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2017 and 2018 Northern Rhône

The 2017 vintage in the northern Rhône was marked by unpredictable weather swings, resulting in a short crop of ripe, healthy grapes that produced numerous fruit-forward, highly attractive wines to drink young. Meanwhile, 2018 was another hot year, but the wines show more energy than their 2017 siblings.

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Paul Hobbs’ Cabernet Beckstoffer To Kalon: 1999-2016

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Soave and the Still White Wines of Veneto

Bordeaux 2015 full bottle lineup

Finally: Bordeaux 2015 In Bottle

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Rheinhessen 2017: Perseverance Rewarded

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Mád Idea: Royal Tokaji 1990-2013

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Burgundy Odds & Ends

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Kapcsándy Roberta’s Reserve and Grand Vin

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Compare & Contrast - DRC & Leroy

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Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Montrachet 1978-2015

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Miani dinner at Enoteca Turi, London, UK

A recent thoroughly magical night of a large selection of younger and older Miani wines at London’s fine Enoteca Turi made for some long-lasting wine and dining memories.

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Au Trou Gascon, Paris, France

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Food by John Lawson, Leigh-on-Sea, UK

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Il Silene, Pescina, Italy

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Le Chalut, Saint-Malo, France

Vinous Favorites

2017 Bodega Amalaya Malbec Gran Corte ($20.00) 90

2017 Bodega Amalaya Malbec Gran Corte, 90 points

This deeply-colored barrel selection of Malbec from Argentina’s northerly Salta region offers aromas and flavors of crushed blackberry, licorice and saline minerality, with its sweetness leavened by brisk high-altitude acidity. Rather soft tannins should give this perfumed wine wide appeal. (ST)


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1997 Domaine Servin Chablis Vaillons 1er Cru

The 1997 Chablis Vaillons 1er Cru was a very pleasant and unexpected surprise at the end of my tasting of 2018s and 2017s at Domaine Servin. I can’t say I have a ton of experience with 1997, which is not exactly remembered as a great year for Chablis.

1959 Domaine Duroché Gevrey-Chambertin Lavaut Saint-Jacques 1er Cru

2009 Felton Road Cornish Point Pinot Noir

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