Wine Advocate Issue 188 April 2010

SPAIN - Let the good times roll

Descendientes de Jose Palacios
2008 Petalos 90 pts
2007 Corullon 92 pts
2007 Moncerbal 94 pts
2007 Las Lamas 95 pts

Bodegas Olivares 2006 Monastrell Dulce 91 pts

Alvaro Palacios
A.Palacios 2007 Camins 91 pts
A.Palacios 2007 Terrasses VV 92 pts
A.Palacios 2007 Finca Dofi 93 pts
A.Palacios 2007 L’Ermita 96 pts

Dominio de Pingus
Pingus 2007 Flor 94 pts
Pingus 2007 Pingus 99 pts

Raul Perez 2008 Ultreia de Valtuille 96 pts
Quinta Da Muradella 2005 Bastardo 95pts
Raul Perez 2008 Sketch 95 pts
Raul Perez 2008 El Pecado 95 pts
Quinta Da Muradella 2004 Finca Notario Single Vineyard 94 pts
Quinta Da Muradella 2004 Gorvia Red 94 pts
Bodegas Exopto 2007 Exopto 93 pts
Bodegas Matarredonda 2006 Libranza 93 pts
Raul Perez 2008 Ultreia St Jacques 93 pts
Bodegas Matarredonda 2006 Juan Rojo 92pts
Bodegas Vina Magana Magana 2007 Merlot 92 pts
Bodegas Vizcarra Ramos 2008 J C Vizcarra 92 pts
Quinta Da Muradella 2007 Gorvia Blanco 92 pts
Quinta Da Muradella 2007 Alanda 92 pts
Quinta Da Muradella 2008 Alanda Blanco 92 pts
Bodegas Exopto 2007 Horizonte de Exopto 91pts
Vinos Sin-Ley 2009 Puerta Bonita (G5) 91 pts
Vinyes Domenech 2007 Furvus 91 pts
Bodegas Berroja 2009 Berroia 90 pts
Bodegas Exopto 2008 Big Bang 90 pts
Bodegas la Cartuja 2008 La Cartuja 90 pts
Bodegas 2008 Licinia Licinia 90 pts
Bodegas Vizcarra Ramos 2009 Roble 90 pts
Vinos Sin-Ley 2009 M5 / Monastrell 90 pts
Bodegas Hornillos Ballesteros 2008 Mibal 89 pts
Senorio de Barahonda 2009 Monastrell Tinto 89 pts
Vinos Sin-Ley 2009 Gra2 89 pts
Bodegas Cal Blanca 2008 Cal Blanca 88 pts

AUSTRALIA- New South Wales - Not to be Overlooked
Clonakilla 2008 Hilltops Shiraz 89 pts (2006 in stock)

Chateau Batailley 2009 Pauillac 90-92 pts
Chateau Branaire-Ducru 2009 St. Julien 92-95 pts
Chateau Cantemerle Haut-Medoc 92-94 pts
Le Conseiller 2009 Bordeaux Superieur 88-90 pts
Chateau Duhart Milon 2009 Pauillac 94-96 pts
Chateau Hortevie St. Julien 88-90 pts
Chateau Lagrange 2009 St. Julien 90-93 pts
Chateau Montrose 2009 St. Estephe 96-100 pts
Chateau Lamothe-Guignard 2009 Sauternes 90-92 pts

ITALY - New Releases from Montalcino
Agostina Pieri 2008 Rosso di Montalcino 88-90 pts

Tim and Judy Finn Celebrate 30 Vintages at Neudorf

Thirty years ago this week, Tim and Judy Finn completed their first vintage at Neudorf Vineyard.

"We knew very little except we wanted to make beautiful wine in beautiful surroundings. I guess we lucked out finding this spot in Upper Moutere. It gives us grapes with the texture and definition we love," says Tim Finn.

Looking back, Tim says that 1991 was about when it became clear the the Neudorf block was so special. "We had a Chardonnay in the Sydney Top 100. Australian judge Huon Hooke declared he had found a Puligny Montrachet ringer in the flight - it turned out to be our Neudorf Moutere Chardonnay 9. As the then winemaker I take very little credit for this, the quality comes from the Moutere terroir. These unique sites are not generally treated with the respect they deserve but future generations will recognize and value them."

Since then the wine has gone on to received accolades from Jancis Robinson MW "Neudorf Moutere Chardonnay would fool many into thinking it was a fine, white Burgundy." Robert Parker's Wine Advocate said it was "a must have" wine and last year it collected the White Wine of the Show at the Tri Nations Challenge in Sydney - a competition where wine writers, not wineries, enter wines. 

Unsurprisingly Neudorf is also known for the quality of its other wines: Pinot Noir, Riesling, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc. Earlier this year their Sauvignon was Wine of the Week on "That was perfect timing," says Judy. "Just as the world was tiring of the flood of cheap, over cropped Sauvignon we get this huge endorsement of our more textural complex style."

"Last year we were named 'New Zealand's Greatest Winery' in the UK Wine Report. While you take these things with a grain of salt, we were flattered to head a list of wineries we admire."

Neudorf has always been hot on new technology - they were one of the first wineries to use screwcaps, and Neudorf was the first winery to trial mussel shells under the vines as a way of increasing grape ripeness without increasing alcohol. Tim's current interest is a time-lapse webcam he set up overlooking the winery yard through vintage. "It probably only appeals to the geeks, though it's quite funny. The vineyard guys have threatened to work naked one day to see if anyone actually visits the website."

This year to celebrate 30 vintages, Tim and Judy will open some library wines for special events at Hopgood's in Nelson, Martin Bosley's in Wellington, The French Cafe in Auckland and also London. Late this week they head to Singapore as part of Robert Parker's Top 100 wineries of the World.

Please speak with your sales representative about the following wines. 
Neudorf 2008 Sauvignon Blanc, Nelson

Neudorf 2006 Pinot Noir 'Tom's Block'
Neudorf 2005 Pinot Noir, Moutere

Jon-David Headrick gets Awarded Honorary Knighthood by French Government

Wine importer and our supplier, Jon-David Headrick will be appointed a Chevalier dans l'Ordre du Merite Agricole by the French government on April 9, 2010. This is one of the highest civilian awards given by the government. Becoming a knight is a lifetime appointment and is given to acknowledge outstanding service to French agriculture. 

Read the Forbes article to find out more about this distinguished honor.

Wines we carry from Jon-David Headrick.

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