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Getting in on the Ground Floor: Aglianico del Vulture

Italy: Center & South, featured

Eric Guido, May 2024

Aglianico del Vulture is the best source for world-class, long-lived Italian wines that have yet to gain full recognition. This is one of the most improved categories in Italy. It won’t be long before the rest of the world catches on.

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Breaking the Mold: Campania’s Push to Reinvent Itself

Italy: Center & South, featured

Eric Guido, May 2024

Producers in Campania continue to go against the grain in an attempt to overcome the reputation of the past. The purity and quality of Aglianico, Piedirosso and Fiano across the region continue to rise. Moreover, the best of these wines offer tremendous value.

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The Bordeaux Soundtrack: Icons at Legacy Records

featured, France: Bordeaux

Neal Martin, May 2024

Music and wine are perfect partners, so what better venue to host the first Icons of Bordeaux dinner than Legacy Records in New York with four of the region’s leading winemakers?

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Rosé New Releases: All Over the Map

featured, Italy, United States: California, France, Austria, Spain

Vinous, May 2024

Rosé remains in full swing. Ever the popular quaff as the weather warms and the dog days of summer approach, there’s more pink wine on store shelves than ever. However, new releases, mostly from the 2023 vintage, are a bit more variable than usual.

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The Yin and the Yang of Western Australia

featured, Australia

Angus Hughson, May 2024

Western Australia remains a beacon of hope and value in a world of stratospheric fine wine prices. This report shows that, pound for pound, few regions can match Margaret River for finely crafted Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. My first coverage of the emerging regions of Great Southern and Pemberton also showcases wines that are surprising for their subtlety and diversity.

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New Zealand’s Latest Red Releases: Growing Up

featured, New Zealand

Rebecca Gibb MW, May 2024

New Zealand is considered a young wine-producing country. Its early success was built on drink-me-now Sauvignon Blanc. However, its vines and winemakers are maturing, and time is showing that the country’s wines are now coming of age some 200 years after the first vines were planted.

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Alsace 2022 Reds: Continuing Their Trajectory

featured, France: Alsace

Anne Krebiehl MW, May 2024

Alsace Pinot Noir continues to show its mettle. Most of the wines I tasted for this report are from the warm 2022 vintage, so sumptuous black cherry flavors abound, but happily free from the sins of over-oaking and over-extraction. The limestone-based wines are the clear winners. While the entry-level reds provide immense fresh-faced joy with their juiciness, the top wines need not shy away from the global limelight. The 2021 Pinot Noirs are trickier, but the best come with seductive slenderness and red-fruited brightness.

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Marche Stays the Course Amidst Future Uncertainty

Italy: Center & South, featured

Eric Guido, May 2024

The writing for Marche is on the wall. Quality remains exceptionally high. A new focus on terroir and a focus on exalting a sense of place has been wildly successful. Moreover, the wines remain extremely well-priced. That said, Marche faces significant challenges in maintaining its share of international markets.

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Bordeaux at the Crossroads: 2023 En Primeur

featured, France: Bordeaux

Antonio Galloni, April 2024

Tasting Bordeaux en primeur is largely the art of shutting out extraneous noise and concentrating just on the wines. This year, the noise is especially loud as estate owners, winemakers, consultants, négociants and other professionals debate the merits of 2023 within the context of today’s global market. Many of these views are fueled by agendas, which is certainly understandable. For this taster, it’s only about what is in the glass. When all is said and done, 2023 has a lot to offer. It is not a great vintage across the board, yet plenty of wines merit serious attention.

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The Dalmatian Vintage: Bordeaux 2023

featured, France: Bordeaux

Neal Martin, Apr 2024

The 2023 Bordeaux vintage is born in tumultuous times, at a pivotal moment for the region. When that is all stripped away, what do the wines offer in a growing season that swerved one way then another? The answer depends on which château you’re looking at.