Recent Magazine Reviews

Recent Magazine Reviews are wine, spirit and beer reviews with an issue date since January 19.

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Jarvis 2008 Estate Grown Cave Fermented Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $130
This low production, 100% Cab offers the most perfectly ripe black currant fruit, with complicating hints of pencil lead, violets, dark chocolate shavings and, of course, lots of toasty oak. The fact that it’s now more than five years old has helped to mellow it, but the tannins are still quite hard. The beautiful estate vineyard sits high in the Vaca Mountains…  — S.H.  (5/1/2014)
95
points

Ashan 2012 Kestrel Vineyard Chardonnay (Yakima Valley)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $45
This barrel-fermented Chardonnay, from the oldest plantings (1972) in Washington State, displays exceptional concentration and palate weight. Apple pie, pear tart, baking spice, butter and caramel flavors abound. It’s rich and packed with fruit, along with the seductive flavors that aging in new French oak can provide.  — P.G.  (5/1/2014)
95
points

Biondi Santi 2008 Sangiovese (Brunello di Montalcino)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $200
From the grandson of the inventor of Brunello, this iconic bottling opens with a classic bouquet of rose, violet, berry and spice. The vibrant palate delivers bright wild cherry, white pepper and energizing mineral notes along with impeccable balance and finesse. It’s very elegant, with firm but supple tannins and still-nervous acidity. Give it time to unwind and…  — K.O.  (5/1/2014)
95
points

Col d'Orcia 2006 Poggio al Vento Riserva Sangiovese (Brunello di Montalcino)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $150
This iconic Brunello seamlessly combines power and finesse. It opens with earthy aromas of underbrush, tobacco, tilled soil and blackberries. The dense palate delivers juicy black cherry and raspberry alongside black pepper, licorice and a balsam note. It’s impeccably balanced but still very young, and still showing racy acidity and assertive tannins. Give it time…  — K.O.  (5/1/2014)
95
points

Reserva Tequila Partida Blanco

  1. $40
This elegant blanco features gentle floral notes, agave sweetness and a refreshing touch of minerality, finishing crisp and peppery. Shows surprising finesse for an unaged Tequila.  — K.N.  (5/1/2014)
95
points

Josef Jamek 2012 Ried Klaus Smaragd Riesling (Wachau)

  1. $75
Lifted ripeness and candied lemon peel send their aromas heavenwards. These rounded aromas with a fetching touch of bitter fir and honey also appear on the palate where acidity is present but cushioned. Like honey parfait spiked with lemon peel, this is lovely and lingers long.  — A.K.  (5/1/2014)
95
points

Rudi Pichler 2012 Wösendorfer Hochrain Smaragd Riesling (Wachau)

  1. $80
Powdery notions of white peony petals against a stony background suggest concealed aromas that need time to come to the fore. Right now the palate is tight, with buffered acidity at the core, long, lean and promising. Lime zest lurks amid suspicions of ripe peaches in a sherbety, lemony sharpness. The wine will blossom as of 2017.  — A.K.  (5/1/2014)
95
points

Rudi Pichler 2012 Wösendorfer Kirchweg Smaragd Riesling (Wachau)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $75
The tightly closed nose only gives away a little ripe red apple. Even with the fruit locked underneath the stones, the sleek power, the impression of saltiness and lime-zest purity of this wine whisper promises. These will be kept, at least if you wait until 2017. This one will last and last.  — A.K.  (5/1/2014)
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