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94 • John Robert Eppler 2009 Todd Ranch, Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley $19. Cellar Selection. Best Buy.
Bold aromas and flavors of cranberry sauce, menthol-mint candy, and vanilla nut fudge with a rich, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a mouthwatering, chewy, tannin, dried currant and exotic spices and herbs. A phenomenal flavorful and exotic cabernet that is a steal for under $20. (tasted on Sep-12-2012)
94 • Journey's End 2008 Merlot, Stellenbosch $18.99. Best Buy.
Blackberry, dark cherry and boysenberry, rich dark soil, vanilla, brown spice, cherry compote and menthol lead to a velvety soft palate with a lingering, somewhat complex, haunting finish. Tannins are fine and integrated. Tastes like a Grand Cru right bank Bordeaux. (tasted on Sep-20-2012)
93 • Daniel Gehrs 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Coast $20. Best Buy.
Layered aromas of dried currants, spiced toffee, mocha, and dried meat with silky dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a superbly balanced jammy cherry, spiced apple, and earth accented finish. A delicious sipper or pair with a grilled pork or beef brisket. (tasted on Sep-26-2012)
93 • Cameron Hughes 2009 Lot 247, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley $18. Best Buy.
Depth garnet black color. Aromas of honeyed dried currant and blueberry tart with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a crisp, tangy red apple and baking spice accented finish. A fruity, elegantly styled cabernet for all occasions. (tasted on Sep-12-2012)
93 • Bordeleau NV Chambourcin, Maryland $18. Best Buy.
Rich spice box, grape leaf, blueberry-rhubarb pie, toffee, and sandalwood aromas with a tangy, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and tomato on the vine, spiced pear, and earth accented finish. A very classy and lively, savory red that will shine as a sipper or pair with prime rib. (tasted on Sep-25-2012)
92 • Cameron Hughes 2009 Lot 316, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley $20. Best Buy.
Dark ruby black color. Aromas of cherry-vanilla custard tart and honeyed nut brittle with a juicy, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy cranberry, peppered nuts and grassy earth finish. A delicious, vibrant cabernet for sipping but especially with Asian pork and beef dishes. (tasted on Sep-12-2012)
92 • J & J 2009 Malbec, Paso Robles $18. Best Buy.
Rich raisiny aromas of dried Montmorency cherries and toffee with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a juicy, pure fruit driven finish with well integrated tannins. This really nails the juiciness of malbec wit a nice dry twist. A super sipper or pair with lasagna and gourmet burgers. (tasted on Sep-26-2012)
92 • Zinopolis 2011 Zinfandel, California $18.99. Best Buy.
Rich berry pie, chocolate mousse and vanilla custard aromas with a vibrant fruity medium-to-full body and a lush, artfully balanced finish with spice and mineral notes playing with the fruit. A great zin for all occasions. (tasted on Sep-18-2012)
91 • Irony 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley $15.99. Cellar Selection. Best Buy.|Find-a-Wine|
Dark ruby black color. Bright aromas of cassis, mint cream, baking spices and praline with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and tangy, chewy citrus and cedar accented finish. A spot on everyday Napa cab. (tasted on Sep-12-2012)