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2017 & 2018 Napa Valley In Depth

My tastings in Napa Valley this past fall were incredibly illuminating. Although much maligned, the 2017 vintage yielded a number of exceptional wines. Quality is irregular, though, and there are certainly many 2017s that show the signs of a very challenging growing season. Readers will need to be especially selective. Two thousand eighteen is a much more even year. The wines are still in barrel, in many cases not blended, but my early tastings suggest they have quite bit of potential.

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Tiberio Pecorino Colline Pescaresi 2005-2018

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Seeing 20/20 – Sonoma & Anderson Valley Preview

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2018 Burgundy: Confounded Expectations

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DeLille Cellars Chaleur Blanc: 1995-2016

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Masseto Retrospective at the Country Music Hall of Fame

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Friuli Venezia Giulia: The New Releases

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Antonio Galloni's Letter to President Trump on Tariffs

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Neal Martin's Review of 2019

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Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Perrières 1984-2014

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Mount Eden Pinot Noir: 1984-2016

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Mãos, London, UK

This belated birthday dinner at Mãos is in pole position for my best meal of 2019. Brilliant, inventive cooking and a totally engaging vibe make Mãos an absolutely fantastic dining experience. Let's just say it was well worth the wait...

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Trivet, London, UK

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Da Romano, Italy

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Ferme de la Ruchotte

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Otto's, London, UK

Vinous Favorites

2017 Descendientes de J. Palacios Pétalos Bierzo ($20.00) 91

2017 Descendientes de J. Palacios Pétalos Bierzo, 91 points

This Mencía-based wine offers highly expressive cherry and dark berry scents and flavors, with bright mineral and spice topnotes. Concentrated and at the same time lively, the 2017 offers seamless texture and polished tannins, making it delicious now, especially alongside lamb or steak. (JR)


Cellar Favorites

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2014 Domaine Taupenot-Merme Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru

I had tasted many vintages from barrel but never the finished article until a friend from the Far East invited me to choose any bottle from the enormous wine list at Maison de Colombier in Beaune. I knew instantly which one I wanted: the 2014 Clos des Lambrays from Taupenot-Merme.

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1978 & 1990 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

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La Festa Del Barolo 2020

January 30 - Feb 1, 2020
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