That *Other* Antidote To Bordeaux-Bashing

Vinted on April 12, 2016 binned in commentary

As reported by Dr. Vino (and elsewhere), much-celebrated (and almost-as-often-maligned) consultant winemaker Michel Rolland was recently asked if there was an antidote to “Bordeaux-bashing” (i.e., a backlash against the Bordeaux region in general – and its most storied houses, in particular – for producing wines that are increasingly too similar and increasingly too expensive).

You can read Rolland’s response in the original French, if that’s your motif; I offer the following English translation (as supplied automatically via Google):

“There is no antidote to stupidity. It is increasingly monumental. For me, 2015 is a great vintage. There are [those] too stupid to notice. We will notice in ten years, as usual. We are in a world without balls, we live with no balls. Full stop. There is not a journalist [who] will notice. Anyway, there is not a journalist who has weight in the world today. It has nothing to do with the market. They can say, write and think what they want, everyone cares at the fortieth year! When they know that, maybe they will start to become humble. Not to become smart, because it will be difficult, but to think differently.”

In other words, it’s nor Bordeaux that is wrong, it’s all of the journalists covering Bordeaux that are wrong.

Hmmm.  Well.

Let’s discuss this little Rolland rant in a bit more detail…

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For April 11, 2016

Vinted on April 11, 2016 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 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!

  • 14 La Villa Barton Cotes de Provence Rose (Cotes de Provence): Delicate flowers that are looking for a partner in as Asian spring-roll $20 B >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Nasiakos Agiorgitiko (Nemea): A fruity romp is on display, and the dancer is keeping excellent balance through tricky maneuvers. $17 B >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Parparoussis Winery Nemea Reserve (Nemea): You will not really understand it until you are grilling lamb; then your eyes will open $42 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Bonny Doon Vieyard Clos de Gilroy Grenache (Monterey County): On the heavy-handed side, but also generous with the clove & pepper. $20 B >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Bonny Doon Vineyard Gravitas White Wine (California): Vanilla, custard, and flowers, all coexisting quite peacefully, it seems. $16 B >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Celsius 13 Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough): Lays on the charm a bit thick; don't worry, because you will thoroughly enjoy yourself. $18 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Mas Fi Cava Brut Rose (Cava): The game being played here – and it's a fun one – has a name, and that name is "Let's get fresh!" $12 B >>find this wine<<
  • NV Mas Fi Cava Brut Nature Reserva (Cava): No dosage, but also no fooling around, and no cause for reservations about enjoying it. $13 B >>find this wine<<
  • 07 Fattoria I Veroni Chianti Rufina Riserva (Tuscany): Sweet, plummy Chianti kisses, followed by totally funky Chianti dance moves. $34 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Mt. Beautiful North Canterbury Chardonnay (North Canterbury): Lovely now; with roast chicken, it'd be downright beautiful indeed. $18 B+ >>find this wine<<
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Pinooooooooooh Yeeeeaaaah (Two Exceptional Pinot Noir Recent Releases)

Vinted on April 7, 2016 binned in kick-ass wines, wine review

Sometimes, the wine sample pool giveth, sometimes the wine sample pool taketh away (usually it taketh away my hope), and sometimes – very rarely – the wine sample pool giveth and then giveth some more.

Today’s focus is the latter; two Pinot Noir recent releases that are downright exceptional. Exceptional enough that I drank the shiz out of tasted them over several days. You know, just to be sure.

The first comes from a producer with which I’m peripherally familiar, having sampled some of their wares over the years, and been suitably impressed enough with their Sonoma releases to have featured one of them in the 2012 Most Interesting Wines of the Year round-up. I have even forgiven that producer – Donum Estate – for their borderline-garish tagline (“the gift of the land…” man, it’s even painful to type that).

The second is the inaugural release from Louis Jadot Estates‘ recently-acquired Résonance Vineyard; and it’s an effort that hits it so far out of the park at its first at-bat that it probably has well-established Yamill-Carlton producers ripping their hair out…

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