Sometimes a Flawed Oldie Is Still a Goodie

James Molesworth
Issue: February 29, 2008

I recently spent 10 days tasting in the Northern Rhône to assess the 2006s, which are still in barrel. But I also sampled a number of older wines. And here and there, I met an old friend named Brett. Not George Brett, the fearsome power hitter, but the even scarier Brettanomyces, a spoilage yeast that sometimes makes a home in old, unclean barrels.

For the full article, check out the new issue of Wine Spectator, on newsstands January 24, 2008.

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