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Sonoma Preview: January 2018 New Releases

Readers will start to see the first wave of new releases from Sonoma trickling into the market in the coming days and weeks. Our Sonoma Preview focuses on the finest, small-production, artisan Sonoma wines and will be updated periodically in advance of our comprehensive coverage of Sonoma, which will be published in a few weeks’ time.

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Brilliance in Napa Valley: The 2016 & 2015 Cabernets

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Nals-Margreid: Pinot Bianco Sirmian 1986 – 2016

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Chianti Classico: The Stellar 2015s and Surprising 2014s

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Mosel Riesling 2016 Part 1: From Extremes, Equilibrium

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The 2015 Red Burgundies: You Are So Going To Want Them

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A Trip to the Mosel and a Seminal Riesling Tasting

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"Lost Souls"

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Rochioli, Chevillon and Egly-Ouriet


Vinous Table

White wine heaven

Le Calandre, Padova, Italy

My latest dinner at Le Calandre was one of my two best meals of 2017. Precise cooking, masterful technical ability, concentrated flavors, professional but not stuffy service and an outstanding wine list all combine for a memorable dining experience.

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Jean-Michel Lorain, Joigny, France

A roman smorgasbord tripe  tongue  roast beef and oxtail stew!

Cul de Sac, Rome, Italy

Ravioli

Campamac – Osteria di Livello, Barbaresco, Italy

4 roast pork ham with honey glaze and potato salad

d’Brendelstub, Riquewihr, France


Vinous Favorites

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2015 Mark Herold Flux, 90 points

The 2015 Flux, Mark Herold's entry-level red , is bold, juicy and inviting. Super-ripe red cherry, rose petal, mint and spice are all pushed forward in this racy, succulent wine. Dollops of Mourvèdre and Syrah round out the blend. (AG)

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Cellar Favorites

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1969 Domine Duroché Gevrey-Chambertin Lavaux Saint-Jacques 1er Cru

My timing this past fall at Duroché wasn’t great, as Pierre Duroché had just bottled his 2016s. Or, maybe it was, because Duroché opened his 1969 Lavaux Saint-Jacques and a few other bottled wines rather than showing me all of his 2016s.

1994 Rochioli Pinot Noir West Block

2000 Smith Haut Lafitte


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