#184-186: Regional Wines Issue

  • Focus on Italy’s Chianti Classico
  • Special Report: Wines of Germany, with a Focus on 2017 Rieslings
  • 1,100 Wines from 12 Countries Reviewed


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Featured in This Issue

Focus on Italy’s Chianti Classico

Annatas from the excellent 2016 vintage; Riservas from 2015; and Gran Seleziones from 2011-2016. More than 250 wines tasted.

Top rated wines from Aiola, Arceno, Badia a Coltibuono, Bibbiano, Bindi Sergardi, Cacchiano, Capannelle, Casaloste, Castagnoli, Castello di Albola, Castello di Meleto, Cennatoio, Cigliano, Cinciano, Clement VII, di Fietri, Fonterutoli, I Sodi, Istine, La Sala, Le Fonti di Panzano, Le Corti, Monsanto, Monterinaldi, Monterotondo, Nittardi, Nozzole, Poggio al Sole, Poggerino, Poggio al Mondorli, Ricasoli 1141, Riecine, Rietine, Rignana, Rocca di Montegrossi, Querciabella, San Fabiano Calcinaia, Villa Calcinaia, Vignamaggio, Viticcio, and Volpaia.

Special Report: Wines of Germany, with a Focus on 2017 Rieslings

2017 was an excellent vintage, with lower than normal yields. Wine quality from the best producers—in dry/trocken, fruity/fruchtig, and noble sweet/edelsuss wines—was outstanding. Some producers whose Rieslings are highly recommended include those from:

A. Christmann, Bassermann-Jordan, Bischofliche Weinguter, Diel, Domdechant Werner, Donnhoff, Dr. Thanisch Erben Thanisch, Fritz Haag, Grans-Fassian, Hans Wirsching, Kloster Eberbach, J.J. Prum, Johannishof, Juliusspital, Karl Haidle, Karthauserhof, Louis Guntrum, Maximin Grunhaus, Muller-Catoir, Pfeffingen, Prinz von Hessen, Prinz zu Salm, Robert Weil, S.A. Prum, Schloss Johannisberg, Schloss Saarstein, Schloss Vollrads, Spanier-Gillot, von Kesselstatt, Wagner-Stempel, Wegeler, Willi Schaefer, Wittmann, and Zilliken, among others.

Top rated dry Silvaners include those from Castell, Dr. Heger, Hans Wirsching, Julisspital, and Rainer Sauer. Pinot Blancs that impressed came from Dr. Heger, Juliusspital, Muller-Catoir, von Kesselstatt, Wagner-Stempel, and Wittmann, among others.

A Selection of Highly Recommended Current Release Wines:
1,000 Wines from 12 Countries Reviewed


  • Great 2015 & 2016 Napa Valley & Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignons & Merlots
  • Terrific 2016 Russian River Valley Chardonnays & Pinot Noirs
  • Top red blends from Washington State and Napa Valley
  • First-rate Rhone-style blends & varietals (Syrah)

Other Highlights:

Great values from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Portugal, and South Africa.

  • Malbec from Argentina
  • Old vine Shiraz from Australia
  • 2017 White Burgundy
  • 2016 Red Burgundy
  • Outstanding Pinot Noir & Lemberger from Germany
  • Great South African Chenin Blancs & reds
  • Very fine Sake’