January 2014

Blue Reviews EXTRA! January 2014

By: Anthony Dias Blue

WHITES

SAUVIGNON BLANC/FUMÉ BLANC
90
MAN Vintners 2013 Warrelwind Sauvignon Blanc, Western Cape, South Africa ($11)
Smooth and tangy with ripe citrus and juicy, clean flavors; fresh and brightwith lots of charm and good length.
90% Sauvignon Blanc, 10% Semillon.
VINEYARD BRANDS

88 Peñalolen 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, San Antonio Valley, Chile ($13)
Clean and bright with herbal notes and tangy acidity; green spice and racy citrus acidity; long and balanced.
GLOBAL VINEYARD IMPORTERS

88 Calcu 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Colchagua Valley, Chile ($14)
Crisp and herbal with juicy citrus and smooth texture; ripe, mellow and balanced.
GLOBAL VINEYARD IMPORTERS

90 Grgich Hills 2012 Dry Fumé Blanc, Napa Valley ($30)
Bright and juicy with tropical fruit, citrus and some minerals and spice; deep, complex and elegant with depth and good length.


90

Matanzas Creek 2012 Journey Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County ($50)
Lush and smooth with ripe melon and grapefruit; full-bodied, rich and complex with seamless style and serious depth; long and layered. 90% Sauvignon Blanc, 10% Sémillon.
JACKSON FAMILY WINES

CHARDONNAY
90 MacPhail 2012 Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast ($40)
Creamy and lush with ripe flavors of smooth, rich vanilla and toasted style; lovely and intense, long and balanced.
HESS FAMILY ESTATES

91 MacPhail 2011 Chardonnay, Gap's Crown Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($45)
Deep gold color; smooth and lush with subtle notes of vanilla and toasty oak; ripe and dense with depth and style; long, complex and balanced.
HESS FAMILY ESTATES

91Hilliard Bruce 2011 Chardonnay, Sta. Rita Hills ($45)

Fresh and juicy with bright, tangy acidity and ripe fruit; racy, elegant and balanced; long and charming.

MISC. WHITE

87 Tercos 2013 Torrontès, Salta, Argentina ($13)
Spice and ripe musky fruit; bright and off-dry, crisp and fresh.
GLOBAL VINEYARD IMPORTERS

88 Cave de Beblenheim 2011 Baron de Hoen Gewürztraminer,Alsace, France ($14)
Creamy and lush with sweet tropical fruit and deep, juicy acidity; long and rich.

OTHER WINE & SPIRITS

88
Nasiakos 2012 Peloponnese, Greece ($15)
Smooth and lush with juicy blackberry and currants; crisp and clean, racy and fresh with charm and good balance; long and tangy. Agiorgitiko.
STELLAR IMPORTING COMPANY

88 Wente Vineyards 2012 Riverbank Riesling, Arroyo Seco ($15)
Fresh and juicy, off-dry and smooth with sweetness and good acid structure; balanced and a fine wine to go with spicy food.

WENTE VINEYARDS

88 Tomero 2012 Torrontès, Mendoza ($17)
Clean, lush and smooth with spice, bright fruit and rich texture; long, balanced and fresh.
B LENDS

88
Nasiakos 2012 Mantinia, Greece ($19)
Bright and juicy with orange blossoms and citrus; ripe, lush and balanced.

STELLAR IMPORTING COMPANY

REDS

RED BLENDS

88
Apothic 2012 Red Winemaker's Blend, California ($14)
Smooth and ripe with tangy fruit and notes of mocha and chocolate; smooth and lush. Zinfandel, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon.
GALLO

90 Dry Creek Vineyard 2010 The Mariner, Dry Creek Valley ($45)
Smooth and mellow with bright plum and juicy berry fruit; good structure and texture; long and dense with a rich finish. 41% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot, 7% Malbec, 6% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot.



90 Trinchero 2010 Meritage, Napa Valley ($50)

Dense and smoky with rich plum, blackberry and spice; lush, complex and deep with layers of flavor; balanced, deep and intense; long and ripe. 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot, 8% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc.
TRINCHERO FAMILY ESTATES

91 Palmeri Wines 2011 Dark & Brooding, Sonoma County ($54)
Lush and rich with dark garnet color and earth notes; smoky and showing ripe plum and spice; complex, balanced and dense; long and intense

91Cenyth 2009 Red Wine, Sonoma County ($57)
Made by Pierre Seillan’s daughter Hélène, with input from her father. Dense, dark and spicy with earth, juicy plum and complex flavors; mellow texture and good structure; long and balanced. 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 8% Petit Verdot, 7% Malbec.

94 Matanzas Creek 2010 Journey Red Wine, Sonoma County ($100)
Dense and rich with ripe plum, cassis and toasty vanilla oak; velvety, intense and balanced with spice, hints of mint and chocolate; seamless and complete, long and exceptional. 88.6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6.7% Merlot, 4.6% Malbec, 0.1% Petit Verdot.
JACKSON FAMILY WINES

CABERNET SAUVIGNON AND MERLOT
88
Bogle Vineyards 2011 Merlot, California ($10)
Smooth, dense and rich with plum, blackberry and spice; edgy, youthful and fresh with a long, balanced finish.

88 Tomero 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza, Argentina ($17)
Lush and generous with soft herbs and ripe plum; smooth and rich, balanced and fresh; long and charming.

BLENDS INC.

89 William Cole 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbine Special Reserve, Maipo Valley, Chile ($18)
Ripe and juicy with tangy black raspberry and good balance; fresh, deep and lively; long and bright.
GLOBAL VINEYARD IMPORTERS

92 Duckhorn 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($70)
Smooth and lush with plum, spice and ripe flavors of berries and chocolate; long, mellow and neaty structured; charming.
 
90 Fausta Family Vineyards 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Reserve, Sonoma Valley ($75)
Smooth and dense with spice, plum and flesh; complex and deep with good acid structure and style.


94 Duckhorn 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain ($80)
Elegant and refined with lovely plum, cassis, spice and mocha; smooth, balanced and quite complex with notes of vanilla and soft oak.



PINOT NOIR
91 Thralls Family Cellars 2012 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast ($36)
Smooth and ripe with tangy cherry fruit and racy acidity; edgy, crisp and long with focus and bright style; vibrant.

 

91 Thralls Family Cellars 2012 Pinot Noir, Roma Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($42)
Bright and crisp with tangy acidity and ripe cherry fruit; a bit cloudy but quite elegant with racy structure and notes of cherry, rhubarb and spice.

90 Vision Cellars 2010 Pinot Noir, Garys’ Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands ($48)
Smooth and lush with ripe cherry and juicy acidity; fresh, clean and tangy with lovely texture and lots of finesse; long and elegant.



90 MacPhail 2011 Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley ($40)
Ruby color; aroma of cherry, plum and earth; silky, dense and crisp with bright, tangy acidity; smooth and fresh with lively structure and racy style; long and juicy.
HESS FAMILY ESTATES

91 MacPhail 2011 Pinot Noir, Gap's Crown Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($49)
Ruby color; lush and meaty with tangy acidity and smooth texture; crisp andjuicy with hints of brown sugar and spice; elegant, restrained and balanced; long.
HESS FAMILY ESTATES

92 MacPhail 2011 Pinot Noir, Pratt Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($49)
Deep ruby color; lush, dense and ripe with cherry fruit and bright acidity; fresh, balanced and complex.
HESS FAMILY ESTATES

92 MacPhail 2011 Pinot Noir, Rita's Crown Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills ($49)
Deep ruby; smooth and lush with concentration and depth; fleshy with ripe cherry and notes of mint and spice; full and balanced with style and elegance.
HESS FAMILY ESTATES

92 MacPhail 2011 Pinot Noir, Sangiacomo Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($49)
Ruby color; lush and smooth with ripe cherry and lovely acid structure; classic and balanced with hints of sweet cherry and vanilla oak; long and elegant.
HESS FAMILY ESTATES

90 MacPhail 2011 Pinot Noir, Sundawg Ridge Vineyard, Green Valley of Russian River Valley ($49)
Deep ruby color; fleshy and ripe with black cherry, spice, meat and concentration; balanced and mellow, long and dense.
HESS FAMILY ESTATES

91 MacPhail 2011 Pinot Noir, Oregon ($49)
Bright ruby color; silky and elegant with juicy style and tangy acidity; crisp, racy and showing depth and finesse; long and fresh.
HESS FAMILY ESTATES

90
Patton Valley Vineyards 2011 The Estate Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley ($38)
Bright ruby color; silky and fresh with notes of juicy cherry and tangy acidity; smooth, long and pure with nervy style and a long, focused finish.

90 Patton Valley Vineyards 2011 10 Acre Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley ($50)
Juicy and crisp with raspberry and cherry fruit; tangy, lively and pure with racy acidity and structure; long and elegant with fresh fruit and bright style; long and balanced. Sustainable.

91 Patton Valley Vineyards 2011 West Block Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley ($50)
Crisp, bright and juicy with pure, tangy cherry and racy acidity; complex with notes of spice, earth and smooth fruit; complex, elegant and long. Sustainable.

90 Fulcrum Wines 2011 Pinot Noir, Londer Estate, Anderson Valley ($54)
Smooth and ripe with lush berry and cherry fruit; rich and balanced with depth and style.


92 Fulcrum Wines 2011 Pinot Noir, Brosseau Vineyard, Chalone ($54)
Smooth, lush and dense with meaty notes and good intensity; rich and bursting with wild cherry, spice and raspberry; deep and generous with a long, vivid finish.

90 Hilliard Bruce 2011 Earth Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills ($45)
Tangy, smooth and ripe with fresh cherry and notes of earth, spice and soft oak; long and balanced, fresh and elegant.

91 Hilliard Bruce 2011 Sun Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills ($55)
Ripe and juicy with tangy acidity and crisp cherry fruit; long, fresh and bright with balance and style; long and elegant.


91 Hilliard Bruce 2011 Sky Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills ($55)
Lush and smooth with deep black cherry and racy with meaty notes and depth; long, rich and balanced; dense.


92 R2 Wine Co 2012 S&B Signature Series Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills ($56)
Juicy and crisp, tangy and bright; racy and lively with elegance and lovely flavors; long and pure. 

NOTE: This wine was reviewed in the January print edition and the bottle shot was mistakenly omitted.



91MacMurray Ranch 2011 Pinot Noir, Winemaker's Block Selection, Russian River Valley ($60)

Smooth and rich with velvety texture and sweet cola, spice and ripe black cherry; long, balanced and elegant.
GALLO

ZINFANDEL AND PETITE SIRAH
88
Bogle Vineyards 2011 Old Vine Zinfandel, California ($11)
Smooth and ripe with rich plum, blackberry and spice; lush, dense and balanced; long and meaty.

87 Bogle Vineyards 2011 Petite Sirah, California ($11)
Dark and rich with intensity and depth; juicy, ripe and mouth-filling; smooth, balanced and long with some nice depth.


92 Steele Wines 2010 Zinfandel, Century Old Vines, Catfish Vineyard, Clear Lake ($26)
Rich and ripe with great concentration of flavors, much of which is attributable to the field blend of this ancient vineyard which features several other varieties; complex, intense and spicy with lovely mature berry fruit and fine structure.

91 Peachy Canyon 2011 Petite Sirah, Paso Robles ($32)
Dense and rich with blackberry, cassis and gobs of vanilla oak; rich and earthy with style and finesse.


90 J. Lohr 2011 Petite Sirah, Tower Road, Paso Robles ($35)
Dark and dense with rich texture and concentrated flavors of ripe fruit, earth and chocolate; powerful and intense, long and balanced.
97% Petite Sirah, 2% Syrah, 1% Zinfandel.

92 Beekeeper Cellars 2011 Zinfandel, Madrone Spring Vineyard, Rockpile ($65 )
Smooth and dense, juicy and concentrated with spice, depth and rich notes of plum and blackberry; lovely and long.

MISC. REDS
88
Shooting Star 2011 Barbera, Lake County ($14)
Smooth and spicy with depth and showing notes of black raspberry and earth; dense, pleasant and balanced with a rich finish.

STEELE WINES

90 Meli 2012 Carignan, Maule Valley, Chile ($16)
Juicy and bright with good structure, tangy fruit and spice; dense and balanced with good depth and lots of charm.
GLOBAL VINEYARD IMPORTERS

88
Fairview 2012 Pinotage, Paarl, South Africa ($17)
Ripe and smooth with lush plum, blackberry and spice; meaty, lush and balanced with juicy flavors and good depth; a charming wine with no pretensions and a generous nature.
VINEYARD BRANDS

90
Morgan Winery 2012 Lee Family Farm Tempranillo, Arroyo Seco ($20)
Smooth, ripe and showing bright raspberry and juicy currants; fresh, tangy and generous with lots of charm and depth; quite lovely.

88 Les Trois Couronnes 2011 Gigondas, France ($25)
Silky and juicy with tangy black raspberry and earthy notes; lush and bright with density and ripe fruit; long and rich.
70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre.
THE OTHER WINE AND SPIRITS COMPANY

90 Michael Gill Cellars 2012 Tantrum Tempranillo, Paso Robles ($42)

Lush and ripe with dense blackberry and cassis; thick, rich and meaty; long and spicy. 17% Tannat.

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