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Ramey 2012 Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)

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This wine is deliciously elegant yet decadently rich in all the right ways, from a prime, longtime vineyard source planted to vines over 40 years old. Honeyed apple comes to the fore amid lush, formidable layers of complexity and high-minded pursuit, never getting bogged down, the minerality perfectly pitched and the oak fully integrated.

 — V.B.  (7/1/2015)
96
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Emmerich Knoll 2013 Ried Loibenberg Smaragd Riesling (Wachau)

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This is so young, the yeast of the ferment still swings on the nose. Underneath that, tightly curled freshness suggests both candied lemon slices and lemon sorbet—but this needs time to unfurl its glory. Despite its slenderness, this wine has muscle and tone, structure and poise. The long finish is lip-smacking and moreish. Drink 2018–2025.

 — A.K.  (7/1/2015)
96
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Ramey 2012 Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay (Carneros-Napa Valley)

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This longstanding collaboration between vintner and grower reflects years of mutual understanding and respect. The wine offers pretty orange blossom and lemon verbena aromas that wrap around a composed, well-integrated and mineral-laden body. Voluptuous, the wine is also well-balanced, finishing in bright acidity. It is deliciously good.

 — V.B.  (7/1/2015)
96
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Ramey 2012 Woolsey Road Vineyard Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)

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This wine comes from a new vineyard source for the producer, who continues to astound with Chardonnay. The site rises to well-crafted heights in the winemaker’s hands. Made in a small quantity, the wine offers zesty lemon intensity and concentrated acidity, the entire balanced experience rewarding in its bright complexity.

 — V.B.  (7/1/2015)
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Le Macchiole 2010 Messorio Merlot (Toscana)

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Earthy aromas of tilled soil, truffle, leather, black cherry and cedar lead the nose on this rich but elegant wine. The concentrated, smooth palate delivers juicy blackberry, black currant, freshly ground peppercorn, licorice, milk chocolate and tobacco alongside velvety tannins. Stunning and delicious, it’s already drinking beautifully but it will also maintain…

 — K.O.  (7/1/2015)
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Emmerich Knoll 2013 Ried Pfaffenberg Selection Riesling (Wachau)

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The nose is still dominated by funky yeast, signaling that this Riesling requires time in bottle. The streamlined palate reveals something that is equally generous and tart, like pink grapefruit or pomelo. There is a lovely phenolic texture, too, with intimations of riper fruit in the background that will still take their time to appear. Best to let this slumber…

 — A.K.  (7/1/2015)
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Emmerich Knoll 2013 Ried Schütt Smaragd Riesling (Wachau)

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Yeasty funk initially plays over a whole mix of pink grapefruit, mandarin and lemon flavors. The citrus party continues on the palate, with zesty notes of citrus peel. Verve and freshness are kept only in slight check by a phenolic backbone and are driven on by the linear lemon freshness. While totally compelling now, the wine will become even more intriguing with…

 — A.K.  (7/1/2015)
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F X Pichler 2013 Dürnsteiner Kellerberg Smaragd Riesling (Wachau)

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Luscious notes of ripe stone fruit have tropical overtones of pineapple, with some musky notes on both the nose and palate. The ripeness of the pineapple is even more accented in the mouth where it contrasts with totally crisp lime acidity. This is exciting now but has the backbone to age beautifully through 2025 at least.

 — A.K.  (7/1/2015)
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