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93 • Château Julien 2007 Private Reserve, Malbec, Monterey County $38.
Deep garnet color. Aromas of cherry cobbler a la mode, raspberry jam, and delicate potpourri with a supple, silky fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a juicy, apple, eucalyptus and pencil shaving accented finish with light dusty tannins. Very nice. (tasted on Feb-28-2011)
93 • Roza Ridge Vineyards 2008 Malbec, Rattlesnake Hills.
Complex aromas of grilled green and jalapeno peppers, sour cherry, thyme, toasty cedar plank, cracked pepper on butter corn cob, and dried orange blossoms with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, creamy chocolate, roasted chestnut and dried meat accented finish. Rich and stylish; serve this with grilled steaks and peppers. (tasted on Mar-21-2011)
92 • Pend d'Oreille 2007 Freepons Vineyard, Malbec, Washington $28.
Garnet purple color. Rich char-roasted bell and jalapeno pepper, pencil shavings and roasted tomato aromas with a satiny dryish medium body and a long savory sandalwood and white cigar ash accented finish. A fine, savory, table-friendly red that will be superb with steak fajitas or mushroom risotto. (tasted on Feb-28-2011)
89 • Velocity 2007 Red Wine, Rogue Valley $24.
Purple color. Rich caramelized dark roasted nuts, mixed berry compote, dill pickle, and clay aromas with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, watermelon tobacco, and baked apple accented finish. Intriguing and fun; pair with spicy lamb dishes. (tasted on Feb-28-2011)
87 • Grande River Vineyards 2008 Malbec, Grand Valley $18.99.
Deep purple color. Interesting aromas of spicy meringue, blueberry jam and praline with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a juicy tangy, pomegranate and cherry cider vinegar accented finish. (tasted on Feb-28-2011)
86 • Tamayo Vineyards 2009 Ryland's Block, Malbec, Contra Costa County $24.
Bright coconut creme brulee and dried mulberry aromas with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium body and a juicy tart raspberry, cedar and delicate spice finish. A tasty sipper or gourmet burger or lasagna wine. (tasted on Feb-28-2011)
85 • Pend d'Oreille 2007 Wood River Vineyard, Malbec, Snake River Valley $28.|Find-a-Wine|
Mild aromas of sweet pickle relish, sandalwood and nougat with a round dryish medium body and a fire roasted pepper, rosemary, and tart pomegranate seed finish. A nice table wine. (tasted on Feb-28-2011)