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The Joy Of Learning
If you’re here, leafing through the pages of Decanter, it’s because you like wine. Why? Wine gives us sensual pleasure while lifting our spirits and bringing us (at least in non-Covid times) closer together. But that’s not all. Unlike most simple sen
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Looking Ahead
Quinta do Noval has declared the 2019 vintage of its Nacional, and Symington planned to release two 2019 quinta Ports in early June: Quinta do Vesuvio and Dow’s Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira. The Premiere Napa Valley auction will open online bidding
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Among the list of Scotch distilleries that closed during the whisky downturn of the 1980s, a handful have been mourned across the ensuing decades, writes Laura Foster. Brora was one of the hallowed few, so there was much jubilation when it was announ
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Great Tuscan Vintages To Drink Now
The best Tuscan vintages are not always the easiest. In 2010 there was a chance of real glory, but you needed to earn it right through a season seemingly laden with bear traps – life was easier for the perennially attentive producers able and willing
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In Rarified Air
Elegance over power, complexity due to a longer growing season, and – most of the time – craftsmanship of characteristically low-volume wines, represents an irresistible mix for experienced wine consumers. Add to this the story of ‘heroically grown’
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High Praise: Aldo Fiordelli’s 12 From Italy’s Elevated Vines
This Sauvignon Blanc matches the steeliness of its structure with concentration of fruit and extraordinary depth. Grown on a mix of chalk sandstone and the local porphyry at 580m-650m at Aica di Sotto. Pale greenish in the glass, it emerges with smok
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We are witnessing a new golden age for Italian wine, with immense quality allied to world-leading quantity. According to OIV (the International Organisation of Vine and Wine), Italy produced 49.1m hl of wine in 2020, making it the world’s largest pro
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The Decanter guarantee
Our buying guide provides you with trusted, independent, expert recommendations on what to buy, drink and cellar. Each panel tasting is judged by three experienced tasters chosen for their authority in the category of wine being rated. All wines are
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Combatting Erosion
In Valtellina, in the far north of the Lombardy region close to the Swiss border, there are 2,500km of dry stone walls, according to the region’s wine consortium. Similar to Switzerland, the northern Rhône or the Douro in Portugal, this valley is one
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Your Letters
In 2019 I was hospitalised in Quito, Ecuador and on recovering found that I couldn’t return home for at least seven days or I would be quarantined. So with time to spare, my partner and I found time to visit a winery just outside the city. The staff
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Friuli-Venezia Giulia’s Native Whites
Back in the 1970s, Friuli-Venezia Giulia was hailed as ‘the promised land’ for Italy’s burgeoning fine white wine scene. Winemakers such as Silvio Jermann and Mario Schiopetto, having embraced modern winemaking philosophy and new technology, became l
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Top 20 Buys: Soave
To ‘know your label’ has never been sounder advice than it is in the case of Soave. This northern Italian classic white has many facets, and the best guide is the system of denominations which distinguishes styles and places of origin. The first dist
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The Bordeaux Index View
Fine wine & spirits specialists Bordeaux Index kindly sponsor this section of Decanter, and provide their view on the market here. They can be found at Tuscany has clearly been one of the market’s standout performers across the la
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Brunello di Montalcino 2015
Brunello di Montalcino is renowned for its elegant fruit expression and long ageability, but the 2015 vintage marks a different approach for the wines of this esteemed Tuscan DOCG. Though our judges were extremely positive, rating 10 wines Outstandin
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Standout Producers
Palpably committed to making complex and characterful Monferrato Barbera. Undeniably the reference for powerful, ageworthy, Barolo-esque Barbera. Veteran champions of Barbera as well as the Asti zone, the Chiarlo family has been an important driv
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Michaela Morris Selects 10 Top Piedmont Barbera Reds
£29.99-£36.95 Alliance Wine, DBM Wines After working with barriques for a number of years, the Bertolini brothers switched to 25hl casks of French Allier oak in order to achieve a more elegant expression of Barbera. From the northern sector of Nizza,
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The Wine Educator-turned-private Buyer
What’s the best thing about your job? I get to develop a career where my passion truly lies. The life of a private buyer is similar to that of a hunter. When target wines appear on the market, I need to snap them up quickly. The sense of accomplishm
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The Judges
Andrea Briccarello is business development manager at Jascots, a specialist on-trade wine merchant. Formerly head sommelier and wine buyer at Galvin restaurant group, he also previously worked as a brand manager for Bisol Prosecco, and judges regular
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Sicily, Then And Now
Sicily is recognised today as being one of the world’s most exciting wine-producing regions, with wine lovers and tourists flocking to sample its myriad wines and enjoy the island’s cultural riches, scenery and delicious food. The once-obscure Nerell
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As we went to press, the annual Bordeaux en primeur tastings were taking place. Our correspondent Jane Anson tasted more than 800 wines from the 2020 vintage, and has given about 10% of these a score of 95 points or more, including five at 98-100pts.
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Capalbo’s Pick: The Soul Of Sicily In 10 Delicious Wines
£87.25 Field & Fawcett, Sociovino This definitive wine of pure Carricante is given extensive contact on the lees, without wood, taking its structure from the grapes and terroir. Pale with golden highlights, it offers iodised notes on the expressive n
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Andrew Jefford ‘You May Be Suspicious Of Celebrity Wines...’
Last summer I was researching rosé, and thinking about the celebrity-wine phenomenon, much of it clustered around Provence rosé. It’s the perfect match. Provence rosé is aspirational, visually alluring and can be artfully packaged; and quality in ros
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While certain spirits embody their country of origin and can only be produced there – think tequila in Mexico – others can be made anywhere in the world. Of those, and perhaps more than any other nomad spirit, gin can capture the flavours of the plac
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Brilliant Barbera
A talent contest of Piedmont’s native grape varieties might well see the top prize going to Nebbiolo. It’s Barbera, however, that gets my vote for congeniality. Grown throughout Italy, Barbera is among the country’s top 10 most planted grapes. It is
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This Month’s Experts
Sebastian Riley-Smith is founder and MD of Smith & Taylor, specialising in the storage and management of wine Nigel Greening is the owner of Felton Road Wines in Central Otago, New Zealand Tim Hall is director of Scala Wine, a UK-based Champagne
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Barolo 2013: A Retrospective
Young Barolo is far easier to taste than it used to be, and probably all the better for it. It has little to do with the varying approaches of traditionalists and modernists, and everything to do with extraction: grapes tend to be picked at higher ri
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Give Celebs A Chance
A fascinating and timely column from Andrew Jefford in your March edition, ‘Great wine needs no help from designers or celebrities’. Like Andrew, I believe that one of the small upsides from the dreadful pandemic is the opportunity it afforded us to
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Tasted & rated for Decanter Premium
This was recently rated 98pts by Monty Waldin, who reviewed it alongside several vintages after co-hosting a Decanter virtual masterclass with the SuperTuscan estate. Waldin praised its ‘remarkable, Peter Pan-like freshness’ with generous fruit and ‘
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The Next Rising Stars?
With increasing numbers of collectors seeking opportunities from Bolgheri to Barolo, Italy has arguably been the star of the fine wine market in the past two years. An exciting run of vintages, notably the back-to-back successes of 2015 and 2016 in P
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