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Blue Reviews domestic 90 WillaKenzie Estate 2008 Estate Pinot Blanc, Willa- mette Valley ($18) Smooth with a bit of citrus and some lovely, lush flavors; creamy, rich and complete- ly charming. TWISTY WILSON DANIELS 90 Robert Pecota Winery 2008 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Val- ley ($18) Peachy and fresh with lovely juicy acidity; bright and generous with style and charm. 93 Stones- treet 2007 Chardon- nay, Upper Barn, Alexander Moun- tain Estate, Alexander Valley ($65) Rich and intense with juicy, ripe fruit and racy acidity; also showing miner- als, subtle oak and great depth of flavor; beautifully balanced and complete. JACKSON FAMILY WINES 91 Freeman Winery 2007 Chardonnay, Ryo-Fu, Russian River Valley ($44) Bright and fresh with lovely minerals, ripe fruit and brisk acid- ity; long, balanced and presenting the full package. 92 L'Aventure Winery 2008 Estate Roussanne, Paso Robles ($35) Juicy, floral and minerally with lovely finesse and elegant style; fresh, smooth and bal- anced with depth and grace. 90 Two Angels 2006 Cabernet Sauvi- gnon, Mayacamas Moun- tains, Sonoma ($25) Smooth and lush with deep plum and racy acidity; ripe and dense and with long, complete flavors. QUINTESSENTIAL 91 Arcadian 2005 Chardonnay, Sleepy Hollow Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands ($48) Silky and bright with ripe fruit and tangy acidity; rich, complex and beautifully balanced. 90 Gary Farrell 2007 Russian River Selection Pinot Noir, Russian River Val- ley ($42) Bright and juicy with lively cherry and fresh acidity; smooth and balanced. ASCENTIA WINE ESTATES Blue Anthony Dias In 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 evalua- tions, 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 select- ed for publication, produc- ers 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 indi- cates wines sealed with a screwcap closure. For additional Blue Reviews, go to Reviews 50 / the tasting panel / october 2009

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