NAPA ROCKS

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AD VIVUM is a single-vineyard, 100% Cabernet Sauvignon crafted by Chris Phelps, a long-time Napa Valley winemaker who has earned a reputation for his ability to consistently produce outstanding and unique wines that honestly reflect the terroir of their vineyard origin. Chris Phelps story began with a 16-month sojourn in Bordeaux, which began with a year […]

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“BAROLO LOSES A FAVOURITE SON”

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Barolo Loses a Favorite Son “I learned of Luciano Sandrone’s passing just as I prepared to go to press with this report. I will have more to say on Sandrone and his remarkable life once I have had a chance to gather my thoughts. For now, let me just say that Luciano Sandrone was a […]

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“SOMETHING SPECIAL BREWING HERE”

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2020 DOMAINE BORIS CHAMPY OFFER “There is something special brewing here,” wrote Neal Martin of Vinous about Champy’s attention-grabbing namesake domaine. He went on, raving about how Boris’s work with in the Hautes-Côtes de Beaune “frankly rewrote everything I thought possible. It is not exaggeration or hyperbole to say that they are equal to many […]

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QUITE A DISCOVERY


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2022 De La Riva – Macharnudo – San Cayetano – Jerez – Spain. $139.95 per bottle – 3 or 6 packs.– This white wine is sourced from the famed palomino parcel El Notario, situated in Macharnudo Alto. Grapes were hand-harvested at the end of August, given 6-8 hours on skins before being pressed and wild yeast fermented in […]

February 9, 2024

MUGA MAGIC


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Bodegas Muga is Rioja Alta’s premier producer and the Muga family are considered to be one of Spain’s most important winemaking families. The winery has practically legendary status due to its philosophy revolving around adherence to tradition, dynamism, and winemaking of the highest quality. Few producers in the world fashion wines that have such a […]

December 19, 2023

RICASOLI STRIKES GOLD


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2020 BARONE RICASOLI SANBARNABA TREBIANO – $73.95 PER BOTTLE SIX PACKS – 93 POINTS ROBERT PARKER’S WINE ADVOCATE “Here’s a new wine from Barone Ricasoli, and in fact, no retail price had yet been set when I tasted it in July. But even without that information, you can see where Francesco Ricasoli is going with […]

November 7, 2023

A DARK CENTRE OF GRAVITY


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It’s a safe bet that if winemakers are excited about a vintage, you should be too. Following the very hot and generally challenging 2017 growing season and the uneven 2018 vintage, there was a lot of buzz and anticipation in Piedmont’s Barolo during the buildup to 2019. The abundant enthusiasm for the 2019 vintage has […]

November 7, 2023

NAPA ROCKS


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AD VIVUM is a single-vineyard, 100% Cabernet Sauvignon crafted by Chris Phelps, a long-time Napa Valley winemaker who has earned a reputation for his ability to consistently produce outstanding and unique wines that honestly reflect the terroir of their vineyard origin. Chris Phelps story began with a 16-month sojourn in Bordeaux, which began with a year […]

November 7, 2023

SILVER SPOON VINTAGE


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“One of Bordeaux’s greatest virtues is its ability to transcend time. Since its earliest days, Bordeaux’s natural inclination towards longevity coupled with crowd-pleasing volume has enabled devotees to build cellars and plunder mature vintages with almost wanton abandon.” Neil Martin Vinous Media. The 2010 vintage:One for the record books of the century, the 2010 Bordeaux […]

October 30, 2023

STEADY STATE – NAPA


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Josh Phelps grew up in St. Helena, Napa, witness to – and participant in – the processes by which the singular wines in the valley are made. In his adolescence and college years, Josh was a committed student of his father, winemaker Chris Phelps, as his family traversed the valley through the cellars of Dominus and […]

October 30, 2023

GOLD IN THOSE HILLS


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Location is everything in the hills of Barolo – The Gianfranco Bovio Winery crafts delicious Cru Barolo from the Gattera and Arborina vineyard in the village of La Morra in Barolo.The Bovio wines come loaded with rich, generous Nebbiolo fruit, and a pure crystalline silky texture. Traditional treatment in the cellar—fermentation with native yeast and […]

October 30, 2023

DOMAINE HUMBERT FRERES


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The 2021’s from Domaine Humbert Freres: Frédéric and Emmanuel Humbert ( Emmanuel Pictured above) have been running the family estate since 1989. The two brothers cultivate seven hectares in Gevrey-Chambertin , in the pure tradition of the great Pinot Noirs and the great winegrowers of Gevrey: Dugat, Rousseau, Mortet, Charlopin… The Humbert estate only produces […]

August 15, 2023

“HARD PRESSED TO FIND A BETTER RUN ESTATE”


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“There are few better run estates in the world than that of the Jaume Family’s Domaine Grand Veneur. Located in the northern part of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and run today by brothers Christophe and Sebastien Jaume, the estate produces a quasi-modern style of Châteauneuf-du-Pape (their Les Origins and Vieilles Vignes) as well as a growing number of […]

August 3, 2023