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August 2014

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74  /  the tasting panel  /  august 2014 DOMESTIC 90 Flora Springs 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Soliloquy Vineyards, Oakville ($25) Rich, lush and minerally with ripe, polished fruit and spice; ripe, smooth and showing dense texture; long and complex. 90 Cordon 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, L'lnox, Happy Canyon ($21) Bright and racy with tangy citrus, keen acidity and lovely mineral qualities; Sancerre-like with depth and precise structure. HOLLYWOOD AND WINE 90 Riboli Family 2012 Windstream Chardonnay, Sarmento Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands ($25) Smooth and juicy with nice notes of toasty oak and vanilla; fruity and bright with clean flavors and racy acidity; mellow and balanced. 89 A to Z Wineworks 2012 Pinot Noir, Oregon ($19) Bright and juicy with crisp acidity, lovely cherry and tangy style; fresh, balanced and racy. 90 Stags' Leap Winery 2013 Viognier, Napa Valley ($32) Ripe and juicy with tangy fruit and lively acidity; aromatic and racy with lovely floral notes; fresh and balanced. TREASURY WINE ESTATES 91 Robert Talbott Vineyards 2012 Pinot Noir, Sleepy Hollow Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands ($42) Smooth and rich with ripe cherry and juicy acidity; dense, tangy and savory; long and lush. 90 Piña Napa Valley 2012 Chardonnay, Low Vineyard, Oak Knoll District ($34) Lush and creamy with bright style and rich texture; ripe, toasty and showing vanilla and good balance; long and mellow finish. 90 Cuvaison 2012 Chardonnay, Kite Tail Vineyard, Carneros ($42) Lush and juicy with spice, toasty oak, vanilla and ripe pear fruit; rich and dense. 90 Field Stone Winery 2012 Sangiovese, Lucio's Block, Field Stone Estate, Alexander Valley ($27) Bright and juicy with black raspberry and spice; smooth, lush and balanced with a long, rich finish. 92 Sanctuary 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Usibelli Vineyard, Rutherford ($50) Velvety and rich with bright plum and lively berry fruit; rich, intense and juicy with depth and complexity; long and lush. FETZER VINEYARDS 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

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