Last night I got my first chance (along with a small group of customers) to sample the 2006 Brunello from three great producers: Castello di Romitorio, Canalicchio di Sopra, and Valdicava. The top line: these wines more than justified the hype we’re hearing about 2006 Brunello. All were muscular, powerful, wines but with lovely ripe tannins and a great fruit/acid balance. Which was best? Read on!
Entries for month: January 2011
Greetings from Burgundy! I’ve been here for five days now and have two days (five producer visits) remaining before leaving for the Rhone. Dom Albert Grivault, Pascal Maillard, Lamy-Pillot and a new producer in Pouilly-Fuissé are behind us – Bzikot, Guillon and some others to come. As usual, the pace has been close to punishing but the visits and tastings very rewarding.
We've been tasting like crazy this week (and have the purple teeth to prove it), getting ready for this year. I know it sounds like hype, but 2011 is going to be a HUGE year in the world of wine.
From California we'll be seeing the later-releasing 2007 Cabs and some fantastic 2008 values. Washington state's 2008 reds set new benchmarks for quality, and Oregon will deliver both outstanding late-release 2008s and some delicious-right-away 2009s.
In Italy, we'll see Brunello and Barolo from the historically great 2006 and 2007 vintages, and we'll see Spain return to prominence with new releases throughout the year.
And then there's the 2009 vintage in Europe. When all is said and done, I suspect 2009 will come to be viewed as one of the three or four best vintages ever across Europe as a whole. The best values from Bordeaux's monumental 2009 vintage will arrive, huge value 2009 Rhone will show up, and 2009 Burgundy simply cannot be missed.
So ... that's why we're clearing out a bit of inventory this weekend. We've already have 20 to 30 new wines arriving over the next few weeks, and that's just the beginning!