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Issue: September Tasting Panel Newsletter
Blue Best Buys

by: Anthony Dias Blue
 

89 Columbia Crest 2008 Two Vines Merlot, Washington ($8)
Smooth and ripe with rich plum, spice and berry fruit; dense, balanced and long with surprising depth and style.
STE. MICHELLE WINE ESTATES

89 Hogue Cellars 2007 Columbia Valley ($10)
Juicy and smooth with tangy acidity and plum, black raspberry and cassis; lively, long and balanced with fresh, vibrant flavors.
CONSTELLATION WINES U.S.

88 Butterfield Station 2008 Chardonnay, California ($11)
Fresh and juicy with apple fruit and lively acidity; clean, racy and balanced.

EPIC WINES

89 Dominio del Plata 2009 Crios Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina ($11)
Smooth and dense with ripe blackberry and plum fruit; lush and ripe with balance, length and style.

VINE CONNECTIONS

88 Wakefield Wines 2008 Riesling, Promised Land, South Australia ($12)
Crisp and fairly dry with juicy citrus and a hint of petroleum; bright, clean and lively. TWISTY
AMERICAN WINE DISTRIBUTORS  TAYLORS WINES

88 Wolf Blass 2009 Chardonnay, South Australia ($12)
Crisp and showing peach and melon fruit with bright underlying acidity. TWISTY
TREASURY WINE ESTATES

88 Talley Vineyards 2008 Chardonnay, Bishop's Peak, Central Coast ($12)
Silky and smooth with crisp tropical fruit and citrus; fresh and balanced, lively and long. TWISTY

88 J. Lohr 2008 Syrah, Soth Ridge, Paso Robles ($15)
Dense, ripe and juicy with black plum and blueberry; dark and rich but short of jammy with a vein of bright acidity.

 

88 ForeFront 2009 Pinot Gris,  Willamette Valley ($16)
Smooth and ripe with clean fruit, minerals, spice and creamy flavors; lush and balanced with depth and style.
PINE RIDGE/ANDRUS FAMILY

89 Seven Hills Winery 2009 Pinot Gris, Oregon ($16)
Crisp and juicy with bright minerals, creamy texture and ripe fruit; smooth and balanced with style and finesse.

90 Rodney Strong 2008 Estate Chardonnay, Chalk Hill ($19)
Fresh and juicy; clean and balanced with livley acid; sweet fruit and good balance.

KLEIN FAMILY VINEYARDS

90 Hoyt Family Vineyards 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, California ($19)
Fresh, balanced and racy with juicy plum and blackberry; supple and long.

90 Batasiolo 2009 Moscato d'Asti, Italy ($20)
Foamy and bright with juicy fruit, sweetness and great charm; fresh and balanced.

BOISSET USA

89 Dutcher Crossing 2008 Sauvignon Blanc, Dry Creek Valley ($22)
Juicy and fresh; clean and racy with ripe melon and peach; zesty and balanced.

90 Semler 2008 Sauvignon Blanc, Saddle Rock–Malibu ($22)
Juicy and bright; racy, crisp with nice citrus and tangy acidity; long and fresh.

MALIBU FAMILY WINES

 

92 Cambria 2007 Pinot Noir, Julia's Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley ($25)
Juicy and fresh; lovely red fruit; generous and ripe; lush and tangy.
JACKSON FAMILY VINEYARDS

94 Noemia 2008 J.Alberto, Patagonia, Argentina ($35)
Silky and supple with lovely texture; subtle oak, pure flavors of ripe plum and berries; pure with great structure and depth.

VIAS IMPORTS

93 Lane Tanner 2007 Pinot Noir, Julia's Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley ($36)
Juicy and lively with tangy and pretty red fruit; fresh and racy.

92 Rusack Vineyards 2007 Pinot Noir, Reserve, Sta. Rita Hills ($40)
Edgy and precise with lovely racy cherry and black plum fruit; pure, juicy and quite Burgundian; long and elegant, firm and built to age.

93 Hitching Post 2007 Pinot Noir, Julia's Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley ($42)
Juicy and bright with sweet oak and silky texture; rich and dense; elegant and long.

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

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