Wines of Morocco

A selection of Ouled Thaleb wines at the one-year anniversary event at Rustic L.E.S.
A selection of Ouled Thaleb wines at the one-year anniversary event at Rustic L.E.S.


by Michelle Kwan


When you think of Morocco, you may conjure up its vast stretches of desert, labyrinthine bazaars, or even the Bogart movie “Casablanca.” But have you ever thought of this Islamic nation as wine country?

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Ouled Thaleb 2010 Syrah – Wine of the Week Review

Ouled Thaleb 2010 Syrah
Ouled Thaleb 2010 Syrah

Price : $16

Rating: 13.5/20

Region: Zenata, Morocco

Varietal: 100 percent Syrah

Production: 450 cases imported


Tasting Notes: Founded in 1923, Domaine Ouled Thaleb is a leader in the revival of Morocco’s wine industry. The winery is located on the coast near Casablanca where it combines sustainable farming with a mix of indigenous varietals, such as Faranah, and international varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot and Syrah. An easy-drinking wine, the 2010 Syrah boasts spicy black fruit flavors balanced by moderate acidity and supple tannins.

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Oregon Pinot in the City of Angels

Pinot in the City: Oregon's Willamette Valley to Los Angeles
Pinot in the City: Oregon’s Willamette Valley to Los Angeles


by Barnaby Hughes


It’s not every day that representatives of 65 Willamette Valley wineries leave Oregon, especially to come to Los Angeles. Besides distance (about 1,000 miles), Oregon wineries face stiff competition from California wineries, which tend to be older and larger and have better brand recognition. At “Pinot in the City,” a tasting event organized by the Willamette Valley Wineries Association, hundreds of Oregon winemakers and proprietors brought a selection of their finest wines to The Ebell of Los Angeles, an historic women’s club.

 

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Trefethen Family Vineyards 2010 Dragon’s Tooth – Wine of the Week Review

Trefethen 2010 Dragon's Tooth
Trefethen 2010 Dragon’s Tooth

Price : $75

Rating: 15.5/20

Region: Napa Valley (Oak Knoll District), California

Varietals: 58 percent Malbec, 22 percent Cabernet Sauvignon & 20 percent Petit Verdot

Production: 980 cases

Alcohol: 14.8 percent


Tasting Notes: Dragon’s Tooth is a proprietary red blend that pays homage to the Trefethen family’s Welsh heritage. Adorning the bottle label is the guardian and symbol of Wales, a red dragon. Made entirely from estate-grown grapes, the 2010 Dragon’s Tooth is bold and big-bodied. Well-structured to take Continue reading “Trefethen Family Vineyards 2010 Dragon’s Tooth – Wine of the Week Review” »

Abeja 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon – Wine of the Week Review

Abeja 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Abeja 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

Price : $45

Rating: 15/20

Region: Columbia Valley, Washington

Varietals: 94 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 4 percent Merlot & 2 percent Petit Verdot

Production: 1,913 cases

Alcohol: 14.9 percent


Tasting Notes: Located in the Walla Walla Valley, Abeja is a beautifully restored historic estate comprising an inn and a winery. One of GAYOT’s Top 10 Wine Country Inns in the U.S., The Inn at Abeja provides guests a great way to experience the region and its wines, including Abeja’s fine Cabernet Sauvignon. Sourced from four vineyards, including Sagemoor Farms, Hedges Estate, Red Mountain Continue reading “Abeja 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon – Wine of the Week Review” »