20 11, 2013

2010 Napa Cabernet Rated 98 Points by WS

By | 2017-03-06T12:04:51+00:00 November 20th, 2013|Uncategorized, wine|0 Comments

With the 2010 Napa Cabernet vintage rated 98 points by WineSpectator I approached my review with high expectations.  As James Laube writes “For the second year running, California vintners harvested their Cabernet crop after a trying, drawn-out and notably cool growing season. But much like the striking 2009s, the top 2010s are a remarkable collection of dense, deftly balanced wines, both rich in flavor and firm in structure. They are the kind of wines that should reward cellaring for 15 to 20 years, and they demonstrate why Cabernet holds such powerful allure for many wine lovers….While vintners acknowledged the challenges of 2010, it turned out far better than anyone imagined, making it the best vintage yet of the 21st century, if ever so slightly. I rate the Napa's 2010 vintage at 98 points on Wine Spectator's 100-point scale”.  [...]

25 09, 2013

A look at 2010 and 2011 Spanish Wines

By | 2017-03-06T12:04:52+00:00 September 25th, 2013|wine|0 Comments

Like most countries that border the Mediterranean / Atlantic Ocean wine is a staple with vineyards throughout Spain.   I find it very confusing trying to figure out what is a good geographic location to match with food we are preparing.  To me Spain is even more confusing as I have not toured or otherwise visited this lovely country.  Touring Spain’s vast wine culture is definitely on my bucket list.  The various wine regions of Spain are depicted in the map and as you can see Priorato is near the Meditterranian with Rioja in the North portion of Spain nearer France.  Before outlining what wines are in the market to procure let’s take a few moments and discuss some of the more important wine growing regions of Spain. Rioja: Rioja, Spain's most important wine region, delivers consistent quality year to [...]

23 09, 2013

2010 White Burgundy –

By | 2017-03-06T12:04:52+00:00 September 23rd, 2013|wine|0 Comments

 Once you acquire a taste for Burgundy, you may be a lover for life. Joan and I continue to explore the world of white wines moving further and further away from over oaked buttery California Chardonnay.  We really enjoy Burgundy wines and the white’s from Burgundy are no exception.  White Burgundy wines like their sister red wines do not come cheap and many are cellar worthy.  We will take a look at the growing season, regions to find value, and of course wines to buy now.  What follows is a synopsis of what we found.  How did Mother Nature treat the Burgundy? Mother Nature reduced the crop by about 30% but the grapes that survived provided some outstanding wines.  The 2010 growing season was normal for the area starting with a cold winter right up until flowering [...]

14 08, 2013

Wines from Down Under

By | 2017-03-06T12:04:52+00:00 August 14th, 2013|wine|0 Comments

A decade ago we all drank the Big Ausie wines that sold for pennies. Today they are a distant third in imports resulting from a declining dollar, imagine that, and poor growing conditions. Australian wines fell off my radar during the drought period but the weather has improved and so has the U S dollar. Growing conditions continue to be inconsistent with 2012 and 2010 being very good years in general. In both years rainfall and weather conditions generally came close to perfect in major growing regions. The growing season in 2011 was cold with rain during the harvest period which alters the sugars in the wines resulting in a lighter style wine. Considering we are talking about Australian wines noted for being over the top that may not be all bad. After reviewing the offerings it [...]

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