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january/february 2017  /  the tasting panel  /  73 93 Roessler Wine Cellars 2014 Pinot Noir, Lennox Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($54) A classic Russian River Pinot. Tangy acidity and crisp cherry fruit; racy, lifted and lively with silky texture and a hint of cola; long and graceful on the finish. R2 WINE COMPANY 95 Sea Smoke Cellars 2014 Southing Pinot Noir, Sea Smoke Estate Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills ($60) Bright black-cherry nose; silky and ripe with juicy cherry fruit and toasty oak; great depth, elegance and finesse; another exceptional wine from this great vineyard. 94 Spottswoode 2013 Lyndenhurst Cabernet Sauvignon, Spottswoode Estate, Napa Valley ($80) Silky and loaded with bright, elegant plum and cassis fruit; fresh, youthful and quite lovely; subtle notes of vanilla oak and classic structure. 93 The Farm Winery 2013 Cardinal Cabernet Sauvignon, Old Bailey Vineyard, Adelaida District, Paso Robles ($90) Paso strikes again; generous ripe plum and cassis fruit; supple, elegant and showing subtle toasted oak; stylish and very long. 94 Groth 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville ($130) Deeply colored and displaying a rich, haunting nose; lush and dense with ripe plum, grafite and cassis; toasty oak and classic style; long and balanced. IMPORTS 91 Michele Chiarlo 2014 Nivole, Moscato d'Asti DOCG, Italy ($15/375 ml.) Frothy with inviting, spicy flavors that are off-dry and mellow; think of the ripest, juiciest apple you've ever bitten into. KOBRAND 90 Marco Felluga 2015 Mongris Pinot Grigio, Collio, Italy ($18) Silky and fresh with crisp, tangy and elegant style; bright, juicy and long. Exemplary Pinot Grigio. DALLA TERRA 91 Pieropan 2015 Soave Classico DOC, Italy ($20) Silky and rich in a mellow, ripe style; fresh, deep and layered with complexity and elegance. 85% Garganega, 15% Trebbiano di Soave. GALLO 88 Thomas Goss 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, McLaren Vale, Australia ($17) Smooth and spicy with rich herbs, deep plum and berry fruit; clean, balanced and long. WINE TREES 91 Georges Duboeuf 2015 Château de Nevers, Brouilly, France ($20) A deeply colored cru Beaujolais with tangy black raspberry and cassis; owned by the De Chabannes family since 1832; the oldest vines, planted next to the château, approach 140 years old; lush and juicy with bright style and a long finish. QUINTESSENTIAL 91 Ornellaia 2014 Le Serre Nuove dell'Ornellaia, Bolgheri, Italy ($78) Deep, clean flavors of plum, blackberry, leather and spice; a junior Ornellaia at one-third the price of daddy; solid and balanced with some aging potential. 50% Merlot, 34 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, 7% Petit Verdot. FOLIO FINE WINE PARTNERS 92 Concha y Toro 2012 Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon, Don Melchor Vineyard, Alto Maipo Valley, Chile ($125) Deep, dark color ; lush, herbal nose; rich, silky texture; ripe plum and blackberry fruit with notes of toasty oak; dense and supple. EXCELSIOR WINES VALUE AND BY-THE-GLASS RECOMMENDATIONS 90 Vinarija Zvonko Bogdan 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Palic´, Serbia ($7) Silky, clean and racy; a surprising Serbian wine that is impressive and long. A considerable value. TERRANEO MERCHANTS

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