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Bordeaux 2018: Not Back in Black

France: Bordeaux, featured

Antonio Galloni, Mar 2021

After an uneven vintage in 2017, Bordeaux was buzzing with anticipation over the 2018s. To be sure, the wines were showy from barrel, but tasting en primeur is always a moving target. The wines are of course very young and sensitive to atmospheric changes as well as other variables. Now that the 2018s have been bottled, do they live up to expectations?

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Cellar Favorite: 2006 Quintarelli Amarone della Valpolicella Classico

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, Italy: North

Antonio Galloni, Mar 2021

This bottle of Quintarelli’s 2006 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico made me feel like I was back in the cellar, tasting with the man himself, as I was lucky to do a few times before his passing.

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2021 Champagne Spring Preview

featured, France: Champagne

Antonio Galloni, Mar 2021

Our annual Spring Preview takes a look at new Champagne releases as they enter the market. Watch this space for more on Champagne in the coming weeks.

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Cellar Favorite: 2011 Saintsbury Pinot Noir Brown Ranch (magnum)

cellar favorite, United States: California, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Feb 2021

Saintsbury was the first winery I visited in Napa Valley. Tasting the wines always brings back so many memories; both of that trip and the time I spent selling the Saintsbury Pinots in my restaurant days just after college.

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2017 Barolo: Here We Go Again…

featured, Italy: Piedmont

Antonio Galloni, Feb 2021

The 2017 Barolos arrived literally as we published the last of our 2016 Barolo reviews. Time to start all over with new wines and a new vintage. In the last two decades Piedmont has become one of the most dynamic regions in the world. Keeping up with the pace of releases these days is quite a challenge, but it’s an incredibly stimulating challenge, as there is so much to discover. Interest for Barolo and Piedmont has never been higher, pandemic or not. There is plenty to like about the 2017 Barolos, as readers will see.

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2018 Tuscany Preview

featured, Italy: Tuscany

Antonio Galloni, Feb 2021

The 2018 Tuscany Preview revives a tradition from years back, when I published an early look at new releases from Tuscany each spring. Well, the Tuscany Preview is back and features some of the year’s most exciting upcoming releases, many of them reference-point wines of historical significance.

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Conterno Monfortino Magnum Vertical: 1970-2014

featured, Verticals & Retrospectives, Italy: Piedmont

Antonio Galloni, Feb 2021

With this year’s Festa del Piemonte in full swing I thought it would be fun to revisit one of the highlights from the 2020 edition, our Rare Wine Dinner featuring a stunning vertical of Giacomo Conterno’s Barolo Riserva Monfortino spanning vintages 1970 through 2014. It was truly a night to remember.

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Vinous Santa Lucia Highlands Map: Behind the Scenes

United States: California, featured, California Vineyard Series

Antonio Galloni, Jan 2021

For the last two years Alessandro Masnaghetti and I have been hard at work on a map of the Santa Lucia Highlands. Our first edition is nearly complete. Formal approval of a change in the AVA’s southern boundary is all we are waiting for to wrap things up. In the meantime, we are going take you behind the scenes in this article, which represents a summary of our work so far. It will surely be updated and refined in the coming months.

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Sonoma Preview: 2021 Edition

United States: California, featured

Antonio Galloni, Jan 2021

January always means a stream of new releases from Sonoma and neighboring appellations. As we have done in the past, this year we present our Sonoma coverage in a series of installments.

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Napa Valley’s Thrilling 2018s & 2019s, Parts 1 & 2

United States: California, featured

Antonio Galloni, Jan 2021

Napa Valley experienced two stunning back-to-back vintages in 2018 and 2019 the likes of which I have never seen. Both vintages produced a bevy of breathtaking wines that will thrill Napa Valley fans. The 2018s are refined and vibrant, while the young 2019s have a bit more depth and energy.