February 2014

Blue Reviews EXTRA!

By: Anthony Dias Blue

WHITES

SAUVIGNON BLANC

88 Heron Wines 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Mendocino County ($14)
Fresh and juicy with citrus and fig; silky, fresh and neatly balanced.

   
88 Cannonball Winery 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County ($15)
Smooth, clean and lush with ripe honeysuckle and spice; balanced and fresh.
CANNONBALL WINE COMPANY

88 Astrolabe Winery 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Province, Marlborough ($23)
Racy, spicy and crisp with herbal and citrus notes; bright and fresh.
CANNONBALL WINE COMPANY

CHARDONNAY
88 Domino Wines 2012 Chardonnay, California ($7)
Fresh and smooth with clean, balanced flavors of pear and citrus; lush, mellow and long.
DFV WINES

88 Heron Wines 2012 Chardonnay, California ($13)
Fresh and creamy with graceful flavors of pear and citrus; balanced, bright and charming.

87 Cannonball Winery 2012 Chardonnay, Sonoma County ($15)
Clean, smooth and lush with ripe pear and creamy texture; balanced, fresh and balanced.
CANNONBALL WINE COMPANY

89 Kendall-Jackson 2012 Grand Reserve Chardonnay, Monterey County ($22)
Smooth, lush and creamy with elegant balance and good structure; soft oak and juicy fruit.  

RHÔNE-STYLE WHITES
88 Fairview 2013 Goats Do Roam, Coastal Region, South Africa ($10)
Fresh and juicy with citrus and tangy acidity; lively, balanced and long. 67% Viognier, 19% Roussanne, 14% Grenache Blanc.
VINEYARD BRANDS

91 R2 Wine Co 2011 Viognier, Camp 4 Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley ($28)
Bright and crisp with smooth, lush texture and creamy style; vanilla, honey and lovely aromatics; juicy and balanced.

90 R2 Wine Co 2011 Roussanne, Camp 4 Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley ($22)
Spicy and creamy with smooth, lush texture and soft fruit; ripe and rich.

90 R2 Wine Co 2012 Grenache Blanc, Camp 4 Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley ($25)
Bright and juicy with aromatics and depth; rich, elegant and balanced; lovely.

OTHER WHITES
88 Shaw Vineyard 2008 Riesling, Finger Lakes, New York ($17)
Smooth and lush with tangy acidity and bright apple fruit; ripe and sweet with a nice tension between sweet and acid; ripe, long and balanced.

88 DaLuca 2012 Pinot Grigio delle Venezie, Italy ($13)
Smooth, fresh and clean with bright acidity and juicy fruit; tangy and crisp with depth and racy style.  
ACCOLADE WINES NORTH AMERICA

89 Astrolabe Winery 2013 Pinot Gris, Province, Marlborough ($23)
Smooth and fresh, juicy and bright with tangy acidity; crisp and racy, long and balanced.
CANNONBALL WINE COMPANY

90 Feudo Arancio 2010 Dalila, Sicily, Italy ($14)
Silky and lush with aromatics and vanilla; ripe fruit and juicy style; balanced and rich, long and complex. 80% Grillo, 20% Viognier.
PRESTIGE WINE IMPORTS

88 Viña Mayor 2012 Verdejo, Rueda, Spain ($16)
Clean, fresh and ripe with apple, peach and bright acid structure; juicy and long.  
VINUM INTERNATIONAL

REDS

CABERNET SAUVIGNON  AND BORDEAUX-STYLE BLENDS
88 Heron Wines 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, California ($14)
Juicy and fresh with tangy acidity and racy plum fruit; bright and lively, long and balanced.

85 Cannonball Winery 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, California ($15)
Smooth and lush with pepper spice and green herbs; rich and balanced. 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Petite Sirah, 6% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc
 
90 Flora Springs 2011 Trilogy, Red Wine, Napa Valley ($75)
This mostly Cabernet Sauvignon blend is smooth and dense with ripe plum, spice and complexity; some herbal notes and a long, rich finish.

97 Ridge Vineyards 2010, Monte Bello Vineyard, Santa Cruz Mountains ($160)
Magnificent! Stunning depth, rich plum and cherry fruit with elegant structure and enormous depth; yes, it's a baby but is already so nuanced and complex that it offers a complete experience; lovely texture, seamless and intense with great length and focus. 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc.

ITALIAN REDS
88 Castello di Gabbiano 2011 Chianti Classico DOCG ($12)
Fresh and smooth with plum, cherry and spice; clean, bright and balanced. 95% Sangiovese plus Merlot and Canaiolo.
TREASURY WINE ESTATES

88 Feudo Arancio 2012 Nero d'Avola Stemmari, Sicily, Italy ($10)
Dark and rich with ripe blackberry and cherry; dense with notes of chocolate and spice; long and deep.  
PRESTIGE WINE IMPORTS

86 Fioretti 2011 MMXI Rosso, Veneto, Italy ($13)
Spicy and juicy with tangy acidity and herbal notes; fresh and clean.  
RIONDO USA

88 Feudo Arancio 2010 Cantodoro, Sicily ($14)
Dense, rich and spicy with rich blackberry, plum and mocha; earthy, deep and balanced with good length. 80% Nero d'Avola, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon
PRESTIGE WINE IMPORTS

87 Fioretti 2009 Amarone della Valpolicella, Italy ($40)
Dense and concentrated with ripe blackberry and cassis; earthy, rich and showing green herbs; long and intense.  
RIONDO USA

98 Damilano 2008 Barolo Cannubi, Italy ($89)
This is the essence of great Barolo: pure and elegant with subtlety and enormous power; refined and complex with nuance and amazing finesse; tar and roses, spice and berries; stunning and in perfect balance with a vivid finish.  
VIAS IMPORTS

OTHER REDS AND ROSÉ
88 Campus Oaks 2011 Old Vine Zinfandel, Lodi ($14)
Blackberry, black raspberry and notes of bramble and earth; dense, ripe and spicy; long and rich.  
GNEKOW FAMILY WINERY

88 Cultivate Wines 2011 The Gambler Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina ($15)
Smooth, ripe and juicy with plum, raspberry and bright fruit; 90% Malbec, 10% Bonarda.

88 Alexander Valley Vineyards 2011 Syrah, Wetzel Family Estate, Alexander Valley ($18)
Smooth and ripe with blackberry, cherry and spice; generous and ripe, long and balanced. 79% Syrah, 12% Grenache, 6% Mourvèdre, 3% Viognier.

88 R2 Wine Co 2011 Rhapsody, Santa Barbara County ($26)
Silky and smooth with spice, raspberry and cherry; bright, juicy and tangy with a smooth, earthy finish. 54% Grenache, 23% Carignane, 23% Mourvèdre.

88 Astrolabe Winery 2011 Province Pinot Noir,  Marlborough, New Zealand ($29)
Bright and crisp with racy acidity and fresh cherry fruit; juicy and lively, long and charming.
CANNONBALL WINE COMPANY

87 R2 Wine Co 2012 Hannah Rosé, Santa Barbara County ($18)
Pale pink; dry and juicy with crisp acidity and bright raspberry fruit; long and fresh.  

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