1. cf cover(wine) copy

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.

1990roumierbonnesmares copy

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.

Img 1729(1) copy

Cellar Favorite: 1996 Vilmart & Cie Cuvée Creation

Cellar Favorites

Stephen Tanzer, Jan 2017

Opening a bottle of Champagne 20 years after its vintage date may seem like a risky proposition, but the better wines from the great 1996 vintage are just rounding into form and the best of them may go on for decades.

Rosso del bepi copy

Cellar Favorite: 2002 Quintarelli Veneto Rosso del Bepi

Italy: North, Cellar Favorites

Ian D'Agata, Jan 2017

In what he deemed to be poor vintages, or simply when the Amarone wasn’t up to his exacting standards, Giuseppe Quintarelli declassified his Amarone into the ‘Rosso del Bepi’ label.

Stoney ridge gewurz final

Cellar Favorite: 1999 Stoney Ridge Gewürztraminer Icewine - Niagara Peninsula

Cellar Favorites, Rest of the World

Ian D'Agata, Jan 2017

My love for the wines of Stoney Ridge goes back a long way. Only the 18th licensed winery in the history of Ontario’s modern wine industry, Stoney Ridge made some of Canada’s most interesting and best wines in those early, almost pioneer-like days.

Apparita 1995 copy

Cellar Favorite: 1995 Castello di Ama Merlot L’Apparita

Cellar Favorites, Italy: Tuscany

Ian D'Agata, Jan 2017

Vinous readers have come to know that I collect wines for the love of drinking them, meaning I often indulge in vintages that are less obvious choices than those that are more celebrated, but that produced, in some cases, outstanding wines. And so it is with Tuscany’s 1995 Castello di Ama Merlot L’Apparita, which is delicious and irresistible, even though it was made in a less heralded year.

Img 5071 copy 2

Cellar Favorite: 1990 Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir

Cellar Favorites, United States: Oregon

Kelli White, Jan 2017

A friend recently blind tasted me on a bottle of 1990 Domaine Drouhin (Oregon) Pinot Noir, and while the variety was immediately obvious (always a good sign), the country of origin was not.

1974 barolo e.pira copy

Cellar Favorite: 1974 E. Pira e Figli Barolo

Cellar Favorites, Italy: Piedmont

Ian D'Agata, Dec 2016

There are many delightful things about this wine. Its pretty label is noteworthy, for it spells out the Nebbiolo vineyards in which the grapes were picked (Cannubi, S.Lorenzo, Prea, Vignane and Via Nuova), a rarity, as hardly anyone thought of making such info available back then.

Aszu essenzia 76 copy 2

Cellar Favorite: 1976 Hungarovin Tokaji Aszu Essencia

Cellar Favorites, Rest of the World

Ian D'Agata, Dec 2016

Hungarian Aszu Essencia has long been one of my favorite wines of all, given that to consume the similarly named but much more expensive Essencia regularly, would require a bankroll comparable to the GNP of a small country.

Lacrima 2004 marotti mb

Cellar Favorite: 2004 Marotti Campi Lacrima di Morro d’Alba Orgiolo

Cellar Favorites, Italy: Piedmont

Ian D'Agata, Dec 2016

I doubt that many people, Italians included, are aware just how well Lacrima di Morro d’Alba wines can age. Made in the Marche region of Italy from the moderately aromatic red grape called Lacrima, the wine has clearly nothing to do with Alba or Piedmont (the Morro d’Alba name is a source of never ending confusion).