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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.