December 2012 Newsletter

Blue Reviews EXTRA! December 2012

By: Anthony Dias Blue

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88 Gimenez Mendez 2012 Las Brujas Sauvignon Blanc, Canelones, Uruguay ($17)
Smooth and crisp with citrus and bright acidity; clean and juicy with lively style and good length.
ECO VALLEY

89
Foppiano Vineyards 2011 Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Russian River Valley ($18)
Clean, fresh and juicy with tangy fruit and good acid structure; nice balance, crisp citrus and a long, smooth finish.

90
Grgich Hills 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, Essence, Napa Valley ($48)
Juicy grapefruit and lime with gooseberry and herbs; minerally and complex, long and rich, intense and balanced. Organic.

89
Steele Wines 2010 Shooting Star Chardonnay, Steele Cuvée, California ($19)
Creamy and dense with spicy, oak and bright tropical fruit; lush, balanced and showing lots of character; juicy, complex and long.

90
Stoller Vineyards 2010 Chardonnay Reserve, Dundee Hills ($28)
Silky and bright with pure, tangy citrus fruit; fresh and juicy with balance and some mineral notes; long and crisp.

 
90
Hamilton Russell Vineyards 2011 Chardonnay, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, South Africa ($28)
Crisp and steely with racy acidity and lovely minerality; fresh and pure, toasty and tangy; long and balanced with vibrant notes.
VINEYARD BRANDS

90
Schug Winery 2011 Estate Chardonnay, Carneros ($28)
Dense and showing minerality, silky texture, bright citrus fruit and firm acid structure; polished, balanced and long with grace and style.

90
Freemark Abbey 2011 Chardonnay, Napa Valley ($30)
Bright and juicy with notes of citrus, banana and pineapple; silky and nicely structured with balance and excellent length; no malolactic.
JACKSON FAMILY WINES

90
Talley Vineyards 2010 Chardonnay, Rosemary's Vineyard, Arroyo Grande Valley ($46)
Dense and rich with lovely bright fruit, toasty oak and mellow, rich flavors; long and dense, balanced and lovely.

88
A-Mano 2011 Pinot Grigio delle Venezie, Italy ($8)
Clean, fresh and juicy with nice mineral notes and bright fruit; balanced and long with a tangy finish.
UNDERDOG WINE MERCHANTS

 
88 Pepi 2011 Chenin Blanc - Viognier, California ($10)
Smooth and tangy with lively apple fruit and juicy acidity; fresh, clean and charming. 66% Chenin Blanc, 34% Viognier.
O'NEILL VINTNERS

87
Gérard Bertrand 2011 Muscat, Pays d'Oc, France ($8)
Fresh and juicy with some spritz and clean, tangy fruit with sweetness and bright acidity; lively and long.
GÉRARD BERTRAND U.S.

87
Fat Cat 2011 Moscato, California ($10)
Bright and juicy with sweetness and decent tangy acidity; fresh and clean with lively flavors.
BRONCO WINE COMPANY

88
La Perlina NV Moscato, Puglia, Italy ($12)
Foamy, bright and smooth with some sweetness but a nicely fresh dose of tangy acidity; balanced, charming and long.
LARGO WINES

88
Kenwood Vineyards 2011 Zacchera Moscato, California ($14)
Smooth and creamy with sweet, spicy, clean flavors; fresh and tangy with good acidity and a long finish. 100% Muscat Canelli.
WEST COAST WINE PARTNERS

88
Ecco Domani 2011 Moscato delle Venezie, Italy ($14)
Foamy and crisp with racy acidity, spice and some nice vanilla sweetness; balanced and ripe with smooth texture; long and juicy.
E.&J GALLO

 
89
Batasiolo NV Moscato d'Asti Bosc dla Rei, Italy ($17)
Foamy and lush with smooth texture and sweetness; ripe, spicy and tangy with a long, mellow finish.
BOISSET FAMILY ESTATES


RED

90
Taltarni 2009 Three Monks, Victoria, Australia ($20)
Silky, lush and dense with ripe plum, cassis and tangy acidity; juicy, fresh and charming; long and balanced. 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 22% Petit Verdot
CLOS DU VAL

 
90
Chappellet 2010 Cervantes Mountain Cuvée, Napa Valley ($32)
Smooth and rich with density and lovely ripe blackberry and cassis fruit; velvety and lush with notes of chocolate and spice; long and seamless. 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot, 6% Malbec.

92
Columbia Crest 2009 Walter Clore Private Reserve, Columbia Valley ($35)
A classic Bordeaux blend with notes of mocha, tar and sweet oak; supple, complex and seamless; precise, vibrant and long. 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 4% Malbec.
STE. MICHELLE WINE ESTATES

90
Trione Vineyards and Winery 2008 Red Wine, Geyserville Ranch, Alexander Valley ($48)
A smooth, lush blend of all five Bordeaux varieties; dense with spice, black raspberry and plum fruit; lovely texture and a long, rich finish. 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 11% Petite Verdot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 4% Malbec.

88
Tin Roof 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, California ($10)
Smooth and fresh with sweet black raspberry and cherry fruit; clean and tangy with balance and length.
O'NEILL VINTNERS

 
89
Buena Vista 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma ($15)
Smooth and lush with rich plum and tangy berry fruit; long and balanced, stylish and vivid.
BOISSET FAMILY ESTATES

89
Mossback 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Chalk Hill, Russian River Valley ($25)
Smooth and ripe with bright plum and berry fruit; balanced and generous with juicy fruit and sweet oak notes; charming, long and fresh. 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot.
CREW WINE COMPANY

90
Chateau Ste. Michelle 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Cold Creek Vineyard, Columbia Valley ($30)
Lush and bright with smooth plum, ripe blackberry and black currant; spicy with notes of sweet vanilla oak and lovely ripe flavors; balanced, complex and vivid with excellent length. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
STE. MICHELLE WINE ESTATES

90
Falcone Family Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles ($35)
Deep ruby color; lush and ripe with sweet oak, ripe plum and tangy acidity; smooth, ripe and stylish with lovely balance and a long, juicy finish.

90
Trefethen 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley ($60)
Smooth and medium-weight with elegance and soft texture; plum and juicy berry fruit; balanced and clean with charm and finesse. 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec, 1% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot.

 
90
Trinchero 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Cloud's Nest Vineyard, Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley ($70)
Lush and rich with spice, tar and ripe plum, deep and smoky with a bit of mint; smooth, dense and balanced.
TRINCHERO FAMILY ESTATES

91
Oberon 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Hillside Reserve, Napa Valley ($75)
Smooth and lush with rich blackberry, cassis and plum; supple and dense with notes of spice, mocha and tar; lovely balance and style. 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% Petite Sirah
FOLIO FINE WINE PARTNERS

90
Stags' Leap Winery 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon "The Leap," Stags Leap District ($80)
Dark and rich with soft tannins and big flavors of plum, spice and oak; intense with big aging potential.
TREASURY WINE ESTATES

90
Howell at the Moon 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain Vineyard, Napa Valley ($85)
Supple and fresh with notes of plum, blackberry, mint, violets and spice; charming and balanced with easy-going, lovely style and a long finish.

92
Chateau Ste. Michelle 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon "Druthers," Columbia Valley ($90)
Smooth and toasted with concentration and spice; toasted oak, layers of flavor and showing huge aging potential; plum, cassis and blackberry with depth and complexity; long and balanced. 97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot.
STE. MICHELLE WINE ESTATES

92
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, FAY, Napa Valley ($95)
Lush, supple and generous with depth, rich cassis and plum; notes of mint, minerals, spice and lovely oak; long, vibrant and a charming return to greatness for this winery. 100% Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
STE. MICHELLE WINE ESTATES

92
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, S.L.V, Napa Valley ($125)
Deep and vivid with powerful flavors of plum, cassis, tar and licorice; not shy in any way, this vibrant wine signals the return of this great estate; dazzling, intense and long. 100% Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
STE. MICHELLE WINE ESTATES

92
Groth 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Oakville, Napa Valley ($125)
Juicy and edgy with good structure and racy, tangy style; clean, vibrant and lively; snappy plum and raspberry fruit; a bit disjointed now, but showing serious aging potential.

 
88
Tin Roof 2009 Merlot, California ($10)
Smooth, lush and deep with plum, black raspberry and lively acid structure; silky, vibrant and balanced with style and good length.
O'NEILL VINTNERS

88
Rutherford Wine Company 2010 Rutherford Ranch Merlot, Napa Valley ($15)
Bright berry nose; juicy acidity, fresh plum and tangy, vivid style; silky and herbal.
RUTHERFORD WINE COMPANY

90
Columbia Crest 2010 Merlot, H3, Horse Heaven Hills ($15)
Bright, lush and juicy with blackberry, cherry and mineral notes; spice, earth, mocha and earth add complexity; excellent acid structure and balance; long and velvety.
STE. MICHELLE WINE ESTATES

91
Whitehall Lane 2009 Merlot, Napa Valley ($28)
Dense and ripe with sweet plum, chocolate and lush spice; supple with notes of chocolate and lovely depth; long and rich with balance. 15% Syrah, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.

90
Freemark Abbey 2010 Merlot, Napa Valley ($34)
Nicely structured with bright plum and soft herbs; juicy and fresh with tangy acidity and lively flavors; long, balanced and quite lovely. 81% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot
JACKSON FAMILY WINES

90
Trinchero 2009 Merlot, Chicken Ranch, Rutherford, Napa Valley ($40)
Smooth and juicy with lovely cherry, plum and cassis with sweet oak, soft herbs, spice and lush texture; long and balanced.
TRINCHERO FAMILY ESTATES

90
Trinchero 2009 Cabernet Franc, Central Park West Vineyard, St. Helena, Napa Valley ($50)
Lush and ripe with juicy fruit, tangy acidity and good balance; smooth, rich and nicely structured; long and complex.
TRINCHERO FAMILY ESTATES

88
Lagarde 2011 Altas Cumbres Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina ($12)

Smooth and juicy with silky texture, bright plum and black raspberry; clean, balanced and ripe with tangy acidity and lovely flavors.
DANGEROUS WINE GROUP


 
91 Alamos 2010 Malbec Selección, Mendoza, Argentina ($20)
Ripe and lush with vanilla oak and bright, tangy blueberry, raspberry and cassis; balanced and charming with a vibrant style and lovely, seamless character; a gorgeous wine at a beautiful price.
E&J GALLO

91
Recuerdo 2011 Malbec, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina ($22)
Smooth and lush with rich blackberry and spice; lovely vanilla oak and juicy fruit; long and complex with a balanced, dense style. 90% Malbec, 6% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc.
BLACKBIRD VINEYARDS

89
Darcie Kent Vineyards 2010 Pinot Noir, Rava Blackjack Vineyard, Monterey ($24)
Fresh and juicy with lively acidity, tangy wild cherry and spice; bright, silky and long with lovely balance and vibrant style.
UNDERDOG WINE AND SPIRITS

90
Cambria Winery 2010 Pinot Noir, Julia's Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley ($25)
Lovely nose of brown sugar and black cherry; velvety smooth and rich with bright fruit and ripe flavors; lush, balanced and long; charming.
JACKSON FAMILY VINEYARDS

91
Hamilton Russell Vineyards 2010 Pinot Noir, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, South Africa ($32)
Bright and edgy, crisp and racy with tangy black cherry; smooth, fresh and juicy; long and balanced.
VINEYARD BRANDS

90
Trione Vineyards and Winery 2009 Pinot Noir, River Road Ranch, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County ($35)
Deep, rich black cherry with smooth texture and rich style; lush but showing excellent acid structure; long, dense and balanced.

90
Solomon Hills 2009 Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley ($57)
Smooth and mellow with tangy cherry fruit and juicy acidity; bright fruit, spice and notes of earth and roasted meat; balanced, complex and long.

90
Bien Nacido 2009 Pinot Noir, Estate, Santa Maria Valley ($57)
Rich black cherry fruit and silky texture with bright acid structure; nice spice and depth; long and balanced, tangy and stylish.
CENTRAL COAST WINE SERVICES

92
Falcone Family Vineyards 2010 Syrah, Paso Robles ($30)
Another stunning effort from John Falcone; smooth, juicy and lush with dense plum and blackberry fruit; velvety texture, sweet oak, mocha and great finesse; tangy, generous and long.

90
Bodegas Franco-Españolas 2004 Rioja Gran Reserga Bordón, Spain ($21)
Deep, rich and intense with earthy flavors, smooth, juicy and mature with bright plum fruit; smooth and lush. 80% Tempranillo, 10% Garnacha, 5% Mazuelo, 5% Graciano.
VISION WINE & SPIRITS

90 Gimenez Mendez 2011 Las Brujas Tannat, Canelones, Uruguay ($17)
Ripe and lush with smooth texture and juicy notes of raspberry, plum and wild cherry; silky, generous and clean with pure fruit and fine balance; long and charming.
ECO VALLEY

90
Renwood Winery 2010 Zinfandel, Old Vine, Dry Creek Valley ($20)
Lush and spicy nose; fresh, generous and bursting with blackberry and chocolate; toasty, fresh and ripe with juicy flavors and a long, bright finish.

90
Frank Family Vineyards 2010 Zinfandel, Napa Valley ($37)
Smooth and lush with bright blackberry and vanilla oak; supple and dense with rich flavors and excellent balance; long and rich.

92
Williams Selyem 2010 Zinfandel, Bacigalupi Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($50)
Smooth and lush with beautiful berry fruit and juicy acid structure; silky, long and showing depth and lovely flavors; tangy, balanced and delicious.


SPARKLING

 
93
Billecart-Salmon NV Brut Champagne Réserve, France ($143)
Bright and juicy; tangy, racy, lovely and elegant; fresh with minerals; lively and refined; long and seamless; vibrant.
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