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Seavey Cabernet Sauvignon: A Complete Retrospective

In 1979, Bill and Mary Seavey purchased a roughly 200-acre property in the sheltered rolling hills of Conn Valley – barely four miles east of St. Helena as the crow flies but farther as the road winds – as a weekend retreat. This comprehensive vertical tasting traced the arc of the flagship Cabernet Sauvignon all the way back to the inaugural 1990 vintage.

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2016 Bordeaux: It’s Now or Never, Baby

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2016 Bordeaux: 30 Top Values

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Colgin Syrah IX Estate: A Complete Retrospective

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2015 Northern Rhônes: Outstanding Wines for the Long Haul

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2016 Champagne: Harvest Report

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The 2001 Red Burgundies at Age 15

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The Wines of Basilicata: Paradise Lost and Regained

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Sonoma’s Sensational 2015s Parts 1 & 2

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Trattoria Carpaccio, NJ

Trattoria Carpaccio is one my most delightful finds of recent years. This small, neighborhood restaurant captures an intimate atmosphere that is increasingly rare in today’s world of large, corporate restaurants.

Vinous Favorites

2016 Prà Soave Classico Otto ($20.00) 90

2016 Prà Soave Classico Otto, 90 points

Prà’s 2016 Soave Classico Otto is lovely. Fresh, flavorful and also a great value, the 2016 offers up a compelling range of apple and apricot flavors nicely lifted by harmonious acidity and a lingering nuance of buttercups and lilies. (ID)


Cellar Favorites


1973 Krug Vintage & Krug Collection

It is always illuminating to taste the original release of Krug’s Vintage Champagne next to the late release. For this fun, informal tasting, the bottles were covered so as to remove any preconceived notions about the qualities of the two wines, but that turned out to be an unnecessary exercise, as it was plainly evident to all which wine was which.

1991 Vilmart & Cie Brut Cœur de Cuvée

1990 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Riserva Monfortino

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