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94 • Maryhill 2010 Barbera, Columbia Valley $16.95. Best Buy.
Deep garnet color. Captivating aromas of exotic spices, berry compote and chocolate toffee with with a satiny fruity medium-to-full body and juicy cranberry and mocha gelato, spice and praline finish. An absolutely delicious and nuanced fruity Barbera that is one of best domestic examples of the grape and an unbelievable value. (tasted on May-10-2013)
94 • R&B Cellars NV "The Improviser" Vintner's Red Blend, California $17. Best Buy.
Opaque garnet violet color. Layered aromas of pomegranate chutney, dried blueberries and sour cherries, and mild Asian spices with a supple, fruity medium-to-full body and a long, chewy, juicy, ripe fruit and white chocolate toffee driven finish with velvety tannins. A superb sipper or table wine that will be great with spicy lamb. (tasted on Sep-18-2013)
94 • R&B Cellars 2012 "Swingsville", Zinfandel, Contra Costa $17. Best Buy.
Opaque violet color. Dense and rather outrageous aromas of mulberry pie and beefy pot roast (with carrots and roasted potatoes!) with a satiny, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a long, vanilla pudding, Asian spice, menthol, and chocolate mint nuanced finish. Quite unlike any other zin we've tasted, but somehow this exotica all comes together and is utterly fascinating. Serve with Asian beef and Indian goat dishes. (tasted on Sep-06-2013)
94 • Chime 2012 Pinot Noir, Sonoma County $19.99. Best Buy.
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of roasted nuts, dark chocolate, and baked cherries and beets with a satiny, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, plush vanilla and pepper kissed finish. A pure, flavorful, and elegant pinot for sipping or the table. (tasted on Nov-12-2013)
93 • Ben Marco 2012 Malbec, Mendoza $20. Best Buy.
Violet black color. Aromas of chocolate espresso bean, dark roasted pecans and raspberry pie with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a nice, delicately floral, citrus and melon sorbets, and spice finish with precise tannins. Very delicious, vibrant, and mouthwatering. (tasted on Feb-03-2014)
93 • Cardella 2010 Fattoria Cardella, L'aquedotto Vineyard, Barbera, California $17. Best Buy.
Dark garnet black color. Aromas of blackberry-blueberry tart, minerals, peppercorn and nuts with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a pure chewy, craisin,honey and earth accented finish. A great marriage of Old World style and New World fruitiness that will shine at the table. (tasted on May-10-2013)
93 • Castle Rock 2011 Zinfandel, Lodi $11. Best Buy.
Garnet color. Bright aromas of raspberry pastry and cherry gelato with a silky fruity medium body and a long tangy orange sherbet and spice cake accented finish. Very tasty and sure to please. (tasted on Apr-25-2013)
93 • Chacewater 2010 Zinfandel, Sierra Foothills $17.99. Best Buy. Organically Grown Grapes
Ruby color. Aromas of buttery cashew brittle and spicy blueberry gelato with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a juicy, creamy vanilla and chocolate nougat bar finish with fine, satiny tannins. Very tasty. (tasted on May-15-2013)
93 • Angerer 2009 "Rubin Unikat", Kamptal $10. Best Buy.
Rich aromas of black pepper, sandalwood, cashew toffee and blackberry compote with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a fig, apple, cedar and mineral accented finish. A great sipper or table wine that will be very versatile. An extraordinary value. (tasted on Apr-29-2013)
93 • Delicious 2012 Merlot, Aconcagua Valley $8.99. Best Buy.
Garnet color. Aromas of chocolate, plums, cherries, and sweet gherkin with a silky, fruity medium body and a cedar, vanilla custard and berry jam on pound cake finish. A very tasty and crowd pleasing red for all occasions. (tasted on Jul-08-2013)
93 • Magistrate 2010 "Restitution" Red Wine Blend, Napa Valley $19.99. Best Buy.
Dense aromas of lit candle, red clay, peppercorn, olives, and grilled mulberries with a supple, dryish medium-to-full body and a savory pomegranate-rhubarb chutney and smoky nutty, earth finish and fine tannins. A very stately Old World styled table wine that will excel with Italian beef dishes. (tasted on Jun-17-2013)
93 • Anko 2012 Malbec, Salta $19.99. Best Buy.
Dark garnet purple color. Rich aromas and flavors of dark chocolate, coffee, and berry compote with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, graceful vanilla accented finish with fine tannins. A great sipper or pair with well-aged steaks. (tasted on Jul-22-2013)
93 • Ozzie Ba Ru 2006 Shiraz, Hunter Valley $17.95. Cellar Selection. Best Buy.
Opaque with a brick rim. Aromas of wild raspberry, dried plum, dusty cherry, figs, pomegranate, tomato jam, thyme, old Encyclopedia and toffee. Firm, but integrated tannins. Fruit is rich, ripe, complex and on the verge of funky, but is on that last day you can still eat a fresh fruit before it goes off the edge. Secondary aromas and flavors with layers of silky complexity. Complex and satisfying. (tasted on Sep-16-2013)
93 • Maryhill 2010 Barbera, Columbia Valley $16.95. Best Buy.
Opaque with a deep purple rim. Aromas of chocolate, black raspberry, licorice, caramel, strawberry truffles and vanilla bean. Generous raspberry and plum flavors with soft tannins and a broad and balanced finish. Even a note of truffles adds overall complexity. Impressive. (tasted on Sep-19-2013)
93 • Zinopolis 2012 Zinfandel, California $18.99. Best Buy.
Deep garnet color. Bold aromas of Montmorency cherries, boysenberries, and violet candy with a satiny medium-to-full body and a long, mouthwatering raspberry jam, nut, and peppery spice finish. A robust, balance, sensationally flavorful zin that hits all the right notes. (tasted on Sep-06-2013)
93 • Maryhill 2009 Barbera, Columbia Valley $16.95. Best Buy.
Garnet purple color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla nut brittle, mocha, beets, and strawberry-rhubarb tart with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a rich, savory finish with notes of pepper, parsnip, sour cherry, and spices with chewy tannins. A great domestic barbera that will sing at the table. (tasted on Oct-07-2013)
93 • Haraszthy Family Cellars 2010 Zinfandel, Lodi $19.99. Best Buy.
Ruby color. Aromas of smoked bacon, spiced nuts, chocolate, and red berry tart are very unique and impressive with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, seared back bacon, craisin, and nut driven finish. Will be amazing with bbq baby back ribs or any grilled meats. (tasted on Oct-07-2013)
93 • Casa Nueva 2012 Barrel Select Reserva, Carmenere, Curico Valley $10.99. Best Buy.
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of dark roasted chocolate, cherries, beets, and peppers with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium body and a dash of green eucalyptus, peppercorn, smoked nut, and grass. A very appetizing and juicy Carmenère with pinpoint balance. (tasted on Oct-17-2013)
93 • Quasar 2011 Gran Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Curico Valley $11.99. Best Buy.
Dark ruby red color. Alluring aromas and flavors of vanilla toffee, cassis custard, marinated tomatoes and peppers, and clay with a satiny dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, blueberry cobbler, sour cherry, tart apple, and nut nuanced finish with fine, polished tannins. An elegantly flavorful and balanced cabernet for all occasions. (tasted on Oct-17-2013)
93 • Esser Vineyards 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Monterey $15.99. Best Buy.|Next| |Find-a-Wine|
Deep garnet color. Aromas of caramelized bacon, berry pie, and toasty meringue with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, cassis, mocha gelato, cedar, licorice, and whole nut accented finish. Great lively acidity and structure for sipping or the table. (tasted on Feb-10-2014)