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Jul
9

Tenuta di Trinoro Le Cupole Trinoro 2014

Andrea Franchetti’s project Tenuta di Trinoro helped redefine the potential for Bordeaux Blends in Tuscany. In particular, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot do very well at Franchetti’s site, which allows

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Dec
14

Concha y Toro Don Melchor 2012

With top Napa Cab mostly out of reach, particularly for Canadians buying with our weakened dollar, top South American wines are increasingly attractive. In particular, the consistently excellent Don Melchor

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Oct
28

Mas de Daumas Gassac 2012

Some wines are sui generis. They are extremely rare and carry such distinctive characteristics that trained tasters can call the wines blind more often than not. Mas de Daumas Gassac

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Jul
23

Montes Alpha “M’ 2005

I virtually never drink Chilean wines. I happened to have this bottle in my cellar from many years ago – Montes’ top Bordeaux-style blend dominated by 80% Cab Sauv with

Monte Bello's oldest vines from 1940

May
8

A California Grand Cru: Visiting Ridge’s Monte Bello Vineyard

Abe Schoener is right. The greatest legacy of changing sentiments in the “new” California is increased focus on California’s best vineyards – its premier and grand crus. One of the

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May
7

Scholium Project Gardens of Babylon 2013

An ever evolving enterprise, Abe Schoener’s Scholium Project represents the soul of American innovation. Schoener has been making a huge range of quirky wines as far back as the mid

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May
16

Arnot-Roberts Cabernet Sauvignon Bugay Vineyard Sonoma County 2010

There is a new trend in California Cabernet – high acid, lower alcohol, less overt oak. These wines are not objectively better just because of the style. That’s one of

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May
3

Spottswoode Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Rolling along with California Cabernets I love, Spottswoode is at the top of the list. Owned and run by mother and daughter team Mary and Beth Novak, this is one

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May
2

Philip Togni Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

I rarely buy California Cabernet. However, there are exceptions that I buy regularly. California’s classic contrast – wine you run from juxtaposed to wine you can’t get enough of. Philip

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Feb
8

Spotlight on Chianti Classico: Querciabella 2010

I commenced this spotlight with the goal of discovering the ‘terroir’ of Chianti Classico, the distinction between its various crus, and its potential to become driven by the distinctiveness of