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Harlan Estate Vertical at Naples Winter Wine Festival

I was thrilled to moderate this charity tasting at the Naples Winter Wine Festival this past January. For the occasion, Harlan presented ten vintages of their flagship wine going back to 1992, which also happens to be the first vintage of Harlan Estate I tasted on release. Needless to say, it was fascinating to taste a cross-section of vintages ranging from the estate’s early days to the present, including a number of modern-day reference-points.

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Vintage Preview – 2017 in Austria and Germany

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2016 & 2015 White Burgundy

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2014 Gigondas Charms While 2015 Stuns

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Sicily Continues To Progress

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Feudo Montoni’s Nero d’Avola Lagnusa and Vrucara: A Definitive Tasting of Two Great Italian Reds

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2015 Rheingau and Mittelrhein Riesling

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Vintage Retrospective: The 1997 Napa Valley Cabernets

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Santa Cruz Mountains – The 2015s and 2014s

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The Polo Bar, New York

Although the Polo Bar is quite a scene, I have always found the food to be terrific, as it was once again this night.

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 2015 Casa Smith Sangiovese Cinghiale Wahluke Slope & Rosebud Vineyards ($20.0) 90

2015 Casa Smith Sangiovese Cinghiale Wahluke Slope & Rosebud Vineyards, 90 points

With its wonderfully complex, intense aromas and flavors of dried cherry, red berries, rose petal, smoke and spices, and its classic dusty Sangiovese tannins and finishing energy, this gently priced Washington wine reminds me of a high-elevation Chianti Classico. (ST)


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1989 Giuseppe Mascarello & Figlio Barolo Monprivato

When I asked a dear friend what I could bring to his birthday party, the answer was 1989 Barolo. I was more than happy to oblige, as 1989 is one of the all-time great Piedmont vintages.

2002 Domaine François Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre

1970 Bodegas Vega Sicilia Único

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