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Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Retrospective: 1990-2010

Italy: Piedmont, featured

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.

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Arietta – A Complete Retrospective: 1996-2015

United States: California, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

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

France: Burgundy, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

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.

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Italy Odds & Ends - 2017

Italy: North

Antonio Galloni, May 2017

These are some of the most intriguing new releases from Italy that have come my way in between major reports on their respective regions.

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Vinous Table: Trattoria Carpaccio, NJ

Vinous Table, United States: New York

Antonio Galloni, Apr 2017

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.

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2016 Bordeaux: It’s Now or Never, Baby

France: Bordeaux, featured

Antonio Galloni, Apr 2017

The 2016 growing season presented château owners with plenty of challenges, but ideal weather at the most critical time of the year made up for the early struggles of the vintage. The best 2016s are deep and intense, yet also pulse with a real sense of energy. For the 2016s to be successful in the market, however, owners will have to be sensible with prices. That’s why for Bordeaux It’s Now or Never, Baby.

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Cellar Favorite: 1973 Krug Vintage & Krug Collection

Cellar Favorites, France: Champagne

Antonio Galloni, Apr 2017

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.

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2016 Bordeaux: 30 Top Values

France: Bordeaux, featured

Antonio Galloni, Apr 2017

Bordeaux’s 2016 en primeur campaign – the time of the year when the new vintage is sold as futures – is about to get heated. While most of the attention this spring will be focused on Bordeaux’s big guns, savvy readers will find much to like among the more modestly priced wines of 2016.

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Cellar Favorite: 1991 Vilmart & Cie Brut Cœur de Cuvée

Cellar Favorites, France: Champagne

Antonio Galloni, Apr 2017

What a treat it is to taste Vilmart’s 1991 Cœur de Cuvée. Proprietor Laurent Champs opened two bottles on my most recent visit. The first was a relatively recent disgorgement from 2013, the second was the original disgorgement from 1999. I much preferred the original release, which was, paradoxically, far fresher and more nuanced than the late release.