Daily Wine News: Saving Napa Cab

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Cabernet Sauvignon grapes in Napa. (Wikimedia)

Can rootstock trials save Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon? In SevenFifty Daily, Jess Landers reports on how winemaker Andy Beckstoffer’s is conducting new research aimed to preserve its future. “Over the past 50 years, numerous smaller trials have been conducted all over the world to study the impact of rootstock on various grape varieties and clones, but none of them have been done at this scale…”

“Bordeaux has launched its annual en primeur campaign, and Château Pontet-Canet lit the fuse, releasing its 2019 futures at €58 per bottle, ex-négociant, down 31 percent on the 2018 opening price of €84,” reports James Molesworth in Wine Spectator. “After moving through the distribution system, U.S. consumers can expect to see the wine retail at about $70 per bottle, or $840 a case. That’s 41 percent less than the 2018 futures at retail. It’s also about half the current retail price for the 2016 and 2015 vintages currently on retail shelves.”

Alder Yarrow on Clarice Wine Company, the new project from Adam Lee, founding winemaker of Siduri Wines, which he sold to Jackson Family Wines in 2015. “Sure, there’s nothing particularly revolutionary about the winemaking in these wines. They’re leaner, more whole-cluster influenced and debatably a bit more hands-off in their winemaking than Adam might have been at Siduri, but beyond that, they’re just (excellent) Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir… What makes Clarice Wine Company so interesting is the business model, which is unlike anything that anyone has ever done in the California wine industry.”

Robert Joseph considers how the pandemic could re-shape the on-trade wine scene in Meininger’s.

Jamie Goode looks at the wines of Ixsir, “the new star on the Lebanese wine scene.”

In Wine Enthusiast, Emily Saladino explores the meaning of “structure” in wine.

In PUNCH, Megan Krigbaum gets recommendations from retailers for a half-case under $150.

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