September 22, 2022 - Eric Guido

Basilicata: Vulture’s Rise from the Ashes

For many years now, a core of passion- and quality-driven producers have been working hard to prove that Vulture deserves its place on the world’s stage. While many hurdles remain, I wholeheartedly believe that Vulture is very much on its way. ...

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September 20, 2022 - Neal Martin

Léoville-Poyferré 1936-2018

Didier Cuvelier rejuvenated Léoville-Poyferré. A new chapter opened when his cousin, Sara Lecompte Cuvelier, took over the helm a few years ago. Following a vertical of recent vintages, this article examines one of Saint-Julien’s most respected estates.

September 15, 2022 - Neal Martin

Swings and Roundabouts: Chablis 2020/2021

Chablis is a mirror, translating growing seasons into wine with minimal interference compared to elsewhere. The 2020 and 2021 vintages are very different, the latter resulting in wines I thought would not be seen again. So where do you start looking?

September 13, 2022 - Angus Hughson

The Power and the Passion: Wynns John Riddoch 1982-2019

The roots for Wynns Coonawarra Estate’s Cabernet Sauvignon John Riddoch were planted over a century ago in the 1890s. Today the wine is a modern Australian classic as illustrated by this full vertical tasting stretching back to the 1982 vintage. Fine, detailed and well structured, these long-lived Cabernet Sauvignons show more than just a passing resemblance to the best wines from the Left Bank and have their own, distinctive Coonawarra style.

September 8, 2022 - Angus Hughson

The Not So Wild West: Margaret River in the Groove

It is hard to believe that in a little over fifty years Margaret River has risen from a home of counterculture to be one of Australia’s most sophisticated wine regions. A tasting of new releases again showed that, pound for pound, there are few premium wine zones that can match the sheer value from this incredibly remote corner of the world.

September 6, 2022 - Rebecca Gibb MW

Chenin Blanc: Wait a Sec

No two seasons are alike in the Loire these days. In addition, the reality is that dry wines are far easier to sell today than off-dry and sweet wines. Looking at 2020 and 2021 in the context of current trends, the question remains: while the market clamours for dry Loire Chenin Blanc, is the move towards drier styles in the wines’ best interests?

September 1, 2022 - Josh Raynolds

South Australia, Victoria and a Bit Beyond

The sheer diversity of wine styles in greater South Australia is nothing short of mind-bending. Name it, they make it. That makes generalizing about this vast swath of territory a fool’s errand. The attitude toward Australian wines seems to finally be shifting to what is and has been happening here, albeit slowly. Still, far too many wine lovers view Australia’s massive and far-flung vinous culture as simply about big, full-throttle reds, all day long. Stereotypes do tend to die hard.

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Antonio Galloni
Stephen Tanzer
Neal Martin
Josh Raynolds
Eric Guido
David Schildknecht
Rebecca Gibb MW
Joaquín Hidalgo
Alessandro Masnaghetti

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September 16, 2022 - Neal Martin

Vinous Table: L’Espace PH3 Bistrot/La Pyramide, Vienne, France

The hotel boasts two restaurants, the two Michelin-starred La Pyramide and a bistro, L’Espace PH3. On the first night, attendees convened at the bistro in order to mine its eye-boggling wine lists, and the following day, the second part of the Chambertin tasting was accompanied by a specially prepared menu in the flagship restaurant.

September 9, 2022 - Neal Martin

Vinous Table: Cornerstone, London, UK

Cornerstone is the kind of restaurant that I am seeking more and more these days: either waiting patiently for a Michelin star or recently in receipt of one, yet unburdened by the accolade. As a showcase for Tom Brown’s culinary skill, Cornerstone works perfectly.

September 2, 2022 - Antonio Galloni

Vinous Table: Bar Le Côte, Los Olivos, CA

With its seafood focused menu and bright décor, Bar Le Côte is a very welcome addition to the Santa Barbara wine country dining scene.

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2017 Malacari Rosso Conero Villa Malacari

The 2017 Rosso Conero Villa Malacari smolders with a mix of black currants, smoky crushed stone and sage. It’s silky yet cool-toned, ushering in mineral-tinged red berry and violet inner florals. Grippy tannins linger as the Villa Malacari tapers off structured and almost salty in character. (EG)

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2019 Fongoli Montefalco Rosso

Black cherry, spice and citrus form a beguiling display as the 2019 Montefalco Rosso comes to life. It’s silky and elegant, with acidity and mineral-laced red fruits that penetrate the palate, finishing with violets and grippy tannins. There’s a racy and fun character here. (EG)

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2019 Fattoria Le Terrazze Rosso Conero

The 2019 Rosso Conero, 100% Montepulciano, mixes succulent red fruits with cracked stone mineral tones and spiced citrus. It’s soft in texture yet high in energy, impressive for its shear drinkability. A salty flourish combines with tart berries throughout. (EG)

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September 19, 2022 - Eric Guido

Cellar Favorite: 2018 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon

There are very few wines that I personally seek out year after year. For a wine to become a recurring purchase for my cellar, it takes a proven track record, unparalleled quality among. peers, vintage-to-vintage consistency and. relative value. The Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon is such a wine, even with steady price increase over the past ten years.

September 12, 2022 - Neal Martin

Cellar Favorite: 1997 & 2009 Kanonkop Paul Sauer

The secondary market for South Africa’s most desirable top cuvées continues to see increasing numbers of collectors chasing diminishing supply. Buoyant interest in the Cape’s blue chips is a relatively recent phenomenon that has grown organically, pulled by demand rather than forced by supply. One coveted label is Kanonkop’s Paul Sauer.

September 6, 2022 - Neal Martin

Cellar Favorite: 2010 & 2011 Porseleinberg

Porseleinberg leads an impressive and growing fleet of world-class Syrah/Rhône blends from South Africa.

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