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Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

The Bordeaux Diary: Back to Terra Firma, With a Stop in Fronsac

World-renowned consulting enologist Michel Rolland and his wife, Dany, call Château Fontenil home

Posted: December 17, 2012  By James Molesworth

Finally, after 11 straight days of all-day tasting, it was time to get some fresh air. I slammed my laptop closed to punctuate the end of the tasting, put on my vineyard shoes (it's rained steadily since I've been here and the vineyards are muddy) and headed over to Fronsac to get back in touch with terra firma. After all that, my first stop is Fronsac, you ask? Not a first-growth or Sauternes estate?

With 2,000 acres of vines and 71 producers, Fronsac is just a blip in the overall scheme of Bordeaux. It pales in size and reputation to its cross-river neighbor St.-Emilion, for example, and the wines are often overlooked by the marketplace. But there must be something to Fronsac, if Michel and Dany Rolland call it home.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

The Bordeaux Diary: The End of a Marathon

Pessac and St.-Estèphe round out my Left Bank 2010 Red Bordeaux tastings before finishing with the sweet wines of Sauternes

Posted: December 13, 2012  By James Molesworth

I spent the last few days of my 2010 Bordeaux tasting by working through the reds of St.-Estèphe and then Pessac.

The reds from Pessac, with their typically tarry spine and sometimes wild notes of tobacco and ash, were a standout group, with the fruit showing the extra amplitude of the vintage and the structure evident but well-integrated. Branon turned in a very strong showing, as did some of the usual suspects. There really were no disappointments.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

The Bordeaux Diary: The Back Stretch of a Long Race

After confirming initial impressions of the 2010 Bordeaux vintage on the Right Bank, I'm working my way through Margaux, Pauillac, St.-Julien and more

Posted: December 10, 2012  By James Molesworth

I'm getting into the meat of my 2010 Bordeaux tasting now, having worked through the Right Bank wines of St.-Emilion (which takes two full days), Pomerol and their various satellite appellations. As mentioned briefly in my last blog, the wines are showing very, very well.

I have started in on the Left Bank now, tasting wines from the Médoc, Graves and Margaux. The highlights so far, though, have come from Pauillac and St.-Julien.

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

16 Impressive Red Bordeaux

New reviews of lesser-known Cabernet- and Merlot-based reds from Bordeaux's potentially classic 2010 vintage

Posted: December 7, 2012  By James Molesworth

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

The Bordeaux Diary: Settling In

With about 700 wines to taste and two weeks to taste them, I hit the ground running in Bordeaux

Posted: December 5, 2012  By James Molesworth

I arrived as scheduled in Bordeaux - just on time for lunch. I like to plan things like that...

My annual in-bottle Bordeaux tasting is easily the biggest and longest single tasting I do. When in my New York office, I taste every day, but perhaps only 20 or 30 wines a day. When I travel in the Rhône, I may taste dozens of barrel samples in a day, but I'm not writing formal notes or reviewing those wines, since they are unfinished, sometimes just lots of pre-blends, and not tasted blind. That makes the Bordeaux tasting unique.

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

11 Oregon Pinot Noirs

New releases of exciting Pinots from the 2010 vintage, each priced at $30 or less

Posted: November 30, 2012  By Augustus Weed

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

8 Exciting Sonoma Pinots

New reviews of Russian River Valley Pinot Noirs from the 2010 vintage

Posted: November 26, 2012  By MaryAnn Worobiec

News & Features  :  News

2012 Vintage Report: Europe

From the Iberian Peninsula to Germany, winegrowers faced low quantities of grapes and a lot of work in the vineyards

Posted: November 20, 2012  

News & Features  :  News

2012 Vintage Report: Italy

A wet spring and a hot, dry summer lowered grape quantities across the Italian peninsula and kept winegrowers working hard

Posted: November 19, 2012  

News & Features  :  News

2012 Vintage Report: France

Winegrowers earned their paychecks as they dueled tough, wet growing conditions all year; the Rhône was a bright spot

Posted: November 16, 2012  

News & Features  :  News

2012 Vintage Report: United States

The sun came out for a warm, dry growing season in the Pacific Northwest; East Coast winemakers managed to dodge a hurricane

Posted: November 15, 2012  

News & Features  :  News

2012 Vintage Report: California

Is it possible to have too much of a good thing? Not in California, where most winemakers report an easy growing season with plenty of high-quality grapes

Posted: November 14, 2012  

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

A Spanish White Not to Overlook

Bodegas Godeval Valdeorras Viña Godeval 2010

Posted: November 12, 2012  By Dana Nigro

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

10 California Merlots for $20 or Less

The 2009 vintage offers both quality and value

Posted: October 24, 2012  By Tim Fish

California Merlot falls into three basic categories: the easygoing values, the expensive Cabernet-wannabes and that big void in the middle that’s a stylistic roll of the dice. For my annual Merlot report, I tasted nearly 200 wines, and I give the lowdown in the Nov. 30, 2012, issue of Wine Spectator.

Since the high-tech proletariat seems to throw around the most weight on the Internet, I thought I’d focus today on Merlots that cost between $10 and $20. In years past, that has not always been easy, but the 2009 vintage is so good that even the value Merlots are tasty. (A few early-release 2010s show promise as well.)

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Oregon 2010 Pinots: Something Special

The 2010 Pinot Noirs' delicacy make them worthy of attention

Posted: October 15, 2012  By Harvey Steiman

After tasting select wines from barrel last year, I said that 2010 would be a polarizing vintage for Oregon’s Pinot Noirs. Those who crave delicacy in Pinot Noir, who prize pretty aromas and flavors, will love it. Others may find it wimpy and wonder what all the fuss is about.

Now that I have blind-tasted out of the bottle more than half of the 2010s I expect to review, I still believe that. Time after time I hesitated after writing a tasting note that described the charms of pretty fruit character, delicate structure, and a welcome sense of transparency to it all. Lovely wines, but I wondered, did they have the depth, the length, the complexity to qualify as great? These elements make a wine truly memorable.

The answer, more often than not, was yes, although more than a few of the wines came up just a bit short on those factors.

Sept. 30, 2012 Issue  :  Features

The 2012 Vintage: Southern Hemisphere

Posted: September 30, 2012  By Nathan Wesley, James Molesworth, Augustus Weed, MaryAnn Worobiec

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Class Unrest in Bordeaux

Plus, an unauthorized M. Chapoutier fashion line in China, and cutting loose with the harvest olympics in Napa

Posted: September 20, 2012  

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

Rise of the Machines

The evolution of the most important wine-industry innovation in nearly 150 years

Posted: September 18, 2012  By Robert Taylor

The Northern Hemisphere harvest begins this month, and in the vast, vast majority of the world's vineyards, it starts with a heavy machinery operator turning the ignition on a mechanical grape harvester.

Many wine lovers might imagine—or might prefer—a scenario that involved skilled harvesters gently selecting the very best bunches of grapes, all by hand. But the half-dozen experts I polled—including industry insiders, vintners and mechanical harvester operators—conceded that 90 percent or more of the world's wine grapes are likely harvested mechanically.

If you're interested in the intersection of quality and value, you should be grateful.

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

The Secret Ingredient in Every Harvest: Beer

When your hands are stained red, a cold one is all you want at the end of the day

Posted: September 12, 2012  By Tim Fish

It's half-past September and do you know what California winemakers are drinking?


No, it's not a joke. There's an old saying, in fact: "It takes a lot of beer to make wine."

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

Good Value at a Grand Award Winner

Planeta Cerasuolo di Vittoria 2010

Posted: August 21, 2012  By Thomas Matthews

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