Published in March 2014

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

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Gramercy Cellars 2010 Lagniappe Syrah (Columbia Valley (WA))

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  1. $55

Sourced from Red Willow, Olsen and Les Collines, this is the finest effort yet from Gramercy Cellars and one of the greatest Syrahs ever produced in Washington state. Think Hermitage with brighter fruit. It’s intensely aromatic, dense and seamless, stacked with rich flavors of mixed berries, layers of smoke, earth and herb, and punctuated by citrusy acidity…

 — P.G.  (3/1/2014)
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Marita's Vineyard 2007 Select Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)

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  1. $150

This extraordinary winery continues to produce some of Napa’s most distinguished Cabernets. The vineyard is in the cool-climate appellation of Coombsville, which accounts for its superb structure of acids and tannins. Perfectly ripe black-currant flavors meld into toasty new-oak tones. At the age of more than six years, the wine is starting to mellow, but is only…

 — S.H.  (3/1/2014)
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Charles Smith 2010 Royal City Syrah (Washington)

  1. $140

This wine headlines the Charles Smith lineup, and has established a breathtakingly complex and rich style, that varies in saturation with each vintage but remains consistent in its flavors. Clove, baking spices and maple syrup flavors trump the ripe fruits that remain more in the background. Delicious now, or cellar for a few more years.

 — P.G.  (3/1/2014)
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Domaine Weinbach 2011 Schlossberg Grand Cru Riesling (Alsace Grand Cru)

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  1. $37

This is, quite simply, great Riesling. It has all the subtlety that the grape can produce, as well as a sense of longevity. There’s an intensity of fruit—apples and citrus—that cuts through the texture, leaving a beautiful, lingering aftertaste. Still young, drink from 2016.

 — R.V.  (3/1/2014)
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Merry Edwards 2011 Coopersmith Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)

  1. $60

What’s so wonderful about this Pinot is the way it reconciles all sorts of opposites. It’s dry but sweet in fruit, and delicate yet potent at the same time. It’s totally accessible now, but enormously complex. Flavors of raspberries and cherries meld with pomegranates and persimmons, as well as mushrooms, tea and licorice. It’s a joy to drink now, and should…

 — S.H.  (3/1/2014)
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Trimbach 2007 Clos Ste Hune Riesling (Alsace)

Clos Ste Hune comes from a small parcel in the Rosacker Grand Cru vineyard. It is a wonderful, ethereal paean to Riesling—crisp while intensely perfumed with aromas of fennel and licorice. It’s dry in style, with elegant citrus flavors and a straight line of steely acidity, but finishes with a hint of honey. While delicious now, it’s not quite mature and could…

 — R.V.  (3/1/2014)
96
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Bushmills Black Bush

  1. $29

This elegant, super-soft sipper is a blend of grain whiskey and malt whiskey that was finished in oloroso Sherry casks—the emphasis on the latter. The Sherry influence shows in the baked apple and dried apricot flavors that round into caramel and butterscotch tones on the finish.

 — K.N.  (3/1/2014)
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Domaine Weinbach 2011 Cuvée Laurence Gewurztraminer (Alsace)

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  1. $45

Laurence Faller is the family winemaker at Domaine Weinbach, and this wine is a tribute to her skills. It is a wonderful blend of rich fruits, warm spice and tight acidity, with a finish that lasts and lasts in the mouth. It is a very fine wine, designed for aging, and would be best enjoyed after 2016.

 — R.V.  (3/1/2014)
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