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92 • Lynfred NV Cuvée Red, American $30.
Deep garnet color. Dense aromas of spicy dried blueberries and cranberries, buttermilk custard, and floral honeycomb and eucalyptus follow through on a round, silky entry to a fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body with great depth, balance,and layers of pepper, spice, and minerals. Finishes with a tangy, zesty and smooth tannin fade. A very nicely made table wine; pair with roasted pork. (tasted on Feb-10-2010)
92 • Dunham 2006 "Trutina" Red, Columbia Valley $26.
Deep violet color. Rich aromas of cassis pie, vanilla mint ice cream, toffee, and spice follow through on a round, supple entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with excellent depth, balance and layers of pencil shaving like minerality. Finishes in a long, tangy fade with fine, powdery tannins. A delicious, smooth red blend to pair with veal or pheasant. (tasted on Feb-10-2010)
91 • Tamayo Vineyards 2008 Estate Red Blend, Contra Costa County $15. Best Buy.
Deep violet color. Rich roasted coffee, toffee, and blackberry-blueberry pie aromas follow through on a smooth, satiny entry to a very fruity medium-to-full body with spicy cherry compote and nut notes. Finishes with a rich, tangy mocha and pink peppercorn accented fade with light tannins. A delicious crowd pleasing red that is a great value. Serve with bbq. (tasted on Feb-10-2010)
91 • Girardet 2008 Baco Noir, Umpqua Valley $25.
Dark garnet color. Aromas of boysenberry vanilla custard and roasted pepper follow through on a smooth, buoyant entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with roasted nut, cedar, and grilled apple and pineapple notes. Finishes with a long, juicy, lightly smoky fade with sleek tannins. A delicious, easy drinking sipper or table wine with nice complexity and style. (tasted on Feb-10-2010)
89 • Basalt Cellars 2006 "Rim Rock Red", Columbia Valley $18.
Deep garnet violet color. Bright boysenberry-blueberry cobbler and creamy vanilla aromas follow through on a round, supple entry to a fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body with very good intensity and weight. Finishes with a lingering, chewy oak and fruit tannin fade. A rock solid table wine to pair with roasted pork and veal dishes. (tasted on Feb-10-2010)
89 • Basalt Cellars 2006 "Bijou Rouge", Columbia Valley $26.
Deep violet color. Aromas of blackberry pie, sautéed peppers, and pencil shavings follow through on a round, supple entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with cracked pepper and spicy cherry chutney notes. Finishes with a nice toasted cedar accented fade. Nice use of wood, will pair with with smoke grilled steaks. (tasted on Feb-10-2010)
88 • Duck Pond 2007 "Red Blend", Wahluke Slope, Columbia Valley $15. Best Buy.
Nearly opaque violet color. Ripe aromas of cassis pie and praline follow through on a round entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with slate and mint cream notes. Finishes with a chewy, dusty oak tannin fade. A nice sipper or table wine to serve with gourmet Kobe burgers. (tasted on Feb-10-2010)
88 • Surfrider 2006 "Hang Ten Red", California $25.
Deep garnet color. Bright aromas of dried cherries and spice follow through on a round, satiny entry to a fruity medium- body with nice depth and tangy pepper, cocoa, and earth notes on the soft tannin finish. Tasty. (tasted on Feb-10-2010)
87 • Maryhill 2008 "Winemaker's Red", Columbia Valley $10.49. Best Buy.
Deep garnet purple color. Aromas of chocolate covered espresso bean, baked berries, and delicate cedar follow through on round, silky entry to a fruity medium body with good depth and a nice roasted red pepper accented finish with light, chewy tannins. (tasted on Feb-10-2010)
87 • Henry Estate 2007 "Henry the V", Umpqua Valley $25.|Find-a-Wine|
Interesting aromas of pickled okra, toasty cedar, and and tart berries follow through on a round entry to a dryish medium body with prominent pencil shaving notes and a crisp, powdery tannin fade. A pair with char-grilled lamb and pork. (tasted on Feb-08-2010)