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90 • Cellar Arts 2007 Napa Valley Cuvée, Napa Valley $46.
Aromas of honeyed blueberry and vanilla soufflé with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a cedar, praline, peppercorn and earth accented finish. A solid table wine that eschews flash for restraint and balance. (tasted on Jul-25-2011)
89 • Cellar Arts 2006 Mountain Cuvée, Napa Valley $45.
Deep ruby black color. Aromas of roasted red pepper, beeswax, garlic pickle, elderberry, and black raspberry pie a la mode with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, vanilla cola and grassy herbal tea accented finish. A spry engaging red for the table. (tasted on Jul-25-2011)
89 • Mi Sueño 2008 "El Llano", Napa Valley $40.
Garnet purple color. Aromas of chocolate wafer cookie, mocha, and delicate peppery spices with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a slate, white pepper, plum skin, and dusty cedar accented finish. A rock solid table wine. (tasted on Jul-25-2011)
88 • Peirano 2007 "The Unknown", Lodi $12.99. Best Buy.
Rich candied berry, dried peach and mint chocolate ice cream aromas with a tangy medium body and a racy, peppery spice, apricot jam and cocoa finish. A fun, charming, flavorful sipper. (tasted on Jul-25-2011)
86 • Peirano 2009 "The Other" Red, Lodi $12.99. Best Buy.
Deep garnet color. Aromas of prunes, cedar, peppery spices, herbs and craisins with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium body and a zesty nutty finish. A tasty sipper or gourmet burger wine. (tasted on Jul-25-2011)
85 • Nicholson Jones 2007 Too Cool Cuvée, Napa Valley $27. Cellar Selection.|Find-a-Wine|
Deep garnet purple color. Aromas of cassis compote, cedar and honey meringue with supple dryish medium-to-full body and a firm, cocoa, cedar and spice finish. Needs time. (tasted on Jul-25-2011)