Douro

    Weekly Interview: Aurelio Montes

    Each week, as regular readers know, we pose a series of questions to a winemaker. This week, we’re featuring Aurelio Montes, the chairman of Montes Wines, which mainly produces wine in Chile, but also in Napa Valley. Born in Santiago in 1948, Aurelio graduated from the Catholic University in Santiago with a degree in agronomy and oenology.

    14 readers - By Terroirist: A Daily Wine Blog

    Pre- and post-run wines from last weekend at Pichon

    Last Friday night I stayed at Château Pichon in Pauillac, in preparation for the long run the next day. I was intending to drink very little, but in the end some nice bottles were opened. Ideal preparation for the run! I’ve also added some notes for a few post-run bottles. The Noval Vintage 2003, which is spectacular at the moment, was tasted on both occasions. Joh. Jos.

    8 readers - By jamie goode's wine blog

      Wine & Culinary forum: the Primum Familiae Vini tasting

      jamie goode's wine blog - - 4 readers - The Primum Familiae Vini are an association of top European wine domaines, and we were treated to a tasting of some of their wines, presented by Christophe Brunet, wine ambassador of the PVF and Fiona Beckett, food and wine journalist. They were providing the chat, with Fiona’s brief being suggesting suitable pairings for the wines. She did really well: it’s not a task I’d envy.

      Changes in the Douro

      Billy's Best Bottles - - 3 readers - You are going to be, (or have already have been) hearing a lot about red wines from the Douro region in Portugal. This was traditionally the home of Port, but savvy producers are off-setting the declining market for Port by converting some of their energies to the production of red table wines. Often resulting in reds with the type of concentration we associate with Argentina or Chile.

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      Wine & Culinary forum: the Primum Familiae Vini tasting

      … Chassagne Montrachet Morgeot ‘Marquis de Laguiche’ 2011 Burgundy, France From a 2.5 hectare plot, this is ripe but restrained with nice textured pear fruit and some brighter citrus notes as well as some stony, mineral character in the background. Creamy and with some delicacy. 92/100 Egon-Muller Scharzhofberger Riesling Kabinett 2013 Mosel, Germany From…

      4 readers - By jamie goode's wine blog

      Changes in the Douro

      …You are going to be, (or have already have been) hearing a lot about red wines from the Douro region in Portugal. This was traditionally the home of Port, but savvy producers are off-setting the declining market for Port by converting some of their energies to the production of red table wines. Often resulting in reds with the type…

      3 readers - By Billy's Best Bottles

      Two Affordable Red Wines from AXA Millesimes

      … tannins. 14 percent alcohol. Drink now through 2018 to ’20 with the heartiest of grilled, roasted or braised meats. Very Good+. About $22. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ A blend of 60 percent syrah grapes, 30 percent grenache and 10 percent mourvèdre, Mas Belles Eaux…

      1 readers - By Fredric Koeppel/ Bigger Than Your Head

      Pre- and post-run wines from last weekend at Pichon

      … on both occasions. Joh. Jos. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett 2008 Mosel, Germany Limey, precise and lemony with pure linear fruit and a mineral core. Subtle melon and honey adding richness. Very pure and still quite primary. 91/100 Joh. Jos. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese 2007 Mosel, Germany Sweet grapefruit and tangerine…

      8 readers - By jamie goode's wine blog

      A Day in the Douro with Quinta dos Murcas in Photos

      …Photos from Visiting the Douro with Quinta Dos Murcas After two days in Alentejo we drove to the Cima Corgo region of the Douro to spend a day with Assobio, and Quinta Dos Murcas. Vineyard manager, Margarida Figuerieda brought us to the top of the vineyard in the back of a small pickup truck to see the first vertical vineyard planted in the Douro…

      4 readers - By Hawk Wakawaka/ Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews

      Weekly Interview: Aurelio Montes

      … travelling the world and gaining experience in both the Old World and the New World, Aurelio worked at the Undurraga Winery as chief oenologist from 1972 to 1984 before moving to Vina San Pedro where he worked as technical manager and chief oenologist for four years. Aurelio then co-founded the Montes Winery in 1988 with the goal of making world…

      14 readers - By Terroirist: A Daily Wine Blog

      Taylor made Port

      … and no dis to guest chamberlain Stephen Marentette of Sylvestre Wines and Spirits, it was the 1863 and 1964 that took our collective breath away. “Time is an asterisk.” Taylor Fladgate 10 Year-Old Tawny Port, Douro, Portugal (121749, $34.95, WineAlign) Taylor’s 10, composed from no less than six Touriga and Tinta grapes (aged an average of 10 years…

      2 readers - By Godello

      Fifty Wines That Shaped My Palate, 1984-2014

      … Sauvignon 1999, Oakville District, Napa Valley. June 2002, a sample for review. 28. Sineann Reed and Reynolds Vineyard Pinot Noir 2000, Willamette Valley, Oregon. Tasted at the International Pinot Noir Conference, McMinnville, August 2002. 29. Nicolas Joly Clos de la Bergerie 1999, Savennières-Roches-aux-Moines, Loire Valley, France. New York, at La…

      By Fredric Koeppel/ Bigger Than Your Head

      Wine Review: Weise and Krohn Valtorto 2011 Red Blend Douro

      …I’m fascinated by the capacity of wine to evoke ideas and images. It is not true of every wine, but some have sufficient personality and character to send the mind traveling across worlds and through time. Happily,these wines are not necessarily the most expensive. This red blend from Portugal’s Douro river valley is a perfect evocation…

      3 readers - By Edible Arts

      Quinta do Noval Vintage Port 2012

      … bottled. Also, it’s worth noting that it’s not just about wine quality. Christian also takes into account whether or not the wine is in the style of Noval Vintage Port. This seems very sensible. So, the Port itself: it’s pretty good. Certainly worthy of a declaration. Quinta do Noval Vintage Port 2012 Douro, Portugal 19.5% alcohol. Vivid aromatic…

      5 readers - By jamie goode's wine blog

      Weekend Wine Notes: 10 Under $20

      … $14. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Bonny Doon Albariño 2013, Central Coast. 100% albariño. 13.2% alc. Pale gold color; seductive bouquet of roasted lemon and lemon balm, quince and ginger, notes of camellia, almond blossom and lime peel; quite dry and spare…

      7 readers - By Fredric Koeppel/ Bigger Than Your Head

      Some great wines at lunch, including Cristal, Faively Corton and Schlumberger GC Saering

      … and good structure. Very stylish wine. 95/100 Castiglion Del Bosco Brunello di Montalcino 2008 Tuscany, Italy Sweet, pure black cherry and plum fruit with some spice and mineral notes. A ripe, textured wine that’s rich yet balanced, with hints of leather and herbs. 92/100 Ramos Pinto Late Bottled Vintage Port 2009 Douro, Portugal Sweet, ripe, spicy and rich with warm, sleek blackberry and black cherry fruit. A rich, sweet wine with freshness and purity. 91/100…

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      Wine of the Week 5 – fine organic red from the Douro

      …The beautiful terraced vineyards of the Douro Valley. My wine of the week this time is a wine that I have mentioned before in a piece about Portugal’s Douro region. I drank a bottle the other day and was once again struck by how good it was. It was so classy, so delicious and such great value for money that I simply could not resist making it my…

      1 readers - By Quentin Sadler's Wine Page