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Aug
31

Villard Vertical: Three Vintages of “Le Gallet Blanc” Cote-Rotie

It may be fair to say that Francois Villard makes too many wines. Aside from the dozen or so he produces under his own domaine, he also partners with Gaillard

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Jun
28

Podere Concori Melograno 2014

Tuscany does not evoke images of mountains. The Alps even less so. But that is where Podere Concori fashions one of the more interesting Syrahs I’ve tasted from Italy. The

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Jun
11

Cayuse ‘Armada Vineyard’ Syrah 2005

Is this wine gross? The cayuse monodimensional style is unlike any other wine. It couples copious levels of extract with an overwhelming walloping umami bomb of candied dried mushrooms, fermented

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May
7

Scholium Project Gardens of Babylon 2013

An ever evolving enterprise, Abe Schoener’s Scholium Project represents the soul of American innovation. Schoener has been making a huge range of quirky wines as far back as the mid

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Apr
1

The New Forefront of Syrah or Patchwork Potential? The Present and Future of Saint-Joseph

Since Saint-Joseph expanded from a small wedge of vineyards over 6 villages and 10 kilometres to an expansive region spanning 25 villages and 65 kilometres in 1969, it has been

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Dec
19

Domaine Vincent Paris ‘Granit 60’ Cornas 2012 (second tasting)

Few are privileged enough to buy multiple bottles of expensive wine to taste at various stages of development. But, for the wine-lover, watching a wine unfold over a period of

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Nov
22

Spotlight on the Swartland Revolution: Mullineux Syrah 2011

Sometimes, following years of commitment, one is drawn to catalogues of past output. As I recently surveyed the many years of work I have put into this blog I realized

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Nov
8

E Guigal ‘Brune et Blonde’ Cote-Rotie 2010

Most of us geeks pass over many of the larger Rhone negocients when browsing bottles. Chapoutier, Jaboulet, Guigal, etc. But not all negocients are made the same. In my view,

Jamsheed

Oct
6

Jamsheed Harem La Syrah 2013

The positive side-effect of Australia’s crash in wine sales was the huge drop in fruit prices that has allowed smaller producers to make great wines at very reasonable prices. This

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Aug
30

Le Vieux Pin Equinoxe Syrah 2011

Le Vieux Pin is one of the few wineries in the Okanagan that has been willing to completely reinvent themselves to pursue truly great (and not just decent) wine in