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April 2010

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BLUE REVIEWS Anthony Dias BLUE REVIEWS 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: I 85-90: 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 DOMESTIC Papa’s Knoll Vineyard, Napa Valley ($45) Silky and bright with plum, black raspberry and sweet oak; long, lush and balanced with style and grip. 90 Sonoma ($17) Fresh and delicate with smooth texture and lovely pear, melon and vanilla; plenty of style and finesse. 89 89 Zinfandel, Arroyo Grande ($45) Dense and bursting with blackberry and cassis; 94 Domaine Serene 2007 Chardonnay, Dijon Clones, Clos du Soleil Vineyard, Dundee Hills ($45) Silky and bright with delicate fruit and lovely acid structure; Burgundian and elegant with beautiful balance and purity. 92 68 / the tasting panel / april 2010 juicy and balanced with great depth and concentration; sweet, spicy and ripe but nicely structured. CONWAY FAMILY WINES Macari Vineyards 2009 Chardonnay, Early Wine, North Fork ($17) Brisk and nervy with racy citrus fruit and pure acidity; a charming, likable wine with spice and a long, tangy finish. Rancho Arroyo Grande 2007 Francis Coppola 2008 Director’s Chardonnay, Buehler Vineyards 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Valley ($28) Stylish and bright with persistent acidity and some subtle vanilla oak notes; clean and deep with lovely balance. 55% Sauvignon Blanc, 45% Semillon. 90 SKALLI 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, La Capilla 94 Collection, Paso Robles ($46) Bright and juicy with explosive plum and black raspberry mounted on pure, ripe acidity; this is Bordeaux style with California elements; rich but never heavy, tangy but never sharp; long, seamless and balanced. Tandem 2007 Chardonnay, Sangiacomo Vineyard, Sonoma ($32) Bright and tangy with nerve and racy fruit; juicy, energetic and stunning with notes of sweet new oak and lots of lively flavors; long and balanced. 92 River Valley ($35) Pure, balanced flavors of stone fruits and citrus; lovely and stylish with the added complexity of 20% barrel fermentation; showing great length and depth. TERLATO WINES INTERNATIONAL 90 Rochioli 2008 Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Russian Daou Vineyards St. Supéry 2007 Virtu, Dollarhide Vineyard, Napa

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