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

by: Anthony Dias Blue


88 Alta Maria Winery and Vineyards 2010 Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley ($28)
Tangy and bright with juicy cherry and raspberry fruit; clean, lively and balanced.

94 Alysian 2010 Pinot Noir, Hallberg Vineyard, Crossroads, Russian River Valley ($55)
Elegant and lovely with silky texture and bright cherry fruit; great depth and complexity but totally seamless and of a piece; beautiful notes of spice, oak and berries; long and stunning.

88 Amalie Robert Estate 2008 Pinot Noir, Estate Selection, Willamette Valley ($50)
Smooth and lush with deep flavors of cherry and plum; juicy and soft with balance and style.

88 Amity Vineyards 2010 Estate Pinot Noir, Single Vineyard, Willamette Valley ($40)
Clean and smooth with soft cherry and ripe fruit; juicy and balanced, long and stylish.

90 Atticus 2010 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley ($24)
Smooth and lush with lovely black cherry and spice with elegance and depth; juicy, fresh and elegant; long, rich and balanced.

90 August West 2011 Pinot Noir, Rosella's Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands ($45)
Silky and focused with vibrant cherry fruit and good depth; tangy, supple and elegant; long and balanced.

89 August West 2011 Pinot Noir, Graham Family Vineyard, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County ($45)
Lush and earthy with dense cherry fruit and spice; long and balanced.

88 August West 2011 Pinot Noir, Sierra Mar Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands ($45)
Smooth, spicy and dense with earth, cherry and flesh; complex and rich.

88 August West 2011 Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands ($32)
Silky and fresh with delicate, nuanced flavors of cherry and spice; long and charmng.

87 August West 2011 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County ($32)
Silky and fresh with floral notes and smooth cherry fruit; long and earthy.

90 Black Kite Cellars 2010 Pinot Noir, River Turn Vineyard, Anderson Valley ($55)
Juicy and fresh with tangy cherry and spice; dense and complex with ripe cherry and loganberry; rich and long.

88 Brandborg Vineyard & Winery 2009 Pinot Noir, Bench Lands Vineyard, Umpqua Valley ($22)
Pale and lush with bright cherry fruit and tangy acidity; juicy and long with dense flavors and smooth texture; long and balanced.

91 Brooks Wines 2010 Janus Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley ($35)
Lush and smooth with bright cherry, juicy acidity and lovely balance; fresh and pure with racy style and excellent depth; long, charming and stylish.

87 Buccio 2010 Pinot Noir, Carneros ($24)
Smooth and dense, silky and ripe with rich cherry fruit and spice; long and balanced.

LOCATION, ELEVATION & SLOPE

90 Byron 2011 Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley ($29)
Smooth, silky and bright with bright cherry and raspberry; fresh and balanced with lovely structure and depth.
JACKSON FAMILY WINES

91 Carabella Vineyards 2010 Pinot Noir, Estate, Chehalem Mountains ($37)
Spicy and crisp with pure, tangy black cherry and bright, racy acidity; charming, elegant and showing subtle oak and long flavors.

91 Chateau St. Jean 2010 Pinot Noir, Reserve, Sonoma County ($65)
Smooth and ripe with sweet black cherry fruit and velvety texture; balanced, complex and seamless with elegance and depth; long and stylish.

TREASURY WINE ESTATES

90 Cooper Mountain Vineyards 2011 Estate Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley ($25)
Tangy and juicy with silky texture and bright cherry fruit; lively and crisp with purity and depth; long and balanced.
Biodynamic.

88 Dierberg Vineyards 2009 Pinot Noir, Estate, Sta. Rita Hills ($44)
Dark, rich and intense with black cherry and spice notes; smooth and concentrated with a good acid structure; powerful and deep.

90 Dierberg Vineyards 2009 Pinot Noir, Estate, Santa Maria Valley ($42)
Silky and smooth with sleek cherry and notes of spice and earth; fresh and balanced.

89 Dobbes Family Estate 2010 Pinot Noir, Grand Assemblage, Willamette Valley ($28)
Silky smooth and ripe with juicy cherry and tangy acidity; bright and lively with balance, style and good length.

87 Dobbes Family Estate 2010 Jovino Pinot Noir, Oregon ($24)
Juicy and bright with tangy red cherry fruit and tangy acidity; balanced, long and quite lively.

91 Domaine Chandon 2010 Pinot Noir, Carneros ($35)
Smooth, lush with depth and ripe cherry with nice vanilla oak; good acid structure and balance; fresh and supple, long and charming
MOËT HENNESSY USA

88 Dutton-Goldfield 2011 Pinot Noir, Dutton Ranch, Russian River Valley ($40)
Tangy and juicy with bright cherry and silky texture; bright cherry and lively acidity.

87 Firesteed Vineyard 2010 Pinot Noir, Oregon ($17)
Pale and juicy with tangy cherry, silky texture and bright, juicy plum fruit; long and balanced.

91 Gary Farrell 2010 Pinot Noir, Russian River Selection, Russian River Valley ($42)
Smooth and lush with bright cherry fruit and juicy acidity; vivid and lively with fresh flavors and charming style.
VINCRAFT GROUP

 

91
Gloria Ferrer 2010 Estate Pinot Noir, Carneros ($27)
Lush and ripe with sweet cherry and a hint of oak; spicy and smooth with fine acid structure and a long, fresh finish.
FREIXENET

87 Johan Vineyards 2009 Estate Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley ($28)
Juicy and bright with cherry, spice and herbs; clean, balanced and aromatic; long and clean.

88 Kenwood Vineyards 2011 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley ($18)
Fresh, juicy and bright with notes of cherry, spice and tangy acidity; lively, balanced and long.
F. KORBEL & BROS.

92 La Crema 2011 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley ($40)
Lush and concentrated with black cherry, sweet oak and rich spice; juicy, velvety texture and long, ripe flavors; classic RRV and loaded with charm.
JACKSON FAMILY WINES

87 Lincourt Vineyards 2010 Pinot Noir, Lindsay's Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills ($30)
Smooth and spicy with bright cherry and silky texture; long and balanced, clean and fresh.

FOLEY FAMILY WINES

88 Lost Canyon Winery 2010 Pinot Noir, Saralee's Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($45)
Smooth and balanced with bright cherry fruit and elegant flavors; long and medium weight; juicy and long.

89 Lost Canyon Winery 2010 Pinot Noir, Morelli Lane Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($45)
Silky and juicy with bright cherry and tangy acidity; decent but not quite.

88 Lost Canyon Winery 2010 Pinot Noir, Goff-Whitton Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($45)
Bright and juicy with tangy cherry and simple, lively flavors; fresh and balanced.

88 Mac Murray 2010 Pinot Noir, MacMurray Ranch, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County ($27)
Silky and sleek with bright cherry fruit and notes of earth; nice depth and velvety texture, smooth and balanced with fresh juicy style; floral notes and good length.
E&J GALLO

93 MacPhail 2010 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast ($39)
Silky and juicy with tangy acidity and lovely fresh cherry and raspberry; lively, balanced and complex with bright, fresh flavors and a long finish.

HESS FAMILY ESTATES

88 MacRostie 2009 Pinot Noir, Wildcat Mountain Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($40)
Smooth, fresh and minerally with earth and spice notes; ripe cherry, long and balanced.

89 Marimar Estate 2009 Stony Block Pinot Noir, Don Miguel Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($47)
Smooth and lush with cherry, earth and spice; long and deep, rich and balanced. Unfiltered.

91 Marimar Estate 2009 Mas Cavalls Pinot Noir, Doña Margarita Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($44)
Smooth and dense with lovely black cherry and spice; bright, juicy and balanced with tangy acidity and vibrant flavors. Unfiltered.

92 Marimar Estate 2009 Chico's Run Pinot Noir, Doña Margarita Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($48)
Silky and smooth with toasty oak and tangy cherry; juicy acidity, bright, vibrant flavors; long and luscious.  Unfiltered
 

88 Mercy 2010 Pinot Noir, Griva Vineyard, Arroyo Seco ($38)
Smooth and ripe with bright cherry and plum fruit; juicy and fresh with depth, style and finesse; soft vanilla oak, long and elegant.

87 Mercy 2010 Pinot Noir, Zabala Vineyard, Arroyo Seco ($38)
Juicy and dense with herbal notes and ripe black cherry; clean and earthy, long and balanced.



94
Merry Edwards 2010 Pinot Noir, Meredith Estate, Russian River Valley ($57)
Silky and smooth with elegant flavors of bright cherry, strawberry and spice; juicy and fresh with vibrant, long flavors.

90 Merry Edwards 2010 Pinot Noir, Klopp Ranch, Russian River Valley ($57)
Dense and concentrated, rich and intense; meaty and rich with earth and spice.

92 Merry Edwards 2010 Pinot Noir, Flax Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($54)
Bright black cherry and spice with juicy, racy flavors and good depth; tangy, long and intense; balanced and vibrant.

89 Merry Edwards 2010 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley ($45)
Dark and lush with ripe black cherry and silky texture; ripe and dense with intensity and balance; powerful and spicy.

88 Merry Edwards 2010 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast ($39)
Smooth and lush with sweet oak and ripe cherry fruit; dense and balanced.

88 Murphy-Goode Winery 2011 Pinot Noir, California ($15)
Smooth and silky with juicy cherry and plum fruit; tangy and balanced with a long, lively finish.

JACKSON FAMILY ESTATES

88 Native 9 2009 Pinot Noir, Rancho Ontiveros Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara County ($64)
Dense and smoky with toasted cherry and roasted meat; deep, lush and extracted; rich and long.

88 Pali Wine Co 2011 Alphabets Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley ($21)
Sleek and juicy with nice grip and bright cherry; long and balanced with style and finesse.

87 Parducci 2010 Pinot Noir Reserve, Anderson Valley, Mendocino County ($33)
Silky and bright with cherry, spice and soft oak; clean, fresh and juicy with good length and balance.

92 Patton Valley Vineyards 2010 Estate Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley ($38)
Dense and rich with black cherry and plum fruit; excellent acid structure and complex with style and depth; lovely and long.

89 Paul Dolan Vineyards 2010 Pinot Noir, FiliGreen, Anderson Valley, Mendocino County ($33)
Smooth and silky with juicy red cherry and blackberry; deep, graceful and long.
Biodynamic.

87 Paul Dolan Vineyards 2010 Pinot Noir, Potter Valley, Mendocino County ($30)
Smooth, ripe and juicy with ripe cherry and fleshy notes; balanced and long.

 

90
Pence Ranch 2010 Estate Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County ($30)
Dark, smooth and juicy with black cherry and bright acidity; clean and balanced with nice depth and rich texture; long and charming.

91 Pfendler Vineyards 2011 Estate Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast ($45)
Silky and juicy with bright cherry and berry fruit; tangy and vibrant with lively acidity; long and balanced, elegant.

87 Robert Mondavi 2011 Pinot Noir, Carneros, Napa Valley ($26)
Juicy and fresh with spice and tangy acidity; clean, balanced and lively.

CONSTELLATION WINES U.S.

88 Rodney Strong 2011Estate Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County ($25)
Bright and smooth with silky texture and nice cherry fruit with tangy acid structure; fresh and long.
KLEIN FAMILY VINEYARDS

 

91 Sokol Blosser Winery 2009 Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills ($45)
Silky and bright with cherry, spice and soft oak; lovely acid structure and excellent balance; elegant and racy with depth and lift.

TERLATO WINES INTERNATIONAL

92 Sokol Blosser Winery 2010 Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills ($38)
Bright and racy with lovely structure, juicy acidity and crisp cherry fruit with nice hints of mushroom; long, elegant and nervy with vibrant flavors and a balanced approach.

TERLATO WINES INTERNATIONAL

92 Sokol Blosser Winery 2010 Pinot Noir, Big Tree Block, Dundee Hills ($70)
Bright and intense with elegant structure and lovely texture; bright cherry, plum and spice; complex, vivid and balanced with fine length.

TERLATO WINES INTERNATIONAL

88 Talley Vineyards 2011 Pinot Noir, Bishop's Peak, San Luis Obispo County ($20)
Bright, clean and edgy with pale color, tangy acidity with notes of cherry fruit and fresh, lively style; juicy and crisp with balance and depth.

89 Ten Acre 2010 Pinot Noir, Stephens Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($55)
Juicy and fresh with tangy acidity, flesh and earth; dense and long.

90 Thorne Wine 2009 Pinot Noir, Rio Vista Vineyard, St. Rita Hills ($36)
Bright and fresh with juicy acidity and crisp red cherry fruit; elegant, subtle and balanced with good length and style; clean and supple.

89 Transcendence Wines 2009 Pinot Noir, Babcock Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills ($45)
Spicy and earthy with ripe berry fruit and flesh; dense and balanced withintensity and good length.

88 Truchard Vineyards 2010 Pinot Noir, Carneros, Napa Valley ($35)
Fresh and clean with smooth texture and depth; juicy and rich with style and decent flavors.

88 Union Wine Co. 2011 Pinot Noir, Kings Ridge, Willamette Valley ($18)
Pale and silky with racy fruit and tangy raspberry fruit; some green notes and good balance.

91 Vineyard 29 2011 Pinot Noir, Cru, Willamette Valley ($54)
Silky and bright with restrained flavors and tangy red cherry fruit; juicy, lively and nervy.

88 Wild Horse 2009 Pinot Noir, Cheval Sauvage, Santa Maria Valley ($60)
Silky and smooth with juicy acidity and toasted cherry fruit; decent and complex.
CONSTELLATION WINES U.S.

The "twisty" symbol indicates wines closed with screwcap.

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