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Jun
13

Alain Graillot Crozes-Hermitage 2015

I mostly write about wines of exceptional quality and that I think deserve special notice. I am also usually a significant fan of Alain Graillot – his whole cluster old-vine

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Jun
9

The New Spain Emerging

My previous article on Priorat explained the context of the Spain most of us have come to know, derived from the globalized influence of a limited number of palates seeking

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Mar
5

Radio-Coteau Dusty Lane Sonoma Coast Syrah 2012

In the last 5 or so years the -real- Sonoma Coast has catapulted from little known underplanted region to the most fashionable region in California. Fortunately, the quality deserves the

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Jan
6

Matthieu Barret Domaine du Coulet Les Terrasses du Serre Cornas 2009

Matthieu Barret is to Cornas as Jean Michel Stephan is to Cote-Rotie. These are stylish, elegant wines from biodynamically farmed Syrah vinified with minimum sulphur. The heft and animality of

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Nov
13

Drew Family Wines Perli Vineyards Syrah 2014

The Mendocino Ridge AVA in Anderson Valley is at the frontier of California’s wine producing regions to the north of the state. Jason and Molly Drew are the AVAs top

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Oct
9

Franck Balthazar Cuvée Casimir Cornas 2010

Traditional Cornas is one of the great wines of the world. The region’s most famous domaines – Auguste Clape and Thierry Allemand – now sell for $150 a bottle and

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Sep
3

La Peira en Damaisela “La Peira” 2005

The Terrases du Larzac in the Languedoc-Rousillon region of France is perhaps the most interesting in the south of France. La Peira, founded only in 2004, has come to be

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Aug
31

Villard Vertical: Three Vintages of “Le Gallet Blanc” Cote-Rotie

It may be fair to say that Francois Villard makes too many wines. Aside from the dozen or so he produces under his own domaine, he also partners with Gaillard

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Jun
28

Podere Concori Melograno 2014

Tuscany does not evoke images of mountains. The Alps even less so. But that is where Podere Concori fashions one of the more interesting Syrahs I’ve tasted from Italy. The

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Jun
11

Cayuse ‘Armada Vineyard’ Syrah 2005

Is this wine gross? The cayuse monodimensional style is unlike any other wine. It couples copious levels of extract with an overwhelming walloping umami bomb of candied dried mushrooms, fermented