June 2014

Blue Reviews EXTRA!

By: Anthony Dias Blue

90 Adelaida Cellars 2011 Version, Anna's Estate, Paso Robles ($36)
Smooth and spicy with notes of pepper, blackberry and raspberry; juicy, fresh and bright with balance and a long finish. 33% Grenache, 32% Syrah, 29% Mourvedre, 3% Cinsault, 3% Counoise

92 Adelaida Cellars 2011 Zinfandel, Reserve, Michael's Estate, Paso Robles ($50)
Smooth and ripe with black raspberry, cassis and wild blackberry; rich and balanced with juicy acidity and lovely complexity. 95% Zinfandel, 5% Sirah.


92 Adelaida Cellars 2011 Syrah, Block 5 Reserve, Anna's Estate, Paso Robles ($55)
Juicy and rich with deep blackberry and spice; plum, cassis and spice; chocolate and vanilla oak; long and lush.

93 Adelaida Cellars 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Reserve, Viking Estate, Paso Robles ($75)
Juicy and vivid with bright plum, black raspberry and spice; silky and crisp with lovely acid structure; ripe and layered, long and generous.

91 Adelaida Cellars 2011 Mourvèdre, Anna's Estate, Paso Robles ($32)
Smooth and lush with mouth filling berry fruit; rich, generous and dense with juicy, balanced flavors and good length.

91 Atalon 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($40)
Juicy and bright with deep plum and earth; spicy, intense and neatly structured; balanced and stylish with finesse and a long finish.

90 Barboursville Vineyards 2010 Octagon, Virginia ($55)
Smooth, ripe and juicy with rich plum and spice; clean, balanced and long. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot

91 Barren Ridge Vineyards 2009 Meritage, Virginia ($32)
Smooth and spicy with rich, plum and soft oak; silky texture and a long juicy finish; balanced and generous. 35% Merlot, 45% Petit Verdot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon

92 Bodegas Dios Baco NV Cream Sherry, Sherry-Jerez-Xeres ($25)
Amber color; smooth, rich nose; tangy, juicy and long with sweet, complex flavors; rancio, dried fruit and toast; long and elegant, Palomino Fino, Moscatel, Pedro Ximénez

90 Bodegas Dios Baco NV Pedro Ximénez, Pedro Ximénez, Sherry-Jerez-Xeres ($18)
Dark and opaque; thick and creamy with rich sweetness and notes of caramel, chocolate and spice; dense and intense. 100% Pedro Ximénez

91 Bodegas Dios Baco NV Elite Oloroso, Sherry-Jerez-Xeres ($25)
Amber color; sweet, mellow nose; smooth and silky with sweet, toasty style; rancio and spice; long and complex. Palomino Fino, Moscatel

90 Bonny Doon Vineyard 2012 Syrah, Le Pousseur, Central Coast ($26)
Smooth and toasty with notes of earth, herbs, spice and lush texture; meaty, intense and rich; dense and showing notes of chocolate and licorice.

93 Brandlin Vineyards 2011 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Grown, Mount Veeder ($60)
Smooth and juicy with lovely ripe plum and black raspberry; elegant and showing subtle oak, spice and balance; long and vivid.

90 Bumgarner 2011 Tempranillo, El Dorado ($27)
Bright and tangy with notes of spice, plum and soft oak; velvety and lush with density and lovely flavors; long and rich.

90 Byron 2012 Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley ($29)
Ripe cherry nose; fresh, juicy and spicy with dark cherries and cassis; smooth and lush with balance and lovely style.

92 Calera 2011 Pinot Noir, Selleck Vineyard, Mt. Harlan ($84)
Crisp and juicy with bright cherry and raspberry fruit; silky, elegant and pure with spice and lovely savory qualities; long and harmonious, vibrant and showing a lot of finesse.

90 Canoe Ridge Vineyard 2011 Merlot, Reserve, Canoe Ridge Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills ($22)
Smooth and juicy with ripe plum and notes of earth; fresh and tangy with bright fruit, structure and good length; long and classic. 98% Merlot, 2% Malbec

91 Charles Heintz 2012 Pinot Noir, Charles Heintz Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($48)
Juicy and bright with lively cherry fruit, earth and savory qualities; fresh, elegant and vibrant; silky and smooth, long and lifted.

90 Charles Heintz 2013 Pinot Noir Rosé, Charles Heintz Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($19)
Lovely salmon color; dry, smooth and rich with juicy raspberry and notes of spice and earth; tangy, crisp and balanced; long and complex.

88 Charles Heintz 2012 Chardonnay, Charles Heintz Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($45)
Smooth and aromatic with creamy texture and soft acidity; mellow and balanced.

91 Chateau Ste. Michelle 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Ethos Reserve, Columbia Valley ($50)
Dark and rich with juicy flavors of plum, cassis and spice; dense and ripe with depth and harmony; long and deep.

90 Chateau Ste. Michelle 2011 Syrah, Ethos Reserve, Columbia Valley ($50)
Dark and deep with notes of cinnamon, cocoa and spice; blackberry, vanilla and black pepper; smooth vanilla oak and a long finish.

91 Chester-Kidder 2010 Red Wine, Columbia Valley ($50)
Smooth and lush with ripe plum and spice; deep plum, cassis and notes of chocolate; long and dense. 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Syrah, 5% Petit Verdot

91 Cornerstone Cellars 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Stepping Stone, Napa Valley ($45)
Lush, smooth and ripe with concentrated plum and cassis; rich and dense with sweet new oak and spice; chocolate, licorice and flesh; long and deep. 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot

90 Cuvaison Winery 2012 Pinot Noir, Spire, Carneros ($48)
Bright and juicy with cherry, spice and earthy notes; fresh and balanced, clean and long.

92 Dancing Hares 2010 Mad Hatter, Napa Valley ($62)
Smooth and lush with dense flavors of plum, cassis and blackberry; rich, deep and tangy with vanilla and spice; long and full-bodied. 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot

92 Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier 2011 Shiraz, Malakoff, Pyrenees, Australia ($50)
Bright and juicy with pepper, spice and savory cassis and blackberry; smooth and complex with rich notes of earth and lovely structure; complex and balanced.

90 Double Canyon 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Double Canyon Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills ($40)
Rich, ripe and juicy with velvety texture and density; cassis, blackberry and plum with nice spice nuance; long and balanced. 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Syrah

90 Faust 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($50)
smooth and juicy with soft herbs, spice and ripe plum and tangy fruit; dusty, elegant and long. 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec, 1% Cabernet Franc

90 Ferrari-Carano 2012 Pinot Noir, Sky High Ranch, Mendocino Ridge ($42)
Lush and dense with rich cherry, plum and raspberry fruit; meaty, ripe and deep with lovely texture and good balance; full and generous.

90 Ferrari-Carano 2012 Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley ($34)
Silky and juicy with crisp red cherry, tangy acidity and lovely structure; smooth and fresh, bright and long.

90 Fiddlehead Cellars 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara ($25)
Ripe and balanced with lush texture, bright minerals and complex fruit; layered, balanced and long.

92 Fiddlehead Cellars 2010 Pinot Noir, Seven Twenty Eight, Fiddlestix Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills ($42)
Crisp and juicy with bright cherry fruit and racy acidity; savory, fresh and lively with classic style.

90 Field Stone Winery 2012 Syrah, Marion's Block, Field Stone Estate, Alexander Valley ($25)
Dark, smooth and spicy with blackberry, boysenberry and meaty notes; lush, dense and hints of violets; complex and long.

94 Fog Crest Vineyard 2012 Pinot Noir, Estate Bottled, Russian River Valley ($55)
Lush and ripe with deep black cherry and rich brown sugar; intense, elegant, powerful and balanced; juicy and stunning.

90 Foley Estates 2011 Pinot Noir, Lindsay's Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills ($40)
Crisp and juicy with elegance, style and elements of earth, spice and cherry fruit; precise and well-defined; long and appealing.

94 Gary Farrell 2012 Pinot Noir, Rochiolo Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($70)
Smooth and rich with earth, cherry and spice; complex and deep but showing lots of finesse and elegance; long, balanced and vibrant.

95 Gary Farrell 2012 Chardonnay, Rochioli-Allen Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($50)
Lush and juicy with elegance and finesse; deep and precise with lovely texture and a long, rich flavor profile; stunning.

91 Gary Farrell 2012 Chardonnay, Russian River Selection, Russian River Valley ($35)
Silky and smooth with bright pear and citrus, long and elegant, balanced and juicy.

93 Gary Farrell 2012 Chardonnay, Westside Farms, Russian River Valley ($45)
Bright and fresh with lean, racy citrus fruit; elegant, lifted and minerally with purity and refined style.

92 Gary Farrell 2012 Pinot Noir, Russian River Selection, Russian River Valley ($45)
Juicy and bright with tangy cherry and raspberry; fresh and crisp with lovely notes of oak, tea and spice; long, balanced and elegant.

91 Grgich Hills Estate 2012 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Grown, Napa Valley ($60)
Deep and lush with plum, blackberry and spice; ripe, rich and showing hints of chocolate and mocha; good structure and a long finish. 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6.5% Petit Verdot, 7.5% Merlot

93 Hidden Ridge 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, 55% Slope "Impassable Mountain" Reserve, Sonoma County ($75)
Dense, rich and packed with rich flavors of plum, chocolate and licorice; lovely notes of earth and spice, full-bodied style and a dense, long finish.

90 Howell Mountain Vineyards 2011 Zinfandel, Old Vine, Howell Mountain ($45)
Juicy and fresh with spice, tangy cherry and cassis and good acid structure; balanced and fresh with snappy acidity and lively style; long and bright.

92 Howell Mountain Vineyards 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Hillside Select, Howell Mountain ($75)
Rich and concentrated with black cherry, cassis and plum; silky, balanced and juicy with long, rich flavors; showing spice, mocha and soft herbs.

91 J Vineyards & Winery 2012 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley ($37)
Rich and juicy with deep cherry and savory flavors; ripe, earthy and balanced with lovely texture and a long, intense finish.

90 J. Lohr 2012 Pinot Noir, Highlands Bench, Santa Lucia Highlands ($35)
Lush and ripe with deep black cherry and spice; rich, juicy and snappy; dense and long.

90 J. Lohr 2012 Pinot Noir, Fog's Reach, Arroyo Seco ($35)
Silky and juicy with bright berry fruit and savory notes; tangy, fresh and complex with balance and style.

90 JC Cellars 2012 The Imposter, California ($25)
Juicy and bright with dense, jammy, ripe and rich blackberry and plum; long and lush, balanced and generous. Syrah, Zinfandel, Grenache, Alicante, Carignane, and Viognier

92 Jordan 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley ($53)
Smooth and silky with elegant plum and acid structure; soft, complex with spice, earth and bright berries; long and showing aging potential.

90 Kendall-Jackson 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Hawkeye Mountain, Alexander Valley ($55)
Smooth and silky with juicy plum, blackberry and spice; elegant, structured and balanced with a long, complex finish.

90 Kendall-Jackson 2012 Pinot Noir, Outland Ridge, Anderson Valley ($35)
Smooth and ripe with rich black cherry and spice; dense, juicy and balanced with nice depth and style.

90 La Crema 2012 Pinot Noir, Los Carneros ($40)
Smooth, ripe and juicy with bright cherry fruit and lovely texture; long, rich and balanced.

91 La Crema 2012 Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley ($50)
Bright and juicy with ripe cherry fruit and smooth texture; rich and balanced with a long finish.

90 LangeTwins Wine Estates 2010 Zinfandel, Centennial, Lodi ($60)
Deep, rich and tangy with juicy blackberry and spicy style; rich, dense and long.

90 Laurel Glen 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Counterpoint, Sonoma Mountain ($35)
Bright and juicy with plum, cassis and spice; velvety texture and elegant style; long, smooth and balanced.

90 Lazy Creek Vineyards 2012 Pinot Noir, Estate, Anderson Valley ($38)
Crisp and bright with racy acidity and bright cherry fruit; savory and dense with style and balance; long and vibrant.

91 Louis M. Martini 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley ($35)
Rich and ripe with bright plum, raspberry and spice; lush, smooth and juicy with depth and lovely balance.

90 Louis M. Martini 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($34)
Smooth, spicy and elegant with juicy plum and black raspberry fruit; mineral notes and lush texture; long and balanced.

89 Louis M. Martini 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County ($20)
Smooth, fresh and juicy with plum, spice and hints of oak; nicely balanced, charming and long.

90 Marimar Estate 2011 Pinot Noir, La Masía, Don Miguel Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($44)
Smooth and juicy with bright cherry fruit and notes of earth; silky, bright and dense.

91 Marimar Estate 2010 Pinot Noir, Cristina, Don Miguel Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($57)
Juicy and tangy with bright cherry, racy acidity and bright structure; long and elegant.

90 Michael Mondavi Family 2011 Pinot Noir, Isabel Mondavi, Carneros ($40)
Smooth and spicy with bright acidity and ripe cherry; lush, balanced and long. ““

92 Michael Mondavi Family 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Emblem, Oso Vineyard, Napa Valley ($60)
Velvety and smooth with juicy plum and blackberry; concentrated, rich and spicy with dense style; intense and toasty, long and balanced.

93 Michele Chiarlo 2011 Nizza Barbera d'Asti Superiore La Court, Italy ($52)
Velvety and lush with lovely texture and depth; rich black raspberry and plum fruit with sweet oak and soft spices; elevates this variety to superstardom; generous, complex and long. 100% Barbera

90 Milbrandt Vineyards 2011 Merlot, The Estates, Wahluke Slope ($26)
Smooth and lush with plum, velvety texture and notes of vanilla; bright and balanced, long and generous. 86% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot

90 Monteverro 2010 Toscana Rosso, Italy ($140)
White pepper integrated with juicy boisneberry and black berry character, clean finish 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc, 25% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot.

88 Monteverro 2010 Terra di Monterro, Toscana Rosso, Italy ($60)
Bright fruit character and spice, ripe raspberry and cherry notes leading to earthy overtones on a lingering finish. 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot.

87 Monteverro 2010 Chardonnay, Toscana, Italy ($100)
Round and soft on the palate, notes of lemon oil, intense oak character, butter and vanilla on the finish.

90 Morgan Winery 2012 Pinot Noir, Double L Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands ($58)
Lush and ripe with dense cherry fruit and smooth texture; rich and deep with lovely earth, spice and complexity; juicy and balanced.

90 Nine Hats 2011 Columbia Valley ($25)
Smooth and juicy with plum, blackberry and spice; clean, nicely textured and dense with a rich, long finish. 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Sangiovese, 15% Malbec, 15% Merlot, 10% Syrah, 7% Petit Verdot

92 Paul Hobbs 2011 Pinot Noir, Katherine Lindsay Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($155)
Silky and elegant with bright cherry and tangy acidity; intense, rich and a big surprise for this vintage; juicy, complex and long.

92 Paul Hobbs 2012 Pinot Noir, Ulises Valdez Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($70)
Smooth and juicy with deep, rich flavors of cassis, cherry and spice with notes of licorice; rich and toasty with a core of bright acidity; long and lush.

93 Paul Hobbs 2012 Pinot Noir, Hyde Vineyard, Carneros ($75)
Racy and juicy with tangy acidity and bright cherries and pomegranate; some earth and spice; long and elegant.

90 Paul Hobbs 2012 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley ($55)
Crisp, juicy and brambly with spice, tangy acidity and black cherry; racy and nicely structured; long and balanced.

93 Paul Hobbs 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard, St. Helena ($175)
Bright, dense and juicy with graceful plum fruit and fine acid structure; probably as good a wine as you're going to find from this vintage; fresh, charming and very easy to like.

90 Pillsbury Wine Company 2012 Chardonnay, Cochise County, Arizona ($32)
Deep and ripe with creamy texture and notes of citrus and white flowers; balanced and lush, long and lovely.

88 Pillsbury Wine Company 2011 Viognier, Cochise County, Arizona ($38)
Bright, aromatic and juicy with ripe tropical fruit and rich texture; bright and intense.

87 Pillsbury Wine Company 2011 Roan Red, Cochise County, Arizona ($28)
Fresh and smooth with light red berry fruit; crisp, spice and fresh. 45.9% Grenache, 45.9% Mourvedre, and 8.2% Syrah.

88 Pillsbury Wine Company 2012 Roan Red, Cochise County, Arizona ($28)
Dark and lush with meaty notes of earth and spice; juicy and long. 57% Grenache, 29% Syrah, and 14% Mourvèdre.

88 Pillsbury Wine Company 2011 Diva, Cochise County, Arizona ($38)
Dark and lush with ripe, juicy blackberry and cassis; clean and dense. 72.5% Syrah, 17% Mourvedre, 10.5% Petite Sirah.

88 Pillsbury Wine Company 2012 Petite Sirah, Cochise County, Arizona ($55)
Dark and smooth with notes of chocolate and spice; dense, meaty and tangy with a long finish.

90 Pillsbury Wine Company 2012 Shiraz, Guns & Kisses, Cochise County, Arizona ($55)
Dark and aromatic with lush blackberry and spice; intense and rich with vanilla oak and lovely intensity; meaty and long. 94.5% Shiraz, 3% Grenache, 2.5% Symphony.

89 Pillsbury Wine Company 2012 Symphony, Goddess, Cochise County, Arizona ($32)
Smooth and sweet with spice, juicy aromatics and depth; silky and fresh with pear, spice and lovely style; creamy and lush.

90 Pillsbury Wine Company 2012 Symphony, Cochise County, Arizona ($28)
Symphony is a UC Davis invented cross between Grenache Gris and Muscat of Alexandria; this wine is crisp and racy with dry flavors of orange marmalade and spice; long and tangy.

92 Reuling Vineyard 2012 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast ($65)
Juicy and bright with ripe cherry and lovely texture; spicy, bright and complex with vanilla and good depth; long and delicious.

90 Rodney Strong Vineyards 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County ($20)
Smooth and fresh with a nice layer of spice; plum, vanilla and sweet oak; juicy, long and balanced.

91 Shafer Vineyards 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, One Point Five, Stags Leap District ($75)
Smooth and rich with plum, blackberry and spice; velvety and dense, long and generous with juicy fruit and velvety texture.

90 Sojourn Wine Cellars 2012 Pinot Noir, Gap's Crown Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($54)
Dense and rich with black cherry and plum pudding spice; silky and elegant but intense and concentrated; long, smooth and lovely.

92 Sojourn Wine Cellars 2012 Pinot Noir, Sangiacomo Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($54)
Smooth and silky with lovely cherries, elegant, pure and juicy; long, generous and complete with style and finesse.

92 Sojourn Wine Cellars 2012 Pinot Noir, Rodgers Creek Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($48)
Silky and smooth with bright cherries and cranberries and savory notes of spice and earth; elegant, pure and classic.

90 Sunset Hills Vineyard 2010 Mosaic, Virginia ($50)
Lush and juicy with plum and berry fruit; earthy and fleshy; smooth and ripe, balanced and dense. 37.5% Merlot, 37.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc, 7% Petit Verdot

89 Swanson Vineyards 2011 Pinot Grigio, Napa Valley ($21)
Bright citrus character and white flowers lead to a rich, creamy texture and elegant finish redolent of apricots.

91 Swanson Vineyards 2012 Chardonnay, Napa Valley ($45)
Classy and elegant, wafting of citrus and vanillin aromas, fruit-forward showing nice pear, superb complexity and acidic backbone, subtle crème brûlée notes on the finish.


91 Swanson Vineyards 2010 Merlot, Oakville - Napa Valley ($38)
Black plum and black fruit, robust and powerfully structured but with finesse, integrated wood and with hints of violet, dried lavender, graphite and leather. 15% Cab Sauv, 2% Petit Verdot

88 Swanson Vineyards 2010 Instant Napa, Napa Valley ($60)
Subtle, dark black raspberry fruit, green olive notes, earthy undertones marked by tea tannins and tobacco spice. 83% Cab Sauv, 12% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot.

90 The Treefort 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Subterra, Sonoma Valley ($55)
Smooth and graceful with silky texture and ripe plum and cassis; juicy, bright and balanced with hints of oak, spice and earth; lovely finesse and style.

92 The Williamsburg Winery 2010 Adagio, Virginia ($72)
Smooth ripe and stylish with lovely plum, cassis and spice; elegant and balanced with fine structure, long flavors and considerable finesse. 42% Cabernet Franc, 30% Merlot, 28% Petit Verdot

93 Three Sticks 2009 Cabernet Franc, Bismark Ranch, Sonoma Valley ($65)
Dark and smooth with ripe black currants and blackberry; velvety with density and richness; long and balanced with notes of chocolate and licorice.

91 Trefethen 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley ($60)
Smooth, juicy with plum, earth and spice; ripe, balanced and elegant; long and stylish. 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Malbec, 3% Petit Verdot

92 VinRoc 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Wine Caves, Atlas Peak ($98)
Dense and smooth, dark and rich with ripe blackberry, plum and notes of licorice; polished and round with easily likable style and good length.

89 Waterbrook Winery 2011 Merlot, Reserve, Columbia valley ($24)
Smooth and ripe with plum, spice and ripe berries; lush, rich and balanced; bright and fresh.

90 Watts Winery 2012 Zinfandel, Upstream, Lodi ($25)
Spicy blueberry, raspberry and crisp acidity; juicy, fresh and tangy.

90 Wild Horse 2012 Pinot Noir, Unbridled, Santa Barbara County ($35)
Smooth and luscious with vanilla and sweet cherry fruit; rich, balanced and long.

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