Top 10 wines in the US press

Rebecca Murphy says of her recommendation “spring sipping wines don’t get better than this” while Fred Tasker reviews 2011 Chardonnay, picking one wine with “a superb complexity of flavours.”

US PressWriting in the Miami Herald, Tasker looked at California’s 2011 Chardonnays, which are “in the market now, and – despite some weather challenges – it’s an excellent vintage.”

With regards to the weather and its impact on the vintage, Tasker added: “Late frosts and a cool, rainy start to summer in some areas had growers worried, but a September heat wave saved the day. In fact, it created a long growing season with plenty of “hang time” that made sure full flavors had developed by the time technical sugar measurement said it was time to pick.

“Chardonnay always has been a chameleon grape – changing character readily by climate, ripeness and fermenting technique. In California’s cool, foggy Russian River Valley it turns crisp and intensely fruity; in warmer climes it can be creamy and lush, spicy and caramel scented.”

Meanwhile Murphy, in the Dallas Morning News, picks a wine from Mosel, writing: “The Mosel wine region is known for its delicate, floral wines from vineyards that grow on the steep slopes of the Mosel River.”

She added: “By using grapes that might not qualify for a single vineyard wine, the vintner is able to make the best use of the harvest and give consumers more affordable wines.”

Click through the following pages to find out which wines these and other writers in the US press have recommended.

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