Wine Spectator published an article by MaryAnn Worobiec, senior editor and lead taster on New Zealand wines, entitled “New Zealand’s Bright Horizon”. The article discusses how far New Zealand wines have come in the industry, the amazing wines the region produces and the accomplished winemakers who have contributed to the bright future New Zealand wines have. Worobiec says the demand for New Zealand’s Sauvignon Blancs, Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays is booming for good reason, these wines offer high quality and the majority of them cost $30 or less per bottle. “New Zealand is now the world’s 10th largest exporter by value.”
She also mentions, “At Dog Point, winemaker James Healy ages the Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough Section 94 2011 (90, $36) for 18 months in older French oak barrels. These wines – and a number of the other top Sauvignon Blancs – exhibit an enticing range of aromatics and offer supple textures.” You can read more about all the great things New Zealand wines have to offer by click here. Also, see the photo below of James Healy himself feature in the article!
Quinta do Noval has just formally declared the 2011 vintage for both Quinta do Noval and Noval Nacional! In order to bring more attention to the 2011 vintage, Quinta do Noval and the Fladgate partnernship have partnered together to hold three tastings in early June. Save the Date! Click the invite to download it.
Errazuriz has just released a new video highlighting the Errazuriz icon wine, Don Maximiano Founder’s Reserve 2010. Entitled “An Enduring Vision”, the video expresses how Don Maximiano Errazuriz set out to create timeless wines and founded the winery in a “viticultural paradise”. Check out the video below!
The June 2013 issue of Wine & Spirits Magazines has a mention on Chateau Montelena’s recent historic recognition and the recent parting of founder James Barrett. See below for the clip and excerpt.
“Chateau Montelena continues to make wine 125 years later in Tubb’s stately stone building, and both the founding period and the later rebirth of the winery recently earned Montelena a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. While the latest recognition arrived, another chapter in Chateau Montelena’s story came to a close – founder James Barrett passed away on March 14, 2013. Barrett served in the Navy during World War II and spent over 20 years practicing law before purchasing and refurbishing Chateau Montelena in 1972. Barrett remained involved with the winery until his death, and his son Bo continues to manage Chateau Montelena and make the wine.”
Heartland took home the “Best Shiraz” Trophy at the 2013 Langhorne Creek Winemakers Showcase last week. A group of well-known judges including wine writer Huon Hooke tasted over eight categories in the showcase. The Best Shiraz trophy was awarded to the 2010 Director’s Cut Shiraz. Click here to read the full press release.
Stephen Tanzer’s Winophilia posted an article entitled “Saint-Joseph: the Insider’s Old World Syrah” by Josh Raynolds. Raynolds writes on how Saint-Joseph has until recently been the northern Rhône Valley’s insider secret. “The expression of syrah in the northern Rhône is considered by most cosmopolitan wine lovers to be the benchmark for the variety. The wines display vivid black and blue fruit, floral and spice character and a bright minerally quality that’s rarely produced by syrah elsewhere.”
Needing no introduction to Rhône whine lovers, as Raynolds says, E. Guigal’s 2009 Saint-Jospeh shows the opulence and extroverted dark berry quality of the vintage, and Philippe Guigal himself has made it a personal mission to increase the profile of Saint-Joseph. To read more about Saint-Joseph on Winophilia click here.
Dog Point recently shared their April 2013 newsletter featuring their harvest report along with other news, wine reviews, and upcoming events. The 2013 harvest is described as widely regarded as one of the most intense and compact ever experienced. “A fantastic summer with plenty of sun and warm weather has led to excellent ripening of the fruit, making for a busy time as Dog Point’s fruit is transferred from the vineyard to the winery.” Click here to read the full newsletter and more about each wine!
Terroirist, a daily wine blog, published a piece on a Master Class hosted by Wines of Chile at Chrlie Palmer Steak in Washington DC. The wines ranged from $9 to $85 per bottle (wholesale) and were tasting in three flights – Chardonnay, Workhorse Reds, and Icons. The 2007 Errazuriz Don Maximiano Founders Reserve led the “Icons” category. Here are some tasting comments:
“A look into how these wines can age was provided by the 2007 Errazuriz Don Maximiano. The structure on this wine featured a regal, even tannin set, refreshing acidity and well-integrated fruit and earth. I’d be excited to try this wine in ten years — or more.” Click here to read the full post on the Master Class.
The Wine Spectator featured a video with Florent Baumard that looks at two of his key wines, Clos du Papillon and Quarts de Chaume. The video goes deeply into the precision viticulture and vinification that is necessary to create beautiful, balanced Savennieres, and the trademark mineral backbone of Quarts de Chaume – click here to see.
Steven Tanzer’s e-zine, Winopilia, featured Argentina’s value Malbecs for $20 or less. Tanzer explains, “Importers of wines from Southern Hemisphere countries like Argentina, Chile and South Africa often bemoan the fact that most consumers don’t understand why they should be asked to pay more than twenty bucks for a satisfying bottle of wine from these countries. Sadly, in a growing number of cases, importers here can’t justify bringing in the top bottlings from many of their most quality-conscious producers because they can’t sell them.” But when it comes to Argentina, Tanzer says, ‘this country still offers a great number of seriously concentrated and satisfying red wines, mostly from malbec, at amazingly palatable prices”. In March/April issue of the International Wine Cellar, Stephen Tanzer offered many wines that are malbec-based and rated a solid 90 points. One of the wines listed was Finca Decero’s 2011 Malbec, his notes are below! Click here to read the full piece.
“The Finca Decero 2011 Malbec Remolinos Vineyard Mendoza ($20; Vintus Wines) leads off with slightly high-toned aromas of blackberry, kirsch, bitter chocolate, violet and spice cake. It’s densely packed and smooth but also light on its feet thanks to harmonious acidity, conveying a restrained sweetness to its dark berry, licorice, violet and tobacco flavors. The finish shows smooth tannins and sneaky length.” 90 Points Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar