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Ch. Bastor Lamontagne 2007 Sauternes

Château Bastor-Lamontagne is not Château d’Yquem. It’s not one of the elite estates of the Sauternes region of Bordeaux. However, this producer offers up a consistently great quality-to-value, a rarity in the region.  Considering that Château …

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The Big Money Wine Myth

Is Expensive Wine a Waste of Money?Several studies have been released recently that call into question a basic premise of wine buying. Most wine drinkers assume that the more expensive a …

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Newton 2001 Unfiltered Merlot, Napa Valley

A Merlot for Bordeaux drinkers. Wet earth & allspice underpin the enticing aroma of smoked plums. Well-balanced, fresh cherry notes and tannin deliver a multi-layered experience.

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Castillo Labastida 2001 Rioja Reserva

International Wine Cellar, notoriously the most difficult of the major wine-review publications, called this bottling “fully mature and delicious.” To that, we would also add “guilt-inducingly affordable” and “dangerously drinkable.”

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Top Wine Buys

For a full list of wine recommendations, check out our wine review page. Ravenswood Monte Rosso Vineyard Zinfandel, Sonoma ValleyA definite must-buy for Zin drinkers. Dense and full-bodied, the wine uncorks …

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Recommended Wine Buys

Our few recommended wine selections. Also make sure you have the perfect wine glass to make the experience truly memorable. Vionta Albarino (Spain)An aromatically complex white with plenty of white fruit …

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Decanting! And from such great heights!

 Put down that Wine Atlas, and grab some Japanese manga.  In Kami no Shizuku (The Drops of God), two wine connoisseurs are the main characters, the 1855 Bordeaux classification is made simple, …

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Sylla Sebaste 2001 “Bussia” Barolo

For the past few years, there has been an ongoing debate regarding what constitutes a “true” Barolo…or makes a Barolo truly great. On one side of the aisle are the Traditionalists, …

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Rizzi 2001 Barbaresco Riserva

Way too young, way too good, and way too cheap. The skinny: this wine should retail for about $50.The recommendation: buy a case. The problem: undrinkable for 3 years. Tone-perfect Barbaresco …

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Niepoort 2001 Vertente, Douro (PR)

The wines of Niepoort exemplify how much potential northern Portugal has, and the Vertente’s seamless integration of native grape varieties with a decidedly New World sensibility is nothing short of magical. …

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