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Eight Decades of Cappellano Barolo: 1935-2011

featured, Italy: Piedmont, Verticals & Retrospectives

Antonio Galloni, May 2017

Cappellano's Barolos represent the very best of the artisan tradition in Piedmont. This recent retrospective back to 1935 was truly unforgettable. Tiny production and insatiable demand makes large-scale Cappellano verticals exceedingly rare. When all was said and done, we tasted a number of extraordinary, deeply moving wines, including several reference points as well as most of the modern-day classics that have emerged from these cellars recently.

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Cellar Favorite: 1975 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Bussia di Monforte Riserva Speciale

Italy: Piedmont, Cellar Favorites

Ian D'Agata, May 2017

Bruno Giacosa’s red label Riservas from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s are, for the most part, such spectacular wines that when you find one that behaves in rather idiosyncratic ways it becomes a cult wine in its own right.

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Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Retrospective: 1990-2010

featured, Italy: Piedmont

Antonio Galloni, May 2017

This recent retrospective of Rinaldi Barolo Brunate from magnum going back to 1990 was special for so many reasons, most notably the rarity of the bottles we opened. Gordon Ramsay’s maze in the heart of London was the setting for what turned out to be a truly unforgettable evening.

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Cellar Favorite: 1990 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Riserva Monfortino

Italy: Piedmont, Cellar Favorites

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

Italy: Piedmont, Cellar Favorites

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: 1988 Francesco Rinaldi Barolo La Brunata

Italy: Piedmont, Cellar Favorites

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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Bruno Giacosa: Barbaresco Santo Stefano 1964-2007

featured, Verticals & Retrospectives, Italy: Piedmont

Antonio Galloni, Mar 2017

Over the years I have been fortunate to taste many of Bruno Giacosa’s wines. This comprehensive vertical of the Barbaresco Santo Stefano, held over two evenings and going back to the inaugural 1964, was truly unforgettable. There were plenty of surprises from a number of dark horse vintages, while the epic Red Label Riservas once again proved why these are some of the most coveted wines in the world. Above all else, though, the wines were a poignant reminder of the genius of Bruno Giacosa.

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Piedmont: Top Values and Everyday Gems

featured, Italy: Piedmont

Antonio Galloni, Feb 2017

Drinking top-notch, artisan Piedmont wines doesn’t have to cost a fortune. While prices for Barolos and Barbarescos continue to escalate, the best Dolcettos, Barberas and Langhe Nebbiolos deliver tons of Piedmont character and pedigree at far more accessible prices. That is especially true of entry-level wines at the region’s best addresses.

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2013 Barolo: Sublime Finesse & Elegance

featured, Italy: Piedmont

Antonio Galloni, Feb 2017

In 2013, a cool growing season and late harvest produced gorgeous Barolos with striking aromatics, silky tannins, sculpted, vibrant fruit and mid-weight structures. Readers will find a number of thrilling, utterly captivating wines that speak to the pedigree and class that are the signatures of the best Barolo vintages.

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Cellar Favorite: 1974 E. Pira e Figli Barolo

Italy: Piedmont, Cellar Favorites

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.