“As a set, these were juicy, fresh wines rather than plush and syrupy. The best had earthy, mineral qualities not ordinarily associated with many Napa reds. They were wines that I could imagine drinking with gusto throughout a meal.” Eric Asimov praises “Napa Cabernets From a Cold, Wet Year.”
In Punch, Echo Thomas asks Steve Wildy of the Vetri Family of restaurants in Philadelphia to “keep track of the best things he drank over the last seven days.”
“Yes, Madeira is a taste of another time. So what? More than most such antiques, the best versions can perk up your palate in a way that yet any number of more familiar aperitif (or after dinner) wines could never do.” Matt Kramer praises Madeira.
“It’s a familiar scenario. You get back from holiday clutching bottles of wine that tasted delicious in a Tuscan vineyard only to find the flavour has mysteriously vanished.” Now, as Sarah Knapton reports, “researchers at Oxford University believe they know why.” More details over at Wine-Searcher.
In Wine-Searcher, Richard Hemming profiles Quinta do Noval, a winery that is “once more reaching for the heights it achieved when it made one of the greatest wines in history – the 1963 Nacional Port.”
In Forbes, Cathy Huyghe writes about her presentation at VinItaly, where she talked about the three-tier system and how to sell wine in the United States.
In the Contra Costa Times, Jessica Yadegaran praises white Pinot Noir as a “bracing beauty.” It’s popping up across the Anderson Valley.