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Cellar Favorite: 1983 Prunotto Barbaresco Riserva

Italy: Piedmont, Cellar Favorites, cellar favorite

Antonio Galloni, Nov 2017

Prunotto’s 1983 Barbaresco Riserva is a real revelation. Dark, deep and impressively concentrated for a wine of its age, the 1983 is striking in its beauty.

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Cellar Favorite: 2007 Antinori Tignanello

Italy: Tuscany, Cellar Favorites, cellar favorite

Antonio Galloni, Nov 2017

The 2007 Tignanello is a big, ample wine that is just beginning now to open up.

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Cellar Favorite: 2002 Domaine Dujac Clos de La Roche

France: Burgundy, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Oct 2017

Dujac’s 2002 Clos de La Roche is exceptionally beautiful, especially on the palate, where the wine is silky, sensual and vivid. Ripe tannins and seamless fruit give the 2002 much of its allure. Even so, the 2002 is incredibly young and undeveloped. The aromatics that are usually such a big part of this wine’s personality still need quite a bit of time in bottle to develop fully. Readers lucky enough to own the 2002 will want to wait at least a few more years.

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Cellar Favorite: 1978 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche – Grand Cru

France: Burgundy, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Oct 2017

This is a fabulous bottle of the 1978 La Tâche. Powerful and driven in feel, with searing acidity, the 1978 is quite expressive.

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1978 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Riserva Speciale Villero

featured, Italy: Piedmont, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Oct 2017

A few months ago, a friend and I showed up to a birthday party with the same wine, Bruno Giacosa’s 1978 Barolo Riserva Speciale Villero. We opened my bottle that afternoon (my note is on Delectable). As luck would have it, we opened his bottle on this night!

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Cellar Favorite: 1964 Dom Pérignon - Original Release

featured, Cellar Favorites, France: Champagne

Antonio Galloni, Oct 2017

Wine lovers often debate which is the greatest vintage of the 1960s in Champagne. To be sure, it is a magical decade, with several candidates for that honor. Perhaps even more importantly though, the 1960s mark a sort of transition into modern times in Champagne.

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Cellar Favorite: 1989 Giuseppe Mascarello & Figlio Barolo Monprivato

featured, Italy: Piedmont, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Sep 2017

When I asked a dear friend what I could bring to his birthday party, the answer was simple: 1989 Barolo. I was more than happy to oblige, as 1989 is one of the all-time great Piedmont vintages.

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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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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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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.