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2014 Gigondas Charms While 2015 Stuns

featured, France: Rhône & Beaujolais

Josh Raynolds, Sep 2017

Fans of elegant, accessible southern Rhône wines will find plenty to like from the 2014 Gigondas’ while 2015 produced a plethora of outstanding, attention-grabbing and cellar-worthy wines.

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Cellar Favorite: 2002 Domaine François Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre

France: Burgundy, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Sep 2017

Raveneau’s 2002 Chablis Montée de Tonnerre is gorgeous. Rich, oily and beautifully textured on the palate, the 2002 shows all the depth that is typical of the year.

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Vinous Table: La Petite Auberge, Trouville, France

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Ian D'Agata, Sep 2017

Most restaurants in Normandy’s delightful Trouville, a small seaside hamlet characterized by a quiet charm, engage in the preparation of simple and fresh but hardly memorable seafood dishes. Not so at La Petite Auberge, where the small menu of carefully prepared, complex dishes denote noteworthy culinary ability.

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Sicily Continues To Progress

featured, Italy: Center & South

Ian D'Agata, Sep 2017

Two thousand sixteen is another good vintage for Sicily, with the Vittoria area especially exciting thanks to many outstanding Frappatos and Cerasuolo di Vittorias. Etna, Lipari and Pantelleria also shine - and keep an eye on new wines made with Perricone, a traditional red variety that is being rediscovered.

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Feudo Montoni’s Nero d’Avola Lagnusa and Vrucara: A Definitive Tasting of Two Great Italian Reds

featured, Verticals & Retrospectives, Italy: Center & South

Ian D'Agata, Sep 2017

I have always been awestruck by the purity and true-to-type aromas and flavors that owner Fabio Sireci is able to tease out of Nero d’Avola. Just as importantly, his two single vineyard Nero d’Avolas, Lagnusa and Vrucara, also showcase the characteristics of specific Sicilian terroirs. The two are absolute benchmarks of traditionally made Nero d’Avola wines.

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Cellar Favorite: 1970 Bodegas Vega Sicilia Único

featured, Spain, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Sep 2017

I always get goose bumps when I see the 1970 Único. Remarkably dense, powerful and seamless in the glass, the 1970 boasts off the charts concentration and depth.

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Vinous Table: Au Carré des Feuillants, Paris, France

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Ian D'Agata, Sep 2017

Carré des Feuillants is one of my favorite restaurants, in no small part due to chef’s Alain Dutournier’s uncanny ability to match food and wine. The stellar service you would expect at a highly renowned spot, a sophisticated but not stuffy atmosphere and one of the world’s best restaurant wine lists makes it easy to hope for frequent return trips.

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2015 Rheingau and Mittelrhein Riesling

featured, Germany

David Schildknecht, Sep 2017

There is less talent and ambition in the Rheingau and adjacent Mittelrhein than these regions deserve, but 2015 offered an outstanding opportunity for demanding growers to excel.

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Cellar Favorite: 1971 Dom Ruinart

featured, France: Champagne, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Sep 2017

Dom Ruinart flies under the radar relative to many of its peers, but it is one of the most compelling Champagnes in the market.

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Vintage Retrospective: The 1997 Napa Valley Cabernets

featured, Verticals & Retrospectives, United States: California

Stephen Tanzer, Sep 2017

For a year with wall-to-wall sunshine and a very early harvest, the 1997 Napa Valley Cabernets are surprisingly classic in style. The better wines have aged beautifully on their sheer strength of material and balance, and often show striking aromatic complexity, not to mention uncanny retention of fresh fruit. Some of the best ‘97s are from higher-altitude vineyards that enjoyed extra hang time owing to cooler afternoon temperatures and yielded more structured wines.