Published in December 2013

Wines, Spirits and Beers published in the December 2013 issue of Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

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Blandy's 1969 Bual (Madeira)

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  1. $230
A superb wine that brings together all the great elements of aged Madeira. There is a wonderful tight acidity over the natural sweetness of the wine, with notes of raisin, dark plum, smoke and surprising freshness, considering its age. This gorgeous limited edition wine will not age longer in the bottle, but can certainly be kept for several weeks once opened.  — R.V.  (12/1/2013)
97
points

The Dalmore Selected by Daniel Boulud

  1. $200
This collaboration between Chef Daniel Boulud and Master Distiller Richard Paterson is predictably delicious. The bespoke spirit is made from Dalmore whiskies finished in casks that previously held Moscatel, Madeira and Port wine. It’s scented with orange peel and caramel, has luxuriously rich toffee and dark-chocolate flavors and finishes with berry notes. This…  — K.N.  (12/1/2013)
96
points

W.H. Smith 2010 Hellenthal Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $48
From a vineyard in the Fort Ross-Seaview appellation, this is clearly one of the best wines of the vintage. The mouthfeel is light and silky, with refined tannins that give it a slight astringency. The flavors are vast and complex with raspberries, cherries and cola, but also forest notes of mushrooms, balsam and herbs. The acidity is fresh and appealing. It’s…  — S.H.  (12/1/2013)
96
points

Louis Roederer 2007 Vintage Brut Sparkling (Champagne)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $79
While 2007 was not the greatest vintage, Roederer managed to produce one of the best wines of the year. It is a great blend of mature yellow fruits, with a pure line of tangy orange zest. Tightly txtured, with bright acidity and steely minerality, it promises long aging. Drink until 2025, and possibly longer.  — R.V.  (12/1/2013)
96
points

Paul Hobbs 2011 Katherine Lindsay Estate Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)

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  1. $85
This bottling by Hobbs typically is a compelling Pinot Noir, but with the 2011 vintage, they’ve exceeded even the outstanding 2010. The wine is extraordinarily delicate in the mouth, with a cloud-like airiness that’s like pure silk. Yet there are powerful raspberry, cherry, herb, cassis, mushroom and sandalwood flavors that are a delight to experience. The wine has…  — S.H.  (12/1/2013)
96
points

Louis Roederer 2005 Cristal Brut Rosé Sparkling (Champagne)

  1. $595
A beautifully balanced wine that exudes elegance as well as richness. It is drier than previous vintages of Cristal Rosé, yielding a bright, crisp and layered wine. Red fruits are married with orange zest and tight acidity. It can be drunk now, but it is a young wine and will certainly age well through 2022.  — R.V.  (12/1/2013)
96
points

Billecart-Salmon 2002 Cuvée Nicolas François Billecart Brut Sparkling (Champagne)

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With its ripe fruits, rich texture and layers of toast, this is a great wine. It shows the quality of the great 2002 vintage brilliantly. It’s complex and concentrated with an array of mature fruit flavors that combine to a structured whole. It will improve with age, so drink this great Champagne through 2025 and perhaps longer.  — R.V.  (12/1/2013)
96
points

Glenfiddich 18

  1. $90
Luxe and easy-sipping. Look for enticing notes of butterscotch, baked pear, cinnamon and clove on the nose and palate, swathed in just the right amount of smokiness.  — K.N.  (12/1/2013)
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