Cellar Notes: Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo 2008

The Amorim family’s fortune had its beginnings among the rambling port lodges that line the hillsides above the Douro River in Porto, but the family did not amass its wealth by making Portugal’s famous fortified wine; rather, its members were engaged in the less glamorous business of manufacturing cork stoppers. Their success, however, later enabled […]

Best of the Best 2012: International Red Wines: Gaja 2008 Sorì Langhe San Lorenzo

Since 1859, the Gaja Winery in the Barbaresco region of Piedmont, Italy, has been committed to producing fine wines that express the highly individual characters of its vineyards’ varied soils. Yet despite the winery’s commitment to tradition, its present patriarch, Angelo Gaja, imbues his family’s operation with a modern spirit. Since first joining the business […]

Best of the Best 2012: International Red Wines: Château Haut-Brion 2008 Pessac-Léognan

In the minds of most enthusiasts, Médoc is the cradle of Bordeaux. After all, this important region on the Left Bank of the Gironde River is home to four of the great châteaux that received First Growth rankings in the definitive 1855 classification: Château Lafite-Rothschild, Château Latour, Château Margaux, and Château Mouton Rothschild. Its prominence […]

Best of the Best 2012: Domestic Red Wines: Quilceda Creek 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Father-and-son winemaking team Alex and Paul Golitzin count among their ancestors Prince Lev Sergeyevich Golitsyn—a member of one of Russia’s most distinguished noble houses and the founder of Crimea’s oldest winery, Massandra—and winemaking legend André Tchelistcheff, the father of the modern California wine industry. Tchelistcheff advised Alex on his own oenological venture, Quilceda Creek, which […]

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