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Accornero Bricco del Bosco Vigne Vecchie 2006-2015

Italy: Piedmont, featured

Ian D'Agata, Nov 2019

Accornero’s Grignolino del Monferrato Casalese Bricco del Bosco Vigne Vecchie is arguably Italy’s best Grignolino, one that proves just how remarkably ageworthy the wines made with this highly underrated grape can be.

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Cellar Favorite: 1994 Domaine Ponsot Morey-Saint-Denis Clos des Monts Luisants Blanc 1er Cru

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Burgundy

Neal Martin, Nov 2019

It is a pity that Aligoté must reside in the shadow of Chardonnay. Too often it is dismissed, not only by consumers, but winemakers themselves since many “forget” to show me their Bourgogne Aligoté during cellar visits. Thankfully in recent years there has been a reappraisal of Aligoté spearheaded by Marsannay-based Sylvain Pataille and the grape is finally receiving due respect.

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Vinous Table: Mount Sinai Charity Dinner at Saison

Vinous Table, United States: California

Antonio Galloni, Nov 2019

This unforgettable evening was an auction lot built around an all-access pass to wines from my personal cellar paired with dinner donated by Saison that was sold at the most recent Festa del Barolo to support children’s pediatrics at the Mount Sinai Hospital. I would like to extend a huge ‘thank you!’ to our patrons for their extraordinary generosity. This dinner raised $55,000, 100% of which went to charity.

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Barbaresco 2016 & 2017 – A Tale of Two Vintages

Italy: Piedmont, featured

Antonio Galloni, Nov 2019

Piedmont fans will find plenty of new releases in the market this fall. The 2016s confirm all of the promise they have always shown. It is a stunning, brilliant vintage across the board. Mother Nature was not as kind in 2017, a year that is going to require a much more selective approach.

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South Africa New Releases: Don’t Deny Yourself

South Africa, featured

Neal Martin, Nov 2019

As someone privileged with more than his fair share of rare and expensive Grand Cru Burgundy and First Growths, I can unhesitatingly state that the best of South Africa punches at the same weight. This report burgeons with wines born in climactic knife-edge, dry-farmed vineyards, often from ancient vines, and with minimal intervention by talented and frequently young winemakers in the opening chapters of long careers. Those winemakers are creating a scene that is incredibly exciting and dynamic.

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Santa Lucia Highlands Braves the Heat in 2017

United States: California, featured

Josh Raynolds, Nov 2019

The Santa Lucia Highlands produced a bevy of outstanding wines in 2017, despite a growing season that had some challenges, including a heat wave over Labor Day weekend. While the 2017s deliver plenty of up-front appeal, they also have the depth and balance to age gracefully for years to come.

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Cellar Favorite: 1990 Château Latour

France: Bordeaux, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Nov 2019

Tasting the 1990 Latour is like running into a long-lost friend. Still dark, deep and spectacularly flamboyant, the 1990 possesses remarkable textural richness from the very first taste.

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Vinous Table: Casa Cámara, San Juan de Pasajes, Spain

Spain, Vinous Table

Neal Martin, Nov 2019

This is an institution that goes about its business in discreet fashion, doing what it has done for decades: serving delicious seafood and providing a memorable evening out.

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Exploring the Santa Cruz Mountains

United States: California, featured

Antonio Galloni, Oct 2019

The Santa Cruz Mountains remains one of the most fascinating regions in the United States. These hillside vineyards, tucked above the urban sprawl of Silicon Valley, are home to a number of world-class estates, as I was reminded once again this year after tasting a number of older wines. Mountain viticulture is by its own definition a struggle against the elements. But it is precisely that struggle that so often yields wines of singular beauty.

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Marquis d’Angerville’s Volnay Clos des Ducs: 1920-2017

Verticals & Retrospectives, France: Burgundy, featured

Stephen Tanzer, Oct 2019

Guillaume d’Angerville makes one of the Côte de Beaune’s true icon wines from an ideally situated walled vineyard whose borders have not changed for at least 500 years. His methods are uncomplicated: fanatical attention to detail in the vineyard and in the winery. This vertical tasting made it clear that the Clos des Ducs is frequently a wine of grand cru intensity, aromatic complexity and staying power.