Is pinot noir the world champion of wine varieties? In a way, yes. Thursday night, April 7, at 11 PM,...
如果你认为所有加州西拉是酒体重且浓郁的水果味，那这款从埃德蒙兹圣约翰（Edmunds St. John）的2009 Wylie会让你重新审视西拉在加州的特点。这是一款果汁浓郁且让人垂涎的酒，有着相当愉悦的余味。明亮清澈的红宝石/石榴石的颜色，它比起大多数加州的酒的话更于法国罗讷（Rhône）北部的酒。在香气和口味而言，它是既活泼又十分令人兴奋的酒，从辛香味（香菜，白胡椒）渐渐向像丹麦的樱桃味糖浆类的味道转移。另一点令人回味的是还具有根汁汽水的味道，以及一点点肉香，像干腌猪肉或陈年牛肉干。总之这是一款非常令人满意的，易于佐餐的葡萄酒。 标签：2009年，加利福尼亚州，Edmunds St. John，埃德蒙兹圣约翰，红葡萄酒，西拉，酒评，酒 Read More
Citrus and a touch of caramel, a bit of toast and a nice, open aromatic profile characterize this barrel-fermented Chardonnay. It is immediately pleasant but could round out nicely over a few years in the cellar. Québec-born Guy Lamothe has been making wine in Australia since the 1980s, first as a home project and, since 1994, on some remarkable slopes in Yarra Valley, planted mostly to pinot noir, shiraz and chardonnay. Right now, Wedgetail Estate wines are available in Australia, Canada, Singapore and the United Kingdom. Time for the U.S. market to catch up. Recommended. Read More
There’s a fair bit of oak in this premium bottling from this producer in Oliver, British Columbia, but it integrates rather nicely in a supple and ripe cabernet with fine tannins and just the tiniest herbal touch to give it an edge, along with some blackcurrant and spicy notes. Clocking in at 14.5% alcohol, it does have a tiny bit of heat on the finish, but with a lasagna at the dinner table, it drank easily and with no heaviness. My only problems with the wine are (a) the mention on the back label of “ stewed “ flavors—no need to be so hard on yourself here; maybe a bit of dried fruit, perhaps, but not stewed and, (b) that it’s defined as having “old vines” character from vines that are (at least in part) 15 years old. Let it get out of adolescence and give another 10 years before saying “old,” I say. Recommended. Read More
If you think all California syrah is huge and unambiguously fruit-forward, this 2009 Wylie from Edmunds St. John will force you to reassess the variety’s profile in that state. It does offer a juicy, mouth-watering character, and a pleasantly fresh finish. Bright and clear, with a ruby/garnet color, it is much closer to Northern Rhône, in that respect, than to most California. In terms of aromas and flavors, it is lively and pretty exciting, moving from spicy notes (caraway, garrigue, white pepper), to something like a sugar glaze on a cherry danish, another note reminiscent of root beer, as well as a little meatiness, like dry-cured meat or aged beef. A very satisfying and food-friendly wine. Read More
Powerful? No. Intense? Not really. Terroir-driven? Yes and no. Recommended? Highly. By many standards, the famous Morgon produced by the late Marcel Lapierre shouldn’t make as much of an impression as it does. Yet this clear, delicate Gamay is a wine of singular suppleness and pleasure, with light, airy structure, a lovely red fruit, some slightly earthy notes, and a tendency to disappear remarkably fast from your glass. And herein lies the true power of Lapierre Morgon: it just drinks itself effortlessly; a characteristic the French would call gouleyant. And with some charcuterie, a simple roast chicken or a pork roast, it becomes an intrinsic component of a successful meal. Read More
At over 16 years of age, this classic Douro blend of indigenous varieties like Tinta Roriz and Touriga Nacional still shows quite a bit of color, with a rich garnet color, barely hinting at orange on the edges. The aromas show the wine’s maturity: mushrooms, tobacco, plums and raisins, with fine, fine tannins wrapping things up at the end. A nice bit of freshness on the finish shows that it still had a lot to offer, demonstrating how table wines for the Douro—and not just ports—can age gracefully for a very long time. Read More
In late January, Amy Corron Power and Rémy Charest both attended the Millésime Bio organic wine fair in Montpellier, France. With some 550 organic and biodynamic certified producers from all over the world, it is the largest professional event dedicated solely to organic wines. Coming to the event with very different experiences of the world of organic wine, Remy and Amy confront their respective visions of these « green » wines. Read More