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92 • Barboursville 2010 Octagon, Virginia $50.
Deep garnet color. Aromas of clay, creamy mocha, and blackberry cobbler with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, creamy vanilla and spice accented finish with well-integrated tannins. (tasted on Jan-27-2014)
92 • H/H Estates 2010 Coyote Canyon Vieyard, "Bozak Red", Horse Heaven Hills $42.
Garnet violet color. Aromas and flavors of pencil shavings, dried currants, cracked pepper, olive, and chocolate nut fudge with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, cedar and peppery spice accented finish with fine tannins. Excellent flavor, structure, and balance. (tasted on Jan-27-2014)
90 • Calcareous Vineyards 2010 "Lloyd" of Calcareous, Paso Robles $49.
Violet black color. Brawny aromas and flavors of stewed berries and chocolate mint cookie with a supple, fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, warming, cedar, vanilla, and dusty spice accented finish with fine tannins. Nice rusticity and fruit. (tasted on Jan-27-2014)
88 • Chateau St. Croix 2011 Reserve, "3 Barrel", California $65. Cellar Selection.
Dark purple color. Aromas of cassis pie, mocha, and chocolate mint with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, spicy, menthol tobacco, creme brulee, and cedar accented finish with chewy tannins. Good structure for the table. Give this a bit of time and it will improve. (tasted on Jan-27-2014)
88 • Twin Oaks Tavern 2012 "Raven Rocks Red", Virginia $23.
Garnet purple color. Complex aromas of cassis, mulberries, and Mexican chocolate with a tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a spiced cherry, pickled beet, and cranberry finish with powdery tannins. A vibrant and lively red blend that will excel at the table. (tasted on Jan-27-2014)
87 • Ledson 2010 "Cepage", Sonoma County $86. Cellar Selection.|Find-a-Wine|
Dark garnet color. Meaty aromas of dried berries and chicken skin with a supple, dryish medium body and a chocolate yogurt, craisin, and cedar plank accented finish with big barky tannins. A deep wine that needs time to resolve. (tasted on Jan-27-2014)