Recent Magazine Reviews

Recent Magazine Reviews are wine, spirit and beer reviews with an issue date since October 10.

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Don Pancho Origenes Reserva Aged 30 Years

  1. $425

The magnum opus of rum maestro Francisco “Don Pancho” Fernandez, this velvet-soft, limited-edition rum is redolent of rich, warm caramel accented with espresso and cocoa. It fades gracefully into long notes of toffee and clove.

 — K.N.  (6/1/2015)
96
points

Ramey 2012 Cole Creek Vineyard Syrah (Russian River Valley)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $65

This is a gorgeous expression of the variety, co-fermented with 6% Viognier, fruity, ripe and plush yet also completely varietal in its punches of floral white pepper, anise and gamy meat. Although the wine is ready to enjoy now, those who can restrain themselves should cellar it through 2022 to see how it further develops.

 — V.B.  (6/1/2015)
96
points

Diplomatico Ambassador Selection

  1. $275

Rich and concentrated, this is a blend of rums aged up to 12 years, then aged an additional two years in former PX Sherry casks. The end result is luxurious, thick in caramel, toffee and gingerbread flavors that finish long and elegant, with clove, allspice, dry cocoa, leather and orange peel accents. It sips beautifully.

 — K.N.  (6/1/2015)
95
points

Clos Mogador 2012 Red (Priorat)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $90

With its patented blend of ripe plum and berry aromas matched against notes of wood smoke, herbs and leather, this is ripped and focused in the mouth, with strong but manageable tannins. Flavors of buttery oak, schist, blackberry and cassis culminate with mocha, vanilla and an overall sense of greatness. Drink from 2017 through 2025.

 — M.S.  (6/1/2015)
95
points

Dolin 2012 Solomon Hills Vineyard Pinot Noir (Santa Maria Valley)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $45

The Malibu-based winery’s take on this Miller family vineyard—which sits at the appellation’s western edge—is intriguingly complex, with aromatic layers of clove, raspberry, vanilla bean and dried rose hips. Set against a tight but bright raspberry backdrop, the palate shows black tea, Indian spices and all manner of dried herbs and flowers, from oregano, rosemary…

 — M.K.  (6/1/2015)
95
points

Ramey 2012 Platt Vineyard Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $65

Not many producers get fruit from this magical vineyard, sought after for being cool, coastal and meticulously farmed. This wine speaks to all that, offering sublime Meyer lemon, pear and golden honey around a balanced soul and wild ginger-infused intensity.

 — V.B.  (6/1/2015)
95
points

Wrath 2012 McIntrye Vineyard Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands)

  1. $49

Clean and ripe raspberry notes are cut with complex scents of coyote brush, slate and sweet tobacco smoke. The palate is juicy, with flavors of wild berries and Bing cherries as well as strong accents of dried herbes de Provence, sagebrush and chipped slate. Strong acidity tingles the tongue long into the finish.

 — M.K.  (6/1/2015)
94
points

Domdechant Werner 2013 Hochheimer Domdechaney Spätlese Riesling (Rheingau)

  1. $37

Vibrant aromas of rose petals, stone fruit, pastry and smoke captivate throughout this multifaceted Riesling. Semidry in style, the palate apposes sweet flavors of honey and caramel against crisp peaches and tangerine. The lingering finish is marked by a flurry of blossoms and astringent tea notes.

 — A.I.  (6/1/2015)
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