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Cellar Favorites: Abreu: Checking in on the 2007s

Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Jun 2017

This recent tasting of David Abreu’s 2007s was a great opportunity to check in on the wines as they approach their tenth birthdays. More importantly, though, the tasting showed just how far some of the more recently planted vineyards have developed in stature since these wines were made. Aside from the Cappella, which is showing some effects of aging, the 2007s are still very young wines that will drink well for years to come.

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Cellar Favorite: 1999 Alain Hudelot-Noëllat Clos de Vougeot

France: Burgundy, Cellar Favorites

Ian D'Agata, Jun 2017

Hudelot-Noëllat is one of my favorite Burgundy domaines, as I love their highly refined, almost ethereal style of red Burgundy. The domaine was run for roughly thirty years by Alain Hudelot-Noëllat, who stepped down in 2008 and handed over the stewardship of the domaine to his grandson Charles van Canneyt.

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Cellar Favorites: Seven Classics from Ridge

featured, United States: California, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Jun 2017

It’s always a pleasure to have the opportunity to revisit some of the reference point wines that have emerged from Ridge over the last few years. As I have written in the past, if the United States had a formal classification of estates, Ridge would be the equivalent of a Bordeaux First Growth.

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Cellar Favorite: 1990 Col D’Orcia Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

Italy: Tuscany, Cellar Favorites

Ian D'Agata, Jun 2017

Col d’Orcia’s top Brunello, the Poggio al Vento, is much sought after by winelovers and collectors alike. Perhaps less known but at times almost as good is the estate’s Brunello di Montalcino Riserva, which was made up to and including the 1995 vintage (the estate has since ceased bottling the Riserva in order to avoid running the risk of affecting the quality of the classic Brunello that is made every year).

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Cellar Favorites: Château Latour – 2017 Library Releases

France: Bordeaux, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, May 2017

I saw Château Latour's 2017 library releases towards the end of my en primeur tastings in April 2016.

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Cellar Favorite: 1975 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Bussia di Monforte Riserva Speciale

Italy: Piedmont, Cellar Favorites

Ian D'Agata, May 2017

Bruno Giacosa’s red label Riservas from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s are, for the most part, such spectacular wines that when you find one that behaves in rather idiosyncratic ways it becomes a cult wine in its own right.

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Cellar Favorite: 1983 Château Gruaud-Larose

France: Bordeaux, Cellar Favorites

Ian D'Agata, May 2017

Bordeaux’s Saint-Julien appellation delivers some of the region’s most balanced wines, neatly combining the gracefulness of the best from Margaux with the power of the top wines from Pauillac.

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Cellar Favorite: 1986 Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey

France: Bordeaux, Cellar Favorites

Ian D'Agata, May 2017

Lafaurie-Peyraguey’s 1986 Sauternes, from a vintage I have always loved, is a delicious example of just how great Bordeaux’s sweet wines from that year can be.

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Cellar Favorite: 1999 Schloss Johannisberg Riesling Beerenauslese

Germany, Cellar Favorites

Ian D'Agata, May 2017

I’ve always been a huge fan of Schloss Johannisberg, which won’t surprise any die-hard Riesling lover. After all, Schloss Johannisberg is not just one of the oldest wine estates in the world (the first documented wine harvest took place there in 817 A.D.) and is an absolutely iconic Riesling address.

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Cellar Favorites: 1973 Krug Vintage & Krug Collection

France: Champagne, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Apr 2017

It is always illuminating to taste the original release of Krug’s Vintage Champagne next to the late release. For this fun, informal tasting, the bottles were covered so as to remove any preconceived notions about the qualities of the two wines, but that turned out to be an unnecessary exercise, as it was plainly evident to all which wine was which.