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Fernando Pessoa, Pro (Spain)  had a tasting of  11 Wines  from  11 Producers 

On April 22 Antonio Galloni and Vinous hosted 2010 Napa Valley: An Epic Vintage at the NoMad Rooftop, one of the most striking locations in New York City.

18h 10min ago

Ken Gargett, Wine Writer (Australia)  had a tasting of  15 Wines  from  10 Producers 

A perfect Grange 1971 -100Points. 

It's not the first time the 1971 Grange has bettered the French at their own game. In 1979, Penfolds caused a sensation in France when the upstart Australian winery topped the Gault-Millau Wine Olympiad in Paris. The 1971 Grange beat some of the best Rhone wines ever made.

The judging panel contemplates the best wines the 1970s had to offer. 
"If you had to point to a wine which fulfilled the ambitions of Grange it would have to be the 1971," Schubert remarked in 1993, just months before he passed away.

According to the tasting notes, the 1971 Grange is "medium deep brick red" and "an immensely complex and mature wine with lifted smoked meat, dark chocolate, mocha and liquorice aromas".

The 1971 Grange is a blend of 87 per cent shiraz and 13 per cent cabernet sauvignon grapes, which were sourced from the Kalimna Vineyard in the Barossa Valley, and Magill Estate in Adelaide, Clare Valley and Coonawarra. The wine has an unusually low alcohol of around 12.3 per cent, which may have helped contribute to its incredible longevity.



22h 52min ago

Oliver Bernard / Domaine de Chevalier, Wine Maker (France)  had a tasting of  6 Wines  from  1 Producers 

“I try to do things naturally as I can, constantly seeking a balanced approach to everything, and am not reluctant to rely on modern methods – but always within the framework of Chevalier’s history…”

1d 18h ago

Michel Jamais, Wine Writer (Sweden)  had a tasting of  7 Wines  from  1 Producers 

The idea behind Verité is not to produce wines of true terroir from each mountain vineyard, but to create blends of the highest quality, inspired but the blends of Bordeaux. Although I find these wines to be, or at least mature into something very Bordeaux like, there’s one distinctive difference; I find more structure and energy (that’s due to the mineral qualities of these soils) in the Verité wines than in the bordelaise ones.

Three wines are made. La Muse is the Pomerol in the lineup, based on 82-92 percent Merlot depending on the vintage, with the balance of Cabernet Franc and just a dash of Cabernet Sauvignon. La Joie is the Pauillac blend, built on 64-75 percent Cabernet Sauvignon and therefore a bit more structured, whereas the Le Désir is the Saint Emilion in the trio, a lovely wine where Merlot and Cabernet Franc make up around 80-85 percent of the blend, most often in relatively equal parts.
All wines are crafted in more or less the same way, vinified in small lots and then transferred into brand new French oak barrels to spend 14-16 months including the time for malolactic fermentation. They are all bottled without fining or filtration.

The day I came to Verité on my latest visit, Robert Parker was on his way in to taste all wines and vintages ever made at Verité, so I guess his highly interesting report will be published quite soon as well. I look forward to – I’ve tasted all this wines over the years, but not all at the same time. The following wines were tasted over a couple of weeks in April and May (all wines of the same vintage at the same time), in the addition of the 2001 vintage that I tasted a year ago.

Pierre Seillan also makes the fine wines under the labels Anakota and Archipel, as well as wines in St Emilion and Tuscany.

4d 4h ago

John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  had a tasting of  27 Wines  from  15 Producers 

A Bad Boy Birthday Bash

Some people know how to do it right. The right ambience, the right company, the right food and of course, the right wine. I have been drinking with Bad Boy as long as I have been writing tasting notes, and I can safely say that he knows how to do it right. This past month he hosted over sixty wine lovers at his home in New Jersey for a spectacular celebration of wine and friends. The guest list was basically the Academy Awards for fine and rare wine in New York City, and Bad Boy unanimously took home Best Director and Best Picture.
The only problem with a Bad Boy production is the party factor, as in it turns into a great party, rather quickly. Some, like Mr. Vinous and Dapper Dave, stayed studious to the very end and compiled many more notes than I. I started strong, but in the end I am a drinker, so of the 130 bottles, 16 magnums and 2 jeroboams that were opened, I managed notes for approximately 30 wines. While I feel quite inadequate at the moment, I felt more than adequate throughout the night.

4d 22h ago

Achim Becker / Wineterminator.com, Wine Writer (Germany)  had a tasting of  29 Wines  from  29 Producers 

The tasting of the year - Vintage 1961 - 11 wines got full 100 points!

5d 36s ago

Christer Byklum, Wine Writer (Norway)  had a tasting of  14 Wines  from  3 Producers 

2011 Domaine Leroy Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Boudots:
Bright ruby. Fruity and almost smoky minerals beneath, nuanced, layered and gorgeous nose, tender. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins. Soft and gentle texture, elegant if a bit biting inntje finish, long. 94p

5d 16min ago

Jillian Logan, Wine Collector (Greece)  had a tasting of  11 Wines  from  1 Producers 

“2013 was a vintage that crept up on us,” said Gago. “I looked at the wines a lot earlier but then every year they just got better and better. You know when the second half of the glass is better than the first? Some of the ’13s are better than ’12. They have to be better than ’11. We think some are knocking on the door of ’10 which was the best vintage since ’90.”

6d 23h ago

John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  had a tasting of  12 Wines  from  11 Producers 

The 1961 Petrus, as usual, was the top of the pyramid. This was a classic wine in every which way. This was a lot of people’s wine of the night, including mine. While my notes were waning, I did find it ‘rock solid with enough fine chalk and stone for a quarry,’ and its fruit was ‘absolutely perfect.’ It also got a ‘longggggggg’ (99pts).

7d 20h ago

Jan-Erik Paulson, Wine Writer (Germany)  had a tasting of  20 Wines  from  10 Producers 

A great evening. 30 vintages Château Cos d'Estournel. The oldest wine - 1928 was voted the wine of the tasting. A fantastic quality throughout

8d 19h ago

Markus Del Monego / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  had a tasting of  33 Wines  from  4 Producers 

Bodegas Vega Sicilia belongs to the mythical wineries of the world. Located in the Ribera del Duero Denominacion de Origen in Valladolid, the winery was founded in 1864 by Don Eloy Lecanda y Chaves. Since 1982, the same year that the Ribera del Duero was granted Denominación de Origen status, the winery has been owned by the Álvarez family. When Don Eloy Lecanda y Chaves first planted the vineyards of Vega Sicilia he included Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Tempranillo and Malbec in his plantings. Still today close to 40% of the vineyards are planted with traditional Bordeaux varieties, 25% with Cabernet Sauvignon alone. Many of Vega Sicilia's vineyards are planted with old vines, which are partially more than 100 years old. Unico are called the Gran Reserva wines, belonging to the most mythical wines in the world and made of approximately 80% Tempranillo and approximately 20% Cabernet-Sauvignon. The tasting at Helsinki on November 18, 2016, showed an eclectic choice of some of the finest vintages from 1921 till 2008.

10d 4h ago

Essi Avellan MW / Editor of the Champagne magazine, Pro (Finland)  had a wine moment

“Robert Weil Beerenauslese 1934 / This wine was enjoyed at the Robert Weil winery with Wilhelm Weil himself on a beautiful January Saturday. After a relaxed tour of the estate and a tasting of a selection of the 2004s and 2005s Robert Weil made an excursion into the cellars to search for this lovely rarity. We sipped it with great enjoyment and appreciation.
Deep golden colour and highly viscous texture. Developed raisiny nose filled with floral and petrol notes as well as apricots and marmalade of noble rot. Soft, silky mouthfeel is sweet but not luscious. Fresh steely acidity makes the wine appear very lively and enjoyable. Very attractive and persistent palate. An elegant mature Riesling at a very interesting age, however no hurry what so ever. Opened up and developed positively in the glass.

10d 19h ago

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