Posted: January 6, 2009 By James Laube
There are days in our tasting room in Napa when we think the cork jinx might be broken, and by cork jinx, of course, I mean TCA-tainted corks. We'll go through a flight or two of wines and there won't be any spoiled wines.
Posted: June 24, 2008 By James Suckling
I had a 1989 Ducru-Beaucaillou last week for dinner with a friend, and it wasn’t very good. I had asked her to go down to my cellar and pick out something to drink and she came up with the bottle of the 1989 Ducru.
Posted: April 21, 2008 By James Laube
Cork taint can be a can of worms. Several readers have accurately addressed most of the questions posed here since Friday's blog entry, " Corks Worse Problem as Price Increases." Daniel points out that Wine Spectator has covered cork-related issues extensively, not only in the context of TCA-infected corks, but also about instances of entire wineries having been affected.
Posted: February 4, 2008 By Maynard James Keenan
I realize this subject has been done to death, but I thought I'd try it on and see how it fits. The subject is screw caps, synthetic corks and TCA. Personally I don't mind synthetic corks or screw caps on wine that I plan on plowing through at the speed of light.
Posted: January 17, 2008 By James Molesworth
I sat down with two different Chilean winemakers over the last week—Francisco Baettig of Viña Errázuriz and Adolfo Hurtado of Viña Cono Sur , both of whom have interesting stories to tell. Cleaning up at Errázuriz For Baettig, his story has been one of overcoming hurdles.
Posted: October 15, 2007 By James Molesworth
Posted: August 16, 2007 By James Laube
Yesterday, amid a nightmarish run of bad corks in a flight of 1997 Napa Valley Cabernets we were tasting in the office, we coined what, for us, is a new phrase to describe an odd malady—a wine that’s "double-corked.
Posted: July 26, 2007 By James Molesworth
Posted: June 14, 2007 By James Suckling
Last night was a tsunami of bad corks. I was having dinner with Bruna and Bruno Giacosa in region of Barolo in the restaurant of Belvedere in La Morra, and it seemed at first that just about every bottle we ordered had a cork problem.
Posted: April 30, 2007 By James Molesworth
Posted: March 31, 2007 By James Laube
Posted: February 9, 2007 By James Molesworth
Posted: January 17, 2007 By James Suckling
I tasted a couple dozen California reds yesterday with James Laube and Tim Fish in Wine Spectator 's Napa office, and I was struck by how many of the reds seemed slightly off or tainted. Most of the wines were Napa Valley Cabernets, but we also tasted Cabs from Sonoma.
Posted: January 15, 2007 By Harvey Steiman
That flavor you hate in the wine but the guy next to you loves? To you, it's a flaw. To him, it's welcome complexity. Somehow, I'm not surprised that this topic came up in comments about Pinot Noir. I had written that I found some of the wines in a recent tasting green and earthy.
Posted: January 12, 2007 By James Laube
A couple of parting thoughts about this week’s discussion of TCA taint in wineries. I don't blame any of the wineries for what happened to their cellars and then to their wines. They are primarily victims of circumstance and are not inattentive or negligent vintners.
Posted: January 9, 2007 By James Laube
Pillar Rock is a boutique winery in Napa Valley that specializes in Cabernet Sauvignon grown in its vineyard in Stags Leap District. The winery made its first wine in 1999, and three of its first four vintages earned outstanding marks from me.
Posted: December 31, 2006 By Daniel Sogg
Posted: May 16, 2006 By James Laube
Snowden Vineyards has a lot riding on the 2005 vintage. After a run of excellent vintages from 1993 to 2001, including solid efforts in the challenging years of 1998 and 2000, this Napa Valley Cabernet specialist hit a huge pothole – two in fact.
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