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Chateau Montelena Cabernet Estate: 1977-2010

Chateau Montelena’s classic, long-aging flagship Cabernet from Calistoga has been steadily updated in recent decades through harvesting and cellar improvements as well as by the addition of fruit from volcanic hillside vineyards, which has contributed power, clarity and minerality to the wine. This retrospective traces the history of the Estate Cabernet back to 1977.

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Burgundy With A Bit of Age: 2000-2014

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Studio at the Standard, København, Denmark

Hip and magically located right on the water, Studio at the Standard is routinely voted one of Denmark’s five best restaurants. Absolutely nothing about my latest visit leads me to believe such fame is undeserved.

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La Barrique, Rome, Italy

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2016 J.K. Carriere Provocateur Pinot Noir Willamette Valley, 91 points

J.K. Carriere’s entry-level Willamette Valley Pinot really shines in 2016. An elegant wine from an outstanding vintage, it smoothly blends generous New World fruit expression with Old World earthiness and balance. The 2016 is delicious right now but it can age, too. (JR)

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1992-2011 Louis Jadot Gevrey-Chambertin Clos St.-Jacques 1er Cru

I feel that people sometimes look down on Jadot’s Clos Saint-Jacques because unlike the other four, it is part of a large company’s portfolio rather than a family domaine. However, in blind tastings I find it stands shoulder to shoulder with the competition.

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