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March 2018

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62  /  the tasting panel  /  march 2018 DOMESTIC 92 Foley Johnson 2013 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford ($75) Deep ruby color ; smooth, dense, and tangy with edgy, rich style; tannic and lush with potential, given some cellar age. 92 Ilaria 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($65) Smooth plum nose; ripe, zesty, and concentrated with balance and finesse; long and nicely-structured from winemaker Anna Monticelli. 91 Malibu Rocky Oaks 2015 Cabernet Franc, Malibu Coast AVA ($28) Earthy and herbal nose; clean, balanced, and stylish from an estate vineyard overlooking the Pacific with 700 vines of Cabernet Franc. 93 Miner Family Winery 2013 The Oracle Red Wine, Napa Valley ($100) A polished blend of all five Bordeaux varieties with a rich cardinal hue; nose of plum with some vegetal notes; tangy and well-balanced with 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 Presented by

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