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The Wine Advocate on Kumeu River: “…what New Zealand is capable of…”

The Wine Advocate on Kumeu River: “…what New Zealand is capable of…”

"Michael Brajkovich MW produced a brilliant array of 2007s. The cooler growing season meant that they harvested one week earlier than 2006 with lower yields and sugar levels, high acidity levels but with greater expression of mineralilty. If you have never tried these wines, then it is time you see for yourself what New Zealand is capable of. All his Chardonnays can be drunk immediately but do resist temptation and save some bottles to drink over 5-6 years (or more) as they can age beautifully. Just don't ask Michael if he could bottle your allocation under cork!"
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Neal Martin, September 2009
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Vintage summary: 2008 and 2007 White Burgundy

Vintage summary: 2008 and 2007 White Burgundy

"Morey's 2008s-especially the wines in his colder Morey-Blanc cellar-had only recently begun their malolactic fermentations so I will have to wait until next year to provide notes. He described 2008 as a tricky vintage that required a lot of selection. But he's clearly high on 2007, which he says 'combines the abundance and minerally acidity of 2004 and the warmer style of 1999." The fruit in 2007 benefitted from being picked earlier, when the days were still long,' he went on. 'They remind me a bit of the 1996s in the way they combine good sugar and good acidity, but...
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Stephen Tanzer, September/October 2009
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A Young Oregonian’s Wide Range

A Young Oregonian’s Wide Range

People in the wine industry — writers, especially — rely on an awful lot of generalizations. The danger of over-generalizing was reinforced recently after the wine panel tasted 20 bottles of Oregon pinot noir. Now, what follows is the sort of generalizing that I warned about earlier, so be wary. The ’07 growing year was cool and rainy. Those producers who met the challenge were largely able to make balanced wines with moderate levels of alcohol and a lot of freshness, which comes from good acidity. By contrast, the ’06 vintage was easier in terms of the weather, and producers...
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Eric Asimov, September 2, 2009
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Comments on 2008 White Burgundy

Comments on 2008 White Burgundy

"Two thousand eight is yet another vintage in which miraculous September weather allowed Burgundy’s better growers and smarter winemakers to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat ... There’s an impressiveness about the 2008s in many cellars. Some producers described them as 'dramatic.' Others felt the 2008s had outstanding inherent richness and potential but needed to be refined through further élevage. The best of these wines are sweet and sexy and nicely reflective of their sites. Some wines show a level of concentration reminiscent of the 2006s but with less of that vintage’s exotic aspect ..."
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Stephen Tanzer, September/October 2009
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Comments on 2008 White Burgundy

Comments on 2008 White Burgundy

"Two thousand eight is yet another vintage in which miraculous September weather allowed Burgundy’s better growers and smarter winemakers to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat ... There’s an impressiveness about the 2008s in many cellars. Some producers described them as 'dramatic.' Others felt the 2008s had outstanding inherent richness and potential but needed to be refined through further élevage. The best of these wines are sweet and sexy and nicely reflective of their sites. Some wines show a level of concentration reminiscent of the 2006s but with less of that vintage’s exotic aspect ..."
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Stephen Tanzer, September/October 2009
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The Wine Advocate comments on Kumeu River’s 2007 Chardonnays

The Wine Advocate comments on Kumeu River’s 2007 Chardonnays

"I must also highlight a stellar array of Chardonnays from Kumeu River in 2007: a five-star grower unwilling to rest on their laurels and serving up another set of exceptional world-class wines." To read the full article (subscription required), please click here.
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Neal Martin, August 2009
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Unfiltered: 10 Cases of Royal Tokaji 2000 Essencia Stolen

Unfiltered: 10 Cases of Royal Tokaji 2000 Essencia Stolen

A few weeks ago, 10 cases of Royal Tokaji's rare 2000 Essecia were stolen from a parked delivery truck. The bottles, whose total value is estimated at more than $34,000, are all serialized so be on the lookout for bottles in the range of Nos. 724-783. Click here for the full article
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August 13, 2009
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Harvey Steiman calls Kumeu River Chardonnay Outstanding

Harvey Steiman calls Kumeu River Chardonnay Outstanding

"When you mention New Zealand in a wine conversation, no doubt the first thing that comes to mind is Sauvignon Blanc....Even more consistently outstanding, however, are the Chardonnays from Kumeu River Winery. And by outstanding I mean exactly that. In the 2000s, of 23 Kumeu River Chardonnays reviewed by Wine Spectator, mostly by me, 21 have rated 90 points or higher ("outstanding" by definition)." Click here for the full article.
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Harvey Steiman, July 1, 2009
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Two Felton Road Pinot Noirs ranked as “Top Wines” in Wine Spectator

Two Felton Road Pinot Noirs ranked as “Top Wines” in Wine Spectator

Two Felton Road Pinot Noirs, the 2007 Cornish Point Cental Otago and the 2007 Calvert Central Otago, ranked as "top wines" in Wine Spectator's New Zealand report. Both wines received 93 points. Click here for the full article. Click here for the reviews.
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Harvey Steiman, June 15, 2009
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Kumeu River Chardonnay ranked in “Top Wines” in Wine Spectator

Kumeu River Chardonnay ranked in “Top Wines” in Wine Spectator

Kumeu River's 2006 Maté's Vineyard Chardonnay ranked in Wine Spectator's "Top Wines". With 91 points, this wine is "tightly wound, with an impressive core of intensity to tangy lemon, nectarine and crushed stone flavors." Click here for the full article. Click here for the review.
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Harvey Steiman, June 15, 2009
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