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March 2015

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102  /  the tasting panel  /  march 2015 TASTINGS Argyle Winery 2010 Blanc de Blancs ($50) Racy and long with style and finesse. 90 Argyle Winery 2010 Brut Rosé ($50) Bright and spicy, crisp and juicy; minerally and fresh. 88 Ayala 2007 Blanc de Blancs Champagne ($95) Crisp and juicy with ripe citrus and clean, precise flavors of fruit; deep. 93 VINTUS Ayala 2005 Brut Champagne Perle d'Ayala ($175) Crisp and elegant with racy citrus and creamy texture; juicy and balanced with style and great finesse; long and exquisite. NOTE: This wine was the hit of the tasting. 95 VINTUS Billecart-Salmon 2004 Exrta Brut Champagne ($94) Fine and elegant with precise flavors of minerals and citrus; balanced, crisp and long with consider- able finesse. 92 CHAMBERS & CHAMBERS Prosecco Blu NV Prosecco ($13) Bright fruit with gentle but persistent mousse; clean, lightly spicy and harmo- nious. 88 RIONDO USA Buglioni 2013 Spumante Lo Spudorato, Veneto ($28) Tangy style and earthy, minerally flavors; long and zesty. 88 WILSON DANIELS Cavicchioli NV Prosecco 1928 ($14) Simple, fresh and spicy; clean and bal- anced. 84 FREDERICK WILDMAN & SONS A REPORT FROM OUR ANNUAL TASTING OF CHAMPANGES AND OTHER SPARKLING WINES ur call for vintage Champagnes for our holiday celebration brought forth a torrent of bubbly, much of which didn't comply with our request—it either wasn't vintage or it wasn't Champagne. But rather than opting for rigidity, we decided to taste all of it. As a result, we sampled sparklers ranging from $15 to $200, produced in France, California, Oregon, Italy and elsewhere. More than 50 wines were evaluated. What follows are my notes for most of them. by Anthony Dias Blue Choic

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