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We are excited to kick off 2022 with two wines that are appropriate for the falling temperatures and fireplaces in full roar.  The wines from Domenico Clerico. Located at the heart of Barolo in Monforte d’Alba, the Domenico Clerico estate has been making iconic wines since 1976 when the eponymous young winemaker took the reins. Beginning with just a small 4-hectare farm inherited from his father, Domenico sought out the best undiscovered plots in Barolo, thus pioneering the idea of single cru wines.  In addition to his devotion to single cru vineyards, Clerico championed what is considered a modern style...

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Conterno Nervi  There is no more revered name in Piedmont today than Roberto Conterno. Roberto is descended from two winemaking greats, grandfather Giacomo and father Giovanni. He is the third generation of the Conterno family to fashion what are for many the ultimate and purest expressions of Barolo. So, for Roberto to venture outside Barolo, it would have to be somewhere very special—a place of great terroir, history and, most important, the Nebbiolo grape. Everyone knows the standard set in Barolo and Barbaresco, but the forgotten appellations further north also have vast potential. Of these, Gattinara is surely the greatest....

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In the case of Bass Phillip – Australia’s greatest and most elusive Pinot Noir (and Chardonnay) producer - the Burgundian parallels are undeniable. You may have barely heard the name, or only know it in passing as a cult producer rarely seen, but there is no doubt Bass Phillip holds the Pinot Noir Icon crown in Australia. Founded by Phillip Jones, who in the eighties was inspired by the wines of Rousseau and Jayer, Bass Phillip gradually grew over 25 years, from the original vineyard planted in 1979 to its current 24 hectares in Gippsland, Victoria. With Grand Cru Burgundy-level low yields, the winery...

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November 16, 2021 This week we are elated to feature the Single Vineyard wines from ARTADI and the exceptional use of the Tempranillo grape that the winery is known for.  Juan Carlos López de Lacalle, owner and winemaker, is recognized as one of the greatest names in Spain. The winery was formerly a co-op of 13 growers who owned well-sited vineyards around the town of Laguardia in the Alavesa wine region of Rioja. He saw the potential of these wonderful vineyards and purchased the Bodega comprising 85 hectares of vineyards entirely devoted to Tempranillo. His obsession with quality led him to vinify the...

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