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2009 articles & reviews

TheWineBuzz (Sept/Oct 2009 issue)
R&B Cellars Saxy Syrah 2006 $13 "Very appealing warm, spicy aromas of clove and cinnamon with notes of leather, earth and spiced berries; viscous, with deep blueberry flavor and top notes of rasppberry; good grip, good length, good flavors."

TheWineBuzz (Jan/Feb 2010 issue)
R&B Cellars Swingsville Zindandel (Lodi); $12 "Rich, ripe black plum and cassis aroma with a hint of dark cocoa and black licorice; juicy concentrated ripe black fruit - loads of flavor - with a peppery backbone. Excellent value."

Beverage Tasting Institute's World Wine Championships
2007 Zydeco Zinfandel: "Pure, focused aroma of creamy, warm cherry custard and delicate baking spices follow through on a soft, silky entry to a dry-yet fruity medium-to-full body with excellent poise, smoothness, and depth. Finishes with a long, mineral and caramelized roasted nut fade. A delicious and vibrant zin for the table or sipping."

Beverage Tasting Institute's World Wine Championships
R&B Cellars 2005 Bingham Ranch, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley: 90 pts.
"Deep garnet violet color. Aromas of melted honeycomb, berry pie, and spiced chocolate follow through on a round, supple entry to a dry- to-fruity medium-to-full body with good depth and nice tangy cranberry and orange relish notes. Finished with a firm, powdery tannin fade. Tasty; pair with rib-eye steak. (Tasted on Jan. 25, 2010)

Beverage Tasting Institute
2007 Swingsville Zinfandel: 89 pts "Cellar selection" "Best Buy"
"Deep Garnet color. Aromas of chocolate, raspberries....Finishes with a crisp, roasted almond, rainsin, and pepper accented fade. Solid" (Tasted on 5/7/09)"

Under the Grape Tree
"...On the palate, black cherries, black current and blackberry notes are intermingled wiwth mocha, black pepper, cinnamon, vanilla, truffle and creamy oak. It finishes long and lush...."

W. Blake Grey on ZAP's top ten wines
"R&B makes a very nice $12 Zin from Lodi, the 2007 Swingsville, an old Bargain Wines favorite of mine..."give me that single-vineyard Napa Zin."

W. Blake Grey on top ten Napa Zins at ZAP
2007 Zydeco Zinfandel "Nice ripe cherry fruit with an interesting smoky note; long finish. 91"
The Buzz @ R&B Cellars - Wine of the Week

2007 Swingsville Zinfandel - 4 Stars - "Exceptional" "Wine of the Week" 9/28/09
94 Points "R&B Cellars Reserve 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon stands in the glass as a dark, ruby-garnet color. A beautiful aroma, revealing ripe dark fruits...."

Vinikits Vinterviews
rhythm in interview with R&B's winemaker, Kevin Brown 89
R&B Cellars 2007 Swingsville Zinfandel, Lodi $12, "Cellar Selection" "Best Buy" "Deep garnet color. Aromas of chocolate, raspberries, lilac and earth follow through on a soft, supple entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with a touch of spice and graphite. Finishes with a crisp, roasted almond, raisin, and pepper accented fade. Solid." (Tasted May, 2009)

Brokeass Gourmet 2009
R&B Cellars Lodi Zin: "...the wine is a fantastic value...The wine hits you with its distinct cherry and red licorice flavors...with prominent flavors and aromas of pomegranate and mint."