Daily Wine News: Rethinking Wine Criticism

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Eric Asimov says it’s time to rethink wine criticism. “I believe that the most valuable thing wine writers can do is to help consumers develop confidence enough to think for themselves. This can best be achieved by helping consumers gain enough knowledge to make their own buying decisions without the crutch of the bottle review… Perhaps a better way of making useful recommendations to consumers is to evaluate producers rather than particular bottles.”

Alder Yarrow explores “Napa’s Royal Cabernets” from Oakville. “Oakville is ground zero for Napa Cabernet, and with good reason. Year over year it produces some of the most tremendous wines in the valley. It’s hard to say that one particular area of Napa truly produces the best Cabernet, but it’s also hard to find someplace that has more claim to that title than the Oakville AVA.”

“Legendary wine importer Rudi Wiest is selling his personal wine collection,” reports Aleks Zecevic in Wine Spectator. “Now, after more than 40 years of collecting and nearly 7,000 bottles amassed, Wiest is ready to part with his collection.”

In Wine Enthusiast, Vicki Denig takes a look at America’s new nouveau-style wine boom.

Elsewhere in Wine Enthusiast, Maggie Hennessy explores Michigan’s growing wine scene.

In Vinous, Antonio Galloni offers his notes on the 2016s from Domaine Leroy. “Given the tiny production, I expected the 2016s to be even richer than they typically are. Instead, I was completely blown away by the elegance and finesse of the wines. The Leroy 2016s are striking, transparent Burgundies that pulse with energy and the expression of site that Bize-Leroy cherishes above all else.”

In Meininger’s, Simon Woolf summarizes an argument going on withing the natural wine community over the merits of glou-glou. (subscription req.)

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