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Vinous Table: Studio at the Standard, København, Denmark

Vinous Table, Denmark

Ian D'Agata, May 2019

Hip and magically located right on the water, Studio at the Standard is routinely voted one of Denmark’s five best restaurants. Absolutely nothing about my latest visit leads me to believe such fame is undeserved.

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Think Pink: Still More 2018 Italian Rosatos

Italy, featured

Ian D'Agata, May 2019

Italy is characterized by a huge diversity of rosatos, made from a rainbow of colorful grape varieties, in many different styles. Unlike most other countries, Italy offers numerous takes on pink wines, not just the ultra-pale and delicate rosé style currently popular all over the world.

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Chateau Montelena Cabernet Estate: 1977-2010

United States: California, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Stephen Tanzer, May 2019

Chateau Montelena’s classic, long-aging flagship Cabernet from Calistoga has been steadily updated in recent decades through harvesting and cellar improvements as well as by the addition of fruit from volcanic hillside vineyards, which has contributed power, clarity and minerality to the wine. This retrospective traces the history of the Estate Cabernet back to 1977.

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Cellar Favorite: 1992-2011 Louis Jadot Gevrey-Chambertin Clos St.-Jacques 1er Cru

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Burgundy

Neal Martin, May 2019

I feel that people sometimes look down on Jadot’s Clos Saint-Jacques because unlike the other four, it is part of a large company’s portfolio rather than a family domaine. However, in blind tastings I find it stands shoulder to shoulder with the competition.

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Best New Releases from Sonoma and Beyond

United States: California, featured

Antonio Galloni, May 2019

Readers will find a breathtaking array of wines from Sonoma, Anderson Valley and beyond in this report. The 2017s have turned out to be a big surprise given the challenges of a growing season punctuated by three significant heat events. Pinot Noirs and Syrahs are the most consistent varieties, but there are peaks of brilliance in Zinfandel-based reds and Chardonnay as well. As always, the sheer diversity of Sonoma County and its neighboring appellations is truly remarkable.

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Vinous Table: La Barrique, Rome, Italy

Italy, Vinous Table

Ian D'Agata, May 2019

La Barrique is a typical Roman osteria, the sort of dining place the Eternal City does so amazingly well. Hearty, flavorful food, in a warm, easygoing environment, coupled with a choice of many wonderful, fairly priced bottles, is the recipe for never-ending success.

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Burgundy With Plenty Of Age: 1865-1999

France: Burgundy, featured

Neal Martin, May 2019

The second part of my Mature Burgundy article brushes the dust off a unique treasure trove of bottles stretching back to the 19th century. These notes, accumulated over many months, include wines that might never be tasted again. Are they as magical as their prices would suggest? What makes them magical if they are?

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Cellar Favorite: 1934 Cheval Blanc

France: Bordeaux, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, May 2019

Naming my favorite Bordeaux château is always a difficult task, but if forced to choose my top five, I would unquestionably include the property that is Pomerol in all but classification: Cheval Blanc. The vintage that alerted me to the pedigree of Cheval Blanc’s old vintages is not the legendary 1947 nor the fabled 1921, but the 1934.

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Vinous Table: Le Calandre, Veneto, Italy

Italy: North, Vinous Table

Ian D'Agata, May 2019

Nobody does modern Italian cuisine better than the Alajmo family of Le Calandre, the multi-awarded, ultra-famous restaurant just outside Padova. An excellent wine list, great service and a refined environment all contribute to the magic.

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Vintage Retrospective: The 1999 Napa Valley Cabernets

United States: California, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Stephen Tanzer, May 2019

Napa Valley’s Cabernet crop in the mostly cool growing season of ’99 benefited from a late burst of heat, yielding lively, moderately dense, aromatically complex wines with very good staying power.