I sat down earlier this week with Paul Hobbs , the California-based winemaker whose eponymous California wines rate highly with my colleague James Laube. Hobbs is a busy man, as he works both sides of the equator.
I’ve been checking in with winemakers in the regions of the Southern Hemisphere that I cover (Chile, Argentina and South Africa) as their harvest is wrapping up, as I want to get an early read on potential quality for the 2008 vintage.
I sat down earlier this week with Ignacio Recabarren, one of Chile’s leading winemakers, to get caught up on his latest Carmín de Peumo project, a red wine made primarily from the Carmenère grape. After making a name for himself producing the Domus Aurea Cabernet at Viña Quebrada de Macul , Recabarren found a home working for Concha y Toro , where he’s been in charge of their high-end Terrunyo line since the '97 vintage.
It seems to be cold and rainy more often than not these days, even though the calendar says it’s spring. Luckily we were given a true spring-like day this weekend, which allowed us to have our first alfresco lunch of the season.
A recent article about the influence and manipulation of wine consumers was brought to my attention, as apparently one of my tasting notes was printed in it. The article claimed (among other things) that wine consumers are faced with “an impenetrable swamp of winespeak” before quoting the following note, penned by yours truly: “Dark and rich, with lots of fig bread, mocha, ganache, prune and loam notes.
In the two short years I've been writing this blog, I’ve introduced a handful of new domaines, including Domaine La Barroche in Châteauneuf, Domaine des Martinelles in Crozes-Hermitage and Domaine du Coulet in Cornas, among others.
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