Latest Press on FM&V Producers

Latest Press on FM&V Producers

by Will

Read on below for brief snippets and links to a collection of Press from July that covers a selection of cuvées and producers from the FM&V portfolio. 


Vega Sicilia

Pintia Toro: Tasting the changes

Sarah Jane Evans MW reviews six vintages of Bodegas Pintia, Vega Sicilia's estate in Toro, following a vertical tasting hosted by FM&V and Tempos Vega Sicilia's director of winemaking, Gonzalo Iturriaga de Juan.

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Telmo Rodríguez

Spain 2019: 2,102 tasting notes and scores

In a report of Spanish tasting notes and scores, James Suckling reviews the latest vintages from Telmo Rodríguez's Valdeorras project:

2018 Gaba do Xil Godello -- 93 points

2016 Gaba do Xil Mencía -- 93 points


Dog Point

NZ Chardonnay storm on the horizon

Tim Jackson MW mentions and reviews Dog Point in a report on the Master of Wine tour of New Zealand earlier this year... 

"wines such as Dog Point Chardonnay 2006 demonstrated not only that reductive character judiciously used can add an attractive dimension over time, but also that the best Kiwi Chardonnays have the staying power to age gracefully"

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Sadie Family Wines

Tim James: Sadie tales of the drought, and new releases

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Bedrock Wine Co.

The Whole Shebang NV

Jancis Robinson reviews Bedrock Wine Co.'s The Whole Shebang

"For me, this is just the sort of wine California should be producing. And the price is a delightful contrast to the price of the state's more celebrated reds. I've tasted both the eleventh and twelfth cuvées and in the latter was delighted to find thyme and ripe black fruits with a hint of black pepper. 'Essence of California', I wrote, adding, 'Sweet, interesting, without tannins.'"

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Tablas Creek, Qupé

California premium Rhône-style reds

Matt Walls blind tastes largely Syrah- and Grenache-based Californian wines with some from France hidden in the line-up.

"Future promise

Most of the time it was easy to spot which wines were French and which American. The most similar in style to Châteauneuf-du-Pape was the Tablas Creek Vineyard, Esprit de Tablas 2016. Big Basin Vineyards’ Gabilan Mountains GSM 2013 also had me wondering. The Qupé, Reserve Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard Syrah 2016 and Storm, Slide Hill Syrah from the cooler 2014 vintage both had a certain savoury northern Rhône edge. On the basis of this tasting, if I had to back one of these two grapes for future promise, it would be Syrah."

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Au Bon Climat

Meet Jim Clendenen, the Californian winemaker who brought the best of Burgundy to Santa Barbara

On the day of the FM&V Grand Portfolio Tasting, Victoria Moore interviews Au Bon Climat's co-founder and winemaker, Jim Clendenen.

"Clendenen took his inspiration instead from the more far-flung Burgundy. He used his time working at a Santa Barbara producer called Zaca Mesa to experiment, for example un-coopering the heads of wooden barrels and using them as open-top fermenters...

[He] says that age has mellowed him. He says that recently, because of ill health, he has, “been trying to pull myself back, but there’s no question that if there was a party I’d go to it and if there was immediately after another party I’d go to that and then I’d hang around.”"

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Decanter Magazine have also featured a piece by Ellen McCoy on California, titled Sonoma's most exciting AVAs

See the latest edition of the publication for the full article and reviews on the following wines: 

2014 Joseph Swan, Cuvee de Trois Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

2016 Ridge Vineyards, Lytton Spring, Dry Creek Valley

2016 Bedrock Wine Co.,The Bedrock Heritage, Sonoma Valley 

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