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66  /  the tasting panel  /  july 2016 DOMESTIC 92 Rodney Strong Wine Estates 2015 Charlotte's Home Sauvignon Blanc, Northern Sonoma ($17) Bright and fresh with silky texture, tangy acidity and lovely style; clean, pure and balanced, with lively tropical fruit. 90 Cadaretta 2014 SBS Sauvignon Blanc–Semillon, Columbia Valley ($23) Crisp and racy with vibrant acidity and juicy, balanced citrus; lifted, fresh and tangy; long and classic. MIDDLETON FAMILY WINES 94 Pahlmeyer 2013 Jayson Chardonnay, North Coast ($50) Creamy and luscious with ripe pear and honey; rich and fresh with depth and elegance; good acid structure—a complete package. 92 Edmeades 2013 Zinfandel, Gianoli Vineyard, Mendocino Ridge ($35) Another hit from this Zin specialist; dense and packed with rich, ripe blackberry and spice. JACKSON FAMILY WINES 92 Alta Colina 2013 Old 900 Estate Syrah, Paso Robles– Adelaida District ($48) A Syrah with Paso Robles intensity and toasty style; rich, deep and concentrated, with notes of sweet oak. 93 J. Lohr 2012 Cuvée St. E, Paso Robles ($50) An elegant and stylish tribute to St-Emilion. Supple, complex and balanced, with lovely texture, ripe plum and berry fruit. 55% Cabernet Franc, 34% Merlot, 8% Malbec, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon. 92 Flying Goat Cellars 2012 Pinot Noir, Bien Nacido Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley ($60) Norm Yost scores with this delightful wine; it has a lush nose of stewed raspberries; it's silky, crisp and rich with ripe berry fruit and nice depth; tangy, bright and balanced. 94 Chimney Rock 2013 Elevage, Stags Leap District ($96) A satiny Stags Leap Bordeaux blend; dark and concentrated with ripe, generous black plum and toasty vanilla oak. 53% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc. TERLATO WINES 94 Nickel & Nickel 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, State Ranch, Yountville ($110) Ripe nose with sweet new oak; smooth texture and deep, dense plum and berry fruit; elegant, refined and showing hints of mocha and spice. 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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