October 2008

Blue Reviews

By: Anthony Dias Blue
DOMESTIC

90 J. Lohr 2007 Sauvignon Blanc, Carol's Vineyard, Napa Valley ($24)
Deep, rich and juicy with ripe fruit and rich texture; smooth with a long finish and lovely flavors.

91 Ventana Vineyards 2007 Gewürztraminer, Ventana Vineyard, Monterey, Arroyo Seco ($16)
Nervy and fresh with juicy acidity and spice and rose petal on the nose.
MEADOR ESTATE

91 Poet’s Leap 2007 Riesling, Columbia Valley ($21)
Bright with juicy peach and lovely acidity; long and elegant.
LONG SHADOWS VINTNERS

91 Cosentino Winery 2006 Chardonnay, Sculptor, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley ($49)
Racy and fresh with lovely, silky texture and juicy fruit; long and lively with great balance.


91 Buena Vista 2005 Syrah, Carneros ($25)
Rich, toasted and intense with lovely long flavors and great balance; smooth with lovely blackberry fruit and spice.
ASCENTIA WINE ESTATES

90 Paraiso Vineyards 2006 Pinot Noir, West Terrace Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands ($40)
Bright with summer cherry and tangy with juicy acidity; fresh, long and dense with meaty, racy flavors.

93 Verge Wine Cellars 2006 Syrah, Dry Creek Valley ($40)
Dense with amazing concentration and depth; silky with rich berry fruit and good acid structure; really impressive.

93 Rosenblum Cellars 2006 Zinfandel, Reserve, Monte Rosso Vineyard, Sonoma Valley ($45)
Deeply textured with rich blackberry and wonderful acid structure; juicy and smooth with ripe flavors that are totally in balance.
VINEONE

90 Daou Vineyards 2005 La Capilla Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles ($46)
Silky and lush with ripe blackberry and black currant fruit; rich, long and showing chocolate, cola and spice.


92 Ramian Estate 2005 Chapter Five, Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley ($54)
A dense and complex Bordelais blend with ripe plum fruit; velvety and built with great structure and balance.

93 Pepper Bridge Winery 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley ($55)
Classic Walla Walla, with intense berry fruit and racy acidity; balanced and without flaw. They make it look easy.

93 Duckhorn 2005 Merlot, Three Palms Vineyard, Napa Valley ($85)
Smoothly textured with dense plum and blueberry fruit; lovely flavors that are pure with finesse, depth and great style.


IMPORTS


91 Robert Oatley 2008 Pinot Grigio, South Australia ($18)
Long and pure with great balance; tangy and fresh with lively clean flavors. [TWISTY]
ROBERT OATLEY VINEYARDS

91 Lucien Albrecht 2006 Riesling, Alsace, France ($18)
Silky with dry, balanced and concentrated flavors of lime, vanilla and minerals.
PASTERNAK WINE IMPORTS

90 Bassermann-Jordan 2007 Estate Riesling, Pfalz, Germany ($18)
Crisp and dry with lively acidity and pure linear citrus; long, juicy and balanced. [TWISTY]
VALCKENBERG INTL

90 Pilgrim 2007 Godello, Bierzo, Spain ($21)
A bright white varietal with lively acidity, ripe peach and smooth texture; long, racy and mouth-filling. BEACON WINE COMPANY

90 Sandalford 2007 Verdelho, Premium Reserve, Margaret River, Australia ($28)
Aromatic with creamy texture and juicy stone fruit; fresh, long and charming. [TWISTY]
4 WINES PLUS MORE

92 Cantina St. Pauls 2006 Sauvignon, Passion, Alto Adige, Italy ($40)
Dense with oak and spice and with a rich, creamy texture; lush with vanilla complexity and good acidity; long and unusual.
TESORI WINES


92 Peter Lehmann 2004 Shiraz, Eight Songs, Barossa, Australia ($38)
Dark and bursting with blueberries, blackberries and plum; lush and long with toasty notes and amazing richness.
HESS COLLECTION/NEW WORLD WINES

90 Tohu Wines 2006 Pinot Noir, Rore, Marlborough, New Zealand ($38)
Deep and dark with black cherry and ripe, spicy, silky flesh; long and rich with complex flavors and a lovely finish. [TWISTY]
TOTAL BEVERAGE SOLUTION

90 Paul Jaboulet Aîné 2005 Crozes Hermitage Domaine Raymond Roure, France ($44)
Silky with juicy plum and raspberry fruit; fresh, long and spicy with tangy acidity and very food-friendly flavors.
FREDERICK WILDMAN AND SONS

90 Viña Casa Silva 2005 Carmenère, Microterroir de Los Lingues, Colchagua Valley, Chile ($49)
Rich with ripe plum, cassis and herbs; juicy and toasted with lovely texture and style.
VIN DIVINO


VALUE AND BY-THE-GLASS RECOMMENDATIONS


88 Oak Grove 2007 Viognier, Reserve, California ($8)
Creamy with some nice varietal fruit and lush texture; long and nicely structured.

88 Angove's 2006 Chardonnay, Red Belly Black, South Australia ($11)
Clean and fresh with bright and balanced acidity and fruit. [TWISTY]
TRINCHERO FAMILY ESTATES

88 Cape Rock 2007 Special Late Harvest Gewürztraminer, Robertson, South Africa ($12)
Spicy nose, creamy texture and soft acidity with peach and honey; luscious, long and mellow
4 WINES PLUS MORE

90 Viña Ventisquero 2007 Root:1 Sauvignon Blanc, Casablanca Valley, Chile ($12)
Lively and fresh with clean grapefruit and peach fruit flavors. [TWISTY]
CLICK WINE GROUP


89 Kunde 2007 Sauvignon Blanc, Magnolia Lane Vineyard, Sonoma Valley ($16)
Brisk with charming green peach fruit and lively acidity; long, juicy and lifted by nervy acidity. [TWISTY]
W. J. DEUTSCH & SONS

89 Blue Pirate 2007 Pinot Gris, Oregon ($16)
Clean and fresh with bright, tangy fruit; lively, snappy, long and zesty. [TWISTY]
VINTAGE POINT

88 Warre’s NV King’s Tawny Port, Duoro Valley, Portugal ($15)
Smooth and silky with juicy berry fruit and tangy acidity; long, creamy and charming.
VINEYARD BRANDS

89 337 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi ($15)
Dark, ripe and easy to like with rich plum and soft tannins; long, pretty and velvety with balance and lovely flavors.
DFV WINES

89 Valdemar 2005 Inspiración Valdemar, Rioja, Spain ($15)
Ripe and richly textured with dense berry; long intense and meaty.
CIV USA

89 Simi Winery 2007 Roséto, Sonoma ($15)
Syrah-driven rosé; dry, bright and fresh with juicy strawberry and racy acidity.
ICON ESTATES

90 Cline Cellars 2006 Syrah, Cool Climate, Sonoma Coast ($16)
Smoothly textured with ripe, sweet fruit and lovely oak; lush and long with delicious density and balance.

89 Doña Paula 2006 Estate Shiraz-Malbec, Lujan de Cuyo, Spain ($16)
Ripe with spice, plum, blackberry fruit and notes of chocolate; dense and nicely structured with a long, mellow finish.
VINEYARD BRANDS


SPIRITS


91 Double Cross Vodka ($49)
Smooth and silky with hints of vanilla and spice; mellow, lush and dry with lovely texture and very clean flavors.
OLD NASSAU IMPORTS

90 Svedka Clementine Vodka ($13)
Smooth and lush with sweet orange flavors; creamy and long with balance and lively fruit. SPIRITS MARQUE ONE


94 Citadelle Reserve Gin ($40)
Light amber color with a fragrant and mellow nose; lush and smooth with lovely vanilla, beautiful floral notes and elegant flavors; delicate and showing great finesse and complexity.
W. J. DEUTSCH & SONS

88 New Amsterdam Gin ($15)
American-made; rich, dense and silky with intense juniper and silky texture; long and rich.
GALLO



91 Siembra Azul Tequila ($45)
Smoky agave with spice and some heat; toasty, mellow and balanced with a silky texture showing notes of sweet oak.
SURO INTERNATIONAL


91 Ypioca Toucano Rum ($26)
Smooth, balsa nose; mellow and creamy with vanilla, light caramel and lovely aromatics; long and balanced, elegant and charming.
PREISS IMPORTS


92 Jefferson's Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky ($50)
Rich, dense and spicy with sweet oak and creamy, vanilla notes; silky and balanced with lovely texture and finesse.
CASTLE BRANDS

95 Parker’s Heritage Collection Bourbon ($200)
A new 96-proof release of this top-of-the-line offering. Silky, lush and bursting with cherry fruit and lovely spice; notes of toasted oak, hickory barbecue and Christmas pudding; seamless with a stunning finish.
HEAVEN HILL DISTILLERIES


92 Glendullan The Singleton Matured for 12 Years ($36)
Grassy, mellow nose; smooth and toasted with lovely notes of vanilla, honey, dried cherries and toffee; rich, feminine, very long and gorgeous. A bargain.
DIAGEO

97 Bowmore 1992 Single Malt Scotch ($120)
Toasty, earthy Islay nose with smoke, brine and peat; dark amber, intense and showing charred hickory and oak with sweet grilled bacon, beef and caramel; notes of molasses and salt with roasted oysters and seaweed. Exquisite and seamless.
SKYY SPIRITS

94 The Glenlivet XXV ($350)
Dark amber color with a smooth, toasty nose; rich, elegant and lush with mellow toffee-influenced flavors; sensual with lovely balance, soft spice and exceptional finesse. A beautiful, refined product with exquisite balance and length.
PERNOD RICARD

91 E&J Cask & Cream Chocolate Temptation California ($11)
Dark, deep chocolate with a nice kick and a long, rich finish.
GALLO



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