Ginger, honey, dried wild herbs, dried grass, apricot, desiccated white peach, medicinal on the palate. Like a cough candy drop... — a month ago
With the Wine Blight laying waste to her vineyards, France went from 8:1 exporter in 1870 to 6:1 importer in 1887. Legions of wine farmers faced total financial ruin. With no cure - or even a proper diagnosis - in sight, many saw no option but to flee to lands not yet affected.
The influx of institutional knowledge that flooded into former backwater wine regions like Rioja catapulted them into relevance, and soon matured into a world-class standard. The farmers had found respite, but couldn't run forever. By the time Phylloxera crossed the Pyrenees, however, there would be new ways to fight back.
French botanist Jules-Emile Planchon had a theory. If the blight was caused by a microscopic American insect as he suspected, perhaps grafted European varieties on American rootstock would be resistant. This would be confirmed by Missouri entomologist Charles Riley, and with millions of rootstocks supplied by Texas horticulturalist T.V. Munson, the Wine Blight was soon in remission.
(This is adapted from notes for Le Dû’s Wines ‘History of Wine 1453AD-Present’ seminar, where this wine was poured) — 2 months ago
An old favourite from the recent Bordeaux release. Full bodied and rich with plummy flavours and a nice long finish. Good now but will improve with age. Paired very nicely with bbq ribeye steaks. — 4 days ago
Molto fresco e buono. Sento poco supmante, profumo speciale. Ha acidita forte ma e rotondo. Sarebbe perche e’ biodinamico? E facile bere troppo. Sarebbe pericoloso. Mi piacciono vini naturali. — 3 months ago
Give me more of this juicy acidic bottle full of cranberries, pomegranate, vanilla and clove. A warm Summer’s day cure is found inside this bottle. — 4 months ago
Anderson Valley at its best. Just how a Pinot should be. — 7 days ago