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93 • Ramos Torres 2012 RVM, Madera County $22.
golden yellow color. Rich aromas of honey roasted pineapples, mangos, and apricots with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, toasty apple tart, lemon chiffon pie, and delicate spice finish. A rich, stylish sipper. (tasted on Jan-13-2014)
93 • Ramos Torres 2012 "Las Lomitas", Madera County $18. Best Buy.
Golden yellow color with an emerald cast. Aromas of creamy vanilla and coconut and roasted mangoes and peaches with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, exotic, tropical citrus and spice finish. Great integration of oak. Impressive. (tasted on Jan-13-2014)
91 • Hannah Nicole 2012 "Mt. Diablo White", Contra Costa County $38.
Pale golden silver color. Vibrant aromas of apple and peach strudels, five spice, and menthol mint with a satiny fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy melon, white toffee, and kiwi finish. Delicious, exotic, and well-balanced. (tasted on Jan-13-2014)
90 • Small House 2010 Red Blend, Columbia Valley $20.
Ruby color with red-brown brick rim. Aromas of chocolate cherry, orange blossom honey, craisin, mint, and a hint of peat moss with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long peppercorn medley and spiced pear finish. Delicious and very balanced, given its high alcohol. (tasted on Jan-13-2014)
90 • Hannah Nicole 2010 "Mt. Diablo Red", Contra Costa County $38.
Deep garnet black color. Enticing aromas of vanilla nut brittle, maple sugar, and black raspberry preserves with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a long, creamy chocolate, dusty carrot, and cedar nuanced finish. (tasted on Dec-30-2013)
90 • Maryhill 2012 "Aurelia", Columbia Valley $24.
Pale golden color. Aromas of melon, Asian pear, and delicate spices and spring flowers with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a creamy apple creme brulee, peppery spices, and Meyer lemon finish. Very tasty, elegant, and a fine choice for seafood. (tasted on Jan-13-2014)
89 • Ramos Torres 2012 "Rou Part Two", Madera County $22.
Golden color. Mild aromas of waxy honeycomb, grilled citrus, and stewed tropical fruits with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and pleasant spiced apple, lime, and starfruit finish. (tasted on Jan-13-2014)
85 • Monte De Oro 2010 Estate Grown, Cuvée de Oro, Temecula Valley $28.
Ruby black color. Aromas of melted wax, sautéed root vegetables, and dried berries with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a raisin box, salted nut, and green tomato accented finish. An earthy, savory table wine. (tasted on Dec-30-2013)
82 • Ramos Torres 2011 GMS, Madera County $25. Cellar Selection.|Find-a-Wine|
Dark ruby color. Aromas of floral plums, honeycomb, and tarragon with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tart spiced cherry, apple core, and rather gritty tannin finish. Pleasant flavors, but an awkward finish; perhaps will resolve with time. (tasted on Dec-30-2013)