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“At all price ranges, New Zealand pinot noir over delivers…” <link>

Lots of good wines and recogniseable brands in here.

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Image from Englewood Wine Merchants

Sotheby’s will auction off a melchior of Château Cheval Blanc 2006 on Feb. 17 in London. The melchior sized bottle, which is 18 litres in volume is expected to fetch up to £4,800.

h/t Luxuo

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Location: Windsor, CA USA
Listing Date: 02/16/2010
Title: Russian River Valley – 2009 Pinot Noir SOLD
Varietal: ’09 Pinot Noir
Varietal Details: Dijon – 777, 667, 115, 114, 459, 828
Region: CA – Sonoma County
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Product Type: Wine & Juice
Quantity: 7000 gal
Price: negotiabl
All sustainably farmed, bird-netted, hand picked very clean.

9 existing vineyard designated Pinot noirs from these vineyard blocks — all highly awarded and 90+ scores.

We are looking to team with wine makers that can showcase our dedication and track record of growing outstanding wine grapes. We are especially interested in long term vineyard designation programs.

Small lots OK. Excellent winemaker references from current clients & some samples available.


Looks like they’ve been sold.

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While we found very good wines — wines I’d be happy to drink with dinner — we did not find a great wine, one that could demonstrate the full potential of New Zealand pinot noir, rather than simply suggesting it.

Perhaps that’s understandable. Wine moves at the pace of agriculture, slowly and cyclically. Science and technology have made it possible for modern viticulture to shortcut the centuries it took the monks to select the best sites in Burgundy for pinot noir, but some things cannot be rushed.

The full story is here

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“Based on the 13 criteria, the #1 decision-making reason for selecting wine in a retail store was prior experience in tasting the wine at 54 points. This was followed by a recommendation from a friend or someone working in the store at 33 points. Next was varietal at 18 points, then origin and brand tying at 9 points. A medal on the wine was a reason for selection at 3 points, and having read about the wine scored at 1 point.”

Wine Business report on a very thorough global study, completed by Liz Thach  from Sonoma State, into how wine buyers, like you and me, make decisions when faced with a wall of wines.

I wonder if the decision profile changes with “wine education” and price of the bottle?

Updated: post on the same subject from The Kitchn

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I’m not a big fan of wine in a box but I’ve never been driven to this.

Don’t try it at home.

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The Sydney Morning Herald is on the ball. Here’s their list of good value  wines for Christmas <link>. I’m not sure how many of these I’ll find in the UK or how many will make it into US outlets but I’ll be on the look out for the Coldstream Hills Pinot and the Perrier Jouet Grand Brut NV (which should be widely available).

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“…just as the global economy went into a tailspin, nature played a cruel joke on New Zealand vintners. While frosts had limited the country’s crop in previous years, last year brought a record harvest — 39 percent larger than that of the year before. The harvest this year was another bumper crop, equivalent in size to that of 2008.”

In one para this article captures the state of the New Zealand wine industry, particularly when it comes to Sauvignon Blanc.

On the plus side, as a drinker, lots of good value wines out there.

Full story here <link>

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Wine Spectator’s annual list of the Top 100 wines is here <link> it’s a pdf.

The Columbia Crest Reserve Cabernet is #1. <link> And it’s only $27 a bottle.

New Zealand makes its contribution. I recommend the Kumeu River Chardonnay #41.

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If you’re like me you can never remember the Bordeaux growth classifications. Now I don’t have to, I’m going to get the 1855 French Wine Classification iPhone app. It’s a quick reference guide to the system.

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