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Williams Selyem 2013 Westside Road Neighbors Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)

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  1. $69

Seductively smooth, it is instantly delicious, sharing a concentration of cherry, strawberry and citrus that perfectly captures the essence of the fruit, accented by a tease of black tea. Enjoy through 2023.

 — V.B.  (7/1/2015)
98
points

A Midwinter Night’s Dram

  1. $80

This limited-edition blend of straight rye whiskeys finished in French oak and former port barrels offers huge, rounded notes of rich toffee, dark fruit, orange peel and mulling spices. It’s almost like a wintry whiskey punch in a bottle. The language on the label winks at Shakespeare, making this a special gift for a theater lover as well as a whiskey lover.

 — K.N.  (7/1/2015)
97
points

Hillrock Single Malt Whiskey

  1. $100

This bold and flavorful sipping whiskey is made from New York State-grown malt smoked for eight hours over Scottish peat (an 18-hour version is in the works too). Bold smoky-sweet campfire notes lead into toffee, chocolate and espresso before drying to a gentle exhale of smoke.

 — K.N.  (7/1/2015)
97
points

Elijah Craig 23-Year-Old Single Barrel

  1. $200

This limited-edition bottling of rare extra-aged Bourbons becomes more concentrated and rich when allowed to open up in the glass: look for coconut, vanilla, oak and a dry finish accented with cocoa and leather. Just a splash of branchwater, and this is a sipper to savor.

 — K.N.  (7/1/2015)
96
points

Williams Selyem 2013 Olivet Lane Vineyard Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $75

Silky, with pronounced tannins that should mellow in time, this is an earthy, stemmy and perfumed wine. Succulent and balanced, it’s brightly exuberant in black cherry yet brooding and complex throughout, changing slightly from savory to floral and back again. It’s an incredible wine out of the gate; cellar with confidence, through 2021.

 — V.B.  (7/1/2015)
96
points

F X Pichler 2013 Dürnsteiner Liebenberg Smaragd Grüner Veltliner (Wachau)

A delightful citrus scent intrigues, suggesting yuzu or mandarin. The palate is richer and introduces notions of earth and that pithy, phenolic edge of serious Grüner Veltliner. The initial citrus on the nose returns with redoubled force on the streamlined, fresh and still tightly closed palate. Give this time to unwind, so that the fruit can fully express itself…

 — A.K.  (7/1/2015)
96
points

Emmerich Knoll 2012 Ried Loibenberg Reserve Grüner Veltliner (Wachau)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $92

Lusciously ripe, almost honeyed, pear fruit emanates from the glass. Underneath that is grapefruit zest and pith and a herbal, stony, earthy edge. The palate is rich and curvaceous but completely toned by a pervasive, lemony acidity that lends drive and linearity. This is already approachable, which is not to say that it doesn’t promise a lot of mileage: this will…

 — A.K.  (7/1/2015)
95
points

Loring Wine Company 2013 Garys’ Vineyard Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands)

  1. $50

Brian Loring’s bottling of this vineyard planted by Gary Pisoni and Gary Franscioni is bursting with raspberry syrup, cola and peppercorns on the nose. The palate boasts notes of strawberry juice, red berries and hibiscus. It’s luxurious and sexy.

 — M.K.  (7/1/2015)
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