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OLD RIDGE VINEYARDS MONTE BELLO CABERNETS

In my most recent Ridge Vineyards article (click here to read the article on Spring releases and links to all other Ridge Vineyards articles) I said that I would soon be writing about some recent tastings of old Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignons. And, as I have mentioned many times over the years, the […]

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THE OLD BURGUNDIANS

In late November I returned from Burgundy where with my friends I tasted many 2014 Burgundies from barrel and some 2013s from bottle. I will have a detailed article out soon, but for now I can say that I find the 2014 Burgundies to have a lot of charm and there should be many wonderful […]

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A GREAT OLD WINE THAT VIRTUALLY NO ONE KNOWS

As I have said many times, there is nothing better than a great old wine. But, the exception might be if it is a wine that virtually no one knows, and one that you chose and cellared for yourself and friends from the very beginning. It is exactly the latter that this story is about. […]

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MOUNT EDEN VINEYARDS CHARDONNAY AND PINOT NOIR

  GREAT HISTORIC MAGNUMS OF MOUNT EDEN VINEYARDS CHARDONNAY AND PINOT NOIR   A few years ago I was able to buy 2 pristine magnums of 1972 Mount Eden Vineyards Pinot Noir from a couple who were original investors in Mount Eden Vineyards. They had owned the bottles since release and the bottles were in […]

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OLDER UNDER THE RADAR WHITE BURGUNDY

WHO SAYS WHITE BURGUNDY HAS TO HAVE A THREE DIGIT PRICE TAG? White Burgundy has long been my favorite white wine. White Burgundy can come from five areas: • Chablis (100% White Wine) • Côte de Nuits (5% White Wine) • Côte de Beaune (30% White Wine) • Côte Chalonnaise (40% White Wine) • Mâconnais […]

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WHO SAYS FRENCH ROSÉS DON’T AGE?

Well, I think the answer to this question is most people. And, guess what? Most people are wrong. Please let me explain. Some people think that rosés do not age because they never keep them. In fact, some people even think that rosés are inexpensive sweet wines. These are the so called blush wines which […]

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OLD WHITE BURGUNDY

 A Complex Tale of Two Wines With a Window Into Premox   Recently I had an opportunity to drink 2 older White Burgundies. The wines were: 1992 Joseph Drouhin Corton Charlemagne and 1999 Domaine Leflaive Chevalier Montrachet. They offered an interesting paradox into the current state of White Burgundy. 1992 Joseph Drouhin Corton Charlemagne Oxidized […]

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1990 RED BURGUNDY

TWO GREAT BOTTLES OF 1990 RED BURGUNDY                                  When I first tasted the 1990 Red Burgundies from barrel over 20 years ago (Underground Wineletter Volume XIII, Numbers 1 & 2, August-September 1991), I thought it was the greatest Burgundy vintage I had ever tasted from barrel. Today I would also include 2005 and 2009 on […]

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OUR EDITORS WRITE ABOUT THEIR FAVORITE WINES

Many years ago in our print publication, we published articles from our editors on their favorite wines.  This is the first in what I hope will be a series where we again publish the favorite wines of our editors. Cary Feibleman is an Underground Contributing Editor and an old friend who is also a dedicated wine […]

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A BOTTLE OF PERFECT WINE

People often ask “what is the best wine you have ever had?” Honestly, I really don’t know. Over the course of some 40 years of drinking wine I have had the great experience of drinking literally tens of thousands of wines. Many of these were great, and I would say that there were perhaps a […]

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