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88 and fresh with earth, spice and clean plum and berry fruit; balanced and quite pleasant. 45% Garnacha, 35% Tempranillo, 20% Cariñena. 87 South Eastern Australia ($10) Smooth and silky with ripe, sweet plum fruit; lush and dense with lovely balance and acid structure; long and charming. VINEYARD BRANDS 89 Valley , Chile ($12) Fresh with tangy red fruits—plum, raspberry and cherry; bright, lively and juicy; snappy and attractive. GLOBAL VINEYARD 88 Bright and juicy with tangy plum and black raspberry; spice, vanilla oak and a long, lively fi nish. Sustainable. 88 SPIRITS 92 Heron Wines 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendocino ($13) Calcu 2009 Malbec, Colchagua FREIXENET USA Bulletin Place 2009 Merlot, Carmel Road 2009 Riesling, Monterey ($14) Smooth and bright with vanilla, lime and peach fl avors; clean, snappy and nervy with a long, tangy fi nish; fresh and juicy. JACKSON FAMILY VINEYARDS René Barbier NV Red, Catalunya, Spain ($6) Smooth 92 91 Brooklyn Small Batch Handcrafted Gin, USA ($40) Juniper and citrus nose; lush and warm with lovely texture, richness and creamy, spiced vanilla fl avors; mellow and elegant. BROOKLYN DISTILLING CO. Berry’s Guadeloupe Rum 12 Years Old, Guadeloupe ($130) Rich tamarind and citrus with toasted notes; dense and showing great depth and lovely smoky spice; complex and layered with beautiful, focused fl avors and a long, variegated fi nish. ANCHOR BREWING & DISTILLING USA ($45) Clear and aromatic with vanilla and spice nose; smooth crème brûlée fl avors with cocoa, 89 banana, grains and some green notes and earthiness; silky and brisk with a short fi nish. CRAFT DISTILLERS 89 Belvedere Black Raspberry Vodka, Poland ($30) Spicy, perfumed berry nose; tangy and authentic with wild-berry fruit and mellow style; long, smooth, balanced and delicious. MOËT HENNESSY USA Catoctin Creek Mosby’s Spirit Whisky, USA ($40) Spicy vanilla grain nose; silky and spiced with sweet vanilla and toasty rye; racy, tangy and smooth with a kick of heat on the fi nish. Organic. Straight Bourbon Vintage 2001, USA ($26) Fragrant vanilla nose; silky and smooth with spice, light smoke and treacle; 90 butterscotch and creamy caramel; long, lush and lovely. HEAVEN HILL Evan Williams Kentucky Low Gap Single Malt Whiskey, Hogshead Single Malt Scotch, Scotland ($120) Fragrant, almost fl oral, with vanilla and sea foam then peat smoke; creamy but, even after cutting with water, showing plenty of heat; rich, layered and complex yet very pale; notes of coconut, almonds and dried fruit; prodigious and very complex; long, precise and exquisite. 96 ANCHOR BREWERS & DISTILLERS 89 Pisa Nut Liqueur, Italy ($25) Dark amber color; spicy, cinnamon aroma; creamy texture, sweet and thick with notes of almond, pistachio and hazelnut; intense and very sweet with a long, rich fi nish. VISION WINE & SPIRITS Netherlands 91 ($38) Arabica coffee nose with vanilla and spice; thick and creamy with very authentic fresh-brewed coffee fl avor and sweet herbs and spices; long and rich with a nice kick of heat at the fi nish. LUCAS BOLS USA Galliano Ristretto, 90 Michael Collins 10 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey, Ireland ($40) Deep amber color; toasty and rich with lovely sweet oak and notes of peat smoke and dried fruit; stylish and mellow with smooth texture; balanced and long. SIDNEY FRANK IMPORTING CO. Longrow 11 Year Old Refill Sherry may 201 1 / the tasting panel / 87

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