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Recent Magazine Reviews are wine, spirit and beer reviews with an issue date since January 7.

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Horsepower 2012 Sur Echalas Vineyard Grenache (Walla Walla Valley (WA))

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $115

Despite its lighter color, this wine explodes from the glass with a complex, near-endless list of aromas that include sea breeze, crushed flowers, peat, green olive, fire pit, smoked meat, pepper, orange peel and sea salt. Its ethereal, elegant style belies the outrageously rich, exquisitely flavorful savory notes that won’t quit, offering a completely captivating…

 — S.S.  (9/1/2015)
96
points

Cayuse 2012 Bionic Frog Syrah (Walla Walla Valley (WA))

  1. $95

Aromas of dried herbs, green olive, grilled asparagus and smoke lead to intensely concentrated savory flavors with a flat-out dazzling mouthfeel. It’s a knockout that overloads the senses.

 — S.S.  (9/1/2015)
96
points

Horsepower 2012 Sur Echalas Vineyard Syrah (Walla Walla Valley (WA))

  1. $115

Arresting and perfumed, this wine displays aromas of stargazer lilies, fire pit, tapenade and smoked meat, displaying exquisite nuance and detail. Flavors are intensely rich yet light in their styling, with a savory and floral finish that continues as long as you care to count. It displays a rare sense of delicacy and intensity that is breathtaking.

 — S.S.  (9/1/2015)
96
points

Horsepower 2012 The Tribe Vineyard Syrah (Walla Walla Valley (WA))

  1. $115

An aromatic tour de force, this perfumed wine offers hypnotic notes of flowers, green olive, asparagus, sea breeze, mineral, peat, smoke flowers and an earthy funk, showing layers of complexity. The palate’s lithe frame belies the richness of the smoke, fire pit and grilled meat flavors that linger.

 — S.S.  (9/1/2015)
95
points

Betz Family 2012 Père de Famille Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $72

This arresting wine delivers aromas of fresh-ground coffee, sweet spices, licorice, dark fruit, pencil box, bay leaf, black currant and smoke, showing so much nuance you want to just keep on sniffing. The palate brings inky, dense, seamless dark fruit flavors and beautifully integrated tannins. It’s completely irresistible now—a flat out stunner—but promises to…

 — S.S.  (9/1/2015)
95
points

Contucci 2010 Mulinvecchio Red (Vino Nobile di Montepulciano)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $50

Aromas of underbrush, pressed violet, blackberry, baked earth and new leather lead the nose of this classic wine. The structured, elegant palate offers succulent black cherry, crushed raspberry, cinnamon, clove and a hint of anise alongside tightly knit but polished tannins that need to unwind. It’s already tempting but give this time to develop even more…

 — K.O.  (9/1/2015)
95
points

Cayuse 2012 Armada Vineyard Syrah (Walla Walla Valley (WA))

  1. $90

This wine displays a broader fruit profile than The Rocks is often known for, with aromas of plum leading to crushed rock, cracked pepper, olive, herbs and smoked meat. The texture is captivating, both elegant in its styling yet rich, commanding attention with floral notes on the finish.

 — S.S.  (9/1/2015)
95
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Cayuse 2012 En Chamberlain Vineyard Syrah (Walla Walla Valley (WA))

  1. $75

Aromatically this wine is not yet entirely ready to reveal its charms, with reserved notes of mineral, smoked meat, olive brine, fire pit, peat and crushed flowers. The generous earth and savory flavors feel rich and full, leading to a lengthy finish.

 — S.S.  (9/1/2015)
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