August 2010 Tasting Panel Newsletter

Blue's Best Buys

By: Anthony Dias Blue
88 Barefoot Cellars NV Moscato, California ($7)
Fresh, clean and juicy with sweet vanilla and lively spice; smooth, tangy and balanced.
GALLO

89 Concha y Toro 2008 Sauvignon Blanc, Xplorador, Central Valley ($8)
Ripe and juicy with tangy citrus fruit and racy acidity; smooth, balanced, clean and complex with lots of lift and vigor.
BANFI

88 Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi 2009 Pinot Grigio, California ($8)
Tangy, bright and dry with racy citrus and balanced flavors; long, clean and juicy.
CONSTELLATION WINES U.S.

   
88 Columbia Crest 2009 Pinot Grigio, Two Vines, Washington State ($8)
Smooth and fresh with tangy acidity and bright, nervy flavors;  lively, clean and balanced.
STE. MICHELLE WINE ESTATES

88 Bodega Luigi Bosca 2008 Malbec, Finca La Linda, Mendoza ($10)
Silky and fresh with juicy plum and generous flavors of berries and oak; juicy and long with balance and lovely, open style.
TESTA WINES OF THE WORLD

89 Concannon 2007 Shiraz, Central Coast ($10)
Smooth and juicy with bright black raspberry and racy acidity; balanced, long and fresh with lots of charm.
THE WINE GROUP

89 Dry Creek Vineyard 2009 Chenin Blanc, Wilson Ranch, Clarksburg ($12)
Smooth, tangy and juicy with lively acidity; fresh fruit and a long, bright finish.
88 Wolf Blass 2009 Chardonnay, South Australia ($12)
Crisp and showing peach and melon fruit with bright underlying acidity; fresh and balanced.
TREASURY WINE ESTATES

88 Sella & Mosca 2008 Vermentino, La Cala, Vermentino di Sardegna ($12)
Smooth, minerally and fresh with light spice and tangy acidity; juicy and bright with a long finish.
PALM BAY INTERNATIONAL

88 Fineline 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles ($12)
Ripe and fresh with dense texture and notes of vanilla oak; rich, deep and fat.
  89 Chateau St. Jean 2009 Fumé Blanc, Sonoma County ($13)
Fresh and juicy with lively citrus and racy acidity; crisp and lively, balanced and charming.
TREASURY WINE ESTATES

88 Mutt Lynch 2009 Sauvignon Blanc, Fou Fou le Blanc, Central Coast ($14)
Smooth and herbal with aromatics and ripe melon and peach; long and balanced.

89 Bonterra Vineyards 2009 Riesling, Lake, Mendocino Counties ($14)
A racy, bright organic wine with juicy citrus and snappy acidity; lively, long and pure with nervy style and good balance.
BROWN-FORMAN

88 Monaci 2009 Kreos, Salento IGA ($15)
Smooth and silky with lush fruit and nice acidity; juicy and balanced, bright and substantial.
FREDERICK WILDMAN AND SONS  


89 Wild Rock 2008 Pinot Noir, Cupid's Arrow, Central Otago ($18)
Clean, fresh and juicy with bright cherry fruit and lively acidity; pure, vibrant and delicious.
KOBRAND CORP.

90 Hoyt Family Vineyards 2006 Syrah, California ($19)
Balanced and fresh with lovely, stylish fruit; good structure, long and smooth; lively.

  90 Sonoma-Cutrer 2008 Estate Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast ($24)
Bright and juicy with racy citrus and good acid structure; silky, smooth and nicely built with a long, snappy finish.
BROWN-FORMAN

92 Tikal 2008 Malbec, Amorio, Mendoza ($25)
Dense, rich and concentrated with gorgeous plum and blackberry fruit; lovely toasty oak and deep, ripe flavors with balance, finesse and generous style.
VINE CONNECTIONS

91 St. Clement Vineyards 2007 Merlot, Napa Valley ($28)
Smooth and velvety with ripe black plum, blackberry and spice; rich, dense and long with balance and generous style.
TREASURY WINE ESTATES

92 La Crema 2008 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley ($30)
Creamy, dense and ripe with fresh fruit and rich toasty oak; luscious and voluptuous with a long finish and excellent balance.
JACKSON FAMILY WINES


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