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88 Miguel Torres 2008 Cab- ernet Sauvignon Rosé, Santa Digna, Chile ($11) Deep ruby color; tangy and juicy with some herbal notes; zippy and bright. DREYFUS ASHBY 90 Furque 2007 Malbec, Bodega Aconquija, Men- doza, Argentina ($11) Lush, dense, ripe and balanced with lovely struc- ture and great plum fruit. ROBERT KACHER SELECTIONS 89 Sineann 2006 Abondan- te, Columbia Valley ($13) Plum and cherry fruit; crisp and juicy with light herbs and racy acid- ity; balanced and long finish. spirits 92 Absolut Vodka, Sweden ($21) My last tasting note on this product was five years old; after all the new vodkas, this one still holds up: smooth, silky and generous with soft vanilla and an appro- priate bite; clean, fresh and long with lovely balance. PERNOD RICARD USA 91 Van Gogh Dutch Caramel Vodka, Netherlands ($25) Medium amber color; brown sugar and caramel with toasted, lush flavors and a long, ripe finish. VAN GOGH IMPORTS 91 Los Osuna Distilled 100% Agave Azul, Mexico ($38) Smooth agave nose; spicy, toasty agave with spice and assertive character plus a nice hit of heat on the finish; distilled in Sinaloa and therefore cannot be labeled as tequila. GATEWAY GROUP LLC 92 VooDoo Tiki Añejo Tequila, Mexico ($55) Pale amber; smooth vanilla nose; soft and velvety with subtle wood and spice; very elegant and refined with a long, smooth finish. ADMIRAL IMPORTS 95 The Ma- callan 1824 Collection Estate Re- serve Single Malt Scotch ($165) Lus- cious and creamy with nuts, clove and toast plus sweet sherry and toffee; smooth, rich and beauti- fully balanced with hints of orange and nutmeg. REMY-COINTREAU USA 92 Caol Ila 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch ($50) Sweet va- nilla, spice and smoke with lovely creamy notes; feminine and long. DIAGEO NORTH AMERICA 92 Ricard Pastis de Marseille, France ($32) Medium am- ber color; silky anise, licorice and Provençal herbs; com- plex, spicy, intense and classic. PERNOD RICARD USA october 2009 / the tasting panel /  53

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