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eRobertParker.com - Wine of the Day Fri, 30 Sep 2016 20:27:27 GMT  

2013 Altesino Rosso di Montalcino
2013 Altesino Rosso di Montalcino
The 2013 Rosso di Montalcino is a tight and tonic red wine with loads of fresh fruit and crisp acidity at the back. The wine is simple, clean and compact in structure. It would make a great pairing partner to pasta with a hearty meat sauce or breaded veal chops. It's your quintessential food wine. Altesino is an estate in dynamic motion. I had not been back in a number of years and the property has seen an impressive series of positive changes during my absence. Elisabetta Gnudi Angelini runs her historic property with deft precision and a careful eye for both aesthetics and quality. The yellow-rimmed botte in her cellar are a prime example of that feminine touch. When Elisabetta purchased the property in 2002 she had just emerged victorious from a bidding war with Château Margaux. The feisty Elisabetta who owns the adjacent Caparzo property tells me: "I just couldn't have French neighbors." Her aim in terms of winemaking is to stay true to Montalcino tradition. Because she owns vineyard parcels in the four quadrants of Montalcino, she has added blending flexibility to make the wines she wants by sourcing fruit with different ripeness from the various subzones. Importer(s): Leonardo LoCascio Selections (A Member of the Winebow Group), 31 West 27th Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001, (212) 255-9414, winebowgroup.com/our-companies/leonardo-locascio-selections/
Rating: 89  Estimated Cost: $17-$36

Spittoon Fri, 30 Sep 2016 20:27:27 GMT  

Wine Tanks at Occhipinti Sicily

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Am I obsessed with wine tanks? Stainless steel, concrete… I see them on every winery visit and bitch and moan about them… but I seem to take a photo at each and every winery regardless. There is something about them, pictorially, that appeals. There is the repetition, the leading lines, how the light on stainless […]

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Am I obsessed with wine tanks? Stainless steel, concrete… I see them on every winery visit and bitch and moan about them… but I seem to take a photo at each and every winery regardless. There is something about them, pictorially, that appeals. There is the repetition, the leading lines, how the light on stainless steel bounces and divides making patterns and kaleidoscopic colours. Add water on the floor, cleanliness is essential in every good winery, and the gleam plus the added reflections just add to the wonder. Anyone like a calendar featuring nothing but wine tanks? Perhaps just me then…

Here is another example – just one set of tanks at Occhipinti in Sicily. Again I think its the uniformity and repetition that appeals. That and knowing that held in each one are liquid joy waiting for the right moment to be released. But the repetition is broken by the red pipes adding, like ladders and mops and buckets, wine tasting equipment and other detritus a real sense of a working environment. They might not have the mystic of an oak barrel but they are of equal importance.

Wine Tanks at Occhipinti Sicily

Wine Tanks at Occhipinti Sicily

This photo was taken during a wine tour of Sicily with Esplora Tours. A highly recommended small tour company.

Wine Tanks at Occhipinti Sicily Written by wine scribbler at Spittoon - Wine, Cocktails, Food and Travel


Ken's Wine Guide RSS Feed Fri, 30 Sep 2016 20:27:27 GMT  

Grgich Hills "Estate Grown" 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
This opaque and dark ruby colored Cabernet Sauvignon from Grgich was well received by the Panel. ...
Knights Bridge "Pont de Chevalier" 2013 Chardonnay
This pale straw colored wine is a very good elegant styled Chardonnay. ...
Valentin Bianchi "Elsa Bianchi" 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
This dark ruby colored Cabernet Sauvignon from Valentin Bianchi is a steal. ...

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WineSpectator.com: Daily Wine Picks Fri, 30 Sep 2016 20:27:28 GMT  

SILVER LAKE Riesling Rattlesnake Hills Roza 2014 $13 (Wine Spectator)
A sweet, open-textured and light Washington Riesling
LAVAU Gigondas 2014 $28 (Wine Spectator)
A ripe, polished, fresh Rhône red
AMISFIELD Pinot Noir Central Otago 2014 $40 (Wine Spectator)
A lush, robust and juicy New Zealand Pinot Noir

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Wine Library TV Fri, 30 Sep 2016 20:27:29 GMT  

Episode 1,001
Five years later and on the 10 year anniversary of the first episode of Wine Library TV, Gary Vaynerchuk is back! On this comeback episode of…

Five years later and on the 10 year anniversary of the first episode of Wine Library TV, Gary Vaynerchuk is back! On this comeback episode of the show Gary tastes some super premium wines from California.


Good Wine Under $20 Fri, 30 Sep 2016 20:27:29 GMT  

Wine That Stands Up to Pesto
It's officially summer. Unofficially, it's basil season. Right now, I am overwhelmed with the stuff. Pictured to the left is one of my behemoth basil plants. Having a lot of basil isn't exactly a problem, I admit. Who doesn't love basil? But for wine lovers, basil can make for difficult pairings. This is one assertive herb, and you need a wine that isn't going to clash with it, nor do you want your wine to disappear on the palate.















My usual go-to wine when strong green, herbal notes are part of a dish is Sauvignon Blanc. But New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs are often quite citrusy, and US Sauvignon Blancs can be too melony and soft for basil. So I opened a Chilean Sauvignon Blanc--and it was perfect with my linguine tossed with homemade pesto and topped with some heirloom cherry tomatoes.


The 2011 Viña Carmen Sauvignon Blanc Gran Reserva (available for $13-$15 in the market) is made from grapes grown in the Leyda Valley. It has vibrant aromas of grass, gooseberry, and that uniquely weird smell of boxwood that I often smell in Sauvignon Blancs from the southern hemisphere. This wine was green and leafy rather than citrusy, with a backbone of acidity that was neutral in flavor but kept your mouth watering for more. The midpalate was herbal, making me think 'this is what Cabernet Franc would taste like if it were white and not red.' Cool and refreshing, this stood up to the basil. If you have the wine with something less resolutely green, you may find that its assertiveness is a problem but if you have basil, this is a good wine to go with it--and it represents very good QPR.

Full Disclosure: I received a sample of this wine for possible review.

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