Barolo 2011 was a hot vintage characterised by a very early harvest and low yields. Read Ian D’Agata’s report and his top 12 wine choices from the vintage.
The Barolo 2011 vintage was characterised by a very early harvest and lower than usual yields. The growing season got off to an early start thanks to higher than usual temperatures in April, and all phases of grape development (budbreak, flowering, colour change and harvest) occurred at least two – and more often three – weeks ahead of normal yearly averages.
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For California Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012 was an excellent year, which also produced some exceptional wines. Image source: Flickr CC user Hanzell Vineyards
It’s well known that 2012 was an exceptional growing season for California’s star Cabernets, especially in comparison to the complicated 2011 vintage. The quality of the wines that resulted from the 2012 harvest is accompanied by a spectacular volume produced.
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Producers in northern Oregon’s Willamette Valley are thrilled about the 2015 growing season results, reports Christy Canterbury MW.
While some vintners unleash their enthusiasm, some – like Jason Lett of The Eyrie Vineyards – prefer to remain somewhere between calm and tight-lipped about how the Oregon 2015 wines will eventually turn out. Nevertheless, they are all optimistic.
Not only is the quality looking high, the yields were generous, too.
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Jane Anson reports on a fresh discovery of a Barolo monopole vineyard that has been certified by the local Consorzio…
It’s a bit like buying a house and discovering a Titian hidden in the floorboards. When Silvano Boroli decided to break from his family’s De Agostini publishing company back in 1997, he bought the small Cascina Bompe estate in Alba, near to the Barolo heartlands.
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Pinot Noir grapes are difficult to grow but the reward is great, both for the winemaker and the wine lover. Cellaring Pinot Noir can be especially rewarding. Photo Credit: Flickr CC user Jim Fischer
Pinot Noir has been in production more than 1,000 years longer than Cabernet Sauvignon, yet it is increasingly rare to find a bottle that lives up to this varietal’s elegant reputation. Only the finest estates are able to grow these difficult grapes to the perfection Pinot Noir deserves.
Continue reading Cellaring Pinot Noir: 10 Fine Pinot Noirs Your Collection Needs
See five English wineries to visit, in and around the South Downs – just a short trip from London – from Lonely Planet’s new wine travel book Wine Trails.
Five English wineries to visit
01. Three Choirs
As the twisted vines testify, this vineyard in Wickham, on the southwest tip of the South Downs National Park, is one of the oldest in England. But English vine-growing goes much further back; at the time of the Norman Conquest in the 11th century grapes were being made into wine.
Currently, Three Choirs is better known for its restaurant, serving locally sourced produce.
www.three-choirs-vineyards.co.uk/hampshire; tel +44 (0)1329 834700; Botley Rd, Shedfield, Southampton; 2.30pm Wed-Sun cheese & wine tour (fee applies).
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