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2011 Ultimate Wine Challenge Results

Ultimate Wine Challenge 2011

May 2–6, 2011

Astor Center, New York City

All wines were evaluated by a select group of judges under ideal tasting conditions, at the proper service temperature, in manageable flights of no more than eight wines; and in high-quality glassware specific for wine type and varietal. Wines were poured into numbered glasses in a separate room, served blind in small flights based upon wine type, origin, varietal and price, and evaluated and scored by panels of judges who used a unique variation of the 100-point scale.  Products that scored 90 points or higher were then evaluated blind once again, in newly-created groupings by a different panel of judges. Top scoring products were then reviewed again to determine a select group of finalists with the category’s highest-scorer being awarded a Chairman’s Trophy accolade.

For 2011, there are 17 Chairman’s Trophies awarded, representing the best of the best; Finalists in each section are also identified.

In addition to the score, wines are distinguished with the following Accolades, as a guide to consumers:

95-100 Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation
90-94 Excellent, Highly Recommended
85-89 Very Good, Strong Recommendation
80-84 Good, Recommended

A note on the icons:

 
Tasting Note
Tasting Note: tasting notes for Chairman's Trophy winners and Finalists have been provided by Judging Chairman, F. Paul Pacult and Assistant Judging Chairman, Sean Ludford based upon their and the judges' impressions. Roll over icon to view.
 
Great Value
Great Value: indicates products with a favorable relationship between their price and final score. 
 
Purchase Now
Product Image: to assist you with visual identification, we've included an image for each product evaluated. (Please note that age statements, vintages or label may vary slightly from the specific product evaluated but it represents a helpful portrayal of the brand.) Click icon to view.


Entered products that were scored below 80 points have not been included; Ultimate Beverage Challenge is dedicated to recognizing the best of the best, and that, in our opinion, begins with a score of 80 as being indicative of products of commendation and consumer worthiness.

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Champagne/Sparkling Wines | White Wines | Red Wines | Rosé & Blush Wines | Dessert | Fortified | Other

 

Champagne/Sparkling Wines

Sparkling - World

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade            
  Chairman's Trophy 95 Piper Sonoma Blanc de Blancs NV Sonoma County (United States), $19.99, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Gorgeous scents of toast and crackers with apple, chalk, with hints of baking spices. The palate is wonderfully balanced with a delivery fine bubbles creating a rich but restrained mouthfeel. Long lasting with notes of mineral and citrus.
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  Finalist 93 Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut NV Sonoma County (United States), $20.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Yeasty, matchstick scent. Smoky minerality infuses this wine's wild strawberry flavors with a savory push-pull that's addictive and tasty. It's full and graceful, shaped by the fine acidity and tiny bubbles. Dried herbs, especially oregano, adds further intrigue.
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  Finalist 92 Domaine Carneros Le Reve Blanc de Blancs Chardonnay 2005 Carneros, Napa (United States), $95.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Yeasty, ambrosial, tight bouquet. Vigorous bead. Creamy. lemon curd flavors are highlighted by tasty lees. A flinty, leesy style of sparkler. Has the weight for roasted chicken and the finesse for fancier fare.
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  Finalist 91 Astoria 9.5 Cold Wine Brut Sparkling White Wine NV Veneto, IGT (Italy), $16.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Fresh and floral with notes of peach and melon with hints of sweet herbs. The palate echoes the nose with a creamy mousse that lifts the bright fruit notes. Ideally balanced with crisp acidity and a vibrant finish.
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  Finalist 91 Domaine Carneros Brut Rosé de la Pompadour NV Carneros, Napa (United States), $36.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bright pink/strawberry color. Savory, firm acidity in nose. Grip in flavor, slightly sweet by midpalate, with background tastes of mushroom, yeast, plum preserves. Moderate dosage.
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  Finalist 91 Gloria Ferrer VA de VI NV Sonoma County (United States), $22.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Tight and persistent bubbles create a tornado in the glass. Yeasty notes of bread dough and chalk highlight the aromatics. Dry, steely and long in the mouth. Refreshing, focused and charming.
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  90 Astoria Spumante Extra Dry Prosecco 2010 Prosecco di Conegliano-Valdobbiadene (Italy), $21.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  89 Vilarnau Brut Nature NV Cava - Catalonia (Spain), $17.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  88 Barefoot Bubbly Extra Dry Champagne NV California (United States), $9.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  88 Martini & Rossi Prosecco NV Italy (Italy), $14.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
  Great Value   Photo  
  88 Maschio Cadoro Moscato NV IGT, Puglia (Italy), $14.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
  Great Value   Photo  
  88 Segura Viudas Brut Reserva NV Cava - Catalonia (Spain), $10.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
  Great Value   Photo  
  87 Banfi Rosa Regale Estate Bottled 2009 Brachetto d'Acqui (DOCG) (Italy), $23.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  87 Barefoot Bubbly Rose Cuvée Champagne NV California (United States), $10.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  87 Barefoot Bubbly Pinot Grigio Champagne NV California (United States), $10.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  87 Domaine Carneros Brut Cuvée 2007 Carneros, Napa (United States), $26.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  87 Greendance Sparkling Vidal Blanc Pennsylania 2010 Central Delaware Valley (United States), $20.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  87 Scharffenberger Brut Rosé Sparkling Wine NV Mendocino (United States), $23.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Martini & Rossi Asti NV Italy (Italy), $12.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  85 Barefoot Bubbly Brut Cuvée Champagne NV California (United States), $9.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  85 Martini & Rossi Sparkling Rosé NV Italy (Italy), $12.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  85 Maschio Brut Prosecco NV Italy (Italy), $13.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  85 Moletto Prosecco Treviso NV Veneto, IGT (Italy), $17.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  85 Riunite Movendo Moscato NV IGT, Puglia (Italy), $9.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  84 Piper Sonoma Brut NV Sonoma County (United States), $19.99, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  83 Barefoot Bubbly Moscato Spumante Champagne NV California (United States), $10.99, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  83 Monluc Brut Methode Traditionelle Sparkling Wine NV France (France), $16.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  83 Scharffenberger Brut Sparkling Wine NV Mendocino (United States), $19.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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White Wines

Chardonnay - World

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade            
  Chairman's Trophy 94 Glen Carlou Chardonnay 2009 Paarl (South Africa), $11.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The nose is eager and inviting with notes of ripe pear, apple, and blanched almonds with hints of custard and lemon. The palate delivers more of the same with an underlying layer of sweet oak and fine minerality.
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  Finalist 91 Rodney Strong Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards Chardonnay 2009 Chalk Hill (United States), $20.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The nose is wonderfully expressive and unmistakably Chardonnay offering scents of creamy, dry vanilla, baked apples, toasted filberts, soft yeast tones, mineral, and fresh citrus. The palate echoes the nose with a soft, silky texture accented by bright, refreshing acidity and minerality providing ideal balance.
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  90 Clos du Bois Chardonnay 2009 North Coast (United States), $11.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  90 Fog Head Highland Series Reserve Chardonnay 2009 Monterey (United States), $13.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
  Great Value   Photo  
  88 Big House Unchained Naked Chardonnay 2009 California (United States), $10.00, 3L Box Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
  Great Value   Photo  
  88 Blackstone Sonoma Reserve Chardonnay 2007 Sonoma County (United States), $16.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
  Great Value   Photo  
  88 Chamisal Vineyards Stainless Chardonnay 2010 San Luis Obispo (United States), $18.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
  Great Value   Photo  
  88 Clos du Bois Calcaire Chardonnay 2009 Russian River Valley (United States), $24.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  88 Clos du Val Reserve Chardonnay 2008 Carneros, Napa (United States), $45.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  88 Davis Bynum Chardonnay 2008 Russian River Valley (United States), $25.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  88 Scheid Vineyards Estate Chardonnay 2008 Monterey (United States), $22.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  87 Bouchaine Estate Chardonnay 2009 Carneros, Napa (United States), $28.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  87 Charles Krug-Peter Mondavi Family Chardonnay 2009 Napa Valley (United States), $20.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  87 Clos du Val Chardonnay 2009 Carneros, Napa (United States), $25.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  87 Hess Collection Chardonnay 2009 Napa Valley (United States), $22.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  87 McWilliam's Hanwood Estate Chardonnay 2009 South Eastern Australia (Australia), $12.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  87 Rex Goliath Chardonnay NV California (United States), $7.49, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  87 Simi Chardonnay 2009 Sonoma County (United States), $17.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  87 Toasted Head Chardonnay 2009 California (United States), $12.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  87 Woodbridge Chardonnay 2010 California (United States), $7.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Dragon's Hollow Unoaked Chardonnay 2008 Helan Mountains Region in Ningxia Province (China), $9.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Estancia Pinnacles Ranches Chardonnay 2009 Monterey County (United States), $11.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Gnarly Head Chardonnay 2010 California (United States), $10.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Jordan Chardonnay 2009 Russian River Valley (United States), $29.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Mercer Estates Chardonnay 2009 Columbia Valley (United States), $14.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Robert Mondavi Winery Private Selection Chardonnay 2009 California (United States), $10.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Sanford Chardonnay 2009 Santa Barbara County (United States), $25.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Santa Carolina Reserva, Casablanca Chardonnay 2010 Chile (Chile), $12.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Simply Naked Unoaked Chardonnay 2010 California (United States), $9.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 The Naked Grape Chardonnay NV California (United States), $7.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  85 Barefoot Chardonnay NV California (United States), $6.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  85 Robert Oatley Chardonnay 2008 Australia (Australia), $14.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  85 Rodney Strong Sonoma County Chardonnay 2009 Sonoma County (United States), $13.50, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  84 Black Box Chardonnay 2010 Monterey County (United States), $24.99, 3L Box Good,
Recommended
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  84 Deep Sea Bien Nacido Vineyard Chardonnay 2008 Santa Maria Valley (United States), $32.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  84 Fish Eye Winery Chardonnay 2010 South Eastern Australia (Australia), $7.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  84 Turning Leaf Vineyards Chardonnay 2009 California (United States), $8.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  83 Chateau Meroux Chardonnay 2009 Napa Valley (United States), $14.99, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
       
  83 Gallo Family Vineyards Chardonnay NV California (United States), $5.99, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  83 Redwood Creek Chardonnay 2009 California (United States), $8.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  83 Sherwood House Vineyards Chardonnay 2008 North Fork of Long Island (United States), $30.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  82 Deep Sea Chardonnay 2008 Central Coast (United States), $24.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  81 Black Stallion Estate Winery Chardonnay 2009 Napa Valley (United States), $16.99, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  81 Natura Organic Chardonnay 2010 Casablanca Valley DO (Chile), $11.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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White Wines

Sauvignon Blanc - World

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade            
  Chairman's Trophy 92 Clos du Val Ariadne Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc 2009 Napa Valley (United States), $25.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
This is wine is wonderfully fragrant with scents of melon, pineapple, sweet herbs, and fig leaping from the glass. The palate is rich while restrained with a lovely mélange of tropical fruits with accents of citrus, and cream. Ideally balanced with long lingering notes of ripe fruit, citrus zest, and mineral.
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  Finalist 91 Nobilo Regional Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2010 Marlborough (New Zealand), $14.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The nose is exuberant with loads of fresh gooseberry, grass, and sweet herbs. In short, a classic Kiwi sauvignon blanc! The palate is equally crisp with notes of tropical fruits framed by citrus juice and zest with hints of mineral. Ideally balanced with vibrant fruit and herbs.
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  Finalist 90 Rodney Strong Charlotte's Home Estate Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2009 Sonoma County (United States), $13.50, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale straw color. Tight aromas of fig, grass and lemon grass. Flavor profile is more lush and expressive than the bouquet. Long, clean aftertaste is textbook delicious.
Great Value   Photo  
  89 Barefoot Sauvignon Blanc NV California (United States), $6.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
  Great Value   Photo  
  88 Mercer Estates Sauvignon Blanc 2009 Columbia Valley (United States), $14.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
  Great Value   Photo  
  88 Rex Goliath Sauvignon Blanc NV California (United States), $7.49, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
  Great Value   Photo  
  88 Villa Maria Estate Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2010 Marlborough (New Zealand), $17.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  87 Franciscan Sauvignon Blanc 2009 Napa Valley (United States), $16.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  87 Peregrine Mohua Sauvignon Blanc 2009 Central Otago (New Zealand), $12.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
  Great Value   Photo  
  87 The Girls in the Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2009 Lake County (United States), $16.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Natura Organic Sauvignon Blanc 2010 Casablanca Valley DO (Chile), $11.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Silver Birch Sauvignon Blanc NV Martinborough (New Zealand), $24.00, 3L Box Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  85 Robert Oatley Sauvignon Blanc 2010 Pemberton (Australia), $14.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  84 Cakebread Cellars Sauvignon Blanc 2009 Napa Valley (United States), $24.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  84 Monkey Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2009 Marlborough (New Zealand), $11.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  84 Starborough Sauvignon Blanc 2009 Marlborough (New Zealand), $13.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  83 Charles Krug-Peter Mondavi Family Sauvignon Blanc 2010 Saint Helena (United States), $18.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  83 Rutherford Hill Sauvignon Blanc 2009 Napa Valley (United States), $20.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  82 Black Box Sauvignon Blanc 2010 Canterbury/Marlborough (New Zealand), $24.99, 3L Box Good,
Recommended
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  82 Fish Eye Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2010 South Eastern Australia (Australia), $7.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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White Wines

Riesling - World

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade            
  Chairman's Trophy 93 Wagner Vineyards Semi Dry Estate Grown/Estate Bottled Riesling 2008 Finger Lakes (United States), $12.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The nose is wonderfully fragrant with scents of spring flowers, white peach, petrol, mineral, and hints of citrus. The palate is in full accord with the nose delivering a rich but dry and spicy flavor with green melon and red grapefruit. Ideally balanced with great length and style.
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  Finalist 92 The Hogue Cellars Genesis Riesling 2009 Columbia Valley (United States), $15.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The nose is ultra fresh and clean with notes of ripe and tart apples, subtle herbs, spring flowers, mineral, and a touch of petrol. The palate is equally vibrant with a touch of spritz complementing the ripe white peach flavors. Ideally balanced and proportioned with long, lingering crisp fruit and mineral.
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  Finalist 91 Fox Run Vineyards Riesling 2009 Finger Lakes (United States), $13.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The nose is expressive, complex, and unmistakably Riesling offering the ideal aromatic marriage of tropical and orchard fruits with accents of ginger, mineral, and spring flowers. The palate is crisp and fresh while generous if not substantial.
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  Finalist 91 Wagner Vineyards Select Estate Grown/Estate Bottled Riesling 2009 Finger Lakes (United States), $12.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A richer style with good balance. Orange blossom and grapefruit bouquet. Taste profile features orange rind and minerals. Highly attractive and sophisticated world-class riesling.
Great Value   Photo  
  89 The Hogue Cellars Riesling 2009 Columbia Valley (United States), $10.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
  Great Value   Photo  
  88 Bota Box Riesling 2009 California (United States), $18.99, 3L Box Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  88 Chateau Ste. Michelle Eroica Riesling 2009 Columbia Valley (United States), $22.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  88 R. Muller Riesling 2009 Germany (Germany), $24.00, 3L Box Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  87 August Kessler Winery Pradikatswein Kabinett Riesling 2009 Assmannshausen (Germany), $17.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  87 Barefoot Riesling NV California (United States), $6.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  87 Frisk Prickly Riesling 2010 Victoria (Australia), $11.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  87 Mercer Estates Riesling 2009 Yakima Valley (United States), $13.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Fox Run Vineyards Dry Riesling 2009 Finger Lakes (United States), $15.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Wakefield Estate Riesling 2010 Clare Valley (Australia), $16.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  85 Wagner Vineyards Dry Riesling 2009 Finger Lakes (United States), $12.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  85 Wagner Vineyards Dry Estate Grown/Estate Bottled Riesling 2008 Finger Lakes (United States), $12.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  84 Greendance Pennsylvania Riesling 2009 American (United States), $16.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  84 Loredona Riesling 2010 Monterey (United States), $8.99, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  82 Dragon's Hollow Riesling 2008 Helan Mountains Region in Ningxia Province (China), $9.99, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  82 Wagner Vineyards Semi Dry Estate Grown/Estate Bottled Riesling 2009 Finger Lakes (United States), $12.99, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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White Wines

Viognier - World

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade            
  88 d'Arenberg The Last Ditch Viognier 2009 Adelaide Hills (Australia), $25.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  85 Deep Sea Viognier 2009 Santa Barbara County (United States), $26.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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White Wines

Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris - World

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade            
  88 Barefoot Pinot Grigio NV California (United States), $6.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  88 Mercer Estates Pinot Gris 2009 Yakima Valley (United States), $14.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  87 Simply Naked Unoaked Pinot Grigio 2010 California (United States), $9.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  87 The Naked Grape Pinot Grigio NV California (United States), $7.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Banfi San Angelo Pinot Grigio 2010 Tuscany IGT (Italy), $17.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Clos du Bois Pinot Grigio 2009 California (United States), $11.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Ruffino Pinot Grigio 2010 VDT, Venezia Giulia (Italy), $9.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Turning Leaf Vineyards Pinot Grigio 2010 California (United States), $8.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  85 Big House The Birdman Pinot Grigio 2010 California (United States), $10.00, 3L Box Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  85 Voga Italia Pinot Grigio 2010 Trentino (Italy), $9.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  84 Robert Mondavi Winery Private Selection Pinot Grigio 2010 California (United States), $10.99, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  83 Woodbridge Pinot Grigio 2010 California (United States), $7.99, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  82 Amano Pinot Grigio 2009 Italy (Italy), $24.00, 3L Box Good,
Recommended
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  82 Robert Oatley Pinot Grigio 2010 Adelaide Hills (Australia), $14.99, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  81 Sartori IGT Pinot Grigio 2008 Piave/Vin del Piave (Italy), $9.00, 1.5 L Good,
Recommended
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  81 Villa Puccini Pinot Grigio 2009 Veneto, IGT (Italy), $13.99, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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White Wines

Gewurztraminer - World

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade            
  91 The Hogue Cellars Gewurztraminer 2009 Columbia Valley (United States), $10.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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White Wines

Chenin Blanc - World

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade            
  88 Daniel Gehrs White Hills Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2010 Santa Barbara County (United States), $18.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  87 Man Vintners Winery Chenin Blanc 2010 Paarl (South Africa), $9.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  87 Pine Ridge Vineyards Chenin Blanc + Viognier 2010 California (United States), $14.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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White Wines

Albariño – Spain/Alvarinho - Portugal

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade            
  91 Martin Codex Albariño 2009 Spain (Spain), $14.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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White Wines

Assorted Whites - North America

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade            
  91 Stickybeak Semillion-Sauvignon Blanc 2009 Sonoma County (United States), $17.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  89 Big House White 2010 California (United States), $10.00, 3L Box Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
  Great Value   Photo  
  89 Toasted Head Untamed White 2010 Dunnigan Hills (United States), $12.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  87 Almaden Vineyards Heritage Moscato NV California (United States), $14.00, 3L Box Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
  Great Value   Photo  
  86 Woodbridge Moscato 2010 California (United States), $7.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
  Great Value   Photo  
 

White Wines

White Blends – Europe

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade            
  Chairman's Trophy 93 La Miranda de Secastilla Grenache Blanc 2009 Somontano (Spain), $14.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The nose is wonderfully fragrant with scents of honeysuckle, tropical fruits, and cream with accents of mineral. The palate is rich and warming with flavors redolent of roasted pineapple, baked apples, and vanilla with flanking notes of toasted oak.
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  Finalist 92 Marques de Caceres Winery Viura 2010 Rioja (DOC) (Spain), $8.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Flaxen color. Intensely minerally and herbal in the zesty nose. Tastes of earth and white grapes. Clean, properly acidic and cleansing. Shellfish companion par excellence.
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  87 Herdade Grande 2010 Alentejo (Portugal), €6.15, 750 ml , seeking US Importer Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  87 Ortubia Viura 2009 Rioja (DOC) (Spain), €8.00, 750 ml , seeking US Importer Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  87 Vinkara Doruk Narince 2010 Eastern Anatolia (Turkey), $16.50, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  85 Feudo Arancio Dalila 2008 Sicily IGT (Italy), $14.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  82 Centine Bianco 2009 Tuscany IGT (Italy), $11.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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White Wines

White Blends – Southern Hemisphere

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade            
  93 Peter Lehmann Layers 2010 Adelaide Hills (Australia), $15.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  85 Colomé Valle Calchaqui Torrontes 2010 Cafayete (Argentina), $15.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
 

Red Wines

Cabernet Sauvignon - World

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade            
  Chairman's Trophy 95 Black Stallion Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Napa Valley (United States), $19.99, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A complex nose of rich cabernet fruit, black currant, and roses with accents of green peppercorn, smoke, oolong tea and earth. The palate offers a silky texture with many Bordeaux references including cassis, damp earth, and well-integrated oak and gravely tannins. Lovely.
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  Finalist 94 Charles Krug-Peter Mondavi Family Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Napa Valley (United States), $27.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Beautiful purple color. Assertive aromas of tobacco, black currant, plum and light spice impress. Multilayered, tightly dry flavors include baked cherry, dates and pepper. Lovely, long finish is highlighted by spice.
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  Finalist 94 Daniel Gehrs Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Central Coast (United States), $20.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Red fruit compote notes in the perfumed, cranberry bouquet. Harmonious balance and easy tannins highlight the textbook cabernet flavor profile. Long, luxurious finish.
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  Finalist 92 Cakebread Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Napa Valley (United States), $61.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Gorgeous garnet color. Deep, round aromas of grape preserves, brambles, vanilla, and bread dough are deep and round. Chewy flavors of cranberry and black raspberry make a lasting impression. A clinic on Napa Valley mature vine cabernet.
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  91 Amizetta Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Napa Valley (United States), $45.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  91 Bota Box Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 California (United States), $18.99, 3L Box Excellent,
Highly Recommended
  Great Value   Photo  
  91 Chateau Ste. Michelle Ethos Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Columbia Valley (United States), $38.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  91 Franciscan Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Napa Valley (United States), $26.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  91 Nordby Vineyards Il Re Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Lake County (United States), $37.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  91 Wakefield Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Clare Valley (Australia), $16.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
  Great Value   Photo  
  90 Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Napa Valley (United States), $35.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  90 Mercer Estates Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Columbia Valley (United States), $23.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  89 Charles Krug-Peter Mondavi Family Vintage Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Napa Valley (United States), $69.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  89 Clos du Bois Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 North Coast (United States), $14.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  89 Monte de Oro Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Temecula Valley (United States), $32.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  89 Rodney Strong Alexander Valley Estate Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Alexander Valley (United States), $25.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  89 Simi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Alexander Valley (United States), $60.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  88 Chimney Rock Tomahawk Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Stag's Leap District (United States), $115.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  88 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Alexander Valley (United States), $52.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  88 The Girls in the Vineyard Amber Knolls Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Lake County (United States), $18.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  87 Clos du Val Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Stag's Leap District (United States), $70.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  87 Hawk and Horse Vineyards Red Hills - Organic/Biodynamic Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Lake County (United States), $65.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  87 James Oatley TIC TOK Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Mudgee (Australia), $16.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  87 Robert Mondavi Winery Private Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 California (United States), $10.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
  Great Value   Photo  
  87 Woodbridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 California (United States), $7.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
  Great Value   Photo  
  86 Barefoot Cabernet Sauvignon NV California (United States), $6.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Hawk and Horse Vineyards Red Hills - Organic/Biodynamic Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Lake County (United States), $65.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Hess Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Mount Veeder (United States), $48.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 McWilliam's Hanwood Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 South Eastern Australia (Australia), $12.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Nordby Vineyards Il Re Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Lake County (United States), $37.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  86 Redwood Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 California (United States), $8.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Rex Goliath Cabernet Sauvignon NV California (United States), $7.49, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Santa Carolina Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Colchagua (Chile), $10.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 The Naked Grape Cabernet Sauvignon NV California (United States), $7.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Turning Leaf Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 California (United States), $8.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
  Great Value   Photo  
  86 Wakefield St. Andrews Single Vineyard, Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Clare Valley (Australia), $49.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  85 Big House The Usual Suspect Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 California (United States), $10.00, 3L Box Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  84 Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Sonoma County (United States), $17.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  83 Campus Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Lodi (United States), $9.99, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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Red Wines

Pinot Noir - World

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade            
  Chairman's Trophy 95 Sequana Sarmento Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009 Santa Lucia Highlands (United States), $32.00, 750 ml Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Wonderfully intricate and aromatic with scents of sweet and sour cherries and accents of earth, curry, and oak. The palate echoes the nose with a bright core of cherry with complementary notes of chocolate, citrus, and earth.
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  Finalist 94 Rodney Strong Russian River Valley Estate Pinot Noir 2009 Russian River Valley (United States), $20.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Lush, large aromatics of black cherry and spice deeply impress. Long, multilayered tastes of raspberry and cherry are properly tart and fresh. Can age a bit more but is delicious now.
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  Finalist 93 Bouchaine Estate Vineyards Pinot Noir 2008 Carneros, Napa (United States), $45.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The nose is lovely brimming with aromas of red cherry and raspberry with accents of mineral and a hint of cloves. The palate delivers much of the same with the mineral/earth notes flanking the ripe fruit offering the perfect foil to the inherent richness of this Pinot.
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  Finalist 92 Domaine Carneros Estate Pinot Noir 2009 Carneros, Napa (United States), $35.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Waves of spice, lots of spice, almonds. Earthy, gamey fruit in taste but alos lots of charry dark oak. Very lush, full of ripe fruit.
     
  Finalist 92 Wild Horse Pinot Noir 2009 Central Coast (United States), $19.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Lovely garnet color. Rich, exotic aromas of cinnamon, baked cherry and raspberry. Accented flavors of cherry and almond abound. Tightens up in finish as the taste goes pleasantly astringent.
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  91 Gloria Ferrer Pinot Noir 2007 Carneros (United States), $22.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  91 Peregrine Pinot Noir 2008 Central Otago (New Zealand), $32.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  91 Scheid Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir 2008 Monterey (United States), $32.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  90 Blackstone Sonoma Reserve Pinot Noir 2009 Sonoma County (United States), $19.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
  Great Value    
  90 Villa Maria Cellar Selection Pinot Noir 2009 Marlborough (New Zealand), $30.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  89 BearBoat Pinot Noir 2007 Russian River Valley (United States), $19.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  89 Bouchaine Pinot Noir 2008 Carneros (United States), $30.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  89 Fog Head Highland Series Reserve Pinot Noir 2009 Monterey (United States), $15.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
  Great Value   Photo  
  89 Robert Mondavi Winery Private Selection Pinot Noir 2009 California (United States), $10.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
  Great Value   Photo  
  88 BearBoat Pinot Noir 2008 Sonoma Coast (United States), $15.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
  Great Value   Photo  
  88 Clos du Val Reserve Pinot Noir 2007 Napa Valley (United States), $55.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  88 Daniel Gehrs Pinot Noir 2009 Edna Valley (United States), $30.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  88 Deep Sea Pinot Noir 2008 Central Coast (United States), $28.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  88 McWilliam's Hanwood Estate Pinot Noir 2008 South Eastern Australia (Australia), $12.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
  Great Value   Photo  
  88 Villa Mt. Eden Pinot Noir 2009 Sonoma Coast (United States), $23.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  87 Charles Krug-Peter Mondavi Family Pinot Noir 2008 Napa Valley (United States), $25.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  87 Forefront Pinot Noir 2009 Santa Barbara County (United States), $24.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  87 Stickybeak Pinot Noir 2009 Sonoma Coast (United States), $20.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Barefoot Pinot Noir NV California (United States), $6.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
  Great Value   Photo  
  86 Sequana Dutton Ranch - Green Valley Pinot Noir 2009 Russian River Valley (United States), $45.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Wakefield Estate Pinot Noir 2010 Adelaide Hills (Australia), $16.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  85 Davis Bynum Pinot Noir 2009 Russian River Valley (United States), $35.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  85 Estancia Pinnacles Ranches Pinot Noir 2009 Monterey County (United States), $15.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  85 Redwood Creek Pinot Noir 2009 California (United States), $8.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  85 Rex Goliath Pinot Noir NV Italy (Italy), $7.49, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  85 Turning Leaf Vineyards Pinot Noir 2009 California (United States), $8.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  83 The Naked Grape Pinot Noir NV California (United States), $7.99, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  82 Oak Summit Estate Bottled Pinot Noir 2009 Hudson Valley (United States), $29.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  82 Terlato Family Vineyards Pinot Noir 2007 Russian River Valley (United States), $60.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  80 Pinot Evil Pinot Noir NV Vin de Pays (France), $24.00, 3L Box Good,
Recommended
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Red Wines

Merlot - World

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade            
  Chairman's Trophy 93 Wild Horse Merlot 2008 Paso Robles (United States), $16.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The nose is fresh with the scents of freshly crushed black berries with bold accents of brown spice, tar, and black tea. The palate echoes the nose delivering a silky and harmonious wine with great length and balance that lingers on.
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  Finalist 91 Charles Krug-Peter Mondavi Family Merlot 2008 Napa Valley (United States), $23.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The nose is wonderfully complex with layers of violets with ripe cherry and raspberry notes with accents of chocolate and cola. The palate echoes the nose delivering a silky and beautifully proportioned wine with depth and style. Ideally balanced with soft tannins.
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  89 Barefoot Merlot NV California (United States), $6.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
  Great Value   Photo  
  89 Bota Box Merlot 2010 California (United States), $18.99, 3L Box Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
  Great Value   Photo  
  89 Chateau Julien Private Reserve Merlot 2007 Monterey County (United States), $42.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  89 Chateau Meroux Reserve Merlot 2007 Bennett Valley (United States), $24.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  89 Northstar Reserve Merlot 2007 Columbia Valley (United States), $41.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  89 Robert Mondavi Winery Private Selection Merlot 2009 California (United States), $10.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
  Great Value   Photo  
  88 Blackstone Winemaker's Select Merlot 2009 California (United States), $9.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
  Great Value   Photo  
  87 Clos du Val Merlot 2008 Napa Valley (United States), $30.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  87 Daniel Gehrs Merlot 2009 Central Coast (United States), $20.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  87 Rutherford Hill Reserve Merlot 2004 Napa Valley (United States), $92.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Black Box Merlot 2009 California (United States), $24.99, 3L Box Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Gallo Family Vineyards Merlot NV California (United States), $5.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Rodney Strong Sonoma County Merlot 2008 Sonoma County (United States), $17.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  85 Mercer Estate Merlot 2008 Columbia Valley (United States), $23.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  85 Turning Leaf Vineyards Merlot 2009 California (United States), $8.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  84 Blackstone Sonoma Reserve Merlot 2008 Sonoma County (United States), $19.99, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  83 Sherwood House Vineyards Merlot 2005 North Fork of Long Island (United States), $25.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  82 The Hogue Cellars Reserve Merlot 2006 Columbia Valley (United States), $29.99, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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Red Wines

Shiraz/Syrah - World

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade            
  Chairman's Trophy 93 Wakefield St. Andrews Estate Shiraz 2006 Clare Valley (Australia), $49.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The nose is expressive and complex, marrying scents of blackberry with licorice, rose petals, dark chocolate, oak, and vanilla with hints of tapenade and black tea. The flavors are in full agreement offering both ripe and dried berry with notes of cedar and vanilla. Ultra supple with great length and balance that should hold this wine in great form for many years.
     
  Finalist 90 McWilliam's Hanwood Estate Shiraz 2009 South Eastern Australia (Australia), $12.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Cranberry and cassis in abundantly fruity and sweet aroma. Expressive flavors unfold at entry into rich, black fruit notes with a deft touch of spice.
Great Value    
  Finalist 90 Nine Stones Barossa Shiraz 2009 Barossa Valley (Australia), $12.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Brambly fruits. Concentration of sweet fruit nose is almost pinot-like. Zesty, ripe raspberry fruit quality in midpalate is coating and chewy. Lush aftertaste is delightful.
Great Value    
  89 Black Box Shiraz 2009 Central Coast (United States), $24.99, 3L Box Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  89 James Oatley TIC TOK Shiraz 2009 Mudgee (Australia), $16.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
  Great Value   Photo  
  88 Campus Oaks Old Vine Syrah 2009 California (United States), $9.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
  Great Value    
  88 Henry's Drive Morse Code Shiraz 2009 Padthaway (Australia), $8.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  88 Monte de Oro Reserve, Estate Grown, Vista Del Monte Vineyard Syrah 2006 Temecula Valley (United States), $70.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  88 Monte De Oro Estate Grown, Vista Del Monte Vineyard Syrah 2007 Temecula Valley (United States), $34.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  88 Shoofly Shiraz 2009 South Australia (Australia), $14.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
  Great Value   Photo  
  87 Bota Box Shiraz 2009 California (United States), $18.99, 3L Box Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  87 Daniel Gehrs Syrah 2009 Central Coast (United States), $20.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  86 d'Arenberg The Laughing Magpie Shiraz 2008 McLaren Vale (Australia), $29.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  85 Barefoot Shiraz NV California (United States), $6.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  85 d'Arenberg The Wild Pixie Shiraz 2009 McLaren Vale (Australia), $29.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  85 Malibu Vineyards Syrah 2009 California (United States), $25.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  84 Henry's Drive Pillar Box Reserve Shiraz 2008 Padthaway (Australia), $19.99, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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Red Wines

Malbec - World

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade            
  Chairman's Trophy 93 Altos Nevado Malbec 2008 Mendoza (Argentina), $16.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The nose is dense with rich, ripe fruit but more subtle and complex than its peers. Notes of blackberry and plum abound with accents of mineral, black tea, and damp earth with hints of oak. The tannins are very present while supple and perfectly integrated with the fruit. Lovely.
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  Finalist 91 Finca El Origen Reserva, La Esperanza Malbec 2010 Mendoza (Argentina), $10.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Old world style, big-hearted aroma of plums and cedar. Lighter in mouth as flavors of lilac, fudge and baked cherry create a hearty wine that's rustic and European in style. Could use more time in bottle to settle down.
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  Finalist 90 Concentration Malbec 2008 Mendoza (Argentina), $14.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Big, candied, cherry and spice explosion in animated green olive tapenade bouquet. Clean and concentrated black plum and cherry flavors. Powerful dark currant blockbuster.
Great Value    
  88 Massimo Malbec 2009 Mendoza (Argentina), $10.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
  Great Value   Photo  
  87 Valentin Bianchi Malbec 2009 Mendoza (Argentina), $12.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Peachy Canyon Winery Ms. Behave Malbec 2008 Central Coast (United States), $32.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  85 Petizos Malbec 2007 Mendoza (Argentina), $12.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  83 Black Box Malbec 2010 Mendoza (Argentina), $24.99, 3L Box Good,
Recommended
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Red Wines

Zinfandel - USA

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade            
  Chairman's Trophy 93 Giarrusso Zinfandel 2008 Dry Creek Valley (United States), $19.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The nose is greeted with the wonderful scents of ripe red and black berries with accents of black pepper, brown baking spices and hints of oak. Perfectly balanced and proportioned with a core of berry driven fruit flanked by allspice and vanilla touched oak with hint of clove and nutmeg.
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  Finalist 92 Barefoot Zinfandel NV Lodi (United States), $6.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep garnet color. Ripe, juicy, red raspberry and strawberry aromas lead into the firmly tannin flavors of baked berries (strawberry) and brambly aftertaste.
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  Finalist 91 Gnarly Head Old Vine Zinfandel 2009 Lodi (United States), $10.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Ripe red berries, raspberry, and sweet cranberry with accents of dried herbs and earth dominate the aromatics. The palate is wonderfully rich and warming with freshly crushed berries and spice in the lead with complementary notes of coffee, toasted coconut, and born spices. The tannins are barely perceptible with a lingering viscous finish.
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  Finalist 90 Ravenswood Teldeschi Zinfandel 2007 Dry Creek Valley (United States), $35.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The nose is simply beautiful showing an ideal marriage of dark berry fruits with exotic brown spices like cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg with hints of oak and vanilla. The palate is equally lush, dense, and complex showing great balance and length.
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  89 Ravenswood Vintners Blend Zinfandel 2009 California (United States), $9.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
  Great Value   Photo  
  89 Redwood Creek Zinfandel 2009 Lodi (United States), $8.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
  Great Value   Photo  
  88 Brazin Old Vine Zinfandel 2008 Lodi (United States), $15.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  88 Peachy Canyon Winery Incredible Red Zinfandel 2008 Central Coast (United States), $11.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
  Great Value   Photo  
  86 Campus Oaks Reserve Old Vine Zinfandel 2008 Lodi (United States), $10.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Paso Creek Zinfandel 2008 Paso Robles (United States), $16.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Ravenswood Old Vine Zinfandel 2008 Lodi (United States), $12.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Ravenswood Old Vine Zinfandel 2008 Napa Valley (United States), $18.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  85 Big House Cardinal Zin Zinfandel 2009 California (United States), $10.00, 3L Box Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  85 Campus Oaks Reserve Old Vine Zinfandel 2008 Lodi (United States), $17.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  85 Peachy Canyon Winery Westside Zinfandel 2008 Paso Robles (United States), $19.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  85 Ravenswood Old Vine Zinfandel 2008 Sonoma County (United States), $15.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  84 Artezin Zinfandel 2009 Mendocino (United States), $18.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  84 Charles Krug-Peter Mondavi Family Zinfandel 2008 Napa Valley (United States), $25.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  84 Rodney Strong Knotty Vines Estate Vineyards Zinfandel 2008 Sonoma County (United States), $18.50, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  81 Silk Oak Old Vine Zinfandel NV Lodi (United States), $11.99, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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Red Wines

Cabernet Franc - World

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade            
  90 Malibu Vineyards Estate Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2008 California (United States), $30.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
 

Red Wines

Sangiovese - World

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade            
  Chairman's Trophy 92 Cecchi Bonzio Sangiovese di Maremma 2009 Tuscany IGT (Italy), $9.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The nose reveals a big, meaty, and modern style of sangiovese with classic aromatics of dried rose, brawny fruits, leather, and black pepper. The palate is equally decadent and concentrated offering the ideal balance of fruit, earth, and spice with moderate tannins and long lingering flavors of the Tuscan countryside.
Great Value   Photo  
  90 Banfi 2008 Chianti Classico (DOCG) (Italy), $13.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
  Great Value   Photo  
  89 Cecchi 2008 Chianti Classico (DOCG) (Italy), $13.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
  Great Value    
  88 Castello Banfi 2009 Rosso di Montalcino (Italy), $23.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  88 Ruffino 2009 Chianti Superiore (Italy), $11.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
  Great Value   Photo  
  88 Villa Puccini Tuscan Red 2007 Tuscany IGT (Italy), $13.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
  Great Value   Photo  
  88 Villa Puccini Riserva 2007 Chianti (DOCG) (Italy), $16.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
  Great Value   Photo  
  87 Banfi 2007 Chianti Classico Riserva (DOCG) (Italy), $18.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  87 Belnero Proprietor's Reserve Sangiovese 2007 Tuscany IGT (Italy), $39.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  87 Centine Rosso 2008 Tuscany IGT (Italy), $11.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
  Great Value   Photo  
  87 Ruffino 2009 Chianti (DOCG) (Italy), $9.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
  Great Value   Photo  
  87 Tre Nova Bonatello Sangiovese 2008 Columbia Valley (United States), $14.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Cecchi Riserva di Famiglia 2007 Chianti Classico (DOCG) (Italy), $28.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  83 Malibu Vineyards Vortex Sangiovese 2008 California (United States), $30.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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Red Wines

Petite Sirah - World

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade            
  93 Ravenswood Vintners Blend Petite Sirah 2008 California (United States), $9.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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Red Wines

Red Blends - North America

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade            
  Chairman's Trophy 93 Franciscan Magnificat 2006 Napa Valley (United States), $50.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The aromatics leap from the glass lead by scents of dark cherry and black plum with accents of clove, cocoa, sage, mineral, and vanilla. The palate is rich and full with a silky texture and the perfect proportions of fruit, spice, earth, and complementary oak notes. Ideally balanced with great length and style.
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  Finalist 92 Amizetta Complexity Estate 2006 Napa Valley (United States), $38.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Peppery, eucalyptus nose. Dark cherries, lots of pepper in front-loaded flavor that's fruity, herbal and oaky. Ends with oak char that tastes more like a husky shiraz blend than a Meritage.
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  Finalist 92 Clos du Bois Marlstone 2006 Alexander Valley (United States), $50.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Rich, spicy with firm tannins - a wine for the cellar or a decanter. Macho, brawny and muscular yet fairly refined. The acidity is mouthwatering as is the fruit element which is more of a red fruit than a black fruit ripeness and concentration.
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  Finalist 92 J. Lohr Cuvée St. E 2007 Paso Robles (United States), $50.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Intense ruby color. Cassis, slightly spicy nose. Taste carries sweet midpalate with lots of milk chocolate. Bouillon aspect in finish adds a satisfying note. Medium to full bodied. A serious wine of consequence.
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  Finalist 92 J. Lohr Cuvée Pau 2007 Paso Robles (United States), $50.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pretty ruby color. Great concentration of black fruit (cassis) and spice in animated nose. Simpler but very full bodied, concentrated in mouth. Sweet red fruits abound in sweeping finish.
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  91 Bouchaine Estate Pinot Meunier 2009 Carneros, Napa (United States), $40.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  91 Charles Krug-Peter Mondavi Family Family Reserve Generations 2008 Napa Valley (United States), $50.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  91 J. Lohr Cuvée Pom 2007 Paso Robles (United States), $50.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  90 Peachy Canyon Winery Cirque du Vin Red Blend 2009 Central Coast (United States), $17.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  89 Robert Mondavi Winery Private Selection Meritage 2009 California (United States), $10.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  89 Scheid Vineyards Estate Grown Reserve Claret 2006 Monterey (United States), $60.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  88 Malibu Vineyards Meritage 2008 California (United States), $30.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  88 Monte de Oro Synergy 65 Estate Grown 2006 Temecula Valley (United States), $33.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  87 Emvy Cellars Devotion 2005 Walla Walla (United States), $34.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Big House Red 2009 California (United States), $10.00, 3L Box Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Chateau Julien La Conviviance 2007 Monterey County (United States), $90.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  85 Chateau Julien Black Nova III 2007 Monterey County (United States), $78.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  85 Deep Sea Red 2008 Central Coast (United States), $28.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  85 Merritt Winery Bella Rosa Lambrusco Concord NV Lake Erie (United States), $9.49, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  85 Toasted Head Untamed Red 2008 California (United States), $12.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  84 Rex Goliath Free Range Red NV California (United States), $7.49, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  83 Greendance Red Blend Reserve 2008 American (United States), $38.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  80 Madria Sangria Tradicional NV California (United States), $5.99, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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Red Wines

Red Blends - Europe

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade            
  87 Feudo Arancio Cantadoro 2007 Sicily IGT (Italy), $14.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
  Great Value   Photo  
  87 Vinkara Doruk Kalecik Karasi 2009 Eastern Anatolia (Turkey), $16.50, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  85 MDA² 2009 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC (Italy), $13.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  84 Clos Monicord 2009 Bordeaux Superieur (France), $13.50, 750 ml , seeking US Importer Good,
Recommended
       
 

Red Wines

Red Blends - Southern Hemisphere

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade            
  88 Coyam Super Premium Biodynamic 2008 Colchagua (Chile), $34.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  88 Wakefield Promised Land Red Blend 2008 South Australia (Australia), $11.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  87 d'Arenberg The Ironstone Pressings Red Blend 2007 McLaren Vale (Australia), $65.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  87 Peter Lehmann Clancy's 2008 Barossa Valley (Australia), $17.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  87 Santa Carolina Reserva Carmenere 2010 Colchagua (Chile), $10.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  84 Robert Oatley Tempranillo 2009 King Valley (Australia), $16.99, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  82 Amalaya Valle Calchaqui 2009 Cafayete (Argentina), $17.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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Red Wines

Spain Reds

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade            
  Chairman's Trophy 94 Beronia Reserva Tempranillo 2006 Rioja (DOCa) (Spain), $19.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The nose is filled with the scents of dark cherries, brown spice, earth, and anise with hints of smoke. The palate delivers the same elegant fruit and earth marriage with accents of orange peel and black currants with moderate tannins.
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  Finalist 92 Osborne Seven Red Blend NV Spain (Spain), $24.00, Other Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Medium ruby color. Mixed, pretty berries on nose. Taste carries clean cherries, medium body, clay/mineral flavors with tannins. Very spiced in aftertaste. Solid.
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  Finalist 91 Finca Constancia 2008 Castilla (VdT) (Spain), $18.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Crimson color. Offers tantalizing scents of baked berry fruit, almonds, new leather and figs. Round and supple in the mouth as the taste profile takes on a decidedly raisiny character that's succulent yet dry. Delicious from start to finish.
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  Finalist 91 Sonsierra Tempranillo 2010 Rioja (DOC) (Spain), $10.99, 750 ml , seeking US Importer Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pretty crimson hue. Loads of old leather and dried flower aromas are accented by subtle notes of dates. In the mouth, the date flavor turns more fig-like as the overall character turns remarkably deep and raisiny. Lovely example of tempranillo at the height of its powers.
Great Value   Photo  
  90 Egomei Alma Single Vineyard Tempranillo 2005 Rioja (DOC) (Spain), $80.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
       
  90 Ortubia Crianza Tempranillo 2007 Rioja (DOC) (Spain), €12.00, 750 ml , seeking US Importer Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  90 Sonsierra Vendimia Seleccionada Crianza Tempranillo 2008 Rioja (DOC) (Spain), $11.99, 750 ml , seeking US Importer Excellent,
Highly Recommended
  Great Value    
  88 Beronia Crianza Tempranillo 2008 Rioja (DOCa) (Spain), $19.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  88 Marques de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial Tempranillo 2004 Rioja (DOC) (Spain), $58.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  87 Massimo 2008 Rioja (DOC) (Spain), $10.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
  Great Value   Photo  
  87 Ortubia Reserva Tempranillo 2006 Rioja (DOC) (Spain), €20.00, 750 ml , seeking US Importer Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  82 La Miranda de Secastilla Garnacha 2007 Somontano (Spain), $14.99, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  81 Marques de Riscal Reserva Tempranillo 2005 Rioja (DOC) (Spain), $17.99, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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Red Wines

Portugal Reds

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade            
  Chairman's Trophy 93 Falua Conde De Vimioso Reserva 2008 Portugal (Portugal), $22.50, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The nose offers a careful marriage of blackberry and sour cherry with dried herbs, brown spices, and earth. The palate is equally intriguing with alternating layers of dry, spicy fruit, and soft leather notes. Ideally balanced with great length and delicacy.
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  Finalist 92 Herdade Grande Red Blend Reserva 2008 Alentejo (Portugal), €25.00, 750 ml , seeking US Importer Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Brilliant crimson color. Oak and cedar notes highlight the vibrant bouquet. On palate, there's ample dried fruit, herbs and oak. Aftertaste highlights sweet black fruits and big tannins. A serious mouthful of juicy red wine.
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  Finalist 92 J. Portugal Ramos Marques de Borba Reserva 2008 Alentejo (Portugal), $74.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Lovely garnet color. Earthy notes in the nose of minerals/stone. In mouth the taste profile features cedar, red fruit compote and blackberry jam. Long, lush finish.
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  Finalist 92 J. Portugal Ramos Vila Santa Reserva Red Blend 2008 Alentejo (Portugal), $19.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep crimson color. Coffee/roasted tones in savory bouquet. Meaty flavors are mixed with baked black fruits and cherry preserves tastes. Soft tannins make this wine drinkable right now.
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  91 Quinta Nova N. Sna Carmo Reserva Touriga Nacional 2008 Douro (Portugal), $50.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  91 Quinta Nova N. Sna Carmo Colheita 2009 Douro (Portugal), $20.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
  Great Value   Photo  
  90 Marka 2008 Douro (Portugal), €8.00, 750 ml , seeking US Importer Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  88 Duorum Red Blend 2009 Douro (Portugal), $19.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  88 J. Portugal Ramos Loios Red 2009 Alentejo (Portugal), $9.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
  Great Value    
  88 Marka Reserva 2008 Douro (Portugal), €18.00, 750 ml , seeking US Importer Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
  88 Quinta Nova N. Sna Carmo Touriga Nacional 2008 Douro (Portugal), $75.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
       
 

Rosé & Blush Wines

Rosés - Europe

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade            
  87 Centine Rosé 2009 Tuscany IGT (Italy), $11.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
  Great Value   Photo  
  86 Chateau D'Esclans Whispering Angel 2010 Cotes-de-Provence (France), $19.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  82 Barefoot White Zinfandel NV California (United States), $6.99, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  82 Gallo Family Vineyards White Zinfandel NV California (United States), $5.99, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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Rosé & Blush Wines

Rosés - North America

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade            
  80 Nordby Vineyards Lacrime Dell'Angeli White Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Lake County (United States), $24.00, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
       
 

Rosé & Blush Wines

Rosé/Blush – Southern Hemisphere

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade            
  86 Robert Oatley Sangiovese Rosé 2010 Mudgee (Australia), $14.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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Dessert

Late Harvest/Dessert White – North America

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade            
  Chairman's Trophy 92 Inniskillin Ice Wine Vidal Blanc 2007 Niagara Peninsula (Canada), $60.00, 375 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Beautiful golden color in the glass. The aromatics rise from the glass offering scents of rich, ripe tropical fruits with accents of apricot, candied ginger, and mineral. The palate confirms the nose with incredible richness meet with an ideal dose of fresh acidity. A world-class dessert wine.
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  89 Inniskillin Ice Wine Riesling 2007 Niagara Peninsula (Canada), $80.00, 375 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  87 Bouchaine Estate - Bouche D'Or Late Harvest Chardonnay 2009 Carneros, Napa (United States), $30.00, 500 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  85 Paradise Ranch VQA Late Harvest Merlot 2009 Okanagan Valley (Canada), $17.00, 375 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  82 Merritt Winery Bella Ice Concord NV Lake Erie (United States), $15.99, 375 ml Good,
Recommended
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  82 Paradise Ranch VQA Late Harvest Chardonnay 2008 Okanagan Valley (Canada), $17.00, 375 ml Good,
Recommended
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Dessert

Other Sweet Wines

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade            
  88 Gallo Family Vineyards Moscato NV California (United States), $4.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Barefoot Sweet White Wine Blend NV California (United States), $6.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Gallo Family Vineyards Sweet Chardonnay NV California (United States), $5.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  84 Gallo Family Vineyard Sweet Red NV California (United States), $5.99, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  84 Rex Goliath Moscato NV California (United States), $7.49, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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  83 Choco Noir Chocolate Wine Speciality NV American (United States), $11.99, 750 ml Good,
Recommended
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Fortified

Sherry - Spain

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade            
  90 Alfonso Oloroso Palomino NV Jerez-Xeres-Sherry (Spain), $19.99, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  87 Vina AB Amontillado Palomino NV Jerez-Xeres-Sherry (Spain), $19.99, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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Fortified

Porto - Portugal

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade            
  Chairman's Trophy 93 Taylor Fladgate 20 Year Old Tawny Porto NV Douro (Portugal), $55.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The nose is charming and complex with notes of roasted nuts, orange peel, dried cherries and apricots with accents of brown baking spices. This beautiful Port’s greatest quality is its deft balance of mature barrel aged notes with vibrant fruit making this an ideal choice for an aperitif or dessert.
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  Finalist 92 Fonseca 20 Year Old Tawny Porto NV Douro (Portugal), $55.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Medium garnet color. Nose is spirity and opulent. Palate carries a rancio-like character that features berries, wood and nutty aspects. All around winner which is at its peak of development.
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  Finalist 92 Taylor Fladgate 40 Year Old Tawny Porto NV Douro (Portugal), $140.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Cola-like color. Meaty, very mature, oaky bouquet of prunes and mince meat. Tastes of raisins, oak, and baked fruits.Is nutty and nougat-like in extended finish.
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  Finalist 92 Taylor Fladgate 30 Year Old Tawny Porto NV Douro (Portugal), $95.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Attractive tawny color with auburn core. Rich, savory tea with honey, sweet nose. Balanced flavor profile is controlled, but luxuriously nutty and honeyed. Decadent, yet tony and lean. Luscious.
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  Finalist 91 Taylor Fladgate 10 Year Old Tawny Porto NV Douro (Portugal), $35.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Mineral-like aroma, with touches of orange peel and stone. Orange blossom. grapefruit candied mouth, with sweet/tart overtones. Zap of bright orangey flavors in aftertaste.
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  91 Fonseca Late Bottled Vintage Porto 2005 Douro (Portugal), $25.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  90 Fonseca Terra Bella Organic Reserve Porto NV Douro (Portugal), $22.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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  89 Croft Fine Ruby Porto NV Douro (Portugal), $13.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
  Great Value   Photo  
  89 Fonseca Bin No. 27 Porto NV Douro (Portugal), $19.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  89 Taylor Fladgate Late Bottled Vintage Porto 2003 Douro (Portugal), $25.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  89 Taylor Fladgate Quinta de Vargellas Porto 2008 Douro (Portugal), $40.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  88 Fonseca 10 Year Old Tawny Porto NV Douro (Portugal), $35.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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  86 Croft Distinction Porto NV Douro (Portugal), $18.00, 750 ml Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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Fortified

Fortified - World

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade            
  90 Hawk and Horse Vineyards Red Hills - Organic/Biodynamic Latigo-Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Lake County (United States), $85.00, 750 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
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Other

Cider – United Kingdom/Europe

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade            
  91 Hornsby's Hard Cider NV California (United States), $6.99, 331 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
  Great Value   Photo  
  90 Hornsby's Hard Cider Crisp Apple NV California (United States), $6.99, 331 ml Excellent,
Highly Recommended
  Great Value   Photo