What We’ve Been Drinking

News and Reviews from Around the Blogosphere

 


This year we are expanding our horizons here at Snooth. Towards that goal we’re looking to bring you, our readers, a more varied set of voices on a regular basis, while introducing our wine writing colleagues to you, and you to them.

It’s an exciting time to be writing about wine, but with so many people out there banging the keyboard it’s sometimes difficult to find the voices that resonate with you. This series will sort of be like speed-dating. You’ll get a quick impression of someone’s writing, and overtime you’ll begin to see who is really writing for you! I’m super excited to be introducing the firt edition today. Without further ado allow me to introduce some great wine writers, and what they’ve been drinking!

Ben Carter

Favorite wine of the past month:
 
 
I had a moment of true wine pairing joy last week while it was below
freezing and I had a chicken pot pie with a bottle of the 2012 Stark
Viognier from California.  The herbal and vegetal elements combined
with just enough oak matched so beautifully and made me wonder why
it's been so long since I've had a good Viognier.
 

 

Madeline Puckett

Favorite wine of the past month:
 
 
While most Pinot Gris are totally dry, this one has a touch of sweetness that adds volumes of dimension.  It's tastes of ruby red grapefruit, meyer lemon and peach. Perfect for sushi and video games.
 
Madeline Puckett 

 

Richard Jennings

Favorite wine of the past month:
 
 
I attended a very satisfying and instructive retrospective of traditional Baroli and Barbareschi  dating back to 1961 made by Francesco Rinaldi this month. All the wines had been collected over a period of years from pristine cellars by Rare Wine Co.’s Mannie Berk. 
 
The wine that showed best of all, and which I have now bought several bottles of, was one that Rinaldi made but kept in demijohns for awhile. He ultimately sold some of those demijohns to a Turin wine store owner, Osvaldo Barisone, who bottled them under his own label. Trying both Rinaldi’s own labeled Barolo against the Osvaldo Barisone from the 1971 vintage, one definitely sensed that the one kept longer in demijohn had, by being aged longer in that format, managed to preserve much more of its youthful ripe fruit. 
 
So my fave wine of the past month, rating 97 points, is the Barisone version of Rinaldi’s 1971 Barolo: Bricking medium dark red violet color; aromatic, dried cherry, baked raspberry, anise, light lavender, light truffle nose; delicious, elegant, dried cherry, baked raspberry palate with a core of tart cherry; surprisingly youthful and should go 20-25 years; long finish 97 points
 
Richard Jennings

 

Bob Fyke

Favorite Wine of the Past Month:
 
 
Decanted for 1 hour. Wonderfully spiced red and black cherry fruit with strawberry notes as well. Notes of fennel, nutmeg, and other dried herbs overlay the fruit, along with dried flowers and dusty aromatic wood. The palate is pleasantly chewy, with a fine granularity. More sweet spice and dark cherry extract with strawberry preserves and some plum. Quite dense all around, with a pretty layer as well. The structure features juicy acidity and moderate tannins, both playing an important balancing role to the rest of the characteristics. The finish is long and interesting with spice cake and mineral notes.
 
This riserva walks the line between modern and traditional very well. There is plenty here for everyone: fruit, texture, structure, and satisfaction.
 
Bob Fyke
 

 

Cliff Brown

Favorite wine of the past month:
 
 
The wine is a deep, dark ruby to purple color.  The intense and spellbinding nose has cassis, cedar, tobacco, dusty minerals, blueberries, dried herbs, candied violets, licorice, dark chocolate and some earthiness.  This has medium to full body, solid tannins and good acidity.  Fruit and dried herbs explode on the rich and plush palate slowly allowing minerals, cedar and licorice to squeeze into the picture.  The finish is very long with dark chocolate and some earthiness joining the party.  This is very young but already delicious, drink it now with a fair amount of air or let it rest a couple more years. (95 pts)
 
Cliff Brown

Susannah Gold

Favorite wine of the past month:
 
 
The wine is dedicated to the founder of San Patrignano, Vincenzo. For those who don't know San Patrignano, it is a rehabilitation facility for those with drug abuse problems. It also involves the same people in the making of various food products and wines. It is a wonderful institution that has helped over 20,000 people since it started in 1978. This wine was a nice expression of Sangiovese di Romagna with supple tannins, good acidity, red fruit and spice aromas and flavors. It is aged in large barrels and then spends time in the bottle before being released into the market. I like this wine and I like to support the projects that San Patrignano undertakes. Not an inexpensive wine for these times, I think it is a good value for the price.
 
Susannah Gold

 

Jameson Fink

Favorite wine of the past month
 
 
This "almost Barbaresco" will wow you with it's tightrope-like balance of power and elegance. A window into the wonderful world of Barbaresco and the awesomeness of Nebbiolo from Piedmont at a very nice price.
 
Jameson Fink
 

 

Eric Guido

Favorite wine of the past month:
 
 
2005 was quite a vintage in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, and now with eight years of bottle age, these beauties are just starting to enter their drinking window.  What's more, they can still be found at retail, with just a little extra effort.  And Vieux Telegraphe makes some of my favorite traditionally-styled CdP in the market today.
 
2005 Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Crau - The nose showed dark, intense red and black fruits with licorice, charred meat, black pepper and a hint of herbal mint. On the palate, it was velvety with grainy, layered concentration, followed by palate staining fruit; blackberry and raspberry were prominent, along with plum sauce, sweet/savory spice and violet candies. The finish showed hints of dusty tannin with a lasting notion of black fruit and violet, which seemed to go on forever. This wine may still show some youthful structure, but it's so good now, that it's hard to keep my hands off. 
 
Eric Guido
 

Anna Savino

Favorite wine of the past month:
 
 
It took me more than an hour to find this hidden down-to-earth winery in St. Helena. I really enjoyed the 2006 Cab because it reminded me a bit more of the old world wines. After tasting so many big jammy cabs on my trip to Napa, this one had the most depth, layers and minerality. I loved the refreshing acidity and blackberry flavors in this.
 
Anna Savino
 
 

 

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