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Issue: January 2013 Newsletter
Blue Reviews EXTRA! January 2013

by: Anthony Dias Blue


WHITES

Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon

90 Pegasus Bay Winery 2010 Sauvignon–Semillon, Waipara Valley, New Zealand ($21)
Smooth, silky and ripe with juicy, tangy grapefruit and bright acidity; clean, lively and balanced.
EMPSON USA


88
MAN Vintners 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Western Cape, South Africa ($11)

Smooth and bright with spice, citrus and tropical fruit; mellow but juicy and showing nice acidity and good length.
VINEYARD BRANDS

88 Tangent 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, Paragon Vineyard, Edna Valley ($13)
Grassy and bright with herbs, spice and sweet gooseberry; rich and complex with nice acid structure and length.
BAILEYANA

88 Dourthe 2011 Sauvignon Blanc La Grande Cuvée, Bordeaux, France ($15)
Bright, tangy and racy with clean, fresh fruit; juicy, crisp and balanced.
DOURTHE USA

88 Edna Valley Vineyard 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, Central Coast ($15)
Smooth, bright and minerally with flint, tangy acidity and clean, racy fruit; lively and balanced.
GALLO

90 Kim Crawford 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Malborough, New Zealand ($19)
Silky and bright with minerals and tangy gooseberry; juicy, fresh and crisp with charming, consistent style; a classic.
CONSTELLATION BRANDS

91 Joseph Phelps 2011 Estate Sauvignon Blanc, St. Helena, Napa Valley ($32)
Bright, juicy and fresh with soft, generous apple and citrus fruit; smooth, balanced and long.

88 Château Bonnet 2011 Entre-Deux-Mers, France ($13)
Fresh, juicy and bright with tangy fruit and a core of crisp acidity; balanced, silky and long.
DEUTSCH FAMILY WINE & SPIRITS

Chardonnay

88 Penfolds 2011 Chardonnay, Koonunga Hill, South Australia ($12)
Smooth and lush with creamy notes of pear and citrus; long, fresh, clean and balanced.
TREASURY WINE ESTATES

88 Heron Wines 2011 Chardonnay, California ($13)
Smooth and fresh with clean bright fruit and good acid structure; fresh, elegant and showing nice pear fruit; balanced and long.

88 Bonterra Vineyards 2011 Chardonnay, Mendocino County ($14)
Silky, smooth and racy with tangy acidity and bright fruit; juicy, balanced and long. Organic.
CONCHA Y TORO

88 Spellbound 2010 Chardonnay, California ($15)
Creamy and smooth with vanilla, tropical fruit, soft oak and good acid structure; lush, seamless and balanced; long and mellow.
FOLIO WINE PARTNERS


88
Buena Vista 2011 Chardonnay, Sonoma County ($15)

Crisp and bright with citrus and white flowers; silky and showing good acidity and length; fresh and tangy.
BOISSET FAMILY ESTATES

89 Franciscan 2011 Estate Chardonnay, Napa Valley ($18)
Smooth and juicy with good depth and lovely citrus and pear fruit; clean, silky and bright with vivid flavors.
CONSTELLATION WINES U.S.

89 Handley Cellars 2011 Estate Chardonnay, Anderson Valley ($25)
Smooth and juicy with tangy citrus and edgy acidity; racy, bright and crisp.

90 MacRostie 2011 Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast ($25)
Ripe and smooth with rich, ripe fruit and lovely vanilla and supple style; fresh and elegant with lovely flavors and depth. 

90 Joseph Phelps 2010 Chardonnay, Freestone Vineyards, Sonoma Coast ($55)
Silky and elegant with lovely structure and sweet vanilla oak; structured, long and ripe with finesse and style.

92 La Rochelle 2010 Chardonnay, Dutton Ranch, Morelli Lane Vineyard, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County ($65)
Deep, dense and lush with spice, tangy acidity and vanilla oak; balanced and silky and ripe with gorgeous style and finesse; lovely, long and deep.

Riesling

88 Loosen Bros NV Dr. L, Mosel, Germany ($12)
Silky and spicy with nice lime and hints of apricot and spice; smooth, slightly sweet and balanced.
LOOSEN BROS.


88
Robert Mondavi Private Selection 2011 Riesling, Central Coast ($11)

Fresh and bright with lovely aromatics, smooth, juicy citrus and peach; clean, tangy and balanced.
CONSTELLATION BRANDS

88 Domdechant Werner 2011 Riesling Kabinett Hochheimer Hölle, Rheingau, Germany ($12)
Silky and juicy with bright apricot and citrus; crisp and racy with sweet, tangy fruit.
SLOCUM & SONS

89 Domdechant Werner 2011 Classic Riesling, Hochheim, Rheingau, Germany ($13)
Juicy and fresh with racy acidity and bright citrus; silky and crisp, long and charming.
SLOCUM & SONS

91 Domdechant Werner 2011 Riesling Auslese, Hochheimer Domdechaney, Rheingau, Germany ($26)
creamy and fresh with juicy apricot and tangy acidity; silky, lush and racy with nerve and pure, elegant, slightly sweet fruit; long and luscious with great balance and style.
SLOCUM & SONS

90 Domdechant Werner 2011 Riesling Spätlese Trocken, Hochheimer Kirchenstück, Rheingau, Germany ($16)
Bright and juicy with citrus and racy stone fruit; nervy, lively and fresh with minerals, tangy acidity and a long, smooth finish.
SLOCUM & SONS

90 Domdechant Werner 2011 Riesling Spätlese, Hochheimer Domdechaney, Rheingau, Germany ($16)
Creamy and juicy, smooth and fresh with sweet, ripe apricot and citrus; bright, clean and nervy with lovely balance.
SLOCUM & SONS

89 Willamette Valley Vineyards 2011 Riesling, Willamette Valley ($14)
Bright and juicy with lovely citrus and acidity balanced by light sweetness; elegant, fresh and stylish.

88 Mercer 2011 Riesling, Mercer Canyons, Yakima Valley ($14)
Fresh, apple and tangy acidity; clean, medium sweet, bright and juicy with a long finish; smooth, fresh and balanced. 

90 Pierre Sparr 2011 Riesling, Alsace, France ($15)
Smooth and minerally with bright lime and apple fruit; clean, fresh and juicy with balance and style; a terrific food wine.
WILSON DANIELS

Misc. White Varietals and Blends

87 MAN Vintners 2012 Chenin Blanc (Steen), Coastal Region, South Africa ($11)
Smooth, clean and juicy with tangy acidity and ripe apple fruit; smooth and balanced, crisp and long.
VINEYARD BRANDS

88 Chateau Ste. Michelle 2011 Pinot Gris, Columbia Valley ($11)
Bright and juicy with pear and apple fruit; smooth, ripe and crisp with balance and style.
STE. MICHELLE WINE ESTATES

88 Blue Pirate 2011 Pinot Gris, Columbia Valley ($12)
Smooth and juicy with tangy fruit and bright acidity; fresh apple, pear and mineral notes; long and balanced.
PRECEPT WINE

89 Lagarde 2012 Viognier, Mendoza, Argentina ($18)
Bright and juicy with tangy, aromatic fruit and notes of citrus and minerals; long and crisp.
DANGEROUS WINE GROUP

88 Domäne Wachau 2011 Grüner Veltliner, Terrassen, Federspiel, Wachau, Austria ($15)
Edgy and dry with minerals and tangy citrus; juicy and fresh with lively acidity and snappy style.
VIN DIVINO


88
Bibi Graetz 2011 Casamatta Bianco, Toscana, Italy ($11)

Smooth and juicy with bright acidity and crisp fruit; lively and fresh.
WILSON DANIELS

88 Santadi 2011 Villa Solais Vermentino, Sardegna, Italy ($11)
Bright, mineral-tinged flavors of soft fruit; dense and juicy with good acid structure; fresh and bright, clean and balanced.
EMPSON

88 Bodegas Martín Codax 2011 Albariño, Rías Baixas, Spain ($15)
Smooth, clean and aromatic with spice and juicy pear and apple fruit; bright and appealing with creamy texture and vivid acidity.
GALLO

 

REDS

Red Blends

88 St. Francis 2011 Red Wine, Sonoma County ($10)
Smooth, dense and showing ripe plum and lush strawberry; lush, long, dry, and balanced with depth and style.
KOBRAND CORP.

87 Pedroncelli Winery 2010 friends.red, Sonoma County ($11)
Juicy and bright with tangy, smooth plum and mellow, dense flavors; clean, rich and balanced. 

88 Columbia Crest 2009 Grand Estates Amitage, Columbia Valley ($12)
Clean, bright and fresh with smooth texture and nice oak nuance; tangy plum and black raspberry with spice and good structure; totally charming and nicely priced.
STE. MICHELLE WINE ESTATES


88
Geyser Peak 2010 Uncensored Red Blend, California ($13)

Smooth, clean and juicy with ripe plum, cassis and spice; tangy, long and balanced with fresh fruit flavors and nice style.

88 Rutherford Wine Company NV Bistro Select Prima Cuvée, California ($14)
Smooth and bright with strawberry fruit and sweet berry fruit; bright and lively with balance, style and lots of charm.

88 Three Rivers Winery 2010 River's Red, Columbia Valley ($14)
Fresh and bright with tangy blackberry and lush vanilla oak; juicy, crisp and clean with lively acidity and good balance; long and charming.
FOLEY FAMILY WINES

88 Goldschmidt 2010 Fidelity, Crazy Creek Vineyard, Alexander Valley ($15)
Silky and bright with lush plum and berry fruit plus good acid structure; mostly Merlot with some Cabernet. A classic blend that is stylish and charming.

90 Columbia Crest 2010 H3 Les Chevaux, Horse Heaven Hills ($15)
Bright and juicy with lively plum, black raspberry and spice; fresh and vivid with fine structure and balance; long and delicious.
STE. MICHELLE WINE ESTATES

90 Chateau Ste. Michelle 2009 Cold Creak Red, Cold Creek Vineyard, Columbia Valley ($28)
Smooth and dense with black plum and cassis, spice and sweet oak; nicely structured, a classic blend of all five Bordeaux varieties; seamless, balanced and long with style and depth.
STE. MICHELLE WINE ESTATES


90
Pamplin Family Winery 2010 JRG, 76% Horse Heaven Hills, 18% Red Mountain, 6% Walla Walla ($33)

Dark and juicy with pure plum and raspberry fruit; spicy, dense and ripe with lovely balance and rich, complex flavors.

90 Trinchero 2009 Red Wine, Napa Valley ($50)
Dense and juicy with ripe plum, black raspberry and spice; charming with notes of mocha and hints of chocolate; long and balanced.
TRINCHERO FAMILY ESTATES

92 Chateau Ste. Michelle 2009 Artist Series Red Wine, Columbia Valley ($55)
Dense, concentrated with vanilla oak, dense plum and cassis with notes of mocha, tar and spice; supple and built to age; rich, long and vibrant.
STE. MICHELLE WINE ESTATES

90 Steven Kent Winery 2009 Lineage, Livermore Valley ($145)
Silky and smooth with focus and bright spice and tangy acidity; vibrant and showing considerable depth and complexity; dense, supple and long with great aging potential.

Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc

88 Alamos 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza, Argentina ($13)
Smooth and ripe with plum, spice and toasty oak; juicy and bright with long, balanced flavors; clean, stylish and fresh.
E&J GALLO 

88 Heron Wines 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, California ($14)
Smooth and spicy with bright plum and raspberry; soft, mellow and nicely balanced; long and juicy with feminine style and good length. 

88 Calcu 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Colchagua Valley, Chile ($14)
Juicy and crisp with ripe plum, spice and tangy acidity; lively, fresh and long.
GLOBAL VINEYARD

88 Calcu 2010 Cabernet Franc, Colchagua Valley, Chile ($14)
Fresh and juicy with plum and bright herbs; clean and balanced.
GLOBAL VINEYARD

88 Liberty School 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles ($15)
Smooth and juicy with red plum, tangy raspberry and spice; lively, long and balanced with good length and style.
HOPE FAMILY WINES

90 Arrowood 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County ($30)
Smooth and lush with rich black plum and roasted meats; spice and chocolate with tangy acidity and good length.
JACKSON FAMILY WINES


90
Peter Lehmann 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Mentor, Barossa, Australia ($38)

Bright and juicy with racy red plum and tangy acid structure; vanilla and spice, fresh and long flavors.
HESS FAMILY ESTATES

91 Melka 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, CJ, Napa Valley ($55)
Smooth, ripe and juicy with lush, velvety texture; deep plum, mocha and chocolate; dense, rich and balanced with a long finish.

92 Cliff Lede 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District, Napa Valley ($60)
Smooth, lush and ripe with black plum scented with chocolate and licorice; rich, dense and lovely with fresh juicy fruit folded into the mix; generous and long.

90 Trione Vineyards and Winery 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Block Twenty One, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County ($64)
Smooth and lush with plum, blackberry and cassis fruit; supple, balanced and vivid with lovely style and excellent length; showing notes of spice, oak and minerals.

90 Dry Creek Vineyard 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Endeavour, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County ($65)
Silky and bright with tangy plum, raspberry and fresh fruit; juicy and showing vivid fruit, pretty flavors and good balance.

89 Steven Kent Winery 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Home Ranch, Livermore Valley ($65)
Minty and smooth with tangy plum and juicy fruit; vibrant and eclectic; balanced and long with mint and spice.

93 Knights Bridge 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Knight's Valley ($115)
Lush and dense with lots of sweet, vanilla oak and ripe plum and raspberry fruit; seductive, supple and stylish; very approachable and delicious.

Merlot

88 Rutherford Wine Company 2010 Round Hill Merlot, California ($8)
Smooth, clean and bright with tangy plum and soft herbs; juicy, bright and nicely balanced.

88 Sagelands Vineyard 2010 Merlot, Columbia Valley ($13)
Smooth and juicy with bright red fruits and tangy acidity; balanced and fresh with edgy, fresh flavors.
PRECEPT WINE

88 Kenwood Vineyards 2010 Merlot, Sonoma County ($14)
Smooth, fresh and juicy with tangy plum and raspberry; silky texture, bright flavors and balance with a long finish; classic.
F. KORBEL AND BROS.

88 Spellbound 2010 Merlot, California ($15)
Smooth and lush with dark plum, blackberry and spice; mellow and plush with easy-going style; balanced, generous and long.
FOLIO WINE PARTNERS

90 Robert Hall 2010 Merlot, Paso Robles ($18)
Lush and rich with dark plum, cassis and spice; vibrant acid structure with long, balanced flavors; long and generous.

90 Trefethen 2009 Merlot, Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley ($38)
Smooth, fresh and mellow with nice spice and elegant flavors of plum and cinnamon; juicy and charming.

Malbec and Other Argentine Reds

88 Tercos 2009 Bonarda, Mendoza, Argentina ($13)
Smooth and juicy with tangy plum and berry fruit; dense, balanced and fresh with spice and nice, ripe flavors.
GLOBAL VINEYARD

88 Loca Linda 2011 Malbec, Bluebird Snowboards X, Mendoza ($14)
Bright and juicy with clean, lively plum and spice; fresh, tangy and long with good structure and length.

88 Amalaya 2010 Malbec, Gran Corte, Valle Calchaquí, Salta, Argentina ($14)
smooth, ripe and juicy red fruit; tangy, bright and spicy with vibrant style and balance; long and racy.
HESS FAMILY ESTATES

88 Loca Linda 2010 Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina ($19)
Bright, spicy and tangy with lively acidity and crisp plum fruit; long, fresh and balanced with good length and style.


90
Don Miguel Gascón 2010 Malbec Reserva, Mendoza, Argentina ($25)

Dark, spicy and dense with rich flavors of plum, cassis and tangy acidity; rich, balanced and long.
GALLO

PINOT NOIR

90 Joseph Phelps 2010 Pinot Noir, Freestone Vineyards, Sonoma Coast ($55)
Bright and juicy with tangy cherry fruit and smooth texture; juicy and lively with fresh, balanced flavors; long and charming.
JOSEPH PHELPS WINERY

Rhône-Style Reds

88 HobNob 2011 Wicked Red, Vin de Pays d'Oc, France ($10)
Rich and ripe with dense plum and blackberry fruit; smooth and spicy with wild blackberry and cassis; smooth, fresh and balanced.
DEUTSCH FAMILY WINES & SPIRITS

88 Laurent-Miquel 2009 L’Artisan Languedoc Rouge, France ($10)
Dense and lush with black cherry fruit and juicy acidity; clean, earthy, ripe and balanced with lovely smooth texture and ripe, tangy flavors; delicious and a great value. Unoaked.
ADVENTURES IN WINE


88
Laurent-Miquel 2008 L'Artisan Saint-Chinian Rouge, France ($14)

Smooth and spicy with bright red fruits and showing floral notes and good balance; earthy, dense and nicely structured.
ADVENTURES IN WINE

89 Gérard Bertrand 2010 Corbières, France ($15)
Fresh and juicy with snappy black raspberry and clean, tangy acidity; vibrant and lively with balance and lots of charm; long, lush and bright.
GÉRARD BERTRAND U.S.

90 Rosémount Estate 2010 GSM, McLaren Vale ($25)
Smooth and rich with sweet, ripe raspberry and cherry fruit with nice density and soft spice; a lovely blend of flavors that makes a seamless whole; long, mellow and charming.
TREASURY WINE ESTATES

88 Columbia Crest 2009 Syrah, Grand Estates, Columbia Valley ($12)
Dense, rich and showing ripe plum, cassis and blackberry; smooth and velvety with ripe flavors and good acid structure; chocolate, mocha and spice; long and lush.
STE. MICHELLE WINE ESTATES

90 Robert Hall 2010 Syrah, Paso Robles ($18)
Silky, smooth and spicy with juicy plum and berry fruit; tangy with complex acid structure and soft oak; balanced, fresh and charming.

90 Morgan Winery 2010 Syrah, Santa Lucia Highlands ($20)
Dark, ripe and smooth with lovely blackberry and lush texture; bright and juicy with depth and lovely balance; clean and charming.

90
Jorian Hill 2009 Syrah, Santa Ynez Valley ($24)

Smooth, dense and showing ripe plum and lovely mellow spice; clean, nicely structured and long with juicy notes; bright and fresh.

89 Transcendence Wines 2009 Syrah, Santa Ynez Valley ($28)
Smooth and silky with juicy blackberry fruit and balanced flavors of spice and black fruit; long, rich and fresh; vibrant and charming.

90 Dierberg Vineyards 2008 Syrah, Santa Ynez Valley ($34)
Ripe, dense and showing rich black plum, cherry and spice; juicy, concentrated and powerful; balanced, long and intense with smoke and great depth.

Petite Sirah

89 Tower 15 2010 Petite Sirah, Paso Robles ($19)
Dark and smooth with bright, juicy blackberry, cassis and black plum; fresh, balanced and dense with notes of chocolate and spice.
PALI WINE CO.

91 Spellbound 2007 Petite Sirah, Reserve, Napa Valley ($45)
Inky dark, lushly aromatic, intense, rich and powerful; black cherry, boysenberry and spice with soft tannins; vivid, concentrated and long.
FOLIO WINE PARTNERS

90 Grgich Hills 2008 Petite Sirah, Miljenko's Vineyard, Napa Valley ($55)
Dark, rich and showing blueberry, boysenberry and cassis; concentrated and earthy with smooth ripe flavors and good balance, long and intense. Biodynamic.

Italian Reds

88 Santadi 2010 Grotta Rosa Carignano del Sulcis, Italy ($10)
Smooth and fresh with juicy, dense flavors; earthy, lush and charming; rich and balanced, long and clean.
EMPSON USA

89 Fattoria Le Pupille 2010 Elisabetta Geppetti, Morellino di Scansano, Italy ($16)
Smooth and spicy with ripe, juicy fruit and fresh, balanced Sangiovese with heft and style; balanced and long with lovely flavors.
WINEBOW

91 Castello di Bolgheri 2008 Varvára Bolgheri, Italy ($40)
Smooth and rich with meaty, rich fruit; elegant, dense, tightly wound notes of spice, chocolate and licorice; well-knit and rich, with real aging potential; very approachable now and showing length and balance.
VIAS IMPORTS

90 Santadi 2007 Terre Brune, Carignano del Sulcis Superiore, Italy ($46)
Dense and earthy with tangy, ripe fruit and spice; juicy, rich and complex; long and balanced, rustic and unusual.
EMPSON USA


91
Brancaia 2009 Chianti Classico Riserva, Italy ($40)

Ripe and meaty with lovely notes of blackberry and cherry fruit plus a hint of violets; smooth and juicy with depth and balance, good acid structure and modern style; long and vibrant.
GALLO


ROSÉ

88 Calcu 2012 Reserva, Colchagua Valley, Chile ($14)
Fresh, tangy and clean with strawberry fruit and lively citrus; dry and elegant.
GLOBAL VINEYARD


SPARKLING

87 Riondo NV Prosecco Spago Nero, Italy ($13)
Smooth, clean and spicy with fresh, ripe flavors and a hint of sweetness; juicy and charming with a long finish.
RIONDO USA

88 Mionetto NV Prosecco, Prestige Collection, Treviso, Italy ($14)
Clean, crisp and foamy with dry, tangy fruit; fresh and bright with light, simple but appealing flavors; balanced and juicy.
MIONETTO USA INC.

90 Ferrari 2005 Perlé, Trento, Italy ($28)
Bright and complex with toasty notes and lovely rich, bready style; yeasty and elegant, long and lovely.
DALLA TERRA

89 J. J. VIncent NV Château de Fuissé Crémant de Bourgogne, France ($20)
Bright and juicy with racy acidity and toasty style; fresh and balanced, elegant.
FREDERICK WILDMAN


89
Pierre Sparr NV Brut Crémant d'Alsace Réserve, France ($19)

Crisp and lively with tangy fruit, bright acidity and good balance; smooth with notes of orange and fresh apple; juicy and dry with good balance.
WILSON DANIELS

89 McIntyre Vineyards NV L'Homme Qui Ris, Santa Lucia Highlands ($28)
Clean and crisp with nice Pinot Noir notes; juicy and tangy with good acidity and fruit balance; bright and racy; a charming wine.

 

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