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September 2013

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BLUE REVIEWS Anthony Dias BLUE REVIEWS DOMESTIC 91 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. For additional Blue Reviews, go to Prices are for 750 ml. bottles unless otherwise noted. Renwood Winery 2010 Timberline Zinfandel, Amador County ($40) Ripe and spicy with blackberries, cherry and plum; smooth and rich, long and deep; balanced. 90 Thornton Winery 2012 Vermentino, Temecula Valley ($22) Bright and spicy with juicy apple and tangy acidity; some anise and lovely balance; long and silky. 91 Trisaetum Winery 2012 Ribbon Ridge Estate Riesling, Ribbon Ridge, Willamette Valley ($24) Tangy with bright peachy fruit and crisp acidity; clean, pure and lively with lovely style and balance. 93 Kale Wines 2009 Syrah, Alder Springs, Spirit Rock Vineyard, Mendocino County ($40) Bursting with the nose of ripe blackberries; smooth and velvety with dark, rich and ripe with bright, vivid black fruit and a core of juicy acidity; 10% Viognier adds a floral, aromatic note; luscious and stunning. 90 Anne Amie 2012 Dry Estate Riesling, Yamhill-Carlton ($20) Crisp and juicy with racy citrus, stone fruit and bright minerality; elegant, fresh and long. 74  /  the tasting panel  /  september 2013 TP0913_063-103.indd 74 90 Gundlach Bundschu 2011 Estate Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast ($27) Bright and juicy with smooth, creamy texture; fresh fruit, lively and balanced with ripe flavors and tangy acidity; long and stylish. 91 Gallo Family Vineyards 2011 Signature Series Estate Chardonnay, Russian River Valley ($30) A bright and rich wine made with fruit mostly from the Laguna Ranch Vineyard; creamy and lush with a firm core of acidity; elegant, deep and long with lovely style. E&J GALLO 92 Thomas George Estates 2010 Pinot Noir, Starr Ridge Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($60) Smooth and silky with ripe red cherry and a core of crisp acidity; elegant, bright and juicy with depth and graceful style; seamless and long. 92 Grassi Wine Company 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($65) Velvety and smooth with ripe blackberry and plum; rich and dense with vivid flavors and good structure; supple and ripe, long and intense. 10% Cabernet Franc. 93 Howell Mountain Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain, Napa Valley ($75) Smooth and rich with ripe plum, spice and blackberry; deep with notes of chocolate, licorice and plum; balanced, elegant and lovely. 8/22/13 9:23 PM

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