Verticals & Retrospectives, Italy: Center & South, featured
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.
France: Champagne, featured
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.
Italy: Tuscany, featured
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.
United States: Washington, featured
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.
Italy, featured, Italy: Piedmont, United States: California
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featured, Italy: Piedmont, Verticals & Retrospectives
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.
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.
Italy: Center & South, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured
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.
Italy: Piedmont, featured
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.
Rest of the World, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured
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.