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Alsace: The 2015s and Late-Released 2014s

France: Alsace, featured

Ian D'Agata, Mar 2017

Although the 2014 and 2015 vintages posed distinct challenges for growers and winemakers alike, the former year produced some sleek, delicious, brisk whites (especially Rieslings) while the latter vintage yielded many rich, powerful examples, including some of the best Gewürztraminers in decades.

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2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape: Power and Balance

France: Rhône & Beaujolais, featured

Josh Raynolds, Mar 2017

While the 2015 growing season was very warm in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, this vintage is no replay of the high-octane 2007 or 2003. The ‘15s are hardly shrinking violets but they also display healthy balancing acidity and freshness.

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2014 Red Burgundies: Delicious Terroir-Driven Midweights

France: Burgundy, featured

Stephen Tanzer, Mar 2017

The best 2014 red Burgundies show exhilarating definition and lift, typically with high-pitched aromas and flavors of tangy red fruits, minerals, spices and flowers. And with mostly moderate levels of alcohol and baby fat, the 2014s are clear reflections of their terroirs.

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Tramin Pinot Grigio Unterebner: 2002-2015

Italy: North, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Ian D'Agata, Mar 2017

Thinking of Pinot Grigio only in terms of insipid or boring wines is one of the biggest mistake made by wine lovers and wine experts today. The fact is Pinot Grigio is one of the world’s noble grapes. Tramin’s top of the line Unterebner bottling showcases the greatness the variety and wines are capable of.

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Sonoma’s Sensational 2015s Parts 1 & 2

United States: California, featured

Antonio Galloni, Mar 2017

Challenging spring conditions, warm weather and a very early harvest produced rich, sumptuous Pinot Noirs, Zinfandels and Syrahs that offer a compelling interplay of dense fruit and vibrant, pulsating acidity. The best 2015s are exotic, viscerally thrilling wines endowed with phenomenal purity, depth and intensity.

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Bruno Giacosa: Barbaresco Santo Stefano 1964-2007

Italy: Piedmont, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Antonio Galloni, Mar 2017

Over the years I have been fortunate to taste many of Bruno Giacosa’s wines. This comprehensive vertical of the Barbaresco Santo Stefano, held over two evenings and going back to the inaugural 1964, was truly unforgettable. There were plenty of surprises from a number of dark horse vintages, while the epic Red Label Riservas once again proved why these are some of the most coveted wines in the world. Above all else, though, the wines were a poignant reminder of the genius of Bruno Giacosa.

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Brunello di Montalcino: The 2012 Brunellos & 2011 Riservas

Italy: Tuscany, featured

Ian D'Agata, Mar 2017

The superb 2012 Brunello vintage represents a conundrum: a hot, very dry year that produced a large number of wines in a cooler-climate style. Aromas and flavors are ripe in 2012, but the wines also have the acidity and steely tannic structure to evolve slowly and gracefully in bottle

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Miani: New Releases & More

Italy: North, featured

Antonio Galloni, Mar 2017

These new releases from Miani and proprietor Enzo Pontoni show that Friuli’s most inspired, quality-obsessed grower continues to push the boundaries with brilliant whites and reds that showcase the pedigree of the region’s best sites.

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New Releases from Chile: The Tail Wags the Dog

Chile, featured

Josh Raynolds, Feb 2017

After years of percolating beneath the surface of an ocean of corporate, albeit frequently well-made wines, Chile’s small-scale winemakers are slowly but steadily rising to the consciousness of wine lovers. At the same time, a number of the country's largest wineries are stepping up their own quality game, making these exciting vinous times for Chile, which for too long was spoken of more for its quality potential than for the actual merit of its wines.

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Austria’s 2015 Rieslings & Grüner Veltliners: Ripe & Ready

Austria, featured

David Schildknecht, Feb 2017

Two thousand-fifteen, a stress-free vintage for growers, overflows with generous, lovely wines that belie mid-summer drought and record-setting heat.