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Thursday, October 23, 2008

On 9:02 PM by The Bloggers @ 67 Wine   No comments

So Tuesday was one of the last big tasting days of the year, with 3 major tastings held in NYC. I went to two of them.

The first, and for me one of the most important tastings of the year was for Louis/Dressner selections; hosted at Devine studios in lower Manhattan. This is one of the best importers in the US, and famously into terroir and natural wines. I tasted several great wines at this, including a table of wines from 1988 (as a celebration of 20 years in the business). My favorite was the 1988 Minervois from d'Oupia, "The Barons"; a special cuvee. Intense and rich, with a great nose of grape, red current, leather, and smoke . . amazingly soft and quite alive with good acidity and balance.

On the other side of the style spectrum was the T. Edwards tasting. While the Dressner tasting was all about site and natural things, the T. Edwards was all about great big intense fruit and lots of oak. There were some great wines there too, but over the top for the most part for my palate. I did taste some nice things, a great Greek red (Red Mountain), the Mayol wines from Argentina, and Valandraud from St. Emilion in Bordeaux. All great, big fruit forward and intense wines with generous oak . .

A day in two very opposing wine worlds.



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