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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Page 32 of 57 November/December 2018• Beverage Dynamics 33 WINE SELECTIONS • THE BEST WINES OF 2018 with a fl oral-and-cinnamon spice mid-palate lift. As the wine fi nishes you get a balanced acidity with wonderful silky tannins that deliver enough grip to please any bold-red drinker. ($62) (93) Paul Hobbs Crossbarn Cabernet 2014 (CA). Plump and elegant, full, rich and concen- trated with a touch of spice. Long fi nish. Enjoy now or cellar for a few years. ($60) (93) Malabaila Barbera d'Alba "Mezzavilla" 2015 (Italy). Reminiscent of blueberry pie, this gem is exploding with dark fruit, blackberry and plum. The New World fl avor is silky and jammy, with balanced acid and a lip-smacking never-ending berry fi nish. ($21.99) (93) Tarima Hill Monastrell D.O. Alicante 2015 (Spain). Dry-farmed from old vines with strict organic practices and aged 12 months in French oak. The wine exudes spicy black cherry and leather aromas. On the palate, the wine shows full-bodied, balanced fl avors of dark cherries, blackberry, plum and a light smoky character backed by a dark-cocoa fi nish. ($19.99) (93) Mollydooker Gigglepot Cabernet 2016 (Australia). Rich and creamy with heaps of dark chocolate and vanilla. Nice toasty and spicy long fi nish that goes on forever. ($50) (93) Crossfork Creek Merlot 2016 (WA). This wine has a beautiful nose and palate of blue- berries, blackberries and some nice toasted oak notes. Has fantastic power, balance and a lingering fi nish that's impressive to say the least. ($19.99) (93) ZD Chardonnay 2016 (CA). Aromas of pineapple, lime zest and pear mingle with hints of vanilla and orange blossoms. The palate is rich and full bodied with the exceptional balance between fruit, toasty oak, and lively acidity. The fi nish is amazingly long and lasting. ($56.99) BD MARKETPLACE

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