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Cellar Favorite: 2002 Bollinger Vieilles Vignes Françaises

Cellar Favorites, cellar favorite, France: Champagne

Antonio Galloni, Dec 2017

Bollinger’s 2002 Vieilles Vignes Françaises remains one of the most compelling wines of this iconic Champagne vintage.

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Cellar Favorite: 2002 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon

Cellar Favorites, cellar favorite, United States: California

Antonio Galloni, Dec 2017

Tasted from magnum, Spottswoode’s 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon is gorgeous and in a great spot right now. The exotic bouquet, with its myriad shades of smoke, graphite, espresso, savory herb and spice, is super-inviting. Deep, pliant and resonant on the palate, the 2002 captures the natural radiance of this warm Napa Valley vintage in its voluptuous fruit and soft contours.

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Cellar Favorite: 2002 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne

France: Champagne, Cellar Favorites, cellar favorite

Antonio Galloni, Nov 2017

Several recent bottles of Taittinger’s 2002 Comtes de Champagne have been nothing less than stellar. In a vintage in which many Champagnes show the raciness and flamboyance of very ripe Chardonnay, the 2002 Comtes remains fresh, vibrant and nuanced.

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Cellar Favorite: 2009 Sperling Riesling Old Vines Okanagan Valley British Columbia

Canada, Cellar Favorites, cellar favorite

Ian D'Agata, Nov 2017

Sperling’s 2009 Riesling Old Vines is a lovely Okanagan Riesling that is aging gracefully. What I like most about the 2009 is its remarkable balance, and how young it still is.

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Cellar Favorite: 1983 Prunotto Barbaresco Riserva

Italy: Piedmont, Cellar Favorites, cellar favorite

Antonio Galloni, Nov 2017

Prunotto’s 1983 Barbaresco Riserva is a real revelation. Dark, deep and impressively concentrated for a wine of its age, the 1983 is striking in its beauty.

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Cellar Favorite: 2007 Antinori Tignanello

Italy: Tuscany, Cellar Favorites, cellar favorite

Antonio Galloni, Nov 2017

The 2007 Tignanello is a big, ample wine that is just beginning now to open up.

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Cellar Favorite: 2002 Domaine Dujac Clos de La Roche

France: Burgundy, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Oct 2017

Dujac’s 2002 Clos de La Roche is exceptionally beautiful, especially on the palate, where the wine is silky, sensual and vivid. Ripe tannins and seamless fruit give the 2002 much of its allure. Even so, the 2002 is incredibly young and undeveloped. The aromatics that are usually such a big part of this wine’s personality still need quite a bit of time in bottle to develop fully. Readers lucky enough to own the 2002 will want to wait at least a few more years.

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Cellar Favorite: 1978 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche – Grand Cru

France: Burgundy, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Oct 2017

This is a fabulous bottle of the 1978 La Tâche. Powerful and driven in feel, with searing acidity, the 1978 is quite expressive.

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1978 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Riserva Speciale Villero

featured, Italy: Piedmont, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Oct 2017

A few months ago, a friend and I showed up to a birthday party with the same wine, Bruno Giacosa’s 1978 Barolo Riserva Speciale Villero. We opened my bottle that afternoon (my note is on Delectable). As luck would have it, we opened his bottle on this night!

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Cellar Favorite: 1964 Dom Pérignon - Original Release

featured, Cellar Favorites, France: Champagne

Antonio Galloni, Oct 2017

Wine lovers often debate which is the greatest vintage of the 1960s in Champagne. To be sure, it is a magical decade, with several candidates for that honor. Perhaps even more importantly though, the 1960s mark a sort of transition into modern times in Champagne.