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Vinous Table: The Parson’s Table, Arundel, UK

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, May 2022

The Parson’s Table delivered everything I wanted for a small, unfussy but memorable birthday dinner.

Grand jours tasting

Further Inroads Into Burgundy 2020

featured, France: Burgundy

Neal Martin, May 2022

Expanding my extensive coverage from last autumn, this report adds another tranche of new releases from some familiar growers, though a majority are less discovered, including a few who might be tomorrow’s stars. Time to expand all our Burgundy tasting horizons?

Rose roundup 2022

2022 Rosé – New Releases

Italy, featured

Vinous, May 2022

The first installment of our annual Rosé coverage kicks off with an in-depth look at the wines of Italy. Readers will find a wide range of Rosatos to suit any occasion. Watch this space as we add more choices from our team of editors in the coming weeks.

Taaibosch 2018

Cellar Favorite: 2018 Taaibosch Crescendo

South Africa, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, May 2022

Whilst up to my neck in Bordeaux primeur samples, one sunny evening during a brief return home for Easter, I took a break from Cabernet and cracked open a South African wine that had been sent to my home, the 2018 Taaibosch Crescendo.

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Santa Cruz Mountains: The Compelling 2018s & 2019s

United States: California, featured

Antonio Galloni, May 2022

The Santa Cruz Mountains remains one of the most intriguing regions in the United States for the inquisitive oenophile. Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and, more recently, Rhône varieties are rarely as vibrant and nuanced as they are here. With a few exceptions, the Santa Cruz Mountains is still very much under the radar, which presents a terrific opportunity to discover wines that offer world-class pedigree at prices that continue to be quite affordable.

A number of standout 2011 napa valley wines.

The 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons at Age Ten

Verticals & Retrospectives, United States: California, featured

Antonio Galloni, May 2022

As the 2011 Napa Valley Cabernets reached the ten-year mark, revisionist thinking about the wines started to surface. Had the Cabernets of this much-derided vintage turned out better than expected? Absolutely not! The top 2011s were always gorgeous. Today, with the added benefit of bottle age, the best 2011s are showing especially well.

Figeac 1946 bottle

Cellar Favorite: 1946 Figeac

France: Bordeaux, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, May 2022

During en primeur week, I attended a dinner at Château Figeac. Following a raft of wines in large formats that included the 1989 and 1975, the evening’s climax was a mystery wine that guests were invited to identify. A few brave souls raised their hands to give their tentative answer – all wildly off, not by years, but decades.

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Enticingly Fallible: Bordeaux 2021 En Primeur

France: Bordeaux, featured

Neal Martin, May 2022

Aside from widespread frost, constant rain, humidity, rot, muddy terrain, June’s biblical deluges, leafhopper infestations, a cool and overcast summer, delayed vine growth, spun-out véraison, stubbornly low phenolic ripeness, shortages of pickers and an incorrect weather forecast in the eve of harvest…the 2021 season was a piece of cake.

5 by april 22  the weather was autumnal at the piedra infinita vineyard in paraje altamira. the different colors reveal changes in the soil make up.

2022 Argentina: A Harvest That Challenged Producers’ Skills

Argentina, featured

Joaquín Hidalgo, May 2022

It is pretty unusual that in mid-April there aren’t many grapes left to harvest in Argentina, where winery doors typically close in early May. For better or worse, unusual weather makes for an unusual vintage. Overall, the 2022 harvest can be summed up as one of great quality. Bumps in the road could be overcome by good decision-making and precise timing.

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2021 Bordeaux En Primeur: Back to Classicism

France: Bordeaux, featured

Antonio Galloni, May 2022

The 2021 Bordeaux have turned out to be such a surprise. Weather conditions were challenging, and yet the top properties turned out gorgeous, classically built wines that will absolutely thrill readers who appreciate freshness and energy. Restrained alcohols and mid-weight structures will remind readers of Bordeaux pre-2000s. The best wines offer a striking combination of old-school classicism with modern-day precision. Quality is inconsistent though, so choosing carefully is essential. Even so, there is much to like in the 2021s.