White Stones

Jul
26

Stones, Bones, and the Greatest White Wines of Argentina

The bet on Malbec paved a road to fair similarity and brand recognition. The few great examples now marred by association with old-guard wine-critics seeking extract and alcohol rather than

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Jul
25

Cave des Amandiers Ermitage Blanc 2011

A discovery of Mr. Rimmerman at Garagiste, Cave des Amandiers nestles against the Alps in the Swiss AOC Valais, northeast of Chamonix. How many wineries like this exist? Those incredibly

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Jul
19

Carlisle Sierra Mar Santa Lucia Highlands Syrah 2010

Life is busy and full of changes. In such contexts, a steady Syrah that knows what it is about gives comfort. There is no animality, florals or nuance to this

Nusserhof

Jul
15

Nusserhof “B” Erzeugerabfullung Vino Bianco 2012

Ava Gene’s has one of the best wine lists in Portland. This is the only explanation for me finding the extremely rare Nusserhof white “B” on the wine list (but

Rhys

Jul
11

Rhys Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains 2009

Rhys belongs with a select group of producers at the summit of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir production in California such as Hanzell, Failla, Littorai, and Mount Eden. They achieved this

Rahn

Jul
8

James Rahn Havlin Vineyard Willamette Valley Gamay 2014

Oregon is one of the few new world regions where focus on a single variety makes oenological and viticultural sense. Oregon Pinot Noir, unlike New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, Australian Shiraz,

Tissot

Jun
27

Benedicte & Stephan Tissot Poulsard Vielles Vignes 2011

Poor blood. Love but can’t afford great Cote d’Or? The Jura is the place for you. As indicated in Jancis Robinson’s recent article, the Jura offers wines of incredible interest

Vosne

Jun
27

Domaine Confuron-Cotetidot Vosne Romanee 2012

Rich blood. Wines like this are a rare privilege for the average wine geek. Sad as it is for village level Burgundy to be priced for special occasions, the quality

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Jun
21

Chambolle and the Utmost: The Wines of Ghislaine Barthod

The stereotype for Chambolle is perfume and elegance. Some are of the view that the notion of village style is more a lodestar for producer style than terroir. For example,

Godello

Jun
20

Dominio de Tares Godello Bierzo 2013

Godello is one of Spain’s great white grapes. The best can take on the weight and length of high quality Chardonnay but with their own unique minerality. The grape is