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October 2011

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BLUE REVIEWS Anthony Dias BLUE REVIEWS 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 DOMESTIC 90 91 Quivira Vineyards 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, Fig Tree Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley ($18) Smooth, dense and ripe with citrus and spice; juicy, balanced and complex; fresh, peachy and long with layers of flavor. Biodynamic. Falcone Family Vineyards 2009 Chardonnay, Santa Barbara County ($25) Smooth and ripe with lovely fruit and a core of bright, juicy acidity; balanced, rich and delicious. 90 92 MacRostie 2009 Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast ($25) Ripe and smooth with bright tropical fruit and vanilla oak; long and lush with lovely flavors and great balance. LION NATHAN USA Soter Vineyards Brut Rosé 2006 Willamette Valley ($58) Light pink color; fresh, smooth and crisp with raspberry fruit and tangy acidity; juicy, bright and elegant with a clean, brisk, racy finish. 90 60 / the tasting panel / october 201 1 Franciscan 2008 Merlot, Napa Valley ($21) Smooth and refined with juicy plum and lovely ripe flavors and rich texture; balanced, charming and long; fresh, delicious and a good value. CONSTELLATION WINES US 92 Louis M. Martini 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley ($35) Deep, rich plum, blackberry, cassis and spice; juicy and intense with lively acid structure and lovely intensity; rich, toasty and concentrated; lovely. GALLO 92 92 Trefethen 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley ($58) Lush with ripe plum and cassis fruit, with minerals, soft spices and good acid structure; supple, elegant and charming with restrained style. Calera 2008 Pinot Noir, Jensen Vineyard, Mt. Harlan ($70) Suave, ripe and juicy with a pure acid core; tangy cherry, raspberry and earth; elegant, balanced and juicy; long and charming. 94 Promise 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($200) Velvety and lush with ripe black cherry and plum fruit; rich, smooth, dense and beautifully balanced; intense, supple and nicely structured; long and elegant. IMPORTS 90 Carrick Wines 2010 Riesling, Central Otago, New Zealand ($20) Fresh and peachy with racy acidity, tangy citrus and apple; lively, clean and juicy; balanced and long; sustainable. BOUTIQUE WINE COLLECTION

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