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2019 Barolo: Back on Track

featured, Piedmont

Antonio Galloni, Jan 2023

After the highly problematic and uneven 2018s, Barolo bounces back with a stellar vintage in 2019 that could very well represent the beginning of a new cycle of strong, outstanding years for this historic appellation. The 2019s are potent, tightly wound wines that will thrill readers who appreciate the nuance, subtlety and structure of Nebbiolo. Today, the 2019s show elements of youthful austerity that, at times, recall vintages such as 2016, 2005 and 1999. The only thing 2019 lacks is some of the visceral excitement found in the very best years, although the top wines certainly check all the boxes.

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2021 Sonoma Preview

featured, United States: California

Antonio Galloni, Jan 2023

It’s far too early for me to have a complete view of the 2021 vintage in Sonoma County, but the wines I have tasted so far suggest this is a very good and possibly outstanding vintage. The best 2021s are deep, beautifully layered and highly expressive of site. Watch this space for updates in the coming weeks.

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Cellar Favorite: 2010 Domaine François Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Forêt

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Burgundy

Antonio Galloni, Jan 2023

What a treat it is to drink the 2010 Chablis 1er Cru Forêt from Raveneau. I can’t remember the last time I tasted this, it could very well have been when I reviewed it from bottle ten years ago! Back then, I wrote that “The 2010 isn't the most complex Forêt, but it is likely to drink better earlier than some of the other wines in this lineup because of its round, immediate personality.” That’s actually turned out to be pretty accurate. Thank God.

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2022 – The Year in Review

General Interest, featured

Antonio Galloni, Dec 2022

Two thousand twenty-two was quite the year. Looking back at the last twelve months, it is pretty amazing to think about how much things have changed, some for the better and some maybe not. As we get ready for our tenth year, though, I am incredibly excited about what the future holds.

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Cellar Favorite: 2002 & 2004 Dom Pérignon

France: Champagne, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Dec 2022

A recent family gathering provided a great opportunity to check in on two of my favorite Dom Pérignons.

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Vinous Table: Guido Ristorante, Piedmont, Italy

Italy: Piedmont, Vinous Table

Antonio Galloni, Dec 2022

Guido Ristorante remains one of my very favorite spots in Piedmont. Food, service and hospitality are absolutely top-notch.

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Spirits: The Tip of the Iceberg

featured, Spirits, Fortified Wines & Spirits, Fortified Wines and Spirits

Antonio Galloni, Dec 2022

It all started innocently enough. Over the last few years, I have seen a marked increase in spirits made by winemakers. I thought it would be fun to taste them and write them all up. That was the genesis for this report. But then more and more samples arrived, and before I knew it, the article had morphed into a broad survey of spirits of all kinds. This article is clearly not comprehensive to any one category, but rather intended as a collection of spirits I think Vinous readers will enjoy.

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Piedmont Within Reach

featured, Italy: Piedmont

Antonio Galloni, Dec 2022

Piedmont is full of excitement these days, more than I have ever seen in 25 years of visiting the region. The rapid escalation of prices and dwindling availability of the region’s top wines can be discouraging, but it needn’t be, as Piedmont has so much to offer beyond the most highly coveted Barolos and Barbarescos. This report covers a wide range of wines that deliver plenty of Piedmont soul at prices that are accessible.

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Cellar Favorite: 2008 Domaine Jean-François Coche-Dury Meursault Les Rougeots

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Burgundy

Antonio Galloni, Dec 2022

The 2008 Meursault Les Rougeous from Coche-Dury is fabulous.

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Vinous Table: Guido da Costigliole, Cuneo, Italy

Italy, Vinous Table

Antonio Galloni, Dec 2022

Readers visiting Piedmont should carve out the time to go to Guido at the Relais San Maurizio. The hotel is wonderful too, should you not want to leave. Andrea Alciati, Monica Magnani and the team at Guido are at the top of their game.