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Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

A Sound Bite on 2003 Brunello Riservas

Posted: March 6, 2009  By James Suckling

I have been tasting through a range of 2003 Brunello di Montalcino riservas today. In fact, I have to go back and taste 10 more. But I keep asking myself, “What is the point?” I really can’t understand why Brunello producers made reserve reds in 2003, a very good vintage considering the boiling weather during the grapegrowing season, but nothing exceptional.

News & Features  :  News

French Authorities Investigate Suspected Fake Pinot Noir

Languedoc vignerons stand accused of exporting cheaper types of wine as Pinot; Gallo's Red Bicyclette may be a victim of the scandal

Posted: February 13, 2009  By Mitch Frank, Tim Fish

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

The Heads Up on Brunello

Posted: February 6, 2009  By James Suckling

You are going to like 2004 Brunello di Montalcino. Do you remember the great 1997 and 2001, as well as the super 1999 Brunellos? Well, 2004 is along those lines of quality, but it's a different style. The vintage produced more perfumed, more refined Brunellos than other recent top vintages.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Paul Jaboulet Aîné Takes on Wine Fraud

Posted: January 16, 2009  By James Molesworth

Wine fraud continues to be a growing problem. There are more consumers competing for the world's high-end bottlings, both via retail and the secondary market. Since many of these wines are made in limited amounts (that won't ever increase in the case of single-vineyard wines), the increased demand is feeding the growth of this insidious problem.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Drinking Fake Sassicaia

Posted: December 11, 2008  By James Suckling

I drank some fake Sassicaia last weekend at a friend’s house near Pisa. The wine wasn’t mine, but I told my friend that his bottle didn’t make sense. The big giveaway was the branded cork that didn’t have a vintage printed on it.

Collecting  :  Collecting News

Fighting Faux Wine

New authentication and tracking systems could help wineries and collectors keep counterfeit bottles out of the market

Posted: November 12, 2008  By Augustus Weed

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Point Fingers the Right Way in Montalcino

Posted: October 28, 2008  By James Suckling

I wasn't surprised with the news today that the wine producers' association in Montalcino overwhelmingly voted to maintain current regulations for producing Brunello di Montalcino, the famous red of the region.

News & Features  :  News

Brunello Will Remain 100 Percent Sangiovese

Producers association votes for no change in appellation rules, but leaves several issues unaddressed

Posted: October 28, 2008  By Jo Cooke

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Small vs. Big, and the Brunello Flap

Posted: October 23, 2008  By Harvey Steiman

The magistrate investigating makers of Brunello di Montalcino and Rosso di Montalcino has cleared some of the wineries he had suspected of using grapes other than Sangiovese. At the same time, without naming names, he has said that 172,000 cases have tested positive for grapes other than Sangiovese.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Brunello Should Be Brunello

Posted: October 23, 2008  By James Suckling

I had a quick lunch yesterday at my office with Enrico Viglierchio, general manager of Banfi, the large American-owned Brunello di Montalcino producer, and he looked relieved as we drank a bottle of his 2003 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino Poggio alle Mura.

News & Features  :  News

Brunello Investigator Reveals Details of the Case

Siena prosecutor charges that lab analysis has proved wines are not pure Sangiovese

Posted: October 22, 2008  By Jo Cooke, James Suckling

News & Features  :  News

Banfi's Brunello Cleared

Lab tests conclude all but a small percentage is 100 percent Sangiovese; a small amount tests inconclusive and will be declassified

Posted: October 20, 2008  By Jo Cooke

News & Features  :  News

English Wine Merchants Convicted of Fraud After Targeting American Investors

Authorities investigating a growing trend of high-pressure sales of collectible wine that never shows up

Posted: October 15, 2008  By Jacob Gaffney

News & Features  :  News

Gruppo Illy Purchases Mastrojanni Estate in Montalcino

Coffee titans plan to invest more resources in Brunello winery

Posted: October 1, 2008  By Jo Cooke

Collecting  :  Collecting News

Fight Against Counterfeiting Goes Atomic

French scientists employ particle accelerator to authenticate wine

Posted: September 11, 2008  By Augustus Weed

News & Features  :  News

Montalcino Vineyards Damaged by Hail on Cusp of Harvest

Castello Banfi is among Brunello producers to suffer losses in freak pre-harvest hailstorm

Posted: August 27, 2008  By Jo Cooke

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

The Dark Truth about Pure Sangiovese

Posted: August 18, 2008  By James Suckling

I have recently read a number of comments on the Internet about Sangiovese, and how it can’t make dark-colored wines with ripe tannins and full body. But it just isn’t true. Sangiovese can and does make wines with a depth of color, fruit and tannins, and anyone who says it can’t just doesn’t know what they are talking about.

News & Features  :  News

Frescobaldi Brunello di Montalcino Partially Cleared

Tests prove yet-to-be-bottled wine is pure Sangiovese, but bottled wine remains to be approved

Posted: July 30, 2008  By Jo Cooke

News & Features  :  News

Brunello Cleared for U.S. Import

Italian government creates certification process to guarantee wines are 100 percent Sangiovese

Posted: July 3, 2008  By Jo Cooke

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Sour Grapes or Wine?

Posted: July 2, 2008  By James Suckling

Tomorrow there will be a joint press conference in Montalcino featuring Luca Zaia, the Italian agricultural minister, and Ron Spogli, the U.S. ambassador to Italy. They will announce a plan to resolve the current dilemma with the U.

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