July 2014

Blue Reviews EXTRA! July 2014

By: Anthony Dias Blue

90 Adelaida Cellars 2013 Version Rosé, Anna's Estate, Paso Robles ($20)
Pale pink; juicy, crisp and fresh with raspberry and bright citrus; tangy and fresh, balanced and long. 71% Grenache Noir, 18% Cinsault, 6% Counoise, 5% Mourvèdre.

88 Alta Vista 2009 Malbec, Terrior Selection, Mendoza, Argentina ($29)
Lush and ripe with deep color and velvety texture; dense, juicy and balanced with a long finish.

90 Alta Vista 2011 Malbec, Temis, Mendoza, Argentina ($48)
Dark; concentrated and toasted with velvety texture and dense style; rich, ripe, intense and showing chocolate and spice; deep and balanced.

91 Alta Vista 2011 Malbec, Serenade, Mendoza, Argentina ($48)
Dark and spicy; lush, rich and concentrated with minerals and spice; ripe and deep, intense and long.

91 Alta Vista 2011 Malbec, Alizarine, Mendoza, Argentina ($48)
Dark and smooth, lush and concentrated; juicy, dense and bright with lively acid structure; long and balanced.

93 Alta Vista 2007 Alto Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina ($86)
Dark and lush with elegance and lovely plum and cassis; spicy and complex, layered and showing great finesse. 66% Malbec, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon.

88 Alta Vista 2012 Alto Torrontès, Salta, Argentina ($19)
Fresh and spicy with lovely texture and fresh flavors of stone fruits and citrus; lovely and long, bright and balanced.

90 Apaltagua 2012 Colección Pinot Noir, Limited Edition, San Antonio Valley, Chile ($22)
Smooth and ripe with juicy cherry and tangy acidity; bright, lush and tangy with balance and good length.

89 Archium Cellars 2013 Rosé, Watch Hill Vineyard, Los Alamos ($20)
Bright, juicy and crisp with racy raspberry fruit and tangy citrus; long, minerally and balanced. 100% Grenache.

94 CADE 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain ($80)
Firm and built for the long pull; elegant, structured and precise with plum, blackberry and cassis; tannic but mellow with mocha and spice; intense, stylish and polished. 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot.

90 Caiarossa 2008 Pergolaia, Toscana ($30)
Bright and juicy with fresh raspberry and plum; smooth, spicy and crisp with good depth and balance; complex yet seamless, long and vibrant. Biodynamic. 85% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon

91 Casella Wines 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, 1919, South Australia ($100)
Spicy nose; lush and smooth with juicy plum and black raspberry; elegant with tangy notes and soft oak; long and balanced; Yellow Tail steps uptown.

91 Château Léoube 2013 Côtes de Provence Le Secret, France ($30)
Pale salmon color; dry, juicy and showing raspberry, spice and tangy style; crisp and complex, long and racy. 40% Grenache, 40% Cinsault, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon.

90 Château Léoube 2013 Côtes de Provence, France ($22)
Pale and bright; silky and smooth with raspberry and strawberry fruit; fresh, dry and elegant with long, balanced flavors and a firm acid structure; long and fresh. 40% Grenache, 40% Cinsault, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre

88 Cordon 2012 Chardonnay, L'Or de Solomon Pico, Santa Maria Valley ($24)
Bright and racy with crisp acid structure and tangy citrus; lively and pure with a hint of soft oak; long and focused.

88 Cordon 2012 Zinfandel, Californication, Paso Robles ($24)
Juicy and bright with balance and spice; medium weight with spice, earth and black raspberry fruit; clean and juicy.

90 Cordon 2011 Syrah, White Hawk Vineyard, Los Alamos ($26)
Dark and spicy; smooth and lush with spice, earth and pepper; balanced and fresh, vibrant and juicy; long and elegant.

88 Cordon 2011 Highway 1 Blackbird Cuveé, Santa Ynez Valley ($26)
Savory and herbal with spice and plum; smooth, smoky and long with balance and depth; long and fresh. 60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc

90 Cornerstone Cellars 2013 Syrah Rosé, Stepping Stone Corallina, Napa Valley ($25)
Light salmon color; juicy citrus and racy acidity; good depth and smooth texture; long and balanced.

90 CVNE 2007 Rioja Gran Reserva, Spain ($37)
Smooth and ripe, spicy and dense with lush plum, blackberry and velvety texture; balanced, deep and long. Tempranillo

90 Domaine Vincent Delaporte 2013 Sauvignon Blanc á Chavignol, Sancerre, France ($29)
Fresh and juicy with lively citrus and crisp, minerally style; racy, fresh and vivid; long and balanced.

91 Dunstan Wines 2011 Pinot Noir, Durell Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($55)
Smooth and lush with black cherry, earth and savory notes; juicy acidity and a balanced finish. 

90 Erzetic 2011 Rebula, Goriska Brda, Slovenia ($23)
Fresh and ripe with juicy citrus and peach; fresh and tangy with balance and style; long and vibrant. Ribolla Gialla.

90 Groth 2012 Chardonnay, Hillview Vineyard, Napa Valley ($30)
Crisp and racy with juicy citrus and tangy style; smooth, bright and tart; long and minerally, fresh and lively.

90 Gundlach Bundschu 2012 Estate Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast ($27)
Bright and fresh with tangy pear and citrus; long and juicy with clean, lovely style; balanced, crisp and stylish.

93 Hamilton Russell Vineyards 2013 Chardonnay, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley ($33)
Juicy and bright with racy acidity, crisp fruit and precise balance; another stunning Chard from this beautifully consistent producer.

89 Kupljen Winery 2013 Sivi Pinot, Selection Mon Royal, Lutomer Ormoz, Slovenia ($23)
Racy, juicy and bright with citrus, apple and ripe pear; fresh and dense with depth and balance. 100% Pinot Gris.

91 Marimar Estate 2011 Chardonnay, Bonita's Hill, Don Miguel Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($43)
Creamy and lush with ripe pear, toasty oak and juicy fruit; smooth and elegant with fresh, balanced flavors and a long finish.

90 Michele Chiarlo 2013 Le Marne, Gavi, Italy ($20)
Juicy and fresh with tangy fruit and racy acidity; elegant and generous, balanced and charming. 100% Cortese.

93 Michele Chiarlo 2010 Barolo Cerequio, Italy ($107)
Pure and bright with elegant structure and depth; ripe and balanced with long flavors and great finesse.

91 Miles Madeira Wine Company NV Year 10 Old Malmsey, Madeira ($42)
Dark brown color; bright and tangy with rich, toasted, spicy flavors; sweet, deep and complex; long.

90 Navarro Vineyards 2013 Pinot Noir Rosé, Anderson Valley ($20)
Pale pink; dry, racy and smooth with raspberry and strawberry notes; fresh and aromatic, long and lovely.

90 Navarro Vineyards 2012 Première Reserve Chardonnay, Anderson Valley ($25)
Lush and ripe with fresh, bright acidity and elegant, fruit-forward style; clean, balanced and long.

91 Palacios Remondo 2010 "Propiedad" Alfaro, Rioja, Spain  ($45)
Bright and juicy with blackberry and plum fruit and a core of racy acidity; clean and fresh with spice and style; smooth and balanced, long and vibrant; 100% Grenache.

91 Peregrine Wines 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Central Otago, New Zealand ($26)
Bright and racy with lime, citrus and minerals; peach, tangy flavors and pure, balanced style; long and showing finesse and grace.

90 Peregrine Wines 2012 Pinot Noir, Central Otago, New Zealand ($34)
Crisp and juicy with bright cherry and berry flavors; racy and showing hints of earth, spice and chocolate; elegant and complex.

90 Robert Talbott Vineyards 2012 Pinot Noir, Logan, Estate Grown, Sleepy Hollow Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands ($25)
Smooth and tangy with cherry fruit and notes of earth and spice; good density and savory qualities; long and fresh.

90 Roth Estate 2012 Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast ($20)
Smooth, lush and toasty with crisp acidity and ripe pear; balanced, fresh and juicy.

91 Shafer Vineyards 2012 Chardonnay, Red Shoulder Ranch, Carneros ($50)
Rich and ripe with deep flavors of pear and vanilla; dense and complex with finesse and balance.

90 Silvio Nardi 2012 Rossodi Montalcino, Italy ($25)
Bright and juicy with crisp acidity and fresh berry fruit; smooth and tangy with a long, balanced finish. 100% Sangiovese

90 Tablas Creek 2013 Patelin de Tablas Rosé, Paso Robles ($27)
Pale salmon color; juicy, fresh and racy with raspberry and lively acidity;long and balanced, vibrant. 73% Grenache, 22% Mourvèdre, 5% Counoise.

91 Tenuta Caparzo 2009 Brunello di Montalcino, Italy ($45)
Smooth, ripe and juicy with soft, rich flavors of plum, ripe berries and spice; dense, deep and balanced; long and lush. Sangiovese Grosso

90 Tenuta di Nozzole 2011 Chianti Classico Riserva, Italy  ($25)
Fresh and juicy with sweet berry fruit and smooth, savory style with lively acid structure; charming, balanced and long.

92 Tenuta di Nozzoli 2011 Chianti Classico La Forra, Gran Selezione, Italy  ($50)
Smooth and lush with tangy berry fruit; rich, earthy and savory; complex, vibrant and balanced with a long, classic finish.

92 Tenuta San Guido 2012 Le Difese, Toscana ($35)
Soft and elegant with depth, style and finesse; complex and layered with balance and finesse; lovely and deep. 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Sangiovese.

92 Tenute Folonari 2011 Tenute del Cabreo, Il Borgo, Toscana ($60)
Lush and dense with rich plum and blackberry; ripe, smooth and nicely balanced; elegant with notes of Tuscan earth and spice; long and lovely. 70% Sangiovese, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon.

90 Trione Vineyards and Winery 2011 Chardonnay, River Road Ranch, Russian River Valley ($32)
Juicy and crisp with spice and bright fruit; fresh and tangy, long and balanced.

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