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Issue: December 2008
Blue Reviews

by: Anthony Dias Blue

DOMESTIC

90 C. Donatiello 2006 Chardonnay, Orsi Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($38)
A core of pure, racy acidity surrounded by elegant, long and juicy fruit flavors; nice balance.

89 Flying Goat Cellars 2007 Pinot Gris, Nielson Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley ($21)
Bright, fresh and very peachy with lovely silky texture and good acidity.

90 Foxen Vineyard 2007 Chardonnay, Tinaquaic Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley ($32)
Dry-farmed Chard with citrus and juicy acidity; bright, lively and pure, with firm Chablis-like structure.


90 Falcor 2005 Chardonnay, Durell Vineyard, Sonoma Valley ($42)
Toasty, smooth and luscious with bright fruit and floral notes; complex, fresh and long with depth and style.

90 Bennett Lane 2006 Reserve Chardonnay, Los Carneros ($45)
Rich and creamy with density, depth and ripe flavors of pear and spice; toasty oak notes.


90 Alder Ridge 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley ($40)
Smooth, lush and ripe with lovely plum and berry fruit plus rich vanilla oak; supple, long and totally charming.
VINTAGE POINT


92 Roederer Estate 2002 L'Ermitage, Anderson Valley ($45)
Bright, fresh and elegant with pure, racy acidity and lovely finesse; very champagne-like with gorgeous fruit and structure.
MAISONS, MARQUES & DOMAINES

 

92 Domaine Carneros 2006 The Famous Gate Pinot Noir, Carneros ($68)
Lovely cherry fruit over elegant structure; long, rich and stylish with fine texture and balanced flavors.
KOBRAND

93 Domaine Serene 2005 Pinot Noir, Winery Hill Vineyard, Willamette Valley ($75)
Rich and dense with lovely silky texture, excellent acid structure and lush black cherry fruit; style and elegance to burn.

95 Hall Vineyards 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley ($100)
Velvet and silk textures with ripe plum, cassis and black-raspberry fruit laced with notes of chocolate and vanilla; rich but graceful, generous and elegant; lush yet classically structured; a great wine from a great year. 

 

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IMPORTS


89 J. Vidal-Fleury 2006 Côtes du Rhône, France ($16)
Ripe, rich, minerally and  fresh; long and balanced; its complexity makes this a good buy.
W. J. DEUTSCH & SONS


90 Château de Sancerre 2005 Sancerre Cuvée du Connetable, France ($28)
Smooth, lush and floral white Loire with toasty butterscotch and juicy fruit; bright and creamy with complexity and spice.
MOET HENNESSY USA

90 Pierre Morey 2006 Auxey-Duresses, France ($51)
A clean, racy white Burgundy with lively acidity and lovely citrus blossoms; elegance, finesse and style.
WILSON DANIELS

94 Torres 2005 Perpetual Salmos, Priorat, Spain ($53)
The first vintage of this flagship vino de guarda from the Torres family’s new Priorat winery; dark and concentrated with sweet, ripe blackberry fruit and underlying acid structure; luscious flavors and lovely complexity.
DREYFUS ASHBY

89 Fairview 2006 South Coastal Viognier, South Africa ($20)
Fat, rich and ripe with soft fruit and juicy acidity; clean, long and balanced.
VINEYARD BRANDS
 

89 Henry Fessy 2007 Brouilly, France ($20)
A charming cru Beaujolais with juicy black cherry and racy acidity; lush, long and peppery.
LOUIS LATOUR

90 Taltarni NV Tache Brut Rosé, Victoria,Tasmania ($22)
Bright and tangy with lovely bright berry fruit; racy and totally delicious with elegant mousse and great length.
CLOS DU VAL

90 Watershed Premium Wines 2004 Shiraz, Margaret River, Australia ($25)
Medium body and tangy cherry with notes of chocolate, cinnamon and licorice; subtle, with lovely balance and finesse.
AMERICA UNCORKED


92 José Maria da Fonseca 2005 Domini Plus, Duoro, Portugal ($40)
Smooth, lush and dense with ripe blackberry and velvety texture; meaty, rich and juicy with tannins, spice and intensity. Port grape varieties.
PALM BAY IMPORTS


91 Drei Donà 2004 Pruno Sangiovese Superiore Riserva, Romagna, Italy ($47)
Rich, deep and juicy with dense berry fruit and plenty of complexity; long, layered and ripe-textured.
VINEYARD BRANDS


93 Churchill's 2003 Vintage Port, Oporto, Portugal ($95)
Deep and rich with ripe fruit and complex tannins, spice and lovely pure fruit; long, complex and showing great aging potential.
FREDERICK WILDMAN & SONS


 

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VALUE AND BY-THE-GLASS SELECTIONS

87 Avery Lane 2006 Riesling, Columbia Valley ($8)
Smooth, sweet and spicy with lush apricot fruit and clean, simple, balanced flavors.
PRECEPT BRANDS


88 MAN Vintners 2007 Shiraz, Paarl, South Africa ($11)
Smooth and clean with ripe blackberry fruit and good acid structure; fresh, long and balanced. VINEYARD BRANDS


88 Oak Grove 2007 Sauvignon Blanc, Reserve, California ($8)
Bright and juicy with clean, fresh fruit and lively acidity; silky and showing nice style.

88 Principi di Butera 2007 Insolia, Sicilia, Italy ($11)
A white Sicilian varietal with fresh, mouth-filling fruit and racy acidity; long flavors of mineral and spice.
ZONIN USA

88 Bodega El Portillo 2008 Sauvignon Blanc, Valle de Uco, Mendoza ($11)
Bright and juicy with lovely citrus, grapefruit and passion fruit; dry and racy with vibrant acidity.
PALM BAY INTERNATIONAL


89 Sterling Vineyards 2007 Made with Organic Grapes Sauvignon Blanc, Mendocino ($13)
Fresh and open with lovely citrus, lime and melon; silky, clean and focused with lots of balance and charm.
DIAGEO

88 Viña Casa Silva 2006 Carmenère Reserva, Colchagua Valley, Chile ($12)
Bright, fresh and juicy with racy plum fruit and notes of herb.
VIN DIVINO, LTD.


89 Six Prong 2005 Red Wine, Alder Ridge Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley ($15)
A charming Cab Franc–driven blend; lush, dense, ripe and smooth with notes of plum and mellow texture.
 VINTAGE POINT


 

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SPIRITS



90 Oval Vodka ($37)
Silky with smooth texture but showing some tannins; dry and hot with some bite and a long, dry finish.
OVAL AMERICA

92 Vodka 7000' Vodka ($30)
Made from oats; clean, smooth and silky with notes of vanilla and sweetness; lovely, balanced and very mellow.
HIGH WEST DISTILLERY

90 New Amsterdam Gin ($15)
Sweet orange; smooth and luscious with lovely citrus, sweet vanilla and great texture.
GALLO

92 Maestro Dobel Diamond Tequila ($75)
Lovely fragrant agave nose with rich, dense agave flavors with silky texture, lovely vanilla and sweet, elegant impression; sleek, creamy and rich; a blend of reposado, añejo and extra-añejo.
PROXIMO SPIRITS


90 Flor de Caña Grand Reserve Rum Aged 7 Years, Nicaragua ($20)
Rich and spicy with long flavors; toasty and complex.
RUM MARKETINGINTERNATIONAL


91 Suntory Yamazaki Single Malt Aged 12 Years ($46)
Silky and mellow with butterscotch, toffee and café-au-lait plus oak and dried fruits; complex, smooth, long and charming with balance and lovely style.
SKYY SPIRITS

97 Highland Park 40 Years Old Single Malt Scotch ($2000)
Dark amber color and silky texture with creamy caramel and butterscotch with toasted marshmallow and dried fruits; hints of mint, flowers and crème anglaise with a very long, lingering finish that suggests toasted almond.
REMY COINTREAU USA


92 Bottega Sambuca ($28)
Creamy, thick and sweet with lovely anise, licorice and some nice heat; rich, long and snappy at the finish.
PALM BAY INTERNATIONAL

93 Mathilde Liqueur Orange X.O Liqueur au Cognac ($)
Medium amber/orange color; lovely orange blossom nose; silky, smooth and spicy with dry orange, orange peel and lovely cognac; complex and delicious with long, intriguing flavors.
BACCHUS IMPORTERS INC.


92 Square One Organic Cucumber Vodka ($35)
Silky and smooth with clean, mellow texture and true cucumber flavor; smooth, dry and lush with lovely harmonious flavor and lovely texture.
SQUARE ONE ORGANIC SPIRITS

89 Heering Cherry Liqueur ($25)
Thick and sweet stewed black cherries with spice and notes of tobacco; dense, rich and very sweet.
KINDRED SPIRITS

 

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