The Crusher Pinot Noir receives yet another recommendation, this time from online wine blogger Tom Cannavan -
The Crusher, Pinot Noir 2011, California
Pinot Noir from California is on the up and up, but generally prices are high. This week however a very well-priced example is The Crusher, coming from vineyards in Clarksburg. With 13.5% alcohol, and fermented with wild yeast before agein in French oak, it has a nice lightness to its colour and lovely aromatics. There is coffee and woodsmoke, a touch of exotic incense too and a fresh raspberry and more plummy fruit. In the mouth there is plenty of vanilla and coffeeish toast, but there is authentic, gently earthy and fresh Pinot Noir fruit too with a certain agility and good length. Watch the video for more information and food matching suggestions. £10.00, Villeneuve Wines, and see all stockists on wine-searcher.
After another hugely successful day at the Wine Institute of California annual tasting, we were delighted to see that Fiona Beckett mentioned two of our wines in her “California Dreaming” article which appeared in The Guardian magazine on Saturday the 6th of April.
The Crusher Pinot Noir and Smoking Loon Syrah appeared in her article looking for affordable, good quality wines from California, something we pride ourselves in being able to offer.
Here are a couple of snippets from her article.
“British importers are trying to bring over more in the £8-£15 price bracket, some rather more successfully than others. I don’t really think the world needs another chardonnay, or even another porty, high-alcohol zinfandel, but there’s always room for a well-priced pinot noir. It’s hard to beat the silkily sweet the Crusher Wilson Vineyard Pinot Noir which is good value by any standard.”
“I can’t help feeling, though, that California’s USP should be to offer the wine world a bit of fun rather than copycat bordeaux or burgundy. No one quite equals the great Randall Grahm in his heyday (Cardinal Zin being one of the all-time-great wine names), but let’s have more wines such as the 2011 Smoking Loon Syrah, a good, gutsy, spicy red that would be great with the first of the season’s barbecues.”
For the full article click on the link
We are delighted to announce that WWA have been shortlisted for two categories at this year’s Harpers Awards. For the second year in a row we have been shortlisted for Best Supplier to the Independents and this year we are also in the running for Best Overall Agent of the Year. Results will be announced on May 21st 2013. Very many thanks to the WWA team for their continuing hard work, and to all of our customers and suppliers, who help make our success possible.
What a way to start the year! Carrying on from the success of 2012, Don and Sons receive more accolades. This time at the 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Highlights include -
The Crusher 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Best of Class
The Crusher 2011 Petite Sirah Gold
The Crusher 2011 Red Wine Blend Silver
The Crusher 2011 Viognier Bronze
Smoking Loon 2011 Pinot Noir Silver
Smoking Loon 2011 Chardonnay Bronze
Smoking Loon 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Bronze
Stephen Brook rates Cougar Vineyard Reserve Syrah 2007 with 92 Points
Great news from the World Wine Agencies USA stable, this time recognition for our newest winery, Don & Sons. Their Smoking Loon Zinfandel has been awarded GOLD by Imbibe Magazine judges for the 2012 Sommelier Awards. Have a read of what the judges had to say about this cracking wine!
Reichsrat Von Buhl Spatburgunder 2008 was listed as one of Giles MacDonogh TOP WINES in his recent review of pinots from Germany.
“Sealing wax and stawberries on an attractive Pinot Noir nose. Decent, light fruit on the palate, with a cherry, chocolate and coffee flavours. Soft strawberry finish. Drink 2012-2013.”
Giles MacDonogh blind tasted a selection of UK available German Pinot Noirs and sang the praises of this little red grape that has sat in the shadow of Riesling for too long.
“German wine might be synonymous with Riesling for many, but Pinot Noir is now a worthy contender in terms of both plantings and popularity” says Giles MacDonogh THANK YOU GILES!
Very many thanks to Stephen Foward from Essentially Wine, who has published a glowing review of our newest range of sparkling wines from Christoph Graf, following his visit to the Graf and Von Buhl Estates in August this year:
“Graf, a partner of the Reichsrat von Buhl estate, and current Geschaftsfuhrer at the wine firm was showcasing his new pet project, Sektmanufaktur Graf. Central to this idea is a range of three new sparkling wines to rival the premium wines of Champagne. Naturally, each wine retains their Germanic integrity and so, while the aim is to rival Champagne, they are distinct in style. The Graf Sekt style is an attempt to reflect the true spirit of the Pfalz region: brilliance, fine minerality and delicate taste, in combination with the typical aromatics of the traditional method, are the signature of all Graf wines”.
“The end result is arguably, in my view, some of the best new sparkling wines in the world”.
for the complete article please click: http://www.essentiallywine.com/wineinsight/article.php?a=51
Congratulations to the team at Silverado, who once again are starting to receive great ratings for their latest vintage wines.
SOLO, the Estate’s single vineyard, single varietal, single clone flagship wine, has received a 95 point rating by Wine Enthusiast and a great review will be published shortly.
For more information about Silverado Vineyards, or Solo got to: http://www.worldwineagencies.com/our-wines/silverado-california/