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JULY 2011

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BLUE REVIEWS Eastern Australia ($7) Juicy, sweet and fresh with tangy peach fruit and lots of spritz; tangy, lively and showing bright acidity and spice. W. J. DEUTSCH & SONS 88 89 Patianna Organic Vineyards 2009 Chardonnay, Mendocino County ($17) Smooth and creamy with tangy fruit and fresh fl avors; bright and lively with depth and style; long and bracing. Valley ($10) Smooth and dry with juicy peach and minerals; silky, clean and crisp. BANFI VINTNERS 88 Coteaux d’Aix-en- Provence, France ($12) A lovely salmon-colored rosé (50% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 15% Cinsault, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon); nervy and fresh with bright citrus and raspberry fruit. 90 Sonoma County ($14) Smooth and clean with juicy citrus and tropical notes; round and ripe with lovely balance and classic style. CONSTELLATION WINES U.S. 90 Baixas, Spain ($16) Floral and aromatic; juicy, minerally and peachy with spice, tangy acidity and fresh fruit; lively and balanced. 89 VINEYARD BRANDS 62 / the tasting panel / july 201 1 Marqués de Cáceres 2010 Deusa Nai Albariño, Rías ($30) Lemony nose; silky texture, clean, natural lemon fl avors plus notes of vanilla; creamy and elegant with a long fi nish and lovely texture. MOËT HENNESSY USA 92 Simi Winery 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, Bieler Père et Fils 2010 Sabine, Pacific Rim 2010 Riesling, Columbia Yellow Tail NV Moscato, South 88 Sauvignon, Paso Robles ($14) Lush and dense with lots of showy sweet vanilla oak with plum and berry fruit; clean, smooth and balanced. DON SEBASTIANI & SONS 88 89 Morgan Winery 2009 Cotes du Crow’s, Monterey ($18) Lavender nose; smooth, juicy and ripe with boysenberry, plum and spice; dense, extracted and rich with lovely depth and style; a 50-50 Syrah-Grenache blend. Vodka, USA ($25) From Kentucky. Lean and silky with smooth texture and vanilla notes; edgy, balanced, long and clean. BARREL HOUSE DISTILLING CO. SPIRITS 91 Crafted Wheat 94 Vodka, USA ($32) From Maryland. Lush and rich with creamy texture and lovely grain notes; complex, elegant and dense with subtle vanilla and spice; long, deep and seamless. BLACKWATER DISTILLING Belvedere Citrus Vodka, Poland Sloop Betty Vodka Hand Fat Monk 2009 Merlot, Central Coast ($12) Smooth raspberry and plum fruit; rich and balanced with good structure and a long, supple fi nish; charming. CREATIVE WINES INTERNATIONAL Project Paso 2009 Cabernet Mexico ($20) Pale amber color; smooth and spicy with agave, vanilla and hints of coconut; creamy and lush with some nice heat on the fi nish. 90 GALLO 92 Pure Blue Small Batch Hand Crafted Bourbon 15 Years Old, USA ($115) From Old Rip Van Winkle distillery. Honey and caramel nose; warm, smooth and lush with vanilla, spice and fl oral notes; elegant, rich and dense with a long fi nish. 94 Malt Scotch Whisky, Scotland ($45) Smooth, soft peat nose; rich and elegant with smoke, spice and notes of vanilla oak and toasted grains; long and creamy, elegant and balanced. The name is pronounced “weems.” 90 Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Scotland ($80) Smooth spice and sweet oak nose; pale amber color. After watering: mellow and silky with creamy texture and soft vanilla oak highlights; clean, pure, elegant and charming. 93 SKYY SPIRITS and elegant with smok DOMAINE SELECT Auchentoshan 1998 Sherry Cask Matured SAZERAC COMPANY Wemyss Peat Chimney 8 Year Old Single Campo de Encanto Pisco, Peru ($40) Spice and vanilla nose; ripe, earthy and rich with aromatics, creamy texture and light caramel; smooth, warm and enticing. HAAS BROTHERS Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 92 Camarena Reposado Tequila, Ambhar Tequila Reposado Special Reserve ($55) Creamy and sexy with sweet agave, spice, vanilla, honey and y and lush with toasted oak; dense long and rich. SANTO SPIRITS

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