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Dom Pérignon in Three Acts

featured, Verticals & Retrospectives, France: Champagne

Antonio Galloni, Nov 2017

One of the most fascinating aspects of Champagne is its ability to transform over time. This remarkable tasting provided a truly once in a lifetime opportunity to compare the three principal releases of Dom Pérignon across a number of iconic vintages of the 1960s and 1970s.

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Castello di Ama L’Apparita Retrospective 1988-2013

featured, Verticals & Retrospectives, Italy: Tuscany

Antonio Galloni, Nov 2017

Over the last four decades, Castello di Ama’s Merlot L’Apparita has built an enviable track record that places it among the world’s most pedigreed wines. I was thrilled to host this charity event at Sotto Sotto as part of the Grand Cru Culinary Festival, which raised over C$3m for six research centers at Toronto General and Toronto Western Hospitals.

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BOND: A Complete Retrospective

featured, United States: California, Verticals & Retrospectives

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

featured, United States: California

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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2014 Barbaresco: An October Surprise

featured, Italy: Piedmont

Antonio Galloni, Oct 2017

The 2014 Barbarescos confirm all the potential they showed as recently bottled wines a year ago. Vibrant, perfumed and beautifully delineated, the 2014s capture the essence of what makes Nebbiolo so compelling. In short, the 2014 Barbarescos speak to the essence of site as expressed in one of the most unusual growing seasons in recent memory.

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Washington: Various Shades of Hot

featured, United States: Washington

Stephen Tanzer, Oct 2017

Washington’s recent streak of hot years has yielded an unprecedented number of outstanding wines. But each of these vintages has come with its own set of challenges.

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Jacques Selosse: A Study of Substance

featured, France: Champagne

Antonio Galloni, Oct 2017

Anselme Selosse is one of the pivotal figures in the modern history of Champagne. Selosse’s meticulous attention to detail in the vineyards and bold wines inspired a whole generation of younger growers, some of whom spent time working alongside him, and others who were captivated by a vision of Champagne as a wine that is, first and foremost, born in the vineyard. This recent tasting provided a remarkable opportunity to check in on a number of disgorgements of the flagship Substance going back to the early days.

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Ronco del Gelso Pinot Grigio Sot lis Rivis 2006 – 2015

featured, Verticals & Retrospectives, Italy: North

Ian D'Agata, Oct 2017

Ronco del Gelso’s wines belong in the top tier of their respective categories. The Pinot Grigio Sot lis Rivis is an especially noteworthy white that once again proves that Italy’s best examples of its oft-maligned yet incredibly popular Pinot Grigio can be world-class drinks.

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Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 1921-2016

featured, Verticals & Retrospectives, France: Bordeaux

Antonio Galloni, Oct 2017

Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande is arguably the single hottest château on Bordeaux’s Left Bank right now. Quality has been steadily on the rise for some time, culminating in a trio of spectacular wines in 2014, 2015 and 2016. This remarkable retrospective, many months in the making, provided a fascinating opportunity to explore the château’s rich history.

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1996 Piedmont: The Proof is in the Pudding

featured, Verticals & Retrospectives, Italy: Piedmont

Antonio Galloni, Oct 2017

Nineteen ninety-six occupies a special place in the hearts of Piedmont lovers. The 1996 Barolos and Barbarescos have always been thrilling. But the wines have also been very slow to develop. How are they showing at 20 years of age?