On April 5th Mr. Kramer posted the following: These wines don't need mask of aging in oak barrels.
I generally agree with, and support, limited use of oak, or even none at all, but that is not the point of addressing this article. After bashing the 2007 vintage in the U.S. and Europe he has found a way to get very excited about some wines (see my earlier post).
This article from Mr. Kramer celebrates perhaps my favorite Oregon Chardonnay, Inox from Chehalem. He writes, of the 2007, "It is one of the best chardonnays to emerge from Oregon in recent years." Again my gripe here is not that he finds some 2007 wines exciting but the dismissive way he dealt with the vintage in one forum, only to recommend wines from the same vintage without so much as a mea culpa. It is unfair, misleading, and disingenuous to make broad, important sounding pronouncements as a journalist only to write about wines that ignore your own pontification unless you offer some explanation. Shame on you Mr. Kramer.