Published in April 2014

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98
points

Yao Ming 2010 Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)

  1. $625
We can debate the pricing on Yao Ming’s new reserve, but what’s undeniable, by any modern standard, is the wine’s excellence. A blend of fruit from Atlas Peak and Rutherford, the wine is a barrel selection from the winery’s regular 2010 output, and accounts for only about 20% of total production. The Cabernet Sauvignon is mixed with a little Merlot, Cabernet Franc…  — S.H.  (4/1/2014)
97
points

Amaro Montenegro

  1. $29
One of the lightest and gentlest amari, this amber spirit delicately mixes sarsaparilla-like herbal notes and honey sweetness with just the right bitter edge. Mix it into cocktails—mixologists love this amaro—or sip it as a delightful digestif.  — K.N.  (4/1/2014)
96
points

Williams Selyem 2011 Weir Vineyard Pinot Noir (Yorkville Highlands)

  1. $58
A pretty, perfumed Pinot Noir, with gorgeous streaks of kir and vibrant blackberry and cherry. It’s subtle and structured, with a pronounced layer of earthy forest floor on the finish. With sprinklings of spice, it dazzles from beginning to end.  — V.B.  (4/1/2014)
96
points

Quinta Vale Dona Maria 2011 Vinha do Rio Red (Douro)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $90
From old vines near the river that runs through the Vale Dona Maria vineyards, this is a superbly intense wine. It has a great structure, dark plum fruits and already a fine balance. Big and bold, its power is balanced with elegance, some freshness and a great potential. Drink from 2017.  — R.V.  (4/1/2014)
96
points

Quinta do Vale Meão 2011 Red (Douro)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $80
This is concentration in a glass. The wine, from a fine vintage, is hugely rich, very dense and tannic. All this power, though, is not at the expense of elegance. The wine has great style and a sense of place, with a strong mineral character. It almost tastes of the granite and old rocks of the vineyard. Keep this wine and don’t drink before 2019.  — R.V.  (4/1/2014)
96
points

Monteraponi 2010 Baron’ Ugo Riserva Red (Chianti Classico)

  • Cellar Selection
  • Online Exclusive
  1. $63
Here’s a gorgeous Chianti Classico that shows great intensity, breeding and class. It opens with quintessential varietal aromas of leather, blue flower, berry and spice. The palate delivers juicy black cherry, white pepper, cinnamon and mint alongside bracing but refined tannins and fresh acidity. It already has compelling depth but is still young and needs time to…  — K.O.  (4/1/2014)
96
points

Amaro Nonino

  1. $54
Tawny and bright in the glass, this mellow, bittersweet beauty offers caramel and vanilla, braced by allspice and bitter orange. Although Nonino is best known for its grappas, this amaro, flavored with herbs from the mountains of Friuli, is worth seeking out. Consider it for dessert pairings or an edgy spin on a negroni.  — K.N.  (4/1/2014)
95
points

Grgich Hills 2012 Essence Estate Grown Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $50
The “Essence” in the designation refers to the wine’s sources, which are selected blocks from the winery’s vineyards in the southern part of Napa. The wine is absolutely dry, mouthwatering in acidity, and vastly complex. There’s a touch of smoky, vanilla-scented French oak, but the fruit flavors star. They suggest stone-driven minerals, Meyer lemons, limes, white…  — S.H.  (4/1/2014)
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