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Seavey Cabernet Sauvignon: A Complete Retrospective

United States: California, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Stephen Tanzer, Apr 2017

In 1979, Bill and Mary Seavey purchased a roughly 200-acre property in the sheltered rolling hills of Conn Valley – barely four miles east of St. Helena as the crow flies but farther as the road winds – as a weekend retreat. This comprehensive vertical tasting traced the arc of the flagship Cabernet Sauvignon all the way back to the inaugural 1990 vintage.

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Colgin Syrah IX Estate: A Complete Retrospective

Verticals & Retrospectives, United States: California, featured

Stephen Tanzer, Apr 2017

Who knew that an isolated spot in the eastern hills above St. Helena, in an area best known for Cabernet Sauvignon, would produce one of America’s most consistently spectacular Syrah bottlings? Apparently, Ann Colgin did.

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The 2001 Red Burgundies at Age 15

France: Burgundy, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Stephen Tanzer, Apr 2017

Owing to tricky weather conditions during the weeks leading up to the harvest, the 2001 red Burgundies received mixed reviews at the outset. Growers themselves expressed reservations about the wines. But the 2001s have evolved gracefully and the better examples are pure, classic red Burgundies with noteworthy transparency to site.

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Tramin Pinot Grigio Unterebner: 2002-2015

Italy: North, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Ian D'Agata, Mar 2017

Thinking of Pinot Grigio only in terms of insipid or boring wines is one of the biggest mistake made by wine lovers and wine experts today. The fact is Pinot Grigio is one of the world’s noble grapes. Tramin’s top of the line Unterebner bottling showcases the greatness the variety and wines are capable of.

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Bruno Giacosa: Barbaresco Santo Stefano 1964-2007

Italy: Piedmont, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

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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Ovid: The First Nine Years 2005-2013

United States: California, featured, Verticals & Retrospectives

Antonio Galloni, Feb 2017

Ovid is one of the most exciting new entrants in the world of premium Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Since their first commercially released vintage in 2005, Ovid has shown what is possible on Pritchard Hill’s Long Ranch Road sector. This vertical provided a rare opportunity to track the estate’s evolution from the first release to the present.

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Manni Nössing Sylvaner: 2008-2015

Italy: North, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Ian D'Agata, Feb 2017

Is Manni Nössing one of Italy’s top fifteen or so winemakers? The thought immediately springs to mind when tasting his lineup of Sylvaner, Grüner Veltliner, Kerner, and Müller-Thurgau wines. The Sylvaner, especially, reaches levels of purity, precision and age-worthiness uncommon in all but the world’s finest examples of this white wine.

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Cantina Terlano Pinot Bianco Vorberg: 1959-2014

Verticals & Retrospectives, Italy: North

Ian D'Agata, Jan 2017

Cantina Terlano, arguably Italy’s top producer of age-worthy whites, excels with a number of wines across their large range. The Pinot Bianco Vorberg, one of the Terlano flagships, ranks among the world’s most distinguished white wines. Vintages from the 1950s still drink beautifully today, a testament to this potential of this underrated variety.

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Ornellaia & Masseto: 1995-2010 From Magnum

Verticals & Retrospectives, Italy: Tuscany

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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Miani’s Friulano Filip and Buri: 1991-2014

Italy: North, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Ian D'Agata, Jan 2017

No other estate in Italy boasts a line-up of white wines as strong as Enzo Pontoni’s at Miani. His Friulano is the country’s greatest example of this wine. Magnificently deep, multilayered and unctuous, it offers a textbook example of Pontoni’s talent as well as a glimpse of the heights this variety can reach.