Daily Archives: November 2, 2019

2016 Murrietas Well The Spur Livermore Valley

Here’s a bottle from an area that semi flies under the radar of many California wine drinkers, and it’s an area that I wasn’t too familiar with either, so I figured I’d give it a shot and report my thoughts. Livermore Valley is about 70 miles south of Napa, closer to San Jose.  Wente and Concannon are two of the …

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What is smoke taint in wine?

Smoke from fires burning by vineyards near to Santa Rosa in 2017. Ninety percent of California’s grapes had been picked in 2017 by the time fires began. Smoke taint in wine at-a-glance Smoke taint is considered relatively rare and will not automatically affect wineries and vineyards near to a fire. Wind direction and how long smoke lingers in an area …

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Expert’s choice: Moulis & Listrac 2016

Looking for that satisfyingly dry, savoury, Médoc flavour but unwilling to pay classed growth prices? Try Moulis and Listrac, the tiny communal appellations that rub shoulders with Bordeaux heavyweights Margaux, St-Julien, Pauillac and St-Estèphe. The châteaux are less trumpeted, but good value is practically guaranteed. James Lawther MW’s top Moulis & Listrac 2016s These wines are the best of those …

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