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June 2010

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BLue REVIEWS Anthony Dias BLUE REVIEWS 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: I 85-90: 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 DOMESTIC 91 juicy with peach and sweet, ripe fruit; lush and charming with excellent acid structure. 90 2009 Sauvignon Blanc, Fig Tree Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley ($18) Dense and fresh with 89 concentrated citrus and mineral notes; rich and balanced with length, spice and nice texture. Biodynamic. ($23) Bright and edgy with pure fruit, zesty flavors, racy acidity (thanks to no malolactic) and good length; lively, fresh and charming. 90 Chardonnay, Durell Vineyard, Sonoma Valley ($45) Creamy and rich with a good acid backbone, mellow apple fruit, lovely spice and vanilla; long, elegant and balanced. 91 66 / the tasting panel / june 2010 Three Sticks 2007 Hendry 2008 Chardonnay, Napa Valley Quivira Vineyards 90 Cabernet Sauvignon, St. Helena, Napa Valley ($75) Juicy and bright with black-raspberry and blueberry fruit; nicely structured and ripe with lovely, elegant flavors of soft oak and spice; long and rich. 92 Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($45) Bright and juicy with flesh and lively cherry fruit; smooth and balanced with style and restraint. 90 Churchill Cellars 2006 Pinot Noir, Leepin St. Supery 2009 Moscato, California ($18) Fresh and Twomey Cellars 2009 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley ($25) Silky and bright with fresh, clean citrus and lively acidity; charming, pure and quite lovely. 91 Tablas Creek 2007 Esprit de Beaucastel, Paso Robles ($50) Velvety smooth with clean, fleshy plum and raspberry fruit; dense yet graceful, with lovely flavors and good balance; charming. VINEYARD BRANDS Doyenne 2007 Syrah, Yakima Valley ($36) Dark and dense with blackberry and spice with good acid structure; a powerhouse with richness, balance and length; impressive and intense. DELILLE CELLARS Charnu 2006

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