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Cellar Favorite: 1990 Col D’Orcia Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

Italy: Tuscany, Cellar Favorites

Ian D'Agata, Jun 2017

Col d’Orcia’s top Brunello, the Poggio al Vento, is much sought after by winelovers and collectors alike. Perhaps less known but at times almost as good is the estate’s Brunello di Montalcino Riserva, which was made up to and including the 1995 vintage (the estate has since ceased bottling the Riserva in order to avoid running the risk of affecting the quality of the classic Brunello that is made every year).

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Brunello di Montalcino: The 2012 Brunellos & 2011 Riservas

featured, Italy: Tuscany

Ian D'Agata, Mar 2017

The superb 2012 Brunello vintage represents a conundrum: a hot, very dry year that produced a large number of wines in a cooler-climate style. Aromas and flavors are ripe in 2012, but the wines also have the acidity and steely tannic structure to evolve slowly and gracefully in bottle

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Ornellaia & Masseto: 1995-2010 From Magnum

Italy: Tuscany, Verticals & Retrospectives

Antonio Galloni, Jan 2017

David Bouley’s Test Kitchen was the setting for this remarkable retrospective featuring Ornellaia and Masseto across eight iconic vintages. All of the wines were served from magnum for what turned out to be a truly unforgettable evening.

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Cellar Favorite: 1995 Castello di Ama Merlot L’Apparita

Italy: Tuscany, Cellar Favorites

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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Central Tuscany – Maremma, Montepulciano, Carmignano and Beyond

featured, Italy: Tuscany

Antonio Galloni, Nov 2016

Tuscany is one of Italy’s richest and most diverse regions. While Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti Classico, and, to a lesser extent, Maremma, get most of the attention, Tuscany’s smaller appellations are very much worth taking the time to discover. This article covers new releases from Maremma, Montepulciano, Carmignano and several other smaller districts.

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Vinous Event: Soldera Vertical in London

featured, Verticals & Retrospectives, Italy: Tuscany

Antonio Galloni, Oct 2016

Gianfranco Soldera remains one of Italy’s most iconic producers. Our recent vertical tasting in London provided an extraordinary opportunity to check in on a number of Soldera Brunellos back to 1981. In particular, I was struck by how well wines from the less renowned vintages showed.

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Soldera Redux: 1981-2006

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Antonio Galloni, Oct 2016

This stunning collection of Brunellos from Gianfranco Soldera spanned twenty-four vintages and three decades going all the way back to 1981, including all of the reference point wines in that time frame as well as a number of wines from less heralded vintages.

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Looking Back at the 2005 & 2004 Brunellos

featured, Verticals & Retrospectives, Italy: Tuscany

Antonio Galloni, Oct 2016

Revisiting the 2005 and 2004 Brunellos is a terrific opportunity to gain further insights on these two very different vintages given that some time has passed since the wines were first released. The best Brunellos from both vintages have plenty to offer, although the finest 2004s are truly superb.

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2014 Chianti Classico: Better Late Than Never

featured, Italy: Tuscany

Antonio Galloni, Oct 2016

Mother Nature gave growers fits in 2014, but picture perfect conditions during the last month of the growing season saved what had been a very challenging vintage up until then. The 2014s are vibrant, pointed, mid-weight wines with bracing acidity and energy.

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A Tuscan Icon – Petrolo Galatrona: 1998-2012

featured, Italy: Tuscany, Verticals & Retrospectives

Ian D'Agata, Sep 2016

Galatrona is one of Italy’s most famous and best Merlots. In fact, with few exceptions, it is Italy’s Merlots that have reached the highest pinnacles of quality amongst wines made with international grapes.