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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).

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Cellar Favorite: 1978 Ridge Petite Sirah York Creek

Cellar Favorites

Kelli White, Nov 2016

Ridge’s 1978 Petite Sirah York Creek represents old California at its best. Still impressively dark in hue, this timeless wine offers a complex nose of sweet black currants, shoe polish, sandalwood, leather, rosemary and a hint of violet.

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Cellar Favorite: 1985 Château Carbonnieux Rouge Grand Cru Classe’ Pessac-Léognan

Cellar Favorites

Ian D'Agata, Nov 2016

Roman Carbonnieu owned vineyards in Léognan in 1234, so at Carbonnieux they know a thing or two about making wine. That sort of legacy shows in many fine, very solid wines made by the property over the years.

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Cellar Favorite: 1982 Cantina Vignaioli Elvio Pertinace Barbaresco Marcarini

Cellar Favorites, Italy: Piedmont

Antonio Galloni, Nov 2016

Pertinace’s 1982 Barbaresco Marcarini from one of the all time great Piedmont vintages is a revelation.

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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.

Hermitage sized

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

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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.