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may 2015  /  the tasting panel  /  75 92 Château d'Esclans 2013 Côtes de Provence Rosé "Les Clans," France ($65) One of several lovely rosés produced at this estate owned by Sacha Lichine. Intense and bright and racy with peaches and strawberries. SHAW-ROSS INTERNATIONAL 90 Lapostolle 2012 Canto de Apalta, Rapel Valley, Chile ($20) Dark and spicy with ripe plum, cassis and notes of tar ; dense, ripe and vivid. 28% Carmenère, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 20% Syrah. TERLATO WINES INTERNATIONAL 90 Château Réal d'Or 2014 Côtes de Provence Rosé, France ($18) One of the highlights of a recent Provence tasting. Clean, juicy strawberry leads to a long, racy finish. Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault. 90 Saltram Wine Estate 2012 Pepperjack Barossa Red, Barossa, Australia ($24) An eight- varietal blend; dark, deep and rich with ripe fruit and concentrated flavors of spice, wood and earth; juicy and luscious with a long, intense finish. TREASURY WINE ESTATES VALUE AND BY-THE-GLASS RECOMMENDATIONS 88 Murphy-Goode Winery 2013 Pinot Grigio, California ($13) Ripe and dense but with surprising brightness and assertiveness. JACKSON FAMILY ESTATES 88 Fairview 2014 La Capra Chenin Blanc, Coastal Region ($11) Smooth and juicy with tangy acidity and bright apple fruit; silky and long. VINEYARD BRANDS 88 Beyerskloof 2014 Chenin Blanc–Pinotage, Coastal Region, South Africa ($12) Smooth and bright with juicy fruit, floral notes and minerals; long, mellow and clean. 82% Chenin Blanc, 18% Pinotage. ROADHOUSE WINE MERCHANTS INC. 88 Joseph Drouhin 2012 LaForêt Chardonnay, Bourgogne, France ($15) Smooth and silky with juicy citrus and clean flavors; fresh and bright. DREYFUS, ASHBY 89 Patient Cottat 2013 Chenin Blanc Le Grand Caillou, Vin de France ($14) Fresh, crisp and bright with tangy apple and citrus; juicy and lively with a long, racy finish. VINEYARD BRANDS 88 Lagarde 2013 Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina ($17) Velvety and rich with plum and blackberry fruit; nice balance, with firm acid structure and length. VI NI IMPORTS SPIRITS 92 Coppersea Plum Eau de Vie, USA ($60) Dry and floral with spicy plum; clean and impressive; a Hudson Valley version of slivovitz; deep and rich. WILSON DANIELS 90 Midnight Moon Raspberry Moonshine, USA ($23) Bright magenta color ; fresh raspberry nose; smooth and juicy with real raspberries in the canning jar it comes in; sweet but not cloying; tangy and long with racy style. PIEDMONT DISTILLERS 93 DeLeón Platinum Tequila, Mexico ($60) Rounded and aromatic nose; citrus, mint and spicy with creamy texture; elegant agave and long with a smooth, intense finish; mellow, lush and balanced. DIAGEO NORTH AMERICA 89 Motu Rum, Dominican Republic ($20) Amber color ; smooth and simple with toasty brown sugar and spice; lush and balanced. TREASURE ISLAND DISTILLERY 89 Diep9 Young Genever, Belgium ($30) Clear and smooth; soft and smooth with creamy texture and light spice; balanced and lush. FLEMISH LION 91 Low Gap Whiskey 2 Year Old Barreled Wheat Whiskey, USA ($75) Light amber color ; soft grain and spice nose; smooth and mellow with tangy wheat notes; clean and balanced; fresh and long. CRAFT DISTILLERS 90 Grand Macnish Six Cask Edition Blended Malt Scotch Whisky, Scotland ($37) Medium amber color ; smooth, toasty and fresh with mellow flavors of toast, dried fruit and spice; long and seamless. M. S. WALKER INC. 92 Glory Irish Poitin, Ireland ($25) Raw distillate nose; smooth and spicy with creamy texture and balanced flavors; mellow and rich, tangy and long. M. S. WALKER INC. 89 Viniq Shimmery Liqueur, USA ($20) Purple color with silver shimmers when you shake it up; smooth and juicy with sweetness and bright, tangy fruit; a combination of vodka, Moscato and fruit flavors; bright and not-too-sweet flavors. GALLO rich, tangy and long. M. S. WALKER INC. Viniq Shimmery Purple color with silver shimmers when you shake it up; smooth and juicy with sweetness and bright, tangy fruit; a combination of vodka, GALLO

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