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november 2015  /  the tasting panel  /  77 92 MacPhail 2013 Pinot Noir, Wightman House Vineyard, Anderson Valley ($55) Bright and fresh with silky texture and tangy raspberry and savory spice; juicy, balanced and long. HESS FAMILY ESTATES IMPORTS 92 Friedrich Wilhelm Gymnasium 2014 Riesling Kabinett Graacher Himmelreich, Mosel, Germany ($23) Tangy acidity and lovely, racy fruit; smooth, round and polished; elegant and long with a touch of sweetness. SCHMITT SÖHNE USA 90 Jean Claude Dagueneau 2013 Domaines des Berthiers Pouilly Fumé, France ($25) Crisp, dry and minerally with classic, smoky fumé overtones from aging on fine lees; a charming expression of Sauvignon. VINEYARD BRANDS 90 Terlato Family Vineyards 2014 Pinot Grigio, Friuli Colli Orientali, Italy ($25) Made in conjunction with noted Italian viticulturalists Simonit & Sirch. Aromatic, racy and bright with tangy fruit and crisp acidity. There is also a companion Friulano varietal. TERLATO WINES 90 Joseph Drouhin 2013 Chablis Réserve de Vaudon, France ($33) A classic Chablis with tangy citrus and bright acidity; minerals and lively style, long and balanced. DREYFUS, ASHBY 93 Schloss Vollrads 2014 Riesling Spätlese, Rheingau, Germany ($31) A light spritz emphasizes juicy,tangy acidity, elegant fruit and complex flavors of sweetness with floral notes. SCHMITT SÖHNE 93 Capensis 2013 Chardonnay, Western Cape, South Africa ($80) The single wine from this Chardonnay-exclusive producer shiows elegant structure and lively style with toasty oak and intriguing hints of spice; complex and graceful. JACKSON FAMILY WINES 94 Salentein 2013 Pr1mum Malbec, Valle de Uco, Mendoza, Argentina ($50) A stunning, luscious barrel-fermented wine with elegance, depth and power ; lovely plum, blackberry and violets enhanced by toasty French oak; rich, polished and complete. PALM BAY INTERNATIONAL 91 Agricola Punica 2012 Barrua, 10th Anniversario, Isola dei Nuraghi, Sardinia, Italy ($54) Sardinia is coming onto the radar with beauties like this. Ripe berry fruit and notes of earth and spice; deep, rich and complex with intensity and depth. 85% Carignano, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot. KOBRAND CORP. 92 Castello di Volpaia 2011 Balifico, Toscana, Italy ($70) A dense, velvety Super Tuscan with earth, spice and ripe plum and cassis; rich, complex and multi-dimensional. Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon. WILSON DANIELS 95 Elvio Cogno 2009 Vigna Elena Barolo Riserva, Italy ($117) A supple and classic Barolo from a tradition-minded family producer ; fresh, layered and precise with loads of finesse and style. WILSON DANIELS VALUE AND BY-THE-GLASS RECOMMENDATIONS 87 Riondo Pink Spago Argento, Veneto, Italy ($13) A smooth, off-dry, non-vintage Charmat method sparkling wine with pale rosé color and clean, creamy raspberry flavors. A nice aperitif. RIONDO USA Flavor that's stood the test of time. Despite some pronunciation issues... MISPRONOUNCED FOR 200 YEARS.

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