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October 2014

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64  /  the tasting panel  /  october 2014 INDUSTRY CONFERENCE BEST NEW PRODUCT GOLD La Villette 2012 Grenache Syrah Mourvèdre, Vin de France With bright, ripe fruit and a grippy finish, this GSM—a ringing endorsement for the relatively new Vin de France category—proves that not all great French wines have to fall prey to the stringent AOC rules. BADET CLEMENT & CIE SILVER Bodega Garzón 2012 Tannat, Grazon, Uruguay Strong layers of ripe blackberry fruit, cherry and new oak greet the palate, finished with hints of leather, tobacco and graphite notes. A powerful, but elegant wine. BLENDS INC. TPM AWARD OF EXCELLENCE Baci Vivaci, Stemmari, Sicily Baci Vivaci translates to "lively kisses"—a wonderful name for such a refreshing and bubbly wine. Slight minerality and fresh acidity play into peach and acacia aromas. PRESTIGE WINE IMPORTS TPM AWARD OF EXCELLENCE Scratchpad Pinot Noir, Central Coast More than just a fun and interactive label, this wine shines with hibiscus, forest floor and dried sour cherries on the nose. Once sipped, ripe, red fruit dance against a backdrop of cherries. TERRAVANT WINE COMPANY ESTABLISHED BRAND OF HONOR GOLD Wente Vineyards 2013 Chardonnay, Riva Ranch, Arroyo Seco, Monterey With over 100 years of planting Chardonnay in California, Wente shows once again that they know their way around a vineyard. A ripe apple aroma blos- soms into tropical fruit and vanilla in this buttery and oaky Chard, ending with a crisp, long finish. WENTE FAMILY ESTATES SILVER Don Q Gran Añejo Rum Hints of grass and leather peek through rich vanilla, honey and caramel flavors on the palate. Smoky char adds complexity to this rum—a spirit masterfully balanced between sweet and dry. SERRALLES USA In a League of Their Own A fter a team of TASTING PANEL editors tasted over 40 brands in early August, our Editorial Director and Publisher Meridith May announced the products that came out on top in the seven distinct categories at ECRM's 2014 Global Wine, Beer & Spirits EPPS Grand Tasting. TASTING PANEL AND ECRM'S GRAND TASTING COMPETITION WINNERS

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