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Dec
9

Francisco Mulinari L’Aietta Brunello di Montalcino 2012

Sangiovese struggles due to inconsistent producers and over-expansion of plantings, not inherent potential. The best of Sangiovese belong among the world’s greatest wines. But, too many Chiantis and Brunellos destroy

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Nov
22

Old and Good: Barolo, Burgundy and … Champagne

Sometimes there are those nights where everything is on point. Accompanied by wonderfully executed food at Cinara, each of the following was in peak form: Bernard Moreau Chassagne-Montrachet 2014 Diebolt-Vallois

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Feb
27

Giacomo Fenocchio “Bussia” Barolo 2011

Barolo is a wine I buy regularly. For the quality it may be the best value truly apex terroir-driven red left in Europe. In contrast, my drinking habits for Barolo

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Oct
9

Borgo del Tiglio Collio Rosso 2009

Friuli is quintessentially European. Its indigenous grapes hail from the various empires that have ruled it over the centuries: French, Austro-Hungarian, Venetian. The region only became a permanent part of

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Oct
7

Schiopetto Collio Friulano 2014

Mario Schiopetto was the Biondi Santi of Friuli. Since the founding of the estate in 1965, Schiopetto has been at the vanguard of the modernization of white wine production in

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Jul
22

Collemattoni Rosso di Montalcino 2015

Brunello di Montalcino can be problematic from a sustainability perspective in that many growers farm conventionally and monoculture is the norm. Organic growing is few and far between, but the

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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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Jul
2

An Amphitheatre of Elegance in Chianti Classico: Monteraponi

Chianti Classico has the capacity for great terroir-driven wines. There is huge variability among the region’s hills and valleys, forests and fields, heat and chill. Soil types include schist, clay,

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Apr
27

Ciabot Berton: Barolo from a La Morra Traditionalist

Ciabot Berton are new entrants into British Columbia’s wine market. A recent tasting provided an opportunity to explore a range of blended and single vineyard Barolos from various recent vintages.

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Apr
16

Costanti Brunello di Montalcino 2011

Costanti is in the upper ranks of Brunello in my books. The reason is their vintage typicity and deft ability to produce elegant Sangiovese. Most of the recent lauded vintages