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Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2022: Bring It On

After getting a good glimpse at the 2022 vintage while visiting other Rhône appellations last year, I was eager to see how Châteauneuf-du-Pape performed in a growing season marked by heat, drought and hail. The short answer is that 2022 is a very good vintage in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, clearly surpassing 2021 for the reds, though likely not at the same level as 2020. Overall consistency for reds in 2022 is higher than in 2021, and there are plenty of excellent wines cruising in an affordable price range.

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If you are in New York, The Four Horsemen is highly recommended. I love the laid-back atmosphere; the cooking is some of the best I encountered during what was admittedly a slightly underwhelming return to the city’s dining scene.

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2023 Masciarelli Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo Superiore Villa Gemma

2023 Masciarelli Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo Superiore Villa Gemma, 92 points

The 2023 Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo is a finessed, tenderly fruited, delicate wine. Raspberry coulis, mint, sweet lavender, crushed rocks and round, ripe red berry fruit run through to the core. Refined and polished, the Villa Gemma is reflective of the beauty that can be achieved in this style. (BN)


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1924 Bouchard Père & Fils Chassagne-Montrachet Rouge

Since the vintage ends with the right digit, I was tempted to add this wine to my Centuries Of… article. Frankly, this bottle was so amazing, defied logic to such a degree, and was so astounding that it had to be placed on its own pedestal, which is this Cellar Favorite.

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