Daily Archives: June 28, 2022

Daily Wine News: American Cooper

(Source: Wikimedia) In the San Francisco Chronicle, Jess Lander profiles Ramiro Herrera, the only cooper in Napa Valley making barrels in-house for two premium Cabernet houses. “Herrera believes he’s the only American master cooper in the world and the first of Mexican heritage to have completed a traditional apprenticeship…An anomaly in the craft, Herrera did not come from a long …

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Walls: Domaine de la Janasse, Vieilles Vignes 2011-2000 vertical

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Some Châteauneufs are more reliable than others. When I visit the region to taste the new vintage every year, Domaine de la Janasse’s cuvée Vieilles Vignes regularly features among the best. It’s a particularly dense and concentrated wine when young, and it always strikes me that, even for Châteauneuf, it’s a wine that needs extended ageing to show its …

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White Bordeaux shines in challenging 2021 vintage

Walking through Cha?teau Malrome? in Entre-Deux-Mers just before April frost struck the Bordeaux region for the second year in a row, director David Trancart explained how some 80% of the estate’s production was lost to frost and mildew in 2021: ‘It was a challenging vintage’, he stressed. This year’s frost does not seem as devastating (as this article goes to …

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Best Laithwaite’s wines to try this summer

In 2022, Laithwaite’s sees itself doubling down on sustainability, with the aim of halving its carbon footprint by 2030. It has committed to increase the number of UK-bottled wines in its range to help cut down on CO2 emissions from shipping glass bottles – shipping in bulk in large ‘bags’ drastically reduces the weight of the same volume of wine. …

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Duncan Savage Stellenbosch 2019 $53 (93 points)

An intriguing red, medium- to full-bodied, with flashes of mesquite smoke, hoisin and five-spice forming a fragrant, savory thread that winds through notes of baked black plum and fig, eucalyptus, tea rose and fresh, loamy earth. Delivers dense, fine-grained tannins that are tightly meshed to the flavor range. Fresh, with good focus and length. Let this unfold in the glass …

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Pio Cesare Barbera d’Alba 2020 $28 (89 points)

This concentrated red is rounded out with a deft touch of oak, boasting black cherry, plum and earth flavors. Firm, remaining a bit rigid on the finish. Drink now through 2025. 5,000 cases made, 2,000 cases imported. Source : ee9c9cdfc46538d3e26f4f0beb74e446

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