Beverage Dynamics

Beverage Dynamics Sept-Oct 2012

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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RET AILER WINESELECTIONS The Beverage Dynamics National Retailer Wine Panel recommends a lineup of top quality/value pinot noirs. For this issue, we asked members of the Beverage Dynamics National Retailer Wine Panel to recommend their favorite pinot noirs. As always, these selections include brief tasting notes, a rating and the wine's retail price (which varies from store to store and market to market). If you're a retail beverage professional who would like to learn about participating in our panel, call Richard Brandes at 212-353-3832, or email him at FIVE STARS (95) Walter Hansel South Slope Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2009 (California). Steven Hansel knocks it out of the ballpark; great vineyard equals great wine; big, luscious and everything we like about California Pinot Noir. ($40) (95) Sokol Blosser Dundee Hills Pinot Noir 2008 (Oregon). From one of Oregon's true pinot noir pioneers; reminiscent of a good Beaune, it's full-bodied and earthy with rich, ripe fruit flavors balanced with firm tannins and a toastiness from 16 months in French oak. ($40) (94) EnRoute Les Pommiers Russian River Pinot Noir 2009 (California). Aromas of raspberry, anise, mineral and wild- flowers pop from the glass and focused in this medium- to full-bod- ied red, which is well-structured, end- ing with a mix of blackberry and black licorice. ($44) (94) Edna Valley Vineyard Paragon San Luis Obispo Pinot Noir 2009 (California). Burgundian in style; a lovely ruby color with floral and red fruit aromas; flavors of cherry and cassis harmonize with hints of spicy, lightly toasted oak and a nuance of minerality; medium bodied. ($25) (94) Faively Mercurey Clos Myglands 2009 (France). Great value in a red Burgundy; an exceptional vintage; light color, but big, bold, berry taste; an exceptional value. ($35) (94) MacMurray Ranch Russian River Pinot Noir 2008 (California). Ripe, big notes of black cherry and cola with lots of spicy tones; brilliant acidity that allows the fruit to really show on the palate. ($25) (94) Artesa Carneros Pinot Noir 2009 (California). An intense ruby in the glass, with a nose of cherries, berries and hints of spice; the spicy fruit is evident on the palate, with good balance and weight; a bar- gain at this price, it is ready to enjoy now and over the next few years. ($25) (94) Gary Farrell Russian River Selection Pinot Noir 2009 (California). From one of California's best known Pinot Noir producers, using fruit from one of California's best known Pinot Noir growing regions; the color is an intense ruby red; the nose has an attractive bou- quet of black cherry, dark plum and berries that are complemented by notes of spice; in the mouth, the wine shows great energy, depth of fruit and structure. ($42) (94) Bench Pinot Noir 2010 (California). Big time cherry cola flavors on the nose and palate with lots of spicy clove and cooking spice; full bodied, luscious and com- plex. ($20) (93) Domaine Serene Everstad Reserve Pinot Noir 2008 (Oregon). Raspberry and black fruit aromas; flavors of raspberry, cherry and hints of spice; medium tannins and medium body; nice moderately long finish; extremely food friendly. ($55) (93) Marimar Estate Mas Cavalls Pinot Noir 2007 (California). A wine of great ele- gance, finesse and balance; this is a Pinot Noir lover's Pinot Noir. ($40) (93) Argyle Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2010 (Oregon). Silky perfection best describes this wine; a depth of plum and Bing cherry Beverage Dynamics • • September/October 2012 • 43

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