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Oregon Pushes the Quality Needle for Pinot

The 2015 vintage for Oregon Pinot Noir is an all-around winner in terms of quality and quantity. The 2015 Pinots, the main focus of this year’s report, are already commanding intense demand in the market and what ‘14s are still out there, including many of the late releases covered here, are also hot commodities.

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Sonoma Preview: January 2018 New Releases

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Emilia-Romagna New Releases: Something For Everyone

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Brilliance in Napa Valley: The 2016 & 2015 Cabernets

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Nals-Margreid: Pinot Bianco Sirmian 1986 – 2016

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Chianti Classico: The Stellar 2015s and Surprising 2014s

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Mosel Riesling 2016 Part 1: From Extremes, Equilibrium

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The 2015 Red Burgundies: You Are So Going To Want Them


A Trip to the Mosel and a Seminal Riesling Tasting

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Bistrot du Bord de L’Eau, Levernois, France

Bistrot du Bord de L’Eau is one of my favorite spots in Burgundy. The warm, welcoming room, hearty food and fabulous wine list make for a perfect place to enjoy a leisurely lunch or dinner.

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Le Calandre, Padova, Italy

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Jean-Michel Lorain, Joigny, France

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Cul de Sac, Rome, Italy


Campamac – Osteria di Livello, Barbaresco, Italy

Vinous Favorites

2015 Mark Herold Flux ($24.00) 90

2015 Mark Herold Flux, 90 points

The 2015 Flux, Mark Herold's entry-level red , is bold, juicy and inviting. Super-ripe red cherry, rose petal, mint and spice are all pushed forward in this racy, succulent wine. Dollops of Mourvèdre and Syrah round out the blend. (AG)


Cellar Favorites

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1969 Domine Duroché Gevrey-Chambertin Lavaux Saint-Jacques 1er Cru

My timing this past fall at Duroché wasn’t great, as Pierre Duroché had just bottled his 2016s. Or, maybe it was, because Duroché opened his 1969 Lavaux Saint-Jacques and a few other bottled wines rather than showing me all of his 2016s.

1994 Rochioli Pinot Noir West Block

2000 Smith Haut Lafitte

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