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Feb
7

Bernard Gripa Saint Joseph Blanc 2013

I have a soft spot for Northern Rhone whites. The top examples of Marsanne and Roussanne from Saint Joseph and Hermitage offer a combination of texture, medium acidity, concentration and

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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
8

Domaine Denis Mortet “Longeroies” Marsannay 2010

Mortet is a young domaine that in my view is destined to become one of Burgundy’s greats. Struck by tragic circumstances in 2006 when Denis committed suicide, Denis’ young, then

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Nov
5

Chateau Olivier Pessac-Leognan Blanc 2013 and Chateau de Fieuzal Pessac-Leognan Blanc 2012

Fads and brand are fascinating. While red Bordeaux has broken all sorts of price and culture barriers, creating a luxury brand that has been gobbled up particularly by wealthy Chinese

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Oct
28

Mas de Daumas Gassac 2012

Some wines are sui generis. They are extremely rare and carry such distinctive characteristics that trained tasters can call the wines blind more often than not. Mas de Daumas Gassac

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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
24

Domaine Ramonet Bouzeron 2012

It is surprising the near forgotten about Aligoté has survived. Though it was once blended into white Burgundy, today it is not known as a noble variety. It grows in

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Aug
27

Alice et Olivier de Moor “Le Vendangeur Masque” Chablis 2014

Despite its reputation and the devoted love of wine geeks everywhere, Chablis has a weak track record for healthy vineyards. A very large amount of land in Chablis is still

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Aug
16

Fontodi Chianti Classico 2013

It’s always worthwhile to check in on the classics. Fontodi are to Tuscany as Vietti is to Piedmont: remarkably consistent upper echelon quality across all their bottlings and from vintage

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Aug
3

Sandlands Sonoma County Trousseau Noir 2014

I spend a lot of time thinking about how to remain consistent with my own personal integrity. You can blow up your life repeatedly to bring in new challenges, but