Published in December 2014

Wines, Spirits and Beers published in the December 2014 issue of Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

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Salon 2002 Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs Brut Chardonnay (Champagne)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $480

The 35th and most recent vintage of Salon since the house was founded in 1905 is memorable and magnificent. Made only from Chardonnay grown in the Grand Cru village of Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, it combines intense minerality, a crisp textured core and the beginnings of maturity. The depths of this wine, with its layers of fruit and steeliness, are superb. Even after 12…

 — R.V.  (12/1/2014)
98
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The Classic Cask Rare Scotch Whisky Single Batch 40

  1. $400

Distilled in 1972 and bottled in 2012, this 40-year-old blended Scotch is special. The nut-brown hue and rich aromas of sweet spice and brown sugar hint at what’s to come. It delivers bold, complex flavor: rounded toffee, allspice, leather, tea and oak, with a mouthwatering saline note and a long but gentle finish.

 — K.N.  (12/1/2014)
97
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Laurent-Perrier NV Grand Siècle Grande Cuvée Brut Sparkling (Champagne)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $130

Laurent-Perrier’s prestige cuvée has always been nonvintage, a blending of top wines from top years. It remains an exceptional wine, not quite dry and with a tinge of softness, but so elegant and balanced. This bottling has just the right amount of maturity, hinting at toast while guarding every iota of fruitiness.

 — R.V.  (12/1/2014)
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Olivier Leflaive 2012 Chardonnay (Montrachet)

  • Cellar Selection
  • Online Exclusive
  1. $802

The true glory of white Burgundy should always be revealed by Montrachet. This wine, with its wonderful combination of ripe fruits and dense, intense structure, does just that. It has power, a serious intent for aging and a range of delicious fruits. Still young, it is not for early drinking, so wait until 2019.

 — R.V.  (12/1/2014)
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Roederer Estate 2006 L’Ermitage Sparkling (Anderson Valley)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $48

All the benefits of maturity come through in this deliciously complex flagship sparkling wine of the French-owned estate. It shows very minute, slow-rising bubbles and a beautiful bouquet of ginger, cinnamon, cherry and fresh croissants. The flavors are layered, intricate, subtle but somehow rich. A lush and seemingly soft texture is supported by fresh acidity that…

 — J.G.  (12/1/2014)
96
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Lynmar 2012 Freestone Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $60

From an increasingly intriguing sub-region of the larger Russian River Valley, Freestone is cold and barely planted, but when it works, it works. This Pinot is caressed in floral aromas and juicy red cherry, the wine fresh and alive, a back layer of black tea, savory herb and exotic spice meshing in magical ways. The majority of the grapes came from the Sexton…

 — V.B.  (12/1/2014)
96
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Dewar’s 18

  1. $80

This golden blended Scotch is remarkably complex, showing creamy vanilla, crème brûlée and almond before tapering to dry, warm notes of cedar, sandalwood and clove. Finishes long and feather-light, with just a trace of smokiness.

 — K.N.  (12/1/2014)
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The Lost Abbey Serpent’s Stout

  1. $12

Lost Abbey’s beers are never shy on flavor or intensity, and this certainly lives up to that expectation. It’s a big, bold, black beer that opens with forward scents of roasted malt, fudgy chocolate, raisin, prune and licorice. Those notes carry through to the flavorful but surprisingly approachable palate, with light carbonation and a pleasing astringency that…

 — L.B.  (12/1/2014)
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