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2015 Barolo…The Bigger Picture

Barolo lovers have become spoiled over the last fifteen years or so. While 2015 is clearly a mixed vintage, in any other previous era there is little doubt it would have been considered outstanding. Readers will find a number of dazzling 2015s, even if quality is uneven across the board. More importantly, though, the number of young growers and re-born older estates making compelling wines is greater than at any time since I first visited Piedmont in 1997. Quite simply, Barolo, and Piedmont more broadly, is going through a remarkable boom. I came away from my tastings more energized than ever.

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To Paint A Picture: Kumeu River Chardonnay 2006-2017

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Drouhin’s Beaune Clos des Mouches Blanc: 1979-2016

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Inspire Napa Valley 2018

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Vertical Tasting of Louis Jadot’s Corton Pougets

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The Picardy Third: 2016 DRC In Bottle

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Alsace & Luxembourg: 2017s and Late-Released 2016s

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Looking The Part: Pichon-Baron 1953 – 2015

Tastingallthe 2016sand2017s

The Art of the Blend

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The DBs: Bordeaux 2016 In Bottle

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Château de la Tour Clos-Vougeot Vieilles Vignes 1985-2016

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Portland starter

Portland, London, UK

I came away from this dinner impressed by the restaurant, since the service and food had been exquisite, and with a higher appreciation of Chablis than ever before. If this evening set out to demonstrate the apotheosis of Chablis, then it is “job done.”

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La Taverne Alsacienne

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Le Coquillage, France

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San Domenico, Italy

Crab with black truffle

Core by Clare Smyth

Vinous Favorites

2016 Viñedos Sierra Cantabria Selección Rioja ($12.00) 90

2016 Viñedos Sierra Cantabria Selección Rioja, 90 points

This classic, bargain-priced red from Rioja displays intense cassis, cherry, espresso and licorice flavors, along with subtle vanilla and woodsmoke nuances. It’s still on the youthful, fruit-dominated side but it opens up quickly and picks up a spicy accent with a little bit of air. (JR)


Cellar Favorites

Angelus 1953 bottle

1953 & 1975 l’Angélus

Sometimes these forgotten and frequently traduced periods are not as fallow as you might presume, especially in this Manichean age where we prefer to see things in black and white.

1971 Domaine Ponsot Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru

2005 Domaine Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Nuits Saint-Georges Clos de la Maréchale 1er Cru

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