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October 2018

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54  /  the tasting panel  /  october 2018 DOMESTIC 90 J. McClelland Cellars 2014 Merlot, Napa Valley ($35) Smooth, velvety, and lush with notes of earth and spice; tangy acidity and good balance; a long and fresh release from the Scotto family. 92 Flora Springs 2015 Merlot, Napa Valley ($30) Deep ruby color ; tangy with fine structure and balance; aged 19 months in a mix of new and seasoned oak barrels. If you're down on Merlot, this one could change your mind. 94 Pellet Estate 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, St. Helena ($95) Rich crimson hue; lush and sumptuous texture with spice and bright plum. A lovely example of an exceptionally pure Cabernet, it's balanced and deep with some minerality, as well as subtle toasty oak notes. Rich, long, and stunning. 92 Moss Roxx Vineyards 2015 Ancient Vine Reserve Zinfandel, Lodi ($26) A penetratingly spicy nose precedes a creamy mouthfeel; ripe with notes of chocolate and plum. Fresh, succulent, and balanced with lovely depth and intensity. In each issue, Editor-in-Chief Anthony Dias Blue selects a wide range of the best wines and spirits from among the more than 500 he samples over the course of a month. The reviews are subjective editorial evaluations, made without regard to advertising, and products are scored on a 100-point scale: 85-89: VERY GOOD 90-94: OUTSTANDING 95-100: CLASSIC Once products are selected for publication, producers and importers will be offered the option of having their review accompanied by an image (bottle photo or label art) for a nominal fee. There is no obligation to add an image, nor does the decision affect the review or score in any way. The "twisty" icon indicates wines sealed with a screwcap closure. For additional Blue Reviews, go to Prices are for 750 ml. bottles unless otherwise noted. Anthony Dias BLUE REVIEWS Presented by

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