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November 2014

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november 2014  /  the tasting panel  /  73 92 Nickel & Nickel 2012 Merlot, Suscol Ranch, Napa Valley ($55) Deep and smooth with plum, spice and toasted new oak; notes of vanilla and bramble with lovely texture and balance; a classic rendition of this oft-maligned variety. IMPORTS 91 Royal Tokaji Wine Company 2010 Mád Cuvée, Late Harvest, Tokaji, Hungary ($21) Deep golden color ; creamy and rich with juicy acidity and deep sweetness; tangy and showing some botrytis; long and balanced. 70% Furmint, 15% Hárslevelüm, 15% Muscat. WILSON DANIELS 90 Berlucchi NV Franciacorta '61 Brut, Franciacorta, Italy ($35) Fresh and juicy with crisp acidity and lovely, tangy fruit; complex, lush and balanced. 95 Robert Weil 2013 Riesling Spätlese Kiedrich Gräfenberg, Rheingau, Germany ($92) Silky and lush with tangy acidity, sweet honey and ripe peach; vanilla, seamless, elegant and exquisite. LOOSEN BROS. USA 91 Franz Haas 2011 Schweizer Moscato, Alto Adige, Italy ($96) Creamy and showing ripe blueberry, cherry and toasty Muscat spice; sweet, lush and long with smooth texture and dense flavors. EMPSON USA 94 Maison Nicolas Perrin 2011 Ermitage, France ($99) Lush and bursting with black raspberry and lovely fresh acidity; earthy, elegant and balanced with spice, pepper and great depth; a classic with great finesse and breeding. VINEYARD BRANDS 92 Marichal 2011 Tannat Grand Reserve, Canelones, Uruguay ($65) Silky, bright and juicy with tangy acidity and fresh blackberry fruit; long and beautifully structured with ripe cassis and spice. 70% Pinot Noir, 30% Tannat. GLOBAL VINEYARD IMPORTERS 92 Antiyal 2012 Maipo Valley, Chile ($75) Lush and ripe with smooth texture and rich plum; deep, intense and balanced; lovely, complex and very impressive. Organic. 49% Carmenère, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Syrah. GLOBAL VINEYARD IMPORTERS 92 Château du Moulin à Vent 2009 Moulin- à-Vent Clos de Londres, France ($100) A serious cru Beaujolais with tangy plum and cherry fruit; fresh and spicy with elegance, finesse and lovely, generous style. WILSON DANIELS 123_TastingP_4.25x6_Bike ad.indd 1 7/9/14 2:20 PM

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