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http://www.jamessuckling.com/spottswood ... 008-2.html
"the juice will be coming ooooout..."
Indeed, unlikely I will buy a case like I did with the 2007, but it will certainly be my largest Cab purchase of the year.
Keeping Suckling out of it.............the 2008 is another beautiful wine and I am looking forward to the release.
A quién tiene buen vino no le faltan amigos.
I'm 95 points on Beth Novak Miliken's remarkable ability to refrain from smacking the taste out of James Suckling's mouth during that segment.
As to Spottswoode, great wines.
I'm not sure how much of it gets into distribution, but they have a second wine called Lyndenhurst that retails for about $60. I've seen it in restaurants for around $100. Great wine for the price.
"Jim Coley ITB Retail
Me too, I'm excited to try the wine. I've been buying since the late '90s and rarely has there been a vintage I've not liked. Even '98 and '00 had a charm to them.
A video of a visit to Spottswoode that consists of him reading his TN's off of a computer. Riveting.
The scarf: I'm 62 on that. I can't wait for Jorge to weigh in.
"Man prefers to believe what he prefers to be true." - Francis Bacon
"I had taken two finger-bowls of champagne and the scene had changed before my eyes into something significant, elemental, and profound." - F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
The (what I thought was a) faux accent made me want to punch him in the mouth, but I said maybe he is foreign born.
I looked and found this:
Born in Los Angeles, California, as an undergraduate Suckling read political science and journalism at Utah State University. After graduating from Utah State University, Suckling studied journalism at the University of Wisconsin, Madison where he was hired in 1978 by a local paper as a crime news gofer. Having completed his course in journalism at the University of Wisconsin he moved to San Diego, and through the influence of his father began to be interested in the world of wine.
Napa Vol-ley? Cabernet Sav-i-Yawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwn (which he later pronounces differently while tasting)? The scarf? Reading from an i-pad? Sticking with the, "i'm X points on that!"
It's too bad these aren't parodies because they would be really funny. They capture the essence of why the wine world is so off-putting to many.
To keep this on topic, Spottswoode is mighty fine and i'm looking forward to the 08.
OMG, the pomposity and feigned sense of culture is beyond belief. I at first thought these skits were parodies. He shows up to these esteemed wineries, and reads to them his notes and scores as if he is blessing them. Wow.
Vero Beach, Levet Cote Rotie out of a plastic cup . . . don't get no better!
Welcome back jim, it's been a while since I seen you around this woods!
I love their wines, they age very well!
"Hey Justin -- yer a fookin' dork!" Bob Wood
My wife is ITB
I agree. But it makes you wonder why Suckling is wearing the scarf, instead of a lady!
C'mon, Suckling has already given us "I'm XX points on that", who knows what gifts he still has to give to the wine community.
It's amazing he would think people are interested in listening to him reel off cliched adjectives and point scores when the winemaker and owner are sitting right there. How about asking them something about how they decide on their style, their priorities compared to other winemakers, the challenges in different vintages? No, his opinions are more interesting.
"I'm XX points on that" -- the critic telling the lowly wine consumer what to think -- is dead as a business model. But "I'm here" -- using your access to winemakers to ask interesting questions and help wine consumers understand the choices they make -- could still work.
These two posts are absolutely spot on..........he seems to be a caricature of a "wine snob". If I was a total novice looking at this video, it would totally turn me off to the beauty of wine. I absolutely love Spottswoode wines (well documented on this board) and I know the 2008 is a beautiful wine. They really don't need this type of publicity but they must have felt it to be beneficial. To me, his pomposity is a turn off and I am glad I am not a " newbie" as he would turn me off to wine in general.
A quién tiene buen vino no le faltan amigos.
Thanks, Leo. Hope you're well. I should be back around a little more regularly in 2011. Hope to be in NYC in June - I'll look you up if I head that way!
Watched twice, with consistent notes. The video feels like it was cut for a reality show that makes its contestants into the worst possible caricature of themselves.
"Jim Coley ITB Retail
If he actually provided some sort of an interview... got details about their philosophies and winemaking practices, discussed the history of the winery, etc... these videos would actually be valuable and conceivably interesting. Instead it's like Wine Spectator meets "books on tape".
Birthdays was the worst days, no
And what's with the uptalk: "I'm here at Spottswoode Estate? In Napa Valley? In St. Helena?"
And did he really pronounce the word "valley" as "VAH-Lee".
His speech is like so AH-fected?
I think these videos do him no justice. He was much better off, behind the scences, opaque to readers as the critic with a merely funny name.
Regarding the 2007: "Don't touch that until 2015". I'm pretty sure that was meant for you Rob McKay, unless of course you want to bring some to the Napa event next month!
We're changing the wine world one scarf at a time
As has been said above - it would have been great to actually have some comments from the winemakers - other than the look of shock at the points. Maybe that is something he offers on the $15 per month plan.
Ugh. 3 and a half minutes of video and 90% of it is the critic bestowing scores in that most awkward of situations. I want to hear the winemakers talk about their wines. I don't care about scarves and kiss-this-rings and Noppa Volleys and declarative sentences that are somehow turned into questions with strange vocal intonations.
I just want to hear the winemakers. Gah.
-ITB, wine distribution sales.
-Keep your syrah out of my cabernet blend!
-Who is John Galt?
Was it me, or did she seem like she was trying really hard to not burst out laughing when JS was in adjective overdrive.
Now if he were to say this wine is undrinkable....well that would be something.
As far as Spottswoode, good wines, but I am a member of a new political party called the "wine is priced too damn high". Similar to the "rent is too damn high" party in NY.
I think nearly everyone is missing the point. This is clearly a parody. It is a screen test for SNL. He is pointedly making fun of RMP by looking so RMPish. I'm surprised so few have gotten the joke yet. You are all too serious, methinks, to see what is patently obvious to me. JL is a comic genius!!