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JULY 2012

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BLUE REVIEWS 92 Rioja Reserva Selección de 198 Barricas, Spain ($80) Dark and rich Beronia 2005 with silky texture and ripe black raspberry fruit; deep, mature and complex with layers of flavor and lovely balance; long, elegant and harmonious. 90% Tempranillo, 7% Mazuelo, 3% Graciano. SAN FRANCISCO WINE EXCHANGE VALUE AND BY-THE-GLASS RECOMMENDATIONS 88 Bulletin Place 2011 Pinot Grigio, South Eastern Australia ($10) Racy and fresh with nerve and vibrant fruit; clean, juicy and long. VINEYARD BRANDS 90 89 89 ($10) Vibrant with tangy acidity and excellent tension; lovely peach, lime and focus; long and racy. PURPLE WINE CO. Valley ($15) Crisp, juicy apple and citrus fruit; lively, long and fresh; vibrant, tangy and long with good balance and excellent structure. Mercer Estates 2010 Riesling, Yakima Blanc, Willamette Valley ($15) Silky and a bit spritzy with pure green apple fruit plus notes of citrus and minerals; edgy, juicy with lively acidity and excellent structure; long, fresh and harmonious. Brooks Wines 2011 Runaway White Pinot 88 Eastern Australia ($9) Light pink; spritzy, fresh and spicy; sweet, juicy and clean; lively and bright. Moscato DE BORTOLI WINES USA 2011 DB Pink Moscato, Family Selection, South 62 / the tasting panel / july 2012 De Bortoli Wines BEX 2010 Riesling, Nahe Valley, Germany 91 91 91 ($38) An estate Roussane with lush vanilla and floral notes, dense, ripe, minerally style and good acid structure; creamy, clean and balanced with a long, luscious finish. Stolpman Vineyards 2009 L'Avion, Santa Ynez Valley Valley ($25) Lush and juicy with ripe blackberry and black raspberry; smooth and rich with long, harmonious flavors and a fresh, balanced finish. 42% Syrah, 34% Grenache, 22% Petite Sirah, 2% Viognier. Stolpman Vineyards 2010 La Cuadrilla, Santa Ynez 2008 Estate Sangiovese, Santa Ynez Valley ($36) Smooth and ripe with fresh, juicy cherry and raspberry fruit; lush and spicy with notes of vanilla oak and a rich yet balanced style. Stolpman Vineyards Vineyard-Crafted in Santa Barbara Stolpman Vineyards Impresses With Rhône Varietals And More TOM AND MARYLIN STOLPMAN founded Stolpman Vineayrds in 1990, selling grapes to some of Santa Barbara's cult wineries, including Sine Qua Non and Ojai Vineyards. In 1997, they began making wine under their own label. Winemaker Sashi Moorman came onboard in 2001, and working with vineyard manager Ruben Solorzano and Stopman's inventive and indispen- sible vineyard crew, known as "La Cuadrilla," has turned Stolpman into one of the most impressive producers on California's Central Coast. Tom's son Peter Stolpman, who now manages the winery, recently stopped by for a tasting of some current releases. 90 Valley ($30) Smooth and juicy with ripe blackberry and blueberry; crisp acidity and lovely aromatics, clean and toasty, long and completely harmonious. 3% Viognier. Stolpman Vineyards 2010 Estate Syrah, Santa Ynez 92 91 94 2010 Syrah Originals, Santa Ynez Valley ($38) Lush and full with deep plum and blackberry fruit; Stolpman Vineyards rich, dense and elegant with juicy acidity and great structure; lavish and long. Valley ($48) Bright and spicy, crisp and tangy with smooth, toasty style; ripe and neatly structured, long and smooth. Stolpman Vineyards 2009 Hilltops Syrah, Santa Ynez 2010 Hilltops Syrah, High Density, Santa Ynez Valley ($58) Ripe, dense and huge with luscious blackberry, plum and spice; smooth, deep and concentrated; rich and showing chocolate, coffee and toast. Stolpman Vineyards

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