peach with a round, juicy fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, tangy chocolatey finish. A very sexy and satisfying crowd pleaser. (tasted on Sep-20-2010)
89 • Oveja Negra 2009 Reserva, Cabernet Franc-Carmenère, Maule Valley $12. Best Buy.
Deep garnet purple color. Deep aromas of cassis-cranberry pie, bacon chocolate, eucalyptus, cola and spice box. Round and silky with a ripe fruity medium-to-full body. Spiced plum, lingonberry, and dusty earthy notes round out nicely with crisp, powdery tannins. (tasted on Sep-13-2010)
89 • Org de Rac 2005 Family Reserve, Shiraz, Swartland $16.99. Organically Grown Grapes-Certified Organic
Opaque garnet color. Dense and somewhat shy honey roasted nut, blueberry pie and blackberry yogurt aromas. Round and chewy with a dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tangy citrus, spice and cedar accented finish with dusty tannins. A very nice choice for Asian beef dishes. (tasted on Sep-20-2010)
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 • Ambiente 2009 Malbec, Mendoza $5.99. Best Buy.
Aromas of vanilla, sweet grass, cherry-berry pie, and caramelized bacon. Soft and lush with a fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body. Seamless honeyed citrus, sandalwood and spice kissed finish with soft powdery tannins. Very tasty with serious structure to boot. (tasted on Sep-13-2010)
88 • Oveja Negra 2009 Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon-Syrah, Maule Valley $12. Best Buy.
Deep ruby color. Soft aromas of blackberry and cherry coulis have a hint of grassy mint. Soft and round with a fruity-yet-dry medium body and a supple, tangy finish. A nice sipper or pair with gourmet burgers. (tasted on Sep-13-2010)
88 • Oveja Negra 2009 Reserva, Carmenère-Merlot, Maule Valley $12. Best Buy.
Deep garnet color. Aromas of coconut creme brulee and toasted black raspberry danish. Soft and silk with a fruity-yet-dry medium body. Finishes very smoothly with a touch of cedar and superfine fruit tannins. A delightful sipper or pair with steak fajitas. (tasted on Sep-13-2010)
88 • Café Juno 2008 Malbec, Western Cape $11. Best Buy.
Deep garnet purple color. Interesting aromas of smoked nuts, berry compote, tomato sauce, and celery salt with a juicy fruity medium body and a cedar, cocoa, and sweet spice finish. A tangy, tasty crowd pleaser. (tasted on Sep-20-2010)
88 • Beyerskloof 2009 Pinotage, Stellenbosch $10.99. Best Buy.
Garnet color. Dark chocolate covered sour cherries, coffee, and toffee with a round, chewy dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a dusty cedar and spiced apple finish. A nice wine for roasts. (tasted on Sep-20-2010)
88 • Org de Rac 2006 Shiraz, Swartland $14.50. Best Buy. Organically Grown Grapes-Certified Organic
Deep garnet black color. Baked berries, spiced nut, and flower bed earth aromas with a crisp, round, dryish medium body and a tart rhubarb, toffee finish with dusty tannins. (tasted on Sep-20-2010)
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 • Zamarro 2009 Malbec-Bonarda, Mendoza $3.99. Best Buy.
Deep garnet color. Aromas of berries on honeyed granola and crispy bacon. Round and supple with a fruity medium-to-full body. Chocolate covered sour cherry and apple sauce notes on the soft, smooth finish. A very fruity red that will go well with bbq. (tasted on Sep-13-2010)
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 • Ambiente 2009 Merlot, Mendoza $5.99. Best Buy.
Garnet color. Aromas of plum pudding and toffeed nuts. Supple with a dry-yet-fruity medium body. Tart black currant, spiced apple, cedar, and slate finish with crisp, chewy tannins. (tasted on Sep-13-2010)
86 • Nbed 2gether 2009 "Dream Easy Red", Mendoza $9.99. Best Buy. Fair Trade Certified|Next| |Find-a-Wine|
Aromas of raspberry-cherry jam, sassafras, and apple crisp. Round and supple with a fruity-yet-dry medium body. Smooth and spicy on the finish with a hint of lemon marmalade and fresh grassy herbs. Tasty. (tasted on Sep-13-2010)