A fair amount of wine got poured down the drain over here the other day, and a few tears flowed along with it. What caused this tragedy? Carelessness and forgetfulness, mostly. The victims were wines from dusty bottles that had lain on their sides for far too long …
Simone Capecci, whose winery is in the province of Ascoli Piceno, ran an interesting experiment in 2013 using the almost-extinct Pecorino grape – and no yeast. What resulted? Neil Duarte tells the story of the two wines produced from this curious approach, and samples the winery’s other offerings. Read article.
One of the most frustrating things for me over the years I’ve been writing about wine is the way I’ve been priced out of Bordeaux. And by “I” I mean “We,” I’m sure, as I expect I’m not the only wine lover who can remember routinely forking over $10 or so for decent red Bordeaux.
This classic Bordeaux blend of 49 percent Cabernet Sauvignon and 51 percent Merlot is a dark reddish-purple color in the glass, shading to a garnet edge. Good, typical Bordeaux aromas, blackcurrant and a hint of cedar, leading into a firm, acidic black-fruit flavor with good acidity, distinct but palatable tannins and typical alcohol level at 13 percent.
Happy birthday to us! Twenty years ago today, I sent out the first edition of The 30 Second Wine Advisor, a short item titled 30 Second Wine Tasting Tip: Eyeballing wine.
That first edition went out to exactly 89 subscribers. If any of you reading this today were among them, I’d love it if you would let me know.
Today, let’s talk about Pinot Noir’s journey through those years.
Ruby, clear yet dark almost all the way to a pale reddish-violet rim. Good young Pinot Noir aromas, red fruits with a pleasant, characteristic hint of tomato skin. The fresh, acidic flavor adds subtle spice, with light but perceptible tannins becoming more evident with light notes of raspberry and blueberry in a long, tart finish. Moderate 12.5% alcohol stays in the background.
Clear dark reddish-purple, with bright ruby glints against the light. Distinct cherry aromas, a mix of fresh red cherries and dried cherries, with a back note of warm brown spices. Bright and mouth-filling, luscious cherry fruit fills the mouth, nicely structured with zippy acidity and a touch of soft tannic astringency that builds into a very long finish.
In the V-Know
By John Juergens
Wine isn’t just a beverage, it’s a lifestyle. John Juergens picks up this theme from a different perspective for the premier article in his new writing gig. Read article.
In Italy today almost every winery has an interesting back story to tell. Neil Duarte found the story behind the Le March Tenute Murola winery particularly interesting, as it involved the 1600s, World War II and an officer in the Polish army who fell in love and began an adventure.