Published in August 2014

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

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Casa Ferreirinha 2004 Barca Velha Red (Douro)

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  1. $426
This is the latest release of Portugal’s most iconic wine. It’s made only in selected years (the last vintage was 2000) from Ferreira’s Quinta da Leda in the Douro Superior. This new vintage is superb. It’s a richly tarry wine laden with dark plum fruits and tannins that are just beginning to mature. It’s a ripe and luscious, demanding attention, yet will still age…  — R.V.  (8/1/2014)
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Appleton Estate Aged 21 Years

  1. $140
This gorgeous copper-hued rum seems to shift flavors with every sip, encouraging contemplation. It starts with dry notes of espresso and bittersweet chocolate, then morphs into dark, mouthwatering brown sugar, toffee and clove, before easing into a spiced finish reminiscent of chai tea with a hint of white peach.  — K.N.  (8/1/2014)
97
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Ken Wright 2012 Abbott Claim Vineyard Pinot Noir (Yamhill-Carlton District)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $65
From first sniff this exquisite wine grabs you and won’t let go. Brambly berries, redolent with rich umami notes of spice and pine needle cascade into a wine densely packed with fruit and herbs. It lingers, opens and becomes more and more expressive, with soil-generated flavors of forest floor.  — P.G.  (8/1/2014)
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Facundo Paraíso XA Rum

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  1. $250
Nut-brown in the glass, this conveys deep toffee, espresso and fudge notes, plus a heady sprinkling of baking spice. The finish is dry and spiced, flaunting dried orange peel and a light sherried note. The hefty, decorative bottle features images of the original Bacardi distillery and the Edificio Bacardi in Cuba. Part of a special-edition rum line intended to…  — K.N.  (8/1/2014)
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Ken Wright 2012 Freedom Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)

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  1. $65
The Freedom Hill selection from Ken Wright has never been better than this exceptionally rich, dark and dense Pinot Noir. Black cherry, smoke, earth and chocolate intertwine in a remarkably smooth, long, complex and extended finish. A sensational wine to enjoy right now.  — P.G.  (8/1/2014)
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Cockspur Old Gold

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  1. $21
Bold and flavorful, this amber sipping rum offers sweet allspice, birch beer, brown sugar and caramel, plus darker notes of espresso and fudge. Finishes long, with a delicately spicy fade.  — K.N.  (8/1/2014)
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Facundo Eximo Rum

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  1. $60
A blend of rums aged 10 years, this dark-amber beauty delivers big, sweet notes of brown sugar, Nutella and toffee finishing with allspice and clove. The notably silky, luxe feel makes for easy sipping. Part of Bacardi’s special-edition rum line.  — K.N.  (8/1/2014)
95
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Donkey & Goat 2011 Perli Vineyards Syrah (Mendocino Ridge)

  1. $40
This boasts a brilliant, linear progression from pepper to lush cherry and berry fruit. It’s spicy and floral in nuanced, beautiful ways, with perfectly balanced acidity. Creamy and silky, this wine lingers, building complexity as it coats the palate.  — V.B.  (8/1/2014)
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