John Szabo’s VINTAGES Preview – April 14th, 2018

Best of the Rest of the Release, and special Peter Jakob Kühn Report
By John Szabo, MS, with notes by David Lawrason, Sara d’Amato, and Michael Godel

John Szabo, MS

John Szabo, MS

This week’s report features the best of the rest from the April 14th VINTAGES release. David and crew nicely captured the main theme last week – light reds – and their growing importance/prominence, while I was off spreading the love of volcanic wines in Budapest. But there are still plenty of additional wines to recommend, including classics from Burgundy and Tuscany, and discoveries from Croatia, Chile, Puglia and Ontario, among others.

In other news, fans of German riesling (and who isn’t?) may be interested in my brief 2016 vintage report and tasting of the exceptional biodynamic range from Peter Jakob Kühn in the Rheingau, fruit of a recent post-Prowein visit to this exceptional estate.

Buyers Guide to VINTAGES April 14th:


Tenuta Lageder 2016 Porer Pinot Grigio, DOC Alto Adige Südtirol ($29.95)
John Szabo – If you’ve written off Italian Pinot Grigio as terminally boring (and I get it), spend a little more and see what careful farming and winemaking can yield. This is a wine of significant perfume and depth of flavour from biodynamic producer Lageder, offering a lovely collection of fresh, sweet green herbs, lemon oil and blossom, fresh green apple and untoasted almonds aromatics, full of springtime vibrancy. The palate delivers the depth, flavour intensity, opulent texture and genuine concentration that only comes from attention to detail. Best 2018-2024.

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