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Tasting Panel October 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 85-89: 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 Cabernet Sauvignon, Conservancy, DOMESTIC 89 Concannon 2007 Livermore Valley ($15) Bright plum and berry fruit with firm acid structure and good balance; clean, lively and fresh with lift and a racy finish. THE WINE GROUP ($24) Juicy and balanced, with keen fruit and nice floral notes; long, silky and ripe with style and finesse. TREASURY WINE ESTATES 89 Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills ($28) Smooth and fresh with tangy acidity and a lush texture; pure, racy and balanced with a long finish. 90 92 Tantara Winery 2008 Chardonnay, Talley Rincon Vineyard, Arroyo Grande Valley ($38) Racy and crisp with lovely subtle oak; silky texture and supple mouthfeel; long, elegant, fresh and lively. 90 50 / the tasting panel / october 2010 Wente Vineyards 2008 Chardonnay, Annika, Livermore Valley ($40) Silky and ripe with lush, sweet vanilla flavors; elegant, long and lovely; made in collaboration with golf great Annika Sorenstam. Alma Rosa 2007 Chardonnay, El Jabali Etude 2009 Pinot Gris, Carneros Vineyard, Napa Valley ($45) Bright, fresh and juicy with lively acidity and notes of chocolate and spice; plum, black raspberry and excellent structure; balanced and supple. 92 91 Whitehall Lane 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Reserve, Napa Valley ($60) Neatly structured with tangy plum and black raspberry, firm acidity and a long, elegant finish; lush and rounded. Sauvignon, Alexander Valley ($65) Smooth and dusky with ripe plum and rich blackberry; dense and powerful with depth and balance. 92 Lancaster Estate 2006 Cabernet Napanook 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napanook Signature, Napa Valley ($42) Smooth and bright with lovely ripe plum and berry fruit; supple, dense and showing chocolate and spice; long and rich with soft tannins. 91 Chappellet 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon,

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