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Biondi-Santi: The Epic Vintages 1955-1975

Italy

Antonio Galloni, Mar 2015

I still remember the first time I drove by Biondi-Santi’s Il Greppo estate. That driveway, the neatly manicured cypresses and the barely visible buildings in the distance - they all spoke to a mystique of the seemingly unattainable yet alluring that has informed the Biondi-Santi Brunellos for well over a hundred years.

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1986 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate

Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Mar 2015

“Would you like to taste an older Barolo,” asks Beppe Rinaldi. Are you kidding? In all of the years I have been visiting the estate, this is the first time Rinaldi has offered to open an older bottle from his personal collection.

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Vinous Table: Canoe, Toronto

Vinous Table

Ian D'Agata, Feb 2015

The breathtaking views of Toronto and Lake Ontario at your feet might be reason enough to have lunch or dinner at Toronto’s iconic Canoe restaurant, but it doesn't hurt any that this stylish hangout is one of the country’s best restaurants.

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Argentina: New Releases

Rest of the World

Stephen Tanzer, Feb 2015

The cool, extended 2013 growing season produced unusually vibrant and refined wines in the semi-desert Mendoza region, which accounts for the lion’s share of Argentina’s finest red wines.

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Producer Profile: Domaine de La Janasse

Rhône & Beaujolais

César Rivière, Feb 2015

Domaine de la Janasse is a located in Courthézon, just north of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Aimé Sabon took over vineyards belonging to his father and grandfather in 1967 upon completing his military service. In 1973, Sabon founded Domaine de La Janasse, which he ran until 1991, when his son Christophe, a graduate of the oenological school in Beaune, took over the family estate. Today, the domaine is managed by Christophe Sabon and his sister, Isabelle.

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Domaine de la Romanée-Conti: Romanée-Conti and Montrachet

Burgundy

Antonio Galloni, Feb 2015

This truly once in a lifetime tasting of wines from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti was one of many highlights of last year’s Villa d’Este Wine Symposium, which was held from November 6-9 on the picturesque, idyllic shores of Lake Como in Italy.

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Cellar Favorite: 2006 Tenuta dell’Ornellaia Masseto

Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Feb 2015

The 2006 Masseto remains the greatest wine made at this now iconic Bolgheri estate...

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Vinous Table: Marzapane, Rome

Vinous Table

Ian D'Agata, Feb 2015

Marzapane is as far removed from classic Roman dining spots such as Armando al Pantheon, Arcangelo, Roscioli or Settembrini as you could imagine. Then again, it has also been the hottest restaurant opening in Rome of the last year and a half.

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2010 Brunello di Montalcino: A Promise Fulfilled

Italy

Antonio Galloni, Feb 2015

Two thousand ten has turned out to be a superb vintage for Brunello di Montalcino, Italy's most popular high-end red. The wines capture all the potential I sensed when I started tasting them from tank in the months following the harvest. At their best, the 2010 Brunellos offer gorgeous Sangiovese purity, tons of site specificity and high quality across the board, all signatures of a classic Montalcino vintage.

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Cellar Favorite: 1965 Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino

Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Feb 2015

What a pleasure it is to taste Col d'Orcia's 1965 Brunello di Montalcino, a wine that was still in barrel when the Maronze Cinzano family bought the property in 1973.