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Issue: July 2012 Newsletter
Blue Reviews EXTRA! July 2012

by: Anthony Dias Blue

WHITES

90
Valley of the Moon 2011 Chardonnay, Unoaked, Russian River Valley ($16) 
Tangy and bright with nervy citrus and lush texture; long and fresh with lively acidity and a charming finish.

HECK ESTATES

 
90 Chamisal Vineyards 2011 Stainless Chardonnay, Unoaked, Central Coast ($18)
Juicy and bright with tangy acidity, silky texture and nice grapefruit; lively and balanced with good length and structure.

DOMAINE ALFRED


90 Occasio 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, Del Arroyo Vineyard, Livermore Valley ($20)
Smooth, lush and showing fresh peach fruit; juicy and clean with depth and lovely balance; lush and long.

90
Domaine Laroche 2010 Chablis Saint Martin, France ($23)
Bright and juicy with minerals, vanilla and silky texture; smooth, ripe and vibrant with lovely depth and balance; long and lush.

RÉMY-COINTREAU USA

90
Wild Horse 2010 Chardonnay, Unbridled, Bien Nacido Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley ($24)
Bright and juicy with spice, tangy citrus, apple and soft oak; lush, balanced and fresh with depth and complexity.

CONSTELLATION WINES U.S.

90
Chehalem 2011 Grüner Veltliner, Ridgecrest Vineyard, Ribbon Ridge ($24) 
Steely and crisp with tangy acidity and minerals; juicy, long and racy with purity and balance; bright, fresh and tangy. 

90
Matanzas Creek 2009 Chardonnay, Sonoma County ($26)
Smooth, lush and ripe with vanilla, honey and citrus - all nicely integrated; elegant and creamy with lovely balance and style.
JACKSON FAMILY WINES

90
Chehalem 2010 Pinot Blanc, Stoller Vineyard, Dundee Hills ($28) 
Dense, creamy and lush with minerals, ripe fruit, vanilla and soft spice; lovely and smooth with Alsace style and excellent depth; long and rich. 

90
Benovia Winery 2010 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley ($34)
Crisp and pure; racy and long with lovely structure.
 
90
Ferrari-Carano 2010 Chardonnay, Tré Terre, Russian River Valley ($36)
Silky and juicy with clean, fresh fruit with white flowers, peach and tangy acidity; smooth, fresh and lively.


90 Domaine Laroche 2009 Chablis Premier Cru Les Vaudevey, France ($39) 
Lush and dense with ripe fruit and fresh acidity; complex, long and balanced with elegance and depth; lovely. 

REMY-COINTREAU USA

90
Flowers 2009 Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast ($40)
Juicy and clean; charged with racy acidity notes of vanilla oak.

90 Hartford Court 2009 Chardonnay, Four Hearts, Russian River Valley ($40)
Smooth, rich and deep with minerals and good acid structure; long and lush.
JACKSON FAMILY WINES


REDS


90
Alamos 2009 Malbec, Selección, Mendoza ($20)
Silky, smooth and elegant with ripe plum, spice and complex flavors; ripe, fresh and balanced with depth and excellent length; supple and vibrant.
E&J GALLO
 
90
Benovia Winery 2009 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast ($32)
Spicy and fresh; elegant and ripe with cherry and good length; balanced.

90
Louis M. Martini 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley ($35)
Smooth and lush with lovely texture and structure; supple, expressive with ripe plum and berry fruit; balanced and long.
E&J GALLO

90
Mauritson Wines 2010 Zinfandel, Rockpile Ridge, Rockpile ($37)
Lush and ripe; spicy, juicy and racy; long and balanced.

91
McIntyre Vineyards 2010 Pinot Noir, Estate, Santa Lucia Highlands ($38)
Lush and juicy with bright cherry, raspberry and lovely earth and oak nuances; pretty, balanced and substantial; long and vibrant.


90
Flowers 2009 Perennial, Sonoma Coast ($38)
Lush and dense; ripe and balanced; meaty and rich .
50% Pinot Noir, 30% Syrah, 20% Pinot Meunier.

90
Willamette Valley Vineyards 2008 Pinot Noir, South Block, Willamette Valley ($44)
Fragrant, smooth and juicy with bright cherry/berry flavors; lifted, focused and balanced with good length.
 
90
Buehler Vineyards 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Papa's Knoll, Napa Valley ($45)
Ripe and smooth with spice, black plum and licorice; juicy, dense and nicely structured with balance and good length.

90 Lost Canyon Winery 2009 Pinot Noir, Goff-Whitton Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($45)
Smooth and lush with juicy cherry and rich texture; long, balanced and charming with spice and ripe fruit; stylish.

92
Flowers 2010 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast ($45)
Juicy and spicy; lively with racy acidity and black cherry fruit.


90
Hartford Court 2007 Pinot Noir, Land's Edge Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($45)
Smooth and juicy; spicy, dense and ripe with cherry and long, lush texture and good balance
JACKSON FAMILY WINES

91
Shafer Vineyards 2009 Merlot, Napa Valley ($48)
Lovely vanilla and plum in the nose; smooth, ripe and rich with spice, plum, black raspberry and hints of flowers; charming, supple and generous; long and balanced.

92
La Rochelle 2009 Pinot Noir, Dutton Ranch, Campbell Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($48)
Silky and bright with lovely cherry fruit and juicy acidity; fresh, lively and seductive with sweet, ripe notes and harmonious style; long and very pretty.

92
Morgan Winery 2010 Pinot Noir, Double L Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands ($50)
Lush and ripe with ripe cherry and blackberry fruit; smooth and balanced, lush and dense with sweet fruit.

92
Frank Family Vineyards 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($50)
Lush and ripe with excellent structure, bright black plum, complex spices and juicy acidity; silky and balanced with long, charming flavors; a complete wine.

 
90
Martinelli 2009 Pinot Noir, Three Sisters Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($60)
Racy and crisp with lively acidity and Burgundian influences; fresh and long

92
Martinelli 2009 Pinot Noir, Bondi Home Ranch, Green Valley of Russian River Valley ($60)
Rich, ripe and dense with cherry and spice; lush and layered with good balance

94
Flowers 2009 Pinot Noir, Sea View Ridge Estate, Sonoma Coast ($65)
Pure and racy with tangy fruit and great structure; juicy and fresh.


92
La Sirena 2007 Syrah, Barrett Vineyard, Calistoga, Napa Valley ($70)
Smooth and bright, elegant and luscious with blackberry, plum and spice; supple, rich and deep with balance, style and finesse; long and lovely.


92
Oakville Ranch 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($72)
Silky and lush with ripe plum and black raspberry fruit; long, dense and of a piece; toasty, complex and long with spice, style and fine structure.

91
Rodney Strong Wine Estates 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Rockaway Vineyard, Alexander Valley ($75)
Smooth and bright, silky and dense with medium weight, plum and sweet, lively fruit; lush, supple and tangy; long and lovely.

KLEIN FAMILY VINEYARDS
 
90
Warre's NV Otima 10 Year Tawny, Porto, Portugal ($27)
Bright, tawny color; silky and complex with toffee, rancio and sweet raisins; elegant, long and charming.

VINEYARD BRANDS

93
Warre's NV Otima 20 Year Tawny, Porto, Portugal ($45)
Bright, tawny amber color; silky and toasted with complex flavors of wood, spice and lovely rancio; toffee, caramel and lovely depth; long and balanced.
VINEYARD BRANDS


VALUE AND BY-THE-GLASS RECOMMENDATIONS


89
Washington Hills 2011 Gewürztraminer, Washington ($10) 
Lush rose petal and peach with smooth, soft, sweet style; aromatic, spiced, stylish and elegant.  
PRECEPT WINE BRANDS
 
88
Allegro 2010 Moscato, California ($12) 
Spritzy, bright and aromatic with sweet, spicy peach and orange blossom; juicy, creamy and balanced.


88
Kendall-Jackson 2010 Vintner's Reserve Riesling, Monterey County ($13)
Lush and smooth with tangy acidity, soft sweetness and bright peach fruit; lively, clean and balanced.

88
Kendall-Jackson 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, Vintner's Reserve, California ($13)
Smooth, fleshy and ripe with good fruit and tangy acidity; fresh, round and balanced; long and tangy.

88
Alamos 2010 Chardonnay, Mendoza ($13)
Smooth and mellow with lovely minerality, ripe pear and good acid structure; long, harmonious and fresh.
E&J GALLO

88
Steele Wines 2010 Chardonnay, Shooting Star, Mendocino County ($14)
Creamy, round and showing vanilla and decent acidity; smooth and lush, long and balanced.

88
Bonterra Vineyards 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, California ($14) 
Silky and bright with bright peach fruit and tangy acidity; smooth and balanced.
Organic. 
BROWN-FORMAN
 
88
Alamos 2010 Malbec, Mendoza ($13)
Bright and juicy with lovely black raspberry fruit and tangy acidity; fresh, crisp and balanced.

E&J GALLO

88
Murphy-Goode Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, California ($15)
Smooth and juicy with pretty ripe plum and raspberry fruit; lively, fresh, supple and charming; tangy, bright and lush; long and vibrant.
JACKSON FAMILY ESTATES

88
Bonterra Vineyards 2010 Pinot Noir, Mendocino County ($16)
Sweet cherry nose; smooth and bright with juicy acidity and charming ripe fruit; nice texture, smooth and long with good balance. Organic.
BROWN-FORMAN

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