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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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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.

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Cellar Favorite: 1990 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Riserva Monfortino

Cellar Favorites, Italy: Piedmont

Antonio Galloni, Apr 2017

Over the years, I have been fortunate to taste and drink more than my fair share of the 1990 Monfortino, but this is the first time I have tasted the wine at the winery, from a bottle that has never moved.

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Cellar Favorite: 1996 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Riserva Falletto

Cellar Favorites, Italy: Piedmont

Antonio Galloni, Apr 2017

Bruno Giacosa’s 1996 Barolo Riserva Falletto more than lives up to its lofty reputation. The wine needs time in the decanter for some initial VA funk to blow off, but when it does, what emerges is a Barolo of utterly captivating beauty.

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Cellar Favorite: 1989 Domaine G. Roumier Chambolle-Musigny Amoureuses 1er Cru

Cellar Favorites, France: Burgundy

Antonio Galloni, Mar 2017

Roumier’s 1989 Chambolle-Musigny Amoureuses is a lovely, mature Burgundy to drink now and over the next handful of years. Dried flowers, tobacco, leather, spice and dark-fleshed fruit overtones all waft out of the glass with effortless grace.

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Cellar Favorite: 1993 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Rosé

Cellar Favorites, France: Champagne

Antonio Galloni, Mar 2017

The 1993 Comtes de Champagne Rosé has not changed much since I last tasted it three years ago. Soft, aromatically open and super-expressive, the 1993 possesses exceptional balance and class.

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Cellar Favorite: 1988 Francesco Rinaldi Barolo La Brunata

Cellar Favorites, Italy: Piedmont

Ian D'Agata, Mar 2017

I have always enjoyed Francesco Rinaldi’s single vineyard Barolos, both of which are made from two of the denominazione’s greatest sites, Brunate and Cannubi.

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Cellar Favorite: 1970 Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve Georges de Latour

Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Mar 2017

I haven’t tasted Beaulieu Vineyard’s 1970 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve Georges de Latour in a few years. Time has been kind to the 1970. Or perhaps it is more accurate to say the 1970 has been kind to time.

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Cellar Favorite: 1995 Ravenswood Zinfandel Monte Rosso

Cellar Favorites, United States: California

Antonio Galloni, Feb 2017

More than twenty years after it was made, Ravenswood's 1995 Zinfandel Monte Rosso is superb. Powerful and intense to the core, the 1995 offers up a compelling interplay of dark cherry, kirsch, licorice, leather, tobacco and wood smoke. Despite its considerable intensity, the 1995 has more than enough freshness and depth to drink well for another decade, perhaps more.

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Cellar Favorite: 1990 Basserman-Jordan Deidesheimer Kieselberg Riesling Beerenauslese

Cellar Favorites

Ian D'Agata, Feb 2017

Bassermann-Jordan has long been one of my favorite German wine estates. I simply never tire of their wines. The 1990 Basserman-Jordan Deidesheimer Kieselberg Riesling Beerenauslese is a magnificent sweet wine that started out life extremely backward...