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December 2014

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december 2014  /  the tasting panel  /  55 92 Tierra Roja 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville ($140) Dense and smoky with toasted oak, plum and spice; complex and concentrated, long and rich; deep and balanced. OBSESSION WINE COMPANY IMPORTS 90 Nicolas Gaudry 2013 Pouilly-Fumé, France ($23) Racy and bright with crisp acidity and bright citrus; juicy and long. VINEYARD BRANDS 90 Friedrich Wilhelm Gymnasium 2013 Riesling Feinherb, Schiefer, Mosel, Germany ($18) Racy acidity and crisp, clean fruit; off-dry and nervy, long and smooth with peach and minerals. SCHMITT SÖHNE USA 91 Bischöfliche Weingüter 2013 Riesling Kabinett Ayler Kupp, Mosel, Germany ($23) Silky, bright and elegant with racy, juicy fruit and a long, tangy finish. SCHMITT SÖHNE 92 Beresford 2012 Shiraz, McLaren Vale, Australia ($25) A dense, ripe Aussie Shiarz with loads of juicy blackberry highlighted by spice and vanilla. Excellent bang for the buck. SEEKING U.S. IMPORTER 90 Fairview 2012 Primo Pinotage, Paarl, South Africa ($31) Juicy and bright with fresh raspberry, black currant and spice; tangy, lively and balanced. VINEYARD BRANDS 93 Jed Wines 2012 Limited Release Malbec, Uco Valley, Argentina ($32) Bright, juicy, long and noisy; fresh and super, with a long, lingering finish. RUTHERFORD WINE COMPANY 91 Clos de L'Oratoire des Papes 2013 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vin Blanc, France ($55) Juicy and fresh with snappy acidity and ripe fruit; minerals, spice and smooth texture; lush, balanced and bright. CLASSIC WINES OF CALIFORNIA 92 Ruffino 2010 Riserva Ducale Oro Gran Selezione, Chianti Classico DOCG, Italy ($42) Dark, deep, spicy and rich with toasty oak and bright, fresh berry fruit; lush, dense and balanced; long and vivid. 80% Sangiovese, 20% Merlot and Canaiolo. CONSTELLATION WINE U.S. VALUE AND BY-THE-GLASS RECOMMENDATIONS 88 Oak Knoll Winery 2011 Semi-Sweet Riesling, Oregon ($10) Smooth and sweet with juicy fruit and tangy acidity; fresh and long, balanced. 88 Redtree 2013 Pinot Grigio, California ($9) Fresh, bright and juicy with crisp acidity and good balance; long, seamless and easy to like. O'NEILL VINTNERS DISTILLERS 90 Pere Ventura NV Tresor Cava Reserva, Spain ($17) Creamy with fresh, juicy style; dry, racy and polished; round, balanced and showing complexity and length. 40% Xarel-lo, 40% Macabeo, 20% Parellada. PALM BAY INTERNATIONAL

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