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Cellar Favorite: Philip Togni Library Releases: 2007 - 1997 - 1987

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Antonio Galloni, Jan 2018

Philip Togni has crafted memorable, riveting Napa Valley Cabernets for at least six decades. The Cabernet Sauvignon Togni made at Chappellet in 1969 remains one of the greatest and most singular wines I have ever had the pleasure to taste and drink, from any region in the world.

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Sonoma Preview: January 2018 New Releases

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Antonio Galloni, Jan 2018

Readers will start to see the first wave of new releases from Sonoma trickling into the market in the coming days and weeks. Our Sonoma Preview focuses on the finest, small-production, artisan Sonoma wines and will be updated periodically in advance of our comprehensive coverage of Sonoma, which will be published in a few weeks’ time.

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Brilliance in Napa Valley: The 2016 & 2015 Cabernets

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Antonio Galloni, Jan 2018

Two thousand sixteen is shaping up to be a fabulous vintage for Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, trailing only 2013 as the finest vintage of the decade so far. The 2016s continue to impress with their dazzling aromatic presence, finesse and nuance. Readers will have to be more selective with the 2015s, which are far less consistent.

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Cellar Favorite: 1994 Rochioli Pinot Noir West Block

Cellar Favorites, cellar favorite, United States: California

Antonio Galloni, Jan 2018

Rich and sumptuous on the palate, with superb aromatic intensity, the 1994 Rochioli Pinot Noir West Block is super-expressive today.

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Cellar Favorite: 2002 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon

Cellar Favorites, cellar favorite, United States: California

Antonio Galloni, Dec 2017

Tasted from magnum, Spottswoode’s 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon is gorgeous and in a great spot right now. The exotic bouquet, with its myriad shades of smoke, graphite, espresso, savory herb and spice, is super-inviting. Deep, pliant and resonant on the palate, the 2002 captures the natural radiance of this warm Napa Valley vintage in its voluptuous fruit and soft contours.

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Santa Lucia Highlands 2015: The Grapes of a Wrathful Vintage

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Josh Raynolds, Nov 2017

The relatively small Santa Lucia Highlands region is the source of some of California’s finest Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays. While quality has been on the upswing in recent years, drought conditions and strange weather have had a severe impact on production.

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BOND: A Complete Retrospective

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Antonio Galloni, Nov 2017

This historic retrospective of five verticals going back to BOND's inaugural 1999 vintage was the most comprehensive tasting ever staged at the estate and the first time the Harlan family had opened all of the BOND wines in one sitting. The entire Harlan family, along with the teams at Harlan Estate and BOND, were present for this truly once in a lifetime look back at their work spanning three decades.

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Paso Robles Copes, Adapts and Evolves

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Josh Raynolds, Nov 2017

Readers who follow the Paso Robles wine scene hardly need to be reminded that the region, which is historically dry in the first place, suffered through a long-term drought that drastically curtailed production in 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012. That has not stopped quality from surging to new highs.

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Wildfires Ravage Northern California

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Antonio Galloni, Oct 2017

As many of you now know, Sonoma and Napa counties have been devastated by a series of wildfires that broke out in the early hours of October 9. First reports are harrowing, but the true extent of the damage may not be known for days, when some of the more remote areas can be accessed again. In the meantime, this is what you can do to help…

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Santa Barbara: Better Than Ever

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Antonio Galloni, Sep 2017

Santa Barbara is one of the most exciting and dynamic regions anywhere in the world. Each year, new vineyards, estates and projects pop up seemingly without end in this expansive yet pristine stretch of land that encompasses Santa Barbara County. The daring, innovative spirit embodied by the region’s young producers and a vast range of first-class sites creates conditions that are ideal for the production of distinctive, pedigreed wines of the highest level. Best of all, with few exceptions, these wines remain under the radar and very fairly priced relative to global peers.