August 2014

Blue Reviews Extra! August 2014

By: Anthony Dias Blue

Whites

88 Domaine Claudia Papayianni 2013 Ex'Arnon White, Chalkidiki, Greece ($15)
Clean, fresh and racy with bracing peach and tangy acidity; smooth and ripe with spice and mineral notes; balanced and racy with lively fruit.
STELLAR IMPORTING COMPANY

88 CB Cellars 2012 Blend 23, Napa Valley ($37)
Smooth, clean and juicy with crisp citrus and floral notes; aromatic and fresh with racy, spicy style; long and bright; a nice amalgam of flavors. 44% Chardonnay, 47% Sauvignon Blanc, 9% Viognier.

92 Navarro Vineyards 2012 Late Harvest Gewürztraminer, Cluster Select, Anderson Valley ($35)
Rich, spicy nose; crisp and juicy with sweet apricot and lovely spice; pure, balanced and very long.

90 Black Stallion 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Limited Release, Napa Valley ($26)
Crisp and juicy with racy lime and juicy acidity; fresh, nervy and bright; long and balanced.
DFV WINES 

90 Franciscan 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley ($17)
Smooth and juicy with citrus and melon fruit; fresh and tangy with minerals, spice and lush texture; long and ripe.
CONSTELLATION WINE U.S.

90 Medlock Ames 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Bell Mountain Estate, Alexander Valley ($27)
Bright and juicy with spice and tangy citrus fruit; racy and fresh, lively, earthy and crisp,

90 Peju 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley ($22)
Smooth and crisp with lively citrus and a bit of spritz; juicy, fresh and bright with balance and a long finish.

90 Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Talitha Cumi Bloc, Prayer Rock Vineyard Estate, Umpqua Valley ($23)
Bright and tangy with lively citrus and tangy, fresh style; clean, pure and vibrant; crisp and juicy, long and lively.

89 Truett-Hurst 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Bluebird, Russian River Valley ($22)
Bright and juicy with citrus, minerals and spice; fresh, crisp and balanced.
TRUETT-HURST

90 Bellingham 2012 Bernard Series Old Vine Chenin Blanc, Coastal Region, South Africa ($22)
Bright and racy with generous citrus and juicy fruit; long and polished with depth and vibrant style.
PACIFIC HIGHWAY WINES & SPIRITS

90 Arrowood 2012 Chardonnay, Sonoma County ($25)
Smooth and creamy with ripe pear, vanilla, honey and citrus; elegant, toasty and long.
JACKSON FAMILY WINES

90 Byron 2012 Chardonnay, Nielson Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley ($32)
Smooth and lush with rich, creamy texture and ripe fruit; vanilla and dense tropical fruit; deep and long with balance and style.
JACKSON FAMILY WINES 

91 Center of Effort 2011 Chardonnay, Edna Valley ($30)
Bright and tangy with snappy acidity and ripe citrus; juicy, forward and balanced.

91 Donelan Wines 2012 Chardonnay, Nancie, Sonoma County ($45)
Bright, fresh and juicy with rounded fruit and racy acidity; minerally, crisp with pure, focused fruit and a long, elegant finish; eloquent and vibrant.

90 Duckhorn 2012 Migration Chardonnay, Searby Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($55)
Smooth and juicy with bright acidity and silky texture; lush and balanced.

91 Duckhorn 2012 Migration Chardonnay, Dierberg Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley ($55)
Smooth and lush with juicy tropical fruit and rich notes of vanilla oak; ripe and dense with lovely depth; creamy and long.

90 Duckhorn 2012 Migration Chardonnay, Charles Heintz Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($55)
Smooth and ripe with lovely rich pear and lush, creamy texture; vanilla and toasty oak; long and dense.

91 Etude 2012 Estate Chardonnay, Carneros ($32)
Smooth and fresh with elegance and finesse; lush and ripe with vanilla, sweet oak and lovely structure; balanced, lush and long.
TREASURY WINE ESTATES 

91 Fog Crest Vineyard 2010 Chardonnay, Elevage, Russian River Valley ($39)
Juicy and ripe with vanilla, tangy fruit and soft texture; lush and rich with snappy structure and good length.

92 Franciscan 2011 Chardonnay, Cuvée Sauvage, Carneros ($40)
Bright and toasty with vanilla, smooth fruit and lovely juicy style; pure and complex, long and balanced.
CONSTELLATION WINE U.S. 

90 Hahn SLH 2012 Chardonnay, Santa Lucia Highlands ($25)
Creamy and lush with vanilla and toasted oak; crisp and juicy with bright fruit and silky texture; full-flavored and balanced with a long, rich finish.
HAHN FAMILY WINES

90 Inman Family Winery 2012 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley ($35)
Bright, crisp and juicy with citrus, tangy acidity and lively fruit; fresh, racy and lively; long and lifted.

90 Kendall-Jackson 2012 Chardonnay, Jackson Estate, Camelot Highlands, Santa Maria Valley ($30)
Toasty nose; ripe, tropical fruit, vanilla oak; crisp, fresh and vibrant; long and balanced.

90 Medlock Ames 2013 Chardonnay, Bell Mountain Estate, Russian River Valley ($27)
Fresh and juicy with bright pear fruit and silky texture; tangy, balanced and polished; long and charming.

89 Paul Hobbs 2013 CrossBarn Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast ($25)
Smooth and juicy with ripe fruit, tangy acidity and nice vanilla notes; fresh, balanced and long.

92 Pellet Estate 2013 Un-oaked Chardonnay, Sunchase Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($34)
Smooth and mellow with ripe fruit and juicy with intensity and depth; precise and lovely with seamless style and great finesse; you won't miss the oak.

90 Robert Talbott Vineyards 2012 Estate Chardonnay, Sleepy Hollow Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands ($42)
Silky and fresh with juicy pear and citrus; tangy and bright with good depth; long, lush and balanced.

87 Robert Talbott Vineyards 2012 Kali Hart Estate Chardonnay, Monterey ($20)
Fresh and bright with tangy acidity and lively pear and citrus fruit; clean, balanced and long.

91 Sanctuary Estates 2012 Chardonnay, Charles Heintz & Dutton Ranches Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($30)
Smooth and juicy with vanilla, light toast and ripe pear; lovely texture and balance, long and elegant.
FETZER VINEYARDS

90 Stag's Leap Winery 2012 Chardonnay, Napa Valley ($30)
Fresh, bright and juicy with elegant style that shows racy acidity and nice minerality; ripe, balanced and crisp with a long, crisp finish.
TREASURY WINE ESTATES

90 Talley Vineyards 2012 Estate Chardonnay, Arroyo Grande Valley ($27)
Ripe and rich with racy acidity and lovely balance; fresh, juicy and long with style and finesse.

90 Three Sticks LLC 2012 Chardonnay, One Sky, Sonoma Mountain ($50)
Smooth, lush and ripe with sweet vanilla and butterscotch; creamy, mellow and long.

90 Trefethen 2012 Chardonnay, Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley ($35)
Smooth and creamy with juicy pear and citrus; elegant, balanced and long.

90 Truett-Hurst 2012 Swallowtail Chardonnay,  Russian River Valley ($27)
Smooth and ripe with juicy pear, vanilla and crisp acidity; good depth and balance; lovely lush finish.
TRUETT-HURST

90 VML 2012 Chardonnay, Limited Release, Russian River Valley ($28)
Elegant with creamy texture and notes of vanilla and oak; crisp structure and generous flavors; lush and long.
TRUETT-HURST

90 Etude 2013 Pinot Gris, Carneros ($26)
Smooth and fresh with juicy fruit and tangy acidity; brisk, precise and crisp; long and balanced.
TREASURY WINE ESTATES

88 Waitsburg Cellars 2013 Three: Grenache Blanc-Marsanne-Picpoul, Columbia Valley ($18)
Creamy and lush with minerals, ripe fruit and balance; mellow, dense and long.

PRECEPT WINE

90 Arrowood 2012 Viognier, Saralee's Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($30)
Smooth and creamy with vanilla and lush style; rich, mellow and balanced with a long, ripe finish.
JACKSON FAMILY WINES

90 Graef Wines 2012 Viognier, Solano County ($24)
Juicy and bright with aromatics and smooth texture; floral, tangy and snappy with depth, style and good length.

90 Baglio di Pianetto 2013 Ficiligno, Sicilia, Italy ($19)
Ripe and juicy with lush tropical fruit and floral notes; clean, fresh and charming.
VINVINO (NY)/TERRAVINO (CA)/WINES LLC (OH)

91 Inama 2011 Vigneto Du Lot, Soave Classico, Italy ($30)
Golden color; juicy and crisp with rich, ripe fruit and good depth; lush, intense and balanced.
DALLA TERRA

88 Baglio di Pianetto 2013 BDP Y Insolia, Sicilia, Italy ($12)
Smooth and juicy with lush, aromatic fruit; creamy, ripe and round.
VINVINO (NY)/TERRAVINO (CA)/WINES LLC (OH)

91 Barboursville Vineyards 2008 Malvasia Passito, White Table Wine, Virginia ($35)
Golden amber; juicy, silky and honey sweet with bright pineapple and apricot; burnished and balanced.

89 Tablas Creek 2013 Vermentino, Paso Robles ($27)
Fresh and juicy with bright apple, citrus fruit and nice floral notes; balanced, crisp and long.

VINEYARD BRANDS PERRIN FAMILY

90 August Kesseler 2013 R Riesling Kabinett, Pfalz, Germany ($18)
Racy, crisp and juicy with tangy lime and green peach; fresh, nervy and long.

VINEYARD BRANDS

90 Trefethen 2013 Dry Riesling, Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley ($25)
Dry, crisp and minerally; racy, minerally with juicy acidity; bright and tangy.

90 Patricius 2012 Furmint, Száraz (Dry), Tokaji, Hungary ($19)
Silky, bright and juicy with racy, mouth-filling tropical fruit; crisp and balanced, fresh and long.

PARK STREET IMPORTS

Reds

93 Aleksander Wine 2010 Reserve, Paso Robles ($95)
Dark; lush nose; concentrated and harmonious with racy acidity and deep flavors of plum, black raspberry and spice; juicy, intense and elegant; refined and balanced. 76% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon.
S&G ESTATE

92 Calluna Vineyards 2010 Calluna Estate, Chalk Hill ($50)
Rich and intense with great depth and style; elegant, showing plum, cassis and soft spice; layered, lush and lovely; complex and lovely and seamless blending of all five Bordeaux varieties.

88 Domaine Claudia Papayianni 2008 Claudia Red, Chalkidiki, Greece ($24)
Lush and juicy with clean, fresh blackberry and spice with notes of tobacco and vanilla; charming and long with tangy style. 50% Xinomavro, 20% Syrah, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon.
STELLAR IMPORTING COMPANY

90 Foxen Vineyard 2012 Cuvée Jeanne Marie Red Wine, Williamson-Doré Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley ($40)
Silky and smooth with raspberry and bright acidity; fresh, juicy and bursting with red fruit; clean, spicy and fresh; long and balanced.

89 Graziano Family of Wines 2012 Saint Gregory Pinotrois, Mendocino County ($19)
Fresh and juicy with cherry, raspberry and tangy acidity; a unique blend of Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir and Pinotage that actually works; clean and fresh with good balance and style.

89 Miraflores 2011 Estate, El Dorado ($29)
Dense, smooth and spicy with plum, blackberry and cassis; bright, fresh and balanced; long and juicy.

90 Paraduxx 2011 C Blend, Napa Valley ($52)
Smooth and juicy with bright plum and black raspberry fruit; earthy, lush and showing spice and good structure; long and balanced.
DUCKHORN

90 Paraduxx 2011, Napa Valley ($48)
Smooth and ripe with rich plum and blackberry fruit; lush, juicy and dense with lovely balance and style.
DUCKHORN

88 Pedroncelli Winery 2012 friends.red, Sonoma County ($12)
Smooth and juicy with blackberry, raspberry and earthy notes; crisp and lively with racy spice and clean flavors; long and fresh.

90 Alder Ridge 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Alder Ridge Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills ($30)
Ripe and juicy with deep plum and raspberry fruit; bright and luscious with depth and generous style; ripe and forward, fresh and long.

93 B.R. Cohn 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, 67% Napa County & 33% Sonoma County ($40)
Spice and mint in the nose; smooth, lush and generous with lovely plum, blackberry and cassis; elegant structure and juicy style; a dazzler.

92 Black Stallion 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($70)
Smooth and juicy with lovely plum and tangy style; bright and racy with lovely spice, fine structure and good length with hints of chocolate and coffee.
DFV WINES

90 Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Indian Wells, Columbia Valley ($20)
Intense and dark with concentrated black cherry and blackberry; smooth and rich with lush, ripe style; balanced and vibrant; long and deep.
STE. MICHELLE WINE ESTATES

94 Clos du Val 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Joie du Vin, Stags Leap District ($400/magnum only)
Velvety, lush and rich with plum, cassis and notes of spice and licorice; juicy, ripe and intense with depth and finesse; tangy and nicely structured; long and complex; surely the best wine Clos du Val has ever made.
GWE AMERICAS 

92 Guarachi Family Wines 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($80)
Velvety and lush with blackberry, cassis, tar and chocolate; intense, rich and dense with depth and complexity; long and vivid.
TGIC IMPORTERS

90 Jamieson Ranch Vineyards 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Double Lariat, Napa Valley ($40)
Deep, dark and rich with ripe, plummy blackberry and cassis; intense and showing chocolate and spice; lush and juicy.

91 Medlock Ames 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Bell Mountain Vineyard, Alexander Valley ($42)
Smooth and lush with ripe plum, cassis and spice; juicy, rich and balanced; long and lovely.

92 Medlock Ames 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Fifty Tons, Alexander Valley ($60)
Lush and deep with lovely plum and black raspberry; dense and showing vanilla, tangy style with hints of chocolate; long and intense.

94 Medlock Ames 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Kate's & B's, Alexander Valley ($75)
Lush and smooth with ripe blackberry and cassis; intense and polished with deep notes of earth, spice and vanilla; perfectly balanced and vibrant.

91 Pellet Estate 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Pellet Vineyard, Napa Valley ($85)
Dark and lush with notes of coffee and spice; ripe blackberry, cassis and plum; bright, elegant and charming with balance and style; long and impressive.

90 Piña Napa Valley 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Buckeye Vineyard, Howell Mountain ($85)
Tannic and edgy with spice and racy acidity; juicy, smooth and long.

92 Piña Napa Valley 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Firehouse Vineyard, Rutherford ($85)
Juicy and intense with lively plum, blackberry and spice; crisp and structured with rich texture and a long, balanced finish.

92 Piña Napa Valley 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Wolff Vineyard, Yountville ($85)
Rich, spicy nose; smooth and ripe with deep plum and blackberry; notes of vanilla, toast and spice; long and balanced.

91 Rodney Strong Wine Estates 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley ($28)
Smooth and ripe with bright plum, blackberry and spice; nice elements of mineral and soft oak; generous, balanced and long.

88 Ross Andrew Winery 2012 The Huntsman Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley ($15)
Juicy berry nose; crisp and racy with notes of vanilla and black raspberry; clean, lively and balanced.

PRECEPT WINE

92 Silverado Vineyards 2011 Solo Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District ($110)
Juicy and ripe with lovely plum and blackberry fruit; silky and balanced with fine acid structure and good length; elegant and complex with a polished style.

90 Smith & Hook 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Coast ($30)
Smooth and spicy with ripe plum and soft herbs; excellent structure and good complexity; lush and long with balance and style.
HAHN FAMILY WINES

90 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($53)
Bright and dense with crisp acidity and bright plum; juicy, tangy and long.
STE. MICHELLE WINE ESTATES

90 Vina Robles 2011 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles ($24)
Bright and spicy with Bordeaux-like character; smooth, juicy and showing smoke, minerals and plum fruit; balanced, complex and stylish; vivid, fresh and impressive.

90 Wente Vineyards 2012 Charles Wetmore Cabernet Sauvignon, Livermore Valley ($30)
Smooth and ripe with juicy plum and showing notes of vanilla oak and spice; balanced, elegant and long.
WENTE FAMILY ESTATES

90 Flora Springs 2012 Merlot, Napa Valley ($25)
Bright and juicy with plum and racy acidity; tangy, fresh and balanced; long and classic.

92 PlumpJack Winery 2012 Merlot, Napa Valley ($56)
Bright and juicy with ripe plum, blackberry and cassis; fine structure, smooth texture and lovely balance; elegant and long.

90 Howell Mountain Vineyards 2011 Petit Verdot, Howell Mountain ($65)
Smooth, juicy and lush with ripe plum, raspberry and spice; some earthy notes and soft herbs; good structure and balance.

90 Center of Effort 2011 Pinot Noir, Edna Valley ($45)
Dark, dense and lush with juicy cherry and plum; rich and velvety, long and balanced.

91 Davies Vineyards 2012 Pinot Noir, Ferrington Vineyard, Anderson Valley ($55)
Smooth and lush with ripe cherry and smooth texture; elegant, structured and long.
WILSON DANIELS LTD.

92 Foxen Vineyard 2012 Pinot Noir, Julia's Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley ($62)
Smooth, dense and bright with ripe cherry and notes of earth; juicy and layered with depth and finesse; long and balanced.

90 Foxen Vineyard 2012 Pinot Noir, Block 8, Bien Nacido Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley ($62)
Lush and ripe, meaty and deep with tangy cherry and notes of earth; smooth, balanced and long.

92 Foxen Vineyard 2012 Pinot Noir, La Encantada Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills ($62)
Bright and juicy, crisp and racy with dense cherry and spice; elegant, fresh and lively, long and balanced.

91 Foxen Vineyard 2012 Pinot Noir, John Sebastiano Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills ($48)
Bright and juicy with crisp cherry and sweet oak; tangy, lively and showing savory notes; long and balanced.

92 Goldeneye 2009 Pinot Noir, Gowan Creek Vineyard, Anderson Valley ($80)
Lush, ripe and balanced with sweet oak, vanilla and juicy cherry fruit; nicely structure and long.
DUCKHORN

93 Guarachi Family Wines 2012 Pinot Noir, Gap's Crown Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($75)
Dark, ripe and juicy with deep black cherry, spice and vanilla; powerful yet elegant, long and rich.
TGIC IMPORTERS

92 Inman Family Winery 2011 Pinot Noir, OGV, Olivet Grange Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($68)
Smooth and spicy with crisp acidity and bright red cherry fruit; fresh, juicy and bright, long and classic.

90 Ponzi Vineyards 2012 Pinot Noir, Wilamette Valley ($40)
Bright, smooth and juicy with lovely cherry, raspberry fruit; elegant and fresh.
WILSON DANIELS

90 Reata 2012 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast ($45)
Earthy and dense with sweet cherry and spice; silky and balanced.
JAMIESON RANCH

90 Riboli Family 2012 Windstream Pinot Noir, Sarmento Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands ($40)
Smooth and ripe with cherry fruit and spice; dense and juicy, balanced and silky; long and earthy.

89 Sanctuary Estates 2012 Pinot Noir, Bien Nacido Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley ($40)
Smooth and ripe with cherry and ripe raspberry; earthy, juicy and crisp; long and balanced.
FETZER VINEYARDS

90 Stoller Vineyards 2011 Pinot Noir, Reserve, Dundee Hills ($45)
Crisp and juicy with bright cherry and raspberry fruit; elegant, tangy and long; lively.

90 Talley Vineyards 2012 Pinot Noir, Estate Bottled, Arroyo Grande Valley ($36)
Smooth, ripe and juicy with black cherry and bright acid structure; fresh and balanced, long and stylish.

91 Thomas George Estates 2012 Estate Pinot Noir, Baker Ridge Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($70)
Deep and juicy with tangy acidity and bright red cherry fruit; sweet oak, spice and earth; savory and balanced.

90 Thomas George Estates 2012 Pinot Noir, Estate Wine, Starr Ridge Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($60)
Crisp and juicy with cherry, plum and spice; smooth and balanced with bright acidity and good length.

91 Three Sticks LLC 2011 Pinot Noir, Durell Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($65)
Silky, juicy and bright with spice, cherry and earth; crisp, bright and balanced.

93 Trombetta Family Wines 2011 Pinot Noir, Gap's Crown Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($58)
Elegant and juicy with lovely bright cherry and berry fruit; vibrant and silky with depth, style and grace; generous, precise and long.

92 Trombetta Family Wines 2012 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast ($45)
Lush and dense with rich plum, cherry and spice; firmly structured and generous; long and elegant.

90 Valerie's Vineyard 2012 Pinot Noir, Carneros ($40)
Smooth and fresh with juicy cherry and racy acidity; good depth, structure and balance; long and pure.

90 Archium Cellars 2012 Dissident, Stolpman Vineyard, Ballard Canyon ($20)
Spicy nose; earthy, dense and ripe with juicy blackberry and spice; smooth and balanced, long and rich.

90 Arrowood 2011 Syrah, Saralee's Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($35)
Dark and smooth with earthy, dense flavors of blackberry and plum; notes of anise, spice and pepper; juicy, balanced and long.
JACKSON FAMILY WINES

91 Foxen Vineyard 2012 Syrah, Toasted Rope, Santa Ynez Valley ($44)
Juicy and fresh with bright raspberry and spice; nice aromatic notes from a large Viognier component, balanced, smooth and long.

94 Foxen Vineyard 2012 Syrah, Williamson-Doré Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley ($48)
Round and juicy with bright plum, blackberry and polished flavors of oak, spice and vanilla; complex and yet seamless and balanced; long and elegant.

89 Graef Wines 2012 Syrah, Lake County ($27)
Smooth and bright with juicy acidity and notes of pepper and blackberry; crisp and clean, racy and balanced with finesse and Rhônish style; long and elegant.

91 Long Shadows 2011 Sequel Syrah, Columbia Valley ($50)
Smooth and spicy with ripe blackberry and cassis; dense, rich and concentrated; vivid and balanced; deep, intense and long.
LONG SHADOWS VINTNERS

91 Maison Nicolas Perrin 2012 Saint-Joseph, France ($37)
This is the Northern Rhône's sleeper appellation; lush and concentrated with rich plum and blackberry fruit; lush, meaty and showing pepper and spice; balanced and long. Syrah.
VINEYARD BRANDS

90 Morgan Winery 2012 Syrah, G17, Monterey ($22)
Lovely vanilla nose; smooth, ripe and meaty with spice, blackberry and toasty plum; long and balanced.

90 Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards 2012 Syrah, Winemaker's Reserve, Umqua Valley ($39)
Smooth, ripe and juicy with notes of blackberry, toasty oak and spice; lush and dense with hints of chocolate and vanilla; long and rich.

92 Michele Chiarlo 2011 Barbaresco Asili, Italy ($66)
Elegant and tangy with bright cherry and raspberry; silky and juicy with lovely racy style and good depth; feminine and minerally; long and vivid.
KOBRAND

88 Baglio di Pianetto 2012 BDP Y Nero d'Avola, Sicilia, Italy ($12)
Fresh and juicy with pepper and spice; bright plum and raspberry, tangy acidity and a long, vibrant finish.
VINVINO (NY)/TERRAVINO (CA)/WINES LLC (OH)

88 Baglio di Pianetto 2011 Ramione, Sicilia, Italy ($23)
Smooth and juicy with earth, dense plum and berry fruit; lush and intense.
VINVINO (NY)/TERRAVINO (CA)/WINES LLC (OH)

90 Dry Creek Vineyard 2012 Zinfandel, Old Vine, Dry Creek Valley ($30)
Smooth and juicy with concentration and depth; rich, vivid and tangy; lush and fresh with lovely plum and berry fruit; balanced, intense and long.

90 La Chertosa Wines 2012 Zinfandel Reserve, Fra Paolo, Amador County ($32)
Bright and smooth with bright blackberry, cherry and spice; subtle oak and hints of vanilla; juicy, fresh and balanced; long and lifted.

90 Murphy-Goode Winery 2011 Liar's Dice Zinfandel, Sonoma County ($21)
Fresh and juicy with generous spice and blackberry; tangy and balanced with spice and vibrant flavors; long and snappy.
JACKSON FAMILY ESTATES

90 Nello Olivo 2011 Primitivo, El Dorado County ($28)
Smooth and juicy with ripe blackberry, cassis and notes of vanilla; fresh, lush and balanced with depth and balance; long and generous.

90 Rodney Strong Wine Estates 2012 Knotty Vines Zinfandel, Northern Sonoma ($25)
Smooth and juicy with bright black raspberry and spice; crisp and racy with lovely balance and finesse; rich and long.
KLEIN FAMILY VINEYARDS

90 Stag's Leap Winery 2011 Petite Sirah, Napa Valley ($39)
Dark and juicy with bright plum and berry fruit; big but not overpowering; nicely balanced, ripe and tangy; long and actually showing finesse.
TREASURY WINE ESTATES

89 Donelan Wines 2013 Rosé, Sonoma County ($25)
Bright pink; smooth, ripe and juicy with dense, tangy style; lush and smooth, lively and balanced.

90 Etude 2013 Pinot Noir Rosé, Estate Grown, Grace Benoist Ranch, Carneros ($28)
Smooth and ripe with fresh raspberry and juicy style; dense and balanced with tangy fruit and a long, fresh finish.
TREASURY WINE ESTATES 

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