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

by: Anthony Dias Blue

WHITES

Sauvignon Blanc
90 Guenoc Estate 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, California ($10)
Fresh, juicy and tropical with crisp flavors of citrus, pineapple and nectarine; silky, bright and balanced with a long, racy finish.
LANGTRY ESTATE

88
Tin Roof 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, California ($10)
Silky and fresh with minerals, citrus, melon and soft herbs; long and balanced, tangy.
O'NEILL VINTNERS


89 Willow Crest 2012 Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Yakima Valley ($13)
Smooth and peachy with bright citrus and melon; fresh and juicy with tropical notes and a long finish.
PRECEPT WINE

88 Helderberg Wijnmakerij 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Stellenbosch, South Africa ($13)
Grassy and crisp with tangy citrus and smooth texture; clean and juicy, bright and long.
VINEYARD BRANDS

88 Porcupine Ridge 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Western Cape, South Africa ($13)
Clean, crisp and racy with bright citrus and smooth texture; tangy and juicy, long and vibrant.
VINEYARD BRANDS

88 Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Horse Heaven Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills ($15)
Fresh, bright and tangy with juicy citrus and crisp acidity; lush and balanced, long and vibrant. 95% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Semillon.
STE. MICHELLE WINE ESTATES

88 Neil Ellis Wines 2013 Sincerely Sauvignon Blanc, Western Cape ($15)
Lush and fresh with bright citrus and rich texture and a long, ripe finish; juicy, bright and balanced.
VINEYARD BRANDS

92 Matanzas Creek 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Bennett Valley ($32)
Juicy and lush with pure, tangy citrus and lively acidity; balanced, fresh and complete with a long, expressive finish; complex and lovely.
JACKSON FAMILY WINES

91 Robert Mondavi 2011 Fumé Blanc, Oakville ($32)
Smooth and juicy with citrus and honeysuckle; lush and elegant with vanilla (oak?) and deep, ripe flavors; long and lovely. 91% Sauvignon Blanc, 9% Semillon.
CONSTELLATION BRANDS

CHARDONNAY
88 Laurent-Miquel 2011 Chardonnay L'Artisan,, Pays d'Oc ($10)
Crisp and juicy with fresh apple and citrus; clean, balanced and well-made.
MIQUEL ET FILS

88 Bulletin Place 2013 Chardonnay, Unoaked, South Eastern Australia ($10)
Clean and juicy with tangy acidity and bright racy fruit; silky, fresh and brisk with a lively finish.
VINEYARD BRANDS

88 B. R. Cohn 2011 Chardonnay, Silver Label, North Coast ($15)
Smooth and balanced with crisp acidity and some nice oak and vanilla flavors; fresh and long.

89 Cascade Ridge Cellars 2012 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley ($20)
Crisp and fresh with racy acidity, bright pear fruit and lively style with some nice stuffing also; long and bracing. 10% Viognier.
PRECEPT WINE

90 Wente Vineyards 2012 Eric's Chardonnay, Livermore Valley ($25)
Smooth and juicy with bright acidity and fullness in the mouth; lush and balanced, long and lively.
WENTE FAMILY ESTATES

90 Trione Vineyards and Winery 2010 Chardonnay, River Road Ranch, Russian River Valley ($30)
Ripe and complex with lovely juicy fruit and notes of honeysuckle; bright acidity and considerable depth; rich, creamy and intense with graceful style.

90 Byron 2011 Chardonnay, Nielson Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley ($32)
Ripe golden color; silky and lush with creamy texture and ripe flavors; smooth, balanced and showing sweet new oak; long and stylish.
JACKSON FAMILY WINES

90 Foxen Vineyard 2012 Chardonnay, Block UU - Bien Nacido Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley ($34)
Racy citrus with notes of grapefruit; juicy and crisp with lush texture and bright flavors; tangy and fresh with style and good length.

90 Laguna Ranch 2011 Chardonnay, Laguna Ranch, Russian River Valley ($35)
Lush and creamy with juicy, ripe fruit and vanilla toasted oak; rich and dense but also showing bright acid structure; long and balanced.
GALLO

90 Gary Farrell 2011 Chardonnay, Russian River Selection, Russian River Valley ($35)
Lush and ripe with firm acidity; smooth and creamy with ripe pear and tangy citrus; subtle oak and a long, mellow finish.
VINCRAFT GROUP

91 Talley Vineyards 2011 Chardonnay, Oliver's Vineyard, Edna Valley ($36)
Fresh and smooth with elegant flavors and good acidity; nice vanilla notes  and lovely balance;  bright, long and classic.

90 Stony Hill Vineyard 2011 Chardonnay, Napa Valley ($42)
Bright and juicy with ripe fruit and tangy acidity; balanced, concentrated and rich, long and intense.

92 Talley Vineyards 2011 Chardonnay, Rincon Vineyard, Arroyo Grande Valley ($44)
Juicy and crisp with notes of honey and vanilla; beautifully integrated and fresh; harmonious and balanced with vibrant flavors and a long finish.

90 Talley Vineyards 2011 Chardonnay, Rosemary's Vineyard, Arroyo Grande Valley ($48)
Rich, creamy and luscious with deep, ripe flavors of pear and tropical fruit; long and seamless with balance and a long, mellow finish.

90 Trefethen 2010 Chardonnay, Harmony, Estate, Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley ($50)
Silky and bright with tangy acidity and elegant style; fresh and elegant with good balance and graceful style; long and juicy.

90 Stonestreet 2011 Chardonnay, Bear Point, Alexander Mountain Vineyard, Alexander Valley ($55)
Dense and ripe with tangy acidity and bright fruit; rich and balanced, long, fresh and stylish.
JACKSON FAMILY WINES

95 Paul Hobbs 2011 Chardonnay, Ulises Valdez Vineyard, Russian River Vqlley ($75)
Fresh and silky with pure acidity and elegant style; juicy, lean and racy with exquisite fruit and classic acid structure; brilliant and long.

93 Hanzell Vineyards 2011 Chardonnay, de Brye Vineyard, Sonoma Valley ($78)
Fragrant, vanilla nose; silky and elegant with fine structure and lovely citrus fruit; juicy, nice minerality and excellent balance; long and vibrant with a focused finish.

91 Hanzell Vineyards 2011 Chardonnay, Sonoma Valley ($78)
Lush and creamy with elegant flavors of citrus and pear; lively, balanced and bright with fine acid structure and a long, refined finish.

Pinot Blanc and Pinot Grigio/Gris
88 Valckenberg 2012 Pinot Blanc, Trocken, Rheinhessen, Germany ($13)
Bright, aromatic and tangy with minerals and citrus; racy and dry, crisp and long.
VALCKENBERG INTL.

88 Sockeye 2012 Pinot Grigio, Columbia Valley ($10)
Bright and juicy with clean, racy citrus and tangy acidity; silky, fresh and balanced.
PRECEPT WINE

88 Bulletin Place 2012 Pinot Grigio, South Eastern Australia ($10)
Smooth, dry and clean with tangy citrus and silky texture; fresh, lively and nicely balanced.
VINEYARD BRANDS

88 Sawtooth Winery 2012 Estate Pinot Gris, Snake River Valley ($12)
Bright, juicy citrus with nice mineral elements; fresh, lovely and balanced. 99% Pinot Gris, 1% Muscat Blanc.
PRECEPT WINE

90 MacMurray Ranch 2012 Pinot Gris, Russian River Valley ($20)
Bright and juicy with crisp acidity and smooth peach fruit; creamy, ripe and balanced with a long, tangy finish.
GALLO



Misc. Other Whites
88 Laurent-Miquel 2012 Père et Fils Chardonnay-Viognier, Pays d'Oc ($8)
Fresh, lively and clean with bright citrus and fine acid structure; aromatic and smooth, juicy and long with nice balance. 65% Chardonnay, 35% Viognier.
MIQUEL ET FILS

88
Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Gewürztraminer, Columbia Valley ($11)
Spice and soft rose petals, clean and balanced with dry, juicy flavors; long and bright. 98% Gewürztraminer, 2% Muscat.
STE. MICHELLE WINE ESTATES

88 Waterbrook Winery 2012 Mélange, Columbia Valley ($11)
Aromatic and spicy; peaches and melon, ripe, fresh and juicy, long and balanced. 50% Riesling, 20% Pinot Gris, 10% Chardonnay, 10% Sauvignon Blanc, 6% Viognier, 4% Muscat.
  PRECEPT WINE

88 Laurent-Miquel 2012 Viognier Nord Sud, Pays d'Oc, France ($12)
Fresh, clean and racy with aromatics and a touch of oak; smooth apricot and pear fruit; long and balanced.
MIQUEL ET FILS

88 Alamos 2012 Torrontès Seleccíon, Salta, Argentina ($13)
Fresh, spicy nose; smooth and juicy with soft spice and good acid structure; silky, bright and lush with a long, pleasant finish.
GALLO

88 Brassfield Estate 2012 Serenity, High Valley ($14)
Crisp, dry and juicy with lively citrus and spice; fresh, tangy and showing minerals and style. 46% Pinot Grigio, 33% Sauvignon Blanc, 21% Gewürztraminer.


88 Fess Parker 2012 Riesling, Santa Barbara County ($15)

Ripe and juicy with lime and ripe peach; smooth, bright and long.


88 Cocci Grifoni 2012 Colle Vecchio Offida Pecorino, Italy ($16)
Lush and ripe with spice, floral notes and apples; crisp and long, fruity and balanced.
EMPSON USA

89 Marqués de Cáceres 2012 Deusa Nai Albariño, Rías Baixas, Spain ($16)
Crisp and smooth with bright acidity and lively spice; juicy and clean, balanced and long.
VINEYARD BRANDS

88 Tangent 2012 Albariño, Paragon Vineyard, Edna Valley ($17)
Crisp, aromatic and spicy with juicy green peach fruit and lively acidity; long and bracing.


88 Tangent 2012 Grenache Blanc, Paragon Vineyard, Edna Valley ($17)
Bright and juicy with tangy grapefruit and lively minerality; fresh, racy and balanced with a long finish.


90 Stolpman Vineyards 2011 Golden Point, Santa Ynez Valley ($19)
Silky and rich with lovely ripe melon and pear fruit; soft hints of oak and spice; clean and mellow and long. 82% Roussanne, 4% Viognier, 7% Chardonnay, 7% Sauvignon Blanc.


REDS

Red Blends
88 Wakefield Wines 2009 Promised Land Shiraz-Cabernet, South Australia ($13)
Minty and smooth with ripe plum and blueberry fruit; fresh and balanced with spice and a long, dense finish. Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon.
AMERICAN WINE DISTRIBUTORS


95 Sequoia Grove Vineyards 2009 Cambium, Napa Valley ($140)
Lush, spicy nose; smooth texture, juicy plum, raspberry and cassis fruit with velvety texture and tangy acid structure; elegant, seamless and fresh with a lovely, long and balanced finish. 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 12% Petit Verdot, 8% Merlot.
KOBRAND CORP.

Cabernet Sauvignon
88 Magnolia Court 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles ($13)
Ripe and juicy with tangy plum and blackberry fruit; smooth and spicy, clean and long.
TURN KEY WINE BRANDS

89 Cono Sur 2010 20 Barrels Cabernet Sauvignon, Pirque Viejo, Maipo Valley, Chile ($32)
Juicy plum, cassis and raspberry with spice and pepper; lush and ripe with dense style; long and balanced and robust.
VINEYARD BRANDS

90 Flora Springs 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($40)
Smooth and juicy with tangy acidity and bright plum fruit; lively, fresh and balanced; supple, bright and showing earth and spice; long and stylish.

90 Stonestreet 2010 Monument Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Mountain Vineyard, Alexander Valley ($45)
Smooth and velvety with ripe plum, cassis and soft herbs; rich, lush and tangy with a long, balanced finish.
JACKSON FAMILY WINES

90 Wilson & Wilson 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($50)
Smooth, herbal and ripe with juicy plum and good acid structure; bright and tangy with mocha and spice; long and fresh, balanced.

91 Kenwood Vineyards 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Artist Series, Sonoma County ($60)
Smooth, ripe and rich with tangy acidity and lively plum and berry fruit; lush and juicy, supple and balanced; long and focused. 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3.5% Malbec, 3.5% Petit Verdot.
F. KORBEL & BROS.

91 Paul Hobbs 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Stagecoach Vineyard, Napa Valley ($175)
Lush and leafy with spice and dark, ripe plum and cassis; velvety and smooth with density and depth; rich and layered, long and balanced.

97 Shafer Vineyards 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Hillside Select, Napa Valley ($245)
Ripe and rich with exquisite plum, blueberry, rich cassis and sweet oak; beautifully structured, built to last with hints of licorice and spice; long, elegant and polished.

Merlot
88 Tin Roof 2010 Merlot, California ($10)
Smooth and fresh with ripe plum, spice and soft herbs; lush and bright with good acidity and a long finish. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petite Sirah.
O'NEILL VINTNERS

88 Magnolia Court 2012 Merlot, Paso Robles ($13)
Smooth and ripe with plum and bright acidity;lush, ripe and balanced with a long finish.
TURN KEY WINE BRANDS

88 Chateau Ste. Michelle 2011 Merlot, Columbia Valley ($14)
Smooth and ripe with juicy plum and bright acidity; rich, supple and balanced with a long, lush finish; fresh and focused. 94% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Syrah, 1% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot.
STE. MICHELLE WINE ESTATES

88 Red Rock Winery 2011 Reserve Merlot, California ($14)
Smooth, rich and ripe with tangy plum and bright acidity; fresh, balanced and long. Merlot, Petite Sirah.
GALLO

89 Liberty School 2011 Merlot, Central Coast ($16)
Smooth and fresh with ripe plum and raspberry fruit; clean, bright and showing good acid structure; long and balanced.
HOPE FAMILY WINES

90 Chateau Ste. Michelle 2011 Merlot, Indian Wells, Columbia Valley ($17)
Smooth, ripe and showing plum, blackberry and spice; juicy, supple and tangy with balance, fresh fruit and lovely vanilla oak; long and charming. 85% Merlot, 15% Syrah.
STE. MICHELLE WINE ESTATES

90 Flora Springs 2011 Merlot, Napa Valley ($25)
Smooth and spicy with juicy plum and raspberry; tangy and ripe with depth and good balance; long and lively.

90 Clos du Val 2010 Merlot, Napa Valley ($35)
Silky and bright with tangy plum and cassis fruit; elegant with hints of spice, chocolate and toasty oak; balanced, stylish and long. 85% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot.
GWE AMERICAS

Malbec

89
Sagelands Vineyard 2011 Malbec, Columbia Valley ($10)

Ripe boysenberry and with the aroma of violets; juicy and smooth with good acid structure and a long, amiable finish. 80% Malbec, 15% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.
PRECEPT WINE

88 Fairview 2011 La Capra Malbec, Paarl, South Africa ($10)
Ripe and juicy with blackberry and plum; fresh and tangy with bright acidity and long flavors; lively and balanced with a crisp finish.
VINEYARD BRANDS

88 Red Rock Winery 2012 Reserve Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina ($14)
Tangy and juicy with bright blackberry and plum; lively and fresh with lively acidity and good balance; long and vibrant.
GALLO

92 Château Lagrézette 2009 Le Pigeonnier, Cahors, France ($165)
Dense and rich with smooth texture and juicy plum and cassis; spicy, earthy and complex with notes of tar and licorice; long and balanced.
THE OTHER WINE & SPIRITS

Pinot Noir
88 Red Rock Winery 2012 Pinot Noir, Reserve, California ($14)
Bright and juicy with racy acidity and crisp cherry and plum; clean and tangy. Pinot Noir, Zinfandel.
GALLO

90 Liberty School 2012 Pinot Noir, Central Coast ($20)
Ripe and lush with tangy black cherry and good acid structure; rich, lively and balanced with a long, full-bodied finish.
HOPE FAMILY WINES

90 Cono Sur 2011 20 Barrels Pinot Noir, El Triángulo Estate, Casablanca Valley, Chile ($32)
Silky, smooth and juicy with bright cherry and spice; lively and long with balance and style.
VINEYARD BRANDS



Red Rhônes
88 Laurent-Miquel 2012 Père et Fils Syrah-Grenache, Pays d'Oc, France ($9)
Smooth, bright and juicy with tangy acidity and lively black raspberry fruit; lively, fresh and bracing. 75% Syrah, 25% Grenache.
MIQUEL ET FILS

88 Laurent-Miquel 2011 L'Artisan Languedoc, France ($9)
Smooth and meaty with ripe plum and blackberry; bright and juicy with balance and a long finish. 80% Syrah, 20% Grenache.
MIQUEL ET FILS

88 Laurent-Miquel 2010 L'Artisan Saint-Chinian, France ($14)
Smooth and ripe with lush plum, blackberry and spice; juicy, tangy and fresh; meaty and long. 80% Syrah, 20% Grenache.
MIQUEL ET FILS

89 Chateau Ste. Michelle 2011 Syrah, Columbia Valley ($14)
Smooth and dense with rich plum and blackberry; lively and deep with spice and good balance; long and focused. 94% Syrah, 3% Viognier, 2% Mourvedre, 1% Grenache.
STE. MICHELLE WINE ESTATES

88 Fairview 2011 Shiraz, Coastal Region, South Africa ($15)
Spicy and smooth with ripe blackberry and juicy plum; long and tangy with depth and lively flavors.
VINEYARD BRANDS

90
Stark-Condé 2010 Three Pines Syrah, Jonkershoek Valley, South Africa ($27)
Dark and rich with deep blackberry, black raspberry and plum; tangy and ripe with intensity and depth; showing nice acid structure and length.
VINEYARD BRANDS


90 Famille Perrin 2011 Vacquéyras Les Christins, France ($32)
Clean, fresh and juicy with black raspberry, cranberry and spice; smooth texture, meaty and bright; long and balanced. Syrah, Grenache.
VINEYARD BRANDS

90 Famille Perrin 2011 Coudoulet de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône, France ($36)
Smooth and ripe with complex flavors of berries, plum and spice; full, lush and juicy; long and balanced. 30% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre, 20% Syrah, 20% Cinsault.
VINEYARD BRANDS

90 Maison Nicolas Perrin 2011Saint-Joseph, France ($37)
Dark and juicy with tangy wild plum and blackberry with firm acid structure; fleshy, minerally, rich aromatics, black pepper and spice; vibrant and long.
FREDERICK WILDMAN& SONS

91
Bellingham 2011 The Bernard Series S.M.V., Coastal Region, South Africa ($40)
Smooth, bright and fresh with silky texture and juicy notes of blackberry, spice and tangy acidity; complex and precise with layers of flavor; long and focused. 75% Shiraz, 22% Mourvèdre, 3% Viognier.
PACIFIC HIGHWAY WINES & SPIRITS

90 Wakefield Wines 2010 St. Andrews Shiraz, Clare Valley, Australia ($60)
Bright and juicy with spice, raspberry and pomegranate; tangy, lively and fresh; balanced, racy and long.
AMERICAN WINE DISTRIBUTORS

92 Shafer Vineyards 2010 Relentless Syrah, Napa Valley ($72)

Dark, smooth and velvety; deep flavors of ripe, spicy black fruits; dense, rich and lush with concentrated fruit and good balance; long and elegant. 96% Syrah, 4% Petite Sirah.

Italian Reds
90 Cocci Grifoni 2007 Rosso Piceno Superiore Vigna Messieri, Italy ($24)
Deep and rich with ripe blackberry, blueberry and cassis; mature but still vibrant with smooth texture, seamless flavors and silky texture; long and balanced. 70% Montepulciano, 30% Sangiovese.
EMPSON USA

91 Tenute Folonari 2011 Campo al Mare, Bolgheri, Italy ($33)
Velvety texture with bright, tangy acidity and lovely ripe, plummy fruit; rich and juicy, bursting with generous Tuscan style. 60% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot.
KOBRAND CORP.

92 Tenuta Sette Ponti 2011 Crognolo, Toscana IGT, Italy ($33)
Velvety and lush with a core of bright acidity; juicy blackberry, plum and spice; deep, ripe and balanced; long and tangy.
KOBRAND CORP.

91 Tenuta San Guido 2011 Le Difese, Toscana, Italy ($35)
Lush and smooth with ripe plum, raspberry and cassis; elegant, balanced and rich; nicely structured and long with lovely texture. 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30%Sangiovese.
KOBRAND CORP.

90 Cocci Grifoni 2006 Il Grifone, Offida Rosso, Italy ($52)
Dark with a spicy nose; smooth and velvety with rich cassis, plum and blackberry; dense and ripe with earth, chocolate and intensity; long and lush. 80% Montepulciano, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon.
EMPSON USA

92
Tenuta San Guido 2011 Guidalberto, Toscana, Italy ($55)
Smooth and juicy with bright, tangy acidity and lovely plum, blackberry and cassis; rich and smooth with deep flavors and vivid style; long and elegant, exquisitely balanced and racy. 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot.
KOBRAND CORP.

91 Tenuta Sette Ponti 2011 Poggio al Lupo, Maremma Toscana, Italy ($64)
Smooth and juicy with rich plum, black raspberry and ripe red fruit; lush and deep with earth, spice and chocolate; long, elegant and stylish. 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Alicante, 20% Petit Verdot.
KOBRAND CORP.

95
Michele Chiarlo 2009 Barolo Cerequio,Italy ($103)
Pure and elegant with lovely structure and balanced plum and berry fruit with notes of earth, leather and tar; harmonious and rich without ever being heavy; seamless and exquisite with huge aging potential.
KOBRAND CORP.

Zinfandel
92 Ridge Vineyards 2011 Zinfandel, Ponzo Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($30)
Fresh, smooth and juicy with bright black raspberry and tangy acidity; beautifully balanced and rich with spice and a long, tangy finish. 97% Zinfandel, 3% Petite Sirah.

88 Murphy-Goode Winery 2011 Homefront Red, California ($15)
Smooth, ripe and lush with black raspberry and blueberry fruit; mellow and rich with spice and good balance; long and stylish. Syrah, Merlot, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel.
JACKSON FAMILY WINES

92 Ridge Vineyards 2011, Lytton Springs Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley ($38)
Juicy and ripe with bright red fruit and smooth texture; juicy and ripe, fresh and tangy with depth, balance and lovely style. 82% Zinfandel, 16% Petite Sirah, 2% Carignane.

ROSÉ

88 Fairview 2011 La Capra Rosé, Paarl, South Africa ($10)

Made from Pinotage. Fresh, dry flavors of strawberry and raspberry; smooth, crisp and clean.
VINEYARD BRANDS

DESSERT


92 Joseph Phelps 2011 Eisrebe, Napa Valley ($40)
A late-harvest Scheurebe with pure acidity and notes of vanilla wafers and shortbread; juicy and fresh, long and elegant. 

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