Newsletter November 2010

Blue's Best Buys

By: Anthony Dias Blue

88 Barefoot Cellars NV Shiraz, California ($7)
Smooth and lush with ripe blackberry and spice; rich and showing good acid structure; long and balanced.

88 Sawtooth Winery 2008 Chardonnay, Snake River Valley ($10)
Smooth and creamy with ripe fruit and toasty oak; ripe, balanced and clean with density and style.


88 Chateau Ste. Michelle 2009 Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Valley ($10)
Smooth and tangy with ripe melon and citrus; clean, fresh and juicy with style, balance and good length.

88 Ravenswood 2008 Petite Sirah, Vintner's Blend, California ($10)
Smooth and lush with blackberry and spice; rich, balanced and velvety; long and charming.

88 Waterbrook Winery 2009 Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Valley ($11)
Juicy and fresh with clean, lush flavors of peach, melon and citrus; juicy and showing minerals and ripe flavors; tangy, long and lovely.   TWISTY

89 Bogle Vineyards 2008 Zinfandel, Old Vine, California ($11)
Bright and smooth with lively berry fruit and good acid structure; fresh, balanced and ripe with a long, dense finish.  

88 Kendall-Jackson 2009 Sauvignon Blanc, Vintner's Reserve, Jackson Estates Vineyard, California ($11)
Bright and juicy with apple and citrus; crisp acidity, lively flavors and a long, tangy finish.

88 Château Pierrail 2009 Bordeaux Grand VIn de Bordeaux, France ($12)
Creamy and lush with snappy fruit, spice and nice acidity; mellow and yet quite lively, long and balanced.  

88 Château Lamothe-Vincent 2008 Bordeaux Supérieur Heritage, France ($12)
Deeply pigmented; bright and fresh with juicy plum and racy acidity, long, silky and balanced.  

88 Château Fleur Haut Gaussens 2007 Bordeaux Supérieur, France ($13)
Lush and juicy with ripe plum and tangy acidity; ripe and balanced with good texture and length.

89 Robert Hall 2009 Sauvignon Blanc, Paso Robles ($14)
Bright and juicy with minerals and clean, racy citrus; lively, nervy and balanced with purity, length and style.

88 Clayhouse Wines 2009 Sauvignon Blanc, Paso Robles ($14)
Bright apple and citrus with clean, racy mineral and spice notes; long, fresh and balanced.   TWISTY

88 Apothic Red 2008 California ($14)
Ripe and bright with sweet black raspberry and spice; smooth vanilla, long and balanced with clean, juicy, spicy flavors; long and clean, fresh. Syrah, Zinfandel, Merlot.


89 Pedroncelli Winery 2007 Petite Sirah, Family Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley ($15)
Dark and ripe with blackberry, spice and tangy acidity; long and juicy with lively flavors and good length.

88 Marco Real 2006 Crianza, Navarra, Spain ($15)
Bright and elegant with lovely plum and berry fruit; juicy, sleek and balanced with long, fresh flavors and nice style.

88 Bodegas Muriel 2008 Rioja, Spain ($15)
Fresh and bright with juicy raspberry fruit and racy acidity; crisp, lively and charming with lots of personality and style; long and nervy.

89 Girard Winery 2009 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley ($16)
Fresh and silky with bright, juicy citrus and green apple; lively, nervy and balanced with a long, tangy finish.

88 Octavin Home Wine Bar 2009 Big House White, California ($22/box)
Bright and smooth with aromatics, spice and juicy fruit; clean, lush and balanced with lots of charm and character.
Equivalent to four 750 ml. bottles.  

90 Castello di Bossi 2006 Chianti Classico, Italy ($24)
Juicy and fresh; bright and lovely with plum, berries and spice.


90 Falcone Family 2008 Chardonnay, Sierra Madre ($25)
Smooth texture and ripe fruit; juicy, minerally and quite delicious. 

 The "twisty" icon marks wines sealed with screwcap or other non-cork closure. 

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