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Ovid: The First Nine Years 2005-2013

United States: California, featured, Verticals & Retrospectives

Antonio Galloni, Feb 2017

Ovid is one of the most exciting new entrants in the world of premium Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Since their first commercially released vintage in 2005, Ovid has shown what is possible on Pritchard Hill’s Long Ranch Road sector. This vertical provided a rare opportunity to track the estate’s evolution from the first release to the present.

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Cellar Favorite: 1990 Basserman-Jordan Deidesheimer Kieselberg Riesling Beerenauslese

Cellar Favorites

Ian D'Agata, Feb 2017

Bassermann-Jordan has long been one of my favorite German wine estates. I simply never tire of their wines. The 1990 Basserman-Jordan Deidesheimer Kieselberg Riesling Beerenauslese is a magnificent sweet wine that started out life extremely backward...

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Vinous Table: La Tour d’Argent, Paris, France

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Ian D'Agata, Feb 2017

The legendary restaurant La Tour d’Argent offers amazing panoramic views of the Seine and Notre Dame, a spacious, bright dining room, a monumental wine list and many classic food preparations. So I was curious to try the cuisine of new chef Philippe Labbé, who took over the kitchen from Laurent Delarbre in May 2016.

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Piedmont: Top Values and Everyday Gems

Italy: Piedmont, featured

Antonio Galloni, Feb 2017

Drinking top-notch, artisan Piedmont wines doesn’t have to cost a fortune. While prices for Barolos and Barbarescos continue to escalate, the best Dolcettos, Barberas and Langhe Nebbiolos deliver tons of Piedmont character and pedigree at far more accessible prices. That is especially true of entry-level wines at the region’s best addresses.

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Manni Nössing Sylvaner: 2008-2015

Italy: North, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Ian D'Agata, Feb 2017

Is Manni Nössing one of Italy’s top fifteen or so winemakers? The thought immediately springs to mind when tasting his lineup of Sylvaner, Grüner Veltliner, Kerner, and Müller-Thurgau wines. The Sylvaner, especially, reaches levels of purity, precision and age-worthiness uncommon in all but the world’s finest examples of this white wine.

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Cellar Favorite: 2006 Colgin Cabernet Sauvignon Tychson Hill

Cellar Favorites, United States: California

Antonio Galloni, Feb 2017

Colgin’s 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Tychson Hill is simply extraordinary. The aromatics alone are dazzling. Sweet tobacco, graphite, mocha, black cherry and spice give the 2006 its exotic, alluring personality.

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2013 Barolo: Sublime Finesse & Elegance

Italy: Piedmont, featured

Antonio Galloni, Feb 2017

In 2013, a cool growing season and late harvest produced gorgeous Barolos with striking aromatics, silky tannins, sculpted, vibrant fruit and mid-weight structures. Readers will find a number of thrilling, utterly captivating wines that speak to the pedigree and class that are the signatures of the best Barolo vintages.

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Vinous Table: L'Oste Scuro, Verona, Italy

Ian D'Agata, Feb 2017

L'Oste Scuro is Verona’s best fish restaurant. Owner/chef Simone Lugoboni has always loved the Parisian brasserie concept and strives to offer the denizens of the city of Romeo and Juliet high quality oysters, prawns, mussels, squid and fish of all kinds and sizes.

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Köfererhof Kerner: 2006-2014

Italy: North, featured

Ian D'Agata, Feb 2017

Although Kerner doesn’t enjoy the lofty reputation of grape varieties like Riesling and Pinot Noir, it has found a home in Alto Adige’s Valle Isarco area, where Köfererhof makes one of the region’s best and most ageworthy versions

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Cellar Favorite: 1990 Domaine G. Roumier Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru

Cellar Favorites, France: Burgundy

Antonio Galloni, Feb 2017

Roumier’ 1990 Bonnes-Mares is the embodiment of everything a truly great wine should be at this stage in its life.