2003 Dry Gully Central Otago Pinot Noir

Central Otago, New Zealand is the southernmost wine region in the world. It’s dramatically beautiful, isolated and also happens to make some of the world’s best Pinot Noir.

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Matt Skinner, Wine Radical

Matt Skinner is a wine radical. Some would disagree, arguing that he’s just the latest invention of . . .

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Unwins - The Opposite of Winning?

Remember back when wine was simple? Neither do I. . .

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Melton Mowbray Terroir

Melton Mowbray, land of Stilton and pies, is putting up a big fight to defend appellation naming rights to their pork pies.

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Red Burgundies North and South

Burgundy MapOn Sunday, we tasted two reds from the upper and lower parts of Burgundy. The 1999 Domaine Lucien Boillot & Fils Les Champonnets 1er Cru Gevery-Chambertin was exceptional. Generously offered from Deborah’s father’s cellar for a lunchtime paring of roast pork and vegetables, it was just starting to show its age with a slight brick hue at the meniscus. It also had a slightly dull haze which was most likely due to not being filtered as it had no faults. Intensely aromatic, with all the classic traits of an excellent Gevery-Chambertain -- firm, full and dark -- this one was also intensely fruity with beautifully integrated fall leaves, smoky notes, mushroom and a light cheesiness; a complete knockout and easy to see why Gevery-Chambertain was Napoleon’s favorite wine. With a difficult act to follow, the 2000 Moulin-à-Vent des Hospices had a difficult time drumming up any sort of excitement. Only a year younger than the Gevery, it was noticeably more youthful, deep purple-red, and noticeably much less aromatic. As Moulin-à-Vent is normally the most age worthy of Beaujolais, this one may have entered a dumb period and might have benefited from 5 to 10 years more underground. Still, it had fine notes of red currant, black cherries, white pepper and brown sugar and was soft, round and medium-full bodied. It was a serious wine and certainly didn’t have any of the banana candy flavors often associated with Gamay.

Airén - The Grape from La Mancha

Statistically, Airén is the most outrageous wine grape the world has ever known. Many wine guides and sites still refer to it as the most widely grown wine grape in the world, although it has been recently surpassed. . .

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