Published in February 2013

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

February 2013 Featured Collections

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Château Léoville Barton 2010 Red (Saint-Julien)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $150

This is a magnificently solid wine, initially even a bit severe. At this young stage, the tannins dominate, but it’s also full of black fruit notes. Very dense and concentrated, this is a wine that’s even better than the legendary 2005. The structure tells of its extraordinary aging potential: don’t even attempt to drink this for 10 years.

 — R.V.  (2/1/2013)
98
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Château Léoville Poyferré 2010 Red (Saint-Julien)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $92

A wine of architectural strength and classical proportions, this has straight lines that mark the packed, concentrated fruits, which are sustained by its tannins. This is certainly the best wine that Léoville-Poyferré has produced, sumptuous while so finely structured.

 — R.V.  (2/1/2013)
97
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Failla 2010 Hirsch Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)

  • Editors' Choice
  • Online Exclusive
  1. $70

This shows the trifecta of winemaker Ehren Jordan’s deft hand, the fabulous Hirsch Vineyard and the wonderful 2010 vintage. Even if you knew nothing of the wine’s pedigree, you’d be dazzled by its sheer richness of raspberry, cherry, cola and herb flavors, plus the firm, stone-driven minerality, the dryness, the feral mountain hints, the acidity and the overall…

 — S.H.  (2/1/2013)
97
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Château Pichon Longueville 2010 Red (Pauillac)

  • Cellar Selection

This is quintessential Pauillac, a great wine with its Cabernet proudly at the fore. It ranks with the 2009 and, with its tannins, is sure to age longer than that vintage. Solidly structured, powerful and dense, with fruit promised for the future, it succeeds with its weight and great concentration.

 — R.V.  (2/1/2013)
97
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Sanguis 2009 Six White Horses Syrah (California)

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  1. $75

Winemaker Matthias Pippig brings Syrah to a whole new level with this stunningly dramatic bottling. Don’t worry about the California appellation, a peculiarity of the winery’s ownership. It’s made entirely from Santa Barbara grapes, namely from Watch Hill in Los Alamos and Bien Nacido in Santa Maria Valley. The intensity of fruit defies description. It suggests…

 — S.H.  (2/1/2013)
96
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Zaca Mesa 2009 Black Bear Block Estate Grown and Bottled Syrah (Santa Ynez Valley)

  1. $60

If the first duty of a wine is to be delicious, this tiny production bottling succeeds beyond all measure. The Black Bear Block is almost always Zaca Mesa’s best Syrah among its many releases, and so it is again in 2009. Take one sip and you’re dazzled by the refined tannins, dryness and complexity of flavors: blackberry, cassis, plum sauce, mocha, bacon, smoky oak…

 — S.H.  (2/1/2013)
96
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Goldschmidt 2007 Plus Game Ranch Single Vineyard Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (Oakville)

  1. $150

A dramatic Cabernet, complex and layered, this shows deeply concentrated blackberry essence, black currant, dark chocolate and raisin flaors that are intricately woven with a sweet, smoky oak influence. The tannic structure is thick and furry, but just about perfect. Should age for many years, gradually losing primary fruit, but it’s drinkable now after decanting.

 — S.H.  (2/1/2013)
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Château Lynch-Bages 2010 Red (Pauillac)

  • Cellar Selection

This sumptuous wine is driven by perfectly ripe fruit as well as dense, dusty and dry tannins. Great swathes of blackberry sweep across the palate, followed by juicy acidity. Such a combination will make this impressive wine a delight to drink in 10 years and beyond.

 — R.V.  (2/1/2013)
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