Recent Magazine Reviews

Recent Magazine Reviews are wine, spirit and beer reviews with an issue date since August 28.

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97
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Domaine Weinbach 2008 Cuvée Ste Catherine Schlossberg Grand Cru Riesling (Alsace Grand Cru)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $51

From one of the best recent Alsace vintages, this is a superb wine, now approaching its apogee. It has a wonderful line in mature, steely and aromatic flavors that are merging into a wine that is lightly toasty, with the promise of many years’ further aging. The aftertaste, with its mineral texture, shows how fruity this wine still is.

 — R.V.  (12/31/2014)
97
points

New Glarus R&D Wild Peach Batch: Cave 2

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $8

Brew (and fruit) master Dan Carey does it again with this latest R&D release: A sour brown ale brewed with Michigan peaches that’s spontaneously fermented with wild yeasts and aged in oak, with the final product being a blend of one-, two- and three-year-old beer. It opens with assertive sour-peach aromas, supported by secondary notes of barnyard, leather, toasted…

 — L.B.  (12/31/2014)
96
points

Woodward Canyon 2011 Old Vines Cabernet Sauvignon (Washington)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $99

The Cabernet comes from 40-year-old vines at Champoux and Sagemoor, with small amounts of Petit Verdot and Syrah in the blend. Black cherry, cassis, iron and graphite combine in a sturdy, authoritative, powerful midpalate. Licorice and espresso flavors streak through the lengthy finish. This is quite tight and compact, and will require decanting if drunk young, and…

 — P.G.  (12/31/2014)
96
points

Domaine Zind-Humbrecht 2012 Clos Saint Urbain Rangen de Thann Grand Cru Riesling (Alsace Grand Cru)

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  1. $120

This is a grandiose wine from the most southerly of Alsace’s grands crus. It is rich, certainly, although in balance without any hint of excess. A complex structure powers the intense fruits and generous ripe yellow and citrus flavors. Concentrated from low yields and old vines, this wine needs to age many years. Don’t touch before 2020.

 — R.V.  (12/31/2014)
96
points

Trimbach 2009 Cuvee Frederic Emile Riesling (Alsace)

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  1. $70

A benchmark for Alsace Riesling, Cuvée Frédéric Emile is released only as it approaches maturity, and this 2009 is just getting there now. With kerosene aromas and tight, intensely zesty and mineral flavors, it shows the Trimbach approach—that Riesling needs to be bone dry. It’s impressive now, but will be even better from 2016.

 — R.V.  (12/31/2014)
96
points

Dobogó 2006 Aszú 6 Puttonyos Furmint (Tokaji)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $125

Brilliant gold in color, this wine boasts ethereal aromas of fresh apricot, caramelized pineapple, honeycomb and English Toffee—all of which transfer seamlessly onto the palate. It’s full bodied and luxurious, with balanced sweetness and gentle acidity.

 — J.J.  (12/31/2014)
96
points

Deschutes Mirror Mirror 2014 Reserve

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $20

After five years, Mirror Mirror—a barleywine with 50% aged in oak barrels that previously held Oregon Pinot Noir, Tempranillo and Malbec—is back. Labeled “best after 2/24/15,” this is definitely one for the cellar, and should hold and mature extremely well through 2017, at least. A strong, potent and flavorful selection, it’s bursting with rich malty flavors of…

 — L.B.  (12/31/2014)
95
points

Black Stallion 2010 Transcendent Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)

  1. $135

The inaugural release of this top-echelon Cabernet Sauvignon for the winery, it delivers in spicy black clove and berry encased around barrel toast and mocha. A Napa Valley Cabernet, blended with 11% Merlot, it features seamless, silky tannins. The wine’s overall imprint is soft, supple and restrained, with a long, lingering finish.

 — V.B.  (12/31/2014)
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