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Vega Sicilia 2004 Unico Tempranillo Blend (Ribera del Duero)

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Lightly baked and hinting at raisin and fine herbs, the bouquet on this benchmark Spanish red enfolds aromas of tobacco, moss and ripe tomato. In the mouth, it’s elegant and silky but also full and expansive. Flavors of baked berry fruits, baking spices, herbs and cocoa finish with a light coating of toast. This is an amazingly complete, exemplary wine that’s just…

 — M.S.  (5/1/2015)
97
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Château Haut-Brion 2012 White (Pessac-Léognan)

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This wine encompasses all the star qualities of white Bordeaux. Lemon and grapefruit tones are balanced by ripe yellow fruit and spicy toastiness. Everything is in harmony in this wine that is sure to age well. Drink from 2019.

 — R.V.  (5/1/2015)
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Château Climens 2011 White (Barsac)

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This is a rich, complex wine, full of dry botrytis that is surrounded by ripe honey. Spice, white peach and green plum jelly give complexity and variety. The acidity at the end is beautiful. The wine is already enticing but will need many years to develop fully. Drink from 2022.

 — R.V.  (5/1/2015)
97
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Poggio di Sotto 2008 Riserva Sangiovese (Brunello di Montalcino)

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Full bodied and silky, this fragrant wine conveys violet, perfumed berry and baking spice. The smooth, pristine palate delivers juicy, bright cherry, crushed raspberry, white pepper and cinnamon alongside supple tannins and fresh acidity. It already boasts remarkable depth and a luminous quality that will gain in complexity with more aging. Drink 2018–2038.

 — K.O.  (5/1/2015)
96
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Château Coutet 2011 White (Barsac)

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Well balanced, this gorgeous ripe wine is packed full of fresh yellow fruits, ripe oranges and lemon. The fruit counterpoints the generous, dense structure, offering the dry core of botrytis. Acidity gives a line of freshness at the end. Drink from 2020.

 — R.V.  (5/1/2015)
96
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Biondi Santi 2008 Riserva Sangiovese (Brunello di Montalcino)

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Impeccably balanced and loaded with finesse, this subtle stunner opens with aromas of blue flower, forest floor, truffle, moist soil and bright berry. The delineated palate offers juicy red cherry layered with white pepper, cinnamon and mineral alongside brisk acidity and firm but elegant tannins. It already has great depth but it’s still young and austere so give…

 — K.O.  (5/1/2015)
95
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Nickel & Nickel 2012 Martin Stelling Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Oakville)

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One of the producer’s most limited offerings, this 100% Cabernet hails from a 100-acre site on the western edge of Oakville, also the source of Far Niente’s Cabernet. Creamy and mouth-filling from the get-go, with a tannic backbone and structure, it sings in dusty leather and dark cherry, maintaining a fine line between lushness and elegance. On the finish, expect…

 — V.B.  (5/1/2015)
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Paul Hobbs 2012 Edward James Estate Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)

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Creamy and intoxicating, this barrel-cradled Chardonnay is deeply complex, edgy and mineral-laden. Gravenstein apple and pear headline, with lemon meringue and spicy nutmeg in supporting roles. Although voluptuous and mind-bendingly intense, it finishes lean and crisp, stamping its imprint on the mind and palate.

 — V.B.  (5/1/2015)
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