Rare & Fine Wines
Today, I am enjoying my grill along with a bottle of 2009 Chateau de la Taille Bordeaux, another bottle from that super vintage (at least as it's been billed) from France. Now don't get me wrong, the experts who tasted from barrels are probably righ...
|Region:||USA » California » Sonoma County » Alexander Valley|
The Wine Spies Say: Mission Codename: From where do great wines come? Operative: Agent White Objective: Place Lancaster Estate under surveillance to determine whether great wine comes from the soil, the grapes, the people… or all three Mission Stat...
|Winery:||L'Ecole No 41|
|Region:||USA » Washington » Columbia Valley » Walla Walla County » Walla Walla Valley|
Today is the autumnal equinox, half day, half night and the first official day of Fall, so what better way to celebrate fall than to go back to school! In this case we'll be going back to school at one of my absolute favorite wineries of all time, L'E...
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Almost fruity by design, because that’s what we know you like. The natural, slightly bitter character of Malbec is being obscured, in those examples that through clonal selection, cropping, or vintage character still display it. In its place we’re increasingly finding the fruit that consumers have grown to expect from their wines. Not enough fru... Read More
While this tasting predates my tasting of 1980 Barolo by more than a year, I have been moved by the performance of those wines to publish these notes. As much a surprise as the 1980 horizontal, though for entirely different reasons, this is the tasting that set my expectations for the 1980 so terribly low. Prior to both tastings I had had enough... Read More
Yesterday I presented a brief overview of Washington state to help put what follows in context. I spent a week traveling the region recently and was franklyunsure of how these articles would play out. I didn’t know exactly what to expect and was prepared to write apair of articles on Washington Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, as well as Syrah, bu... Read More
Tomorrow I’ll begin a two part look at wines that I recently tasted while traveling throughout the state of Washington, but I thought it would be a good idea to preface those notes today with a brief look at some of the wheres and whys of Washington State’s wines.Washington State remains a bit of mystery to most people, pumping out attractive wi... Read More
Tomorrow I will write about wines that, while fabulous, you have only a slim chance of tracking down, particularly in pristine condition. Today, to preventatively atone for that transgression I bring you wines that are not only fabulous, but are both well priced and in the market today. They also serve as an introduction to 2010 in Tuscany, anot... Read More
One of my New Year’s resolutions has been to clean up the cellar a bit. A big project but one we should all undertake, To that end I rooted around a bit, admittedly not making much progress, but none the less finding a few bottles that i had been waiting to taste. Waiting for other peer examples to taste them with. Examples that have not materia... Read More
It has been some four years since I last took a look at 1989 Barolo in any depth. Now at age 25 these wines should be in the prime of their lives, at least the better examples still out there. Increasingly rare and well traded, there is much to be concerned with with these wines. Faulty corks, poor storage along the way and the simple vagaries o... Read More
Just a quick hello. I am totally un-educated in the wine realm. As a matter of fact I never drank a glass until over age 40 and even then barely could finish it and would usually switch to a nice dark beer LOL. Anyway about 2 years ago my good friend's husband decided he was going to show me what I was missing and every time we went out to dinn... Read More
One of the problems many of us run into this time of year is the unfortunate intersection of price and structure. You see, to a certain extent the reason some wines are more expensive than others is that some wines are more concentrated, rich and powerful than others. That can be due to several factors but the one producers would have us focus o... Read More
So far I’ve worked my way through a pretty impressive set of wines that would make for some splendid gifting. I’ve covered Cabernet, Pinot Noir, the wines of France and today I turn my attention towards Italy. Without a doubt my favorite wine producing country; Italy is home to more variety and styles of wine than anyplace else on the planet. As... Read More