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92 • Avalon 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, California $10. Best Buy.
Deep ruby color. Aromas of roasted peppers, cassis pie, and chocolate with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, blood orange, spice, and sour cherry accented finish. A nicely balanced and fruit forward cabernet that covers a lot of bases. (tasted on Sep-13-2013)
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)
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 • 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 • Bella Sera 2011 Pinot Noir, Provincia di Pavia IGT $8.99. Best Buy.|Find-a-Wine|
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)