John Szabo’s VINTAGES Preview – Oct 27th, 2018

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By John Szabo, MS, with notes from Michael Godel and Sara d’Amato

John Szabo, MS

John Szabo, MS

Italy is the VINTAGES October 27th release theme, and there are a couple of superb red wines from Tuscany and Campania to report. But there is so much more worth recommending. This week I also highlight wines from Ontario, New Zealand, Australia, France, Spain, South Africa, California, and, wait for it, Armenia! (Stay tuned for a full report later on the wines from this fascinating country – just getting back into the wine game after about 6,100 years).

I’ve also just been back to Budapest, where I sat in on a comprehensive blind tasting of Bikavér – Hungary’s infamous Bull’s Blood – put on by VinCe Magazine. Click through for my brief report on the history of Bikavér, the where and how, as well a dozen recommended wines. Learn how, like Budapest, Bikavér has received a significant makeover, and why bottles are no longer most useful as candle holders.

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Buyers Guide to VINTAGES Oct 27th

White & Rosé

Cave Spring 2016 CSV Riesling, Cave Spring Vineyard, VQA Beamsville Bench, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario ($29.95)
John Szabo – 2016 is another brilliant vintage for the CSV Riesling, delivering significant depth and intensity, and complexity. The palate is rich and extracted, with genuine concentration, low-yielding fruit, marked salinity and stony character, and excellent length. Classy and stately, and surely age worthy as well – in my experience, the CSV riesling in warm vintages like 2016 really ages brilliantly, and this is one of the best yet. …


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That’s all for this report. See you around the next bottle.

John Szabo, MS

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