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The Yin and the Yang of Western Australia

Western Australia remains a beacon of hope and value in a world of stratospheric fine wine prices. This report shows that, pound for pound, few regions can match Margaret River for finely crafted Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. My first coverage of the emerging regions of Great Southern and Pemberton also showcases wines that are surprising for their subtlety and diversity.

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New Zealand’s Latest Red Releases: Growing Up

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2012 & 2013 Napa Valley: Too Close to Call

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Alsace 2022 Reds: Continuing Their Trajectory

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Marche Stays the Course Amidst Future Uncertainty

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Friuli-Venezia Giulia: Both Sides of the Spectrum

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Oldies But Goldies: Bouchard Père 1892-2012

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But Seriously: Beaujolais 2021-2023

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The Many Riojas of Rioja: A Tale of Forking Paths

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Past Becomes Now: Lafite-Rothschild 1874-1982

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2019 Château Montus and Bouscassé: A Premiere Glance

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Luca, London, UK

Let’s cut to the chase. Luca boasts a thick, juicy book of Italian vino that covers the entire ‘boot’, a mixture of marquee names and cult producers that is worthy of entry alone.

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The Modern, New York City, NY

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The Devonshire, London, UK

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Bouchon Racine, London, UK

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2022 Ronchi di Cialla Ribolla Gialla

2022 Ronchi di Cialla Ribolla Gialla, 91 points

The 2022 Ribolla Gialla wafts from the glass with a vivid blend of crushed green apple, candied lime and mint aromas. This is round and soothing, offset by mineral-tinged orchard fruits. Ginger notes resonate toward the medium-bodied close. This finishes wickedly fresh. (EG)


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1994 Penfolds Grange and 1975 Bin 95 Grange Hermitage

During my time in Bordeaux tasting barrel samples, I spend most evenings essentially harvesting tasting notes for my annual “Centuries Of…” article that will appear in due course. Ironically, perhaps the best bottle of wine with a vintage ending in four was not from either the Left or Right Bank but from Australia.

1930 KWV Muscadel Bin 14 Late Bottled Vintage

1938 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Côte-Rôtie

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