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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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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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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.

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2014 Bordeaux: A September Surprise

France: Bordeaux, featured

Antonio Galloni, Feb 2017

Two thousand fourteen was one of the most dramatic growing seasons ever witnessed in Bordeaux. It may be hard to believe today, but well into August, 2014 was shaping up to be a repeat of 2013, a vintage most would like to forget. Then something remarkable happened. Freakishly warm, dry conditions arrived with a vengeance in September and saved the harvest.

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Ornellaia & Masseto: 1995-2010 From Magnum

Verticals & Retrospectives, Italy: Tuscany

Antonio Galloni, Jan 2017

David Bouley’s Test Kitchen was the setting for this remarkable retrospective featuring Ornellaia and Masseto across eight iconic vintages. All of the wines were served from magnum for what turned out to be a truly unforgettable evening.

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Napa Valley Trilogy: 2014, 2015 & 2016 - Parts 1-3

United States: California, featured

Antonio Galloni, Dec 2016

Napa Valley delivered another exceptional vintage in 2014. The wines are bright, energetic and focused, with tons of character and pedigree. Even better, the 2014s will be easier to drink young than the 2013s that preceded them. This article focuses on the bottled 2014s, although I tasted many 2015s and some 2016s as well.

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Champagne: The Season’s New Releases

France: Champagne, featured

Antonio Galloni, Dec 2016

Readers will find a bevy of compelling, delicious Champagnes in the market this fall. Many of the current non-vintage releases are based on 2013, a year that, while inconsistent, yielded wines with healthy sugars and terrific balance at a number of top-performing houses. At the upper end, a number of houses have new tête de cuvées that are or will soon be in the market. As always, the stylistic breadth that Champagne offers makes it one of the most versatile and fascinating of all wines.

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Central Tuscany – Maremma, Montepulciano, Carmignano and Beyond

Italy: Tuscany, featured

Antonio Galloni, Nov 2016

Tuscany is one of Italy’s richest and most diverse regions. While Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti Classico, and, to a lesser extent, Maremma, get most of the attention, Tuscany’s smaller appellations are very much worth taking the time to discover. This article covers new releases from Maremma, Montepulciano, Carmignano and several other smaller districts.

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Bartolo Mascarello Retrospective: 1958-2010

featured, Italy: Piedmont, Verticals & Retrospectives

Antonio Galloni, Nov 2016

This retrospective tasting of 18 vintages of Bartolo Mascarello Barolos provided a great opportunity to revisit a number of historic vintages and also check in on some of the recent releases that have helped catapult this small, family-run estate into Piedmont’s upper echelon.