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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

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Mar
25

Braida Bricco dell’Uccellone Barbera d’Asti 2011

Barbera has been troubled for some years. The trouble began with the success of Braida’s single vineyard bottling Bricco dell’ Uccellone in 1982, which reshaped the image of Barbera by

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Mar
18

Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2011

There is an understandable trend away from large producers. Today’s world is filled with large corporate interests that seem to represent nothing relatable to consumers 40 and under. But in

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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,