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94 • R&B Cellars NV "The Improviser" Vintner's Red Blend, California $17. Best Buy.
Opaque garnet violet color. Layered aromas of pomegranate chutney, dried blueberries and sour cherries, and mild Asian spices with a supple, fruity medium-to-full body and a long, chewy, juicy, ripe fruit and white chocolate toffee driven finish with velvety tannins. A superb sipper or table wine that will be great with spicy lamb. (tasted on Sep-18-2013)
93 • Maryhill 2010 Barbera, Columbia Valley $16.95. Best Buy.
Opaque with a deep purple rim. Aromas of chocolate, black raspberry, licorice, caramel, strawberry truffles and vanilla bean. Generous raspberry and plum flavors with soft tannins and a broad and balanced finish. Even a note of truffles adds overall complexity. Impressive. (tasted on Sep-19-2013)
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 • Maryhill 2010 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley $16.95. Best Buy.
Ruby color. Rich aromas of chocolate, beet, herb, and berry pie with a supple dryish medium body and a savory roasted carrot and spiced nut finish. A lovely very balanced table wine with a great Old World character. (tasted on Sep-19-2013)
92 • Brassfield Estate 2011 "Eruption", High Valley $18.99. Best Buy.
Violet color. High-toned aromas of mocha, roasted nuts, and toasty blueberry cobbler with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a long menthol-mint, dried wild strawberry, cedar, and earth nuanced finish with fine, balancing acidity and tannins. A superb sipper or table wine that will excel with lamb and short rib. (tasted on Sep-18-2013)
94 • R&B Cellars 2012 "Swingsville", Zinfandel, Contra Costa $17. Best Buy.
Opaque violet color. Dense and rather outrageous aromas of mulberry pie and beefy pot roast (with carrots and roasted potatoes!) with a satiny, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a long, vanilla pudding, Asian spice, menthol, and chocolate mint nuanced finish. Quite unlike any other zin we've tasted, but somehow this exotica all comes together and is utterly fascinating. Serve with Asian beef and Indian goat dishes. (tasted on Sep-06-2013)
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 • Zinopolis 2012 Zinfandel, California $18.99. Best Buy.
Deep garnet color. Bold aromas of Montmorency cherries, boysenberries, and violet candy with a satiny medium-to-full body and a long, mouthwatering raspberry jam, nut, and peppery spice finish. A robust, balance, sensationally flavorful zin that hits all the right notes. (tasted on Sep-06-2013)
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 • Daniel Gehrs 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Coast $20. Best Buy.|Find-a-Wine|
Deep garnet black color. Powerful aromas and flavors of chocolate espresso bean, mint, eucalyptus, and dried berries with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, herb, spice, and blood orange accented finish and fine tannins. Very unique and table friendly, serve with exotic game dishes. (tasted on Sep-16-2013)