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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
22

Carlisle Monte Rosso Vineyard Zinfandel 2014

Carlisle makes an impossibly large range of wines from old-vine sites in California. The focus is Zinfandel and mixed blacks, alongside a couple Petite Sirah, Syrah and white wine bottlings.

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Apr
21

Spotlight on the Maconnais wines of Jean and Gauthier Thevenet: Domaine de Roally Viré-Clessé 2014

In a region of over 9,000 growers, it is a shame that so few focus on terroir differences. In this lies the greatness of the three Thevent cuvees – they

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Apr
17

Spotlight on the Maconnais wines of Jean and Gauthier Thevenet: Domaine de la Bongran Viré-Clessé 2010

The Thevenets are a founding family of modern Macon. Long before Lafon and Leroy purchased vineyards in the region, the Thevenets challenged the co-op, mass-production mentality of the Macon, focusing

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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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Apr
11

Ghislaine Barthod Bourgogne Rouge 2013

Ghislaine Barthod is one of my personal favourite producers in all of France and a particular highlight in Burgundy for her virtuosic ability to express terroir and very reasonable pricing

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Apr
7

Domaine du Collier “La Charpentrie” Saumur Blanc 2012

Clos Rougeard was justifiably considered one of the greatest estates in France when run by the Foucault brothers (the Domaine has since been sold). Though a decade ago their wines

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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
24

Failla Russian River Chardonnay “Keefer Ranch” 2013

Failla’s unique style of Chardonnay highlights the merits of Concrete fermentation and ageing for the highest quality fruit. Failla is, like many new wineries these days, in love with concrete

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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