May 2015

Blue Reviews EXTRA! May-June 2015

By: Anthony Dias Blue

89 Pascal Jolivet 2014 Pinot Noir Rosé,, Sancerre ($23) France
Pale pink; crisp and juicy with racy acidity and silky texture; bright and lively with balance and good length.

88 VieVité 2014 Côtes de Provence ($20) France
Pale pink; juicy and fresh with racy acidity and tangy strawberry and raspberry fruit.


90 Cambria Winery 2013 Chardonnay, Katherine's Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley ($22)
Silky and elegant with citrus and white peach; smooth, fresh and balanced.

90 Dalrymple 2012 Chardonnay, Cave Block, Pipers River ($41) Australia
Smooth, lush and juicy with bright acidity and elegant style; bright and long with velvety texture and a long, ripe finish.

93 Dom. Cazes 1999 Grenache Blanc Ambré,, Rivesaltes ($30) France
Deep amber color; creamy, rich and showing rancio and toasty notes; juicy and complex. Biodynamic.

90 E16 Wines 2013 Chardonnay, Bacigalupi Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($42)
Smooth and toasty with a core of tangy acidity; long and showing oak, spice and balance.

90 Famille Perrin 2013 Côtes du Rhône Coudoulet de Beaucastel ($25) France
Fresh and smooth, juicy and minerally with ripe fruit and good acid structure; long and balanced.

92 Grgich Hills Estate 2012 Chardonnay, Paris Tasting Commemorative Estate Grown, Napa Valley ($92)
Smooth and creamy with rich texture and round fruit flavors; toasty, complex and showing vanilla and citrus.

90 Hill-Smith Estate 2012 Chardonnay, Eden Valley ($43) Australia
Smooth and dense with silky texture and ripe pear; juicy and long with balance and style.

91 Hill-Smith Estate 2012 Chardonnay, Adelaide Hills ($43) Australia
Fresh and bright with ripe pear and citrus; smooth, rich and balanced with a long, rich finish.

90 Kumeu River 2012 Chardonnay, Kumeu ($35) New Zealand
Fresh, juicy and elegant with finesse and lovely style; fresh, balanced and long.

90 Marimar Estate 2012 Chardonnay, Bonita's Hill, Don Miguel Vineyard, Chardonnay ($43)
Lush and juicy with vanilla, pear and spice; rich and juicy, smooth and balanced.

91 Matanzas Creek 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Helena Bench, Knights Valley ($40)
Lush and smooth with round, polished flavors of citrus and white peach; elegant, rich with minerality and finesse; long and lovely.

95 Paul Hobbs 2012 Chardonnay, Cuvée Agustina, Richard Dinner Vineyard, Sonoma Mountain ($75)
Golden color and lush aroma; silky and elegant with pure, focused fruit; long and juicy, balanced and exquisite; Burgundian and profound.

92 Paul Hobbs 2012 Chardonnay, Ulises Valdez Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($60)
Crisp and smooth with juicy acidity and lovely notes of vanilla and pear; long and elegant with balance, style and finesse.

90 Robert Mondavi 2013 Fumé Blanc, Napa Valley ($20)
Smooth, fresh and juicy with lively citrus acidity and clean, tangy flavors; a Mondavi classic.

92 Robert Talbott Vineyards 2013 Chardonnay, Sleepy Hollow Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands ($42)
Deep gold color; silky and lush with rich, buttery style and a firm core of acidity; dense, toasty, ripe and balanced; clean, lovely and stylish.

92 Robert Talbott Vineyards 2013 Chardonnay, Diamond T Vineyard, Monterey ($52)
Smooth and juicy with rich extract and long flavors; ripe and dense; totally in balance; complex and seamless.

90 Robert Talbott Vineyards 2013 Chardonnay, Kali Hart, Estate, Monterey ($20)
Smooth and fresh with lovely structure and balance; bright and round with depth and grace; clean and vibrant.

92 Seifried Estate 2014 Riesling, Sweet Agnes, Nelson ($25) New Zealand
Silky, sweet and juicy; smooth and tangy; bright and balanced.

90 Shafer Vineyards 2013 Chardonnay, Red Shoulder Ranch, Carneros ($52)
Smooth and ripe with juicy pear and bright acidity; fresh, elegant and long with finesse and style.

92 Talley Vineyards 2013 Estate Chardonnay Bottled, Arroyo Grande Valley ($27)
Silky and bright, crisp and tangy with racy acidity, bright minerals and citrus; long, fresh and elegant.

91 Talley Vineyards 2013 Chardonnay, Proprietor Grown, Edna Valley ($24)
Silky and crisp with elegant style and crisp apple fruit; juicy, citrus and lively acidity; long and balanced.

90 Trefethen 2014 Dry Riesling, Oak Knoll District ($25)
Crisp, bright and tangy with lively acidity and juicy apple fruit; dry, balanced and long.

91 Vasse Felix 2013 Chardonnay, Margaret River ($43) Australia
Smooth and rich with elegant structure and a long, fresh finish; juicy and balanced with intense flavors and a long, bright finish.

93 Vasse Felix 2013 Chardonnay, Heytesbury, Margaret River ($63) Australia
Bright and racy with toasty oak notes; fresh pear, citrus and tangy notes; intense and elegant, balanced and long


89 Yalumba 2014 Viognier, South Australia ($17) Australia
Smooth and lush with notes of honeysuckle, apricot and peach; aromatic, ripe and balanced with a long finish.

92 Yalumba 2012 Viognier, The Virgilius, Eden Valley ($45) Australia
Rich and luscious with aromatics, creamy texture and lovely spice and depth; ripe and deep with sumptuous texture and a long, luxurious finish.


91 Dalrymple 2011 Pinot Noir, Cottage Block, Pipers River ($66) Australia
Silky and bright, elegant and complex; smooth, spicy and savory with balance and depth.

90 E16 Wines 2013 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley ($38)
Bright and racy with crisp cherry fruit and bright acidity; tangy and pure with juicy style and a long, lively finish.

92 E16 Wines 2013 Pinot Noir, Bowland Ranch, Bennett Valley ($42)
Bright ruby color; juicy and bright with cherry and black raspberry; savory and deep with balance and lovely structure; long and dense.

90 E16 Wines 2013 Pinot Noir, Trenton 1880, Russian River Valley ($48)
Bright and juicy with racy acidity and notes of cherry, cola and spice; tangy and long.

91 Famille Perrin 2012 Gigondas La Gille ($39) France
Smooth and juicy with rich berry fruit and notes of earth; balanced, ripe and elegant, long and vibrant.

91 Hawk & Horse 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Lake County, Red Hills ($65)
Smooth and lush with blackberry, cassis and blueberry; dense and balanced, long and rich.

92 Henschke 2013 Henry's Seven, Barossa ($46) Australia
Smooth and juicy with ripe blueberry, blackberry and spice; elegant, complex and luscious.

91 Jim Barry 2010 Shiraz, The McRae Wood, Clare Valley ($52) Australia
Spicy, juicy and intense with ripe blackberry and plum; silky texture with depth and balance; long and deep.

90 Lenne Estate 2012 Pinot Noir, Karen's Pommard, Willamette Valley ($55)
Smooth and juicy with sweet cherry and spice; good structure and balance; long and stylish.

92 Morgan Winery 2013 Pinot Noir, Gary's Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highland ($58)
Juicy and deep with bright cherry and raspberry fruit; spice and lovely balance with depth and finesse; tangy and long, lovely.

90 Morgan Winery 2013 Pinot Noir, Twelve Clones Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands ($34)
Smooth and juicy with ripe cherry, juicy acidity and good balance; fresh, racy and long.

90 Murphy-Goode Winery 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Terra a Lago, Alexander Valley ($40)
Dark and juicy with lush texture, blackberry and cherry fruit; dense, rich and balanced with lovely notes of earth, spice and complexity; long and stylish.

91 Murphy-Goode Winery 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Poker Night, Knights Valley ($45)
Silky and elegant with plum, cassis and spice; smooth, lush and rich with balance and a long, toasty finish.

91 Murphy-Goode Winery 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Single Deck, Alexander Valley ($45)
Smooth and juicy with black raspberry, blackberry and plenty of spice; rich, softly tannic and complex; tangy structure and velvety texture; long and lush.

90 Pedroncelli Winery 2013 Pinot Noir, Signature Selection, Russian River Valley ($20)
Bright, spicy nose; juicy, ripe and showing black cherry, raspberry and spice; long and fresh.

91 Ringbolt 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, 21 Barriques, Margaret River ($47) Australia
Silky and elegant with juicy plum and toast; smooth and bright with fine acid structure; clean, tangy with a hint of mint.

90 Robert Talbott Vineyards 2013 Pinot Noir, Sleepy Hollow Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands ($42)
Rich and dense with rounded, smooth style; meaty, complex and showing dried cherry and savory notes; long and balanced.

93 Robert Talbott Vineyards 2013 Pinot Noir, Sarah Case, Sleepy Hollow Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands ($75)
Lush and smooth, seamless and deep with savory notes and rich black cherry; silky, long and balanced.

92 Robert Talbott Vineyards 2013 Pinot Noir, RFT, Diamond T Vineyard, Monterey ($75)
Smooth and lush with velvety texture and ripe cherry fruit; rich, dense and long; elegant and lovely.

90 Sculpterra Winery NV Primitivo, J. Jagger Dessert Wine, Paso Robles ($32)
Smooth and lush with sweetness and bright, spicy fruit; balanced, rich and long with vivid flavors.

91 St. Francis 2012 Zinfandel, Reserve, Dry Creek Valley ($45)
Dark with lush, jammy nose; smooth, rich and balanced with spice, plum, blueberry and cassis; ripe, intense and long.

91 Stoller Vineyards 2013 Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills ($30)
Bright and juicy with tangy acidity and crisp red cherry fruit; lively and lifted, silky and balanced.

91 Talley Vineyards 2013 Pinot Noir, Estate Bottled, Arroyo Grande Valley ($36)
Smooth, ripe and balanced with rich cherry and juicy acidity; silky and bright with racy acidity and lovely finesse.

90 Talley Vineyards 2013 Pinot Noir, Proprietor Grown, Edna Valley ($34)
Lush black cherry and tangy acidity; rich, dense and ripe; savory and long.

90 Trefethen 2012 Merlot, Oak Knoll District ($40)
Smooth, clean and lush with plum, spice and soft texture; balanced and long.

92 Vasse Felix 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River ($40) Australia
Rich, smooth and lush with bright plum and spice; deep and balanced with finesse and lovely style.

89 Vinakoper 2009 Capris Cabernet Sauvignon, Slovenian Istria ($19) Slovenia
Smooth and juicy with spice, plum and rich texture; mellow and balanced.

94 Williams Selyem 2013 Zinfandel, Papera Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($55)
Juicy and bright with notes of spice and vanilla; racy, fresh and bursting with plum and black raspberry; long and balanced.

90 Wirra Wirra 2012 Church Block, McLaren Vale ($22) Australia
Smooth, lush and juicy with ripe blackberry, cassis and plum; long, rich and balanced; spicy and long.

90 Yalumba 2012 Hand Picked Shiraz + Viognier, Eden Valley ($30) Australia
Bright and spicy with tangy acidity and juicy berry fruit; fresh and ripe, long and balanced.

91 Yalumba 2011 FDR1A, Eden Valley ($47) Australia
Smooth and juicy with silky texture and bright plum and blackberry; round, balanced and long.

93 Yalumba 2005 FDR1A Museum Release, Barossa ($60) Australia
Dark, lush and spicy with cassis, blackberry and plum; rich, tangy and round with deep, dense finish.

90 Yalumba 2012 The Signature, Barossa ($55) Australia
Bright and juicy with tangy acidity and rich blackberry; fresh and balanced, lively and long.

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