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1978 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Riserva Speciale Villero

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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

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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.

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Cellar Favorite: 1989 Giuseppe Mascarello & Figlio Barolo Monprivato

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Antonio Galloni, Sep 2017

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

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Cellar Favorite: 2002 Domaine François Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre

France: Burgundy, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Sep 2017

Raveneau’s 2002 Chablis Montée de Tonnerre is gorgeous. Rich, oily and beautifully textured on the palate, the 2002 shows all the depth that is typical of the year.

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Cellar Favorite: 1970 Bodegas Vega Sicilia Único

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Antonio Galloni, Sep 2017

I always get goose bumps when I see the 1970 Único. Remarkably dense, powerful and seamless in the glass, the 1970 boasts off the charts concentration and depth.

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Cellar Favorite: 1971 Dom Ruinart

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Antonio Galloni, Sep 2017

Dom Ruinart flies under the radar relative to many of its peers, but it is one of the most compelling Champagnes in the market.

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Cellar Favorite: 1986 Marchesi di Grésy Barbaresco Gaiun

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Antonio Galloni, Aug 2017

What a pleasure it is to taste Marchesi di Grésy’s 1986 Barbaresco Gaiun, the cold, late-ripening vintage yielded a slender, taut Gaiun that has aged impeccably.

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Cellar Favorite: Three Gems from Giacomo Conterno

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Antonio Galloni, Aug 2017

What a pleasure it is to revisit these three super-classic Barolos from Conterno. As profound as the Conterno wines are today, there is something special about the wines from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, when Giovanni Conterno was at the height of his powers.

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Cellar Favorite: 1990 Jacques Selosse Brut Blanc de Blancs

France: Champagne, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Aug 7

Seldom seen today, Anselme Selosse’s 1990 Brut Blanc de Blancs has become one of the rarest of all Champagnes.

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Cellar Favorite: 2004 Roses de Jeanne Rose de Saignée Le Creux d'Enfer

France: Champagne, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Jul 2017

Cédric Bouchard’s Champagnes have been among my favorite wines from anywhere in the world since I first tasted them about ten years ago.