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Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Day 3: Beaucastel, St.-Préfert and More 2010s in Châteauneuf

On my third day in France's Rhône Valley I visited a few of the south's benchmarks

Posted: June 25, 2012  By James Molesworth

On my third day in France's Rhône Valley, I visited a few benchmarks of the south, starting with Château de Beaucastel. After that I visited Isabel Ferrando at Domaine St.-Préfert, followed by a trip to Château Cabrières. Here are my tasting notes on the 2010 Châteauneuf-du-Papes and more.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Day 2: Châteauneufs Big and Small

On my second day of visits in France's Rhône Valley I made three more stops in Châteauneuf-du-Pape to check out the 2010 vintage

Posted: June 22, 2012  By James Molesworth

On my second day back in France's Rhône Valley, I visited three domaines to check out the 2010 vintage (and a few 2011s), beginning with Domaine Jean Royer. I then checked out Ogier, followed by Domaine de Cristia. Here are my tasting notes.

News & Features  :  News

2012 Southern Hemisphere Harvest Report: Australia and New Zealand

A first look at vintage quality in the South Pacific, with eyewitness reports from growers and winemakers

Posted: June 21, 2012  

News & Features  :  News

2012 Southern Hemisphere Harvest Report: South Africa

A first look at vintage quality in South Africa, with eyewitness reports from growers and winemakers

Posted: June 20, 2012  

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Day 1: The New Guy in Town and the Good Old Boys

On my first day back in France's Rhône Valley, I visited Jean-Charles Cazes at Sénéchaux and the Coulons at Beaurenard

Posted: June 19, 2012  By James Molesworth

My flight was on time. My train was on time. And I even figured out the rental car in short order, getting that frustrating "eco" function off to avoid the maddening engine stop at red lights, as well as figuring out where the parking brake was.

After a quick lunch at La Mère Germain, I visited with Jean-Charles Cazes at Sénéchaux and Daniel and Frédéric Coulon at Beaurenard, where the 2010s are superb.

Here are my tasting notes.

News & Features  :  News

2012 Southern Hemisphere Harvest Report: South America

A first look at vintage quality in Argentina and Chile, with eyewitness reports from growers and winemakers

Posted: June 19, 2012  

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Better Than Anyone Expected

Oregon's 2010 and 2011 Pinot Noirs offer pleasant surprises

Posted: June 11, 2012  By Harvey Steiman

After a week in Willamette Valley tasting Oregon’s 2010 and 2011 Pinot Noirs, I am impressed. If delicacy is what you crave, these vintages provided the framework for it. If you love rich wines and think delicate Pinot Noirs can’t have ripe flavors, these vintages might persuade you otherwise.

My enthusiasm comes with a couple of caveats, however. One is the weather, which posed serious challenges in both vintages. Unlike 2008, when making exceptional wine was pretty much a no-brainer, negotiating the cool, rainy conditions of 2010 and 2011 required skills that only those who had experienced them before could muster. As a result, you can’t just pluck a bottle off the shelf. A significant percentage of producers missed. Some missed by a wide margin.

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

Kosta Browne 2010 Pinot Noirs

New reviews of 11 offerings from one of California's most highly acclaimed Pinot labels

Posted: June 4, 2012  By James Laube

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Promising 2009 Cabs and 2010 Pinots

The 2009 Napa Cabernets are rich and structured; Sonoma Pinot Noirs are great again in 2010

Posted: May 18, 2012  By James Laube

The more I taste the 2009 Napa Cabernets and 2010 California Pinot Noirs, the more I like them.

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

11 Rhône Values

New reviews of inexpensive Grenache- and Syrah-based reds from the Southern Rhône Valley of France

Posted: May 11, 2012  By James Molesworth

News & Features  :  Cellar Notes

Burgundy's Big Surprise: 2010 Vintage Preview

Vintners are relieved by the quality of the reds and whites; get an early look at how the vintage rates, plus 29 top wines from cellar tastings

Posted: May 3, 2012  By Bruce Sanderson

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

16 Finger Lakes Rieslings

New reviews from the excellent 2010 vintage in upstate New York

Posted: April 6, 2012  By James Molesworth

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Return of the King

California Chardonnay detractors were legion in recent years, but the versatile grape is still king of the hill

Posted: April 5, 2012  By James Laube

Think what you may and drink what you like, but California Chardonnay is alive and well. At the top end of quality, the wine is not only surviving, but thriving.

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

The Snotty Young Punk of Zintown

Once the upstart, Turley is now one of the undisputed kings of California Zinfandel

Posted: April 4, 2012  By Tim Fish

Back in the mid 1990s, there were three kings of California Zinfandel, the Three Rs we called them: Ravenswood, Ridge and Rosenblum. The snotty young punk in Zintown was Turley. Fast-forward almost 20 years and things have sure changed. The Three Rs continue to make fine Zinfandels—Ridge most frequently—but only Turley is on top of its game.

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That's my takeaway after tasting through the winery's most-recent releases. I've been drinking Turley since the first vintage, 1993, and, taken as a group, these are some of the best Zinfandels that Turley has made. The group included 2009s from the winery's top single vineyards as well as early-release 2010 from its value-oriented blends.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Matching Grapes to Regions

Robert Oatley spreads it out in Australia, and it might be a plus

Posted: April 2, 2012  By Harvey Steiman

Over dinner the other night, Chris Hancock, the wily veteran of Australian wine, posed an intriguing question. We had been tasting the new line of signature wines from Robert Oatley, which for the first time included several bottlings from Western Australia and cooler regions in Victoria, in the southeast.

Hancock’s question was simple: “If you were starting a portfolio of Australian wines, what regions would you go to for the grapes?”

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

Exploring Venice

Cecchetto Manzoni Bianco Marca Trevigiana IGT 2010

Posted: April 2, 2012  By Thomas Matthews

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

12 Winning Sonoma Zinfandels

New reviews of good value Zins from recent vintages

Posted: February 27, 2012  By Tim Fish

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

A Spanish Red at a Budget Price

Bodegas Juan Gil Wrongo Dongo Jumilla 2010

Posted: February 23, 2012  By Kim Marcus

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

On the Move: Domaine Champy

Recent acquisitions provide depth and diversity to the Champy range

Posted: February 17, 2012  By Bruce Sanderson

Since my last visit with Pierre Meurgey, director of Maison Champy, and enologist Dimitri Bazas, in June 2007, the firm has expanded its domaine holdings. First, it acquired Domaine Laleure-Piot in 2010, then last year secured three premier cru parcels in Volnay and Pommard from Louis Boillot that will be called Domaine Clos de la Chapelle.

With more than half the wines now under Domaine Champy or Domaine Clos de la Chapelle labels, Meurgey and Bazas showed me all the 2010s from these two properties. Here are my highlights.

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

One of Argentina's Stars at a TV Chef's New Restaurant

Achával-Ferrer Malbec Mendoza 2010

Posted: February 15, 2012  By Harvey Steiman

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