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Bodegas Ramirez de la Piscina Rioja Crianza 2010 (Rioja, Spain)
Bodegas Ramirez de la Piscina Rioja Crianza 2010 (Rioja, Spain)
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Stephen Tanzer:
"(all tempranillo; aged in French and American oak for 15 months): Full ruby. A wild, highly perfumed bouquet evokes smoked meat, dried cherry, pipe tobacco and potpourri, with a peppery nuance adding vivacity. Provides good palate coverage, offering bitter cherry and succulent herb flavors, along with a hint of licorice. Closes with repeating smokiness and lingering game and cherry pit qualities. Not for fans of New Wave, squeaky-clean Rioja, that's for sure." - Josh Raynolds (September 2014)

Jorge Ordonez and Company Botani Moscatel Seco Sierras de Málaga D.O. 2013 (Malaga, Andalucia, Spain) - [RP 90] [ST 90]
Jorge Ordonez and Company Botani Moscatel Seco Sierras de Málaga D.O. 2013 (Malaga, Andalucia, Spain) - [RP 90] [ST 90]
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90 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"One of my favorite dry white wines in the world is Jorge Ordoñez & Co.'s 2013 Botani, a dry Muscat from an area known for making dessert wines from Moscatel de Alexandria. Vinified totally dry, it is a riveting, perfumed, flowery white exhibiting notes of melons, honeysuckle and tropical fruits in a light-bodied, zesty, naked style. There are 5,000 cases of this cuvée, which for ten years has been a reference point for what can be accomplished with this grape in terms of making dry wines versus the sweeter wines for which this area is famous. Drink it over the next 12-16 months to take advantage of its exuberant youthfulness." - Robert M. Parker, Jr. (Nov 2014)

Bodegas Teso la Monja "Romanico" Toro D.O. 2012 (Castilla Leon, Spain) - [RP 92] [ST 91]
Bodegas Teso la Monja "Romanico" Toro D.O. 2012 (Castilla Leon, Spain) - [RP 92] [ST 91]
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92 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2012 Romanico (1,500 cases produced) is made from 100% Tinta de Toro (the local name for Tempranillo), and is aged for six months in a combination of new and used French oak. Malolactic is done in oak, and the result is full-bodied, opaque purple-colored wine with superb richness as well as lots of blackberry, charcoal and cassis intermixed with licorice, new saddle leather, pepper and bouquet garni. This nearly viscous red should drink beautifully for 7-10 years." - Robert M. Parker, Jr. (Nov 2014)

Domaine Claude Dugat Gevrey-Chambertin 2012 (Cote de Nuits, Burgundy, France) - [AG 90-92] [RP 89-91] [AM 90]
Domaine Claude Dugat Gevrey-Chambertin 2012 (Cote de Nuits, Burgundy, France) - [AG 90-92] [RP 89-91] [AM 90]
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90-92 Points - Antonio Galloni:
"Violets, cloves, mint and licorice take shape in Dugat's 2012 Gevrey-Chambertin. Here the flavors are beautifully open and resonant. Layers of blue and purple-toned fruit wrap around the finish. This is another racy, perfumed, utterly impeccable Burgundy endowed with fabulous depth and pedigree." - Antonio Galloni (January 2014)

Melka Métisse "Jumping Goat Vineyards" Red 2011 (Sonoma County, California) -  [AG 91-93] [RP 90] [ST 90]
Melka Métisse "Jumping Goat Vineyards" Red 2011 (Napa Valley, California) - [AG 91-93] [RP 90] [ST 90]
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91-93 Points - Antonio Galloni:
"The 2011 Metisse Jumping Goat Vineyard is one of the biggest, most concentrated 2011s I have tasted so far. Hints of scorched earth, tobacco and spices add complexity to a huge core of dark fruit. In 2011 the blend is 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot, which is to say the Cabernet is down and the Merlot is up relative to the 2010. The additional Merlot in the blend seems to add gorgeous mid-palate pliancy." - Antonio Galloni (July 2013)

Ramey Syrah "Rodger's Creek Vineyard" 2012 (Sonoma Coast, California) - [RP 96-98] [AG 94+] [ST 92]
Ramey Syrah "Rodger's Creek Vineyard" 2012 (Sonoma Coast, California) - [RP 96-98] [AG 94+] [ST 92]
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96-98 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Acvocate:
"No 2011 was produced, but the 2012 Syrah Rodger’s Creek Vineyard includes 12% Viognier co-fermented with 88% Syrah. It displays terrific aromas of spring flowers, crème de cassis, blackberries, coffee and incense. Unctuously textured and dense with oodles of fruit and glycerin as well as a long, heady finish, this fabulous Syrah should drink well for a decade or more." - Robert M. Parker, Jr. (Dec 2014)

Paul Hobbs "Richard Dinner Vineyard" Sonoma Mountain Chardonnay 2013 (Sonoma County, California) - [RP 91-94] [AG 92]
Paul Hobbs "Richard Dinner Vineyard" Sonoma Mountain Chardonnay 2013 (Sonoma County, California) - [RP 91-94] [AG 92]
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91-94 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2013 Chardonnay Richard Dinner Vineyard’s light gold color is more evolved than its siblings’. It exhibits copious aromas of crème brûlée, brioche, vanilla custard, apricot marmalade and honey. Drink it during its first 5-6 years of life.

Paul Hobbs is undoubtedly one of the world’s finest consultants, and as Americans we’re lucky to have this New York State-born winemaking guru right in the heart of the Russian River, turning out a bevy of wines from both Napa (reviewed in issue 215) and the following items from their estate vineyards in Sonoma as well as from purchased fruit. Hobbs has a separate entity now, which is aimed at producing good value wines under the Cross Barn by Paul Hobbs moniker. There’s some juicy, high-quality stuff in these cuvées. " - Robert M. Parker, Jr. (Dec 2014)
Winter Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 (St. Helena, Napa Valley, California) - [ST 89-91]
Winter Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 (St. Helena, Napa Valley, California) - [ST 89-91]
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89-91 Points - Stephen Tanzer:
"(made partly from estate fruit at the base of Spring Mountain, the rest from volcanic scree near Kenefick Ranch): Medium red-ruby. Black cherry, redcurrant, bitter chocolate, menthol and a light roasted quality on the rocky nose. Then lush, sweet and liqueur-like, but with an edge of acidity framing the dark fruit and bitter chocolate flavors. Finishes with slightly dry, granular tannins." - Stephen Tanzer (May 2011)

Robert Foley Vineyards The Griffin Red Wine 2012 (Napa Valley, California)
Robert Foley Vineyards The Griffin Red Wine 2012 (Napa Valley, California)
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89 Points - Stephen Tanzer:
"(a blend of 65% merlot, 16% syrah, 14% petite sirah and 5% charbono): Red-ruby. Aromas of kirsch, licorice, violet and nutty oak. Nicely concentrated if a bit medicinal; a dark fruit rather than gamey version of syrah. Finishes with substantial tongue-dusting tannins but filled out nicely with some aeration." - Stephen Tanzer (May 2014)

Robert Foley Vineyards Merlot 2011 (Napa Valley, California) - [WS 91]
Robert Foley Vineyards Merlot 2011 (Napa Valley, California) - [WS 91]
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91 Points - Wine Spectator:
"Sleek and fleshy, with vibrant black cherry and toasty oak aromas and soft but well-structured flavors of red currant, herb and mocha. An excellent Merlot in a challenging year. Drink now through 2018. 800 cases made." –TF (Nov 30, 2014)