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98 BOGLE
2012 Essential Red
California $11

98 BRUTOCAO
2011 Quadriga
Hopland Ranches - Mendocino $24
(tasted 5/22/15)

98 CONTEMPO
2015 Inferno
Argentina $10
(tasted 6/25/16)

98 DIAM ANDES
2007 de Uco
Gran Reserva; Valle de Uco; Mendoza - Argentina $35

98 MAGNESS
2013 Red Wine
Santa Ynez Valley $22
(tasted 10/26/15)

98 REAPER
2013 Red Wine
Santa Ynez Valley $23
(tasted 10/26/15)

97 BODEGAS CARE
2010 XCLNT
Seleccion Especial - Spain $44
(tasted 1/31/16)

97 BROADSIDE
2013 Printers Alley
Proprietary Red - Paso Robles $20
Wonderful black, blue and red fruit aromas, with red plum, spice and whiffs of smoke and cola. This is a smooth, sexy wine, well-balanced and mouth filling, with an explosion of fruit and spice in the long, long lingering finish. (tasted 8/3/15)

97 BRUTOCAO
2011 Primitivo
Contento Vineyard - Mendocino $24
(tasted 5/22/15)

97 GHOSTRIDER
2014 Ungrafted Red Blend
Lodi $13
(tasted 8/3/15)

97 HOWELL MOUNTAIN VINEYARDS
2011 Petit Verdot
Howell Mountain - Napa Valley $65

97 IRONSTONE
2011 Obsession Red
California $12
A nose full of spice and fruit. Plum, red, black and blue fruit aromas complemented by clove, pepper spice, caramel, vanilla and oak. Well-balanced, a tad sticky in the middle, but displaying nice character and a rounding tannin finish. Let breathe for a while and itíll open nicely.

97 KENNEDY SHAH
2013 La Vie En Rouge
Columbia Valley $14
(tasted 9/4/16)

97 MATCHBOOK
2008 Tinto Rey
California $17

97 ROBLAR
2012 Ottimo
Santa Barbara County $30
Pretty aromas of cherry, raspberry, strawberry, and pepper spice, with hints of blueberry, earth and oak. Rich, well-balanced and a great mouthfeel, this wine delivers fruit-forward, spicy flavors leading to nice lingering round-tannin finish. (tasted 3/28/15)

97 ROCK WALL
2014 Rock Hound Red
California $16
(tasted 9/2/17)

97 SOBON ESTATE
2009 ReZerve Primitivo
Amador County $24
Consistently one of the best primitivos we taste. From the beautiful aromas of red and black fruit, floral spices and a backbone of oak, this silky-smooth wine never disappoints. It blends the best qualities of primitivo with those of zinfandel to offer a wonderfully balanced, mouth-filling, extremely sexy wine that lingers on the palate forever.

97 SOBON ESTATE
2008 ReZerve Primitivo
Amador County $24
This is a rich, round, sexy, smooth wine showcasing jammy raspberry, blueberry and cherry flavors wrapped in spice and soft oak flavors. The best primitivo weíve tasted to date!

97 TETE DU RHONE
2012 Cotes du Rhone
France $15
You can tell this is a beauty from the first sniff. Beautiful black cherry, raspberry, blueberry and brambleberry attack your nose, with light spice following. On the palate this wine has terrific character and balance, with spicy fruit flavors and light floral notes leading through the wonderfully long, round finish. Tasty!

97 TIE DYE
2013 Red Blend
North Coast $19
Blackberry, black currant, black cherry, blueberry and plum aromas swept-up in spice, vanilla and sweet oak. This is an extremely interesting blend of seven varietals. Really well-balanced, smooth, spicy and offers great character on the palate. The finish is wonderfully long, round and leaves you wanting more more more! An excellent wine at a great price point. (tasted 9/18/15)

97 WISE VILLA WINERY
2014 Wisdom Of Wise "WOW"
Sierra Foothills $31.37
(tasted 3/15/16)

96 BLACK'S STATION
2015 Red Blend
Yolo County $12
(tasted on 7/10/17)

96 BRUTOCAO
2011 Uber Tuscan
Hopland Ranches - Mendocino $24
(tasted 5/22/15)

96 CASTILLO DE MONLERO
2013 Tempranillo
D.O. Valencia - Spain $10
(tasted 8/18/15)

96 CONTEMPO
NV Crianza
Spain $10

96 FRIENDS.RED
2011 Red Wine
Sonoma County $12
Starts with blackberry, raspberry, strawberry, ripe plum and blueberry and pepper spice, with complements of coffee and tea, all wrapped in a good dose of oak. The palate delivers the same, with oak leading the way through the slightly tight but nice lingering finish.

96 KENNEDY SHAH
2012 La Vie En Rouge
Columbia Valley $14
(tasted 1/14/16)

96 MANCAN
NV Red
California $5/375ml Can
(tasted 8/29/17)

96 MATTHEW FRITZ
2013 Red Wine Blend
Napa Valley $15
(tasted 6/24/16)

96 MCFADDEN
2010 Coro Mendocino
Mendocino $37
Nice black and red fruit aromas with licorice/anise hints, light spice, mineral dust and oak. A little tight at this point, but well-balanced and tasty, this wine can use a little more time in the bottle (or should be decanted) to blossom into a smooth, round wine with a wonderful, lasting finish. Very consistent wine.

96 MCFADDEN
2009 Coro Mendocino
Mendocino $37
Deep black and red fruit aromas with licorice/anise hints, light spice and oak. A little tight at this point, but well-balanced and tasty, this wine can use a little more time in the bottle (or should be decanted) to blossom into a smooth, round wine with a wonderful, lasting finish.

96 NINE LINE VINES
2015 Red Blend
California $18
(tasted 8/29/17)

96 PRADOREY
2011 Crianza
Single Vineyard; Ribera del Duero - Spain $20
(tasted 3/23/17)

96 QUASAR
2015 Carmenere
Gran Reserva; Curico Valley - Chile $20
From the first whiff of this wine you know youíre gonna like it. Beautiful cherry, raspberry, red currant and plum aromas surrounded by light floral elements, some spice and a dash of oak. On the palate, this wine has real character! Fresh, tart fruit flavors set against a crisp acid backbone leads the way through the long, lingering finish. A really nice example of this varietal! (tasted 6/8/17)

96 R&B CELLARS
2009 The Improviser
Red Table Wine - California $15
A fresh nose of raspberry, blackberry, cherry and strawberry, with hints of blueberry, vanilla, spice and oak. Wonderfully balanced, smooth, and juicy, this wine delivers a lot more than its price tag. Buy this by the case!

96 RARE WINES
2014 Purple Blend
Dark Red Wine $10
Enticing blackberry, black currant, dark raspberry and black cherry aromas swirling in black pepper, light floral notes, vanilla and oak. On the palate this is a well-balanced, well-crafted red blend, featuring sweet fruit flavors in a lush, sexy body, leading to a wonderfully long, lingering finish. At this price buy this by the case! (tasted 8/8/17)

96 ROBLAR
2012 Grassetto
Santa Barbara County $30
Black currant, black cherry and raspberry aromas with hints of black and green olives, spice, earth and oak. The fruit takes over on the palate, with rich, flavorful strokes against a spicy canvas, leading to a nice, long, lingering round-tannin finish. (tasted 3/28/15)

96 SOBON ESTATE
2010 ReZerve Primitivo
Amador County $24
Jammy raspberry, cherry, plum and spice, with toasty oak, vanilla and hints of chocolate. This wine has character! From the forward fruit to the nice complement of spice, this well-balanced, fruit-driven wine never disappoints through itís long, spicy finish.

96 SOBON ESTATE
2011 Tannat
ReZerve - Lodi $24
Not many wineries make a straight tannat, and even fewer make it well. This is a great example of what can be done to a grape variety known to be stiff, hard and tannic. Opposite of expectations, this is a smooth, rich, velvety wine with sweet black fruit flavors mingling with plum pie, vanilla and oak, leading to a super soft lingering finish. Give this a try!

96 SOBON ESTATE
2010 ReZerve Tannat
Lodi $24
Smoky baked wild blackberry, black cherry and plum aromas followed by vanilla and oak and whiffs of cigarette ash. It all comes together on the palate in a nicely-balanced, well-rounded wine that lingers well on the finish. A very interesting wine.

96 SOL ROUGE
2010 Cabernet Franc
Lake County $32

96 THE WINERY SF
2009 People's Blend
Red Wine - North Coast $16
Nice nose of black and red fruit aromas, with light blue fruit, spice and tobacco/earth notes. This is a really tasty wine for the price. Great balance and mouthfeel, all the flavors come together in a beautiful round, lingering finish.

96 THE WINERY SF
2008 Flower Power
Red Wine - North Coast $30

95 BODEGAS CARE
2011 Fincas Bancales
Reserva; Old Vines Garnacha - Spain $26
(tasted 1/31/16)

95 BOGLE
2009 Phantom
California $16

95 BRUTOCAO
2010 Quadriga
Hopland Ranches - Mendocino $24
Dried cherry, raspberry, strawberry and plum aromas are balanced against coffee/black tea, leather, floral/violet notes, minerals, pepper spice and hints of oak. This is a well-balanced wine with a nice blend of red and black fruit leading to a smooth lingering finish.

95 BRUTOCAO
2009 Quadriga
Hopland Ranches - Mendocino $24
Wild blackberry, raspberry, strawberry, cherry and plum aromas are balanced against coffee/black tea, floral/violet notes, minerals, pepper spice and hints of oak. This is a well-balanced wine with a nice blend of red and black fruit leading to a smooth lingering finish.

95 CHIME
NV Red Wine
Schatz Farm Vineyard - California $13
(tasted 10/26/15)

95 CORNELLANA
2014 Red Blend
Chile $8
(tasted 8/18/15)

95 FIESTA DEL POMAR JUNCTION
2007 Red Wine
Central Coast $34

95 FRIENDS.RED
2015 Red Wine
Sonoma County $12
(tasted 4/4/17)

95 MATCHBOOK
2013 Tempranillo
Dunnigan Hills $15
(tasted on 7/10/17)

95 MATCHBOOK
2009 Tempranillo
Dunnigan Hills $15

95 MEADOWCROFT
2013 Cabernet Franc
Giles Vineyard - Sonoma Valley $35
Pretty raspberry, cherry, blackberry and plum aromas give way to vanilla and oak. A lot of winemaking in this wine, with fruit and floral elements giving way to vanilla and a lot of oak. For oak lovers. (tasted 3/4/15)

95 MICHEL-SCHLUMBERGER
2013 Red Wine
Le Bon Cochon - Dry Creek Valley $30
Nice cherry, raspberry, blackberry, plum and strawberry aromas. At this tasting the palate is a bit gritty, with the pretty fruit flavors fighting for attention. The finish is decent, with spice leading the way to a slightly sticky end. Needs time. (tasted 3/28/15)

95 ONE LEAF
NV Sweet Red
Mendoza - Argentina $10
(tasted 7/10/15)

95 SHENANDOAH VINEYARDS
2010 Zingiovese
Amador County $16
Dried red and berry fruits, with coffee/black tea, prunes, cocoa, vanilla and light oak following. This wine comes alive on the palate, with jammy fruit flavors enveloped in a spicy body, leading to a little tight/sticky finish.

95 SOL ROUGE
2008 The Keep
Red Wine - California $60

95 STEVENOT
2010 Danza Roja
Gran Reserva - Sierra Foothills $24

95 WISE VILLA WINERY
2012 Tempranillo
Sierra Foothills $34.37
Pretty cherry, raspberry, strawberry, plum and pepper spice followed by vanilla and oak. The wine is a little sticky in its young age, but opened up nicely overnight, delivering everything the nose suggested in a well-balanced, finely-crafted wine. The finish is a bit tight, so decanting or glass time now will help this wine out greatly. Give it a few years and it should blossom into a wonderful, smooth gem.

94 AIRFIELD
2014 Red Wine
Yakima Valley $18
(tasted 11/2/16)

94 BRUTOCAO
2009 Primitivo
Contento Vineyard - Mendocino $22
Dark raspberry, cherry, strawberry and blackberry mingle with light earth notes, spice, vanilla and oak. On the palate this is a spicy wine with good fruit flavors leading to a tough but rounding finish. Give this wine a little time or decant.

93 AIRFIELD
2014 Dauntless
Yakima Valley $18
(tasted 11/2/16)

93 BRUTOCAO
2010 Primitivo
Contento Vineyard - Mendocino $24
Dark raspberry, cherry, strawberry and blackberry mingle with light earth notes, spice, vanilla and oak. On the palate this is a spicy wine with good fruit flavors leading to a tough but rounding finish. Give this wine a little time or decant.

93 GHOSTRUNNER
2016 Ungrafted Red
Lodi $14
(tasted 8/27/17)

93 HINDSIGHT
2014 20/20 Red Wine
Napa Valley $35
A nose of dark red fruit, some black fruit, plum, minerals, chocolate and oak. Like the other Hindsight cabs, this wine is well-balanced and crafted, slightly chewy at this point, but well made, with red and black fruit flavors, a hint of spice and a nice rounding tannin finish. (tasted 12/5/16)

93 MICHEL-SCHLUMBERGER
2012 Maison Rouge
Dry Creek Valley $20
Nice cherry, blackberry, plum and raspberry aromas with some spice elements, mineral dust and cedary oak. On the palate this is a medium-bodied, nicely-balanced wine with red and black fruit flavors swimming in dust, spice and cedary oak, leading to a finish thatís currently a bit tight. Given a little time this wine should grow some legs. (tasted 9/18/15)

93 RAY'S CREEK
2013 Riverbend Red
Central Coast $17
Nice nose of black and red fruit aromas, with light blue fruit, spice and tobacco/earth notes. This is a really nice wine for the price. Great balance and mouthfeel, all the flavors come together in a beautiful round, lingering finish. (tasted 8/3/15)

93 THE ARSONIST
2014 Red Blend
California $22
(tasted on 7/10/17)

92 EHRET
2009 Bella's Blend
Knight's Valley $45
Blackberry, plum, black cherry, cassis and walnut aromas, with dark chocolate, caramel and sweet oak. This is a compact wine, needing more time to open. Itís well-built, has nice crisp acids, but right now itís all front of the palate delicious, and needs to expand to fulfill a back-palate finish.

92 FRIENDS.RED
2012 Red Wine
Sonoma County $12
Aromas of blackberry, raspberry, strawberry, ripe plum and blueberry and pepper spice, with complements of coffee and tea, all wrapped in a good dose of oak. The palate delivers the same well-balanced flavors, with oak leading the way through the slightly tight but nice lingering finish.

92 SOL ROUGE
2011 Cabernet Franc
Lake County $32

91 BABYLONSTOREN
2015 Babel
Red Blend; W.O. Simonsberg-Paarl - South Africa $20
(tasted 9/7/17)

91 CHEVALIER GRAND DU ROBERT
2014 Bordeaux
France $11
(tasted 9/2/16)

91 GHOSTRIDER
2015 Red Blend
Lodi $13
(tasted 9/1/16)

91 KUMBAYA
2013 Red Wine Blend
California $9
(tasted 3/15/15)

91 LAYER CAKE
2012 Sea of Stone
Red Wine; Mendoza - Argentina $16
(tasted 1/25/16)

91 QUANTA
NV Tempranillo
Spain $11

91 SOBON ESTATE
2012 Primitivo
ReZerve - Amador County $24
A lot of dark fruit on the nose Ė blackberry, black raspberry, black cherry and blueberry, surrounded by a lot of oak. This is a nice red wine with a good dose of oak for those who want it. It did open-up a bit overnight, so try decanting or letting it sit in the glass for a while.

91 THE WINERY SF
2008 Rockstar
Red Wine - North Coast $30

90 BABYLONSTOREN
2015 Nebukadnesar
Red Wine; W.O. Simonsberg-Paarl - South Africa $45
(tasted 9/7/17)

90 BLACK ELK
2015 Tempranillo
Spain $11
(tasted 4/5/17)

90 BLISS FAMILY VINEYARDS
NV Schoolhouse Red
Mendocino $12
Dusty cherry, plum, strawberry and raspberry aromas, with light oak and spice following. The palate delivers the same, with a thread of minerals and spice leading to a firm-tannin finish.

90 BODEGAS CARE
2013 Tinto Roble
Garnacha/Syrah - Spain $13
(tasted 1/31/16)

90 CONTEMPO
2013 Crianza
Spain $10
(tasted 1/21/16)

90 FIRESTARTER
2011 Garnacha Carinena
Spain $16
Dark fruit notes of black cherry, blackberry, anise and plum, with touches of earth, spice, chocolate, vanilla and oak. The palate presents the same, with dark fruit flavors leading the way. This wine is young and a bit sticky currently, but will definitely improve with some age.

90 LAYER CAKE
2012 Primativo
IGT - Italy $16
(tasted 1/25/16)

90 MICHEL-SCHLUMBERGER
2012 Red Wine
Faux Pas - Dry Creek Valley $30
Black, blue and red fruit flavors nestled in spice and light whiffs of oak. This wine starts out nice, but quickly becomes a bit chewy and chalky. The fruit underneath still shines, but it needs time in the bottle to prove its full potential. (tasted 3/28/15)

90 ROTATION
2012 Red Blend
California $9
(tasted 6/28/15)

90 SEAN MINOR
2014 Nicole Marie
Red Blend - North Coast $22
Aromas of dark cherry, raspberry and blackberry, red plum and cassis, with a good dose of molasses, black pepper, vanilla and oak. As this stage, on the palate, the oak overpowers the dark fruit background, causing the secondary characteristics to lead the way to the kinda stiff finish. This is a wine that can definitely use some age or decanting. Everythingís there, it just needs time to blossom. (tasted 6/4/17)

90 STEPHEN VINCENT
2013 Crimson
California $13
(tasted 4/28/17)