Beverage Dynamics

Beverage Dynamics NovDec 2018

Beverage Dynamics is the largest national business magazine devoted exclusively to the needs of off-premise beverage alcohol retailers, from single liquor stores to big box chains, through coverage of the latest trends in wine, beer and spirits.

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www.beveragedynamics.com November/December 2018 • Beverage Dynamics 31 (98) Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Pri- vate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (CA). From one of Napa Valley's long-time iconic producers, their top wine is an outstanding combination of dark fruit, power and elegance. A spectacular representation of Napa Valley winemaking. ($145) (97) Miner Family Winery "The Oracle" Red Wine Blend 2013 (CA). A lovely red blend, with a bit more than half cabernet sauvignon. Supple and elegant, with a mixture of black and some red fruit on the nose. Touches of spice and tannin add to the complexity on the palate. ($100) (97) Chateau de Beaucastel 2015 (France). What an amazing wine! Opens up with red fruit on the nose, hints of spice, star anise and a slight fl oral aroma. On the palate it confi rms these fl avors and the addition of blackberries, mineral and slightly dried fruits start to evolve with each sip. The balance of tannin-to-acid re- ally creates a wonderfully long fi nish, and lifts the aromas of this wine to the very end. ($85) (97) Il Pollenza Il Pollenza Marche IGT 2015 (Italy). You can think of this as a "Super Marche," produced from the central eastern region of Marche. A touch of merlot and petit verdot are part of the cabernet sauvignon-dom- inated blend. Exceptionally deeply colored in the glass, the nose is composed of dark fruit and touches of spice. In the mouth the wine has plenty of weight — and fruit. The fi nish lingers on and on, showcasing the wine's complexity and quality. ($124) (96) Eroica Riesling 2016 (WA). Such a great wine at this price — an amazing value! Bright and clean, with fresh tropical and citrus notes, this is both a world-class riesling and a tremendous bargain. It's a real buy, by-the-case, summer refresher, as well as an exceptional food-friendly wine for the holiday season. ($19.99) (96) Austin Hope Paso Robles Cabernet Sau- vignon (CA). An amazing cabernet with dark rich fruit followed by hints of eucalyptus and a lingering fi nish. ($55.99) (96) Sullivan Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (CA). A balanced and structured caber- net sauvignon, that is elegant and focused with berry and currant notes, as well as chocolate and spice undertones. Full-bodied, with surpris- ing density, yet very polished and pretty. Should open up quite nicely after being in bottle for a few years. ($95) (95) Dowdell Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2014 (CA). Rich black-currant aromas lead to big dark fruit fl avors with crushed stone and notes of tobacco that fi nish with soft and subtle tan- nins. Certainly a value for the price. ($65) (95) Darioush Napa Valley Chardonnay (CA). The mouthfeel and depth of fl avor are the fi rst things that make you pause after the fi rst sip. You are then hit with rich butter- scotch, a slight pop of apple and then a silky buttery fi nish. ($49.99) (95) Quinta De La Rosa Douro Estate Red 2016 (Por tugal). Deeply colored, with a berry, brambly nose, this outstanding exam- ple of a Douro Valley red has plenty of struc- ture. It's a versatile red, matching a number of dishes: meat from the grill, aged cheeses and more. ($20) WINE SELECTIONS R E TA I L E R For our latest round of National Retailer Wine Panel reviews, we asked panelists to recall their favorite bottles from this past year. AS ALWAYS, these selections include brief tasting notes, a rating and the wine's retail price (which can vary from store to store and market to market). Unless noted otherwise, the price refl ects a 750-ml. bottle. If you're a beverage professional with a specialty in wine and you're interested in participating in the panel, please contact managing editor Kyle Swartz at kswartz@epgmediallc.com or 203-855-8499 x225. RATING SYSTEM ★★★★★ Five Stars (92-100) A top-flight wine. Superior in taste and character and provid- ing an outstanding price/value relationship. ★★★★ Four Stars (86-91) A very good wine and an excellent value. A wine for which customers will keep coming back. ★★★ Three Stars (80-85) An above-average wine, at a reasonable price point, which many customers will enjoy.

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