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July 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 2008 Chardonnay, Mendocino County ($18) Smooth and juicy with ripe fruit, creamy texture and lively oak; lovely style and finesse. Organic. DOMESTIC 89 Paul Dolan Vineyards 89 Thomas George Estates 2008 Sauvignon Blanc, Windsor Oaks Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($24) Juicy and grassy with lively fruit and racy acidity. Anderson Valley ($38) A lovely and seductive Pinot; ripe, smooth and rich with black cherry, spice and lively acidity; fresh, pure, and racy. 92 Lucia Highlands ($29) Smooth and meaty with ripe cherry and dense berry fruit; rich and ripe with good structure and length. MARIPOSA WINE COLLECTION 90 Blanc, North Coast ($30) Stunning peach and citrus with juicy acidity and a hint of mineral and spice; racy, brisk and rounded with lovely mouthfeel and great texture; long and complete. 92 Chardonnay, Napa Valley ($50) Nicely structured with bright fruit and subtle oak; clean, pure and lively with balance, length and finesse. 91 42 / the tasting panel / july 2010 Chateau Montelena Winery 2008 Captûre Wines 2009 Tradition Sauvignon Cru 2008 Pinot Noir, Appellation Series, Santa Tondre Grapefield Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands ($48) Ripe and very juicy with lovely black cherry fruit and racy acidity; stylish, supple and balanced with intensity, great structure and an excellent finish. 92 Napa Valley ($59) Firm, ripe, dense and built to last; elegant, rich plum and blackberry fruit with velvety texture; long, balanced and concentrated. 91 92 Hunnicutt 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($48) Silky and smooth with ripe plum and pure, racy acidity; lush, dense and classic with depth and lovely balance. Cornerstone Cellars 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, Cima Collina 2007 Pinot Noir, Lazy Creek Vineyards 2007 Pinot Noir,

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