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Issue: November 2012 Newsletter
Blue Reviews EXTRA!

by: Anthony Dias Blue

WHITES

88 Goats do Roam 2011 White, Western Cape, South Africa ($10)
Juicy and fresh with tangy tropical fruit and citrus; fresh, bright and long with great balance and style.  56% Viognier, 24% Roussanne, 20% Grenache Blanc.
VINEYARD BRANDS

88 Bodegas Franco-Españolas 2011 Diamante Semi Dry White, Rioja, Spain ($10)

Smooth, creamy, bright and juicy with peachy fruit and nice sweetness; long and balanced.
VISION WINE & SPIRITS LLC

 
88
Famille Perrin 2011 Côtes du Rhône Blanc Reserve, France ($11)

Smooth, ripe and rich with density and tangy fruit; clean, bright and long.
VINEYARD BRANDS

88 Georges Duboeuf 2011 Mâcon-Villages Domaine Les Chenevières, France ($13)

Fresh and bright with crisp, tangy citrus and minerals; clean, bright and racy with good balance and length.
DEUTSCH FAMILY WINE & SPIRITS

88 Domaine Pichot 2011 Vouvray Le Peu de la Moriette, France  ($15)

Smooth, ripe and mellow with lush, off-dry fruit; tangy, fresh and bright with lovely acidity.
VINEYARD BRANDS

88 Château de Montfort 2009 Vouvray Demi-Sec, France ($16)

Smooth and showing some sweetness that is nicely balanced by tangy acidity; silky, smooth and fresh with lovely fruit flavors.
PALM BAY INTERNATIONAL

88 Bogle Vineyards 2011 Chardonnay, California ($10)

Smooth and lush with good acidity, fresh fruit and soft, sweet oak; balanced and quite charming.

88 Rutherford Wine Company NV Bistro Select Chardonnay, California ($11)

Smooth, clean and juicy with bright fruit and nice balance; fresh and bright with a long finish.

88 Souverain 2010 Chardonnay, North Coast ($14)

Juicy, fresh and ripe with bright acid structure and a long, creamy finish; tropical and lush.
TREASURY WINE ESTATES

 
89
Spice Route 2011 Chenin Blanc, Western Cape ($18)

Ripe and sweet with clean, juicy flavors of ripe fruit; silky and smooth with tangy tropical fruit.
VINEYARD BRANDS

88 Trimbach 2008 Pinot Blanc, Alsace ($14)

Clean, fresh and minerally with juicy fruit and balanced flavors; long and charming with bright style.
PALM BAY INTERNATIONAL

88 Giocato 2011 Pinot Grigio, Primorska, Slovenia ($11)

Juicy and bright with minerals, tangy acidity and ripe flavors; bright acidity and good length; balanced and fresh.
LARGO WINES

88 Villa Wolf 2011 Pinot Gris, Pfalz, Germany ($13)

Spritzy and dry with minerals, crisp fruit and racy acidity; balanced and fresh.
LOOSEN BROS. USA

90 Willamette Valley Vineyards 2010 Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley ($16)

Smooth, juicy and rich with a core of tangy acidity; bright with lovely depth, long and balanced; racy.

89Robert Weil 2011 Dry Riesling, Rheingau, Germany ($14)

Pure and clean with dry, tangy citrus and bright acidity; juicy, balanced and long with lift and racy style.
LOOSEN BROS. USA

88 Calcu 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Colchagua Valley, Chile ($14)

Juicy and fresh with tangy citrus and lively acidity; racy, bright and nervy.
GLOBAL VINEYARD

 
88
Robert Hall 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, Paso Robles ($14)

Bright, clean and fresh with juicy citrus fruit and good balance; tangy and smooth with lively flavors.

88 Villa Maria 2011 Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough ($15)

Juicy and bright with peachy fruit and tangy gooseberry; racy and fresh with balance and good length.
STE. MICHELLE WINE ESTATES

88 Rutherford Wine Company 2011 Rutherford Ranch Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley ($15)

Clean, lush and tangy with bright citrus and spice; fresh and juicy with charm and style.

88 Three Rivers Winery 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Valley ($16)

Edgy and tangy with crisp fruit and racy flavors; clean, fresh and lively.
FOLEY FAMILY WINES

90 Tablas Creek 2011 Vermentino, Paso Robles ($27)

Fresh and ripe with lively, tangy acidity and juicy fruit; racy, smooth and showing lovely, clean tropical fruit, great balance and a long finish.
VINEYARD BRANDS

89 Tangent 2011 Viognier, Paragon Vineyard, Edna Valley ($17)

Spritzy and bright, fresh with tangy acidity, grapefruit and racy flavors; long and tangy with balance and great style.
BAILEYANA


REDS

92 Batasiolo 2007 Barolo, Italy ($45)

Lush and spicy with rich, smooth texture; plum, spice and leather with racy acidity and lovely balance; long and dense.
BOISSET FAMILY ESTATES

 
90
Terlato Vineyards 2009 Devil's Peak, Napa Valley ($44)

Smooth and dense with ripe plum, black raspberry and spice; supple and lush with notes of chocolate and toasted oak; layered and rich with a long, intense finish. 50% Cabernet Franc, 38% Merlot, 7% Malbec, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.
TERLATO WINES INTERNATIONAL

88 Columbia Crest 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Grand Estates, Columbia Valley ($12)

Fresh and juicy with dark fruit and tangy plum, spice and herbs; dense and ripe with balance, length and character.
STE. MICHELLE WINE ESTATES

88 Lapostolle 2011 Casa Grand Selection Cabernet Sauvignon, Rapel Valley, Chile ($12)

Dark and rich with lush texture, spice and chocolate; bright plum and cassis with herbs and good acid structure. TWISTY
MARNIER-LAPOSTOLLE INC./TERLATO WINES INTERNATIONAL

90 Emblem by the Michael Mondavi Family 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Oso Vineyard, Napa Valley ($50)

Smooth and dense with ripe plum and spice; juicy, lush and juicy; deep and balanced, long.
FOLIO FINE WINE PARTNERS

 
91
Trinchero 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Mario's Vineyard, St. Helena, Napa Valley ($60)

Lush and generous with ripe plum, toast, minerals and tar; rich and nicely structured with a long, lovely finish
TRINCHERO FAMILY ESTATES

91 Whitehall Lane 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Napa Valley ($75)

Smooth, lush and dense with edgy, tangy flavors; rich, deep and needing some time to age and mellow.

88 Rutherford Wine Company NV Bistro Select Merlot, California ($11)

Smooth and clean with plum, spice and some depth; lush, rich and showing nice structure; long and balanced.

88 Toad Hollow Vineyards 2009 Merlot, Richard McDowell Vineyard, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County ($13)

Bright and tangy with fresh plum, cassis and smooth texture; juicy and fresh with a firm acid structure; spicy and showing notes of chocolate.
V2 WINE GROUP

90 Kendall-Jackson 2010 Vintner's Reserve Merlot, Sonoma County ($19)

Smooth and juicy with notes of plum, cherry and spice; lush with minerals, earth and lovely ripe fruit; balanced and long.

90 Bell Wine Cellars 2009 Merlot, Yountville, Napa Valley ($50)

Bright and juicy with bright plum fruit and some herbal complexity; rich, lovely and tangy; long and balanced.

 
88
HandCraft 2010 Petite Sirah, Artisan Collection, California ($11)

Dark, smooth and dense with simple but fresh and attractive blackberry and spice flavors; balanced and pretty nice.
DFV WINES

87 Harlow Ridge 2011 Pinot Noir, Lodi ($10)

Bright ruby color; fresh and juicy with lively cherry fruit and good acid structure; tangy and bracing; a nice wine at this price.
CANNON WINES LIMITED

88 Heron Wines 2011 Pinot Noir, California ($14)

Smooth and bright with fresh cherry and crisp style; balanced, clean and juicy with tangy acidity and nice intensity; long and quite pleasant.

88 Macedon 2010 Pinot Noir, Tikves, Macedonia ($15)

Bright, clean and nicely structured with cherry and notes of earth; silky and serious with balanced notes of earth and spice; long and charming; this is the first wine I've ever tasted from Macedonia and its darn good.
LARGO WINES

88 Buena Vista 2010 Pinot Noir, Sonoma ($15)

Bright and clean with ripe cherry and raspberry fruit; tangy acidity, good balance and fresh, supple style; long and smooth.
BOISSET FAMILY ESTATES

89 Toad Hollow Vineyards 2010 Pinot Noir, Goldie's Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($17)

Bright and crisp with tangy cherry fruit and racy acidity; smooth and juicy with lively flavors and a long, vibrant finish.
V2 WINE GROUP

91 Sequana 2010 Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands ($32)

Lush and smooth with ripe cherry fruit and silky texture; toasty, earthy and long with spice and great balance.
HESS FAMILY ESTATES

90 Steele Wines 2010 Pinot Noir, Bien Nacido Vineyard, Block N, Santa Barbara ($32)

Smooth and juicy with lively acidity and tangy cherry fruit; smooth, balanced and long.

90 Marimar Estate 2008 Pinot Noir, Mas Cavalls Unfiltered, Doña Margarita Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($44)

Bright and juicy with tangy acidity and fresh cherry fruit; notes of earth, spice and minerals; tangy and long with balance and lift.

 
90
MacPhail 2010 Pinot Noir, Gap's Crown Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($49)

Ripe and juicy with black cherry and tangy acidity; rich, spicy and complex with lively flavors and good length.
HESS FAMILY ESTATES

91 Cambria Winery 2010 Pinot Noir, Clone 115, Santa Maria Valley ($52)

Bright ruby color; fresh and juicy with tangy cherry, plum and racy acidity; lively and balanced with style and excellent length.
JACKSON FAMILY VINEYARDS

90 Terlato Vineyards 2010 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley ($57)

Dense and ripe with earth, spice and smooth cherry fruit; nicely structured and complex; long and serious.
TERLATO WINES INTERNATIONAL

 
90
Mara Wines 2010 Pinot Noir, Laughlin Road Ranch, Russian River Valley ($59)

Silky and fresh with tangy acidity, bright cherry fruit and good balance; juicy and supple with good structure and a long, stylish finish.

91 Merry Edwards 2010 Pinot Noir, Coopersmith, Russian River Valley ($60)

Deep ruby color; rich and earthy with smooth, ripe plum, cherry and black raspberry fruit; lovely lush style with long, dense flavors with vivid  flavors.

88 A-Mano 2009 Primitivo, Puglia, Italy ($11)

Fresh, youthful and juicy with bright cherry and lively acid structure; clean, generous and exuberant with a charming finish; stock up on this one.
UNDERDOG  WINE MERCHANTS

89 Valley of the Moon 2009 Sangiovese, Sonoma County ($16)

Bright and silky with tangy raspberry, cherry and tangy pomegranate; fresh, vibrant and lush; racy and pure; a really lovely wine at a great price.
HECK ESTATES

88 Bodegas Franco-Españolas 2010 Royal Red Tempranillo, Rioja, Spain ($10)

Lush and smooth with spice and pepper; bright plum and black raspberry with deep color and length; meaty and rich.
VISION WINE & SPIRITS LLC

 
88
Buena Vista 2010 Zinfandel, Sonoma ($15)

Black raspberry nose; fresh, juicy and spicy with tangy acidity and a long, bright finish.
BOISSET FAMILY ESTATES


ROSÉ AND SPARKLING

 
88
Tarantas NV Rosé, Mediterranean Coast, Spain ($10)

Ruby color; clean, lush and off-dry; spicy, bright and juicy. 100% Bobal.
NATURAL WINE MERCHANTS

88 Goats do Roam 2011 Coastal Region, South Africa ($10)

Deep pink; smooth, spicy and dry with complex fruit and lots of charm; dry, crisp and mellow.
VINEYARD BRANDS

88 Villa Wolf 2011 Pinot Noir Rosé, Pfalz, Germany ($11)

Pale pink; smooth and juicy with clean, bright raspberry flavors; lush and dry with good balance.
LOOSEN BROS. USA

 
88
Voveti NV Prosecco, Italy ($17)

Bright, dry and juicy with lively fruit; smooth, creamy and clean with nice flavors; long and balanced.
FREIXENET USA

The "twisty" symbol indicates wines bottled in screwcap.

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