March-April 2016

Blue Reviews EXTRA! March-April 2016

By: Anthony Dias Blue

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88Albet i Noya 2014 Xarel-lo, Penedès, Spain ($14)
Smooth, dense and aromatic with clean, rich, herbal style; intense and fleshy. Organic. ““

90Cambria Winery 2014 Chardonnay, Benchbreak, Santa Maria Valley ($22)
Smooth, ripe and toasty with juicy pear fruit and good acid structure; fresh and balanced, long and stylish.

88Cycles Gladiator 2014 Chardonnay, Central Coast ($11)
Smooth and ripe with juicy style; rich, lush and tangy; balanced and long.

88Fairview 2015 Chenin Blanc, Darling, South Africa ($15)
Bright, crisp and juicy with fresh apple fruit and racy acidity; silky, smooth and fresh. ““

88Fattoria La Valentina 2014 Pecorino, Colline Pescaresi IGT, Italy ($16)
Smooth, ripe and dry with lush style and good balance; minerally, fresh and long. Pecorino.

91Domaine J. A. Ferret 2014 Pouilly-Fuissé, France ($27)
Juicy and crisp with bright, racy and tangy acidity; fresh, balanced and lively.

88Georges Vigouroux 2015 Sauvignon Blanc Gouleyant, Côtes de Gascogne, France ($10)
Lush, grassy nose; crisp, juicy and clean with fresh citrus and smooth texture; lively and long.

88Graziano Family of Wines 2012 Enotria Arneis, Mendocino County ($15)
Golden color; juicy and aromatic with smooth texture and a long, spicy finish. 92% Arneis, 8% Pinot Grigio.

88Graziano Family of Wines 2013 Monte Volpe Vesuvius White Table Wine, Mendocino County ($18)
Lush and fruit with rich flavors; ripe and long with depth and balance; clean, crisp and juicy; unusual but quite charming. 25% Falangina, 25% Greco de Tufo, 25% Coda di Volpe, 25% Fiano.

88Graziano Family of Wines 2014 Monte Volpe Vesuvius, Potter Valley, Mendocino ($18)
Crisp and tangy with aromatic, smooth style; juicy and balanced with fresh fruit flavors; bright and long. 25% Falangina, 25% Coda de Volpe, 25% Greco de Tufo, 25% Fiano.

88Greystone Cellars 2014 Chardonnay, ($14)
Silky and bright with smooth texture and lively acidity; balanced, fresh and tangy.

88Hoopes 2013 Hoopla Chardonnay, Yountville ($20)
Smooth and fresh with melon, pear and juicy acidity; bright and balanced. ““

91Hoopes 2014 Chardonnay, Genny's Vineyard, Carneros ($50)
Smooth and rich with vanilla oak and spice; ripe pear and long, fresh flavors.

89Kenwood Vineyards 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County ($12)
Smooth, lush and spicy with tangy acidity and bright fruit; long and balanced. ““

88MAN Family Wines 2015 Padstal Chardonnay, Coastal Region, South Africa ($11)
Silky, smooth and bright with tangy fruit and lush texture; clean and balanced. ““

90Maximin Grünhäuser 2014 Riesling Kabinett Abtsburg, Mosel, Germany ($16)
Sweet, tangy and juicy with crisp citrus and smooth texture; peachy and long; balanced and fresh.

88Maximin Grünhäuser 2014 Riesling Qualitatswein, Mosel, Germany ($16)
Spritzy, dry and minerally with crisp citrus and steely style; juicy, long and racy. ““

91Maximin Grünhäuser 2014 Riesling Kabinett Herrenburg, Mosel ($20)
Smooth, ripe peach, juicy and rich; lush, elegant and tangy with sweet style and a long finish.

91Maximin Grünhäuser 2014 Riesling Spätlese Abtsberg, Mosel, Germany ($21)
Elegant and sweet, rich and lush with peach, tangy fruit; crisp, deep and juicy; fresh and long.

91Maximin Grünhäuser 2014 Superior RieslingAbtsberg, Mosel, Germany ($23)
Dense, minerally with off-dry style and complexity; lush peach and apricot fruit, long and charming.

89Ritual 2015 Chardonnay, Casablanca Valley, Chile ($19)
Smooth and elegant with smooth texture, juicy fruit and lovely balance; creamy and lush, rich and long. ““

90Rodney Strong Wine Estates 2014 Chardonnay, Sonoma County ($17)
Fresh and juicy, tangy and lively with crisp acidity and bright fruit; balanced, modern and long.

87Sagelands Vineyard 2014 Riesling, Columbia Valley ($9)
Smooth ripe and juicy with clean, sweet flavors; long and bright. ““

88Silver Palm 2014 Chardonnay, North Coast ($15)
Smooth, ripe and juicy; bright and tangy with balance, style and goo length. ““

90Star Lane 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, Star Lane Vineyard, Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara ($22)
Fresh and bright with smooth texture and bright citrus fruit; juicy and bright, balanced and lovely.

88Steele Wines 2013 Aligoté, Shooting Star, Washington State ($14)
Smooth, crisp and juicy with density and depth; long and balanced. ““

90Trefethen 2014 Chardonnay, Oak Knoll District ($36)
Bright and juicy with lively acidity and fresh style; silky and long, lively and balanced.

88Vento di Mare 2014 Pinot Grigio, Valle del Belice Vineyard, Sicily IGT, Italy ($12)
Fresh and juicy with pear and citrus fruit; clean, lively and long. Organic. ““

88Vento di Mare 2014 Grillo, Sicily Valle del Belice, Sicily IGT, Italy ($12)
Smooth and lush with melon, tropical fruit and juicy style; fresh, clean, mellow and balanced. ““

89Wakefield Wines 2015 Promised Land Unwooded Chardonnay, South Australia ($13)
Smooth and juicy with ripe citrus and tangy acidity; charming, fresh and balanced; long and flavorful. ““

88Wakefield Wines 2015 Riesling, Clare Valley, Australia ($17)
Fresh, dry and juicy with racy citrus and crisp acidity; smooth and bright, long and racy. ““

88Waterbrook Winery 2014 Reserve Riesling, Columbia Valley ($12)
Smooth, juicy and tangy with citrus and tangy acidity with a touch of sweetness; bright and fresh, lively and long.

90Young Inglewood 2013 Chardonnay, Michael Mara Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($45)
Ripe and juicy with minerals and spice; smooth, balanced and racy with good structure and a long finish.


92Amici Cellars 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Napa Valley ($80)
Smooth and juicy with ripe black raspberry and toasty oak; vanilla, plum and soft tannins; long and balanced.

93Amici Cellars 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville, Napa Valley ($125)
Smooth and intense with spice, wild berries and firm acid structure; tight and youthful; in need of time; long and expressive.

95Amici Cellars 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley ($125)
Lush and rich with sweet berry fruit and vanilla oak; smooth and generous; supple, deep and mellow with finesse and style.

94Amici Cellars 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Morisoli Vineyard, Rutherford, Napa Valley ($125)
Deep ruby color; intense and juicy with ripe plum and blackberry; smooth and spicy with lush style and a long, rich finish; generous.

90Baroli 2011 Barolo, Italy ($40)
Smooth and bright with silky texture and juicy style; tangy, edgy and long. Nebbiolo.

87Bota Box 2014 Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina ($23)
Smooth, rich berry nose; smooth, ripe and juicy with blueberry, plum and spice; earthy, balanced and dry; long, clean and fresh.

88Cannonball Winery 2013 Merlot, Sonoma County ($15)
Smooth, ripe and lush with ripe blackberry and plum; juicy, balanced and charming; long and toasty.

88Canoe Ridge Vineyard 2013 The Expedition Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills ($16)
Dusty with notes of smoke; smooth, ripe and herbal with blackberry and raspberry; fresh and lush with a long finish.

88Cycles Gladiator 2014 Petite Sirah, Central Coast ($11)
Lush, ripe berry nose; smooth, dense and rich with balance and depth. ““

90Dashe Cellars 2013 Late Harvest Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley ($24)
Silky and sweet with juicy prune and berry flavors; spicy, crisp and long.

89Dierberg Vineyards 2013 Pinot Noir, Dierberg Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley ($46)
Soft cherry nose; smooth, soft and showing notes of earth and spice; lush texture and a long finish.

91Dierberg Vineyards 2013 Pinot Noir, Drum Canyon Vineyard, Santa Rita Hills ($52)
Smooth and lush; ripe cherry and lush flavors of earth, spice and savory notes; balanced and elegant, long and fresh.

93Duckhorn 2012 Paraduxx X2, Napa Valley ($95)
Dark ruby color; smooth, lush and intense with ripe blackberry, toasty oak and rich cassis and spice; austere and balanced with chocolate and firm structure; long and deep.

90Dunbar Vineyard 2012 Zinfandel, Sonoma Valley ($32)
Ripe cherry nose; juicy and bright with tangy acidity and lively berry fruit; smooth, long and lush. 96% Zinfandel, 4% Petite Sirah

89Famille Perrin 2013 Côtes du Rhône Villages, France ($15)
Smooth and juicy with spice and lavish red berry fruit; tangy and rich with good depth and style; long and balanced.

91Feudo Maccari 2013 Saia Nero d'Avola, Sicily IGP, Italy ($33)
Deep and rich with ripe blackberry and blueberry; intense and long flavors of spice and showing notes of earth and complex fruit.

89Fratelli Urciuolo 2013 Aglianico, Campania, Italy ($17)
Deep ruby color; bright, spicy and tangy with fresh cherry, raspberry and earth; smooth and juicy with long, dense flavors.

88Georges Vigouroux 2014 Malbec Les Comtes, Cahors AOC, France ($12)
Dark, smooth and juicy with tangy cassis and firm structure; earthy, dense and juicy; long and rich.

89Georges Vigouroux 2012 Château de Haute-Serre Malbec Grand Vin Seigneur, Cahors AOC, France ($24)
Dark and smooth with rich, earthy style; juicy, spicy and long; balanced.

89Georges Vigouroux 2012 Château de Mercuès Malbec Grand Vin, Cahors AOC, France ($24)
Smooth, lush and juicy with ripe blackberry and spice; deep. rich and dense; balanced and long.

91Graziano Family of Wines 2012 Monte Volpe Negroamaro, Mendocino County ($28)
Ripe and lush with juicy blackberry, cassis and spice; rich and intense with tangy fruit and a long, lush finish. 90% Negroamaro, 10% Sangiovese.

90Grgich Hills Estate 2011 Miljenko's Selection Petite Sirah, Calistoga, Napa Valley ($65)
Dark, dense and softly tannic with ripe black fruits and spice; deep and long.

90Harney Lane 2013 Zinfandel, Old Vine Zinfandel, Lizzy James Vineyard, Lodi ($35)
Deep ruby color; lush and smooth with ripe blackberry, raspberry and spice; mellow, dense and balanced; spicy and long.

90Herzog 2014 Camouflage, California ($20)
Smooth and balanced with ripe berry fruit and good acid structure; smooth and charming, long and seamless. Kosher. Tempranillo, Vedelho, Viognier, Sangiovese, Primitivo, Malbec, Trousseau, Tinta Cao, Tinta Madeira, Touriga, Tinta Barroca, Petite Sirah.

90Herzog 2012 Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($40)
Smooth and juicy with bright plum and blackberry; fresh and balanced with tangy acidity and fresh fruit. Kosher.

91Herzog 2012 Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County ($42)
Lush and dense with bright berry and plum fruit; smooth, lush and juicy with depth and balance; long and lush. Kosher.

92Hoopes 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($50)
Dark, smooth and juicy with ripe blackberries and dense plum; juicy and concentrated.

93Hoopes 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville ($75)
Smooth, ripe and juicy with concentrated plum, blackberry and earth; rich, juicy and complete with lovely varietal intensity; long and balanced.

90Joseph Drouhin 2013 Gevrey-Chambertin, France ($66)
Crisp and juicy with lively fruit and racy acidity; cherry, raspberry and clean, savory notes. Pinot Noir

91Kenwood Vineyards 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Single Vineyard, Carriger Vineyard, Sonoma Valley ($42)
Deep ruby color; smooth, lush and rich with intense blackberry and cassis; juicy, balanced and crisp; long and layered.

90Liparita Cellars 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Grand Prize V Block , Yountville ($65)
Ripe blackberry and cherry nose; lush, rich and showing cassis, cherry and concentrated fruit; intense and long.

93Marchesi di Gresy 2010 Camp Gros Martinenga Barbaresco Riserva, Italy ($106)
Pale brick red color; smooth, elegant and juicy with bright raspberry and spice; silky, fresh and refined; long and precise.

92Mas Igneus 2012 Barranc dels Closos Negre, Priorat, Spain ($25)
Smooth, lush and juicy with ripe plum and raspberry; generous, rich and balanced with notes of oak, spice and earth; long and charming. 60% Grenache, 40% Carignan.

90Merry Edwards 2013 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast Vineyard, Sonoma County ($42)
Bright cherry nose; smooth, juicy and tangy with spice and savory notes; juicy, balanced and long.

92Merry Edwards 2013 Pinot Noir, Flax Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($57)
Deep ruby color; smooth, luscious with juicy black raspberry and hints of vanilla oak; bright and long, lovely.

92Merry Edwards 2013 Pinot Noir, Meredith Estate, Russian River Valley ($60)
Deep ruby color; smooth, cherry nose; juicy, dense and ripe with savory oak notes; fresh, balanced and long.

93Merry Edwards 2013 Pinot Noir, Klopp Ranch, Russian River Valley ($63)
Dark ruby color; black raspberry nose; smooth, lush and dense with black cherry and intensity; tangy, rich and savory; long, deep and balanced.

90Morgan Winery 2014 Cotes du Crow's, Monterey ($18)
Smooth, warm nose; lush blackberry and cherry fruit with smooth texture and lush, juicy fruit; spicy and long; lush, balanced and long. 53% Grenache, 47% Syrah.

94Mt. Brave 2012 Malbec, Mt. Brave Vineyard, Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley ($75)
Deep ruby color; spicy berry nose; smooth and dense with black raspberry, cassis and plum; lush and ripe, balanced and rich with vanilla and sweet oak; bright and long.

88Nine Stones 2014 Hilltops Shiraz, South Eastern Australia ($13)
Deep ruby color; spice and blackberry, smooth and lush with lush texture and ripe fruit; juicy, tangy and balanced.

88Pedroncelli Winery 2013 Merlot, Bench Vineyards, Sonoma County ($17)
Smooth and velvety with lush blackberry, cassis and earth notes; ripe, balanced and juicy with depth and tangy flavors.

88Pedroncelli Winery 2013 Zinfandel, Mother Clone, Dry Creek Valley Vineyard, Sonoma County ($18)
Lush and spicy with blackberry and smooth texture; tangy and juicy with lively acidity and earthy notes.

88Porcupine Ridge 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Coastal Region, South Africa ($13)
Smooth, lush and ripe with blackberry, spice, oak and chocolate; dense, rich and long. 

90Republic of Wine 2014 Côtes du Rhône, France ($20)
Smooth and lush with blackberry and spice; soft and dense, meaty and balanced; rich and long. 75% Grenache, 25% Syrah.

90Résonance 2013 Pinot Noir, Résonance Vineyard, Yamhill-Carlton ($65)
Smooth and ripe with sweet cherry, black raspberry and minerals; lush and balanced. Organic

90Riccitelli Wines 2014 Hey Malbec!, Mendoza, Argentina ($20)
Deep ruby color; rich black plum and blueberry with peppery spice and intense fruit; smooth, juicy and balanced, long and deep.

89Ritual 2015 Pinot Noir, Casablanca Valley, Chile ($19)
Deep ruby color; smooth and juicy with ripe cherry and toasty style; lush, balanced and fresh; tangy and long, savory and lovely.

88Ritual 2014 Primus Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo Valley, Chile ($19)
Smooth and balanced, fresh and juicy with smooth texture and earthy notes; dense and long.

88Ritual 2012 Neyen Espirito de Apalta, Colchagua, Chile ($50)
Smooth, lush and spicy with earth, deep blackberry and toast; long and tangy. Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, merlot

92Sbragia Family Vineyards 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Andolsen Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley ($42)
Smooth and dense with juicy blackberry and cherry; rich, deep and elegant; long and lush. 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot.

90Sbragia Family Vineyards 2012 Gino's Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley ($48)
Dense and spicy with earth, ripe berries and tangy acidity; smooth, rich and balanced.

93Sbragia Family Vineyards 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Monte Rosso Vineyard, Moon Mountain District ($50)
Smooth and luscious, ripe and rich with supple, deep flavors; juicy with intensity, elegance and balance; long and seamless.

90Schug Winery 2014 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast ($25)
Bright and juicy with crisp cherry fruit and tangy acidity; lifted, lively and tangy; fresh and charming.

91Schug Winery 2012 Estate Pinot Noir, Carneros ($45)
Lush, dense and ripe with black cherry fruit and vanilla oak; juicy and fresh.

90Silver Palm 2014 Pinot Noir, Central Coast ($18)
Lush and ripe with smooth texture and a long, mellow finish; ripe cherry and raspberry with spice and savory notes; an impressive Pinot from Jackson Family at a remarkable price.

90Silvio Nardi 2014 Rosso di Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy ($26)
Bright and fresh with tangy raspberry and spice; a nicely balanced baby Brunello with lively, racy style; long and balanced. 100% Sangiovese Grosso.

96Spottswoode 2012 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($165)
Deep, vibrant ruby color; smooth, luscious and exquisite with deep plum, blackberry and juicy style with notes of vanilla oak, spice and rich flavors; long and classic.

92Trefethen 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Oak Knoll District ($60)
Ripe, cherry and blackberry nose; smooth and racy, supple and elegant; long and graceful, balanced and lovely.

88Vento di Mare 2013 Nero d'Avola, Valle del Belice, Sicily, Italy ($12)
Smooth, lush and meaty with deep flavors of blackberry and spice; dense and earthy with depth and style. Organic.

88Vento di Mare 2013 Valle del Belice, Sicily, Italy ($12)
Smooth and earthy with blackberry and plum; dense and meaty, long and rich. 100% Nerello Mascalese.

88Wakefield Wines 2015 Pinot Noir, Adelaide Hills, Australia ($17)
Bright and juicy with tangy cherry fruit and racy acidity; fresh, lively and long.

88Windy Bay Cellars 2013 Pinot Noir, Oregon ($16)
Crisp, bright and juicy with racy acidity and lively cherry fruit; lively, balanced and long.

89Young Inglewood 2013 VENN Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($50)
Smooth and supple with firm structure and bright herbs and plum; balanced, fresh and long. 95% Cabernet Sauvignon; 5% Cabernet Franc.

92Young Inglewood 2012 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($90)
Smooth and juicy with firm structure and ripe blackberry, plum and spice. 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc, 1% Merlot.


88Georges Vigouroux 2015 Pigmentum Malbec Rosé, Côtes du Lot, France ($10)
Light pink color; smooth and silky, dry and tangy with juicy style; balanced and fresh.

88Georges Vigouroux 2015 Malbec Rosé Gouleyant, Côtes du Lot, France ($10)
Light pink color; smooth, bright and juicy with lively fruit and clean,mellow flavors; dry, fresh and long.

88Klinker Brick 2015 Rosé Wine, Lodi ($15)
Light pink color; bright citrus nose; crisp, tangy and juicy with fresh, racy flavors; dry and long. Carignan 30%, Mourvedre 26%, Grenache 24%, Syrah 20%.

90Young Inglewood 2015 Vin Clair, St. Helena ($29)
Pale amber color; smooth and fresh with juicy fruit and bright acidity; racy and lifted, charming and tangy. 80% Malbec, 20% Merlot.

87Sophora NV Sparkling Rosé, New Zealand ($16)
Deep pink; dry, smooth and juicy with raspberry and tangy acidity; bright, balanced and long. 52% Chardonnay, 48% Pinot Noir.


90Jardesca Aperitivo, California ($30)
Smooth and off-dry with lush texture and notes of spice, mint and botanicals; orange blossom, tangy and floral; long and rich. ““

92Baroli Barolo Chinato, Italy ($45)
Rich, dense and herbal with sweetness and rich spice; juicy, tangy and intense; try this in a negroni. ““


87Bitner Vineyards 2012 Riesling, Reserve, Snake River Valley ($10)
Dry and tangy with crisp citrus and smooth texture; clean, fresh and balanced; juicy and bright.

88Cinder Wines 2012 Tempranillo, Snake River Valley ($29)
Deep ruby color; smooth and lush with ripe blueberry and spice; edgy and balanced, long and earthy.

88Clearwater Canyon 2012 Merlot, Snake River Valley ($28)
Smooth and lush with deep blackberry, plum and spice; dense and rich, long and juicy.

91Colter's Creek Winery 2012 Koos Koos Kia, Snake River Valley ($22)
A blend of all five Bordeaux varieties; smooth, complex and balanced with depth and concentration; seamless and long. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot

90Fujishin Family Cellars 2010 Amatino, Snake River Valley ($23)
A dense powerhouse, lush with ripe cassis and concentrated blackberry; aromatic and deep, long and rich. 92% Syrah, 5% Viognier, 3% Petite Syrah

90Hat Ranch Winery 2011 Malbec, Snake River Valley ($27)
Dark ruby color; smooth, juicy and tangy with boysenberry and spice; long and smooth with balance and depth.

88Huston Vineyards 2012 Malbec, Snake River Valley ($29)
Deep ruby color; juicy and bright with blueberry and spice; tangy and dense with depth and balance.

88Koenig Vineyards 2012 Viognier, Williamson Vineyards, Snake River Valley ($15)
Smooth and creamy with vanilla and aromatic style; mellow and lush with balance and finesse.

90Snake River Winery 2010 Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Arena Valley Vineyard, Snake River Valley ($21)
Silky and bright with juicy berry and plum fruit; smooth, spicy and balanced; long and tangy. 55% Grenache, 35% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre

88Ste. Chapelle Winery 2012 Late Harvest Riesling, Snake River Valley ($10)
Fresh, smooth and creamy with sweet peach, apricot and notes of honey; lush and spicy with lovely depth and juicy sweetness.

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