Have we become the most impatient wine drinkers in the world? I ask this in view of the fact that more fine wine gets drunk earlier than ever before. That’s no big surprise, since more fine wine gets released earlier than ever before.
As someone who reviews a lot of California Cabernets—nearly 800 in the past year alone—I know how hard it is to sum up the character and quality of a given vintage. There’s a lot of diversity out there in wine styles.
Making great wine and selling it at high price points isn’t always a guarantee for success. That’s just one of the story lines in the most recent shakeup at Merus. Mark Herold’s departure as winemaker seemed inevitable once he and his former wife, Erika Gottl, sold the wine company last year, leaving him in charge of winemaking, but also reporting to her as general manager.
Martha McClellan Levy talked yesterday about the loose clusters and small berries in the Levy & McClellan vineyard in Napa Valley. Then she showed one of the challenges facing winegrowers this year: uneven ripening and how some clusters still have green, immature or underripe berries among riper ones, and those need to be removed.
Napa Valley winery Seven Stones is in the middle of a mild controversy. Located above Meadowood Resort, Seven Stones takes its name from a 100,000-pound granite sculpture created by Richard Deutsch that is indeed seven huge blocks of rock, taken from a quarry near Yosemite National Park.
Yesterday, while touring vineyards with Celia Welch Masyczek , we visited one of her Cabernet sites, Sage Hill Vineyard. This is the former Long Vineyards property and is several hundred feet in elevation.
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