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May 31, 2013 Issue  :  Features

Montalcino’s Argiano Has New Owners

Posted: May 31, 2013  By Bruce Sanderson

May 31, 2013 Issue  :  Savvy Shopper

French Whites, Australian Reds and Italian Finds

Posted: May 31, 2013  By Bruce Sanderson

Collecting  :  Collecting News

Investment Fund Buys 7,000 Bottles of Biondi-Santi Brunello

Bottled Asset Fund invests $5 million in Italian wines from 1945 to 1975 vintages

Posted: May 29, 2013  By Bruce Sanderson

News & Features  :  Cellar Notes

2011 Burgundy Preview: Charming Red and White Burgundies for Early Enjoyment

An early look at the new Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays, with recommendations of 111 top wines from cellar tastings

Posted: May 22, 2013  By Bruce Sanderson

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

Rocca di Montegrossi: Making Wine from Stone

San Marcellino vineyard Sangiovese makes for outstanding, mineral-driven Chianti Classico

Posted: April 30, 2013  By Bruce Sanderson

Marco Ricasoli-Firidolfi grows Sangiovese from the majority of 49 acres of vineyards surrounding his Rocca di Montegrossi cellar located in Monti, part of the Chianti Classico commune of Gaiole in Tuscany.

The soil here is very rocky, a mix of the friable schist called galestro and the harder albarese, a form of limestone, plus some clay. Sangiovese from this area possesses a very strong backbone and mineral expression, and is capable of long aging.

The vineyards are farmed organically, based on Ricasoli-Firidolfi's philosophy and personal observations since taking control of the estate in 1990. "The more careful you are with nature—organic farming, for example—the more nature responds," he said. "It's not scientifically proven, but my opinion."

April 30, 2013 Issue  :  Savvy Shopper

Tuscan Reds, German Rieslings, Robust Syrahs

Posted: April 30, 2013  By Bruce Sanderson

April 30, 2013 Issue  :  Tasting Reports

2008 Barolo An Ageworthy Vintage

Cool growing conditions in Piedmont produced impressive results

Posted: April 30, 2013  By Bruce Sanderson

April 30, 2013 Issue  :  People

Giacosa’s Expansive Roster of Wines

Posted: April 30, 2013  By Bruce Sanderson

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

Superb Sangiovese and Barrels of Fun in the Hills of Tuscany

Tasting Bibi Graetz' 2012 barrel samples in Chianti Classico, plus the latest vintages of Testamatta, Colore and Soffocone

Posted: April 15, 2013  By Bruce Sanderson

Does anyone have more fun making wine than Bibi Graetz?

He grew up in a castle outside Florence, Italy, and still lives there, making wine from an assortment of old vines sourced from around Chianti Classico, including 37 acres of vineyards at his property in Fiesole, where I caught up with him and his cellarmaster, Luigi Temperini.

News & Features  :  News

Franco Biondi Santi, Legendary Figure of Brunello di Montalcino, Dead at 91

The patriarch of the Tuscan estate many credit with creating Brunello was an outspoken champion of the wine

Posted: April 8, 2013  By Mitch Frank, Bruce Sanderson

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