Published in May 2015

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

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Il Marroneto 2010 Madonna delle Grazie Sangiovese (Brunello di Montalcino)

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  1. $110

Beautiful aromas of violet, rose, pressed powder, perfumed berry and refreshing mint mingle in the glass. The focused palate boasts power and finesse, and delivers a great depth of flavors including ripe black cherry, licorice, tobacco and mineral. It’s still young, with youthfully austere tannins and bright acidity, but this has the fruit richness and structure…

 — K.O.  (5/1/2015)
98
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Vega Sicilia 2004 Unico Tempranillo Blend (Ribera del Duero)

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Lightly baked and hinting at raisin and fine herbs, the bouquet on this benchmark Spanish red enfolds aromas of tobacco, moss and ripe tomato. In the mouth, it’s elegant and silky but also full and expansive. Flavors of baked berry fruits, baking spices, herbs and cocoa finish with a light coating of toast. This is an amazingly complete, exemplary wine that’s just…

 — M.S.  (5/1/2015)
97
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Château Haut-Brion 2012 Bordeaux-style White Blend (Pessac-Léognan)

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This wine encompasses all the star qualities of white Bordeaux. Lemon and grapefruit tones are balanced by ripe yellow fruit and spicy toastiness. Everything is in harmony in this wine that is sure to age well. Drink from 2019.

 — R.V.  (5/1/2015)
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Château Mouton Rothschild 2012 Red (Pauillac)

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This is a beautifully opulent wine, great Mouton in its richness and succulent fruits. It’s combines structure and obvious new-wood aging with hugely ripe black plum and currant flavors. While it is a pleasure to taste now, there is a great tannic structure in the background to give the sense of power and aging potential. Drink from 2024.

 — R.V.  (5/1/2015)
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Château Pétrus 2012 Red (Pomerol)

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Another great wine from Pétrus, this has enormous depths without losing any of the fruit or freshness of Merlot in 2012. It’s massive while also elegant, weighty, richly full-bodied and also structured. At this stage the wine does show some signs of wood aging, which will diminish as it ages. The fruitiness is deceptive because this wine demands aging. Drink from 2024.

 — R.V.  (5/1/2015)
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Château Climens 2011 Bordeaux-style White Blend (Barsac)

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This is a rich, complex wine, full of dry botrytis that is surrounded by ripe honey. Spice, white peach and green plum jelly give complexity and variety. The acidity at the end is beautiful. The wine is already enticing but will need many years to develop fully. Drink from 2022.

 — R.V.  (5/1/2015)
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Il Marroneto 2010 Sangiovese (Brunello di Montalcino)

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Multifaceted fragrances suggest violet, rose, red berry, baking spice, savory herb and a balsamic note. Elegant with great intensity, the radiant palate delivers juicy wild cherry, crushed berry, cinnamon and a note of star anise alongside a backbone of assertive, fine-grained tannins and bright acidity. It’s a gorgeous wine with breeding and class that needs time…

 — K.O.  (5/1/2015)
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Poggio di Sotto 2008 Riserva Sangiovese (Brunello di Montalcino)

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Full bodied and silky, this fragrant wine conveys violet, perfumed berry and baking spice. The smooth, pristine palate delivers juicy, bright cherry, crushed raspberry, white pepper and cinnamon alongside supple tannins and fresh acidity. It already boasts remarkable depth and a luminous quality that will gain in complexity with more aging. Drink 2018–2038.

 — K.O.  (5/1/2015)
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