The I Veroni Vineyards
I Veroni is one of the premiere wineries of the Chianti Rufina appellation. We review the latest releases and a vertical of the I Veroni Reserve. Continue reading
We recently traveled to diverse parts of Chile to learn what’s new in Chilean wine. We saw vineyards being planted in extreme locations, adventurous young winemakers experimenting with new grape varieties and winemaking techniques, and a Chilean wine industry that continues to expand and, now, produce premium and ultra-premium wines that compete with the best in the world. To find out more, read our just published Report #60 Chile’s Premium Wine Revolution which includes reviews of over 300 wines. Astounding things #1 – #4 are given below. We’ll update this blog on a regular basis until all ten are listed. Continue reading
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I Giusti & Zanza Vineyard in the Costa Toscana
Located in the Fauglia Hills of the Tuscan Coast, 30 km north of Bolgheri and due west of Florence, I Giusti &Zanza Vigneti has 17 ha of densely planted, organically cultivated vines. We review their latest releases below. Their vineyards benefit from the maritime influence of the Tyrrhenian Sea, just 25 km to the west. Paolo Giusti and Fabio Zanza bought the estate in 1995. Continue reading
Eben Sadie is often proclaimed as South Africa’s most original and talented winemaker. 2015 is cited as one of South Africa’s greatest vintages ever. And the vineyards that Eben sources fruit from for his Ouwingerdreeks [Old Vine Series] are among South Africa’s very oldest. Taken together, these factors should result in some of the most special wines he has ever produced, and that’s saying a lot. While visiting South Africa earlier this month, I tasted five of these old vine wines: Skerpioen, ‘T Voetpad, Kokerboom, Pofadder, and Soldaat. Reviews are given below. For reviews of older vintages of Sadie Family Wines see our Special Report # 55 Wines of South Africa: White Blends and Old Vines and Report # 30 The Wines of South Africa. Also, see our recent article on this blog, De Martino and Sadie Family: Old Vine Cinsault from Two Outstanding Winemakers in Chile and South Africa.
Thanks to the investigative powers of famed viticulturist Rosa Kruger [see box at end of this article], Eben has access to uniquely sited, dry farmed, old bush vines that produce infinitesimal yields. He treats them with great care, practicing non-interventionist, gravity-flow winemaking. He uses wooden and concrete open top fermenters and ages the wines in old foudres, concrete eggs, and amphorae. The result is pure wines that show their terroir as well as the exceptional growing conditions of the 2015 vintage.
Broadbent Selections imports these hard-to-find wines to the US. Continue reading
In preparing our Chile and South Africa reports over the years, we’ve been privileged to meet and taste with Marcelo Retamal of Chile’s De Martino Winery and Eben Sadie of South Africa’s Sadie Family Winery. These outstanding winemakers seek out the best terroir and the oldest, dry farmed bush vines and make their wines naturally, using native yeast, often fermenting and aging in cement and amphorae, and adding minimal amounts of SO2. Marcelo sources his fruit from the Western Hemisphere’s oldest vineyards in Itata and some of the highest altitude ones in the upper Elqui Valley in the Andes. Eben has worked with South Africa’s preeminent viticulturist, Rosa Kruger, to identify that country’s oldest vineyards in the Swartland, Olifants River, and Piekenierskloof regions. [See our video interview with Rosa Kruger on the International Wine Review channel on You Tube.] Continue reading
The year 2014 was a rich, ripe vintage in Sonoma County, resulting in some absolutely outstanding wines like the Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs we recently tasted from Dutton Goldfield. The highly successful Dutton Goldfield winery is the product of a partnership between Steve Dutton and Dan Goldfield that was launched with a handshake in 1998. Located in Russian River Valley, Dutton Goldfield sources grapes from several vineyards throughout western Sonoma County. It produces outstanding vineyard-designated Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs mainly from the Russian River and Green Valleys. The bottlings from Dutton Ranch are among their best. Steve spends most of his time in the vineyard, and Dan spends his time in the cellar. The tasting room is located just outside Sebastopol, and that’s where we tasted the wines for our earlier report on The Wines of Sonoma County. Continue reading
These six new 2013 and 2014 releases from The Farm Winery in Paso Robles are terrific. We are enthusiastic about them because they reveal outstanding vineyard management and restrained winemaking. As a group these wines offer fruit forward purity, a silky texture and excellent balance. They are also round and mouth filling with good density and just the right amount of ripeness. Oak-aging is relatively long but is well-done thanks to the employment of used oak barrels and puncheons. Continue reading
Champagne and sparkling wines are festive by nature and perfect for holiday toasts. Lively and effervescent, they literally “sparkle”. Rosé Champagnes and sparkling wines are especially festive. They not only have bubbles; many have a touch more fruity sweetness and creamy texture than other sparklers. They are the perfect drink to celebrate the arrival of the New Year. With this in mind, we give our reviews of some rosé Champagnes we recently tasted. We also include our reviews of some of our favorite rosé sparkling wines from California and Oregon that we tasted for our report on North American Sparkling Wines as well as an interesting sparkling rosé from Chile made with the país (mission) grape that we feature in our upcoming report on Chile. Prices, when given, are approximate. Continue reading
Two outstanding chefs, Domenico Cornacchia of Assaggi Osteria (right) and Driss Zahidi of Evo Bistro (left) joined forces last evening preparing a magnificent holiday dinner for their customers. The dinner was held at Assaggi Osteria in McLean, VA. Continue reading