Archive for May, 2018

You Will *Learn* Patience (Tasting The 2016 Port Vintage)

Vinted on May 30, 2018 binned in on the road, wine review

2016 Vintage Port NYC

I recently received the kind of media invite that one doesn’t turn down, unless one doesn’t have a choice: join a bunch of wine peeps in NYC to taste through a preview of the new 2016 Port vintage, led by representatives from several of the major Port houses. Uhm… yeah, we are definitely going to that. We also tasted some quite older vintages of Port, about which I plan to tell you later, in the hopes that – like all good Port lovers – you can learnt o exercise a wee bit of patience. Also, I’m kind of a dick sometimes.

Regarding the 2016 vintage in Porto: after a seemingly endless string of vintage Port declarations in the 2000s, 2016 marks the first time in a handful of years (since 2011) that a vintage there was deemed worthy enough for a vintage to be declared. The theme, as you will see from my tasting notes of about fifteen (!) of the upcoming releases, is a sense of balance, in which both power and finesse are on display. The vintage was marked by a wet Spring, which was actually needed due to drought conditions from 2015, followed by a hot Summer. The result was a year marked by low yields; in other words, allocations are gonna be tight.

To get a deeper sense of the 2016 vintage, I also include for your listening enjoyment a brief interview that I did with Rupert Symington (part of the family that makes/owns revered Port brands Graham’s, Cockburn’s, Dow’s, Warre’s, and Quinta do Vesúvio), who gave me his thoughts on the first Port vintage in five-or-so years, why we mere mortals need to be both patient and maybe even a little selfless when it comes to buying a wine that takes decades to fully develop, and what he imbibes when he’s not drinking Port.

It’ll make for decent listening as you peruse the (rather longish) list of my foray into 2016 Port land…

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For May 28, 2018

Vinted on May 28, 2018 binned in wine mini-reviews

So, like, what is this stuff, anyway? I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140-ish characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible reviews of currently available wines. Below is a wrap-up of those twitter wine reviews from the past week (click here for the skinny on how to read them), along with links to help you find these wines, so that you can try them for yourself. Cheers!

  • 15 Rain Dance Estate Pinot Noir (Chehalem Mountains): Richly appointed; almost ostentatiously so. *Almost*. Bring your grilled salmon burgers. $39 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 16 Chateau Souverain Cabernet Sauvignon (California): Solid, toasty, tasty & campfire-ready; you’ll need to like them earthy & smokey. $14 B- >>find this wine<<
  • 16 Ramey Sidebar Old Vine Zinfandel (Russian River Valley): A pop song that actually has deeper lyrical nuance among the dance groove appeal. $29 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 16 Ramey Sidebar Ritchie Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc (Russian River Valley): Those vines might be old, but NOTHING about this delicious delight is “in the way.” $35 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Ceretto I Vignaioli di Stefano Moscato d’Asti (Piedmont): Light on the spritz, generous on the flowers, and heavy on the pleasure. $24 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Feudo Principi di Butera Nero d’Avola (Sicilia): Brambly red fruit that’s simply NOT gonna be underestimated anymore by anyone, dammit! $15 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Amelia Brut Rose (Cremant de Bordeaux): A serious set of bubbles for those who like their wines on the serious – and red – side of things. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Meyer-Fonne Wineck-Schlossberg Grand Cru Riesling (Alsace): As crystal-clear as a prism, and about as pretty as a refracted rainbow. $40 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Domaine Ostertag Muenchberg Grand Cru Riesling (Alsace): Like a laser, in liquid form – austere, focused, bright, electric, and stunning. $60 A >>find this wine<<
  • 16 Famille Negrel Diamant de Provence Rose (Cotes de Provence): A Rose for white wine lovers. And wine lovers in general, actually. $NA B+ >>find this wine<<
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The Shady, The Free, And The Godforsaken (May 2018 Wine Product Roundup)

Vinted on May 23, 2018 binned in wine products
Godforsaken Grapes

image: amazon.com

It’s time once again for our monthly roundup of those wine-related samples received here at 1WD HQ that aren’t actually wine. While the last few months have focused on wine book releases, this month features… well, a wine book release, but also some other stuff that involve your wine-lovin’ eyeballs.

First, let’s get the book thing out of the way; my friend and fellow Philly-area-drinks-type-guy Jason Wilson has a new tome available for your reading pleasure: Godforsaken Grapes: A Slightly Tipsy Journey through the World of Strange, Obscure, and Underappreciated Wine (Abrams Press, 320 pages, about $20).

The premise of Godforsaken Grapes is that it’s a wine book that isn’t really a wine book, focusing on fine wine grapes like Ramisco, Bastardo, and Mencia that just don’t see the luv in terms of production volume, mind-share, and media coverage. The book also favors a quirky travelogue format, offering chapter titles such as Chateau du Blah Blah Blah, How Big is Your Pigeon Tower?, and The Same Port Dick Chaney Likes; so you know at a glance that you’re in for at least a little bit of Gonzo-style journalism. In other words, regular 1WD readers ought to love this tome.

www.freeart.com

image: freeart.com

Next, we move away from books but stay on print in what might be one of the stranger recommendations for me to have made in the wine product roundups; at least, until we get to the last recommendation in today’s post. I was contacted several weeks ago by the folks at FreeArt.com, who sent me over some of their free wine prints for consideration (the only difference between you ordering the free stuff and me ordering it is that I didn’t have to pay any shipping because review guy!).

There are thousands of wine prints available on their site, with the deal being that they will not charge you for the smaller sizes of said prints (but will charge shipping, framing, etc.). Granted, there’s a lot of filler/fluff among those images, but some of them are pretty badass, and the quality of the prints is very, very good. If you’re looking to round-out the decor for your cellar, or are a winery looking for tasting room art on a budget, this could be an interesting (and cost-effective) way to go…

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For May 21, 2018

Vinted on May 21, 2018 binned in wine mini-reviews

So, like, what is this stuff, anyway? I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140-ish characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible reviews of currently available wines. Below is a wrap-up of those twitter wine reviews from the past week (click here for the skinny on how to read them), along with links to help you find these wines, so that you can try them for yourself. Cheers!

  • NV Aguila Brut (Cremant de Limoux): Fresh, toasty, clearly possessing talent and know-how, and maybe just a touch self-absorbed. $NA B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Williams & Humbert Canasta Cream Sherry (Andalucia): Its soul is Oloroso, so don’t expect this date to be cloying despite the sweet talk. $18 B >>find this wine<<
  • 17 Tasca Regaleali Bianco (Sicilia): The real question here, with all of that gulpable tropical action, is – Where the hell is my hammock?!?? $11 B >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Howell Mountain Vineyards Petite Verdot (Napa Valley): Dark, sultry, floral, toasty, and all-around seductive; sic, btw – lol, ikr? $60 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 16 Angeline Vineyards Rose of Pinot Noir (California): Delivered with a cherry-fruity, citrus-pithy, soon-to-be-a-distant-memory type of simplicity. $15 B- >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Georges Duboeuf Brouilly (Brouilly): A strawberry-laden, peppery, perky delight; for this price, you don’t really need more info than that, do you?? $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Domaine des Bosquets Gigondas (Gigondas): Haughty and hearty, meaty and meaningful, and even at over 30 clams a bit of a bargain. $35 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Maison Nicolas Perrin Crozes-Hermitage (Crozes-Hermitage): Earthiness and meatiness that are dutifully trying to put the Fun back in Funky. $30 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 17 Urban Provence Rose (Cotes de Provence): Almost obnoxiously floral, but also un-apologetically fresh, zesty, lively, and drinkable. $23 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 17 Berne Inspiration Rose (Cotes de Provence): Tropical fruits, cherries, and roses, all arguing a bit too loudly in what’s supposed to be the Quiet Car. $20 B >>find this wine<<
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