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.
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.
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.
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.
Posted: November 12, 2008 By Augustus Weed
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.
Posted: October 28, 2008 By Jo Cooke
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.
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.
Posted: October 20, 2008 By Jo Cooke
Posted: October 15, 2008 By Jacob Gaffney
Posted: October 1, 2008 By Jo Cooke
Posted: September 11, 2008 By Augustus Weed
Posted: August 27, 2008 By Jo Cooke
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.
Posted: July 30, 2008 By Jo Cooke
Posted: July 3, 2008 By Jo Cooke
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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