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2016 & 2015 White Burgundy

featured, France: Burgundy

Stephen Tanzer, Sep 2017

It was quality over quantity in 2016, as a fraught growing season with sharply reduced production appears to have produced charming, aromatically appealing wines that will give early pleasure. The best 2015s are denser, deeper and more serious but rarely show the austerity of wines from more classic high-acid years.

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2014 Gigondas Charms While 2015 Stuns

featured, France: Rhône & Beaujolais

Josh Raynolds, Sep 2017

Fans of elegant, accessible southern Rhône wines will find plenty to like from the 2014 Gigondas’ while 2015 produced a plethora of outstanding, attention-grabbing and cellar-worthy wines.

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Sicily Continues To Progress

featured, Italy: Center & South

Ian D'Agata, Sep 2017

Two thousand sixteen is another good vintage for Sicily, with the Vittoria area especially exciting thanks to many outstanding Frappatos and Cerasuolo di Vittorias. Etna, Lipari and Pantelleria also shine - and keep an eye on new wines made with Perricone, a traditional red variety that is being rediscovered.

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Feudo Montoni’s Nero d’Avola Lagnusa and Vrucara: A Definitive Tasting of Two Great Italian Reds

featured, Verticals & Retrospectives, Italy: Center & South

Ian D'Agata, Sep 2017

I have always been awestruck by the purity and true-to-type aromas and flavors that owner Fabio Sireci is able to tease out of Nero d’Avola. Just as importantly, his two single vineyard Nero d’Avolas, Lagnusa and Vrucara, also showcase the characteristics of specific Sicilian terroirs. The two are absolute benchmarks of traditionally made Nero d’Avola wines.

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Cellar Favorite: 1970 Bodegas Vega Sicilia Único

featured, Spain, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Sep 2017

I always get goose bumps when I see the 1970 Único. Remarkably dense, powerful and seamless in the glass, the 1970 boasts off the charts concentration and depth.

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2015 Rheingau and Mittelrhein Riesling

featured, Germany

David Schildknecht, Sep 2017

There is less talent and ambition in the Rheingau and adjacent Mittelrhein than these regions deserve, but 2015 offered an outstanding opportunity for demanding growers to excel.

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Cellar Favorite: 1971 Dom Ruinart

featured, France: Champagne, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Sep 2017

Dom Ruinart flies under the radar relative to many of its peers, but it is one of the most compelling Champagnes in the market.

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Vintage Retrospective: The 1997 Napa Valley Cabernets

featured, Verticals & Retrospectives, United States: California

Stephen Tanzer, Sep 2017

For a year with wall-to-wall sunshine and a very early harvest, the 1997 Napa Valley Cabernets are surprisingly classic in style. The better wines have aged beautifully on their sheer strength of material and balance, and often show striking aromatic complexity, not to mention uncanny retention of fresh fruit. Some of the best ‘97s are from higher-altitude vineyards that enjoyed extra hang time owing to cooler afternoon temperatures and yielded more structured wines.

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Santa Cruz Mountains – The 2015s and 2014s

featured, United States: California

Antonio Galloni, Aug 2017

Once again, I came away deeply impressed with the wines I tasted during my annual visit to the Santa Cruz Mountains. Rugged hillside sites and an extraordinary range of microclimates confer tremendous personality to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah and red Bordeaux varieties. There is little doubt the finest Santa Cruz Mountains wines are world-class in every way.

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2014 and 2015 Vacqueyras: Quality and Value

featured, France: Rhône & Beaujolais

Josh Raynolds, Aug 2017

The wines of Vacqueyras don’t command the attention - or prices - of those from neighboring Gigondas and Châteauneuf-du-Pape, which makes the appellation’s top bottlings excellent buys for value-conscious Rhône wine lovers.