October 2012 Newsletter

Blue Reviews EXTRA!

By: Anthony Dias Blue

WHITE WINES

88
Barefoot Cellars NV Sauvignon Blanc, California ($7)
Smooth, fresh and juicy with bright citrus, lush apple and silky texture; tangy, long and balanced.
GALLO

88 Souverain 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, North Coast ($13)
Smooth, dense and clean with bright, juicy acidity and tangy notes; crisp citrus and snappy flavors.
TREASURY WINE ESTATES

88
Murphy-Goode Winery 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, The Fumé, North Coast ($14)
Fresh and juicy with minerals, tangy citrus and bright acidity; fresh, clean and balanced with good length and style.
JACKSON FAMILY ESTATES

 
88 Gainey Vineyard 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, Santa Ynez Valley ($14)
Smooth and juicy with fresh, ripe citrus fruit and spice; clean, tangy and vibrant with a long finish.
WILSON DANIELS

90
Paul Dolan Vineyards 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, Potter Valley, Mendocino ($18)
Ripe and clean with juicy citrus and bright acidity; lively and crisp with focus and vibrancy; long and charming. Organic.

 
88 Bell Wine Cellars 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, Lake County ($22)
Smooth and bright with juicy apple and citrus fruit; tangy and clean with pure, bracing flavors.

90
Salvestrin Estate 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, LeBlanc Crystal Springs Vineyard, Napa Valley ($24)
Fresh and juicy with bright, lifted fruit with mineral notes and tangy acidity; lively, balanced and lush with nerve and style; long and charming.

90 Cosa Obra Wines 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, Hummingbird Hill Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($24)
Fresh and bright with racy acidity, tangy fruit and nice minerally notes; ripe and crisp, long and balanced.

91 Robert Mondavi 2010 Fumé Blanc Reserve, To Kalon Vineyard, Napa Valley ($40)
Lush and pure with great depth and style; juicy, bright and tangy with lovely structure and balance; classic and lovely.
CONSTELLATION WINES U.S.

87
Silver Ridge 2010 Chardonnay, California ($12)
Smooth and clean with tangy acidity and ripe pear fruit; fresh and juicy with lively structure and good length.

90 Lincourt Vineyards 2011 Chardonnay, Steel, Sta. Rita Hills ($18)
Juicy,fresh and tangy with nectarine and racy acidity; bright, lively and zesty with balance, modern style and a long finish.
FOLEY FAMILY WINES

 
90 Reata 2010 Chardonnay, Carneros ($20)
Smooth, clean and juicy with ripe fruit, notes of toasted oak and nice, bright acidity; fresh, seamless and balanced with charm and finesse.

92
E. & J. Gallo 2010 Chardonnay, Signature Series, Laguna Ranch, Russian River Valley ($30)
Silky and smooth with lovely ripe fruit and toasted oak; lush and complex with lovely balance and notes of vanilla and juicy fruit; a complete package: long and seamless.
GALLO

90
Trione Vineyards and Winery 2009 Chardonnay, River Road Ranch, Russian River Valley ($30)
Rich nose of butterscotch; silky, fresh and bright with tangy acidity and deep fruit; lush, concentrated and long.

90
Foxen Vineyard 2010 Chardonnay, Steel Cut, Bien Nacido Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley ($32)
Bright and tangy with racy acidity and juicy, floral flavors; racy, clean and neatly structured; long and silky.

91
Foxen Vineyard 2010 Chardonnay, Block UU, Bien Nacido Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley ($32)
Bright and citrusy with crisp acidity and tangy fruit; racy, silky and long with lively structure and a long, balanced finish.

92 Foxen Vineyard 2010 Estate Chardonnay, Tinaquaic Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley ($34)
Bright and juicy with tangy citrus and notes of ripe tropical fruit; racy and tangy with zesty flavors and lively structure; long and pure.

90
MacRostie 2009 Chardonnay, Wildcat Mountain Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($35)
Smooth and juicy with tangy acidity and lovely structure; fine fruit, silky texture and balance; long and deep.

91
Robert Mondavi 2010 Chardonnay Reserve, Carneros ($40)
Fresh, bright and juicy with white flowers, tangy fruit and excellent acid structure; pure, fresh and long.
CONSTELLATION WINES U.S.

 
91 Patz & Hall 2010 Chardonnay, Hudson Vineyard, Carneros ($55)
Silky and bright with lovely minerals, tangy fruit and edgy acidity; racy, long and pure with great structure and style.

87 House Wines 2011 Riesling, Columbia Valley ($12)
Bright and juicy with peach and tangy acidity; fresh and racy with smooth, balanced flavors of lime and spice.

88
Waterbrook Winery 2011 Pinot Gris, Columbia Valley ($12)
Grapefruit, edgy and tangy with racy acidity and lush texture; clean and long.
PRECEPT WINE

87
Willow Crest 2011 Pinot Gris, Yakima Valley ($14)
Snappy and a bit spritzy with citrus and juicy flavors with good acidity; long and clean.

 
88 Bivio Italia 2011 Pinot Grigio delle Venezie, Italy ($14)
Bright, fresh and balanced with crisp acidity and notes of vanilla; minerally and smooth.
BIVIO WINES USA

89
Loosen Bros 2011 Dr. L Riesling, Mosel, Germany ($11)
Tangy and crisp with bright peach and lime with some lovely sweetness balanced against the racy acidity; smooth, fresh and charming.
LOOSEN BROS. USA

88
Villa Wolf 2011 Dry Riesling, Pfalz ($14)
Minerally nose; dry, steely and showing spice and earth tones; tangy and clean with good structure and length.
LOOSEN BROS. USA

93
Chateau Ste. Michelle 2006 Dr. Loosen Eroica Riesling, Horse Heaven Hills ($50)
Dark golden amber; creamy and lush with sweet citrus and syrupy texture; lovely vanilla, ripe fruit and a long, rich finish.
STE. MICHELLE WINE ESTATES

88
Targovishte 2011 Traminer, Black Sea Coastal, Bulgaria ($10)
Smooth and aromatic, juicy and fresh with bright acidity and tangy fruit.
BULGARIAN MASTER VINTNERS, LLC

92
Thomas Fogarty 2009 Gewürztraminer, Viento Vineyard, Sonoma ($18)
Rose petals, lush, crisp and long; juicy


RED WINES

93
Laird Family Estate 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Flat Rock Ranch, Estate, Napa Valley ($80)
Dark, dense and ripe with licorice, black raspberry and cassis; intense, rich and concentrated; powerful, balanced and complex with style, depth and lovely sweet oak; long, supple and packed.

 
93
Grgich Hills 2009 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($60)
Dark and ripe with rich nose of plum and cassis; smooth, dense and lush with black plum and rich toasty oak; supple and seamless with depth and a long, ripe finish.

92 Tyler Florence 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($65)
Rich, dense and concentrated with plum, blackberry, cassis and firm acid structure; supple, rich and nicely balanced with subtle notes of toasty new oak
FOLIO FINE WINE PARTNERS

90
Rodney Strong Wine Estates 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander's Crown Vineyard, Alexander Valley ($75)
Silky and supple with spice and good structure; bright and showing herbs, earth and medium weight; rich, nice aging potential.
KLEIN FAMILY VINEYARDS

92
Duckhorn 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain ($75)
Silky and focused with bright plum and notes of chocolate and spice; lovely structure and balance with lift, nerve and lively flavors; long, complex and stylish.

90
Peju 2008 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Rutherford ($105)
Smooth and elegant with juicy plum, raspberry and tangy acidity; silky, medium-weight and supple; balanced, long and fresh.

90
Paul Dolan Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendocino County ($25)
Smooth and dense with ripe plum, blackberry and lush texture; balanced, tangy and showing depth and style; long and charming; organic.

88
Pedroncelli Winery 2010 Merlot, Bench Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley ($15)
Smooth, ripe and lush with nice plum, bright acidity and earthy notes; balanced, smooth and quite attractive; long and stylish.

91
Duckhorn 2009 Merlot, Napa Valley ($52)
Smooth, silky and fresh with lovely texture and bright clean flavors; elegant and flavorful; long and balanced.

88
Las Moras 2010 Malbec Reserve, San Juan ($9)
Lush and dense with bright plum, blackberry and spice; depth, charm and balance with a good long finish.
ACME WINE MOVERS

 
88
Doña Paula 2010 Estate Malbec, Mendoza ($14)
Smooth and taught with bright plum and juicy acidity; silky, fresh and balanced; tangy and long.
TRINCHERO FAMILY ESTATES


 
90
Albino Armani 2009 Ripasso della Valpolicella, Italy ($16)
Lush and dense with juicy flavors of black fruits and tangy acidity; fresh, bright and showing spice, tar and hints of mocha; a delightful food wine.
UNDERDOG WINE MERCHANTS

90
Castello di Magione 2008 Pinot Noir, Nero Cavalieri, Umbria ($20)
Bright and earthy with silky texture and juicy acidity; fresh and complex with elegance and depth; lively, clean and long.

90
Gainey Vineyard 2010 Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills ($30)
Fresh and juicy with ripe cherry and tangy acidity, lovely spice and a hit of mint; bright, charming and ready to drink.
WILSON DANIELS

90
MacRostie 2009 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast ($34)
Smooth, ripe and juicy with oak, spice, earth and ripe cherry fruit; tangy, dense and balanced with lively acidity.

90
Robert Talbott Vineyards 2010 Pinot Noir, Sleepy Hollow Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands ($40)
Dense, ripe and concentrated with deep cherry, raspberry and spice; juicy and balanced with depth, toasty oak and a long, mellow finish.

91
Tyler Florence 2010 Pinot Noir, Gallery Vineyard, Napa Valley ($40)
Smooth and juicy with bright cherry and lush texture; tangy, balanced and bracing with a lovely, fresh finish.
FOLIO FINE WINE PARTNERS

90
Etude 2009 Pinot Noir, Carneros ($42)
Crisp and tangy with bright raspberry and cherry with racy acidity; fresh, lively and charming with a long, graceful finish.
TREASURY WINE ESTATES

88 Stoller Vineyards 2009 Estate Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills, Oregon ($45)
Ripe, dense and fresh with lively cherry fruit and juicy acidity; deep, balanced and long.

90 Voss Estate 2010 Pinot Noir, Martinborough, New Zealand ($52)
Smooth and dense with tangy acidity and lovely cherry fruit; ripe, rich and vibrant; long and rich with finesse and style.
EMPSON USA

 
90
Beckmen Vineyards 2010 Cuvée Le Bec, Santa Ynez Valley ($18)
Smooth, fresh and juicy with depth and lovely notes of earth, spice and ripe berries; a first-rate Rhône blend with balance and fine structure.

91
Beckmen Vineyards 2010 Estate Grenache, Santa Ynez Valley ($30)
Smooth and silky with juicy plum and blackberry; spicy, fresh and charming with depth, style and lots of tangy charm; long and vibrant.

89
Bell Wine Cellars 2008 Syrah, Canterbury Vineyard, Sierra Foothills ($36)
Dense and smooth with ripe plum and black raspberry fruit; lush, rich and intense; long and nicely structured.

92
Vietti 2008 Castiglione, Barolo, Italy ($45)
A lovely expression of Barolo in a mid-weight wine that shows considerable complexity; spice, bright cherry and raspberry fruit with subtle notes of licorice, mint and leather; long and charming.
DALLA TERRA

90
Boroli 2007 Barolo, Italy ($39)
Clean and silky with tangy, spicy cherry fruit and bright acidity; nice earthy complexities with notes of licorice, mint and berries; medium-weight with seamless flavor integration; an excellent value.
DALLA TERRA

90
Renwood Winery 2010 Zinfandel, Fiddletown ($25)
Dark, lush and juicy with rich blackberry and spice; ripe, long and intense with clean, tangy fruit; balanced, complex and vibrant.

90
Tyler Florence 2008 Zinfandel, Old Vine, Hoodoo Creek Vineyard, Lake County ($40)
Silky smooth and spicy with blackberry and tangy cherry; edgy, bright and juicy with lovely flavors and good balance.
FOLIO FINE WINE PARTNERS

88
Pedroncelli Winery 2009 Petite Sirah, Family Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley ($16)
Smooth and spicy with deep color and rich flavors of blackberry and cherry; edgy, balanced and charming.

88 Las Moras 2010 Cabernet-Shiraz Reserve, San Juan ($14)
Smooth and fresh with tangy plum and berry fruit; racy and lush with bright acidity and good balance; long and juicy.
ACME WINE MOVERS

88
Steelhead 2010 Red, North Coast ($15)
Bright, fresh and juicy with tangy plum, blackberry and spice; snappy, tangy and eminently quaffable.

89
Kendall-Jackson 2009 Vintner's Reserve Summation, California ($17)
Smooth and lush with lovely plum and berry fruit with charming spice, tangy acidity and a bright, mellow finish; balanced, fresh and long.

 
90
Frenchie 2009 Napoleon, California ($30)
Smooth and balanced with good structure and ripe, tangy flavors; black raspberry, plum and spice; juicy, supple and bright with fresh, snappy, well-tuned flavors. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Sangiovese, Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Franc.

90
Dierberg Vineyards 2007 Estate Red, Star Lane Vineyard, Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara ($42)
Dark and lush with ripe blackberry, spice box, chocolate, tar and concentration; dense, rich and balanced with length, power and style. 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Cabernet Franc, 7% Merlot, 7% Syrah, 2% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec.

90 Bell Wine Cellars 2009 Claret, Napa Valley ($45)
Smooth and ripe with plum, juicy blackberry and ripe, tangy acidity; fresh, round and focused with lovely balance and style; long and bright.

90
Paraduxx 2009 C Blend, Napa Valley ($48)
Smooth and ripe with deep color and lush plum and blackberry fruit; rich and deep with lovely structure and style; long and balanced.
DUCKHORN

91
Paraduxx 2009 Z Blend, Napa Valley ($48)
Lush and rich with smooth texture and lovely ripe berry and plum fruit; deep and intense with tar, spice and balance; long, seamless and stylish.
DUCKHORN

93
Chalk Hill 2009 Estate Red, Chalk Hill ($70)
Elegant, smooth and supple with vanilla oak, spice and lovely plum and black raspberry; rich, seamless and long with great style and depth; stunning.
FOLEY FAMILY WINES

 
94 Lapostolle 2009 Clos Apalta, Limited Release, Colchagua Valley, Chile ($80)
Earth and minerals on the nose; lush, ripe and intense with deep fruit showing plum, blackberry and chocolate with a hint of licorice; lovely acid structure carries it nicely; complex and savory with excellent spice and a long, dense finish.
MARNIER-LAPOSTOLLE INC./TERLATO WINES INTERNATIONAL


DESSERT WINES

92
Trisaetum Winery 2010 Late Harvest Riesling, Lassa, Willamette Valley ($40)
Racy and tangy with bright acidity and juicy citrus; clean, fresh and showing bright, snappy peach and apricot; charming, fresh and long.

95 Chateau Ste. Michelle 2008 Ethos Reserve Late Harvest White Riesling,  Columbia Valley ($35/375 ml.)
Thick and creamy with sweet apricot with depth, rich texture and stunning tension between acidity and sweetness; luscious, intense and very long.
STE. MICHELLE WINE ESTATES

94
Chateau Ste. Michelle 2006 Ethos Reserve  Late Harvest Chenin Blanc, Horse Heaven Hills ($20/375 ml.)
Lovely lush nose; tangy and bright with sweet vanilla and tangy grape and peach; racy, crisp and rich with great tension and depth; long and exquisite.
STE. MICHELLE WINE ESTATES


90
Leone Italian Cellars 2004 Vin Dolce Dessert Wine, Columbia Valley ($25/375 ml.)
Dark, smooth and lush with sweet plum, spice and ripe berry fruit; dense, creamy and rich with balance, long flavors and a deep finish.

91 R. Stuart & Co NV Cabernet Sauvignon Tawny Dessert Wine, Klipsun Vineyard, McMinnville, Oregon ($35/375 ml.)
Deep ruby color; smooth and ripe, rich and creamy with deep flavors of plum, sweet black cherry and plum pudding spices; lush, dense and very good with a long, smooth finish.

90
Peju 2008 Delicias, Napa Valley ($50/375 ml.)
Dark and smooth with sweet, rich flavors; prune, chocolate and spice; generous and tangy, charming. 96% Zinfandel, 4% Syrah.

90 Chalk Hill 2009 Botrytised Semillon, Chalk Hill ($44/375 ml.)
Toasted botrytis and burnished notes with rich texture and sweet, ripe flavors; vanilla, lovely depth and style.
FOLEY FAMILY WINES

92
Grgich Hills 2009 Violetta, Napa Valley ($85/375 ml.)
Rich botrytis nose; creamy, toasted and lush with mellow orange and peach fruit; dense, spicy and long.

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