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Cellar Favorite: 1999 Podere La Vigna Brunello di Montalcino

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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.

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2015 Brunello: The Vintage We Have Been Waiting For?

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Eric Guido, Apr 2020

Montalcino is in a constant state of flux. Recent years have brought scandal, a division between traditional and international styles, various efforts to organize and define vineyard sites and repeated battles to change the guidelines of the producers' consortium, all accompanied by a series of fair vintages consumers have often snubbed. You can imagine the happiness 2015 brought winemakers. But is it the vintage consumers have been waiting for?

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Montalcino: The Great 2015 Brunellos & More

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Ian D'Agata, Apr 2020

Wine lovers everywhere are in for a real treat with Montalcino’s latest releases. The 2015 Brunellos are some of the best in recent memory, while the 2018 Rossos are wonderfully fresh and inviting. A handful of luscious Moscadellos round out the wines featured in this report.

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Tuscany New Releases, Part 1

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Antonio Galloni, Mar 2020

This first installment of our Tuscany coverage looks at a wide range of new releases across a region that is vast, wonderfully diverse and full of wines that are well worth exploring. From the big, bold reds of Maremma to those of perhaps slightly lesser known appellations such as Carmignano, Montepulciano, Cortona and Orcia, Tuscany offers readers so much to discover. The journey with Italian wines is truly never-ending. Tuscany alone is a great example of that. Best of all, many of the wines in this article also offer terrific value in today’s world.

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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.

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Masseto Retrospective at the Country Music Hall of Fame

Verticals & Retrospectives, featured, Italy: Tuscany

Antonio Galloni, Jan 2020

Well, I have to hand it to the Nashville Wine Auction and President/CEO Holly Whaley. They really knew how to get me to say ‘yes’ to participating in a Masseto tasting in Nashville. Wine, guitars and country music, all for charity. That will get me every time. I was thrilled to co-host this complete Masseto retrospective with winemaker Axel Heinz, singer/songwriter Martina McBride and her husband, producer John McBride. It was a phenomenal weekend.

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La Ricolma: A Complete Retrospective

Verticals & Retrospectives, featured, Italy: Tuscany

Antonio Galloni, Dec 2019

So many of Tuscany’s most famous wines achieved their vaunted status by accident. That is the case with Sassicaia, Masseto and Solaia. What about San Giusto a Rentennano’s Merlot La Ricolma? Well, it turns out La Ricolma has a pretty interesting story too. This complete vertical of La Ricolma, the first ever held at the estate, provided a fabulous opportunity to learn more about the wine and the Martini di Cigala family’s rich lineage.

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Spotlight on Rosso di Montalcino

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Antonio Galloni, Oct 2019

Rosso di Montalcino sometimes gets overlooked in the rush to focus solely on Brunello. That’s a shame, as the best Rossos offer pedigreed expressions of Sangiovese from this magical hillside town and its surrounding vineyards. At the same time, styles and overall quality are variable, which makes navigating Rosso a bit of a minefield. Here’s everything you need to know…

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Cellar Favorite: 2009 Le Macchiole Paleo Rosso

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, Italy: Tuscany

Antonio Galloni, Sep 2019

I had a chance to taste a number of reference point 2009s during my recent tour of Bolgheri. Le Macchiole’s 2009 Cabernet Franc Paleo Rosso was one of the most impressive.

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2016 Chianti Classico – A Modern Day Benchmark

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Antonio Galloni, Aug 2019

I can’t remember the last time I was this excited about Chianti Classico and its wines. My July trip included a number of truly memorable estate visits, two unforgettable verticals, and the thrill of discovering a handful of wineries that were new to me. The top 2016s have turned out to be just as extraordinary as I had hoped they would be, and the 2017s, while less consistent, have plenty to offer as well.