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95 • Daniel Gehrs 2007 Limited, Zinfandel, Russian River Valley $20. Best Buy.
Robust aromas of eucalyptus, pink peppercorn, and pomegranate sorbet with a rich, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a juicy, dried cherry, vanilla, and earth finish. A great claret styled zin for sipping or the table. (tasted on Oct-15-2011)
95 • Calcareous Vineyards 2009 "Twisted Sisters", Zinfandel, Paso Robles $20. Best Buy.
Rich black raspberry, cocoa, and pepper dust aromas with a silky fruity medium-to-full body and a long, zesty raisin and spice finish. Textbook rich California zin. (tasted on Oct-15-2011)
94 • The Crossings 2009 Pinot Noir, Marlborough $18.99. Best Buy.
Aromas of cocoa-dusted craisins and cherries, praline, and delicate spice with a rich, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a long, juicy berry and toffee finish. Absolutely delicious. (tasted on Oct-15-2011)
93 • Georges Duboeuf 2009 Fleurie $15.99. Best Buy.
Deep garnet color. Ripe chocolate covered raspberry and nut aromas with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium body and juicy, pencil shaving, apple skin and dried flower accented finish. An exceptionally pure, balanced and classically styled cru Beaujolais. (tasted on Sep-19-2011)
93 • Ramon Bilbao 2005 Reserva, Rioja $19.99. Best Buy.
Ruby black color. Mixed berry compote, chocolate buttercream, spice and incense aromas with a supple dryish medium body and a tart apple skin, olive, leather and citrus pith accented finish. A nice crisp, classic and balanced Rioja for the table. (tasted on Aug-22-2011)
93 • Josh Cellars 2009 Cabernet Sauvingnon, California $19.99. Best Buy.
Mocha, honeyed berries, spice, and clay aromas with silky fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a crispy bacon, cedar, and delicate herb accented finish. Rich an elegant. (tasted on Oct-15-2011)
93 • Ceja 2007 Vino de Casa Red Blend, Napa Valley $20. Best Buy.
Aromas of chocolate toffee, dill pickle, and berry compote with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, peppery spice and earth finish with chewy tannins. A nicely structured table wine. (tasted on Oct-15-2011)
93 • Daniel Gehrs 2010 Limited, Pinot Noir, Cienega Valley $20. Best Buy.
Aromas of tomato leaf, pomegranate, cocoa, and herb aromas with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium body and a long, nuanced incense and earth accented finish. A sophisticated table wine. (tasted on Oct-02-2011)
92 • Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier 2009 Shiraz, Victoria $17.99. Best Buy.
Chocolate cake and berry compote aromas with a supple fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, spicy, mint and eucalyptus accented finish with chewy tannins. A ripe, seriously structured table wine that will shine at the table. (tasted on Oct-15-2011)
92 • Lionello Marchesi 2009 Morellino di Scansano DOC $17.99. Best Buy.
Ruby color. Bright aromas of mocha, baked blackberry, graham cracker and spices with a silky fruity medium body and a juicy plum pudding and chocolate finish. A delicious and well structured table wine. (tasted on Sep-26-2011)
92 • Alba 2008 Estate, Chambourcin, Warren Hills $16.99. Best Buy.|Find-a-Wine|
Bright cranberry and marinated tomato aromas with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a chocolate covered cherry, boysenberry yogurt, and spice finish. Elegant and polished. (tasted on Oct-15-2011)