Tasting Panel February 2013 Newsletter

Blue Reviews EXTRA! Feburary 2013

By: Anthony Dias Blue


88 LangeTwins Wine Estates 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, Musqué Clone, Estate, Lodi ($13)
Smooth and fresh with spice and juicy acidity; lush and tangy with fine balance and ripe style; long, complex and lovely.

88 Tierra Brisa 2012 Chardonnay, Mendoza, Argentina ($13)
Silky and smooth with juicy, citrus fruit; no oak lets the fruit shine through; tangy, long and balanced.


87 Camelot NV Chardonnay, California ($7)
Smooth and lush with ripe pineapple and tropical fruit; good acid structure and fresh, balanced flavors.

88 Route Stock Cellars 2011 Chardonnay, Route 121, Carneros ($16)
Smooth, clean and fresh with bright white flowers and peach; soft minerals, good acid structure and nice length.

90 Grgich Hills 2010 Estate Chardonnay, Napa Valley ($42)
Silky and fresh with bright, tangy fruit and juicy acidity; smooth, bright and balanced with good length and deep flavors.

88 Steele Wines 2011 Shooting Star Aligoté, Washington State ($15)
Burgundy's other white grape (the inspiration for the original Kir cocktail) makes a nice showing here; smooth and racy with bright acidity and balanced minerally notes.

88 Loca Linda 2011 Torrontès, La Rioja, Argentina ($19)
Smooth and fresh with juicy fruit and nice spice; long, mellow and balanced.

88 Royal Tokaji Wine Company 2010 Furmint, Tokaji, Hungary ($16)
Silky texture and dense minerals with dry, balanced flavors; smooth and long.

88 Marqués de Caro 2011 Blanco, Valencia, Spain ($10)
Smooth, dry and spicy with depth and balance; fleshy, dense and long.
Moscatel, Macabeo.

88 Saracco 2011 Moscato d'Asti, Italy ($16)
Dense, sweet and spicy with foamy texture; smooth, lush and juicy.


88 Vietti 2012 Cascinetta Vietti Moscato d'Asti, Italy ($15)
Fresh and foamy with sweetness, spice and tangy acidity; juicy and balanced.



87 Riondo NV Zuccotti Frizecco, Monteforte d'Alpone, Italy ($8)

Pleasantly frizzante with light, sweet Moscato flavors; fresh, charming and clean.

92 Forrest Estate 2011 Late Harvest Riesling, Botrytised Riesling, Marlborough ($25)
Creamy and rich with toasty botrytis; lush apricot and juicy acidity.



94 Pirouette 2009 Columbia Valley ($50)
A Premium blend of four Bordeaux varieties made by Agustin Huneeus Sr. and Phillippe Melka; smooth, rich and dense with elegance, complexity and style; juicy, seamless and very approachable; long, lovely and showing huge aging potential. 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec.

90 Chester-Kidder 2008 Columbia Valley ($50)
Smooth and mellow with ripe plum, mulberry and spice; dense, balanced and juicy with soft tannins and great depth; long and nicely knit; stylish and vibrant.
Made by Gilles Nicault. 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Syrah, 6% Petit Verdot, 4% Cabernet Franc

91 Franciscan 2009 Magnificat, Napa Valley ($50)
Bright and juicy with complex notes of black plum, spice and vanilla oak; rich and dense with notes of chocolate, vanilla and tar; long and balanced. 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec.

93 Francis Coppola 2009 Eleanor, California ($50)

Smooth, rich and dense with black plum and cassis; ripe and lush with considerable heft and tangy acid structure; vivid and powerful but with finesse and lovely style; long and seductive. 54% Syrah, 46% Cabernet Sauvignon.

91 Faust 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($55)
Fragrant and smooth with juicy acidity and bright plum, raspberry and soft herbs; toasty and silky with lovely structure and length; balanced and stylish.
83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 3% Malbec, 1% Cabernet Franc .

92 Feather 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley ($55)
Randy Dunn's contribution to Allan Shoup's brilliant Long Shadows project; velvety smooth and rich with deep plum and black raspberry fruit with firm acid structure; beautiful balance, complex and seamless with great length and style.

90 Artesa 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Artisan Series, Napa Valley ($46)
Smooth and lush with ripe, rich plum, black raspberry and cassis; notes of mocha, chocolate and juicy acidity; balanced, classic and lovely with length and style.

90 St. Supéry 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Dollarhide Vineyard, Napa Valley ($85)
Lush, dense and ripe with notes of earth, spice and mocha; smooth with complex herbs and layers of flavor; long, balanced and stylish.

89 Three Saints Vineyard 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Star Lane Vineyard, Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara ($22)
Smooth, dense and balanced with lovely ripe plum, bright acidity and toasted oak; rich and long with juicy notes and spice. 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet Franc, 4.5% Merlot, 2.5 % Petit Verdot


90 Rutherford Hill Winery 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($38)
Smooth and lush with ripe plum and black raspberry fruit; rich, supple and nicely balanced with depth and finesse.

90 Black Stallion 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($65)
Smooth, juicy with dense, rich plum, blackberry and spice; lush, complex and showing spice, depth and good balance; seamless and showing finesse and style. 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc, 1% Malbec

91 Paoletti Estates Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley ($69)
Dense, ripe and rich with dark color, spice, black plum and cassis; lush, dense and showing vanilla oak and excellent depth; long and concentrated. 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc  

92 Shafer Vineyards 2010 Merlot, Napa Valley ($50)
Dense, dark and ripe with lavish plum and cassis fruit; rich and meaty with smooth, velvety texture and lovely balance; long and deep. 84% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Malbec.

91 Michael David 2010 Inkblot Cabernet Franc, Lodi ($35)
Dark and lush with smooth, ripe cassis, blackberry and spice; rich and bursting with juicy, black fruits; clean, balanced and pure with intensity and depth. Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah

90 Three Rivers Winery 2009 Petit Verdot, Columbia Valley ($29)
Dark and intense with ripe blackberry and cassis; rich and meaty with tangy acidity and rich, expressive flavors. 79% Petit Verdot, 21% Merlot.

90 Mercy 2009 Pinot Noir, Cedar Lane Vineyard, Arroyo Seco ($38)
Silky and bright with tangy cherry and racy acidity; lifted, lively and showing good depth and style; elegant and long.

93 Dobbes Family Estate 2010 Pinot Noir, Patricia's Cuvée, Willamette Valley ($55)
Ripe and rich yet quite elegant; silky and lush with lovely ripe cherry and graceful flavors that hold hints of gentle spices; showing great depth and finesse, complex and of a piece; long, seductive and exquisite.

89 Artesa 2010 Pinot Noir, Carneros ($40)
Smooth and juicy with lovely cherry fruit, earth and spice; bright and elegant, long and balanced.


90 Sea Smoke Cellars 2010 Pinot Noir, Botella, Sea Smoke Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills ($39)
Silky, smooth and lush with black cherry and lovely structure; balanced, long and vibrant; stylish.

90 Black Kite Cellars 2010 Pinot Noir, Kite's Rest Vineyard, Anderson Valley ($45)
Silky and smooth with ripe cherry and tangy acidity; dense and juicy with spice and good balance.

91 Black Kite Cellars 2010 Pinot Noir, Redwood's Edge Vineyard, Anderson Valley ($55)
Juicy and bright with cherry and raspberry fruit and tangy acidity; good depth, lovely texture and length; complex and balanced.

92 Black Kite Cellars 2010 Pinot Noir, Stony Terrace Vineyard, Anderson Valley ($55)
Smooth and dense with juicy, crisp cherry and silky texture with tangy acidity and good Burgundian style; elegant and complex.


87 Masút 2011 Estate Pinot Noir, Mendocino County ($40)
Crisp and juicy with tangy acidity and bright cherry fruit; racy and fresh, lively and balanced.

90 Masút 2011 Pinot Noir, Block 1, Mendocino County ($55)
Lush and juicy with lovely cherry and raspberry fruit; tangy, smooth and bright; fresh and balanced.

90 Masút 2011 Pinot Noir, Block 11, Mendocino County ($55)
Tangy and juicy with racy cherry and lively acidity; fleshy and long.

89 Masút 2011 Pinot Noir, Block 13, Mendocino County ($55)
Edgy and tangy with racy acidity and notes of earth and spice; bright cherry and toasty oak; long and balanced.

93 Sequel 2009 Syrah, Columbia Valley ($50)
Dark and smooth with rich blackberry, blueberry and smoke; intense and seamless with depth and loads of seductive charm; made by John Duval, former winemaker of the Penfolds Grange; a tour de force. 99% Syrah, 1% Cabernet Sauvignon

91 Three Saints Vineyard 2009 Syrah, Star Lane Vineyard, Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara ($18)
Explosive and ripe with sweet, dense, rich flavors of pomegranate, raspberry and cherry; intense and rich with balance and gobs of charm.

91 Villa Ragazzi 2010 Sangiovese, Rodeno Vineyard, Napa Valley ($36)
Smooth, rich and ripe with raspberry, strawberry and spice; lush and juicy with bright, tangy flavors and good depth; clean, juicy and vibrant with balance and style.

90 Castello di Gabbiano 2009 Chianti Classico Riserva Bellezza, Italy ($40)
Smooth, lush and elegant with bright, tangy plum and ripe berry fruit; good depth, supple and refined with lovely texture and long, seamless flavors of fruit, spice and wood; complete and quite lovely.

90 Kidder Family Wines 2010 Duet, Clements Hills, Lodi ($24)
Smooth, ripe and juicy with bright, tangy raspberry and spice; deep and quite lovely with balance and good length; bright and original, a blend of Graciano and Tempranillo. 57% Graciano, 43% Tempranillo.

89 Nasiakos 2007 Nemea, Greece ($20)
Smooth, dense and fresh with plum, spice and raspberry plus hints of violets; charming, bright and balanced with tangy acidity and good length.

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