John Szabo’s VINTAGES Preview – Nov 10, 2018

European Value Whites and Classics for the Cellar, Plus Special Penfolds Collection 2018 Report

By John Szabo, MS, with notes from Michael Godel

John Szabo, MS

John Szabo, MS

This week we highlight the top Old World/European wines from the huge November 10th release, which includes some classics for the cellar as well as a few inexpensive, younger wines well worth discovering. And as the season of indulgence nears, I’ve included and port and a late harvest wine from Hungary to round out the selection. Next week we’ll cover the best of the New World, but to lead into that, I’ve published a special report on the Penfolds 2018 Collection, reviews of the annual release of this Australian icon’s top wines, including, St. Henri and RWT Shiraz, Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon, and, of course, Grange. Read on to learn how this 174 year-old company has evolved, or not, with the changing Aussie wine landscape.

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European Value Whites

Zacharias 2017 Assyrtiko PGI Peloponnese, Greece ($13.95)
John Szabo – Here’s a terrific value from one of Greece’s top white varieties grown in this case in the Peloponnese. This carries significant weight with style (14% alc. declared) alongside crackling acids; the palate is further lifted by a light CO2 spritz. Fruit is mostly in the citrus and pear-apple spectrum, with no wood evident and good to very good length. Loads of character here for the money.…


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That’s all for this report. See you around the next bottle.

John Szabo, MS

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