2016 Chianti Classico – A Modern Day Benchmark

Italy: Tuscany, featured

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.

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Two Imaginary Boys: Pichon-Lalande

France: Bordeaux, featured

Neal Martin, Aug 2019

What links a historic and esteemed Grand Cru Classé in Pauillac with Robert Smith of English rock band, “The Cure”? You might be surprised by the answer in this alternative take on Pichon-Lalande…

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2019 Rosé Roundup

featured, Rest of the World

Josh Raynolds, Aug 2019

There have never been more high-quality pink wines available than there are today. Worldwide demand for Rosé, at all price levels, is at an all-time high. But the Rosé boom has also resulted in a large number of uninteresting, forgettable wines, so knowing where to look is key. These are the most distinctive and delicious Rosés I tasted this year.

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Raveneau Chablis Montée de Tonnerre: 1985-2015

France: Burgundy, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Stephen Tanzer, Aug 2019

Raveneau’s Chablis Montée de Tonnerre is one of the most coveted wines in the world. And with good reason. The Raveneaus have established an enviable track record for consistent quality and longevity through three generations of winemaking. A recent vertical tasting back to 1985 showed why this premier cru Chablis is so highly regarded.

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Rheingau & Mittelrhein Riesling: Rising to 2017’s Challenges

featured, Germany

David Schildknecht, Aug 2019

With more than their share of stormy weather, both literally and figuratively, the Rheingau and Mittelrhein yielded significantly varying quality in 2017, with some exciting successes.

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Sicily: Where Great Wines and Lava Flow

Italy: Center & South, featured

Ian D'Agata, Aug 2019

Never before has the island of Sicily produced so many world-class wines. The most recent vintages in the market, 2017 and 2016, yielded a bevy of superb whites and reds.

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Drink Your Idols: Roumier’s Musigny 1976-2008

France: Burgundy, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Neal Martin, Aug 2019

They say you should never meet your “heroes”. So when I was invited to a once-in-a-lifetime vertical of Christophe Roumier’s Musigny, did these fabled bottles live up to expectations?

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2018 Napa Valley – First Impressions…

featured, United States: California

Antonio Galloni, Jul 2019

After a tumultuous, hugely stressful 2017, Napa Valley winemakers and owners welcomed an essentially trouble-free growing season in 2018. As I have done for many years, this past spring I tasted the new vintage from barrel to get a first look at the wines ahead of my fall tastings. Based on what I have seen so far 2018 looks like a strong vintage, although there were some challenges as well.

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The 2009 Napa Valley Cabernets at Age 10

Verticals & Retrospectives, featured, United States: California

Stephen Tanzer, Jul 2019

The 2009 Napa Valley Cabernets, beautifully balanced wines from a mild growing season without weather extremes, are aging slowly and gracefully, with the better examples still short of their peaks, proving once again how well the best Napa Valley Cabernets can develop with time in bottle.

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The 2019 Champagne Summer Preview

France: Champagne, featured

Antonio Galloni, Jul 2019

I tasted a wide range of wines during two highly educational visits to Champagne this year. Our Summer Preview includes everything from reviews of new releases coming into the market, from both grower domaines and grand marques, as well as notes on a handful of collectibles. The pace of change on the ground is dizzying, which makes Champagne one of the most dynamic regions in the world today.