Italy winemakers braced for tough 2014 harvest

    Summer rain has left winemakers across northern Italy facing difficult conditions for the 2014 harvest, but while many still remain optimistic there are higher hopes further south in the country. Peter McCombie MW hosts a Chianti Classico tasting at Decanter's Simply Italian - Great Wines even in London.

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    Azelia San Rocco 2007 Barolo—on impulse

    I had every intention of making it a “kale salad and kombucha” night. I even made a special trip to the Santa Cruz Farmers Market to stock up on my seasonal provisions, and to start the evening off right with a snack of sample pieces of organic apples and peaches.

    8 readers - By enotecaMarcella

      Red Willow Vineyard: Hallowed ground in the Yakima Valley

      Great Northwest Wine - - 8 readers - Red Willow Vineyard’s most prominent feature is the small stone chapel that sits atop a steep hill overlooking the western Yakima Valley. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) WAPATO, Wash. – In just about every conceivable way, the 140 acres of wine grapes here at Red Willow Vineyard are hallowed ground. Here is where Washington’s first Syrah was planted.

      Baby Barolo from Piedmont without Peers

      jvb uncorked - - 5 readers - Roagna Langhe Rosso, Piedmont, Italy, 2006. From Crush Wine & Spirits, $30/bottle. 13.5% ABV. OK, I’m a French wine snob. But I’m also a huge fan of nebbiolo. So when I saw Crush advertise a “back up the truck nebbiolo”, I thought I’d take a chance.

      Dueling Blind Barolo Vintages

      The V.I.P. Table - - 3 readers - Article and Tasting Notes by Eric Guido 2001 & 1999 Barolo Two classic vintages, both in need of time, yet just starting to show their early maturity. Why not put 2001 against 1999 in a blind tasting? We all have our preconceptions, which in some cases were shattered as we unveiled these wines.

    The latest about Nebbiolo

      Wine of the Day September 16, 2014

      …2007 Rovellotti, Ghemme “Chioso dei Pomi” DOCG, Piedmonte, Italy. The northern Piedmonte region is really becoming the hot spot for great Nebbiolo wines, especially the areas of the Colli Novaresi, these are really wonderfully expressive wines with depth and complexity. The Ghemme wines had only been mild curiosities in the past, but now these…

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      If There Were Such Thing as Vector Winemaking…

      … and strawberry. The 2011 Nebbiolo is a new release. It is meaty with a medium plus acidity and tar and roses on the nose. The 2010 Aglianico has a slight coffee aroma with cherry and cranberry notes. Sierra Bella 2011 is a blend of Teraldego, Nebbiolo and Barbera. It tastes of tart cherries and rose water. The 2011 Barbera has soft fruit aromas, tangy…

      1 readers - By From Vinho Verde to Barolo with Love

      #WBC14 Pre-tour: Discovering the Diversity of Paso Robles in 24 Hours

      … Nebbiolo Luna Matte Vineyard was another tasty wine and Stephanie Terrizzi painfully described her travails in growing this stubborn grape. Paso wines can also age. Jason Diefenderfer opened their 2002 Treana Red (CS, Merlot, Syrah) which had lost some acids, but was quite flavorful with a fig interior. (I had previous tasting a 2003 Eberle CS…

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      Dueling Blind Barolo Vintages

      … by linger notes of dry red fruit, minerals and soil tones. Beautiful. (94 Points) Find it on: Wine-searcher! 1999 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo – The nose was dark and inviting with black cherry, cranberry, hints of menthol and dusty, dark earth tones. Tart red berries clenched the palate in a tense, tightly wound expression of Nebbiolo, along…

      3 readers - By The V.I.P. Table

      Radar Redux and the change of seasons

      … to the feature courses, aided and abetted by a St. Innocent Chardonnay (yay, Oregon, again) and a dominatrix of Marghe Langhe Nebbiolo that was lovingly severe and wickedly good food wine. Sweet Potato Gnocchi The piping hot battered and tempura-ed cauliflower with Moroccan sauce dip was again excellent and damn near habituation, as was the once again…

      3 readers - By Elixir Vitae

      Red Willow Vineyard: Hallowed ground in the Yakima Valley

      … was harvesting his Cabernet Sauvignon, and Peter Dow of Cavatappi Winery in the Seattle area asked him to plant some Nebbiolo. “We decided to go ahead and plant an acre of Nebbiolo,” he said. “When David heard about that, he thought we should plant Syrah, so we thought we’d try that, too.” Lake helped secure cuttings from one of the few vineyards…

      8 readers - By Great Northwest Wine

      Politics & Wine: Malibu About Face! Timing Raises Eyebrows.

      … the burn. 2010 Proprietà Sperino “Uvaggio” Costa della Sesia $28 (Eno Fine Wine): 65% Nebbiolo, 20% Velspina and 15% Croatina. The blending of Nebbiolo is a soft, sweet and sexy revelation! 100% Nebbiolo now seems to tBoW like 100% Cabernet. Irrelevant. Jim Moore [ed. isn't his wine label also named Uvaggio?] always said “Cabernet Sauvignon – a great…

      8 readers - By The Best of Wines

      Wine Stories – NYC

      … he mention this type of wine that I happen to be in love with and the Nebbiolo grape it is made from? Who was this man sitting across from me in a NYC restaurant? I fell a bit more in love with him right then and there. Alfredo helped us navigate the Barolo options and we chose a Barolo Riserva, Damilano 1999. Alfredo walked away from the table…

      1 readers - By Girls Go Grape

      Azelia San Rocco 2007 Barolo—on impulse

      … characteristics held up strong, telling me this wine has a lot of life still in it. I could have even drunk a glass on that fourth night, if I had been more desperate. But I wasn’t! I opened a kombucha instead … Filed under: Wine: Nebbiolo focus, Wine: Piemonte Tagged: 2007 Barolo, Azelia San Rocco Barolo, San Rocco, San Rocco Barolo…

      8 readers - By enotecaMarcella

      Italy winemakers braced for tough 2014 harvest

      … harvest,' Leonardi said. At this early stage, Sicily has staked an early claim to be the winner of the 2014 vintage. 'It's been exceptional there. It's been cooler than usual, which should give the wines more finesse and not too much power,' Leonardi said. In Piedmont, Paolo Gagliardo, of Gianni Gagliardo winery, said the estate won't begin the Nebbiolo…

      9 readers - By Decanter

      Baby Barolo from Piedmont without Peers

      …Roagna Langhe Rosso, Piedmont, Italy, 2006. From Crush Wine & Spirits, $30/bottle. 13.5% ABV. OK, I’m a French wine snob. But I’m also a huge fan of nebbiolo. So when I saw Crush advertise a “back up the truck nebbiolo”, I thought I’d take a chance. Now I’m so glad that I did, as the only place in NYC to buy this wine off the shelf is Astor…

      5 readers - By jvb uncorked

      Texture, sidekick and Budda : Bocchino Nebbiolo

      …Eugenio Bocchino, La Perucca Nebbiolo d’Alba, 2001 Region: Nebbiolo d’Alba DOC, Piedmonte, Italy Grape: Nebbiolo Price: 30$ All life is suffering. I didn’t say that, the Buddha said that. This being said, I think he failed to account for wine. … Continue reading →…

      2 readers - By Wine Ramblings

      Fifty Wines That Shaped My Palate, 1984-2014

      …I started this post as a way of commemorating my 30th anniversary in wine-writing, reached, as My Regular Readers know — bless your little pointy heads and may your tribes increase — early in July. Initially, the concept was “Fifty Great Wines,” but I decided that choosing 50 “great” wines from 30 years of tasting would be an impossible…

      By Fredric Koeppel/ Bigger Than Your Head

      Olek Bondonio Barbaresco 2010

      … An astonishingly tight cork. Not a euphemism. I’ve enjoyed several Olek Bondonio wines over the past few months, and have found them unified by a sense of simplicity and deliciousness that transcends their, at times, rustic demeanour. When one starts to get up towards $100, though, it’s interesting to contemplate how far this aesthetic extends…

      7 readers - By Full Pour

      Sobrero Langhe Nebbiolo 2011

      …Inexpensive Nebbiolo can be a difficult thing to locate, so it’s appealing to come across an affordable example such as this humble Langhe from Sobrero. Good Barolos and Barbarescos are so satisfying and complete, I fear a little tasting this wine and being comprehensively dissatisfied. While this lacks some stuffing, there’s plenty of interest…

      7 readers - By Full Pour