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June 2011

No Risk, No Reward
Previewing Cuvée Dom Pérignon 2003
Posted: Jun 24, 2011 3:20pm ET

Recently, senior tasting coordinator Alison Napjus and I met with Richard Geoffroy, the scholarly chef de cave of Moët & Chandon's Dom Pérignon. While it's always a pleasure to catch up with Geoffroy and hear his insights on the growing season and the state of Champagne, this occasion had a more singular purpose: A preview of the Cuvée Dom Pérignon 2003. We also tasted the 2002 cuvée, the Brut Champagne Cuvée Dom Pérignon Oenothèque 1996 and the DP Rosé 2000. Here are my notes.


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Moon Over Montalcino: Part 2
From Uccelliera, the tiny jewel “birdcage,” to Montalcino’s largest estate, American-owned Castello Banfi
Posted: Jun 21, 2011 3:20pm ET

I spent two days in Montalcino during my trip to Tuacany. I toured the region with Stefano Campatelli, the director of the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino and visited five estates. Here are my notes on my last three visits, to Uccelliera, Siro Pacenti and Castello Banfi.


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Moon Over Montalcino: Part 1
Tuscany’s most celebrated appellation features diverse landscapes and wines. Biond-Santi represents the tradition
Posted: Jun 1, 2011 6:20pm ET

I spent two days in Montalcino during my trip to Tuacany. I toured the region with Stefano Campatelli, the director of the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino and visited five estates. Campatelli also organized a blind tasting of 16 Brunellos, mostly from the 2006 vintage, and nine Rossos, all from 2009. At dinner with the consorzio directors later that evening, we enjoyed some older vintages of Brunello riservas, including Biondi-Santi's dating back to 1955. Here are my notes.


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