Published in July 2015

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

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Williams Selyem 2013 Westside Road Neighbors Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)

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  1. $69

Seductively smooth, it is instantly delicious, sharing a concentration of cherry, strawberry and citrus that perfectly captures the essence of the fruit, accented by a tease of black tea. Enjoy through 2023.

 — V.B.  (7/1/2015)
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A Midwinter Night’s Dram

  1. $80

This limited-edition blend of straight rye whiskeys finished in French oak and former port barrels offers huge, rounded notes of rich toffee, dark fruit, orange peel and mulling spices. It’s almost like a wintry whiskey punch in a bottle. The language on the label winks at Shakespeare, making this a special gift for a theater lover as well as a whiskey lover.

 — K.N.  (7/1/2015)
97
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Hillrock Single Malt Whiskey

  1. $100

This bold and flavorful sipping whiskey is made from New York State-grown malt smoked for eight hours over Scottish peat (an 18-hour version is in the works too). Bold smoky-sweet campfire notes lead into toffee, chocolate and espresso before drying to a gentle exhale of smoke.

 — K.N.  (7/1/2015)
97
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Ramey 2012 Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)

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  1. $65

This wine is deliciously elegant yet decadently rich in all the right ways, from a prime, longtime vineyard source planted to vines over 40 years old. Honeyed apple comes to the fore amid lush, formidable layers of complexity and high-minded pursuit, never getting bogged down, the minerality perfectly pitched and the oak fully integrated.

 — V.B.  (7/1/2015)
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Elijah Craig 23-Year-Old Single Barrel

  1. $200

This limited-edition bottling of rare extra-aged Bourbons becomes more concentrated and rich when allowed to open up in the glass: look for coconut, vanilla, oak and a dry finish accented with cocoa and leather. Just a splash of branchwater, and this is a sipper to savor.

 — K.N.  (7/1/2015)
96
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Williams Selyem 2013 Olivet Lane Vineyard Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)

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  1. $75

Silky, with pronounced tannins that should mellow in time, this is an earthy, stemmy and perfumed wine. Succulent and balanced, it’s brightly exuberant in black cherry yet brooding and complex throughout, changing slightly from savory to floral and back again. It’s an incredible wine out of the gate; cellar with confidence, through 2021.

 — V.B.  (7/1/2015)
96
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Emmerich Knoll 2013 Ried Loibenberg Smaragd Riesling (Wachau)

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  1. $54

This is so young, the yeast of the ferment still swings on the nose. Underneath that, tightly curled freshness suggests both candied lemon slices and lemon sorbet—but this needs time to unfurl its glory. Despite its slenderness, this wine has muscle and tone, structure and poise. The long finish is lip-smacking and moreish. Drink 2018–2025.

 — A.K.  (7/1/2015)
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F X Pichler 2013 Dürnsteiner Liebenberg Smaragd Grüner Veltliner (Wachau)

A delightful citrus scent intrigues, suggesting yuzu or mandarin. The palate is richer and introduces notions of earth and that pithy, phenolic edge of serious Grüner Veltliner. The initial citrus on the nose returns with redoubled force on the streamlined, fresh and still tightly closed palate. Give this time to unwind, so that the fruit can fully express itself…

 — A.K.  (7/1/2015)
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