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Emilio Moro 2010 Malleolus de Valderramiro Tinto Fino (Ribera del Duero)

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Gorgeous aromas of toasty oak, wood smoke, minerals and layered black fruits feed into a concentrated, thick palate that demands a knife and fork for dissection. Flavors of toast, vanilla bean, woodspice, bacon, mint and blackberry are lush. Give this beauty another couple of years, then drink through 2022.

 — M.S.  (4/1/2015)
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Domaine Zind-Humbrecht 2012 Clos Saint Urbain Rangen de Thann Grand Cru Gewurztraminer (Alsace Grand Cru)

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With its strongly mineral-textured base, this is a complex, impressive wine. It has fruit weight with lychees, mangos and spiced pears along with acidity that gives the wine just the lift it needs. Power and style go hand-in-hand in this wine. Drink from 2019.

 — R.V.  (4/1/2015)
96
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The Eyrie Vineyards 2012 Original Vines Estate Pinot Noir (Dundee Hills)

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Separate from the other Original Vines bottling, this is part of the new single-vineyard series, and includes the famed South Block grapes. Lush and fragrant, full-bodied yet in the classic, elegant Eyrie tradition, this bursts with complexity. Bramble, cherries, strawberry preserves, coffee grounds and a hint of root beer come together in a deep, dense and…

 — P.G.  (4/1/2015)
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Domaine Drouhin Oregon 2011 Édition Limitée Pinot Noir (Dundee Hills)

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A block selection, this most rare offering from DDO has rippingly good aromatics, intense and complex, with dusty, dreamy spices wrapped around a seamless mix of berry, earth and herbal components. The somewhat gritty texture gives it muscle and length, and the overall complexity suggests it can age for up to a quarter century. Drink now through 2035.

 — P.G.  (4/1/2015)
95
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Sineann 2013 Old Vine Zinfandel (Columbia Gorge (OR))

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Even by past standards, this new vintage of Sineann’s Old Vine Zin is spectacular, with ripe, jammy, concentrated fruit flavors of fig, black cherry and purple plum. The balance among the fruit, acidity, tannin and alcohol is spot-on, without blowing away the more subtle compexity of the old vine fruit.

 — P.G.  (4/1/2015)
95
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Weingut Keller 2013 von der Fels Riesling (Rheinhessen)

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Keller’s Grosses Gewächs offerings are hard to come by, even in Germany, but the von der Fels offers GG quality fruit at a markedly gentle price. Orchestral in complexity, it’s dry, yet plump with stone fruit and a cashew-nut richness. Taut with acidity, it maintains a dancing, shimmering vitality throughout. It’s stunning already, but sure to gain power and…

 — A.I.  (4/1/2015)
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Domaine Zind-Humbrecht 2012 Goldert Grand Cru Gewurztraminer (Alsace Grand Cru)

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This is a sweet wine, very ripe with a smooth, opulent texture. It’s full of lychee and peach flavors, allowing just a corner for acidity and freshness. This is just beginning to develop into its impressive and full potential. Drink from 2018.

 — R.V.  (4/1/2015)
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Hanzell 2012 Ramos Vineyard Chardonnay (Sonoma Valley)

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This marks the debut of the Ramos Vineyard Chardonnay, inspired by a high-elevation site planted in 2001 by the late Bob Sessions and Jose Ramos, now director of vineyard operations. The wine paints a portrait of high-toned, elegant minerality accented by peach and lithe lemon. Capable of aging, it dances in acidity, with just a hint of caramel-vanilla on the…

 — V.B.  (4/1/2015)
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