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Issue: December 2013
Blue Reviews EXTRA! December 2013

by: Anthony Dias Blue

WHITES

Sauvignon Blanc / Chenin Blanc
90
MAN Vintners 2013 Warrelwind Sauvignon Blanc, Western Cape, South Africa ($11)

Smooth and tangy with ripe citrus and juicy, clean flavors; fresh and bright with lots of charm and good length.
VINEYARD BRANDS

88
Peñalolen 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, San Antonio Valley, Chile ($13)

Clean and bright with herbal notes and tangy acidity; green spice and racy citrus acidity; long and balanced.
GLOBAL VINEYARD IMPORTERS

88
Calcu 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Colchagua Valley, Chile ($14)

Crisp and herbal with juicy citrus and smooth texture; ripe, mellow and balanced.
GLOBAL VINEYARD IMPORTERS

88
Rutherford Ranch 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley ($15)

Smooth and clean with tangy citrus and minerals; silky and bright with balance and a long finish.
RUTHERFORD WINE COMPANY

 

88 MAN Vintners 2013 Free-Run Chenin Blanc, Steen, Coastal Region, South Africa ($11)

Smooth and clean with citrus and juicy tropical fruit; tangy, bright and dense with minerals and lively acidity; long.
VINEYARD BRANDS

Chardonnay
87
Lindeman's 2013 Bin 65 Chardonnay, South Eastern Australia ($7)

Clean and smooth with notes of peach and melon; fresh, juicy and balanced with good length.
TREASURY WINE ESTATES

88
Bonterra Vineyards 2012 Chardonnay, Mendocino County ($14)

Smooth and clean with soft fruit and some vanilla oak notes; balanced fresh and charming with good length. Organic.
FETZER VINEYARDS

88
Sebastiani Vineyards 2012 Chardonnay, Sonoma County ($14)
Smooth, aromatic and mellow with sweet honeysuckle and ripe pear with notes of vanilla; balanced and softly juicy.
FOLEY WINE ESTATES

88
Rutherford Ranch 2012 Chardonnay, Napa Valley ($16)

Crisp and bright with juicy citrus and notes of peach; clean, balanced and showing minerals and good structure; long and lively.
RUTHERFORD WINE COMPANY

89
William Hill Estate 2012 Chardonnay, Napa Valley ($25)

Silky, bright and charming with lovely balance and fresh style; delicate and stylish with good acid structure and depth; amiable and modern.
E. & J. GALLO

90
Matanzas Creek 2011 Chardonnay, Sonoma County ($26)

Golden color; smooth, vanilla oak nose; creamy and smooth with toasty oak and ripe pear fruit; mellow, rich and long.
JACKSON FAMILY WINES



90
Three Sticks 2011 Chardonnay, Durell Vineyard, Sonoma Valley ($50)

Golden color; lush and creamy with juicy citrus and peach fruit; smooth and toasty with bright acidity and good balance; long and complex.

90
Hestan Vineyards 2010 Unfiltered Chardonnay, San Francisco Bay ($50)

Smooth and fresh with bright, ripe fruit and juicy style; lush and showing lovely structure and a long, rich finish.

MISC. WHITE VARIETALS AND BLENDS
88  Willow Crest 2012 Pinot Gris, Yakima Valley ($15)
Smooth and silky with juicy, bright flavors; peach and citrus, long and balanced.
PRECEPT WINE

88 Steele Wines 2012 Viognier, Lake County ($17)
Aromatic and clean with juicy peach and notes of vanilla; smooth and lush, ripe and rich with a long, fresh finish.

90 Judd's Hill 2012 Viognier, Napa Valley ($34)
Smooth and juicy with fresh, clean and balanced flavors; bright, mouth-filling and vibrant; long and juicy.


90 Michael Gill Cellars 2012 Tuxedo Cellars Viognier, Paso Robles ($38)
Smooth and creamy with juicy citrus and melon fruit; tangy, racy and balanced with a long finish.


86 Cantina del Castello 2011 Soave Classico Pressoni, Italy ($20)
Smooth and fresh with ripe fruit and minerals; peachy, lush and juicy with good balance and a long finish.

RIONDO USA

87  Le Chiantigiane 2012 Castiglione Vernaccia di San Gimignano, Italy ($10)
Smooth, clean and mellow with soft fruit and good acid structure; slight but with some charms; long and fresh.
RIONDO USA

89  Bodegas Martín Códax 2012 Albariño, Rías Baixas, Spain ($15)
Fresh and spicy with bright acidity and juicy style; tangy and balanced with lots of charm; smooth and harmonious; long and vibrant.

E. & J. GALLO

88  Nasiakos 2012 Moschofilero, Mantinia, Greece ($16)
Smooth and sweet with peach blossoms and tangy floral notes; juicy and fresh with minerals, spice and lovely balance.
STELLAR IMPORTING COMPANY

88
Jekel Vineyards 2012 Riesling, Monterey, Germany ($16)

Smooth and ripe with apricot and peach fruit; soft and off-dry with ripe flavors and tangy acidity; long and balanced.

FETZER VINEYARDS

88
Loosen Bros 2012 Riesling, Mosel, Germany ($12)

Spritzy and fresh with bright apple and racy acidity; some sweetness but lovely structure and balance.

LOOSEN BROS. USA
 

90 Robert Weil 2012 Riesling Trocken, Rheingau, Germany ($20)

Bright, spritzy and dry with racy citrus fruit; crisp, bracing and showing searing acidity and minerals; long and supremely juicy.
LOOSEN BROS. USA

90 Loosen Bros 2012 Blue Slate Riesling Kabinett, Mosel, Germany ($22)
Crisp and juicy with green apple and tangy acidity; bright, juicy and nicely balanced with fresh, sweet fruit and style.

LOOSEN BROS. USA

91  Loosen Bros 2012 Riesling Kabinett Bernkasteler Lay, Mosel, Germany ($28)
Spritzy, crisp and juicy with sweet peach and citrus; racy, fresh and lovely; long and elegant.
LOOSEN BROS. USA

91 Robert Weil 2012 Riesling Kabinett Tradition, Rheingau ($30)
Spritzy and juicy with racy citrus and focused flavors; pure, tangy and showing some fresh sweetness for balance; long and showing a bright tension and a long finish.
LOOSEN BROS. USA

90 Maximin Grünhäuser 2012 Riesling, Kabinett, Herrenberg, Mosel, Germany ($34)
Juicy and tangy with dry, racy style; pure and bright with fresh, focused flavors and a long, clean finish.

LOOSEN BROS. USA

92 Loosen Bros 2012 Riesling Spätlese Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Mosel, Germany ($34)
Fresh and juicy with pure, racy acidity and tangy peach; elegant with mineral notes and lovely balance; fresh and exquisite.

LOOSEN BROS. USA
 

92 Fritz Haag 2012 Riesling Spätlese Brauneberger Juffer, Mosel, Germany ($38)
Ripe and sweet with rich peach and racy acidity; pure and fresh, balanced and vibrant with classic Mosel style.
LOOSEN BROS. USA

92 Robert Weil 2012 Riesling Spätlese Tradition, Rheingau, Germany ($40)
Clean and pure with racy citrus acidity and lush sweetness; crisp and juicy with amazing depth.

LOOSEN BROS. USA

93 Fritz Haag 2012 Riesling Spätlese Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr, Mosel, Germany ($44)
Sweet and juicy with ripe peach, pure, focused acidity and lovely balance; stunning.

LOOSEN BROS. USA

92  Maximin Grünhäuser 2012 Riesling Spätlese Abtsberg, Mosel, Germany ($45)
Bright, pure and juicy with tangy citrus and peach; lush and sweet with graceful acidity and balance.
LOOSEN BROS.

93 Fritz Haag 2012 Riesling Auslese Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr, Mosel, Germany ($56)
Bright and juicy with sweet peach and racy green apple; rich, balanced and pure with exceptional honey notes balanced by pinpoint acidity.

LOOSEN BROS.

90  Maximin Grünhäuser 2012 Riesling, Superior, Abtsberg, Mosel, Germany ($60)
Steely and dry with tangy citrus and pure, racy style with edgy fruit and rich minerals; long and juicy.

LOOSEN BROS.


REDS

RED BLENDS
88
Waterbrook Winery 2011 Mélange, Columbia Valley ($16)

Smooth and juicy with ripe flavors of plum, black raspberry and spice; lush, complex and balanced; long and fresh.
PRECEPT WINE

90  Apex Cellars 2011 The Catalyst, Columbia Valley ($18)
Ripe and fresh with rich plum, blackberry and spice; juicy, dense and balanced with vibrant flavors and a long, tangy finish.
PRECEPT WINE

90
Tower 15 2011 The Swell, Paso Robles ($22)

Smooth, ripe and juicy with plum, blackberry and spice; soft herbs, clean and balanced, long and fresh.

36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 12% Malbec, 11% Petit Verdot, 10% Cabernet Franc.
PALI WINE CO.


90 Buty Winery 2011 Merlot–Cabernet Franc, Conner Lee Vineyard, Columbia Valley ($45)
Smooth, toasty and ripe with plum, spice and tangy acidity; bright and juicy with a long finish.
67% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Franc.

 

90 J. Lohr 2009 Cuvée PAU, Paso Robles ($50)
A Pauillac-style blend with vivid plum and cassis; elegant, rich and balanced with length and focus; complex and stylish. 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Malbec, 10% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc.

91 J. Lohr 2009 Cuvée POM, Paso Robles ($50)
A tribute to Pomerol with tangy plum and toasty notes; elegant, ripe and balanced with lovely structure, depth and style. 59% Merlot, 26% Petit Verdot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon.

90 J. Lohr 2009 Cuvée St. E, Paso Robles ($50)
The St-Emilion of Paso: Juicy, firm structure with bright plum and tangy black raspberry; dense, earthy and complex; long and stylish. 44% Cabernet Franc, 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Petit Verdot.

90  Buty Winery 2010 Columbia Rediviva, Phinny Hill Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills ($60)
Deep and juicy with black plum and raspberry; long and pure with focused flavors; firm acid structure and intensity; racy, edgy and long.
85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Syrah.

93 Mora Estate 2009 Valpo, Alexander Valley ($65)
Smooth and ripe with juicy black plum, blueberry and cassis; lush and concentrated with spice, pepper and lovely depth; rich, harmonious and complex; Amarone-like; long and lovely.
Every bottle is individually hand-painted by Alena Ramaci. Corvina Veronese, Rondinella, Molinara, Negrara.

CABERNET SAUVIGNON
88
Bulletin Place 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, South Eastern Australia ($10)

Bright and juicy with ripe plum and raspberry; fleshy, earthy and balanced.

VINEYARD BRANDS

88
Canoe Ridge Vineyard 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, The Expedition, Horse Heaven Hills ($17)
Ripe nose of spice and chocolate; smooth and rich with sweet plum, cassis and lush herbs; soft and dense, long and balanced.
PRECEPT WINE

89
Wild Horse 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Coast ($20)
Fresh and ripe with charming black raspberry and cherry with notes of cocoa and spice; clean, bright and balanced with a long, smooth finish.
CONSTELLATION WINES U.S.

90
Wente Vineyards 2011 Charles Wetmore Cabernet Sauvignon, Livermore Valley ($30)
Smooth and juicy with plum, spice and bright acidity; charming, fresh and vibrant; balanced and long.
WENTE VINEYARDS

90
Apex Cellars 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley ($33)
Soft vanilla oak nose; smooth, juicy and fresh with clean, ripe fruit; fresh plum and black raspberry with soft oak notes; balanced, lush and long.
PRECEPT WINE

90
Jamieson Ranch Vineyards 2011 Double Lariat Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($45)
Smooth and rich with plum, cassis and spice; ripe, juicy and balanced with good definition and style.


90 Rutherford Ranch 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Reserve, Napa Valley ($48)
Dark and juicy with blackberry, cherry and spice; clean, supple and showing notes of chocolate and toasty oak; long, dense and balanced.
RUTHERFORD WINE COMPANY

90
Melka 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon “CJ,” Napa Valley ($55)
Deep and dense with velvety texture and rich plum, cassis and spice; soft herbs, concentrated and long.


90 Waterstone 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Reserve, Napa Valley ($60)
Dark and lush with plum, minerals and toasty oak; leafy, dense, supple with good acid structure; long and balanced.


93 Three Sticks 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley ($75)
Ripe, fragrant nose; smooth and ripe with juicy plum and blackberry fruit; racy, fresh and showing fine acid structure; generous and nicely balanced.

MERLOT
87
Lindeman's 2013 Bin 40 Merlot, South Eastern Australia ($7)

Lush and clean
with ripe plum and silky texture; balanced, soft and likeable.
TREASURY WINE ESTATES

88 Rutherford Ranch 2011 Merlot, Napa Valley ($15)
Smooth and fresh with bright plum and blackberry fruit; juicy, supple and showing vanilla oak influence and tangy acidity; long and balanced.
RUTHERFORD WINE COMPANY

88  Wild Horse 2011 Merlot, Central Coast ($17)
Lush and smooth with ripe plum, cherry and spice; juicy, tangy and long with balance, depth and lots of charm.
CONSTELLATION WINES U.S.

90  Hunnicutt 2011 Merlot, Napa Valley ($48)
Dark, rich and spicy with deep blackberry, cassis and chocolate; long and intense.

91  Shafer Vineyards 2011 Merlot, Napa Valley ($50)
Dark, smooth and bright with spice, ripe plum and concentration; long, balanced and rich; long and balanced.

90 Duckhorn 2010 Merlot, Carneros ($70)
Smooth, lush and meaty with smoke, earth and spice; plum and cherry fruit with dense, juicy flavors; balanced, expressive and long.

92 Duckhorn 2010 Merlot, Atlas Peak ($70)
Lush and rich with plum, black cherry and sweet, ripe flavors; dense, juicy with notes of chocolate and a velvety texture; intense and long.

92  Duckhorn 2010 Merlot, Rector Creek Vineyard, Napa Valley ($90)
Generous and complex with ripe plum, cassis and lots of spice elements including mocha, tea and oak; lush and smooth with velvety texture and a long, rich finish.
DUCKHORN

91  Tower 15 2011 Reserve Petit Verdot, Paso Robles ($29)
Lush and juicy with impressive style and depth; rich plum and spice with minerals, spice, oak and finesse; charming and complex.
PALI WINE CO.

MALBEC
88
Tercos 2011 Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina ($13)

Smooth and ripe with fresh blackberry and tangy acidity; balanced and juicy with fresh, vibrant style.
GLOBAL VINEYARD IMPORTERS

91 Felino 2012 Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina ($19)
Part of Paul Hobbs’s Viña Cobos project; intense blackberry, cherry and cassis; lush, concentrated and deep with balance, style and a long, vivid finish.
PAUL HOBBS IMPORTS


93 Bodega Colomé 2011 Estate Malbec, Valle Calchaquí, Argentina ($30)
Dark and dense with ripe blackberry and spice; intense with depth and beautiful oak influence and vivid, rich flavors; lush, elegant and stunning; the best vintage yet of this important wine.
THE HESS COLLECTION

95
Bramare 2011 Malbec, Valle du Uco, Argentina ($45)

Another Viña Cobos wine from Paul Hobbs; ripe plum, blackberry and spice; lush and balanced with great depth and lots of juicy notes; packed with flavor yet elegant and polished; long and vivid.
PAUL HOBBS IMPORTS

93
Bramare 2011 Malbec, Luján de Cuyo, Argentina ($45)
Dark, fragrant and smooth with concentrated blackberry, cassis and spice; dense, meaty and ripe with great intensity and depth; complex, rich and balanced.
PAUL HOBBS IMPORTS

PINOT NOIR/PINOT MEUNIER
87
Mandolin Vintners 2012 Pinot Noir, Monterey ($12)

Smooth and mature with earthy, leather notes and soft cherry fruit; decent and balanced.

88 Five Rivers 2012 Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County ($15)
Bright cherry and spice nose; juicy and tangy with clean, fresh cherry fruit and bright acidity; quite a creditable Pinot at this price.
FETZER VINEYARDS

88 Fess Parker 2012 Parker Station Pinot Noir, Central Coast ($15)
Bright and ripe with juicy cherry and smooth texture; fresh, tangy and long.


91  Etude 2011 Pinot Noir, Grace Benoist Ranch, Carneros ($42)
Smooth, bright and showing black cherry, ripe, earthy notes and spice; lush, deep and balanced with tangy acidity and a long, juicy finish.
TREASURY WINE ESTATES

90
Raptor Ridge Winery 2011 Pinot Noir Reserve, Willamette Valley ($45)
Bright cherry nose; crisp and juicy with tangy acidity and pure, lively style with a bracing, lively finish.

92  Raptor Ridge Winery 2012 Pinot Noir, Gran Moraine Vineyard, Yamhill-Carlton ($45)
Appealing raspberry nose; dense and ripe with juicy black cherry and racy acidity; bright, balanced and seductive; long and focused.

90 Patz & Hall 2012 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast ($46)
Silky and juicy with bright cherry and tangy acidity; fresh and bright with lively flavors and good balance; long and racy, vibrant and crisp.


91  Raptor Ridge Winery 2011 Estate Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains ($50)
Fresh, tangy and bright with fresh cherry and raspberry lifted by a core of crisp, racy acidity; juicy and pure with vibrant style and a long finish.

90  Cornerstone Cellars 2010 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley ($50)
Silky and fresh with notes of earth and ripe black cherry; elegant and complex, long and dense; vibrant and juicy.

91 Black Kite Cellars 2011 Pinot Noir, Soberanes Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands ($55)
Lush cherry nose; smooth texture and ripe cherry fruit; bright, elegant and balanced with lovely style and a long, fresh finish.

92 Three Sticks 2011 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley ($60)
Smooth and ripe with sweet cherry, cola and spice; tangy with notes of earth and wood; long and balanced.

93  Patz & Hall 2011 Pinot Noir, Hyde Vineyard, Carneros ($65)
Another great wine from one of America's best vineyards; silky and bright with ripe cherry and plum and elegant structure; fine acidity and juicy fruit with notes of perfume, earth and soft spice; long and vivid.

90 La Rochelle 2012 Pinot Meunier, Saralee's Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($38)
Smooth and meaty with juicy acidity and bright plum and cherry fruit; lush and tangy with depth and lively style; long and balanced.


RHÔNE AND RHÔNE-STYLE VARIETALS AND BLENDS
90
Cave de Tain L'Hermitage 2009 Crozes Hermitage, France ($20)

Smooth, ripe and juicy with cherry and blackberry fruit; lush, rich and tangy with lovely, harmonious flavors; long and balanced.
OWS/OTHER WINE & SPIRITS

90
Vina Robles 2009 Syrée, Paso Robles ($39)
Smooth and spicy with deep color and ripe plum and blackberry fruit; lush, rich and long.

91 Torres 2011 Salmos, Priorat, Spain ($46)
Smooth and luscious with plum, blackberry and spice; rich, dense and juicy with some oak complexity; balanced, complete and long. Garnacha Tinta, Syrah, Cariñena.
DREYFUS, ASHBY



95
Cave de Tain L'Hermitage 2009 Hermitage Gambert de Loche, France ($125)

Rich and juicy with concentration and elegance; pure and generous with spice, pepper and explosive fruit; ripe and complex with huge aging potential.

OWS/OTHER WINE & SPIRITS

88
Riondo 2012 Baronie Coraldo Syrah, Terre Siciliane, Italy ($10)

Dense and rich with ripe blackberry and boysenberry with notes of chocolate and spice; rustic, lush and balanced with some earthiness and style.
RIONDO USA

89
Nine Stones 2012 Shiraz, McLaren Vale, Australia ($13)

Smooth and juicy with tangy, bright blackberry and cassis; lush, racy and balanced with depth and good length.
VINEYARD BRANDS

89
Nine Stones 2011 Shiraz, Barossa Valley, Australia ($13)

Smooth and juicy with tangy black raspberry and lively spice; balanced, long and charming.
VINEYARD BRANDS

88
Kendall-Jackson 2011 Vintner's Reserve Syrah, Santa Barbara County ($17)

Silky and juicy with bright blackberry fruit and notes of vanilla and spice; toasted, dense and balanced with good length.

90 Tin Barn 2010 Syrah, Coryelle Fields Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($25)
Smooth and spicy with ripe blackberry, plum and cassis; bright, juicy and balanced with tangy acidity; long and vibrant.


91 Trione Vineyards and Winery 2009 Syrah, River Road Ranch, Russian River Valley ($32)
Dark, deep and plump with ripe blackberry, plum and spice; rich, smooth and tangy with good acid structure; intense, concentrated and long with a dense finish.


90  Palmeri Wines 2011 Syrah, Van Ness Vineyard, Alexander Valley ($43)
Dense and ripe with bright, juicy blackberry and cassis; elegant, firmly structured and meaty with spice and depth; long and showing finesse.

91 Vie Winery 2010 Syrah, White Hawk Vineyard, Santa Barbara County ($45)
Dark and dense with ripe blackberry and spice, white pepper and tangy acidity; rich, deep and balanced.


90 Tuxedo Cellars 2011 Syrah, Paso Robles ($65)
Juicy and smooth with ripe blackberry and blueberry; rich, balanced and concentrated; long, lush and intense.

MICHAEL GILL CELLARS

ITALIAN REDS

  Le Chiantigiane is a consortium of small producers controlling 3,000 hectares of prime vineyards. The group pooled resources to create a state-of-the-art facility. The wines are imported by Riondo USA.
86  Le Chiantigiane 2011 Calice, Toscana, Italy ($7)

Fresh, clean and modest with decent fruit and nice structure; simple and pleasant.
RIONDO USA

87
Le Chiantigiane 2011 Loggia del Conte, Chianti, Italy ($8)

Smooth and juicy with fresh plum and raspberry fruit; good acid structure and a tangy finish.
RIONDO USA

88 Le Chiantigiane 2009 Baccio Riserva, Chianti, Italy ($12)
Dense and juicy with chewy plum and raspberry fruit; ripe and nicely structured with good depth, balance and smooth texture; long and racy.

RIONDO USA



90 Le Chiantigiane 2010 Alberese Alborense, Morellino di Scansano, Italy ($20)
Dense and rich with lovely plum, spice and cassis; rich and meaty with lush flavors and spice; deep, juicy and rich.
RIONDO USA

88
Le Chiantigiane 2010 Sangiovese Insieme, Toscana, Italy ($8)

Smooth and bright with juicy plum, spice and tangy acidity; fresh and showing some depth.
RIONDO USA

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88
Poliziano 2011 Rosso di Montepulciano, Italy ($15)

Smooth and ripe with juicy plum, black raspberry and spice; fresh, rich and dense; long, balanced and meaty; a great value.
DALLA TERRA

93
Poliziano 2009 Asinone Vino Nobile di Montepuliciano, Italy ($58)

Fragrant and deeply colored; velvety and lush with rich plum, raspberry and spice with lovely notes of violets and vanilla; toasty, mellow and with fine acid structure; long, complex and classic; stunning.
DALLA TERRA

88
Serjna 2005 Barolo Riserva, Italy ($28)

Smooth and juicy with mature varietal fruit; clean, earthy and dense with notes of leather, spice and oak; balanced and bright, long and complex; a very good value.
RIONDO USA

90
Nino Negri 2008 Le Tense Sassella, Valtellina Superiore, Italy ($34)

Ripe and juicy with edgy fruit and a hint of oak; smoky, earthy and bright with firm structure; long and balanced.

FREDERICK WILDMAN & SONS

90
Nino Negri 2009 Vigneto Fracia Monopole, Valtellina Superiore, Italy ($40)

Dense and ripe with tangy fruit and minerals; lush and spicy with firm structure and a long, bright finish; complex and focused.

FREDERICK WILDMAN & SONS

91
Boroli 2008 Barolo, Italy ($40)

Bright and elegant with tangy plum and notes of leather and spice; refined, complex and balanced with lovely style and considerable grace; long and juicy with depth and finesse.

DALLA TERRA

92
Vietti 2009 Nebbiolo, Castiglione, Barolo ($48)

Silky and tangy with firm acidity, plum, tar and roses; juicy, softly tannic and classic with depth, elegance and finesse; long and stylish.

DALLA TERRA

89
Boroli 2011 Quattro Fratelli, Barbera d'Alba, Italy ($15)

Smooth and juicy with ripe plum and raspberry; balanced and lush with spice, rich fruit and fine acid structure; harmonious and long.
DALLA TERRA

88 Boroli 2009 Madonna di Como, Dolcetto d'Alba, Italy ($17)
Juicy and bright with tangy blackberry, cherry and spice; racy and nicely structured; clean, balanced and tangy with smooth texture and good length.

DALLA TERRA

88 Baronie Coraldo 2012 Nero d'Avola, Terre Siciliane, Italy ($10)
Smooth and clean with depth and ripe blueberry and cassis fruit; rich, dense and concentrated; long, meaty and intense.

RIONDO USA

90
Riondo 2009 Amarone della Valpolicella, Italay ($40)

Smooth and dense with ripe cassis and blackberry; concentrated and rich with spice, leather and wood; long, expressive and balanced.
RIONDO USA

88
Chiarieri 2012 Nonno's Secret, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Italy ($13)

Smooth and dense with ripe plum and black raspberry; rich and concentrated with notes of earth, spice and wood; lush, harmonious and vibrant; long and deep.

RIONDO USA

89
Casato di Melzi 2010 Negroamaro Riserva, Salice Salentino, Italy ($13)

Dark and rich with smooth texture and ripe berry fruit; concentrated and lush with lovely style and depth; long, intense and balanced.
RIONDO USA

87
Baglio Gibellina 2009 Terremoto Rosso, Sicilia, Italy ($20)

Smooth, clean and balanced with rich, earthy flavors; ripe and intense.
RIONDO USA

88
Baglio Gibellina 2010 Assurdo Rosso, Sicilia, Italy ($20)

Smooth and dense with ripe blackberry and spice; rich and earthy with a long, concentrated finish.
RIONDO USA

88
Marno 2010 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Italy ($20)

Smooth and bright with dusty plum and juicy raspberry; fresh and tangy with good depth and notes of earth and spice; long and balanced.
RIONDO USA

90
Poliziano 2010 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Italy ($28)

Smooth and lush with ripe plum, raspberry and cherry; ripe and juicy with depth and lovely balance; fresh, vibrant and lovely; long and charming.
DALLA TERRA

ZINFANDEL AND PETITE SIRAH
88
Predator Wines 2012 Zinfandel, Old Vine, Lodi ($15)

Juicy and toasted with some sweet raspberry fruit and cinnamon spice; tangy, fresh and balanced.
RUTHERFORD WINE COMPANY

88
Bonterra Vineyards 2011 Zinfandel, Mendocino County ($16)

Spicy nose; lush, dense and juicy with wine cherry and black raspberry; fresh, smooth and balanced with good length and style.
Organic.
FETZER VINEYARDS

90 Pedroncelli Winery 2011 Zinfandel, Bushnell Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley ($19)
Juicy and brambly with wild raspberry and plum; smooth and concentrated with long, spicy flavors.
 

92  Dry Creek Vineyard 2011 Old Vine Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley ($30)
Smooth and lush, concentrated and juicy with ripe blackberry and cassis; dense, earthy and complex; made from pre-Prohibition vines.

90 Peachy Canyon 2011 Snow Zinfanel, Paso Robles ($38)
Bright and juicy with generous plum, raspberry and vanilla oak; tangy, fresh and delicious; racy and long, balanced and charming.

88 Parducci 2010 Petite Sirah, Small Lot Blend, Mendocino County ($14)
Dark and dense with ripe plum and cassis; soft tannins and decent balance.

MENDOCINO WINE CO.

90
Parducci 2010 True Grit Petite Sirah Reserve, Mendocino ($29)

Smooth and ripe with dark plum, cherry and spice; lush, dense and balanced with a long finish.
MENDOCINO WINE CO.


ROSÉ

90 Mora Estate 2012 Rosato, Sonoma County ($25)
Crisp, bright and tangy with juicy raspberry and strawberry; dry, racy and fresh with a long finish.
60% Barbera, 40% Corvina Veronese.



SPARKLING

88
Riondo NV R37 Demi Sec Prosecco, Italy ($15)

Smooth and juicy with sweet, ripe peach and tropical fruit; balanced, fresh, creamy and harmonious; long, bright and showing finesse and style.
RIONDO USA

89
Riondo NV Blu Prosecco, Italy ($14)

Fresh, smooth and creamy with bright fruit and some elegance; gentle but persistent mousse; clean, lightly spicy and harmonious; long and tangy with a hint of almonds.

RIONDO USA
 

92  G. H. Mumm NV Blanc de Blancs Champagne, France ($74)
Racy, precise and creamy; long and balanced.

PERNOD-RICARD USA

91
Schramsberg Vineyards 2004 Reserve, North Coast ($115)

Fresh and dense with juicy berry fruit and rich flavors; clean, complex and long with depth and charm.

WILSON DANIELS
 

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