January 2015

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Gerardo Acevedo-Vanni Bocanova Oakland, CA Timothy Baldwin The Little Nell Aspen Ron Balter Italian Village Chicago Stacey Blacker Sayers Liquors Florence, NJ Sandy Block Legal Sea Foods Boston Ralph J. Bondon Berbiglia Wine & Spirits Kansas City, MO Bryan Brick K&L Wine Merchants Redwood City, CA John Reilly Brown Derby Stores Springfi eld, MO Tom Geoghegan The Boerne Wine Company Boerne, TX Maggie Gephard Liquorama Wine Cellar Hyde Park, NY Jackie Kantrowitz The Wine List Hyannis, MA Louis Koppel BTG Wine Bar Salt Lake City, UT Walter Kotrba Bottle Smart Lawrenceville/ Woodbridge, NJ Brad Lewis ABC Fine Wines & Spirits Orlando, FL Daniel A. Manning Haskell's Minnetonka, MN Jack Mantle Frugal MacDoogal's Nashville, TN Rick McLeod Prime Wines & Spirits Kenmore, NY Carolin Meier Tavistock Restaurants San Francisco Jorge L. Mendoza The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne Miami, FL Dustin Mitzel Happy Harry's Bottle Shop Grand Forks, ND William O'Brien The Liquor Store Jackson Hole, WY Christine Parkinson Hakkasan Group London Hervé Rousseau Flûte New York Richard R. Schneider Trump Taj Mahal Atlantic City, NJ Charles Scicolone Vino Italian Wines and Spirits New York Michael Sorg Liquor Barn Louisville, KY Matt Swingos Swingos on the Lake Lakewood, OH Dennis Tafuri Cask 591 Restaurant & Lounge Long Branch, NJ Steve Tindle Shaw's Crab House Chicago W. Edwin True Dave Cleveland Premium Wine & Spirits Amherst, NY John Wabeck Firefl y Washington, DC Wilfred Wong Beverages & More! Concord, CA CHEERS NATIONAL WINE PANEL The Cheers National Wine Panel is comprised of beverage experts from restaurants and retail wine stores around the country. 41 January/February 2015 • color, black fruit aromas, and a subtle sense of spice, lead to a smooth fi nish. Great easy-drinking wine for every day. ($28) (89) Colome, Malbec 2011 (Argentina). Sourced from some of the highest vineyards in the world, showcasing notes of spicy pepper and purple fl owers on a medium bodied frame. ($30) (89) Clos de Los Siete Malbec blend 2010 (Argentina). A malbec with savory and earthy aromatics, polished texture with a black licorice note to the fi ne-grained, ripe tannins. ($25) (88) Tinto Negro Malbec 2013 (Argentina). A best buy, medium-bodied with bright, black fruit notes and surprising fl avor for the price. ($10) (88) Lazos malbec 2013 Mendoza (Argentina). This deep ruby red wine is full of fresh fruit fl avors, with raspberry, blueberry and plum, as well as some savory spice accents of cocoa and vanilla. The smooth tannins and lightly toasted oak add dimension, and a hint of truffl e lingers in the fi nish. ($10) (88) Bodega Norton Malbec Coleccion Varietales 2013 (Argentina). Plenty of plums, strawberries, black fruit and currants. Easy-to-drink and matches well with turkey burgers and veggie-topped pizzas. ($8) (88) Ben Marco, "Expressivo" Malbec Blend 2011 (Argentina). Aromas of sweet vanilla, cherry liqueur, cedar and toast; mouth-fi lling fl avors mirroring nose, full and round with dusty, woodsy tannins. $30) (87) Trapiche Broquel Malbec 2012 (Argentina). Purple in color. Dark fruit plum nose. Plum, cherry, pepper fl avors. Moderate tannins. Nice fi nish. ($13) (87) Bousquet Malbec 2013 (Argentina). Purple color. Dark fruit, blackberry aroma. Plum, cherry, spice fl avors. Moderately fi rm tannins. Long fi nish. ($13) (87) Lariviere Yturbe Malbec 2010 (Argentina). This Franco-Argentinean collaboration is a family affair. Miguel Lariviere and his daughter Leticia run the project. Beautiful spice and fruit notes dominate the nose. Good mouthfeel, supple tannins, with hints of coffee and vanilla on the fi nish. ($29) (87) Argentine Revolution Malbec 2012 (Argentina). Beautiful, deep purple color in the glass leads to softer, round tannins, with a touch of dark chocolate on the creamy fi nish. Light oak aging complements the Cuyo valley sourcing. A perfect introductory malbec! ($18) (86) Dos Fincas 2013 (Argentina). Floral aromas with notes of sweet tea; light to medium bodied, an easygoing malbec sourced from two vineyards. ($13)

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