Wine Spectator senior editor James Laube says that this year’s Top 100 demonstrates the amazing range of quality now found throughout the world of wine.
Wednesday's tasting of Santa Barbara Syrahs, Grenaches and blends thereof, coupled with last week's tasting of similar wines from Paso Robles, reminded Wine Spectator senior editor James Laube of why young wines are so much fun to drink. The fresh berry flavors in young wines are fascinating: pure, rich, vivid and layered, and you often find such exotic flavors as boysenberry, huckleberry, wild raspberry and blackberry that you don’t easily find in other wines.
As debate about green and carbon footprint issues gain or lose clout, will consumers insist on some changes, whether it’s in lighter bottles or locally grown wines?
There’s a debate playing out in the press, and in the wineries, over how ripe is too ripe. Wine Spectator senior editor James Laube observes that the trend toward riper and riper wines has more than reached its saturation point. But there is room for all styles.