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january-february 2016  /  the tasting panel  /  99 92 Terlato Vineyards 2013 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley ($60) Tangy acidity keeps this RRV Pinot fresh on the palate; cherry and cola flavors with hints of earth; smooth texture and a lengthy finish complete the package. TERLATO WINES 93 Benessere 2013 Estate John's Promise, St. Helena Vineyard, Napa Valley ($75) Napa meets Basilitcata in this silky and spicy blend with plum and raspberry; bright and tangy with eclectic flavors and lovely balance. 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Aglianico. IMPORTS 92 Dr. Loosen 2014 Riesling Spätlese Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Mosel, Germany ($26) From one of the Mosel's most celebrated vineyards. Crisp and off-dry; juicy lime and tropical fruit, silky and elegant. LOOSEN BROS. USA 95 Kumeu River 2013 Mate's Chardonnay, Kumeu, New Zealand ($52) The Brajkovich family immigrated from Croatia in the 1940s and became New Zealand wine pioneers. Juicy citrus, minerals and floral notes; refined, balanced and long. WILSON DANIELS 90 Franz Keller 2014 Schwarzer Adler Pinot Noir Rosé, Baden, Germany ($25) German rosé, because . . . why not? Pink and dry, crisp and juicy with tangy citrus and bright acidity; silky and smooth with racy fruit and a long finish. SCHMITT SOEHNE 90 Mt. Beautiful 2014 Pinot Noir, North Canterbury, New Zealand ($26) Scholar- entrepreneurs David and Leigh Teece have just built one of the South Island's newest wineries. Cherry fruit; spicy and savory with balance and crisp style; bright and balanced. MT. BEAUTIFUL USA 90 Château d'Esclans 2014 Rock Angel Rosé, Côtes de Provence, France ($29) A Grenache-based rosé from Sacha Lichine's lovely estate in Provence; fresh with crisp fruit and a long finish. One of several charming wines from this rosé specialist. SHAW-ROSS INTERNATIONAL IMPORTERS

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