July Tasting Panel Newsletter

Blue's Best Buys

By: Anthony Dias Blue

88 Down Under 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, South Eastern Australia ($3)
Smooth and clean with juicy berry fruit and decent acidity; fresh and tangy with good length and balance.

BRONCO WINE CO.

88 Barefoot Cellars NV Sauvignon Blanc, California ($7)
Fresh and juicy with nice citrus and fresh, racy acidity; clean, long and balanced.
GALLO


88
Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi 2009 Sauvignon Blanc, California ($8)
Fresh and tangy with bright citrus and clean, lively acidity; long and tangy with balance and style.

CONSTELLATION WINES U.S.

89 Concha y Toro 2009 Xplorador Chardonnay, Central Valleyy, Chile ($8)
Sweet oak and racy, ripe fruit; creamy and rich with density, depth and a long finish.

BANFI VINTNERS  

 

89 Chateau Ste. Michelle 2009 Riesling, Harvest Select, Columbia Valley ($9)
Smooth and lush with peach and citrus fruit and lovely sweetness balanced by plenty of bright acidity; fresh, lively and charming.
STE. MICHELLE WINE ESTATES


89
Cannonball 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, California ($10)
Fresh blackberry, cherry and spice with chocolate and soft oak; charming, generous and lush with good length.
MOSAIC


88
Hobnob 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Vin de Pays d'Oc, France ($11)
Smooth and balanced with bright berry fruit and nice acid structure; fresh and lively, charming and long.
W. J. DEUTSCH & SONS


89
Robert Pepi 2007 Pinot Grigio, California ($11)
Smooth, creamy and bright with crisp acidity and lively flavors; fresh and balanced, clean and long.
 
JACKSON FAMILY WINES


89 Concha y Toro 2009 Xplorador Chardonnay, Central Valley ($8)
Sweet oak and racy, ripe fruit; creamy and rich with density, depth and a long finish.

BANFI VINTNERS  

 

88 Fineline 2007 Merlot, Paso Robles ($12)
Smooth and velvety with ripe, concentrated plum, berry and cassis fruit; a fruit bomb with good acid structure and a long, rich finish.


88
Five Rivers 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Coast ($12)
Fresh and juicy with bright plum and berry fruit; juicy, lively and long with good balance and style.
BROWN-FORMAN


88
Delicato Family Vineyards 2007 181 Merlot, Lodi ($12)
Smooth and silky with ripe plum and crisp acidity; juicy, dense and bright with a long, balanced finish.

DFV WINES



88
Escarpment Vineyard 2009 Pinot Noir, Over The Edge, Martinborough, New Zealand ($13)
Bright and charming with red cherry fruit and good structure; earth, spice and nice flavors; long and easy-going.
EMPSON USA


89
Anselmi 2009 Veneto ($13)
Juicy and ripe with racy acidity and bright fruit; long, fresh and showing depth and complexity.
PALM BAY INTERNATIONAL


88
J Vineyards & Winery 2009 Pinot Gris, California ($15)
Smooth, aromatic and fresh with bright acidity and a long, balanced finish; lively and charming.


90
Wakefield Wines 2008 Estate Riesling, Clare Valley, Australia ($17)
Racy and fresh with lime, lemon and tangy acidity; dry, steely and pure; long and nervy.
 
BROWN-FORMAN


90
B. R. Cohn 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Silver Label, North Coast ($20)
Smooth, lush and showing berries, cassis and lovely sweet oak; long, rich and ripe; long, balanced and complex.


92
MacRostie 2008 Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast ($25)
Silky and bright with creamy sweet oak and racy citrus; fresh, juicy and elegant with lots of charm and a long, bright finish.



92
Rusack Vineyards 2007 Sangiovese, Santa Ynez Valley ($32)
Juicy ripe cherry, blueberry and raspberry with tangy acidity and great balance; fresh, long and showing subtle oak and spice; delicious.

    92 Calera 2007 Pinot Noir, de Villiers Vineyard, Mt. Harlan ($35)
Rich and silky with dense black cherry fruit and lovely notes of mineral and spice; ripe, elegant and seductive; long and balanced.
 


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