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James Molesworth

January 2007

An Argentinean Benchmark
Posted: Jan 29, 2007 12:25pm ET
Over the weekend, I opened a bottle of Achával-Ferrer 's 2002 Finca Altamira Malbec (among other things), and it gave me a chance to reflect a little bit. When the wine was first released, I rated it 94 points (Nov.
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Heading Over the Andes—in the Other Direction
Posted: Jan 25, 2007 4:12pm ET
A number of Chilean wineries have been drawn to invest in Argentina, including Viña Montes ( Kaiken ), Concha y Toro ( TriVento ) and Viña Santa Rita ( Viña Dona Paula ). But up until now, no one has gone the other way, from Argentina to Chile.
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Perhaps Wine Really Has Hit the Mainstream
Posted: Jan 19, 2007 10:01am ET
We've all heard the news about how wine is growing in America. Stories about increased consumption, the new generation of wine drinkers, etc. But I'm always skeptical. That's because wine lovers are a vocal minority who tend to flock together, so all we see and hear is other wine lovers.
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A Sit-Down With Chilean Winemaker Sven Bruchfeld
Posted: Jan 17, 2007 10:52am ET
I sat down with Sven Bruchfeld yesterday here in my New York office. Bruchfeld, 35, is of German descent, but he was born in Chile. He's now worked a dozen vintages there, with stints at Viña Errázuriz and MontGras.
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What Do Clos des Papes, Joh. Jos. Prüm and Château Tertre Roteboeuf Have in Common?
Posted: Jan 11, 2007 1:43pm ET
So Tony Gwynn and Cal Ripken, Jr. got into the Hall of Fame this week. I doubt there's anyone who denies they deserve it. They were both clearly megastars during their long playing careers, and are, by all accounts, upstanding citizens as well.
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Introducing Domaine La Barroche in Châteauneuf
Posted: Jan 10, 2007 10:40am ET
During my last visit to Châteauneuf-du-Pape in November, a vigneron passed along a tip that I should check out what Julien Barrot was doing at Domaine La Barroche. I tasted a number of wines from the 2005 and 2004 vintages while there, and we also took a tour of some of his vineyards.
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A Mini 1998 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Tasting
Posted: Jan 2, 2007 2:50pm ET
Over the weekend, I kept pulling bottles from the same area in my cellar. Before too long, a theme had arisen. The theme just happened to be '98 Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The ’98 vintage was warm, and the wines were ripe and powerful when they were released.
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