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Issue: April 2008
Blue Reviews

by: Anthony Dias Blue

DOMESTIC

90 Ash Hollow 2006 Gewürztraminer, Columbia Valley ($20)
Smooth, juicy and spicy with rose petal, peach and lime; crisp with balance and great style. 

90 Domaine Alfred 2007 Pinot Gris, Chamisal Vineyard, Edna Valley ($24)
Spicy, bright and a little spritzy with quince and rose petal flavors; charming, fresh and long with great style. 

91 Lynmar Winery 2005 Estate Chardonnay, Quail Hill, Russian River Valley ($40)
Classic with lovely acid structure and soft, sweet oak involvement; creamy, long and beautifully made.

95 Dolce 2004 Napa Valley ($85)
Creamy and silky smooth with spicy botrytis, vanilla, honey and toasty, amazing complex flavors; the best Dolce yet; 99% Semillon, 1% Sauv Blanc.

90 Burgess Cellars 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($30)
Smooth and ripe with lovely plum and berry fruit; long, rich and nicely structured with depth, style and balance. WILSON DANIELS 

92 Wilson Winery 2005 Estate Reserve Zinfandel, Dry Creek ($40)
Lovely flavors and clean, snappy notes of bright black raspberry and cassis; exciting and fresh.

90 Frazier Winery 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($55)
Lovely ripe plum and clean generous flavors;  lovely with a long, seamless finish that provides complexity and charm.

90 Bedell Cellars 2005 Musée, North Fork of Long Island ($65)
Sensuous and plummy with raspberry fruit,  sweet oak, spice and good structure; 78% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot.

92 Chateau St. Jean 2002 Merlot, Reserve, Sonoma ($90)
Smooth and luscious with lovely texture, spice and ripe berry fruit. FOSTER’S GROUP







IMPORTS

88 Segura Viudas 2005 Xarello Creu de Lavit, Penedès, Spain ($15)
Smooth and silky with lovely ripe apple fruit and racy acidity. FREIXENET USA

88 Cumulus Wines 2007 Climbing Chardonnay, Orange, Australia ($16)
Smooth and lush with a firm backbone of tangy acidity; clean, long and nicely balanced. CAPE WINE VENTURES  

89 Sauvignon Republic 2007 Sauvignon Blanc, Stellenbosch, South Africa ($17)
Showing minerals and verdant flavors with  lively acidity; fresh and racy. WILSON DANIELS  

90 Mastroberardino 2006 Greco di Tufo, Italy ($24)
From Tufo in Campagna, this wine has notes of fresh citrus and peach fruit; charming and loaded with flavor. WILSON DANIELS

89 Poggio Argentiera 2006 Morellino di Scansano, Italy ($22)
Bright, ripe and juicy with fresh, delicious black raspberry fruit; long, lively and delicious; 85% Sangiovese, 15% Ciliegiolo and Alicante. EMPSON USA

92 Taltarni 2005 Shiraz, Heathcote, Australia ($32)
Shiraz from Heathcote, one of Australia's least known appellations, is intense, ripe and beautifully balanced; this is a superb example: smooth, dense, velvety and totally delicious. CLOS DU VAL  

93 Val de Flores 2004 Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina ($84)
Silky and aromatic with fresh cherry and plum; feminine with exceptional balance, complexity and finesse. CHAMBERS & CHAMBERS

95 Campo Eliseo 2003 Tempranillo, Toro, Spain ($95)
Smooth and aromatic with luscious blackberry and spice; supple with density, depth and lovely flavors. CHAMBERS & CHAMBERS

91 Inniskillin Niagara 2006 Cabernet Franc Icewine, Niagara Peninsula, Canada ($95) 
A beautiful pink wine with bright and racy plum fruit and sweet candied flavors; long, balanced and ambrosial.

92 Chanson Père & Fils 2005 Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Fèves Monople, France ($98)
Dense, rich and gorgeous with depth, spice, smooth texture and long finish. TERLATO WINES INTL

92 McWilliam’s 2001 1877, South Eastern Australia ($100)
Racy and nicely structured with lovely plum and blackberry fruit; elegant, long and classic. 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Shiraz. GALLO


 
 
VALUE AND BY-THE-GLASS RECOMMENDATIONS
 
88 Pavin & Riley 2005 Riesling, Columbia Valley ($10)
Creamy and crisp with bright peach; fresh, balanced, long and lovely. PRECEPT BRANDS

88 De Martino 2007 Sauvignon Blanc, Maipo Valley. Chile ($13)
Made from organically grown grapes; crisp and zesty showing peach fruit; lovely length and freshness. GLOBAL VINEYARD

88 Milbrandt Vineyards 2006 Pinot Gris, Traditions, Washington ($13)
Creamy and ripe with lush melon and peach fruit; smooth, long and rich.

88 Charles Back 2006 Goats do Roam in Villages White, South Africa ($15)
Smooth texture and nice depth of flavors; long, bright and balanced; 50% Viognier, 30% Grenache Blanc, 14% Chardonnay, 6% Chenin Blanc. VINEYARD BRANDS

88 Macari Vineyards 2007 Early Wine, North Fork of Long Island ($15)
Crisp and juicy with aromatics and lively citrus flavors; racy, long and balanced; 100% Chardonnay.

88 Happy Camper 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, California ($9)
Bright and fresh with juicy fruit and lush texture; long, clean and charming. 

88 Pedroncelli Winery 2004 Sangiovese, Alto Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley ($12)
Seductively forward berry flavors; dense, clean, and charming.

88 Leasingham 2006 Shiraz, Magnus, Clare Valley, Australia ($12)
Rich blackberry and spice; snappy with good structure and balance. CONSTELLATION

88 Red Guitar 2006 Tempranillo-Garnacha, Navarra, Spain ($12)
Showing lots of character, bright plum and raspberry fruit with racy acidity and a touch of spice. CONSTELLATION

88 Beringer Vineyards 2005 Syrah, Central Coast ($14)
Smooth with juicy blackberry fruit ; bright and balanced with a long, fruity finish. FOSTER’S GROUP 



SPIRITS
 

91 Sïku Glacier Ice Vodka ($40)
Distilled in the Netherlands using Greenlandic glacier water; silky and sweet with vanilla and hot alcohol notes; long, racy and crisp. VELOCITY INTL

92 Stolichnaya Elit Vodka ($60)
Edgy and bright with lush vanilla and pepper; thick, silky and spicy; long and balanced. PERNOD RICARD

93 White Lotus Vodka ($30)
Silky with mellow vanilla and creamy texture; luscious and balanced with great texture and clean, cohesive flavors. DELICIOUS BRANDS
 
95 Whitley Neill London Dry Gin ($29)
Contains African botanicals: baobab fruit and cape gooseberry plus seven other ingredients; aromatic and creamy with complex, expressive flavors that show great depth and elegance; a great sipping gin. VELOCITY INTL
 
90 Luna Sueño Tequila ($50)
Quadruple-distilled; smooth, clean and elegant with notes of spice, salt and agave; silky, spiced and floral. LUNA SPIRITS

 
95 AsomBroso Vintage Añejo Tequila ($1100)
Eleven years in French oak; fragrant, aromatic nose; smooth, toasty, vanilla and honey with spice, creamy texture and some nice heat; nice agave character with amazing depth, complexity and length; fabulous. CALIFORNIA TEQUILA

91 Russell's Reserve Rye Whiskey ($25)
Powerful with notes of tea, vanilla and spice; toasted, rich and dry with leafy and complex flavors. PERNOD RICARD

92 Bushmills 1608 Irish Whiskey ($100)
Smooth and spicy with caramel and dried fruit;  rich and mellow with lovely toast and clean grains; long and lovely. PERNOD RICARD

92 Armorik Single Malt French Whisky ($58)
Smoky, leathery and rich on the nose; grass, peach and mango with interesting petroleum notes; vanilla, spice and caramel. PREISS IMPORTS

93 Lucid Absinthe Supérieure ($60)
Intense licorice and pepper with unforgiving heat; powerful, not for the faint of heart but, when you add enough water, smooth, dry and spicy with a refreshing burst of licorice. VIRIDIAN SPIRITS

94 Vana Tallinn Liqueur ($27)
An Estonian liqueur with creamy texture and toasted orange, crème brûlée and praline flavors; mellow, long and complex with lovely richness an intriguing touch of bitterness and just the perfect amount of heat. MATRICS IMPORTING

92 Bottega Gianduia Hazelnut-Chocolate Liqueur ($27)
Dark, thick and creamy with lovely nut, caramel and milk chocolate elements; rich, smooth and seamless. PALM BAY IMPORTS

 

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