90 Longoria Wines 2011 Pinot Grigio, Santa Barbara County ($19)
Bright and juicy with smooth, ripe texture riding on a core of racy acidity; fresh, focused and precise; long and bracing.
90 Château Chantegrive 2010 Graves, France ($19)
Fresh, clean and minerally with tangy citrus and spice; crisp and bright with lively fruit, structure and vibrant style; clean, balanced and stylish.
H. & F. LÉVÊQUE
90 Riverbench Vineyard & Winery 2010 Estate Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley ($26)
Smooth, creamy and bright with vanilla, tangy citrus and bright acid structure; deep, complex and balanced with style and depth.
MILLENNIUM WINE GROUP
91 Sonoma-Loeb 2010 Private Reserve Chardonnay, Carneros ($32)
Lush and dense with tropical fruit, ripe creamy style with a tangy acid backbone; rich, balanced and elegant with a long, bright finish.
CHAPPELLET VINEYARD & WINERY
91 Lost Canyon Winery 2010 Chardonnay, Ruxton Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($35)
Silky and bright with tangy acidity and racy citrus fruit; fresh and juicy with pure, focused flavors.
90 Catena Alta 2009 Chardonnay, Mendoza, Argentina ($35)
Bright, juicy and fresh with creamy texture and lovely fresh fruit; lively and balanced, complex and long.
88 Herzog 2009 Chardonnay Special Reserve, Russian River Valley ($36)
Smooth and creamy with ripe fruit and nice toasted oak nuances; balanced, clean and rich; long and stylish. Kosher.
ROYAL WINE CORP.
90 La Rochelle 2010 Chardonnay, Rosella's Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands ($65)
Lush, concentrated and ripe with creamy tropical fruit and vanilla oak; rich and mellow with depth and a long finish.
90 Morgan Winery 2010 Cotes du Crow's, Monterey ($18)
Bright and juicy with tangy black raspberry fruit and silky texture; lively and balanced with lovely structure and length.
90 Angelini 2009 Val di Suga Rosso di Montalcino, Italy ($21)
Pale, silky and juicy with racy acidity and bright raspberry fruit; clean, pure and tangy with lovely structure and vibrancy; balanced and long.
90 Lapostolle 2009 Cuvée Alexandre Merlot, Apalta, Colchagua Valley, Chile ($23)
Dense, lush and ripe with spice and rich texture; deep, smoky and intense; long and stylish.
TERLATO WINES INTERNATIONAL
90 Ernesto Catena Selections 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Siesta en el Tahuantinsuyu, Mendoza, Argentina ($24)
Smooth and lush with ripe plum, cassis and spice; dense, balanced and nicely structured; long and classic.
90 Murrieta's Well 2009 The Spur, Livermore Valley ($25)
Supple, complex and well-integrated; charming and long with focus and style; 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Malbec, 21% Petit Verdot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petite Sirah, 4% Merlot.
90 Handley Cellars 2009 Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley ($32)
Bright, racy and showing sweet cherry and tangy acidity; juicy, fresh and elegant; long and stylish.
88 Herzog 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Special Reserve, Alexander Valley ($38)
Smooth and mellow with dusty plum and soft herbs; clean, balanced and long. Kosher.
ROYAL WINE CORP.
90 Peter Paul Wines 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($40)
Smooth and fresh with bright plum, black raspberry and juicy acidity; mellow, medium-bodied and charming with spice and tangy notes on the finish.
90 Cadaretta 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley ($40)
Silky, structured and complex with bright plum, blackberry and vanilla oak; juicy, dense and rich; fresh, balanced and long.
MIDDLETON FAMILY WINES
91 Belle Glos 2010 Pinot Noir, Clark & Telephone Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley ($44)
Dark, deep and rich with ripe black cherry and tangy acid structure; lush and long with concentration and style.
90 Saxon Brown Wines 2009 Pinot Noir, Parmelee-Hill Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($48)
Elegant and linear with cherry, oak and spice; nicely balanced and long with lovely, graceful flavors; stylish and deep.
90 Brooks Wines 2008 Rastaban Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills, Oregon ($50)
Ripe and juicy with tangy acidity and lovely cherry fruit; supple, bright and racy.
92 Pali Wine Co. 2010 Pinot Noir, Cargasacchi Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills ($54)
Ripe and lush with lovely black cherry and tangy acidity; smooth, deep and fresh with serious structure and complexity; long and balanced, elegant.
91 Pali Wine Co. 2010 Pinot Noir, Fiddlestix Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills ($54)
Crisp and bright with tangy acidity and rich cherry fruit; fresh, juicy and lively with depth and style; long and balanced.
92 Dominus Estate 2009 Napanook, Napa Valley ($59)
Silky and refined with lovely, graceful flavors of plum, spice box and old leather; supple, smooth and elegant; long and focused with great balance and style; 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, 8% Petit Verdot.
90 Clos du Val 2009 Cabernet Franc, Stags Leap District ($65)
Coffee and chocolate in the nose; ripe, lush and fleshy with balance and depth; rich blackberry and spice; long and dense.
92 Mount Veeder Winery 2007 Reserve, Napa Valley ($80)
Concentrated, rich and intense with sweet oak, ripe plum and berry fruit and spice box; supple, lush texture and a long, smooth finish; focused and stylish; 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Malbec, 5% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot.
CONSTELLATION WINES U.S.
93 Carte Blanche 2009 Proprietary Red, Napa Valley ($95)
Huge and intense, a powerhouse wine with smoke, tar, licorice and rich black plum; mouth filling and concentrated with good balance, style and some flamboyance; 47% Merlot, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot. NICHOLAS ALLEN WINES
93 Catena Alta 2004 Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina ($135)
Very dark and ripe with chocolate, spice and ripe blackberry; rich, tannic and intense; made to age; spicy, dense and long.
91 Bodegas Catena Zapata 2008 Malbec-Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza, Argentina ($135)
Deep, rich and concentrated with tangy acidity and ripe blackberry and plum;
VALUE AND BY-THE-GLASS RECOMMENDATIONS
89 Viñedos Organicos Emiliana 2011 Natura Sauvignon Blanc, Valle de Casablanca, Chile ($9)
Juicy and tangy with bright citrus and lively peach; fresh, racy and pure with lovely balance. Organic.
88 Cono Sur 2011 Riesling, Valle Central, Chile ($12)
Dry, edgy and clean with bright mineral and citrus; juicy, fresh and balanced.
88 Sauvignon Republic 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand ($12)
Juicy and fresh with citrus and gooseberry; tangy, racy and balanced.
88 Yarden 2011 Mount Hermon White, Galilee, Israel ($12)
A Chard/Sauv Blanc blend with tangy citrus and clean, lively flavors; ripe, balanced and long. Kosher.
88 Peter Lehmann 2011 Moscato, Art Series, Barossa Valley, Australia ($13)
Bright fresh and juicy with tangy acidity and sweet, spicy flavors; balanced, clean and snappy.
88 Château Bellevue 2010 Entre-Deux-Mers, France ($13)
Smooth and minerally with tangy acidity and soft herbs; clean, tangy and bright.
PALM BAY INTERNATIONAL
88 Marqués de Cáceres 2008 Riva Rey Tempranillo, Rioja ($8)
Bright, fresh and juicy with lively raspberry fruit and tangy acidity; balanced, racy and attractive.
88 Bulletin Place 2010 Merlot, South Eastern Australia ($10)
Smooth, ripe and clean with juicy plum and fresh berry fruit; lively, fresh and balanced.
88 Trivento 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Mendoza, Argentina ($10)
Smooth and ripe with juicy plum and clean, bright flavors; supple, fresh and showing spice and tangy acidity; smooth and long,
88 Calina 2010 Carmenère, Valle Central, Chile ($10)
Lush and ripe with black cherry and lush plum; dense, rich and balanced; a great value.
JACKSON FAMILY WINES
88 Apaltagua 2011 Pinot Noir Reserva, Curico Valley, Chile ($12)
Smooth, bright and tangy with juicy cherry and charming raspberry; crisp, tangy and bursting with lovely fruit flavors; a real surprise and an amazing value.
88 Joseph Drouhin 2010 Beaujolais-Villages, France ($12)
Silky and spicy with juicy acidity and bright wild cherry fruit; minerals, tangy and crisp finish and lively style.
88 Macaron 2011 Pinot Noir delle Venezie, Italy ($13)
Clean and silky with bright cherry fruit and good acid structure; balanced, earthy and appropriate; a very good value.
THE WINE GROUP
87 Baron Herzog 2009 Old Vine Zinfandel, Lodi ($13)
Clean, smooth and ripe with spice, blackberry and earthy notes; mellow, balanced and long. Kosher.
ROYAL WINE CORP.
88 Nine Stones 2010 Shiraz, Barossa, Australia ($14)
Smooth and lush with ripe blackberry and spice; some earth, some herbs and good structure; fresh, balanced and long.
88 Torres 2008 Coronas Tempranillo, Catalunya, Spain ($15)
Smooth, meaty and dense with ripe raspberry and juicy acidity; bright, fresh and lively with a long, balanced finish.