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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Unibroue La Fin du Monde

  1. $10

Ignore the alarming name—la fin du monde means “the end of the world”—and consider this Canadian tripel a real eye-opener as to the beauty of the classic Belgian style. It pours a stunning, hazy gold color, with a creamy white head that hangs around for a while, leaving sticky lacing behind with each sip. The bouquet is forward, but elegant, with clean…

 — L.B.  (4/1/2015)
90
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Left Hand Brewing Co. St. Vrain Tripel Ale

  1. $15

This rich, full-bodied brew is loaded with dense aromas and flavors of candi sugar, baking spice, just-ripe plantain and Granny Smith. The palate is surprisingly light and bright, offering medium carbonation and a subtle bitterness that lifts the finish. The alcohol is well integrated and barely noticeable, making this a dangerously drinkable tripel that’s best…

 — L.B.  (4/1/2015)
89
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21st Amendment He Said

  1. $10

An interesting take on the style, this tripel is brewed with pumpkin, galangal and tarragon. The result is a unique experience that’s bursting with sweet spice and savory herb characteristics, like a pumpkin pie topped with herbed butter. Medium bodied and sweet, it’s balanced by medium carbonation, keeping the palate lifted and the finish fresh. Notes of pie spice…

 — L.B.  (4/1/2015)
88
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Mons Abbey Blonde d’Abbaye

  1. $11

An attractive and immediately accessible brew, this opens with light scents of firm stone fruit, digestive biscuit and fresh grass. The palate is dry and slightly dusty, with medium-plus carbonation and flavors of freshly crushed grain, husk and yeast. Yeasty accents develop on the finish, as lingering hints of white pepper and sweet spice unfold on the close.

 — L.B.  (4/1/2015)
87
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Leffe Blonde

  1. $11

This is an approachable, easy drinking blonde that’s sure to please a broad range of palates with its smooth mouthfeel and subtle overall character. Faint aromas and flavors of clove, white pepper and fresh-baked bread dance on the nose and palate, lifted by medium carbonation. A lingering malty sweetness lingers on the finish. A nice choice for Asian take-out…

 — L.B.  (4/1/2015)
95
points

Alaskan Brewing Co. 2014 Smoked Porter

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $9

ABC’s vintage-dated smoked porter is always a superb selection, year after year, and one that’s incredibly deserving of a spot in your beer cellar. The 2014 release is currently young and aggressive, with forward scents of smoked malt and campfire that are grounded in notes of fig, prune, tobacco leaf and chocolate. The mouthfeel is big and bold, yet smooth and…

 — L.B.  (3/1/2015)
93
points

Hamilton Russell 2012 Pinot Noir (Hemel en Aarde)

  1. $46

This opens with attractive earthy aromas of forest floor, cola, vanilla bean and toasted spice, grounded in a core of red currant, cherry and raspberry fruit. The medium-weight mouthfeel is lush and seductive, with fine yet structured tannins that result in a satiny texture. Pure fruit flavors dominate the palate, but the finish is layered with notes of white…

 — L.B.  (3/1/2015)
93
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Glenelly 2011 Lady May Cabernet Sauvignon (Stellenbosch)

  • Cellar Selection
  • Online Exclusive
  1. $50

This is a bold and powerful yet layered and nuanced wine, with hints of green peppercorn, tobacco leaf, cigar box and leather that add depth and interest to the cassis and brambly blackberry core. The gripping palate offers structured, mouthcoating tannins that are framed by ample acidity and ripe black berry tones. Notes of spicy black licorice and espresso unfold…

 — L.B.  (3/1/2015)
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