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September 2018

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60  /  the tasting panel  /  september 2018 DOMESTIC 91 J. McClelland Cellars 2014 JMC Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($45) Smooth, rich, and tangy with notes of ripe plum and berry fruit; velvety with a backbone of firm acidity from winemaker Mitch Cosentino. 90 Spring Mountain Vineyard 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley ($45) Bright and clean with notes of citrus, spice, and peach; fresh and long from an estate with 226 acres of mountainside vineyards. 92 Pedroncelli Winery 2016 Zinfandel, Bushnell Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley ($26) Very fluid texture; lush, dense, and flavorful with a long finish; a friendly, balanced wine aged 16 months in 40% new American oak barrels. 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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