April 2010

More Blue Reviews

By: Anthony Dias Blue
In addition to the Blue Reviews that appear in our print edition, here are scores and notes on additional wines I have tasted over the past several weeks. —Anthony Dias Blue

DOMESTIC

89 Cambria Winery 2008 Chardonnay, Katherine's Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley ($22)

Rich and smooth with ripe citrus fruit and vanilla oak; crisp, juicy and balanced with a long, bright finish.  
JACKSON FAMILY VINEYARDS


89
Bodegas M 2007 Albariño Querida, Jack's Ranch, Edna Valley ($22)

Bright and juicy with lovely aromatics and smooth, creamy vanilla oak; racy, intense and charming with a long, tangy finish.  

90 Pacific Rim 2007 Riesling Vin de Glacière, Wallula Vineyard, Columbia Valley ($14)
Smooth and creamy with sweet peach and apricot with a hint of orange blossom; silky, rich and charming.
BONNY DOON


89
Cameron Hughes 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Lot 143, Howell Mountain District ($22)

Ripe plum and cherry fruit with fine texture and good acid structure; long, bright and balanced with finesse and style.  

94 Chimney Rock 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, Tomahawk Vineyard, Napa Valley, Stag's Leap District ($110)
Velvety and lush with juicy plum and bright acidity; lush, dense and totally delicious; elegant and long with lovely notes of sweet oak.  
TERLATO WINES INTERNATIONAL


90
Churchill Cellars 2006 Pinot Noir, Priscilla Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($39)

Silky and smooth with bright cherry and tangy acidity; fresh and lively with style, depth and finesse.  

90 Churchill Cellars 2006 Pinot Noir, Bella Luna Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($45)
Juicy and bright with cherry fruit and lively acid structure; silky and long with length and lively structure, balanced and stylish.  

92 Summerland Winery 2008 Pinot Noir, Fiddlestix Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills ($50)
Smooth and luscious with ripe red cherry and lovely spice; crisp, long and elegant; supple and balanced with great depth and style.  

91 Testarossa Vineyards 2008 Pinot Noir, Sierra Madre Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley ($54)
Tangy and nervy with vibrant red cherry fruit and racy acidity; long, harmonious and stylish with lovely balance and finesse.  

89 Tablas Creek 2007 Grenache, Paso Robles ($30)
Ripe cherry and plum fruit with charming notes of spice; fresh, smooth and balanced with good length and seductive style.  
PERRIN FAMILY


90
Longoria Wines 2007 Tempranillo, Clover Creek Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley ($36)

A testament to the fact that there should be more of this variety grown in California; bright, fresh and juicy with depth, spice and lively plum and berry fruit; charming and beautifully made.


89 Ledson Winery & Vineyards 2006 Old Vine Zinfandel, Russian River Valley ($44)
Bright and juicy with lively acidity and raspberry/blackberry fruit; brambly and spiced with racy style and good length.  

89 Two Angels 2007 Petite Sirah, High Valley ($20)
Smooth and dense with blueberry and blackberry fruit on a firm acid base; clean, balanced and intense with a long finish.
QUINTESSENTIAL


91
Marimar Estate 2007 Don Miguel Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($45)

Dark and smooth with bright blackberry and racy acidity; pure flavors, lively fruit and supple texture; fresh, brisk and balanced with nerve and style. 85% Syrah, 15% Tempranillo.

IMPORTS

89 Ricardo Santos 2008 Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina ($19)

Smooth and lovely with ripe plum, blackberry and cassis fruit; dense, nicely structured and elegant with style and depth.  
GLOBAL VINEYARD


88
Taltarni 2003 Cephas, Pyrenees Victoria, Australia ($40)

Edgy and tart with racy black raspberry fruit and tangy acidity; lively, fresh and zesty with balance and lively flavors; long and snappy. 82% Shiraz, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon. 
CLOS DU VAL


90
Billaud-Simon 2006 Chablis Grand Cru Vaudésir, France ($50)

Juicy and minerally with ripe fruit and good firm acidity; dense, rich and balanced with lovely texture and depth; stylish and complex. Chardonnay
LANGDON-SHIVERICK INC.


88
Furstlich Castell'sches Domänenamt 2008 Silvaner, Castell-Castell, Qualitätswien Trocken, Franken, Germany ($16)

Spritzy and crisp with dry, juicy citrus fruit; racy, fresh and long with balance and style. 
VALKENBERG INTERNATIONAL INC


88
La Scolca 2008 Gavi, Italy ($20)

Smooth and lush with juicy apple fruit and tangy acidity; mellow, fresh and elegant.  
FREDERICK WILDMAN


88
Villa Matilde 2004 Cecubo, Roccamonfina, Italy ($41)

Dark and dense with juicy blackberries and minerals; unusual but attractive with balance and a long drying finish. 45% Abbuoto, 35% Primitivo, 20% Piedirosso.
EMPSON USA

 The "twisty" symbol indicates wines with screwcap or other non-cork closures.


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