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96 • Weibel Family NV Almond Sparkling Grape Wine, California $11. Best Buy.
Shimmering golden yellow color with a delicate bubbly rim. Aromas of fresh marzipan and spicy pear tart with a frothy, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a long, zesty honeyed kiwi, real Maraschino cherry, and almond torte finish. This is amazingly delicious, clean and pure and a dessert on it's own, but with vanilla bean gelato and a bit of pound cake,heavenly. Cocktail possibilities abound too. (tasted on Sep-18-2013)
93 • Ozzie Ba Ru 2006 Shiraz, Hunter Valley $17.95. Cellar Selection. Best Buy.
Opaque with a brick rim. Aromas of wild raspberry, dried plum, dusty cherry, figs, pomegranate, tomato jam, thyme, old Encyclopedia and toffee. Firm, but integrated tannins. Fruit is rich, ripe, complex and on the verge of funky, but is on that last day you can still eat a fresh fruit before it goes off the edge. Secondary aromas and flavors with layers of silky complexity. Complex and satisfying. (tasted on Sep-16-2013)
93 • Glenora 2012 Gewürztraminer, Finger Lakes $14.99. Best Buy.
Pale golden color. Bright aromas of rose petals, lychee and apple are classic with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, citrus and stone fruit driven finish with a nice wisp of minerality. A superb, mouthwatering gewurztraminer. (tasted on Sep-16-2013)
92 • Taylors 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley $17. Best Buy.
Opaque with a ruby rim. Aromas of blackberry, black plum, dark earth, coffee, red bell pepper, cherry skin, dark chocolate, cloves and vanilla. Big, rich and robust flavors of chewy black cherries, cocoa vanilla and dark earth. Has a hint of vegetal sweet peppers, menthol, and tomato leaf. A touch boozy, but savory, well-balanced, and delicious. (tasted on Sep-16-2013)
92 • Ti Point 2012 Pinot Noir, Marlborough $19.99. Best Buy.
Deep ruby red with a light red rim. Aromas of red cherries, raspberries and plums with beets and vanilla spice cake. Silky and voluptuous with the flavors of the fruits on the nose framed with a touch of earthy spice. Balanced and classic, long cherry-mushroom-spice Pinot Noir finish. Very classy. (tasted on Sep-19-2013)
92 • Concannon 2011 Selected Vineyards, Petite Sirah, California $10. Best Buy.
Deep cherry red with a velvet rim. Aromas of sweet red cherries, Damson plums, black raspberry, vanilla bean and creme caramel. Ripe, luscious flavors of wild strawberries, black raspberries and crushed blackberries with ripe tannins and vanilla. Over the top flavors, silky and balanced. Finish is fruit forward without lots of complexity. (tasted on Sep-17-2013)
92 • Johnson Estate 2012 Freelings Creek Reserve, Semi-Dry, Riesling, Lake Erie $12.99. Best Buy.
Silvery straw green color. Aromas of lemon spritzed apple, chalk, and dried lime with a fruity medium body and a jazzy peach and kiwi driven finish with nice fruit tannins and minerality. A dead ringer for a fine German riesling. (tasted on Sep-17-2013)
91 • Taltarni 2009 Three Monks, Cab-Merlot-Petit Verdot, Victoria $19.
Ruby red with a brick rim. Aromas of cola, black raspberries, licorice, blackberry jam, root beer and black cherry soda. Dry with dusty tannins and light fruit flavors. Cherry leads the flavors with a balanced finish. (tasted on Sep-16-2013)
91 • Axel 2011 Syrah, Limari Valley $20. Sustainable Agriculture
Opaque with a deep red rim. Aromas of dark earth, coffee, cracked peppercorns, black currants, stewed plums, wild black raspberries, roasted meat and blackberries. Rich and robust flavors of dry blackberry jam, dried cherries and chewy licorice. Seamless tannins provide excellent structure to the rich, opaque fruit. Touch of black pepper adds an overall zestiness. (tasted on Sep-16-2013)
91 • Line 39 2011 Merlot, Central Coast $10. Best Buy.
Deep garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of honeyed berries and nut have a hint of bacon with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a nice dash of roasted citrus, apple, and cedar on the finish. A very well balanced, flavorful, and pure merlot. (tasted on Sep-16-2013)
91 • Pacific Redwood 2012 Organic, Syrah, Redwood Valley $12.99. Best Buy. Certified Organic
Garnet violet color. Bright aromas and flavors of honeyed raspberries, vanilla bean, and peppercorns with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, juicy exotic spice and sandalwood accented finish with chewy appetizing tannins. Very nice purity and balance of flavor. (tasted on Sep-18-2013)
91 • Alias 2011 Secret Agent Red, California $8.99. Best Buy.
Ruby with a red brick rim. Aromas and flavors of spicy blueberry cobbler, chocolate mint, and pomegranate chutney are rich and enticing with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a zesty lime curd, spiced apple, cedar, and toffee accented finish. A delicious go-to red wine that delivers impressive complexity and style for the price. (tasted on Sep-18-2013)
90 • Taylors 2012 Chardonnay, Clare Valley $17. Best Buy.
Pale straw with emerald notes. Aromas of pineapple, yellow apple, sweet vanilla and a faint clove spice from a generous dose of new French Oak. Flavors of apples, pear, yellow plums and lemon integrate beautifully with vanilla kissed oak. Subtle acidity, but well balanced and elegant. New world freshness with old world finesse. (tasted on Sep-16-2013)
90 • Taylors 2013 Riesling, Clare Valley $17. Best Buy.
Pale straw with glints of platinum. Aromas of Golden pineapple, ginger, papaya and candied red grapefruit. Dry, but with rich fruit flavors of ripe pear, exotic melons and papaya. Crisp and balanced finish with a touch of minerality. (tasted on Sep-16-2013)
90 • La Playa 2011 Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc, Colchagua Valley $12/375 ml. Best Buy. Sustainable Agriculture
Medium gold. Aromas of ripe pineapple, honeycomb, candied ginger, dried mango and salt water taffy. Ripe and luscious with beautiful balance. Finish is long and complex with layers of ripe fruit and washed rind cheese, ginger and cake icing. Well balanced, concentrated and complex. (tasted on Sep-16-2013)
90 • BEX 2011 Riesling, Nahe $10. Best Buy.
Light gold. Aromas of yellow watermelon, pineapple, ginger, creek stone, honeycomb and petrol. Off dry with flavors of luscious peaches, mango, sweet lemon, honeycrisp apples and quince. Minerally from aroma to flavor to finish adds complexity and exceptional balance to the long finish. Complex and delicious. (tasted on Sep-18-2013)
90 • Bella Sera 2011 Pinot Noir, Provincia di Pavia IGT $8.99. Best Buy.
Deep ruby red with a light brick red rim. Aromas of red cherries, wild strawberries, raspberries, crimini mushrooms, vanilla, brown spice and Autumn leaves. Silky, but toothsome tannins with cherry-berry flavors framed with earthy mushrooms, sweet vanilla, baking spice and refreshing acidity. Beautifully balanced with a long finish. (tasted on Sep-19-2013)
90 • White Rose Poem NV White Wine, Moldova $11.99. Best Buy.
Rich golden with exotic aromas of incense, honeycomb, iris, orange blossom, white roses, baked quince, yellow plum and patchouli. Complex flavors reflect the nose. Excellent sweet-acid balance. Long, exotic finish with layer upon layer of aroma and flavor unfolding. Fascinating. Keeps going and going. (tasted on Sep-16-2013)
90 • Ti Point 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough $16.99. Best Buy.
Platinum yellow. Aromas of white grapefruit, jalapeño, lemon, green papaya and lime zest. Zesty flavors of lime, papaya, touch of jalapeño and citrus salad. Finishes with consistent fruit flavors and citrus. Nice depth and refinement. (tasted on Sep-18-2013)
90 • Maryhill 2010 Sangiovese, Columbia Valley $16.95. Best Buy.|Next| |Find-a-Wine|
Deep ruby red. Aromas of blackberry, boysenberry, vanilla and lingonberry. Soft, but toothsome tannins with flavors of pomegranate, plums and lingonberry. Pure and direct sangiovese flavors that are very appealing and versatile. (tasted on Sep-19-2013)