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May 2015

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72  /  the tasting panel  /  may 2015 DOMESTIC 90 Ponzi Vineyards 2014 Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley ($17) Bright and juicy with lively acidity and tangy peach; fresh and delightful. WILSON DANIELS 90 Cosa Obra Wines 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, Hummingbird Hill Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($25) Elegant peach and citrus; silky, sleek and juicy with polish and balance; long and lovely. ALLISON ROBBINS WINES 91 Peter Paul Wines 2012 Chardonnay, Bacigalupi Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($40) Silky and lush with ripe pear and toasty oak; juicy, rich and supple with good acidity and depth; long and graceful. 92 Joseph Phelps 2013 Chardonnay, Freestone Vineyards, Sonoma Coast ($55) Tangy acidity and elegant fruit; crisp and juicy with lively new oak and considerable finesse; rounded and polished with a long, fresh finish. 92 Patz & Hall 2012 Chardonnay, Zio Tony Ranch, Russian River Valley ($65) Silky and elegant with lovely ripe pear fruit, toasty oak and juicy acidity; rich and stylish with finesse and a long finish. 91 Mettler Family Vineyards 2012 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi ($25) A modestly-priced Lodi gem. Spice, plum, mocha and tangy acidity; rich, dense and deep with notes of vanilla and spice. 12% Petite Sirah. 90 Ports of New York NV Meleau Red, New York ($45/500 ml.) A fortified blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Noiret aged in a neutral oak solera system. Deep golden amber ; smooth, spicy with rancio and toasty notes; clean and balanced. 17% ABV. PORTS OF NEW YORK 93 Gamba Vineyards and Winery 2013 Old Vine Zinfandel, Gamba Estate, Russian River Valley ($45) Rich and dense with ripe blackberry, boysenberry and spice; savory and intense with balance and lush texture; long and complete with balance and style. 94 Pepper Bridge Winery 2012 Trine, Walla Walla Valley ($65) Winemaker Jean-François Pellet scores again. Luscious plum, black raspberry and spice; notes of chocolate, vanilla and toast; supple and elegant. 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 37% Cabernet Franc, 13% Petit Verdot. 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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