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BLUE REVIEWS Anthony Dias BLUE REVIEWS DOMESTIC Poet���s Leap 2011 Riesling, Columbia Valley ($20) Crisp and bright with juicy citrus and bright acidity; dry, complex and balanced with lovely pure fruit and precise structure; classic. 92 I 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. LONG SHADOWS VINTNERS Franciscan 2011 Chardonnay, Napa Valley ($18) Smooth and lush with ripe, juicy citrus and pear; clean, fresh and tangy with seamless texture. 89 CONSTELLATION WINES U.S. Lawer Family Wines 2011 Duck Shack Chardonnay, Russian River Valley ($22) Smooth and juicy with ripe pear fruit and tangy acidity; nice balance and good structure; long and modern. 89 Three Saints Vineyard 2010 Chardonnay, Dierberg Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley ($20) Bright and tangy with spice and tangy fruit, creamy texture and racy acidity; lovely, delicate style and considerable ���nesse. 90 DIERBERG VINEYARD For additional Blue Reviews, go to Laguna 2010 Chardonnay, Laguna Ranch, Russian River Valley ($35) Creamy and ripe with sweet oak and lush, dense ���avors of vanilla and spice; lovely, tangy and long; rich and deep. 91 E&J GALLO 60 / the tasting panel / march 2013 Ten Acre 2010 Chardonnay, Green Acre Hills, Sangiacomo Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($48) Smooth and ripe with rich texture and deep ���avors of tropical fruit; long, elegant and balanced; smooth, lovely and complex; lovely. 91 Macchia Wines 2010 Mischievous Old Vine Zinfandel, Lodi ($18) Rich, ripe black cherry with bright, tangy acidity; smooth, vivid and luscious with lovely balance and depth; charming and seductive. 91 Klinker Brick 2010 Farr��h Syrah, Lodi ($20) Deep and dense with ripe cassis, black raspberry and vanilla oak notes; rich and full-bodied with lovely balance, tangy acidity and a long, luscious ���nish. 91 Reuling Vineyard 2011 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast ($70) Silky and tangy with racy acidity and bright cherry fruit; fresh and elegant with Burgundian style, long, pure ���avors and lots of depth and ���nesse. 92 Altvs 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($75) Smooth and silky with elegant plum and blackberry fruit; supple and juicy with notes of mocha, spice and lovely depth; complex and seamless with lovely style and balance. 93 MERUS WINES

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