Recent Magazine Reviews

Recent Magazine Reviews are wine, spirit and beer reviews with an issue date since September 5.

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Il Marroneto 2010 Madonna delle Grazie Sangiovese (Brunello di Montalcino)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $110

Beautiful aromas of violet, rose, pressed powder, perfumed berry and refreshing mint mingle in the glass. The focused palate boasts power and finesse, and delivers a great depth of flavors including ripe black cherry, licorice, tobacco and mineral. It’s still young, with youthfully austere tannins and bright acidity, but this has the fruit richness and structure…

 — K.O.  (5/1/2015)
97
points

Château Mouton Rothschild 2012 Red (Pauillac)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $365

This is a beautifully opulent wine, great Mouton in its richness and succulent fruits. It’s combines structure and obvious new-wood aging with hugely ripe black plum and currant flavors. While it is a pleasure to taste now, there is a great tannic structure in the background to give the sense of power and aging potential. Drink from 2024.

 — R.V.  (5/1/2015)
97
points

Château Pétrus 2012 Red (Pomerol)

  • Cellar Selection

Another great wine from Pétrus, this has enormous depths without losing any of the fruit or freshness of Merlot in 2012. It’s massive while also elegant, weighty, richly full-bodied and also structured. At this stage the wine does show some signs of wood aging, which will diminish as it ages. The fruitiness is deceptive because this wine demands aging. Drink from 2024.

 — R.V.  (5/1/2015)
97
points

Il Marroneto 2010 Sangiovese (Brunello di Montalcino)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $75

Multifaceted fragrances suggest violet, rose, red berry, baking spice, savory herb and a balsamic note. Elegant with great intensity, the radiant palate delivers juicy wild cherry, crushed berry, cinnamon and a note of star anise alongside a backbone of assertive, fine-grained tannins and bright acidity. It’s a gorgeous wine with breeding and class that needs time…

 — K.O.  (5/1/2015)
97
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Herradura Coleccion de la Casa Reserva 2014 Scotch Cask Finish Reposado Tequila

  1. $90

The newest addition to Herradura’s stunning collection of cask-finished Tequilas nods to Scotland. It smells like a dessert wine, showing stone fruit, Sherry and honey. Those flavors are echoed on the palate, a lingering, smoky wisp that evokes peaty Islay Scotch. It’s smooth and sips well. Aged for 11 months, then transferred to single-malt Scotch casks from the…

 — K.N.  (5/1/2015)
96
points

Dutton-Goldfield 2012 Devil’s Gulch Vineyard Pinot Noir (Marin County)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $68

Gorgeous aromas of clove, cinnamon, ripe black fruit and whiffs of pine and herb make a great start. The flavors are equally compelling and classic, blending cinnamon and black cherry with hints of rosemary and rhubarb. These all glide on a soothing texture that rests lightly on firm tannins and fresh acidity, resulting in a fascinating and complex taste experience.

 — J.G.  (5/1/2015)
96
points

Joseph Phelps 2011 Insignia Estate Grown Red (Napa Valley)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $225

Impeccable elegance characterizes this vintage of the producer’s marquee Bordeaux-style blend, an expert finessing of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petit Verdot, 4% Malbec, 2% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc. Juicy in exotic black fruit, it stands tall, with silky, towering shoulders of herb, cardamom and clove that will coalesce beautifully over time. Hold through 2026.

 — V.B.  (5/1/2015)
96
points

Château Calon Ségur 2012 Red (Saint-Estèphe)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $70

Firm and structured, this beautifully concentrated wine has plenty of the dark tannins that come out of Cabernet Sauvignon in Saint-Estèphe while allowing room for juicy fruit. The wood aging is still showing, giving some spice to the wine. At the end, it’s the density of the wine that’s so impressive. Drink from 2024.

 — R.V.  (5/1/2015)
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