April 2010

Blue Best Buys

By: Anthony Dias Blue

88 Columbia Crest 2007 Two Vines, 10 Vineyard, Washington State ($8)
Smooth and velvety with lush plum and blackberry fruit; sweet vanilla oak adds to the overall likability of this blend; soft, fresh and balanced; an easy-to-love wine at an amazing price.
STE. MICHELLE WINE ESTATES

88 PKNT 2008 Gold Carmenère, Maule Valley, Chile ($8)
Fragrant and fresh with ripe berry fruit and notes of chocolate; smooth and balanced with round, mouth-filling flavors; long and charming.
CLASSIC WINES OF CALIFORNIA

89 Universo Austral 2009 Calafate Sauvignon Blanc Reserva, Patagonia, Argentina ($8)
Juicy, fresh with lively peach fruit and racy citrus; minerals, tropical and lush with excellent acidity.
W. J. DEUTSCH & SONS

88 Gordon Brothers Cellars 2008 Kamiak Windust Columbia Valley ($10)
Silky and bright with dense, aromatic notes and a backbone of lively acidity; juicy and fresh with depth, balance and good length.

88 St. Kilda 2008 Shiraz, South Eastern Australia ($10)
Yes, Virginia, there is aussie shiraz that's in balance; this one is tangy and juicy with fresh blackberry and blueberry fruit; racy, nervy and long with plenty of style.
THE COUNTRY VINTNER

88 Cameron Hughes 2008 Chardonnay, Lot 145, Santa Barbara ($10)
Smooth and bright with ripe tropical fruit and soft acidity; rich and balanced with good structure and a long finish.

88 Esser 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, California ($10)
Smooth and dense with ripe sweet plum, spice and berry fruit; balanced, long and showing nice texture and length.
W. J. DEUTSCH & SONS

87 Trinchero 2008 Main Street Pinot Noir, Napa Valley ($10)
Smooth and pleasant with ripe cherry fruit and nice, racy acidity; meaty, balanced and long.
TRINCHERO FAMILY ESTATES 

88 Cono Sur 2009 Pinot Noir, Valle Central, Chile ($10)
Smooth and juicy with black cherry and lively acidity; racy, crisp and tangy.
VINEYARD BRANDS

88 Sobon Estate 2008 Shenandoah Vineyards Zinfandel, Special Reserve, Amador County ($11)
Smooth, spicy and brambly with lovely concentrated blackberry fruit; long, fresh and balanced. TWISTY

88 Bodega Septima 2008 Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina ($12)
Smooth, fresh and juicy with ripe plum and blackberry fruit; clean, supple and showing some substance; fresh, balanced and long.
AVENIU

88
Bonterra Vineyards 2008 Chardonnay, Mendocino County ($12)
Smooth, ripe and bright with tangy acidity and toasty oak; a nicely made organic wine with structure and length.
BROWN-FORMAN

88 Waterbrook Winery 2008 Pinot Gris, Willow Crest Vineyard, Columbia Valley ($13)
Ripe and bright with lively acidity and tangy peach and citrus; long, dense and juicy.
PRECEPT BRANDS

88 Magnificent Wine Company 2008 House Wine Columbia Valley ($13)
Fresh and juicy with lively acidity and aromatic fruit; long and balanced.
PRECEPT BRANDS


90
Familia Schroeder 2006 Alpataco Malbec, Patagonia, Argentina ($15)
Smooth and lush with sweet oak, ripe plum fruit and berry notes; juicy, dense and long; stylish and balanced.
ECO VALLEY

89 Valley of the Moon 2007 Sangiovese, Sonoma ($16)
Soft and silky with cranberry, raspberry and lively acidity; balanced and fresh with long, spicy flavors and lots of charm.
HECK ESTATES

91 NQN 2007 Malma Estate Merlot Reserva, Patagonia, Argentina ($18)
Dark and rich with velvety texture and racy acidity; fresh, fruit-forward with depth and refinement; stunning. 
VIAS IMPORTS 

92 Noemia 2007 A Lisa, Patagonia, Argentina ($23)
Velvety and smooth with rich texture; lovely robe, luscious, seamless with no corners or edges; long and opulent.
VIAS IMPORTS

92 Royal Tokaji Wine Company 2005 5 Puttonyos, Tokaji, Hungary ($41)
Deep amber color; lovely pure candied apricot with botrytis notes; smooth and creamy with excellent acidity; classic, complex and long with lovely flavors and texture.
WILSON DANIELS LTD.

  The "twisty" indicates wines with screwcap or other non-cork closures.


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