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Issue: August 2011
Hawke's Bay Notes

by: Anthony Dias Blue
Craggy Range Vineyards 2010 Chardonnay, Kidnappers, Hawke's Bay ($20)
Bright and juicy with racy citrus showing lively acidity; fresh, tangy and intense; long and lovely with minerally Chablis style. 91
KOBRAND CORP.

Craggy Range Vineyards 2009 Te Kahu, Gimblett Gravels, Hawke's Bay ($22)
Smooth and lush with ripe black plum, blackberry and spice; supple, tangy and fresh with a long finish. 88
KOBRAND CORP.

Elephant Hill 2010 Viognier, Hawke's Bay ($19)
Juicy and bright with minerals, aromatics and tangy acidity; lively, fresh and zesty with a long finish. 88
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Elephant Hill 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, Hawke's Bay ($22)

Smooth, dense and racy with grass and spice; long and balanced. 87
SOUTHERN WINE & SPIRITS OF NEVADA

Elephant Hill 2009 Syrah, Hawke's Bay ($24)
Fresh and juicy with bright, tangy black raspberry and spice; lively and crisp with racy flavors and good balance; long and stylish. 90

Mills Reef 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, Reserve, Hawke's Bay ($20)
Ripe and rich with peach and melon flavors; juicy, dense and long. 87
SAN FRANCISCO WINE EXCHANGE


Mills Reef 2009 Merlot-Malbec, Gimblett Gravels, Hawke's Bay ($20)

Smooth and silky with earth, spice and plum fruit; long and fleshy, balanced and gamey. 88
SAN FRANCISCO WINE EXCHANGE

Mission Estate 2009 Chardonnay, Hawke's Bay ($12)
Crisp and racy with tangy citrus and lively grapefruit; juicy, long and fresh. 87

Mission Estate 2009 Merlot, Hawke's Bay ($17)
Smooth and luscious, dense and meaty with ripe plum and complex flavors; juicy and rich with a long finish. 88

Villa Maria 2010 Private Bin Chardonnay, Unoaked, Hawke's Bay ($15)
Unoaked but quite lush with mineral, spice and ripe fruit; citrus, peach and white flowers; dense and balanced with a long finish. 88
STE. MICHELLE WINE ESTATES



Villa Maria 2009 Private Bin Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon, Hawke's Bay ($15)

 Tangy, bright and juicy with plum, herbs and good structure; spicy, dense and balanced with a fresh finish. 87
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Villa Maria 2008 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot, Gimblett Gravels, Hawke's Bay ($35)

 Smooth, dark and ripe with plum, herbs and spice; dense, long and juicy with lush texture and a lovely, rich finish. 90
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