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Ridge 2017 Monte Bello En Primeur

“Selling Monte Bello en primeur came about totally by accident,” Paul Draper told me recently. “In 1984, Bordeaux had a very weak harvest. The London merchants told us the vintage did not look all that promising and asked us if we would be interested in selling Monte Bello futures." I recently had a chance to taste the 2017 Monte Bello in component lots and in a core base blend with Draper and current Ridge Winemaker Eric Baugher, who worked alongside Draper for more than twenty years before taking over the helm when Draper retired from day to day operations in 2016.


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2016 Brooks Riesling Meyer Vineyard ($24.00) 92

2016 Brooks Riesling Meyer Vineyard, 92 points

This dry, nervy Oregon Riesling exhibits pure citrus, orchard fruit and floral character, along with smoky mineral overtones. Focused in style, with no excess fat and a vibrant, incisive finish, the 2016 shows superb clarity and tension. It will be fantastic with fish and shellfish. (JR)


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Blandy’s Madeira – Recent Releases

My love affair with Madeira began whilst holidaying on the namesake Atlantic volcanic island in 2003, where in a pique of curiosity I ordered a 1927 Bual. Afterwards I understood why those with good taste revere this profound, time-buckling, ethereal and enigmatic wine. Madeira is so unfashionable it is the epitome of cool. These are the latest releases from Blandy's.

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