Recent Magazine Reviews

Recent Magazine Reviews are wine, spirit and beer reviews with an issue date since August 5.

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Williams Selyem 2012 Bucher Vineyard Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $59

This is beautifully lilting in preciously defined aromas of rose petal and wild strawberry. From there, it’s all subtlety and ethereal elegance. The wine is restrained, nurtured in a basket of nutmeg and graham cracker, as well as freshly packed mushroomy earth. This wine is a stunner right out of the glass, but is sure to continue its fine course through 2022–2025.

 — V.B.  (4/1/2015)
96
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Williams Selyem 2012 Drake Estate Vineyard Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $65

Those who think they prefer anything but Chardonnay may be convinced otherwise with this wine. It is so powerfully evocative in crisply rendered Meyer lemon and tangerine notes, with aromas of fresh white flowers teasing provocatively on the nose. Seamless and seductively bright in acidity, it glides down the palate, hinting at a richness that never becomes overdone.

 — V.B.  (4/1/2015)
96
points

Darioush 2011 Signature Series Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $95

Sanguine and brooding in dense layers of juicy black fruit, leather and tobacco, this is classic Napa Valley Cabernet with an elegance at its core, that’s also seamless, complex and age-worthy. From relatively cooler sites in Oak Knoll and Mount Veeder, and a cooler year too, this vintage sings for this producer, showing balance and power in equal measure.

 — V.B.  (4/1/2015)
96
points

Unibroue La Fin du Monde

  1. $10

Ignore the alarming name—la fin du monde means “the end of the world”—and consider this Canadian tripel a real eye-opener as to the beauty of the classic Belgian style. It pours a stunning, hazy gold color, with a creamy white head that hangs around for a while, leaving sticky lacing behind with each sip. The bouquet is forward, but elegant, with clean…

 — L.B.  (4/1/2015)
95
points

Laetitia 2012 La Colline Single Vineyard Pinot Noir (Arroyo Grande Valley)

  1. $60

This hillside-grown wine is only vineyard-designated in special vintages. The nose is like a delicate pine sap, with elements of spearmint, sweet camphor and anise set against light raspberry juice. It’s elegant but energetic, with soy sauce, clove and menthol highlighting the hibiscus and red and purple fruits.

 — M.K.  (4/1/2015)
95
points

Shea 2012 Shea Vineyard Homer Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)

  1. $86

Homer is the estate reserve, wood-tank fermented and blended from the winemaker’s best barrels. Aromatic and toasty, it takes many hours to open fully, revealing a dense core of ripe cherry fruit wrapped in a mélange of tasty, toasty barrel flavors. Along with the gorgeous fruit comes a cavalcade of chocolate, caramel and buttered nuts. Drink now through 2020.

 — P.G.  (4/1/2015)
95
points

Williams Selyem 2012 Allen Vineyard Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $55

This classic Chardonnay brims in lemon chiffon, stony minerality and luscious pear. The complex, soft, supple layers continue to surprise in the glass, teasing the palate with unexpected notes of nutmeg and Tahitian vanilla.

 — V.B.  (4/1/2015)
95
points

Williams Selyem 2012 Hirsch Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $78

This vineyard-designated wine reflects its sense of place remarkably well, offering tight dark cherry and blueberry around a strong character of wild earth, tea and herb. High in acidity and minerality, and yet powerfully understated, it’s gorgeously drinkable now but will gain further complexity through 2022.

 — V.B.  (4/1/2015)
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