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91 • J & J 2009 Merlot, Paso Robles $18. Best Buy.
Aromas of mocha and blackberry gelatos with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, plum, cocoa, nuts and peppery spice accented finish. A very nicely balanced merlot with great varietal character and judicious oak. Enjoy on its own or with spicy roasted pork. (tasted on Sep-20-2012)
91 • Brazin 2009 (B)old Vine, Zinfandel, Lodi $16.99. Best Buy.
Attractive chocolate pudding, toasty nougat, and raspberry jam aromas with a tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a juicy toasted coconut, dried cherry, and spice finish with fine tannins. A deliciously appealing and vibrant zin for sipping or pizza. (tasted on Sep-19-2012)
91 • Four Vines 2010 "Maverick", Zinfandel, Amador County $19.
Aromas of raspberry custard pie, cocoa, and nougat with a silky fruity, medium-to-full body and a juicy, nut, apple, raisin and earth accented finish. A ripe, balanced zin that will work well with roasted poultry. (tasted on Sep-18-2012)
91 • Stein Family Wines 2007 "Just Joshin", Tempranillo, Sierra Foothills $15. Best Buy.
Baked cherry, ripe black plums verging on prunes, raspberry jam, figs, cola and deep rich soil lead to a velvety rich palate ranging from perfectly ripe fruit and cola, silky tannins and a long, complex finish. Textbook Tempranillo. (tasted on Sep-25-2012)
90 • Oveja Negra 2010 Single Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Maule Valley $16. Best Buy.
Black raspberry, ripe dark cherries, damson plums, cassis and vanilla bean with crushed boysenberry and brown spice unfold into a svelt full body, well balanced and long. Fairly complex and voluptuous without being over the top. A juicy style of cabernet. (tasted on Sep-19-2012)
90 • Bogle 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, California $11. Best Buy.
Deep aromas of currants, olives, chocolate and clay with a tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a lively pomegranate, mineral and spice finish. Nice complexity, varietal character and vibrancy. A rock solid value. (tasted on Sep-11-2012)
90 • J & J 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles $19.
Aromas of berry pie a la mode and dill pickle with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, craisin, cedar, and spiced coconut finish with powdery tannins. Put this down for a year or two for even better results. (tasted on Sep-25-2012)
90 • ONEHOPE 2010 Merlot, California $13.99. Best Buy.
Aromas and flavors of berry creme brulee and toffee with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a juicy spiced cherry and citrus driven finish. A delicious, zesty, fruit-forward merlot that is sure to please. (tasted on Sep-18-2012)
90 • Frey 2011 Organic, Pinot Noir, Mendocino $17. Best Buy. Certified Organic
Rich spice cake, salted caramel chocolate, and raspberry compote aromas with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and an intriguing, agave-like herb, nut and roasted pineapple, and craisin accented finish. A great choice for Latin beef dishes. (tasted on Sep-19-2012)
90 • ONEHOPE 2011 Zinfandel, California $15.99. Best Buy.
Aromas of roasted nuts and berry pie crust with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a juicy, tangy craisin, cocoa, and spice finish. A delicious zin that will go great with most meat dishes. (tasted on Sep-18-2012)
90 • Bodini 2012 Malbec, Mendoza $13. Best Buy.
Cherries, lingonberries, boysenberries, licorice, vanilla, mocha, dark soil and a hint of lavender lead to a complex palate balancing between the floral and berry packed fruit. Acid is exceptionally balanced, tannins soft and finish consistent with the nose and mid-palate. (tasted on Sep-18-2012)
90 • Irony 2010 Merlot, Napa Valley $13.99. Best Buy.
Lush plum pudding and berry bread aromas with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, spicy, boysenberry, nut, and mineral finish with nice chewy tannins. Excellent balanced and vibrant for sipping or paired Asian beef dishes. (tasted on Sep-20-2012)
90 • Noble Vines 2010 337, Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi $14.99. Best Buy.
Aromas of chocolate covered espresso bean and dried currant with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, sour cherry and honey roasted nut and a chewy tannin finish. Nice smoothness and balance; will be very flexible at the table. (tasted on Sep-25-2012)
90 • HandCraft 2010 Pinot Noir, California $14.99. Best Buy.
Aromas and flavors of warm tapioca, fresh English toffee, and chocolate covered cherries with a silky fruity medium-to-full body and a well rounded and balanced watermelon accented finish. Tasty and very versatile. (tasted on Sep-19-2012)
90 • Gnarly Head 2010 Old Vine, Zin, Lodi $11.99. Best Buy.
Spicy fruit cake, raspberry butter on rye, and faint dried meat aromas with a silky fruity medium-to-full body and a juicy choke cherry jam finish with balancing fine tannins. A stellar pizza wine or pair with holiday turkey and sweet potatoes. (tasted on Sep-19-2012)
90 • Casa Larga 2009 Pinot Noir, Finger Lakes $14.99. Best Buy.
Earthy black raspberry, crushed cherry, wild mushrooms, dried boysenberry, damson plums and Autumn leaves funk lead to a silky, sexy palate and if not long, perfectly balanced finish. Sure to turn a new world Pinot lover into an old world pinot lover. (tasted on Sep-11-2012)
89 • La Posta 2010 Cocina, Malbec, Mendoza $15. Best Buy.
Deep garnet violet color. Savory aromas of herbal pickled tomatoes peppers and carrots and cranberry sorbet with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and tangy, cherry, sweet spice and cedar accented finish. A fun flavorful sipper or table wine to pair with chimichurri steaks. (tasted on Sep-18-2012)
89 • Desert Wind 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley $18.
Black currant, black cherry, raspberry, vanilla, cloves, cigar box, coffee grounds and garden soil on the nose with a well balanced palate and finish. Classic cassis flavors with a touch of spice and generous wood carry through to the finish. (tasted on Sep-25-2012)
89 • Bogle 2009 Essential Red, California $11. Best Buy.
Aromas of cranberry bread, honeycomb, and mocha with supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a chewy, cherry and peppery spice finish with chewy tannins. A well structured red that will shine with roasted meats. (tasted on Sep-13-2012)
89 • Bogle 2010 Petite Sirah, California $11. Best Buy.|Next| |Find-a-Wine|
Layered aromas of creamy nougat, chocolate mousse and red berry tart have a nice meaty edge with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a juicy apple, cranberry and dusty tannins. A nice old school petit sirah that is drinking nicely; pair with pot roast. (tasted on Sep-20-2012)