Tasting Panel September 2013 Newsletter

Blue Reviews EXTRA! September 2013

By: Anthony Dias Blue

Scroll to the bottom for a special Focus on South Africa!


WHITE


Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc


88
Cannonball Winery 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County ($15)

Bright grapefruit, peach and honeysuckle; tangy, fresh and generous with rounded flavors and good acid structure.
CANNONBALL  WINE CO.

 
88 Sivas Sonoma 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County ($16)
Smooth and juicy with tangy acidity and bright fruit; lively, brisk and balanced with good length.
DON SEBASTIANI & SONS


88
Tangent 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Paragon Vineyard, Edna Valley ($13)

Smooth, fresh and juicy with lively acidity and bright citrus; long, balanced and lively.
BAILEYANA


88
Ménage à Trois 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, California ($10)

Ripe and juicy with tangy citrus and tropical fruit; generous, rich and tangy with a long finish. 
TRINCHERO FAMILY ESTATES


90
Wente Vineyards 2011 Louis Mel Sauvignon Blanc, Livermore Valley ($15)

Juicy and bright with racy citrus and tangy acidity; vibrant and tangy with  a long finish.
WENTE FAMILY ESTATES


88
Dry Creek Vineyard 2012 Dry Chenin Blanc, Clarksburg ($12)

Bright and juicy with lively citrus, Meyer lemon and melon; smooth and ripe, lush and long.


Chardonnay


88 Cannonball Winery 2010 Chardonnay, Sonoma County ($15)
Smooth and creamy with melon and ripe citrus; mellow, balanced and long.
CANNONBALL  WINE CO.


88
J. Lohr 2011 Chardonnay, Riverstone, Arroyo Seco, Monterey ($14)

Smooth and creamy with lush, toasted vanilla oak, plus tropical and ripe stone fruit flavors; dense but showing good acid structure. 


88
Carmel Road 2012 Liberated Chardonnay, Arroyo Seco, Monterey ($16)

Smooth and floral with creamy texture and lovely ripe fruit; rich, lush and deep with mineral notes. 
JACKSON FAMILY VINEYARDS


88
Wolfgang Puck 2011 Master Lot Reserve Chardonnay, Keep Memory Alive, California ($13)

Soft, ripe and smooth with sweet vanilla oak and ripe pear fruit; lush, creamy and long. 
DFV WINES


89
Windsor Oaks 2012 Balverne Unoaked Chardonnay, Russian River Valley ($25)

Bright and tangy with ripe flavors of apple and peach; minerally and balanced with a long finish. 


88
Marichal 2012 Premium Varietal Chardonnay, Canelones, Uruguay ($16)

Silky smooth and fresh with juicy citrus and apple fruit; bright and balanced with good length and style.
GLOBAL VINEYARD IMPORTERS


88
Hardy's Wines 2012 Chardonnay, Nottage Hill, South Eastern Australia ($13)

Lush and rich with sweet, creamy flavors of tropical fruit and melon; smooth and showing subtle oak.
INTERNATIONAL CELLARS


88
Sebastiani Vineyards 2011 Chardonnay, Sonoma County ($14)

Fresh and tangy with smooth, creamy fruit showing sweet, new oak; lush, but balanced by juicy acidity; long and harmonious. 97% Chardonnay, 3% mixed whites.
FOLEY WINE ESTATES


88
Four Vines Winery 2011 Naked Unoaked Chardonnay, Santa Barbara County ($12)

Clean and smooth with bright acidity and crisp white peach and citrus; balanced and fresh with no oak and good structure; long and charming.


88
Biltmore Estate 2011 Reserve Chardonnay, North Carolina ($15)

Smooth and ripe with creamy texture and tangy tropical fruit and citrus; fresh and generous with soft oak and good balance; long and fresh. 


88
La Merika 2011 Chardonnay, Central Coast ($13)

Silky and bright with tangy citrus and smooth texture; fresh, juicy and balanced with good length and style. 


Riesling


87
Bota Box 2012 Riesling, California ($23/3L.)

Fresh, clean and juicy with off-dry flavor and tangy acidity; smooth with notes of peach and apricot. 
DFV WINES


88
Ste. Chapelle Winery 2012 Special Harvest Riesling, Snake River Valley ($10)

Sweet and juicy with good acid balance and creamy texture; long and bright. 
PRECEPT WINE


87
Ste. Chapelle Winery NV Chateau Series Riesling, Snake River Valley ($8)

Smooth, clean and sweet with some nice acidity and good balance; juicy and long. 
PRECEPT WINE 

RIESLINGS IMPORTED BY SCHMITT SÖHNE:


90
Bischöfliche Weingüter 2012 DOM Dry Riesling , Mosel, Germany ($17)

Dry, crisp and minerally with tangy acidity and bright lime and citrus fruit; long and elegant. 


90 Bischöfliche Weingüter 2012 DOM Riesling, Mosel, Germany ($17)
Lush and sweet with rich flavors and bright, juicy acidity; fresh and long.


91
Bischöfliche Weingüter 2012 Riesling Kabinett Piesporter Goldtröpfchen, Mosel, Germany ($23)

Spritzy and lush, pure and elegant with mineral, citrus and lovely acidity. 


91
Bischöfliche Weingüter 2012 Riesling Kabinett Scharzhofberger, Mosel, Germany ($23)

Bright, pure and juicy with racy acidity and sweet fruit; elegant, fresh and tangy. 


92
Bischöfliche Weingüter 2012 Riesling Spätlese Ayler Kupp, Mosel, Germany ($29)

Bright, elegant and juicy with pure citrus, sweetness and lovely balance; long and pure, fresh and tangy. 


92
Bischöfliche Weingüter 2012 Riesling, Scharzhofberger Spätlese, Mosel, Germany ($30)

Spritzy and sweet with ginger and spice, bright citrus and creamy honey. 


90
Schloss Vollrads 2012 Riesling, Rheingau, Germany ($20)

Bright and juicy with moderate sweetness and tangy acidity; balanced, pure and fresh; lush and long.


90
Schloss Vollrads 2012 Riesling Kabinett, Medium Dry, Rheingau, Germany ($25)

Bright and racy, crisp and dry with a background of off-dry fruit; long and graceful.


91
Schloss Vollrads 2012 Riesling Kabinett, Rheingau, Germany ($25)

Spritzy and bright, fresh and bursting with crisp fruit and sweetness, long and racy.


88Thomas Schmitt 2012 Private Collection Riesling, Mosel, Germany ($14)
Spritzy and fresh with sweetness and minerals; smooth and balanced, long and fresh.


88
Thomas Schmitt 2012 Private Collection Riesling Kabinett, Mosel, Germany ($15)

Spritzy and ripe with juicy citrus and some sweetness; clean, fresh and balanced.

 



Misc. White Varietals and Blends


88
Twisted Wine Cellars 2012 Pinot Grigio, California ($8)

Silky and fresh with bright acidity and juicy peach; clean, balanced and long.
DELICATO FAMILY VINEYARDS


88
Bonterra Vineyards 2012 Viognier, 70% Mendocino County, 30% Lake County ($14)

Lush and ripe with juicy stone fruit and spice; smooth, bright and tangy.
FETZER VINEYARDS

 
88Feudi di San Gregorio 2012 Falanghina del Sannio, Italy ($15)
Smooth and fresh with peachy notes and a hint of sweetness; juicy and lush; full and generous, long and balanced.
PALM BAY INTERNATIONAL


88
Kenwood Vineyards 2012 Vintage White, California ($8)

Fresh and juicy with nice spiciness and crisp acidity; smooth texture, balance and long finish. 44% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Chard, 10% Pinot Blanc, 5% Gewurztraminer, 1% Muscat.
F. KORBEL & BROS.


88
Smoking Loon 2012 White Loonatic, California ($8)

Clean, fresh and spicy with some sweetness and good acid structure. 40% Viognier, 40% Chardonnay, 10% Muscat, 10% Symphony.
DON SEBASTIANI AND SONS


88
Brassfield Estate 2012 Serenity, High Valley ($15)

Crisp and juicy with tangy acidity and bright fruit; tangy, long and balanced. 56% Pinot Grigio, 31% Sauvignon Blanc, 13% Gewürztraminer.


88
Mirassou 2012 Moscato, California ($12)

Fresh and juicy with nice spice and sweet elder flower; smooth, long and bright.
E&J GALLO


REDS


Cabernet and Merlot


89
Alamos 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza, Argentina ($13)

Lush, smooth and showing jammy cherry and soft herbs; balanced, rich and vibrant. 
E&J GALLO


88 HandCraft 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Artisan Collection, California ($13)
Smooth and lush with cherry, spice and sweet fruit; supple, bright and showing hints of chocolate and mocha.
DFV WINES


88
Turning Leaf NV Cabernet Sauvignon, California ($8)

Smooth and lush with ripe plum and juicy black currant; rich, balanced and long. 
E&J GALLO


88
Wakefield Wines 2012 Promised Land Cabernet Sauvignon, South Australia ($13)

Bright and juicy with herbs and plum; spicy and smooth, long and balanced.
AMERICAN WINE DISTRIBUTORS


88
Calcu 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Colchagua Valley, Chile ($14)

Smooth and lush with plum, blackberry and spice; long and balanced, fresh and focused. 
GLOBAL VINEYARD


91
B. R. Cohn 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Olive Hill Estate, Sonoma Valley ($55)

Velvety smooth and showing cassis, cherry and plum fruit with soft, sweet oak and excellent structure; ripe and generous with depth, concentration and style; long and lovely. 


89
B. R. Cohn 2011 Silver Label Cabernet Sauvignon, North Coast ($20)

Smooth and ripe with juicy raspberry, cassis and plum; fresh and vibrant with vanilla-tinged oak and soft spices; delish! 


88
Apaltagua 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva, Apalta Valley Estate, Colchagua, Chile ($12)

Smooth and ripe with juicy plum and tobacco notes; juicy, clean and bright. 
GLOBAL VINEYARD


88
Cannonball Winery 2011 Merlot, Sonoma County ($15)

Smooth, ripe and tangy with blackberries, cherries and mocha; generous and lush with balance, depth and forward style. 
CANNONBALL  WINE CO.


88
Wakefield Wines 2012 Merlot, Clare Valley ($17)

Ripe black raspberry, spice and coffee bean; supple, rich and showing chocolate and sweet oak.
AMERICAN WINE DISTRIBUTORS

 
88House Wine 2011 Mountain Merlot, Columbia Valley ($11)
Bright, clean and juicy with lively plum, spice and ripe flavors; long and balanced, fresh and lush. 79% Merlot, 9% Syrah, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc.
PRECEPT WINE


89 Ménage à Trois 2012 Merlot, California ($10)

Smooth, ripe and lush with rich plum, spice and notes of sweet oak; balanced and generous. 
TRINCHERO FAMILY ESTATES


88
Cascade Ridge Cellars 2011 Merlot, Columbia Valley ($20)

Bright cherry and plum with racy acidity and firm structure; silky and tangy with good balance and a lively finish. 95% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.
PRECEPT WINE


Malbec and Carmenère


88
Lopez Noceti 2011 Malbec "1919," Mendoza, Argentina ($9)

Lush and spicy with ripe berries and plum; smooth and soft with meaty, rich and sweet oak. 
GRAPE SOLUTIONS


88
Sottano 2012 Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina ($17)

Smooth and silky with sweet, ripe blackberry and blueberry; elegant, balanced and long with harmonious fruit and a mellow finish.
DANGEROUS WINE GROUP


89
Calcu 2011 Malbec, Colchagua Valley, Chile ($14)

Ripe and juicy with tangy acidity and bright black raspberry and plum; smooth and mellow with good structure and a long finish. 
GLOBAL VINEYARD


89Doña Paula 2011 Estate Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina ($16)
Rich, ripe and dense with juicy blackberry and spice; rich and concentrated with soft oak and vivid fruit flavors; long and deep. 
TRINCHERO FAMILY ESTATES


89
Château Lagrézette 2006 Malbec, Cahors, France ($45)

Earthy and dense with lush, rich blackberry and plum fruit; spicy and dense (with a little bret).
THE OTHER WINE & SPIRITS


88
Carmen Gran Reserva 2011 Carmenère, Apalta, Colchagua Valley ($16)

Smooth and velvety with ripe plum and cassis; tangy and juicy with good balance and soft herbs; long and lush. 94% Carmenere, 4% Carignan, 2% Tempranillo.
TRINCHERO FAMILY ESTATES


Pinot Noir


88
J. Lohr 2011 Pinot Noir, Falcon's Perch, Monterey County ($17)

Smooth and silky with lovely black cherry fruit and good acid structure; fresh, balanced and restrained with style and finesse. A remarkable value. 76% Pinot Noir, 24% Valdiguié.


88
Cono Sur 2012 Pinot Noir, Colchagua Valley, Chile ($14)

Bright and juicy with black cherry, spice and good acidity; smooth, long and balanced.
VINEYARD BRANDS


Rhône and Rhône-Style Wines


88
Laurent-Miquel 2011 Faugères L'Artisan, France ($13)

Dense and juicy with ripe plum and blackberry; notes of minerality, cocoa and spice; fresh and charming. 80% Syrah, 20% Grenache.
MIQUEL ET FILS


88
J. Lohr 2011 Syrah, South Ridge, Paso Robles ($15)

Ripe, rich nose; smooth and juicy with blackberry, plum and spice; fresh and balanced with generous style and a long finish. 


91
Larner 2009 Estate Syrah, Santa Ynez Valley ($38)

Dark and rich with blackberry, blueberry and spice; velvety, juicy and  dense with toasty oak and ripe flavors. 


90
Kale Wines 2010 Home Run Cuvée, Kick Ranch, Sonoma County ($45)

Dark and smooth; ripe plum, blackberry and prune with depth, complexity and intensity; juicy, lush and thick; powerful and long. 60% Syrah, 37% Grenache, 3% Viognier.


92 Kale Wines 2010 Syrah, Alder Springs - Spirit Rock Vineyard, Mendocino County ($45)
Dark and rich with tangy blackberry and plum; smooth, dense and ripe with toasty oak and spice; juicy, vivid and long. 96% Syrah, 4% Viognier.


94
Pharaohmoans 2011 Paso Robles ($95)

Velvety smooth with ripe blackberry, boysenberry and vanilla oak; intense with notes of sweet chocolate, Christmas spice and toasted chestnuts; seamless and elegant with a long, lush finish. 92% Syrah, 8% Grenache.


Zinfandel


88
Sebastiani Vineyards 2010 Zinfandel, Sonoma County ($16)

Ripe blackberries and cassis with vanilla and lush spices; silky, balanced and harmonious; long and juicy. 
FOLEY WINE ESTATES


88
Ancient Peaks 2011 Zinfandel, Margarita Vineyard, Paso Robles ($17)

Smooth and forward with notes of cherry, raspberry and spices; nicely textured and balanced with generous style; long and harmonious. 


Italian Wines


88
Cocci Grifoni 2012 Tellus, Marche Rosso, Italy ($13)

Smooth and fresh with raspberry fruit and nice spice; some good earthy complexity; youthful and playful with soft tannins and a long, generous finish. 50% Montepulciano, 25% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon.
EMPSON USA


88
Il Molino di Grace 2010 il Volano, Toscana IGT, Italy ($15)

Smooth, clean and meaty with fresh cherry, black raspberry and spice; tangy and showing notes of licorice and cassis; balanced and youthful. 75% Sangiovese, 25% Merlot.
EMPSON USA


88
Viama 2012 Rosso delle Venezia, Italy ($15)

Smooth, fresh and juicy with bright raspberry fruit and good acid structure; ripe and balanced, clean and long. Sangiovese.


88
Cocci Grifoni 2008 Le Torri, Rosso Piceno Superiore, Italy ($16)

Smooth and dense with meaty notes of ripe blackberry and cherry; showing notes of spice, jam, mocha and licorice; long, smooth and balanced. 55% Montepulciano, 45% Sangiovese.
EMPSONUSA


92
Feudi di San Gregorio 2007 Aglianico  Riserva, Taurasi Piano di Montevergine, Italy ($69)

Velvety and smooth with lovely spice and rich blackberry and cassis; intense and ripe but showing great acidity and balance; long, complex and balanced with a long, concentrated finish. 
PALM BAY INTERNATIONAL


91
Feudi di San Gregorio 2010 Pàtrimo, Campania Rosso, Italy ($150)

Smooth and silky with deep plum, blackberry and spice; juicy and clean with balance and style; ripe and vibrant; long and precise. Mostly Merlot.
PALM BAY INTERNATIONAL


FOCUS ON SOUTH AFRICA


88
Fairview 2012 Viognier, La Capra, Paarl, South Africa ($10)

Smooth, aromatic and juicy with smooth texture and fine balance; lively and long.
VINEYARD BRANDS


88Bellingham 2012 Citrus Grove Chenin Blanc, Coastal Region, South Africa ($12)
Fresh and creamy with generous apple and citrus; balanced and smooth, vibrant and charming.
PACIFIC HIGHWAY


88
Mulderbosch 2012 Chenin Blanc, Western Cape, South Africa ($13)

Silky and aromatic with juicy, tropical fruit and nice mineral components; fresh, balanced and long. 
MULDERBOSCH USA


88
Mulderbosch 2011 Chenin Blanc, Steen Op Hout, Western Cape, South Africa ($15)

Bright and lush with tangy citrus and peachy notes; smooth and ripe, floral, long and balanced.
MULDERBOSCH USA


88Douglas Green 2013 The Beach House Sauvignon Blanc, Western Cape, South Africa ($10)
Bright and juicy with tangy lime and racy acidity; tropical fruit, citrus and  spice.
PACIFIC HIGHWAY WINES & SPIRITS


88
Mulderbosch 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Western Cape, South Africa ($13)

Aromatic and ripe with fresh, brisk acidity; rich and yet nicely crisp; balanced and smooth, long and showing nice mineral complexity. 92% Sauvignon Blanc, 8% Semillon.
MULDERBOSCH USA


89
Fairview 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Darling, South Africa ($14)

Juicy and spicy with racy acidity and tangy acidity; edgy and silky with lively flavors and good balance; long and fresh.
VINEYARD BRANDS


88
Fairview 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, La Capra, Coastal Region, South Africa ($10)

Spicy, peppery nose; smooth, lush spicy and showing plum and meaty notes.
VINEYARD BRANDS


88
MAN Vintners 2011 Shiraz, Skaapveld, Coastal Region, South Africa ($11)

Smooth, spicy and earthy with ripe blackberry and spice; smooth and balanced.
VINEYARD BRANDS


88
Boschendal 2012 S & M, Western Cape, South Africa ($15)

Spicy, brambly nose; lush, generous and spicy with juicy plum and blackberry; tangy, dense and balanced with good length and style. Shiraz, Mourvèdre.
57 MAIN STREET WINE COMPANY


88Sincerely 2011 Shiraz, Western Cape, South Africa ($15)
Silky and smooth with deep raspberry and cassis; sleek, balanced and bright.
VINEYARD BRANDS


88
Fairview 2013 Goats do Roam, Coastal Region, South Africa ($10)

Bright and rich with raspberry fruit and long, smooth style; tangy and expressive. 45% Shiraz, 20% Grenache, 19% Mourvèdre, 16% Gamay.
VINEYARD BRANDS


88
Mulderbosch 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé, Coastal Region, South Africa ($13)

Fresh, spicy style with juicy raspberry and lively acidity; balanced and zesty, long and focused. 
MULDERBOSCH USA

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