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Issue: May 2012 Newsletter
Blue Reviews EXTRA!

by: Anthony Dias Blue

A Taste of Sonoma

Each year,Sonoma County Vintnersbrings the lastest wines from its member wineries to Los Angeles for Sonoma in the City, L.A. Here are my notes from this year's event.


PHOTO COURTESY OF SONOMA COUNTY VINTNERS

WHITES

90
Benovia Winery 2010 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley ($34)
Crisp and pure; racy and long with lovely structure.

89 Cartograph Wines 2010 Gewürztraminer, Floodgate Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($22)
Spicy and crisp with rose petal; dry and racy; feminine and lovely. 

88 Davis Family Vineyards 2009 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley ($36)
Ripe and lush; crisp, clean and balanced with sweet oak. 

89Dry Creek Vineyard 2011 Fumé Blanc, Sonoma County ($12)
Racy and juicy with peach and grapefruit; long and tangy. 

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

88 Hartford Court 2010 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley ($30)
Smooth ripe and round; balanced, fresh and long. 
JACKSON FAMILY WINES

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

87 Kelley & Young 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, Alexander Valley ($24)
Smooth, lush and peachy with aged oak. 

88 Martinelli 2007 Chardonnay, Three Sisters Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($60)
Lush and dense; minerally and spicy; long and balanced. 

88 Seghesio Family 2011 Pinot Grigio, Sonoma County ($20)
Smooth and lush; juicy and balanced; ripe and long. 
CRIMSON WINE GROUP

88 Trione Vineyards and Winery 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County ($23)
Spicy, minerally and snappy with nice structure and length.

REDS

90 Benovia Winery 2010 Pinot Noir, Bella Una, Sonoma Coast ($38)
Spicy, crisp and balanced with good structure and a long finish. 

90 Benovia Winery 2009 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast ($32)
Spicy and fresh; elegant and ripe with cherry and good length; balanced. 

89 Benovia Winery 2009 Zinfandel, Sonoma County ($38)
Silky and ripe; spicy and balanced with a long finish. 

88 Cartograph Wines 2009 Pinot Noir, Floodgate Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($38)
Bright and crisp; lively and fresh. 

88 Davis Family Vineyards 2009 Pinot Noir, Soul Patch, Russian River Valley ($45)
Smooth, fresh and balanced with juicy cherry. 

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

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

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

88 Hartford Court 2010 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley ($40)
Tangy and spicy, showing cherry and meat; ripe and dense. 
JACKSON FAMILY WINES

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

89 Kelley & Young 2009 Zinfandel, Alexander Valley ($36)
Ripe and juicy; tangy and spicy; lush, balanced and racy. 

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. 

89 Mauritson Wines 2010 Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley ($29)
Fresh and juicy; rich and tangy; long and spicy. 
CHAMBERS & CHAMBERS

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

89 Mauritson Wines 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County ($35)
Juicy and fresh; tangy and long with spicy plum and berries.
CHAMBERS & CHAMBERS

92 Mauritson Wines 2009 Cabernet Franc, Rockpile ($41)
Ripe, intense and dark with ripe plum and spice; lovely, dense and long.
CHAMBERS & CHAMBERS

86 Papapietro-Perry Winery 2009 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley ($46)
Smooth, light and simple; okay.

87 Papapietro-Perry Winery 2009 Pinot Noir, Leras Family Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($54)
Spicy and light; clean and deep.

89 Papapietro-Perry Winery 2009 Pinot Noir, Elsbree Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($54)
Juicy and clean; fresh and racy; snappy and long.

88 Seghesio Family 2010 Zinfandel, Sonoma County ($24)
Bright, dense and juicy with ripe, spicy fruit. 
CRIMSON WINE GROUP

90 Seghesio Family NV Zinfandel, Rockpile ($38)
Racy and bright; fresh and juicy; deep and balanced; long and spicy. 
CRIMSON WINE GROUP

89 Seghesio Family 2008 Sangiovese, Venom, Rattlesnake Hill ($48)
Full, juicy and rich showing raspberry and spice. 
CRIMSON WINE GROUP

87 Kelley & Young 2011 Alexander Valley ($24)
Mer-mal; smooth and ripe; sweet and juicy. 

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