|Region:||Italy » Piedmont|
The Wine Crush
This benchmark wine undergoes a traditional vinification and by that I mean not only that it is macerated for a full 60 days, virtually unheard off nowadays, and fermented in those open top tini, with cappello sommerso but all the work is done manually...
|Winery:||Château La Croix de Gay|
|Region:||France » Bordeaux » Pomerol|
Perfumy, quite floral and rich on the nose with some darkish fruit that's carrying some obvious oak but it's pretty well integrated but still a bit new worldly. Smooth, fairly powerful and quite dark in the mouth, this has some deep, almost over extrac...
|Winery:||Bonneau du Martray|
|Region:||France » Burgundy » Côte d'Or » Côte de Beaune » Aloxe-corton » Corton|
No fat or flab here - this 2009 is mineral driven, from the aromatic nose to the bright, focused flavors. The nose delivers a tang of minerality, fleshed out with rich orchard fruits. The flavors are energized with a stream of acidity that brightens th...
The Wine Spies Say: DEAL ALERT! Today we are very pleased to bring you a very special value – on a very small quantity of wine. Today’s wine, a fantastic Syrah from winemaker Stephen Pessagno, pleases us on so many levels. With the holidays coming soo...
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Page 1 of 17The Wine Crush on Snooth
Here in the United States we are on a first-name basis with our wine grapes. The majority of casual wine drinkers understand what “Merlot”, “Moscato”, and “Cabernet” mean. Nowadays “Pinot” and even “Riesling” are familiar pals too. This is largely because the United States and other New World regions label their wines by varietal rather than geo... Read More
Broke a couple of personal practices the other night. First of all I'm on a huge SIWPM and haven't been buying wine to store lately. Secondly I never take pictures out at dinner, figuring it interferes with too many dynamics, but in this case my companion did.Went to a wine bar near where I used to live. Don't go as often as I used to, but have ... Read More
November 28 update:We were back in Amador County for Thanksgiving. (Puppy bonding took precedence over family this year, so we left the Bay Area to get away from everyone.) While there we stayed at Rest, A Boutique Hotel. Rest is owned by Tracey and Mark Berkner, who met while working for Marriott. He's a chef, but moved to the operational si... Read More
The majority of wines on the market these days are meant to be consumed within one to five years. This is a natural law. Producing wines that can sit in the cellar for decades is time-consuming and expensive. There is a time and place for wines that age and adventurous palates are required. Most all age-worthy wines will have high acid, tannin, ... Read More
They've had a hell of a time with it in Burgundy, like a 50-90% lost vintage. Unsure on quality, but it's dubious.What's going on in Napa/Sonoma? I hear Halcon Alturas is a ways away from ripening, but the harvest of whites has been in full effect. When should the Cabernet, and other reds be "ready"?Let's pick now (or soon) I say!Floods and fros... Read More
Wine myths are often unspoken but incredibly pervasive. Their looming presence may prevent wine novices from feeling confident about how they drink. Most would agree that wine experiences are best enjoyed with friends, but myths can hinder otherwise joyous wine drinking occasions. “Sparkling wine MUST be enjoyed in a flute glass, or else!” “Wine... Read More
The Jeff Hill story is something, isn't it? InVino has been selling the wine via their flash site/email list, and I've seen it at the discounter. You can't sell it in Europe at all (I think the article explains it) and, after reading all that, why would you trust that what's in the bottle is anything but Central Valley bulk juice of who knows ... Read More
Lassen was pretty covered in snow and clouds kept hitting the tops of it, so I presume it got more. Temps in the morning at 4500 feet were 40-ish, days got warmer, but as you went up the difference was noticeable. There wasn't much more than patchy stuff in the passes at 5000+, but that was near the roads and with presumably less shade cover t... Read More
This morning I was pontificating in the coffee shop about wine bottle labeling. My buddy, being the the ex-lawyer type, asked a lawyer question. Who monitors this stuff?I then realized that I had never heard of anybody (OK, I'm talking domestically, here.) being accused of say:Labeling a bottle as "Cabernet Sauvignon" and, then, being caught f... Read More
To press or not to press? That is NOT the question. Rarely does anything in winemaking have an absolute however pressing is one of the few. Grapes must be pressed at some point in the process to release the juice or wine. However, even though grapes must eventually be pressed, it is the when, how and how much that are open to interpretation. Wha... Read More
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