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Apr
6

Idlewild “The Bird Flora & Fauna Red” 2015

The exploration of California’s alternative and forgotten finds is in full maturity. Wine lists in San Francisco’s Mission district are replete with such offerings, the best of which are delicious,

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Dec
11

Le Piane “Mimmo” Vino Rosso 2011

In today’s post I will consider the ideology of one of the most common narratives in wine through the lens of an Italian estate that I greatly enjoy and respect.

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Oct
2

A Journey Through Barolo and its Crus

As I’ve said many times before, Barolo may be the last great red wine region on the planet in which prices have yet to inflate to inaccessible levels. That time

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Aug
14

A Few Great Barolo and Barbaresco Bottlings

I’ve collected Barolo and Barbaresco for some years now. I have recently been reminded that they are some of the greatest wines in the world that remain affordable for me.

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Feb
21

Vietti Barbaresco “Masseria” 2011

Vietti are ideal modernists. Their use of oak is akin to the masters in Burgundy – deft, noticeable, but clearly intelligent and enhancing of valuable qualities. But do not be

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Feb
7

Produttori del Barbaresco ‘Ovello’ 2009

Barolo has become the next Burgundy and Northern Rhone. Expect prices to increase up to double in the next 5 or so years. Luxury buyers are moving in, leaving less

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May
30

Le Piane Maggiorina 2013

Nebbiolo from the more northerly sub-alpine regions above Barolo and Barbaresco usually get passed over. Many know the DOCs Gattinara and Ghemme but I can’t imagine anyone except the most

Jan
27

Scarpa Barbaresco Tettineive 1999

Scarpa is one of those very classic producers, like Borgogno and Lopez de Heredia, that has huge stocks of old wine they are happy to release to consumers at very

Aug
26

Teobaldo Cappellano “Pie Rupestris” Barolo 2003

You, reader, need to pay attention to this wine. Traditionalist Barolo of a quality similar to Giacamo Conterno at ¼ of the price and 10 times the obscurity. It is

May
5

Giacomo Conterno Cascina Francia Barolo 1990

There are wines that are so prohibitively rare and expensive that it is near ridiculous to tell someone just how amazing and wonderful they are. Nonetheless, it is many a