April 2014

Blue Reviews EXTRA! April 2014

By: Anthony Dias Blue

92 Corley Family 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, State Lane Vineyard, Yountville, Napa Valley ($72)
Dark, rich and smooth with dense plum, cassis and savory notes of earth, wood and spice; velvety and showing notes of mocha and licorice; seamless and long.

91 Corley Family 2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($80)
Silky and juicy with bright plum, cassis and blueberry; elegant, rich and showing savory notes of earth and flesh; long and balanced.

90 Corley Family 2011 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir, Oak Knoll ($60)
Smooth and juicy with lovely ripe cherry and savory notes; fresh with spice and depth; complex and balanced with lovely texture.

90 Corley Family 2010 Proprietary Red Wine, Napa Valley ($55)
Smooth and generous with lush plum, juicy raspberry and spice; elegant rich and balanced with ripe plum and spice; long and mellow, nicely structured. 52% Cabernet Franc, 24% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 6% Syrah.

88 Domaine Porto Carras 2012 Melissanthi, Côtes de Meliton, Greece ($15)
Smooth and peachy with fresh aromatics and minerals; balanced, lively and long and rich with excellent acid structure and a balanced finish.
50% Assyrtiko, 50% Athiri.


89 Domaine Porto Carras 2011 Assyrtiko, Côtes de Meliton, Greece ($15)
Lush and dense with ripe fruit, good depth and mineral notes; clean and fresh, long and balanced.
100% Assyrtiko

87 Domaine Porto Carras 2011 Limnio, Côtes de Meliton, Greece ($16)
Fresh and smooth with lively flavors of berries, earth and spice; edgy, soft tannins and good balance.
100% Limnio.

89 Domaine Porto Carras 2005 Château Porto Carras, Côtes de Meliton, Greece ($22)
Smooth, soft and herbal with ripe plum and earth; long and balanced; clean, ripe and rich. 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Cabernet Franc, 5% Limnio, 25% Merlot

88 Domaine Porto Carras 2010 Magnus Baccata, Greece ($19)
Smooth, lush and meaty with dense, clean, ripe and balanced style; earthy, long and harmonious.
Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon

90 E16 Wines 2012 Chardonnay, Bacigalupi Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($40)
Ripe and spicy with lovely honey-infused flavors; bright oak and silky texture; long and elegant; juicy and fresh.

90 E16 Wines 2012 Selection Pinot Noir, Sonoma County ($35)
Lush, ripe and juicy with black cherry, savory spice and good structure; long, mellow and balanced.


92 E16 Wines 2012 Pinot Noir, Upper Bench, Santa Lucia Highlands ($35)
Deep ruby color; bright raspberry, strawberry and savory spice; supple, lush and juicy; deep, clean and balanced.

92 E16 Wines 2012 Pinot Noir, Bowland Ranch, Bennett Valley ($40)
Smooth and dense with lush texture and ripe black cherry; rich, savory and long; rich, deep and balanced; ripe and mellow.

92 E16 Wines 2012 Pinot Noir, Trenton 1880, Russian River Valley ($45)
Ripe and smooth with black cherry and juicy fruit; silky, dense and balanced with ripe style and good structure; long and lush.

88 Las Rocas 2011 Garnacha, Calatayud, Spain ($14)
Fresh and smooth with spice and juicy plum and blackberry; clean, rich and lush with ripe fruit and lush texture; long and balanced.


89 Longoria Wines 2013 Pinot Grigio, Santa Barbara County ($19)
Fresh and smooth with juicy fruit and elegant style; crisp and tangy with excellent acid structure; long and snappy.

87 Longoria Wines 2012 Albariño, Clover Creek Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley ($23)
Smooth and juicy with ripe, spicy fruit; long and mellow with minerals and good balance.


90 Longoria Wines 2012 Pinot Noir, Lovely Rita, Sta. Rita Hills ($32)
Deep ruby color; lush cherry and raspberry fruit with bright acidity and tangy style; fresh, balanced and supremely juicy with a long, tangy finish.

88 Longoria Wines 2010 Tempranillo, Santa Ynez Valley ($36)
Silky and juicy with bright plum, black raspberry and spice; long and supple with good balance and style.
94% Tempranillo, 6% Merlot.

90 McFadden Vineyard 2011 Late Harvest Riesling, Potter Valley ($18)
Silky and sweet with honey, creamy texture and bright apricot; juicy, fresh and showing botrytis notes; long and rich.

88 McFadden Vineyard 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Potter Valley ($16)
Smooth and lush with ripe peach and juicy melon; minerals and citrus, balance and a long, ripe finish.

88 McFadden Vineyard 2013 Pinot Gris, Potter Valley ($16)
Bright, juicy and ripe with aromatic pear and fresh apple; clean, bright and balanced; long and lush.

88 McFadden Vineyard 2013 Riesling, Potter Valley ($18)
Smooth and juicy, sweet and tangy with apricot and citrus; fresh and long.

89 McFadden Vineyard 2012 Pinot Noir, Potter Valley ($24)
Silky with cherry and nice spice; juicy, bright and fresh with a long, focused finish.

91 Morgan Winery 2012 Chardonnay, Highland, Santa Lucia Highlands ($28)
Smooth and juicy with ripe pear and citrus; lush, smooth and creamy; long and balanced.


90 Peter Paul Wines 2011 Pinot Noir, Mill Station Road, Russian River Valley ($40)
Silky and minerally with some nice earth and a twinge of weediness; bright cherry fruit and some green notes; graceful and long.  

89 Peter Paul Wines  2011 Pinot Noir, Trenton Road, Russian River Valley ($40)
Silky and smooth with toasty notes and fresh cherry fruit; young and not yet together but showing good potential.  

88 Peter Paul Wines 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($40)
Smooth and ripe with leafy notes and ripe plum; earthy and decent.

88 Raymond 2012 Reserve Selection Chardonnay, Napa Valley ($20)
Smooth and juicy with mellow peach and silky texture; long and rich, balanced and dense.



91 Raymond 2012 Small Lot Collection Barrel-Fermented Chardonnay, Napa Valley ($50)
Silky and fresh with sweet, spicy fruit and ripe flavors of vanilla and oak; long and balanced, elegant.

90 Raymond 2010 District Collection Cabernet Sauvignon, St. Helena ($85)
Smooth and dense with ripe plum, cassis and spice; subtle use of wood and good balance with a long, pleasant finish.

90 Raymond 2010 District Collection Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford ($85)
Lush and smooth with juicy plum, blackberry and spice; rich texture and notes of tar and toast; long and balanced.

90 Raymond 2009 District Collection Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville ($85)
Lush textured and dense with plum, spice and toast; long, balanced and intense.

91 Raymond 2010 Generations Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($130)
Bright and rich with luscious cassis and blackberry; deep, nicely texture and long with excellent aging potential; a big improvement for this winery under Jean Charles Boisset.

88 Wairau River 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough ($17)
Bright and juicy with green peach and tropical fruit; lively and showing minerals and spice; long and racy.


88 Wairau River 2012 Chardonnay, Marlborough ($22)
Fresh, juicy and crisp with tangy acidity and racy fruit; peach and pear, spice and a hint of toast; long and bright.


89 Wakefield Wines 2013 Jaraman Chardonnay, Clare Valley ($25)
Fresh and juicy with peach, citrus and silky texture; rich and dense with good acid structure; long and balanced.



90 Wakefield Wines 2013 St. Andrews Chardonnay, Clare Valley ($40)
Crisp and juicy with fresh pear, citrus and racy acidity; lively, tangy and long.


87 Wakefield Wines 2013 Jarman Riesling, Clare Valley, Eden Valley ($25)
Juicy and fresh with lime and tangy fruit; silky, bright and lively with balance and good length.

87 Wakefield Wines 2012 Jarman Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley, Coonawarra ($30)
Peppery, herbal and fleshy; long and dense; spicy and earthy.


88 Wakefield Wines 2013 Jarman Shiraz, Clare Valley ($17)
Deep ruby color; smooth, lush, juicy and spicy with bright plum and berries; rich with notes of mocha and vanilla; lovely and long.

90 J Wrigley Vineyards 2013 Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley ($18)
Fresh and minerally with crisp acidity and nice depth; bright and balanced with a vibrant, juicy style.

92 J Wrigley Vineyards 2012 Pinot Noir, MAC Cuvée, Willamette Valley ($38)
Juicy and lush with bright black cherry and vivid spice; deep, long and graceful with lovely structure; focused and pure. 

90 J Wrigley Vineyards 2011 Pinot Noir, Proposal Block Estate, Willamette Valley ($45)
Juicy and fresh with firm acidity and bright cherry fruit; tangy and pure, long and racy.

89 J Wrigley Vineyards 2010 Pinot Noir, MAC Cuvée; Extended Barrel Aged, Willamette Valley ($54)
Sleek and juicy with bright, juicy style; nice savory elements of earth and minerals; silky and long.

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