It’s the 2011 harvest of Merlot for Petrolo’s cult Galatrona. Luca Sanjust writes – “We have started the harvest of the Merlot’s grapes for Galatrona. Everything is fine, spectacoular weather. Grapes look great and I think and belive we will have also in 2011 another gorgeous version of Galatrona!!!” See the picture below.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer just published an article on touring wineries in Napa Valley. Journalist Donald Rosenberg profiles the most exciting stops on his tour, which include Chateau Montelena. See his comments on the winery below:
“Our tour began in Calistoga, in northern Napa, at Chateau Montelena, which former San Francisco business executive Jim Barrett bought in the early 1970s. The winery is now run by his son, Bo, who was the jovial host for our tasting of reds and whites.
The winery catapulted to international renown in 1976, when its 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay took first place among the white wines in the Judgment of Paris, as the tasting came to be known. At the same tasting, another Napa wine, 1973 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, was rated first among the reds. The French were shocked.
The story is detailed in “Judgment of Paris,” a book by George M. Taber, the only journalist who attended the tasting, and largely fictionalized in the entertaining 2008 movie “Bottle Shock,” which stars Alan Rickman as Steven Spurrier, the British wine merchant who devised the Paris tasting, and Chris Pine as a young, wild Bo Barrett.
As the real Barrett — still adventurous (he rides a motorcycle around the Montelena property) — sat with us before an array of glasses, he talked about the Bordeaux and white-Burgundy styles the winery has embraced. His father believed in three disciplines — farming, art and science — that remain Montelena mantra to this day.
At its low elevation, Chateau Montelena benefits from the valley’s hot days and cool nights, which are optimum for cabernet sauvignon. Barrett isn’t shy when discussing his wines — or, generously, those of local peers: “Napa cabernet is superior in quality to anywhere.”
To maintain that quality, production will never exceed 50,000 cases per year, as determined by Barrett’s father. Along with cabernet sauvignon, Montelena produces other noteworthy reds and excellent whites, including the acclaimed chardonnay. Of the whites, Barrett said, “It’s something to be enjoyed with your dinner. It should be damn tasty.” Bottles range from $25 to $63 at the winery, with the celebrated Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (priced at $135) the only product Barrett said is geared for the elite customer.”
Read the full article here
Wall Street journal columnist Lettie Teague wrote an interesting article this past weekend on what makes people remember certain wines they drink. On her personal list of most memorable wines is the 2009 Dehesa Gago, from Telmo Rodriguez. Here’s why:
“Telmo Rodriguez, the creative genius behind Dehesa Gago G and other Spanish wines, is a man with a lot to say. I’d barely gotten off the airplane in Madrid a few years ago when Mr. Rodriguez began telling me about his vinous vision. That memory has remained with me, and I continue to be impressed by Mr. Rodriguez’s well-priced wines, like this concentrated, lush red from the Toro region.”
Read the full article here
La Mouline features on the Wine Spectator homepage today, and there is an armada of monster reviews in the Wine Spectator Insider. Perhaps most impressive of all is the Chateau d’Ampuis 2007 review – 95 points and the great quote, “This is just a half step behind the La La bottlings”. Great review as well for Ex-Voto Rouge 2007.
Overall, Guigal’s 2007s and even 2008s (the Saint-Josephs) stack up favorably to the best of the 2009s from other producers, and Guigal dominates the “Hot Wines” with four out of the six top wines. Tremendous results!
Inspired by a trip to Argentina, Jeff Wargo GM and Chef Christopher took to translating Francis Mallmann’s cookbook ’7 Fires’ by setting ablaze the lawns of the Eastern Yacht Club in Marblehead. 100 people packed out this funfilled event, featuring the amazing wines of Finca Decero. Below, some roast vegetables, salty cheese, lomo, chorizo, and a spit-roasted goat!
Another piece on British Prime Minister David Cameron’s stay at Petrolo, this one focusing on Chef Jamie Oliver’s connection to Petrolo. Read here for more.
The Otago Daily Times runs through a number of mostly 2010 Sauvignon Blancs, and awards top billing to Dog Point’s Section 94 2009, calling it, “One of the handful of wonderful Marlborough Sauvignons that step outside the usual mold.” You can read the full article here.
We’ll have to wait for this baby in the US until next year. There’s lots of great wine to drink in the meantime.
We’re a little bit late reporting this news, but it’s impressive and we wanted to share – Francois Lurton’s Les Fumees Blanches 2010 was judged winner of the Trophy for Best Value Vin de France Sauvignon Blanc at the ANIVIN competition held earlier this year. We just saw an article pop up by Anthony Rose on the Vin de France category that references this competition and Les Fumees Blanches (in the UK’s Independent, see here).
ANIVIN is the French Trade Organization that governed Vins de Pays and Vins de Table, and now oversees Vins de France. Francois Lurton has made Les Fumees Blanches for sixteen vintages, honing in on the special characteristics Sauvignon derives from several vineyard areas in the southwest of France: richer, melon aromas from Languedoc plantings, herbaceous and fresh green fruit from the Tarn, and pure gooseberry, blackcurrant and freshly cut grass from the Gers.