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Cellar Favorite: 2015 Soldera Sangiovese

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, Italy: Tuscany

Antonio Galloni, May 2021

Tasting the 2015 Soldera Sangiovese brings back so many memories of tasting the wine from cask with Gianfranco Soldera prior to his passing in 2019. The routine was always the same.

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Cellar Favorite: 2008 Mvemve Raats MR de Compostella

South Africa, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, May 2021

On my bucket list of wine-related things to do, apart from tasting the 1947 Romanée-Conti and climbing K2 with Lalou Bize-Leroy in order to overcome my debilitating vertigo, is to conduct an unabridged vertical of Mvemve Raats MR de Compostella.

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Cellar Favorite: 2011 Cupano Brunello di Montalcino

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, Italy: Tuscany

Eric Guido, Apr 2021

After the tragic passing of proprietor Lionel Cousin, I found myself digging through my cellar for past vintages of his lovely creation, the Cupano Brunello di Montalcino.

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Cellar Favorite: 2004 Poggio Il Castellare Brunello di Montalcino

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, Italy: Tuscany

Eric Guido, Apr 2021

Having just celebrated its fifteenth birthday, I thought it was about time to check in on the 2004 Brunello di Montalcino from Poggio Il Castellare, an estate from the southeast that I associate with suave character and dark ripe fruits.

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Cellar Favorite: 2018 Louis Jadot Beaune 1er Cru Célébration

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Burgundy

Neal Martin, Apr 2021

A few years ago, I was fortunate to attend an evening tasting of ancient vintages from Louis Jadot reserves, a cornucopia of rare bottles stretching back to the 1860s.

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Cellar Favorite: 1980 Domaine Hudelot-Nöellat Vosne-Romanée Les Petits-Monts 1er Cru

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Burgundy

Neal Martin, Apr 2021

Invited to supper at a fellow wine scribe’s abode in Beaune last October, our host served this little gem from one of Burgundy’s less heralded vintages.

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Cellar Favorite: 2014 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Bianco Santo Spirito Cuvée delle Vigne Niche

Italy: Center & South, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Eric Guido, Apr 2021

I remember quite well the first time I tasted the 2014 Santo Spirito Cuvée delle Vigne Niche Bianco. My eyes lit up the second I put my nose to the glass.

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Cellar Favorite: The Fives at Château d’Issan

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Bordeaux

Neal Martin, Mar 2021

Following the vertical that I conducted at the estate back in 2018, I recently joined Emmanuel Cruse via Zoom for a small tasting of recent vintages of “The Fives”, including the 2000 d’Issan that was not included in my The Marital Margaux: d’Issan 1945-2015 article.

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Cellar Favorite: Château Latour: 2021 New Releases

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Bordeaux

Antonio Galloni and Neal Martin, Mar 2021

In this week's Cellar Favorite column, we offer two completely separate and independent views on the 2021 releases from Château Latour.

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Cellar Favorite: 2019 Minimalist Wines Stars In The Dark

South Africa, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Mar 2021

“It smells and tastes of the sea,” my wife remarks after handing her a glass of wine, completely blind. She had no clue that the Syrah vines that contributed fruit to the 2019 Stars In The Dark are rooted on the wild and windswept Agulhas coast at the very southern tip of the African continent. That’s translating terroir straight into a glass of wine in all its unfettered glory.