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Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

2010: Oregon's Miracle Vintage?

Tasting in the cellars reveals wines of transparency and refinement

Posted: October 11, 2011  By Harvey Steiman

On early reports, 2010 in Oregon looked like a washout for Pinot Noir. A long series of rain showers occurred just as the grapes were ready to pick, and there was a mad scramble at the end to get the grapes into the wineries before heavier rains in late October. Bird damage was much greater than normal, further diminishing the size of the crop.

But after tasting barrel samples and recently bottled wines in 15 Willamette Valley cellars, I can confidently predict 2010 will be a special vintage. Maybe it won't achieve the blockbuster status of 2008, but the wines show a welcome freshness and vitality along with delicacy, transparency and relatively low alcohol levels. I anticipate a lot of scores in the low- to mid-90s, at least from the better producers.

News & Features  :  News

Oregon Vintners Wait for Harvest ... And Wait

The 2011 vintage could be the latest ever, if rain doesn't ruin it

Posted: October 11, 2011  By Harvey Steiman

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Nail Biting in Oregon

Recent vintages challenge vintners, including Josh Bergström

Posted: October 7, 2011  By Harvey Steiman

"It would be really nice," said Josh Bergström of Oregon's Bergström Wines, "if we could have a normal vintage again."

When was the last time you had one of those? I asked. "Well," he responded, "maybe someday."

The most recent vintages have tested the mettle of the state's vintners. This one, 2011, has everyone waiting on tenterhooks. It looks to be one of the latest on record. Most vineyards won't start picking until Oct. 15, two to three weeks later than usual. Vintners have one eye on the sky, hoping there won't be too much rain before the grapes are picked.

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

California Harvest Shifts into High Gear

With the season running weeks behind, last week’s heat takes the pressure off winemakers

Posted: September 28, 2011  By Tim Fish

Last week’s heat wave jumpstarted the harvest in California, much to the relief of growers and winemakers. Temperatures were in the mid-90s all week, one of the rare extended blasts of heat all summer.

But the sigh of relief was short-lived. A major rainstorm is predicted for early next week. Still, knowing that forecasts change quickly in California, winemakers remain optimistic.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

California's Grapes Are Late to the Table (Again)

The long, cool 2011 growing season means California grapegrowers in cooler wine regions could still be harvesting in late October and beyond

Posted: September 26, 2011  By James Laube

Two weeks ago I noticed that it was getting dark early, earlier than I expected. When I mentioned it to friends in passing, they too felt the same way. Summer didn’t make its usual presence felt. We had a summer all right, but what made it so different was that it never got hot.

Harvest is slowly shifting into gear in California. It’s a late year all around and harvest reports indicate the crop is good yet spotty in size. A damp, wet spring extended into summer. Some vines had a very uneven set; some vineyards were so hard hit they won’t produce much fruit. Summer was cool.

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

An Old Dominion Viognier

Barboursville Viognier Virginia Reserve 2010

Posted: September 26, 2011  By Thomas Matthews

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

You Call This a Harvest?

Crush in California is a whole lot of nothing so far as winemakers play waiting game

Posted: September 14, 2011  By Tim Fish

California winemakers don't usually have time to talk this time of the year, but this week they're chatty. The 2011 harvest is more or less underway. Sort of. Let's just say that grapes have been picked, a few anyway, mostly whites and for sparkling wine.

Yep, the season is running late again this year, and while the size of the crop is generally small, winemakers aren't complaining.

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

A Wine Match for Summer Tomatoes

Sogrape Vinho Verde Quinta de Azevedo 2010

Posted: September 14, 2011  By Thomas Matthews

News & Features  :  News

Hail Pounds Bordeaux and the Mosel

Storms inflict some damage on Cos-d'Estournel, Lafite Rothschild and Dr. Loosen just before harvest

Posted: September 7, 2011  By Suzanne Mustacich, Bruce Sanderson

Learn Wine  :  Wine Basics

Harvest 101: The Basics of Crush Season

Learn what goes on in the vineyard and winery during each stage of the annual harvest for wine grapes

Posted: August 31, 2011  By Ben O'Donnell, Robert Taylor

Aug. 31, 2011 Issue  :  News

The 2011 Vintage: Down South

Posted: August 31, 2011  By Nathan Wesley, Augustus Weed, James Molesworth, MaryAnn Worobiec

News & Features  :  News

Nature Throws Vintners a Changeup

Cold California and Sunny Bordeaux? As harvest approaches, nerves are frayed

Posted: August 29, 2011  By Augustus Weed, Mitch Frank

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

Taking a Break with a Brisk Italian White

Cave du Vin Blanc de Morgex & de la Salle Blanc de Morgex et de la Salle Valleé d'Aoste 2010

Posted: August 17, 2011  By James Molesworth

News & Features  :  News

Fire Destroys Château de France's Cellar

Quantities of the Bordeaux estate's wine were damaged by the sheer heat of the blaze

Posted: July 21, 2011  By Diana Macle

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

A Minerally Italian White for Warm Summer Days

Gran Sasso Pecorino Terre di Chiete 2010

Posted: July 19, 2011  By Kim Marcus

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Day 2 in the Finger Lakes: Red Newt Cellars and More

Continuing up Route 414 to Hector Wine Company and Standing Stone before tasting the 2010 reds and whites at Red Newt

Posted: July 13, 2011  By James Molesworth

With the Stonecat Café next door to Bloomer Creek winery, it was easy to decide on my lunch spot on my second day of visits in the Finger Lakes. It remains one of the best dining spots around, with an eclectic menu (orange fennel sausage) that relies heavily on locally sourced ingredients. After lunch, I continued up Route 414, popping my head in at the new Hector Wine Company and Standing Stone, and then it was off to Red Newt Cellars to taste the 2010 reds and whites followed by dinner at Red Newt Bistro.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Day 2 in the Finger Lakes: Damiani and Bloomer Creek

Up Seneca Lake's eastern shore to a winery focused on reds, and another where experimental winemaking is embraced

Posted: July 11, 2011  By James Molesworth

In most wine regions, the older generation is typically the one holding onto tradition while the younger generation employs new ideas or techniques. In the Finger Lakes, though, the older generation is just as apt to be the one pushing as the younger one—since the older generation is basically the first one to break from the old Finger Lakes model of growing large quantities of hybrids and natives, rather than cutting yields and growing vinifera. I visited two such wineries on the morning of my second day here, Damiani and Bloomer Creek.

June 30, 2011 Issue  :  Tasting Reports

2010 Bordeaux: A Modern Classic

On the heels of the high quality 2009 vintage, France’s premier wine region offers powerful, structured reds in 2010

Posted: June 30, 2011  By James Molesworth

News & Features  :  News

Bordeaux's First-Growths Make Their Entrance

Châteaus Latour, Haut-Brion, Lafite, Mouton and Margaux release 2010 futures; top second-growths lower prices

Posted: June 28, 2011  By James Molesworth

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

A Busy Monday in Bordeaux: More 2010 Futures Prices

Châteaus Margaux, Cos-d’Estournel and L’Evangile release prices on their 2010s

Posted: June 27, 2011  By James Molesworth

Today was a busy day in Bordeaux, as several big-name châteaus finally released their 2010 futures prices, including Châteaus Margaux (96-99 points from my 2010 Bordeaux Barrel Tasting), Cos-d'Estournel (96-99) and L'Evangile (94-97).

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