Recent Magazine Reviews

Recent Magazine Reviews are wine, spirit and beer reviews with an issue date since July 4.

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92
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Garnet 2012 Pinot Noir (Monterey County)

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  1. $15
Bacon fat and cream soda meet with a flash of patchouli on the nose of this stunning deal from winemaker/author/blogger Alison Crowe. Cherry cola flavors and luscious red fruits get lifted with smoke and plum-skin bitterness, all set against decent tannins and fresh acidity.  — M.K.  (11/1/2014)
91
points

Bogle 2012 Essential Red (California)

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  1. $11
This dry red blend is as sophisticated, structured and balanced as many high-end Cabernets. Made from old-vine Zin, with Syrah, Cabernet and Petite Sirah as well, it has a deep, exotic aroma of dark fruit plus cedar and cardamom. The flavor is richly fruity, the mouthfeel is firmly textured and the finish lingers nicely. It’s medium bodied and full-flavored.  — J.G.  (11/1/2014)
91
points

Esser 2012 Chardonnay (Monterey County)

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  1. $13
This fresh-smelling wine blends aromas of caramel apple and light grapefruit juice. The palate is racy in acidity, like a glass of fresh orange juice splashed with squeezes of lemon and grapefruit, and a vanilla warmth toward the finish.  — M.K.  (11/1/2014)
90
points

Milbrandt 2013 Traditions Evergreen Vineyard Riesling (Columbia Valley (WA))

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  1. $13
Sourced from an outstanding vineyard, this juicy, spicy, zesty Riesling shows terrific balance and lively acidity. A mix of peach, green apple and Key lime fruit anchors a thoroughly refreshing wine, with just a touch of residual sugar.  — P.G.  (11/1/2014)
88
points

Balduzzi 2012 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon (Maule Valley)

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  1. $12
Ripe blackberry aromas carry notes of prune and raisin. For a ripe, dark wine, this is juicy and well balanced. Oaky, toasty flavors lean toward dark fruits and blackberry, and the finish keeps the dark-fruit theme going while folding in bitter coffee notes.  — M.S.  (11/1/2014)
100
points

Paolo Scavino 2010 Bric dël Fiasc Nebbiolo (Barolo)

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  1. $100
If a wine can truly be perfect, this is it. Displaying power, grace, depth and complexity, this Barolo delivers sublime Nebbiolo sensations including rose, underbrush, red cherry, leather, licorice, baking spices, clove, white pepper and balsamic notes. The intense flavors are balanced by velvety tannins and fantastic energy. Drink 2018–2038.  — K.O.  (10/1/2014)
100
points

Giuseppe Rinaldi 2010 Brunate Nebbiolo (Barolo)

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  1. $126
The 2010 Brunate is one of the greatest expressions of this fabulous vintage. Polished and structured, it seamlessly combines layers of rose, violet, perfumed red berries, juicy black cherry, leather, spice and eucalyptus sensations that convey a Nebbiolo purity of compelling depth and finesse. It’s already gorgeous, but will become one of the legendary bottlings…  — K.O.  (10/1/2014)
99
points

Cantina Bartolo Mascarello 2010 Nebbiolo (Barolo)

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  1. $120
From one of the denomination’s leading traditional producers, this gorgeous, elegant Barolo opens with floral aromas of dried rose petals, woodland berries, leather, spice and whiffs of balsamic herbs. The palate seamlessly combines crisp, red cherry-berry fruit, white pepper and mint balanced by firm but polished tannins and bright acidity. Full of finesse, it…  — K.O.  (10/1/2014)
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