pacalet

Jun
14

Philippe Pacalet Meursault Premier Cru “Charmes” 2009

Meursault, known for power and opulence, is more appropriately understood as diverse. The rich style may be dominant, but it is not an inevitability. Proof is a naturalist producer known

Courbis

Jun
10

Domaine Courbis St. Joseph Rouge 2012

Most Northern Rhone wines flow in and out of markets with little fanfare. It’s the curse of one of the world’s greatest wine regions that most consumers simply do not

Forbes

Jun
8

Mac Forbes Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2013

Only deep experience allows a winemaker to pick by taste alone. Mac Forbes is, like Maggie Harrison of Oregon’s Antica Terra, of this ilk. The point, says Forbes, is not

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Jun
6

Domaine Anne Gros – Jean Paul Tollot La Ciaude Minervois 2008

I first tasted wine from the Minervois project of top Burgundy winemakers Anne Gros and Jean Paul Tollot (of Tollot-Beau) 6 years ago thanks to importer/retail store North Berkeley Wine

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Jun
1

Seppelt DP90 Rare Tawny

Seppelt is one of Australia’s oldest wineries, founded in 1851. What some may not know is that in its early days Seppelt focused on fortified wines, which was the predominant

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May
31

Jose Dhondt Brut Rose de Saignee n/v

This great value grower-producer is best known for its blanc-de-blancs. Do not overlook this beautiful 100% Pinot Noir Rose. A Classic Grower Champagne The Dhondt family started growing grapes for

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May
30

Le Piane Maggiorina 2013

Nebbiolo from the more northerly sub-alpine regions above Barolo and Barbaresco usually get passed over. Many know the DOCs Gattinara and Ghemme but I can’t imagine anyone except the most

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May
16

Arnot-Roberts Cabernet Sauvignon Bugay Vineyard Sonoma County 2010

There is a new trend in California Cabernet – high acid, lower alcohol, less overt oak. These wines are not objectively better just because of the style. That’s one of

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May
9

Domaine Henri Boillot Volnay 2011 and Volnay Les Fremiets 1er Cru 2011

Volnay is one of my personal favourite villages and is a regular go-to. In the last few years, Henri Boillot has become, in my view, one of the highest quality

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May
3

Spottswoode Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Rolling along with California Cabernets I love, Spottswoode is at the top of the list. Owned and run by mother and daughter team Mary and Beth Novak, this is one