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    Wine Of The Week – Dog Point Pinot Noir 2008

    December 23, 2011 11:51 am - Posted by Jody in Drink

    Dog PointMarlborough, New Zealand

    90 POINTS, WINE ADVOCATE

    “The 2008 Pinot Noir is matured in Francois Frere barriques, 50% new, for 18 months and bottled without fining or filtering. Medium-deep ruby colored, the nose is very fragrant, floral, with notes of violets and lavender over red cherry and crushed raspberry plus nuances of cedar, thyme, loam and moss. Crisp, medium bodied with a medium level of fine grained tannins, it has a long earthy finish. Approachable now, it should cellar to 2016+.

    When we started, we really didn’t know where we were going to go,” James Healy, winemaker and co-founder, confessed as I perched on a stool in the winery’s tasting room. “Ivan (Sutherland, viticulturalist and co-founder) and I are such different people. But we see eye to eye a lot of the time. We never wanted to do the big thing. We wanted to do it for ourselves and develop.” Only 6 years after the first anticipated releases from these ex Cloudy Bay, etc. stalwarts, it’s now hard to imagine Marlborough’s complex jigsaw puzzle of players complete without this dynamic duo that is Dog Point. Emphasis on the vineyards, proponents of cork for all but their Sauvignon and use of indigenous yeast aren’t the only things that define their edges – the wines are simply superb.”

    Wine Advocate #191 Oct 2010

    Dog Point

    THE STORY:

    Dog Point Vineyard combines the considerable winegrowing experience of Ivan Sutherland and James Healy, the former chief viticulturalist and head winemaker at New Zealand’s famous wine estate Cloudy Bay.  After leaving Cloudy Bay, Sutherland and Healy began making wines from Sutherland’s own vineyards in Marlborough, which were planted in the 70′s and 80′s. In 2003 they launched the Dog Point label and their wines have made a huge impact in the wine world. Sutherland had previously sold the majority grapes from his vineyard to Cloudy Bay which assisted Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc to it’s international acclaim.

    Now with their own label and focus they continue to sell their grapes to Cloudy bay but keep the best for themselves. The Sauvignon Blanc vineyards are partly older plantings on the clay silt of the valley floor where the Brancott valley joins the Wairau valley, and partly newer plantings on three ridges on the west side of the Brancott.

    Grapes for Dog Point’s Pinot Noir are all hand-picked and given minimal handling.  Healy’s non-interventionalist, natural hands-off approach to winemaking characterizes the outstanding quality and highly expressive wine that the estate is known for.  While Dog Point gets most of their accolades for their outstanding Sauvignon Blanc, their Pinot Noir should not be overlooked.  Barrel fermented (50% new, in 100% French oak), this Pinot exhibits beautiful fragrance and lovely elegance while maintaining a solid, cleansing backbone of acidity.  A perennial favourite with sommeliers and wine critics!

    Wine Of The Week – Argiano Rosso di Montalcino 2008

    December 8, 2011 2:08 pm - Posted by Jody in Drink

    Argiano Rosso di Montalcino 2008Tuscany, Italy

    Antonio Galloni of The Wine Advocate:

    Argiano’s 2008 Rosso di Montalcino offers up floral red fruits in a fresh, vinous style. This is one of the more refined Rossos readers will find in 2008 and is among the better wines of the vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2012.

    #188 (April 2010)

    Wine Of The Week – De Lisio “Quarterback” Red 2007

    August 10, 2011 12:37 pm - Posted by Jody in Drink

    Each week I like to choose a new wine to introduce to our fans. These wines vary by region, by varietal and even by price. I don’t think cost and value are necessarily related. So I like to focus on wines I have experienced on my travels and I think our fans will enjoy trying. salut!

    Wine Of the Week QuarterbackMcLaren Vale, Australia

    90 Points — Wine Advocate

    PRESS:

    …The wine is a blend of 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 26% Shiraz, and 17% Grenache aged for 15 months in seasoned French oak. Dark ruby in color, it delivers an enticing bouquet of floral notes, spice box, black cherry, and blueberry. Full-bodied, ripe, and sweetly-fruited on the palate, it manages to retain a sense of elegance. This lengthy blend has enough structure to evolve for 1-2 years but there is no reason to delay your gratification. It is also an excellent value.

    #186, Dec 2009