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  1. Forlorn Hope Mil Amores 2012
    Forlorn Hope Mil Amores 2012
    The DeWitt Vineyard is sustainably farmed, made up of granite and quartz soils. A blend of Portuguese grape varieties, Touriga Nacional, Tinto Roriz, Trincadeira are planted in a single block. The block was picked and co-fermented at the same time. Aged only in neutral oak for 12 months then bottled. The blend is loaded with black, blue fruit, earthy and spicy undertones, unmatched suppleness with lots of intrigue. PWS
    2012
    Tinto, Touriga
    USA
    362
  2. Pol Roger Winston Churchill 2012
    Pol Roger Winston Churchill 2012

    Pol Roger Winston Churchill 2012 SHELF PRICE $450 YOUR PRICE $395
    Intense aromas of strawberry and subtle apple with pie crust and some ash and stone. An almost smoky undertone to the aromas. Full-bodied and very layered with ultra fine tannins that give it a rough-cut, velvety texture. It's very flavorful, yet so checked and reserved at the same time. Compact, tight palate that is deep and powerful. Very vinous at the end and in the mouth feel. Spicy and biscuity at the finish. Mostly pinot noir with chardonnay and only grand cru. More density and complexity than the 2008. Seven years on the lees. Delicious and luxurious to drink now, but giving this some age will make it even better. (98) JAMES SUCKLING

    Pol Roger's newly released 2012 Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill is showing brilliantly, bursting from the glass with youthful aromas of honeyed pears, toasted brioche, pomelo, fresh pastry, green apple and mandarin orange, with hints of stone fruit emerging with time in the glass. Full-bodied, vinous and textural, with an enveloping core of fleshy, concentrated fruit, bright acids and an elegant pinpoint mousse, it concludes with a long, penetrating finish. More muscular and vibrant than the generous and charming 2009, the 2012 ranks alongside the 2008 and 2002 as one of the three finest renditions of Sir Winston Churchill this millennium-and in style it resembles a hypothetical blend of those two vintages. (96+) WILLIAM KELLEY, Wine Advocate

    2012
    Champagne
    France
    376
    $525.00
  3. Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2012
    Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2012

    The 2012 La Grande Dame is terrific. In fact, it is one of the finest recent Grande Dames I can remember tasting. Vibrant and tense, the 2012 exudes energy. At this stage, the natural richness of the 2012 vintage is hidden behind the wine's bright, salivating acids. Green apple, pear, mint and white pepper add a brilliant aromatic top register. I would cellar the 2012 for at least a few years, as it is nowhere near ready to drink. ANTONIO GALLONI

    A generous golden colour betrays the dominance of Pinot Noir in the blend; this theme thereafter maintained by aromatics of fig, wild strawberries and Mirabelle plums; behind that, jasmine, red apples and a distant whiff of woodsmoke. Engaging already, in other words. One's impressions are confirmed and amplified on the palate, with the aspiration voiced by both chef de caves Dominique and Didier, to allow the 'cooler' Pinot Noir sites full rein. This is eloquently evidenced by a subtle and deftly textured structure, the primary fruit notes of nectarine and citrus peel underscored by a richer, still somewhat reticent, core, darker and more savoury of intent and oh, so subtle at the moment. I have every confidence that this characteristic will come into its own over the longer term and mark the 2012 as one of the more successful outings for this outstanding cuvée. SIMON FIELD MW, Decanter

    2012
    Champagne
    France
    376
  4. Hither & Yon Aglianico Rose 2023
    Hither & Yon Aglianico Rose 2023

    Strong currency in regenerative agriculture and progressive environmental considerations from Hither & Yon. Here’s aglianico in a rose, pressed off slowly over/after three hours.

    It’s fresh and fruity, bright and lovely. Rosy fruit characters, floral and cherry-imbued, licks of Campari and pomegranate too. A bit of grip makes things nice, a light chew and pucker making for good texture. A light dusting of peppery/clovey spice in the mix too. Just-so, easy to like, a bit serious, plenty drinkable. MIKE BENNIE, The Wine Front

    2012
    Aglianico
    Australia
    436
  5. Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape Hommage a Jacques Perrin 2012
    Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape Hommage a Jacques Perrin 2012
    The wine of the vintage is the Perrins' 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape Hommage A Jacques Perrin, which has a classic, sexy, accessible style yet is also going to age beautifully. Massive amounts of smoked black fruits, ground pepper, iodine, truffle, and bloody meat all emerge from this inky colored behemoth. With full body, building tannins, no hard edges, and a rock star of a finish, it’s primary and youthful, but incredible. Ideally, it would be given another 4-5 years of bottle age and will keep for another 3 decades or more. It’s an awesome wine! (99) JEB DUNNUCK
    2012
    Rhone Blend
    France
    467
  6. Veuve Clicquot Vintage 2015
    Veuve Clicquot Vintage 2015

    The predominance of Pinot Noir (50%), produced exclusively from grapes selected from the Grand Cru and Premier Cru villages, provides the structure that is so typically Clicquot. Chardonnay (30%) brings the elegance and finesse of a perfectly balanced wine, while a small percentage of Pinot Meunier (20%) rounds out the blend.

    Veuve Clicquot’s Vintage collection is unique for its use of wines vinified and aged in large oak casks (10%), which adds strength and aromatic intensity. The cask-aged wines bring an additional complexity with their spicy notes and subtle roast coffee and toasted aromas. Veuve Clicquot

    2012
    Champagne
    France
    376
  7. Seppelt Show Sparkling Shiraz 2012
    Seppelt Show Sparkling Shiraz 2012

    I know, I know. Every year I urge you to consider including this classic Australian wine style in your Christmas drinking schedule. And, look, here I am again, tempting you with the latest vintage of Seppelt Show Shiraz, first made at Great Western in the 1890s: deep purple foaming in the glass, full of rich, dark aromas of squishy bramble berries and sweet soy, bold and chocolatey and super satisfying in the mouth. Is there a better wine match for roast turkey and glazed ham? I don’t think so.  MAX ALLEN

    What a wonderful wine this is in the genre of sparkling red for Australia and generally as an iconic totem in Aus wine. I’ve been trying to buy a bunch of older releases of this wine from auction sites for fun, and when I am successful, pretty happy with myself.

    Liquorice and tar, first up, then the stewed plum, dried cranberry, cherry cola going on. It’s got bright flavours under the char and game meat qualities, tight, fine bubbles that feel a little looser than expected but still vigorous enough to lift things. Very savoury release, this one. Good tannin profile under the fizz and tart acidity too. It’s a pretty darn good release, this. Feels sophisticated in its way. MIKE BENNIE, www.winefront.com.au

    2012
    Sparkling Red
    Australia
    402
  8. Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2012
    Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2012

    This is a fantastic and refined Blanc de Blancs. So layered and complex, with lemon curd, chalk, hazelnuts, pastries, baked apples and almond croissants. Structured and tightly wound, with almost imperceptible bubbles. Delicious salty notes at the end. (99) JAMES SUCKLING
     
    The 2012 Comtes de Champagne is gorgeous. Warm and resonant in the glass, the 2012 Comtes shows all the allure that makes this vintage so appealing. The combination of bright citrus, mineral and floral notes typical of Comtes, enhanced by the soft contours of the vintage, makes for an inviting, open-knit Champagne that is quite showy right out of the gate. Light tropical accents on the finish add an exotic flair. Usually I recommend cellaring just-released Comtes, but that won't be necessary here. ANTONIO GALLONI
     
    The 2012 Brut Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne is showing beautifully out of the gates, offering up demonstrative aromas of sweet golden orchard fruit, buttery croissants, peach and hazelnuts. Medium to full-bodied, pillowy and enveloping, it's a rich, textural, vinous Comtes somewhat reminiscent of the brilliant 2002. If it gains in tension and cut (as the 2002 did and as I suspect the 2012 will) with more time on cork, it will make this initial rating seem conservative. WILLIAM KELLEY
     
    From the very first whiff, this expresses energy, depth and complexity. Aeration reinforces this impression, while also revealing scents of orchard fruit, like apricot, but also exotic fruit, as well as hazelnut and delicate autolytic notes - pastry in particular. On the palate, it is rich and full-bodied, with satisfying sapidity on the long finish. Five to eight years of further cellaring would be ideal, and even more for aficionados of Champagne with marked bottle maturity. DECANTER

    2012
    Champagne
    France
    376
  9. Guigal Cote Rotie La Mouline 2012
    Guigal Cote Rotie La Mouline 2012
    The 2012 Cote Rotie La Mouline is pure elegance and finesse, with full-bodied richness and depth, solid underlying structure and beautiful overall purity and freshness. Backward and dense on the nose, with cassis, blackberry and assorted floral nuances, it has more density and depth than the 2011, yet is more approachable and evolved than either the 2009 or 2010. A blend of 89% Syrah and 11% Viognier that will spend 40 months in barrel, It will be a candidate for short-term cellaring and should have two decades of longevity. (99) JEB DUNNUCK
    2012
    shiraz
    France
    467
  10. Guigal Cote Rotie La Turque 2012
    Guigal Cote Rotie La Turque 2012
    Possibly rivaling the 2009 and 2010, the 2012 Cote Rotie La Turque offers about as classic a Cote Rotie perfume as you could imagine. Bacon fat, olive, sweet blackberry, cassis and subtle coffee bean and chocolate all emerge from this incredible 2012, and it’s full-bodied, supple and downright sexy, with no hard edges and massive layers of fruit. Give it 5-6 years after release and drink it through 2042. (100) JEB DUNNUCK
    2012
    shiraz
    France
    467
  11. Domaine La Florane Visan Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2022
    Domaine La Florane Visan Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2022
    A sleek and very lively white Rhone with flint, Amalfi lemon and floral aromas. Very crisp and vibrant finish with a hint of saltiness. A cuvee of marsanne, grenache blanc, roussanne, viognier, bourboulenc and clairette with just 13% alcohol. From biodynamically grown grapes with Demeter certification. Drink now. STUART PIGGOTT, JamesSuckling.com

    Grenache Blanc with Marsanne, Roussanne, Burboulenc, Clairette and Viognier.  Wild fermented and raised in concrete vats, aged briefly on fine lees.
     
    Aromatics and flavours of apricot, peach and honeysuckle, with grapefruit/citrus fruit, rind and pith.  There's a real zip to this release, great energy humming here.  The stony mineral and cleansing acidity give a pleasing textural edge and palate definition.  It's clichéd to be going 'best release yet', but this cuvée is on song here.
    2012
    Marsanne, Roussane
    France
    467
  12. Chapoutier Saint Joseph Les Granits 2012
    Chapoutier Saint Joseph Les Granits 2012

    Just recently bottled (and as good from bottle as from barrel), the 2012 Saint Joseph Les Granits is an elegant, seamless Syrah that gives up plenty of exotic black and blue fruit, flowers, liquid minerality and olive characteristics in its medium to full-bodied, supple, and nicely concentrated profile. It's a beauty now, but has the tannin structure and balance to evolve gracefully for 15 years or more. JEB DUNNUCK, erobertparker

    2012
    shiraz
    France
    467
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