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By Michael Dresser | September 20, 1995
1992 Portal del Alto Cabernet SauvignonGran Reserva, Maipo Valley, Chile ($6)Chilean cabernets often disappoint, but not this new arrival. It offers pure flavors of black cherry and black currant, with little of the bell pepper that often mars Chilean reds. This robust wine has plenty of length and grip and will likely age well for such an inexpensive wine. Looking for a good "house red"? Here's a good candidate.
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September 30, 2014
From: Lodi, Calif Price: $14 Serve with: Beef short ribs, lamb shanks This full-bodied red wine packs a flavorful punch, even if it isn't the most elegant cabernet in California. It offers a full measure of cassis, black raspberry and blackberry fruit, with hints of chocolate cake and coffee. This is not a wine to serve with rack of lamb or beef filet, but would make a wonderful match with some of the less-exalted cuts of red meat. There's lots of burly charm here at an excellent price.
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By Michael Dresser | May 15, 2002
1999 Forest Ville Cabernet Sauvignon ($6). This almost insanely priced California cabernet is downright good. It's not something connoisseurs will drool over, but for six bucks it offers ample black-cherry and black-currant fruit. Its straightforward, full-bodied flavors are quite satisfying. This would make an excellent restaurant by-the-glass wine and is worth buying by the case for use as an ideal hamburger and pizza companion.
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July 15, 2014
2012 The Seventy Five Wine Co. "The Sum" From: California Price: $20 This excellent red blend of cabernet sauvignon, syrah and petite sirah from Tuck Beckstoffer Wines delivers far more complexity than its price tag would lead you to believe. This is a sophisticated, concentrated wine with ample flavors of black cherry, blueberry, coffee and chocolate. It is quite accessible now but has the backbone to age well for at least a decade.  -- Michael Dresser , The Baltimore Sun
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By Michael Dresser | January 4, 1995
Remarkably, this stylish wine with delicious black cherry an cedar flavors is the third-best cabernet sauvignon made by Patrick Campbell's Laurel Glen Winery. It's a medium-bodied cabernet with a soft texture, but plenty of structure -- ready to drink now, but capable of aging three to five years. If you can't hTC afford Laurel Glen or Counterpoint, the second label, Terra Rosa is a classy alternative.
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By Michael Dresser | November 2, 1994
This is no classic. It's just a reliable, available, easy-to-enjoy red wine at a good price. The $6 estimate is actually the upper range. It's soft, fruity and ready to drink. There's no complexity, but it's clearly a cabernet. A solid everyday hamburger wine. Enjoy it for what it is.
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By Michael Dresser | December 6, 1995
In Wednesday's A La Carte section, an incorrect wine label was pictured. The correct label for the 1993 Napa Ridge North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon, Oak Barrel, is shown above.The Sun regrets the errors.Napa Ridge has consistently been a reliable source of sound, inexpensive wines, but this cabernet goes far beyond being just a good budget wine. This is serious cabernet, with concentrated blackberry fruit and considerable compexity in its nuances of chocolate and herbs. Only an early drop-off in the finish leaves it short of elite quality.
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March 15, 2006
Many things that are famous are just well-hyped, but that is not the case with Napa Valley cabernet. Napa is the real deal for cabernet. I'm not sure how Rutherford manages to sell a Napa cabernet at this reasonable price, but the smooth texture and intense, pure black-cherry and black-currant flavors show the winery wasn't cutting corners. Serve with beef, lamb. Michael Dresser
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September 30, 2014
From: Lodi, Calif Price: $14 Serve with: Beef short ribs, lamb shanks This full-bodied red wine packs a flavorful punch, even if it isn't the most elegant cabernet in California. It offers a full measure of cassis, black raspberry and blackberry fruit, with hints of chocolate cake and coffee. This is not a wine to serve with rack of lamb or beef filet, but would make a wonderful match with some of the less-exalted cuts of red meat. There's lots of burly charm here at an excellent price.
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By MICHAEL DRESSER | January 25, 2006
This moderately priced, medium-bodied red wine from Washington state is a very appealing, widely available wine with a supple feel and fine varietal character. It delivers pure and penetrating black-cherry flavor tempered by sweet American oak. Ready to drink young, it will go well with a wide variety of foods from poultry to red meat. Serve with --lamb or beef
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June 3, 2014
From: North Coast, California Price: $15 Serve with: Steaks on the grill, leg of lamb With Father's Day coming up, what better choice than a bold, well-price cabernet sauvignon made as a tribute to the winemaker's father? Josh Cellars is named for Joseph Carr's dad, who bore that nickname. This full-bodied but smoothly textured wine delivers moderately complex flavors of black currant, black cherry, chocolate and spices. It's fully drinkable now but could age for at least five years.
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February 4, 2014
2011 Newman's Own Cabernet Sauvignon From: California Price: $10 Serve with: Red meat, pasta, pizza This red wine from the company founded by the late, great actor Paul Newman is a terrific value. No, it's not the most complex cabernet to ever come out of California, but it holds its own with many that fetch twice its price. It's a medium- to full-bodied wine with up-front, accessible flavors of black cherry and vanilla. It could be even better in a year or two, but it's mighty easy drinking right now. -- Michael Dresser
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December 3, 2013
2010 Wolfgang Puck Red Wine Blend From: California Price: $15 Serve with: Beef roast, leg of lamb Celebrity-named wines don't always live up to their star-studded labels, but this red wine from the famous chef can only bolster his reputation. It's a full-bodied blend of merlot, cabernet sauvignon and zinfandel that delivers not only powerful flavor but abundant value. It offers ripe flavors of blackberry and black cherry fruit, with hints of earthiness, chocolate and herbs.
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