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Cellar Favorite: 1978 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche – Grand Cru

France: Burgundy, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Oct 2017

This is a fabulous bottle of the 1978 La Tâche. Powerful and driven in feel, with searing acidity, the 1978 is quite expressive.

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Vinous Table: Saison, San Francisco

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Antonio Galloni, Oct 2017

This recent dinner at Saison was one of the very best meals I have had not just in 2017, but in a very long time. Executive Chef Joshua Skenes and Wine Director Mark Bright have created one of the most memorable dining and hospitality experiences in the United States.

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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?

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Louis Sipp: Riesling Kirchberg de Ribeauvillé 1971 – 2014

featured, Verticals & Retrospectives, France: Alsace

Ian D'Agata, Oct 2017

Louis Sipp is located in the heart of Ribeauvillé, one of Alsace’s most famous and prettiest towns. Sipp has always been one of the best, if not the best producer, of Kirchberg de Ribeauvillé Riesling. A recent vertical back to 1971 provided a great opportunity to taste a number of wines from this famed Grand Cru site.

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Vinous Table: Centro Storico, Serralunga d'Alba

Piedmont, Vinous Table

Antonio Galloni, Oct 2017

Centro Storico is one of my homes away from home. I always look forward to walking in the door, sitting at one my usual tables and enjoying a simple meal with great wine.

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Cellar Favorite: 1996 Domaine Armand Rousseau Chambertin Clos de Bèze

cellar favorite

Antonio Galloni, Oct 2017

Rousseau’s 1996 Chambertin Clos de Bèze is a wine of translucent energy and finesse.

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2013 Barolo: The Late Releases

featured, Italy: Piedmont

Antonio Galloni, Oct 2017

The 2013 Barolos continue to impress for their grace and finesse. The late-ripening season produced translucent, perfumed Barolos that capture the essence of site, in my mind the single greatest attribute that separates the great vintages from merely excellent or good years. This article covers wines that were bottled just this past summer and/or that I tasted previously as barrel samples.

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Tasca d’Almerita’s Rosso del Conte: 1979 – 2012

featured, Italy: Center & South, Verticals & Retrospectives

Ian D'Agata, Oct 2017

Rosso del Conte is an iconic Italian wine, one of the first to show that southern Italy could produce world class, age-worthy reds. Rosso del Conte was tinkered with, over the years (not always succesfully, in my view,) but is back to where it should be, showcasing the heights that Nero d’Avola (and Perricone) can reach in the right hands.

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Cayuse Vineyards’ Syrah Bionic Frog: 2000 – 2014

featured, Verticals & Retrospectives, United States: Washington

Stephen Tanzer, Oct 2017

Christophe Baron’s adventures in Walla Walla Valley quickly bore fruit. Since the turn of the new century his wines — especially his Syrahs — have consistently stood out from the crowd in Washington State. Baron’s Bionic Frog bottling is the best of them, as a comprehensive recent vertical tasting made clear.