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February 2014

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60 / the tasting panel / february 2014 DOMESTIC 90 B. R. Silver Wines 2010 Viognier, El Ojo Blanco Cuvée Uno, Santa Barbara County ($18) Lush and spicy with creamy texture and ripe tropical fruit; vanilla and honeydew, long and dense with juicy style and lovely balance. 92 Matanzas Creek 2011 Journey Chardonnay, Sonoma County ($75) Rich, elegant style; creamy and densely textured; long and complex with depth, finesse and lift. JACKSON FAMILY WINES 90 Milbrandt Vineyards 2012 The Estates Ancient Lakes Riesling, Evergreen Vineyard, Columbia Valley ($17) Bright, tangy and dry with racy acidity, citrus and juicy citrus fruit; floral, smooth and balanced. SAN FRANCISCO WINE EXCHANGE 90 Etude 2011 Chardonnay, Grace Benoist Ranch, Carneros ($32) Juicy and fresh with bright apple and citrus fruit; silky, tangy and polished with a long, lively finish; charming. TREASURY WINE ESTATES 90 Sebastiani Vineyards 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County ($19) Tangy plum and raspberry predominate; fresh and snappy with balance, vibrant flavors and good length. FOLEY WINE ESTATES 91 Francis Tannahill 2011 Pinot Noir, The Hermitt, Pearl Vineyard, Dundee Hills ($48) Fresh, juicy and bright with tangy cherry fruit; crisp and deep with lovely purity and style; racy, elegant and precise. Biodynamic. 92 Thralls Family Cellars 2012 Pinot Noir, Bucher Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($40) Silky and crisp with snappy acidity and juicy style; racy, bright and pure; long and balanced. 93 Fulcrum Wines 2011 Pinot Noir, Gap's Crown Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($57) Deep ruby color ; lush texture and deep, smooth, expansive cherry and plum fruit; juicy, long and complex with lovely, refined flavors; soft spice and elegant acidity. 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 PINOT NOIR • BUCHER VINEYARD RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY • SONOMA COUNTY ALC. 14.0% BY VOL. BLUE REVIEWS

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