“The best of the 2011 Pinots from the Sonoma Coast are radiant, almost iridescent wines; they quietly glow with their flavors more than directly state them, as the best Pinot Noir should.” According to Jon Bonné, 2011 could be remembered as “the year of the great schism” with Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. He’s pleased with many of the wines.
In the Financial Times, Andrew Jefford contends that “Austria is in the middle of a red revolution.” (Wine, that is.)
“One was a slightly gruff, chain-smoking winemaker who never went to university, the other an urbane, Oxford-educated advertising executive. What they had in common – and would, I hope, have established a bond between them – was a love of wine and an ability to take risks, flouting rules if necessary.” In a touching post, Tim Atkin MW remembers Peter Lehmann and Tim Hamilton Russell, “two great men of wine.”
Meanwhile, on Wine-Searcher, Atkin names his “10 Most Underrated Bordeaux Chateaux.”
In Palate Press, W. Blake Gray explains how “Chester Osborn, the 4th-generation owner of D’Arenberg” is trying to put “Aussie Shiraz Back on the Map, In More Ways than One.”
Meanwhile, on his blog, W. Blake Gray contends that “Australian wine is greater than the U.S. wine press admits.”
In Washington DC, the city council has eliminated “the limit on the fee a restaurant may charge you for opening your own wine to drink with dinner.” Dave McIntyre has the details.
In Wine Review Online, Ed McCarthy lists his favorite Chianti producers.