Published in February 2014

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

> 2 3 4 5 6 >>
Showing 1 thru -8 of 1,491
98
points

Penfolds 2008 Grange Shiraz (South Australia)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $850
This has all the size and weight you’ve come to expect from Australia’s most famous wine. Huge fruit and huge oak combine in a full-bodied, richly textured package that delivers waves of toasted coconut, vanilla and intense dark berries yet remains embryonic more than five years after the harvest. That said, the texture isn’t quite as tight or as fine as some other…  — J.C.  (2/1/2014)
97
points

Williams Selyem 2011 Precious Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $95
Williams Selyem expresses the intricacies of this vineyard with more consistency than any other winery. This remarkably intellectual, ageworthy wine is bone dry, with marked acidity and complexity. The flavors range from wild cherries, cola and balsam to raspberry tart and buttered cinnamon toast. Its complexity is like a mandala, increasing in beauty the longer…  — S.H.  (2/1/2014)
97
points

Flowers 2011 Moon Select Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast)

  • Editors' Choice
  • Online Exclusive
  1. $70
Let the conversations about minerality begin. Whatever it is, or wherever it comes from, it’s here big time, adding a lick of steel and a metallic mouthfeel to the underlying fruit. And what powerful fruit it is, ranging from orange and guava to honeydew and citron. This bone dry, crisp Chardonnay is a game changer that will make you look at California Chardonnay…  — S.H.  (2/1/2014)
97
points

Kracher 2010 Nouvelle Vague Nummer 9 Trockenbeerenauslese Chardonnay (Burgenland)

  • Cellar Selection
  • Online Exclusive
  1. $90
This is a wine with such a wonderful balance of fresh, lemon acidity and sweetness. Its honeyed texture is cut with a mineral bite that gives opulence and structure at the same time. The wine needs long aging so drink from 2017.  — R.V.  (2/1/2014)
97
points

Kracher 2010 Zwischen den Seen Nummer 10 Trockenbeerenauslese Scheurebe (Burgenland)

  • Cellar Selection
  • Online Exclusive
  1. $125
Kracher’s sweet Scheurebe is consistently a remarkable wine. It’s gorgeously opulent and tightly textured at the same time. Spice, sweetness and acidity combine harmoniously and seamlessly. Age this great wine and don’t drink before 2017.  — R.V.  (2/1/2014)
97
points

Penfolds 2010 RWT Shiraz (Barossa Valley)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $150
This shows the strength of the 2010 vintage in the Barossa Valley, marrying incredibly ripe fruit with seamless structure. Cinnamon and vanilla notes from the French oak blend easily into blueberry fruit, all grounded by hints of dark chocolate and umami. It’s full bodied, lushly textured almost to the point of creaminess and long—ridiculously long—on the finish…  — J.C.  (2/1/2014)
97
points

Penfolds 2007 Grange Shiraz (South Australia)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $600
This is dark and concentrated, as you might expect from Australia’s most heralded wine. Oaky scents of maple syrup and vanilla frame hints of mint and superintense dark fruit. On the palate, it’s a huge, tannic behemoth that needs 10 years of cellaring, but it delivers plenty of pleasure now in its ultraclean flavors of blackberries, baking spices and vanilla.  — J.C.  (2/1/2014)
96
points

Williams Selyem 2011 Allen Vineyard Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $82
You can taste the California sun in every sip of this gorgeous Pinot Noir. It brims with luscious raspberries and cherries accented by brisk acidity and a hint of sweet, smoky oak. It’s terrifically complex, with notes of mushroom, orange zest, cola, rosehip tea and persimmon. Dry and elegant, with a wonderful mouthfeel, it’s gorgeous now, but will gain earthy…  — S.H.  (2/1/2014)
> 2 3 4 5 6 >>
Showing 1 thru -8 of 1,491
Facebook Activity
Twitter Activity