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September 2016

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72  /  the tasting panel  /  september 2016 WINES Bodega Tamarí 2014 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza, Argentina ($15) Steak on the grill serves up the special aromas from this fruit-kissed red. On the palate, blueberry pie filling is a running mate to its fleshy, juicy texture. Unencumbered blackberry earthi- ness and grainy, dry tannins—but its youthful obedience ensues for a delicious, fresh fruit finish. 90 TERLATO WINES Chêne Bleu 2015 Rosé, Vaucluse IGP, France ($30) Glorious rose petals and white tea are sumptuous nosing notes from this salmon- hued blend of 65% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 5% Cinsault. Strawberry vanilla mid-palate is exciting and white cherries dazzle—what a combination! Earthy dusty tannins turn to watermelon sweetness, with the gravitas of red beets and spiced pecans on the finish. 94 WILSON DANIELS McPhail 2013 Pinot Noir, Sundawg Ridge Vineyard, Green Valley of Russian River ($49) Tobacco-spied rose makes this an intriguing red. Cinnamon tea and a rasp- berry peanut brittle make it even more exotic and delish. Aged 17 months sur lie in 100% French oak. 93 Pamplin Family Winery 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, Columbia Valley ($50) A nose of brandied cherries that dishes up vanilla-raspberry coffee too. Red fruit controls front-wheel drive, and it paces itself with chewy, tart floral notes by second gear. Keeps cruising along with spiced rose; the tannins are softly dusted with the petals to the mettle. Maxes out at 21 months in French oak. 93 Legaris 2009 Calmo, DO Ribera del Duero, Spain ($100) From 100% Tempranillo (called Tinto Fino in this region), this brooding opaque black-red-hued beauty is gifted with a nose that evokes chocolate painted on rock. Blackberry and a touch of animale allow it to be big and juicy with its perfumed fruit and still maintain gravitas. 95 Groth 2014 Chardonnay, Hillview Vineyard, Napa Valley ($30) With its nose of delicately spiced white rose and honeydew, this is a charmer. Lanolin and cantaloupe bring in more light, with a tropical touch of kiwi notes that expand on the background of the whisper of charred vanilla bean. 91 PICKS In each issue The Tasting Panel's Publisher and Editorial Director Meridith May, selects her favorite wines and spirits of the month. Check here for the latest arrivals in our offices, the hottest new brands on the market and an occasional revisited classic. Publisher's Worthy of a smooch. French-style double bizou. Wildly infatuated. Seriously smitten. Head over heels in love. PHOTO: DAVID GADD Chêne IGP,

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