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June 2017

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72  /  the tasting panel  /  june 2017 DOMESTIC 91 Robert Mondavi Winery 2014 Merlot, Napa Valley ($25) Tangy plum and juicy fruit; long, balanced and stylish in the best Robert Mondavi tradition. CONSTELLATION WINES U.S. 91 Stoller Family Estate 2016 Chardonnay, Dundee Hills ($25) Entrepreneur Bill Stoller, co-owner of Chehalem Winery, planted ten acres of Chard and Pinot in 1995 and never looked back. Charmingly bright, juicy and crisp with racy acidity and tangy citrus. 94 La Follette 2014 Chardonnay, Sangiacomo Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($38) Greg La Follette is a star winemaker and this is one of his best; silky, high-toned and refined; juicy and balanced. WINE CREEK LLC 91 Trefethen 2014 Merlot, Oak Knoll, Napa Valley ($40) The Napa Valley Merlots keep on coming— this one delivers ripe plum, fresh style and great balance. 93 Résonance 2014 Pinot Noir, Résonance Vineyard, Yamhill-Carlton ($65) Maison Louis Jadot's exciting Oregon project. Deep, rich color ; lush and dense with tangy berry fruit and savory flavors. KOBRAND 93 Roger Roessler Wines 2015 Pinot Noir, 3 BBL Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($70) As if we needed more proof that the Sonoma Coast is ideal Burgundian-variety terroir. Silky and smooth with crisp acidity and racy acid structure. R2 WINE COMPANY 96 Sea Smoke Cellars 2014 Ten Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills ($82) Bright, silky and juicy with tangy cherry fruit; fresh, elegant and balanced with depth, style and finesse; the role model for California Pinot. 94 Gamble Family Vineyards 2013 Paramount, Napa Valley ($90) A stellar Bordeaux-style blend with ruby color, rich plum and deep berries and spice; lovely with generous style and elegant depth; layered and complex with classic structure. 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 6% 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 Presented by

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