Where was the finest Bolgheri wine made from either the 2004 or 2005 vintage? According to the Grand Jury Européen, right here, by Enrico Santini in his garage
Wine Enthusiast Best HitFebruary 19th, 2014
The Wine Enthusiast published an article by Michael Schchner entitled, "The Accidental Wine". Schachner's article is all about Carmenere and it's "comfortable home in Chile's warm valleys". Giving 12 examples of Carmenere that show a bright future for the variety, the Errazuriz 2010 Kai was on the list with a 90 point score! Click here to read the full article and see the tasting review below.
90 Points Errazuriz 2010 Kai (Aconcagua Valley) "This absurdly priced Carmenère is always one of Chile’s best, and this vintage is just fine, with cherry, cassis, graphite, herb and eucalyptus-like green aromas. The palate is chunky and round in feel, with solid acidity and plump, herbal flavors of berry fruits, olive and spice."
Don Maximiano Named Best Wine of ChileFebruary 11th, 2014
Don Maximiano has once again been named the Best Wine of Chile in the Annual Wines of Chile Awards (AWoCA), the country's leading wine competition. See below for a quote from winemaker Francisco Baettig accepting the award. For more details on the competition, click here to download a copy of Errazuriz's latest newsletter, "Good to Know."
“Receiving this important award for the second consecutive year confirms the consistency of this Chilean classic. That consistency is essential for building a sense of national image and is also motive for pride and my appreciation for the dedication and efforts of the team I work with.”
– FRANCISCO BAETTIG –
Viña Errázuriz Enological Director
Best Winemaker of Chile, 2011
A Rhône Red That’s Priced to Warm Your WinterFebruary 11th, 2014
Lettie’s Teague’s latest column in the Wall Street Journal, “A Rhône Red That’s Priced to Warm Your Winter,” is all about Crozes Hermitage. Below are a couple of great excerpts about E. Guigal. Click here to read the whole article, which just appeared this past Friday.
“The 2009 E. Guigal Crozes-Hermitage ($22) was one of the tasting's stars—dense and ripe and well-balanced.”
“The Guigals, the family that produces some of the greatest wines of the Rhône (most notably in Côte-Rôtie), didn't begin making wine in Crozes-Hermitage until 1999. The Guigals now produce wine from their own vineyards in Crozes-Hermitage and also from purchased grapes. Their Crozes-Hermitage is "a typical northern Rhône with white pepper and spices," wrote Mr. Guigal. A plush, ripe and well-structured red, the Guigal Crozes-Hermitage is also a very good deal at less than $25 a bottle.”
"The World's Most Popular Wine Grape is..."February 7th, 2014
CNN's eatocracy featured and article on Ray Isle, Food & Wine's executive wine editor, and his take on Cabernet Sauvignon being the most widely planted grape in the world. The article entitled "The world's most popular wine grape is..." talks of Isle's advice on which Cabernets to buy and his top bargain picks. On the list is Heartland's 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon! Ray Isle comments, "Star Australian winemaker Ben Glaetzer makes this black currant–rich Cabernet with fruit from the warm Langhorne Creek, southeast of Adelaide. (Note: The 2012, which should be in the US soon, is also terrific)". Click here to read the full article.
About.com Wine of the Week: Mitolo Jester ShirazFebruary 7th, 2014
About.com's Food and Wine section released their wine pick of the week, Mitolo's Jester Shiraz 2011. The comments are as follows: "Packed with dense, dark fruit and plenty of black pepper and spice, this medium-bodied Australian Shiraz sings with beautiful balance, pliable tannins and earthy undertones." To read the full review click here.
E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Landonne 96+ from Antonio GalloniFebruary 7th, 2014
Antonio Galloni enjoyed a dinner with some great wines at Mas Farmhouse in New York, where he had some great things to say about E. Guigal's 2005 Côte-Rôtie La Landonne. Giving it a score of 96+ points, he writes, "A wine of pure texture and silkiness, the Landonne graces the palate with stunning richness and depth. Three and half years in oak have given the 2005 a level of depth and density that is remarkable. But what is most impressive of all is just how primary the flavors are, even at eight years of age. Readers lucky enough to own the 2005 should cellar it for at least another five years. I imagine it will still be spectacular at age 30. Today it is the wine’s pure texture and persistence that impress most. If the 2005 La Landonne is a monument to the ability of contemporary winemaking to express a terroir".
Bo Barrett in LondonFebruary 7th, 2014
A little piece put out today by the Drinks Business, Bo Barrett stirring up trouble in London. Barrett gives his thoughts on the overuse of new oak. Click here to read the full article.
Montelena stays committed to being greenFebruary 7th, 2014
The Weekly Calistogan published an article featuring Chateau Montelena and their commitment to staying green. Click here to read the many ways Chateau Montelena takes initiative in being Napa Green Certified.