featured, Italy: Piedmont, Verticals & Retrospectives
Cappellano's Barolos represent the very best of the artisan tradition in Piedmont. This recent retrospective back to 1935 was truly unforgettable. Tiny production and insatiable demand makes large-scale Cappellano verticals exceedingly rare. When all was said and done, we tasted a number of extraordinary, deeply moving wines, including several reference points as well as most of the modern-day classics that have emerged from these cellars recently.
featured, Germany: Ruwer, Germany: Saar
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.
featured, Verticals & Retrospectives, United States: California
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.
featured, Italy: Piedmont
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.
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.
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.
featured, France: Loire
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.
featured, Italy: North
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.
featured, United States: California, Verticals & Retrospectives
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.
featured, South Africa
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.