Recent Magazine Reviews

Recent Magazine Reviews are wine, spirit and beer reviews with an issue date since August 3.

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100
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Salon 2002 Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs Brut Chardonnay (Champagne)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $480
The 35th and most recent vintage of Salon since the house was founded in 1905 is memorable and magnificent. Made only from Chardonnay grown in the Grand Cru village of Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, it combines intense minerality, a crisp textured core and the beginnings of maturity. The depths of this wine, with its layers of fruit and steeliness, are superb. Even after 12…  — R.V.  (12/1/2014)
98
points

The Classic Cask Rare Scotch Whisky Single Batch 40

  1. $400
Distilled in 1972 and bottled in 2012, this 40-year-old blended Scotch is special. The nut-brown hue and rich aromas of sweet spice and brown sugar hint at what’s to come. It delivers bold, complex flavor: rounded toffee, allspice, leather, tea and oak, with a mouthwatering saline note and a long but gentle finish.  — K.N.  (12/1/2014)
97
points

Laurent-Perrier NV Grand Siècle Grande Cuvée Brut Sparkling (Champagne)

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  1. $130
Laurent-Perrier’s prestige cuvée has always been nonvintage, a blending of top wines from top years. It remains an exceptional wine, not quite dry and with a tinge of softness, but so elegant and balanced. This bottling has just the right amount of maturity, hinting at toast while guarding every iota of fruitiness.  — R.V.  (12/1/2014)
97
points

Roederer Estate 2006 L’Ermitage Sparkling (Anderson Valley)

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  1. $48
All the benefits of maturity come through in this deliciously complex flagship sparkling wine of the French-owned estate. It shows very minute, slow-rising bubbles and a beautiful bouquet of ginger, cinnamon, cherry and fresh croissants. The flavors are layered, intricate, subtle but somehow rich. A lush and seemingly soft texture is supported by fresh acidity that…  — J.G.  (12/1/2014)
96
points

Joh. Jos. Prüm 2012 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese Goldkap Riesling (Mosel)

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  1. $125
A melange of rose petals, lychee, caramel and honey scent this stunningly aromatic Riesling. It’s unctuously creamy on the palate—silky and rich in sweet grapefruit and mango flavors—but deftly touched with acidity and minerality as well. A masterpiece now, but sure to captivate further from 2020 and beyond.  — A.I.  (12/1/2014)
96
points

Lynmar 2012 Freestone Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $60
From an increasingly intriguing sub-region of the larger Russian River Valley, Freestone is cold and barely planted, but when it works, it works. This Pinot is caressed in floral aromas and juicy red cherry, the wine fresh and alive, a back layer of black tea, savory herb and exotic spice meshing in magical ways. The majority of the grapes came from the Sexton…  — V.B.  (12/1/2014)
96
points

Roederer Estate 2006 L’Ermitage Rose Sparkling (Anderson Valley)

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  1. $65
Bubbly doesn’t get much better than this elegant, grand and sumptuous rosé. The color is pale salmon, while aromas showcase an exotic blend of spices and flowers. The flavor is vivid and enticing but not as simple as just saying cherries and ginger. Though this is dry, it’s so mature and rich that it almost tastes sweet. A wonderful, ginger-cookie flavor lingers a…  — J.G.  (12/1/2014)
96
points

Pol Roger 2000 Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill Brut Sparkling (Champagne)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $305
Dedicated to the memory of the British wartime Prime Minister, who regularly drank Pol Roger, this is always a superlative Champagne. This 2000, at 14 years old, has developed a pale gold color and toastiness. That intensifies the mature flavors and rich texture, while allowing the tight mousse and acidity to keep a sense of structure. It will age much further…  — R.V.  (12/1/2014)
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