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The Pros and Cons of Rosso di Montalcino and Beyond

Italy: Tuscany, featured

Eric Guido, Jan 2022

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

France: Bordeaux, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Neal Martin, Jan 2022

Just a few weeks before the passing of Pierre Dubourdieu last June, I undertook a vertical tasting at Doisy-Daëne back to the 1940s. This article examines this leading Barsac estate through three generations of the Dubourdieu family.

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Cellar Favorite: 1952 Latour (Réserve des Proprietaires)

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Bordeaux

Neal Martin, Jan 2022

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

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California North Coast: Eyes Wide Open

United States: California, featured

Antonio Galloni, Jan 2022

As is our custom, we present our reviews of new releases from Sonoma County and neighboring North Coast appellations in a series of installments over the coming weeks. This report focuses on the 2020s and the 2019s, which I first covered in last year’s article. There’s a lot to talk about, so grab a glass and settle in. This might take a while.

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Cellar Favorite: 2005 Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Santo Stefano di Neive

Italy: Piedmont, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Jan 2022

What a thrill it is to drink Bruno Giacosa’s 2005 Barbaresco Santo Stefano di Neive. The 2005 has been consistently brilliant since I first tasted it over a dozen years ago, but I confess that I had forgotten just how captivating the 2005 is. The word ‘classic’ is over-used, but that is exactly what the 2005 is. Classic.

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Back to Burgfest: 2017 Reds – Blind

France: Burgundy, featured

Neal Martin, Jan 2022

Following last year’s examination of the 2017 Burgundy whites, how did the reds fare under the same peer group blind tasting conditions? As usual, there were a few surprises along the way.

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Everyday Piedmont, Parts 1 & 2

Italy: Piedmont, featured

Antonio Galloni, Sep 2021

Piedmont has so much to offer the curious wine lover. Barolo and Barbaresco are now firmly established among the world’s greatest reds. Alto Piemonte has made huge strides in recent years. But there is so much more to Piedmont beyond those famous appellations and wines. In the hands of the best growers, Dolcetto, Barbera, Langhe Nebbiolo and Piedmont’s other reds and whites deliver the same qualities that have made the region’s top bottlings so coveted. These are artisan wines from family-run domaines that convey a sense of place.

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Looking Back to Look Forward: Back Vintage Brunello

Italy: Tuscany, featured

Eric Guido, Jan 2022

We buy Brunello for the cellar, to watch it mature into glorious wines befitting of the region’s reputation. However, we seldom talk about these mature beauties in the same manner as we do the wines of Bordeaux or Barolo, which is a shame, because the best of Brunello can and does stand the test of time.

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Cellar Favorite: 1979 Domaine Macle Château-Chalon

France, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Jan 2022

Like many winelovers, I am fascinated by the Jura region, but for my sins, have never found the time to visit. Whenever I visit Burgundy on a clear day, I often stop and gaze towards its hills in the far distance and resolve that one day I shall venture across.

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The 2019 Napa Valley Cabernets: A Deep Dive

United States: California, featured

Antonio Galloni, Jan 2022

My annual report on Napa Valley is jam-packed. The 2019 Cabernets are big, bold wines that show the extroverted side of Napa Valley. There are plenty of fabulous wines at all levels, but 2019 does not have the across the board consistency of a truly great vintage, so readers will have to be selective.