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Top choices for gift-giving this holiday season! BLUE REVIEWS Anthony Dias BLUE REVIEWS DOMESTIC 90 I n 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 Harney Lane 2011 Albariño, Lodi ($19) Fresh and juicy with tangy citrus and peach; clean, bright and lively with graceful style and a nice, long finish. Dierberg Vineyards 2009 Syrah, Star Lane Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley ($34) Dark, lush and concentrated; rich, spicy with blackberry and boysenberry fruit; intense, tangy and balanced with bright acidity and depth; long, vibrant and lovely. 91 92 90 91 Trenza 2010 Blanco, Paragon Vineyard, Edna Valley ($20) Juicy and ripe with lovely and unusual fruit flavors; spicy, peachy and rich with depth, balance and a lush finish. 64% Grenache Blanc, 36% Albariño. Truett-Hurst 2011 Swallowtail Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County ($25) Rich and creamy with butterscotch oak and ripe pear and citrus; juicy and long with depth and finesse; balanced with fresh, complex flavors. 91 Marimar Estate 2011 Albariño, Don Miguel Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($32) Juicy and bright with deep peach fruit and vibrant acidity; fresh and graceful with charming balance and a generous finish. 90 Chappellet 2011 Chardonnay, Napa Valley ($35) Racy and crisp with bright acidity and nice citrus; long and balanced on the finish. 92 Mount Veeder Winery 2008 Reserve, Napa Valley ($80) Dark and juicy with concentrated black plum, spice and tangy acidity; rich, smooth and complex with lovely flavors and depth. 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Malbec, 2% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot. CONSTELLATION WINES U.S. 66  /  the tasting panel  /  april 2013 92 Black Kite Cellars 2010 Pinot Noir, Soberanes Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands ($55) Deep, rich and dense with ripe cherry and lush fruit; smooth, harmonious and layered; long and rich. Paoletti Estates Winery 2010 Orchard Cuvee, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley ($59) Silky and rich with dense texture and ripe plum, cassis and berries; deep fruit, spice and balance; complex and long with balance and style. 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Cabernet Franc. 93 Beringer Vineyards 2010 Quantum, Napa Valley ($60) Silky and rich with sweet oak and dense textures; ripe, long flavors and generous style; long and complex 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot, 5% Petite Sirah. TREASURY WINE ESTATES 95 Domaine Chandon 2010 Pinot Noir, L'Argile, Carneros ($65) Rich and dense with sweet oak, juicy black cherry and spice; lush, smooth textured and complex with tangy acid structure; layered and intense with great length and balance. MOËT-HENNESSY USA

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