Tasting Panel July 2013 Newsletter

Blue Reviews EXTRA! July 2013

By: Anthony Dias Blue

 
WHITE

SAUVIGNON BLANC AND CHENIN BLANC
88 Geyser Peak 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, California ($10)
Bright and tangy with crisp peach and juicy acidity; fresh, lively and charming.
ACCOLADE WINES

88
Pepi 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, California ($10)
Grassy, tangy and crisp with clean, herbal flavors and silky texture; lively, long and fresh.
O'NEILL VINTNERS

89 Tin Roof 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, California ($10)
Fresh, racy and juicy with citrus and melon flavors; tangy, silky and balanced; long and crisp.
O'NEILL VINTNERS

88 Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Valley ($11)
Bright and crisp with juicy acidity, spritz and racy flavors of citrus and spice; fresh and juicy with balance and style. 12% Semillon.
STE. MICHELLE WINE ESTATES

89 Robert Mondavi Private Selection 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Central Coast ($11)
Ripe and juicy with lovely, tangy peach and citrus; bright and lively; long and balanced. 94% Sauvignon Blanc, 6% Gewürztraminer.
CONSTELLATION WINES U.S.

88 Concha y Toro 2012 Casillero del Diablo Sauvignon Blanc Reserva, Casablanca Valley, Chile ($12)
Ripe and juicy with citrus and melon notes; bright, fresh and racy with a lively style and balance.
EXCELSIOR WINE AND SPIRITS

88 Kendall-Jackson 2012 Vintner's Reserve Sauvignon Blanc, California ($13)
Bright and ripe with juicy peach and citrus; round, fresh and lively with a long, bracing finish. 93.67% Sauvignon Blanc, 4.1% Semillon, 2.2% Viognier, .03% Riesling.

88 Roth Estate 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County ($15)
Bright and juicy with tangy citrus and peach fruit; minerally and smooth with long, bright flavors. 95% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Viognier

88 Francis Coppola 2012, Diamond Collection Yellow Label Sauvignon Blanc, California ($16)
Bright and racy with citrus, tropical fruit and tangy acidity; nervy, lively and balanced.

90 Rusack Vineyards 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Santa Barbara County ($17)
Silky and smooth with peach, citrus and tangy acidity; juicy, fresh and long with balance and finesse.

90 Kendall-Jackson 2010 Grand Reserve Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Mendocino County ($20)
Lush and smooth with bright, juicy flavors and racy acidity; rich and peachy with depth and style.

91 Alysian 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, North Face, Floodgate Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($20)
Fresh, juicy and bursting with grapefruit and lime; racy, tangy and bright; long and vibrant.

90 Groth 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley ($21)
Bright and juicy with citrus and lively acidity; fresh and racy with spice and depth; long and balanced. 3% Semillon.

90 Francis Coppola 2012 Director's Cut Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County ($21)
Smooth and juicy with peach and citrus; fresh, balanced and tangy; long and lively.

90 Ziata Wines 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley ($28)
Lush and generous with tangy peach and citrus; long and balanced with racy acidity and good depth; fresh and juicy with lively style.

89 Buoncristiani 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley ($35)
Fresh and juicy with citrus, grapefruit and ripe peach; balanced, generous and complex; crisp and long.

90 Robert Mondavi 2011 Dry Fumé Blanc, Napa Valley ($20)
Crisp and juicy with racy citrus, minerals and lovely texture; fresh, bright and tangy; long and balanced. 96% Sauvignon Blanc, 4% Semillon
CONSTELLATION WINES U.S.

88 Fairview 2012 Chenin Blanc, La Capra, Paarl, South Africa ($10)
Smooth, clean and juicy with tangy acidity and a touch of sweetness; bright, balanced and fresh.
VINEYARD BRANDS

90 Chappellet 2011, Molly Chappellet Chenin Blanc, Pritchard Hill Vineyard, Napa Valley ($32)
Bright, fresh and juicy with ripe fruit, tangy acidity and fine balance; long, lively and vibrant.

CHARDONNAY

88 Finca Las Moras 2011 Chardonnay Reserve, San Juan, Cuyo, Argentina ($10)
Smooth and dense with clean, mellow flavors of ripe pear and apple; lush and balanced with good length.
ACME WINE MOVERS

88 Concha y Toro 2011 Casillero del Diablo Chardonnay Reserva, Limarí Valley, Chile ($12)
Smooth and ripe with tropical fruit and soft vanilla; bright acidity and good balance; rich texture and good length.
EXCELSIOR WINES

88 Cono Sur 2012 Chardonnay, San Antonio Valley, Chile ($14)
Warm and juicy with tangy fruit and smooth texture; balanced, fresh and long.
VINEYARD BRANDS

90 Edna Valley Vineyard 2011 Paragon Chardonnay, Central Coast ($15)
Lush and smooth with ripe, juicy flavors of pear, white peach and spice; rich, creamy and dense; balanced, crisp and lovely.
GALLO

88 Waterbrook Winery 2011 Chardonnay Reserve, Columbia Valley ($15)
Lush, toasty and clean with vanilla and spice; soft and creamy, long and dense.
PRECEPT WINE

88 Apex Cellars 2011 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley ($15)
Smooth and creamy with juicy fruit and bright, ripe fruit flavors; lush and balanced.
PRECEPT WINE

87 Kendall-Jackson 2011 Avant Chardonnay, California ($17)
Smooth, fresh and juicy with ripe flavors and clean, lively fruit; balanced and simple with charm and style.

89 Kendall-Jackson 2012 Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay, California ($17)
Fresh, smooth and juicy with lovely pear and citrus fruit; lovely vanilla oak and lush texture; balanced, long and, once again, an impressive achievement.

90 Kendall-Jackson 2011 Grand Reserve Chardonnay, 58% Santa Barbara, 42% Monterey County ($22)
Smooth and creamy with vanilla oak, ripe pear and lovely texture; aromatic, rich and layered; fresh and stylish.

90 Paul Hobbs 2012 CrossBarn Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast ($25)
Smooth and creamy with bright fruit and lively acid structure; fresh, graceful and long; a nicely proportioned Paul Hobbs wine.

90 Sequoia Grove Vineyards 2011 Chardonnay, Napa Valley ($28)
Creamy and lush with bright pear and fig fruit; nice acid structure and lively flavors; hints of sweet oak and a long, rich finish tempered by clean, tangy acidity.
KOBRAND CORP.

90 Baileyana 2010 Chardonnay, Grand Firepeak Cuvée, Firepeak Vineyard, Edna Valley ($30)
Bright and juicy with lively citrus and crisp fruit; smooth, fresh and harmonious; long.
NIVEN FAMILY WINE ESTATES

90 One Hope Wine 2009 Reserve Chardonnay, Sta. Rita Hills ($30)
Smooth and bright with lovely citrus and white peach notes; creamy texture and lovely hints of vanilla; balanced, lively and long.

90 Patz & Hall 2011 Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County ($38)
Smooth and juicy with bright, fresh and ripe fruit; mellow and balanced with elegance and depth.

91 Alysian 2010 Chardonnay, Clone 95, Floodgate Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($40)
Crisp and bright with juicy citrus and apple; silky, long and nicely balanced; made by Gary Farrell.

91 Patz & Hall 2011 Chardonnay, Dutton Ranch, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County ($42)
Bright, crisp and lush with lovely vanilla oak and tangy, dense and layered; elegant, rich and neatly balanced; long and seamless.

93 Buoncristiani 2011 Chardonnay, Napa Valley ($45)
Crisp and racy with pure fruit and silky texture; elegant, aromatic and showing minerals, honeysuckle and lovely acidity; balanced, complex and Burgundian; long and classic.

92 Patz & Hall 2011 Chardonnay, Hudson Vineyard, Carneros, Napa Valley ($55)
Pure and ripe with lovely acid structure and silky texture; vibrant and elegant with finesse and fine balance; long and graceful.

92 Hanzell Vineyards 2010 Estate Chardonnay, Sonoma Valley ($75)
Lush and concentrated with ripe fruit and deep structure and complexity; smooth, complex and balanced with juicy acidity and lovely, long flavors; great aging potential.

91 Kendall-Jackson 2011 Stature Chardonnay, Santa Barbara County ($125)
An extreme California chard with dark color, rich texture and creamy, sweet flavors; rich oak and ripe fruit; concentrated and loaded.

PINOT BLANC AND PINOT GRIGIO
88 Pierre Sparr 2011 Pinot Blanc, Alsace, France ($15)
Aromatic, smooth and juicy with sweet, tangy vanilla and caramel; creamy, lush and fresh.
WILSON DANIELS

88 Robert Mondavi Private Selection 2012 Pinot Grigio, Central Coast ($11)
Juicy, smooth and bright with racy acidity and tangy style; clean, long and lively. 90% Pinot Grigio, 6% French Colombard, 4% Gewürztraminer
CONSTELLATION WINES U.S.

88 Milbrandt Vineyards 2012 Traditions Pinot Gris, Columbia Valley ($13)
Spritzy, fresh and juicy with peachy fruit and tangy acidity; lively, bright and balanced.
SAN FRANCISCO WINE EXCHANGE

88 Luna Nuda 2011 Pinot Grigio, Vigneti delle Dolomiti, Italy ($14)
Silky and bright with racy citrus and lively acidity; fresh, crisp and balanced.
CAPE WINE VENTURES

RHÔNE-STYLE WHITES
88 Fairview 2012 Goats do Roam White, Coastal Region, South Africa ($10)
Smooth, juicy and ripe with bright fruit and notes of vanilla and spicy aromatics; lush, ripe and tangy. 58% Viognier, 33% Roussanne, 9% Grenache Blanc.
VINEYARD BRANDS

88 Famille Perrin 2012 Côtes du Rhône Blanc Réserve, France ($11)
Smooth and creamy, ripe and aromatic with lush fruit and balanced flavors; juicy and clean with a touch of sweetness. Viognier, Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Marsanne.
VINEYARD BRANDS

90 Adelaida Cellars 2011 Version White, The Glenrose Vineyard, Paso Robles ($35)
Bright and juicy with lively acidity, ripe, aromatic fruit and firm acid structure; complex, layered and creamy texture. 53% Roussanne, 47% Grenache Blanc.

88 Finca El Origen 2012 Viognier Reserva, Tunuyán, Valle de Uco, Mendoza, Argentina ($12)
Smooth and creamy with dense, ripe flavors and notes of vanilla and soft oak.
CAROLINA WINE BRANDS

88 Bicicleta 2012 Viognier, Colchagua Valley, Chile ($12)
Smooth and fresh with crisp acidity and bright peach and vanilla; long and balanced.
VINEYARD BRANDS

90 Vina Robles 2012 Viognier, Huerhuero Vineyard, Paso Robles ($22)
Smooth and spicy with creamy texture and tangy acidity; bright and balanced with good structure and lovely style.

88 Steele Wines 2011 Writer's Block Roussanne, Lake County ($15)
Smooth and creamy with lush texture and ripe vanilla and aromatics; rich, balanced and juicy.

90 Daou Vineyards 2011 Grenache Blanc, Paso Robles ($36)
Ripe and lush with spice, creamy texture and bright flavors; balanced and with a touch of sweetness; rich, fresh and tangy.

RIESLING AND GEWÜRZTRAMINER
89 Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Dry Riesling, Columbia Valley ($10)
Fresh, juicy and a little spritzy with tangy, bright lime and white peach; dry and minerally, silky and long with lots of charm.
STE. MICHELLE WINE ESTATES

90 Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Riesling, Columbia Valley ($10)
Bright, juicy and nervy with racy acidity, peach and a nice touch of sweetness; vibrant and lively with a long, tangy finish.
STE. MICHELLE WINE ESTATES

88 Robert Mondavi Private Selection 2011 Riesling, Central Coast ($11)
Spritzy, juicy and bright with lime, citrus and vanilla; ripe and balanced.
CONSTELLATION WINES U.S.

88 Kendall-Jackson 2011 Vintner's Reserve Riesling, Monterey County ($13)
Generous and juicy with apricot and peach fruit; sweet and rich with ripe flavors and a long, dense finish.

88 Steele Wines 2012 Shooting Star Riesling, Lake County ($13)
Spritzy, juicy with sweet peach and juicy citrus; fresh, clean and bright.

88 Copper River Estate NV Diversion Riesling, Copper River Estate, Washington ($15)
Crisp and racy with minerals, citrus and lively acidity; clean, juicy and showing some sweetness. 95% Riesling, other aromatic whites

92 Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Riesling, Cold Creek Vineyard, Columbia Valley ($18)
Tangy and precise with bracing acidity, juicy peach and tropical fruits; pure, racy and balanced by sweetness; vivid, lovely and long; bright and seamless.
STE. MICHELLE WINE ESTATES

90 Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt 2012 Riesling Kabinett Josephshöfer, Mosel, Germany ($19)
Bright, clean and juicy with tangy peach and lively acidity; silky, off-dry and pretty. 
VALCKENBERG INTL.

91 Weingut Johannishof 2012 Charta Riesling, Rheingau, Germany ($24)
Spritzy, fresh and juicy with tangy, lively citrus; smooth, silky and bright; lovely and refined. 
VALCKENBERG INTERNATIONAL

91 Poet's Leap 2012 Riesling, Columbia Valley ($20)
Spritzy and tangy with citrus and lime notes; clean, lively and juicy; racy long and elegant, long and balanced.
LONG SHADOWS VINTNERS

90 Trefethen 2012 Dry Estate Riesling, Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley ($23)
Smooth and juicy with bright citrus and peach; racy and crisp.

90 Viñas del Vero 2012 El Enebro Gewürztraminer, Somontano, Spain ($15)
Bright, racy and crisp with juicy, aromatic and spicy fruit; tangy, fresh and balanced; minerals, tangy acidity and good length.
FINE ESTATES FROM SPAIN

WHITE BLENDS AND MISC. WHITE VARIETALS
88 Boekenhoutskloof 2012 The Wolftrap, Western Cape, South Africa ($10)
Clean, smooth, ripe and juicy with lush fruit, vanilla and aromatic style; long, rich and balanced. 46% Viognier, 28% Chenin Blanc, 26% Grenache Blanc.
VINEYARD BRANDS

88 Little Black Dress 2011 Divalicious White, California ($11)
Bright and ripe with crisp acidity and juicy fruit; smooth, lush and balanced; long and aromatic; fresh. 64% Pinot Grigio, 18% Moscato, 8% Chardonnay, 4% Sauvignon Blanc, 6% other white varieties.
FETZER VINEYARDS

88 Gnarly Head 2011 Authentic White, California ($12)
Bright and juicy with smooth texture and ripe, aromatic fruit; fresh and balanced. Riesling, Moscato, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier.
DFV WINES

88 Pedroncelli Winery 2012 friends.white, Sonoma County ($12)
Bright, crisp and spicy with smooth, lively flavors and good balance; long and fresh. Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc.

88 McKinley Springs 2010 Confluence, Horse Heaven Hills ($14)
Smooth, ripe and juicy with orange blossoms, spice and tangy acidity; fresh, balanced and charming. 39% Chenin Blanc, 61% Viognier.

90 Buoncristiani 2012 Triad Blanc, Napa Valley ($30)
Smooth and aromatic with spice, a bit of sweetness, and crisp acidity; juicy and a lovely blend of ripe fruit and lively structure. 50% Sauvignon Blanc, 22% Chardonnay, 28% Viognier.

88 House Wine 2012 Market Moscato, Columbia Valley ($10)
Bright, clean and crisp with juicy fruit and racy acidity; clean, crisp and lively.

89 Tablas Creek 2012 Estate Vermentino, Paso Robles ($27)
Bright and racy with juicy peach and tangy citrus; lively, fresh and balanced with charm and depth.
VINEYARD BRANDS


88 Finca El Origen 2012 Torrontès Reserva, Salta, Argentina ($12)
Spicy, smooth, floral and juicy with tangy style and balance; fresh and lively.
CAROLINA WINE BRANDS

RED



BORDEAUX-STYLE RED BLENDS/MERITAGE

87 Cocobon Cellars 2011 Red Wine, California ($9)
Smooth and ripe with plum, cherry and cocoa notes; some sweetness, lush texture and good balance; long and mellow.

88 Robert Mondavi Private Selection 2011 Coastal Crush Red, Central Coast ($11)
Smooth and lush with juicy plum, blackberry and spice; silky, bright and nicely balanced with some good length. 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 27% Malbec, 7% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot
CONSTELLATION WINES U.S.

91 Hall Wines 2010 Craig's Cuvée, Napa Valley ($35)
Smooth and luscious with ripe plum, blueberry and toasty vanilla oak; rich, balanced and concentrated; long, stylish and quite lovely. 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 30% Syrah. 1% Cabernet Franc.

90 Buty Winery 2010 Merlot & Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley ($45)
Smooth and juicy with dense flavors of plum, blueberry and spice; supple, rich and balanced with a long, meaty finish. 58% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Franc.

92 Dominus Estate 2010 Napanook, Napa Valley ($59)
Dense and rich with sweet oak and smooth, silky texture; bright blackberry, cherry and cassis; ripe with notes of tar and licorice; complex and long with balance and elegant style. 98% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot.

93 Flora Springs 2010 Trilogy, Napa Valley ($75)
Smooth and creamy with sweet vanilla oak and ripe plum, bing cherry and blackberry; juicy and deep with layers of flavor and great depth; long and balanced. 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 4% Malbec, 1% Cabernet Franc.

94 Mount Veeder Winery 2009 Reserve, Napa Valley ($80)
Bright and juicy with tangy acidity and lush black cherry and blueberry; deep, complex and showing toasty oak and spice; long and balanced. 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Malbec, 3% Petit Verdot
CONSTELLATION WINES U.S.

93 Star Lane 2007 Astral, Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara ($80)
Dark, dense and showing sweet plum, cherry and blueberry fruit; concentrated and rich with spice, tar and chocolate; impressive and still nicely balanced. 49% Cabernet Franc, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 2% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot.

95 Kendall-Jackson 2007 Stature, Napa Valley ($125)
A stunning wine with deep, rich plum, blackberry and cassis; sweet vanilla oak with notes of spice, licorice and chocolate; a beautifully crafted wine with depth, complexity and finesse; long and lovely. 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 8% Malbec, 3% Petit Verdot.

94 Sequoia Grove Vineyards 2008 Cambium, Napa Valley ($140)
Rich and velvety, smooth and intense with lovely juicy style; deep plum and blackberry with firm acid structure; vanilla, spice and a hint of mint; long and elegant with true varietal flavors; balanced and vibrant. 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot.
KOBRAND CORP.

CABERNET SAUVIGNON
88 Dark Horse 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, California ($8)
Dark and rich with ripe cassis and plum; herbal and spicy; balanced.

88 Boekenhoutskloof 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Porcupine Ridge, Coastal Region, South Africa ($13)
Smooth, spicy with ripe blackberry and plum; herbal, balanced and long.
VINEYARD BRANDS

88 Waterbrook Winery 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley ($14)
Smooth and dense with rich plum and blackberry fruit; ripe, rich and nicely balanced. 14% Malbec, 8% Syrah
PRECEPT WINE

88 Edna Valley Vineyard 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Coast ($15)
Smooth and spicy with ripe blackberry, cherry and spice; dense, rich and juicy with sweet oak and good balance; long and stylish.
GALLO

89 Bridlewood Estate 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles ($15)
Smooth and juicy with ripe plum, spice and black cherry; lush and dense, juicy and long. 17% Merlot, 3% Petite Sirah.
E&J GALLO

89 Kendall-Jackson 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Vintner's Reserve, Sonoma County ($19)
Bright and smooth with ripe plum, blackberry and tangy acidity; classic and balanced with lovely vanilla oak and fine texture; long and charming. 5% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% Merlot, 1% Malbec.

90 Milbrandt Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, The Estates, Wahluke Slope ($25)
Juicy and smooth with velvety texture and ripe blackberry and cassis; notes of chocolate, vanilla oak and spice; balanced, clean and long. 6% Merlot, 5% Malbec.
SAN FRANCISCO WINE EXCHANGE

91 Daou Vineyards 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles ($28)
Smooth, lush and rich with blackberry, blueberry and spice; deep with vanilla oak and notes of chocolate; long and balanced.

86 Kendall-Jackson 2010 Grand Reserve Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County ($30)
Dark and concentrated, rich blackberry and cassis; jammy and dense with raisiny notes. 90.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5.4% Malbec, 3.5% Petit Verdot, 0.4% Cabernet Franc, 0.2% Merlot.

90 Apex Cellars 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley ($30)
Silky, smooth and spicy with plum, cassis and blackberry; juicy, fresh and nicely structured; long and balanced.
PRECEPT WINE

91 Chateau Ste. Michelle 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Cold Creek Vineyard, Columbia Valley ($30)
Dark, smooth and ripe with blackberry, cassis and spice; mocha, licorice and tar; vanilla and good structure; long and balanced.
STE. MICHELLE WINE ESTATES

90 White Oak Vineyards & Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($32)
Dense and spicy with tangy acidity and smooth texture; supple, rich and showing blackberry, spice and chocolate; long and balanced. 6% Malbec, 6% Petit Verdot, 3% Merlot .

90 Mount Veeder Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($40)
Deep, dark and smooth with ripe, juicy plum, blackberry and cassis; rich, toasty and showing tar and spice. 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec.
CONSTELLATION WINES U.S.

92 Ridge Vineyards 2010 Monte Bello, Santa Cruz Mountains ($45)
Smooth, ripe and juicy with tangy plum and blackberry; classic, firmly structured and loaded with bright flavor; long and balanced. 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc.

90 Stags' Leap Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($53)
Medium weight, plummy and showing some herbal notes; smooth, ripe and balanced. 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec.
TREASURY WINE ESTATES

92 Haywood Estate 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Los Chamizal Vineyard, Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County ($54)
Smooth and juicy with bright acidity and crisp plum; supple, racy and lively; balanced, fresh and long; vibrant and delicious. 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon

91 Liparita Cellars 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, V Block, Yountville, Napa Valley ($55)
Smooth and juicy with bright plum, blackberry and cassis; lush, supple and lively with depth, style and balance; long and lovely.

93 Robert Mondavi 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville, Napa Valley ($55)
Dark, deep and luscious with racy acidity and lovely blueberry, plum and spice; supple, juicy and showing notes of chocolate and vanilla; complex, elegant and quite lovely.
CONSTELLATION WINES U.S.

94 Daou Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Paso Robles ($56)
Rich, dark and deep with velvety texture and dense blackberry, blueberry and spice; smooth chocolate, toasty vanilla oak and ripe, juicy style; complex and balanced, layered and long. 12% Cabernet Franc, 7% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot.

91 Hoopes 2009 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville, Napa Valley ($60)
Smooth and spicy with juicy acidity and bright berry fruit; supple and balanced with notes of earth and vanilla; complex, supple and long.

90 Trefethen 2010 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley ($60)
Smooth and juicy with medium-weight and soft herbs; plum, spice and tangy acid structure; balanced and long with aging potential. 11% Malbec, 1% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot.

91 Groth 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville, Napa Valley ($61)
Smooth and supple, ripe and juicy with plum, blueberry and cassis; elegant, tangy and balanced; long and stylish. 19% Merlot.

91 Bell Wine Cellars 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($65)
Smooth and lush with concentrated plum, blackberry and spice; deep and rich with seamless style and silky texture; ripe and elegant; long and stylish. 12% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 3% Syrah.

92 Bell Wine Cellars 2010 Claret Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($65)
Smooth and ripe with rich flavors of plum, black raspberry and cassis; seamless and charming with lush texture and notes of sweet oak and spice; long and intense. 15% Merlot, 3% Syrah, 1% Petite Sirah, 1% Cabernet Franc.

92 Buoncristiani 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($99)
Smoky nose; minerally and dense with intense, ripe and forward flavors of cassis, blackberry and spice; layered and seamless, long and stylish. 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Malbec, 2% Merlot.

MERLOT AND CABERNET FRANC
88 Milbrandt Vineyards 2010 Traditions Merlot, Columbia Valley ($16)
Velvety and smooth with blueberries and black cherry fruit; vanilla oak, mocha and spice; long and mellow. 87% Merlot, 6% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% Syrah
SAN FRANCISCO WINE EXCHANGE

88 Kendall-Jackson 2010 Vintner's Reserve Merlot, Sonoma County ($22)
Smooth and lush with ripe plum and juicy acidity; fresh, balanced and long with depth and lovely style. 0.2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 0.1% Petite Verdot, 0.1% Malbec, 0.1% Cabernet Franc.

90 Waterbrook Winery 2010 Reserve Merlot, Columbia Valley ($23)
Smooth and ripe with sweet raspberry and plum; juicy, tangy and balanced; elegant and lush with a long, mellow finish.
PRECEPT WINE

92 Sbragia Family Vineyards 2010 Home Ranch Merlot, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County ($25)
Lush and ripe with velvety texture and rich plum and cassis; smooth, dense and layered with spice, licorice and toasty oak. 5% Cabernet Franc.
TREASURY WINE ESTATES

90 Kendall-Jackson 2010 Grand Reserve Estate Merlot, Sonoma County ($26)
Lovely rich and balanced; generous and deep with blueberry, plum and soft spice; vanilla oak and lush texture; long and smooth; charming. 2% Malbec, 0.4% Cabernet Sauvignon, 0.3% Carménère, 0.1% Petit Verdot.

90 Franciscan 2010 Merlot, Napa Valley ($28)
Bright and juicy with smooth texture, bright plum and good acid structure; balanced, stylish and classic.
CONSTELLATION WINES U.S.

90 Stags' Leap Winery 2010 Merlot, Napa County ($33)
Smooth and ripe with dense, ripe plum, blueberry and cassis; intense, deep and powerful; long and extreme but successful. 3% Malbec, 3% Petite Sirah, 1% Cabernet Sauvignon.
TREASURY WINE ESTATES

90 Trefethen 2010 Estate Merlot, Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley ($38)
Smooth and toasty with bright plum and spice, fresh and lush with notes of toast, vanilla and chocolate. 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Malbec.

91 Steven Kent Winery 2010 Merlot, Ghielmetti Vineyard, Livermore Valley ($50)
Smooth and lush with soft vanilla oak and ripe plum; rich and creamy-textured with lovely style and depth; long and balanced.

93 Bell Wine Cellars 2010 Merlot, Yountville, Napa Valley ($50)
Smooth and dense with ripe plum, blackberry and spice; complex and showing notes of chocolate and vanilla; elegant, long and balanced. 15% Cabernet Sauvignon.

90 Steele Wines 2010 Cabernet Franc, Lake County ($26)
Smooth, rich and juicy with plum, spice and notes of mocha; mellow and nicely balanced; supple and long.

91 Adelaida Cellars 2009 Reserve Cabernet Franc, Viking Vineyard, Paso Robles ($50)
Smooth, velvety and ripe with rich plum, cassis and chocolate; supple and lush with ripe oak and vanilla; juicy and bright with good length.

90 Ziata Wines 2009 Cabernet Franc, Oakville, Napa Valley ($60)
Smooth with plum fruit and soft tannins; soft and ripe with rich texture and notes of spice, mocha and subtle oak.

MALBEC
88 Finca Las Moras 2011 Malbec Reserve, San Juan, Cuyo, Argentina ($10)
Smooth and fresh with herbs, spice and ripe plums; clean, mellow and rich with velvety texture and a long, balanced finish.
ACME WINE MOVERS

88 Finca Las Moras 2011 Black Label Malbec, Pedernal Valley ($15)
Dark, dense and ripe with tangy cherry, spice and cassis; concentrated, rich and deep with some jammy notes; long and intense.
ACME WINE MOVERS

90 Las Moras 2008 Finca Pedernal Malbec, San Juan, Cuyo, Argentina ($45)
Silky and smooth with ripe plum, black cherry and earth notes; rich, deep and concentrated with spice, complexity and forward style; lush and long with balance and finesse.
ACME WINE MOVERS

91 Buoncristiani 2010 Malbec, Napa Valley ($68)
Smooth and ripe with depth and rich plum and cassis; luscious and dense with lovely blackberry and blueberry; deep and powerful, balanced and long.

PINOT NOIR
88 Matua 2011 Pinot Noir, Marlborough, New Zealand ($14)
Fresh and bright with clean, spicy cherry fruit and firm, racy acidity; pleasant, balanced and nervy.
TREASURY WINE ESTATES

89 Bridlewood Estate 2011 Pinot Noir, Monterey County ($18)
Smooth and juicy with tangy cherry and lively acidity; fresh and balanced. 
E&J GALLO

87 Kendall-Jackson 2011 Vintner's Reserve Pinot Noir, California ($22)
Fresh, generous and simple with clean notes of cherry, spice and earth; tangy, clean and balanced.

89 Pali Wine Co. 2011 Pinot Noir, Bluffs, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County ($23)
Smooth, ripe and showing brown sugar, cola and bing cherries; lush, dense and loaded with rich flavors; long and balanced.

90 Kendall-Jackson 2011 Grand Reserve Estate Pinot Noir, 55% Monterey, 45% Santa Barbara ($26)
Bright and aromatic with ripe black cherry and rich texture; juicy and tangy with depth, spice and lovely style; long and complex.

89 Steele Wines 2010 Pinot Noir, Parmelee-Hill Vineyard, Sonoma Valley ($26)
Smooth and juicy with ripe cherry and smooth texture; dense, balanced and charming with medium-body and good acid structure.

90 Baileyana 2010 Pinot Noir, Grand Firepeak Cuvée, Firepeak Vineyard, Edna Valley ($30)
Deep ruby color; smooth texture with black cherry and spice; round, ripe and crisp with tangy acidity; quite lovely.
NIVEN FAMILY WINE ESTATES

90 J. Lohr 2011 Pinot Noir, Fog's Reach, Arroyo Seco-Monterey ($35)
Smooth and ripe with rich black cherry and velvety texture; dense and lush with notes of spice, earth and good acid structure; long and balanced.

90 Alysian 2010 Pinot Noir, Russian River Selection, Russian River Valley ($40)
Silky, juicy and bright with crisp red cherry fruit and firm acidity; elegant and complex with purity and fine balance; lively finish; made by Gary Farrell.

90 Ziata Wines 2009 Pinot Noir, Carneros, Napa Valley ($45)
Smooth and elegant with bright cherry fruit and nicely balanced flavors of spice and earth; refined, supple and seamless; long and charming.

90 Byron 2010 Pinot Noir, Clone 667, Nielson Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley ($45)
Smooth and rich with juicy cherry and plum; bright acid structure and a long finish; supple, balanced and showing notes of earth and spice.
JACKSON FAMILY WINES

90 Patz & Hall 2011 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County ($45)
Ripe and rich with smooth cherry, spice and notes of earth; balanced, long and deep; clean and balanced, stylish.

90 MacPhail 2011 Pinot Noir, Dutton Ranch, Green Valley of Russian River Valley ($49)
Bright, juicy and tangy with ripe cherry and spice; racy, balanced and quite charming with vibrant style and a lively finish.
HESS FAMILY ESTATES

90 Goldeneye 2010 Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley ($55)
Silky and smooth with intense cherry fruit and spice; elegant and deep with finesse and vivid flavors; juicy finish.

93 MacPhail 2011 The Flyer Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley ($59)
Ripe and juicy with deep cherry fruit and vibrant acidity; clean and rich with charming style and finesse; tangy and precise with depth.
HESS FAMILY ESTATES

91 Byron 2010 Monument Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley ($60)
Smooth and charming with sweet cherry, spice and bright acidity; supple, structured and amiable with nice, relaxed style and good depth.
JACKSON FAMILY WINES

91 La Rochelle 2010 Pinot Noir, Donum Vineyard, Carneros, Sonoma County ($75)
Silky, graceful and pure with tangy acidity and bright cherry fruit; elegant and vibrant with depth and finesse.

92 Goldeneye 2010 Pinot Noir, Gowan Creek Vineyard, Anderson Valley ($80)
Intense and juicy with black cherry and spice; elegant and silky, clean and complex with depth and finesse; vibrant and long with lovely style.

RHÔNE-STYLE REDS
90 Goats do Roam 2010 Goat-Roti, Coastal Region, South Africa ($20)
Silky and smooth with spice, juicy berry fruit and bright aromatics; tangy, vibrant and long with balance and lively style. 96% Syrah, 4% Viognier.
VINEYARD BRANDS

90 Canoe Ridge Vineyard 2010 Cherry Street Reserve, Columbia Valley ($24)
Smooth and juicy with soft oak and bright blackberry fruit; spicy, deep and racy with tangy acidity and lively style; long and balanced. 54% Syrah, 30 % Malbec, 16% Grenache.
PRECEPT WINE

90 Tablas Creek 2011 Côtes de Tablas, Paso Robles ($30)
Smooth and juicy with tangy raspberry fruit and lively acidity; vibrant, balanced and fresh with style and good length. 49% Grenache, 28% Syrah, 15% Mourvèdre, 8% Counoise.
VINEYARD BRANDS

91 Adelaida Cellars 2010, Anna's Vineyard, Paso Robles ($36)
Juicy and bright with tangy black raspberry and spice; supple and smooth; vibrant and long. 37% Mourvèdre, 28% Grenache, 22% Syrah, 13% Cinsault.

88 Bulletin Place 2012 Shiraz, South Eastern Australia ($10)
Smooth and velvety with black raspberry and spice; balanced and rich with style and finesse.
VINEYARD BRANDS

88 Boekenhoutskloof 2012 Porcupine Ridge Syrah, Coastal Region, South Africa ($13)
Smooth, ripe and spicy with brambly black fruit; juicy with ripe blackberry and notes of pepper; balanced and long.
VINEYARD BRANDS

88 Kendall-Jackson 2010 Vintner's Reserve Syrah, Santa Barbara County ($17)
Dark, rich and ripe with black fruit and juicy acidity; balanced, fresh and charming with a long finish.  0.6% Chardonnay, 0.4% Viognier, 0.3% Zinfandel, 0.1% Petite Sirah.

90 Tin Barn 2009 Syrah, Coryelle Fields Vineyard, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County ($25)
Ripe and dense with blueberry and cassis; smooth, juicy and showing vanilla oak and lively spice; long and balanced.

92 Adelaida Cellars 2010 Syrah, Anna's Vineyard, Paso Robles ($32)
Dark and lush with concentrated cassis, blackberry and spice; juicy, rich and showing sweet, ripe fruit; intense and powerful with depth and style.

90 Westerly Wines 2010 Côte Blonde Syrah, Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara ($40)
Smooth and juicy with bright, tangy flavors of blackberry and raspberry; fresh and balanced, long and dense. 93% Syrah, 7% Viognier

93 Adelaida Cellars 2009 Reserve Syrah, Block 6, Anna's Vineyard, Paso Robles ($50)
Deep, dark and concentrated with ripe berry fruit and great intensity; good acid structure and spice; thick, rich and powerful; long and balanced.

ITALIAN RED
89 Marchesi Antinori 2010 Villa Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva, Italy ($35)
Silky and smooth with tangy acidity and good earthy flavors; lush, balanced and ripe; long and stylish. 90% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot.
STE MICHELLE WINE ESTATES

90 Marchesi Antinori 2008 Chianti Classico Riserva, Italy ($35)
Deep, complex and balanced with spice, plum and firm acid structure; juicy and charming with long, harmonious flavors.
STE MICHELLE WINE ESTATES

ZINFANDEL AND PETITE SIRAH
88 Harlow Ridge 2012 Zinfandel, Lodi ($11)
Smooth, clean and ripe with vanilla oak and spicy blackberry; balanced and quite pleasant.
BRONCO WINE CO.

88 Steele Wines 2009 Shooting Star Zinfandel, , Lake County ($13)
Smooth and juicy with plum and tangy berry fruit; rich and bright with balance, depth and style.

89 Kendall-Jackson 2011 Vintner's Reserve Zinfandel, Mendocino County ($17)
Fresh, generous and juicy with bright raspberry and blueberry fruit; smooth, vibrant and charming with depth and a long, tangy finish. 14.4% Petite Sirah, 2% Syrah, .4% Merlot

90 Steele Wines 2009 Zinfandel, Century Old Vines, Catfish Vineyard, Clear Lake ($26)
Smooth and spicy with ripe blackberry and cherry; balance, long and juicy with finesse and vivid flavors.

91 Ridge Vineyards 2011 Zinfandel, East Bench Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County ($28)
Spicy black fruit with notes of pepper; juicy, crisp and lively with depth and lovely balance; fresh, tangy and completely charming.

90 Haywood Estate 2009 Zinfandel, Los Chamizal Vineyard, Sonoma Valley ($28)
Smooth and juicy with tangy acidity and bright black plum and blackberry fruit; spicy and balanced with lovely length and finesse.

90 Sbragia Family Vineyards 2010 Zinfandel, La Promessa Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County ($32)
Smooth and juicy with vanilla oak and bright acidity; spicy, dense and rich; long and meaty. 5% Petite Sirah.
TREASURY WINE ESTATES

90 Ridge Vineyards 2011 Geyserville, Sonoma County ($38)
Bright, juicy and generous with racy blueberry and plum fruit; spicy, lush and briary with ripe, lush style; long, balanced and lively. 78% Zinfandel, 16% Carignane, 4% Petite Sirah, 1% Alicante Bouschet, 1% Mataro (Mourvèdre).

91 Bella Vineyards 2010 Zinfandel, Big River Ranch, Block 10 Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($45)
Silky and bright with juicy acidity and tangy, vibrant black raspberry and spice; smooth and balanced, long and charming. 80% Zinfandel,  20% Petite Sirah.

88 Foppiano Vineyards 2010 Lot 96 Petite Sirah, California ($15)
Dark, ripe and juicy with tangy, spicy plum and blackberry flavors; clean, balanced and long. 75% Petite Sirah, 15% Carnignane, 10% Zinafandel.
PACIFIC HIGHWAY

MISC. RED BLENDS
88 Finca Las Moras 2011 Reserve Cabernet-Shiraz, San Juan, Cuyo, Argentina ($10)
Smooth, clean and juicy with lively acidity and ripe cassis and plum; bright, tangy and balanced with lovely structure and lively style; fresh and bright. 50% Shiraz, 50% Cabernet Sauvignon
ACME WINE MOVERS

88 Cono Sur 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon-Carmenère, Colchagua Valley, Argentina ($12)
Smooth and ripe with some sweet vanilla and soft herbs; rich blackberry and cassis with depth and nice, juicy acidity; charming and organic as well. 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Carmenère.
VINEYARD BRANDS

88 Alamos 2012 Red Blend, Mendoza, Argentina ($13)
Full and lush with smooth, generous fruit and notes of earth, spice and vanilla; stylish and complex with depth and balance. 50% Malbec, 25% Bonarda, 15% Tempranillo, 10% Syrah.
E&J GALLO

89 Don Miguel Gascón 2011 Colosal, Mendoza, Argentina ($15)
Lush, ripe and rich with velvety texture and smooth style; bright and spicy with hints of vanilla and wood; long, seamless and charming. 61% Malbec, 16% Bonarda, 13% Syrah, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.
E&J GALLO

90 Daou Vineyards 2010 Celestus, Paso Robles ($46)
Smooth and ripe with creamy texture and lovely vanilla oak; juicy, tangy and showing black plum and blueberry; notes of chocolate and spice; long and concentrated; charming. 59% Syrah, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot.

ROSÉ


87
Laurent-Miquel 2012 Père et Fils Protégée Rosé, Pays d'Oc, France ($8)
Bright pink color; fresh, dry and simple with juicy, crisp flavors; charming and bracing. 80% Cinsault, 20% Syrah.
MIQUEL ET FILS

89 Marqués de Cáceres 2012 Dry Rioja Rosé, Spain ($9)
Bright pink; juicy, crisp and spicy with lovely raspberry and strawberry fruit; tangy, balanced and fresh; always one of my favorite rosés. 85% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacha.
VINEYARD BRANDS

88 Beckmen Vineyards 2012 Grenache Rosé, Purisima Mountain Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley ($18)
Juicy and clean with watermelon and raspberry fruit; dense and balanced, juicy and long. 82% Grenache, 7% Mourvèdre, 7% Counoise, 4% Syrah.

89 Quivira Vineyards 2012 Rosé, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County ($19)
Juicy and tangy with bright citrus and crisp acidity; racy, lively and nervy. 51% Grenache, 32% Syrah, 17% Mourvèdre.
V2 WINE GROUP

87 Hecht & Bannier 2012 Côtes de Provence Rosé, France ($20)
Juicy and fresh with pale pink color and racy fruit; dry, lively and snappy. 45% Grenache, 40% Cinsault, 15% Syrah
FREDERICK WILDMAN & SONS

88 Le Moire 2011 Shemale, Motta Santa Lucia, Calabria, Italy ($20)
Dry; juicy, smooth, and fresh; long and tangy with raspberry. 45% Magliocco Dolce, 45% Arvino, 10% Greco Nero.

89 La Rochelle 2012 Pinot Noir Rosé, McIntyre Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands ($24)
Pale salmon color; bright and tangy with racy acidity and crisp style; juicy, fresh and clean.

SPARKLING


88
Domaine Carneros NV Cuvée de la Pompadour, Carneros, Napa Valley ($36)
Juicy and fresh with bright salmon/pink color and tangy acidity; lively raspberry fruit and a clean, dry finish. 58% Pinot Noir, 42% Chardonnay
KOBRAND

92 Richard G. Peterson 2004 Brut Rosé, Napa Valley ($175)
Pale pink; rich and complex with deep, yeasty, toasty style; strawberry, raspberry and citrus notes; dense and showing spice and layers of flavor as well as seven years of lees aging; long, lush and juicy; made by superstar winemaker Dick Peterson, Heidi Barrett's father.

DESSERT WINES


88
Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Harvest Select Late Harvest Sweet Riesling, Columbia Valley ($10)
Juicy and bright with sweetness and racy acidity; creamy, pure and lovely.
STE. MICHELLE WINE ESTATES

94 Steele Wines 2006 Late Harvest Chardonnay, Sangiacomo Vineyard, Carneros ($28/375 ml.)
Dark gold; creamy and bright with juicy, toasted caramel; rich, balanced and intensely sweet with a good dose of acid structure; long and balanced.

The "twisty" icon denotes wines sealed with screwcap.

THE TASTING PANEL, 17203 Ventura Blvd, Ste. 5, Encino, CA 91316
Content ©2014 THE TASTING PANEL magazine. All rights reserved