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In the Oct 31, 2016 Issue

Lodovico Antinori

"Success went to my head. I am a man of instinct and passion, and at Ornellaia I was thinking to myself, 'What more can I have at Ornellaia than I have already received?' I had to become a manager—the thing I hated."—Lodovico Antinori

Tuscany: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all Tuscan wines reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.

New Zealand: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all Spanish wines reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.

Cover Story

Antinori's Black Sheep - Lodovico Antinori made the self-confessed "biggest mistake" of his life selling his renowned Tenuta dell'Ornellaia to Robert Mondavi Winery in 2002. Now he's mounting a comeback with Tenuta di Biserno, switching his focus from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot to stunning expressions of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot from the Tuscan coast
Ornellaia Through the Years - A timeline documenting the history of the storied estate, with scores for selected top vintages
Inside Tenuta di Biserno - A look at the vineyards and grapes fueling Antinori's latest venture

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEO: If Chianti Classico is the traditional heart of Tuscany, Maremma is the new kid on the block. Compare wines and styles from the two regions with senior editor Bruce Sanderson and Brancaia winemaker Barbara Widmer.


Tasting Reports

Tuscan Triumph - The Italian region produces a range of exceptional wines across several challenging vintages, from bright Chiantis to bold IGT bottlings
FREE: Tuscany Alphabetical Listing - More than 570 wines were reviewed for this report. A free alphabetical list is available. WineSpectator.com members can access complete reviews for all the wines tasted using the online Wine Ratings Search.

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEOS Chianti Classico Explained (Part I): Get answers to some common questions with senior editor Bruce Sanderson and Laura Bianchi of Castello di Monsanto, known for its outstanding Sangioveses. What are the differences between the annata and riserva designations for Chianti?

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEOS Chianti Classico Explained (Part II): Why are some Chiantis made in large wood casks and others in smaller oak barrels? How do these wines evolve over time? And what pairs best with a younger Chianti versus and older one?

New Zealand's Rise - Kiwi vintners are pushing the boundaries of their country's signature wine, Sauvignon Blanc, while reds continue to gain traction
FREE: New Zealand Alphabetical Listing - More than 460 wines were reviewed for this report. A free alphabetical list is available. WineSpectator.com members can access complete reviews for all the wines tasted using the online Wine Ratings Search.


His Own Drummer - Andrea Franchetti left a job as a New York importer to create some of Italy's best Cabernet Franc at Tenuta di Trinoro
A Force of Will - Napa winemaker Russell Bevan is bold, boisterous and in-your-face. His classic-rated Cabernets are no different


Italy's Cutting Edge - With a wealth of distinctive growing regions and native grapes, Italy is expanding down new and intriguing avenues. We spotlight five categories changing the face of the country's wines
Tuscany - Identifying "grand cru" sites
Alto Piemonte - New-wave Nebbiolo
Sardinia - An island on the rise
Aglianico - Italy's next big red
Rosato - Indigenous pinks



Kosta Browne Branches Out

WineSpectator.com: Keep up with breaking news as well as the people, places and happenings that wine lovers are talking about.

Williams Selyem Buys A Piece of Sonoma History
Italy's Poderi Luigi Einaudi Buys 22 Acres in Barolo


Premier Cru Wineshop Owner Pleads Guilty to Fraud


Washed-rind Stinkers


Brewing By App

WineSpectator.com: Members can reference our full archives of Mark Pendergrast’s columns and other articles about coffee.


Golden State Outings

WineSpectator.com: Find restaurants with great wine lists in our Restaurant Search. With more than 3,500 award winners, pick the perfect dining spot by location, award level, wine strengths, cuisine type and more.

Cellars / Collections

Wine & Design: Matteo Sardagna Einaudi and Sabrina Dassano - Matteo Sardagna Einaudi and Sabrina Dassano carve out a home at their storied Piedmont estate
Private Cellars: Denver's Bob Clark - Bob Clark's hand-carved cellar is a paean to 30 years of Napa collecting

WineSpectator.com: Want to build up your cellar? Our free Collecting email newsletter shares a new age-worthy wine pick in each edition, plus news and expert tips on collecting, cellar design and more.


FAQ: Zinfandel - Zinfandel made its name costumed as a semi-sweet pink rosé, but the full-bodied Croatian immigrant has become a classic American success story, celebrated for its old-vine glory.

WineSpectator.com: Want more from Dr. Vinny? Our advice expert provides saucy answers to all sorts of questions—from tough topics about the technical aspects of winemaking to the finer points of wine etiquette—three days a week on WineSpectator.com. Submit your questions at www.winespectator.com/drvinny or on Twitter via @AskDrVinny.

This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

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Savvy Shopper

Picks from Down Under, Rhône Valley Reds, Old World Whites


James Laube - What Vietti's sale means for Piedmont

WineSpectator.com: In his blogs, James Laube shares updates from his recent tastings and visits with winemakers, and discusses hot-button issues in the wine industry. Join the conversation with other members.

Matt Kramer - Changing for the best?

WineSpectator.com: For more of Matt Kramer's provocative essays and lively online discussions. (Only members may post comments but all visitors may read them.)

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

Letter From Europe Contributing editor Robert Camuto blogs from his trips through Italy, France and beyond, visiting cutting-edge wine regions, iconoclastic producers and companies that drive wine trends.

Daily Wine Picks Great wine finds, in three price ranges, six days a week. Check our site daily for the latest picks or follow them on our Twitter feed, via @winespectator.

New York Wine Experience Join us Oct. 20–22 for this year's great lineup of tastings and seminars. Our full coverage of the event will bring the world's best winemakers and chefs to you with photos, articles and videos.

What Am I Tasting? Test your tasting skills in our mystery wine game. Every two weeks, we post a tasting note with clues from the color, aromas, flavors and structure. Then you guess the variety, region, appellation and age of the wine.

WINE SPECTATOR VIDEO Watch all our great wine tips, winemaker interviews and tastings. In time for Halloween, don't miss these recent additions on sweet wines:

  • Wine of Kings—Decadently Rich Tokaji Aszú: Tokaji Aszú balances jammy richness with bracing acidity at accessible prices. Watch this primer with Disznókó, one of the top producers of Hungary's famed sweet wines.
  • Biodynamic in Barsac: Why would a classic château already famed for its sweet whites switch to biodynamic farming? James Molesworth talks with Bérénice Lurton, owner of Château Climens, which went bio in 2010.

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Tuscany In-Depth Take Wine Spectator School's online seminar; you'll explore regions such as Chianti Classico, Bolgheri and Montalcino, and learn about top Tuscan producers. This and nine other fun and informative courses are included with a WineSpectator.com membership.

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