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Sonoma Preview: January 2018 New Releases

featured, United States: California

Antonio Galloni, Jan 2018

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

France: Burgundy, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Jan 2018

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.

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Vinous Table: Le Calandre, Padova, Italy

Vinous Table

Ian D'Agata, Jan 2018

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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Brilliance in Napa Valley: The 2016 & 2015 Cabernets

featured, United States: California

Antonio Galloni, Jan 2018

Two thousand sixteen is shaping up to be a fabulous vintage for Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, trailing only 2013 as the finest vintage of the decade so far. The 2016s continue to impress with their dazzling aromatic presence, finesse and nuance. Readers will have to be more selective with the 2015s, which are far less consistent.

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Nals-Margreid: Pinot Bianco Sirmian 1986 – 2016

featured, Verticals & Retrospectives, Italy: North

Ian D'Agata, Jan 2018

Only a few places in the world make truly exceptional Pinot Biancos. Italy’s Alto Adige is one of them. The Nals-Margreid coop is especially adept at turning out great Pinot Biancos. This vertical of the flagship Pinot Bianco Sirmian once again showed how beautiful and expressive the wines can be.

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Cellar Favorite: 1994 Rochioli Pinot Noir West Block

Cellar Favorites, cellar favorite, United States: California

Antonio Galloni, Jan 2018

Rich and sumptuous on the palate, with superb aromatic intensity, the 1994 Rochioli Pinot Noir West Block is super-expressive today.

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Vinous Table: Jean-Michel Lorain, Joigny, France

France: Burgundy, Vinous Table

Ian D'Agata, Jan 2018

Jean-Michel Lorain’s is the sort of restaurant nobody does better in the world than France. A bucolic setting, refined food and service and a great wine list make for dining nirvana.

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Chianti Classico: The Stellar 2015s and Surprising 2014s

featured, Italy: Center & South

Antonio Galloni, Jan 2018

Chianti Classico is one of the world’s elite regions because of its proven ability to produce pedigreed, age-worthy wines that transmit the essence of site and that develop beautifully in bottle. Readers will find a bevy of compelling new releases in the market, ranging from the gorgeous, radiant 2015s to the more nervy, tense 2014s.

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Mosel Riesling 2016 Part 1: From Extremes, Equilibrium

featured, Germany

David Schildknecht, Jan 2018

Weather that was extreme even by recent standards paradoxically generated some of the most even-tempered, charming Mosel Rieslings in years.


A Trip to the Mosel and a Seminal Riesling Tasting

featured, Your Say

Donald Pennet, Dec 2017

One of our aims when we launched Vinous in 2013 was that subscribers would be an integral part of the conversation. Your Say, our subscriber forum, was designed to foster a community brought together by a mutual passion of wine. This holiday season we are delighted to showcase a handful of subscriber posts that stood out over the course of the year.