Tasting Panel May 2013 Newsletter

Blue Reviews EXTRA! May 2013

By: Anthony Dias Blue



88 House Wine 2012 Fish House Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Valley ($10)

A burst of peach on the palate; juicy, bright and a wee bit sweet but loaded with tangy acid and personality.

88 Waterbrook Winery 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Valley ($11)

Crisp and bright with tangy acidity and ripe peach and citrus; fresh, nervy and juicy.

87 Soleca 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, 3 Generaciones, Central Valley, Chile ($12)

Clean, fresh and bright with lime and hints of pineapple; bracing and long.

88 Boekenhoutskloof 2012 Porcupine Ridge Sauvignon Blanc, Western Cape, South Africa ($13)

Smooth and grassy with clean flavors of citrus and spice; fresh and juicy with depth, style and good length.

89 Fairview 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Darling, South Africa ($13)
Clean, bright and peachy with notes of tropical fruit; crisp and tangy, fresh and balanced; long and juicy.

88 Mohua 2012  Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand ($13)

Stony, minerally with lime, citrus peel and gooseberry; spice and silky texture; long and stylish.

90 Neil Ellis Wines 2012 Sincerely Sauvignon Blanc, Western Cape, South Africa ($14)

Brisk, tangy and generous with peach and tropical fruit; fresh and long, charming.

88 Westerly Wines 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara ($20)

Fresh and smooth with peach fruit and tangy acidity; juicy and crisp with a long, bright finish. 96% Sauvignon Blanc, 4% Semillon.

90 Silverado Vineyards 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Miller Ranch, Napa Valley ($22)
Smooth, lush and silky with citrus fruit and bracing acidity; juicy, balanced and long; elegant and complex. 98% Sauvignon Blanc, 2% Semillon.

91 Grgich Hills 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, Dry, Estate, Napa Valley ($30)
Silky and bright with generous tropical fruit and tangy acidity; juicy, fresh and minerally with balance and good length.

90 Merry Edwards 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, Russian River Valley ($32)
Smooth and ripe with creamy texture and lush, ripe flavors of fruit, spice with hints of oak; mellow, rich and deep; long and balanced.

91 St. Supery 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, Dollarhide Vineyard, Napa Valley ($35)

Smooth, mellow and bright with juicy peach and soft spices; a hint of vanilla oak and tangy citrus; complex, balanced and long.

88 Fairview 2012 Chenin Blanc, Darling, South Africa ($13)
Silky, juicy and showing pear fruit, minerals and bright acidity; smooth, lovely and long with excellent balance.


88 Bulletin Place 2012 Unoaked Chardonnay, South Eastern Australia ($10)
Sleek and minerally with tangy acidity and notes of ripe pear; juicy and dense, long and bright.

88 Tormaresca 2011 Chardonnay, Puglia. Italy ($12)
Fresh, clean and juicy; bright and racy with crisp citrus and lively acidity; a modern, balanced and charming wine. 90% Chardonnay, 10% Fiano.

87 Albamar 2012 Estate Chardonnay, Casablanca Valley, Chile ($12)

Bright, crisp and showing herbs and pear fruit; tangy acidity and fresh flavors.

88 Toad Hollow Vineyards 2011 Unoaked Chardonnay, Francine's Selection, Mendocino County ($15)

Bright and crisp with clean, fresh flavors of juicy melon and pear; lively and balanced with good length and style.

88 Kendall-Jackson 2011 Avant Chardonnay, California ($15)

Fresh and bright with generous fruit and notes of butterscotch; delicate and forward with balance and good acid structure; supple and long.

89 Kendall-Jackson 2011 Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay, California ($15)

America's most popular Chardonnay is smooth and creamy with ripe tropical fruit and tangy acidity; a lovely wine deserving of its fame.

88 Neil Ellis Wines 2012 Sincerely Chardonnay, Western Cape, South Africa ($15)
Racy and crisp with tangy citrus and juicy acidity; smooth texture, balanced and nervy with lovely style.

90 Gloria Ferrer 2010 Estate Chardonnay, Carneros ($18)

Smooth and creamy with lush texture and dense tropical fruit; rich, juicy and seamless; tangy with vanilla oak and a long finish. 

90 Byron 2011 Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley ($27)

Smooth, creamy and ripe showing vanilla and butterscotch; lush and deep with good acid structure; long and dense. 

90 Calera 2011 Chardonnay, Mt. Harlan ($30)
Smooth and silky with bright acidity and lush tropical fruit; soft oak, spice and elegant flavors; long and balanced.

90 Westerly Wines 2010 Chardonnay, Santa Barbara County ($35)
Lush and ripe with pear, spice and rich tropical fruit; juicy dense and balanced with fine acid structure; smooth and long.

90 Longoria Wines 2011 Chardonnay, Cuvée Diana, Sta. Rita Hills ($40)
Bright and juicy with racy acidity and crisp citrus fruit; precise and lively with fresh, lifted flavors; tangy, long and balanced.

91 Foley Estates 2010 Two Sisters Chardonnay, Courtney's Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills ($55)
Creamy and lush with dense, ripe fruit; toasty oak and smooth texture; crisp acidity and balance. 

91 Grgich Hills 2009 Carneros Selection Estate Chardonnay, Napa Valley ($75)

Smooth and juicy with generous fruit and fresh flavors; balanced, fresh and nicely textured; long and lovely.


89 Longoria Wines 2012 Pinot Grigio, Santa Barbara County ($19)
Fresh and minerally with bright apple and citrus fruit; long and balanced,  juicy and nervy; vibrant, long and crisp.

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.

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.

88 Aveleda 2012 Fonte Vinho Verde, Portugal ($8)

Smooth, spritzy and ripe with dense, juicy peach and citrus fruit; juicy and fresh, bracing and long.

88 Gallo Family Vineyards NV Moscato, Chile ($5)

Clean, sweet and juicy with a nice nervy style; fresh and charming with bright green apple acidity; lively and long. 


89 Fox Run Vineyards 2012 Finger Lakes, New York ($20)

Bright pink color; juicy, crisp and dry with smooth, clean fruit and tangy acidity; silky, fresh and balanced with lovely flavors and length. 95% Lemberger, 5% Riesling.

88 Toad Hollow Vineyards 2012 Eye of the Toad Dry Pinot Noir Rosé, Sonoma Coast ($13)

Beautiful pink color; fragrant, tangy and crisp with racy citrus and clean, pure flavors; bright, tart cherry and good length.




88 Sagelands Vineyard 2011 Freddie's Blend, Columbia Valley ($10)
Silky and smooth with ripe black raspberry and nice earthiness; juicy and tangy with balance and style. 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 16% Syrah, 1% Tempranillo.

92 Atalon 2010 Pauline's Cuvée, Napa Valley ($30)

Smooth and elegant with floral notes and lovely soft flavors of plum, black raspberry and cocoa; sweet vanilla oak and depth with fine balance and charming style. 77.1% Merlot, 13.7% Cabernet, 5.2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3.1% Malbec, 0.9% Petit Verdot.

89 Westerly Wines 2009 Panterra, Santa Ynez Valley ($40)

Smooth, lush and earthy with ripe plum and spice; rich, balanced and supple; dense and long. 64% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot.

92 St. Supery 2009 Élu, Napa Valley ($65)

Smooth and juicy with ripe plum, blackberry and spice; excellent acid structure and vibrant flavors; long, layered and complex with lovely style. 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec.

87 Grove Ridge 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, California ($10)
Clean, smooth and fleshy with ripe plum and good acid structure; fresh, bright and balanced.

90 Ghost Pines 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Winemaker's Blend, 70% Napa County, 30% Sonoma County ($23)

From Louis Martini; smooth and bright with juicy blackberry and dark cherry with toasted vanilla oak and spice; balanced, supple and long. 

90 St. Supéry 2009 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($30)

Smooth, lush and deep with ripe plum and cassis; bright, juicy and supple with vibrant flavors and good length.

90 Westerly Wines 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles ($40)

Bright and tangy with snappy plum and juicy raspberry; lively, deep and balanced; ripe and fleshy with style and finesse; long and lifted. 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petite Sirah.

92 Frank Family Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($50)

Velvety and luscious with bright plum and black raspberry fruit; supple, dense and tangy with lovely acid structure; rich and layered, long and balanced.

92 Jordan 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley ($53)

Lovely, enticing vanilla-tinged nose; supple, silky and juicy with bright plum and spicy notes; seamless and complex with elegance and notes of chocolate; after 40 years, still an icon. 19% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec.

90 Vineyard 29 2010 Cru Cabernet Sauvignon, St. Helena, Napa Valley ($54)

Fresh and silky with spice, herbs and bright plum; complex and juicy with clean, pure varietal flavors; precise, vibrant and focused. 7% Merlot, 4% Malbec, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc.

91 Cliff Lede 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District Vineyard, Napa Valley ($70)

Smooth and bright with plum, blackberry and spice; soft herbs, lush texture and ripe, balanced flavors; complex and long. 11% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot.

93 St. Supéry 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Dollarhide Vineyard, Napa Valley ($85)

Deep spicy nose; rich, velvety and deep with plum, blackberry and cassis; ripe with notes of spice, oak and licorice; long and luscious.

95 Silverado Vineyards 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Limited, Napa Valley ($150)
Lovely sweet raspberry nose; luscious and supple with beautiful plum and berry fruit; supple, complex and seamless with beautiful texture and vivid flavors; elegant, rich and quite exquisite.

92 St. Supéry 2010 Merlot, Rutherford Vineyard, Napa Valley ($50)

Smooth and tangy with bright plum, cherry and sweet oak; juicy, supple and elegant with bright acid structure and a long, balanced finish.

88 Albamar 2011 Estate Pinot Noir, Casablanca Valley.Chile ($14)

Smooth, ripe and showing earth, cherry and spice; clean and balanced; a pretty nice pinot for the price.

88 Six Degrees Cellars 2011 Pinot Noir, California ($14)

Tangy and bright with fresh cherry and racy acidity; clean, lively and fresh.

90 Raptor Ridge Winery 2011 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley ($25)

Silky and bright with juicy style, tangy flavors and racy acidity; crisp and nervy with cherry and lively style.

93 Raptor Ridge Winery 2010 Pinot Noir, Reserve, Willamette Valley ($38)

Smooth and juicy with bright, fresh raspberry and nervy cherry; bracing and delicious with Burgundian style and loads of charm.

88 Astrolabe Wines 2009 Pinot Noir, Voyage, Marlborough ($28 )

Nervy, juicy flavors of cherry and raspberry; fresh, racy and lifted with tangy style.

90 Frank Family Vineyards 2011 Pinot Noir, Carneros, Napa Valley ($35)

Smooth and soft texture with black cherry and tangy acidity; bright, lively and balanced; fresh, crisp and complex; long and supple.

91 Breggo Cellars 2011 Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley ($38)

Silky and smooth with elegant flavors of cherry and raspberry; fresh, lively and showing bright acidity; juicy and charming.

90 Foley Estates 2010 Pinot Noir, Lindsay's Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills ($40)

Smooth and luscious with ripe cherry and deep flavors; long, dense and juicy; charming. 

92 One Hope Wine 2011 Pinot Noir Reserve, Napa Valley ($40)

Bright ruby color; smooth cherry nose; fresh, pretty cherry and raspberry fruit with a firm acid structure; elegant, vibrant and balanced with a clean, spicy, juicy finish. $9 goes to charity.

90 Calera 2010 Pinot Noir, de Villiers Vineyard, Mt. Harlan ($42)
Bright and elegant with lovely cherry fruit, lively acidity and racy style; fresh and charming.

90 Calera 2010 Pinot Noir, Ryan Vineyard, Mt. Harlan ($42)Smooth, lush and ripe with juicy black cherry and flesh; rich, complex and balanced.

90 Calera 2010 Pinot Noir, Mills Vineyard, Mt. Harlan ($48)

Crisp and silky with bright cherry fruit and bright acidity; fresh, spicy and long with elegance and style.

93 Calera 2010 Pinot Noir, Jensen Vineyard, Mt. Harlan ($75)

Silky and fresh with bright cherry and notes of earth; smooth, complex and elegant; long and balanced.

91 Calera 2010 Pinot Noir, Reed Vineyard, Mt. Harlan ($55)

Lush and ripe with tangy acidity, bright cherry and spice; smooth, balanced and long.

91 Longoria Wines 2010 Pinot Noir, Fe Ciega Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills ($48)

Deep ruby color; lush and dense with black cherry and plum fruit; rich and tangy with black cherry and cassis; long, smooth and balanced.

92 Van Duzer Vineyards 2010 Pinot Noir, Homestead Block, Willamette Valley ($55)
Silky and elegant with bright raspberry and lively acidity; supple, nervy and quite charming; lovely texture and a long, delicious finish.

91 Van Duzer Vineyards 2010 Pinot Noir, Flagpole Block, Willamette Valley ($55)

Rich and deep with black cherry and spice; tangy and fresh with juicy acidity and good length; smooth and ripe.

93 Foley Estates 2010 Two Sisters Pinot Noir, Lindsay's Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills ($75)
Smooth and ripe with juicy cherry fruit and deep flavors; lively and fresh. 

Rhône Varietals and Blends/Pinotage

90 Standing Sun Wines 2010 S&M Blend, Santa Barbara County ($34)

Ripe and smooth with juicy black raspberry and plum; dense, rich and nicely balanced with depth and generous flavors; long and stylish. Syrah, Mourvèdre.

90 Fess Parker 2010 The Big Easy, Santa Barbara County ($49)

Lush and smooth with ripe plum and blackberry fruit; supple and generous with dense flavors and medium weight;  rich and layered with spice and fleshy fruit; long and balanced. 66% Syrah, 19% Petite Sirah, 15% Grenache.

92 Angove 2010 Warboys Shiraz-Grenache, McLaren Vale, Australia ($65)

Spicy nose; juicy and bright with tangy black raspberry and cherry fruit; racy and fresh with spice and tangy style; long and vibrant with lots of charm and lively style. 60% Shiraz, 40% Grenache

92 Angove 2010 Warboys Grenache, McLaren Vale, Australia ($65)
Smooth and spicy with bright raspberry, cherry and notes of mint; lush and tangy with vivid fruit and lovely flavors; long, balanced and stylish.

88 Bulletin Place 2012 Shiraz, South Eastern Australia ($10)

Smooth and fresh with bright blackberry and plum; juicy, bright and showing good acid structure; long and balanced.

88 MAN Vintners 2011 Shiraz, Coastal Region, South Africa ($11)

Smooth and juicy with bright black raspberry and spice; medium-body and some nice herbal complexity; balanced and long.

91 Yangarra 2010 Shiraz, McLaren Vale, Australia ($25)

Deep, smooth and juicy with rich blackberry and cassis; bright, tangy and nicely structured; seamless, intense and nicely balanced; long and stylish.

88 MAN Vintners 2011 Pinotage, Coastal Region, South Africa ($11)

Smooth, bright and juicy with ripe blackberry and raspberry fruit; fresh and dense with some earthy notes; long and lively with balance and charm.

91 Fairview 2010 Primo Pinotage, Paarl, South Africa ($29)

Dense, ripe and smoky with ripe blackberry and plum; juicy and bright, lively and vibrant; supple, balanced and long. 


90 Tenuta di Arceno 2010 Chianti Classico, Italy ($20)

Silky, fresh and ripe with lovely plum, black raspberry and spice;  dense, rich and elegant with vibrant flavors and lovely balance; long and focused. 80% Sangiovese, 19% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Sauvignon

88 Masseria Li Veli 2010 Primonero, Salento IGT, Italy ($10)

Smooth and clean with juicy black raspberry and blueberry fruit; good acid structure and bright, long flavors; balanced and tangy. 85% Negroamaro, 15% Primitivo.

88 Masseria Li Veli 2010 Passamante, Salice Salentino, Italy ($12)

Smooth, lush and dense with fleshy plum and black currant fruit; rich, earthy and complex; long and balanced with velvety texture.

90 Badia a Coltibuono 2009 Chianti Classico, Italy ($20)

Deep ruby color; lush and juicy with ripe black raspberry and spice; tangy and fresh, nervy and balanced.

89 Clos LaChance 2010 Zinfandel, Estate, Central Coast ($15)

Smooth, ripe and juicy with black raspberry fruit and good acid structure; lush and bright, fresh. 89% Zinfandel, 11% Petite Sirah.

88 Steele Wines 2010 Writer's Block Zinfandel, Lake County ($15)

Meaty and ripe with rich blackberry and spice; earthy, dense and lush, deep and long. 94% Zinfandel, 6% Petit Sirah.

90 Artezin 2011 Zinfandel, Mendocino County ($18)

Juicy, ripe and generous with tangy acidity and gobs of black raspberry;  vibrant, fresh and clean with long, zesty fruit. 90% Zinfandel, 10% Petite Sirah.

90 Artezin 2010 Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley ($25)

Smooth and juicy with lively edgy acidity and fresh raspberry fruit; lively and silky with tangy style; long and balanced. 96% Zinfandel, 3% Petite Sirah, 1% Syrah.

90 Mettler Family Vineyards 2010 Epicenter Old Vine Zinfandel, Lodi ($20)

Juicy and dense with ripe black raspberry; smooth and sweet with lovely flavors of vanilla and spice; long and rich. 83% Zinfandel, 13% Petite Sirah, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon.

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