Recent Magazine Reviews

Recent Magazine Reviews are wine, spirit and beer reviews with an issue date since December 11.

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Tenuta San Guido 2012 Sassicaia Red (Bolgheri Sassicaia)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $235

One of Italy’s most iconic bottlings, the 2012 Sassicaia is drop-dead gorgeous. A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc, it boasts sensations of blue flowers, cedar, juicy red currants, ripe raspberries, white pepper and a balsamic note. Structured, radiant and loaded with finesse, it delivers everything you’d expect from a world-class wine and…

 — K.O.  (8/1/2015)
97
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Marchesi Antinori 2012 Solaia Red (Toscana)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $325

This stunning expression of Solaia opens with ample aromas of exotic spices, tilled soil, mature black-skinned fruit and an underlying whiff of fragrant blue flowers. The vibrant, elegantly structured palate doles out high-toned black cherry, ripe blackberry, white pepper, cinnamon, clove and Mediterranean herbs alongside a backbone of firm, polished tannins and…

 — K.O.  (8/1/2015)
97
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Schramsberg 1999 J. Schram 50 Late Disgorged Sparkling (North Coast)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $175

Like a pastry shop in a glass, this rare treat of a well-aged bubbly smells of cream, butter and nutmeg, and tastes like baked apples, almonds and vanilla. Although not sweet, its generous fruit, spice and nut nuances build on the crisp but smooth texture and linger on the finish. From a cool vintage that produced long-lived wines, this is irresistible now but…

 — J.G.  (8/1/2015)
96
points

Styring 2012 Wit Reserve Estate Pinot Noir (Ribbon Ridge)

  1. $100

The aromatic opening suggests tea and tobacco, while the palate is packed with blackberry, black cherry and cassis fruit. This wine has density and complexity yet it’s smooth, superrich, toasty and chocolaty. It manages to retain a sense of finesse along with all that power.

 — P.G.  (8/1/2015)
96
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Château du Cèdre 2012 GC Malbec (Cahors)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $120

While this is the top wine of a major Cahors estate, it is impressive how restrained it is. Sure, the wood and dense brooding black fruits are there, but they have been subtly controlled by the freshness of the wine and its great balance. With its richness, still youthful fruit and its structure it will need aging. Drink from 2020.

 — R.V.  (8/1/2015)
96
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CVNE 2010 Real de Asúa Tempranillo Blend (Rioja)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $100

The best of CVNE’s impressive lineup of 2010 high-end Riojas is this pure, staunch, ripe stud that’s blasting with blackberry, woodspice, leather and cedar aromas. Lush, layered and deep as an ocean trench, this ultraripe, expressive wine pumps out blackberry, cassis and chocolate flavors prior to a lush, mile-long finish. Amazingly pure and delicious; drink…

 — M.S.  (8/1/2015)
95
points

Archery Summit 2012 Arcus Estate Pinot Noir (Dundee Hills)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $100

Complex, classy winemaking is evident from the first sniff to the final sip. Savory notes of green tea and clean earth complement a terroir-driven wine. The notes and nuances pile on? flowers and fruits, cherry and cassis, a whiff of barnyard and undergrowth. The lingering, expressive finish is already boggling, and seems sure to continue to evolve gracefully…

 — P.G.  (8/1/2015)
95
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Hoopes 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Oakville)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $75

Bold but sophisticated, this has classic, concentrated Napa aromas and flavors. A luscious, velvety mouthfeel through to a lingering finish. The aroma combines cedar and spice-rack notes with fresh berries and black currants. Flavors are influenced by suave, spicy oak accents that weave in and out of the compelling ripe fruit. It’s beautiful to drink now, but will…

 — J.G.  (8/1/2015)
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