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Elena Fucci Aglianico del Vulture Titolo: 2000-2014

Verticals & Retrospectives, Italy: Center & South, featured

Ian D'Agata, Dec 2016

Elena Fucci’s Aglianico del Vulture Titolo, one of Italy’s greatest red wines, showcases the potential of both a grape variety, Aglianico, and a viticultural area, the Vulture in the region of Basilicata, that deserves to be better known.

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Champagne: The Season’s New Releases

France: Champagne, featured

Antonio Galloni, Dec 2016

Readers will find a bevy of compelling, delicious Champagnes in the market this fall. Many of the current non-vintage releases are based on 2013, a year that, while inconsistent, yielded wines with healthy sugars and terrific balance at a number of top-performing houses. At the upper end, a number of houses have new tête de cuvées that are or will soon be in the market. As always, the stylistic breadth that Champagne offers makes it one of the most versatile and fascinating of all wines.

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Central Tuscany – Maremma, Montepulciano, Carmignano and Beyond

Italy: Tuscany, featured

Antonio Galloni, Nov 2016

Tuscany is one of Italy’s richest and most diverse regions. While Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti Classico, and, to a lesser extent, Maremma, get most of the attention, Tuscany’s smaller appellations are very much worth taking the time to discover. This article covers new releases from Maremma, Montepulciano, Carmignano and several other smaller districts.

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Focus on Washington: Hot Times in the Desert

United States: Washington, featured

Stephen Tanzer, Nov 2016

The recent string of extra-hot years has forced Washington State’s growers and winemakers to respond proactively to extreme conditions. But the most successful players have been able to harvest strong raw materials and produce seriously rich, balanced wines.

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Vinous Napa Valley Vineyard Maps

Italy, featured, Italy: Piedmont, United States: California

Vinous, Nov 2016

Created through extensive proprietary research and boots-on-the-ground work, Vinous’ Napa Valley Maps represent the state of the art in modern cartography. Each map shows property boundaries on the front and more detailed information on the back, including historical background for each region and 3-D images that allow for unprecedented perspective of vineyard sites.

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Bartolo Mascarello Retrospective: 1958-2010

featured, Italy: Piedmont, Verticals & Retrospectives

Antonio Galloni, Nov 2016

This retrospective tasting of 18 vintages of Bartolo Mascarello Barolos provided a great opportunity to revisit a number of historic vintages and also check in on some of the recent releases that have helped catapult this small, family-run estate into Piedmont’s upper echelon.

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2014 on the Mosel: Man Bats Last

Germany, featured

David Schildknecht, Nov 2016

Mother Nature presented a host of obstacles in 2014. But as a wide range of outstanding wines and numerous consistently excellent collections testify, these obstacles could be overcome using quite diverse strategies, at times resulting in wines that taste as though they must have come from two completely different vintages. A number of growers in Mosel turned in memorably fine collections.

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Benito Ferrara Greco di Tufo Vigna Cicogna: 2008-2015

Italy: Center & South, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Ian D'Agata, Nov 2016

Benito Ferrara is one of Italy’s best white wine producers. Ferrara’s most famous wine, the Greco di Tufo Vigna Cicogna, is an Italian icon and perhaps the most elegant Greco di Tufo made in Italy today.

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2012 Barolo Part 2 – The Late Releases

Italy: Piedmont, featured

Antonio Galloni, Nov 2016

This article covers the late-released 2012 Barolos. I continue to believe that 2012 is a vintage to buy selectively. There are some very pleasant surprises, but, as a whole, the vintage is characterized by highs and lows. Although quality is irregular, the best 2012 Barolos are very much worth seeking out, especially considering that there is not a lot of upward pressure on prices for the vintage at the moment.

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Norman Hardie Chardonnay Vertical: 2006-2014

Rest of the World, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Ian D'Agata, Nov 2016

Norman Hardie is considered to be one of Canada's best winemakers. His Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs are sought after by bon vivants and collectors alike. This unique vertical tasting reviews all of Hardie's various Chardonnay bottlings from Niagara and Prince Edward County.