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Terroir and Determination: Vino Nobile di Montepulciano

Italy: Tuscany, featured

Eric Guido, Feb 2023

There was a time when Vino Nobile di Montepulciano would have been lumped into an article of assorted Tuscan villages and wines. The work producers have put into improving their wines is increasingly evident. However, there are still hurdles the region needs to cross.

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Cellar Favorite: 1986 Pape Clément

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Bordeaux

Neal Martin, Feb 2023

I don’t drink enough mature Pessac-Léognan. I’m not alone there. It’s one of Bordeaux’s overlooked genres of wine. You do not see bottles as often as their Pauillac or Saint-Julien counterparts, as Pessac-Léognan wines do not garner the same reverence, for whatever reason. Meeting up with a friend, newly liberated from Hong Kong, we tasted this little gem.

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The Many Faces of McLaren Vale

Australia, featured

Angus Hughson, Feb 2023

For over 130 years, the idyllic seaside region of McLaren Vale has been a cornerstone for South Australia, particularly for powerful Shiraz. This report covers McLaren Vale’s recent evolution, defined by wines of increasing subtlety and finesse, seen across Shiraz, and the region’s emerging status as a hotspot for exceptional Grenache.

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Cellar Favorite: 1895 Cossart Gordon Bual

Portugal, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Jan 2023

Few wines are as indestructible as Madeira. Plenty of 19th-century wines continue to thrive. Following a recent exploration of Frédéric Mugnier’s Chambolle Les Amoureuses, we finished with this fine 128-year-old Madeira that affirmed its time-bending properties.

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Vinous Table: Moor Hall, Lancashire, UK

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Jan 2023

Moor Hall completely blew me away; lofty expectations surpassed and then some. It takes the best parts of its peers and combines them into something greater.

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Cleaning Out the Cupboard: Bordeaux 1943-2020

France: Bordeaux, featured

Neal Martin, Jan 2023

This article cleans out my cupboard of miscellaneous Bordeaux tasting notes. It embraces legendary bottles and iconic vintages, minnows and seasons long-forgotten, even derided. Few pleasures in life surpass that of a bottle of wine with years under its belt.

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Cellar Favorite: 1989 Domaine de Trévallon Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence Les Baux

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France

Neal Martin, Jan 2023

In the early days of my career, I drank a lot of mature bottles from Domaine de Trévallon, including one memorable dinner in London with numerous vintages.

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The Deep Bench of Gigondas

featured, France: Rhône & Beaujolais

Josh Raynolds, Jan 2023

Like the rest of the Rhône valley, and Europe, Gigondas has been confronting hot, dry weather conditions since 2017. Luckily, the best, most experienced growers and winemakers have handled the situation with a steady hand. Still, there’s no question that many wines from recent vintages are distinctly powerful, often high in alcohol, with more dark fruit character and tannic structure than usual.

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Cellar Favorite: 1974 Diamond Creek Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Gravelly Meadow

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, United States: California

Neal Martin, Jan 2023

I have always had a soft spot for Diamond Creek Vineyards, charmed by Al and Boots Brounstein, who would regularly pour their wines in London in the early days of my career.

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The Pendulum Swings: 2012 Brunello di Montalcino

Italy: Tuscany, featured

Eric Guido, Jan 2023

The 2012 Brunello di Montalcinos immediately appealed to buyers, consumers and restaurant-goers. While warm and dry, 2012 yielded balanced wines, but the big question has always been: how well will they mature over time?