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90 • Château Élan 2012 Reserve, "Scarlet", Yolo County $23.95.
Deep garnet purple color. Bright aromas of black raspberry jam, spiced chocolate chocolate, and praline with a supple, fruity medium-to-full body and a chewy, nut, plum and raisin paste accented finish. Very zinfandel-like and quite tasty. (tasted on Jan-13-2014)
89 • Auburn Road 2011 "Eidólon", Outer Coastal Plain $19.99.
Garnet color. Dense aromas of grilled tomatoes, char-roasted nuts, tar, and spicy gherkin with a supple, dryish medium body and a tart cranberry and sweet tobacco accented finish. A nice table wine; try with rabbit or grilled game. (tasted on Jan-16-2014)
89 • Coda Rossa 2011 "Super Tuscan", American $16. Best Buy.
Garnet color. Aromas of oven-dried tomato, herb bread, and chocolate craisin finish with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a nice sweet spice, cedar, and cherry compote finish with chewy oak tannins. An appetizing sipper or table wine. (tasted on Jan-16-2014)
88 • South Coast 2010 "Group Therapy", Temecula Valley $20.
Garnet color. Interesting aromas of cranberry compote, spiced cherries, and faint caramelized bacon with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a spiced melon, praline, menthol tobacco, and earth accented finish with light tannins. A very nice table wine that will be great with buffalo burgers and lamb. (tasted on Jan-13-2014)
88 • Auburn Road 2011 "Classico", Outer Coastal Plain $19.99. Cellar Selection.
Dark ruby color. Aromas of chocolate, roasted chestnuts, dried berries, bark and clay with a tangy medium body and a tomato, herb, cedar and earth finish with firm powdery tannins. Give this a year or two in the cellar. (tasted on Jan-16-2014)
88 • Heron Hill Winery NV "Game Bird Red", New York State $9.99. Best Buy.
Dark garnet black color. Aromas of polished cedar, pomegranate molasses, tomato vine, sweet spices, and clay with a fruity medium body and a dried sour cherry and honeycomb finish. A tasty, earthy sipper or table wine. (tasted on Jan-16-2014)
87 • Great Frogs 2012 "Watermen", Maryland $27.
Garnet purple color. Aromas of cherry-vanilla tart, bourbon barrel, and walnut nougat with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy cranberry, watermelon, oak spice, and earth accented finish. A little top heavy with oak. (tasted on Jan-16-2014)
86 • Coda Rossa 2011 "1526", New Jersey $16.
Garnet with a charcoal cast. Aromas of tomato jelly, buttery roasted nuts, and spicy mulberry compote with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy pomegranate, tomato leaf and earth accented finish. (tasted on Jan-16-2014)
85 • St. Clair NV Cab-Zin, New Mexico $12.|Find-a-Wine|
Garnet color. Aromas of cherry, raspberry and red grape jams with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, sweet citrus and nut finish. A refreshing carefree sipper. (tasted on Jan-20-2014)