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August 2012

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BLUE REVIEWS Anthony Dias BLUE REVIEWS I DOMESTIC 90 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 Bacigalupi Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($40) Spicy and creamy with depth and ripe fruit; lush vanilla, toast and lovely flavors; long, smooth and rich with balance and style. 90 90 91 91 56 / the tasting panel / august 2012 Peter Paul Wines 2009 Chardonnay, 90 91 Blanc, Willamette Valley ($17) Fresh and ripe with juicy acidity; bright apple and ripe peach fruit and lovely balance; long and charming with depth and style. Ponzi Vineyards 2010 Pinot WILSON DANIELS Veltliner, Umpqua Valley ($24) Racy and crisp with dry, mineral-inflected citrus and tangy acidity; fresh and classic. Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards 2011 Grüner ($24) Fresh, steely and bright, juicy and crisp with citrus and minerality; racy, vibrant and focused; lively, clean and classic with great balance and length. Vineyard, Napa Valley ($32) Lush and aromatic with lovely citrus and tropical fruit, fresh acidity and silky texture; an obscure variety that is obviously quite at home in Napa soil; juicy and long, elegant and bracing. Grassi Wine Company 2011 Ribolla Gialla, Vare Round Pond 2011 Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Rutherford 90 Wayne Gretzky Estates 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, No. 99, Sonoma County ($18) Smooth and spicy with bright plum and raspberry fruit; charming, balanced and elegant with style, finesse and lovely depth Bundschu 2009 Mountain Cuvèe Red, Sonoma County ($24) Silky texture and bright, spicy flavors of plum, cassis and tangy acidity; savory, rich and supple with style, depth and lots of charm. Gundlach Livermore Valley ($32) Lush and dense with rich plum and blackberry fruit; ripe, concentrated and long with nice vanilla toast notes; complex and balanced. 90 Occasio 2009 Petit Verdot, Del Arroyo Vineyard, Herzog 2009 Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvigon- Zinfandel-Sryah, California ($36) Silky and smooth with ripe plum, raspberry and juicy fruit; supple, fresh and neatly balanced with a long, homogeneous finish. Kosher. ROYAL WINE CORP.

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