August 2015

Published in August 2015

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

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Tenuta San Guido 2012 Sassicaia Red (Bolgheri Sassicaia)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $235

One of Italy’s most iconic bottlings, the 2012 Sassicaia is drop-dead gorgeous. A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc, it boasts sensations of blue flowers, cedar, juicy red currants, ripe raspberries, white pepper and a balsamic note. Structured, radiant and loaded with finesse, it delivers everything you’d expect from a world-class wine and…

 — K.O.  (8/1/2015)
97
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Marchesi Antinori 2012 Solaia Red (Toscana)

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  1. $325

This stunning expression of Solaia opens with ample aromas of exotic spices, tilled soil, mature black-skinned fruit and an underlying whiff of fragrant blue flowers. The vibrant, elegantly structured palate doles out high-toned black cherry, ripe blackberry, white pepper, cinnamon, clove and Mediterranean herbs alongside a backbone of firm, polished tannins and…

 — K.O.  (8/1/2015)
97
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Schramsberg 1999 J. Schram 50 Late Disgorged Sparkling (North Coast)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $175

Like a pastry shop in a glass, this rare treat of a well-aged bubbly smells of cream, butter and nutmeg, and tastes like baked apples, almonds and vanilla. Although not sweet, its generous fruit, spice and nut nuances build on the crisp but smooth texture and linger on the finish. From a cool vintage that produced long-lived wines, this is irresistible now but…

 — J.G.  (8/1/2015)
96
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Styring 2012 Wit Reserve Estate Pinot Noir (Ribbon Ridge)

  1. $100

The aromatic opening suggests tea and tobacco, while the palate is packed with blackberry, black cherry and cassis fruit. This wine has density and complexity yet it’s smooth, superrich, toasty and chocolaty. It manages to retain a sense of finesse along with all that power.

 — P.G.  (8/1/2015)
96
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Gypsy Canyon NV Ancient Vine Angelica Marcelina’s Vineyard Mission (Sta. Rita Hills)

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  1. $150

The multiple discoveries (the forgotten vines, the monks’ secret recipe) behind Deborah Hall’s project are fascinating enough, yet the golden orange wine is also utterly delicious. Old Fashioned cocktail-like aromas of maraschino cherry and orange rind mix with roasted nuts and a touch of brandy on the nose. Flavors of simmered honey, buttery whiskey and pear…

 — M.K.  (8/1/2015)
96
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Château du Cèdre 2012 GC Malbec (Cahors)

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  1. $120

While this is the top wine of a major Cahors estate, it is impressive how restrained it is. Sure, the wood and dense brooding black fruits are there, but they have been subtly controlled by the freshness of the wine and its great balance. With its richness, still youthful fruit and its structure it will need aging. Drink from 2020.

 — R.V.  (8/1/2015)
96
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CVNE 2010 Real de Asúa Tempranillo Blend (Rioja)

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  1. $100

The best of CVNE’s impressive lineup of 2010 high-end Riojas is this pure, staunch, ripe stud that’s blasting with blackberry, woodspice, leather and cedar aromas. Lush, layered and deep as an ocean trench, this ultraripe, expressive wine pumps out blackberry, cassis and chocolate flavors prior to a lush, mile-long finish. Amazingly pure and delicious; drink…

 — M.S.  (8/1/2015)
96
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Roederer Estate 2005 L’Ermitage Brut Sparkling (Anderson Valley)

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  1. $48

This impressive bubbly has apple, caramel and toffee aromas, melt-in-the-mouth Bosc pear and spice rack flavors, a rich but firm texture, and long finish. It possesses amazing liveliness, body and depth, and seems to reveal more nuances and freshness with each sip. While terrific to drink now, it can be cellared through at least 2020.

 — J.G.  (8/1/2015)
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