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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 90 93 Gris, Willamette Valley ($18) Bright, clean and peachy with fresh, smooth fl avors; long and tangy with balance and length. Raptor Ridge Winery 2011 Pinot 90 Griva Vineyard, Arroyo Seco ($22) Lovely citrus and minerals with silky texture and nice depth; fresh, smooth, lush and seamless with balance and a long, mellow fi nish. Bernardus 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, The Calling 2010 Chardonnay, Dutton Ranch, Russian River Valley ($32) Silky and elegant with lovely texture and pure, articulate fruit; great fi nesse and style with layers of complexity and charming style; a collaboration between sportscaster Jim Nantz and industry heavyweight Peter Deutsch. DEUTSCH FAMILY WINE & SPIRITS 90 Sauvignon, California ($30) Lush and ripe with deep plum and cassis; dense, balanced and generous with a long fi nish; 61% Sonoma, 39% Napa fruit. Frenchie 2009 Louis XIV Cabernet Vineyard, Columbia Valley ($35) Tangy and bright with minerals, lively citrus and fi rm acid structure; fresh and balanced with juicy, vibrant fruit; long and stylish. Buty Winery 2010 Chardonnay, Conner Lee CALEB FOSTER WINES 91 92 93 93 BOISSET USA Durell Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($50) Silky and juicy with bright spice, cherry and racy acidity; fresh, tangy and showing style and good length; impressive. Dunstan Wines 2009 Pinot Noir, Valley ($54) Dark and earthy with spice, black plum and depth; rich, intense and ripe with depth and concentration; long and balanced. Laird Family Estate 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($85) Smooth and lush with lovely density and ripe fl avors; juicy and clean with focus, depth and complexity; lovely structure and classic style from the winery that put Merlot on the map. Duckhorn 2009 Merlot, Three Palms Vineyard, Napa Silverado Vineyards 2009 SOLO Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District ($100) Exclusively from the winery's Stags Leap Vineyard; lush, rich and balanced with ripe plum, smooth texture and good acid structure; elegant, supple and long. 52 / the tasting panel / october 2012

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