Napa Valley’s Extraordinary 2016 Cabernets - Part 1

Napa Valley enjoyed an extraordinary vintage in 2016. The bottled 2016s are every bit as viscerally thrilling as they were last year when I tasted them from barrel. Best of all, 2016 is a captivating vintage from top to bottom, with a bevy of stunning wines for every palate and budget, as well as a number of bottles that are destined to become icons.

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Austria’s Riesling & Grüner Veltliner: 2016’s Challenges Met

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Ceretto Barbaresco Asili: 1974-2014

Graham's 90 year old

Port Is For Life: Symington Vintage & Tawny Ports

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The Wines of Alto Adige

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Champagne – The Season’s New Releases


New Zealand: Just For Starters

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Vacqueyras 2016 and 2015: Value and Consistency

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Focus on Washington: The New Normal

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Blind Vision: 2015 Burgundy Red & White

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2014 Barolo: Late Releases

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La Ciau del Tornavento, Treiso, Italy

One of Italy’s best and most beautiful restaurants, La Ciau del Tornavento offers memorable views of the vineyards and one of the country’s “top ten” wine cellars, making it a must-visit, especially in the off-season.

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JY’s, Colmar, France

Arbor full bottle lineup

Arbor, Hong Kong

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Arpège, Paris, France

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Armando al Pantheon, Rome, Italy

Vinous Favorites

2016 Bishop’s Peak Pinot Noir - San Luis Obispo County ($24.00) 91

2016 Bishop’s Peak Pinot Noir - San Luis Obispo County, 91 points

The 2016 Pinot Noir from Bishop’s Peak, Brian Talley’s entry-level range, delivers the goods for a great price. From a superb vintage, it’s balanced and energetic, deftly playing ripeness off of finesse and showing pure red fruit and floral character, seamless texture and spicy persistence. (JR)


Cellar Favorites


1945, 1966 & 1982 Gruaud Larose

I recently participated in two tastings connected with one of the most famous dynasties in Bordeaux: the Cordier family. Amongst Cordier’s acquisitions is Gruaud Larose, which came into their hands in 1917 and 1935, since back then, the estate was divided.

1970 Château de Fieuzal Rouge

1990 Gaja Barbaresco Costa Russi

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La Festa del Barolo 2019

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