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September 2014

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72  /  the tasting panel  /  september 2014 DOMESTIC 90 Ross Andrew Winery 2013 Pinot Gris, Celilo Vineyard, Columbia Valley ($20) Fresh and smooth with lush pear, spice and aromatic notes; crisp, bright and bracing. PRECEPT WINE 92 Poet's Leap 2013 Riesling, Columbia Valley ($20) Off-dry and minerally with elegant style and juicy fruit; precise, tangy and showing crisp peachy flavors and notes of citrus; racy and crisp with vibrant flavors and a long finish. LONG SHADOWS VINTNERS 90 Millbrook 2012 Proprietor's Special Reserve Chardonnay, Hudson River Region, New York ($22) Creamy and smooth with toasty oak and ripe pear fruit; stylish and balanced with a long, elegant finish. 90 Calluna Vineyards 2011 Cuvée, Chalk Hill ($33) Smooth and dense with ripe plum, spice and velvety texture; balanced and neatly structured. 40% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Franc, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Petit Verdot, 11% Malbec. 90 Fabbioli 2011 Tannat, Virginia ($45) Plum, black raspberry and spice; fresh and balanced with smooth texture and a tangy, vibrant finish. 95 Grieve Family Winery 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley ($45) From the Lovall Valley in Napa, perhaps the best Sauvignon produced in California; an amazing basket of lime, honeydew, spice and spring flowers; silky and crisp with mouth-watering juiciness and bright acidity; generous and complex with a seamless, elegant, extremely long finish. 91 Davies Vineyards 2012 Pinot Noir, Nobles Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($55) Smooth and lush with ripe cherry and berry fruit; clean, racy and balanced with elegance and finesse. WILSON DANIELS 91 Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards 2012 Gloria's Syrah, Umqua Valley ($42) Smooth and ripe with spice, pepper and rich blackberry fruit; deep and bright with concentration, complexity and style; intense, lovely and long. 92 Euclid Wines 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($85) Smooth and velvety, juicy plum and blackberry; dense, rich and showing spice, oak and lovely texture; hints of mocha and tar ; long and complex. 93 Foxen Vineyard 2012 Estate Syrah, Tinaquaic Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley ($48) Dark and deeply alive with fresh, toasted plum and blackberry; tangy, bright and balanced with lovely texture and a long finish. 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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