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Copper & Kings Blanche Absinthe

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This newcomer is distilled from Muscat grapes, and has a particularly sweet and juicy aroma that some might find similar to fruit-flavored vodka. When louched—which adjusts the appearance from clear to pearly white—the aroma opens up to a more herbaceous, lemon verbena-like tone. The flavor mixes anise and a faint fruity touch, with a hint of sweetness on the…

 — K.N.  (3/1/2015)
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Heritage

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Made with grape neutral spirit base (as opposed to grain), this absinthe has a distinct sweetness, reading almost like Good & Plenty candies, finishing with pleasing, citrusy hint. Olive green in the glass, it louches to a pale yellow glow.

 — K.N.  (3/1/2015)
87
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Vieux Carré Absinthe Supérieure

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  1. $60

Paying tribute to New Orleans and its Vieux Carré cocktail, this olive-drab absinthe louches to a burnished gold. The anise aroma is particularly concentrated. The flavor almost washes out mid-palate, but finishes with a strong, lingering anise twang. The gift-worthy, perfume flask-like bottle stands out on any bar.

 — K.N.  (3/1/2015)
84
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Parnasse Absinth Superiore

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Like a theme-park version of absinthe, this spirit glows neon green in the glass, louching to bright jade, and it’s sweet and candy-like on the nose and palate. It’s not unpleasant to drink, but it’s missing the herbaceous nuance that makes absinthe so intriguing.

 — K.N.  (3/1/2015)
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Wayfarer 2012 Golden Mean Pinot Noir (Fort Ross-Seaview)

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Crafted from estate-grown fruit—a marriage of Pommard and Swan clones—Golden Mean comes from three distinct vineyard blocks, the Pommard fermented whole-cluster. It opens with dark, ripe layers of lush cherry-vanilla, the wine concentrated and rich in oak yet balanced in acidity. On the finish is a mix of leather, licorice and wild herb. Tuck it away through 2020–2022.

 — V.B.  (2/1/2015)
95
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Talley 2012 Oliver’s Proprietor Grown Chardonnay (Edna Valley)

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  1. $36

Though very pale in the glass, this wine holds no shortage of interest. Honey and roasted marcona almonds consume the nose, and the palate blends bright citrus, lemon curd and cinnamon, all propped up by a perfect, judicious use of oak.

 — M.K.  (2/1/2015)
95
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Trombetta 2012 Gap’s Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)

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  1. $65

Dark, concentrated and grippy, this is a sizable Pinot from a cool, coveted vineyard. Juicy blue and blackberry fruit dominate on the nose and palate, surrounded by exotic cedar, clove, oak and toffee, a swipe of vanilla lurking behind the front flavors. The big tannins will appreciate time in the cellar, through 2022–2024.

 — V.B.  (2/1/2015)
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Wayfarer 2012 Mother Rock Pinot Noir (Fort Ross-Seaview)

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Brooding in dark cherry and earthy spice, this fully figured wine offers well-integrated oak. With a savory and powerful profile, it has a forceful grip on the palate accented by black tea, truffle and juicy vibrancy. From a mix of Dijon clones (37 and 777), some fermented whole-cluster, this is a structured, wine from a meticulously farmed coastal site.

 — V.B.  (2/1/2015)
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