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Top Scores in Wine Enthusiast

Here are a couple of advance reviews upcoming in the July 2014 Wine Enthusiast, from the magazine’s South Africa critic Lauren Buzzeo:

93 Anthonij Rupert 2007 Vinified and Bottled on L’Ormarins (Franschhoek) This is a dense and concentrated wine, still in its youth, with heady, fruity tones of black plum, berry, casis and slate that are layered with notes of licorice, cigar box and roasted cocoa nib. The mouthfeel is ripe and luch, with firm, gripping tannins providing balance and structure, lingering long on the finish. Drink now-2020. Terlato Wines International. Cellar Selection. –L.B.

91 Ernie Els 2009 Signature (Stellenbosch) This Bordeaux-style blend is oaky at first, with aromas of vanilla, caramel and mocha that slowly mellow and marry with the berry compote, fig and black plum core. The lush, mouthfilling palate has a texture like crushed velvet: rich, seductive and fruity, but with some tannic edge. Nuances of mocha and anise grace the long finish. Drink now-2008. Terlato Wines International.–L.B.

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