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BLUE REVIEWS Anthony Dias BLUE REVIEWS Top choices for gift-giving this holiday season! WHITES Schramsberg Vineyards 2004 Reserve, North Coast ($110) Deep golden color; rich and ripe with juicy acidity and dense Pinot fruit; toasty, yeasty and rich with lovely acidity and a ���ne mousse; long and ���avorful. 92 I 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. Freemark Abbey 2011 Viognier, Napa Valley ($32) Creamy and lush with lovely smooth fruit and tangy acidity; bright and classic with superb balance, depth and style. Beni di Batasiolo 2004 Barolo Boscareto, Italy ($75) Fragrant and aromatic; dense, juicy and youthful with rich plum, spice and deep berry fruit; long and complex, elegant and generous with a long ���nish. JACKSON FAMILY WINES BOISSET FAMILY ESTATES WILSON DANIELS 91 Talley Vineyards 2010 Chardonnay, Oliver���s Vineyard, Edna Valley ($32) Smooth and suave with lovely notes of vanilla and oak; fresh and juicy with depth and elegance; long and complex. 91 Billecart-Salmon NV Brut Ros�� Champagne, France ($212) Pale pink, juicy, smooth, ripe, and tangy with raspberry; lush and tangy with great depth; racy acidity and seamlessly balanced; lovely. 93 ROBERT CHADDERDON SELECTIONS For additional Blue Reviews, go to REDS Merry Edwards 2010 Pinot Noir, Olivet Lane, Russian River Valley ($62) Silky and feminine with elegant cherry fruit and ���rm acid structure; tangy, long and juicy; smooth and supple with style and grace. 92 50 / the tasting panel / december 2012 Williams Selyem 2010 Pinot Noir, Weir Vineyard, Yorkville Highlands ($58) Silky and crisp with lovely acid structure and bright cherry fruit; elegant and balanced with vivid ���avors and fresh Burgundian style; tangy and long with focus and style. 93 94 Sequana 2010 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley ($38) Lush and rich with sweet black cherry and smooth, silky texture; deep, ripe and balanced with juicy fruit and ���ne balance; long and lovely. 92 HESS FAMILY ESTATES Trinchero 2009 Meritage, Napa Valley ($43) Dark and rich with sweet, ripe plum, blackberry and spice box; satiny texture and lovely depth; concentrated and luscious with impressive style and ���nesse; long and seamless. This wine can stand with many much more costly bottlings. 93 TRINCHERO FAMILY ESTATES

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