May 2014

Blue Reviews EXTRA!

By: Anthony Dias Blue

91 Aia Vecchia 2011 Lagone, Toscana, Italy ($15)
Dark and deep; smooth, lush and juicy with rich blackberry, cassis and licorice; intense, complex and seamless; harmonious and long.
DALLA TERRA

89 Aia Vecchia 2013 Vermentino, Toscana, Italy ($12)
Aromatic and smooth, minerally with bright, ripe citrus; juicy, mellow and rich withgreat structure and a long, balanced finish.
DALLA TERRA



93 Aia Vecchia 2011 Sor Ugo, Bolgheri Rosso Superiore, Italy ($35)

Dark and earthy; rich and complex with minerals, spice and rich cassis; smooth and velvety with plum and blackberry; lovely depth, long and rich, elegant and balanced.
DALLA TERRA

 

88 Ancient Peaks 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles ($17)
Soft, ripe and juicy with plum, berries and herbs; fresh, clean and balanced; long and focused.

88 Ancient Peaks 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Paso Robles ($14)
Smooth and silky with minerals and juicy citrus; fresh and long, balanced.

90 Baileyana 2012 Pinot Noir, Firepeak, Edna Valley ($30)
Ripe and juicy with tangy black cherry and good depth; balanced, rich and lush; long and stylish.
NIVEN FAMILY WINE ESTATES

88 Bocelli Family Wines 2011 Rosso Toscana, Italy ($16)
Bright and crisp with juicy style; clean, tangy and lively with snappy herbs and a long finish; a wine from Andrea Bocelli and his family. Sangiovese.
AUGUST WINE GROUP, LLC

88 Bodegas Valdemar 2012 Conde de Valdemar Viura, Finca Alto Cantabria, Rioja, Spain ($15)
Fresh, ripe and lush with apple and hints of soft oak; balanced, deep and balanced with good length.
TERLATO WINES

88 Bulletin Place NV Moscato, South Eastern Australia ($10)
Foamy and sweet with notes of tropical fruit and peach; mellow, fresh and charming.
VINEYARD BRANDS

88 Byron 2012 Chardonnay, Santa Barbara County ($17)
Ripe, lush and creamy with hints of citrus, pear and honey; smooth, balanced and long.
JACKSON FAMILY WINES

89 Byron 2012 Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County ($20)
Silky and smooth with spicy cherry and tangy, juicy acidity; amiable and clean with good structure and finesse.
JACKSON FAMILY WINES

88 Canoe Ridge Vineyard 2012 Merlot, Horse Heaven Hills ($15)
Ripe and juicy with black raspberry and lush, sweet new oak; dense and vibrant with good length.
PRECEPT WINE

90 Chateau St. Jean 2011 Chardonnay, Robert Young Vineyard, Alexander Valley ($25)
Dense and ripe with juicy pear and citrus fruit; subtle oak, silky texture and bright, long finish.
TREASURY WINE ESTATES

91 Chateau St. Jean 2012 Chardonnay, Cold Creek Ranch, Sonoma Coast ($30)
Dense and fresh, elegant and ripe with pear, citrus and notes of sweet oak; juicy, bright and elegant; long and vibrant.
TREASURY WINE ESTATES

90 Chateau St. Jean 2012 Fumé Blanc, La Petite Etiole Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($22)
Racy citrus, crisp acidity and silky texture; fresh and balanced, long.
TREASURY WINE ESTATES

88 Chateau St. Jean 2012 Fumé Blanc, Sonoma County ($13)
Juicy and bright with minerals and peach; clean, balanced and fresh.
TREASURY WINE ESTATES

88 Chateau Ste. Michelle 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Cold Creek Vineyard, Columbia Valley ($15)
Smooth and dense with sweet plum and spice; lush and ripe, long and balanced.
STE. MICHELLE WINE ESTATES

88 Chloe 2013 Pinot Grigio, Valdadige, Italy ($17)
Luscious white peach and honeydew, subtle and elegant; clean and ripe; rich and balanced.

88 Chloe 2012 Red No. 249, North Coast ($17)
Smooth, ripe and spice with meaty, dense flavors; earthy, rich with notes of mocha and bright berry fruit; long and lush.

90 Clifford Bay Estate 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand ($13)
Bright, racy and explosive with vivid citrus and spice; racy, juicy and brisk; long and lively.
FOLEY FAMILY WINES

88 Dry Creek Vineyard 2013 Chenin Blanc, Dry, Clarksburg ($12)
Juicy with peachy, tropical fruit and tangy acidity; fresh and racy; crisp, dry and long.

88 Erzetic Winery 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Amfora, Goriska Brda, Slovenia ($40)
Smooth and edgy with ripe plum and spice; clean with good acid structure and a long complex finish.
OLD WORLD VINES

88 Erzsebet Pince Family Winery 2011 Furmint, Király dulo, Tokaji, Hungary ($32)
Fresh, smooth and bright with apple, pear and honeysuckle; balanced and long.
OLD WORLD VINES

88 Fairview 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, La Capra, Western Cape, South Africa ($11)
Fresh and minerally with ripe fig and citrus; juicy and bright, smooth and balanced.
VINEYARD BRANDS

88 Fairview 2013 Viognier, La Capra, Paarl, South Africa ($11)
Smooth and aromatic with spice, ripe pear and juicy acidity; mellow and fresh, long and tangy.
VINEYARD BRANDS

88 Firestone Vineyard 2012 Gewürztraminer, Santa Ynez Valley ($15)
Smooth and fresh with rose petals and spice; off-dry and fresh with balance and nice style; long and lush.
FOLEY FAMILY WINERIES

88 Giesen Wine Estate 2013 Pinot Gris, Marlborough, New Zealand ($15)
Fresh and juicy with minerality and crisp citrus; bright, structured and long.
PACIFIC HIGHWAY WINES & SPIRITS

90 Giesen Wine Estate 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand ($15)
Bright, racy and juicy with grapefruit and citron; fresh, tangy and balanced with good length.
PACIFIC HIGHWAY WINES & SPIRITS

90 Giesen Wine Estate 2013 The Brothers Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand ($20)
Intense and complex with minerals, citrus and spice; concentrated and lovely.
PACIFIC HIGHWAY WINES & SPIRITS



92 Giesen Wine Estate 2011 The Fuder Sauvignon Blanc, Dillons Point, Marlborough, New Zealand ($50)
Smooth and rich with racy, bright acidity and juicy citrus; subtle notes of lush oak; pure, silky and long.
PACIFIC HIGHWAY WINES & SPIRITS

92 Giesen Wine Estate 2011 The August 1888 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand ($45)
Lush and full-bodied with intensity and depth; soft oak, spice and mellow citrus; smooth and creamy with a core of firm acidity.
PACIFIC HIGHWAY WINES & SPIRITS

90 Giesen Wine Estate 2011 The Fuder Chardonnay, Marlborough, New Zealand ($55)
Aromatic oak nose; rich, dense and leesy with toast and ripe pear; long and balanced.
PACIFIC HIGHWAY WINES & SPIRITS

88 Giesen Wine Estate 2011 The Brothers Pinot Noir, Marlborough, New Zealand ($30)
Silky and spicy with black cherry and minerality; crisp, tangy and juicy with depth and style; long and balanced.
PACIFIC HIGHWAY WINES & SPIRITS

88 Giesen Wine Estate 2011 The Brothers Syrah, Marlborough, New Zealand ($30)
Dark, intense with blackberry and spice; dense and meaty, rich and showing good acid structure; long and concentrated.
PACIFIC HIGHWAY WINES & SPIRITS

94 Giesen Wine Estate 2012 The Brothers Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand ($35)
Lush and creamy with lovely honey and botrytis effect; smooth, long and lovely.
PACIFIC HIGHWAY WINES & SPIRITS

90 Grove Mill Wine Co 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Wairau Valley, New Zealand ($15)
Bright, pure and showing crisp grapefruit and passion fruit; juicy, generous and tangy with exquisite acid structure; racy and long.
FOLEY FAMILY WINES

88 Irony 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Small Lot Reserve, North Coast ($16)
Tangy and fresh with smooth, juicy flavors and racy acidity; silky and bright with snappy fruit and a long finish.
DFV WINES

88 J. García Carrión 2012 Antaño Tempranillo, Rioja, Italy ($10)
Fresh and juicy with tangy acidity and explosive young fruit; bright, racy and charming.
CIV USA

90 La Rochelle 2010 Pinot Noir, Dutton Ranch, Russian River Valley ($48)
Smooth and spicy with ripe cherry, raspberry and racy acidity; sweet oak and vanilla; long and charming.

92 La Rochelle 2010 Pinot Noir, Block A, Sleepy Hollow Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands ($48)
Ripe and lush with juicy raspberry and cherry fruit; elegant, lovely and generous; long and tangy, fresh and delicious.
STEVEN KENT PORTFOLIO

88 Laetitia 2012 Estate Chardonnay, Arroyo Grande Valley ($18)
Crisp and juicy with bright, tangy fruit and hints of vanilla oak; fresh, smooth and balanced. TWISTY

88 Lander Jenkins 2012 Chardonnay, California ($15)
Smooth and creamy with crisp acidity and toasty oak; bright, clean and juicy with a long, bright finish.
RUTHERFORD WINE COMPANY

88 Langtry 2012 Chardonnay, Guenoc, Lake County ($16)
Creamy, lush and showing pineapple and baked apple; spicy and bright with good balance and ripe flavors.

88 Maison Roche de Bellene 2011 Chardonnay Vieilles Vignes, Bourgogne, France ($23)
Bright and pure with tangy acidity and racy citrus; lively, long and balanced.
LOOSEN BROS. USA

92 Maison Roche de Bellene 2011 Saint-Aubin Premier Cru Le Charmois, France ($55)
Smooth and juicy with tangy acidity and rich, ripe citrus fruit; elegant, complex and lovely; long and balanced.
LOOSEN BROS. USA

90 Maison Roche de Bellene 2011 Savigny-Lès-Beaune Vieilles Vignes, France ($35)
Smooth, lush and spicy with ripe cherry and racy acidity; tangy, bright and fresh with a long finish.
LOOSEN BROS. USA

89 Maison Roche de Bellene 2011 Pinot Noir Vieilles Vignes, Bourgogne, France ($23)
Bright and crisp with racy acidity and tangy cherry fruit; lively, pure and balanced. Varietally labelled.
LOOSEN BROS. USA

88 McIntyre Vineyards 2013 Pinot Noir Rosé, Santa Lucia Highlands ($20)
Bright, dry and juicy with lovely raspberry fruit and silky texture; fresh and balanced.

90 McIntyre Vineyards 2012 25th Anniversary Estate Chardonnay, Santa Lucia Highlands ($28)
Fresh, juicy and crisp with bright acidity and vivid citrus fruit; tangy, lively and generous.

89 McIntyre Vineyards 2012 Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands ($36)
Spicy and bright with tangy, ripe cherry and earthy notes; savory, fresh and balanced with a long finish.

90 McIntyre Vineyards 2012 Merlot, Kimberly Vineyard, Arroyo Seco ($22)
Smooth, ripe and juicy with plum, black raspberry and notes of chocolate; dense, clean and balanced with a long finish.

 


92 McIntyre Vineyards 2012 Estate Chardonnay Block K-1, Santa Lucia Highlands ($36)
Bright, crisp and precise with tangy fruit and soft, sweet oak; elegant and nicely balanced; fresh and long.

 

88 McKinley Springs 2010 Chenin Blanc, Horse Heaven Hills ($14)
Smooth and juicy with ripe apple and citrus; aromatic and lush with balance and good length.

88 Nine Hats 2011 Pinot Grigio, Columbia Valley ($12)
Juicy and crisp with lively citrus, apple and some nice depth; racy and long.
LONG SHADOWS VINTNERS

88 Noble Vines 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, 337, Lodi ($15)
Lush and rich with dense texture and ripe berry fruit; clean, fresh and attractive.
DFV WINES

88 Noble Vines 2012 1 Red Blend, California ($15)
Smooth and concentrated with juicy blackberry and ripe plum; good acid structure, racy and spicy; long and balanced.
DFV WINES

88 Pedroncelli Winery 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, East Side Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley ($14)
Smooth and peachy with tangy acidity; ripe, juicy and lush; long and balanced.

88 Pedroncelli Winery 2013 Signature Selection Zinfandel Rosé, Dry Creek Valley ($12)
Smooth and juicy with spice and crisp acidity; ripe, lush and balanced. TWISTY

88 Peter Lehmann 2012 Riesling, Portrait, Dry, Eden Valley, Australia ($16)
Fresh and bright with ripe citrus and hints of petroleum; juicy, bright and long.
THE HESS COLLECTION

89 Pighin 2013 Pinot Grigio, Friuli Grave, Italy ($17)
Steely and crisp with racy acidity and floral notes; tangy, bright and fresh with balance and good length.
KOBRAND CORP.

88 Pighin 2013 Sauvignon, Friuli Grave, Italy ($17)
Bright and crisp with ripe citrus and white peach; generous with notes of spice and racy acidity.
KOBRAND CORP.

90 Pighin 2013 Pinot Grigio, Collio, Italy ($25)
Fresh and juicy with crisp acidity, citrus and lovely aromatics; deep, lush and lively; long and showing some complexity.
KOBRAND CORP.

88 Porter & Plot 2013 Pinot Gris, Columbia Valley ($16)
Smooth, ripe and tangy with aromatic style and nice depth; dense and balanced with crisp acidity and good length.

 

 

90 Robert Oatley 2013 Riesling, Great Southern, Australia ($17)
Bright and juicy with tangy lime and citrus; fresh and nervy, long and balanced.
PACIFIC HIGHWAY WINES AND SPIRITS

89 Robert Oatley 2013 Chardonnay, Margaret River, Australia ($17)
Racy, tangy and juicy with crisp citrus and bright style; focused, lively and pure with a long, fresh finish.
PACIFIC HIGHWAY WINES AND SPIRITS

88 Robert Oatley 2012 Chardonnay, Wild Oats, Central Ranges ($15)
Bright and juicy with racy acidity and tangy apple fruit; long, snappy and crisp.
PACIFIC HIGHWAY WINES AND SPIRITS

88 Sawtooth Winery 2012 Estate Riesling Grown, Snake River Valley ($13)
Fresh and juicy with bright citrus and peach; tangy, off-dry and bright; long and balanced.
PRECEPT WINE

88 Sebastiani Vineyards 2012 Chardonnay, Sonoma County ($14)
Smooth and creamy with ripe pear and vanilla oak; juicy with a core of bright acidity; long and lush.
FOLEY WINE ESTATES

88 Snoqualmie Vineyards 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley ($13)
dense and ripe with juicy berry fruit and lively acidity; fresh and bright with good length.
STE. MICHELLE WINE ESTATES

91 Snoqualmie Vineyards 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Reserve, Columbia Valley ($25)
Smooth and juicy with bright plum, sweet new oak and vanilla; rich, deep and bursting with ripe fruit; lovely and long, vibrant.
STE. MICHELLE WINE ESTATES

88 Ste. Chapelle Winery 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Snake River Valley ($10)
Juicy and earthy with bright plum and smooth texture; ripe, juicy and appealing with a long, full finish.
PRECEPT WINE 

88 Villa Wolf 2012 Riesling Trocken, Pfalz, Germany ($12)
Smooth and juicy with dry, fresh apple and citrus fruit; crisp, mellow and balanced.
LOOSEN BROS. USA

88 Villa Wolf 2012 Gewürztraminer, Ernst Loosen, Pfalz, Germany ($12)
Fresh, clean and aromatic with juicy spice and lovely balance; charming and long.
LOOSEN BROS. USA

88 Villa Wolf 2012 Pinot Gris, Ernst Loosen, Pfalz, Germany ($12)
Clean and bright with tangy citrus, ripe peach and juicy pear; tagy, long and balanced.
LOOSEN BROS. USA

88 W. B. Bridgman Cellars 2012 Riesling, Columbia Valley ($11)
Fresh, ripe and juicy with notes of peach and lime; tangy acidity and brightly exuberant; long and racy.
PERCEPT WINE

88 Waterbrook Winery 2011 Merlot, Columbia Valley ($13)
Fresh and crisp with racy acidity and juicy plum and cherry fruit; bright, youthful and lively.
PRECEPT WINE

88 Waterstone 2012 Chardonnay, Carneros ($18)
Crisp and juicy with pear, citrus and tropical fruit; dense and balanced.

88 Wente Vineyards 2012 Morning Fog Chardonnay, Livermore Valley ($15)
Smooth, ripe and juicy with bright acidity and lively style; fresh, balanced and long with a juicy finish.
WENTE FAMILY ESTATES

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