Top 10 wines in the US press

Eric Asimov asks if a certain French region could be surprisingly set for greatness and Bill St John picks out a “seductively delicious” Australian wine.

US PressWriting in the New York Times, Asimov’s tasting panel takes on Beaujolais which, he writes, “has rarely been included in anybody’s pantheon of great wines.”

He added: “It has been considered an archetypal joyous wine, pleasant and thirst-quenching. But consequential? Hardly. It lacks, to use a ponderous word, gravitas.

“I’ve said as much myself, but I have reconsidered. I’ve had so many really good, complex Beaujolais wines that I can’t help thinking, these wines are great.”

Of the wines that the tasting panel tried, Asimov wrote: “It would be hard to exaggerate how good these 2011s were. They showed all the delicious drinkability of Beaujolais, yet they were structured and balanced, with layers of complex flavours and added dimensions of depth, purity and nuance. They made us all feel grateful that, unlike so many great wines, these were affordable as well.”

Meanwhile in the Chicago Tribune, Bill St John tells his readers: “My ideas for this column come about as a function of a winemaker interview, a holiday or season, a suggestion from a student or a reader or, often enough, a whim.”

He adds: “Writing them up, I’ll of course recommend wines that I’ve researched and tasted. But my tasting notes also sport a fair number of orphans or strays, terrific wines that don’t fit under any one rubric or motif. It would be a shame that they went wanting for recommendation due to that.”

Click through the following pages to end out which wines these two writers, and others in the US press, have recommended over the last week.

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