November 2013

Blue Reviews EXTRA! November 2013

By: Anthony Dias Blue



89 Bogle Vineyards 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, California ($10)
Smooth and rounded with ripe citrus and juicy acidity; tangy with spice and fresh fruit flavors; long and balanced; delightful.

88 Falernia 2012 Sauvignon Blanc Reserva, Elqui Valley, Chile ($11)
Juicy and fresh with jalapeno and grassy notes; ripe, juicy and balanced; long and spicy.

88 Albamar 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Casablanca Valley ($11)
Juicy grapefruit and meyer lemon; dry and clean with tangy acidity and a long, balanced finish. 


88 Washington Hills 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Washington State ($12)
Crisp, juicy and tangy with peach and passion fruit; racy and fresh.

88 Pennywise  2012 Sauvignon Blanc,  California ($13)
Clean, fresh and juicy with some sweetness and bright minerals and citrus; ripe, balanced and long. 85% Sauvignon Blanc, 12% French Colombard, 3% Symphony

88 Three Rivers Winery 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Valley ($16)
Smooth, dry and juicy with citrus and tangy acidity; silky and balanced, long and crisp. 92% Sauvignon Blanc, 8% Semillon.

90 Star Lane 2012 Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara ($22)
Ripe and juicy with tangy citrus and racy acidity; rich, creamy and bright. 

90 Merry Edwards 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Russian River Valley ($32)
Smooth and rich with juicy citrus and ripe melon and peach; smooth oak influence and complexity; mellow and vibrant.

90 Ma(i)sonry 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Hudson Vineyard, Napa Valley ($32)
Smooth and juicy with smooth texture and crisp citrus; rich and showing some oak influence; long and balanced, elegant and deep.



88 Bogle Vineyards 2012 Chardonnay, California ($10)
Smooth and creamy with ripe fruit and vanilla oak; juicy and fresh with good acidity and nice balance.

88 Robert Mondavi Private Selection 2012 Chardonnay,  Central Coast ($11)
Smooth and crisp with juicy peach and pear; fresh, balanced and classic. 96% Chardonnay, 3% White Riesling, 1% Gerwürtztraminer.

88 Pennywise 2011 Chardonnay, California ($13)
Silky and bright with racy acidity and tangy citrus; juicy, clean and balanced; a good value. 5% Viognier.

88 Sawtooth Winery 2011 Chardonnay, Snake River Valley, Idaho ($15)
Creamy and lush with smooth texture and bright apple fruit; mellow, rich and balanced.


90 Fess Parker 2012 Chardonnay, Santa Barbara County ($18)
Smooth and creamy, ripe and lush with apple, melon and butter; long and balanced.

88 Mossback 2012 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley ($18)
Smooth and bright with ripe citrus and green apple fruit; fresh, balanced and long with silky texture and a lively, long finish. 

90 Highflyer 2010 Chardonnay, Sierra Madre Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley ($28)
Smooth and creamy with ripe pear and lush flavors; long and rich, bright and nicely balanced.

90 Blair Estate 2012 Chardonnay, Roger Rose Vineyard, Arroyo Seco ($28)
Bright and juicy with crisp acidity and lively citrus; tangy and long; racy and lively; stylish.

90 Alta Maria Winery and Vineyards 2012 Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley ($28)
Bright and juicy with tangy citrus and green apple fruit; crisp and vibrant with lively acidity and fine balance; long and bracing.

91 Falcone Family Vineyards 2012 Chardonnay, Sierra Madre Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley ($30)
Juicy and bright with crisp apple fruit and lovely notes of tangy fruit and subtle oak; long, smooth and classic.

90 Schug Winery 2012 Chardonnay, Carneros ($30)
Silky and ripe with minerals and creamy texture; smooth, ripe and balanced.

90 Cambria Winery 2011 Chardonnay, Bench Break Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley ($32)
Rich, dense and creamy; ripe, thick and long with deep, round flavors; intense and long. 

91 Calera 2012 Chardonnay, Mt. Harlan ($34)
Crisp and bright with firm acid structure and lively citrus fruit; lovely minerals, good balance and nicely delineated flavors.

90 Marimar Estate 2011 Chardonnay, La Masía, Don Miguel Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($35)
Bright, clean and juicy with lively acidity and creamy texture; long, balanced and fresh.

90 Frank Family Vineyards 2012 Chardonnay, Carneros ($35)
Fresh and lively with good acid structure; long and balanced with crisp style and a long finish.

90 MacRostie 2011 Chardonnay, Wildcat Mountain Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($40)
Smooth and ripe with dense flavors of pear and juicy acidity; long, dense and balanced.

90 MacRostie 2011 Chardonnay, Dutton Ranch, Russian River Valley ($44)
Bright and clean with dense fruit and ripe pear; long and rich, deep and complex; ripe and balanced.  TWISTY

91 Marimar Estate 2010 Dobles Lías Chardonnay, Don Miguel Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($45)
Smooth and ripe with good acid structure and a long, balanced finish; juicy and crisp, long and lively.

90 Donelan Wines 2011 Chardonnay, Nancie, Sonoma County ($45)
Silky and elegant with tangy, juicy fruit and nice mineral notes; fresh, lively and balanced with bright style and a long, vibrant finish.


90 Tablas Creek 2012 Côtes de Tablas Blanc, Paso Robles ($27)
Smooth and rounded with aromatics, spice and rich minerality; mellow, lush and balanced; long, juicy and complex; snappy and fresh. 34% Viognier, 30% Marsanne, 30% Grenache Blanc, 6% Roussanne.

90 Famille Perrin 2011 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Sinards Blanc, France ($38)
Smooth and ripe with juicy acidity and creamy texture; lush, minerally and balanced; supple and long. 70% Grenache Blanc, 30% Clairette

90 Arrowood 2011 Viognier, Saralee's Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($30)
Lush and ripe with vanilla, aromatic fruit and lovely balance; tangy and fresh; long and rich with good acid structure; lovely. 

90 Vie Winery 2011 Roussanne, Lake County ($29)
Smooth and creamy with good firm acidity and rich minerality; ripe, rich and balanced with spice and good balance.


Willow Crest 2012 Riesling, Yakima Valley ($15)
Crisp apple and citrus fruit; spicy, dry and mellow with juicy flavors and bright acidity; smooth and balanced.

90 Domdechant Werner 2012 Hochheimer Riesling Kabinett , Rheingau, Germany ($20)
Smooth and creamy with some sweetness and clean, juicy flavors; long and balanced.

90 Domdechant Werner 2012 Riesling Trocken Hochheimer Kirchenstück, Rheingau, Germany ($35)
Juicy and fresh with smooth, minerally and creamy citrus fruit; smooth, ripe and balanced.

91 Domdechant Werner 2012 Riesling Hochheimer Domdechaney Spätlese, Rheingau, Germany ($35)
Smooth, juicy and sweet with lovely, creamy citrus; clean, fresh and balanced.

91 Domdechant Werner 2011 Riesling Trocken Hochheimer Domdechaney, Rheingau, Germany ($51)
Rich and juicy with minerals and notes of vanilla; juicy lime and tangy acidity; deep and complex with lovely balance and a long, fresh finish. 

91 Domdechant Werner 2012 Riesling Auslese Hochheimer Domdechaney, Rheingau ($53)
Smooth, lush and creamy with lovely sweet citrus and juicy acidity; rich, long and balanced.


Herdade do Esporão 2012 Monte Velho, Vinho Regional Alentejano ($10)
Bright and fruit with notes of citrus and white flowers; crisp and tangy with juicy, clean flavors and a long, smooth finish. 40% Antão Vaz, 40% Roupeiro, 20% Perrum.

90 Herdade do Esporão 2011 Reserva, Alentejo, Portugal ($20)
Complex and juicy with ripe fruit and a hint of barrel fermentation; deep, creamy-textured and very long in the mouth; rich, mellow with good firm acidity. Antão Vaz, Arinto, Roupeiro, Semillon

90 Herdade do Esporão 2011 Private Selection, Alentejo, Portugal ($25)
Rich and juicy with lovely spice, clean fruit and concentration; smooth texture and a long, ripe finish. 95% Semillon.

90 Tascante 2012 Buonora, Sicilia, Italy ($20)
Lush and aromatic, spicy, aromatic and smooth; charming and rich with minerals and lovely depth; long and balanced. 100% Carricante.

90 Franz Haas 2011 Schweizer Manna, Dolomiti, Italy ($41)
Smooth and ripe with juicy, tangy citrus fruit; bright  and lush with spice and lively fruit. Riesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Traminer.

88 Willow Crest 2012 Muscat Canelli, Yakima Valley ($15)
Clean, smooth and a bit spritzy; juicy, spicy and fresh, generous flavors.



Carmenet 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, California ($12)
Smooth and juicy with bright plum and juicy berry fruit; clean, fresh and racy with a long finish.

88 Pennywise 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, California ($13)
Smooth and juicy with bright plum, tangy acidity and soft herbs; fresh, balanced and long with good depth and style. 17% Syrah, 7% Merlot.

90 Francis Ford Coppola 2011  Diamond Collection Claret, California ($18)
Smooth and fresh with plum, oak and spice; fresh and balanced with nice dusty, mellow notes; long and tangy, fresh and bright; charming. 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Petit Verdot, 3% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc.

90 Frei Brothers Reserve 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley ($23)
Smooth and lush with velvety texture and ripe plum and cassis fruit; harmonious with soft toasted oak and hints of vanilla; long and balanced. 

90 Arrowood 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County ($30)
Smooth and velvety with ripe plum and cassis; bright and showing fine acid structure and complexity; dense, rich and long. 2% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc.

90 R2 Wine Co. 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon 1331, Signature Series, Bugay Vineyard, Sonoma Valley ($54)
Smooth and lush with black plum and blueberry fruit; rich and balanced with spices, minerals and hints of oak; seamless and long.

91 Pamplin Family Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley ($55)
Rich and smooth with juicy plum and black raspberry fruit; elegant, ripe and balanced; lush and dense with a core of bright acidity; long and intense. 2% Petit Verdot.

90 Canoe Ridge Vineyard 2010 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Block 1, Columbia Valley ($58)
Smooth and lush with bright acidity and tangy plum and cassis fruit; harmonious and edgy, long and balanced. 

91 Steven Kent Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Folkendt Vineyard, Livermore Valley ($65)
Clean, firm and juicy with classic varietal plum and juicy acidity; smooth, bright and fresh with depth and aging potential.

90 Rodney Strong Wine Estates 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Brother's Ridge Vineyard, Alexander Valley ($75)
Smooth and juicy with tangy plum and blackberry fruit; fresh and racy with supple texture and a long, bright finish. 

91 Rodney Strong Wine Estates 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander's Crown Vineyard, Alexander Valley ($75)
Dark and spicy, velvety and ripe with lovely plum and blackberry fruit; supple, juicy and balanced, with long, tangy flavors and a bright, complex finish. 

91 Rodney Strong Wine Estates 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Rockaway Vineyard, Alexander Valley ($75)
Silky and tangy with crisp acidity and juicy plum and berry fruit; racy and bright with tangy style; long, smooth and charming. 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Malbec, 5% Petit Verdot

94 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Fay, Napa Valley ($110)
Smooth and velvety with luscious plum and berry fruit; toasty and deep with notes of vanilla oak and generous flavors that come together seamlessly; stunning and delicious. 


Washington Hills 2012 Merlot, Washington State ($12)
Lush and smooth with ripe, generous plum fruit and juicy acidity; crisp, balanced and long.

88 Pennywise 2010 Merlot, California ($13)
Smooth plum, berries and ripe, juicy fruit; supple, fresh and showing hints of oak, cinnamon and spice; long and racy, crisp and long. 76% Merlot, 24% Syrah

88 Healdsburg Ranches 2011 Coastal Series Merlot, California ($13)
Smooth, fresh and juicy with bright plum, good acid structure and a tangy, uncomplicated style; vibrant and balanced with good length.

91 Matanzas Creek 2010 Merlot, Sonoma County ($28)
Dark and lush with pure plum and blackberry fruit; smooth and toasty with lovely balance and soft herbal complexity; good balance and acid structure; long and rich. 96% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon

92Blackbird Vineyards 2011 Illustration, Napa Valley ($125)
Smooth and ripe with rich plum, spice and herbs; supple, lush and deep with balance, tangy fruit acidity and style; long and vibrant. 75% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.


Schug Winery 2012 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast ($25)
Bright and tangy with juicy acidity and lively cherry fruit; fresh and racy with vibrant flavors.

90 R2 Wine Co 2012 Pinot Noir, Black Pine, California ($26)
Smooth and ripe with black cherry and spice; clean, crisp and balanced; long and dense.

90 Schug Winery 2011 Pinot Noir, Carneros ($30)
Juicy and bright with tangy cherry fruit and dense flavors; long, rich and balanced.

90 Cambria Winery 2011 Pinot Noir, Bench Break Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley ($34)
Dense, meaty and lush with rich, ripe flavors of cherry and spice; smooth, balanced and long. 

90 Paul Hobbs 2012 Crossbarn Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast ($35)
Juicy, ripe and smooth with tangy cherry, lush, spicy flavors and a long, balanced, finish.

90 Paul Hobbs 2012 Crossbarn Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley ($35)
Lush and juicy with ripe black cherry and firm acid structure; silky and long.

90 Talley Vineyards 2011 Estate Pinot Noir, Arroyo Grande Valley ($36)
Bright and juicy with ripe cherry and silky texture; fresh, crisp and tangy;  lively, balanced and long with lovely style.

90 Marimar Estate 2010 Mas Cavalls Pinot Noir, Don Miguel Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($44)
Smooth, ripe and silky with red cherry and bright acidity; juicy, long and balanced with a long, crisp finish.

90 Panther Creek Cellars 2009 Pinot Noir, Shea Vineyard, Yamhill-Carlton ($45)
Silky and crisp with lovely structure; bright acidity, fresh cherry fruit and lovely balance; long and stylish.

91 Marimar Estate 2010 Pinot Noir, Stony Block; Unfiltered, Don Miguel Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($47)
Silky and juicy with fresh cherry and tangy acidity; elegant and harmonious with lovely balance and style; long and classic.

91 R2 Wine Co 2012 Pinot Noir, Hein; Signature Series, Anderson Valley ($48)
Juicy and crisp with bright cherry and notes of brown sugar; complex, elegant and balanced.

90 Marimar Estate 2009 Cristina Pinot Noir, Don Miguel Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($49)
Dense and rich with juicy cherry and spice; balanced, deep and long with good acid structure and a long, elegant finish.

90 Rex Hill Vineyards 2011 Pinot Noir, Sims Vineyard, Willamette Valley ($52)
Dense, smooth and tangy with soft, dry and earthy style; crisp acidity and nice balance; long and focused.

91 Rex Hill Vineyards 2011 Pinot Noir, Jacob-Hart Vineyard, Willamette Valley ($52)
Deep ruby color; smooth and ripe with tangy acidity and good balance; bright plum and cherry fruit; some earth and a long, spicy finish.

92 Donelan Wines 2011 Pinot Noir, Two Brothers, North Coast ($55)
Bright and tangy with lively acidity and fresh cherry, strawberry and spice; juicy, racy and elegant with a clean, vibrant finish.

90 Merry Edwards 2011 Pinot Noir, Georganne Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($57)
Juicy and smooth with ripe blackberry and cherry; dense, tangy and balanced.

91 Merry Edwards 2011 Pinot Noir, Coopersmith Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($60)
Bright and juicy with tangy berry and cherry; meaty but with good acid structure; long and balanced.

91 Talley Vineyards 2011 Pinot Noir, Rosemary's Vineyard, Arroyo Grande Valley ($70)
Intense and earthy with roses and cherry fruit; tangy, long and balanced with elegance and style.


Morgan Winery 2011 Cotes du Crow's, Monterey ($18)
Bright and fresh with raspberry and tangy cherry fruit; spicy, toasty and generous; long and balanced, smooth and juicy. 60% Syrah, 40% Grenache.

91 Vie Winery NV Mélange Maison I, Old Vines, California ($29)
Dark, tangy and spicy with notes of roasted meat, smoke and juicy wild berry fruit; deep, intense and rich; long and loaded with character. Syrah, Mourvèdre, Grenache blend.

90 Tablas Creek 2011 Espirit de Tablas Rouge, Paso Robles ($55)
Smooth and spicy with ripe berry fruit and minerality; meaty, lush and balanced with a long finish. 40% Mourvèdre, 30% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Counoise.

88 Montpellier 2012 Syrah, California ($10)
Clean and juicy with bright blackberry and raspberry; bright, youthful and smooth with tangy fruit and crisp acidity; long and fresh. 

88 Falernia 2010 Syrah Reserva, Elqui Valley, Chile ($15)
Smooth and lush with ripe berry fruit and plum; spicy and juicy with a long, rich finish. 

90 Morgan Winery 2011 Syrah, G17, Monterey ($22)
spicy berry nose; smooth blackberry and spice with tangy acidity and mellow style; fresh and lush with balance and a long finish. 83% Syrah, 14% Tempranillo, 3% Grenache.

90 Rock Wren 2009 Syrah, Green Valley ($25)
Lush and deep with ripe blackberry and cassis fruit; rich and dense with smooth texture and juicy, mature flavors; long and complex with generous style and good structure.

90 Falcone Family Vineyards 2011 Syrah, Paso Robles ($30)
Ripe and smooth with black raspberry and juicy cherry; spicy, mellow and balanced with fresh flavors and silky texture; long and balanced. 94% Syrah, 6% Petite Sirah.

91 Dierberg Vineyards 2010 Syrah, Santa Ynez Valley ($34)
Lush, ripe and bursting with blackberry and blueberry fruit; tangy, intense and rich with deep color and deep flavors plus gamey style; hearty, balanced and long with lots of charm.

91 Austin Hope 2011 Syrah, Hope Family Vineyard, Paso Robles ($42)
Dark and deep with lush plum and blackberry; spicy, intense and juicy with excellent balance and long, ripe flavors. 

90 Donelan Wines 2011 Syrah, Cuvée Christine, Sonoma County ($45)
Toasty and bright with lean, juicy style and notes of green peppercorns; elegant, balanced and long with finesse and good structure; charming and fresh.

93 Donelan Wines 2009 Syrah, Walker Vine Hill Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($45)
Dark and rich with ripe, intense plum and cassis fruit; spicy, vivid and juicy with notes of earth and forest floor; dense, balanced and long.

95 Donelan Wines 2010 Syrah, Obsidian Vineyard, Knights Valley ($90)
Dark and intense with beautifully defined elements of blackberry, cherry, smoke and leather with roasted meats and cocoa; savory and complex, balanced, articulate and showing huge aging potential.


Ancient Peaks 2011 Renegade, Margarita Vineyard, Paso Robles ($23)
Smooth and dark with lush plum and blackberry fruit; dense, spicy and intense with notes of mocha and spice; long and rich with ripe and vibrant style. 62% Syrah, 28% Petit Verdot, 10% Malbec.

90 Feudi di San Gregorio 2008 Taurasi, Italy ($45)
Intense nose; deep, rich and juicy with spice, intensity and smooth texture; ripe, vinous and concentrated; smooth and fresh; long and focused.  Aglicanico.

88 Herdade do Esporão 2012 Monte Velho, Vinho Regional Alentejano, Portugal ($10)
Spicy and juicy with bright black raspberry and good concentration; fresh and charming with good acid structure and depth; long and balanced. 40% Aragonez (Tempranillo), 35% Trincadeira, 20% Touriga Nacional, 5% Syrah

89 Herdade do Esporão 2009 Vinho Regional Alentejano, Portugal ($30)
Dark, juicy and round with smooth blackberry and spice; balanced and surprisingly attractive; soft oak and good depth. Alicante Bouschet.

89 Herdade do Esporão 2010 Reserva, Alentejo ($25)
Dark, spicy and generous with blackberry and cherry fruit; smooth and excellent length; ripe and balanced. Aragonês, Trincadeira, Cabernet Sauvignon, Alicante Bouschet


Healdsburg Ranches 2011 Zinfandel, Coastal Series, California ($13)
Fresh, smooth and tangy with wild blackberry and spice; smooth, clean and balanced; long and an excellent value.  TWISTY

88 Renwood Winery 2011 Zinfandel, California ($15)
Smooth with buttery oak and blackberry with spice and tangy acidity; balanced and juicy with depth and lots of charm. 86% Zinfandel, 10% Primitivo, 2% Roussanne, 1% Mourvèdre, 1% Souzão.

90 Edmeades 2011 Zinfandel, Mendocino County ($20)
Smooth and lush with ripe blackberries and spice; silky and showing bright acidity and a long, juicy finish; a nicely balanced wine. 76% Zinfandel, 18% Petite Sirah, 6% Syrah

90 Renwood Winery 2011 Zinfandel, Fiddletown ($25)
Rich and deep with ripe blackberry fruit and smooth texture; deep, balanced and intense with excellent structure and vivid flavors; long and  fresh. 1% Mission.

90 Frank Family Vineyards 2011 Zinfandel, Napa Valley ($37)
Buttery oak and silky texture with spice, ripe blackberry and plum fruit; fresh, juicy and bright with good balance and tangy, brambly flavors. 89% Zinfandel, 11% Petite Sirah.

91 Bella Vineyards 2010 Zinfandel, Rocky Ridge Vineyard, Rockpile ($45)
Dark, concentrated color; rich wild blackberry nose; tangy and rich with spice and racy black fruits; firm acid structure; long and intense. 96% Zinfandel, 2% Petite Sirah, 2% Carignane.

88 Pennywise 2011 Petite Sirah, California ($13)
Deep ruby color; spicy and bright with lovely ripe berry fruit; silky and fresh with long, balanced flavors. 86% Petite Sirah, 8% Merlot, 6% Tannat.


J. García Carrión NV Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut, Cava ($10)
Tangy and ripe with clean, dry, fresh flavors; crisp, juicy and deep with balance and good length. 50% Macabeo, 35% Parellada, 15% Zarel-lo

88 De Bortoli Wines NV Willowglen, Australia ($12)
Fresh and juicy with tangy acidity and dry, crisp apple and lively style; long and clean.

90 Schramsberg Vineyards 2009 Brut Rosé, North Coast ($43)
Fresh, juicy and bright with raspberry and tangy acidity; smooth, ripe and balanced; long and charming. 70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay.

90 VML 2007 Blanc de Noirs, Russian River Valley ($50)
Bright salmon color; juicy and fresh with lively berry fruit and tangy acidity; tangy, smooth and balanced with a crisp, clean finish. 

90 Champagne Collet NV Blanc de Blancs Champagne Extra ($58)
Smooth and lush; ripe, juicy, and pure. 

88 Falernia 2012 Pedro Ximénez Reserva, Elqui Valley, Chile ($9)
Spicy and aromatic with smooth texture and crisp acid structure; fresh and balanced.

88 Washington Hills 2012 Late Harvest Riesling, Washington State ($12)
Fresh, sweet and juicy with lush, ripe lime and ripe, luscious fruit.

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