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54  /  the tasting panel  /  december 2014 DOMESTIC 92 Inman Family Winery 2012 Brut Rosé, OGV Estate, Russian River Valley ($56) Pale pink; fresh, smooth strawberry and tangy acidity; mineral and lovely, elegant style; racy and lively with balance and pure finish. Made from Pinot Noir. 90 Force of Nature 2013 Pinot Gris, Murmur Vineyard, Santa Barbara County ($23) Lush and dry with minerals and racy fruit; dense and balanced with apple fruit and a long, seamless, complex finish; this winery has the most impressive labels I've seen yet. ROB MURRAY VINEYARDS 90 Freemark Abbey 2013 Chardonnay, Napa Valley ($30) Tangy fruit and soft oak; juicy, fresh and long; Ted Edwards has been doing this for a long time and he's got it down pat. JACKSON FAMILY WINES 91 Inconceivable Wine 2013 Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley ($25)Bright, fresh and juicy with racy acidity and fresh fruit; crisp and lively. MIDDLETON FAMILY WINES 90 Morgan Winery 2012 Cotes du Crow's, Monterey ($18) Smooth and juicy with cherry, cassis and spice; bright, tangy and long. 60% Grenache, 40% Syrah. 91 Edmeades 2012 Zinfandel, Gianoli Vineyard, Mendocino Ridge ($31) Juicy raspberry and cherry fruit; silky and bright with tangy acidity and a long, fresh finish. JACKSON FAMILY WINES 90 Uproot 2013 Grenache, Santa Ynez Valley ($46) Smooth and bright with raspberry and cherry fruit; tangy and dense with notes of earth and spice; long and balanced. 92 Bonny Doon Vineyard 2012 Grenache, Cuvée R "Rancho Solo," Monterey County ($48) Loades of generous black raspberry and cassis; rich, long and vivid with long, balanced finish. 91 KaDieM 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Morisoli Vineyard, Rutherford ($125) Bright plum and complex structure; balanced and rich with soft herbs; dense and meaty with diminished intensity due to the vintage. 91 Calera 2013 Chardonnay, Mt. Harlan ($36) Silky and fresh with smooth pear and minerals; elegant and juicy with balance and long flavors. 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 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. Anthony Dias BLUE REVIEWS BLUE REVIEWS

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