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December 2015

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DOMESTIC 90 Chimney Rock 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley ($22) Smooth, lush and dense with rich fruit and spice; deep, ripe and long with balance and style. TERLATO WINES 92 Eroica 2013 Gold Riesling, Columbia Valley ($30) Silky with ripe, juicy fruit; balanced and sweet, creamy and luscious with sweet, intense flavors. STE. MICHELLE WINE ESTATES 90 JMC J. McClelland 2013 Selection Chardonnay, Napa Valley ($35) Fresh and crisp with nice pear tones and tangy acidity; juicy, balanced and long on the palate. STEELE CANYON CELLARS 91 Dry Creek Vineyard 2012 The Mariner, Dry Creek Valley ($45) Dusky with rich plum, cassis and earth tones; dense and smooth with deep flavors of fruit, spice and chocolate. 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 8% Malbec, 8% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc. 92 Ridge Vineyards 2013 Zinfandel, Ponzo Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($30) Brambly blackberr y on soft texture; lovely depth of flavor from 85-year-old vines; tangy and fresh with ripe flavors of ear th and spice. 7% Petite Sirah. 90 Sanford Winery 2013 Chardonnay, Sta. Rita Hills ($45) Silky, bright pear fruit and toasty oak make this a classic Santa Rita Hills Chard. TERLATO WINES 91 Record Family Wines 2012 Reserve Syrah, Paso de Record Vineyard, Paso Robles ($34) Dense and complex with earth, spice and pepper ; toasted, rich and savory with depth, balance and excellent length. 92 Simi Winery 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Landslide Vineyard, Alexander Valley ($38) Smooth, rich and elegant with plum, blackberry and cassis; supple, generous and long. CONSTELLATION WINE U.S. 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 100  /  the tasting panel  /  december 2015

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