Lauren Buzzeo

Tasting Director/Senior Editor

Reviews wines from South Africa and Languedoc-Rousillon. Reviews beers.

Tasting Director Lauren Buzzeo joined Wine Enthusiast Magazine in 2006 as a tasting coordinator. Thanks to her father, she developed an interest in and love of wine at an early age, and her respect and adoration for all things vinous has remained strong ever since. Today, Lauren is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the tasting and review program, and currently reviews the wines of Languedoc-Roussillon and South Africa, as well as beers. Since coming to Wine Enthusiast, she has made it one of her personal missions to promote the acceptance of cross-drinking, encouraging everyone to embrace finely crafted libations across all beverage categories. Lauren is also an avid homebrewer and a member of the AHA (American Homebrewers Association).

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Klein Constantia 2007 Vin de Constance Muscat (Constantia)

  • Editors' Choice
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  1. $60
A well-balanced, powerful dessert wine, this opens with an intense bouquet of fresh peach, orange blossom, jasmine, gardenia and honeysuckle. The mouthfilling, sweet palate is loaded with flavors of ripe stone fruit, mango, melon and orange marmelade, but is kept bright by refreshing acidity on the close. Secondary notes of ginger and white tea linger long on the…  — L.B.  (7/1/2014)
93
points

Ken Forrester 2011 The FMC Chenin Blanc (Stellenbosch)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $65
This is a rich, well-balanced and layered white, with lots of aging potential. Notes of red apple, peach, melon and orange blossom mingle with spicy accents of toasted brioche, clove and vanilla bean. It’s medium weight and crisp in acidity, with a long, evolving finish that ends decadent yet elegant. Drink now–2020.  — L.B.  (7/1/2014)
93
points

Mullineux 2011 Straw Wine Chenin Blanc (Swartland)

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  1. $37
With just 30 cases imported, this is a tough find but worth the hunt, as it will certainly continue to evolve and flourish over the next 10 years, at least. Aromas and flavors of baked apple, peach preserves, honeycomb and orange oil abound, with herbal glimmers of white tea and honeysuckle in the background adding depth and interest. The palate is lush and round…  — L.B.  (7/1/2014)
93
points

De Toren 2010 Fusion V Red (Stellenbosch)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $55
A blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 13% Malbec, 11% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot, this stunning, well-balanced wine will reward patience. Dark and dense, it’s a powerful selection that boasts serious fruit concentration and a full, firm structure, with mouthcoating tannins. The black-fruit core is accented by notes of leather, fresh mint, pepper…  — L.B.  (7/1/2014)
93
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Glenelly 2009 Lady May Cabernet Sauvignon (Stellenbosch)

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  1. $50
Tight, compact and dense, this should continue to evolve with time, easily through 2020. Deep, heady aromas of blackberry, cassis, black plum, tobacco leaf, leather and licorice dance in the bouquet. The palate starts off ripe and juicy, with fresh black-fruit flavors that give way to spicy notes of black tea, licorice root and charred cedar on the long finish…  — L.B.  (7/1/2014)
93
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Anthonij Rupert 2007 Vinified and Bottled on L’Ormarins Red (Franschhoek)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $125
This is a dense and concentrated wine, still in its youth, with heady, fruity tones of black plum, berry, cassis and date that are layered with notes of licorice, cigar box and roasted cocoa nib. The mouthfeel is ripe and lush, with firm, gripping tannins providing balance and structure, lingering long on the finish. Drink now–2020.  — L.B.  (7/1/2014)
92
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DeMorgenzon 2012 Chenin Blanc (Stellenbosch)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $35
A complex and layered wine, this is always one of South Africa’s top Chenin Blancs. The bouquet opens with notes of chalk, lanolin, toasted apple skin, blanched almond and clove-studded orange peel. The palate is toasty, but well integrated; the apple, apricot and melon fruit core marry harmoniously with the wood and sweet spice characteristics. Round and smooth in…  — L.B.  (7/1/2014)
92
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Ken Forrester 2010 T Noble Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (Stellenbosch)

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  1. $55
This is a ripe, sweet and immediately attractive dessert wine, with forward aromas and flavors of dried apricot, golden raisin, papaya, honeycomb and gingered orange. Hints of sweet spice and toasted nuts unfold on the long close. It’s viscous and lush, but with ample acidity to lift the finish. Drink now–2018.  — L.B.  (7/1/2014)
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