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Saar and Ruwer 2015: Rain in the Nick of Time

Germany: Saar, Germany: Ruwer, featured

David Schildknecht, May 2017

There are really two 2015 vintages for German Riesling: the first harvest took place on the heels of early September rain, and the second four to eight weeks later during a chilly but sunny autumn. Both will reward Riesling lovers, especially the latter.

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Vintage Retrospective: The 2007 Napa Valley Cabernets

United States: California, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Stephen Tanzer, May 2017

At the level of the better producers, 2007 was a splendid vintage for Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. These very dense, ripe, deeply fruity yet lively wines are evolving slowly and gracefully.

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Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Retrospective: 1990-2010

Italy: Piedmont, featured

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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2016: A Very Good Year for Italy’s Many Rosatos

Italy, featured

Ian D'Agata, May 2017

Not surprisingly given its penchant for creativity and individualism, Italy is the place to look for every shade of pink wine imaginable. From Lombardy's very pale Chiarettos to Abruzzo's downright red Cerasuolos, the cool 2016 vintage offers rosato wines for every taste.

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Spain’s New Releases, Part 2: Triumphs and Travails

Spain, featured

Josh Raynolds, May 2017

After struggling with difficult weather in 2014 and 2013, producers in Spain were thrilled with a healthy crop of fruit in 2015. Early indications are that this vintage produced a bounty of top-notch wines that should provide abundant pleasure in their youth.

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2014 & 2015 Muscadet: Contrasting Vintages Ripe for Discovery

France: Loire, featured

David Schildknecht, May 2017

If neither the 2014 nor 2015 vintage meets your expectations of Muscadet, then it’s hard to imagine what you could possibly be seeking. And if you still aren’t acquainted with these subtly intriguing, delicious, enormously versatile and ridiculously underpriced wines, there will never be a better opportunity to remedy that.

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Amarone: New Releases

Italy: North, featured

Ian D'Agata, May 2017

Amarone della Valpolicella is one of the world’s truly unique red wines, made by air-drying the grapes prior to pressing them. While this very popular category is enjoying strong worldwide sales, there are huge differences in the styles and the quality levels of Amarones on the market.

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Bryant’s Cabernet Sauvignon: 1994-2014

Verticals & Retrospectives, United States: California, featured

Stephen Tanzer, May 2017

A number of accomplished cooks have stirred the broth at Bryant over a quarter-century of winemaking, but the power, purity and personality of this elite Pritchard Hill site have always come through in the maturing wines.

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A Splendid 2015 Vintage in South Africa—Time To Discover Swartland’s Wines

South Africa, featured

Stephen Tanzer, May 2017

South Africa’s more ambitious wines—whites as well as reds—are fresher and better than ever, and they have never offered more stunning value in export markets than they do today.

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Arietta – A Complete Retrospective: 1996-2015

United States: California, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Antonio Galloni, May 2017

This complete retrospective provided a fascinating opportunity to track the evolution and growth of Arietta as the winery reached its twentieth anniversary.