Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Virna in the Wine Advocate

Monica Larner, writing for the Wine Advocate, has released her reviews of the 2016 vintage in Barolo, including the wines from Virna. These hand-crafted Piedmontese wines have had an incredible run of successes lately, with glowing writeups and scores to match. These wines are no exception, as Larner finds much to like throughout the range. Congratulations to Virna for another successful vintage!


The Borgogno family has owned vineyards in Barolo since 1720, and have always attached particular importance to the work carried out in the vineyards and the selection of only the best grapes. The Virna label was created in 2001, when Virna Borgogno became proprietor of her family’s estate. Today the estate stretches out over an area of around 12 hectares, producing wines from grapes grown on its own vineyards located in historic crus in the Barolo wine-making area. Though the wines are from different crus, each one represents the heritage and tradition of the Barolo region.

Friday, July 17, 2020

John Gilman Reviews the Loire Valley

In his View from the Cellar, John Gilman has taken a deep dive into the Loire Valley, reviewing an astonishing number of wines from the region. Among those are several wineries in the Shiverick Portfolio, including Domaine des Quatres Routes, Domaine LaffourcadeDomaine Béatrice et Pascal Lambert, Domaine Bertrand GalbrunDomaine A. et A. Chaumeau, Domaine Vincent Pinard, and Domaine Paul Thomas. It's a comprehensive survey of this inimitable part of France.


Thursday, July 9, 2020

Max Ferd. Richter in Mosel Fine Wines

Time flies! It's already time for the reviews for the 2019 vintage out of the Mosel and Mosel Fine Wines provides its usual in-depth insights. Max Ferd. Richter had a great set of press, with some exciting new releases in the forefront, including a Pinot Noir! We've rounded up all the reviews of the vintage and there's much to like. Prost to Dirk & Constantin!


The estate of Max Ferd. Richter has been passed down from father to son for the past 300 years. The current reins are held by Dr. Dirk Richter, the 9th generation, and will eventually be passed down to his son Constantin. The estate produces world-class Rieslings from some of the most esteemed vineyards in the Mosel, and all production comes from estate holdings. Through the entire line of wines, their hallmark balance is evident in every glass. Throughout the estate, only all-natural fertilizers, sustainable farming, and hand-harvesting are employed. Vineyards are treated as needed so in some vintages some vineyards are entirely ecological. They use pomace, compost and stall manure as fertilizers. Application is in late winter and early spring. Overall, they are trying to minimize waste, water and energy consumption.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Herdade do Rocim in Wine Enthusiast

Stalwart Portuguese winery Herdade do Rocim is known for producing a wide range of bottlings, fully expressing the unique terroir of their Alentejo estate (and their Vale de Mata property in Lisboa). Roger Voss, writing for the Wine Enthusiast, has provided reviews for the most recent vintages, and the results are great! With multiple 90+ point scores, Rocim continues to raise their game, producing an in-depth portrait of their land and what it can yield.


Located in the Lower Alentejo region in the southern half of Portugal, between Vidigueira and Cuba, lies the estate of Herdade do Rocim. Catarina Vieira, daughter has been coordinating the development of the estate and she believes that Alentejo has the unique conditions required to produce world-class wines. Since purchasing the estate, Caterina invested greatly in the land by completely regenerating the vineyards and building a new state of the art winery. She believes that Rocim has great potential for producing high quality wines with worldwide recognition, and has hopes of expanding the brand under the umbrella of quality for the region. She has created a project that gives value not only to Alentejo, but to Portugal as a whole.