Category Archives: Verticals

A Vertical of Valle D’Aosta DOC Muscat, from 2001 to 2011

The Valle D’Aosta boasts many interesting wines, including a fine Muscat made in the town of Chambrave. La Crotta de Vegneron, one of the more important cooperatives, presented a vertical from 2001 to 2011, and I was much impressed. Continue reading

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Podere Fortuna: A Tuscan Pinot Nero Vertical

Tuscany is not a region one associates with Pinot Noir: much of the region is simply too hot during the summer, and those who plant Pinot Noir in areas where Sangiovese does swimmingly, for example Chianti, do so “as a … Continue reading

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Garantito IGP: Time as an absolute value in wine – A 2006-1952 Taurasi Mastroberardino Vertical

By Luciano Pignataro “There are many different interpretations of Irpinia’s soil and its viticulture, but for us it is important to keep the helm steady, pointed towards the origin from which our story began.” This was the sense of the … Continue reading

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An IGP Visit: Cordero di Montezemolo

Last year we visited Cordero di Montezemolo, and though one generally tries to visit new places when one returns to a region, I was very happy to see them again; they are extremely pleasant and the location is beautiful, high … Continue reading

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Garantito IGP: Sanlorenzo, A Vertical Of Brunello di Montalcino Bramante From 2003 to 2007 and Riserva 2006

This time Roberto Giuliani takes the stand. Montalcino clearly owes much of its fame to it viticultural traditions, and in particular Brunello, one of the maximum expressions of Italian wine. At present the appellation boasts a vineyard area of 3,500 … Continue reading

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Barone Di Villagrande: A Few Older Vintages

The evening of Sicilia En Primeur’s Gala Dinner at Taormina I wandered about taking pictures until most of the guests had already taken their seats, and therefore found myself sitting outside, enjoying the view of the gardens of Naxos with … Continue reading

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Taurasi & Aglianico: The 1990s and 2000s

Of Italy’s noble red varietals, Aglianico is one of the oldest; a Sommelier I talked to a number of years ago at Vinitaly told me it has been cultivated for so long its origins are hazy, but historians think it … Continue reading

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