Monthly Archives: February 2024

Vinography Unboxed: Week of 2/18/24

Hello and welcome to my weekly dig through the pile of wine samples that show up asking to be tasted. I’m pleased to bring you the latest installment of Vinography Unboxed, where I highlight some of the better bottles that have crossed my doorstep recently. Let’s start with some interesting whites. Merriam Vineyards has been making wine in Sonoma County …

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Istine: Angela Fronti’s Elegant Chianti Classico Wines

Winemaker Angela Fronti Established by the Fronti family in the 1980s, the family’s wine was sold in bulk to other wineries until 2009 when winemaker Angela Fronti created the Istine label. The winery’s home is Radda in Chianti, but it also has vineyards in Gaiole. Beginning in 2012, Istine began producing three single vineyard wines—Vigna Istine, Vigna Casanova dell’Aia, and …

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Caballo Loco: Profile of a Chilean icon and 12 wines to try 

Caballo Loco Number 19 The name ‘caballo loco’ means ‘crazy horse’ in Spanish – and there was certainly an element of craziness to Viña Valdivieso’s flagship wine, when the concept was first conceived. ‘It breaks the paradigms of premium red wines,’ admits Caballo Loco co-founder Christian Sotomayor. Instead of choosing a single red variety from a prestigious single vineyard site, …

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Vinography Images: Winter Guardian

A small weather-worn statue seems to stand guard over the rolling vineyards of Burgundy near the town of Saint-Romain on a cold winter’s day. The rows between the vineyards are beginning to green, but the vines still remain unpruned and wild, like the bare branches of trees. INSTRUCTIONS:Download this image by right-clicking on the image and selecting “save link as” …

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Bodegas Resalte – Reinterpreting Ribera del Duero

Since its founding in 2000, Bodegas Resalte has established a reputation as one of the wineries leading the transformation of DO Ribera del Duero over the past two decades. Combining traditional winemaking with state-of-the-art technology, Resalte produces a range of premium wines focused on balance and terroir expressiveness that offers a new interpretation of the renowned DO. Diversity and precision …

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Cadence on Washington’s Red Mountain: Producer profile and vertical tasting

Cadence’s Cara Mia Vineyard. When you ask other Washington winemakers who their favourite winemaker is, nearly all of them will say ‘Ben Smith.’ His consistent smile and non-existent ego in an industry that is flooded with attitude makes him a breath of fresh air. Ben Smith is humble, polite and unassuming. In his adopted hometown of Seattle, the avid outdoorsman, …

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J.M. Gobillard Brut Champagne Tradition NV (2024) $55 (92 points)

This lacy Champagne is honed by racy acidity, which is well-knit to an appealing range of ripe green apple, toast point, pink grapefruit pith and grated ginger flavors. Minerally on the finish, with lasting hints of chalk and saline. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. Drink now through 2027. 10,000 cases made, 3,500 cases imported. Source : aad6da2e10f925c58d38b30cf2d65dbb

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Fattoria Le Pupille Toscana Saffredi 2020 $100 (94 points)

Well structured and linear, this red frames a core of black currant and black cherry fruit with accents of toasty oak, sweet spices, tobacco and iron. Refined and harmonious, with the stuffing to develop over the next decade. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Best from 2025 through 2035. 3,750 cases made, 1,000 cases imported. Source : 4d90cbf00d45c37122137c4b31be6139

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California Sauvignon Blanc Is Tasty, But at What Price?

This week I covered California Sauvignon Blanc in my monthly tasting column for Jancis Robinson. In service of that, I tasted around 150 Sauvignon Blancs from Napa and Sonoma. I selected roughly 40 of them to feature in my column for Jancis, but there were certainly more than that would be worth your time if you were a fan of …

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Decanter Fine Wine Encounter NYC 2024: Priority booking is now open

Experience the pinnacle of wine sophistication as the Decanter Fine Wine Encounter (DFWE) makes its triumphant return to the bustling heart of New York City for the third consecutive year. On Saturday 8 June, prepare to be transported to the height of luxury as you step into the luminous Bay Room, on the 60th floor of the iconic Manhatta. Here …

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Season 2 of Wine Spectator’s ‘Straight Talk’ Podcast Debuts with Guest Paul Hobbs

From his teetotaling childhood home to Opus One’s debut vintage to putting Argentine Malbec on the map, winemaker Paul Hobbs talks about his career-defining moments with candid humor and insightful analysis on the season 2 premiere of Wine Spectator‘s Straight Talk podcast. “I couldn’t think of a better way to kick off our second season than with Paul Hobbs,” says …

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Valbuena 5

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Olema Chardonnay

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Champagne

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Departing

allentimothy1947 has added a photo to the pool: Hess Collection located in Napa County, California. Taken with my iPhone 14 Pro Max set to Raw. Converted to B&W using Silver Efex Pro 2. @hesscollection Source : https://www.flickr.com/photos/timothysallenphotos/53544693527/in/pool-17918700@N00

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Capo Arrabbiato

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