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September 2018

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64  /  the tasting panel  /  september 2018 WINES Doña Paula Los Cardos Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina ($14) Plums and dark chocolate waft from the glass with aromas of grilled steak. The palate is as focused and seductive as a couple dancing the tango: Iron and espresso wind around cocoa and nutmeg as licorice coats the tongue. Vibrant with good acidity and a long finish. 92 TRINCHERO FAMILY ESTATES Baldacci Family Vineyards 2015 Allwin Syrah, Honey B Vineyard, Carneros, Napa Valley ($45) This sumptuous, inky-black, cool-climate Syrah features a nose of grilled meat and summer plum. On the palate, rich notes of dark plum and blueberry are streamlined with heather and violets. A smattering of black pepper spices things up. 94 Maryhill 2014 Malbec, Columbia Valley, Washington ($24) This wine is rich, ripe, and meaty with notes of cedar and cherry liqueur. Rhubarb, coffee bean, and leather keep it savory and texturally concentrated. Aged 20 months in French oak. 92 Cline Cellars 2016 Ancient Vines Zinfandel, Contra Costa County ($15) A luxurious sipper! Coffee and strawberry please the nose as they lead to an intriguing mouthfeel. Blackberry jam washes over the soft, round palate dotted with white pepper. Plum notes go creamy on the finish with a dusting of heather. The winery's oldest, most historic, and "shyest- bearing" Zinfandel blocks contribute to 94% of this blend. 93 Loveblock 2016 Pinot Gris, Marlborough, New Zealand ($23) The orange-blossom aromatics steadily flow from this crisp, bright white. With searing acidity and a dry style, the freshness factor is firmly in place. On the salty mid-palate, zesty lime rind interplays with Asian pear. This wine is a perfect match for seafood. 92 TERLATO WINES Clos Galena 2014 Crossos, Priorat, Spain ($22) Aged six months in oak and planted in stone-filled soil, this blend of Garnacha, Carignan, and Cabernet Sauvignon is earthy and savory. Scents of cherries and tilled soil lead to a palate of black fruit, balsamic-laden orange peel, and coffee bean. The silky mouthfeel completes the journey. 91 SNARKY & SPIRITED, LLC 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. PICKS PHOTO: ALEXANDER RUBIN

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