Daily Wine News: Changing Reputations

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 04-10-2019

glass_glasses_restaurant_drink_wine_glass_wine_clear_liquid-989609.jpg!dIn Wine & Spirits Magazine, Luke Sykora checks in with three Sonoma Coast growers—Cobb, Flowers and Hirsch—to taste how their vineyard-expressive Pinot Noir wines are faring with ten or more years of age.

W. Blake Gray reports on changes coming to Red Mountain, Washington’s “grand cru” region, in Wine-Searcher. “In 1985, there were just 60 planted acres and the site was unknown to all but the geekiest of wine fans. Now two extremely expensive projects at opposite ends of the mountain promise to permanently change its reputation in very different ways.”

In Wine Enthusiast, Roger Voss explores Cabernet Franc from the Loire. “A succession of superb vintages (2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018) has only helped solidify the idea that Cabernet Franc bottlings from the central Loire Valley deserve to be taken seriously.”

Wine Spectator reports that Dick and Ann Grace have sold Grace Family Vineyards, one of Napa’s original cult Cabernet Sauvignon producers. Kathryn Green, a Napa vineyard owner, purchased the Victorian house, a small winery and a 3-acre vineyard as well as the inventory and brand.

“Symington Family Estates and Quinta do Noval have declared the 2017 Port vintage, in the rare occurrence of declaring consecutive vintages,” reports Ellie Douglas in Decanter.

As Italian regions produce more 100 percent Sangiovese wines, winemakers find themselves grappling with a new problem—deposits of quercetin. Michaela Morris reports on the issue in Meininger’s.

Alsace is “closer than ever” to imposing mandatory sweetness guides on wine labels, according to the Drinks Business.

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