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Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Day 3: From the Established to the New

Tasting the 2010 Châteauneufs and more at Clos des Papes, Domaine Giraud, Clos St.-Jean and Château de la Font du Loup

Posted: November 4, 2011  By James Molesworth

Upon my arrival in France's Rhône Valley this week, I immediately had to cope with my newest rental car, then visited Domaine Tour St.-Michel to taste the 2010 Châteauneuf-du-Papes. On my second day I visited Domaine de Boursan, Domaine Charvin and Jean-Paul Daumen at Domaine de la Vielle Julienne. Today I tasted at Clos des Papes, Domaine Giraud, Clos St.-Jean and Château de la Font du Loup. Here are my tasting notes.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Day 2: Sticking to Their Guns

Jean-Paul Versino, Laurent Charvin and Jean-Paul Daumen don't change much, but make some of Châteauneuf's most distinct wines

Posted: November 1, 2011  By James Molesworth

Time to roll up the sleeves and get busy. I was able to partially shake the jet lag, thanks to the adrenaline of a busy day's schedule in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, starting with a quirky rental car and a visit to Tour St.-Michel. Today's program included stops at three vignerons with staunchly traditional winemaking methods in their own right, who each rely on different areas of the appellation and different key varieties to craft their unique styles.

Today I tasted the the 2010 Châteauneuf-du-Papes at Domaine Bois de Boursan, Domaine Charvin and Domaine de la Vielle Julienne.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Day 1: Coping with this Year's Rental Car in Châteauneuf

After renting an "eco"-lemon, checking out the vintage racecars and 2010 vintage Châteauneufs at Domaine Tour St.-Michel

Posted: November 1, 2011  By James Molesworth

After several years of regular trips to the Rhône, French rental cars never cease to surprise me. This trip's car has continued the tradition. Once I figured it out, I took in a quick lunch and headed to Domain Tour St.-Michel to taste the 2010 Châteauneuf-du-Papes.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Another Run Through the Rhône

A tricky 2011 vintage for two of France's most important wine regions

Posted: October 31, 2011  By James Molesworth

Finally, a breather from the office. It's time to make my annual run through the Southern Rhône Valley. I'll be in the Rhône the next two weeks, focusing on the southern portion of this large and diverse region. As usual, I'll visit more than a dozen estates in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the south's main appellation, plus much more.

Oct. 31, 2011 Issue  :  News

Harvest 2011 Begins As a Nailbiter

Posted: October 31, 2011  By Mitch Frank, Augustus Weed

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Spotty Describes California's 2011 Harvest

Justin Smith, Brian Loring and others are dealing with the late 2011 California grape harvest

Posted: October 28, 2011  By James Laube

We're in the middle of another crazy, late California harvest. Good but spotty are other themes that run through most of what you hear about California's harvest 2011. And on the horizon, the smaller crops in recent years could spell price increases. In areas where grapes are still hanging, harvest is winding down quickly and should be finished by next week, ahead of predictions of rain and cooler weather.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

California's 2011 Harvest Drags On

Checking in with California vintners still waiting to harvest their 2011 grape crop

Posted: October 27, 2011  By James Laube

Harvest 2011 is ending up more labor than labor of love in most parts of California.

"What a crazy year," Helen Keplinger of Keplinger and Bryant Family Vineyard, both based in Napa Valley, wrote in an e-mail yesterday. "Indeed it has been very stressful and those rains were less than ideal, but not all has been lost and there will be good wines made this vintage."

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Will Oregon's 2010s Polarize Us?

The lightness and flavor intensity of the 2010 Pinot Noirs present a rare combination

Posted: October 17, 2011  By Harvey Steiman

On my third and final full day in Oregon, as I barrel-tasted more and more 2010 wines of delicacy and grace that also had ripe flavors, one thought kept recurring. This is a vintage that will either polarize Pinot Noir drinkers, or perhaps bring all wings of the party together.

The divisive issue is alcohol. Some Pinot drinkers, let's call them the traditional Burgundy wing, insist that anything over 14 percent alcohol in a Pinot Noir is a sin. Others sneer at low-alcohol Pinot as insipid and flavorless.

If the wines released over the coming months are as good across the board as the ones I have tasted in top-tier cellars, we could have détente in the Pinot world.

Here are my notes on tastings of the 2010s at Argyle, Bergström, Chehalem, Domaine Serene and Ken Wright.

Oct. 15, 2011 Issue  :  Features

Did China Really Save Bordeaux?

Posted: October 15, 2011  By Suzanne Mustacich

News & Features  :  News

Will California Grapes Rot on the Vine?

Stormy days for California winemakers as heavy rains pound an already late vintage

Posted: October 14, 2011  By Tim Fish, Augustus Weed

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Oregon's 2010s Could Be Special

Wines from Owen Roe, Evening Land and St. Innocent show promise

Posted: October 13, 2011  By Harvey Steiman

Day two of my sweep through Oregon sampling the 2010 vintage started with a visit with David O'Reilly at Owen Roe; at Evening Land, whence have come some of Oregon's best Chardonnays since its first vintage in 2007, I tasted barrel samples that won't be bottled until after the current harvest; the skies had darkened and it was raining hard when I arrived at my last stop of the day, St. Innocent, next to Zena Vineyard in Eola-Amity Hills.

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

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