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?
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
The Castellare Tasting Room Last year on a trip through Tuscany, I was able to walk-in for a tasting at Castellare di Castellina. I had done some research in advance and knew that they offered walk-in tastings (during their business hours) of their current line-up, no appointment needed. I was sure to leave time to … Continue reading Cellar Favorite: 1986 Castellare di Castellina Chianti Classico
I make no secret for my affinity of Italian wine, Tuscan wines, and in particular those of Biondi-Santi. My early experiences with wine were my family's homemade concoctions that were passed off as red wine, and a bottle of 2010 Biondi-Santi Rosso di Montalcino changed everything for me. I now seek out older, back vintage bottles … Continue reading Cellar Favorite: That’s Amore! 1987 Biondi-Santi Brunello di Montalcino
This was brick colored in the glass, with the slightest fade to red/orange at the edge of the bowl. A nose of intense cherry, combined with roses, cooking spices and hints of smoked meat. Plenty of acid, with rich tannins and medium length. There was definitely some evolution over a few hours and could still … Continue reading Tasting Note: 2011 Il Marroneto Brunello di Montalcino
The Fortezza of Montalcino The Le Ragnaie estate is located in the hills outside the village of Montalcino. Situated within the rolling hills and forests, the farmhouse is perfectly picturesque. The vineyards located on the property are some of the highest in the entire Montalcino zone, reaching over 600 meters at the highest point. That … Continue reading Elevated Rosso