Sometimes a Flawed Oldie Is Still a Goodie
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.