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Cellar Favorite: 1978 & 1989 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Riserva Collina Rionda

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Sep 2020

Bruno Giacosa is no longer with us, but these Barolos from his prime remain riveting testaments to an extraordinary legacy.

Blandy's wicker

Cellar Favorite: Blandy’s New Releases

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Sep 2020

I don’t need to tell you that I review the contents of a bottle, not its aesthetic virtues. However, hats off to the Madeira Wine Company, whose quartet of new releases in conveniently sized 5cl bottles came nestled in a wicker box lined with linen in traditional Madeira colors of green and red.

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Cellar Favorite: 2010 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Perrières 1er Cru

France: Burgundy, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Aug 2020

Many of my most unforgettable moments in wine involve tasting fine, aged white Burgundy. There is just nothing like the thrill a perfectly stored bottle can deliver after 20, 30 or more years.

Clos ste hune

Cellar Favorite: 1989 Trimbach Clos Ste. Hune Hors Choix Vendanges Tardives

France: Alsace, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Aug 2020

Last November 2019 BC (Before COVID-19), Jean Trimbach himself proffered a fabulous bottle of 1989 Clos Ste. Hune Vendanges Tardives Hors Choix at a private La Paulée in Beaune.

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Cellar Favorite: 1899 Marqués de Murrieta Rioja Blanco

Spain, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Aug 2020

This half-bottle of 1899 Rioja Blanco from Marqués de Murrieta concluded a memorable supper at Oswald’s private club in London just after the New Year, when a friend was visiting from East Asia.

Ganevat 2015

Cellar Favorite: 2015 Jean-François Ganevat Côtes de Jura Les Chalasses Vieilles Vignes

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Other

Neal Martin, Aug 2020

The Jura is both underground and hip at the moment. By that I mean its top producers are the stuff of sommeliers’ dreams, attracting a loyal, niche following of wine-lovers, without translating into huge sales or mainstream acceptance.

Pibarnon 2007

Cellar Favorite: 2007 Château de Pibarnon Bandol

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France

Neal Martin, Jul 2020

The first official report I ever wrote for Robert Parker was neither Bordeaux nor Burgundy. In fact, it was Bandol. I instantly fell in love with this picture-postcard region: the mountainous backdrop that forms a protective amphitheatre and creates a benign climate; the quaint hilltop villages; the glistening Mediterranean Sea.

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Cellar Favorite: Soldera: A Look at the 2013 & 2014

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, Italy: Tuscany

Antonio Galloni, Jul 2020

It is hard to believe Gianfranco Soldera is no longer with us, as he was such a force of nature. Long coveted by those in the know, Soldera’s wines remain incredibly singular expressions of Sangiovese and Montalcino. Over the years I have been fortunate to visit the estate many times and taste numerous wines from cask including the 2013 and 2014 reviewed here from bottle.

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Cellar Favorite: 1949 Weingut Dr. von Basserman-Jordan Forster Jesuitengarten Riesling TBA

germany: Mosel, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Jul 2020

This German Trockenbeerenauslese appeared at the end of a La Mission Haut-Brion dinner a few months ago, and to be honest, though it was love at first sip, at the time I did not truly appreciate its rarity.

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Cellar Favorite: 2001 Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese #9

Germany, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Jul 2020

I rue the fact that I have not or rather cannot keep up with German Riesling. Anyone who doesn’t like German Riesling either doesn’t like wine or is no longer alive.