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93 • Calico Skies 2012 Frontenac, Iowa $18.95. Best Buy.
Garnet violet color. Aromas of raspberry tart and choke cherry jam with a silky, tart medium body and a pure, melon, marinated beet, toffee, and earth accented finish. A flavorful, well-balanced and savory choice for bbq or even roasted beet salads. Very impressive. (tasted on Apr-14-2014)
91 • Envy Wines 2011 Estate, "Bee Bee's Blend", Calistoga $48.
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of mocha toffee, berry tart, and peppered jerky with a supple, dryish medium body and a graceful, savory finish with fine spicy, oak tannins. A very flavorful and balanced red blend. (tasted on Apr-21-2014)
89 • Schade Creek 2013 "Creme de la Creme Rogue", Iowa $15. Best Buy.
Dull ruby color with a bronze rim. Aromas of stewed tomatoes and cherries, roasted nuts, and mocha with a silky, dryish light-to-medium body and a tangy dried strawberry, blood orange, and earth accented finish. A nicely styled table wine reminiscent of a Valpolicella Ripasso. (tasted on Apr-14-2014)
89 • PEJU NV "Tess", Napa Valley $20.
Deep ruby color. Dusty aromas of cranberries, beets, and salty nuts with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, sweet citrus, melon, and spiced cherry finish. A soft, clean, fruity red for sipping or the table. (tasted on Apr-21-2014)
88 • Calico Skies 2012 "Sun Dog", American $14.50. Best Buy.
Pale ruby color. Aromas of strawberry sauce and sour cherries with a tangy, medium body and a pure craisin and peppery spice accented finish. A nice bright table wine. Try with Thai food. (tasted on Apr-14-2014)
88 • deLorimier 2011 "Al's Red", Alexander Valley $40.
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of berry compote and toffee with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a nice spiced cherry and nut finish with chewy, food friendly tannins. (tasted on Apr-21-2014)
88 • Jersey Red NV Semi-Sweet Red Wine Blend, American $10.99. Best Buy.
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of grape sherbet and chocolate nougat candy bar with a supple, fruity sweet medium body and tangy orange sherbet, grape-cherry juice finish. A fun off-dry red sipper or pair with spicy bbq. Serve with a slight chill. (tasted on Apr-21-2014)
87 • Strother Ridge 2012 Norton, Missouri $15. Best Buy.
Dark ruby color. Aromas of floral talc, cream, and dried strawberries with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a crisp cranberry, lime, nougat, and cedar accented finish. (tasted on Apr-14-2014)
86 • Schade Creek 2012 "Harlan Henry", Iowa $15. Best Buy.
Ruby color. Aromas of chocolate covered graham cracker and frosted cherry danish with a silky, fruity medium body and a honeyed nut, sour cherry, and delicate dusty cedar and spice finish. (tasted on Apr-14-2014)
86 • Botham 2012 "Big Stuff Red", American $10. Best Buy.
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of baked cherries and gingerbread with a tangy, light-to-medium body and a refreshing pomegranate-blueberry juice finish. Nice. (tasted on Apr-14-2014)
84 • Botham 2012 "Field 3", Wisconsin $18.
Garnet violet color. Aromas of dried berries, cherries and waxy honeycomb with a tangy, dryish light-to-medium body and a cranberry, lime, and mint accented finish with papery tannins. (tasted on Apr-14-2014)
83 • Calico Skies 2012 "Sweet Licks", American $12.50.
Pale garnet color. Aromas of grape juice and spice cookies with a tangy, light body and a dried berry, exotic sea salt, and hint of Elmer's glue on oak on the tannic finish. Try with flank steak. (tasted on Apr-14-2014)
81 • Calico Skies 2012 Marquette, Iowa $28.|Find-a-Wine|
Ruby color. Aroma of cherry skin, nougat, and wax with a tart dry light body and a slightly oxidized cherry vinegar, tamari, and nutshell note on the finish. (tasted on Apr-14-2014)