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94 • Jarvis 2004 "Lake William" Red, Napa County $115.
Complex and subtle aromas of roasted pepper, green olive, bacon, nuts and leather follow through perfectly on a soft supple entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-full body with a vibrant current of currants and plum underneath. Finishes with a long, stimulating fade with accents of baking spices and tilled earth. An exquisite table wine to pair with filet mignon. (tasted on Feb-09-2009)
92 • Five Star Cellars 2005 "Stellar", Walla Walla Valley $56.
Garnet color. Chocolate covered espresso bean, oiled teak, black cherry taffy aromas follow through on round, zesty entry to a dryish medium body with dried currant and chocolate apple fondue notes. Finishes with bright cherry skin, mint tea, and mocha fade with super fine, talc-like tannins. An attractive, zesty, and balanced wine to serve with a variety of spicy beef or lamb dishes. (tasted on Feb-09-2009)
92 • Prix 2005 Reserve Mélange Red Table Wine, Napa Valley $75. Kosher
Aromas of coconut creamy pie, currant, eucalyptus, and delicate follow through on a supple, soft entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with good depth and balance. Finishes with a long, pure, fruit,toffee, and mineral driven finish. A delicious and poised wine reminiscent of a fine right bank Bordeaux wine with an American twist. (tasted on Feb-09-2009)
92 • Des Voigne Cellars 2006 "Solea" Red Wine, Red Mountain $30.
Garnet color. Interesting aromas of toasted coconut, baked berries and peppercorns follow through on a supple entry to a dryish medium body with dried currant, prune, and dusty spice notes. Finishes with a round, mellow toffeed fade. A polished elegant table wine. (tasted on Feb-16-2009)
91 • Carmichael 2006 "Satisfaction", Napa Valley $39.99.
Creamy chocolate, pomegranate, oily praline, and lavender aromas follow through on a supple, lively entry to a dryish medium body with eucalyptus and cassis notes. Finishes in a tangy cherry skin and spiced apple fade with powdery tannins. Nice balance, complexity and drinkability. (tasted on Feb-09-2009)
91 • Woodward Canyon 2006 "Estate Red", Walla Walla Valley $59.
Dark garnet color. Reserved aromas of berry compote, wax, pork rind, chocolate covered nuts, and white pepper follow through on a supple, plush entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with great balance and smoothness. Finishes with a long, evolving fade of peppery spice, leather, and cocoa dusted berries. (tasted on Feb-09-2009)
90 • Lone Canary 2005 DuBrul Vineyard Reserve, Yakima Valley $35.
Bright aromas of plum, bacon fat, vanilla, coconut cream, and nougat follow through on a soft, silky entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with deep fruity and a long tangy citrus custard accented fade. (tasted on Feb-09-2009)
89 • Biltmore Estate NV "Cardinal's Crest" Red, American $12.99. Best Buy.
Deep garnet color. Aromas of orange buttercream frosting and berry pie follow through on a breezy entry to a fruity-yet-dry medium body with tangy black cherry and apple skin notes. Finishes with a pleasant fade of dried berries, nougat, flint, and spice. A fun sipper or pizza wine. (tasted on Feb-09-2009)
89 • Midnight Cellars 2004 "Mare Nectaris" Reserve Red, Paso Robles $44.
Aromas of oily nuts, melted toffee, leather, crushed mint, and beeswax follow through on a round entry to a dryish medium-to-full body with mulberry and honey notes. Finishes in a crisp, juicy and nutskin-like tannin fade. Very attractive and refreshing. (tasted on Feb-09-2009)
89 • Tsillan Cellars 2005 "Bellissima Rossa", Columbia Valley $28.
Deep garnet color. Bacon, spumoni ice cream and spice aromas and flavors with a spicy sandalwood and mint accented on the zesty fade. A lovely sipper. (tasted on Feb-09-2009)
89 • O'Brien Estate 2006 "Seduction", Napa Valley $45.
Melted chocolate rice crispy bar and coffee and cream aromas follow through on a supple, round entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with caramel apple skin, toasted nuts, and spice. Finishes in a zest, peppery chewy tannin fade. A touch confected and hot but very nice. (tasted on Feb-09-2009)
88 • Pend d'Oreille 2005 "L'Oeuvre" Reserve, Washington $28.
Deep garnet color. Creamy mocha, sage, and currant pie aromas follow through on a supple entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with pomegranate and blueberry notes. finishes with a cream, spice, and toffee accented fade. (tasted on Feb-09-2009)
88 • Surfrider 2005 "Surfrider Red", Malibu-Newton Canyon $29.
Beguiling aromas of eucalyptus, blueberry, pomegranate and creamy cocoa follow through on a soft, silky entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with bright sour cherry and plum fruit and a crisp, pepper and mossy earth accented fade. A great choice for spicy lamb tagine. (tasted on Feb-09-2009)
88 • Heron Hill 2004 "Eclipse" Red, New York State $15.99.
Garnet color. Root beer, pepper, and berry pie crust aromas follow through on a brisk entry to a dryish medium body with grilled pepper and mulberry notes. Finishes with a spicy cherry, mint water, and apple tobacco accented fade. (tasted on Feb-09-2009)
87 • Desert Wind 2006 "Ruah", Wahluke Slope, Columbia Valley $20.
Melted toffee aromas and flavors with a sour cherry yogurt, roasted nut and spicy poached apple notes. Finishes with a zesty crisp fade. Supple and silky. (tasted on Feb-09-2009)
84 • Zina Hyde Cunningham 2004 "Cepage" Red Wine, Lake County $34. Cellar Selection.
Aromas of raisins, nuts and mossy tree bark follow through on a supple entry to a dryish medium body with pink peppercorn, spice and craisin notes. Finishes with a firm dusty nutskin tannin fade. Needs a little time. (tasted on Feb-09-2009)
83 • Rotta Winery 2004 "Trinity", Paso Robles $35.|Find-a-Wine|
Deep ruby black color. Aromas of sautéed and pickles and baked raisins follows through on a brisk entry to a dryish light-to-medium body with chocolate covered cherry and cranberry notes. Finishes quickly with dusty tannin fade. (tasted on Feb-09-2009)