January 2023: Wine Reviews
This year, I will be publishing notes on every full bottle I taste. Why not? We have long leaned on a curatorial approach to our editorial, but I think it is now important to reveal a bit of my thinking on wines that don't score as well. Long-time readers know that almost all of the wines we publish are 4.5 stars and above in our rankings. On this subscriber-exclusive page, you'll see it all, as well as a preview of some wines that will grace the site elsewhere in the future, like the Wines to Admire section — our list of the 50 most fresh and relevant wines to pursue at the moment.
If you are unfamiliar with the review process and how I assess wine, you can explore our in-depth How We Rate Wine page.
This Month: Sicily, Abruzzo, Veneto and a Whole Lotta Italy
For our first installment, we focus mainly on Italy in an effort to get through samples from Sicily, Abruzzo, Tuscany, Veneto, Emilia-Romagna and Piedmont. As you'll see, there were mixed results, but some keen highlights from Terra Costantino, Ciavolich, Chiara Condello and Alberto Oggero.
Because of this emphasis, I only got around to two French wines but, as you'll see, one of them was exceptional. We will start there.