Top 10 wines in the US press
12th September, 2013 by Andy Young
Rebecca Murphy picks out a “scrumptious wine that’s redolent of tropical fruit and peaches”, while Eric Asimov recommends a “structured, complex and energetic” red.
In leading a New York Times tasting panel through a range of 2010 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Asimov wrote: “The skirmish lines among wine lovers feature many flash points, subjects so divisive that antagonists bristle even before they’ve said a word or tasted a drop. Right up there in the argumentative forefront is the southern Rhône, particularly the wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.”
He added: “Why Châteauneuf? The trajectory of its evolution over the last 25 years has been clear: a powerful, intense, complex and somewhat rustic wine has become bigger, richer, heavier, jammier and more polished. In a way, Châteauneuf represents the rise of modern winemaking the world over in the last half-century.
“Recently, because I have been hearing such good word of mouth about the 2010 Châteauneufs, the wine panel tasted 20 bottles from that vintage. Right away, it was clear to us that the advance word was correct. In fact, it seemed to me that 2010 was a vintage with so much to offer that it could bridge that yawning stylistic gap that so often makes Châteauneuf an incendiary subject.”
Click through the following pages to find out which wines Asimov and other wine writers in the US press have recommended over the last week.