Published in April 2015

Wines, Spirits and Beers published in the April 2015 issue of Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

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Westmalle Tripel

  1. $6

Tripels don’t get more authentic than this classic Belgian brew. It’s immediately attractive, with a rich, golden color and a frothy off-white head that boasts excellent retention and leaves gorgeous lacing behind with each sip. The bouquet is vibrant and esthery, with forward notes of banana cream pie, apricot, baking spice and Turbinado sugar, all framed by an…

 — L.B.  (4/1/2015)
97
points

Williams Selyem 2012 Bucher Vineyard Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $59

This is beautifully lilting in preciously defined aromas of rose petal and wild strawberry. From there, it’s all subtlety and ethereal elegance. The wine is restrained, nurtured in a basket of nutmeg and graham cracker, as well as freshly packed mushroomy earth. This wine is a stunner right out of the glass, but is sure to continue its fine course through 2022–2025.

 — V.B.  (4/1/2015)
97
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Emilio Moro 2010 Malleolus de Valderramiro Tinto Fino (Ribera del Duero)

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  1. $150

Gorgeous aromas of toasty oak, wood smoke, minerals and layered black fruits feed into a concentrated, thick palate that demands a knife and fork for dissection. Flavors of toast, vanilla bean, woodspice, bacon, mint and blackberry are lush. Give this beauty another couple of years, then drink through 2022.

 — M.S.  (4/1/2015)
96
points

Williams Selyem 2012 Drake Estate Vineyard Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $65

Those who think they prefer anything but Chardonnay may be convinced otherwise with this wine. It is so powerfully evocative in crisply rendered Meyer lemon and tangerine notes, with aromas of fresh white flowers teasing provocatively on the nose. Seamless and seductively bright in acidity, it glides down the palate, hinting at a richness that never becomes overdone.

 — V.B.  (4/1/2015)
96
points

Domaine Zind-Humbrecht 2012 Clos Saint Urbain Rangen de Thann Grand Cru Gewurztraminer (Alsace Grand Cru)

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  1. $120

With its strongly mineral-textured base, this is a complex, impressive wine. It has fruit weight with lychees, mangos and spiced pears along with acidity that gives the wine just the lift it needs. Power and style go hand-in-hand in this wine. Drink from 2019.

 — R.V.  (4/1/2015)
96
points

The Eyrie Vineyards 2012 Original Vines Estate Pinot Noir (Dundee Hills)

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  1. $85

Separate from the other Original Vines bottling, this is part of the new single-vineyard series, and includes the famed South Block grapes. Lush and fragrant, full-bodied yet in the classic, elegant Eyrie tradition, this bursts with complexity. Bramble, cherries, strawberry preserves, coffee grounds and a hint of root beer come together in a deep, dense and…

 — P.G.  (4/1/2015)
96
points

Darioush 2011 Signature Series Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $95

Sanguine and brooding in dense layers of juicy black fruit, leather and tobacco, this is classic Napa Valley Cabernet with an elegance at its core, that’s also seamless, complex and age-worthy. From relatively cooler sites in Oak Knoll and Mount Veeder, and a cooler year too, this vintage sings for this producer, showing balance and power in equal measure.

 — V.B.  (4/1/2015)
96
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Domaine Drouhin Oregon 2011 Édition Limitée Pinot Noir (Dundee Hills)

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  1. $85

A block selection, this most rare offering from DDO has rippingly good aromatics, intense and complex, with dusty, dreamy spices wrapped around a seamless mix of berry, earth and herbal components. The somewhat gritty texture gives it muscle and length, and the overall complexity suggests it can age for up to a quarter century. Drink now through 2035.

 — P.G.  (4/1/2015)
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