The Tasting Panel magazine

JULY 2012

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91 90 Valley ($12) Light pink; fresh and bright, generous and tangy with snappy acidity and lovely fruit; racy, juicy and delicious. Waterbrook Winery 2011 Sangiovese Rosé, Columbia PRECEPT WINE 88 88 88 Noir, California ($10) Bright ruby color; pleasant nose; nice cherry fruit with fi rm acidity and silky texture; Montpellier 2011 Pinot smooth, simple, sweet and balanced; an impressive value. CANNON WINES LTD. Spain ($11) Smooth, silky and lush with bright raspberry and plum fruit; juicy, tangy and fresh. DREYFUS, ASHBY &CO. Sauvignon, Paso Robles ($15) Smooth, rich and dense with caramel, vanilla and ripe plum; fresh and a little sweet with long, clean fl avors. Bridlewood Estate 2010 Cabernet E&J GALLO SPIRITS 92 98 Real Russian Vodka, USA ($20) Made in the U.S. from an heirloom Russian family recipe that has been traced back to 1905. Mellow and smooth with sweet vanilla and lush texture; long and rich with a ripe, lengthy fi nish. PREMIERE DISTILLERY LLC ($40) Medium amber color; fragrant, sweet grain, tea and lush toasted oak and spice; creamy, subtle herbs, white oak and layer upon layer of fl avor; rye, toasted wood and deep fl avors; elegant, supple and exquisite; incredibly smooth; probably the best rye I've ever tasted; a masterpiece. Knob Creek Rye Small Batch, USA BEAM INC. Torres 2010 Tempranillo, Sangre de Toro, Catalunya, The Tasting Panel Magazine's SEAL OF EXCELLENCE 93 VikingFjord Vodka, Norway ($14) Smooth and showing vanilla and spice; silky and hot with a lovely vanilla aftertaste; lush, and generous with rich fl avors. KOBRAND CORP. LaSalle First Honorary Batch, Canada ($130) Blended from the last remaining whiskies from the LaSalle Distillery in Quebec. Lovely caramel and vanilla nose; incredibly smooth and rich with gorgeous, creamy texture and beautiful sweet, luscious fl avors; very opulent, harmonious and mellow; long, supple and balanced; impressive. DIAGEO NORTH AMERICA Crown Royal XR Canadian Whisky, 93 91 Barbados ($24) Medium amber color; lovely caramel and orange peel nose; lush, creamy and sweet with lovely brown sugar, spice and honey; rich, mellow and luscious. COGNAC FERRAND USA Plantation Rum Aged 5 Years Grande Reserve Rum, Landy VS Cognac, France ($23) Soft, smooth and fragrant with notes of toasted fruits in the nose; fresh and mellow with light fl avors of oak, caramel and vanilla; lush, smooth texture and a nice nip of heat on the fi nish; clean, feminine and perfect for mixed drinks. COGNAC FERRAND USA july 2012 / the tasting panel / 63

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