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Cellar Favorite: 1978 Maison Leroy Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru

Cellar Favorites, France: Burgundy

Kelli White, Oct 2016

The 1978 Maison Leroy Mazis-Chambertin is one of the most profound wines I’ve had in recent memory.

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1971 Krug Vintage - Magnum

Cellar Favorites, France: Champagne

Antonio Galloni, Oct 2016

Krug’s 1971 Vintage, tasted from magnum, is truly spectacular.

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Cellar Favorite: Taittinger: 1996 & 1995 Comtes de Champagne

Cellar Favorites, France: Champagne

Antonio Galloni, Oct 2016

Taittinger’s Comtes de Champagne has long been a personal favorite. Among other things, Comtes ages spectacularly well, is relatively easy to find (despite its small production) and is very well priced for the quality relative to its peers.

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Cellar Favorite: 1985 Domaine J.L. Chave

Cellar Favorites

Ian D'Agata, Oct 2016

Many believe Gérard Chave made the best red Hermitage of the vintage in 1985. Admittedly, it’s hard to argue with the wine’s supple, ultra-suave style redolent of sweet spices, dried red fruit, earth tones, and old leather aromas and flavors.

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Cellar Favorite: 1986 Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon

Cellar Favorites

Kelli White, Oct 2016

As always, Philip Togni’s Spring Mountain Cabernets present Napa Valley at its most stoic and profound. This particular vintage is just hitting its stride, and while it certainly displays a certain level of maturity, the wine clearly has a long life left ahead of it.

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Cellar Favorite: 2006 Milziade Antano Montefalco Sagrantino Colleallodole

Cellar Favorites

Ian D'Agata, Sep 2016

Located near Bevagna, Milziade Antano is one of the three or four best producers of Montefalco Sagrantino wines today, with a long history of producing one great Sagrantino after another.

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Cellar Favorite: 1996 Château d’Yquem

Cellar Favorites, France: Bordeaux

Ian D'Agata, Sep 2016

Although it is not the most famous recent vintage of Château d’Yquem (2001 and 2009 vie for that honor), I have always loved the 1996 and frankly never tire of drinking it.

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Cellar Favorite: 1976 Hugel Riesling Selection de Grains Nobles

Cellar Favorites

Ian D'Agata, Sep 2016

The Hugel family has been making wine in Alsace since 1639. With that sort of experience to rely on, it’s no surprise they make some of the world’s greatest wines.

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Cellar Favorite: 2004 Henry of Pelham Riesling Icewine

Cellar Favorites

Ian D'Agata, Sep 2016

Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery in Canada’s Ontario province takes its name from Henry (Smith) of Pelham, an early settler in Upper Canada’s Niagara Peninsula.

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Cellar Favorite: 2005 Contini Vernaccia Karmis

Cellar Favorites

Ian D'Agata, Aug 2016

The 2005 Contini’s Karmis was last vintage made with 100% Vernaccia di Oristano grapes, but it could not be labeled Vernaccia di Oristano because it would have had to age a minimum of two years by law. Since then the wine is a roughly 75-25% blend of Vernaccia di Oristano and Vermentino.