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July 2014

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72  /  the tasting panel  /  july 2014 DOMESTIC 90 Schug Winery 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma Coast ($20) Silky and smooth with bright citrus and tangy acidity; clean, nervy and long; fresh and juicy. 90 Alma Rosa 2011 Chardonnay, Santa Barbara County ($18) Smooth and elegant with a core of crisp acidity; mellow and bright with lovely balance and good length. 92 Landmark Vineyards 2012 Chardonnay, Charles Heintz Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($45) Creamy and fresh with lovely pear fruit, rich, complex and balanced; elegant, juicy and bright; long and vibrant. ROLL GLOBAL 90 Pillsbury Wine Company 2012 WildChild White, Cochise County, Arizona ($20) Aromatic and dry with hints of rose petal and spice; smooth, lush and balanced with lots of charm. 50% Riesling, 20% Chenin, 14% Symphony, 11% Chardonnay, 5% Viognier. 93 Gary Farrell 2012 Pinot Noir, Hallberg Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($55) Ripe and rich with black cherry, plum and light toast; dense, spicy, long and intense. VINCRAFT GROUP 90 Steven Kent Winery 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Lola, Ghielmetti Vineyard, Livermore Valley ($24) Fresh and juicy with stone fruit and citrus; long and balanced, crisp and bright. 93 Swanson Vineyards 2010 Alexis, Napa Valley ($75) Focused ripe blackberry and red berry fruit character, lush and generous. 90% Cab Sauvignon, 10% Merlot. 93 Vie 2011 Syrah, White Hawk Vineyard, Santa Barbara County ($45) Dried roses and red floral character with black and blueberry fruit, plush, mouth watering with nice spice and leathery notes. 97% Syrah, co-fermented with 3% Viognier 94 Charles Heintz 2012 Syrah, Charles Heintz Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($46) Dark and rich, bright and juicy with lovely boysenberry and blackberry fruit; tangy and elegant with great structure and finesse; notes of spice, pepper and tobacco; complex and stunning. 94 Brandlin Vineyards 2011 Henry's Keep, Mount Veeder ($98) Bright and juicy with lovely plum, raspberry and cassis; velvety texture, tangy and complex with vivid flavors and fine balance; fresh and bright with depth and graceful style. 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc. CUVAISON 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 BLUE REVIEWS DOMESTIC Schug Winery 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Silky and smooth with bright citrus and tangy acidity; clean, nervy 90 Ghielmetti Vineyard, Livermore Valley ($24) stone fruit and citrus; long and balanced, crisp and bright. 93

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