Iconic USA Wines
1. 2015 Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon WA Score: 100pts "Composed of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc, the very deep purple-black colored 2015 Screaming Eagle leaps from the glass with notes of freshly crushed black currants, black cherries and blackberries with suggestions of cigar box, black raspberries, red currants, chocolates, pencil lead and cast-iron pan plus a ...
A Taste of The Northern Rhone
The northern and southern Rhone, from a vinous point of view, are essentially two quite different regions with a shared name. Some weeks back we covered the southern Rhone in a previous workshop, via its King: Chateauneuf du Pape. We ended last week with a workshop on the north. This 40-mile stretch of steep, sloped granite hillsides is one of ...
La Las Land: 2012 Guigal Côte-Rôtie
Guigal’s legendary single vineyard Côte-Rôties from the under-the-radar 2012 vintage are now available. And their incredible run of scores continues, making them an unmissable opportunity… What are the La Las? “La Las” is the affectionate name given to Guigal’s three single vineyard wines from Côte-Rôtie in the Northern Rhône: La Turque, La Mouline and La Landonne. These Syrahs are almost ...
The Most Iconic Rhône Wines
1. Domaine Guigal Cote Rotie “La Mouline” 89% Syrah, 11% Viognier. The vine age ranges from 50 to 100 years grown on 1 hectare of vines planted in the Côte Blonde district of Côte Rôtie. Jeff Leve describes La Mouline as “one of the most exotic and erotic wines on the planet!... The texture is unlike any other wine in ...
New Zealand's Wine Identity
Most wine regions have a very clear varietal identity. For example, in France, Bordeaux is best known for its red blends dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and white blends using Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc; Burgundy has Pinot Noir and Chardonnay; Alsace is defined by its Rieslings, Gewurztraminers, Pinot Gris and Muscats and so on. However one country which is ...
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