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Santa Cruz Mountains: The Compelling 2018s & 2019s

The Santa Cruz Mountains remains one of the most intriguing regions in the United States for the inquisitive oenophile. Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and, more recently, Rhône varieties are rarely as vibrant and nuanced as they are here. With a few exceptions, the Santa Cruz Mountains is still very much under the radar, which presents a terrific opportunity to discover wines that offer world-class pedigree at prices that continue to be quite affordable.

A number of standout 2011 napa valley wines.

The 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons at Age Ten

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Enticingly Fallible: Bordeaux 2021 En Primeur

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2021 Bordeaux En Primeur: Back to Classicism

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2022 Argentina: A Harvest That Challenged Producers’ Skills

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Saar Riesling 2019-2020: Selective Excellence

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Santa Lucia Highlands: Back-to-Back Greatness in 2018 & 2019

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San Luis Obispo: At the Edge of the Ocean

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This Is Not Just Another Winery: Haut-Bailly 1964-2018

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Friuli-Venezia Giulia: Just Try to Keep Up

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Unrivalled/ Unequalled: Yquem 1921–2019

Vinous Table

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Artichoke, Amersham, UK

If you fancy dining outside the capital but do not fancy driving too far, then Artichoke is more or less on your doorstep. You could even take the tube there, even if that might be a long journey.

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The Harwood Arms, London, UK

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Noble Rot Soho

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Christmas Dinner

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Hutong, London, UK

Vinous Favorites

2020 Bishop's Peak Pinot Noir

2020 Bishop's Peak Pinot Noir, 91 points

This 2020 Pinot Noir opens with zesty raspberry, blood orange and rose aromas, along with hints of cola and baking spices. Juicy, seamless and energetic in style, it offers sweet red berry and floral pastille flavors. Fine-grained tannins shape the finish, with spice-driven persistence. (JR)


Cellar Favorites

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1946 Figeac

During en primeur week, I attended a dinner at Château Figeac. Following a raft of wines in large formats that included the 1989 and 1975, the evening’s climax was a mystery wine that guests were invited to identify. A few brave souls raised their hands to give their tentative answer – all wildly off, not by years, but decades.

2011 Clos Rougeard Saumur Blanc Brézé

2010 Roagna Barbaresco Pajè

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