Wine Spectator's Harvey Steiman loves it when something familiar gets a new spin. Although we know Oregon for myriad outstanding Pinot Noirs that taste like the grapes couldn't have been grown anywhere else, Chardonnay from the state has only recently started to turn heads. Crisp and tangy Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays and the sparkling wines made from them can excel in cool-climate wine regions of Australia, a country better known for generous, powerful wines grown in warmer regions. And Malbec can create a distinctly different experience in the glass when grown beyond Argentina. His choices highlighted here reflect these expanding horizons for familiar grape varieties.
From the Feb 28, 2014, issue