Recent Magazine Reviews

Recent Magazine Reviews are wine, spirit and beer reviews with an issue date since April 30.

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98
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Appleton Estate Aged 21 Years

  1. $140
This gorgeous copper-hued rum seems to shift flavors with every sip, encouraging contemplation. It starts with dry notes of espresso and bittersweet chocolate, then morphs into dark, mouthwatering brown sugar, toffee and clove, before easing into a spiced finish reminiscent of chai tea with a hint of white peach.  — K.N.  (8/1/2014)
97
points

Ken Wright 2012 Abbott Claim Vineyard Pinot Noir (Yamhill-Carlton District)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $65
From first sniff this exquisite wine grabs you and won’t let go. Brambly berries, redolent with rich umami notes of spice and pine needle cascade into a wine densely packed with fruit and herbs. It lingers, opens and becomes more and more expressive, with soil-generated flavors of forest floor.  — P.G.  (8/1/2014)
96
points

Ken Wright 2012 Freedom Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $65
The Freedom Hill selection from Ken Wright has never been better than this exceptionally rich, dark and dense Pinot Noir. Black cherry, smoke, earth and chocolate intertwine in a remarkably smooth, long, complex and extended finish. A sensational wine to enjoy right now.  — P.G.  (8/1/2014)
96
points

Cockspur Old Gold

  • Best Buy
  1. $21
Bold and flavorful, this amber sipping rum offers sweet allspice, birch beer, brown sugar and caramel, plus darker notes of espresso and fudge. Finishes long, with a delicately spicy fade.  — K.N.  (8/1/2014)
95
points

Donkey & Goat 2011 Perli Vineyards Syrah (Mendocino Ridge)

  1. $40
This boasts a brilliant, linear progression from pepper to lush cherry and berry fruit. It’s spicy and floral in nuanced, beautiful ways, with perfectly balanced acidity. Creamy and silky, this wine lingers, building complexity as it coats the palate.  — V.B.  (8/1/2014)
95
points

Ken Wright 2012 Tanager Vineyard Pinot Noir (Yamhill-Carlton District)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $65
The Tanager ranks among the top three wines from Ken Wright in a superb lineup. A rich mix of Asian spices coat a sensuous wine with a rich core of ripe black cherry fruit. Seams of cola and sassafras run through the palate, and on into a lengthy and utterly delicious finish. Cellar this if you can keep your hands off it!  — P.G.  (8/1/2014)
95
points

Domaine Drouhin Oregon 2010 Laurène Pinot Noir (Dundee Hills)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $65
This reserve-level Pinot from DDO is exceptional in every way. Silky, elegant and deeply-fruited, it marries a plush midpalate of red berries and cherries to compelling grace notes of pine needle, cola and mocha. Delicious and ageworthy; if past vintages are any indication, this can go until 2029.  — P.G.  (8/1/2014)
95
points

Smith & Cross Traditional Jamaica Rum

  1. $29
A top pick for tiki and tropical drinks, this practically begs for lime juice. Scented with warm honey notes, the palate shows lots of brown sugar and spice, plus an enticingly untamed, funky finish (the fabled “hogo”). Since it’s “Navy Strength,” you might not want to sip it straight up—the producer wisely recommends exploring the profile first in a…  — K.N.  (8/1/2014)
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