Daily Wine News: Merlot Reborn

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 10-29-2019

Merlot. (Wikimedia)

Merlot. (Wikimedia)

In GuildSomm, Kelli White charts the rise, demise, and hopeful rebirth of California merlot. “Despite its tragic unhipness, a handful of Merlot loyalists stayed true, preserving the category against great odds. And today, a new wave of winemakers is giving the grape a second look. Unburdened by the baggage still lugged by previous generations, they have opened their hearts to Merlot as if it were a rescue dog—scrappy, kicked around, and desperately in need of a bath, a tummy rub, and a fresh start.”

Jancis Robinson is impressed with the evolution of Greek wines. “Counter-intuitively for its latitude, Greece is best at white wines… Greek reds have improved enormously, and are today much less reliant on imported grape varieties and on the specious make-up of an oaky overlay. It is also becoming clearer which are the real stars.”

As of last night, the Kincade Fire had grown to 66,230 acres and was only 5 percent contained.

“Pacific Gas & Electric Co. power lines may have started two wildfires over the weekend in the San Francisco Bay Area, the utility said Monday, even though widespread blackouts were in place to prevent downed lines from starting fires during dangerously windy weather,” reports the Associated Press.

In Wine-Searcher, Vicki Denig looks at how winemakers around the world are embracing carbonic maceration.

In Vinous, Neal Martin offers his thoughts on the Burgundy 2016 wines.

Jane Anson highlights five Bordeaux vintages worth opening right now in Decanter. (subscription req.)

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