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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WINE SELECTIONS • THE BEST WINES OF 2018 32 Beverage Dynamics • November/December 2018 (95) Talley Rincon Vineyards 2015 (CA). Per- fect combo of minerality and butter. Rich, silky, elegant with a super-long fi nish. Aromas are like a fi eld of wildfl owers. A true treat. ($45) (95) Twomey Pinot Noir Anderson Valley 2015 (CA). Absolutely stellar, elegant and seductive pinot noir from the Silver Oak people. Silky, smooth, aromatic ripe berries and a long, lus- cious fi nish. ($50) (95) Gran Moraine Pinot Noir 2015 (OR). This dark, red-hued pinot noir opens with a ripe black cherry bouquet with hints of raspberry, tea and cigar box. On the palate, this wine is medium-bodied, balanced, refi ned and smooth. The fl avor profi le is a gentle red plum, fl inty min- erality, notes of black cherry and a hint of cin- namon. The fi nish is smooth and dry, while its fl avors fade away nicely. ($55.99) (95) Paradigm Merlot 2013 (CA). Strong aro- mas of red berries, black cherries, spice and vanilla lead to an outstanding wine with elegant ripe plum and blueberry. Complex fl avors also include rich blackberry cobbler, with the berries, brown sugar and vanilla, along with sandal- wood incense and a hint of cocoa. This is an impressive wine with big, yet fi ne, texture and a lengthy fi nish. ($59.99) (95) The Mascot 2012 (CA). Wonderful aromas on the nose of raspberries, currants, spice and vanilla, with subtle hints of stone and graphite. On the palate this wine opens up to blackber- ries, slight herbal notes of tarragon, with grip- ping-yet- elegant tannins and a balanced acid that creates an amazing long fi nish. ($130) (95) Hagen's Reserve Cabernet 2015 (CA). This stunning cabernet is a packed with power and elegance, with notes of raspberry and dark cherry, all held up with tannic backbone. With all its youth and power this is sure to age beau- tifully and will improve — but the wine is show- ing fantastically today. ($79.99) (94) Abstracto Fifth Empire Cabernet Sau- vignon Gran Vino 2017 (Argentina). A fl a- vor-packed explosive wine that jumps out of the glass with richness and a taught powerful texture. The French oak gives great structure to the main show of overwhelming raspberry and dark cherry notes. The fi nish just keeps going. ($29.99) (94) Keenan Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (CA). This complex Napa cabernet sauvignon offers extracted rich fruit fl avors of currant, cassis, black cherry and blackberry. There is a hefty mouthfeel mid-palate giving way to some rustic fl avors, black licorice, kirsch and spice. The fi nish lingers with a fair amount of tannins. Ready to drink now, but will age well for another seven years. ($55) (94) Sonoma Loeb Pinot Noir 2016 (CA). This is bright, intense, red fruit-dominated pinot noir is stunning with more than enough fresh acidity and beautiful texture to make this a standout. The elegance is striking and plentiful because of the lengthy fi nish. ($34.99) (94) Aubry Brut Premier Cru Champagne NV (France). This is not your typical non-vintage brut. A blend of ancient indigenous varieties, which make up 5% of the blend; pinot meunier accounts for 45%, the balance in equal parts pinot noir and chardonnay. The taste is like an essential champagne, with scents of chalk, mushroom, pear and lemon curd creating a bold surround sound of fl avor. There's purity to the expression and a healthy weight to the wine. ($48.99) (94) Aperture Sauvignon Blanc 2016 (CA). This barrel-fermented white is blended with 5% sauvignon musqué for an interesting twist on this variety. The wine has light, inviting apple blossom aromas. It demonstrates a refreshing complex arrangement of hay, honey, apple, sa- vory fi g and lemon curd. A chardonnay-lover's sauvignon blanc. ($46.99) (94) Blackbird Paramor Red Blend 2007 (CA). A wonderful red blend with nuance of spice, red pepper, cassis and oak on the nose. The palate showcases the rich plums, blackberries and graphite with a fi nish of beautiful, dense, yet smooth tannins, with slight basil and dried fruit lingering minutes later. ($90) (94) Daou Paso Robles Chardonnay 2015 (CA). A beautifully balanced chardonnay from Paso Robles. It has a rich mouthfeel of butter and a hint of caramel with pops of tropical fruit and acidity. An amazing wine for dishes with butter as a theme. ($20.99) (94) La Serena Toscana Rosso 2015 (Italy). Intriguing aromas of wild berries, cherry and spice with inviting fl avors of cherry, mocha and vanilla giving way to hints of black pepper and exotic spice. Full-bodied and well balanced. A lot to like for the price. ($35) (94) Malleolus Tempranillo 2014 (Spain). Emilio Moro Bodegas has been around a long time. Still family owned, it generates some of the best tinto fi no in Spain. Light earth, dark berries and perfectly integrated tannins carry this jewel to a long, lingering fi nish. Think clams and chorizo. ($46) (94) Vista Red Blend 2017 (CA). The nose screams dark chocolate and fresh blue fruits. The palate coats your mouth with black and blue fruits. The dusty minerality rounds out the medium fi nish on the wine. I don't know how a $12.99 wine from Atlas Peak AVA exist, but I'm glad it does. This is hands down the deal of the year. ($12.99) (93) Averaen Pinot Noir 2017 (OR). This wine is loaded with dark cherry and ear thy spice. Loads of acidity bring this insane value of a wine full circle and checks all the boxes. ($19.99) (93) Butternut Chardonnay 2017 (CA). Apple, pear and buttercream on the nose lead to a creamy, buttery fi nish. The oak seems to be dialed back a touch this year and it really lets the fruit shine through. ($15.99) (93) Requiem Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 (WA). I'm not sure the guys at Banshee make a bad wine. Their new project out of Washing- ton is setting the bar high. Somehow they have packed fruit from Champoux, Wallula, Sevein and Loess Vineyards into a $20 wine. Aromas of dark berry, cedar and plum on the nose with chocolate, blackberry and a nice earthy funk on the nose. ($19.99) (93) Daou Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 (CA). A wonderfully balanced and yet complex wine. Rich berry fruit are compli- mented with a hint of cedar and a slight, yet pretty herbaceous note. This is a substantial cabernet that over delivers for the price. ($29) (93) Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot 2015 (CA). Aromatics of licorice, leather and black- berries jump out of the glass. On the palate you get plum, raspberries and cocoa all up front,

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