April 2012 Newsletter

Blue Reviews EXTRA! April 2012

By: Anthony Dias Blue


91 Zardetto 2010 Prosecco Millesimato Tre Venti Brut, Prosecco Superiore Rive di Ogliano, Italy ($23)
Bright and elegant with refined, fresh flavors of citrus, peach and tangy acidity; classic and balanced, long and lovely.



90 Ruggeri 2010 Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Superiore Giustino B., Italy ($24)
Lush and fresh with smooth, peachy fruit and rich, burnished style; dry, dense and showing lovely acidity.

91 Astoria 2010 Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Millesimato Extra Dry, Italy ($25)
Lush and creamy with big flavors of tangy citrus and peach;elegant and stylish.


88 Massimo Prestige Vineyards 2011  Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand ($13)
Tangy grapefruit and tart citrus, gooseberry and racy acidity; clean, fresh and zesty with balance and good length.

89 Pali Wine Co. 2010 Chardonnay, Charm Acres, Sonoma Coast ($20)
Smooth and fresh with juicy fruit, minerals and tangy acidity; vibrant and charming.

91 Virginia Marie Lambrix 2010 Chardonnay, Limited Release, Russian River Valley ($25)
Silky smooth and rich with lush texture, ripe fruit and a core of good acidity; long, elegant and nicely balanced.

90 Baileyana 2009 Chardonnay, Grand Firepeak Cuvée, Firepeak Vineyard, Edna Valley ($30)
Fresh and juicy with tangy acidity and lovely ripe fruit; bright and nicely structured with elegance and good length. TWISTY

90 Winderlea Vineyard & Winery 2009 Chardonnay, Willamette Valley ($36)
Smooth, ripe and dense with good acid structure and nice notes of oak and spice; clean, pure and balanced.

92 Robert Mondavi 2009 Reserve Chardonnay, Los Carneros ($40)
Intense and concentrated with vibrant, ripe fruit, toasty oak and bright acidity; showy but all in balance; long and stylish.

91 Frank Family Vineyards 2010 Chardonnay Reserve, Lewis Vineyard, Carneros ($58)
Smooth and creamy with a firm core of bright acidity; lush, dense and complex with style and lots of finesse; long and balanced.

88Underdog Wine Merchants NV Herding Cats, South Africa ($24)
Fresh, smooth and dense with pear, spice and tangy acidity; juicy, bright and balanced with a good finish. 80% Chenin Blanc, 20% Chardonnay.



88 Clos du Bois 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, North Coast ($18)
Smooth and clean with toasty, ripe plum with notes of coffee and spice; fresh and juicy, balanced.

90 Chateau Ste. Michelle 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Canoe Ridge Estate, Horse Heaven Hills ($28)
Supple and nicely structured with plum, black raspberry and cassis; fresh and juicy with good depth and lovely balance; long and stylish.

90 Herzog 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Special Reserve, Anderson Valley ($38)
Dark, juicy and plummy with tangy blackberry, blueberry and plum fruit; elegant and smooth with good balance and good structure; long and stylish. Sustainable and kosher.

92 Robert Mondavi 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, To Kalon Vineyard, Oakville ($45)
Dark, dense and showing black plum, blackberry and spice; lush, rich and built on a core of firm acidity; long and balanced.

91 Clos du Val 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District, Napa Valley ($75)
Smooth, juicy and bright with ripe plum and notes of chocolate and spice; supple, tangy and balanced with lush flavors and nice style.

92 Frank Family Vineyards 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Rutherford ($85)
Opulent and powerful with fragrant plum, cherry and spice; dense and showing sweet oak, licorice and violets; deep, generous and impressive; balanced and very long. 


90 Chateau Ste. Michelle 2009 Merlot, Canoe Ridge Estate, Horse Heaven Hills ($24)
Rich, smooth and plummy with chocolate, blackberry and spice; lovely new oak and a balanced, long finish.

90 Chateau Ste. Michelle 2009 Cabernet Franc, Cold Creek Vineyard, Columbia Valley ($30)
Lush, smooth and dense with ripe plum, blueberry and sweet new oak; toasty, mellow and lovely with rich texture and excellent balance.

90 Lava Cap Winery 2009 Syrah, Lava Cap Vineyard, El Dorado ($21)
Smooth, ripe and spicy with lively black raspberry and tangy acidity; long, juicy and bright with clean, tangy flavors and lovely balance; long and vibrant.

89 Las Rocas 2009 Garnacha, Calatayud, Spain ($14)
Smooth, ripe and lush with ripe plum, blackberry and spice; balanced, fresh and an amazing value.


92 Numanthia 2009 Termes, Toro, Spain ($30)
Deeply colored and showing appealing spice, cedar and ripe blackberry; seductive and offering subtle floral notes; concentrated and voluptuous with great charm and aging potential.


Artezin 2010 Zinfandel, Mendocino County ($18)

Lovely ripe fruit and excellent structure; bright raspberry fruit and tangy acidity; classis zinfandel flavors and a lovely bearing.


91 Viñedos Organicos Emiliana 2009 Coyam, Colchagua Valley, Chile ($34)
Ripe and juicy with bright acidity and dense plum, spice and berry fruit; rich, complex and balanced with good length and style.

                 **********SPECIAL PINOT NOIR SECTION************

I have tasted scores of amazing Pinot Noirs this year. I reported on some of the best from Oregon in THE TASTING PANEL’s April issue. Here are notes on some of the others, from both Oregon and California.—A.D.B.

91 Alysian 2009 Pinot Noir, Russian River Selection, Russian River Valley ($40)
Crisp and tangy with edgy wild cherry fruit and plenty of racy acidity; juicy, bright and snappy; fresh and focused; long and vibrant.

94 Alysian 2009 Pinot Noir, Rochioli Vineyard, Edgewater Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($65)
Fragrant and fresh; juicy, tangy and pure with focused wild cherry and racy acid structure; vibrant, Burgundian and impressively elegant; edgy and stunning with subtlety and depth; balanced and very long. 


92 Alysian 2009 Pinot Noir, Floodgate Vineyard, Rock Hill Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($55)
Silky and smooth with juicy cherry and raspberry fruit; edgy, tangy and bright with lively flavors, racy acidity and fine balance; stylish, fresh and food friendly.

91 Bergström Wines 2009 Pinot Noir, Cumberland Reserve, Willamette Valley ($38)
Dark and fleshy with concentration; dense, lush and earthy with ripe black cherry and spice; rich and long.

93 Bergström Wines 2010 Pinot Noir, Shea Vineyard, Yamhill-Carlton District ($50)
A delightful preview of the 2010 vintage with bright, juicy cherry and lovely silky texture; tangy, fresh and vibrant with spice and floral notes; elegant and long.

94 Bergström Wines 2009 Pinot Noir, De Lancellotti Vineyard, Chehalem Mountains ($60)
Juicy and bright with spice, aromatics and ripe cherry fruit; complex, elegant and a Burgundy lovers dream; smooth and long.

89 Bethel Heights Vineyard 2009 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley ($28)
Smooth and silky with a fragrant nose of spice, soft herbs and cherry; juicy, tangy and balanced with fresh cherry, floral notes and lovely acid structure; a great value.

90 Bethel Heights Vineyard 2009 Pinot Noir, Estate Grown, Eola-Amity Hills ($32)
Herbs and spice on the nose; lush, juicy and bright with black cherry, nice earthy nuances and good acid structure.

93 Brick House Wine Company 2009 Pinot Noir, Evelyn's, Ribbon Ridge ($58)
Dense and juicy with bright raspberry and cherry fruit; aromatic, spicy and generous with smooth texture and a long, elegant finish. Biodynamic.

91 Calera 2009 Pinot Noir, Ryan Vineyard, Mt. Harlan ($40)
Lush and fleshy with ripe cherry fruit with juicy acidity; lively, complex and balanced with lovely depth and a long finish.

91 Domaine Drouhin Oregon 2009 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley ($40)
A nose of ripe, sweet cherry leads to a smooth, supple wine with ripe fruit, concentration and tangy Burgundian style; long, crisp and complex.

90 Domaine Serene 2009 Pinot Noir, Yamhill Cuvée, Willamette Valley ($45)
Fragrant, lush and bright with racy, juicy cherry and tangy acidity; long, fresh and balanced with sprightly style.

90 Expression 2010 Pinot Noir, 44, Rosérock Vineyard, Eola-Amity Hills ($48)
Tangy and bright with racy acidity and lively cherry fruit; juicy and fresh with clean, focused flavors and silky texture; long and balanced.

90 The Eyrie Vineyards 2009 Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills ($36)
Silky and bright with fresh raspberry and notes of earth and spice with tangy cherry fruit; balanced, long and charming.

93 Eyrie Vineyards 2009 Pinot Noir, Reserve Original Vines, Dundee Hills ($62)
Silky and smooth with juicy cherry and pale color contrasted by rich flavor concentration; elegant and long with purity and balance.


92 Eyrie Vineyards 2009 Pinot Noir, BlackCap, Willamette Valley ($47)
Smooth, bright and tangy with pure flavors and silky texture; crisp, elegant and fine structured; long and complex.

90 J. Christopher Wines 2009 Pinot Noir, Unfiltered, Willamette Valley ($28)
A spicy nose leads to a lush, balanced wine with lovely ripe cherry and smooth spice; deep, rich and nicely structured with depth and a long, lingering finish; an amazing value.

90 Longoria Wines 2010 Pinot Noir, Lovely Rita, Sta. Rita Hills ($32)
Smooth, ripe and dense with spice and juicy black raspberry; tangy, balanced and rich with depth and intensity; long and lush.

90 Marimar Estate 2008 Pinot Noir, Earthquake Block, Don Miguel Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($55)
Ripe and smooth with juicy cherry and raspberry fruit; tangy, long and dense with balance and a long finish. Unfiltered.

90 Merry Edwards 2009 Pinot Noir, Flax Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($54)
Silky and bright with red cherry and juicy berries; lively, fresh and elegant; long and stylish.

89 Pali Wine Co 2010 Pinot Noir, Riviera, Sonoma Coast ($20)
Smooth and juicy with bright cherry, notes of earth and racy acidity; clean, tangy and fresh with length and good balance.

Pali Wine Co 2010 Pinot Noir, Summit, Santa Rita Hills ($29)

Dark, spicy and bursting with black cherry and blackberry fruit; juicy and fresh, bright and long. 

89 La Crema 2010 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast ($25)
Smooth and dense with black cherry, earth and a balanced, round finish; ripe, lush and charming.


90 St. Innocent Winery 2009 Pinot Noir, Zenith Vineyard, Eola-Amity Hills ($36)
Silky and bright with black cherry, tea and spice with good acid structure and fine balance; crisp, fresh and long. 


90 Winderlea Vineyard & Winery 2009 Pinot Noir, Ana Vineyard, Dundee Hills ($48)
Silky smooth and generous with bright cherry, spice and concentration; elegant, balanced and stylish.

93 Winderlea Vineyard & Winery 2009 Pinot Noir, Winderlea Vineyard, Dundee Hills ($54)
Lush and bursting with sweet cherry and lovely, elegant flavors; pretty, generous and elegant with juicy, ripe berry and tangy acidity; balanced and charming.

92 Winderlea Vineyard & Winery 2009 Pinot Noir, Reserve, Winderlea Vineyard, Dundee Hills ($60)
Refined, silky and elegant with concentration and lovely depth; expressive and complex with a long, balanced finish.

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