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89 • La Playa 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Colchagua Valley $8. Best Buy. Sustainable Agriculture
Deep garnet. Aromas of bright red cherries, ripe strawberries, plums and red currants with vanilla, mint, chewy minerality and sassafras. Beautifully integrated tannins frame the fruit. Balanced and complex, true to the varietal. Fruit is at the core, but with excellent structure. (tasted on Sep-05-2013)
89 • Backhouse 2011 Merlot, California $7. Best Buy.
Deep ruby black color. Lightly smoky aromas and flavors of toffee and chocolate cherries with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a refreshing mango, peach, and spice finish. Very nice fruit medley. (tasted on Sep-05-2013)
88 • CK Mondavi 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, California $6.99. Best Buy.
Dark ruby color. Aromas of waxy honeycomb, sandalwood, and spice with a supple, fruity medium body and a toasty cedar and honeyed apple accented finish with woody tannins in support. A nice versatile cabernet. (tasted on Sep-13-2013)
88 • Twisted 2011 Merlot, California $7.99. Best Buy.
Crimson red with a purple rim. Aromas of black raspberry, morello cherry, licorice, mocha, roasted nuts and allspice. Soft round tannins frame the cherry-berry flavors with balanced acidity and a moderately long finish. Touch of dark spice and oak accent. Supple and fairly generous with a firm, dry finish. (tasted on Sep-03-2013)
88 • CK Mondavi 2011 Merlot, California $6.99. Best Buy.
Ruby color. Aromas of pickled cherries and tomatoes with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a cedar, nut, and spice accented finish. A fun flavorful, everyday sipper, or burger wine. (tasted on Sep-05-2013)
88 • Barefoot NV "Impression" Red Blend, California $6.99. Best Buy.
Deep garnet violet color. Aromas of cherries, blackberries, and spiced nuts with a silky, fruity medium body and a plush, fruit and cinnamon chocolate driven finish. Fruity, direct, and tasty. (tasted on Sep-18-2013)
87 • Redwood Creek 2011 Malbec, Mendoza $8. Best Buy.
Opaque Red. Aromas of black cherry, wild raspberry, mocha, mint, eucalyptus and cinnamon. Dusty tannins are framed by ripe fruit and minty freshness. Elegant and balanced style. Interesting style with the exotic eucalyptus notes and medium bodied style. Distinctive without having to be over the top. (tasted on Sep-06-2013)
87 • Redwood Creek NV Cabernet Sauvignon, California $8. Best Buy.
Ruby garnet color. Aromas of floral tea, blueberry cobbler, and spice with a silky, fruity medium body and apple-cherry sauce and chocolate nuts on the finish with powdery tannins. Nice and juicy. (tasted on Sep-13-2013)
87 • Barefoot NV Shiraz, California $6.99. Best Buy.
Dark garnet color. Mild aromas of dried berries and citrus and toast with a soft, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a juicy, black cherry and spice sprinkled finish. A very nice sipper or gourmet pizza wine. (tasted on Sep-18-2013)
86 • Barefoot NV Cabernet Sauvignon, California $6.99. Best Buy.
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of berry pie crust and praline with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy cherry, nut, and sweet cream accented finish. A solid sipper. (tasted on Sep-16-2013)
86 • Barefoot NV Merlot, California $6.99. Best Buy.|Find-a-Wine|
Aromas of chocolate strawberries, cherries, praline, and mocha with a fruity medium body and a vanilla pudding accented finish. A nice, fruity quaffer. (tasted on Sep-05-2013)