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Saar Riesling 2018: Beating the Heat

The precocious 2018 vintage with its hot, dry summer, held the potential for wines short on acidity and high in alcohol. Fortunately, adept growers worked successfully to avoid that outcome, and estate owners nearly everywhere saw a combination of generous ripeness with unexpectedly abundant yields. This report focuses on the Saar, whose hills and side valleys are known for being cooler and breezier, and for birthing Rieslings correspondingly more acid-retentive and buoyant.

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2019 Bordeaux: A Long, Strange Trip

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Uncertain Smile: Bordeaux 2019

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Germany 2018: The Nahe – Leading by a Nose

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Via Forno, Scarsdale, New York

Via Forno is one of my local pizza joints. Despite the somber outlook, the staff at Via Forno has been upbeat the few times I have been there recently. I am looking forward to going back when things eventually come back to something resembling normalcy.

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NoMad, NYC

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Brixton Laundry, London

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Providence, LA

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2018 Ca'Liptra Amistà ($20) 91

2018 Ca'Liptra Amistà, 91 points

This Marche Rosso shows a translucent ruby color, as perfumed, peppery herbs give way to ripe strawberry, crushed stone and undergrowth. A buzz of vibrant acids lasts through the fresh and energetic finish, lending energy to the floral-laced fruit and spice flavors. (EG)


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2010 Haut-Bailly

In my write-up of the 2010 Bordeaux vintage earlier this year, it was unfortunate that one bottle in the blind tasting was so hideously corked that it rendered every participant’s glass unusable. (Hopefully, the injured stemware has recovered by now.) The culprit turned out to be Haut-Bailly, and unfortunately we did not have a backup at hand.

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