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December 17, 2014

Wine Spectator December Wine Reviews

Wine Spectator Insider
December 17, 2014

93 pts    Chapter 24 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley  2012
Taut and tangy, with sharp acidity set against ripe cherry, blueberry, black tea and smoke flavors, finishing with intensity. The flavors come together with unusually rich harmony, gaining momentum with every sip. The tannins are well-absorbed, but this needs time in the decanter or the cellar to shake off the cobwebs. Best after 2016

91 pts    Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay Margaret River Prelude Vineyards 2012
Lively and inviting, with vibrant passion fruit and pineapple notes dancing against delicate spices. Finishes with intensity. Drink now through 2020.

HOT WINES

94 pts    Cullen Chardonnay Margaret River Kevin John 2012
Bright and vivid, with layers of citrusy, spicy, minerally notes playing against pear and nectarine fruit, gliding into a long and vibrant finish. Drink now through 2025.

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