The Tasting Panel magazine

September 2010

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Publisher’s Wine Peachy Canyon 2007 Cirque du Vin, Paso Robles ($17) This is a performance blend: an entertaining festival of mostly Cab Sauv, Zin and Cab Franc with back-up acts of Merlot, Petite Sirah and Petit Verdot that forms a gobby, viscous, bright and juicy palate-touring variety show. 91 In each issue THE TASTING PANEL’s Publisher and Executive Editor, 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. Worthy of a smooch. French-style double bizou. Wildly infatuated. Seriously smitten. Head over heels in love. Coquerel Wines 2009 Sauvignon Blanc, Le Petit Coquerel, Napa Valley ($22.50) The aromas keep opening up and you can sniff this light straw-colored Sauv to its fruity pungency, floral prettiness and citrus tartness but you’ll want to taste its pineapple, stony and spearmint lifesaver wow-ness. 93 Stein Family Wines 2009 Los Carneros Semi-Dry Gewürztraminer ($22) In its first release, this refreshingly “shiny” white offers a clean, light lime and Asian pear-through-stone profile. Alsace-like aromatics entice for that next sip. 92 Kluge Estate 2005 New World Red, Monticello, Virginia ($32) From its opaque black-out hue to its raspberry-tinted earthiness and a twist of smoke and minerality, this spicy sage-y, bright blueberry wow-er puts Virginia on our map! 90 54 / the tasting panel / september 2010 Campesino 2008 Syrah “Sangiacomo Old Lakeville Vineyard,” Sonoma Coast ($35) A single vineyard Syrah from the Sonoma Coast made in small production (100 cases) that showcases a progression of flavors. Strikingly in-your-face ripe raspberry jam amidst a sink-your-teeth-into-it complexity of espresso and smoke. 93 Lucienne 2007 Pinot Noir, Doctor’s Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands ($38) Deep and red-fruited (with Syrah-like depth), chiseled, angular and structured; dense, tongue-tying spice and herbs; meaty sweety. Great with grilled lamb. 90 HAHN FAMILY WINES Valdubón 2004 Ribera del Duero Reserva, Spain ($24) Earthy and concentrated flavors of coffee and black fruit. A hint of mustard seed, rich caramel and biscuit intertwine in the creamy middle. Acid on the finish enlivens the party through a blackberry edge. 90 FREIXENET USA Laurent Miquel 2009 Père et Fils Cinsault-Syrah Rosé Vin de Pays d’Oc, France ($11) A Languedoc gem, refreshingly food friendly. A gift of candied raspberry-blueberry. Perfect with shellfish. 89 FREDERICK WILDMAN & SONS PICKS PHOTO: MARIA SCHRIBER

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