Posted: March 28, 2013 By Mitch Frank
The picture is still hanging in my office: Bill Koch, the energy executive who has made fighting sales of counterfeit rare wines a personal obsession, stares menacingly at me, wearing a cowboy hat, a bandana and a sheriff's star. The shot was taken when Wine Spectator photographed Koch for our Dec. 15, 2009, cover story, "The Crusade Against Counterfeits." The outfit was Koch's idea: In addition to wine, he collects Old West memorabilia.
In the end, we opted for a shot of Koch in a suit, holding a magnum of Château Pétrus 1921. Koch says he bought that bottle at a 2005 Zachys auction of 17,000 bottles of wine from the cellar of California tech entrepreneur Eric Greenberg. Koch alleges that Greenberg bought it from Royal Wine Merchants, and Royal sourced it from German wine broker Hardy Rodenstock. Koch believes it’s a fake.
That magnum, and all those players, are back in the headlines this week, as a jury of six men and two women hear Koch v. Greenberg in a Manhattan federal court. Koch has been suing Greenberg for six years over 24 bottles he bought for almost $350,000 at that auction, wines he says are counterfeit. (Contributor Peter Hellman, who has doggedly pursued this topic, has written an excellent summary of the case.)
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Posted: August 29, 2011 By Bruce Sanderson
Since my visit to Tuscany in April, I have had opportunities to taste quite a few Brunellos di Montalcino thanks to visiting producers. The first was Col d'Orcia, whose export manager Paola Tealdi presented six vintages of its single-vineyard Poggio al Vento Riserva. Lunch with Riccardo Illy of the Illy coffee company provided the setting for an introduction to his Montalcino estate, Mastrojanni. Francesco Ripaccioli, whose family owns the Canalicchio di Sopra estate, stopped by Wine Spectator's office with almost a dozen bottles spanning 2006 to 1995, including the recently bottled 2006 Riserva.
Posted: June 21, 2011 By Bruce Sanderson
I spent two days in Montalcino during my trip to Tuacany. I toured the region with Stefano Campatelli, the director of the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino and visited five estates. Here are my notes on my last three visits, to Uccelliera, Siro Pacenti and Castello Banfi.
Posted: June 1, 2011 By Bruce Sanderson
I spent two days in Montalcino during my trip to Tuacany. I toured the region with Stefano Campatelli, the director of the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino and visited five estates. Campatelli also organized a blind tasting of 16 Brunellos, mostly from the 2006 vintage, and nine Rossos, all from 2009. At dinner with the consorzio directors later that evening, we enjoyed some older vintages of Brunello riservas, including Biondi-Santi's dating back to 1955. Here are my notes.
Posted: March 21, 2011 By Mitch Frank
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