Tasting Panel June 2013 Newsletter

Blue Reviews EXTRA! June 2013

By: Anthony Dias Blue

WHITES

SAUVIGNON BLANC

90 Heritance 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley ($24)
Ripe, bright and tropical with ripe fruit and notes of smoke and spice; balanced, peachy and juicy; crisp yet quite full, long and smooth. 88% Sauvignon Blanc, 12% Roussanne

CHARDONNAY

90 Morgan Winery 2011 Chardonnay, Highland, Santa Lucia Highlands ($27)
Silky and smooth with ripe pear fruit and tangy, juicy acidity; balanced, cohesive and showing notes of sweet vanilla oak; long and stylish.

88 J. L. Giguiere 2011 Chardonnay, Músque Clone No. 809, Dunnigan Hills ($16)
Smooth and creamy with ripe juicy tropical fruit and spice; lush and long with an idiosyncratic style. 
CREW WINE COMPANY

 
93 Paul Hobbs 2011 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley ($47)
Bright and lively with ripe pear and tangy, racy acidity; silky and elegant with soft notes of spice and lovely depth; lovely, long and seamless.

91 Patz & Hall 2010 Chardonnay, Hyde Vineyard, Carneros, Napa Valley ($58)
Creamy and lush with vanilla and butterscotch; tangy and crisp with ripe tropical fruit and notes of toasty oak; long, dense and rich.

90 Ridge Vineyards 2011 Chardonnay, Monte Bello Estate, Santa Cruz Mountains ($45)
Intense, rich and ripe with smooth minerals and creamy texture; dense, juicy and balanced with lovely style. 

91 Shafer Vineyards 2011 Chardonnay, Red Shoulder Ranch, Carneros, Napa Valley ($50)
Creamy and toasty with juicy, ripe flavors of tropical fruit and spice; a tangy core of acidity gives it structure; long and balanced.

93 Franciscan 2011 Chardonnay, Cuvée Sauvage, Carneros, Napa Valley ($40)
Bright and juicy with citrus, vanilla and bracing acidity; racy, pure and showing toasty oak and lovely balance; a great wine at a terrific price; natural yeast fermentation. 
CONSTELLATION WINES U.S.

92 Rusack Vineyards 2011 Chardonnay, Reserve, Santa Maria Valley ($32)
Smooth and lush with vanilla and honey, notes of pineapple and citrus; silky and elegant, bright and showing great finesse; long and lovely.

88 Irony 2011 Chardonnay, Small Lot Reserve, Monterey County ($14)
Silky and bright with lively fruit and clean flavors of minerals and ripe pear; juicy acidity and good balance. 
DFV WINES
91 Stoller Vineyards 2011 Chardonnay, Reserve, Estate, Dundee Hills ($35)
Silky and pure with lovely citrus and green apple; long and racy with lovely linear style; bright minerals and finesse; long and tangy.

88 Pepi 2011 Chardonnay, California ($10)
Ripe, smooth and creamy with vanilla and tropical fruits; clean, juicy and fresh with lush flavors and a long, balanced finish. 
O'NEILL VINTNERS
 
92 Hunnicutt 2011 Chardonnay, Rancho Sarco Vineyard, Napa Valley ($45)
Silky and juicy with tangy, elegant flavors of white peach and pear; nicely integrated oak and a seamless style; bright and lovely with nice touches of oak.

88 Marimar Estate 2011 Acero Unoaked Chardonnay, Don Miguel Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($29)
Bright citrus notes with silky texture; fresh and lively; organic. 

90 Être Wines 2010 Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast ($28)
Creamy and lush with a firm acid structure and no ML; no oak and yet very rich and complex; aromatic, long and balanced. 5% Marsanne, 5% Roussanne, 5% Vernentino.

92 Saxon Brown Wines 2009 Chardonnay, Durell Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($48)
Silky and juicy with lovely hazelnut and vanilla; bright, tangy acidity and lovely balance; long and mellow.
 
93 D. R. Stephens Estate 2011 Chardonnay, Rutherford, Napa Valley ($50)
Bright and tangy with lovely acid structure and deep, rich fruit; juicy and racy with vibrant flavors and excellent balance; long and showing great finesse.

MISC WHITES VARIETALS

90 Astrolabe Winery 2012 Pinot Gris, Province, Marlborough ($23)
Aromatic and bright with juicy citrus and tangy acidity; intense, lively and balanced. 96% Pinot Gris, 4% Gewurztraminer
USA WINE WEST

88 Waitsburg Cellars 2012 Pinot Gris, The Aromatics; Old Vine, Columbia Valley ($15)
Silky, juicy and fresh with citrus and rounded flavors of melon and spice; lush and ripe.  TWISTY

88 Waitsburg Cellars 2012 The Aromatics: Chevray Old Vine Chenin Blanc, Columbia Valley ($17)

Smooth, ripe and creamy with fresh, mellow fruit and good acid structure; lush, balanced and rich. 

89
Waitsburg Cellars 2012 The Aromatics: Old Vine Riesling, Columbia Valley ($15)

Smooth, sweet and juicy with generous flavors of peach and apricot; luscious, long and bright; creamy and rich. 

88 Casal Garcia NV Vinho Verde, Portugal ($8)
Crisp and spritzy with bright raspberry and tangy acidity; dry, juicy and bracing; long and tangy. Trajadura, Loureiro, Arinto, Azal.
AVELEDA

REDS

CABERNET SAUVIGNON

91 Sequoia Grove Vineyards 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($Silky and smooth with juicy plum, black raspberry and soft spice; bright and supple with clean, balanced flavors; long and vivid with lifted flavors and a hint of herbs.
KOBRAND CORP.

93 Paul Hobbs 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($80)
Smooth and supple with lovely balance and ripe plum, blueberry and spice; juicy, rich and lively with vibrant flavors and notes of sweet oak; long, balanced and elegant.

 
90 Heritance 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($36)
Dense and rich with mocha, smoke and velvety texture; juicy and black spices with blueberry and soft herbs; smooth and velvety; long and balanced. 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot.

91 Purlieu 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($80)
Smooth and lush with spice, blackberry and cassis; rich, long and balanced.

89 Purlieu 2010 Le Pich Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($45)
Earthy, bright and spicy with lively acidity and good balance.

PINOT NOIR
91 Dunstan Wines 2010 Pinot Noir, Durell Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($50)
Silky, smooth and juicy with toasty oak, lush cherry and tangy acidity; complex and charming with depth and lovely structure; long and balanced.

90 Morgan Winery 2011 Pinot Noir, Double L Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands ($54)
Dense, rich and luscious with ripe black cherry and blueberry; smooth, velvety and balanced with good acid structure and a long, mellow finish.

90 Adelaida Cellars 2010 Pinot Noir, HMR Vineyard, Paso Robles ($40)
Silky and smooth with bright acidity and fresh cherry fruit; tangy and nervy with elegance and lovely flavors; spicy, long and balanced.

91 Wild Horse 2010 Pinot Noir, Cheval Sauvage, Santa Maria Valley ($60)
Lush and tangy with juicy cherry and raspberry; good acid structure and spice; supple and deep with balance and style. 
CONSTELLATION WINES U.S.

91 Robert Mondavi 2011 Pinot Noir Reserve, Carneros, Napa Valley ($60)
Silky and elegant with deep black cherry and spice; juicy and balanced with a long, attractive finish. 
CONSTELLATION WINES U.S.

91 Patz & Hall 2010 Pinot Noir, Pisoni Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands ($85)
Smooth, ripe and lush with sweet black cherry, lovely spice and meaty notes; dense and very rich; big, intense and robust.
 
92 Maggy Hawk 2009 Unforgettable Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley ($65)
Lush and deep with elegance and balance; lovely cherry and spice with notes of earth and subtle sweet oak; complex and lovely.

90 Maggy Hawk 2009 Hawkster Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley ($65)
Smooth and meaty with ripe cherry and juicy acidity; dense and rich with notes of earth and minerals; long and balanced.

91 Maggy Hawk 2009 Afleet Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley ($65)
Smooth and lush with velvety texture and tangy cherry and berry fruit; good acid structure and complexity with depth, balance and elegance.

91 Rusack Vineyards 2011 Pinot Noir Reserve, Sta. Rita Hills ($40)
Dark and smooth with bright, tangy acidity and lovely black cherry; juicy and crisp with excellent acid structure and a long, rich finish.
 
93 Cobb 2009 Pinot Noir, Coastlands Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($70)
Smooth and spicy with tangy acidity and ripe black cherry and cassis; vibrant and juicy with pure flavors and lovely balance; stylish and classic.

93 Cobb 2009 Pinot Noir, Jack Hill Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($70)
Silky and bright with vibrant flavors of cherry, strawberry and tangy acidity; lovely balance, deep, elegant and complex; smooth and bright with vivid flavors and seamless style.

90 Heritance 2011 Pinot Noir, Stanly Ranch, Carneros, Napa Valley ($45)
Bright and crisp with juicy cherry and spice; racy and showing firm acidity and fresh flavors; balanced, layered and tangy; lovely red fruit and good structure.

90 Marimar Estate 2009 Pinot Noir, Don Miguel Vineyard, Earthquake Block, Russian River Valley ($47)
Smooth and ripe with black cherry, raspberry and spice; fleshy, dense and balanced with a long, lush finish. Unfiltered.

89 Saxon Brown Wines 2009 Pinot Noir, Parmelee-Hill Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($42)
Rich and earthy nose; smooth and elegant with bright cherry and spice; minerals, velvety texture and fine balance; long, complex and stylish.

91 Saxon Brown Wines 2008 Pinot Noir, Durell Vineyard, Hayfield Block, Sonoma Coast ($48)
Ripe and rich with lovely black cherry and spice; smooth, mellow and brightly balanced; tangy and elegant, long and stylish.
 
92 D. R. Stephens Estate 2011 Pinot Noir, Silver Eagle Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($65)
Bright and racy with lovely, crisp acidity and smooth cherry fruit; notes of brown sugar, spice and soft oak; long and elegant.

88 Steele Wines 2010 Writer's Block Syrah, Lake County ($15)
Smooth and meaty with spice, blackberry and toasty oak; tangy, bright acidity and lush texture; long, ripe and nicely balanced. 92% Syrah, 4% Grenache, 2% Counoise, 2% Mourvèdre.

ITALIAN WINES 

 
94 Il Poggione 2007 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Paganelli, Italy ($115) Rich and deep with intense plum and blackberry fruit; complex, earthy and deep with lovely acidity and balance; concentrated and ripe; lovely texture and vivid flavors; stunning. 
TERLATO WINES INTERNATIONAL

90 Il Poggione 2011 Rosso di Montalcino Riserva, Italy ($25)
Smooth and bright with tangy plum and blackberry; lush, balanced and  vibrant; long and fresh, juicy and long. 
TERLATO WINES INTERNATIONAL

90 Masseria Li Veli 2008 Pezzo Morgana Negroamaro Riserva, Salice Salentino, Italy ($20)
Smooth and dense with flesh, ripe boysenberries and plum; rich, vivid and intense with good balance and depth; long and stylish. 
DALLA TERRA

ZINFANDEL

89 Saxon Brown Wines 2008 Zinfandel, Parmelee-Hill, Stonewall Block, Sonoma Valley ($38)
Ripe and dense with nice balance and ripe blackberry and cassis; juicy, smooth and notes of vanilla and spice; long and harmonious.

92 Saxon Brown Wines 2009 Zinfandel, Fighting Brothers Cuvée, Sonoma Valley ($40)
Dark and dense with ripe blackberry, bing cherry and lots of spice; rich and deep with berries and juicy summer fruit; brown sugar and lovely balance. Bits of Mourvèdre, Petite Sirah, etc.

MISC. BLENDS
88 Bogle Vineyards 2010 Essential Old Vine Red, California ($11)
Dense, rich and earthy with spice, dense plum and cassis; juicy, deep and lush. Old Vine Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah.

91 Buty Winery 2009 Columbia Rediviva, Phinny Hill Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills ($50)
Smooth, dense and spicy with smooth, rich plum and blackberry; ripe, juicy and showing back plum, cherry and cassis; long and balanced. 76% Cabernet Sauvignon,  24% Syrah.

 
90 Hunnicutt 2010 CUTT Fearless Red, Napa Valley ($42)
Dark and dense with smooth texture and ripe flavors; velvety and showing blackberry, blueberry and cassis; rich and long. 58% Petite Sirah, 26% Zinfandel, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc.

89 Kendall-Jackson 2010 Summation Vintner's Reserve, California ($17)
Smooth and juicy with bright plum, raspberry and spice; tangy acidity and fresh flavors; long and intense with charm and depth. 36% Syrah, 34% Zinfandel, 19% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petite Sirah, 3% other varieties.

90 Marimar Estate 2009 Syrah-Tempranillo, Don Miguel Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($45)
Smooth and juicy with ripe plum and raspberry; tangy and balanced with clean, vibrant flavors; long and fresh. 80% Syrah, 20% Tempranillo. Unfiltered.

88 Marqués de Cáceres 2009 Rioja Crianza, Spain ($15)
Smooth and juicy with raspberry and medium weight flavors; fresh, tangy and balanced with good structure and length. 85% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacha Tinta and Graciano.
VINEYARD BRANDS

90 Three Rivers Winery 2011 River's Red, Columbia Valley ($14)
Smooth and velvety with ripe plum, blackberry and juicy acidity; deep, lush and seamless with lovely texture and style; long and rich. 55% Merlot, 24% Syrah, 21% Cabernet Franc.
FOLEY FAMILY WINES

87 Waitsburg Cellars 2011 Three, Columbia Valley ($25)

Silky and smooth with modest fruit and good balance; clean, crisp and pleasant. 64% Merlot, 20% Malbec, 16% Mourvèdre.

ROSÉ
 
88 Bieler Père et Fils 2012 Sabine Rosé, Coteaux d'Aix en Provence, France ($12)
Bright and fresh with dry, juicy style; lively acidity and raspberry fruit; long and racy. 50% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon

89 Stoller Vineyards 2012 Estate Pinot Noir Rosé, Dundee Hills ($20)
Racy and tangy with bright acidity and smooth texture; fresh, nervy and balanced with lovely raspberry flavors.  

89 Tablas Creek 2012 Dianthus, Paso Robles ($27)
Juicy, bright and tangy with lush flavors of raspberry and plum; spicy, fresh and balanced. 60% Mourvèdre, 25% Grenache, 15% Counoise.
VINEYARD BRANDS

88 Vina Robles 2012 Roseum Syrah Rosé, Huerhuero Vineyard, Paso Robles ($13)
Silky and crisp with tangy berry fruit and a long, fresh spicy finish; dense and flavorful.

88 Pedroncelli Winery 2012 Signature Selection Dry Zinfandel Rosé, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County ($12)
Smooth, fresh and juicy with bright raspberry fruit and tangy acidity; long and balanced.

PORT
90 Quinta da Romaneira 2011 Porto, Portugal ($79)

Smooth, bright, ripe, and deep with spice and balance; elegant. 80% Touriga Nacional,  15% Touriga Francesa, 5% Tinto Cão.
 VISION WINE AND SPIRITS

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