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JULY 2012

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BLUE REVIEWS Anthony Dias BLUE REVIEWS I DOMESTIC 91 n 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 91 90 91 Ferrari-Carano 2011 Fumé Blanc, Sonoma County ($15) Fresh and snappy with juicy, tangy stone fruit and nectarine; nervy, bright and long. Momtazi Vineyard, McMinnville ($19) Pure peach and bracing acidity; racy, fresh and intense with lift and zest; lovely and very impressive. Maysara Winery 2011 Pinot Blanc, Autees, 90 Bruno's Blend White, Columbia Valley ($18) Lovely peach and nectarine fruit; keen and racy with great nerve and a long, zesty fi nish. Va Piano 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, Chehalem 2011 Riesling, Sext, Ridgecrest Vineyard, Ribbon Ridge ($24) Spritzy and alive with keen acidity, pretty citrus notes and nerve; lots of sweet (6%) but so much great acidity that it's totally in balance; a great food wine. Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Family Vincent Vineyards 2010 Reserve, Santa Ynez Valley ($25) Smooth and creamy with tangy, juicy citrus fruit; bright but elegant and deep; fresh, complex and balanced with a long, focused fi nish. 60 / the tasting panel / july 2012 90 93 Valley ($24) Pale pink; juicy and fresh with racy acidity and zesty fruit; dry, tangy and long with lift and lots of charm. Virage 2011 Cabernet Franc Rosé, Napa Russian River Valley ($49) Smooth and creamy with ripe tropical fruit and spice; long and rich with hints of toasty oak and lovely acid structure; intense and complete, elegant and generous. Sonoma-Loeb 2010 Chardonnay, Envoy, 91 91 93 Green Valley, Solano County ($27) Smooth and silky with lovely Rock Wren 2008 Syrah, blackberry, black currant and spice; notes of chocolate, spice and oak; excellent balance, fi nesse and style; very impressive. Gundlach Bundschu 2009 Merlot, Sonoma Valley ($30) Ripe and juicy with black plum, blueberry and excellent structure; balanced, deep and neatly structured; long, rich and classic. Walla Walla Valley ($89) Lush and smooth with ripe plum, black raspberry and juicy acidity; supple, balanced and showing sweet oak, spice and bright structure; long and elegant. 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot. Doubleback 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon,

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