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Cellar Favorites: Seven Classics from Ridge

featured, United States: California, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Jun 2017

It’s always a pleasure to have the opportunity to revisit some of the reference point wines that have emerged from Ridge over the last few years. As I have written in the past, if the United States had a formal classification of estates, Ridge would be the equivalent of a Bordeaux First Growth.


Roederer Cristal: That ’70s Show

featured, France: Champagne

Antonio Galloni, Jun 2017

I have had many memorable tastings at Roederer over the years, but this vertical of Cristals from the 1970s might go down as the most remarkable yet. For the occasion, longtime Chef de Caves Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon pulled out all of the Cristals of the 1970s, nine wines in total, all of which we tasted from the original disgorgements. The wines were moving for their extraordinary beauty.

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The Undiscovered Burgundy

featured, France: Burgundy

Antonio Galloni, Jun 2017

Burgundy remains one of the most fascinating and alluring regions in the world. Although it is unquestionably thrilling to taste at Burgundy's top domaines, as a wine consumer myself, these days I find just as much pleasure in discovering emerging vignerons - the best of whom are making wines the average consumer can afford to buy and drink - as well as appellations that still fly under the radar and offer value.

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Vinous Map: The Vineyards of St. Helena & Conn Valley

featured, United States: California

Antonio Galloni, May 2017

The Vineyards of St. Helena & Conn Valley is the seventh map in our series of Napa Valley vineyard maps. Created through extensive proprietary research and boots-on-the-ground work, Vinous’ Napa Valley Maps represent the state of the art in modern vineyard cartography.

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Eight Decades of Cappellano Barolo: 1935-2011

featured, Italy: Piedmont, Verticals & Retrospectives

Antonio Galloni, May 2017

Cappellano's Barolos represent the very best of the artisan tradition in Piedmont. This recent retrospective back to 1935 was truly unforgettable. Tiny production and insatiable demand makes large-scale Cappellano verticals exceedingly rare. When all was said and done, we tasted a number of extraordinary, deeply moving wines, including several reference points as well as most of the modern-day classics that have emerged from these cellars recently.

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Cellar Favorites: Château Latour – 2017 Library Releases

France: Bordeaux, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, May 2017

I saw Château Latour's 2017 library releases towards the end of my en primeur tastings in April 2016.


Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Retrospective: 1990-2010

featured, Italy: Piedmont

Antonio Galloni, May 2017

This recent retrospective of Rinaldi Barolo Brunate from magnum going back to 1990 was special for so many reasons, most notably the rarity of the bottles we opened. Gordon Ramsay’s maze in the heart of London was the setting for what turned out to be a truly unforgettable evening.

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Vinous Table: Noble Rot Wine Bar & Restaurant, London

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Antonio Galloni, May 2017

Located in London’s Bloomsbury district, Noble Rot is a sort of British version of a French bistro/winebar. Over the years, Noble Rot has gained quite a bit of acclaim for its wine list, which is indeed impressive.


Arietta – A Complete Retrospective: 1996-2015

featured, Verticals & Retrospectives, United States: California

Antonio Galloni, May 2017

This complete retrospective provided a fascinating opportunity to track the evolution and growth of Arietta as the winery reached its twentieth anniversary.

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Domaine Lignier: Clos de la Roche 1978-2014

featured, Verticals & Retrospectives, France: Burgundy

Antonio Galloni, May 2017

Domaine Lignier’s Clos de la Roche is one of Burgundy’s most renowned wines. This remarkable vertical of twenty vintages went back to 1978 and encompassed three distinct eras of the domaine’s distinguished history.