Daily Archives: February 8, 2023

First taste: Sassicaia 2020

The last few vintages in Italy have cast a light on the precarious situation some wine regions find themselves in; at the mercy of increasingly unpredictable and extreme weather conditions. But in 2020, it was the human situation which marked the vintage. Scroll down to see the tasting note and score for Sassicaia 2020 Several lockdowns throughout the year threatened …

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Daily Wine News: CA Cab Franc

Cabernet Franc. (WIkimedia) Cabernet Franc is in high demand in California, reports Jess Lander in the San Francisco Chronicle, so much so that the grapes cost more than Cabernet Sauvignon. “The high cost, farming challenges, and limited supply could ultimately prevent the grape from becoming more than the latest fad…Growers are also unlikely to pull out more popular, lucrative grapes …

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French government floats €160m fund to ease ‘wine crisis’

France’s Ministry of Agriculture has announced several measures this week designed to help ease a ‘crisis in the wine sector’. An initial part of the the plan is to offer financial support to winemakers wishing to drain excess stocks via a new distillation scheme – an emergency measure that has been used at certain times in the past.  The Ministry …

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Australian Pinot Noir: 25 exciting wines to try

There’s 4,948ha of Pinot Noir across Australia (source: Wine Australia 2022), which represents just 3.7% of the total area under vine. It might be the fourth most planted red variety, well behind Merlot with about 8,500ha, but truly small fry when you consider the country has five times as many plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon, and a whopping eight times as …

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Top-value Brunello di Montalcino 2018: the 10 to buy

See our score table for all of Michaela’s Brunelo di Montalcino 2018 tasting notes, plus 2017 Riserva & late-release wines Value and Brunello are not necessarily two concepts that go hand in hand, however the price band for the denomination is large and the overall quality is high. This opens the playing field for those ‘entry price’ Brunello to be …

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Clos Marsalette Pessac-Léognan 2020 $33 (93 points)

Very sleek and tightly focused, with a long, thin, piercing iron note through the middle of a core of red currant and loganberry fruit, all flanked in turn by subtle alder and red tea. Flashes a mouthwatering edge on the finish, too. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2025 through 2033. 2,000 cases made, 200 cases imported. Source …

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