The Ferrer Bobet winery and vineyards are in one of the steepest, coolest areas of Priorat, resulting in wines of tremendous freshness and purity
Elin McCoy's Top 10 Most Memorable Wines of 2013December 4th, 2013
An article on Bloomberg.com features Elin McCoy's top 10 most memorable wines, "all signal what's hot in today's wine world - and where it's going in 2014". Topping the list is E. Guigal's 2009 Côte-Rôtie La Turque and Disznókö's 2005 6 Puttonyos Kapi. "Northern Rhone negociant E. Guigal is famous for three rare single vineyard wines from the Cote Rotie appellation, the so-called “La-La” wines" said McCoy,"All are stellar. My favorite was the exotic, powerful La Turque." As for the Kapi, McCoy writes "At the VinExpo trade fair in Bordeaux, I savored this intense debut wine from first growth Disznókö's Kapi vineyard. It wowed me with its luscious sweetness and laser-pointer acidity." Click here to read the full article.
Guigal: "Quality is Astonishing from 2013"November 19th, 2013
Thedrinkbusiness.com published an article featuring Philippe Guigal and the 2013 harvest. "Philippe Guigal has described this year’s fruit from the northern Rhône as “astonishing” in quality, in sharp contrast to reports of a problematic vintage in the southern part of the valley and elsewhere in France." To read the full article and more the 2013 harvest click here.
Heartland Spice Trader 2012 wins 2 TrophiesNovember 19th, 2013
With the new release of Heartland's 2012 Spice Trader, The Great Australian Red, an important Australian wine challenge, awarded this Shiraz Cabernet blend 2 trophies! Spice Trader won The Get Wines Direct Trophy for The Best Wine Under $20 and The Amcor Closures Stelvin Trophy for The Best Shiraz-Dominant Blend. The Great Australian Red is a competition created by Australia's Tyson Stelzer and the U.K.'s Matthew Jukes to showcase the best of Australia's classic Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignon blends. Click here to learn more about The Great Australian Red competition and 2013 results.
Wine Spectator's James Molesworth visits E. GuigalNovember 19th, 2013
Wine Spectator's James Molesworth blogs about his visit to the Northern Rhône "Pop & Son" estate, E. Guigal. Molesworth sits down for a tasting of all the currents releases with Philippe Guigal while discussing the harvest and style of each wine. "A tasting here of current releases typically spans several vintages, as the Guigals employ long élevages on their reds as they ascend the quality ladder in the portfolio, reaching as much as 42 months for the famed "La La" wines." You can read the full piece by clicking here.
New Ayala Ratings in W&SNovember 19th, 2013
Wine & Spirits Magazine just published their annual reviews on Champagne. All four Ayala Champagnes received excellent scores of 90 or higher - click here for a summary of the reviews!
2011 Nacional on W&S Cover, with a Perfect 100 Point Score!November 18th, 2013
Quinta do Noval's Nacional 2011 is featured on the cover of Wine & Spirits Magazine's December 2013 issue! The wine received a perfect rating of 100 points - click here to read the review. The issue also includes a feature on the 2011 Port harvest, with stories from António Agrellos, the winemaker at Quinta do Noval. Here is an excerpt: "The Nacional vineyard usually ripens at the end of September or beginning of October, so Agrellos spent the next weeks hoping for good weather. "If it rains before picking, Nacional is destroyed," he continued. "In 2011, we had sunshine and hot temperatures. Nacional was singing because there had been no problems." Click here to see the rest of the article.
Interview with Bo BarrettNovember 18th, 2013
A great interview with Chateau Montelena's Bo Barrett on the Winesearcher site. As usual, heartfelt with no punches pulled, click here to read the full interview.