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93 • Alba 2010 "Heritage", Warren Hills $36.99.
Dark garnet indigo color. Attractive aromas of orange blossoms, honeyed pistachio brittle, spicy cherry chutney, and clay with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, elegant, pink peppercorn and spicy blueberry jam accented finish. A delicious, seamless red for sipping or the table. (tasted on Aug-20-2013)
92 • Valiant NV "Full Throttle", American $20.95.
Garnet violet color. Dramatic aromas of spicy cranberry sauce, eucalyptus, sandalwood incense, and thyme honey gelato with a satiny, fruity medium-to-full body and a lush blueberry, cocoa and mineral driven finish. An exciting blend of cabernet and Norton. A must try wine. (tasted on Aug-20-2013)
91 • Alexandria Nicole 2010 Destiny Ridge Vineyard, "Destiny", Horse Heaven Hills $48.
Deep violet color. Aromas of chocolate nuts, mocha mousse, and berry pie crust with silky fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, honeyed apple and spice finish. Very tasty. Will be great with Middle Eastern lamb dishes. (tasted on Aug-20-2013)
91 • Frey 2012 Organic, "Agriculturist", Mendocino $11. Best Buy. Certified Organic
Garnet color. Vibrant aromas of sandalwood, white clay, peppered bacon, and dried berries have faint, tequila-like quality with a silky, dryish medium body and a herbed cheese rind, dried cherry, and menthol mint accented finish. Different, flavorful and fun. (tasted on Aug-19-2013)
91 • Isaac Smith 2011 Red Reserve, Outer Coastal Plain.
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of roasted chestnuts, clay, and sundried berries with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a juicy mulberry and earth accented finish. A delicious table wine. (tasted on Aug-20-2013)
91 • Heritage NV Cuvée Rouge, Outer Coastal Plain $16.99. Best Buy.
Deep ruby color. Bold aromas of roasted nuts and coffee beans and melted dark chocolate with a dry-yet-fruity medium body and sundried tomato and sour cherry and earth accented finish. A great savory table wine with a rich oak accent. (tasted on Aug-20-2013)
89 • Cape May 2010 "CM3", Outer Coastal Plain $33. Cellar Selection.
Ruby black color. Dense aromas of dried berries, vanilla custard, cocoa, and Asian spices with supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a cherry brandy, cedar dust, and spiced apple finish and firm tannins. Give this a little time. (tasted on Aug-20-2013)
88 • Cardella 2010 Fattoria Cardella, Vineyard 22, Ruby Cabernet, California $20.
Inky garnet violet color. Aromas of bing cherry sauce and chocolate nuts with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, raspberry, herbed tomato, vanilla, and delicate pepper finish. A tasty everyday sipper that will be great with gourmet thin and deep-dish pizzas. (tasted on Aug-19-2013)
87 • Save Me, San Francisco 2011 "Drops of Jupiter" Red Wine, California $10.99. Best Buy.|Find-a-Wine|
Aromas of chocolate peanut butter gelato, berry pie, pepper and latte with a silky, fruity medium body and a juicy, tangy cherry jam and chocolate citrus peel finish. Smooth, fruity, and crowd-pleasing. (tasted on Aug-19-2013)