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Cellar Favorite: 2007 Carlisle Syrah Cardiac Hill Bennett Valley

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, United States: California

Eric Guido, Apr 2020

Too few people think about cellaring the Carlisle Syrahs. That’s understandable, considering that the wines’ primary fruit and intensity gives so much pleasure upon release. But it is only with cellaring that the wines start to take on the complexities and characteristics that Rhône lovers so often seek.

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Cellar Favorite: 1999 Podere La Vigna Brunello di Montalcino

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, Italy: Tuscany

Eric Guido, Apr 2020

The 1999 vintage in Montalcino has always held a special place in my heart, and for very good reason; the cool and dry growing season resulted in structured wines with balanced acidity. The hard part was waiting for them to mature.

Naude chenin blanc 2013

Cellar Favorite: 2013 Naudé Old Vines Chenin Blanc

South Africa, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Apr 2020

Winemaker Ian Naudé is one of the unsung heroes of the South African wine scene, a quietly spoken man who shies away from the limelight and quietly goes about producing limited runs of stellar wines.

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Cellar Favorite: 2012 Château Latour

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Bordeaux

Neal Martin, Apr 2020

What makes this bottle different is that it is cleaved from a private vertical tasting of the last 20 vintages and was one that I managed to identify correctly. Indeed, the challenge of identifying recent vintages blind is testament to Latour’s consistency.

Yquem 1931

Cellar Favorite: 1931 d’Yquem

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Bordeaux

Neal Martin, Mar 2020

Defying all the odds, this Sauternes provided much pleasure to a group of wine lovers, a fitting finale to a memorable Burgundy dinner. Not a success? I beg to differ.

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Cellar Favorite: 1937 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche Grand Cru

France: Burgundy, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Mar 2020

Last November I met with a couple of friends and Burgundy mavens with the sole intention of tasting one of the last bottles from the Moingeon family cellar. The rather shabby-looking bottle was bereft of a label and covered in a thin film of dust, and there was no branding on the cork.

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Cellar Favorite: 1933 Domaine René Engel Grands-Echézeaux Grand Cru

France: Burgundy, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Mar 2020

Sometimes you encounter a bottle so old and rare that your immediate reaction is one of knowing that you will never taste it again. This bottle came from a renowned private cellar and was poured blind by a generous friend at Bistro de l’Hôtel.

Hatzidakis cuvee 15

Cellar Favorite: 2017 Hatzidakis Winery Cuvée No. 15 Assyrtiko

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, Greece

Neal Martin, Mar 2020

Am I an expert in Greek wine? Regrettably, I am not. But I do know when I’m face to face with a wine that exudes brilliance. This bottle was kindly opened during a long-overdue visit to The Arches, the legendary restaurant/wine bar in Swiss Cottage, London.

Mas del serral 2009

Cellar Favorite: 2009 Pepe Raventós Mas del Serral

Spain, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Mar 2020

I met winemaker Pepe Raventós at a dinner for artisan Spanish winemakers at Noble Rot that preceded the Viñateros tasting this past February. We never met during my short tenure as reviewer, however it was his wines alongside those of Gramona, that blew apart my preconceptions of what Cava can achieve.

Cf feb242020

Cellar Favorite: 1990 Soldera – Case Basse Brunello di Montalcino

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, Italy: Tuscany

Antonio Galloni, Feb 2020

Soldera’s 1990 Brunello di Montalcino doesn’t quite have the visceral power and lushness of his Riserva, but you know what? It comes pretty close.