A common criticism of “modern” wines is that they are over extracted, oaky and jammy. We also hear that modern wines don’t express terroir, they are an expression of the winemaker’s hands in the cellar. I’ve always felt that I have a more classically leaning palate, that I prefer wines that are not too big … Continue reading Modern Wines of Place?
Not all aged wines are superior. Case in point, a 1995 Oddero Barolo that I opened up recently. At the time, 1995 was praised by critics but has since failed to live up to its hype. In 1995, the summer was cooler than normal, with rain and hail damage that hit through August and September. … Continue reading Cellar Note: 1995 Oddero Barolo
I have always felt that wine is an illuminating lens into the history of a place and a people. Similarly, wine is in many ways a social commentary. There is certainly class stratification within wine, whether those “in the business” actually acknowledge it or not. Within the world of wine, there are also issues of … Continue reading Paying Homage to My Personal Favorite Female Winemakers
In advance of an upcoming trip to the Pacific Northwest, I'm on a quest to taste through some of the best wines from Washington and Oregon, especially the Willamette Valley. Cameron Winery and the wines they make definitely fit the bill as some of the very best wines being produced in the U.S. It's hard … Continue reading Tasting Note: 2014 Cameron Nebbiolo
Wine criticism is hardly a science. To what extent can anyone actually taste a wine from barrel, something that was just bottled or just released, and know what its future will be? Fortune-telling how a wine will evolve in 5, 10, or 20 years is something that can come with experience of tasting the same … Continue reading Tasting Note: 2013 Serafino Rivella Barbaresco Montestefano