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Issue: March 2012 Newsletter
Blue Reviews EXTRA!

by: Anthony Dias Blue

WHITES


90
Chateau Ste. Michelle 2009 Chardonnay, Canoe Ridge Estate, Horse Heaven Hills ($22)

Fresh, juicy and tangy with racy acidity and creamy texture; bright, juicy and showing subtle oak nuances–long, balanced and lively.  
STE. MICHELLE WINE ESTATES

 
90 Craggy Range Vineyards 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, Te Muna Road, Martinborough ($22)
Bright and juicy with tangy citrus and racy acidity; fresh, pure and balanced with style, finesse and good length. 
KOBRAND


90
Alois Lageder 2010 Tenutae Lageder Pinot Grigio, Porer, Alto Adige Porerhof ($23)

Fresh and crisp with tangy acidity, clean, pure fruit flavors; minerals, bright fruit and good balance; long and stylish.  
DALLA TERRA


89
Lucas & Lewellen 2010 Toccata Malvasia, Los Alamos Vineyard, Santa Barbara County ($18)

Sweet and peachy with smooth texture and juicy acidity; lovely orange peel and spice, floral and lush; long and lingering.  

90 Marimar Estate 2010 Albariño, Unfiltered, Don Miguel Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($32)
Juicy and spicy with aromatics, peach and tangy acidity; fresh, balanced and lively with depth and lovely balance.  


90 Matanzas Creek 2009 Chardonnay, Sonoma County ($26)
Creamy, smooth and nicely balanced; fresh and juicy with lovely texture and spice; well-integrated and mellow with bright pear, melon and citrus; long and lively finish.  
JACKSON FAMILY WINES


92
Pieropan 2007 Recioto di Soave Le Colombare, Italy ($41)

Deep golden amber color; creamy, lush and smooth with honey, apricot and firm, juicy acidity; lush, sweet and long.
EMPSON USA


89
Sebastiani Vineyards 2010 Chardonnay, Sonoma County ($18)

Fresh, bright and juicy with nice fresh fruit and toasty oak; balanced, clean and charming.  
FOLEY WINE ESTATES

 
89
Malibu Family Wines 2010 Saddlerock Orange Muscat, Santa Barbara County ($20)
Orange blossom nose; smooth, fresh and spicy with crisp, sweet, juicy peach fruit and aromatic notes; bright, clean and charming.  TWISTY
MALIBU FAMILY WINES


93
Domaine Serene 2009 Chardonnay, Dijon Clones, Côte Sud Vineyard, Dundee Hills ($47)

Silky and lush with juicy citrus and pear plus nice mineral complexity; a serious, grown-up wine that is, nevertheless, generous and charming with Burgundian style and wonderful balance and length.  

92 Winderlea Vineyard & Winery 2008 Chardonnay, Willamette Valley ($36)
Racy and bright with nerve, verve and style; generous citrus and apple fruit with spice and good length; balanced and quite Burgundian.  

REDS


90
Arizona Stronghold 2010 Nachise, Cochise County, Arizona ($22)

Juicy with plum, blackberry and tangy raspberry; generous, fresh and charming with racy acidity and lots of lift; clean, bright and balanced with an underlying depth of flavor; long and stylish. 47% Syrah, 19% Grenache, 15% Mourvèdre, 14% Petite Sirah, 5% Counoise.

 
90 Brassfield Estate 2009 Eruption, Volcano Ridge Vineyard, High Valley ($22)
A grab bag of varieties creates a harmonious, smooth wine with rich blackberry, boysenberry and plum fruit; seamless and supple with soft acidity and a long, elegant and dense finish. 37% Syrah, 30% Mourvèdre, 14% Grenache, 10% Petite Sirah, 9% Malbec.

92 Byron 2009 Pinot Noir, Monument, Santa Maria Valley ($60)
Silky and juicy with lovely cherry fruit with notes of strawberry, spice and toasted oak; racy and deep with pure Pinot flavors; rich, complex and charming; long and balanced.  
JACKSON FAMILY WINES


90
Calera 2009 Pinot Noir, de Villiers Vineyard, Mt. Harlan ($35)

Bright and juicy with depth, flesh and tangy cherry fruit; earth, spice and lovely acidity; long and balanced.  


89
Calera 2009 Pinot Noir, 35th Anniversary, Central Coast ($24)

Bright and juicy with fresh cherry fruit and tangy acidity; racy, lively and clean with fine texture and good length.


92 Chateau Ste. Michelle 2008 Ethos Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Columbia Valley ($40)
Supple and firmly structured with ripe plum and blackberry fruit; elegant and generous with lovely depth and finesse; long and classic.
STE. MICHELLE WINE ESTATES

 
90EOS Estate 2009 French Connection, Paso Robles ($25)
Lush and dense with ripe plum, sweet oak and rich texture; juicy, smooth and supple with depth and balance; long and opulent. 52% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petite Verdot, 4% Malbec, 1% Cabernet Franc.
FOLEY WINE ESTATES


90
Fidélitas 2009 Malbec, Columbia Valley ($35)

Dark, dense and smooth with toasty oak and ripe plum, blackberry and spice; supple and rich with balance, depth and a long finish.  

90 Frank Family Vineyards 2009 Petite Sirah, Reserve, SJ Vineyard, Napa Valley ($65)
Dark and dense with juicy blackberry, blueberry and spice with lovely notes of sweet vanilla oak; rich, intense and powerful with depth and good balance.  

89 Goldschmidt 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Katherine Goldschmidt, Crazy Creek Vineyard, Alexander Valley ($19)
Lush and rich with depth and smooth texture; dense, dark and showing plum, cassis and spice; ripe and balanced with depth and finesse.  


91 Grgich Hills 2008 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($60)
Bright, spicy and edgy with black raspberry, plum and licorice; supple and bright with balance, finesse and style.  

95 Lamborn Family Vineyards 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain; Vintage V, Napa Valley ($120)
Dark and rich with lush aromas, velvety texture and concentration; plum, blackberry and cassis with balance and excellent acid structure; creamy, toasted oak is subordinate to stunningly generous fruit.  

90 Lava Cap Winery 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Lava Cap Vineyard, El Dorado ($22)
Smooth and velvety with ripe plum and raspberry fruit; clean, balanced and lush with good acid structure and a long finish.  

88 Peter Lehmann 2009 Shiraz, Barossa Valley, Australia ($17)
Fragrant, smooth and juicy with lovely blackberry, blueberry and spice; meaty, spiced and complex; long and lush.  
HESS COLLECTION


89
Matanzas Creek 2007 Estate Merlot, Bennett Valley ($26)

Rich plum and chocolate nose; juicy and smooth with bright plum and blackberry fruit; firm and nicely structured with good length and nice acidity; long and balanced. 14% Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
JACKSON FAMILY WINES

 
90Bodegas Muriel 2005 Rioja Reserva, Spain ($20)
Lovely spiced nose; smooth and lush with plum and blackberry fruit, subtle oak and balanced finish; good length.  
QUINTESSENTIAL LLC


90
Newton Vineyard 2008 The Puzzle, Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley ($80)

Smooth and supple with juicy plum and raspberry; soft tannins, earth and spice with complexity, balance and depth; long and stylish. 42% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec.
MOET-HENNESSY USA


90
Sebastiani Vineyards 2008 Secolo, Sonoma County ($35)

Smooth, spicy and fresh with plum, black raspberry and vanilla; lush, juicy and harmonious; tangy, rich and long. 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petit Verdot, 8% Merlot, 3% Malbec, 1% Syrah
FOLEY WINE ESTATES

 
93 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, S.L.V., Napa Valley ($125)
Dense and earthy with plum, cassis and profound spiciness; layered and complex with exciting depth that will only expand with age; a lovely effort.  
STE. MICHELLE WINE ESTATES


92
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Fay, Napa Valley ($95)

Rich and classic with ripe plum, cassis, black cherry and spice; notes of licorice, mocha and elegance; long and concentrated.  
STE. MICHELLE WINE ESTATES

The "twisty" icon designates wines that are sealed with screwcap or other non-cork closure.


SPIRITS


A spate of new mezcals has been arriving in the U.S. market. This brand is one of the most exciting.

 

92 Wahaka Organic Mezcal Reposado con Gusano, Mexico ($35)
Floral, smoky nose; pale gold color; mellow and lush with agave, spice, vanilla and sweet new oak; clean and smooth; worm in the bottom; organic.
CENTRAL TEXAS SPIRITS


91
Wahaka Organic Mezcal Joven Espadin, Mexico ($30)
Smoky, fleshy nose; smooth, smoky and showing hints of vanilla, spice and pepper; dense, rich and have a nice flash of heat on the finish. Organic.
CENTRAL TEXAS SPIRITS


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