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.
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.
AMERICAN WINE DISTRIBUTORS TAYLORS WINES
88 Wolf Blass 2009 Chardonnay, South Australia ($12)
Crisp and showing peach and melon fruit with bright underlying acidity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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