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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

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
18

A Champagne Wonderland

Hosting friends for dinner is one of life’s great joys. Picking all the wines for the evening is another. I recently had the privilege to open three superb bottlings at

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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
25

Bodega Noemia 2013

So many wine drinkers start with Argentinian Malbec that it has lost its lustre with the wine cognoscenti, most of whom now love to seek out small European producers. Even

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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

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Oct
22

On Reductive Ageing, Or A Few Great Bottles of Champagne and Sherry

Champagne and Fino Sherry share two great commonalities. First, they both grow in calcareous clay and limestone soils. Second, they are (generally) both made with uncommon highly reductive wine-making techniques.

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