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September 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 91 Elevation Collection Sauvignon Blanc, Lake County ($19) Fresh, ripe and dense with herbs, minerals and lively fruit; smooth, peachy and balanced; long and vibrant. Shannon Ridge 2011 High 91 Chardonnay, Carneros St. Clement Vineyards 2010 ($19) Smooth, bright and tangy with white fl owers, citrus and silky texture; racy, fresh and pure with lively acidity and a long, integrated fi nish; charming. TREASURY WINE ESTATES 93 Chardonnay, Edna Valley ($30) Silky and elegant with a core of pure, racy acidity; lush texture and rich, ripe fruit; balanced, long and quite lovely. Center of Effort 2009 Estate Maria Valley ($32) Bright and juicy with silky texture and lovely mineral notes; crisp and structured with edgy notes and some creaminess; a complex wine with richness and tangy style. JACKSON FAMILY WINES Byron 2010 Chardonnay, Nielson Vineyard, Santa 60 / the tasting panel / september 2012 91 93 Gap's Crown Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($45) Lush and focused with lovely tangy acidity, bright and racy with Burgundian style and elegant, toasted new oak and pure acidity; long and creamy with great structure and style. HESS FAMILY ESTATES MacPhail 2010 Chardonnay, 92 Noir, Willamette Valley ($50) Silky and tangy; pure with minerals and rich texture; elegant, racy and supple with bright acidity and a long, graceful fi nish. Antica Terra 2010 Pinot 94 Pamplin Family Winery 2008 Proprietary Red, Columbia Valley ($50) Thick and dark with ripe blackberry, plum and cassis; concentrated, rich and deep; showing chocolate, tar and spice; a wine of profundity and exceptional quality; actually a very good value at this price. Sauvignon, Alexander Valley ($52) Silky, elegant and bright with ripe plum, tangy acidity and ripe fl avors; balanced, classic and long. Jordan 2008 Cabernet

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