Wine of the Day October 3, 2014

    2008 Giuseppe Nada, Barbaresco Riserva “Casot” DOCG, Piedmonte, Italy. This absolutely gorgeous, head turning Nebbiolo from Enrico Nada is succulent, detailed, silky and wonderfully sexy, one of the best Barbarescos from the vintage I have tasted to date and drinking fabulous already, this Nada 2008 Barbaresco Casot Riserva is the real deal.

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    "resistance is futile" - visiting Breaux Vineyards again

    Strange as it seems now, but our recent visit to Breaux Vineyards this month was our first since April 2013 when we participated in a blind Viognier tasting. Our last tasting of Breaux wines at the winery was in December 2012. I am not sure why we had not visited sooner. We have been out on Harpers Ferry Road since then and we really like Breaux wines and the staff.

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      A New Book on Barolo & Barbaresco … plus a Related Item

      Tom's Wine Line - - 6 readers - The University of California Press has just published Kerin O’Keefe’s Barolo and Barbaresco: The King and Queen of Italian Wines (346 pp, maps, photos, index: $39.95). I’ve been wanting to announce this ever since, over a year ago, I read the manuscript for the Press and enthusiastically recommended publication: To my mind, this is the most important book on these two great wines yet published.

      Rosa dell'Olmo Barbera d'Asti, 2011

      Artisan Wine on a Budget - - 5 readers - I loved the 2010 vintage of this wine, labeled as Rocca dell'Olmo. And this is a worthy successor. Medium dark, maybe a tad lighter in color and body than the 2010. Flowers, dark cherries and some dark earthy tones that is typical of both Barbera and Nebbiolo wines from the Piedmont area of Ita ...

      Chestnut Oak in Full Bloom

      Virginia Wine Time - - 5 readers - We always look forward to trying new wineries especially those that seem to have making quality wines at the top of the agenda. These days we frequently encounter the “events first” philosophy in which hosting weddings and parties seem to trump making wine. At Chestnut Oak Vineyard, we encountered a tasting room still in construction but good wines already in the bottle.

      Wine of the Day October 4, 2014 - - 5 readers - 2012 Beaux Freres, Pinot Noir, Zena Crown Vineyard, Eola/Amity AVA, Willamette Valley, Oregon. I had heard the rumor that Beaux Freres was so happy with certain 2012 purchased fruit that they’d do single vineyard wines from their partner’s grapes, and this Zena Crown is one of them, maybe the only to be offered, and it is magnificent, a ultra pure Pinot Noir that goes beyond ...

    The latest about Nebbiolo

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      … The Piedmont region has gained fame for the Nebbiolo wines of Barolo and Barbaresco but the area offers much more including delightfully fresh, fragrant Arneis, cru Dolcetto from Dogliani, and sub Alpine wines from Bramaterra and Lessona. John’s Marketplace Dana Retz of Indie Wine Co. will be pouring selections from Spain, Argentina, Italy, France…

      1 readers - Portland Oregon Wine
    • 2010 Barolo, Cascina Bric 460, Vergne, Piemonte, Italy

      … your eyes peeled on my newly revamped website. In the meantime, here is the magnificent and very fairly priced, debut wine from the beguilingly talented Gianluca Viberti. Cascina Bric means hilltop farm and at 460m this is the highest in the region. Strikingly packaged this is a beautifully stylish, velvety wine with terrific Nebbiolo intensity…

      3 readers - Matthew Jukes
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      … Bianco, Cortese, Arneis, Erbaluce and Favorita. The region also offers grape varieties more familiar to most of the US population. These include: Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Trebbiano, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Sangiovese, Syrah and Tannat. I recently checked the website for our local Total Wine shop and found more than 100 wines from the Piedmont region available with a wide range of prices. Cheers! Kathy …

      1 readers - Wine Trail Traveler
    • Recycle Bin, Week of Oct. 27

      … in a while, so if you've been looking for an excuse to stock up for fall - get to it! 2010 Villadoria Neboilo Langhe 'Bricco Magno' $16 A Nebbiolo that drinks like a Barolo-Barbaresco hybrid for $16? Yup. An unavoidable, attention-commanding experience. I can't figure out whether this is an expertly manipulated wine made to seem like an extraordinary…

      1 readers - Winethropology
    • Travel Tuesday: Paso Robles Uncorked

      …] to the tasting room, leaves little doubt about where winery got its name. Again the views from this winery are quite stunning and you'll love Syrah and Grenache. Herman Story: Tasting room on the east side of tracks in town. You’ll will easily get into the nuts and bolts of why their Grenache is so fantastic and other Rhone-Zone favorites…

      2 readers - Bill Eyer/ Cuvée Corner Wine Blog
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      … Nebbiolo nose with notes of rosehips, dried cherries, mushrooms with a hint of truffle, raspberry licorice and moist forest floor. Very, very good. A hint of rubber comes along with air. From decanting this evolves for 3-4 hours and keeps on that level for 2-3 hours more. The taste is big, round and with a fine dried up sweetness, with notes of dried…

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      … the more accurate story of Paso Robles. Paso Robles also has plantings of Aligoté, Barbera, Carménère, Charbono, Cinsault, Counoise, Gewürztraminer, Lagrein, Picpoul Blanc, Refosco, Sangiovese, Tannat, Tempranillo, Souzao, Tinto Cao, Touriga Nacional, Verdello, Vermentino which may be completely unexpected. I don’t think I have tasted Paso Robles…

      James the Wine Guy
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      3 readers - Karl Mywinepal/ MyWinePal
    • Screwcaps, corks and foreplay

      … and Burgundy take to them (not to mention the conservative, rich winelovers of the USA and China). Eventually, perhaps, it’ll come to pass, but social expressions of desire and taste can move slowly. Delight in grand wines relies partly on a kind of quasi-aesthetic aura – perhaps going a little deeper than Ken’s “whimsical romance”. Most of us, I’d…

      Tim James/ GrapeGrape
    • Approachable 2010 Barolos

      … will need time; this is true for any Barolo vintage, as Nebbiolo, the grape which is used exclusively in the production of this wine, has high levels of tannins. Barolo is just meant for enjoyment down the road in most instances; that may be five to seven years, it may be 10-20 years, the finest examples may even be at their best in 35-50 years. To me…

      1 readers - Tom Hyland/ learnitalianwines
    • Wine Century Club: The final 10!! (Varietals 91 – 100)

      … Yippee! I finally got my Wine Century Club Membership Certificate in the mail! Here are my tasting notes for the final ten wines that I included in my list of varietals for the submission for membership into the Wine Century Club. It has been officially recognized that I have tasted 100 different varietals, and I did it in under a year. Now…

      1 readers - vinesanddesigns
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      … I remember the San Felice, Il Grigio, Chianti Classico Riserva from my high school days when we would periodically dine at an Italian restaurant in the Seven Corners. I remember the wine more than the food , which surely was decant, but I would not be surprised if we went there to drink the wine. The latest vintage is a good effort that needs…

      1 readers - Aaron Nix Gomez/ Hogshead - A Wine Blog
    • Chestnut Oak in Full Bloom

      … We always look forward to trying new wineries especially those that seem to have making quality wines at the top of the agenda. These days we frequently encounter the “events first” philosophy in which hosting weddings and parties seem to trump making wine. At Chestnut Oak Vineyard, we encountered a tasting room still in construction but good…

      5 readers - Virginia Wine Time
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      … Uncorking this 1971 Fontana Fredda Barolo this weekend at Maialino in New York City was reminiscent of opening a coffin in The Langhe and experiencing Nebbiolo zombies awakening from the dead to slowly climb into the glass. At first this wine smelled of rotten corpse, soil and maybe some tar for the sake of tradition. Slowly…

      1 readers - 'na cica de vino.
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