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Aug
6

Egly-Ouriet Champagne V.P. (2015 disgorgement)

One of the great grower-producers in Champagne, Egly-Ouriet, has no fear of oak. One of his top wines, the Vieillissement Prolonge, sees extended elevage and lees ageing, producing a wine

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Jan
6

Matthieu Barret Domaine du Coulet Les Terrasses du Serre Cornas 2009

Matthieu Barret is to Cornas as Jean Michel Stephan is to Cote-Rotie. These are stylish, elegant wines from biodynamically farmed Syrah vinified with minimum sulphur. The heft and animality of

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Apr
23

Tenuta delle Terre Nere Prephylloxera “La Vigna di Don Peppino” Etna Rosso 2013

Etna’s volcano wines are no longer a secret. Top wines, like this Don Peppino from 130+ year old prephylloxera vines, are not cheap. Despite this increasing fame and pricing, the

soter

Apr
1

Soter ‘Mineral Springs’ Brut Rosé n/v

An expat from Napa, Soter makes some of the most elegant wines in the Willamette Valley. In particular, his Mineral Springs vineyard, located in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA, consistently produces some

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Nov
9

Terenzuola Colli di Luni Fosso di Corsano Vermentino Superiore 2012

You don’t read too much about Tuscan white wines in the pages of the leading wine publications. The Colli di Luni DOC, located in both Tuscany and Liguria, produces red

Nusserhof

Jul
15

Nusserhof “B” Erzeugerabfullung Vino Bianco 2012

Ava Gene’s has one of the best wine lists in Portland. This is the only explanation for me finding the extremely rare Nusserhof white “B” on the wine list (but

Rahn

Jul
8

James Rahn Havlin Vineyard Willamette Valley Gamay 2014

Oregon is one of the few new world regions where focus on a single variety makes oenological and viticultural sense. Oregon Pinot Noir, unlike New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, Australian Shiraz,

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Apr
19

Trimbach “Cuvee des Seigneurs de Ribeaupierre” Gewurztraminer 2004

Not only does Trimbach make one of the few Gewurztraminers I enjoy drinking, but it makes Gewurztraminer into a serious and wonderful wine with its top “Seigneurs de Ribeaupierre” bottling.

Jan
27

Scarpa Barbaresco Tettineive 1999

Scarpa is one of those very classic producers, like Borgogno and Lopez de Heredia, that has huge stocks of old wine they are happy to release to consumers at very

Aug
30

Loredan Gasparini Capo di Stato Colli Trevigiani Rosso IGT 2007

Before the Super Tuscans there was Capo di Stato from the Veneto, one of the first Bordeaux blends made in Italy that gained international attention. Founded in the 1950’s by