John Szabo’s VINTAGES Preview – Jan 19, 2019

John Szabo’s Vintage’s Preview January 19th: Smart Buys

By John Szabo, MS, with notes from David Lawrason and Michael Godel

John Szabo, MS

John Szabo, MS

This week we cover the smart buys of the VINTAGES January 19th release, at least those outside of South Africa. We’ll cover the best from the Cape next week – a very fine collection featuring both quality and value – along with a detailed report from Michael Godel, fruit from his journey there last fall. In the meantime take note of these superb buys from the Old World, including textbook Mosel riesling from an unofficial grand cru site (it should be), an excellent, mid-winter-suitable Provençal rosé, and some sharp value, warm and comforting reds from Spain, southern France and Tuscany. All are in the sweet spot from $18-$25, where quality and value often intersect.



January 19th Buyer’s Guide: White

Bischöfliche Weingüter Trier 2016 Piesporter Goldtropfchen Riesling Kabinett, Mosel, Germany ($25.95)
John Szabo – From one of the most spectacular vineyards in the Mosel, this is grand cru riesling for a song. It has such a gorgeous nose, effusive, very floral, fruity, spicy, everything one hopes for in Mosel riesling. Acids are crackling, balanced by a pinch of sweet fructose, while the finish lingers on and on. A textbook classic. Drink or hold a decade or more. Best 2019-2029.…

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