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Feb
18

Il Palazzone Brunello di Montalcino 2004

The pleasure of collecting derives from the intersection between personality and object. A great cellar speaks of the history of relations between object and individual, telling a story of a

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Feb
13

Paolo Bea Pagliaro Montefalco Sagrantino 2008

It has been some time since I have reviewed a wine from Paolo Bea. This does not align with the frequency with which I drink them. I have been drinking

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Jan
21

Il Marroneto Brunello di Montalcino 2011

While I am an avowed fan of Brunello, only a small handful of these wines make it into my personal upper echelon. Those producers that do make wines with aromatics,

quintodecimo

Jan
7

Quintodecimo: Reinventing Campania

No one has made wines quite like these from Campania before. Luigi Moio founded the estate in 2001, though his family has long wine-making tradition in Campania. His vision is

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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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Dec
2

Capichera Assajé Isola dei Nuraghi IGT 2011

The island Carignano of Sardinia is, like many of the other French grapes planted there, built with a distinctly rugged personality. The island’s wines lean more toward Italian in style

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Nov
26

Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve 2012

A recent article by Alfonso Cevola excoriated some new trendy wine lists for neglecting classic great wines not on trend. Chianti was one of the regions on Mr. Cevola’s mind.

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Oct
25

Roccolo Grassi Valpolicella Superiore 2011

This is one of the great wines of the Veneto. I’ve written about this producer’s Amarone before and I’ve been a regular purchaser of their Valpol. In my view only

barolo

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
21

Cascina Val del Preta “Carolina” Barbera d’Alba Superiore 2009

I am not usually a fan of Barbera – even the ‘upper echelon’ stuff. I find it often marred by overuse of new oak and lacking the finesse, complexity and