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Rioja Looks Back and Ahead

Traditionally made Riojas are having a moment. Old-school, elegant Riojas have caught the attention of collectors and sommeliers around the world, putting pressure on the supply of some of the region’s most famous wines. At the same time, a number of modern-leaning producers have begun to throttle back on assertive oak, extraction and alcohol levels, which is a highly welcome development. The recent 2016, 2015 and 2014 vintages have been very good to outstanding, with healthy yields that ensure there’s plenty of wine to go around.

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Caught Somewhere in Time: Clos de Tart 1887-2016

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2015 Barolo…The Bigger Picture

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Alsace: The 2017s And Late-Released 2016s, Part 2

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To Paint A Picture: Kumeu River Chardonnay 2006-2017

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Drouhin’s Beaune Clos des Mouches Blanc: 1979-2016

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Inspire Napa Valley 2018

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Portland, London, UK

I came away from this dinner impressed by the restaurant, since the service and food had been exquisite, and with a higher appreciation of Chablis than ever before. If this evening set out to demonstrate the apotheosis of Chablis, then it is “job done.”

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La Taverne Alsacienne

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Le Coquillage, France

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San Domenico, Italy

Crab with black truffle

Core by Clare Smyth


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2015 Iona Vineyards Pinot Noir, 90 points

The 2015 Pinot Noir from Iona has a delightful red cherry, cranberry and bergamot scented bouquet that seems inspired by Pommard. The palate is fresh and full of tension, clearly sculpted by Elgin’s cool climate, with lovely balance of fruit concentration and weightlessness. (NM)

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Cellar Favorites

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1986 Ravenswood Pickberry Vineyard

Joel Peterson’s Ravenswood wines have a track record of aging brilliantly, so I was intrigued to check in on this 30+ year-old Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc-based blend.

1953 & 1975 l’Angélus

1971 Domaine Ponsot Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru


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