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62  /  the tasting panel  /  november 2018 DOMESTIC 93 Gamba Vineyards and Winery 2016 Old Vine Zinfandel, Russian River Valley ($45) Polished, flavorful, and tangy; fresh and well- balanced with a thread of lush blackberry and a long, balanced finish. A solid release from a top producer. 92 Pike Road Wines 2016 Fairsing Vineyard Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton ($50) Smooth and clean; juicy, deep, and savory with pleasing notes of earth, ripe cherry, and soft spice; long, complex, and balanced. 93 Elk Cove Vineyards 2016 Five Mountain Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains ($60) Silky, succulent, and refreshing with cherry and savory notes, this is a testament to what Oregon can accomplish in the hands of a fine winemaking tradition at a great winery. 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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