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94 • Viansa 2008 Primitivo, Sonoma Valley $35.
Deep ruby black color. Jammy aromas of dried raspberries and chocolate wafers with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a zesty pepper, pear, vanilla custard, and pickling spice accented finish. A delicious zin-like wine. (tasted on May-23-2011)
92 • Heitz 2008 Grignolino, Napa Valley $15. Best Buy.
Light ruby color. Beautiful aromas of ripe apricot, huckleberry pie, pink peppercorn, and incense with a spry, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy pomegranate granita, spiced apple, potpourri, and grassy earth accented finish. Hard to imagine a more fun and refreshing red sipper. (tasted on May-23-2011)
91 • Pend d'Oreille 2008 Coyote Canyon, Primitivo, Washington $28.
Garnet black color. Savory aromas of fresh dill and raspberry tart with a satiny dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth honey, pickle, watermelon rind, and spice accented finish. A delightfully different and appetizing red. (tasted on May-23-2011)
89 • Clif Family 2009 "The Climber" Red Wine, California $12. Best Buy.
Garnet purple color. Lush aromas of melted toffee, spicy boysenberry jam, and cedar with a silky medium-to-full body and a smooth, fruity mineral and oak finish. A very tasty sipper or table wine with great style and dimension. (tasted on Jun-04-2011)
87 • Alexander Valley Vineyards 2006 "Two Barrel", Alexander Valley $19.
Deep garnet black color. Aromas of craisin, pickled okra, and creamy nougat with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy dried citrus, baked apple, nutshell and earth finish. A good balance of fruit and savory notes for the table. (tasted on May-28-2011)
84 • St. Clair NV Cabernet Sauvignon-Zinfandel, New Mexico $12.|Find-a-Wine|
Medium ruby color. Attractive aromas of honey, cherry pie and smores with a fruity sweet medium body and a tangy baked apple, cocoa and spice finish. A zippy fruity red sipper. (tasted on May-27-2011)