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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 DOMESTIC 89 Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highland ($19) Rich and lush; dense, long and creamy with ripe fruit and Talbott’s signature oak. 90 Roussanne, Paso Robles ($30) Golden color; smooth and creamy with mineral, ripe fruit and spice; long, dense, rich and balanced; lovely. VINEYARD BRANDS 90 California ($55) Fresh and racy with ripe, round flavors and fine acid structure; dense, bright and juicy with balance and depth; long and stylish. 91 90 84 / the tasting panel / may 201 1 Breggo Cellars 2009 Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley ($38) Fragrant, tangy cherry and raspberry with a solid core of bright acidity; lively, spicy and charming. Testarossa Vineyards 2009 Chardonnay, Diana’s, Tablas Creek 2009 93 Pepper Bridge Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley ($50) Velvety smooth and rich with plum, blackberry and spice; ripe, concentrated and lush with excellent acid and tannin structure; another stunning Washington State Merlot. 91 La Follette 2008 Chardonnay, Manchester Ridge Vineyard, Mendocino Ridge ($48) Bright and crisp with notes of honeydew, citrus and mineral; vanilla and cream, lovely symphony of flavors with balance and depth; elegant, long and delicious. WINE CREEK LLC Pepper Bridge Winery 2008 Merlot, 51% Seven Hills, 49% Handley Cellars 2008 Riesling, Mendocino County ($18) Spritzy and ripe with citrus and peach fruit; juicy, long and balanced. Talbott Vineyards 2009 Chardonnay, Kali Hart Paso Robles ($20) Dark and dense with black plum and black cherry fruit; concentrated, rich and showing spice and tannins; excellent structure and finesse. DOMAINE NAPA WINE CO 90 Valley ($24) Dense and juicy with ripe raspberry and plum pudding; vanilla oak and rich fruit with exotic charm and depth. 91 FOLEY WINE ESTATES Sebastiani Vineyards 2008 Zinfandel, Dry Creek Robert Hall 2008 Merlot,

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