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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. Van Duzer Vineyards 2012 Estate Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley ($18) Juicy green apple and bright acidity; fresh and tangy, full-on and generous; nicely balanced and vibrant with nice length. 90 Landmark Vineyards 2011 Overlook Chardonnay, Sonoma County ($25) Smooth and elegant with bright, refined fruit and good acid structure; tangy and vibrant with depth, length and balance. 92 Robert Talbott Vineyards 2011 Chardonnay, Sleepy Hollow Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands ($42) Fresh and juicy with tangy acidity and lovely creamy texture; ripe tropical fruit and long, balanced flavors; generous and charming. 90 Edmeades 2010 Zinfandel, Mendocino County ($20) Fresh, bright and juicy with tangy acidity and lively black raspberry fruit; long and showing smoke, spice and chocolate. For additional Blue Reviews, go to JACKSON FAMILY WINES 93 Ladera Vineyards 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain Vineyard, Napa Valley ($75) Silky and elegant with classic flavors of plum, cherry and cassis; juicy and bright with balance and lovely style; supple and vibrant, rich and precise. 91 Epiphany Cellars 2010 Revelation, Santa Barbara County ($40) Smooth and dense with bright, juicy fruit and lush texture; ripe plum, raspberry and cherry fruit with good acid structure and balance; long and charming with lovely style. 40% Grenache, 60% Syrah. 91 Silverado Vineyards 2009 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($48) Smooth, juicy and fresh with tangy plum, black cherry and spice; velvety and balanced with notes of licorice and cinnamon; long and tangy, bright and stylish. 93 Trombetta Family Wines 2010 Pinot Noir, Gap's Crown Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($58) Nose of spice black cherry; smooth, lush and rich with stunning fruit and lovely acid structure; juicy, long and beautifully balanced. 92 Ledson Winery & Vineyards 2009 Century Vine Reserve Zinfandel, Russian River Valley ($66) Rich and bright, fresh and deep with mature berry fruit and lovely notes of vanilla oak; elegant, complex and beautifully balanced; long and complete. IMPORTS 90 Seifried Estate 2012 Gewürztraminer, Nelson, New Zealand ($18) Rose petal nose; spicy, crisp and bright with juicy acidity and smooth texture; long and balanced, charming. ROBERT WHALE SELECTIONS LTD. 68 / the tasting panel / may 2013

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