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The Undiscovered California – 2016 Edition

The pace at which new projects pop up in California remains nearly impossible to keep up with. Once again, I was deeply impressed with a number of new projects I tasted over the last year. Most of the wineries in this article have only released a few vintages, while some are literally just getting started. This year’s Undiscovered has something for every palate; from cutting edge sparkling wines, to cool-climate Chardonnays, Pinot and Syrahs, all the way to Napa Valley Cabernets.

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The Consistently Delectable 2014 Red Burgundies

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Standing in the Uplight: A Conversation with Winemaker Chris Bratcher of Bratcher Vineyards

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Montevertine: Le Pergole Torte 1980-2012

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La Festa del Barolo 2015- Republished from April 2015

Set in the historic Four Seasons Restaurant, this year’s Festa del Barolo was full of memories that will last a lifetime...

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MET Restaurant, Venice, Italy

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Restaurant Adam, Amsterdam, NL

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The Compleat Angler, Bucks, UK

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Ristorante Reale, Abruzzo, Italy

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2015 Bodegas Etchart Cafayate Gran Linaje Torrontés ($20) 91 points

2015 Bodegas Etchart Cafayate Gran Linaje Torrontés, 91 points

The subtly complex nose of this classic Torrontés entices with scents of lemon grass, flowers and gingery spices. Insinuating acidity leavens the wine’s slight sweetness, leaving a brisk, lemony impression. A feel of saline minerality gives grip and a light touch to the juicy finish. (ST)


Cellar Favorites

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1995 Zind Humbrecht Pinot Gris Clos Jebsal Selection de Grains Nobles

Golden yellow. Aromas of peach, orange oil, candied lemon peel, truffle and honeyed raisins. Multi-layered and complex, with luscious stone fruit and ripe citrus flavors complicated by sweet spices and a touch of clover honey...

1996 & 1985 Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

2005 Vincent Dauvissat Chablis La Forest – 1er Cru

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