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The Pros and Cons of Rosso di Montalcino and Beyond

As I continue to taste through the 2017 Brunellos, the importance and possibilities of Rosso di Montalcino are more evident now than ever before. Rosso provides a great opportunity to take a peek at the Brunello vintages that are on the way, even if that approach is not without its pitfalls, as I explain in this article. It’s time to take a look at the 2019 and 2020 Rossos that are entering the market.

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Pierre, Denis & Jean-Jacques: Doisy-Daëne & L’Extravagance 1942-2013

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California North Coast: Eyes Wide Open

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Back to Burgfest: 2017 Reds – Blind

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Everyday Piedmont, Parts 1 & 2

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Looking Back to Look Forward: Back Vintage Brunello

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Wines from Italy’s Volcanic Arc: Campania

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2021 - The Year In Review

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Italy’s Sparkling Wine Paradox

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My 2021

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2021 In the Rearview Mirror

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This recent Saturday lunch at TORC was a nice break from my tastings in Napa Valley. It was great to see an old friend and get back to a more normal rhythm of actually being able spend time with people again.

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The River Café, London, UK

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Chizuru Tei, Edinburgh

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Divino Enoteca, Scotland

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Fhior, Scotland

Vinous Favorites

2021 Shaw + Smith Sauvignon Blanc

2021 Shaw + Smith Sauvignon Blanc, 91 points

Bright and sharply focused on the nose, the 2021 Sauvignon Blanc opens with citrus zest, green apple, succulent herbs and a hint of green tea. On the palate it offers lime pith, pear skin, fennel and an exotic touch of lemongrass, closing long and nervy, with citrus fruit and bitter quince. (JR)


Cellar Favorites

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1952 Latour (Réserve des Proprietaires)

You may assume that you know all that there is to know about a winery; however, there are what you describe as “known unknowns”.

2005 Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Santo Stefano di Neive

1979 Domaine Macle Château-Chalon

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Napa in the City 2022

April 7 - 9, 2022
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