January 2015

Blue Reviews EXTRA! January 2015

By: Anthony Dias Blue
WHITES

90 Boekenhoutskloof 2012 Semillon, Franschhoek, South Africa ($45)
Smooth and juicy with creamy texture, racy acidity and tangy fruit; hints of vanilla and spice, floral with minerals and finesse.
VINEYARD BRANDS

92 DeLille Cellars 2013 Chaleur Estate, Columbia Valley ($39)
Lush and smooth with lovely ripe citrus, melon and hints of oak; elegant, creamy with floral notes, honey and soft spices; balanced, seamless, dry and long.

95 Domdechant Werner 2013 Riesling Beerenauslese Hochheimer Kirchenstück, Rheingau, Germany ($333)
Rich, oily, dense nose; sweet honey, apple and apricot with ripe, creamy style and good acidity; long and layered, rich but not heavy.
SLOCUM & SONS

92 Domdechant Werner 2013 Riesling Trocken Hochheimer Domdechaney, Rheingau, Germany ($47)
Smooth, minerally and dry with a hint of vanilla and lovely minerals; lush and pure with lift and style; balanced and long.

SLOCUM & SONS

90 Domdechant Werner 2013 Riesling Trocken Hochheimer Kirchenstück, Rheingau
($38)

Silky and elegant with dry, juicy citrus; minerally, balanced and crisp.

SLOCUM & SONS

90 Domdechant Werner 2013 Riesling Trocken Gewächs Hochheimer Domdechaney, Rheingau, Germany ($57)
Smooth, dry and lush with minerals, citrus and depth; silky, balanced, dense and long.

SLOCUM & SONS

90 Domdechant Werner 2013 Riesling Trocken Gewächs Hochheimer Kirchenstück, Rheingau
($54)

Silky and crisp with dry, minerally style; smooth, long and balanced.

SLOCUM & SONS

91 Domdechant Werner 2013 Riesling Spätlese Hochheimer Domdechaney, Rheingau, Germany ($37)
Racy and crisp with sweet peach and citrus; smooth and juicy with depth and luscious style.

SLOCUM & SONS

92 Domdechant Werner 2013 Riesling Auslese Hochheimer Domdechaney, Rheingau
($53)

Lush and sweet with juicy acidity and lovely silky texture; long and rich with elegance and finesse.

SLOCUM & SONS

90 Domdechant Werner 2012 Riesling Trocken Gewächs Hochheimer Kirchenstück, Rheingau, Germany ($52)
Dry, juicy and elegant, racy and bursting with citrus; steely, long and balanced.

SLOCUM & SONS

93 Dr. Loosen 2013 Riesling Kabinett Bernkasteler Lay, Mosel
($28)

Bright and juicy with lovely crisp acidity and racy citrus; elegant, pure and lovely; long and balanced.
LOOSEN BROS. USA

90 Franz Keller Schwarzer Adler 2013 Pinot Blanc, Baden, Germany ($25)
Silky, juicy and dry with lime, peach and minerals; fresh, elegant and racy with balance and style.

SCHMITT SOHNE

93 Maximin Grünhäuser 2013 Riesling Kabinett Abtsberg, Mosel, Germany ($38)
Bright and tangy with racy acidity and a touch of sweetness; peachy, fresh and elegant; long and lovely.

LOOSEN BROS. USA

90 Prinz Salm 2013 Two Princes Riesling, Rheinhessen, Germany
($17)
Crisp and smooth with tangy acidity and racy fruit; clean and nervy. 
LOOSEN BROS. USA

91 Schloss Saarstein 2013 Riesling Spätlese, Mosel, Germany ($42)
Bright and juicy with tangy acidity and notes of citrus, peach and pineapple; fresh and generous, rich and dense.
VALCKENBERG INTL

90 Shah 2012 Chardonnay, Napa Valley ($65)
Silky and smooth with elegant style; restrained and balanced with fine texture and bright apple fruit.

90 Sonoma-Loeb 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County ($18)
Bright and juicy with ripe style and lifted acidity; bright citrus and peach with fresh, racy flavors; long and balanced.

92 Weingut Baron Knyphausen 2013 Riesling Spätlese Kiedrich Sandgrub, Rheingau, Germany
($39)

Silky, fresh and luscious with lovely fruit and tangy acidity; fresh, generous and long with lovely balance.
VALCKENBERG INTL

90 Weingut Karl Schaefer 2013 Riesling Sonnentröpfchen, Wachenheim, Pfalz
($29)

Juicy and fresh with racy acidity and tangy citrus; nervy, lively and long.

VALCKENBERG INTL 

REDS

90 B. R. Cohn 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Special Selection, Olive Hill Estate, Sonoma Valley ($100)
Smooth and juicy with clean, spicy style; ripe plum and bright acidity; rich and long.

92 Black Kite Cellars 2012 Pinot Noir, Redwood's Edge, Anderson Valley ($60)
Bright and juicy with lovely cherry, raspberry and earth; fine acid structure and tangy style; bright and long with elegance and finesse.

90 Black Kite Cellars 2012 Pinot Noir, Kite's Rest, Anderson Valley ($48)
Smooth and lush with ripe cherry, raspberry and spice; mellow, balanced and dense, rich and long.

90 Boekenhoutskloof 2012 Syrah, Coastal Region, South Africa ($70)
Silky and juicy with racy acidity and rich mineral and tannic style; smooth, dense and earthy with balance, depth and finesse.
VINEYARD BRANDS

90 Bradford Mountain 2012 Zinfandel, Grist Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley ($32)
Bright and juicy with ripe blackberry and cherry; dense, lively and meaty; balanced and long.
HAMBRECHT VINEYARDS & WINERIES

90 Bradford Mountain 2012 Syrah, Grist Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley ($32)
Bright and spicy, fresh and juicy with blackberry, blueberry and plum; ripe and dense with balance and depth; long and rich.
HAMBRECHT VINEYARDS & WINERIES

91 Buty Winery 2011 Rediviva of the Stones, Rock Garden Estate, Walla Walla Valley ($60)
Silky, smooth and spicy with raspberry and earth; mellow, toasty and long with elegance and depth .

90 Casey Flat Ranch 2012 Estate Red Wine, Capay Valley ($45)
Smooth and ripe with lush blackberry and spice; nicely structured and toasty, long and balanced.

90 Clayhouse Estate 2012 Syrah, Red Cedar Vineyard, Paso Robles ($35)
Smooth and ripe with lush blackberry, blueberry and spice; dense, fresh and balanced.
MIDDLETON FAMILY WINES

92 D. R. Stephens Estate 2012 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($85)
Bright and juicy with notes of earth, plum and spice; ripe, lush and generous with a finish of tangy acidity and ripe fruit.

93 DeLille Cellars 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Four Flags, Red Mountain ($69)
Smooth and lush with lovely texture and depth; black raspberry, plum and vanilla; rich and complex, elegant and long.

92 DeLille Cellars 2012 Doyenne Syrah, Signature, Yakima ($46)
Dense, rich and lively with spice, blackberry and cassis; lush, intense and complex with balance and lovely style; long and juicy with notes of chocolate, licorice and vanilla.

89 Domaine Laroche 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon La Chevalière, Pays d'Oc, France ($13)
Fresh, juicy and crisp with bright plum, blackberry and spice; lively, tangy and balanced; charming and long.

WILSON DANIELS

90 Fairview 2011 Shiraz, The Beacon, Paarl, South Africa ($37)
Smooth and lush with black raspberry and plum; juicy with toasty notes and hints of earth; balanced and long.
VINEYARD BRANDS

92 Il Borro 2011 Toscana, Italy ($46)
Lush and deep with velvety texture and lovely ripe flavors of plum, blackberry and spice; long, layered and complex but seamless and smooth. 50% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah. 5% Petit Verdot.
USA WINE WEST

90 Jamieson Ranch Vineyards 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Double Lariat, Napa Valley ($40)
Smooth and minty with bright plum, blackberry and cherry fruit; spicy, herbal and long with balance and clean finish.

91 Lancaster Estate 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley ($75)
Dense, lush and herbal with ripe plum and spice; earthy, complex with forest floor and rich texture.
FOLEY FAMILY WINES

90 Marchesi Antinori 2011 Villa Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva, Italy ($22)
Smooth and ripe, juicy and balanced with tangy plum, spice and earth; bright, fresh and lifted; long and complex with a focused finish.
STE MICHELLE WINE ESTATES

91 Marchesi Antinori 2008 Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG, Italy ($42)
Smooth, earthy with lush fruit and spice; tangy and bright, long and juicy with cherry, nuts and minerals; long, complex and nicely balanced.
STE MICHELLE WINE ESTATES

90 Massolino 2013 Barbera d'Alba, Italy ($27)
Smooth and spicy with lively raspberry and cassis; crisp, spicy and balanced with racy acidity and a long, clean finish.
VINEYARD BRANDS

91 Massolino 2009 Barolo, Italy ($54)
Smooth and toasty with lovely raspberry, plum and spice.
VINEYARD BRANDS

94 Massolino 2007 Barolo Riserva Vigna Rionda, Italy ($140)
Soft, elegant nose; silky and smooth with bright fruit and elegant style; silky and long.
VINEYARD BRANDS

94 Nickel & Nickel 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, State Ranch, Yountville ($100)
Smooth and silky with ripe plum, cassis and mocha; a lovely touch of vanilla oak; lush and full-bodied with balance, density and finesse.

91 Nickel & Nickel 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, John C. Sullenger Vineyard, Oakville ($100)
Smooth and earthy with spice, plum and black raspberry; balanced and long.

91 Ogier 2012 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Héritages, France ($43)
Smooth and spicy with juicy, balanced fruit and showing soft style and good complexity; elegant, fresh and stylish.
VINUM INTERNATIONAL

90 Peachy Canyon 2012 Zinfandel, Especial, Paso Robles ($40)
Rich, dense and juicy with tangy blackberry, blueberry and spice; tangy, deep and complex with balance and length.

90 Reata 2013 Three County Pinot Noir, Monterey-Sonoma-San Benito ($30)
Silky and juicy with ripe black cherry and dense texture; lush and rich with deep flavors and mineral notes; intense and balanced.
JAMIESON RANCH

90 Rodney Strong Wine Estates 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County ($20)
Juicy and fresh with tangy acidity, plum, blackberry and toasty oak; smooth and balanced, long and bright.

90 Sebastiani Vineyards 2012 Barbera, Sonoma Valley ($26)
Dark, lush and ripe with blackberry and rich texture; velvety, dense and smooth with juicy acidity and a bright finish.
FOLEY WINE ESTATES

90 Sonoma Coast Vineyards 2011 Pinot Noir, Freestone Hills, Sonoma Coast ($40)
Ripe and juicy with black cherry and raspberry; smooth and crisp with racy fruit; silky and earthy with balance and a long finish.

90 Sonoma-Loeb 2013 Pinot Noir, Dutton Ranch, Russian River Valley ($39)
Juicy and ripe with bright black cherry; racy and fresh with savory notes and spice; elegant and long.

90 St. Francis 2012 Zinfandel, Three Valleys, Sonoma County ($45)
Dense and juicy with ripe plum and blackberry fruit, spicy rich and balanced; lush, deep and long.
KOBRAND

91 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Artemis, Napa Valley ($55)
Smooth and showing lovely plum and berry fruit with juicy acid structure and fresh, elegant style; lifted and seamless with a long, balanced finish.
STE. MICHELLE WINE ESTATES

91 Stag's Leap Winery 2011 Petite Sirah, Ne Cede Malis, Stags Leap District ($90)
Deeply colored, lush and rich with tangy blackberry, blueberry and spice; rounded and juicy with depth and structure; complex and quite likable.
TREASURY WINE ESTATES

90 Steele Wines 2011 Zinfandel, Old Vine Zin, Pacini Vineyard, Mendocino ($18)
Lush spice and bramble nose; juicy, spicy and rich with blackberry, boysenberry and plum; smooth texture and long, dense flavors.

90 Trivento 2012 Malbec, Golden Reserve, Mendoza ($20)
Dark and dense, rich and showing concentrated plum, blackberry and spice; balanced and intense, earthy and long.
BANFI VINTNERS

91 Truett-Hurst 2012 Red Rooster Old Vine Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley ($33)
Bright and juicy with racy acidity and tangy raspberry and cherry; smooth oak and vanilla; long and balanced.

90 Vistalba 2011 Corte B, Mendoza, Argentina ($30)
Dark with rich berry nose; dense and concentrated with black fruits and lush spice; juicy, deep and intense; long and balanced. 51% Malbec, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Bonarda.
BLENDS

92 Wakefield Wines 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, The Visionary, Clare Valley ($180)
Bright and tangy with smooth flavors and deep spice; rich and juicy with concentrated plum and earth; smooth and dense.

AMERICAN WINE DISTRIBUTORS

90 Woodhouse Wine Estates 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Dussek, Columbia Valley ($36)
Juicy, bright and racy with berries, plum and tangy acidity; minerals, spice and oak; long and balanced.

PORTS

90 Warre's 1998 Quinta da Cavadinha Vintage Port, Portugal ($47)
Deep ruby color; spicy, minty and sleek with elegant style and long finish; tangy, long and unusual.
VINEYARD BRANDS

92 Warre's 20 Year Old Tawny, Porto, Portugal ($47)
VINEYARD BRANDS

90 Warre's 20YO Otima 20 Year Old Tawny, Porto, Portugal ($25)
VINEYARD BRANDS

91 Warre's 2003 Late Bottled Vintage, Porto, Portugal ($29)
deep ruby color; sweet and rich with creamy texture, bright vanilla, dense flavors and a long, finish; ripe, balanced and lush.
VINEYARD BRANDS

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