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Cellar Favorite: 2014 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Bianco Santo Spirito Cuvée delle Vigne Niche

Italy: Center & South, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Eric Guido, Apr 2021

I remember quite well the first time I tasted the 2014 Santo Spirito Cuvée delle Vigne Niche Bianco. My eyes lit up the second I put my nose to the glass.

Issan 2005 bottle

Cellar Favorite: The Fives at Château d’Issan

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Bordeaux

Neal Martin, Mar 2021

Following the vertical that I conducted at the estate back in 2018, I recently joined Emmanuel Cruse via Zoom for a small tasting of recent vintages of “The Fives”, including the 2000 d’Issan that was not included in my The Marital Margaux: d’Issan 1945-2015 article.

Latour 2021 releases

Cellar Favorite: Château Latour: 2021 New Releases

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Bordeaux

Antonio Galloni and Neal Martin, Mar 2021

In this week's Cellar Favorite column, we offer two completely separate and independent views on the 2021 releases from Château Latour.

Stars in the dark 2019

Cellar Favorite: 2019 Minimalist Wines Stars In The Dark

cellar favorite, South Africa, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Mar 2021

“It smells and tastes of the sea,” my wife remarks after handing her a glass of wine, completely blind. She had no clue that the Syrah vines that contributed fruit to the 2019 Stars In The Dark are rooted on the wild and windswept Agulhas coast at the very southern tip of the African continent. That’s translating terroir straight into a glass of wine in all its unfettered glory.

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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.

Chambertin 1996 rousseau

Cellar Favorite: 1996 Domaine Armand Rousseau Chambertin Grand Cru

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Burgundy

Neal Martin, Feb 2021

Whenever I need an anecdote to clarify the inflation of Burgundy prices over recent years, I tell how one Tuesday night after work, my cousin came to my tiny flat in South London for supper. Since my cousin and I go back a long way, I pulled out a bottle of 1996 Chambertin Grand Cru from Domaine Armand Rousseau.

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

United States: California, cellar favorite, 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.

2017 roumier bottles

Cellar Favorite: 2017 Domaine Roumier Morey-Saint-Denis Clos de la Bussière & Chambolle-Musigny Les Cras

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Burgundy

Neal Martin, Feb 2021

Together with Antonio Galloni on the other side of the Atlantic, we hosted a Vinous Learn seminar/interactive tasting that focused on Christophe Roumier’s 2017s. The event was fun and enlightening.

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Cellar Favorite: 1928 Calon-Ségur

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Bordeaux

Neal Martin, Feb 2021

According to the Vinous database, which likes to keep a tab on these things, I have tasted 1928s from 22 Bordeaux châteaux, which is 22 more than I ever imagined.

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Cellar Favorite: 2006 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggio

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, Italy: Tuscany

Eric Guido, Feb 2021

Because of Il Poggio’s amazing ability to mature over the course of decades, this night was the first time that I decided to open a bottle of the 2006 since tasting it upon release - and I sure am glad that I did.