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Cellar Favorite: Soldera: A Look at the 2013 & 2014

Italy: Tuscany, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Jul 2020

It is hard to believe Gianfranco Soldera is no longer with us, as he was such a force of nature. Long coveted by those in the know, Soldera’s wines remain incredibly singular expressions of Sangiovese and Montalcino. Over the years I have been fortunate to visit the estate many times and taste numerous wines from cask including the 2013 and 2014 reviewed here from bottle.

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Cellar Favorite: 1997 Col d’Orcia Brunello di Montalcino

Italy: Tuscany, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Eric Guido, Jun 2020

The 1997 wines of Tuscany have become something of a question mark in the eyes of many consumers. At release, the press went wild for the wines. Some still see 1997 as one of Italy’s greatest modern-day vintages, and to this day, salespeople base their pitch on its prestige.

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Cellar Favorite: 1999 Podere La Vigna Brunello di Montalcino

Italy: Tuscany, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Eric Guido, Apr 2020

The 1999 vintage in Montalcino has always held a special place in my heart, and for very good reason; the cool and dry growing season resulted in structured wines with balanced acidity. The hard part was waiting for them to mature.

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2015 Brunello: The Vintage We Have Been Waiting For?

Italy: Tuscany, featured

Eric Guido, Apr 2020

Montalcino is in a constant state of flux. Recent years have brought scandal, a division between traditional and international styles, various efforts to organize and define vineyard sites and repeated battles to change the guidelines of the producers' consortium, all accompanied by a series of fair vintages consumers have often snubbed. You can imagine the happiness 2015 brought winemakers. But is it the vintage consumers have been waiting for?

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Montalcino: The Great 2015 Brunellos & More

Italy: Tuscany, featured

Ian D'Agata, Apr 2020

Wine lovers everywhere are in for a real treat with Montalcino’s latest releases. The 2015 Brunellos are some of the best in recent memory, while the 2018 Rossos are wonderfully fresh and inviting. A handful of luscious Moscadellos round out the wines featured in this report.

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Tuscany New Releases, Part 1

Italy: Tuscany, featured

Antonio Galloni, Mar 2020

This first installment of our Tuscany coverage looks at a wide range of new releases across a region that is vast, wonderfully diverse and full of wines that are well worth exploring. From the big, bold reds of Maremma to those of perhaps slightly lesser known appellations such as Carmignano, Montepulciano, Cortona and Orcia, Tuscany offers readers so much to discover. The journey with Italian wines is truly never-ending. Tuscany alone is a great example of that. Best of all, many of the wines in this article also offer terrific value in today’s world.

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Cellar Favorite: 1990 Soldera – Case Basse Brunello di Montalcino

Italy: Tuscany, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Feb 2020

Soldera’s 1990 Brunello di Montalcino doesn’t quite have the visceral power and lushness of his Riserva, but you know what? It comes pretty close.

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Masseto Retrospective at the Country Music Hall of Fame

Italy: Tuscany, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Antonio Galloni, Jan 2020

Well, I have to hand it to the Nashville Wine Auction and President/CEO Holly Whaley. They really knew how to get me to say ‘yes’ to participating in a Masseto tasting in Nashville. Wine, guitars and country music, all for charity. That will get me every time. I was thrilled to co-host this complete Masseto retrospective with winemaker Axel Heinz, singer/songwriter Martina McBride and her husband, producer John McBride. It was a phenomenal weekend.

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La Ricolma: A Complete Retrospective

Italy: Tuscany, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Antonio Galloni, Dec 2019

So many of Tuscany’s most famous wines achieved their vaunted status by accident. That is the case with Sassicaia, Masseto and Solaia. What about San Giusto a Rentennano’s Merlot La Ricolma? Well, it turns out La Ricolma has a pretty interesting story too. This complete vertical of La Ricolma, the first ever held at the estate, provided a fabulous opportunity to learn more about the wine and the Martini di Cigala family’s rich lineage.

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Spotlight on Rosso di Montalcino

Italy: Tuscany, featured

Antonio Galloni, Oct 2019

Rosso di Montalcino sometimes gets overlooked in the rush to focus solely on Brunello. That’s a shame, as the best Rossos offer pedigreed expressions of Sangiovese from this magical hillside town and its surrounding vineyards. At the same time, styles and overall quality are variable, which makes navigating Rosso a bit of a minefield. Here’s everything you need to know…