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95 • Jarvis 2005 "Lake William Blend", Napa Valley $105.
Opaque garnet purple color. Deep aromas of dried berries, figs, bacon fat, fiddlehead fern, and caramelized nuts follow through on a rich entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-full body with touches of eucalyptus and delicate savory herbs. Finishes in a long, meaty accented fade with zesty peppery spice notes and fine tannins. The perfect choice for filet mignon or roasted duck. (tasted on Feb-08-2010)
95 • Bacchanal 2006 Puerta Dorada Vineyard, Rutherford, Napa Valley $48.
Deep purple color. Aromas of exotic peppercorns, eucalyptus, Asian spices, roasted soy beans, and melted toffee follow through on a round, supple entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with tangy berry fruit, tobacco and roasted nut flavors. Finishes in a long, juicy, mocha and peppery spice fade with chewy, balanced tannins. A delicious, balanced wine for sipping or paired with grilled pork or veal chops. (tasted on Feb-08-2010)
94 • Château Julien 2006 "La Conviviance", Monterey County $90.
Rich garnet color. Lovely aromas of toffeed chocolate rice bars and baking spices follow through on a round, supple entry to a dryish medium-to-full body with great depth and a tangy, lively, lightly meaty finish. A fun sipper or table wine to experiment with haute Asian cuisine. (tasted on Feb-08-2010)
94 • Jarvis 2008 "Will Jarvis' Science Project", Napa Valley $105.
Deep violet color. Aromas of roasted caramelized nuts, malted chocolate, and berry pie crust have a faint dried meat edge and follow through on a supple, soft entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with delicate roasted pepper and herb notes. Finishes in a long, cocoa-dusted berry and sandalwood accented fade with highly polished, elegant tannins. A complex, smooth, and satisfying red that will excel with prime rib. (tasted on Feb-08-2010)
94 • Ferrari-Carano 2006 Trésor, Sonoma County $58.
Deep garnet amethyst color. Aromas of roasted coffee and blackberry pie crust follow through on a graceful, smooth entry to a fruity-yet-dry medium-full body with sensational depth of flavor and layers of spice and chocolate. Finishes with a long, elegant tannin fade. A sumptuously textured and delicious wine for serve wit the finest cuts of meat. (tasted on Feb-10-2010)
92 • Brian Carter Cellars 2005 "Solesce", Yakima Valley $58.
Dark garnet color. Nice spicy cassis compote and vanilla custard aromas follow through on a rich, ripe entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-full body with loads of tangy, tart berry fruit and spice balanced by great pencil shaving like minerality and acidity. Finishes with a long, zesty fade. A delicious and appetizing red to pair with lamb. (tasted on Feb-08-2010)
91 • Brian Carter Cellars 2006 "Le Coursier", Columbia Valley $30. Cellar Selection.
Aromas of soft caramel and boysenberry crumble follow through on a round, supple entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with an interesting melange of savory cedar, dried meat, and spicy chutney notes. Finishes with long, fine tannin fade. A nicely structured red for the table or aging. Pair with elk or lamb. (tasted on Feb-08-2010)
91 • Lone Canary 2006 "Rouge", Columbia Valley $22.
Deep garnet violet. Aromas of dill pickle, caramel, and berry compote follow through on a round entry to a dryish medium-to-full body with good depth and smoothness. Finishes with a long marinated okra and earth accented fade. A tasty, earthy and seamless red for stews, roasts, and fajitas. (tasted on Feb-08-2010)
90 • Desert Wind 2007 "Ruah", Wahluke Slope, Columbia Valley $20.
Deep garnet violet color. Aromas of berries and creme caramel follow through on a soft, supple entry to a dryish medium-to-full body with a touch on eucalyptus and mint leaf. Finishes a long, spicy and earth accented fade. A well made red reminiscent of a Saint Emilion. (tasted on Feb-08-2010)
89 • Vina Robles 2007 "Suendero", Paso Robles $49.
Deep garnet purple color. Coffee and berry syrup aromas and flavors with great depth and long, juicy fine tannin fade. Serve with a well marbled steak. (tasted on Feb-08-2010)
89 • Langetwins Winery 2006 "Midnight Reserve", Lodi $32.
Garnet color. Lightly smoky aromas of charred pepper, deep fried pickle, and cassis pie crust, follow through on a supple entry to a dryish medium body with notes of pencil shavings and delicate peppery spice. Finishes in a smooth, tangy, chocolate covered berry and savory herb fade with chewy oak tannins. A lively, nicely structured table wine to pair with Latin flank steak dishes. (tasted on Feb-08-2010)
89 • Lone Canary 2005 Proprietors' Reserve, Yakima Valley $35.
Deep garnet black color is nearly opaque. Very distinct aromas of coconut meat, praline, marinated peppers, and clay follow through on round entry to a tangy medium body with spiced nuts and pink peppercorn notes. Finishes with a chewy tannin fade. Interesting and a nice balance of rusticity and elegance. Pair with venison. (tasted on Feb-08-2010)
89 • Alba 2007 "Heritage", Warren Hills $19.99.
Deep ruby garnet color. Spicy aromas of red berries, cedar, and cinnamon sugar follow through on a round, silky entry to dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with excellent depth and a tangy citrusy acidity. Finishes with a long, crisp, powdery tannin fade with a hint of nuts and herbs. A zesty, well balanced, very table friendly wine interestingly reminiscent of a Super Tuscan. (tasted on Feb-08-2010)
88 • Pend d'Oreille 2005 "L'Oeuvre" Reserve, Washington $28.
Garnet purple color. Aromas of dark berries and clay follow through on a supple entry to a dryish medium body with tart red and dark berry flavors and an earthy, nutty, chewy tannin finish. Pair with bison. (tasted on Feb-08-2010)
87 • Rotta Winery 2005 "Trinity", Paso Robles $35.|Find-a-Wine|
Deep, bright ruby color. Aromas of brown spices, lavender chocolate, sandalwood and warm berry compote follow through on a round, supple entry to a juicy, dry-yet-fruity medium body with nice tangy acidity. Finishes with a lively, soft tannin fade. A great sipper or table wine to pair with pasta dishes. (tasted on Feb-08-2010)