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Issue: Tasting Panel April 2013 Newsletter
Blue Reviews EXTRA! April 2013

by: Anthony Dias Blue

WHITES

SAUVIGNON BLANC AND MISC. WHITES

88Haak Vineyards & Winery 2012 Blanc du Bois, Dry Table Wine, Texas ($14)
Bright and crisp with dry citrus and fresh, tangy acidity similar to Sauvignon Blanc; silky, smooth and long.

89Haak Vineyards Winery 2011 Blanc du Bois Reserve, Palacios Vineyard, Texas ($17)
Smooth and fresh with dry, juicy citrus flavors and some hints of oak; fresh, balanced and complex with depth, charm and style.

88Lake Chalice 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, The Nest, Marlborough ($15)
Fresh and juicy with bright peach, citrus and grass; clean, racy and nervy with long, herbal notes. TWISTY
VIA PACIFICA IMPORTS

 

90 Sokol Blosser Winery 2011 Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley ($18)

Bright, bracing and crisp with racy citrus and aromatics; lovely texture and balance; long, juicy and complete.
TERLATO WINES INTERNATIONAL


CHARDONNAY

87Bota Box 2011 Chardonnay, California ($5/3L.)
Smooth, clean and creamy with pear fruit and tangy acidity; balanced and quite decent.
DFV WINES

88Talley Vineyards 2011 Bishop's Peak Chardonnay, Edna Valley ($16)
Juicy and bright with lively acidity and fresh fruit; tangy, crisp and balanced; long and vibrant.TWISTY

90Francis Coppola 2011 Director's Cut Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County ($21)
Smooth and creamy with elegance and lush flavors of ripe peach and vanilla; rich and balanced; showing finesse and style.

90Chateau St. Jean 2010 Chardonnay, Robert Young Vineyard, Alexander Valley ($25)
Silky and lush with lovely bright acidity and excellent depth; subtle oak and creamy texture; long,balanced and classic.
TREASURY WINE ESTATES

91 Matanzas Creek 2010 Chardonnay, Sonoma County ($26)
Ripe.
lush and creamy with juicy acidity and nervy style; deep, intense and rich with impressive finesse; long and elegant.
JACKSON FAMILY WINES

90Lincourt Vineyards 2010 Chardonnay, Courtney's Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills ($27)
Smooth and ripe with juicy fruit, creamy texture and a long, lush finish; elegant, balanced and showing considerable finesse.
FOLEY FAMILY WINES

90 Truchard Vineyards 2011 Chardonnay, Carneros, Napa Valley ($30)
Creamy, smooth and ripe with good depth, tangy acidity and balance; long, complex and quite lovely.

90 La Crema 2011 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley ($30)
Lush and dense, generous and smooth with ripe pear fruit and good acid structure; rich and showing vanilla and depth; long and intense.
JACKSON FAMILY WINES

 

90 Dierberg Vineyards 2010 Estate Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley ($32)

Lush and juicy with bright citrus and tangy acidity; elegant, fresh and balanced with lively flavors and depth.

90 Gary Farrell 2010 Chardonnay, Russian River Selection, Russian River Valley ($35)
Elegant, juicy and rich with lovely fruit and bright acidity; balanced, long and fresh.
VINCRAFT GROUP

91 Alysian 2010 Chardonnay, Russian River Selection, Russian River Valley ($36)
Rich, creamy and balanced with tangy fruit and good depth; long and lush, elegant and balanced.

92 Beringer Vineyards 2011 Private Reserve Chardonnay, Napa Valley ($37)
Creamy and lush with rich fruit and subtle oak; juicy and layered, complex and elegant; powerful and long.

TREASURY WINE ESTATES

90 Maison Joseph Drouhin 2010 Chablis Sécher Premier Cru, France ($39)
Silky and smooth with bright, juicy acidity and elegant structure; long, charming and stylish with vibrant flavors and depth.

DREYFUS, ASHBY

93 Alysian 2010 Chardonnay, Clone 4, Westside Farms Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($40)
Elegant, refined and complex with firm acid structure and creamy vanilla oak; bright fruit, balance and stylish.

90 Robert Young 2010 Chardonnay, Alexander Valley ($42)
Lush, dense and creamy with vanilla, rich fruit and thick texture; deep, balanced and ripe.

RHÔNE WHITES

90 Tablas Creek 2010 Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc, Paso Robles ($40)
Silky textured with bright notes of minerals, spice, white flowers and lovely fruit; complex and nicely balanced; long and lush with lovely depth and style.
VINEYARD BRANDS

90 Tablas Creek 2010 Roussanne, Paso Robles ($30)
Rich and creamy with spice, minerals and depth; oily, lush and dense; thick texture and lovely balance.

VINEYARD BRANDS

GERMAN RIESLING

Another stellar group of German Rieslings came my way recently:


92 S. A. Prüm 2009 Riesling Auslese Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Mosel Germany ($40)
Creamy, silky and rich with sweet, honey and lush peach; long, deep and lovely; long and classic.
PALM BAY INTERNATIONAL

93 S. A. Prüm 2007 Dry Riesling, Erste Lage "Old Vines" Grosses Gewächs Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Mosel, Germany ($47)
Dark gold; lush and creamy with rich flavors of spice, dried fruit and lovely balance; lush, long and dry with minerals and lovely floral notes; long and complex.
PALM BAY INTERNATIONAL

93 S. A. Prüm 2007 Riesling Grosses Gewächs Graacher Dompropst, Mosel, Germany ($70)
Rich and intense, complex and balanced with smooth, creamy texture and lovely minerality; lush, ripe and layered; long and classic.
PALM BAY INTERNATIONAL

95 S. A. Prüm 2004 Riesling Eiswein Graacher Himmelreich, Mosel, Germany ($175/375ml.)
Dark gold; creamy and concentrated with rich sweetness and toasty notes; bright acidity, lush flavors of peach and ripe citrus; long and intense.
PALM BAY INTERNATIONAL


97 S. A. Prüm 2001 Riesling Beerenauslese Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Mosel, Germany ($200/375ml.)
Rich gold color; rich and creamy with lovely botrytis and spice; dense candied apricot and honey; complex and multi-layered; bright acidity and depth; long and exquisite.
PALM BAY INTERNATIONAL

92 Dr. Loosen 2011 Riesling Auslese Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Mosel, Germany ($64)
Silky, smooth and luscious with sweet, ripe peach and creamy texture; rich, nervy and long; pure and masterful.
LOOSEN BROS. USA

93 Dr. Loosen 2011 Riesling Auslese Erdener Treppchen, Mosel, Germany ($64)
Sweet, dense and pure with creamy texture and deep, rich minerality and muscular; nervy, intense and long; complex and exquisite.
LOOSEN BROS. USA

91 Dr. Loosen 2011 Riesling Auslese Ürziger Würzgarten, Mosel, Germany ($64)
Creamy and intense with thick texture and nervy style; ripe peach and juicy acidity; long and balanced with great depth and charm.
LOOSEN BROS. USA

REDS

Meritage and Bordeaux-style Blends

 

88 APEX Cellars 2010 The Catalyst, Columbia Valley ($15)

Smooth and silky with lovely sweet vanilla oak and spice; substantial and rich, long and showing plum, spice and depth; rich and deep. 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Malbec, 5% Syrah.
PRECEPT WINE

94 Pamplin Family Winery 2009 Proprietary Red, Columbia Valley ($55)
Dark and deep with concentrated blackberry and cassis; intense, rich and thick with lovely fruit, spice and tangy acidity; supple and ripe with depth and style; long and stunning. 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Petit Verdot, 9% Merlot, 3% Malbec.

90 Rodney Strong Wine Estates 2010 Symmetry, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County ($55)
Juicy and dense with notes of minerals, olives and spice; silky, supple and long; balanced.
75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Malbec, 10% Cabernet Franc, 2% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot.
KLEIN FAMILY VINEYARDS

92 Chateau St. Jean 2009 Cinq Cépages, Sonoma County ($75)
Deep, dark and chewy with ripe plum and notes of chocolate and spice; rich plum and juicy acidity; smooth and balanced, long and elegant .
77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec and 1% Petit Verdot.
TREASURY WINE ESTATES

92 Gundlach Bundschu 2009 Vintage Reserve, Sonoma Valley ($80)
Smooth, lush and dark with ripe plum, blackberry and spice; edgy and long with firm acidity; long, balanced and juicy; complex and stylish. 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot.

CABERNET SAUVIGNON, MERLOT AND OTHER BORDEAUX VARIETALS

88 Sufi Wines 2011 Mirza Ghalib Cabernet Sauvignon, Cuvée Jaipur, Pays d'Oc, France ($16)
Smooth and ripe with lush texture and rich plum and blackberry; soft herbs, spice and good acid structure; long and balanced.
T. ELENTENY IMPORTS

91 Beaulieu Vineyard 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, Napa Valley ($32)
Smooth and luscious with spice, plum and lovely vanilla oak; juicy, fresh and long with balance and style; supple, fresh and long with lots of charm.
DIAGEO NORTH AMERICA

 

91 Star Lane 2008 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara ($44)

Dark and dense with cassis and ripe blackberry; rich and concentrated with intense fruit; long and extreme.

91 Beringer Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Knights Valley ($60)
Bright, forward and juicy with tangy plum, spice and rich style; long, juicy and deep; lively and generous.
TREASURY WINE ESTATES

94 Shafer Vineyards 2010 One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District Vineyard, Napa Valley ($70)
Dark ruby color; soft oak and plum nose; juicy and rich with vivid flavors of black cherry and cassis; dense and smooth textured with fine acid structure; balanced, long and stunning.

94 Hestan Vineyards 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($100)
Dark ruby color; smooth and luscious with juicy plum and berry fruit; subtle oak, bright acid structure; vibrant and pure with exquisite balance, depth and a long, bright finish.

95 Beringer Vineyards 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Private Reserve, Napa Valley ($140)
Smooth and luscious with lovely racy notes; complex and generous with lovely style and balanced flavors; long and lovely.

TREASURY WINE ESTATES

88 Canoe Ridge Vineyard 2011 The Expedition Merlot, Horse Heaven Hills ($15)
Ripe blackberry and cassis with dense flavors and bright acid structure; rich and floral, balanced.

PRECEPT WINE

90 Louis M. Martini 2010 Ghost Pines Merlot, Winemaker's Blend, 71% Sonoma County, 29% Napa County ($20)
Smooth and juicy with tangy plum and raspberry; clean, bright and vibrant with lovely flavors; long and balanced.
GALLO

90 Kendall-Jackson 2009 Grand Reserve Merlot, Sonoma County ($23)
Smooth and lush with juicy plum and lovely ripe flavors; supple, balanced and classic; showing lots of lift, nerve and nicely integrated fruit; long and generous.

93 Chateau St. Jean 2008 Reserve Merlot, Sonoma County ($90)
Smooth and juicy with ripe plum and dark berry fruit; bright and generous without herbal notes; lush and long, velvety, balanced and lovely; classic.
TREASURY WINE ESTATES

92 Sottano 2011 Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina ($17)
Deep ruby color; ripe and generous with juicy plum, bright acidity and great lift; round, polished and loaded with flavor; long and balanced.
DANGEROUS WINE GROUP

PINOT NOIR

90 Seifried Estate 2011 Pinot Noir, Nelson, New Zealand ($25)
Bright and juicy with racy acidity and fresh cherry fruit; tangy, long and balanced with brisk, snappy acidity and a long finish.
ROBERT WHALE SELECTIONS LTD


SHIRAZ AND OTHER RHÔNE VARIETIES/BLENDS

88 Shingleback 2011 Red Knot Shiraz, McLaren Vale, Australia ($14)
Smooth, deep and lush with bright blackberry and strawberry fruit; juicy, balanced and long; supple, clean and charming.
PRECEPT WINE

 

90 Shingleback 2011 Shiraz, The Davey Estate, McLaren Vale, Australia ($22)

Juicy and bright with tangy blackberry and plum; lively acidity and lift; fresh and racy with depth and a long finish.
PRECEPT WINE

95 Angove 2009 The Medhyk Old Vine Shiraz, McLaren Vale, Australia ($95)
Lovely cinnamon spiced nose; intense blackberry, plum and blueberry balanced by firm acid structure; silky and tangy and bursting with ripe flavors; racy, lifted and layered; vibrant and exquisite. TWISTY
TRINCHERO FAMILY ESTATES

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