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Jun
19
Barolo 2012

Barolo 2012
85 tsomw points

Patrizi, Piedmont Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Nebbiolo

Last week we had a great dinner at Maison D'Elfant tasting with this Patrizi - Barolo 2012 (85 tsomw points) In the glass a full garnet color. On the nose ripe cherry jam, cranberry, plums, violets and spice nose. On the palate firm tannins (bit chewy), medium bodied, stony finish. Very nice Barolo for this price.

Last week we had a great dinner at Maison D'Elfant tasting with this Patrizi - Barolo 2012 (85 tsomw points)

In the glass a full garnet color.
On the nose ripe cherry jam, cranberry, plums, violets and spice nose.
On the palate firm tannins (bit chewy), medium bodied, stony finish.
Very nice Barolo for this price.

Website: www.manfredicantine.it

 

Jun
18
My wine

My wine
86 tsomw points

Il Cellesse, Tuscany Italy

Category: Fruity red, Solid red
Tags: Sangiovese

Il Cellese – Mywine (86 tsomw points) 100% Sangiovese. In the glass a dark ruby red color with garnet rim. On the nose this Chianti offers fresh aromas of red berries, cherries and plums with notes of balsamic, spices and flowers. On the palate fresh, medium bodied with again red fruit, nice acidity and great finish. This wine will improve by the years but now allready very nice.

You already heard about the “mywine” project from Il  Cellese? Members of the wineclub have their own barrel with their name on it. They can decide the type of barrique and even choose their own cap and label.

Il Cellese – Mywine (86 tsomw points) 100% Sangiovese
In the glass a dark ruby red color with garnet rim.
On the nose this Chianti offers fresh aromas of red berries, cherries and plums with notes of balsamic, spices and flowers.
On the palate fresh, medium bodied with again red fruit, nice acidity and great finish. This wine will improve by the years but now allready very nice.

Website: www.ilcellese.it

Jun
17
Le Caprice de Clémentine Rosé 2015

Le Caprice de Clémentine Rosé 2015
84 tsomw points

Chateau les Valantines, Provence France

Category: Rosé
Tags: Cinsault, Grenache

Yesterday it was 32 dgr. Celcius so we opened this nice refreshing Rosé. Chateau les Valantines – Le Caprice de Clémentine Rosé 2015 (84 tsomw points) Grape varieties Cinsault (50%) and Grenache (50%) In the glass a bright salmon color. On the nose aromas of strawberries, raspberries, flowers and hints of citrus. On the palate nice acidity, good structure, medium-bodied with orange peel at the finish.

Yesterday it was 32 dgr. Celcius so we opened this nice refreshing Rosé.

Chateau les Valantines – Le Caprice de Clémentine Rosé 2015 (84 tsomw points)
Grape varieties Cinsault (50%) and Grenache (50%) In the glass a bright salmon color.
On the nose aromas of strawberries, raspberries, flowers and hints of citrus.
On the palate nice acidity, good structure, medium-bodied with orange peel at the finish.

Website: www.lesvalentines.com

Jun
16
Nit Rosado N.V

Nit Rosado N.V
87 tsomw points

Raventos, Penedès Spain

Category: Sparkling
Tags: Macabeo, Xarel Lo, Parellada, Monastrell.

De Nit Rosado is a tasteful pink Cava from the heart of the Cava's, the Penedes region in the northeast of Spain. A blend of the Macabeo, Xarel Lo and Parellada, and the Monastrell.
Raventos i Blanc – Nit Rosado N.V. (87 tsomw points) This biological sparkling shows a beautiful pink color (light golden) with tiny bubbles and a light mousse. On the nose aromas of red berry fruit, strawberries, citrus and dried fruits. Light vegetabel with hints of passtries and toast. On the palate mid complex, well balanced with a nice creamy texture, nice minerality and acidity. Very nice Cava!

De Nit Rosado is a tasteful pink Cava from the heart of the Cava's, the Penedes region in the northeast of Spain. A blend of the Macabeo, Xarel Lo and Parellada, and the Monastrell.

Raventos i Blanc – Nit Rosado N.V. (87 tsomw points)
This biological sparkling shows a beautiful pink color (light golden) with tiny bubbles and a light mousse.
On the nose aromas of red berry fruit, strawberries, citrus and dried fruits. Light vegetabel with hints of passtries and toast.
On the palate mid complex, well balanced with a nice creamy texture, nice minerality and acidity. Very nice Cava!

Website: www.raventos.com

Jun
15
Etna Bianco DOC Luci Luci 2013

Etna Bianco DOC Luci Luci 2013
86 tsomw points

Al Cantara, Sicily Italy

Another great white from the Etna region / Sicily. Al-Cantàra - Etna Bianco DOC Luci Luci 2013 (86 tsomw points) In the glass the wine shows a straw yellow color. On the nose aromas of galia melon, tropical fruits, yellow apple, peach, white flowers and mineral tones. On the palate fresh acidity with creamy flavors, solid but fresh in the mouth with a generous finish. @tannico.it 

Another great white from the Etna region / Sicily.
Al-Cantàra - Etna Bianco DOC Luci Luci 2013 (86 tsomw points)

In the glass the wine shows a straw yellow color.
On the nose aromas of galia melon, tropical fruits, yellow apple, peach, white flowers and mineral tones. 
On the palate fresh acidity with creamy flavors, solid but fresh in the mouth with a generous finish.

Service temperature 8-10 ° C
We can match it with seasoned cheeses, white meats and crustaceans.

Website: www.al-cantara.it
Webshop: www.tannico.it

Jun
14
Meri Vermentino di Sardegna 2016

Meri Vermentino di Sardegna 2016
86 tsomw points

Argiolas, Sardinia Italy

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Vermentino

The wines from Sardegna are getting better and better. Also this white one from Argiolas – Meri Vermentino di Sardegna 2016 (86 tsomw points) In the glass a straw yellow color with greenish hue. On the nose aromas of flowers, citrus, passion fruit and pear. On the palate lots of fruit, fresh and well structured. Very nice white wine.

The wines from Sardegna are getting better and better.
Also this white one from Argiolas – Meri Vermentino di Sardegna 2016 (86 tsomw points)

In the glass a straw yellow color with greenish hue.
On the nose aromas of flowers, citrus, passion fruit and pear.
On the palate lots of fruit, fresh and well structured. Very nice white wine.

Winemakers notes:

SOIL: Good sun exposure, limestone-clay grain size and structure.
GRAPE VARIETIES: Vermentino.
CLIMATE: Mediterranean, mild winters with limited rainfall, summers dry, hot and windy.
HARVESTING: Using refrigeration at the moment of harvest.

VINIFICATION TECHNIQUE
All the initial operations, soft pressing and natural decantation, take place at a constant temperature of 10- 12 °C in an oxygen-free environment, in order to preserve the must from oxidation. Fermentation takes place at a controlled temperature of 16-17 °C and lasts around 15-20 days.

FOOD MATCHES
Excellentas an aperitif with seafooddishes and shellfish; to accompany sushi, sashimi and starters, light whitemeat and fishdishes.

Website: www.argiolas.it

Jun
13
Champagne Brut Tradition Grand Cru N.V.

Champagne Brut Tradition Grand Cru N.V.
84 tsomw points

Vincent Renoir, Ardenne France

Category: Sparkling
Tags: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay

Saturday we visited a nice small champagne house in Verzy. Vincent Renoir - Champagne Brut Tradition Grand Cru N.V. (84 tsomw points) Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in perfectly equal parts (50% each). Light golden color in the glass. On the nose aromas of citrus, tropical fruits, yeast and a nice soft bubble. On the palate soft, light creamy with a good length.

Saturday we visited a nice small champagne house in Verzy. Vincent Renoir - Champagne Brut Tradition Grand Cru N.V. (84 tsomw points)

Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in perfectly equal parts (50% each). Light golden color in the glass.
On the nose aromas of citrus, tropical fruits, yeast and a nice soft bubble.
On the palate soft, light creamy with a good length.

The blending of two types of grapes: Pinot Noir (50%) and Chardonnay (50%) coming from two harvests, gives harmony and freshness to this champagne . Nice for aperitif.

Jun
12
No. 2 Riesling Oestrich Doosberg 2000

No. 2 Riesling Oestrich Doosberg 2000
88 tsomw points

Querbach, Rheingau Germany

Category: Fruity white, Full white
Tags: Riesling

A riesling from 2000? Yes! This one still kicks ass. Querbach – No. 2 Riesling Oestrich Doosberg 2000 (88 tsomw points) In the glass a full straw yellow color. On the nose intense aromas of petrol, grapefruit, ripe apple and some herbs. On the palate lots of volume, very soft with honey, pear, ripe apple. Long soft finish with papaya and honey.

A riesling from 2000? Yes! This one still kicks ass.

Querbach – No. 2 Riesling Oestrich Doosberg 2000 (88 tsomw points)
In the glass a full straw yellow color.
On the nose intense aromas of petrol, grapefruit, ripe apple and some herbs.
On the palate lots of volume, very soft with honey, pear, ripe apple. Long soft finish with papaya and honey.

Website: www.querbach.lafeo.de

Jun
11
Sainte Victoire Côtes de Provence 2016

Sainte Victoire Côtes de Provence 2016
82 tsomw points

Chateau Henri Bonnaud, Provence France

Category: Rosé
Tags: Grenache, Cinsault

Isn't this a great environment for sipping a rosé? Château Henri Bonnaud - Sainte Victoire Côtes de Provence (82 tsomw points) In the glass a pale pink color. On the nose aromas of raspberries, strawberries and hints of lavender and something floral. On the palate light red fruit with anise ending. Mineral undertones.

Isn't this a great environment for sipping a rosé? Château Henri Bonnaud - Sainte Victoire Côtes de Provence (82 tsomw points)

In the glass a pale pink color.
On the nose aromas of raspberries, strawberries and hints of lavender and something floral.
On the palate light red fruit with anise ending. Mineral undertones.

Website: www.chateau-henri-bonnaud.fr

Jun
10
Blanc de Blancs Extra-Brut

Blanc de Blancs Extra-Brut
86 tsomw points

Champagne Margaine, Ardenne France

Category: Sparkling
Tags: Chardonnay

Saturday we visited Champagne bar Tresor. When you are in Reims a must see! We tasted this great Champagne from A. Margaine - Blanc de Blancs Extra-Brut (86 tsomw points) In the glass a pale gold color with nice small bubbles. On the nose vibrant, accurate, with white fruits like pear and apple, hints of citrus and floral smells. On the palate attack wide, straight mouth, fresh and mineral, good persistence. 

Saturday we visited Champagne bar Tresor. When you are in Reims a must see! We tasted this great Champagne from A. Margaine - Blanc de Blancs Extra-Brut (86 tsomw points)

In the glass a pale gold color with nice small bubbles.
On the nose vibrant, accurate, with white fruits like pear and apple, hints of citrus and floral smells.
On the palate attack wide, straight mouth, fresh and mineral, good persistence. 

Website: www.champagnemargaine.com

Jun
9
Terroir Grand Reserva Vranec 2012

Terroir Grand Reserva Vranec 2012
89 tsomw points

Chateau Kamnik

Category: Solid red
Tags: Vranec

This vineyard in Macedonia  is only 14 years old and produces a great powerfull wine. Chateau Kamnik – Terroir Grand Reserva Vranec 2012 (89 tsomw points)In the glass a dark ruby red color. On the nose expressive aromas of ripe blackberries, plums with hints of chocolate and mint. On the palate beautifull intensity with velvet tannins, great complexity, fine structure and long great finish. This will even get better after some more years.

This vineyard in Macedonia  is only 14 years old and produces a great powerfull wine.

Chateau Kamnik – Terroir Grand Reserva Vranec 2012 (89 tsomw points)
In the glass a dark ruby red color.
On the nose expressive aromas of ripe blackberries, plums with hints of chocolate and mint.
On the palate beautifull intensity with velvet tannins, great complexity, fine structure and long great finish. This will even get better after some more years.

Dutch importer: Biservino
Website: www.biservino.nl

Recommended serving temperature: 16-18°?
Pairing suggestions: with red meat specialties, game in a piquant sauce, or strong cheeses. Decanting prior to serving recommended.
Decanting prior serving recommended.
Alcohol: 16.3% by Vol.

Website: www.chateaukamnik.com

Jun
8
Blanc de Noirs Grand Cru

Blanc de Noirs Grand Cru
89 tsomw points

Mailly Champagne, Ardenne France

Category: Sparkling
Tags: Pinot Noir

On Friday we visited Mailly – Grand Cru Champagnes - The Champagnes are made from the Mailly grapes located on the northern slope of Montagne de Reims. Mailly Champagne – Blanc de Noirs Grand Cru (89 tsomw points) In the glass a golden yellow color. Soft mousse. On the nose apricot, peach and pear with spicy hints and flowers. On the palate full and powerful, nice complexity with silky mousse, lightly tannic.

On Friday we visited Mailly – Grand Cru Champagnes - The Champagnes are made from the Mailly grapes located on the northern slope of Montagne de Reims.

Mailly Champagne – Blanc de Noirs Grand Cru (89 tsomw points)
In the glass a golden yellow color. Soft mousse.
On the nose apricot, peach and pear with spicy hints and flowers.
On the palate full and powerful, nice complexity with silky mousse, lightly tannic.

Website: www.champagne-mailly.com

Jun
7
Serai Bianco 2016

Serai Bianco 2016
86 tsomw points

Le Morette, Veneto Italy

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Trebianno, Pinot Bianco, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc

Le Morette – Serai Bianco 2016 (86 tsomw points) Variety: Trebianno, Pinot Bianco, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc. In the glass it shows a light yellow color with greenish reflections. On the nose delicate aromas of green apple, lemon. Pear, orange peel and apricot with hints of white flowers. On the palate nice depth, crispy with nice acidity and softness. Top summer wine. 

You have to taste this refreshing summer wine. Very different from others but very delicate.

Le Morette – Serai Bianco 2016 (86 tsomw points)
Variety: Trebianno, Pinot Bianco, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc.

In the glass it shows a light yellow color with greenish reflections.
On the nose delicate aromas of green apple, lemon. Pear, orange peel and apricot with hints of white flowers.
On the palate nice depth, crispy with nice acidity and softness. Top summer wine. 

Winemakers notes:

This wine is obtained from a particular selection of white grapes varieties,
specifically Trebbiano, Pinot Bianco, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc

VINE TRAINING SYSTEM
Guyot; plant-density: 4.000 vines per hectare

HARVEST
Beginning of September, handmade, putting the grapes in small boxes

VINIFICATION
In stainless steel tanks, at 16° C, after soft crushing of all the grapes together

AGEING
At least, 1 month in bottle, before releasing
Alcohol content: 12,00% Vol.

Website: www.luganalemorette.it

Jun
6
Brut Rosé Metodo Classico Sangiovese Millesimato 2014

Brut Rosé Metodo Classico Sangiovese Millesimato 2014
85 tsomw points

Baracchi Winery, Tuscany Italy

Category: Sparkling
Tags: Sangiovese

This is very nice – A 100% Sangiovese sparkling from Cortona – Toscane. Baracchi - Brut Rosé Metodo Classico Sangiovese Millesimato 2014. In the glass a rosé, orange color. On the nose delicate aromas of cherries, red berries, tart, reduced yeasts and a mineral base. On the palate solid structure, nice mousse and medium finish.

This is very nice – A 100% Sangiovese sparkling from Cortona – Toscane.

Baracchi - Brut Rosé Metodo Classico Sangiovese Millesimato 2014
In the glass a rosé, orange color.
On the nose delicate aromas of cherries, red berries, tart, reduced yeasts and a mineral base.
On the palate solid structure, nice mousse and medium finish.

Winemakers notes:

Vintage: 2014
Grapes: 100% Sangiovese
Yearly production: 6000 bottles with manual remuage

DESCRIPTION

Baracchi Brut Rosè is the first Metodo Classico launched in the market starting from Sangiovse grapes, that represent the history of Tuscany.

The wine is produced using the submerged cap maceration; this involves leaving the must in contact with the skins until the first signs of fermentation have begun. The result is a delicate but intense colour, which is the distinguishing feature of every work of art. 24 months sur lies.

Website: www.baracchiwinery.com

Jun
5
Langhe Rossese bianco Rosserto DOC 2014

Langhe Rossese bianco Rosserto DOC 2014
86 tsomw points

Manzone , Langhe Italy

Category: Fruity white, Full white
Tags: Rossese Bianco

Manzone – Langhe Rossese bianco Rosserto DOC - 100% Rossese Bianco (86 tsomw points) In the glass a straw yellow color with golden rim. On the nose  blossom, vanilla, butter, melon, pear, orangepeel  with hints of balsamic and cedar. On the palate solid, complex, soft with notes of melon and peach, mild acidity.  Long finish. Great with white meat.

Manzone – Langhe Rossese bianco Rosserto DOC - 100% Rossese Bianco (86 tsomw points)

In the glass a straw yellow color with golden rim.
On the nose  blossom, vanilla, butter, melon, pear, orangepeel  with hints of balsamic and cedar.
On the palate solid, complex, soft with notes of melon and peach, mild acidity.  Long finish.
Great with white meat.

Winemakers note:

The Rossese Bianco, cited in ancient books of 17th century, is a indigenous grape coming from Eastern Liguria (Cinqueterre).
This grape also spread in the Alba region, Piedmont but it disappeared from both regions because little productive.
Manzone Family saved Rossese Bianco from the extinction in an old family vineyard. Manzone Giovanni since 1982 produce an intriguing, age-worthy white with a remarkable structure.
After many years of research and bureaucracy with the University of Turin, from 2012 there is a new white DOC appellation in Piedmont: Langhe Rossese Bianco.

Website: www.manzonegiovanni.com

Jun
4
Gaisberg Riesling 2015

Gaisberg Riesling 2015
87 tsomw points

Weingut Waldschutz, Kamptal Austria

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Riesling

I love those Austrian wines from Kamptal.  Now I am tasting Weingut Waldschütz – Gaisberg Riesling 2015 (87 tsomw points) In the glass a bright golden yellow color. On the nose aromas of flowers, apricot, mandarin and some green apple. On the palate full of power, great acidity, with pear and peach and hints of citrus in the nice finish.

I love those Austrian wines from Kamptal. Now I am tasting Weingut Waldschütz – Gaisberg Riesling 2015 (87 tsomw points)

In the glass a bright golden yellow color.
On the nose aromas of flowers, apricot, mandarin and some green apple.
On the palate full of power, great acidity, with pear and peach and hints of citrus in the nice finish.

Website: www.weingut-waldschuetz.at

Jun
3
Verdicchio di Matelica - Fogliano 2013

Verdicchio di Matelica - Fogliano 2013
88 tsomw points

Bisci, Marche Italy

Category: Fruity white

Top white one from the Marche region. 3 Biccherie. The Verdicchio di Matelica wines can age very good just like this great white one from Bisci – Verdicchio di Matelica - Fogliano 2013 (88 tsomw points) In the glass a straw yellow with green reflections. On the nose expressive aromas of pear, peach, yellow apple. Intense, fruity, white flowers, complex with a nice minerality. On the palate good balance, well layered, rich taste with medium acid. Fresh, quite persistent, ending with almond notes. 

Top white one from the Marche region. 3 Biccherie. The Verdicchio di Matelica wines can age very good just like this great white one from Bisci – Verdicchio di Matelica - Fogliano 2013 (88 tsomw points)

In the glass a straw yellow with green reflections.
On the nose expressive aromas of pear, peach, yellow apple. Intense, fruity, white flowers, complex with a nice minerality.
On the palate good balance, well layered, rich taste with medium acid. Fresh, quite persistent, ending with almond notes. 

Winemakers notes:

Wine made from a meticulous selection of grapes Verdicchio di Matelica from the best vineyards of the company which is the Vineyard Fogliano, from which it takes its name, and is produced only in the best vintages. Made from 100% grapes of Verdicchio Matelica this wine has a remarkable structure and is distinguished by its longevity during which gradually discovers his own qualities. It has typical aromas along with a typical slightly bitter taste that recalls almond. It reaches its maximum expression after two years of aging.

Website: www.bisci.it

Jun
2
Rosé N.V.

Rosé N.V.
86 tsomw points

Ferrari Trento, Alto Adige Italy

Category: Sparkling
Tags: Chardonnay+Pinot Nero

How can you pamper yourself better then open a bottle of Rosé sparkling. Right! Ferrari Brut Rosé (86 tsomw points) In the glass a pale salmon color. On the nose smooth and juicy with bright acidity and racy style; long and balanced. 60% Pinot Noir; 40% Chardonnay.

Ouchhh....it's hot in Holland but after work I took the speedbike to make some kilometer (miles)
How can you pamper yourself better then open a bottle of Rosé sparkling. Right!

Ferrari Brut Rosé (86 tsomw points)
In the glass a pale salmon color.
On the nose smooth and juicy with bright acidity and racy style; long and balanced. 60% Pinot Noir; 40% Chardonnay.

Website: www.ferraritrento.it

Jun
1
Mandolara Lugana 2016

Mandolara Lugana 2016
86 tsomw points

Le Morette, Veneto Italy

Category: Full white
Tags: Turbiana

Now a great white summer wine from Lake Garda (Northern Italy) - 100% Turbiana grape. Le Morette - Mandolara Lugana (86 tsomw points)  In the glass the wine shows a light straw yellow color with green reflections. On the nose floral aromas, melon, citrus, jasmine with hints of honey, nuts and pear. On the palate lots of fruit like green apple and peach and in the end a slight tone of almonds. Very fresh with good balance with nice acidity. 

Now a great white summer wine from Lake Garda (Northern Italy) - 100% Turbiana grape.

Le Morette - Mandolara Lugana (86 tsomw points) 
In the glass the wine shows a light straw yellow color with green reflections. 
On the nose floral aromas, melon, citrus, jasmine with hints of honey, nuts and pear. 
On the palate lots of fruit like green apple and peach and in the end a slight tone of almonds. Very fresh with good balance with nice acidity. 

Website: www.luganalemorette.it

May
31
Disfida 2012

Disfida 2012

Dl Wine, Campania Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Merlot, Aglianico, Cabernet Sauvignon

This evening a red wine from Campania on the table. A blend of Merlot, Aglianico and Cabernet Sauvignon. Dl Wine / Disfida 2012 (85 tsomw points) In the glass a dark garnet color with purple hues. On the nose aromas of ripe red fruit like plums and dark cherries, with hints of vanilla, coffee and custard slightly spicy. On the palate solid but elegant, soft tannins (from Merlot), silky tannery texture (CS) with a vibrant and refreshing acidity. 18 months in new oak barriques and 6 months in bottle 

This evening a red wine from Campania on the table. A blend of Merlot, Aglianico and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Dl Wine / Disfida 2012 (85 tsomw points) 
In the glass a dark garnet color with purple hues.
On the nose aromas of ripe red fruit like plums and dark cherries, with hints of vanilla, coffee and custard slightly spicy.
On the palate solid but elegant, soft tannins (from Merlot), silky tannery texture (CS) with a vibrant and refreshing acidity.
18 months in new oak barriques and 6 months in bottle.

Website: www.dlwine.it

May
30
Pinot Grigio Ramato DOC 2015

Pinot Grigio Ramato DOC 2015
87 tsomw points

Specogna, Friuli Italy

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Pinot Grigio

What is your favourite wineregion? From Friuli comes this lovely Pinot Grigio. Specogna Pinot Grigio Ramato DOC 2015 (87 tsomw points) In the glass a nice yellow, copper color. On the expressive nose aromas of apple, pear, strawberries with hints of hay and flowers. On the palate light creamy with enough freshness, nicely balanced with lots of persistent fruity hints.

What is your favourite wineregion? From Friuli comes this lovely Pinot Grigio. Specogna Pinot Grigio Ramato DOC 2015 (87 tsomw points)

In the glass a nice yellow, copper color.
On the expressive nose aromas of apple, pear, strawberries with hints of hay and flowers.
On the palate light creamy with enough freshness, nicely balanced with lots of persistent fruity hints.

Winemakersnote:

Grapes: 100% Pinot Grigio
Planting year: 1987
Number of plants: 4000 plants per hectare
Altitude: 170 m.s.l.m.
Exposure: Hilly and lowland
Soil: Marl, sandstone and clay
Area of the vineyard: Rocca Bernarda and San Giovanni al Natisone
Production: 2 kgs of grape per plant
Training system: Guyot

Website: www.specogna.it

May
29
Saumagen Riesling 2014

Saumagen Riesling 2014
87 tsomw points

Weingut Am Nil, Pfalz Germany

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Riesling

Another great Riesling from the Pfalz. Weingut am Nil - Saumagen Riesling 2014 (87 tsomw points) In the glass a pale yellow color with golden rim. On the nose apricot, lemongrass, orange zest, sage, chalkstone and hints of almond. On the palate light creamy with nice acidity and complexity. Some green apple and spicyness and a great long finish. 

Another great Riesling from the Pfalz. Weingut am Nil - Saumagen Riesling 2014 (87 tsomw points)

In the glass a pale yellow color with golden rim.
On the nose apricot, lemongrass, orange zest, sage, chalkstone and hints of almond.
On the palate light creamy with nice acidity and complexity. Some green apple and spicyness and a great long finish. 

Website: www.weingutamnil.de

May
28
Albariño 2016

Albariño 2016
84 tsomw points

Lagar de Costa, Rias Baixas Spain

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Albariño

It was great weather this weekend in Holland so we tasted this nice summer wine. Lagar de Costa – Albariño 2016 (84 tsomw points) In the glass a pale golden color. On the nose aromas of pear, peach, citrus, nettle and mandarin with hints of flowers. On the palate medium-bodied, good acidity with pear and mint and very nice minerality.
 

It was great weather this weekend in Holland so we tasted this nice summer wine.

Lagar de Costa – Albariño 2016 (84 tsomw points)
In the glass a pale golden color.
On the nose aromas of pear, peach, citrus, nettle and mandarin with hints of flowers.
On the palate medium-bodied, good acidity with pear and mint and very nice minerality.

Website: www.lagardecosta.com

May
27
Ten Barrels Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Ten Barrels Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
89 tsomw points

Chateau Kamnik

Category: Solid red
Tags: Cabernet Sauvignon

Ever tasted a wine from Macedonia? You have to try this red one. Kamnik - Ten Barrels Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 (89 tsomw points) In the glass dark red color. On the nose aromas of cassis, blueberries, dark cherries, cloves, spices and eucalyptus. Very powerful, balanced and the high alcohol is well integrated. Polished but firm tannins. Just a bit of heat towards the long, intense finish.

Ever tasted a wine from Macedonia? You have to try this red one. Kamnik - Ten Barrels Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 (89 tsomw points)

In the glass dark red color.
On the nose aromas of cassis, blueberries, dark cherries, cloves, spices and eucalyptus.
Very powerful, balanced and the high alcohol is well integrated. Polished but firm tannins. Just a bit of heat towards the long, intense finish.

This wine is best served at 16-18°?. It is perfectly combined with meat specialties, especially with beef steak in a green pepper sauce or game in a spicy sauce.

Alcohol: 15.3 % by Vol.

Website: www.chateaukamnik.com

May
26
Rock Angel Cotes de Provence 2016

Rock Angel Cotes de Provence 2016
90 tsomw points

Chateau d´Esclans, Provence France

Category: Rosé
Tags: Grenache, Vermentino

This rosé is really a blast. Magnum bottle Chateau d´Esclans - Rock Angel Cotes de Provence 2016 (90 tsomw points) A blend of Grenache and Vermentino. In te glass very light pink color. On the nose aromas of red berries, strawberries, apricots, citrus and light almond. On the palate great freshness, rich and complex, great balance with a long aftertaste.

This rosé is really a blast. Magnum bottle Chateau d´Esclans - Rock Angel Cotes de Provence 2016 (90 tsomw points) A blend of Grenache and Vermentino.

In te glass very light pink color.
On the nose aromas of red berries, strawberries, apricots, citrus and light almond.
On the palate great freshness, rich and complex, great balance with a long aftertaste.

Website: www.esclans.com

May
25
 Riesling Sekt brut N.V.

Riesling Sekt brut N.V.
86 tsomw points

Gut Hermannsberg, Nahe Germany

Category: Sparkling
Tags: Riesling

Yesterday we cracked this great sparkling from the Nahe region in Germany. Gut Hermannsberg Riesling Sekt brut (86 tsomw points) In the glass light golden color. Nice small mousse. On the nose aromas of citrus, green apple and tropical fruits like pineapple and mango. On the palate solid, light creaminess, nice minerality and acidity. Very nice with a great price quality rate. 

Yesterday we cracked this great sparkling from the Nahe region in Germany. Gut Hermannsberg Riesling Sekt brut (86 tsomw points)

In the glass light golden color. Nice small mousse.
On the nose aromas of citrus, green apple and tropical fruits like pineapple and mango.
On the palate solid, light creaminess, nice minerality and acidity. Very nice with a great price quality rate. 

Website: wwwgut-hermannsberg.de

May
24
Josefien 2015

Josefien 2015
85 tsomw points

Wijngaard Sint Martinus, Limburg The Netherlands

Category: Fruity white

From “the hills” of Holland comes this very nice white wine made from the Johanniter grape. St. Martinus – Josefien 2015 (85 tsomw points) In the glass a golden yellow color. On the nose fresh fruit like peach, pear, apricot, pineapple, citrus and chalk with hints of almond. On the palate medium-bodied, fresh in the mouth with nice acidity. Nice long aftertaste.
 

From “the hills” of Holland comes this very nice white wine made from the Johanniter grape.

St. Martinus – Josefien 2015 (85 tsomw points)
In the glass a golden yellow color.
On the nose fresh fruit like peach, pear, apricot, pineapple, citrus and chalk with hints of almond.
On the palate medium-bodied, fresh in the mouth with nice acidity. Nice long aftertaste.

Website: www.wijngaardmartinus.nl

May
23
Vermentino di Sardegna 201

Vermentino di Sardegna 201
87 tsomw points

Argiolas, Sardinia Italy

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Vermentino

This is really a great summer wine from Sardegna. Argiolas - Is Argiolas Vermentino di Sardegna 2016 (87 tsomw points) In the glass a straw yellow color with greenish rim. On the nose expressive aromas of citrus, pear, pineapple and white flowers with hints of mint and light honey. On the palate fresh, savory, full and enveloping taste. At the finish a little bit closing.

This is really a great summer wine from Sardegna. Argiolas - Is Argiolas Vermentino di Sardegna 2016 (87 tsomw points)

In the glass a straw yellow color with greenish rim.
On the nose expressive aromas of citrus, pear, pineapple and white flowers with hints of mint and light honey.
On the palate fresh, savory, full and enveloping taste. At the finish a little bit closing. 

Winemakers notes:

CLIMATE
Mediterranean, mild winters, limited rainfall, very hot and windy summers.

VINIFICATION TECHNIQUE
Painstaking selection of the grapes, very light pressing with use only of first press wine. Cooling at 10-12 °C with natural settling.
Fermentation with native yeasts only, at controlled temperature between 16-17 °C for 25-30 days. Left to develop on its lees for 40-60 days.

TASTING NOTES
Colour: Soft straw yellow with green tinges.
Nose: Intense primary aroma, delicate, lingering, excellent secondary aroma, great bouquet.
Palate: Lively, fresh, rich, balanced, delicate, fine.

STORAGE
Constant temperature 18 °C, humidity 75%, controlled light, horizontal bottle.

SERVING
Tall, fairly wide goblet, serving temperature 10-11 °C.

FOOD MATCHES
Fish starters, culurgiones (ravioli) with potato and mint filling, seafood risotto, artichoke risotto, linguine (flat spaghetti) with seafood dressing, stewed and grilled fish, white meats, medium mature cheeses.

Website: www.argiolas.it

 

May
22
Herrenberg Riesling 2013

Herrenberg Riesling 2013
87 tsomw points

Weingut Am Nil, Pfalz Germany

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Riesling

Now featuring a great white wine from the Pfalz (Germany) Weingut Am Nil – Herrenberg Riesling 2013 (87 tsomw points) In the glass a bright straw yellow color. On the nose citrus, apricot, apple and chalk with a great freshness and purity. On the palate full-bodied with refreshing complexity, racy with lots of fruit like apple, peach and citrus with a great minerality. Nice long finish. Powerful and spicy reverberation. Top!!

Now featuring a great white wine from the Pfalz (Germany)

Weingut Am Nil – Herrenberg Riesling 2013 (87 tsomw points)
In the glass a bright straw yellow color.
On the nose citrus, apricot, apple and chalk with a great freshness and purity.
On the palate full-bodied with refreshing complexity, racy with lots of fruit like apple, peach and citrus with a great minerality.
Nice long finish. Powerful and spicy reverberation. Top!!

Website: www.weingutamnil.de

May
21
Rosso Piceno Pongelli 2013

Rosso Piceno Pongelli 2013
86 tsomw points

Villa Bucci, Marche Italy

Category: Fruity red
Tags: Montepulciano, Sangiovese

Now featuring a nice red blend from the Marche region. 50% Montepulciano, 50% Sangiovese. Bucci -  Rosso Piceno Pongelli 2013. In the glass a lively garnet color. On the nose aromas of cherries, prunes, red berries with hints of herbs, pepper and earth. On the palate medium-bodied, elegant and refined. No blockbuster with blackberries, prunes and graphite and steady tannins. Easy drinking and great with the pasta. 
 

Now featuring a nice red blend from the Marche region. 50% Montepulciano, 50% Sangiovese.

Bucci -  Rosso Piceno Pongelli 2013 (86 tsomw points)
In the glass a lively garnet color.
On the nose aromas of cherries, prunes, red berries with hints of herbs, pepper and earth.
On the palate medium-bodied, elegant and refined. No blockbuster with blackberries, prunes and graphite and steady tannins. Easy drinking and great with the pasta. @pallaswines
Distributor Holland: Pallaswines.nl

Winemakers notes:

Blend of Montepulciano and Sangiovese varieties.
Produced only in the finest vintages.
Exclusively estate grapes from old vines.
Aged : at least one year in oak and six months in bottle.
Alcohol content: 13 %

Website: www.villabucci.com

May
20
Pinot Grigio Puiten 2015

Pinot Grigio Puiten 2015
86 tsomw points

Colterenzio, Alto Adige Italy

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Pinot Grigio/Ruländer.

Another great white from one of my fave regions for white wine. Alto Adige! Colterenzio – Puiten Pinot Grigio 2015 (86 tsomw points) In the glass a bright yellow color with greenish rim. On the nose fresh aromas of pear, apple and stone fruit with hints of lemon and spicyness. On the palate medium-bodied with nice mouthfeel and vibrant acidity. Long pleasant aftertaste.

Another great white from one of my fave regions for white wine. Alto Adige!

Colterenzio – Puiten Pinot Grigio 2015 (86 tsomw points)
In the glass a bright yellow color with greenish rim.
On the nose fresh aromas of pear, apple and stone fruit with hints of lemon and spicyness.
On the palate medium-bodied with nice mouthfeel and vibrant acidity. Long pleasant aftertaste.

Winemakers notes:

Food Combination: A very food-friendly wine, try with a chicken pasta bake, a fish and chip supper, an apple and celery or seafood salad. Serve lightly chilled: 10 – 12° C.
Location: Vineyards with medium-heavy, gravely and sandy soils.
Winemaking: Fermentation takes place in stainless-steel tanks at a constant temperature of 18° C and lasts around 14 days. Part of the wine is fermented in large oak casks. Both new wines refine separately on their fine lees for 6 months and will be blended before bottling.

SELECTIONS

Selected vineyards, low yields and unique elegance all distinguish the wines of the Selection Line. Depending on the variety, the wines mature in stainless steel tanks or in oak barrels. The meticulous and gentle processing of the grapes expresses the character of the region and of each single variety, especially after a longer aging period.  

Website: www.colterenzio.it

May
19
Rossidi, Nikolaevo Vineyard 2014

Rossidi, Nikolaevo Vineyard 2014
85 tsomw points

Rossidi Winery

Category: Solid red
Tags: Nebiollo, Syrah

Now featuring a great wine from Bulgaria - Rossidi Winery Rubin 2014 (85 tsomw points) The rubin grape is a combination of Nebiollo and Syrah. In the glass this wine shows a garnet allmost black color. On the nose dark fruit, pepper, roses with a core of dark chocolate and juicy berries with well-balanced oak. On the palate medium-bodied, balanced with sturdy but ripe tannins. A bit young so decanter it before tasting. Also a wine to keep some wine in the cellar.

Now featuring a great wine from Bulgaria - Rossidi Winery Rubin 2014 (85 tsomw points)

The rubin grape is a combination of Nebiollo and Syrah.
In the glass this wine shows a garnet allmost black color.
On the nose dark fruit, pepper, roses with a core of dark chocolate and juicy berries with well-balanced oak. 
On the palate medium-bodied, balanced with sturdy but ripe tannins. A bit young so decanter it before tasting. Also a wine to keep some wine in the cellar.

Website: www.rossidi.com
Importer Belgium: www.bottleneck.be

May
18
 Bardolino Chiaretto Classico rosé 2016

Bardolino Chiaretto Classico rosé 2016
85 tsomw points

Le Morette, Veneto Italy

Category: Rosé
Tags: Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara

From the Lake Garda region / Lugana. Le Morette - Bardolino Chiaretto Classico rosé 2016 (85 tsomw points)Blend of Corvina 55%, Rondinella 35% and Molinara 10%. I think this is really a crowd pleaser. A light pink color (Cotes d'Azur Style) In the glass. On the nose ripe peaches, watermelon and strawberry jam playfully mingle with flavors of wild flowers and strawberries. On the palate well balanced. Tiny bit of twiggy savoriness. Full acid, but clean finish. 

White wines, rosé and sparkling. Real summer wines! This one was very tasty with a great price quality rate!

From the Lake Garda region / Lugana. Le Morette - Bardolino Chiaretto Classico rosé 2016 (85 tsomw points)
Blend of Corvina 55%, Rondinella 35% and Molinara 10%
I think this is really a crowd pleaser. A light pink color (Cotes d'Azur Style) In the glass.
On the nose ripe peaches, watermelon and strawberry jam playfully mingle with flavors of wild flowers and strawberries.
On the palate well balanced. Tiny bit of twiggy savoriness. Full acid, but clean finish. 

Website: www.luganalemorette.it

May
17
Señor da Folla Verde 2015

Señor da Folla Verde 2015
87 tsomw points

Marques de Vizhoja, Rias Baixas Spain

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Albariño, Loureira, Treixadura

From Rias Baixas comes this wonderfull white one - Marques de Vizhoja - Señor da Folla Verde 2015 (87 tsomw points) Blend of Albariño (70%), Loureira (15%) and Treixadura (15%). The glass shows a golden straw color with greenish rim. On the nose, apple, citrus with hints of ripe fruit, floral tones and light wood. On the palate, the wine is very fresh and meaty with lively tones of apple, pear and fennel. It has a sweet-acidic balance, with an elegant, long-lasting and intense finish.

From Rias Baixas comes this wonderfull white one - Marques de Vizhoja - Señor da Folla Verde 2015 (87 tsomw points)

Blend of Albariño (70%), Loureira (15%) and Treixadura (15%). The glass shows a golden straw color with greenish rim.
On the nose, apple, citrus with hints of ripe fruit, floral tones and light wood.
On the palate, the wine is very fresh and meaty with lively tones of apple, pear and fennel. It has a sweet-acidic balance, with an elegant, long-lasting and intense finish.

Website: www.marquesdevizhoja.com

May
16
Mia Bianco 2015

Mia Bianco 2015
83 tsomw points

Dl Wine, Campania Italy

Category: Fruity white, Full white
Tags: Falanghina, Trebbiano, Uva Greca

Another nice blend from Campania with a variety of 70% Falanghina 20% Trebbiano and 10% Uva Greca - Dl Wine – Mia Bianco 2015 (83 tsomw points) In the glass a straw yellow color with golden highlights. On the nose aromas of white flowers, pear, green apple, peach and hints of tea. On the palate medium/full-bodied with nice acidity and good balance, light oily wit peach and almond aftertaste.

Another nice blend from Campania with a variety of 70% Falanghina 20% Trebbiano and 10% Uva Greca - Dl Wine – Mia Bianco 2015 (83 tsomw points)

In the glass a straw yellow color with golden highlights.
On the nose aromas of white flowers, pear, green apple, peach and hints of tea.
On the palate medium/full-bodied with nice acidity and good balance, light oily wit peach and almond aftertaste.

Website: www.dlwine.it

May
15
Brunello di Montalcino 2010

Brunello di Montalcino 2010
89 tsomw points

Tenuta Il Poggione, Tuscany Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Sangiovese

On World Brunello day (1 may) we also cracked this great red one. Tenuta Il poggione - Brunello di Montalcino 2010 (89 tsomw points) Dark ruby red in color. Expressive nose of moccha, dark cherries, earthy minerality, spices and hints of leather. Med-full bodied with fine-grained tannins, bright fruit, perfect balance and a long aftertaste. A gem. Will improve further with cellaring.

On World Brunello day (1 may) we also cracked this great red one.

Tenuta Il poggione - Brunello di Montalcino 2010 (89 tsomw points)
Dark ruby red in color.
Expressive nose of moccha, dark cherries, earthy minerality, spices and hints of leather. 
Med-full bodied with fine-grained tannins, bright fruit, perfect balance and a long aftertaste. A gem. Will improve further with cellaring.

Winemakers notes


Varietal: 100% Sangiovese
Alcohol: 14,50%
Source: The winery's oldest vineyards, planted between 150 and 450 metres (490 - 1475 ft) above sea level.
Vine training system: Cordon spur and "doppio capovolto".
Harvest: By hand
Vinification: 15 - 20 days "submerged cap" fermentation in stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeasts at a controlled temperature 25/28 °C (77/82 F). Malolactic fermentation in stainless steel.
Aging: 36 months in large French oak barrels (30 - 50 hl or 872 -1373 Gallon) followed by a long bottle aging.
Food Pairings: Red meats, game, mature cheeses.

Website: www.tenutailpoggione.it

May
15
Albino – Bianco da Sangiovese 2016

Albino – Bianco da Sangiovese 2016
86 tsomw points

Il Cellese, Tuscany Italy

Category: Fruity white, Rosé

Il Cellese – Albino – Bianco da Sangiovese (86 tsomw points) 100 % SangioveseIt looks like a rosé… but it isn’t! It is a rare wine which comes from red grapes and grows as a white. It is possible to obtain an almost white wine by harvesting the Sangiovese early and by using the right techniques. In the glass light pink rosé color. On the nose aromas of currants, fresh fruit, flowers and some herbs. On the palate fresh and presistent, good balance a nice acidity light oily with a nice minerality. Real nice summerwine. A white wine which has a red essence! 

Il Cellese – Albino – Bianco da Sangiovese (86 tsomw points)
100 % Sangiovese

It looks like a rosé… but it isn’t! It is a rare wine which comes from red grapes and grows as a white.
It is possible to obtain an almost white wine by harvesting the Sangiovese early and by using the right techniques.

In the glass light pink rosé color.
On the nose aromas of currants, fresh fruit, flowers and some herbs.
On the palate fresh and presistent, good balance a nice acidity light oily with a nice minerality. Real nice summerwine.
A white wine which has a red essence! 

Winemaker notes

Altitude: 450 meters
Type of soil: with medium consistency, rich in substrata, for the most part marl
Vines: Sangiovese 100%
Harvest period: First Week of September
Grape yield per hectare: 60 quintals

Description: 

It is not a rosé and perhaps neither a white, so what is it? It is undoubtedly a rare wine in its typology as it comes from a red and grows as a white.

From red grapes it is possible to obtain an almost white wine by harvesting the Sangiovese early, that is in the first few days of September in the areas of the vineyards with southerly exposure, performing a first harvest of grapes that have already achieved a good concentration of sugar. Manual harvesting takes place using boxes into which we place only a few kilograms of grapes to avoid breaking them and to prevent the pulp from becoming stained the colour of the skins. There follows a light pressing which then produces a white must. In fact the San-giovese grapes at the beginning of September are still not fully ripe in terms of the colouring substanc-es of the skins, which cannot be easily extracted and will therefore be unlikely to colour the juice red. The juice is fermented for approximately one month at low temperatures to preserve all the aromas of fermentation and then it ages on yeasts for 4 months. Its scent has both the character of white wine, asso-ciated with white wild flowers and Mediterranean plants, and the young red character reminiscent of currants. The good acidity in the taste will allow the vines to grow for up to two or three years while maintaining the aroma and then unveiling the origin of the native soil revealing further mineral and oily essences.

Best consumed cool at around 11° C and uncork at least 30 minutes beforehand during the first year of the bottle and at least 1 hour beforehand in sub-sequent years as, even though white, it has a red essence.

Bottles produced: N° 3.000

Serving temperature: coppery color with aromas of strawberry and blackcurrant, the taste is salty, fresh and clotted. Serve at temperature 8/12 ° C as an aperitif, with fish dishes, excellent with crudités.

Website: www.ilcellese.it

May
14
Brunello di Montalcino 2009

Brunello di Montalcino 2009
90 tsomw points

Mastrojanni, Tuscany Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Sangiovese

Yesterday we celebrated 1 May World BdM day with this amazing wine. Mastro janni – Brunello di Montalcino 2009 (90 tsomw points) In the glass bright ruby red, light transparent. On the nose expressive aromas of dried cherries, plums, roasted chestnut, licorice with earthy hints and tobacco. On the palate fine acidity and soft tannins with cherries, leather and caramel. Great long lingering finish.

Yesterday we celebrated 1 May World BdM day with this amazing wine.

Mastro janni – Brunello di Montalcino 2009 (90 tsomw points)
In the glass bright ruby red, light transparent.
On the nose expressive aromas of dried cherries, plums, roasted chestnut, licorice with earthy hints and tobacco.
On the palate fine acidity and soft tannins with cherries, leather and caramel. Great long lingering finish.

Website: www.mastrojanni.com

May
13
Metamorphica Escumos Ancestral Garnatxa Negre N.V.

Metamorphica Escumos Ancestral Garnatxa Negre N.V.
86 tsomw points

Costador, Tarragona Spain

Category: Sparkling
Tags: Garnacha

Great experience - A natural bio rosé sparkling wine made of Garnacha!! 50% of the wine is fermented for 7 weeks with the entire grape. That’s why this sparkling rosé has a more red wine color. Costador – Metamorphica Escumos Ancestral Garnatxa Negre (86 tsomw points) In the glass a purple red color. Light bubble. On the nose cassis, sour cherries, red berries and flowers. On the palate refreshing with nice acidity. 

Great experience - A natural bio rosé sparkling wine made of Garnacha!!
50% of the wine is fermented for 7 weeks with the entire grape. That’s why this sparkling rosé has a more red wine color.

Costador – Metamorphica Escumos Ancestral Garnatxa Negre (86 tsomw points)
In the glass a purple red color. Light bubble.
On the nose cassis, sour cherries, red berries and flowers.
On the palate refreshing with nice acidity. 

Website: www.costador.net

May
12
Superior Douro D.O.C. Red 2014

Superior Douro D.O.C. Red 2014
88 tsomw points

Quinta do Crasto, Douro Portugal

Category: Solid red
Tags: Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca, Sousao

Another great wine from the Douro region. Quinto do Crasto – Superior Douro D.O.C. Red 2014 (88 tsomw points) Matured in French oak barrels for 12 months. Blend of 50% Touriga Nacional, 20% Tinta Roriz, 25% Touriga Franca and 5% Sousao. In the glas a deep purple, violet color. On the nose aromas of redberries, chocolate, spices and flowers. On the palate solid, velvety structure with elegant tannins, red fruit, subtle oakiness and nice acidity.

Another great wine from the Douro region.

Quinto do Crasto – Superior Douro D.O.C. Red 2014 (88 tsomw points)
Matured in French oak barrels for 12 months. Blend of 50% Touriga Nacional, 20% Tinta Roriz, 25% Touriga Franca and 5% Sousao. 
In the glas a deep purple, violet color.
On the nose aromas of redberries, chocolate, spices and flowers.
On the palate solid, velvety structure with elegant tannins, red fruit, subtle oakiness and nice acidity.

Winemakers notes

This wine takes its name from the location of the vineyard from which the grapes come: Douro Superior (Upper Douro).
The grapes used to make this wine come from our property Quinta da Cabreira where we have 114 hectares of recently planted vines.
Crasto Superior is fresh and balanced on the nose. Fresh on the palate, great body and ripe firm tannins. Very complex notes of dark berried fruits, gum cistus and cocoa lingering towards the elegant finish. Excellent length.

Website: www.quintadocrasto.pt

May
11
Herzstück von Kirchenberg Grüner Veltliner 2015

Herzstück von Kirchenberg Grüner Veltliner 2015
89 tsomw points

Nigl, Kremstal Austria

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Gruner Veltliner

For me this is one of the best Grüner Veltliner I have tasted. Top from Austria / Nigl - Herzstück von Kirchenberg Grüner Veltliner 2015 (89 tsomw points) In the glass this Grüner Veltliner shows a deep yellow color with greenish rim. On the nose nice complexity with anise,  herbs, cinnamon, tropical fruit and green apples. On the palate a combination of sweet and sour. The aromas follow each other nicely. The finish is very long and ends in a nice mineral and fresh final.

For me this is one of the best Grüner Veltliner I have tasted. Top from Austria.

Nigl - Herzstück von Kirchenberg Grüner Veltliner 2015 (89 tsomw points) 
In the glass this Grüner Veltliner shows a deep yellow color with greenish rim.
On the nose nice complexity with anise,  herbs, cinnamon, tropical fruit and green apples.
On the palate a combination of sweet and sour. The aromas follow each other nicely. The finish is very long and ends in a nice mineral and fresh final.

Website: www.weingutnigl.at

May
10
Barbera d´Alba 2013

Barbera d´Alba 2013
85 tsomw points

Fratello Aimasso, Langhe Italy

Category: Fruity red, Solid red
Tags: Barbera

Now a nice red one from the North of Italy - Fratelli Aimasso Barbera d'Alba DOC 2013 (85 tsomw points) In the glass transparent purple ruby red color. On the nose aromas of red fruit like blackberries, cherries and strawberries with red fruit compote, spicyness and vanilla. On the palate medium / full-bodied and nice acidity. Nice softness and balanced. 

Now a nice red one from the North of Italy - Fratelli Aimasso Barbera d'Alba DOC 2013 (85 tsomw points)

In the glass transparent purple ruby red color.
On the nose aromas of red fruit like blackberries, cherries and strawberries with red fruit compote, spicyness and vanilla.
On the palate medium / full-bodied and nice acidity. Nice softness and balanced. 

Winemaker

Established as a farming estate in the Thirties by great-grandparents Lorenzo and Argentina, after the Second World War one of their children, Pierino, decided to focus his hard work and hopes on growing grapes. In the Seventies he was succeeded by his sons, Lorenzo and Giuseppe, who developed the project and transformed the Estate, concentrating exclusively on winegrowing, increasing production and starting to vinify the excess grapes that were not sold.The Estate is now run by Luca, Lorenzo's son, together with his Uncle Giusep¬pe, and they vinify almost all of their production, looking towards a bigger and different market which is capable of discovering and appreciating the qualities of these excellent grape varieties and the wines made from them.

The estate is in the municipality of Diano d'Alba, a small town in the Langhe, with a population of about 3,000. It has recently been renovated to allow better care and the strictest, most meticulous control of quality during every phase of the vinification process.

Website: www.aimasso.com

May
9
Smeriglio Merlot 2015

Smeriglio Merlot 2015
84 tsomw points

Baracchi Winery, Tuscany Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Merlot

Now a great red one from the Cortona - Tuscany region in Italy. Baracchi - Smeriglio Merlot 2015 (84 tsomw points) In the glass deep garnet red, allmost black. On the nose redberries, blackberries, currants and hints of rosemary, black pepper and vanilla. Full body with velvety and chewy tannins. Delicious fruit with spicy oak. Mouth coating wine with chewy tannins, dense textures and a long, rich finish.

Now a great red one from the Cortona - Tuscany region in Italy.

Baracchi - Smeriglio Merlot 2015 (84 tsomw points)
In the glass deep garnet red, allmost black.
On the nose redberries, blackberries, currants and hints of rosemary, black pepper and vanilla.
Full body with velvety and chewy tannins. Delicious fruit with spicy oak. Mouth coating wine with chewy tannins, dense textures and a long, rich finish.

Winemakers notes:

DESCRIPTION

Merlot was harvested at the middle of September. The fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks with a llong maceration over a period of 20 days at a temperature never exceeding 26 °C. The resulting wine is rich in colour and very structured but soft on the palate, without any astringency. The wine were then transferred to new French oak barriques (Troncais, Nevers and Alliers medium toasting) where malolactic fermentation was completed by the year's end. The wine were then racked, blended and then returned to the barrels for about 12 months aging, followed by aging for about 6 months in bottles before release.

Website: www.baracchiwinery.com

May
8
Il Preliminare 2016

Il Preliminare 2016
84 tsomw points

Cantine del Notaio, Basilicata Italy

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Malvasia, Moscato, Chardonnay

A white blend from Basilicata region. Aglianico del Vulture and other white grapes like Malvasia, Moscato and Chardonnay. Cantine del Notaio - Il Preliminare (84 tsomw points) In the glass a bright straw yellow color. In the nose aromas of exotic fruits like mango, papaya and pineapple and some lime, vanilla and almond. On the palate fresh and fruity in the mouth. Characterized by a fine structure, elegant fruity and floral notes.

A white blend from Basilicata region. Aglianico del Vulture and other white grapes like Malvasia, Moscato and Chardonnay.

Cantine del Notaio - Il Preliminare (84 tsomw points)
In the glass a bright straw yellow color.
In the nose aromas of exotic fruits like mango, papaya and pineapple and some lime, vanilla and almond. 
On the palate fresh and fruity in the mouth. Characterized by a fine structure, elegant fruity and floral notes.

Winemakers notes:

Grape: Aglianico del Vulture worked in white, Malvasia, Moscato and Chardonnay equally.
Harvest time: manually in the second and third decade of August.
Vinification: fermentation in steel tanks at controlled temperature. Aging: at least two months in bottle before releasing.
Color: bright straw yellow.
Nose: to the nose it smells of exotic fruit, pineapple mango and papaya.
Palate: it has a marked flavor and a crisp taste with a carpet of green and fruity notes.
Matching Suggestions: ideal with fish dishes, especially with raw shell fish and river fish. Serving Temperature: about 12°C
Size: 75 cl

Website: www.cantinedelnotaio.it

May
7
Duca SanFelice 2011

Duca SanFelice 2011
85 tsomw points

Librandi, Calabria Italy

Category: Fruity red, Solid red
Tags: Gaglioppo

Nice red one from the South of Italy - 100% Gaglioppo. Librandi - Duca Sanfelice Riserva (85 tsomw points) In the glass a medium ruby red color. On the nose aromas of blackberries, strawberries, herbs, cinnamon and cloves. On the palate powerful, nice tannins with cherries, pepper and herbs. Full finish with cherries and some vanilla. Very nice red for this money.

Nice red one from the South of Italy - 100% Gaglioppo 

Librandi - Duca Sanfelice Riserva (85 tsomw points)
In the glass a medium ruby red color. 
On the nose aromas of blackberries, strawberries, herbs, cinnamon and cloves.
On the palate powerful, nice tannins with cherries, pepper and herbs. Full finish with cherries and some vanilla. Very nice red for this money.

Winemakers notes:

Production Area Cirò, Cirò Marina
Production Region Calabria
Grapes Gaglioppo
Soil limestone and clay loam
Training system and planting density head trained, 5.000 plants/ha
Yield per hectare 85 quintals - 65 hectolitres
Harvest first ten days of October 

Website: www.librandi.it

May
7
Albarinho 2016

Albarinho 2016
83 tsomw points

Marqués de Vizhoja, Galicia Spain

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Albariño, Loureiro, Treixadura

A very nice summer wine from Galicia. Marqués de Vizhoja - Blanco 2016 (83 tsomw points) Blend of Albariño, Loureiro and Treixadura. In the glass a straw-yellow color with greenish reflections. On the nose fruit forward with white fruits, apples, melon, tropical fruit notes with white flowers. As this wine opens to the air more aromatics become present such as apricots, peaches, citrus notes and lemon. On the palate well balanced with nice freshness and acidity. Very good price, quality rate. @bodegasmarquesdevizhoja

A very nice summer wine from Galicia.

Marqués de Vizhoja - Blanco 2016 (83 tsomw points)
Blend of Albariño, Loureiro and Treixadura.
In the glass a straw-yellow color with greenish reflections. 
On the nose fruit forward with white fruits, apples, melon, tropical fruit notes with white flowers. As this wine opens to the air more aromatics become present such as apricots, peaches, citrus notes and lemon.
On the palate well balanced with nice freshness and acidity. Very good price,quality rate.

Winemakers notes

Type of wine: Galician white wine | Add 2016 | 11.5 Vol.
Straw yellow color with greenish notes.
Aroma fresh, fine and penetrating with fruity touches
Its fine, balanced taste reminds you of apple, pear and soft citrus notes.

For all kinds of meals. Especially with seafood, fish and fine pastas.
Consumption temperature between 8 and 10 degrees.

Website: www.marquesdevizhoja.com

May
6
Bolgheri Rosso 2015

Bolgheri Rosso 2015
86 tsomw points

Tenuta Campo El Mare, Bolgheri Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot

Tenuta Campo el Mare - Bolgheri 2015 (86 tsomw points) In the glass this Bolgheri has a deep red color. On the nose aromas of ripe fruit, strawberries, raisins, floral tones, mint and a tap of vanilla and toast. On the palate full and soft of taste. An elegant, fine structure, nice acidity and attractive complexity.

This red one is a blend of 60% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot.

Tenuta Campo el Mare - Bolgheri 2015 (86 tsomw points)
In the glass this Bolgheri has a deep red color.
On the nose aromas of ripe fruit, strawberries, raisins, floral tones, mint and a tap of vanilla and toast.
On the palate full and soft of taste. An elegant, fine structure, nice acidity and attractive complexity.

Winemakers notes:

Production Area: made with grapes from the Campo al Mare vineyards located in the Bolgheri area.
Grapes: 60% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot
Ageing: one year old 500lt (132 gal) French oak tonneau where it remains for approximately 12 months. Bottle ageing: at least 3 months.
At the table: red and white meats, pork chop, slightly aged cheeses and poultry.
First vintage: 2003.
Longevity: Untill 15 years.

Website: www.tenuteambrogioegiovannifolonari.com

May
5
Selezione Vintage Blanc de Blancs Millessimato N.V.

Selezione Vintage Blanc de Blancs Millessimato N.V.
86 tsomw points

Ca' D'or, Franciacorta Italy

Category: Sparkling
Tags: Durella

This Blanc de Blancs Italian sparkling wine is made by Ca d’Or Winery in the Lombardy region of Northern Italy. It is made from 100% Durella grapes using the Charmat method. Ca d'or Winery - Blanc des Blancs (86|100 tsomw points) In the glass a bright lemon yellow color with greenish hue. It shows smooth bubbles. On the nose nice freshness, with exotic fruit, elderflower, apricot, floral hints and pleasing balsamic notes. On the palate soft with nice acidity and minerality. Nice fruity notes with a almond finish. @cadorvini 

This Blanc de Blancs Italian sparkling wine is made by Ca d’Or Winery in the Lombardy region of Northern Italy. It is made from 100% Durella grapes using the Charmat method.

Ca d'or Winery - Blanc des Blancs (86|100 tsomw points)
In the glass a bright lemon yellow color with greenish hue. It shows smooth bubbles.
On the nose nice freshness, with exotic fruit, elderflower, apricot, floral hints and pleasing balsamic notes. 
On the palate soft with nice acidity and minerality. Nice fruity notes with a almond finish. 

Winemakers notes:

t comes from our Grand Cru vineyards, planted with Durella grapes. It ferments for about 12 months in small steel tanks, in total absence of sulphur dioxide, and then it ages in the bottle. It is produced every year with grapes of the same vintage, so, while maintaining its soft fresh and fruity features, every year it also gives us slightly different aromatic notes, because each season has its own distinctive note.

Website: www.cadorwine.it

May
4
Rosso Fogliano Marche

Rosso Fogliano Marche
85 tsomw points

Bisci, Marche Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Merlot, Sangiovese

A full-bodied blend (merlot & sangiovese) from the Marche region. Bisci - Rosso Fogliano 2013 (85/100 tsomw points) Dark ruby red in color with garnet hue. On the nose aromas of black cherries, mulberries, raisins with hints of nuts and green pepper. On the palate dry and full-bodied with big tannins but not annoying.

A full-bodied blend (merlot & sangiovese) from the Marche region.

Bisci - Rosso Fogliano 2013 (85/100 tsomw points)
Dark ruby red in color with garnet hue.
On the nose aromas of black cherries, mulberries, raisins with hints of nuts and green pepper.
On the palate dry and full-bodied with big tannins but not annoying.

Winemakers notes:

The wine is made from a blend of Sangiovese and Merlot, with prevalence of the first and in varying percentages depending on the vintages. Bothe red grapes are cultivated with modified spurred cordon and with a very small number of gems.
The grapes are harvested in early October.
The fermentation takes place in steel tanks.
After about 9 months of aging in neutral vessels, the wine is bottled at before being released to the market not before he spent 3 months in the bottle for aging.

Wineproducer: www.bisci.it

 

May
4
Vega Busiel Envejecido 2015

Vega Busiel Envejecido 2015
82 tsomw points

Bodegas Castelo de Medina, Rueda Spain

Category: Fruity red, Solid red
Tags: Syrah, Tempranillo

A nice blend from the Rueda region - Syrah and Tempranillo. Bodegas Castelo de Medina - Vega Busiel 2015 (82 tsomw points) In the glass a dark red color with garnet rim. On the nose dark ripe red fruits, vanilla, herbs and spices with hints of caramel. The palate is round and wide, balanced and perfect assembly with well integrated wood. 

A nice blend from the Rueda region - Syrah and Tempranillo.

Bodegas Castelo de Medina - Vega Busiel 2015 (82 tsomw points) 
In the glass a dark red color with garnet rim.
On the nose dark ripe red fruits, vanilla, herbs and spices with hints of caramel.
The palate is round and wide, balanced and perfect assembly with well integrated wood. 

Winemakers notes:

TECHNICAL INFORMATION 

Composition:60% Syrah and 40% Tempranillo.
Analysis:Alcoholic content: 13.50% vol.
Drinking temperature: 14º - 16ºC.
Serving temperature: 14º - 16ºC.

Wineproducer: www.castelodemedina.com

 

May
3
Catnip Viognier 2016

Catnip Viognier 2016
86 tsomw points

Rusty Mutt, McLaren Vale Australia

Category: Fruity white, Full white
Tags: Viognier

Rusty Mutt Catnip Viognier 2016 (86 tsomw points) In the glass a straw yellow color with greenish rim. On the nose fresh aromas of apricot, lemongrass, orange peel, some floral and nutty hints. On the palate medium-bodied, nouthfilling with fresh citrus and stonfruit. Nice minerality and aftertaste.

A Viognier from Australia McLaren Vale region. What can you expect? A bit like a chardonnay unoaked style! Very nice white form winemaker Scott Heidrich.

Rusty Mutt Catnip Viognier 2016 (86 tsomw points)
In the glass a straw yellow color with greenish rim.
On the nose fresh aromas of apricot, lemongrass, orange peel, some floral and nutty hints.
On the palate medium-bodied, nouthfilling with fresh citrus and stonfruit. Nice minerality and aftertaste.
Fits great with seafood and Asian dishes.? @rustymuttwine

Winemakers notes

When choosing a white wine to produce from McLaren Vale, I looked at the varieties that grow well here and the corresponding region in France. Shiraz and Grenache are the stand out red varieties of McLaren Vale which also grow very well in the Rhone region of France. One of the most interesting whites from this area is Viognier (Condrieu appelation). As it turns out, Viognier is the 4th largest white variety by tonnes crushed in McLaren Vale so finding some was quite easy! I made the wine in a fresh aromatic style, completely un-oaked. It looks a bit like a Sauvignon Blanc on the nose and a Chardonnay on the palate.

CELLAR UNTIL: 2020
MATCHING FOODS: Enjoy with steamed scallops, garlic prawns, sweet and sour pork and many other light Chinese and Japanese dishes.

Wineproducer: www.rustymutt.com.au

May
2
Mileto Tempranillo Rioja 2012

Mileto Tempranillo Rioja 2012
83 tsomw points

Bodegas Alvia, Rioja Spain

Category: Solid red, Supple red
Tags: Tempranillo, Garnacha, Mazuelo

In the glass this Rioja shows a dark cherry red color. On the nose ripe red fruits like cherries, strawberries, currants, forest floor, licorice and well integrated woody notes. On the palate nice balance, pleasant acidity with enough red fruit, soft in the mouth with a pleasant long finish despite the 15%. 

When you like a easy drinking red one but also full of power this red one might be the right one to open up - Bodegas Alvia - Mileto Tempranillo Rioja 2012 A blend of 85% Tempranillo & 15% Garnacha (83/100 tsomw points)

In the glass this Rioja shows a dark cherry red color.
On the nose ripe red fruits like cherries, strawberries, currants, forest floor, licorice and well integrated woody notes.
On the palate nice balance, pleasant acidity with enough red fruit, soft in the mouth with a pleasant long finish despite the 15%.

Winemakers notes

The grapes used to produce this wine come from hand-harvested Tempranillo, Garnacha and Mazuelo vines.Grapes are destemmed and crushed and transferred to stainless steel truncated cone deposits. Controlled fermentation at 27º C.A pneumatic press is used in the process; must is stabilized in stainless steel deposits and subsequently aged for at least 12 months in American and French oak barrels.

Wineproducer: www.bodegasalvia.com
Webshop: www.wijnmarkt.be

May
1
Crasto Superior branco 2015

Crasto Superior branco 2015
86 tsomw points

Quinta do Crasto, Douro Portugal

Category: Full white
Tags: Viosinho, Verdelho

When you like a “Burgundy style” white one you have to try this white wine from the Douro region with grape varieties: Viosinho, Verdelho – 6 months in Frenck oak barrels. Quinta do Crasto – Crasto Superior branco 2015 (86 tsomw points) In the glass a bright citrus color. On the nose citrus, peaches, white flowers, buttery and well-integrated oak. On the palate perfect balanced, solid, creamy but with enough freshness with herbs on a stony palate. 

When you like a “Burgundy style” white one you have to try this white wine from the Douro region with grape varieties: Viosinho, Verdelho – 6 months in Frenck oak barrels.

Quinta do Crasto – Crasto Superior branco 2015 (86 tsomw points)
In the glass a bright citrus color.
On the nose citrus, peaches, white flowers, buttery and well-integrated oak.
On the palate perfect balanced, solid, creamy but with enough freshness with herbs on a stony palate. 

Winemakers notes:

VINEYARDS “vinha ao alto” (rows of vines planted up and down the slope) and “patamares” (terraces with one and two rows of vines) 
SOIL Transition from schist to granite
AGE OF VINES 18 years old
ALCOHOL, ABV 13 %
GRAPE VARIETIES Viosinho, Verdelho.

WINEMAKING The grapes, coming from the Douro Superior sub-region, were taken to the winery in plastic boxes and rigorously inspected on arrival. The grapes were then destemmed and pressed. The must was transferred to stainless steel tanks where it remained for 48 hours at 8ºC for decanting. The alcoholic fermentation began in stainless steel tanks and the wine was then transferred to French oak barrels where fermentation continued for 45 days at 14ºC. AGEING 6 months in French oak barrels. Barrels are stored in a rack system with rollers which enables barrels to be rotated to stir the fine lees without the introduction of oxygen. New barrels: 50% / Used barrels: 50% French oak barrels: 85% French oak barrels with acacia heads: 15%

Wineproducer: www.quintadocrasto.pt

Apr
30
Villa Bossi Chianti Rufina Riserva 2011

Villa Bossi Chianti Rufina Riserva 2011
87 tsomw points

Tenuta Bossi, Tuscany Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Sangiovese, Colorino, Cabernet Sauvignon

Today a real nice Tuscany blend with 80% Sangiovese, 10% Colorino, 10% C.Sauvignon. Marchesi Gondi - Villa Bossi Chianti Rufina Riserva 2011 (87/100 tsomw points) In the glass a deep ruby ??red color and light garnet hue. On the nose aromas of black cherries and ripe blackberries, followed by a spicy sweet with hints of licorice and balsamic nuances with hints of toasted nuts and coffee. On the palate great texture and character. The fullness of the wine is displayed alternately with soft tannins and a good personality. On the aftertaste fruity and mineral notes closes a pleasant hint of licorice. 

Today a real nice Tuscany blend with 80% Sangiovese, 10% Colorino, 10% C.Sauvignon.

Marchesi Gondi - Villa Bossi Chianti Rufina Riserva 2011 (87/100 tsomw points)
In the glass a deep ruby ??red color and light garnet hue.
On the nose aromas of black cherries and ripe blackberries, followed by a spicy sweet with hints of licorice and balsamic nuances with hints of toasted nuts and coffee. 
On the palate great texture and character. The fullness of the wine is displayed alternately with soft tannins and a good personality.
On the aftertaste fruity and mineral notes closes a pleasant hint of licorice. 

Winemakers notes:

AREA OF PRODUCTION: The Villa Bossi Estate, at an altitude of about 300 meters above sea level, in the vineyards of Sottomonte and Camerata, in the hill, with southern exposure, there are 9.2 hectares of Sangiovese, 3.1 hectares of Colorino and 2.7 hectares of Cabernet Sauvignon.
TYPOLOGY: Red Wine
FIRST YEAR OF BOTTLING: 1988
DENOMINATION/INDICATION: Chianti Rufina Riserva DOCG
GRAPES: Sangiovese 80% – Colorino 10% – Cabernet Sauvignon 10%
TYPE OF BREEDING: Spurred cordon.
TERROIR: The ground is composed by Galestro (typical Tuscan hard stone) and clay soils with calcareous sediments.
HISTORY: Always the Reserve Villa Bossi, was the emblem of the selection of the best blends. It could be called Gran Riserva or Gran Cru, or a meditation wine. Always the top wine of the Company. The reserve is structured and has long-lived, only since 1988 is produced with these grapes.
HARVEST: The grapes are harvested in early October.
FERMENTATION: The fermentation takes place in vats at a controlled temperature of a refrigeration machine.
AGING: Rest 12 months in Slavonian oak barrels of 25 hl, 12 months in barriques and 24 months in bottle.
POTENTIAL AGING: 10-25 years depending on the vintage.
VIEW: Intense ruby red, with good color texture and light purple shades.
NOSE: Great impact on the nose with a fruity of cassis and ripe and macerated blackberry, followed by a spicy sweet and integrated of licorice, vanilla and balsamic and toasted nuances. The end has hints of cocoa and coffee.
TASTE: Great structure and character. The fullness of the wine is shown bycurves and personality of the tannins. The end is long with notes of fruit and minerals, closes with a pleasant nuances of licorice.
ALCOHOL CONTENT: 13,0%
FOOD PAIRINGS: Damp and roast big wild game, old and mellow cheeses.

Wineproducer: www.tenutabossi.com

Apr
29
Pinot Grigio Sudtirol Alto Adige 2016

Pinot Grigio Sudtirol Alto Adige 2016
85 tsomw points

Colterenzio, Alto Adige Italy

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Pinot Grigio

A very nice Pinot Grigio from one of the best wine regions from Italy – Alto Adige. Colterenzio – Pinot Grigio 2016 (85/100 tsomw points) In the glass a pale lemon color. On the nose aromas of pear, melon, peach, citrus blossom and light herbs. On the palate round and elegant with nice acidity, juicy with pear and light almond in the aftertaste.
 

A very nice Pinot Grigio from one of the best wine regions from Italy – Alto Adige

Colterenzio – Pinot Grigio 2016 (85/100 tsomw points)
In the glass a pale lemon color.
On the nose aromas of pear, melon, peach, citrus blossom and light herbs.
On the palate round and elegant with nice acidity, juicy with pear and light almond in the aftertaste.

Wineproducer: www.colterenzio.it

Apr
28
Castello di Brolio 2010

Castello di Brolio 2010
89 tsomw points

Barone Ricasoli, Tuscany Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot

Barone Ricasoli – Chianti Classico Castello Di Brollio 2010 (89/100 tsomw points) In the glass a deep ruby red color. On the nose great matured aromas of blackcurrant, liquorice, tobacco, chocolate, wet earth and hints of flowers and vanilla. On the palate full-bodied, soft tannins, silky and smooth with enough freshness. Full of red fruit and a little alcoholic heat. Very enjoyable and can take some more years to develop.

With Easter we cracked this classic vintage – 2010. A blend of Sangiovese 90%, Cabernet Sauvignon 5%, Petit Verdot 5%

Barone Ricasoli – Chianti Classico Castello Di Brollio 2010 (89/100 tsomw points)
In the glass a deep ruby red color.
On the nose great matured aromas of blackcurrant, liquorice, tobacco, chocolate, wet earth and hints of flowers and vanilla.
On the palate full-bodied, soft tannins, silky and smooth with enough freshness. Full of red fruit and a little alcoholic heat. Very enjoyable and can take some more years to develop.

Winemakersnote

In this wine you will find the essence of our firm, its long history, striving for perfection, and the very special nature of our territory and of each vineyard " Castello di Brolio is the grand Vin produced at Barone Ricasoli, recently selected by Wine Spectator as one of the five best wines in the world.

PRODUCTION AREA: Gaiole in Chianti

Castello di Brolio is created from a meticulous selection of the best Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes from the estate's vineyards, spread over 230 hectares of land. Only grapes that have given their utmost are selected at Brolio - the production of each vintage may thus vary in quantity, but quality is always outstanding. The vineyards are at 250 to 450 m above sea level, facing south/south-west. The perfect exposure and excellent elevation of the land as well as the very stony soil are responsible for the typicality of this wine.

The 2009-2010 vintage was fairly unusual, with a cold, snowy winter, rainy spring, hot summer, and variable weather in September and October. Thanks to the snowfall and rains there was no risk of drought, and the vines worked steadily and well. The considerable day-night temperature excursions at the end of August and the beginning of September allowed the grapes to have the right sugar concentration, good acidity and color extraction. The Sangiovese was harvested when it reached perfect ripeness, between the tenth and fifteenth of October. The high sugar and polyphenol concentrations allow us to expect good things from our top wines destined to long aging. This is the best Sangiovese we have ever seen. Incredibly intense, charged hues, and extraordinary concentration. The Merlot was picked from the second to the twenty-fourth of September and the Cabernet, immediately after the Merlot. Excellent phenolic and color extraction, the wine was already clean and elegant at the end of the alcoholic fermentation.(winemaker's note)

Wineproducer: www.baronericasoli.com

Apr
27
Vale da Calada Branco 2016

Vale da Calada Branco 2016
85 tsomw points

Herdade da Calada

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Verdelho, Arinto

Great blend from Portugal. Grapes: Verdelho and Arinto. Herdade Dacalada - Vale da Calada branco 2016 (85/100 tsomw points) In the glass a light yellow color with greenish hue. On the nose aromas of green apple, citrus, pear, tropical fruits with a nice minerality and hints of nuts. On the palate fresh, juicy, medium-bodied with green apple and light herbal notes. Nice long aftertaste.

Great blend from Portugal. Grapes: Verdelho and Arinto. 

Herdade Dacalada - Vale da Calada branco 2016 (85/100 tsomw points)
In the glass a light yellow color with greenish hue.
On the nose aromas of green apple, citrus, pear, tropical fruits with a nice minerality and hints of nuts.
On the palate fresh, juicy, medium-bodied with green apple and light herbal notes. Nice long aftertaste.

Classification: Vinho Regional Alentejano
Soil: Sandy clay with pink quartz
Vinification: Handpicked grapes. Primary treatment by natural sedimentation. Temperature-controlled fermentation in stainless steel tanks. 1 Month full yeast contact.
Predominant: Varieties Verdelho, Arinto

Wineproducer: www.herdadecalada.com

Apr
26
Modra Frakinja 2013

Modra Frakinja 2013
84 tsomw points

Heaps Good Wine Co

Category: Solid red
Tags: Blaufrankisch

Heaps Good Wine Co - Modra Frankinja 2013. In the glass a deep red allmost black color. On the nose expressive aromas of cherries, blackberries en jam compote with hints of pepper, herbs and oak. On the palate fine and elegant with nice acidity and red fruits.

Ever tasted a wine with the Blaufrankisch grape? This wine from Slovenia really is worth a try!

Heaps Good Wine Co - Modra Frankinja 2013 (84 tsomw points)
In the glass a deep red allmost black color.
On the nose expressive aromas of cherries, blackberries en jam compote with hints of pepper, herbs and oak.
On the palate fine and elegant with nice acidity and red fruits.

Wineproducer:www.hgw.si

 

Apr
25
Verdejo Vendimia Selleccionada 2015

Verdejo Vendimia Selleccionada 2015
83 tsomw points

Castelo de Medina, Rueda Spain

Category: Fruity white, Full white
Tags: Verdejo

Castelo de Medina - Verdejo Vendimia Seleccionada 2015 (83/100 tsomw points) In the glass this 100% Verdejo shows a bright, straw yellow color with greenish hue. On the nose aromas of stonefruit, anise, citrus, apple, lightly toasted from 3 months barrel aging. On the palate fleshy, solid with enough fruits and herbs. Nice round aftertaste.

The Spanish Castelo de Medina is known as a manufacturer of modern, fresh white wines: Quality Rueda with a good PQR. Also this 100% Verdejo. 

Castelo de Medina - Verdejo Vendimia Seleccionada 2015 (83/100 tsomw points)
In the glass this 100% Verdejo shows a bright, straw yellow color with greenish hue.
On the nose aromas of stonefruit, anise, citrus, apple, lightly toasted from 3 months barrel aging.
On the palate fleshy, solid with enough fruits and herbs. Nice round aftertaste.

Winemakers notes:

Type: Young white wine. 100% Verdejo. 3 months in French oak. Apellation Rueda.
Composition: 100% Verdejo.
Alcoholic content: 13% vol.
Drinking temperature: 8º - 10ºC.
Serving temperature: 6º - 8ºC.

Wineproducer: www.castelodemedina.com

Apr
24
Prunideo Rosso di Toscana 2015

Prunideo Rosso di Toscana 2015
83 tsomw points

Cantina del Farnio, Tuscany Italy

Category: Fruity red
Tags: Sangiovese, Cabernet

Blend of Sangiovese 90%, Cabernet 10%. Cantina del Farnio 'Prunideo' Rosso Toscana ( 83/100 tsomw points)  In the glass a dark ruby red allmost black color. On the nose floral notes, cherry, raspberry, berries, plum jam, chocolate and leather. On the palate tannic, fresh, balanced and with a good body.

Saturday - Pizza time! And what do you drink with a selfmade Pizza. Right. Sangiovese / Super Tuscan.
Blend of Sangiovese 90%, Cabernet 10%.

Cantina del Farnio 'Prunideo' Rosso Toscana ( 83/100 tsomw points) 
In the glass a dark ruby red allmost black color.
On the nose floral notes, cherry, raspberry, berries, plum jam, chocolate and leather.
On the palate tannic, fresh, balanced and with a good body.

 

Apr
23
Castel del Monte Nero di Troia 2015

Castel del Monte Nero di Troia 2015
82 tsomw points

Cantina Vignuolo, Puglia Italy

Category: Fruity red, Solid red
Tags: Nero di Troia, Montepulciano, Aglianico

Cantina Vignuolo - Castel del Monte Rosso DOC 2015. This is a nice blend of Nero di Troia (70%), Montepulciano (15%) en Aglianico (15%). In the glass a ruby red color with garnet hues. On the nose dark berries, cherries and currants. On the palate full-bodied, energetic in tannins and good length.

It's time for a biowine from the South of Italy.

Cantina Vignuolo - Castel del Monte Rosso DOC 2015.
This is a nice blend of Nero di Troia (70%), Montepulciano (15%) en Aglianico (15%). In the glass a ruby red color with garnet hues.
On the nose dark berries, cherries and currants.
On the palate full-bodied, energetic in tannins and good length.

Wineproducer: www.vignuolo.it

 

Apr
22
Salino Bianco 2015

Salino Bianco 2015
85 tsomw points

Cantina Colosi, Salina Italy

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Inzolia, Catarratto

Cantine Colosi – Salino Bianco 2015 (85/100 tsomw points) Grape variety: Inzolia and Catarratto. In the glass a pale yellow color with greenish rim. On the nose white flowers, peach, exotic fruits and something salthy like olives. On the palate medium / full-bodied, dry but with enough fruit and freshness. Very nice minerality from the vulcanic soil and the sun.
 

Cantine Colosi – Salino Bianco 2015 (85/100 tsomw points)
Grape variety: Inzolia and Catarratto

In the glass a pale yellow color with greenish rim.
On the nose white flowers, peach, exotic fruits and something salthy like olives.
On the palate medium / full-bodied, dry but with enough fruit and freshness. Very nice minerality from the vulcanic soil and the sun.

Wineproducer: www.cantinecolosi.it
 

Apr
21
Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Sauvignon Blanc 2016
84 tsomw points

Castelo de Medina, Rueda Spain

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Sauvignon Blanc

Castelo de Medina is a great winery in the Rueda region. This Castelo de Medina Sauvignon Blanc 2016 (84/100 tsomw points) has a great PQR. A little strange but very nice! In the glass straw yellow in colour with golden tones. On the nose fresh with aromas of tropical fruits like banana, pineapple and grapefruit. On the palate it's fresh, lively and invigorating with flavours of nettles and gooseberry and nutty hints.

Castelo de Medina is a great winery in the Rueda region.
This Castelo de Medina Sauvignon Blanc 2016 (84/100 tsomw points) has a great PQR. A little strange but very nice!

In the glass straw yellow in colour with golden tones.
On the nose fresh with aromas of tropical fruits like banana, pineapple and grapefruit.
On the palate it's fresh, lively and invigorating with flavours of nettles and gooseberry and nutty hints.

Analysis:

Alcoholic content: 13,5% vol.
Total acidity (TH2): 5,50 g/l.
Volatile acidity (Acetic acid): 0,18 g/l.
Free sulphurous: 30 ppm.
Residual sugars: 2,00 g/l.
PH: 3.20

Consumption:

Drinking temperature: 8º - 10ºC
Serving temperature: 6º - 8ºC

Wineproducer: www.castelodemedina.com

Apr
20
Merlot - Blanc de Noir Trocken 2016

Merlot - Blanc de Noir Trocken 2016
86 tsomw points

Becker Weine, Rheinhessen Germany

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Merlot

Weingut Becker – Merlot Blanc de Noir 2016 (86/100 tsomw points) In the glass a bright yellow color with greenish hue. On the nose great aromas of apricot, peaches, citrus with hints of boilers, spicyness and mint. On the palate fresh, fruity with great balance and acidity. Really great refreshing wine with a great price, quality rate.

Really great summer wine from Rheinhessen - Germany.

Weingut Becker – Merlot Blanc de Noir 2016 (86/100 tsomw points)
In the glass a bright yellow color with greenish hue.
On the nose great aromas of apricot, peaches, citrus with hints of boilers, spicyness and mint.
On the palate fresh, fruity with great balance and acidity. Really great refreshing wine with a great price, quality rate.

Wineproducer: www.becker-weine.com

Apr
20
Brut Trebbiano Methodo Classico 2013

Brut Trebbiano Methodo Classico 2013
84 tsomw points

Baracchi Winery, Tuscany Italy

Category: Sparkling
Tags: Trebbiano

Baracchi – Brut Trebbiano Methodo Classico (84/100 tsomw points) In the glass a intensive yellow color with greenish hue. Small bubbles, good acidity. On the nose pear, yellow apple, citrus, crusty bread and light flavors. On the palette full-bodied with a light almond after-taste. Fresh, bubbles brush kindly to the palate with a pleasant taste of yeasts. It express itself with great balance and elegance.

Ever drank a sparkling from Toscane? This 100% Trebbiano sparkling is really nice to try!

Baracchi – Brut Trebbiano Methodo Classico (84/100 tsomw points)
In the glass a intensive yellow color with greenish hue. Small bubbles, good acidity.
On the nose pear, yellow apple, citrus, crusty bread and light flavors.
On the palette full-bodied with a light almond after-taste. Fresh, bubbles brush kindly to the palate with a pleasant taste of yeasts. It express itself with great balance and elegance.

Vintage: 2013
Grapes: Trebbiano 100%
Production: 6.000 bottles with manual remuage
Alcohol: 13.00% Vol.

Trebbiano represent the history of tradition in Tuscany.
Grapes are harvested in advance and the fermentation on skins lasts for at least 10 days with low temperature.  24 months sur lies.

Wineproducer: www.baracchiwinery.com

Apr
19
Camins del Priorat 2013

Camins del Priorat 2013
89 tsomw points

Álvaro Palacios, Priorat Spain

Category: Solid red
Tags: Trebbiano

Alvaro Palacios - Camins del Priorat 2013 (89/100 tsomw points) In the glass a dark garnet to inky purple red color. On the nose expressive aromas of black fruit, spicy wood, floral and peppery aroma. Black currants and cherry, raspberry notes, minerals tints and black pepper on the palate, long finish. Powerful and rich, bold, soft texture and complex. Needs some time to open up. In about five years even better! 

This red one comes from one of my fave regions in Spain - Priorat! What's Yours?

Alvaro Palacios - Camins del Priorat 2013 (89/100 tsomw points)
In the glass a dark garnet to inky purple red color.
On the nose expressive aromas of black fruit, spicy wood, floral and peppery aroma.
Black currants and cherry, raspberry notes, minerals tints and black pepper on the palate, long finish. 
Powerful and rich, bold, soft texture and complex. Needs some time to open up. In about five years even better! 

 

Apr
19
Brut Reserva Método Cava N.V.

Brut Reserva Método Cava N.V.
80 tsomw points

Mas Guso, Catalonia Spain

Category: Sparkling
Tags: Xarel.lo, Parellada, Macabeo

Yeah. It's wine Tuesday so let's crack a nice sparkling! Mas Guso - Brut reserva Cava (80/100 tsomw points) Blend of Xarel.lo, Parellada and Macabeo. In his first taste fine bubbles. In the mouth we find pure flavors with a slight yeast-key. Easy drinking sparkling.

Yeah. It's wine Tuesday so let's crack a nice sparkling!

Mas Guso - Brut reserva Cava (80/100 tsomw points)
Blend of Xarel.lo, Parellada and Macabeo. In his first taste fine bubbles.
On the palate we find pure flavors with a slight yeast-key. Easy drinking sparkling.

Wineproducer: www.vinosonlinemasguso.com

Apr
18
Villa Castiglioni Rosso 2010

Villa Castiglioni Rosso 2010
87 tsomw points

Bisci, Marche Italy

Category: Fruity red, Solid red
Tags: Sangiovese, Merlot

This nice red one comes from the Marche region. Bisci - Rosso Villa Castiglioni 2010 ( 87/100 tsomw points) Blend of Sangiovese 70% Merlot 30%. In the glass a dark ruby red color with garnet hues. On the nose black cherries, blueberries and currant with mineral hints and vanilla On the palate dry, soft and harmonious and persistent. Soft tannins and pleasant long finish. 

This nice red one comes from the Marche region. Bisci - Rosso Villa Castiglioni 2010 ( 87/100 tsomw points)

Blend of Sangiovese 70% Merlot 30%
In the glass a dark ruby red color with garnet hues.
On the nose black cherries, blueberries and currant with mineral hints and vanilla
On the palate dry, soft and harmonious and persistent. Soft tannins and pleasant long finish. 

Winemakers notes:

Appellation IGT Rosso Marche Villa Castiglioni
Zone Matelica
Vineyard extension 2.20 ha
Blend Sangiovese 80% - Merlot 20%
Vineyard age (year of planting) 2001
Soil type Calcarous, clayey
Exposure South
Vinification and ageing Maceration with the skins and alcoholic fermentation in steel vats for 15 days, during this period the must is pumped over twice a day, malolactic fermentation in steel. The wine matures part in steel tanks and part in barriques for 12 months, finishing in the bottle for 6 months
Average no. bottles/year 13.500
Alcohol 13,5-14% Vol.

Wineproducer: www.bisci.it

Apr
17
Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Sauvignon Blanc 2016
83 tsomw points

Weingut Waldschutz, Kamptal Austria

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Sauvignon Blanc

Another nice white wine from Austria this Waldschütz – Sauvignon Blanc 2016 (83/100 tsomw points) In the glass a light yellow color. On the nose expressive aromas of ananas, papaya, elderberry with hints of nettles. On the palate not screaming but powerfull, light creamy with nice structure and freshness and minerality.

Another nice white wine from Austria this Waldschütz – Sauvignon Blanc 2016 (83/100 tsomw points)

In the glass a light yellow color.
On the nose expressive aromas of ananas, papaya, elderberry with hints of nettles.
On the palate not screaming but powerfull, light creamy with nice structure and freshness and minerality.

Wineproducer: www.weingut-waldschuetz.at

Apr
16
Edicao Nacional Avesso White 2015

Edicao Nacional Avesso White 2015
82 tsomw points

Covela, Douro Portugal

Category: Fruity white

his fits great with the summer weather in Holland.  Covela -: Edicao Nacional Avesso 2015 (82/100 tsomw points) In the glass a bright yellow color. On the nose floral aromas with vibrant lemon aromatics. The palate shows vivacious lemon, lime and peach flavors.  It’s perfectly balanced and an amazing wine for food. 

his fits great with the summer weather in Holland.  Covela -: Edicao Nacional Avesso 2015 (82/100 tsomw points)

In the glass a bright yellow color.
On the nose floral aromas with vibrant lemon aromatics. 
The palate shows vivacious lemon, lime and peach flavors.  It’s perfectly balanced and an amazing wine for food. 

Winemaker notes:

Quinta de Covela’s first-ever Vinho Verde. Edição Nacional, or National Edition, refers to the Avesso grape, 100% Portuguese and native to Covela’s sub-region. A dynamic, yet elegant Verde positioned alongside the best Alvarinhos and Loureiros.

Organic farming. Granitic soils forming a natural, South-facing amphitheater at low-altitude on the right bank of the Douro river in the southeastern corner of the Vinho Verde region; Cold winters and hot, dry summers, mix of continental climate and maritime influence. 

Enjoy at a temperature of around 7ºC to 8ºC (44ºF to 47ºF). An ideal wine to pair with grilled fish or seafood, and even sushi and sashimi. Its freshness and light-hearted character also make it a great wine to accompany starters or to be enjoyed al fresco as an aperitif in the company of family or friends.

Wineproducer: www.covela.pt

Apr
15
Pora Barbaresco 2013

Pora Barbaresco 2013
90 tsomw points

Musso, Langhe Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Nebbiolo

Musso is a famous winery located in the village of Barbaresco in the Piedmont wine region of Italy. Musso - Barbaresco Pora 2013 (90/100 tsomw points) In the glass a dark red color. On the nose nice aromas of plums and prunes,  dried figs, tar, violets, chocolate and some spicyness. On the palate very ripe and plummy, with cherries, sweet spices with lots of fruitiness and soft tannins. The finish is long, soft with vanilla and spices. Top vino 

Musso is a famous winery located in the village of Barbaresco in the Piedmont wine region of Italy.

Musso - Barbaresco Pora 2013 (90/100 tsomw points)
In the glass a dark red color.
On the nose nice aromas of plums and prunes,  dried figs, tar, violets, chocolate and some spicyness. 
On the palate very ripe and plummy, with cherries, sweet spices with lots of fruitiness and soft tannins. The finish is long, soft with vanilla and spices. Top vino.

Winemakers notes

The Nebbiolo grape has been present in Barbaresco since ancient times, although it’s organized production dates back just to the second XIX . These hills of the Langhe have been able to select the most suitable areas, where the soil is more hospitable and exposure promotes better ripening of the grapes.
The grapes for this Nebbiolo destined to be Barbaresco are produced in the estate vineyards of Musso in the historical cru of Pora, once known as Citadel Pora. Here, soil reproduces the characteristic mixture of limestone and clay that produces a wine full of character and ability to withstand time.

Soil: this is an historical vineyard, about 2 and a half hectares, with mainly limestone and frequent intersections of clay. For this the soil is complete and compact and particularly suitable for the cultivation of Nebbiolo.

Exposition: From west to south-west
Altitude: between 240 and 280 meters above sea levelVinification: hand harvested, the grapes are crushed and de-stemmed at the cellar. Then, the vinification follows a traditional method in steel containers. The maceration lasts about 20 days and has an immersed cap with periodic pumpovers. The fermentation temperatures oscillate between 28 and 30° C.

Maturation: after racking, the new wine matures in oak barrels of 50 hectoliters for 12 months and then for another 10-12 months in barrels of 20 hectoliters.

Bottling: after this period of evolution, Barbaresco “Pora” is bottled in the summer of the second year after harvest. The bottled wine is stored in the winery for about 7-8 months . Then, finally, it is ready for the market and consumption.

Food Pairings: an important wine wanted to be accompanied by important dishes. For this, Barbaresco “Pora” is a classic wine red meat. Traditionally it was approached with a preference for game
meat, today it’s complexity and fullness do well with all red meat cooked in various ways, from roasts, stews and braised local cuisine as well as international dishes. With the passage of time and the maturation of the wine, Barbaresco does not always need a gastronomic pairing, but can be enjoyed by itself that articulates thoughts and emotions. A wine of meditation.

Wineproducer: www.mussobarbaresco.it

Apr
14
Feldmarschall 2015

Feldmarschall 2015
86 tsomw points

Tiefenbrunner, Alto Adige Italy

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Muller Thurgau

Tiefenbrunner – Feldmarschall 2015 (86/100 tsomw points) In the glass a light straw yellow color. This wines offers great aromas of stonefruit, green apples, pear with hints of honey and jasmine.On the palate nicely balanced, fresh, zesty acidity, light aromatic with a long aftertaste. Great minerality. A bit like Riesling. Top

100% Muller Thurgau from one of my favorite regions for white wines. Alto Adige!
This grapes are planted on special location at a height of 1.000 meters.

Tiefenbrunner – Feldmarschall 2015 (86/100 tsomw points)
In the glass a light straw yellow color.
This wines offers great aromas of stonefruit, green apples, pear with hints of honey and jasmine.
On the palate nicely balanced, fresh, zesty acidity, light aromatic with a long aftertaste. Great minerality. A bit like Riesling. Top

Wineproducer: www.tiefenbrunner.com

Apr
13
Merlot Goldberg 2014

Merlot Goldberg 2014
82 tsomw points

Weingut Reumann, Mittelburgenland Austria

Category: Fruity red, Solid red
Tags: Merlot

Weingut Reumann - Merlot 2014 (82/100 tsomw points) In the glass dark cherry red. On the nose aromas of blackberries, some cherries and peppermint, also orange peel and hints of blossom. On the palate clear fruit with red berries and zest. Spicyness, ripe tannins and good finish. 

Ever tasted a Merlot from Austria?
Weingut Reumann - Merlot 2014 (82/100 tsomw points)

In the glass dark cherry red. 
On the nose aromas of blackberries, some cherries and peppermint, also orange peel and hints of blossom.
On the palate clear fruit with red berries and zest. Spicyness, ripe tannins and good finish. 

Wineproducer: www.weingut-reumann.at

Apr
12
Rosé 2015

Rosé 2015
83 tsomw points

Covela, Douro Portugal

Category: Rosé
Tags: Touriga Nacional

A very nice Rosé made of 100% Touriga Nacional. One of Portugal’s most iconic grapes. Quinta de Covela – Rosé 2015 (83/100 tsomw points) In the glass a bright, pale pink color. On the nose floral aromas, strawberries, raspberries and some red apple with nice minerality and little spicyness. On the palate dry, nice structure, fresh with creamy strawberries and blueberries with a medium long finish

A very nice Rosé made of 100% Touriga Nacional. One of Portugal’s most iconic grapes.
Quinta de Covela – Rosé 2015 (83/100 tsomw points)

In the glass a bright, pale pink color.
On the nose floral aromas, strawberries, raspberries and some red apple with nice minerality and little spicyness.
On the palate dry, nice structure, fresh with creamy strawberries and blueberries with a medium long finish

100% Touriga Nacional, Portugal’s most emblematic red grape. Made by the classical rosé method, this wine is known for its elegant pairing of palid hue and balanced structure. A dry, gastronomic rosé. 

Enjoy at a temperature between 8°C and 10°C. Ideal for outdoor meals and other “al fresco” moments, by the sea, by the pool, on the terrace, in the garen, but always in good compan. A gastronomic rosé which lends itself very well to all sorts of summer fare and also Asian cuisine. 

Wineproducer:www.covela.pt

Apr
11
Pinot Noir 2013

Pinot Noir 2013
87 tsomw points

Simcic

Category: Solid red
Tags: Pinot Noir

This is a great Pinot Noir from Slovenia. Two years on barrique. Great surprise for me! Marjan Simcic – Pinot Noir 2013 (87/100 tsomw points) In the glass a ruby red color, light transparent with a brick color hue. On the nose cherries, cassis liquor and orange peel with soft savory hints. On the palate ripe red fruit, nice solid but also fresh. Suprisingly big for this grape! Nice long aftertaste of cherries.

This is a great Pinot Noir from Slovenia. Two years on barrique. Great surprise for me!

Marjan Simcic – Pinot Noir 2013 (87/100 tsomw points)
In the glass a ruby red color, light transparent with a brick color hue.
On the nose cherries, cassis liquor and orange peel with soft savory hints.
On the palate ripe red fruit, nice solid but also fresh. Suprisingly big for this grape! Nice long aftertaste of cherries.

Winemaker Notes

Grape type: Pinot Noir
Region: Collio – Italy, Brda – Slovenia
Vineyards: Zegla (IT), Breg (SLO), Medana - Jama (SLO)
Vineyards age: 19 - 42 years
Vineyards altitude: 150 - 250 metres above sea level
Vineyards exposure: south - east (Zegla) / east (Breg) / south - east (Medana - Jama)
Soil type: marl, slate and sandstone
Harvest: hand-harvested, bunches carefully selected - in the middle of September
With food: Combine it with simple red meat dishes or venison. It is excellent with mushroom dishes or with matured mountain cheeses.
Aging: Pinot Noir improves with age. However, it is suitable for drinking at all stages. Ageing potential of up to ten years.
Serving temperature: 18 °C - 20 °C

Wineproducer: www.simcic.si

Apr
10
Bakchai 2015

Bakchai 2015
84 tsomw points

Vigneti Bonaventura, Marche Italy

Category: Fruity white, Full white

This nice biological white one comes from the Marche Region. – 100% Pecorino. Vigneti Bonaventura – Bakchai 2015 (84/100 tsomw points) In the glass a straw yellow color. On the nose aromas of grapefruit, and aromatic herbs like sage. Also some vegetable hints. On the palate good body and balance and good structure. Good acidity and length. 

This nice biological white one comes from the Marche Region. – 100% Pecorino
Vigneti Bonaventura – Bakchai 2015 (84/100 tsomw points)

In the glass a straw yellow color.
On the nose aromas of grapefruit, and aromatic herbs like sage. Also some vegetable hints.
On the palate good body and balance and good structure. Good acidity and length. 

Wineproducer: www.vignetibonaventura.it

Apr
9
Sauvignon Vigna Al lago 2015

Sauvignon Vigna Al lago 2015
86 tsomw points

Tenuta Conte Romano, Friuli Italy

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Sauvignon Blanc

Tenuta Conte Romano – Sauvignon Blanc 2015 (86/100 tsomw points) In the glass a light yellow color. On the nose vegatable notes with tropical, fruit, peach and great minerality.
On the palate savory and dry, fine flavours with great acidity which gives the wine character.

Yesterday we enjoyed some wines with friends in the garden. This Sauvignon Blanc from Friuli really hit the ceiling. 

Tenuta Conte Romano – Sauvignon Blanc 2015 (86/100 tsomw points)
In the glass a light yellow color.
On the nose vegatable notes with tropical, fruit, peach and great minerality.
On the palate savory and dry, fine flavours with great acidity which gives the wine character.

Notes winemaker

VARIETY  Sauvignon Blanc 100%
PLACE OF PRODUCTION  Manzano – Colli Orientali del Friuli
TERRAIN  Hill and foothill area, soil composed of Eocenic marl with a prevalence of clay component.
AVERAGE AGE  15 years
TRAINING METHOD  “Tight bilateral Guyot” and “Candelabrum with four vegetative points”.
AVERAGE PRODUCTION  50qli/ha
HARVEST  Exclusively by hand in small boxes, with specialised and skilled labor.
WINEMAKING  Soft and quick pressing of whole grapes. Fermentation at 15 °C in stainless steel containers and maturation on lees for 7 months with frequent battonage during the first aging phase. Subsequent bottle aging for another seven months.
POTENTIAL AGING  Over 5 years
ALCOHOL CONTENT  13,5% vol.
SERVING TEMPERATURE  12°C

Wineproducer: www.tenutaconteromano.it

 

Apr
8
Müller-Thurgau Pietramontis 2015

Müller-Thurgau Pietramontis 2015
85 tsomw points

Villa Corniole, Alto Adige Italy

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Müller Thurgau

Ever heard from Müller-Thurgau grapes? This lovely wine from Trentino shows 100% Müller-Thurgau. Villa Corniole- Müller-Thurgau 2015 (85/100 tsomw points) In the glass a bright straw yellow color with greenish hues. On the nose vegetables aromas of nettle and elderflower, tropical fruits, citrus and herbs. On the palate fresh with nice minerality and acidity. Dry and persistent with notes of ripe melon.

Ever heard from Müller-Thurgau grapes? This lovely wine from Trentino shows 100% Müller-Thurgau.

Villa Corniole- Müller-Thurgau Pietramontis 2015 (85/100 tsomw points)
In the glass a bright straw yellow color with greenish hues.
On the nose vegetables aromas of nettle and elderflower, tropical fruits, citrus and herbs.
On the palate fresh with nice minerality and acidity. Dry and persistent with notes of ripe melon.

Grapes: Müller Thurgau 100%.
Vineyard location: Valle di Cembra.
Vine training system: simple Trentino Pergola and Guyot.
Vini?cation: manual grape selection and harvesting. Fermentation at a controlled temperature and ageing for a couple of months in stainless steel vats.
Food Pairing: ideal as an aperitif also with ?sh sauce dishes, eggs, asparagus and mushrooms. Excellent with river ?sh such as trout and char.

Wineproducer: www.villacorniole.com

 

Apr
7
Gavi del Comune di Gavi 2015

Gavi del Comune di Gavi 2015
87 tsomw points

Marchese Luca Spinola, Piedmont Italy

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Cortese

Oh oh..what a nice Gavi this Marchese Luca Spinola – Gavi del comune di Gavi DOCG 2015 (87 tsomw points) In the glass a pale yellow color with greenish hue. On the nose aromas of zesty green apple, floral notes and anise. On the palate dry, fresh, slight savory with apple and citrus notes. Great finish, clean and with a good length.

Oh oh..what a nice Gavi this Marchese Luca Spinola – Gavi del comune di Gavi DOCG 2015 (87 tsomw points)

In the glass a pale yellow color with greenish hue.
On the nose aromas of zesty green apple, floral notes and anise.
On the palate dry, fresh, slight savory with apple and citrus notes. Great finish, clean and with a good length.

Grape variety: Cortese 100%
Production area: Municipality of Gavi
Alcohol by volume: 13.5 %
Exposure: South-West
Production: 25,000 bottles
Organoleptic properties: straw-yellow colour with faint greenish highlights. A delicate, floral bouquet, conveying the fragrance of the grape. The flavour is harmonious, fresh, pleasant, lively in the mouth.
Gastronomic accompaniments: suitable for daily consumption, to accompany light meals or dishes from international cuisine.
Technical notes: The yeasts used to transform the sugars in this wine are selected from our own grapes, to ensure the maximum expression of the terroir.
The ideal accompaniment for a light meal or dishes from international cuisine.

Wineproducer: www.marcheselucaspinola.it

Apr
6
The Prospector Syrah 2015

The Prospector Syrah 2015
87 tsomw points

Jordan, Stellenbosch South Africa

Category: Solid red
Tags: Syrah

When you are looking for a Syrah with a great price, quality rate you have to check out this Jordan – The Prospector Syrah 2015 (87/100 tsomw points) In the glass a deep purple red color. On the nose blackberries, blueberries, black currants, leather with hints of chocolate and spicyness. On the palate concentrated with great structure, fruity, warm and rich, soft in the mouth with great balance. Dutch distributor Pallas Wines 

When you are looking for a Syrah with a great price, quality rate you have to check out this Jordan – The Prospector Syrah 2015 (87/100 tsomw points)

In the glass a deep purple red color.
On the nose blackberries, blueberries, black currants, leather with hints of chocolate and spicyness.
On the palate concentrated with great structure, fruity, warm and rich, soft in the mouth with great balance.

Dutch distributor Pallas Wines
Download winesheet (pdf)
Wineproducer: www.jordanwines.com

 

Apr
5
Calidus Mons Riesling 2014

Calidus Mons Riesling 2014
90 tsomw points

Franzen, Mosel Germany

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Riesling

In the glass a briljant gold yellow color. On the nose multi layers aromas with apricots, peaches, subtle spice, great minderal notes and roses with everytime I sniff the glass other aromas. On the palate rich flavors, great complexity with apricot and blossom, great minerality (salty). The perfect balance of fruits and slate. Mild acididity with a never ending reverberation. I am in love!! Cheers?. 

I belief this is one of the best Rieslings I ever tasted from the Mosel region. It´s still good weather so let´s eat outside with this top Riesling. Oh oh!! Weingut Franzen / Calidus Mons Riesling 2014 (90/100 tsomw points)

In the glass a briljant gold yellow color.
On the nose multi layers aromas with apricots, peaches, subtle spice, great minderal notes and roses with everytime I sniff the glass other aromas.
On the palate rich flavors, great complexity with apricot and blossom, great minerality (salty). The perfect balance of fruits and slate. Mild acididity with a never ending reverberation. I am in love!! Cheers?. 

Wineproducer: www.weingut-franzen.de

 

Apr
4
Castelo Rosé

Castelo Rosé
80 tsomw points

Castelo de Medina

Category: Rosé
Tags: Tempranillo, Grenache

Bodegas Castelo de Medina – Castelo Rosé 2016 (80/100 tsomw points) In the glass a salmon / red color. On the nose fresh aromas of raspberries, strawberries, red currant and light hints of herbs. On the palate medium bodied, good balance, fresh, some sweetness and some acid, nice minerality.

Ok – this weather asks for a nice rosé so i cracked this vino from Spain – Spain meets Provence style. Bodegas Castelo de Medina – Castelo Rosé 2016 (80/100 tsomw points)

In the glass a salmon / red color.
On the nose fresh aromas of raspberries, strawberries, red currant and light hints of herbs.
On the palate medium bodied, good balance, fresh, some sweetness and some acid, nice minerality.

Type: Rosé wine. IGP Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León.

Composition: 65% Tempranillo and 35% Grenache.
Alcoholic content: 13% vol.
Total acidity (TH2): 5.50 g/l.
Drinking temperature: 8º - 10ºC.
Serving temperature: 6º - 8ºC.

Wineproducer: www.castelodemedina.com

Apr
3
Tignanello 2014

Tignanello 2014
89 tsomw points

Marchesi Antinori, Tuscany Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc

Do you like super Tuscan? This Super Tuscan is made of 85% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc grapes. Tignanello - Marchesi Antinori 2014 (89/100 tsomw pts.) Intense dark ruby ??red in color. On the nose a complex flavor of tobacco, blackberries, vanilla and tobacco. The taste is full, delicate and silky smooth with slightly sweet hints, balanced tannins and a full lingering finish. 

Do you like super Tuscan?
This Super Tuscan is made of 85% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc grapes

Tignanello - Marchesi Antinori 2014 (89/100 tsomw pts.) Intense dark ruby ??red in color.
On the nose a complex flavor of tobacco, blackberries, vanilla and tobacco.
The taste is full, delicate and silky smooth with slightly sweet hints, balanced tannins and a full lingering finish. 

Wineproducer: www.antinori.it

Apr
2
Tokaji Eszencia 2005

Tokaji Eszencia 2005
89 tsomw points

Disznoko

Category: Desert wine
Tags: Muscat Blanc, Furmint, Harslevelu

Ever tasted this godly nectar from Hungary?? I don’t know how to tell you about this wine but this Disznoko Tokaji Escenzia 2005 is great (89/100 tsomw points) In the glass a deep amber colour, thick, with fat tears. In the nose sweet honey, apricot, plums, orange peel, figs and tea leafs. On the palate intense flavours, complex. Very concentrated nectar with incredible length with a dash of exiting acidity.

Ever tasted this godly nectar from Hungary?? I don’t know how to tell you about this wine but this Disznoko Tokaji Escenzia 2005 is great (89/100 tsomw points) 

In the glass a deep amber colour, thick, with fat tears. 
In the nose sweet honey, apricot, plums, orange peel, figs and tea leafs. 
On the palate intense flavours, complex. Very concentrated nectar with incredible length with a dash of exiting acidity.

With the vivacious acidity balancing the sweetness, Disznók? Tokaji Aszú 5 puttonyos can be enjoyed alone, but also with a wide range of dishes.

Our favourite moments

  • Chilled, as a refreshing aperitif.
  • On its own, instead of dessert, at the end of the meal.
  • Sunday morning wine – savouring during cooking and tasting along the way with the various ingredients and at different stages – and when we sit down to feast.

Our favourite pairings

  • Aperitif: served with canapés. Accompanying pâtés, foie gras.
  • Main: poultry, white meat with creamy sauces. Mushroom or seafood risotto . East Asian, slightly spicy dishes such as Thai green curry chicken. Dim sum.
  • Cheese: younger and not too salty blue cheese.
  • Dessert: simply with some fruits (apricot, pears or fruit salads) or with a fruit-based dessert (e.g. apricot tart, fruit cake, mandarin sorbet).

Serving advice: Ready to drink but with an important ageing potential (for 20 years or more).
To enjoy the finest nuances, Disznóko Tokaji Aszú 5 puttonyos is best served cool (11-13°C). After opening, it retains its freshness for at least a week in the fridge.

Wineproducer: www.disznoko.hu

Apr
1
Basilicata Del Vulture Aglianico 2011

Basilicata Del Vulture Aglianico 2011
84 tsomw points

Tenuta I Gelsi, Valpolicella Italy

Category: Fruity red, Solid red
Tags: Aglianico del Vulture

Tenuta I Gelsi – Balsilicata 2011 / Aglianico del Vulture 100% (84/100 tsomw points) In the glass a deep ruby red color with garnet hues. On the nose aromas of currants, blackberries, plums, cloves, chocolate, licorice with hints of black pepper and tobacco. On the palate powerful, dry, fleshy and structured but also soft and elegant. Good balance with a nice sour voltage and a salinity that enhances the drinkability 

Tenuta I Gelsi – Balsilicata 2011 / Aglianico del Vulture 100% (84/100 tsomw points)

In the glass a deep ruby red color with garnet hues.
On the nose aromas of currants, blackberries, plums, cloves, chocolate, licorice with hints of black pepper and tobacco.
On the palate powerful, dry, fleshy and structured but also soft and elegant. Good balance with a nice sour voltage and a salinity that enhances the drinkability. 

Grape Aglianico del Vulture 100%
First harvest 2011
Vineyard C.da Calaturi - Valle dell’Ofanto 500 m. a.s.l.
Training system Bilateral cordon spur
Plant density 3000 vines per hectare
Soil description Volcanic ash lapilli and chalk clays
Harvest ird decade of October
Winemaking In stainless tank with punching down and daily pumping over and a long maceration on the skins 

Wineproducer:.www.tenutaigelsi.com

Mar
31
Franciacorta Brut

Franciacorta Brut
86 tsomw points

Santa Lucia , Franciacorta Italy

Category: Sparkling
Tags: Chardonnay+Pinot Bianco

Santa Lucia – Brut Franciacorta NV (86/100 tsomw points) 90% chardonnay, 10% Pinot Bianco. In the glass a straw yellow color. Fine, persistent perlage. On the nose delicate notes of apple, plums, flowers with hints of yeast notes, hazelnut and bakery. On the palate soft and creamy, tangy, medium body and good freshness, and becomes lighter and tends to close on citrus and chalky tones.?

Another sunny day in Holland. After a busy day at the office time to crack a nice sparkling ????

Santa Lucia – Brut Franciacorta NV (86/100 tsomw points)
90% chardonnay, 10% Pinot Bianco
In the glass a straw yellow color. Fine, persistent perlage.
On the nose delicate notes of apple, plums, flowers with hints of yeast notes, hazelnut and bakery.
On the palate soft and creamy, tangy, medium body and good freshness, and becomes lighter and tends to close on citrus and chalky tones.?

GRAPE: Chardonnay 90%, 10% Pinot Bianco
VINEYARDS: The grapes come from 15 vineyards spread over seven different areas of Franciacorta, representative of all the different landscape units that characterize the area. Average age of vines: 10 years.
PLANTS/Ha: 5000
TRAINING SYSTEM: Guyot, Spurred Cordon, Sylvoz.
YELD PER HECTARE: 60hl/ha
HARVEST: Manual with grape selection and transport in small boxes starting from the first ten days of August.
WINEMAKING: Soft pressing, fermentation in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperature (16°C). The base wines are vinified separately according to the vineyard of origin and then expertly blended to create the cuvée. Bottle aging on the lees for a period of about 24 months in cellars at a constant temperature of 12-15°C.
ALCOOL: 13% vol.
DOSAGE: 5g/l
PAIRINGS: Perfect as an aperitif and for the whole meal.

Wineproducer:www.santaluciafranciacorta.it

Mar
30
Purgatory Costers del Segre 2013

Purgatory Costers del Segre 2013
87 tsomw points

Torres, Coster del Segre Spain

Category: Solid red
Tags: Cariu00f1ena, Syrah, Garnacha tinta

Top blend from Spain. Torres - Purgatori Costers del Segre 2013 (87/100 tsomw points) In the glass a deep garnet red color. On the nose intense aromas of blackberries, cherries, cinamon, orange peel, ethereal nuances, spices and wood. On the palate fresh and fruity, fine tannins with plums and cherries with a great fresh and full aftertaste.

Top blend from Spain. Torres - Purgatori Costers del Segre 2013 (87/100 tsomw points)

In the glass a deep garnet red color.
On the nose intense aromas of blackberries, cherries, cinamon, orange peel, ethereal nuances, spices and wood.
On the palate fresh and fruity, fine tannins with plums and cherries with a great fresh and full aftertaste.

Foodpairing: A deep, dense yet velvety wine that is a magnificent match for wild game stews made with boar or deer, typical dishes from the country's interior like rabbit with snails or cassola de tros, a casserole built around potatoes, snails, pork and spinach. Also pairs well with strong, washed rind cheeses like Munster.

Wineproducer: www.torres.es

Mar
29
Meisterstuck Riesling 2015

Meisterstuck Riesling 2015
82 tsomw points

Weingut Lithos, Mittelrhein Germany

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Riesling

After a day working in the garden we cracked this nice Riesling from Mittelrhein Weingut Lithos - Meisterstück ( 82 tsomw points) In the glass a light/ bright yellow color. On the nose aromas of nectarine, apricot and slate. On the palate fresh and clean, nice minerality, medium-bodied with long fruity finish. 

After a day working in the garden we cracked this nice Riesling from Mittelrhein Weingut Lithos - Meisterstück ( 82 tsomw points)

In the glass a light/ bright yellow color.
On the nose aromas of nectarine, apricot and slate.
On the palate fresh and clean, nice minerality, medium-bodied with long fruity finish. 

Wineproducer: www.weingutlithos.de

Mar
28
Villa Antinori Chianti Classico 2013

Villa Antinori Chianti Classico 2013
86 tsomw points

Villa Antinori, Tuscany Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Sangiovese, Cabernet

After some bubbles and white wines we went back inside because it was getting cold. So what do you pick to warm up? Right! This Villa Antinori - Chianti Classico Reserva 2013. (86 tsomw points) Blend of 90% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet. In the glass this wine is ruby ??red in color. On the nose aromas of ripe red fruit like cherries, raspberries, spices, candied friots and aromas of oak and vanilla. On the palate this wine is immediately alive. Fruity onset in the mouth with soft tannins and a nice long aftertaste thanks to the wood aging.

After some bubbles and white wines we went back inside because it was getting cold. So what do you pick to warm up? Right! This Villa Antinori - Chianti Classico Reserva 2013. (86 tsomw points)

Blend of 90% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet
In the glass this wine is ruby ??red in color.
On the nose aromas of ripe red fruit like cherries, raspberries, spices, candied friots and aromas of oak and vanilla.
On the palate this wine is immediately alive. Fruity onset in the mouth with soft tannins and a nice long aftertaste thanks to the wood aging.

Download technical sheet (pdf)
Wineproducer: www.antinori.it

Mar
27
Brut N.V.

Brut N.V.
82 tsomw points

Cantine Ferrari, Piedmont Italy

Category: Sparkling
Tags: Chardonnay

Yesterday sitting outside and starting with this nice bubble. Ferrari - Brut - Trento In the glass a straw-yellow color with a slight greenish tinge. Fine-grained rich foam. In the nose ripe apples, white flowers aroma, faintly feel the yeast flavor. Lasting aftertaste of ripe fruit, fresh, light and pleasant balance of good wine.

Yesterday sitting outside and starting with this nice bubble.
Ferrari - Brut - Trento

In the glass a straw-yellow color with a slight greenish tinge.
Fine-grained rich foam. 
In the nose ripe apples, white flowers aroma, faintly feel the yeast flavor. 
Lasting aftertaste of ripe fruit, fresh, light and pleasant balance of good wine.

Wineproducer: www.ferraritrento.it

Mar
26
Malvasia Vigna Roversolo 2015

Malvasia Vigna Roversolo 2015
88 tsomw points

Tenuta Conte Romano, Friuli Italy

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Malvasia Istriana

Tenuta Conte Romano – Malvasia 2015 (88 tsomw points) In the glass a light golden color with greenish hues. In the nose white flowers, grapefruit, lemon and hints of mint. On the palate pleasantly fresh, full in the mouth, savoury but gentle. It really melts in the mouth. Top white!

From the hills of Friuli comes this perfect white wine – 100% Istrian Malvasia.
Tenuta Conte Romano – Malvasia 2015 (88 tsomw points)

In the glass a light golden color with greenish hues.
In the nose white flowers, grapefruit, lemon and hints of mint.
On the palate pleasantly fresh, full in the mouth, savoury but gentle. It really melts in the mouth. Top white!

VARIETY  Malvasia Istriana 100%.
PLACE OF PRODUCTION  Manzano – Colli Orientali del Friuli
TERRAIN  Hill and foothill area, soil composed of Eocenic marl with a prevalence of clay component.
AVERAGE AGE  30 years
TRAINING METHOD  “Tight bilateral Guyot” and “Candelabrum with four vegetative points”.
AVERAGE PRODUCTION:  50qli/ha
HARVEST  Exclusively by hand in small boxes, with specialised and skilled labor.
WINEMAKING  Soft and quick pressing of the grapes, gently pressed. Fermentation at 15 °C in stainless steel containers and maturation on lees for 7 months with frequent battonage during the first aging phase. Subsequent bottle aging for another seven months.
POTENTIAL AGING  Over 5 years
ALCOHOL CONTENT  13,5% vol.
SERVING TEMPERATURE  12°C

Mar
25
Sassicaia 2012

Sassicaia 2012
90 tsomw points

Tenuta San Guido, Bolgheri Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc

One of my all time favourite red iconic wines. Tenuta San Guido - Sassicaia Bolgheri 2012 (90 tsomw points) I know still young but with so many potential. In the glass a dark red color. In the nose saddle leather, caramel, forest floor, blackberries and raspberries. The same on the palate, medium/big body, lots of soft tannins, lovely and rich tasting, will peak in 5 or more years. 

One of my all time favourite red iconic wines.

Tenuta San Guido - Sassicaia Bolgheri 2012 (90 tsomw points)
I know still young but with so many potential. In the glass a dark red color.
In the nose saddle leather, caramel, forest floor, blackberries and raspberries.
The same on the palate, medium/big body, lots of soft tannins, lovely and rich tasting, will peak in 5 or more years. 

D.O.C. Bolgheri Sassicaia
First vintage: 1968
Grape blend: 85 % Cabernet Sauvignon 15 % Cabernet Franc
Soil composition: The vineyards are planted on plots of land with different and composite morphological characteristics, as well as with a strong presence of limestone. These areas are also rich in rocks and rather rich in clay and are located at an altitude between 100 and 300 meters above sea level, facing West - South/West.
Vine training: Cordon spur system
Planting density: Between 3.600 to 5.500 vine stocks/Ha for older vineyards and 6.200 vine stocks/Ha for newer vineyards.
Climate: The climate for the 2012 vintage was rather special. Autumn and Winter were long and cold, to the point that at the end of January the Bolgheri hills were covered with snow. Bolgheri experienced a cold, yet rainless fall and winter, which was not the case for other parts of Tuscany. Cold temperatures were favorable for the halting of the vegetative growth and the natural elimination of some pests of the vine. The spring started with a slight delay, causing the vines to bud 10 - 15 days later than the seasonal average. From the beginning of May, however, the temperatures rose and accelerated the arrival of summer. June rainfall partially reconstituted the water reserves of the soil. The summer was very hot, with sunny days and temperatures above the seasonal average. Although some have likened the summer of 2012 to that of 2003, the difference lies in the considerable fluctuations in temperature between night and day which prevented water stress in plants in 2012. During the fruit set period, strong sea winds were partially responsible for a production loss of about 10% . The summer was long, with very high daytime temperatures requiring an early harvest of the Merlot as well as part of the Cabernet.
Harvest: The hand picking of the grapes began in early September with Cabernet Franc since they were the first to reach an excellent phenolic ripeness. The Cabernet Sauvignon was next between the first 10 days of September until the first days of October ending with the historical vineyard on the heights of Castiglioncello di Bolgheri. The harvest was perfect with healthy grapes, a regular veraison and no millerandage (irregular growth of the berries).

Wineproducer: www.tenutasanguido.com

Mar
24
40 year Old Tawny Port

40 year Old Tawny Port
90 tsomw points

Graham's, Douro Portugal

Category: Desert wine
Tags: Touriga Nacional

Graham’s – 40 years old tawny port (90 tsomw points) In the glass a gold amber color with a light green tint on the edge. In the nose aromas of raisins, oak, tobacco and hazelnut. On the palate rich and intense with raisins, toffee and chocolate and an excellent finish.

This one was amazing – It’s like an angel… ????
Graham’s – 40 years old tawny port (90 tsomw points)

In the glass a gold amber color with a light green tint on the edge.
In the nose aromas of raisins, oak, tobacco and hazelnut.
On the palate rich and intense with raisins, toffee and chocolate and an excellent finish.

Graham's 40 Years Old Tawny is witness to a long-standing tradition. This wine is composed by Graham's Master Blender from wines put aside in the cellar by his great-grandfather, grandfather, father and uncles. The Master Blender also sets aside wines for future generations. Graham's 40 Years Old Tawny Port is for those who appreciate the extraordinary, complex and subtle taste of time.

Colour: Golden amber, with a pale green tinge at the rim, denoting great age.
Aromas: Very complex with a powerful fragrance that expresses its age.
On the palate: An array of flavours, from delicate fruit and raisins, to toasted toffee and chocolate, with an outstanding aftertaste.
Occasions & Pairing: Fabulous accompaniment to dark chocolate, but can also be enjoyed on its own: an experience in itself.
Serve slightly chilled.

Wineproducer: www.grahams-port.com

Mar
23
Cava Kripta Gran Reserva Brut Nature

Cava Kripta Gran Reserva Brut Nature
88 tsomw points

Agustu00ed Torellu00f3 Mata, Catalonia Spain

Category: Sparkling
Tags: Macabeo, Xarello, Parella

Kripta Gran Anyada / 2006 (88 tsomw points) Grape variety: Macabeo, Xarello en ParelladaVery unique bottle – in Amphora shaped style. In the glass a cloudy golden color. In the nose aromas of apples, quince, honey and yellow fruit. On the palate, silky well integrated bubbles, pleasant acidity combined wine. Flavored pastries, brioche, with a final pleasant sensation, sweet and enveloping, fine and delicate taste with a very long, creamy background of toasty and buttery.

The Kripta Gran Anyada 2006 is a unique and exclusive Cava, with an ageing of 9 years, and of which only 3588 bottles were produced for the whole world. The Kripta Gran Anyada is produced only in those years, in which the harvest in 3 specific parcels with old vines produces exceptional fruits. That was the case with the vintage 2006.

Kripta Gran Anyada / 2006 (88 tsomw points)
Grape variety: Macabeo, Xarello en Parellada

Very unique bottle – in Amphora shaped style.
In the glass a cloudy golden color.
In the nose aromas of apples, quince, honey and yellow fruit.
On the palate, silky well integrated bubbles, pleasant acidity combined wine. Flavored pastries, brioche, with a final pleasant sensation, sweet and enveloping, fine and delicate taste with a very long, creamy background of toasty and buttery.

The first GRAND VINTAGE KRIPTA is the opera prima of Agustí Torelló Mata after 60 years dedicated to make Cava.

In 2006 we had an excel.lent harvest with exceptional characteristics to make this long aging cava: high concentration of flavors, special sugar and good acidity

Made from three very old vineyards:

  • El Vicari (Sant Pau d’Ordal), white grape Macabeu, planted in 1962 (Alt 239 m)
  • Mercader (Sant Sadurní d’Anoia, white grape Xarel·lo, planted in 1974 (Alt 162 m)
  • La Lola (Sant Joan de Mediona), white grape Parellada, planted in 1969 (Alt 650 m)

We have waiting for a decade in the Penedes area, to release this exceptional KRIPTA in a perfect balance.

ANALYTICAL PROFILE:

Alcohol content: 11’5% vol
Total acidity (tartaric): 5,7gr./L
Residual Sugar: 0,60 gr./L
Dry extract: 16,40 gr./L

Wineproducer: www.agustitorellomata.com

Mar
22
Cagnulari Alghere 2015

Cagnulari Alghere 2015
81 tsomw points

Santa Maria la Palma, Sardinia Italy

Category: Fruity red, Solid red
Tags: Cagnulari

Another nice red one from Sardinia - Cagnulari is a local grape variety. Cantina Santa Maria La Palma – Cagnulari 2015 (81 tsomw points) In the glass a deep ruby red color with garnet hues. In the nose red fruit like cherries and berries, liquorice, something vegetable and spices. On the palate solid, warm and smooth with again notes of red fruit.

Another nice red one from Sardinia - Cagnulari is a local grape variety. Cantina Santa Maria La Palma – Cagnulari 2015 (81 tsomw points)

In the glass a deep ruby red color with garnet hues.
In the nose red fruit like cherries and berries, liquorice, something vegetable and spices.
On the palate solid, warm and smooth with again notes of red fruit.

Colour: Deep ruby red, tending towards violet.
Aroma: Intense, seductive and typical, with hints of liquorice and forest fruits.
Palate: Rounded, smooth, intense and persistent, with assertive notes of red berry fruit and Marasca cherry.
Serving temperature: 18 – 20° C
Alcohol level: 12.5 – 13.5 % vol.
Matching: Works well with mid-seasoned cheeses, risottos and boiled or roasted white or red meats.

Wineproducer: www.santamarialapalma.it

Mar
21
Malestro Rosé 2015

Malestro Rosé 2015
80 tsomw points

Dl Wine, Campania Italy

Category: Rosé
Tags: Aglianico

Only 1.300 bottles produced of this rosé from Campania. Dl Wine – Rosé Malestro 2015 (80 tsomw points) In the glass a coppery, pink color. In the nose aromas of roses, cherries with notes of orange and blossom. On the palate medium-bodied, fruity with a nice freshness. Hints of strawberries, cherries and little bitter aftertaste.

Only 1.300 bottles produced of this rosé from Campania
Dl Wine – Rosé Malestro 2015 (80 tsomw points)

In the glass a coppery, pink color.
In the nose aromas of roses, cherries with notes of orange and blossom.
On the palate medium-bodied, fruity with a nice freshness. Hints of strawberries, cherries and little bitter aftertaste.

Wineproducer: www.dlwine.it

Mar
20
Blauburgunder 2015

Blauburgunder 2015
80 tsomw points

Erste Neue, Alto Adige Italy

Category: Fruity red
Tags: Pinot Noir

This red one comes from the Alto Adige region – One of my favourite white wine regions so why not try a red one from Sud Tirol. Erste Neue – Blauburgunder 2015 (80 tsomw points) In the glass a transparent red, slightly violet color. In the nose sweet cherries, raspberries, light earthy, with chocolate and some spicyness.

This red one comes from the Alto Adige region – One of my favourite white wine regions so why not try a red one from Sud Tirol.

Erste Neue – Blauburgunder 2015 (80 tsomw points)
In the glass a transparent red, slightly violet color.
In the nose sweet cherries, raspberries, light earthy, with chocolate and some spicyness.

GRAPE VARIETY: Pinot Noir
CLIMATE: Well aerated mediterranean microclimate with cold nights
SOIL: Soil is composed of flint, clay and lime deposits
CULTIVATION: Trellis and pergola training system YIELD: 70 hl/ha
VINIFICATION: Traditional mash fermentation in stainless steel tanks; storage and ageing in big wooden casks
ANALYSIS: alcohol: 13.5 % vol., total acidity: 5.1 g/l, residual sugar: 1.5 g/l
DRINKABILITY: 2017-2019
DEGUSTATION: Dry, vivacious-juicy Pinot Noir-fruit, very classic style, finely-wound tannin structure, inviting flavours of cherries with an animating finish.
DISH IDEAS: We start out with pasta and vegetable, continue with the always excellent chicken and finish with a generous sip of Pinot Noir
SERVICE TEMPERATURE: 15° C

Wineproducer: www.erste-neue.it

Mar
19
Der Weisse 2015

Der Weisse 2015
80 tsomw points

Weingut Lithos, Mittelrhein Germany

Category: Crisp white
Tags: Muller-Thurgau, Faber, Kerner

From the Mittelrhein region comes this blend of Muller-Thurgau, Faber and Kerner. Weingut Lithos – “Der Weisse” (80 tsomw points) In the glass a bright and light yellow color. In the nose aromas of white fruit, apple and fresh herbs. On the palate crispy, nice acidity, fresh and persistent.

From the Mittelrhein region comes this blend of Muller-Thurgau, Faber and Kerner
Weingut Lithos – “Der Weisse” (80 tsomw points)

In the glass a bright and light yellow color.
In the nose aromas of white fruit, apple and fresh herbs.
On the palate crispy, nice acidity, fresh and persistent.

Wineproducer: www.weingutlithos.de

Mar
18
Syrah Duca Lorenzo 2015

Syrah Duca Lorenzo 2015
83 tsomw points

Cantine Silvestri, Lazio Italy

Category: Fruity red
Tags: Syrah

Silvestri – Syrah Duca Lorenzo 2015 (83 tsomw points) In the glass a dark ruby red color with purple hues. In the nose cherries, blackberries, violets and chocolate with spicy hints. On the palate soft in the mouth, solid, well structured, finishing with hints of leather and chocolate.

This red one paired great with the antipasti 
Silvestri – Syrah Duca Lorenzo 2015 (83 tsomw points)

In the glass a dark ruby red color with purple hues.
In the nose cherries, blackberries, violets and chocolate with spicy hints.
On the palate soft in the mouth, solid, well structured, finishing with hints of leather and chocolate.

Vineyards: Grapes come from vineyards in the comune of Aprilia, part of the comunes of Cisterna and Latina, and the province of Rome.
Grape Varieties: Syrah 100%.
Winemaking Technique: Grapes are picked by hand, pressed and de-stemmed before they macerate on the skins for 7 - 8 days at about 25° C. The must from the first-pressing ferments in stainless steel vats, then ages in barrels of Slavonian oak. After bottling, the wine continues to age for a further 5 - 6 months before going on sale.
Advice from the winemaker: A wine with ageing potential. Allow to breathe before ser ving by carefully decanting into a carafe. Serve at 18° C.
Foodpairing: A perfect accompaniment for savoury pasta dishes, such as pappardelle in hare sauce, for roast or barbecued meats, and for mature cheeses.

Wineproducer: www.cantinesilvestri.it

 

Mar
17
Penedes 3055 Rosé 2015

Penedes 3055 Rosé 2015
84 tsomw points

JeanLeon

Category: Rosé
Tags: Pinot Noir

Jean Leon 3055 Rosé 2015 (torres) (84 tsomw points) In the glass a beautiful light pink/orange color. In the nose expressive aromas of raspberries, currants and peach with some floral hints. On the palate fresh with good acidity with red fruit notes like cherries, strawberries and currants.

What sounds better than sitting in the garden on a sunny day with friends sipping a nice rosé?

Jean Leon 3055 Rosé 2015 (torres) (84 tsomw points)
In the glass a beautiful light pink/orange color.
In the nose expressive aromas of raspberries, currants and peach with some floral hints.
On the palate fresh with good acidity with red fruit notes like cherries, strawberries and currants.

Wineproducer: www.jeanleon.com

Mar
16
Muscari Tomajoli 2015

Muscari Tomajoli 2015
85 tsomw points

Muscari Tomajoli, Marche Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Barbera, Petit Verdot

Nice red blend from the Lazio region. Muscari Tomajoli – Pantaleone 2015 (85 tsomw points) Blend of Barbera 70%, Petit Verdot 30%
In the glass a bright ruby red color with violet hues. In the nose intense aromas of red fruit like raspberries, plums, black cherries and blueberries and a sweet spicyness with chocolate. Very nice marriage of the Barbera and the thickness of the Petit Verdot. On the palate smooth and soft, fresh with lively and elegant tannins. Very nice.

Nice red blend from the Lazio region.
Muscari Tomajoli – Pantaleone 2015 (85 tsomw points)
Blend of Barbera 70%, Petit Verdot 30%

In the glass a bright ruby red color with violet hues.
In the nose intense aromas of red fruit like raspberries, plums, black cherries and blueberries and a sweet spicyness with chocolate. Very nice marriage of the Barbera and the thickness of the Petit Verdot. 
On the palate smooth and soft, fresh with lively and elegant tannins. Very nice.

Producer: Marco Muscari Tomajoli
Oenologist: Gabriele Gadenz
Grape varieties: Barbera 70%, Petit Verdot 30%.
Production area: Tarquinia (VT) (Unesco heritage) Altitude Land: 200 meters s.l.m.
Land type: Hills rich in limestone clay, fresh and well-equipped with minerals. Exposure: Prevailing southwest.
Subfile Management: Mechanical. No chemical sprays.
Fertilizers: Natural Organic Only.
Year of vineyard planting: 2007
Harvest period: second half of September Production: 2500 bottles

Wineproducer: www.muscaritomajoli.it

Mar
15
Santa Digna Sauvignon Nlanc 2016

Santa Digna Sauvignon Nlanc 2016
79 tsomw points

Torres

Category: Crisp white
Tags: Sauvignon Blanc

A white wine from Chile this Torres Santa Digna Sauvignon Blanc Reserva (79 tsomw points) In the glass a pale gold color with greenish hues. In the nose aromas of grapefruit, tropical fruit, green apple and lime with a hint of anise and fennel. On the palate, good balanced and concentrated, crispy (new Zealand style). High in acidity. Would match great with asian food or grilled fish. Real summerwine.

A white wine from Chile this Torres Santa Digna Sauvignon Blanc Reserva (79 tsomw points)

In the glass a pale gold color with greenish hues.
In the nose aromas of grapefruit, tropical fruit, green apple and lime with a hint of anise and fennel.
On the palate, good balanced and concentrated, crispy (new Zealand style). High in acidity. Would match great with asian food or grilled fish. Real summerwine.

Wineproducer: www.torres.es

Mar
14
Bremmer Calmont Riesling 2015

Bremmer Calmont Riesling 2015
88 tsomw points

Weingut Franzen, Mosel Germany

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Riesling

Wow. Beautifull Riesling! Franzen – Bremmer Calmont Riesling 2015 ( 88 tsomw points ) In the glass yellow gold color. In the nose mineral slate and fresh, peach, flowers and orange. Well balanced and elegant. Peach is reflected in the taste with also hints of mandarin, grapefruit, yellow apple and light honey. Extremely beautifully balanced wine. Especially because the acid plays with the moderate sweetness and gives the wine an almost floating character. Awesome Riesling.

Wow. Beautifull Riesling! Franzen – Bremmer Calmont Riesling 2015 ( 88 tsomw points )

In the glass yellow gold color.
In the nose mineral slate and fresh, peach, flowers and orange.
Well balanced and elegant. Peach is reflected in the taste with also hints of mandarin, grapefruit, yellow apple and light honey. Extremely beautifully balanced wine. Especially because the acid plays with the moderate sweetness and gives the wine an almost floating character. Awesome Riesling.

Wineproducer: www.weingut-franzen.de

Mar
13
Grotta Rossa Carignano del Sulcis 2013

Grotta Rossa Carignano del Sulcis 2013
80 tsomw points

Cantina di Santadi, Sardinia Italy

Category: Fruity red
Tags: Carignano

Santadi - Grotta Rossa 2013 ( 80 tsomw points ) A bright scarlet color in the glass.Intense aromas of red fruit and leather. On the palate lots of fruit (cherry) and elegant starter, then soft and dry with well blended tannins and fresh flavor.

Love to share wine with friends. This is our CVU wineclub tasting some nice vinos from Sardinia.

Santadi - Grotta Rossa 2013
( 80 tsomw points ) 
A bright scarlet color in the glass.
Intense aromas of red fruit and leather.
On the palate lots of fruit (cherry) and elegant starter, then soft and dry with well blended tannins and fresh flavor.


CLASSIFICATION Carignano del Sulcis DOC.
PLACE OF ORIGIN Exclusively carignano grapes from bush-growth and counter-espalier vineyards in the lower Sulcis area.
SOIL COMPOSITION Medium mixture, tending to loose, with clay, sand and limestone composition.
GRAPE VARIETIES Carignano 100%.
CLIMATE Hot and dry summers, mild winters.
HARVESTING In regular years, the harvesting of carignano grapes starts in the second half of September and ends in the first half of October.
VINICATION AND DEVELOPMENT
The must ferments in the skin at a temperature of 25 to 30 °C. It is regularly pumped up to favour the transfer to the must of the compounds present in the pomace. Malolactic fermentation imparts a distinctive mellowness to this wine, which is then matured for several months in cement vats before bottling.

Wineproducer: www.cantinadisantadi.it

Mar
12
Amarone della Valpolicella 2011

Amarone della Valpolicella 2011
85 tsomw points

Santi, Veneto Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Amarone

Santi – Amarone della Valpolicella 2011 (85 tsomw points) In the glass a dark ruby red color with a dark core. In the nose forest floor, animal notes, black pepper, raspberries, cloves and hints of tobacco. On the palate raisin, dried black currant, clove and tobacco. Solid but also with nice freshness. Tannins are supple with a medium smoky vanilla finish.

After 2 hours decant this red one slowly awakened.

Santi – Amarone della Valpolicella 2011 (85 tsomw points)

In the glass a dark ruby red color with a dark core.
In the nose forest floor, animal notes, black pepper, raspberries, cloves and hints of tobacco.
On the palate raisin, dried black currant, clove and tobacco. Solid but also with nice freshness. Tannins are supple with a medium smoky vanilla finish.

Wineproducer: www.cantinasanti.it

 

Mar
11
Gruner Veltliner Kremser Thurnerberg 2015

Gruner Veltliner Kremser Thurnerberg 2015
86 tsomw points

Weingut Tu00fcrk, Kremstal Austria

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Gru00fcner Veltliner

Winery Türk – Gruner Veltliner Kremser Thurnerberg 2015 (86 tsomw points) In the glass a bright light yellow color. In the nose tropical fruit like pineapple and ananas, fresh apples and white pepper. Great minerality, acidity and a good body. Very precise and clean in the mouth with a great aftertaste.

From Austria comes this precise and clean Grüner Veltliner. I cracked the bottle sitting outside enjoying the first sunbeams.

Winery Türk – Gruner Veltliner Kremser Thurnerberg 2015 (86 tsomw points)
In the glass a bright light yellow color.
In the nose tropical fruit like pineapple and ananas, fresh apples and white pepper. Great minerality, acidity and a good body. Very precise and clean in the mouth with a great aftertaste.

Harvest 29. October 2015
Temperature of fermentation 20° C (~293° K)
During of fermentation 15 Days
Alcohol 13.5 % vol.
Residual Sugar 2.6 g/l
Acidity 5.8 ‰
Origin: Grüner Veltliner Kremser Thurnerberg - Erste Lage
Age of vine 30
Foodpairing: This Grüner Veltliner is a typical Austrian - a true ambassador that pairs well with a variety of dishes, whether to traditional white meat dishes, asparagus and Asian cuisine. It pairs well with spicy food and rich sauces, cream cheese and white mold cheese. Also try with salmon steak.

Wineproducer: www.weinguttuerk.at

Mar
10
Pinot Grigio Ramato Pietramontis 2014

Pinot Grigio Ramato Pietramontis 2014
84 tsomw points

Villa Corniole, Alto Adige Italy

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Pinot Grigio

Villa Corniole - Trentino Romato Pinot Grigio 2014 (84 tsomw points) The maturation on the skins for several hours and the light upbringing in oak barrels give the wine a copper-amber color. In the nose orange blossom, fruity tones and light vanilla. On the palate rich, full in the mouth but also soft. The aftertaste is rich a light creamy. 

Ok...first time sitting outside this year so I picked a nice white one to celebrate the sun. Villa Corniole - Trentino Romato Pinot Grigio 2014 (84 tsomw points)

The maturation on the skins for several hours and the light upbringing in oak barrels give the wine a copper-amber color.
In the nose orange blossom, fruity tones and light vanilla. On the palate rich, full in the mouth but also soft. The aftertaste is rich a light creamy. 

Grapes: Pinot Grigio 100%.
Vineyard location: Piana Rotaliana.
Soil type: alluvial land?ll, highly fertile top soil, excellent drainage.
Vini?cation: manual grape selection and harvesting, then de-stemming. Cold maceration for some hours and pressing. Fermentation at a controlled temperature partly in steel and partly in wooden vats, where the wine is aged for about one year. Then, further ageing in the bottle.
To be served at: 10-12° C.
Food Pairing: not only good as an aperitif. This wine enhances and brings a note of sweetness to strong ?rst courses or white meat dishes, shell?sh, mollusks and raw ?sh. Also good with young fresh cheeses.

Wineproducer: www.villacorniole.com

Mar
9
Millesimato Brut 2010

Millesimato Brut 2010
84 tsomw points

Monzio Compagnoni, Franciacorta Italy

Category: Sparkling

Monzio Compagnoni / Millesimato Brut 2010 (84 points) This pretty dry Monzio Compagnoni Franciacorta consists of 80% Chardonnay and 20% of Pinot Noir. In the glass a beautifull golden yellow color with a persistent, fine mousse. In the nose, apple and pear, honey, almond, breadcrumbs and brioche. The palate is ripe, soft but juicy thanks to good acidity. In the finish a light sweetness. Very tasteful.

Monzio Compagnoni / Millesimato Brut 2010 (84 points)

This pretty dry Monzio Compagnoni Franciacorta consists of 80% Chardonnay and 20% of Pinot Noir.
In the glass a beautifull golden yellow color with a persistent, fine mousse. In the nose, apple and pear, honey, almond, breadcrumbs and brioche.
The palate is ripe, soft but juicy thanks to good acidity. In the finish a light sweetness. Very tasteful.

Wineproducer: www.monziocompagnoni.it

Mar
8
Colli Merlot DOC No. 2 - 2013

Colli Merlot DOC No. 2 - 2013
83 tsomw points

Spinefrasse, Veneto Italy

Category: Fruity red
Tags: Merlot

In the glass a dark ruby color with garnet hues.In the nose powerful aromas of black currants, cherries, plums and compote, black pepper, licorice with a hint of tobacco and vanilla. On the palate medium acidity, medium bodied, pleasant in the mouth with soft tannins. Aromas of strawberries, cherries and pepper with an intense ad persistent aftertaste.

Spinefrasse - Colli Euganei DOC Merlot 2013 ( 83 tsomw points ) 
From the Veneto (Italy) region comes this 100% Merlot.

In the glass a dark ruby color with garnet hues.
In the nose powerful aromas of black currants, cherries, plums and compote, black pepper, licorice with a hint of tobacco and vanilla.
On the palate medium acidity, medium bodied, pleasant in the mouth with soft tannins. Aromas of strawberries, cherries and pepper with an intense ad persistent aftertaste.

Designation: Colli Euganei Merlot DOC
Grape variety: 100% Merlot
Prodution area: Cortelà, Vo’ Euganeo, Padua (ITALY)
Vineyard exposure and altimetry: south-east, at 80-100 m above sea level.
Wine training system: Guyot
Number of plants per hectare: 4500
Age of vines: 10 years
Yield per hectare: 6 000 kg per hectare
Harvest: grapes are hand-picked and selected
Harvest time: second half of September

Wine making: once the grapes have been destemmed, they are pressed gently and allowed to ferment. Must and grape skins ferment for about three weeks in steel tanks at a controlled temperature of 22 to 24°C. The process of punching down the cap is done often to facilitate the release of aromas and colour from the berry skins. Next follow racking and malolactic fermentation. The wine ages for 8-10 months in 5 hectolitre oak barrels.

Wineproducer: www.spinefrasse.it

Mar
7
Brut Cantine NV

Brut Cantine NV
82 tsomw points

Cantine Silvestri, Lazio Italy

Category: Sparkling
Tags: Falanghina, Chardonnay

Grapes from hillside vineyards of Campania and Lazio. Grape Variety: Falanghina and Chardonnay In the glass a bright staw yellow color. In the nose clear aromas, fruity, floral with notes of lemon, apple and light smoky notes. On the palate, dry, harsh, clean, elegant and with good harmony. Very fine perlage.

Cantine Silvestri - Lo Spumante Brut ( 82 tsomw points) 
Grapes from hillside vineyards of Campania and Lazio.
Grape Variety: Falanghina and Chardonnay
In the glass a bright staw yellow color. In the nose clear aromas, fruity, floral with notes of lemon, apple and light smoky notes.
On the palate, dry, harsh, clean, elegant and with good harmony. Very fine perlage.

Vineyards: Grapes come from hillside vineyards in Campania and Lazio.
Grape Varieties: Made from Falanghina and Chardonnay grapes, selected and harvested by hand as soon as they are ripe.
Winemaking Technique: Grapes are soft crushed and the skins removed at once; the clear must is fermented at a controlled temperature, with the addition of selected yeasts. The resulting wine is filtred to arrest secondary fermentation.
Bottle fermentation: Usually begins in the February or March following the grape harvest to finish in October or November. During this period of fermentation sur lit, the autolysis of the yeasts given this spumante its characteristic bouquet and flavour. The wine ferments in the bottle for about three months before it goes on sale.

Wineproducer: www.cantinesilvestri.it

Mar
6
Pietrabianca Castel del Monte 2015

Pietrabianca Castel del Monte 2015
89 tsomw points

Tormaresca, Puglia Italy

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Chardonnay, Fiano

Tormaresca shows with this great organic Chardonnay that you can make in Puglia, great white wines that are also elegant. (89 points) Chardonnay 90%, Fiano 10% Light golden color in the glass with light greenish hues. In the nose floral, peach, grapefruit with vanilla and buttery citrus. Fresh on the palate, with pineapple and melon, stonefruit, soft in the mouth with light oak and spicyness, lively and a great long finish. Really amazing Chardonnay from Puglia.

Tormaresca shows with this great organic Chardonnay that you can make in Puglia, great white wines that are also elegant. (89 points)
Chardonnay 90%, Fiano 10%

Light golden color in the glass with light greenish hues.
In the nose floral, peach, grapefruit with vanilla and buttery citrus.
Fresh on the palate, with pineapple and melon, stonefruit, soft in the mouth with light oak and spicyness, lively and a great long finish. Really amazing Chardonnay from Puglia.

Production: The grapes were given a soft pressing, and the must transferred into stainless steel tanks at a temperature of 10° centigrade to assist a natural static settling of the impurities. The Chardonnay went into small barrels where it fermented at controlled temperature. The wine then aged on its fine lees in oak barrels, during which time it went through a complete malolactic fermentation. The Fiano, instead, was fermented in stainless steel tanks in order to fully bring out its notes of freshness and crispness. In January the Chardonnay left the barrels for stainless steel tanks where it was blended with the Fiano.

Wineproducer: www.tormaresca.it

Mar
5
Sommo 2011

Sommo 2011
82 tsomw points

Colli di Serrapetrona, Marche Italy

Category: Desert wine
Tags: Vernaccia Nera

Terre di Serrapetrona – Sommo 2011 (82 points) . From the homeland of Vernaccia Nera in Italy (Marche) comes this nice dessert wine. It shows a dark ruby red color in the glass with violet hues. In the nose expressive aromas of black cherries, plums, raspberries and hints of flowers, herbs and tobacco. On the palate very balanced, sweet with chocolate and dark dried red fruit. This wine screams for a dessert like sweet creams, pies or just dark chocolate.

Terre di Serrapetrona – Sommo 2011 (82 points)

From the homeland of Vernaccia Nera in Italy (Marche) comes this nice dessert wine.

It shows a dark ruby red color in the glass with violet hues.
In the nose expressive aromas of black cherries, plums, raspberries and hints of flowers, herbs and tobacco. On the palate very balanced, sweet with chocolate and dark dried red fruit. This wine screams for a dessert like sweet creams, pies or just dark chocolate.

IGT Marche Rosso Grape
Variety: 100% Vernaccia Nera
Vineyard: Vigna Serra and Vigna La Fonte, both under the domain of the town of Serrapetrona.
Training: simple Guyot
Harvest: Second decade of October, by hand, after a summer thinning
Vinification: Traditional “appassimento”, destemming and pressing of the grapes, 15 day fermentation in steel tanks at a controlled temperature of 26-28°C
Aging: 12 months in oak barrique and 6 months in the bottle Alcohol content: (average) 13% vol.
Production: (average) 5000 bottles 
Ageing: between 3 and 6 years
Food pairings: great meditation wine, excellent if served on its own. Special when paired with blue-veined cheese, chocolate desserts, red fruit tarts and traditional dried biscuits. 

Wineproducer: www.terrediserrapetrona.it

Mar
4
Franzero Riesling 2015

Franzero Riesling 2015
81 tsomw points

Weingut Franzen, Mosel Germany

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Riesling

Franzen - FranZero Riesling extra trocken 2015 (81 points) In the glass this Mosel white one shows a bright yellow color. In the nose citrus, peaches and some herbs. On the palate bone dry, spicy herbs, animated acidity, citrus. Good finish with again herbs. I paired it with a salad and steak but it will even be better with chicken or a nice salad.

Franzen - FranZero Riesling extra trocken 2015 (81 points)

In the glass this Mosel white one shows a bright yellow color.
In the nose citrus, peaches and some herbs.
On the palate bone dry, spicy herbs, animated acidity, citrus. Good finish with again herbs. 
I paired it with a salad and steak but it will even be better with chicken or a nice salad.

Wineproducer: www.weingut-franzen.de

Mar
3
Aglianico del Vulture - Basilicata 2012

Aglianico del Vulture - Basilicata 2012
85 tsomw points

Tenuta I Gelsi, Basilicata Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Aglianico

Ouch that guy on tv looks not happy...but I am ???? Tenuta I Gelsi Aglianico del Vulture / Basilicata 2012 DOC (85 points) From the Basilicata region comes this nice red one. In the glass it shows a garnet red color. In the nose aromas of cherry and plum jam, blueberries, currant, licorice and a hint of tobacco, pepper and balsamic. The palate is still young with firm but fine grained tannins that melt with the red fruit, fine spices. I think this will even be better over 5 years.

Ouch that guy on tv looks not happy...but I am ???? Tenuta I Gelsi Aglianico del Vulture / Basilicata 2012 DOC (85 points)

From the Basilicata region comes this nice red one. In the glass it shows a garnet red color.
In the nose aromas of cherry and plum jam, blueberries, currant, licorice and a hint of tobacco, pepper and balsamic.
The palate is still young with firm but fine grained tannins that melt with the red fruit, fine spices. I think this will even be better over 5 years.

Appellation: Aglianico del Vuture Doc
Grape: Aglianico 100%
First harvest: 2003
Vineyard: Monticchio Bagni - Rionero in Vulture (PZ)
Vineyards’ altitude 400/450 m. a.s.l.
Training system: Bilateral cordon spur
Plant density: 3500 - 4500 vines per hectare
Soil description: Volcanic ash lapilli and chalk clays
Harvest: Second decade of October
Winemaking: In stainless steel tanks with daily pumping over and batonnage and long maceration on skins.
Refning: In oak barrels of various sizes, for about 24 months and in bottle up to the third year from harvest.
Tanks: Stainless steel Fermentation temperature 23-26 °C

Wineproducer: www.en.tenutaigelsi.com

Mar
2
Riesling Halbtrocken 2015

Riesling Halbtrocken 2015
79 tsomw points

Weingut Lithos, Mittelrhein Germany

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Riesling

This riesling show a light golden yellow color. In the nose aromas of apricot, green apple, citrus and ripe pear and light sweetness. On the palate elegant and balanced, harmonious, sweet acidity (not too much). A wine which pairs great with asian food and salty cheeses.

Do you know the game Rummikub? Yesterday we played a game and sipped this Riesling from the Mittelrhein region. The Rhine Valley between Bingen and Bonn offers a dramatic landscape. Vineyard slopes with castles and medieval towns line the banks of the Rhine, where the small wine region Mittelrhein is situated.

Lithos - Riesling halb trocken.
This risling show a light golden yellow color. In the nose aromas of apricot, green apple, citrus and ripe pear and light sweetness.
On the palate elegant and balanced, harmonious, sweet acidity (not too much). A wine which pairs great with asian food and salty cheeses.

Wineproducer: www.weingutlithos.de

Mar
2
Collezione Oro Chinati Riserva 2013

Collezione Oro Chinati Riserva 2013
80 tsomw points

Piccini, Tuscany Italy

Category: Fruity red
Tags: Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon

Piccini - Collezione Oro Chianti Riserva - 2013 (80 points) In the glass a dark red color this Chianti Riserva. In the nose cherry, plums and a bit sweetness with a hint of pepper and vanilla. On the palate harmonious and elegant, easy red sipper, soft tannins.  Shame of the sweetness but I think lots of people like that.

Piccini - Collezione Oro Chianti Riserva - 2013 (80 points)

In the glass a dark red color this Chianti Riserva.
In the nose cherry, plums and a bit sweetness with a hint of pepper and vanilla.
On the palate harmonious and elegant, easy red sipper, soft tannins. Shame of the sweetness but I think lots of people like that. 

CLASSIFICATION: Chianti Riserva Docg
GRAPES: 90% Sangiovese 10% Cabernet
ALCOHOL CONTENT: 13,50%
AGING: 70% of the blend 9 months in oak barrels, 30% rests 9 months in barriques
Winemaker: Antonella Conti

Wineproducer: www.tenutepiccini.it

Mar
1
Vigna Rocche Barolo 2011

Vigna Rocche Barolo 2011
83 tsomw points

Erbaluna, Langhe Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Barolo

It's Saturday evening. Time to crack a red one. What is your favorite Barolo? This is a nice one but a bit too young. Erbaluna Barolo DOCG 2011 ( 83 points ) Dark ruby red in color. The nose is very attractive with red berries, raspberries, chocolate, earthy. On the palate a bit young, big alcohol, lots of fruit, powerful tannins and big structure. 

It's Saturday evening. Time to crack a red one. What is your favorite Barolo? This is a nice one but a bit too young. 

Erbaluna Barolo DOCG 2011 ( 83 points )
Dark ruby red in color. The nose is very attractive with red berries, raspberries, chocolate, earthy.
On the palate a bit young, big alcohol, lots of fruit, powerful tannins and big structure. 

Wineproducer: www.erbaluna.it

 

Mar
1
Casal di SerraVerdicchio Classico Superiore 2014

Casal di SerraVerdicchio Classico Superiore 2014
84 tsomw points

Umani Ronchi, Marche Italy

Category: Fruity white, Full white
Tags: Verdicchio

Really enjoyable white wine from the Marche regio this Umani Ronchi - Casal di Serra Verdicchio Classico Superiore ( 84 points ) In the glass a bright golden color. In the nose ripe peach, apricot, lemon and tropical fruit with hints of flowers and nuts. On the palate fresh and full of fruit with good balance and minerality. Great long finish. Top

Really enjoyable white wine from the Marche regio this Umani Ronchi - Casal di Serra Verdicchio Classico Superiore ( 84 points ) 
In the glass a bright golden color.
In the nose ripe peach, apricot, lemon and tropical fruit with hints of flowers and nuts. 
On the palate fresh and full of fruit with good balance and minerality. Great long finish. Top!

Vine variety Verdicchio 100%
First year of production 2001
Area of production Marche, Castelli di Jesi 

Vecchie Vigne Casal di Serra was created to preserve and glorify the great historical and qualitative heritage of the old vineyards on the Montecarotto farm. The old vines were planted in the early 70s, and their particular position and fine balance between fruit and leaf growth means that the grapes can be harvested when they have reached a perfect ripening status. The wine is aged over a long period, first in concrete tanks in contact with the native yeasts and subsequently in bottle, and that gives this cru its particular fullness and brings out the typical Verdicchio character. 

Vineyard The vineyards are more than thirty years old and trained on the doppio capovolto system. they are situated at about 300 meters above sea level, on a hillside facing east/south?east. The soil is very deep, clay loam, fairly fresh, and represents the ideal for a vine such as Verdicchio. The yield per hectare is between 6 and 7 tons. Harvest The grapes are picked by hand, and collected in boxes. The harvest takes place on the borderline between the first and second ten days in October, when the grapes have reached a perfect ripening status.

Serving glass: Goblet of medium size and roughly spherical shape, to allow better appreciation of the complex aromas. A straight opening will enhance the flavour of the wine in the mouth, by directing it first to the sides and rear of the tongue, and then to the tip, and allow its softness to be properly evaluated.
Pairings: Roast white meat, roasted fish, stuffed pasta.
Ideal serving temperature: 12?14°C 

Wineproducer: www.umanironchi.com

Feb
28
Sara Langhe Arneis 2015

Sara Langhe Arneis 2015
85 tsomw points

Carlo Giacosa, Langhe Italy

Category: Fruity white, Full white
Tags: Arneis

Are you familiar with the Barbaresco wine region? This white one comes from this beautifull region. Carlo Giacosa – Sara Langhe Arneis doc – 2015 (85 points) In the glass this 100% Arneis shows a light straw-yellow color with light green shade. In the nose delicate aromas of tropical fruit like, melon, banana and peach with hints of flowers and honey. On the palate medium-bodied, dry, balanced acidity. Presence of minerals and offers a harmonious return of aromas in the finish. This Arneis will pair perfect with white meat and fish but also excellent als aperitif.

Are you familiar with the Barbaresco wine region? This white one comes from this beautifull region.

Carlo Giacosa – Sara Langhe Arneis doc – 2015 (85 points)
In the glass this 100% Arneis shows a light straw-yellow color with light green shade.
In the nose delicate aromas of tropical fruit like, melon, banana and peach with hints of flowers and honey.
On the palate medium-bodied, dry, balanced acidity. Presence of minerals and offers a harmonious return of aromas in the finish.
This Arneis will pair perfect with white meat and fish but also excellent als aperitif.

Vine: 100% Arneis
Soil: calcareous clay with sandy deposits
Position: south-east facing
Altitude: 250metres above sea-level
Training: arched Guyot
Vinification and ageing: After the grapes have been soft-pressed, the must is fermented at 15-17°C for around twenty days. At the end of fermentation, the must is drained to separate it from its deposit and is then aged for two to three months on the lees to provide  harmonious softness and flavour. As soon as the wine has clarified, it is ready for bottling and sale.
Organoleptic characteristics: This Arneis possesses a straw-yellow colour with greenish highlights and fresh flowery perfumes with notes of white-fleshed fruit and citrus fruits.  The flavour is dry, tasty and mineral and offers a harmonious return of aromas to the nose.
Matching: Our Arneis is suitable for matching with white meat dishes and fish but is also excellent as an aperitif.
Serving temperature: 10/12°C

Wineproducer: www.carlogiacosa.com

Feb
28
No 3 Roble 2013

No 3 Roble 2013
78 tsomw points

Zarragon - Sandogal, La Mancha Spain

Category: Solid red
Tags: Tempranillo, Petit Verdot

Sandogal – No 3 – Roble 2013 – ( 78 points ) Organic wine from La Mancha – Spain with variety of 75% Tempranillo, 25% Petit Verdot. Aged 6 months in oak barrels this dark garnet red blend. In the nose aromas of dark fruit like blackberries, plums, licorice and hints of balsamic. On the palate medium-bodied, dry with red fruit and dark pepper. Oak is well integrated. I only expected some more power from this one.

Sandogal – No 3 – Roble 2013 – ( 78 points )

Organic wine from La Mancha – Spain with variety of 75% Tempranillo, 25% Petit Verdot.
Aged 6 months in oak barrels this dark garnet red blend. In the nose aromas of dark fruit like blackberries, plums, licorice and hints of balsamic. On the palate medium-bodied, dry with red fruit and dark pepper. Oak is well integrated. I only expected some more power from this one.

VARIETY 75% Tempranillo / 25 % Petit Verdot
ELABORATION Temperature controlled fermentation at 24 ºC in stainless-steel tanks, and oak barrel aging.
TASTING NOTE Dark garnet hue with violet tints. Fruity aromas of dark plums and blackberries infused with balsamic notes. Very subtle hints of pepper against a backdrop of black spices. This powerful, fruity wine coats the palate. Nice balance of fruit and oak.
SERVING RECOMMENDATION: Serve between 14 and 18 ºC. Perfect with stews, meat, pâté, cold meats and mature cheese.

Wineproducer: www.zagarron.com

Feb
27
Urzige Wurzgarten Riesling Trocken 2015

Urzige Wurzgarten Riesling Trocken 2015
81 tsomw points

Weingut Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler, Mosel Germany

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Riesling

Another nice Riesling from the Mosel region. What is your favourite Riesling? Dr. Pauly Bergweiler - Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling trocken 2015 (81 points) In the glass a light yellow, golden color. You smell aromas of lemon, flowers, orange zest, subtle peach and apricot with a light hint of petrol and spice. The palate is light and refreshing with natural sweetness, good acidity, a bit thin on the mid-palate with a good mineral finish.

Another nice Riesling from the Mosel region. What is your favourite Riesling?

Dr. Pauly Bergweiler - Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling trocken 2015 (81 points)
In the glass a light yellow, golden color.
You smell aromas of lemon, flowers, orange zest, subtle peach and apricot with a light hint of petrol and spice.
The palate is light and refreshing with natural sweetness, good acidity, a bit thin on the mid-palate with a good mineral finish.

Wineproducer: www.pauly-bergweiler.com

Feb
27
Secca del Capo Salina 2015

Secca del Capo Salina 2015
84 tsomw points

Cantine Colosi, Sicily Italy

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Malvasia

Ever tried a white one from Siciliy? This fits great with seafood and pasta. Colosi – Malvasia Secca del Capo 2015 ( 84 points ) In the glass this Malvasia from Siciliy shows a straw yellow color with golden hues. Very aromtic nose with notes of tropical fruit, pear, lemon and rosemary. On the palate fresh, harmonious and soft in the mouth. Great aromatic intensity which makes this a delicious easy going wine.

Ever tried a white one from Siciliy? This fits great with seafood and pasta.

Colosi – Malvasia Secca del Capo 2015 ( 84 points )
In the glass this Malvasia from Siciliy shows a straw yellow color with golden hues.
Very aromtic nose with notes of tropical fruit, pear, lemon and rosemary. On the palate fresh, harmonious and soft in the mouth. Great aromatic intensity which makes this a delicious easy going wine.

Wineproducer: www.cantinecolosi.it

Feb
26
Ultra Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Ultra Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
84 tsomw points

Kaiken, Mendoza Argentina

Category: Solid red
Tags: Cabernet Sauvignon

Kaiken - Ultra Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 ( 84 points ) In the glass this cab has a deep ruby red color. In the nose aromas of blueberries, plums, black cherries, currants, vanilla and some spicyness. The palate is solid with ripe, sweet fruit, firm and yet pleasant tannins and fine acidity. The finish is very long and is dominated by spice and red berries. 
 

Kaiken - Ultra Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 ( 84 points )

In the glass this cab has a deep ruby red color. 
In the nose aromas of blueberries, plums, black cherries, currants, vanilla and some spicyness. 
The palate is solid with ripe, sweet fruit, firm and yet pleasant tannins and fine acidity. The finish is very long and is dominated by spice and red berries. 

appellation of origin: Mendoza
variety: 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Malbec
clone selection: massal selection
yield: 8 to 9 ton/ha (3 to 3.4 ton/acre)
pre-fermentative maceration: 7 days at 10°C
alcoholic fermentation: approximately 7 days at 28°C
post-fermentation maceration: 14 days at 22°C

food pairing and serving tips
Our Cabernet Sauvignon Ultra is elegant, supple, and powerful. We recommend 30-minute decanting to bring out its full display of delicious flavors and aromas. Serve at 59°-63°F (15°-17°C) with game and rich meat dishes, or just enjoy with strong ripe cheese. Store in a cool (<15°C) and dry place, protected from direct exposure to light.

Wineproducer: www.kaikenwines.com
Dutch distributor: www.pallaswines.nl

Feb
25
Cantavigna Alghero Frizzante rosato NV

Cantavigna Alghero Frizzante rosato NV
82 tsomw points

Santa Maria la Palma, Sardinia Italy

Category: Rosé, Sparkling
Tags: Grenache

Yesterday the carnival fest began in our town. Despite the bad weather we opened this cute pink bubble from Cantina Santa Maria la Palma. Cantavigna - Alghero Rosato Frizzante DOC – 82 points. In the glass a light pink color. In the nose red fruit such as strawberries and raspberries. It´s light sparkling, dry, medium-bodied with a good structure and body. 

Yesterday the carnival fest began in our town. Despite the bad weather we opened this cute pink bubble from Cantina Santa Maria la Palma.

Cantavigna - Alghero Rosato Frizzante DOC – 82 points
In the glass a light pink color. In the nose red fruit such as strawberries and raspberries. 
It´s light sparkling, dry, medium-bodied with a good structure and body. 

Alghero Rosato Frizzante doc
Sparkling rosé wine obtained red Alghero D.O.C. grapes harvested early and crushed while white.

Colour: shiny pink. Bouquet: pleasantly winy.
Flavour: lively, though smooth and delicately fruity. Frothy, white mousse.
Serving Suggestions: to be drunk as an aperitif or throughout the meal; ideal accompaniment for delicate and elaborate dishes.
Serving Temperature: 6°C – 8°C
Alcoholic Content: 12% vol.

Wineproducer: www.santamarialapalma.it

Feb
24
7 icon Hm King Goodwill Zwelithini Merlot 2014

7 icon Hm King Goodwill Zwelithini Merlot 2014
81 tsomw points

Bayede, Stellenbosch South Africa

Category: Solid red
Tags: Merlot

Red red winetime Bayede – 7 icon HM King Merlot 2014 (81 points) This wine from Western Cape – South Africa shows a dark garnet color. The nose shows aromas of dark berries, plums, some earthiness, cacao and spicyness. On the palata solid and structured, smooth with again spices, red fruit and oak. Long aftertaste. 

Red red winetime Bayede – 7 icon HM King Merlot 2014 (81 points)

This wine from Western Cape – South Africa shows a dark garnet color.
The nose shows aromas of dark berries, plums, some earthiness, cacao and spicyness.
On the palae solid and structured, smooth with again spices, red fruit and oak. Long aftertaste. 

Wineproducer: www.bayede.co.za

Feb
24
Der Sommer war sehr Gross 2015

Der Sommer war sehr Gross 2015
88 tsomw points

Weingut Franzen, Mosel Germany

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Riesling

What a top Riesling. Franzen - Der Sommer war sehr Gross / 2015 (88 points) Light golden yelllow in color. In the nose a lot of delicious fresh aromas such as nectarines, apricot, citrus with a bit mint and that cool spice from the Mosel. On the palate a wonderful interplay between the sweetness of yellow fruit and the fresh Riesling acidity, assisted by cool seasoning. Great minerality and a medium length finish. Really a top Riesling and this is their basic Riesling!! 

What a top Riesling. Franzen - Der Sommer war sehr Gross / 2015 (88 points)

Light golden yelllow in color. In the nose a lot of delicious fresh aromas such as nectarines, apricot, citrus with a bit mint and that cool spice from the Mosel.
On the palate a wonderful interplay between the sweetness of yellow fruit and the fresh Riesling acidity, assisted by cool seasoning. Great minerality and a medium length finish. Really a top Riesling and this is their basic Riesling!! 

THAT SAYS THE OWNER

In 2011 we started the "summer project". We wanted to add a new wine to the assortment without buying new vineyards. So we thought we would simply unite all our top layers in one bottle. A Cuvee that presents the cross section of our vineyards and combines all the advantages of the individual vineyards in a wine. So The summer was very great also the perfect Riesling for the wine lovers who can not decide between Calmont and Frauenberg.

FITNESS FOOD

Since the summer was very large Riesling already has a little more fruit, he comes very well with some more powerful food. Whether it is now a veal fillet or a hearty steak, a cheese plate or even the cheese fondue - this Riesling is the right companion.

Wineproducer: www.weingut-franzen.de

Feb
23
Sicilia Maldafrica 2010

Sicilia Maldafrica 2010
87 tsomw points

Azienda Agricola, Sicily Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon

Beautifull red one from Sicily. Azienda Agricola COS - Maldafrica 2010 ( 87 points ) In the glass a ruby red color. Very expressive bouquet with cigars, herbs, leather, dark berries, earthy and an almost salty mineral. Very clear structure, full ripe tannins which incidentally has a lot of freshness, complex flavor with many layers and a great length.

Beautifull red one from Sicily. Azienda Agricola COS - Maldafrica 2010 ( 87 points )

In the glass a ruby red color.
Very expressive bouquet with cigars, herbs, leather, dark berries, earthy and an almost salty mineral. 
Very clear structure, full ripe tannins which incidentally has a lot of freshness, complex flavor with many layers and a great length.

Zone and joint production: Fountains, Vittoria (RG), Sicily Southeast.
Grape varieties: Merlot 50%, Cabernet Sauvignon 50%.
Biological agriculture.
Altitude: 250 meters s.l.m.
Soil: red earth, from sub-Apennine sands of Pliocene and calcareous origin, interspersed with silica sand and clay.
Training system: Guyot, trellis.
Planting density: 5,000 vines per hectare.
Average age of the vines: 20 years.
Harvest time: September.
Fermentation: spontaneous in earthenware amphorae, on the skins with indigenous yeasts.
Aging: Slavonian barrels and bottle.

Wineproducer: www.cosvittoria.it

Feb
22
Malbec 2015

Malbec 2015
82 tsomw points

Kaiken, Mendoza Argentina

Category: Fruity red
Tags: Malbec

Happy weekend with this easy going Kaiken - Malbec 2015 ( 82 points ) In the glass a deep red color with violet hue. The nose offers a palette of fruit flavors such as blueberries and ripe plums combined with spicy notes of pepper and mint. On the palate full and round about, nice packed tannins rounded with balanced freshness. hints of dark fruit, vanilla and tobacco in the long finish. Very nice pqr

Happy weekend with this easy going Kaiken - Malbec 2015 ( 82 points )

In the glass a deep red color with violet hue.
The nose offers a palette of fruit flavors such as blueberries and ripe plums combined with spicy notes of pepper and mint.
On the palate full and round about, nice packed tannins rounded with balanced freshness. hints of dark fruit, vanilla and tobacco in the long finish. Very nice pqr

Wineproducer: www.kaikenwines.com
Dutch distributor: www.pallaswines.nl

Feb
21
Roero Arneis 2015

Roero Arneis 2015
85 tsomw points

Salvano Vini, Piedmont Italy

Category: Fruity white, Full white
Tags: Arneis

Salvano Roero Arneis DOCG – 2015 ( 85 points ) This beautifull white wine from the Piemonte region has an straw yellow color with greenish hue. In the nose fuity, soft with aromas of tropical fruit like banana and pineapple. On the palate fresh, dry and harmonic. Pairs great with white meat and fish or as aperetife.

Salvano Roero Arneis DOCG – 2015 ( 85 points )

This beautifull white wine from the Piemonte region has an straw yellow color with greenish hue.
In the nose fuity, soft with aromas of tropical fruit like banana and pineapple.
On the palate fresh, dry and harmonic. Pairs great with white meat and fish or as aperetife.

GRAPES Arneis
PRODUCTION AREA It is produced in the villages of Castagnito and Vezza d’Alba
ORGANOLEPTIC QUALITIES Intense straw yellow colour with green hues. Soft, agreeable and persistent bouquet with scents of pineapple. Fresh, soft and harmonic taste
VINIFICATION AND REFINEMENT Grapes are softly pressed and fermented at a controlled temperature of 16°C. It remains in contact with yeasts in steel tanks for at least 6 months with continuous “batonnages”
MINIMUM ALCOHOLIC CONTENT 13,5 % vol.
SERVING TEMPERATURE 12-14°C
BEST WITH It is good with hors d’oeuvre, seafood, vegetable cakes and pasta. It is excellent with grilled fish

Wineproducer: www.salvano.com

Feb
20
Grillo 2013

Grillo 2013
81 tsomw points

Cantine Colosi, Sicily Italy

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Grillo

Yes...it's a rainy day in Holland but this makes the rain dissapear ???? Colosi – Grillo I.G.P. 2015 (81 points) This Grillo from Sicily has a straw yellow color in te glass. In the nose expressive aromas of white peach, necatarine, ripe golden apple. You smell the sea and sun in the glass. On the palate dry, medium bodied with green apple, white fruit with nice herbaceousness and minerality.

Yes...it's a rainy day in Holland but this makes the rain dissapear ???? Colosi – Grillo I.G.P. 2015 (81 points)

This Grillo from Sicily has a straw yellow color in te glass.
In the nose expressive aromas of white peach, necatarine, ripe golden apple. You smell the sea and sun in the glass.
On the palate dry, medium bodied with green apple, white fruit with nice herbaceousness and minerality.

Wineproducer: www.cantinecolosi.it

Feb
20
Cabernet Sauvignon - Merlot 2012

Cabernet Sauvignon - Merlot 2012
86 tsomw points

Aaldering, Stellenbosch South Africa

Category: Solid red
Tags: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

This is a great blend from South Africa / Aaldering – Cabernet Sauvignon – Merlot 2012 (86 points) In the glass a deep dark red color. In the nose smokey with aromas of black currants, strawberries, plums and dark chocolate with a light peppery hint. On the palate a solid wine with black pepper and cedar spices in the background, slightly grippy tannins. Good structure, great acidity, smooth and depth of flavor. Still young and over 5 years this will even be better. 

This is a great blend from South Africa / Aaldering – Cabernet Sauvignon – Merlot 2012 (86 points)

In the glass a deep dark red color.
In the nose smokey with aromas of black currants, strawberries, plums and dark chocolate with a light peppery hint.
On the palate a solid wine with black pepper and cedar spices in the background, slightly grippy tannins. Good structure, great acidity, smooth and depth of flavor. Still young and over 5 years this will even be better. 

Winemaking Report:

2012 was a challenging vintage with early rains and cold weather during the second part of flowering but turned out to be a lovely cool season with great colour and flavour production. Hot weather in January played a big part in creating concentrated wines with beautiful fruit aromatics. February and March saw cooler weather and apart from flowering time there was very little rain throughout the season resulting in a healthy crop. Good irrigation management was a necessity and because of the dry weather conditions 2012 was a smaller crop than 2011. Both cultivars were vinified separately, receiving different treatments according to grapes phenolic profile. Pump overs occurred 4 times throughout a 24 hour period. Natural malolactic fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks. The wines were then aged separately in 225 liter French oak barrels (Barrique Bordelaise) for 25 months (35% new oak). Assemblage was decided upon, with the blend being 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot, these proportions were chosen after a thorough blending trial process. Aging Potential Potential aging between 10-15 years. Bottled with a natural cork closure, in order to ensure a unique aging capacity.

Ideal serving temperature between 16-18°C/61-64°F.
Food Matches Rib-eye, lamb, green bell pepper, grilled vegetables, Mediterranean spices, garlic twists, mint.

Wineproducer: www.aaldering.co.za

Feb
19
Merlot Dante 2015

Merlot Dante 2015
80 tsomw points

Cantine Silvestri, Lazio Italy

Category: Fruity red
Tags: Merlot

Cantine Silvestri – Dante Merlot 2015 (80 points) In the glass a ruby red color with a garnet hue. On the nose expressive aromas of cherries, blackberries, blue berries and some light herbs. On the palate good structure, light tannins, soft in the mouth, fruity with a light bitter aftertaste.

Cantine Silvestri – Dante Merlot 2015 ( 80 points )

In the glass a ruby red color with a garnet hue.
In the nose expressive aromas of cherries, blackberries, blue berries and some light herbs.
On the palate good structure, light tannins, soft in the mouth, fruity with a light bitter aftertaste.

Vineyards: Grapes come from vineyards in the comune of Aprilia, part of the comunes of Cisterna and Latina, and the province of Rome.
Winemaking Technique: Grapes are picked by hand, pressed and de-stemmed before they macerate on the skins for 7 - 8 days at about 25° C. The must from the first-pressing ferments in stainless steel vats, then ages in barrels of Slavonian oak. After bottling, the wine continues to age for a further 5 - 6 months before going on sale
Advice from the winemaker: A wine with ageing potential. Allow to breathe before ser ving by carefully decanting into a carafe. Serve at 18° C.
Gastronomical suggestions: A perfect accompaniment for savoury pasta dishes, such as pappardelle in hare sauce, for roast or barbecued meats, and for mature cheeses.

Wineproducer: www.cantinesilvestri.it

 

 

Feb
18
Rosenbuhl Blanc de Noir 2014

Rosenbuhl Blanc de Noir 2014
82 tsomw points

Weingut am Kaiserbaum, Pfalz Germany

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Blanc de Noir

It's wine o' clock! Nice white wine from the Pfalz region - Weingut am Kaiserbaum - Rosenbühl Blanc de Noir 2014 ( 82 points )
In the glass a golden yellow color. In the nose expressive aromas of berries, flowers, herbs and apricot. On the palate solid, good balance between sweetness and acidity. Great with a salad. 

It's wine o' clock! 
Nice white wine from the Pfalz region - Weingut am Kaiserbaum - Rosenbühl Blanc de Noir 2014 ( 82 points )

In the glass a golden yellow color.
In the nose expressive aromas of berries, flowers, herbs and apricot.
On the palate solid, good balance between sweetness and acidity. Great with a salad. 

Wineproducer: www.weingut-am-kaiserbaum.de

Feb
18
Rioja Reserva 2009

Rioja Reserva 2009
80 tsomw points

Remelluri, Rioja Spain

Category: Solid red
Tags: Tempranillo, Garnacha, Graciano, Viura, Malvasia

Remelluri - Rioja Reserva 2009 ( 88 points) / In the glass a dark, pruney, slightly translucent color. In the nose aromas of fresh forest fruits, figs and a hint of cassis, herbs and even some vegetal notes underneath, with whiffs of underplayed, woody spice. On the palate the wine is dry in the mouth with a medium acidity. It has fine-grained tannins and well-integrated alcohol. Full body and pronounced intensity flavours of vanilla, ripe strawberries, red plums and hint of liquorice. The finish is long. Top

Remelluri - Rioja Reserva 2009 ( 88 points )

In the glass a dark, pruney, slightly translucent color.
In the nose aromas of fresh forest fruits, figs and a hint of cassis, herbs and even some vegetal notes underneath, with whiffs of underplayed, woody spice. 
On the palate the wine is dry in the mouth with a medium acidity. It has fine-grained tannins and well-integrated alcohol. Full body and pronounced intensity flavours of vanilla, ripe strawberries, red plums and hint of liquorice. The finish is long. Top.

Remelluri Reserva is the original Granja Nuestra Señora de Remelluri estate wine, fruit of the most important vineyards of the property. It originates from the three valleys surrounding the winery — Remelluri, Valderremelluri and Villaescusa — which belong to the municipalities of Labastida (RIOJA ALAVESA) and Rivas de Tereso, hamlet that belongs to San Vicente de La Sonsierra (RIOJA ALTA). Since the Fourteenth Century, these areas have formed part of Granja Nuestra Señora de Remelluri, the first single-vineyard Rioja property to work with the classic Medoc-Bordeaux method.

GRAPE VARIETY: Tempranillo, Garnacha, Graciano, Viura and Malvasia
SOIL: Poor limestone terraces of calcareous, clayey soil, with bedrock surfacing in certain areas. These terraces consist mainly of sandstone and loam, the origins of which date back to the Quaternary Period. 
VITICULTURE: Traditional, ecological, with biodynamic treatments
HARVEST: Entirely hand-picked in 20kg cases. Harvest begins at the beginning of October and finishes at the end of October/ beginning of November. Selection in vineyard as well as on table. 
FERMENTATION: Native yeasts
MATURING: Seventeen months in barrels of various ages and volumes

 

Wineproducer: www.remelluri.com

Feb
17
KVL Riesling Reserve Trocken 2015

KVL Riesling Reserve Trocken 2015
87 tsomw points

Hofkellerei des Fursten von Liechtenstein

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Riesling

Hofkellerei des Fursten von Liechtenstein – Riesling Reserve Karlsberg 2015 (87 points). In the glass a medium yellow/gold color with greenish hue. In the nose aromas of apricot, stonefruit, orange peal, fine spices and hints of blossom and honey. On the palate fresh structure, very balanced, good reverberation with lots of fruit. In the finish slightly salty.

Hofkellerei des Fursten von Liechtenstein – Riesling Reserve Karlsberg 2015
( 87 points )

In the glass a medium yellow/gold color with greenish hue.
In the nose aromas of apricot, stonefruit, orange peal, fine spices and hints of blossom and honey.
On the palate fresh structure, very balanced, good reverberation with lots of fruit. In the finish slightly salty.

VINEYARD: Karlsberg, Johannesberg – Herrnbaumgarten - Weinviertel
GRAPE: 100 % Riesling Riesling, the “queen of white wine”, came from the river Rhine to Austria. It is the second most important variety in Austria and widely spread. The late ripening grapes are highly demanding and need best soils and attention in the vineyard. Young Riesling wines are fruity with a sense of peach and apricots. In our vineyard Riesling plays an important role since it is also used for sparkling wines.
Harvest: 06. und 07.10 2015
Filling: 04.05.2016
Oenologischer Kommentar Careful and selective manual harvest at cool and dry weather conditions. Grapes had 20,5° Klosterneuburg must scale. Grapes were destemmed after must fermentation for 12 hours, they were pressed in pneumatic press and stored at controlled temperature of 23°C. The wine aged for 6 months on fine yeast and was stored in wooden barrels and stainless steel tank.
Degustationsnotiz shiny gold yellow colour, ripe peach, ananas, melon, juicy and solid, fruitcocktail, honey, delicate exotic, maracuya, lychee. fine finish, kompact, highly balanced, aristocratic Riesling in all facets.
Alcohol: 13,1 % vol.,
Acidity 8,4 g/l,
Residual sugar 12,1 g/l medium-dry
Suitable meals: fish and seafood, Poultry, Asian and Italian cuisine, fruity dessert Drinking temperature: 10 – 12 Grad C Age: 2016 - 2023 

Wineproducer: www.hofkellerei.at

 

Feb
16
Rioja Gran Rerserva 2008

Rioja Gran Rerserva 2008
87 tsomw points

Bodegas Ramon Bilbao, Rioja Spain

Category: Solid red
Tags: Tempranillo, Mazuelo, Graciano

Ramón Bilbao – Rioja Gran Reserva - 2008 – 87 points. Blend from 90% Tempranillo, 5% Mazuelo and 5% Graciano. In the glass a dark ruby red, purple color. In the nose complex aromas of red berries, woody herbs and a little peppery spiceness. Also hints of raspberry, leather and cedar. On the palate full-bodied, subtle, elegant and juicy and nice complexity and a nice long finish?. 

Ramón Bilbao – Rioja Gran Reserva - 2008 – 87 points

Blend from 90% Tempranillo, 5% Mazuelo and 5% Graciano.
In the glass a dark ruby red, purple color.
In the nose complex aromas of red berries, woody herbs and a little peppery spiceness. Also hints of raspberry, leather and cedar.
On the palate full-bodied, subtle, elegant and juicy and nice complexity and a nice long finish?.

Wineproducer: www.bodegasramonbilbao.es/

Feb
15

"Just Riesling!" 2015
88 tsomw points

Gut Hermannsberg, Nahe Germany

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Riesling

This Riesling opens the doors into the Rieslingworld of Gut Hermannsberg. It’s their entrylevel Riesling for about € 10,- and you will not be dissapointed!! Gut Hermannsberg – “Just Riesling!”- 2015 - 88 points. In the glass bright medium lemon in color. In the nose aromas of grapefruit, citrus, green apple, peach and some toast. On the palate this wine shows papaya, citrus, green apple with hints of almond and some chalk on the finish. Refreshing, harmonious and lively. It convinces with juicy fruit, delicate minerality and fine herbs. Really nice uncomplicated Riesling

This Riesling opens the doors into the Rieslingworld of Gut Hermannsberg. It’s their entrylevel Riesling for about € 10,- and you will not be dissapointed!! Gut Hermannsberg – “Just Riesling!”- 2015 - 88 points

In the glass bright medium lemon in color. In the nose aromas of grapefruit, citrus, green apple, peach and some toast.
On the palate this wine shows papaya, citrus, green apple with hints of almond and some chalk on the finish. Refreshing, harmonious and lively. It convinces with juicy fruit, delicate minerality and fine herbs. Really nice uncomplicated Riesling.

The 2015 Just Riesling refreshes on the terrace, harmonizing with the summer kitchen and invigorating light Fish dishes with light sauces, pastry dishes and salads.
Soil: The grapes for this wine come mainly from Great Plains. The different In the Gutsriesling, rock types play their full strengths and give it a particularly fine Aromatics and minerality. ...

Wineproducer: www.gut-hermannsberg.de

Feb
14
Francisca Brut 2013

Francisca Brut 2013
78 tsomw points

Sint Martinus, Limburg The Netherlands

Category: Sparkling
Tags: Monarch, Pinot Noir, Carbernet Cortis

I believe this was my first rosé sparkling wine from Holland. Sint Martinus / Francesca Brut 2013. - 78 points. Aromatic sparkling blanc de Noirs with grape variety of Monarch, Pinot Noir and Carbernet Cortis - traditional method 12 months fermentation in the bottle. 13% vol. In the glass a gold amber color. In the nose strawberries and a nutty hint. On the palate dry, harmonious with just a little to much acidity for me. Very clean with a crisp finish. Nice foaming mouse.

I believe this was my first rosé sparkling wine from Holland.
Sint Martinus / Francesca Brut 2013. - 78 points

Aromatic sparkling blanc de Noirs with grape variety of Monarch, Pinot Noir and Carbernet Cortis - traditional method 12 months fermentation in the bottle. 13% vol.
In the glass a gold amber color. In the nose strawberries and a nutty hint. On the palate dry, harmonious with just a little to much acidity for me. Very clean with a crisp finish. Nice foaming mouse.

Wineproducer: www.wijngaardmartinus.nl

Feb
13
Cava Gran Reserva Collecion Privada 2012

Cava Gran Reserva Collecion Privada 2012
84 tsomw points

Pere Ventura, Catalonia Spain

Category: Sparkling
Tags: Perallada, Xarel.lo, Macabeo

Nice sparkling with good PQR - Cava Pere Ventura – Reserva Brut – 2012 (84 points) / Grapes: Perallada, Xarel.lo and Macabeo. In the glass a golden color with amber hue. On the nose layered aromas of toast, spice and ripe fruit. On the palate creamy and structured with smoky notes with a long, harmonious and full finish. Very lively, fine mousse, strong sparkling even.

Nice sparkling with good PQR - Cava Pere Ventura – Reserva Brut – 2012 (84 points)

Grapes: Perallada, Xarel.lo and Macabeo
In the glass a golden color with amber hue.
On the nose layered aromas of toast, spice and ripe fruit. On the palate creamy and structured with smoky notes with a long, harmonious and full finish. Very lively, fine mousse, strong sparkling even.

Wineproducer: www.pereventura.com

Feb
12
Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2012

Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2012
90 tsomw points

Speri, Veneto Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Corvina, Rondinella, Corvinone

Speri - Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2012 – 90 points. Variety of 70% Corvina , 25% Rondinella , 5% Corvinone. In the glass a deep garnet red color. In the nose intense aroms of ripe dark fruit with cherries, black currants and raisins and a earthy hint of forest floor, spices and almond. On the palate full-bodied, dry, with nice complexity, soft tannins and texture. It is gentle but at the same time vigorously with sweet red fruit, vanilla and a long lasting finish.

Speri - Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2012 – 90 points

Variety of 70% Corvina , 25% Rondinella , 5% Corvinone
In the glass a deep garnet red color.
In the nose intense aroms of ripe dark fruit with cherries, black currants and raisins and a earthy hint of forest floor, spices and almond.
On the palate full-bodied, dry, with nice complexity, soft tannins and texture. It is gentle but at the same time vigorously with sweet red fruit, vanilla and a long lasting finish.

GRAPE VARIETIES: Corvina veronese and Corvinone 70%, Rondinella 25%, Molinara 5%.
VINEYARD: Monte Sant’Urbano estate, in the municipality of Fumane. It extends over a surface area of 19 hectares. Situated on a hill at an altitude of 280 - 350 meters above sea level, the Monte Sant’Urbano vineyard enjoys an excellent exposure to the sun. The calcareous, clayey terrain, of volcanic origin, favors retention of moisture, preventing excessive dryness.
CULTIVATION SYSTEM: Verona pergola system placed on ledges sustained by dry stone walls known as “marogne”. The vines have an average age of 25 years.
HARVEST: Manual selection of the best bunches from from late September to midOctober. Drying for 100 days in fruit-drying rooms with ideal conditions in terms of temperature, humidity and ventilation. Loss of 42% of initial weight with a considerable increase in the quantity of sugar.
VINIFICATION: Pressing on January with a roller crusher-destemmer. Maceration at 16°-18° C of temperature in stainless steel tanks for a period of 35 days with periodic pumping over and délestage. Separation of the skins in mid February and completion alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in 50 hl. oak barrels. Ageing in 500 l. allier oak casks for 24 months and in 20-40 hl. oak barrels for 12 months. Refinement in the bottle.
ALCOHOL CONTENT: 15% vol.
DINING COMBINATIONS: Excellent with strong second courses of braised red meats and game, perfect with aged cheeses. Also enjoyable at the end of a fine dinner.
SERVING TEMPERATURE: 18°C. 

Wineproducer: www.speri.com

Feb
11
Rioja Gran Reserva 2010

Rioja Gran Reserva 2010
88 tsomw points

Felix Azpilicueta, Rioja Spain

Category: Solid red
Tags: Tempranillo, Graciano, Mazuelo.

This was one of my favourites of the Rioja tasting. Azpilicueta - Felix Azpilicueta Reserva 2010 - 88 points. In the glass a deep cherry color. Complex nose of mellow black fruit, clove cinnamon, abundant toasted with mineral and spicy tones. On the palate very nice and fresh. Enveloping and silky with aromas of truffle, tobacco and cacao. A nice long finish with chocolate, red fruit and spicy nuances.?  

This was one of my favourites of the Rioja tasting. Azpilicueta - Felix Azpilicueta Reserva 2010 - 88 points

In the glass a deep cherry color. Complex nose of mellow black fruit, clove cinnamon, abundant toasted with mineral and spicy tones.
On the palate very nice and fresh. Enveloping and silky with aromas of truffle, tobacco and cacao. A nice long finish with chocolate, red fruit and spicy nuances.

Wineproducer: www.azpilicueta.com

 

Feb
11
Superiore Frascati 2015

Superiore Frascati 2015
88 tsomw points

Cantine Silvestri, Lazio Italy

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Malvasia Bianca di Candia, Greco, Trebbiano Toscano

Cantine Silvestri – Frascati Superiore 2015 – 82 points. The wine is made from the grape varieties Malvasia Bianca di Candia, Greco and Trebbiano Toscano. In the glass a bright straw yellow color with greenish hue. In the nose intense aromas of ripe fruit like pear and melon, grape sugar and light gints of vanilla. On the palate dry, smooth and balanced with good character and light almond aftertaste.

Cantine Silvestri – Frascati Superiore 2015 – 82 points

The wine is made from the grape varieties Malvasia Bianca di Candia, Greco and Trebbiano Toscano.
In the glass a bright straw yellow color with greenish hue. In the nose intense aromas of ripe fruit like pear and melon, grape sugar and light gints of vanilla. On the palate dry, smooth and balanced with good character and light almond aftertaste.

Content: 12.5 °
Production area± The territory of the municipality of Frascati, Grottaferrata, Monte Porzio, and part of the district of the town of Colonna, in the province of Rome.
Grape varieties: white malvasia di Candia, Greek and Trebbiano Toscano.
Wine-making technique: White vinification, soft pressing, controlled temperature fermentation of must "First Drop" clear, with the addition of selected yeasts. The wine is filtered to prevent secondary fermentation.
The manufacturer's recommendations: It is recommended to cool serving temperature 8 ° -10 ° C and consumed within the year following the harvest.
Serving suggestions: It is the most classic among the wines throughout the meal, prefers light appetizers and soups, dry, fish and white meats.

Wineproducer: www.cantinesilvestri.it

Feb
10
Rioja Reserva 2011

Rioja Reserva 2011
89 tsomw points

Bodegas Roda, Rioja Spain

Category: Solid red
Tags: Tempranillo, Graciano, Garnacha

Roda - Rioja Reserva 2011 - 89 points. 91% tempranillo, 8% Graciano, 1% Garnacha. In the glass this Rioja shows a dark ruby red color. In the nose beautiful interwoven mix of earth, juicy dark fruit, ripe red berry, cherries with a spicy accent. On the palate a velvety texture with a certain margin of meatiness in the basement. Accessible and yet still young structure. 

Roda - Rioja Reserva 2011 - 89 points.

91% #tempranillo, 8% Graciano, 1% Garnacha
In the glass this Rioja shows a dark ruby red color.
In the nose beautiful interwoven mix of earth, juicy dark fruit, ripe red berry, cherries with a spicy accent.
On the palate a velvety texture with a certain margin of meatiness in the basement. Accessible and yet still young structure. 

Grape varieties:91% Tempranillo, 8% Graciano, 1% Garnacha
Vineyard: Bush vines older than 30 years, mostly in Haro and its surroundings. Average yields 1,5 kg. per vine.
Production: Alcoholic fermentation in French oak vats equipped with temperature control, followed by a malolactic fermentation in French oak barrrel.
Ageing:14 months in French oak barrels (40% brand new and 60% second-use) and 30 months in bottle prior to its release.
Stabilization: Completely natural methods, clarification using only egg whites.
Alcohol:14,5% Vol.

Wineproducer: www.roda.es

Feb
9
Nethun 2015

Nethun 2015
84 tsomw points

Muscari Tomajoli, Lazio Italy

Category: Fruity white, Full white
Tags: Vermentino

Muscari Tomajoli - Nethun 2015 - 84 points. In the glass a bright straw yellow color with golden hue. In the nose aromas of exotic fruit, citrus, balsamico, floral with herbaceous notes.
On the palate good balance between sweetness, acidity and minerality. Good volume and roundness. 

Muscari Tomajoli - Nethun 2015 - 84 points

In the glass a bright straw yellow color with golden hue.
In the nose aromas of exotic fruit, citrus, balsamico, floral with herbaceous notes.
On the palate good balance between sweetness, acidity and minerality. Good volume and roundness. 

Wineproducer: www.muscaritomajoli.it

Feb
8
Lacryma Christi Bianco 2014

Lacryma Christi Bianco 2014
80 tsomw points

Cantine Matrone, Campania Italy

Category: Full white
Tags: Caprettone, Falanghina, Grego

Lacryma Christi Bianco 2014 - 80 points. This is the first vintage of this white blend containing the Caprettone (80%), Falanghina (15%) and Greco (5%) grapes produced at the Vesuvio region. In the glass a clear straw/golden color. In the nose aromas of citrus, white fruit, flowers, light smoky. On the palate good depth and body with a light almond in the aftertaste.?

Lacryma Christi Bianco 2014 - 80 points. This is the first vintage of this white blend containing the Caprettone (80%), Falanghina (15%) and Greco (5%) grapes produced at the Vesuvio region. In the glass a clear straw/golden color. In the nose aromas of citrus, white fruit, flowers, light smoky. On the palate good depth and body with a light almond in the aftertaste.?

Grapes: Caprettone grapes (80%), Falanghina (15%) and Greek (5%).

The caprettone is distributed on three vineyards located at 30 - 120 - 200 meters s.l.m. while falanghina and greek have only grown 30 meters s.l.m ..
Some of the grapes are vinified in blends, or different varieties fermented together, with immediate pressing and fermentation in the absence of marc, while part of the Caprettone is vinified alone with maceration of 48 hours in the presence of the marc and subsequent soft pressing of the same with fermentation without temperature control, this methodology helps to obtain a wine with a slightly more intense color and a bouquet of scents that are more related to the variety of the grapes and not the fruity or floral notes due to the fermentation.

Wineproducer: www.cantinematrone.it

Feb
8
Conde Valdemar Finca Alto Cantabria 2014

Conde Valdemar Finca Alto Cantabria 2014
82 tsomw points

Bodegas Valdemar, Rioja Spain

Category: Fruity white, Full white
Tags: Viura

Ever tried a white Rioja? This one has a bright yellow gold color. In the nose fresh nuances , citrus, apple, melon and nuts. Pleasant vanilla. On the palate lively acidity and fine tannins his maturation in French oak barrels. Rich and powerful. Beautiful wine. 

Ever tried a white Rioja? This one has a bright yellow gold color. 
In the nose fresh nuances, citrus, apple, melon and nuts. Pleasant vanilla. 
On the palate lively acidity and fine tannins his maturation in French oak barrels. Rich and powerful. Beautiful wine. 

 

Feb
7
Papiri Vermentino di Sardegna 2016

Papiri Vermentino di Sardegna 2016
83 tsomw points

Santa Maria La Palma, Sardinia Italy

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Vermentino

Cantina Santa Maria La Palma – I Papiri Vermentino - 2016. In the glass a bright straw yellow color. In the nose intense aromas of apple, green pear, hints of melon and some bitter almond. On the palate really refreshing, smooth and harmonious with white fruit and a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Cantina Santa Maria La Palma – I Papiri Vermentino - 2016

In the glass a bright straw yellow color.
In the nose intense aromas of apple, green pear, hints of melon and some bitter almond.
On the palate really refreshing, smooth and harmonious with white fruit and a slightly bitter aftertaste.

 

Feb
6
Robbione 2010

Robbione 2010
88 tsomw points

Terre di Serrapetrona, Marche Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Vernaccia Nera

Terre di Serrapetrona – Robbione 2010 - 88 points. In the glass a ruby red color, inpenetrable with garnet hues. In the nose aromas earthy, rough with hints of red fruit, cherries, plums, balsamic, tobacco and black pepper with some hints of raisin. On the palate complex, full bodied which starts spicy with rosemary followed by red fruit with good acidity and soft tannins. The wine ends with soft wood and licorice and pepper with enough freshness. A little bit Amarone style!

Terre di Serrapetrona – Robbione 2010 - 88 points.

In the glass a ruby red color, inpenetrable with garnet hues. In the nose aromas earthy, rough with hints of red fruit, cherries, plums, balsamic, tobacco and black pepper with some hints of raisin. On the palate complex, full bodied which starts spicy with rosemary followed by red fruit with good acidity and soft tannins. The wine ends with soft wood and licorice and pepper with enough freshness. A little bit Amarone style!

Denomination: Serrapetrona DOC
Grape Variety: 100% Vernaccia Nera
Vineyard: Vigna Piccola and Vigna Colli Training: simple Guyot
Harvest: Second decade of October, by hand, after a summer thinning
Vinification: Destemming and pressing of the grapes, 15 day fermentation in steel tanks at a controlled temperature of 26- 28°C Aging: 24 months in 25hl oak barrels and 12 months in the bottle
Alcohol content: (average) 14,5% vol.
Production: (average) 9000 bottles
Ageing: between 3 and 15 years
Food pairings: game, red and braised meat, porchetta, polenta and ossobuco

Wineproducer: www.terrediserrapetrona.it

Feb
6
Cicogna Colli Berici Cabernet 2013

Cicogna Colli Berici Cabernet 2013
88 tsomw points

Cavazza, Veneto Italy

Category: Fruity red, Solid red
Tags: Cabernet Sauvignon

Cavazza – Cicogna Colli Berici Cabernet – 2013 – 88 points. In the glass a full red color with garnet hue. In the nose intense aromas of raspberry, blackberry, light spice and some oak. On the palate full, round and soft with elegant tannins with finishes with vanilla and red fruit and a pleasant mouthfeel.

Cavazza – Cicogna Colli Berici Cabernet – 2013 – 88 points

In the glass a full red color with garnet hue. In the nose intense aromas of raspberry, blackberry, light spice and some oak.
On the palate full, round and soft with elegant tannins with finishes with vanilla and red fruit and a pleasant mouthfeel.

A limited production wine harvested from meticulously selected small vineyard lots (3 ha/7.4 ac) on hilltops (190 m/623 ft) that are estate grown and carefully farmed. The grapes are handpicked and sorted at harvest time in order to create unique, artisan-style wines that reflect the craftsmanship involved in hands-on winemaking.

AREA OF ORIGIN: Colli Berici Hills in the province of Vicenza, Veneto Region. (Cicogna is the name of our family estate in the heart of the Colli Berici appellation).
SOIL TYPE: Iron-rich clay and limestone.
VARIETAL Cabernet Sauvignon (growing in our area for more than 100 years).
TRAINING SYSTEM: Guyot
AVERAGE VINE AGE: 20 years
HARVEST PERIOD/METHOD: Mid-October. Careful grape selection by hand.
WINE MAKING: In red (grape skins remain in contact with the juice).
PRIMARY FERMENTATION: About 10-12 days in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature of 26°C/78.8°F.
MATURING AND AGING: 12 months in small 228 liter French medium toasted oak barrels.
FINING: 6 months in bottle
ALCOHOL: 13,5% Vol.

Wineproducer: www.cavazzawine.com

Feb
5
Guidalberto 2014

Guidalberto 2014
89 tsomw points

Tenuta San Guido, Bolgheri Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon

Tenuta San Guido – Guidalberto 2014 – 89 points. One of the icon wines from Tenuta San Guido. The vineyards are located in the Maremma, between Cecina and Bolgheri, near the Mediterranean Sea. Tenuta San Guido has ensured that the town of Bolgheri has become so famous. A blend of Merlot 30% and Cabernet Sauvignon 70%. In the glass a dark ruby red color. In the nose cherry, plum with hints of tobacco, liquorice and some floral touches. On the palate elegant, great mouthfeel, soft tannins and a nice freshness. Another great winner from Tenuta San Guido.

Tenuta San Guido – Guidalberto 2014 – 89 points

One of the icon wines from Tenuta San Guido. The vineyards are located in the Maremma, between Cecina and Bolgheri, near the Mediterranean Sea. Tenuta San Guido has ensured that the town of Bolgheri has become so famous.

A blend of Merlot 30% and Cabernet Sauvignon 70%
In the glass a dark ruby red color. In the nose cherry, plum with hints of tobacco, liquorice and some floral touches.
On the palate elegant, great mouthfeel, soft tannins and a nice freshness. Another great winner from Tenuta San Guido.

Wineproducer: www.tenutasanguido.com

Feb
4
Fosco Dolcetto di Diano d'Alba 2013

Fosco Dolcetto di Diano d'Alba 2013
89 tsomw points

Salvano Vini, Piedmont Italy

Category: Fruity red, Solid red
Tags: Dolcetto

Salvano – “Fosco” Dolcetto Diano D'Alba DOCG - 89 points. Made with 100% Dolcetto grapes coming from the town of Diano D'Alba - Piemonte. In the glass an intense ruby red color with violet hues. In the nose robust and full of dark red fruit like plums, blackberries and hints of violets. On the palate creamy and very flaverful, warm, very soft with plummy fruit and a hint of almond. Very good wine for this price.

Salvano – “Fosco” Dolcetto Diano D'Alba DOCG - 89 points

Made with 100% Dolcetto grapes coming from the town of Diano D'Alba - Piemonte
In the glass an intense ruby red color with violet hues. In the nose robust and full of dark red fruit like plums, blackberries and hints of violets. On the palate creamy and very flaverful, warm, very soft with plummy fruit and a hint of almond. Very good wine for this price.

GRAPES: Dolcetto
PRODUCTION AREA: Dolcetto grapes grown in Diano d’Alba village
ORGANOLEPTIC QUALITIES: Very intense ruby color with violet hues. Clear and persistent bouquet with scent of gillyflower and matured blackberry. Intense, round, hot and sweet taste with almond aftertaste
VINIFICATION AND REFINEMENT: It is fermented in stainless steel tanks for 7-8 days at a controlled temperature that is between 26° C and 29° C. It is then refined in steel for 8 months and in bottle for 4 months
ALCOHOLIC CONTENT: 13.5 % vol.
SERVING TEMPERATURE: 18°C
BEST WITH: Good with both white and red meats, pasta (in particular filled pasta) and also with cheese.

Wineproducer: www.salvano.com

 

Feb
3
Gris de Vilare 2015

Gris de Vilare 2015
86 tsomw points

Sint Martinus, Limburg The Netherlands

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Souvignier gris

St. Martinus - Gris de Villare - 2015 / 86 points. 30 km driving from my hometown this winery in Vijlen offers some really nice wines. Dutch wines? Yes. We also have some wineries overhere. Because of the climate change it is getting better every day. 100% Souvignier gris. In the glass a light straw yellow color. In the nose white flowers, stonefruit, apricot and light spicy hints. On the palate dry, solid and powerful structure, fresh acidity. Really nice wine from Holland. The best with some food.

St. Martinus - Gris de Villare - 2015 / 86 points

30 km driving from my hometown this winery in Vijlen offers some really nice wines. Dutch wines? Yes. We also have some wineries overhere. Because of the climate change it is getting better every day.

100% Souvignier gris
In the glass a light straw yellow color.
In the nose white flowers, stonefruit, apricot and light spicy hints. On the palate dry, solid and powerful structure, fresh acidity. Really nice wine from Holland. The best with some food.

Wineproducer: www.wijngaardmartinus.nl

Feb
3
Antica Roma 2015

Antica Roma 2015
83 tsomw points

Cantine Silvestri, Lazio Italy

Category: Fruity white, Full white
Tags: Malvasia bianca di Candia, Chardonnay, Greco

Silvestri - Antica Roma 2014 - 83 points. Very nice white wine from Italy zone Frascati near Rome, made from varieties of 30% Trebbiano Toscano, 30% Malvasia del Lazio, 30% Greek, 10% Malvasia di Candia. In the glass a straw/ golden yellow color. In the nose aromas of ripe fruit and tropical fruit with hints of vanilla. On the palate soft but solid, good structure with a good persistence. Long and fresh finish.

Silvestri - Antica Roma 2014 - 83 points

Very nice white wine from Italy zone Frascati near Rome, made from varieties of 30% Trebbiano Toscano, 30% Malvasia del Lazio, 30% Greek, 10% Malvasia di Candia.
In the glass a straw golden yellow color.
In the nose aromas of ripe fruit and tropical fruit with hints of vanilla. On the palate soft but solid, good structure with a good persistence. Long and fresh finish.

LAZIO IGT 750 ml
MALVASIA BIANCA DI CANDIA
CHARDONNAY
GRECO

gradazione: 12.5°

Vineyards: Frascati, Grottaferrata, Monteporzio surroundings and part of territory around the jurisdiction of Colonna, province of Rome.
Grape Varieties: Malvasia bianca di Candia, Chardonnay, Greco.
Wine making tecnique: White vinification, gently pressed in order to obtain a must that is filtered and brought to fermentation at a controlled temperature, “First Drop” clear, addition of specific yeast. The wine is filtered to avoid further fermentation.
Advice from the winemaker: We suggest to drink tthis wine chilled to 8° -10° C (47°-50° F.), it is better to drink it within the next year after the harvest.
Gastronomical suggestions: Very good from the first to the last course, great companion for lighter hors-d’oeuvre, clear and thick soup, boiled fish and white meats.

Wineproducer: www.cantinesilvestri.it

Feb
2
Collequanto 2012

Collequanto 2012
87 tsomw points

Terre di Serrapetrona, Marche Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Vernaccia Nera

Terre di Serrapetrona - Collequanto Vernaccia 2012 - 87 points. In the glass a ruby ??red color with light violet hues. In the nose peppery, spicy, with aromatic herbs that blend well with cherries, plum and blackberry. On the palate dry, savory with tannins present but not aggressive, a good full structure and fleshy. A balanced red, not without elegance, from the wooded character.

Terre di Serrapetrona - Collequanto Vernaccia 2012 - 87 points.

In the glass a ruby ??red color with light violet hues.
In the nose peppery, spicy, with aromatic herbs that blend well with cherries, plum and blackberry.
On the palate dry, savory with tannins present but not aggressive, a good full structure and fleshy. A balanced red, not without elegance, from the wooded character.

Denomination: Serrapetrona DOC
Grape Variety: 100% Vernaccia Nera
Vineyard: Vigna Serra, Vigna Piccola, Vigna Cognoli and Vigna Colle.
Training: simple Guyot Harvest: Second or third decade of October, by hand, after a summer thinning
Vinification: Destemming and pressing of the grapes, 15 day fermentation in steel tanks with automatic churning at a controlled temperature of 26- 28°C Aging: 6 months in steel tanks, 3 months in 25hl oak barrels, further 6 months in the bottle Alcohol content: (average) 13% vol. 
Ageing: between 3 and 15 years Food pairings:
The best pairing is with grilled meats, perfect even with ragù, cold and red meat, semimatured cheeses such as scamorza, pecorino or Parmigiano Reggiano

Wineproducer: www.terrediserrapetrona.it

Feb
1
Bocara 2015

Bocara 2015
88 tsomw points

Cavazza, Veneto Italy

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Garganega

Cavazza - BOCARA  Gambellara Classico DOC - 88 points. In the glass a light straw yellow color with greenish hue. In the nose delicate aromas of sun-ripened oranges, fresh fruit, elderflower and a hint of sweet honey. On the palate a wonderful length and complexity. Pleasantly cool and with a fine spicy minerality. Great expressive fruitines. This wine has a great price quality rate.

Cavazza - BOCARA  Gambellara Classico DOC - 88 points.

In the glass a light straw yellow color with greenish hue. 
In the nose delicate aromas of sun-ripened oranges, fresh fruit, elderflower and a hint of sweet honey.
On the palate a wonderful length and complexity. Pleasantly cool and with a fine spicy minerality. Great expressive fruitines. This wine has a great price quality rate.

Estate grown and bottled artisanal wine made from our local, indigenous Garganega grape. Handcrafted from specific plots that are 8 ha/19 ac, facing southwest, at an elevation of 150 m/ 500 ft.

AREA OF ORIGIN: Named after the first vineyard we purchased, “Bocara” that dates back to 1928. In the heart of the classic Gambellara appellation, Veneto Region.
SOIL TYPE: Volcanic, with thin layers of tuff (solidified volcanic ash).
VARIETAL: Garganega
TRAINING SYSTEM: Veronese pergola, Guyot.
AVERAGE VINE AGE: 40 years
HARVEST PERIOD/METHOD: Second half of September, handpicking and selection of the best grapes.
WINE MAKING: Off skins (in white).
PRIMARY FERMENTATION: Soft crushing of the grapes at low temperatures, fermenting in stainless steel tanks at a thermostatically controlled temperature of 16°C max/60.8 F. MATURING AND AGING: 3 months in contact with its own natural yeasts.
FINING: 3 months in bottle
 ALCOHOL: 12,5% Vol

Wineproducer: cavazzawine.com

Jan
31
Basilicata Gelso Bianco 2015

Basilicata Gelso Bianco 2015
89 tsomw points

Tenuta I Gelsi, Basilicata Italy

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Malvasia

This white one really blew me away. Tenuta I Gelsi - Gelso Bianco Basilicata Bianco IGT - 89 points. Grapes Malvasia 100%. In the glass a bright straw yellow color. In the nose intense and persistent aromas of green apple, lychee, pear, citrus, hawthorn and a slight floral scent. On the palate fresh and well balanced, with pleassant citrus, great finesse. The vocanic soil gives a nice touch of minerality. Tenuta I Gelsi is located in Rionero in Vulture, not far from the volcanic lakes. Must try! Paired great with the risotto.

This white one really blew me away. Tenuta I Gelsi - Gelso Bianco Basilicata Bianco IGT - 89 points.
Grapes Malvasia 100%

In the glass a bright straw yellow color. In the nose intense and persistent aromas of green apple, lychee, pear, citrus, hawthorn and a slight floral scent. 
On the palate fresh and well balanced, with pleassant citrus, great finesse. The vocanic soil gives a nice touch of minerality. Tenuta I Gelsi is located in Rionero in Vulture, not far from the volcanic lakes. Must try!

Paired great with the risotto.

n this region, traditionally vocated to Aglianico, Malvasia is one of the few white grapes grown mainly on slopes and cooler places, where ripening of Aglianico becomes hard. That's Basilicata Bianco"Gelso Bianco" , 100% Malvasia, harvested in mid-September, refining in tanks and released on the market the spring following the harvest.

Appellation: Basilicata Igt
Grape: Malvasia 100%
First harvest: 2003
Vineyard: Monticchio Bagni - Rionero in Vulture (PZ)
Vineyards’ altitude: 400/450 m. a.s.l.
Training system Shoulder - Guyot
Plant density: 3500 - 4500 vines per hectare
Soil description: Volcanic ash lapilli and chalk clays
Harvest: Second week of September

Wineproducer: www.tenutaigelsi.com

Jan
31
Aglianico Irpinia 2015

Aglianico Irpinia 2015
60 tsomw points

Nativ, Campania Italy

Category: Fruity red
Tags: Aglianico

Nativ - Aglianico Irpina 2015 80 points. In the glass a inky dark ruby color. In the nose aromas of dark fruits, figs, liquorice and berries compote. On the palate well balanced a decent structure. Fresh, fruity with moderate acidity.

Nativ - Aglianico Irpina 2015 / 80 points.

In the glass a inky dark ruby color. 
In the nose aromas of dark fruits, figs, liquorice and berries compote.
On the palate well balanced a decent structure. Fresh, fruity with moderate acidity.

Name: Irpinia Aglianico
Appellation: Denominazione di Origine Controllata
Region: Campania
Grape: Aglianico 100%
Training system: Avellinese radial, trellis system with spurred cordon in new vineyards
Soil composition: Land of high hill predominantly rich volcanic ash and minerals
Winemaking: Cold premaceration, maceration with replacements for about 20 days, fermentation with starter yeasts, malolactic fermentation fining in barrels
Fining: french oak barrels size 225L, first passage 12 months
Food matching: Grilled meats, barbecue, cheeses
Serving temperature: 15-18°C

Wineproducer: www.winenativ.it

Jan
30
Erbacher Hohenrain Riesling Große Lage 2014

Erbacher Hohenrain Riesling Große Lage 2014
82 tsomw points

Baron Knyphausen, Rheingau Germany

Category: Fruity white, Full white
Tags: Riesling

Baron Knyphausen - Erbacher Hohenrain Riesling Große Lage 2014 - 82 points / In the glass a straw yellow color with greenish hue. In the nose aromas of grapefruit, flowers, stonefruit and some smoky. On the palate medium / full-bodied, juicy, nice structure with orangepeel and grapefruit. Still very young with a lot of potential. Powerfull finish with peach fruit in the reverberation.

Baron Knyphausen - Erbacher Hohenrain Riesling Große Lage 2014 - 82 points

In the glass a straw yellow color with greenish hue.
In the nose aromas of grapefruit, flowers, stonefruit and some smoky. 
On the palate medium / full-bodied, juicy, nice structure with orangepeel and grapefruit. Still very young with a lot of potential. Powerfull finish with peach fruit in the reverberation.

Wineproducer: www.baron-knyphausen.de

Jan
29
Red Angel on the Moonlight Pinot Nero 2013

Red Angel on the Moonlight Pinot Nero 2013
85 tsomw points

Jermann, Friuli Italy

Category: Fruity red
Tags: Pinot Nero

Jermann - Red Angel on the Moonlight - 2013 - 85 points. 85% Pinot Noir, 15% Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon. In the glass a deep dark red color. In the nose red cherries, strawberries, leather and liliacs with a touch of minerality. On the palate tart strawberries are dominant, with hints of green pepper Medium bodied. Fresh red fruit on the long finish. Very fresh and light all around.

Jermann - Red Angel on the Moonlight - 2013 - 85 points
85% Pinot Noir, 15% Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon.

In the glass a deep dark red color. 
In the nose red cherries, strawberries, leather and liliacs with a touch of minerality. 
On the palate tart strawberries are dominant, with hints of green pepper Medium bodied. Fresh red fruit on the long finish. Very fresh and light all around.

Type of terrain: Surface originated from the Eocene elevation of Monte Fortino, which determined the spread of an extended zone of colluvial material around it, with southwest aspect.
First year produced: 1988
Grape it is made from: based Pinot Nero
Alcohol content:13% Acidity: 5,6 ‰
Maturing: 12 months in small barrels and 900-litre casks made from French oak
Wine ageing potential: 4–5 years.
Type of bottle: Bordeaux.

Wineproducer: www.jermann.it

Jan
28
Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio bianco 2015

Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio bianco 2015
80 tsomw points

Vigna delle Ginestre , Campania Italy

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Coda di volpe bianchi, Caprettone, Falanghina, Greco

Vigna delle Ginestre - Vesuvio Lacryma Christi Bianco DOC 2015 - 80 points. Coda di volpe / Caprettone 90% and Falanghina 10%. In the glass a light straw yellow color. In the nose aromas of tropical fruit, white flowers and hints of tangerine and citrus. On the palate dry, harmonious, fragrant and well-structured, slightly savory and a pleasant almond aftertaste.

Vigna delle Ginestre - Vesuvio Lacryma Christi Bianco DOC 2015 - 80 points. 
Coda di volpe / Caprettone 90% and Falanghina 10%

In the glass a light straw yellow color.
In the nose aromas of tropical fruit, white flowers and hints of tangerine and citrus.
On the palate dry, harmonious, fragrant and well-structured, slightly savory and a pleasant almond aftertaste.

Wineproducer: www.vignadelleginestre.it

Jan
27
Quinta de Ervamoira 10 Anos

Quinta de Ervamoira 10 Anos
88 tsomw points

Ramos Pinto, Douro Portugal

Category: Port

Ramos Pinto - RP 10 - 88 points For me one of the best port makers from Portugal. In the glass a strong brick red color. In the nose aromas of apricot, orange and plum, later also almonds, figs, dark chocolate and vanilla of wood aging. On the palate a very prominent and body-rich fruit followed by a noble, well-balanced sweetness. Very harmonious, very delicat.

Ramos Pinto - RP 10 - 88 points For me one of the best port makers from Portugal. In the glass a strong brick red color. In the nose aromas of apricot, orange and plum, later also almonds, figs, dark chocolate and vanilla of wood aging. On the palate a very prominent and body-rich fruit followed by a noble, well-balanced sweetness. Very harmonious, very delicat.

10 Years Quinta de Ervamoira 
This tawny is a blend with an average age of 10 years. We are now entering the complex world of an aged tawny. 
Its brick-red, even golden shades transport us to the Orient of spices, piquant and exotic aromas, with all its mysteries. 
This is where the magical path towards the 20 Years and the 30 Years begins. 
Its body and its richness of flavour transport us to the place where it was created - "Quinta de Ervamoira". 
It is in this mystical, biblical landscape that this wine is extracted from the schist, from the silence, for our delight. 

Grapes varieties: Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca, Touriga Franca. 
Conservation: Store the bottle upright in a cool, dark place 
Temperature: 16º to 18ºC

Wineproducer: www.ramospinto.pt

Jan
26
Punta Rosa Cannonau  2015

Punta Rosa Cannonau 2015
78 tsomw points

Santa Maria La Palma, Sardinia Italy

Category: Rosé
Tags: Cannonau

Cantina Santa Maria la Palma - Punta Rosa Cannonau di Sardegna - 78 points. In the glass a pink rosy color. In the nose aromas of strawberries, wild berries and roses. On the palate fresh, dry, fruity, lively but harmonious. Ok with tapas, fish and soft cheese.

Cantina Santa Maria la Palma - Punta Rosa Cannonau di Sardegna - 78 points.

In the glass a pink rosy color.
In the nose aromas of strawberries, wild berries and roses.
On the palate fresh, dry, fruity, lively but harmonious. Ok with tapas, fish and soft cheese.

The Punta Rosa wine draws its strong and vigorous character from the red grapes of Cannonau di Sardegna which are gently vinified to achieve a persuasive pink colour with persistent notes of fruit.

Serving Suggestions: best drunk as young as possible with fish starters or chilled with first courses, white meats or soft cheeses.
Serving Temperature: 8°C – 10°C
Alcoholic Content: 13% – 13,5% vol.

Wineproducer: www.santamarialapalma.it

Jan
25
Cori 2015

Cori 2015
88 tsomw points

Cavazza, Veneto Italy

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Chardonnay

This Chardonnay from Veneto isn't a typical Chardonnay. This one is more my style. - 88 points. In the glass a bright straw yellow color with greenish hues. In the nose delicate aromas of tropical fruit, white pear, apple, flowers and fennel and fresh herbs. On the palate a pleasant minerality and a good balance between freshness and softness. Continue proposing fruity and tangy closes with almond finish.

This Chardonnay from Veneto isn't a typical Chardonnay. This one is more my style. - 88 points

In the glass a bright straw yellow color with greenish hues. 
In the nose delicate aromas of tropical fruit, white pear, apple, flowers and fennel and fresh herbs.
On the palate a pleasant minerality and a good balance between freshness and softness. Continue proposing fruity and tangy closes with almond finish.

A project started in 2013 to create an artisanal handcrafted wine. The grapes are manually sourced from specific small single vineyard blocks of 1.5 ha (3.7 ac) facing south/southwest, on top of the Colli Berici Hills, at an altitude of 180 m above sea level (590 ft). 

AREA OF ORIGIN From top of the Colli Berici Hills, in the province of Vicenza, Veneto Region.
SOIL TYPE Mix of iron-rich clay, sandstone and limestone.
VARIETAL Chardonnay
TRAINING SYSTEM Guyot
AVERAGE VINE AGE 18 years
HARVEST PERIOD/METHOD Second half of September, handpicking and selection of only the best grapes.
WINE MAKING Off skins
PRIMARY FERMENTATION Soft crushing of the grapes at low temperatures. Fermenting in stainless steel tanks at a thermostatically controlled temperature of 16°C max/64.4°F. MATURING AND AGING 6 months in contact with its own natural yeasts.
FINING 6 months in bottle

SERVING TEMPERATURE 8-10°C/47-50°F
SERVING SUGGESTIONS Suitable with tasty appetizers and first courses, especially those featuring seafood.

Wineproducer: www.cavazzawine.com

Jan
24
Riesling Bernkasteler Alte Badstube Am Doctorberg Riesling Trocke Alte reben 2015

Riesling Bernkasteler Alte Badstube Am Doctorberg Riesling Trocke Alte reben 2015
84 tsomw points

Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler, Mosel Germany

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Riesling

Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler - Bernkasteler Alte Badstube am Doctorberg Riesling trocken Alte Reben 2015 - 84 points. In the glass a light golden yellow color. In the nose aromas of apricots and herbs with hints of peaches. On the palate the Riesling is juicy, clear and straightforward with citrus, apple and peach fruit, delicate herbaceous spiciness, fine minerality, lively, fine acidity and a good finish on the finish. Very animating and harmonious.

Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler - Bernkasteler Alte Badstube am Doctorberg Riesling trocken Alte Reben 2015 - 84 points

In the glass a light golden yellow color.
In the nose aromas of apricots and herbs with hints of peaches .
On the palate the Riesling is juicy, clear and straightforward with citrus, apple and peach fruit, delicate herbaceous spiciness, fine minerality, lively, fine acidity and a good finish on the finish. Very animating and harmonious.

Wineproducer: www.pauly-bergweiler.com

Jan
24
Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio 2015

Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio 2015
86 tsomw points

Vigna delle Ginestre , Campania Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Piedirosso, Aglianico

80% Piedirosso, 20% Aglianico. This wine from the slopes of Vesuvius (Napoli) has a clear ruby red color. In the nose aromas of red fruits such as cherries and blackberries with herbaceous notes of earth, moss and herbs. The palate is soft and comfortable with again the red fruits with well balanced tannins. Pairs great with roasts and game.

Vigna delle Ginestre – Vesuvio Lacryma Christi Rosso 2015 - 86 points.

80% Piedirosso, 20% Aglianico
This wine from the slopes of Vesuvius (Napoli) has a clear ruby red color.
In the nose aromas of red fruits such as cherries and blackberries with herbaceous notes of earth, moss and herbs. 
The palate is soft and comfortable with again the red fruits with well balanced tannins. Pairs great with roasts and game.

Wineproducer: www.vignadelleginestre.it

Jan
23
503er - 2014

503er - 2014
87 tsomw points

Weingut Bruker, Wurttemberg Germany

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Spatburgunder

In the glass a straw yellow color. In the nose aromas of gooseberries, cassis, grapefruit, peach, kiwi, white chocolate, fine roasted aromas, sage, grass, honey and elderberry. On the palate full-bodied, juicy, seductive, mineral, delicate, animated elegance, finesse, great potential and a very long finish.

Bruker - 503er Sauvignon Blanc 2014 - 87 points

In the glass a straw yellow color.
In the nose aromas of gooseberries, cassis, grapefruit, peach, kiwi, white chocolate, fine roasted aromas, sage, grass, honey and elderberry.
On the palate full-bodied, juicy, seductive, mineral, delicate, animated elegance, finesse, great potential and a very long finish.

Wineproducer: www.weingut-bruker.de

Jan
22
Caladessa Doc Branco 2015

Caladessa Doc Branco 2015
88 tsomw points

Herdade Dacalada, Alentejo Portugal

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Alvarinho, Arinto, Fernu00e3o Pires

In the glass a straw yellow color. In the glass aromas of pineapple, papaya and some lemon. On the palate round and and enveloping, good structure and acidity. In the finish slight citruss freshness with a long and solid flavors.

Herdade Dacalada - Caladessa Doc Branco 201 - 88 points

In the glass a straw yellow color.
In the glass aromas of pineapple, papaya and some lemon. 
On the palate round and and enveloping, good structure and acidity. In the finish slight citruss freshness with a long and solid flavors.

Classificação DOC Alentejo Escolha
Vintage 2015
Soil Sandy clay with white quartz
Vinification Handpicked grapes. cold mazeration. Temperature-controlled fermentation in stainless steel tanks.
Predominant Varieties Alvarinho, Arinto, Fernão Pires  

Wineproducer: www.herdadecalada.com

Jan
21
Duttweiler Pinot Noir 2014

Duttweiler Pinot Noir 2014
80 tsomw points

Weingut Bergdolt-Reif & Nett, Pfalz Germany

Category: Fruity red

In the glass a dark red color.
In the nose black cherries, berries and wet stone. 
On the palate medium bodied, dark red fruit, easy drinking, high acidity and mineral notes. Pleasant winter red from Pfalz.

Bergdolt-Reif & Nett - Duttweiler Pinot Noir - 2014 - 80 points.

In the glass a dark red color.
In the nose black cherries, berries and wet stone. 
On the palate medium bodied, dark red fruit, easy drinking, high acidity and mineral notes. Pleasant winter red from Pfalz.

Wineproducer: www.weingut-brn.de

Jan
20
Gruner Veltliner Privat 2015

Gruner Veltliner Privat 2015
89 tsomw points

Weingut Nigl

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white, Full white
Tags: Gruner Veltliner

In the glass a green yellow color with greenish hues. In the nose stonefruit, citrus, earthy with a touch of white pepper. On the palate powerful minerality, great fruit game, powerful and juicy, citrus, long finish with pepper and honey. A lot of wine on a high level. Nice wine from Austria.

Nigl – Gruner Veltliner Privat – 2015 - 89 points.

In the glass a green yellow color with greenish hues.
In the nose stonefruit, citrus, earthy with a touch of white pepper.
On the palate powerful minerality, great fruit game, powerful and juicy, citrus, long finish with pepper and honey. A lot of wine on a high level. Nice wine from Austria.

Origin Senftenberg / Kremstal
Winery Weingut M+G Nigl
Varietal Grüner Veltliner
Category Kremstal DAC
Vineyard Pellingen First Growth
Expansion Classic / Steel tank
Amount 0,75l    
Ageing potential 2030

Pellingen is a very steep terraced vineyard in the village of Senftenberg where vines between 35 and 45 years of age are planted on top of a bedrock of mica schist. This makes it an Erste Lage / First Growth according to the Österreichische Traditionsweingüter / Association of Traditional Austrian Wineries . Grapes harvested here are of the highest quality and are used for each vintage of our best Veltliners and Rieslings called "Privat".

Wineproducer: www.weingutnigl.at

Jan
19
Sangaetano Primitivo di Manduria 2014

Sangaetano Primitivo di Manduria 2014
86 tsomw points

Cantine due Palme, Puglia Italy

Category: Solid red

In the glass an impenetrable red with violet hues. In the nose complex with violet, vanilla, wood, leather and licorice. The palate brings out the great softness, making it easy to drink with fruity plum, cherry and blackberry with spicy notes and wood which give the body a good structure.

Cantine Due Palme - Sangaetano - Primitivo di Manduria - 2012 - 86 points

In the glass an impenetrable red with violet hues. 
In the nose complex with violet, vanilla, wood, leather and licorice. 
The palate brings out the great softness, making it easy to drink with fruity plum, cherry and blackberry with spicy notes and wood which give the body a good structure.

Wineproducer: www.cantineduepalme.it

Jan
18
Tinta Fina Ribera del Duero 2015

Tinta Fina Ribera del Duero 2015
88 tsomw points

Valtravieso, Ribera del Duero Spain

Category: Solid red
Tags: Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

Grape Varieties: 90% Tinta Fina (Tempranillo), 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot. This wine has aged for a period of 4 months in French and American oak. In the glass a full dark red color. In the nose intense aromas of red fruit, black currant and a hint of herbs and vanille. In the mouth round, supple wine with notes of blueberry, raspberry, licorice and a hint of tobacco. Supple tannins with a long finish with notes of cherry and vanilla. Still young but allready a great wine with a great price quality rate. 

Bodegas Valtravieso - Finca La Revilla 15 VT Ribera del Duero 2015 - 88 points

Grape Varieties: 90% Tinta Fina (Tempranillo), 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot. 
This wine has aged for a period of 4 months in French and American oak.
In the glass a full dark red color.
In the nose intense aromas of red fruit, black currant and a hint of herbs and vanille
In the mouth round, supple wine with notes of blueberry, raspberry, licorice and a hint of tobacco. Supple tannins with a long finish with notes of cherry and vanilla. Still young but allready a great wine with a great price quality rate. 

Wineproducer: www.valtravieso.com

Jan
17
Salicaria Rosso 2009

Salicaria Rosso 2009
90 tsomw points

Grignano, Tuscany Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Sangiovese, Merlot

A super Tuscan blend of Sangiovese and Merlot (50/50) aged for 24 months in French barriques. In the glass a deep ruby red color with violet hues. In the nose notes of black currant such as  blackberries, blueberries and cassis and hints of chocolate, coffee, cinnamon and nutmeg with a light floral lift. On the palate structured and complex. The tannins are very dense and soft, ripe. Mineral and firm in the middle. The finish is very long with rose petal. 

Grignano - Salicaria - Toscana Rosso IGT 2009 - 90 points. A super Tuscan blend of Sangiovese and Merlot (50/50) aged for 24 months in French barriques.
In the glass a deep ruby red color with violet hues.
In the nose notes of black currant such as  blackberries, blueberries and cassis and hints of chocolate, coffee, cinnamon and nutmeg with a light floral lift. 
On the palate structured and complex. The tannins are very dense and soft, ripe. Mineral and firm in the middle. The finish is very long with rose petal. 

Technical Features

Appellation: IGT – Toscana Rosso
Altitude: 300 mt. above sea level
Exposure: South-East
Soil: Clayey limestone
Age of vineyard: 16 years
Vine density: 5.000 plants/hectare
Grape varieties: 90% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot
Yield: 7.000 Kg/hectare
Harvest period: 2nd week of September
Fermentation: in stainless steel tanks
Aging: 18/24 months in French oak barriques (50% new barriques, 50% of 2nd passage)
Bottle aging: 12 months

Wineproducer: www.fattoriadigrignano.com

Jan
16
Aragosta - Don Domé Brut spumante N.V.

Aragosta - Don Domé Brut spumante N.V.
80 tsomw points

Santa Maria La Palma, Sardinia Italy

Category: Sparkling
Tags: Chardonnay

We kicked off this weekend with this nice sparkling from Sardinia. Santa Maria del Palma - Aragosta Vino Spumante Brut - 80 points In the glass a pale straw yellow color. In the nose intense and floral with notes of apricot, peach with a pleasant fragrance of bread. On the palate dry and crisp, with hints of almond and mineral notes. Long finish. Nice soft bubble.

We kicked off this weekend with this nice sparkling from Sardinia. - Santa Maria del Palma - Aragosta Vino Spumante Brut - 80 points
In the glass a pale straw yellow color.
In the nose intense and floral with notes of apricot, peach with a pleasant fragrance of bread.
On the palate dry and crisp, with hints of almond and mineral notes. Long finish. Nice soft bubble.

Aragosta is a sparkling Brut wine obtained from Vermentino grapes selected and hand – picked into an old area of Santa Maria La Palma country and processed by Charmat method.
This Brut represent for the company the relationship between old and young generation of farmers; a way to give continuity to the success of the most important Vermentino wine of Cellar “The Aragosta”.
Serving suggestion: ideal like aperitif and with whole meal of fish and shell-fish and seafood dishes.
Serving Temperature: 6° C – 8° C
Alcoholic content: 13% vol.

Wineproducer: www.santamarialapalma.it

Jan
16
Blu Vermentino di Sardegna 2016

Blu Vermentino di Sardegna 2016
84 tsomw points

Santa Maria La Palma, Sardinia Italy

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Vermentino

In the glass a light straw yellow color with greenish hue. In the nose aromas of white flowers, citrus, pear, nuts and basil. It’s like you smell the sea. On the palate well-balanced, easy drinking, with again flowers, white fruit, good acidity with a light almond, apple aftertaste. Would fit great with seafood and grilled chicken.

In the glass a light straw yellow color with greenish hue. In the nose aromas of white flowers, citrus, pear, nuts and basil. It’s like you smell the sea. On the palate well-balanced, easy drinking, with again flowers, white fruit, good acidity with a light almond, apple aftertaste. Would fit great with seafood and grilled chicken.

Serving Suggestions: ideal accompaniment for fish dishes, especially shellfish.
Serving Temperature: 10°C – 12°C
Alcoholic Content: 13% – 13,5% vol.

Awards:
2016 Bronze Medal Decanter – World Wine Winner 2016

Wineproducer: www.santamarialapalma.it

Jan
15
Pinotage 2012

Pinotage 2012
87 tsomw points

Aaldering, Stellenbosch South Africa

Category: Solid red
Tags: Pinotage

In the glass a dark purple color. Long legs. In the nose aromas of raspberry, dark cherry, pomegranate, strawberries with a small hint of vanilla and mentol. On the palate solid, dry, fresh and pleasant with lots of red fruit like plums and raspberry which compliment the moderate oaking. Great final with red fruit and leather. Top

In the glass a dark purple color. Long legs. In the nose aromas of raspberry, dark cherry, pomegranate, strawberries with a small hint of vanilla and mentol. On the palate solid, dry, fresh and pleasant with lots of red fruit like plums and raspberry which compliment the moderate oaking. Great final with red fruit and leather. Top

Aging Potential Enjoy right now or age up to 6-8 years. Bottled with a natural cork closure, in order to ensure a unique aging capacity. Ideal serving temperature between 16-18°C/61-64°F. Food Matches Suckling pig, smoked and Peking duck, lamb, South African potjies, beetroot, hoisin sauce, Oriental spices.

Wineproducer: www.aaldering.co.za

Jan
15
Bolgheri 2014

Bolgheri 2014
83 tsomw points

Barone Ricasoli, Bolgheri Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot

Made of Cabernet Sauvignon 50%, Merlot 25%, Petit Verdot 25%. In the glass purple red color. In the nose red and dark berries, tobacco, leather, liquorice and hints of lavender. The liquorice doesn't overpower the fruit. On the palate warm, imposing and juicy, dry and the finish ends after a long, long time with a little black pepper and vanilla.

Made of Cabernet Sauvignon 50%, Merlot 25%, Petit Verdot 25%. In the glass purple red color. In the nose red and dark berries, tobacco, leather, liquorice and hints of lavender. The liquorice doesn't overpower the fruit. On the palate warm, imposing and juicy, dry and the finish ends after a long, long time with a little black pepper and vanilla.

Growing Season

Grapes were harvested from 8 to 26 September, the usual time of year and period. Winter in 2014 was mild and rainy, which led to early bud break in the vineyard.
Spring was rainy, with temperatures slightly below average, which slowed plant growth, bringing it back to an average for its subzone. Summer, instead, was unusually fresh and rainy, lowering sugar synthesis in the grapes and leading to subsequent lower alcohol content.
In particular, the cool, moist weather facilitated an increase in fungal growth on the plants, which led to a drop in the production, important to maintain high quality.
The best grape type is the petit Verdot (less susceptible to fungi), while all the other grapes (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc) are of slightly lower quality, but we are confident they can be improved during aging in barriques and tonneaux.
The yield was 60 quintals/ha.

Grape Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon 50%, Merlot 25%, Petit Verdot 25%.
Vinification: In stainless steel at controlled temperature with 16 days of skins contact.
Maturation: 12-14 months in barriques, a further 6 months of bottle ageing follows.

Wineproducer: www.baronericasoli.com

Jan
14
Pinot Grigio 2015

Pinot Grigio 2015
80 tsomw points

Kellerei Kaltern, Alto Adige Italy

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Pinot Grigio

In the glass a straw yellow color. In the nose aroms of pear, pineapple and white blossom. On the palate dry with a creamy touch and a racy acidity with notes of stonefruit, apples, pears and almond. Nice finish with fresh character.

In the glass a straw yellow color. In the nose aroms of pear, pineapple and white blossom. On the palate dry with a creamy touch and a racy acidity with notes of stonefruit, apples, pears and almond. Nice finish with fresh character.

Varietal(s): Pinot Grigio
Age of vines: 5 – 25 years
Temperature: 10 – 12 °C
Age-ability: 2017 – 2018
Yield: 70 hl/ha
Vine training: Wire-trained + Pergola
Alcohol: 13,0 %
Residual sugar: 2,5 g/l
Tot. Acidity: 5,6 ‰

VINTAGE

The 2016 vintage produced numerous surprises. The mild spring was succeeded by a frigid April that initially brought growth to a standstill. Constant hard work in the vineyard ensured that the situation was kept under control. A changeable start to the summer was followed by sunny days in late August and September. The grape harvest began in mid-September. The white wines are distinguished by a pleasant aroma supported by a well-structured acidity, while the red wines are marked by their powerful fragrance and matching.

VINIFICATION

Whole-cluster pressing of ripe and healthy grapes, natural must clarification, fermentation at a controlled temperature of 18-20 °C, 4-month ageing on the fine lees in stainless steel.

VINEYARD

Steep, sloping vineyards with southerly and easterly expositions between 300 and 450 meters above sea level. Loamy, chalky gravel, heat-retaining and well-drained soils

RECOMMENDATION

 

This wine pairs perfectly with mushroom dishes, fish and seafood. We also recommend it as an aperitif.

Wineproducer: www.kellereikaltern.com

Jan
14
Sapaio Bolgheri Volpolo 2010

Sapaio Bolgheri Volpolo 2010
88 tsomw points

Podere Sapaio, Bolgheri Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot

Blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 30% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot (14,50 % vol) - decant 1 hour. In the glass a inky color with purple core. In the nose earthy notes like mushrooms and wet earth, black currant, blackberry, leather, strawberries and hints od chocolate. On the palate medium bodied with bright acid. Tannins are powdery and elegant. Powerful and brooding finish.

Blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 30% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot (14,50 % vol) - decant 1 hour. In the glass a inky color with purple core. In the nose earthy notes like mushrooms and wet earth, black currant, blackberry, leather, strawberries and hints od chocolate. On the palate medium bodied with bright acid. Tannins are powdery and elegant. Powerful and brooding finish.

Its name emphasizes the local origin of this wine and pays homage to the Volpola variety.
It requires 14 months in barrique barrels and 6 months in bottles.

Cultivation Runner system (double curtain) with plant spacing plantation layout 75x180 cm
Blend 70% Cabernet Sauvignon 15% Merlot 15% Petit Verdot
Harvest Manual with grape selection
Alcoholic fermentation Under controlled temperature in steel tanks with long maceration on the grape marks
Malo-lactic fermentation In French oak
Alcohol 13,5 % by vol
Time of maturing 14 months in french oak barriques and tonneaux.
Number of bottles produced 75.000

Wineproducer: www.sapaio.it

Jan
13
Friulano Zio Romi Riserva Dry white 2013

Friulano Zio Romi Riserva Dry white 2013
83 tsomw points

Renato Keber, Friuli Italy

Category: Fruity white, Full white
Tags: Friulano

Ever tasted a great Friulano? In the glass a shiny yellow golden color. In the nose nice aromas of meadow flowers, ripe white fruit, nuts, hay, almond with clean mineral accents. On the palate dry and soft, with a large structure, pleasant complexity with a gentle almond aroma in the aftertaste.

Ever tasted a great Friulano? In the glass a shiny yellow golden color. In the nose nice aromas of meadow flowers, ripe white fruit, nuts, hay, almond with clean mineral accents. On the palate dry and soft, with a large structure, pleasant complexity with a gentle almond aroma in the aftertaste.

The most typical wine of Friuli, that expresses its most noble character in this very area of Collio. A wine that represents well the winemaker’s concept of wine making, aimed to exalt at its very best the mineral richness of the “ponka”, the local soil, and the terroir. It opens slowly to fascinate the most attentive and expert tasters. It has the great quality to be easy to drink and to digest.

Pairing: Traditionally served as aperitif, it goes very well with prosciutto,salami, fish dishes, soups, white meats and cheese.
Serving temperature: 12°

Vine: Tocai Friulano
Denomination: Collio
Vineyard: Zegla
Vintage: 2010
Cultivation: Guyot
Harvesting: Hand picking, with careful selection of the grapes, at the end of September.
Vinification: Delicate stemming of the grapes, maceration on the skins for six to twelve hours, soft pressing.Removal of the must from the lees at low temperature. Controlled temperature fermentation, ageing on the yeasts for 12 months.
Analytical data: Alcohol (%vol.) 14.9 – Total acidity (g/l) 5.5

Wineproducer: www.renatokeber.com

Jan
13
Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2008

Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2008
88 tsomw points

Clos des Papes, Rhône France

Category: Solid red

Decanted 4 hours. In the glass a ruby brown color; translucent; brown core with light rim. In the nose lovely, smooth aromas of plums, smoke, meat and spiced stew. The palate shows great balance and elegance, light on its feet even. Fresh acid and fine tannins, along with red plums, strawberries and rhubarb. It finishes with herbs and fresh acid. 

Decanted 4 hours. In the glass a ruby brown color; translucent; brown core with light rim. In the nose lovely, smooth aromas of plums, smoke, meat and spiced stew. The palate shows great balance and elegance, light on its feet even. Fresh acid and fine tannins, along with red plums, strawberries and rhubarb. It finishes with herbs and fresh acid. 

Jan
12
Castello della Sala

Castello della Sala
86 tsomw points

Antinori, Umbria Italy

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Grechetto, Procanico, Pinot Blanc

Perfect blend of 50% Grechetto, 25% Procanico, 25% Pinot Blanc / Viognier. In the glass a pale yellow color with greenish rim. In the nose elegantly aromatic with hints of citrus, peach, apple and flowers. On the palate medium body, dry, fresh and vibrant, lovely acidity, well balanced and easy drinkable with notes of grapefruit and citrus with mineral notes on the long finish.

Perfect blend of 50% Grechetto, 25% Procanico, 25% Pinot Blanc / Viognier. In the glass a pale yellow color with greenish rim. In the nose elegantly aromatic with hints of citrus, peach, apple and flowers. On the palate medium body, dry, fresh and vibrant, lovely acidity, well balanced and easy drinkable with notes of grapefruit and citrus with mineral notes on the long finish.

CLIMATE

2015 was A vintage characterized by a rather rainy winter and a mild spring which saw both an early bud burst and an early flowering compared to normal seasonal averages. Drop irrigation allowed vine stress caused by summer heat to be controlled and limited. Lower temperatures and light rainfall towards the end of the summer created ideal conditions for a complete ripening of the grapes.

VINIFICATION

The grapes, harvested with a sugar content a bit higher than average, were fermented separately, variety by variety. Part of the crop was fermented using a cold maceration technique (with the must left in contact with the grape skins for approximately six hours at a temperature of 50° centigrade, or 10° Fahrenheit). This must was added to that obtained by the direct pressing of the grapes and the entire volume went into stainless steel fermentation tanks, where it fermented at a temperature of 61° Fahrenheit (16° centigrade). After the first rackings, the wine remained for several months on its fine lees, adding structure, elegance, and savor up until the moment of the final blending and subsequent bottling.

HISTORICAL DATA

The first vintage of the Castello della Sala Orvieto Classico was the 1990. With the 1997 vintage, the wine became an Orvieto Classico Superiore (the new “Superiore” appellation was created in 1997 and signifies that the yield per acre in the vineyard must be lower than that of a regular Orvieto Classico, that the grapes must be picked at a high level of ripeness, and that the wine cannot be commercially released until March 1st following the harvest). The Castello della Sala is located approximately 10 miles (18 kilometers) from the cathedral city of Orvieto and is an example of medieval military architecture. Its vineyards enjoy an ideal micro-climate for the production of wines which require a cooler than average climate, for example white wines.

Wineproducer: www.antinori.it

Jan
12
Astuto Blogheri Superiore 2012

Astuto Blogheri Superiore 2012
87 tsomw points

Barone Ricasoli, Bolgheri Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc

A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon 60%, Merlot 20%, Petit Verdot 10%, Cabernet Franc 10%. In the glass a deep ruby ??color. In the nose strong aromas of violets, black currant and cherry, highlighted by hints of cedar and thyme. On the palate fruit tones and lush texture with a dry wine structure. Soft tannins are felt closer to the finish. A bouquet of red fruits and spices, fresh herbs and toasted vanilla. Top

A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon 60%, Merlot 20%, Petit Verdot 10%, Cabernet Franc 10%. In the glass a deep ruby ??color. In the nose strong aromas of violets, black currant and cherry, highlighted by hints of cedar and thyme. On the palate fruit tones and lush texture with a dry wine structure. Soft tannins are felt closer to the finish. A bouquet of red fruits and spices, fresh herbs and toasted vanilla. Top

This is a small production coming from Bolgheri region. This area is particularly suited for the production of high quality wines thanks to the vineyards position, facing the sea to the west and protected on the east by the Colline Metallifere.

Growing Season

The very rainy winter and spring with decidedly below average temperatures led to very slow plant development and gradual flowering, delayed by about ten days.
Summer featured average temperatures and no water stress for the plants, in part thanks to the abundant winter and spring rains. During the months of August and September, temperatures were never very high. From the second half of the month of September, the highs were already dropping while the temperature range during the nights was optimal. There was practically no rain during September and in October there were only two storms during the first ten days, which did not damage the quality of the late-ripening varieties.  Harvesting began on 10 September, ten days later than average. The grapes were very healthy and the polyphenol and anthocyanin components were carefully brought to full development without risking withering or over ripeness. Average quantity and excellent quality, certainly one of our best vintages.
END OF HARVEST: 11 October.

Grape Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon 60%, Merlot 20%, Petit Verdot 10%, Cabernet Franc 10%.
Maturation:18 months in French oak barriques, a further 10 months of bottle ageing follows.
Vinification: In stainless steel tanks at controlled temperature.

Wineproducer: www.baronericasoli.com

Jan
11
Guado al Tasso Il Bruciato Bolgheri 2013

Guado al Tasso Il Bruciato Bolgheri 2013
88 tsomw points

Marchesi Antinori, Bolgheri Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah

Blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot en 10% Syrah. In the glass deep to inky purple color. In the nose dominant earthy notes with ripe black and red fruits aroma complements by black pepper. On the palate black cherry, plums and sweet spices on the palate, long peppery finish, soft tannins. Powerful, rich and hot, bold texture, well balanced, complex, thick acidity and gentle tannins. Paired great with the meat. Open 3 hours before! 

Blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot en 10% Syrah. In the glass deep to inky purple color. In the nose dominant earthy notes with ripe black and red fruits aroma complements by black pepper. On the palate black cherry, plums and sweet spices on the palate, long peppery finish, soft tannins. Powerful, rich and hot, bold texture, well balanced, complex, thick acidity and gentle tannins. Paired great with the meat. Open 3 hours before! 

CLIMATE

The 2013 vintage was characterized by a rather cool climate, principally during the springtime and in  the fall. Winter was rainy, and the precipitations left good reserves of ground water in the sub-soil. After a cool spring , a warm and sunny summer assisted the proper growth of both grapes and vegetation. In the case of that part of the crop harvested late in the season, a careful program of leaf removal to expose the grape bunches to direct sunlight, an operation carried out two weeks before the harvest, was essential to the achievement of the levels of extract and complexity which distinguish this wine.

VINIFICATION

The grapes selected for the wine come from a series of vineyard plots which extend over 200 acres (80 hectares) and together express the essential characteristics of Bolgheri as a territory. The ten to fifteen day period of fermentation and skin contact took place in stainless steel tanks at temperatures of 82-86° Fahrenheit (28-30° centigrade).  A part of the Merlot and Syrah musts were fermented at lower temperatures to better conserve varietal aromas. The malolactic fermentation was carried out partly in barrels and partly in tank and was terminated by the end of the year. The wine was then racked and returned to barrel, where it aged for an additional seven months. At the end of this aging period the wine was bottled and given a further four months of bottle aging before commercial release.

HISTORICAL DATA

The Guado a Tasso estate is located approximately 50 miles (80 kilometers) to the southwest of the city of  Florence near the medieval hamlet of Bolgheri. The property, with an overall surface area of some 2500 acres (1000 hectares), extends from the Tyrrhenian sea to the inland hills and consists, in addition to its 750 acres (300 hectares) of vineyards, of wheat, oats, and barley fields, olive groves, and woods where a herd of “cinta sense” pigs -  a prized local breed - grazes.

Wineproducer: www.antinori.it

Jan
11
Viura, Tempranillo Blanco 2015

Viura, Tempranillo Blanco 2015
82 tsomw points

Vivanco, Rioja Spain

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Viura, Tempranillo Blanco, Maturano Blanco

In the glass a yellow color with greenish hues. In the nose expressive aromas of citrus, green apple, grapefruit, peach and floral undertones. Angular and sharp. The palate follows the nose with notes of green fruit and grapefruit. High in acidity but with enough freshness. Good balance and easy drinking with a pleasant finish.

In the glass a yellow color with greenish hues. In the nose expressive aromas of citrus, green apple, grapefruit, peach and floral undertones. Angular and sharp. The palate follows the nose with notes of green fruit and grapefruit. High in acidity but with enough freshness. Good balance and easy drinking with a pleasant finish.

Vivanco Viura-Tempranillo Blanco-Maturana Blanca. The first wine in Rioja, and in the whole world, to be made with this unique blend. Using traditional Viura as a basis and main variety (50%), the wine includes, for the first time, two minority grapes which are exclusive to Rioja: Tempranillo Blanco and Maturana Blanca. The three varieties come from estate-owned vineyards grown by the Vivanco family in different terroirs across Rioja.

GRAPE VARIETIES

50% VIURA: The main white grape variety grown in Rioja, it produces fruity wines with floral aromas and remarkable acidity, ideal for making both young and aged whites. Our Viura vineyards are located in Briones, Rioja Alta.

35% TEMPRANILLO BLANCO: This grape variety comes from a natural genetic mutation found in a single cane of a red Tempranillo vine, discovered in an old vineyard in Murillo de Río Leza (La Rioja) in 1988. It has a fruity, intense aroma of bananas, citrus fruit and tropical fruit with floral notes. It does not exist anywhere else in the world.

15% MATURANA BLANCA: It is the oldest grape variety to have a written record in Rioja, being mentioned in a text dating to 1622. Maturana Blanca wines are a greenish yellow, with fruity aromas of apples, bananas and citrus fruit underscored by grassy notes. It does not exist anywhere else in the world.

Tempranillo blanco and Maturana Blanca, an indigenous, minority white grapes that are exclusive to the DOCa Rioja. Bodegas Vivanco is a pioneer in the use of this grapes varieties, which gives this white wine a unique personality.

VINEYARDS

Estate-owned vineyards in Briones, Rioja Alta (Viura, Tempranillo blanco and Maturana blanca) with a marked Atlantic influence, and Tudelilla, Eastern Rioja, in a vineyard at an altitude of 700 meters above sea level in the Sierra Carbonera (Tempranillo blanco and Maturana blanca).

HARVEST

The Tempranillo blanco and Maturana blanca during the second week in September and Viura, at the end of the month. Picked by hand and taken in small crates. All the grapes are placed in a cold room for 24 hours before being processed on the sorting table.

VINIFICATION

Each grape variety is vinified separately. After a brief cold maceration of the whole grape clusters (between 10-12 hours), the free-run must is fermented in small stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures (12-15 °C) to retain its full varietal expression. The wines remain in contact with their lees in stainless steel tanks for 4 months to preserve the varietal aromas against oxidation and give them greater harmony and unctuousness in mouth.

THE BOTTLE

Our bottle is inspired in an original eighteenth-century bottle that is on exhibit at the Vivanco Museum of the Culture of Wine.

SERVING AND PAIRING

 

Serving temperature: 6-10 °C. Ideal for wine by the glass, as a standalone appetiser or with all types of tapas. It is a good choice to enjoy with mild rice dishes, all types of salads, white meats, cold creams, fish and shellfish.

Wineproducer: www.vivancoculturadevino.es

Jan
10
Moxxe Pinot Griogio - Verduzzo 2015

Moxxe Pinot Griogio - Verduzzo 2015
81 tsomw points

Massi, Veneto Italy

Category: Sparkling
Tags: Pinot Grigio, Verduzzo

Starter of the night this sparkling one. Blend of Pinot Grigio and semi-dried Verduzzo grapes. In the glass a bright straw yellow color. In the nose hints of apples, melon and citrus fruit. On the palate soft and attractive with ripe fruit flavours. Dry and very clean on the finish. fine and long-lasting perlage.

Starter of the night this sparkling one. Blend of Pinot Grigio and semi-dried Verduzzo grapes. In the glass a bright straw yellow color. In the nose hints of apples, melon and citrus fruit. On the palate soft and attractive with ripe fruit flavours. Dry and very clean on the finish. fine and long-lasting perlage.

FOOD PAIRING
Excellent aperitif. Good with fresh, light summer antipasti, vegetable crudités, fish and salads.

ALCOHOLIC CONTENT 12% vol
Making sparkling wine in autoclave containers is a technique that has been used in the Venetian regions since the late 1700s. Masi applies it to two native grape varieties to make a delicate sparkling wine with great appeal, combining the freshness and acidity of Pinot Grigio grapes with the ripe-fruit aromas of semi-dried Verduzzo grapes.

Jan
10
Rubicon 2012

Rubicon 2012
88 tsomw points

Meerlust, Stellenbosch South Africa

Category: Solid red
Tags: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot

Blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (62%), Merlot (24%), Cabernet Franc (12%) and Petit Verdot (2%). In the glass the color is very deep black / red with a purple rim. In the nose aromas of violets, ripe plums, black currant, cedar, graphite, minerality and intense spiciness. On the palate full and powerful, structured with fresh dark fruit and finished with fine soft polished tannins. Long great and complex aftertaste. Allready great and now ready to age in my cellar

Blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (62%), Merlot (24%), Cabernet Franc (12%) and Petit Verdot (2%). In the glass the color is very deep black / red with a purple rim. In the nose aromas of violets, ripe plums, black currant, cedar, graphite, minerality and intense spiciness. On the palate full and powerful, structured with fresh dark fruit and finished with fine soft polished tannins. Long great and complex aftertaste. Allready great and now ready to age in my cellar.

Ageing Potential: 15 - 20 years, provided wine is stored in ideal cellar conditions.
Blend Information: 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot
Food Suggestions: Ideally served at 18°C - 20°C.

In The Vineyard
The Cabernet Sauvignon is grown on low yielding, predominantly biotite partially decomposed granite gravel topsoil rich in quartz and feldspar to a depth of approximately 600mm with a loamy clay subsoil. The Merlot vineyards are planted on more clay rich, yet well drained soils to ensure moisture retention and availability to the vines roots right through the summer. There are considerable deposits of iron-rich Laterite in the Merlot vineyards which accentuates the fruit definition and mineral profile of the wine. The Cabernet Franc Vineyard is situated on very well drained, stony Vilafontes soil with approximately 20% clay which is ideal for this variety. The Petit Verdot is on Oakleaf 3 soils

About The Harvest
All the vineyards were green harvested during veraison to reduce yield, increase concentration and fruit definition. The cold winter and mild spring were ideal to promote very even canopy development and good fruit set. Good winter rains in 2012 ensured sufficient soil moisture in our clay-rich soils, particularly important for Merlot. The crop was healthy due to the ever- present prevailing South Easterly sea breezes. The fruit from each vineyard was harvested in small lots and fermented separately to monitor vineyard expression.

In The Cellar
The Cabernets were given quite lengthy macerations to ensure complete extraction of the perfectly ripe fruit, but the Merlot was given even longer post fermentation maceration to encourage complete polymerization of complex tannins and add a broad, juicy and silky texture to the blend as a whole. Malolactic fermentation was completed in barrel for 7 months before assessment and assemblage. The 2013 Rubicon is 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot, this variety now really starting to assert itself as an important component of Rubicon The wine spent a total of 19 months in 65 % new French Nevers oak with 35 % 2nd fill Nevers and Alliers barrels.

Wineproducer: www.meerlust.co.za

Jan
9
Langhe Cinerino Bianco 2015

Langhe Cinerino Bianco 2015
87 tsomw points

Marziano Abonna, Langhe Italy

Category: Fruity white, Full white
Tags: Viognier

100% Viognier in the glass with a golden yellow color. In the nose aromas of exotic fruit, vanilla (from 7 months of barrel aging), flowers, honey, citrus and a hint of anise. On the palate robust, creamy and velevety taste, very soft, with great freshness. Great long finish. Great with risotto and fish. 14% Acohol

100% Viognier in the glass with a golden yellow color. In the nose aromas of exotic fruit, vanilla (from 7 months of barrel aging), flowers, honey, citrus and a hint of anise. On the palate robust, creamy and velevety taste, very soft, with great freshness. Great long finish. Great with risotto and fish. 14% Acohol

The Abbona family discovered Viognier in the Rhone Valley. The desire to reproduce the excellence they found in France returned with them to the hills of Dogliani, and thus began Cinerino. The wine’s name comes from the grey herons that occasionally stop in the lake beside the vineyards.

VARIETY:
Viognier

VINEYARD OF PRODUCTION:
San Luigi - Dogliani

AVERAGE AGE OF VINEYARDS:
20 years

FIRST YEAR OF PRODUCTION:
1996

WINEMAKING:
Crushing-destemming and maceration on the stems using CO2, before draining and soft pressing, static decantation and transfer to barrels of 225 liters (French oak and acacia); inoculation with selected indigenous yeasts. Alcoholic fermentation in barrels at cellar temperature follows, with daily bâtonnage until alcoholic fermentation is complete. It ages on its lees for seven months, during which time weekly bâtonnage is done.

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION:
Not carried out.

AGING:
In oak and acacia barrels for seven months, at the end of which the wine is assembled in stainless steel tanks where static decantation is done. Racking and bottling follow. Rests in the bottle at a constant temperature of 14° C (57° F) for one month before release.

Wineproducer: www.abbona.com

Jan
8
Dafni 2014

Dafni 2014
79 tsomw points

Lyrarakis, Crete Greece

Category: Full white
Tags: Dafni

The dafni variety is one of the oldest and rarest Cretan varieties planted on the Lyrarakis estate a few years ago to save it from extinction. In the glass a light golden yellow color. In the nose expressive aromas of bayleaf, fennel, blossom and cream.On the palate rich, balanced, full-bodied, with citrus and honey at the finish. Really typical wine. Needs some food with it.?

 

The dafni variety is one of the oldest and rarest Cretan varieties planted on the Lyrarakis estate a few years ago to save it from extinction. In the glass a light golden yellow color. In the nose expressive aromas of bayleaf, fennel, blossom and cream.On the palate rich, balanced, full-bodied, with citrus and honey at the finish. Really typical wine. Needs some food with it.?

Wineproducer: www.lyrarakis.com
Dutch importer: kretawijnen.nl

Jan
7
Rivesaltes 47 and d'elevage en barrique doux Naturel

Rivesaltes 47 and d'elevage en barrique doux Naturel
85 tsomw points

Parcu00e9 Fru00e8res, Roussillon France

Category: Desert wine

This desert wine displays the year 1968. Allmost 50 years old. A very special wine, reminiscent of an old rum, without the alcoholic side. On the nose, the nuts dominate and then leave a little room to aromas of candied prunes. In the mouth, it is quite consistent: with nuts and prunes adds the sweetness of this dessert wine. Nice!

This desert wine displays the year 1968. Allmost 50 years old. A very special wine, reminiscent of an old rum, without the alcoholic side. On the nose, the nuts dominate and then leave a little room to aromas of candied prunes. In the mouth, it is quite consistent: with nuts and prunes adds the sweetness of this dessert wine. Nice!

Jan
6
Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello di Montalchino 2011

Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello di Montalchino 2011
89 tsomw points

GAJA, Barbaresco-Piemonte Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Sangiovese

Still very young...I know. But oh so nice. In the glass ruby red color. In the nose fruity aromas and warm, with lovely floral and aromatic herbs. On the palate gritty and opulent with mineral sensations and a juicy and tannic finish. A balanced wine. So nice to have some 2010 bottles in the cellar! cheers 

Still very young...I know. But oh so nice. In the glass ruby red color. In the nose fruity aromas and warm, with lovely floral and aromatic herbs. On the palate gritty and opulent with mineral sensations and a juicy and tannic finish. A balanced wine. So nice to have some 2010 bottles in the cellar! cheers 

Jan
6
Confesionario Rosado 2015

Confesionario Rosado 2015
80 tsomw points

Wine Company Rodriguez-Laorden, Rioja Spain

Category: Rosé
Tags: Garnacha, Malvasia

Blend of Garnacha 80% and Malvasia 20%. / 1.358 bottles. In the glass pink red color. In the nose aromas of red fruits like strawberries en red berries with hints of roses and some herbs. On the palate solid with volume, balanced, greedy in the mouth with nice acidity and aftertaste. 

Blend of Garnacha 80% and Malvasia 20%. / 1.358 bottles. In the glass pink red color. In the nose aromas of red fruits like strawberries en red berries with hints of roses and some herbs. On the palate solid with volume, balanced, greedy in the mouth with nice acidity and aftertaste. 

VINEYARD:
Located in Elciego with grape varieties Garnacha 80% and Malvasía 20%.
Average age between 50 and 60 years.
 
PREPARATION:
Pink with a mixture of grapes. Destemmed grape. Alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tank.
 
TASTING NOTES:
Rose wine stick. Notes on ripe red fruits and roses. Top in mouth greedy, with volume and silky. Wine of pleasant drink, long, unctuous and with good final acidity.
 
Nº OF BOTTLES: 1.358.

Wineproducer: www.rodriguez-laorden-wines.com

Jan
5
Pinot Grigio 2015

Pinot Grigio 2015
78 tsomw points

Miopasso, Sicily Italy

Category: Fruity white

In the glass a golden yellow color. In the nose aromas of fruit such as melon and pineapple, spring blossoms and honey. The taste is fruity and delicious thirst-quenching. A wine with a good and round summery aftertaste. Also good for winterdays.  Very nice pqr.

In the glass a golden yellow color. In the nose aromas of fruit such as melon and pineapple, spring blossoms and honey. The taste is fruity and delicious thirst-quenching. A wine with a good and round summery aftertaste. Also good for winterdays.  Very nice pqr.

Jan
5
Papaverone Edizione limitata 2014

Papaverone Edizione limitata 2014
79 tsomw points

Il Papavero, Sicily Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Cabernet Sauvignon:Merlot, Nero d'Avola

Amarone, is the inspiration behind the limited edition. Semi-dried grapes from Sicily inspired by Amarone wines. In the glass dense and dark red color with purple rim. In the nose concentrated red fruit like plums, cherries and dark berries with a hint of chocolate. Easy drinking, full-bodied and bit sweet, soft tannins. High in alcohol.

Amarone, is the inspiration behind the limited edition. Semi-dried grapes from Sicily inspired by Amarone wines. In the glass dense and dark red color with purple rim. In the nose concentrated red fruit like plums, cherries and dark berries with a hint of chocolate. Easy drinking, full-bodied and bit sweet, soft tannins. High in alcohol.

Jan
4
Aglianico Rubrato 2013

Aglianico Rubrato 2013
80 tsomw points

Feudi di San Gregorio, Campania Italy

Category: Fruity red, Solid red
Tags: Aglianico

In the glass deep purple in color. In the nose intense, bursting with ripe black cherry and blackberry fruits with hints of oak, spice and leather. On the palate cherries, strawberries, tobacco and some spicyness. The wine became more balanced and interesting the second day. Nice!

In the glass deep purple in color. In the nose intense, bursting with ripe black cherry and blackberry fruits with hints of oak, spice and leather. On the palate cherries, strawberries, tobacco and some spicyness. The wine became more balanced and interesting the second day. Nice!

Wineproducer: www.feudi.it

 

Jan
4
Barolo Vigneto Garretti 2011

Barolo Vigneto Garretti 2011
87 tsomw points

La Spinetta, Piedmont Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Nebbiolo

Charming young barolo with ruby ??red color. In the nose soft notes of red fruit, in particular cherry and blackberries, flowers and hints of mint.On the palate complex, structured, round, juicy, with blackberry and violet flavors. Rich and long finish. Needs some more years to give a blast but allready very nice.

Charming young barolo with ruby ??red color. In the nose soft notes of red fruit, in particular cherry and blackberries, flowers and hints of mint.On the palate complex, structured, round, juicy, with blackberry and violet flavors. Rich and long finish. Needs some more years to give a blast but allready very nice.

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Wineproducer: www.la-spinetta.com

Jan
3
Sauvignon Blanc Trocken 2015

Sauvignon Blanc Trocken 2015
86 tsomw points

Weingut Bruker, Nahe Germany

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Sauvignon Blanc

In the glass a straw yellow color. In the nose gooseberry, flowers, granny smith apple, black currant with some hints of citrus and pepper. On the palate powerful, dense with a lively minerality. Lots of fruit like mandarin, pear with notes of herbs and good acidity. The final is lively, crisp and fresh. Despite its intense fruit, it provides nice freshness on the palate.

In the glass a straw yellow color. In the nose gooseberry, flowers, granny smith apple, black currant with some hints of citrus and pepper. On the palate powerful, dense with a lively minerality. Lots of fruit like mandarin, pear with notes of herbs and good acidity. The final is lively, crisp and fresh. Despite its intense fruit, it provides nice freshness on the palate.

Wineproducer: weingut-bruker.de

Jan
3
Malbec 2006

Malbec 2006
86 tsomw points

Bodega Weinert, Mendoza Argentina

Category: Solid red
Tags: Malbec

This is a great wine from Mendoza. In the glass ruby red color. In the nose aromas of  sweet, warm and caramelized ripe dark fruit like blackberries, plums and figs, forest floor, sweet tobacco, vanilla and hints of leather on the nose. Good balance of acidity and tannins on the palate with juicy plum. Full-bodied. Alcohol is quite high and present throughout the palate. Nice long finish. 

This is a great wine from Mendoza. In the glass ruby red color. In the nose aromas of  sweet, warm and caramelized ripe dark fruit like blackberries, plums and figs, forest floor, sweet tobacco, vanilla and hints of leather on the nose. Good balance of acidity and tannins on the palate with juicy plum. Full-bodied. Alcohol is quite high and present throughout the palate. Nice long finish. 

Variety:100% malbec
Age:a minimum of 60 years
Location of vineyards:Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina
Harvest:By hand, March-April
Ageing of wine:for a minimum of 3 years in European oak casks
Winemaker:Hubert Weber

Wineproducer: www.bodegaweinert.com

 

Jan
2
Aragosta Vermentino di Sardegna 2016

Aragosta Vermentino di Sardegna 2016
82 tsomw points

Santa Maria La Palma, Sardinia Italy

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Vermentino

In the glass pale yellow, allmost clear in the glass. In the nose pear, ripe apple and lavender..little smokiness. On the palate dry but not harsh, fresh, slightly sparkling, crisp and clean with citrus fruit. Easy drinking with almond background. 

 

In the glass pale yellow, allmost clear in the glass. In the nose pear, ripe apple and lavender..little smokiness. On the palate dry but not harsh, fresh, slightly sparkling, crisp and clean with citrus fruit. Easy drinking with almond background.

The Lobster is the symbol of the gastronomy of Alghero and this white wine made from Vermentino di Sardegna grapes, is the ideal match.

Colour: pale straw-yellow with soft hints of green.
Bouquet: its winy aroma is well-balanced, delicate though distinct, with a fresh fragrance, reminiscent of ripe apples.
Flavour: harmonious, dry but not harsh, crisp and rather lively, with a pleasantly lingering aftertaste of almonds.
Serving Suggestions: ideal accompaniment for fish dishes, especially shellfish.
Serving Temperature: 10°C – 12°C
Alcoholic Content: 12.5% – 13,% vol.

Wineproducer: www.santamarialapalma.it

Jan
2
Le Bombarde Cannonau di Sardegna 2015

Le Bombarde Cannonau di Sardegna 2015
79 tsomw points

Santa Maria La Palma

Category: Solid red
Tags: Cannonau

In the glass intense ruby red, bright. In the nose red fruit like cranberries, red currants, with notes of plums and some roasted coffee, herbs and flowers. On the palate dry, full-bodied, warm, robust yet light, velvety but vigorous with fine balanced tannin structure. Little pepper at the end with tart finish. Very nice easy drinking Cannonau.

In the glass intense ruby red, bright. In the nose red fruit like cranberries, red currants, with notes of plums and some roasted coffee, herbs and flowers. On the palate dry, full-bodied, warm, robust yet light, velvety but vigorous with fine balanced tannin structure. Little pepper at the end with tart finish. Very nice easy drinking Cannonau.

Le Bombarde wine takes the name from the beach where, even today,  we find vineyards of red grapes such as Cannonau and Monica di Sardegna . The cannons, represented on the label, are the symbol of the defence and the pride of the Sardinian coastal territory, that over the centuries has suffered invasions by various dominations including the Aragonese and Spanish. They are the emblem of the strong and determined character of these grapes.

Colour: bright, clear, deep ruby red. Bouquet:  a fine, intense perfume with characteristic elegant scents.
Flavour: dry, full and warm, it is velvety but robust, and harmonious with its pleasantly characteristic tannin flavour.
Serving suggestion: ideal with red meats, game and mature cheeses.
Serving Temperature: the qualities of this excellent wine are enhanced if it is served at 18° C – 20° C
Alcoholic Content: 13% – 13,5% vol.

Wineproducer: www.santamarialapalma.it

 

Jan
1
Pruno Ribera del Duero 2012

Pruno Ribera del Duero 2012
87 tsomw points

Finca Villacreces, Ribera del Duero Spain

Category: Solid red
Tags: Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon

Blend of Tempranillo (90%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (10%). I tasted this wine 2 years ago. Aeging was good for this Ribera del Duero. In the glass black purple saturated with a dark purple rim. In the nose redberries, figs, violets, blackcurrants, herbs and vanilla. On the palate moderate tannins and fine acidity; on the palate lots of dark, ripe fruit and a long, spicy aftertaste. Nice!

Blend of Tempranillo (90%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (10%). I tasted this wine 2 years ago. Aeging was good for this Ribera del Duero. In the glass black purple saturated with a dark purple rim. In the nose redberries, figs, violets, blackcurrants, herbs and vanilla. On the palate moderate tannins and fine acidity; on the palate lots of dark, ripe fruit and a long, spicy aftertaste. Nice!

Wineproducer: www.villacreces.com

Dec
31
Collio Riserva Pinot Grigio 2013

Collio Riserva Pinot Grigio 2013
83 tsomw points

Renato Keber, Friuli Italy

Category: Fruity white, Full white
Tags: Pinot Grigio, Collio

100% collio / 15,5% alcohol. In the glass golden yellow color. In the nose white flowers, herbs, honey and lemon. On the palate full-bodied with grapefruit, lemon, nice minerals and a zesty, spicy finish. Really one of a kind pinot grigio with it's one character and taste. It paired great with the turkish vegetarian pizza.

100% collio / 15,5% alcohol. In the glass golden yellow color. In the nose white flowers, herbs, honey and lemon. On the palate full-bodied with grapefruit, lemon, nice minerals and a zesty, spicy finish. Really one of a kind pinot grigio with it's one character and taste. It paired great with the turkish vegetarian pizza.

Pairing: It harmonizes easily with hors d’oeuvres, light soups, fish, risotto and white meats. It matches well fresh cheese.
Serving temperature:S 12° C Vine Pinot Grigio

Denomination: Collio
Vineyard: Zegla
Vintage: 2010
Cultivation: Guyot
Harvesting: Hand picking, with careful selection of the grapes, in early September
Vinification: Delicate stemming of the grapes, light maceration on the skins, soft pressing.Controlled temperature fermentation. Removal of the must from the lees at low temperature. Ageing on the yeasts for 12 months, 10% of the must is fermented in barrique.
Analytical data: Alcohol (%vol) 15.5 Total acidity (g/l) 5.4

Wineproducer: www.renatokeber.com

 

Dec
30
Maximo Marche Bianco 2013

Maximo Marche Bianco 2013
85 tsomw points

Umani Ronchi, Marche Italy

Category: Desert wine

In the glass golden yellow color. In the nose aromas of apricot, candied fruit, saffron, honey, ripe figs and peach. On the palate silky soft and sweet, rich and elegant, with notes of honey, balsamicum and candied fruit. Great with the self made ice cake. Great dessert wine with good pqr

In the glass golden yellow color. In the nose aromas of apricot, candied fruit, saffron, honey, ripe figs and peach. On the palate silky soft and sweet, rich and elegant, with notes of honey, balsamicum and candied fruit. Great with the self made ice cake. Great dessert wine with good pqr.

Wne variety: Sauvignon Blanc 100%
First year of production: 1992
Area of production: Marche, Castelli di Jesi

Maximo is a wine which is certainly unique on the regional oenological horizon, being the product of climatic conditions which them- selves can be called unique. It is made in the highest part of the Villa Bianchi estate. Here, thanks to the very special climatic conditions caused by the alternation of high humidity and drier airflows, at fairly low temperatures, the Sauvignon Blanc grapes are at- tacked by Botrytis Cinerea in its most ‘noble’ form. This gives the wine incredibly complex and rare flavours and aromas. 

Wineproducer: www.umanironchi.com

Dec
29
Uva di Troia Federico

Uva di Troia Federico
80 tsomw points

Cantina Vignuolo, Puglia Italy

Category: Fruity red, Solid red
Tags: Nero di Troia

Grapes: Nero di Troia 100% / In the glass ruby red with garnet hue. In the nose nice complexity, with notes of blackberry, cherry, currant, figs and ripe plums, framed by black pepper and cloves.
On the palate dry, medium-bodied, good alcoholic warmth, quite smooth, with tannins present but not impetuous, savory and fresh enough. It closes quite persistent with notes of ripe fruit.

Grapes: Nero di Troia 100% / In the glass ruby red with garnet hue. In the nose nice complexity, with notes of blackberry, cherry, currant, figs and ripe plums, framed by black pepper and cloves.On the palate dry, medium-bodied, good alcoholic warmth, quite smooth, with tannins present but not impetuous, savory and fresh enough. It closes quite persistent with notes of ripe fruit.

This smooth wine is made from the local grape Uva di Troia grown in the best vineyards in the hilly area around Castel del Monte. From this particular red grape variety ruby-red, intense and high-alcohol wines are produced with a strong personality reminiscent of local tradition. 

The wine is made according to traditional methods at controlled temperatures in limited capacity vessels and refined in the bottle without aging in wood barrels. The bouquet is rich with an intense fruity fragrance revealing notes of blackberry, cherry, plum and fig with spicy hints of black pepper and cloves. The wine is dry, harmonious and with a pleasant characteristic with a high percentage of alcohol. This results in a full-bodied, soft and fresh wine.

Uva di Troia’s intensity and striking personality makes this wine excellent with pasta, red meat, game and various semi-mature cheeses.
Serving temperature: 18°-20°C

Wineproducer: www.vignuolo.it

Dec
28
Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
86 tsomw points

Weinert, Mendoza Argentina

Category: Solid red
Tags: Cabernet Sauvignon

In the glass inky purple color. In the nose rich, dark & powerful - not a typical cab sauvignon. Deep berry, savoury notes of roasted beef and leather, with menthol hints. On the palate powerful, with decent length and plenty of tannin and red fruit. Needs decanting. Top!

In the glass inky purple color. In the nose rich, dark & powerful - not a typical cab sauvignon. Deep berry, savoury notes of roasted beef and leather, with menthol hints. On the palate powerful, with decent length and plenty of tannin and red fruit. Needs decanting. Top!

Variety:100% cabernet sauvignon
Age:a minimum of 20 years
Location of vineyards:Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina
Harvest:By hand, March-April
Ageing of wine:for 4 years in European oak casks
Winemaker:Hubert Weber

Dec
27
Paranoia Ouitweiler

Paranoia Ouitweiler
82 tsomw points

Bergdolt Reif & Nett, Pfalz Germany

Category: Fruity red, Solid red
Tags: Pinot Noir

Ouchhh it's freezing but this wine keeps you warm!! This bend of Pinot Noir (Spatburgunder) and al little ammount of Cabernet Mitos has a dark red color allmost black. In the nose ripe black cherries, raspberries, leather, bacon and violets. On the palate fruity, dry, fleshy, velvet tannins, deep and good structure. Really enjoyable German red. New school Spatburgunder. 

Ouchhh it's freezing but this wine keeps you warm!! This bend of Pinot Noir (Spatburgunder) and al little ammount of Cabernet Mitos has a dark red color allmost black. In the nose ripe black cherries, raspberries, leather, bacon and violets. On the palate fruity, dry, fleshy, velvet tannins, deep and good structure. Really enjoyable German red. New school Spatburgunder. 

Wineproducer: www.weingut-brn.de
Datasheet (pdf)

Dec
27
Pergola Lubaco Rosso 2011

Pergola Lubaco Rosso 2011
82 tsomw points

Terracruda, Marche Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Aleatico

100% Aleatico grape. In the glass a ruby red color with garnet hues. In the nose a intense bouquet of flowers like violets and roses, red fruit like cherries, strawberries, red currant with at the end spicy notes, cloves and leather. On the palate good balance, good tannic, medium – full bodied with a flowery, spicy, fruity long aftertaste. I would love to open another bottle over 5 more years.

100% Aleatico grape. In the glass a ruby red color with garnet hues. In the nose a intense bouquet of flowers like violets and roses, red fruit like cherries, strawberries, red currant with at the end spicy notes, cloves and leather. On the palate good balance, good tannic, medium – full bodied with a flowery, spicy, fruity long aftertaste. I would love to open another bottle over 5 more years.

Production: Fratterosa PESARO and URBINO – MARCHES
Vine variety: an indigenous Aleatico biotype (anciently called Vernaccia di Pergola)
Vineyard: Vigna Ortaia
Harvesting period: first ten days of October
Harvesting method: grapes are handpicked into small boxes
Bottle-ageing: 12/18-month bottle-aging
Alcoholic strength: 14,50% – 15%
Serving temperature: 20°C – 22°C

Wine-and-food matching tips from the Sommelier
Second course: Birds, poultry and cattle cooked with truffle

Wineproducer: www.terracruda.it

Dec
26
Le Gramolere Riserva Barolo 2007

Le Gramolere Riserva Barolo 2007
85 tsomw points

Azienda Agricola Riserva Manzone, Langhe Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Nebbiolo

In the glass transparent garnet color. In the nose a little bit shy but after one day lots more flavors appear like mint, tobacco, cherries, drop and anise. On the palate medium bodied, high acid (after one day less acidity) and good length with aromas of cherries, orange peel and black tee. Tiny gritty tannins but after some hours they are fine. Great to enjoy now but I would open another one after 3 more years
 

In the glass transparent garnet color. In the nose a little bit shy but after one day lots more flavors appear like mint, tobacco, cherries, drop and anise. On the palate medium bodied, high acid (after one day less acidity) and good length with aromas of cherries, orange peel and black tee. Tiny gritty tannins but after some hours they are fine. Great to enjoy now but I would open another one after 3 more years

Wineproducer: www.manzonegiovanni.com

 

Dec
25
Prosecco Millesimato Biologico

Prosecco Millesimato Biologico
80 tsomw points

Ca 'Selva Agricola, Friuli Italy

Category: Sparkling

This prosecco from the Friuli region was the starter of our dinner with friends. In the glass a straw yellow color with greenish hues. In the nose delicate aromas of apples, peaches and a touch of coffee note. On the palate well structured, nice acidity, refreshing, easy drinkable. Elegant mousse and persistent. 

This prosecco from the Friuli region was the starter of our dinner with friends. In the glass a straw yellow color with greenish hues. In the nose delicate aromas of apples, peaches and a touch of coffee note. On the palate well structured, nice acidity, refreshing, easy drinkable. Elegant mousse and persistent. 

Grape: Glera grown organically in compliance with European regulations.
Alcohol content: 11% vol
Tasting notes: Pale straw yellow with greenish highlights and elegant, long-lingering foam; subtle wafts of apples and peaches; refreshingly fruit-forward, attractively acidulous.
Food matchings: Excellent as an aperitif, a great match for fish-based foods and equally delicious to drink through the meal.
Serving temperature: 6-8 °C

Wineproducer: www.caselva.it

 

Dec
25
Chardonnay (oaked) 2014

Chardonnay (oaked) 2014
80 tsomw points

Seven Springs, Stellenbosch South Africa

Category: Solid red
Tags: Chardonnay

In the glass this chardonnay has a bright golden color. In the nose subtle aromas of citrus, apricot, flowers, honeysuckle and tones of nuts and toast with butter. On the palate elegant and smooth. This chardonnay stays 11 month in oak barrels and creates a good combination of fruit and wood. Impressions of apricot, butterscotch and honey.

In the glass this chardonnay has a bright golden color. In the nose subtle aromas of citrus, apricot, flowers, honeysuckle and tones of nuts and toast with butter. On the palate elegant and smooth. This chardonnay stays 11 month in oak barrels and creates a good combination of fruit and wood. Impressions of apricot, butterscotch and honey.

Tasting Notes producer: 

The 2014 oaked Chardonnay was very much influenced by the very wet season which translated into more relaxed acids and generally more fruity wines. The wine is a light straw colour, which is very light for an oaked white. Aromatics are yellow citrus, lemon and kumquat with hints of butterscotch and vanilla. Flavours of lemon and pear are detected on the palate with underlying, subtly integrated oak supporting the length of the wine. The palate also has a soft acidity but with a freshness and minerality often expressed in the Overberg region. Serving temperature of 10-12°C is recommended and it can be enjoyed with poultry dishes; rich pasta dishes. Our favourite pairing with this Chardonnay is pork, especially pork belly.
The Chardonnay is fermented in seasoned 300L French oak barrels and remains in those barrels for the best part of one year, until bottling. Fermentation started off with natural occurring, wild yeasts and only half-way through the ferment was it necessary to inoculate with commercial yeasts to finish the alcoholic fermentation. This vintage has undergone no malo-lactic fermentation.

Technical Analysis

Alcohol: 12.97%    Residual Sugar: 2.2g/l     Total Acidity: 6.5 g/l     pH: 3.24
Harvested 22nd February 2014    Bottled: February 2015 Ageing potential: 5-7 years
Production: 4,404 bottles (750ml)

Harvest Report

This was the wettest and toughest vintage Seven Springs has experienced yet, as it was all around the world. Floods and heavy rains throughout our winter lead to high levels of underground water for the vines. The summer canopies were lush and beautiful because of the excess water, but this summer was hot and humid and with no wind at all, which was unusual for the Western Cape. These conditions lead to high disease pressures in the vineyards which necessitated a higher than average need for control rot and moulds in the leaves and fruit, however, we were compensated by high yields, though quality was not consistent. This was the vintage where the viticulturists had to demonstrate their skill; the quality of wine was determined by the health of the vines and our viticulturist Peter Davison did us proud.

Wineproducer: www.7springs.co.za

Dec
24
Vigorello 2008

Vigorello 2008
88 tsomw points

San Felice, Tuscany Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Cabernet Sauvignon:Merlot, Petit Verdot

In the glass deep opaque, ruby color with garnet hue. After half a day decanting in the nose dark cherries, plum, blackberry and blackcurrant framed by tobacco, cedar and dried herbs. The palate shows ripe black berries with wonderful velvety texture and finely grained tannins.

In the glass deep opaque, ruby color with garnet hue. After half a day decanting in the nose dark cherries, plum, blackberry and blackcurrant framed by tobacco, cedar and dried herbs. The palate shows ripe black berries with wonderful velvety texture and finely grained tannins.

Wineproducer: www.agricolasanfelice.it

Dec
24
Riesling Rehberger Goldberg 2015

Riesling Rehberger Goldberg 2015
86 tsomw points

Nigl

Category: Crisp white, Full white
Tags: Riesling

In the glass a bright green, yellow color with silver reflexes. In the nose crisp aromas of  tropical fruit, green apple, peach, lime and blossom honey.  On the palate juicy, lively texture, complex, fine fruit notes with lively acidity. In the aftertaste stonefruit, spiciness, citrus, spiciness, mineral touch. Great long final. 

In the glass a bright green, yellow color with silver reflexes. In the nose crisp aromas of  tropical fruit, green apple, peach, lime and blossom honey.  On the palate juicy, lively texture, complex, fine fruit notes with lively acidity. In the aftertaste stonefruit, spiciness, citrus, spiciness, mineral touch. Great long final. 

Location: An amphibolite cone rises at Rehberg, almost like a "geological eye", to the surface, which gives the Riesling planted here a much cooler aroma and more crystalline freshness than in the surrounding layers of the valley. We want to work out this particularity and demonstrate what Terroir means and how to taste it.

Wineproducer: www.weingutnigl.at

Dec
23
Segreto Di Famiglia Brut NV

Segreto Di Famiglia Brut NV
81 tsomw points

Saragano, Montefalco Italy

Category: Sparkling
Tags: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay

From the center of Italy comes this nice sparkling with a mixture of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Light mousse, small bubble. Mid gold color, very light bronze hue. In the nose mix of white fruit and flowers. On the palate fresh fruit balanced by crisp, cleansing acidity with a good fruity finish.

From the center of Italy comes this nice sparkling with a mixture of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Light mousse, small bubble. Mid gold color, very light bronze hue. In the nose mix of white fruit and flowers. On the palate fresh fruit balanced by crisp, cleansing acidity with a good fruity finish.

Wineproducer: www.tenutepongelli.it

Dec
22
Prosecco DOC extra dry 2015

Prosecco DOC extra dry 2015
81 tsomw points

Spinefrasse, Veneto Italy

Tags: Glera

In the glass a light straw yellow color. The perlage is fine and persistent, light creamy. In the nose a flower bouquet with hints of apple and pear with some citrus. On the palate, this prosecco is harmonious and fresh, light sweetness. Verry well drinkable with nice acidity.

In the glass a light straw yellow color. The perlage is fine and persistent, light creamy. In the nose a flower bouquet with hints of apple and pear with some citrus. On the palate, this prosecco is harmonious and fresh, light sweetness. Verry well drinkable with nice acidity.

Designation: Prosecco Spumante DOC Extra Dry
Grape varieties: 100% Glera
Production area: Cortelà, Vo’ Euganeo, Padua (ITALY), southern and south-eastern vineyard exposure, 100-150 m above sea level
Number of plants per hectare:: 3000
Harvest: grapes are hand-picked and carefully selected
Harvest time: first half of September

 

Vinification: the grapes are softly pressed and after static settling the must ferments at a controlled temperature of 15-16°C. The sparkling process occurs according to the Charmat method: the must is inoculated with selected yeasts and the prise de mousse occurs in autoclaves for 20-30 days at a temperature of 14°C. After aging for 1-2 months, the wine is bottled.

Food pairing: it can be drunk without accompanying food and is ideal as an aperitif. It matches with vegetables, white meat and fish dishes.

Serving temperature: 6-8 °C
Alcholic content: 11,5% vol

Wineproducer: www.spinefrasse.it

Dec
21
Gruner Veltliner Reserve Selektion Karlsberg 2015

Gruner Veltliner Reserve Selektion Karlsberg 2015
86 tsomw points

Hofkellerei des Fursten von Liechtenstein

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Gruner Veltliner

In the glass a bright green yellow color with silver reflexes. On the nose ripe apple, tropical fruit, flowers, orange peel and some white pepper. On the palate medium-bodied, refreshing acidity with a spicy edge at the finish. Yellow apple, citrus nuances. Extremely juicy. Very nice. 

In the glass a bright green yellow color with silver reflexes. On the nose ripe apple, tropical fruit, flowers, orange peel and some white pepper. On the palate medium-bodied, refreshing acidity with a spicy edge at the finish. Yellow apple, citrus nuances. Extremely juicy. Very nice. 

Dec
21
Rubesco Vigno Monticchio Riserva 2007

Rubesco Vigno Monticchio Riserva 2007
87 tsomw points

Lungarotti, Umbria Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Canaiolo Nero, Sangiovese

Christmas Eve. Rubesco Vigna Monticchio Riserva 2008 / 30% Canaiolo Nero , 70% Sangiovese. This wine needs some time to come alive but after half an hour this one is alive and kicking. In the glass red ruby red. Intense, with purple hues. In the nose elegant and complex aromas of cherries and violets and refined woody notes, cocoa, caffee, spicy aftertaste pepper and cloves. On the palate warm and compact in structure, complex fruit and a little balsamic; alive and pleasantly refreshing acidity, tannin intriguing, long finish and the closure spicy.

Christmas Eve. Rubesco Vigna Monticchio Riserva 2008 / 30% Canaiolo Nero , 70% Sangiovese. This wine needs some time to come alive but after half an hour this one is alive and kicking. In the glass red ruby red. Intense, with purple hues. In the nose elegant and complex aromas of cherries and violets and refined woody notes, cocoa, caffee, spicy aftertaste pepper and cloves. On the palate warm and compact in structure, complex fruit and a little balsamic; alive and pleasantly refreshing acidity, tannin intriguing, long finish and the closure spicy.

Wineproducer: www.lungarotti.it

Dec
20
Sercia Cortese Alto Monferrato 2015

Sercia Cortese Alto Monferrato 2015
79 tsomw points

Cantina di Nizza, Piedmont Italy

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Cortese

Cantina di Nizza „Serica“ grape: Cortese Alto Monferrato. In the glass a light, straw yellow color with greenish reflections. In the nose white fruit like banana, melon, apple and flowers. On the palate a persistent harmonious taste, dry, spicy, light zweet,  pleasantly tart and allmond. 

Cantina di Nizza „Serica“ grape: Cortese Alto Monferrato. In the glass a light, straw yellow color with greenish reflections. In the nose white fruit like banana, melon, apple and flowers. On the palate a persistent harmonious taste, dry, spicy, light zweet,  pleasantly tart and allmond. 

Grapes: Cortese Alto Monferrato 100%
Production area: Nizza Monferrato and neighboring municipalities
Breeding systems: trellis training system Guyot
Age of vineyards: 10 to 30 years
Harvest: Manual, in the first fortnight of September
Production for hectare: 100 ql HA
Vinification: After soft pressing. alcoholic fermentation is carried out for about ten days at 16-18 ° C. To give the opportunity to fully appreciate its freshness. this wine is the first to leave our cellars.
Sensory profile: wine with light straw yellow color with greenish hues, it exhibits a very personal scent, delicate and fragrant flowers and fruits. The full aroma its persistence in a harmonious, dry, fruity, pleasantly bitter.
Alcohol: 12,5% vol.
Food Pairing: It is excellent with seafood and fish entrees, especially fried, but a great companion to any meal, going quietly up to dry soups, risottos made with tomato and white meats. Serve at a temperature of 8-10 ° C.
Possibility of aging: 2 years
Available sizes (liters): 0.75 L

Wineproducer: www.nizza.it

Dec
20
Umbria Rosso 2014

Umbria Rosso 2014
87 tsomw points

Saragano, Montefalco Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Sagrantino

Another great wine from this winery in Umbria. The Sagrantino grape used for this wine creates some excellent wines. There is much complexity and aeging potential. Some people compare it with Barolo from Piedmont. This one has a deep dark red color. In the nose earth, red beriers, mulberries and spices. On the palate complexity, dry in mouth with still firm tannins, refreshing acidity with hints of tobacco, intense fruity aromas.

Another great wine from this winery in Umbria. The Sagrantino grape used for this wine creates some excellent wines. There is much complexity and aeging potential. Some people compare it with Barolo from Piedmont. This one has a deep dark red color. In the nose earth, red beriers, mulberries and spices. On the palate complexity, dry in mouth with still firm tannins, refreshing acidity with hints of tobacco, intense fruity aromas.

Wineproducer: 

Dec
19
Barbaresco Ciabot Clementina 2013

Barbaresco Ciabot Clementina 2013
79 tsomw points

Prinsi, Piedmont Italy

Category: Fruity red

Light ruby red with garnet hue this Prinsi Barbaresco. In the nose light aromas of berries, cinnamon and pepper. On the palate a bit high acidity with spices and vanilla. Soft tannins.

Light ruby red with garnet hue this Prinsi Barbaresco. In the nose light aromas of berries, cinnamon and pepper. On the palate a bit high acidity with spices and vanilla. Soft tannins.

Wineproducer: www.prinsi.it

Dec
18
Crianza Rioja 2012

Crianza Rioja 2012
80 tsomw points

Ramon Bilbao, Rioja Spain

Bright red color, almost scarlet this Rioja (vintage 2012). In the nose fine woods and pepper, on a subtle and fragrant background of ripe black fruit and compote. Also some liqueur and balsamic notes appear. On the palate fresh and harmonious, but with character. Varietal and spiced notes good assembled. 

Bright red color, almost scarlet this Rioja (vintage 2012). In the nose fine woods and pepper, on a subtle and fragrant background of ripe black fruit and compote. Also some liqueur and balsamic notes appear. On the palate fresh and harmonious, but with character. Varietal and spiced notes good assembled. 

Wineproducer: www.bodegasramonbilbao.es

Dec
17
Barbaresco 2013

Barbaresco 2013
86 tsomw points

Produttori del Barbaresco, Barbaresco Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Nebbiolo

Made from 100% Nebbiolo, this is a truly excellent Barbaresco. In the glass dark ruby red. In the nose aromas of ripe black cherry, wild strawberry, raspberries, violet, and rose petal. On the palate medium-bodied, full flavored with notes of dark fruit, baking spice, and fresh herbs. Ample tannic structure which makes the wine allready great at this young age.. 

Made from 100% Nebbiolo, this is a truly excellent Barbaresco. In the glass dark ruby red. In the nose aromas of ripe black cherry, wild strawberry, raspberries, violet, and rose petal. On the palate medium-bodied, full flavored with notes of dark fruit, baking spice, and fresh herbs. Ample tannic structure which makes the wine allready great at this young age.. 

Wineproducer: www.produttoridelbarbaresco.com

 

Dec
17
A Fillipo Merlot 2010

A Fillipo Merlot 2010
87 tsomw points

Poderi del Paradiso, Tuscany Italy

Category: Solid red

Sipping this Tuscan Merlot in the cellar with a good friend. This 100% Merlot grapes are picked in October by hand. Aging in new barriques of French oak for 18 months. Dark red, allmost black in the glass. In the nose earth, blueberries, prunes and cassis liquor enveloping into dark chocolate and clove. On the palate dense and chewy with strking and velvety tannins. Great balance between acidity and tannins. After some time in the glass it evens gets better. Great wine with high complexity and perfect ending. 

Sipping this Tuscan Merlot in the cellar with a good friend. This 100% Merlot grapes are picked in October by hand. Aging in new barriques of French oak for 18 months. Dark red, allmost black in the glass. In the nose earth, blueberries, prunes and cassis liquor enveloping into dark chocolate and clove. On the palate dense and chewy with strking and velvety tannins. Great balance between acidity and tannins. After some time in the glass it evens gets better. Great wine with high complexity and perfect ending. 

100% Merlot
Annual Harvest in boxes.. 

Available Capacities:
ml.750 
ml. 1500 (not for all vintages) 
ml. 3000 (not for all vintages)

Vinification and Aging: fermentation and maceration for 3-4 days in a Rotovinificatore at controlled temperatures. Malolactic fermentation. Aging in a new French oak barrels for 16 months.

Wineproducer: www.poderidelparadiso.it

 

Dec
16
Erdener Treppchen Riesling Feinherb 2015

Erdener Treppchen Riesling Feinherb 2015
81 tsomw points

Weingut Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler, Mosel Germany

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Riesling

This Riesling Feinherb from the Mosel region shows a light yellow color in the glass. In the nose apricot, lychee and ripe peach. On the palate light sweet honey with almonds combined with good acidity. Ripe peach and apricot in the aftertaste. The slate notes make the wine unique and fruity. Would fit great with aspergus and fish.

This Riesling Feinherb from the Mosel region shows a light yellow color in the glass. In the nose apricot, lychee and ripe peach. On the palate light sweet honey with almonds combined with good acidity. Ripe peach and apricot in the aftertaste. The slate notes make the wine unique and fruity. Would fit great with aspergus and fish.

Wineproducer: www.pauly-bergweiler.com

Dec
16
Delle Venezie Sauvignon 2012

Delle Venezie Sauvignon 2012
84 tsomw points

Miklus, Veneto Italy

Category: Fruity white, Full white
Tags: Sauvignon Blanc

Very nice Sauvignon from Friuli. In the glass straw yellow with greenish reflections. In the nose nectarines, mandarins (sweet), apricots, elder flowers and candied roasted almonds with a certain spicyness. Light sweetness, good minerality, harmonious, rich taste of flavors. 

Very nice Sauvignon from Friuli. In the glass straw yellow with greenish reflections. In the nose nectarines, mandarins (sweet), apricots, elder flowers and candied roasted almonds with a certain spicyness. Light sweetness, good minerality, harmonious, rich taste of flavors. 

 

Dec
15
Superiore Valdobbiadene Prosecco N.V.

Superiore Valdobbiadene Prosecco N.V.
82 tsomw points

Marchiori, Veneto Italy

Category: Sparkling
Tags: Prosecco

Looking for a nice bubble for Christmas? This very nice prosecco has the DOCG status. In the glass soft sparkling, smooth. In the nose peach, floral and mint. On the palate pleasant acidity, dry, fresh and crisp with pear, subtle citrus, flowers and mint. Very nice prosecco. 

Looking for a nice bubble for Christmas? This very nice prosecco has the DOCG status. In the glass soft sparkling, smooth. In the nose peach, floral and mint. On the palate pleasant acidity, dry, fresh and crisp with pear, subtle citrus, flowers and mint. Very nice prosecco. 

Wineproducer: www.marchioriwines.com
Distributor Holland: www.winestyle.nl

Dec
14
La Historia di Italia 2010

La Historia di Italia 2010
84 tsomw points

Conte Ferdinando Guicciardini, Tuscany Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Merlot, Sangiovese

A great blend of  Merlot (70%) and Sangiovese (30%). Dark cherry color, allmost black. In the nose aromas of herbs, caramel, licorice, tobacco, sandalwood and fresh red fruits like plums and cherries. On the palate a lively acidity, full-bodied, high in tannins but not aggressive and very easy to drink but not boring.

A great blend of  Merlot (70%) and Sangiovese (30%). Dark cherry color, allmost black. In the nose aromas of herbs, caramel, licorice, tobacco, sandalwood and fresh red fruits like plums and cherries. On the palate a lively acidity, full-bodied, high in tannins but not aggressive and very easy to drink but not boring.

Wine Making Process:  in stainless steal vats at controlled temperature of 27°-28°, 18-20 days maceration.
Maturing and Aging:  in vats, then at least 12 monts in French oak barriques (Allier) and in bottle for at least 4 months.
Alcohol:  13,5 – 14,5 % Vol.
Tasting Notes:  Great structure and elegant character combined to a pleasant fruity sweetness. A well balanced and harmonic wine with appropriate freshness and mature, velvet tannins.
A lingering and intense aromatic finish with fruity flavours of plums mixed to balsamic flavours.

Wineproducer: http://www.guicciardini1199.it

Dec
14
Toscane Il Pareto 2009

Toscane Il Pareto 2009
87 tsomw points

Tenuta di Nozzole, Tuscany Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Cabernet Sauvignon

Tenuta di Nozzole 'Il Pareto' Toscana IGT 2009. 100% Italian Cabernet Sauvignon. In the glass dark ruby red. In the nose black cherries, plums, cigarbox, smokey, graphite, violets and something vegetal. Great harmony, soft silky in the mouth, solid tannine. Long aftertaste with red fruit and herbs.

Tenuta di Nozzole 'Il Pareto' Toscana IGT 2009. 100% Italian Cabernet Sauvignon. In the glass dark ruby red. In the nose black cherries, plums, cigarbox, smokey, graphite, violets and something vegetal. Great harmony, soft silky in the mouth, solid tannine. Long aftertaste with red fruit and herbs.

Production Area: made with the grapes coming from vineyard in Nozzole Estate, located in the Greve in Chianti region.
Altitude:350mt a.s.l.
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon 100%.
Planting densities: 3000–5000 plants per hectare.
Yield per hectare: 5 t. of grapes.
Yield grapes into wine: approximately 65%.
Ageing: Ageing process: 16/18 months in French oak barrels (225 litri – 59 gal) part new and part one or more years old. Bottle ageing: minimum 6 months

Wineproducer: www.tenuteambrogioegiovannifolonari.com

Dec
13
Avantgarde Elf Weissburgunder Trocken 2015

Avantgarde Elf Weissburgunder Trocken 2015
80 tsomw points

Weingut Bergdolt-Reif & Nett, Pfalz Germany

Category: Crisp white
Tags: Weisserburgunder

Golden straw in color. Spicy nose, with notes of beeswax, which is embossed by the wood. Needs some air to show its fragance (don't serve too cold). Smooth on the palate with strong barrique notes combined with pear, melon and citrus with nice acid. Long aftertaste with good depth.

Golden straw in color. Spicy nose, with notes of beeswax, which is embossed by the wood. Needs some air to show its fragance (don't serve too cold) 
Smooth on the palate with strong barrique notes combined with pear, melon and citrus with nice acid. Long aftertaste with good depth.

Wineproducer: www.weingut-brn.de

Dec
13
Catapult Shiraz 2012

Catapult Shiraz 2012
86 tsomw points

Wirra Wirra, McLaren Vale Australia

Category: Solid red
Tags: Shiraz

Very nice shiraz from Australia. Dark ruby red color. In the nose red berries, black currant, tart, mint and vanilla, perfumed. On the palate hot and sultry, dark berries, freshness, spices, soft mouthfeel, chocolate and again the freshness. Subtle firmness in the glass. 

Very nice shiraz from Australia. Dark ruby red color. In the nose red berries, black currant, tart, mint and vanilla, perfumed. On the palate hot and sultry, dark berries, freshness, spices, soft mouthfeel, chocolate and again the freshness. Subtle firmness in the glass. 

Wineproducer: www.wirrawirra.com

Dec
12
Navigabile Etna Rosso 2013

Navigabile Etna Rosso 2013
86 tsomw points

Ayunta, Sicily Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Nerello Mascalese, Nerello cappuccio

90% Nerello Mascalese en 10% Nerello cappuccio. Ruby red color, aromas of ripe fruit, chocolate, raisins and sweet spices. Balanced taste, with good intensity and freshness, low acidity, powerfull tannins. Also this wine is excellent.

90% Nerello Mascalese en 10% Nerello cappuccio. Ruby red color, aromas of ripe fruit, chocolate, raisins and sweet spices. Balanced taste, with good intensity and freshness, low acidity, powerfull tannins. Also this wine is excellent.

Appellation: Etna DOC - Denominazione di Origine Controllata
Type: red wine - still
Harvest time: 24th of October 2012
Grape: 100% Nerello Mascalese
Fermentation: traditional fermentation by wild Yeasts in smallwood open container.
Maceration: 21 days
Ageing: 5 hectoliters tonneaux and old french oak barriques, aging not less than 24 months.
Alcohol & Acidity: Vol% 14,50- Ph: 3.68
Bottled date: May 2015
Num. of bottles: 1248

Wineproducer: www.ayunta.it

Dec
12
Concerto Lambrusco Reggiano 2015

Concerto Lambrusco Reggiano 2015
78 tsomw points

Medici Ermete, Emilia Romagna Italy

Category: Sparkling
Tags: Lambrusco

This lovely trebicchieri Gambero Rosso Lambrusco Concerto from Winery Medici Ermete has a deep ruby, garnet color. On the nose nicely aromas of blueberries and cherries with some mint. On the palate dry,fruity with aromas of cherries, , raisin. Very lively with a fine mousse. Fun to try! 

This lovely trebicchieri Gambero Rosso Lambrusco Concerto from Winery Medici Ermete has a deep ruby, garnet color. On the nose nicely aromas of blueberries and cherries with some mint. On the palate dry,fruity with aromas of cherries, , raisin. Very lively with a fine mousse. Fun to try! 

Wineproducer: www.medici.it

Dec
11
Cava Reserva Heredad Brut N.V.

Cava Reserva Heredad Brut N.V.
84 tsomw points

Segura Viudas, Penedès Spain

Category: Sparkling
Tags: Chardonnay, Macabeo, Parellada

An excellent, flavoursome sparkler with flavours of biscuit, hints of honey, pear and flower petals. Dry, bright and fresh, it has a refined creamy mousse and a lively, crisp texture. Rich flavours of pear and lemon-lime wash across the palate and linger on the clean, persistent finish. 
 

An excellent, flavoursome sparkler with flavours of biscuit, hints of honey, pear and flower petals. Dry, bright and fresh, it has a refined creamy mousse and a lively, crisp texture. Rich flavours of pear and lemon-lime wash across the palate and linger on the clean, persistent finish. 

Producers note:
Reserva Heredad was created to express style in the world of top range of sparkling wines. We make it with the objective of offering an elegant, versatile cava. To do this, we select only the very best wines from each vintage, which will then age in bottle, in contact with the lees, for more than 30 months.

Macabeo is the dominant grape in Reserva Heredad, contributing on acidity and freshness. On the palate is excellent, fruity and full of flavour, with dried fruits from the lees ageing, but very elegant, giving the drinker a delightful sense of abundance.

Dec
10
Merlot Lagrein 2012

Merlot Lagrein 2012
85 tsomw points

Weingut Dona, Alto Adige Italy

Category: Fruity red, Supple red
Tags: Lagrein, Merlot

Ruby red color, sweet scent of ripe cherries and wild berries. Round and soft, with dark red fruit and herbs which spreads on the palate wonderfully emollient. Balanced tannins which give this wine a nice seal and a long finish. Top! 

Ruby red color, sweet scent of ripe cherries and wild berries. Round and soft, with dark red fruit and herbs which spreads on the palate wonderfully emollient. Balanced tannins which give this wine a nice seal and a long finish. Top!

Distributor in Holland: www.bavino.nl
Wineproducer: www.weingut-dona.com

Dec
10
Umbria bianco 2015

Umbria bianco 2015
82 tsomw points

Saragano, Montefalco Italy

Category: Full white
Tags: Grechetto

In the glass this 100 % grechetto shows a straw yellow color. In the nose a bit shy tropical fruits like pineapple and banana with hints of apple, pear, hazelnut, flowers and hawthorn. 
Full round wine with enough freshness, roundness, good structure and acidity. Smooth on the palate with a bit barrique, melon and citrus. Nice aftertaste with enough depth.

In the glass this 100 % grechetto shows a straw yellow color. In the nose a bit shy tropical fruits like pineapple and banana with hints of apple, pear, hazelnut, flowers and hawthorn. 
Full round wine with enough freshness, roundness, good structure and acidity. Smooth on the palate with a bit barrique, melon and citrus. Nice aftertaste with enough depth.

Wineproducer: www.tenutepongelli.it

Dec
9
Chianti Classico 2010 - Famiglia Zingarelli

Chianti Classico 2010 - Famiglia Zingarelli
80 tsomw points

Rocca delle Macie, Tuscany Italy

Category: Fruity red, Sparkling
Tags: Sangiovese

A blend of Sangiovese and Merlot. This Chianti holds a ruby red color. On the nose, scents of cherry, anise and oak are present. On the palate, you note this wines complexity as it transforms with every sip. The palate will express tastes of red berries, spice and light minerality. Better then some years ago. 

A blend of Sangiovese and Merlot. This Chianti holds a ruby red color. On the nose, scents of cherry, anise and oak are present. On the palate, you note this wines complexity as it transforms with every sip. The palate will express tastes of red berries, spice and light minerality. Better then some years ago. 

This wine was born along with the winery, and has grown with it over the years, becoming the ambassador that represents it around the world. As such, it deserves more space than can be allocated to it in this brief description. The history of Rocca delle Macìe is, in actual fact, doubly intertwined with this Chianti Classico, which has evolved over the years both through the changes imposed upon it by updates to the regulations and through the enhancements made in the vineyards thanks to replanting operations, soil analysis and the clonal selection of Sangiovese.

Food pairing: Ribollita Tuscan Soup / Florentine-style tripe

Wineproducer: www.roccadellemacie.com

Dec
8
Le Busche Marche Bianco

Le Busche Marche Bianco
84 tsomw points

Umani Ronchi, Marche Italy

Category: Full white
Tags: Verdicchio:Chardonnay

This blend 60% verdicchio, 40% chardonnay has a straw yellow color with greenish hue. Large and intense aroma of honey, tropical fruit, wild flowers, butter, beeswax and barrel lightly spiced. Tasty and with balanced acidity, round, oily sweetish fruit, barrels and some hints of minerals. Persistent finish with great mineral notes.

This blend 60% verdicchio, 40% chardonnay has a straw yellow color with greenish hue. Large and intense aroma of honey, tropical fruit, wild flowers, butter, beeswax and barrel lightly spiced. Tasty and with balanced acidity, round, oily sweetish fruit, barrels and some hints of minerals. Persistent finish with great mineral notes.

Vineyard
The vineyard was planted in the early 70s, and is situated at about 300 meters above sea level, with an east?facing aspect. The soil is characterised by being very deep, clay loam, with fairly poor fertility and therefore extremely suitable for the production of quality wines. The yield is between 6 and 7 tons per hectare.

Harvest
The harvest is carried out by hand, with the grapes collected and transported in boxes. Normally it takes place in two stages: the Chardonnay matures between the end of August and the first few days of September, while the Ver? dicchio is harvested on the borderline between the first and second ten days in October, when the grapes have reached a slight degree of overripeness. It is fairly common to find that a few of the grapes have been attacked by noble rot.

Vinification
After a light pressing, the prime must is rapidly cooled and then goes through static decantation. The alcoholic fermentation takes place in barriques and tonneaux for about 10?15 days in temperature? controlled surroundings, and then 40% of the wine goes through a malolactic fermentation. The ageing stage lasts about eight months, during which the wine remains in contact with its own fermentation yeasts, with batonnage being carried out at weekly intervals. Le Busche rests for a further 10 months in bottle. 

Pairings:Ideal with fish in sauce, white meat and not over?mature cheeses.
Ideal serving temperature 12?14°C

Wineproducer: www.umanironchi.com

 

Dec
8
Sagrantino di Montefalco 2011

Sagrantino di Montefalco 2011
88 tsomw points

Saragano, Montefalco Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Sagrantino

Decanted 4 hours this 2011 Sagrantino Montefalco from Saragano winery. Dark red in color with purple rim. Tight, full bodied and long. Cherry, earth, red berries, wood and spices.
Dry in mouth, grippy tannins a little alcohol (15,5%) and a warm feel. Even better after an hour in the glass, great balance. Complex with nice texture. Top!
 

Decanted 4 hours this 2011 Sagrantino Montefalco from Saragano winery. Dark red in color with purple rim. Tight, full bodied and long. Cherry, earth, red berries, wood and spices.
Dry in mouth, grippy tannins a little alcohol (15,5%) and a warm feel. Even better after an hour in the glass, great balance. Complex with nice texture. Top!

Wineproducer:www.tenutepongelli.it

Dec
7
Seleccion Rioja

Seleccion Rioja
86 tsomw points

Tobia, Rioja Spain

Category: Solid red
Tags: Tempranillo

2009 rioja / A beautiful cherry red color. Intense but elegant aromas of ripe red fruits like cherries, grapes in bottom of spices, chocolate and wood. On the palate a pleasant, warm, something filming, well-structured wine, medium bodied, with perfect balance of acid and alcohol degree. A wonderful, velvety aftertaste!

2009 rioja / A beautiful cherry red color. Intense but elegant aromas of ripe red fruits like cherries, grapes in bottom of spices, chocolate and wood. On the palate a pleasant, warm, something filming, well-structured wine, medium bodied, with perfect balance of acid and alcohol degree. A wonderful, velvety aftertaste!

Wineproducer: www.bodegastobia.com

 

Dec
7
Weissburgunder - Pinot Bianco 2015

Weissburgunder - Pinot Bianco 2015
85 tsomw points

Alois Lageder, Alto Adige Italy

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Pinot Blanc

This pinotbianco from aloislageder has a bright pale yellow color. In the nose an elegant, flowery bouquet and mineral notes of ripe apple and peach. On the palate clean, vinous flavor, well-balanced body and nice aftertaste.

This pinotbianco from aloislageder has a bright pale yellow color. In the nose an elegant, flowery bouquet and mineral notes of ripe apple and peach. On the palate clean, vinous flavor, well-balanced body and nice aftertaste.

Origin: selected vineyard sites in the southern part of the Alto Adige appellation (Salorno, Magrè, Cortaccia and Pochi), at 300 to 500 metres a.s.l.(980 - 1,650 feet). Soils are sandy, gravelly and with a high content of limestone. Large temperature variation between day and night.

Age of the vines: 7 - 62 years
Harvested: early September 2015
Vinification: Soft crushing and pressing of the grapes, fermentation in stainless steel tanks, maturation for approximately four months on the lees.
Alcohol: 13.0 % by vol.
Acidity: 5.3 g / litre
Bottled: February 2016
Release: March 2016

Wineproducer: www.aloislageder.eu

Dec
6
Montefalco Rosso 2012

Montefalco Rosso 2012
86 tsomw points

Saragano, Montefalco Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Cabernet Sauvignon:Merlot, Sangiovese

This great wine from Umbria has a deep ruby red color. It´s a blend of 60% Sangiovese, 25 % Merlot and 15% Sagrantino. In the nose a bit shy with dark red fruit and earth. On the palate solid, full of dark red fruit, complexity, robust tannins, full-bodied with good acidity. Really great wine from this small winery. 

This great wine from Umbria has a deep ruby red color. It´s a blend of 60% Sangiovese, 25 % Merlot and 15% Sagrantino. In the nose a bit shy with dark red fruit and earth. On the palate solid, full of dark red fruit, complexity, robust tannins, full-bodied with good acidity. Really great wine from this small winery. 

Wineproducer: www.tenutepongelli.it

Dec
5
Alvarinho 2015

Alvarinho 2015
85 tsomw points

Soalheiro

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Alvarinho

A perfect balance between minerality and elegance of taste. The color is citrine yellow, aroma with intense and tropical fruit, mango, pear, grapefruit with mineral notes. This wine shows aromatic sobriety, minerality and great taste of elegance. Recommended. 

A perfect balance between minerality and elegance of taste. The color is citrine yellow, aroma with intense and tropical fruit, mango, pear, grapefruit with mineral notes. This wine shows aromatic sobriety, minerality and great taste of elegance. Recommended. 

Producer: Soalheiro
Region: Melgaço, Monção
Vinification: The grapes are harvested manually in boxes of small capacity and carried to the cellar in a short space of time. After the pressing and the before fermentation with controlled temperature, the must was decanted during 48 hours at low temperature. The objective of vinification is to obtain an Alvarinho Soalheiro that concentrates the quality of the grapes and that allows to a good evolution the bottle.
Grape Varieties: Alvarinho
Alcohol (%): 12.2
Food Suggestions: Ideal as an aperitif or to accompany seafood dishes, fish or poultry dishes.

Wineproducer: www.soalheiro.com

Dec
5
Pinot Bianco 2014

Pinot Bianco 2014
80 tsomw points

Kellerei Kaltern, Alto Adige Italy

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Pinot bianco

This Weissburgunder or Pinot Bianco from Kellerei Kaltern has a medium yellow color. In the nose refreshing fruit with apples and pear. On the palate medium / full-bodied with notes of apples, nuts, green branches, some lemon and creamy butter. Nice acidity and aftertaste.

This Weissburgunder or Pinot Bianco from Kellerei Kaltern has a medium yellow color. In the nose refreshing fruit with apples and pear. On the palate medium / full-bodied with notes of apples, nuts, green branches, some lemon and creamy butter. Nice acidity and aftertaste.

Varietal(s): Pinot bianco
Age of vines: 5 – 30 years
Temperature: 10 – 12 °C
Age-ability: 2016 – 2018
Vine training: Wire-trained + Pergola
Alcohol: 13,5 %

VINTAGE: Summer 2015 was characterized by higher than average temperatures and lack of rainfalls. The weather situation induced us to an early harvest epoch thoughts. The heat, however, did slow the grapes development therefore we had an average harvest’s epoch which began on September 1 and ended on October 27. We immediately recognize the potential of an absolutely promising vintage when we saw the grapes quality brought to the cellar. The whites wines show enveloping and caressing fruit features.

VINIFICATION: Whole-cluster pressing of ripe and healthy grapes, natural must clarification, fermentation at a controlled temperature of 18°C, 4-month ageing on the fine lees in stainless steel.

VINEYARD: Steep, easterly sloping vineyards between 450 and 600 meters above sea level. Mineral-rich, loamy / chalky gravel with a proportion of sand.

Wineproducer: www.kellereikaltern.com

Dec
4
Gretchen 2015

Gretchen 2015
83 tsomw points

Weingut Bruker, Nahe Germany

Category: Fruity white, Full white
Tags: Riesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Grau Burgunder

Light straw yellow in color this blend from Riesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Grau Burgunder. In the nose complex aromas of gooseberries, peach, grapefruit, pear, mango, nettle, almonds and floral accents. On the palate full, very elegant, dynamic with lots of delicate flavors, fruity, inspiring game, juicy kind, animating and long reverberating. 

Light straw yellow in color this blend from Riesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Grau Burgunder. In the nose complex aromas of gooseberries, peach, grapefruit, pear, mango, nettle, almonds and floral accents. On the palate full, very elegant, dynamic with lots of delicate flavors, fruity, inspiring game, juicy kind, animating and long reverberating. 

Wineproducer: www.weingut-bruker.de

Dec
4
Barbera d'Asti Superiore More 2008

Barbera d'Asti Superiore More 2008
80 tsomw points

Alfiero Boffa, Piedmont Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Barbera

Deep dark red in the glass. In the nose blackberries, plums, florality, earth, almost chewy juice vibrating acidity, some wood. On the palate very ripe black fruit notes with a earthy touch that makes it more complex; rich and powerful mouth, with a long savory finish mabye a bit high in acidity. Mabye still a bit young? /vintage 2008

Deep dark red in the glass. In the nose blackberries, plums, florality, earth, almost chewy juice vibrating acidity, some wood. On the palate very ripe black fruit notes with a earthy touch that makes it more complex; rich and powerful mouth, with a long savory finish mabye a bit high in acidity. Mabye still a bit young? /vintage 2008

Wineproducer: www.alfieroboffa.com

 

Dec
3
Seleccion De Familia Reserva Rioja 2010

Seleccion De Familia Reserva Rioja 2010
80 tsomw points

Vivanco, Rioja Spain

Category: Solid red
Tags: Tempranillo:Graciano

In the glass a deep red color with purple hue. In the nose  presence of fruit tones like cherry, ripe berries and black currant, earth and cinnamon. On the palate deep and mature, velvety and silky mouth. Great long finish. / vintage 2010

In the glass a deep red color with purple hue. In the nose  presence of fruit tones like cherry, ripe berries and black currant, earth and cinnamon. On the palate deep and mature, velvety and silky mouth. Great long finish. / vintage 2010

GRAPE VARIETIES: 90% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano.
VINEYARDS: A selection of vines in Briones, Rioja Alta which are 35 years old on average, grown in mainly chalky-clay soils.
HARVEST: Each grape variety is picked by hand and taken in small individual tubs. All the grapes are placed in a cold room for 36 hours before being processed on the cluster and berry sorting table. We began picking the Tempranillo grapes in early October, with the Graciano harvest starting at the end of the month.
VINIFICATION: Each grape variety is vinified separately. After mild crushing, the grapes are fed by gravity into small French oak vats where they ferment and are left to macerate for 20 days in contact with the skins at a controlled temperature of 30 °C with light pumpovers.
AGEING: 24 months in new and second year barrels made with French and American oak. The wine is fine-tuned for several months in French oak vats before being bottled and laid down for the next 24 months.
THE BOTTLE: Our bottle is inspired in an original eighteenth-century bottle that is on exhibit at the Vivanco Museum of the Culture of Wine.

Wineproducer: www.vivancoculturadevino.es

 

Dec
3
Collio Riserva Sauvignon 2013

Collio Riserva Sauvignon 2013
80 tsomw points

Renato Keber, Friuli Italy

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Sauvignon Blanc

This wine comes from The North East of Italy close to the border of Slovenia. In the glass this Renato Keber Sauvignon shows a straw yellow color. In the nose peach, passion fruit, bell pepper, balsamico and almonds. On the palate full bodied, fresh with long aftertaste. Don’t drink too cold. 

This wine comes from The North East of Italy close to the border of Slovenia. In the glass this Renato Keber Sauvignon shows a straw yellow color. In the nose peach, passion fruit, bell pepper, balsamico and almonds. On the palate full bodied, fresh with long aftertaste. Don’t drink too cold. 

Pairing: Lobster, green asparagus, risotto and tagliolini with aromatic herbs.
Serving temperature: 14° C – 15° C

Vine: Sauvignon Blanc
Denomination: Collio
Vineyard: Zegla, 30 years old vines
Vintage: 2010
Cultivation: Guyot
Harvesting: Hand picking with careful selection of the grapes, in mid September.
Vinification: Delicate stemming of the grapes. Maceration on the skins for 18 hours. Soft pressing. Purification at low temperature of the must. Fermentation in tonneaux for 12 months, ageing on the yeasts and further ageing for over two years in the bottle.
Analytical data: Alcohol (%vol) 14,5 – total acidity (g/l) 5,0

Wineproducer: www.renatokeber.com

Dec
2
Baron de B Reserva 2010

Baron de B Reserva 2010
85 tsomw points

Herdade Dacalada, Alentejo Portugal

Category: Solid red
Tags: 8

This Baron B is the top wine of Herdade daCalada. 16% in alcahol but you don't really notice this. The wine has a dark red color. A powerful wine with a complex aroma of roasted coffee beans, cherry, chocolate, herbs and vanilla. The delicious, deep and powerful taste is supported by a mature and firm tannin structure. The aftertaste is dominated by dark berry fruit and a soft caramel tone. 

This Baron B is the top wine of Herdade daCalada. 16% in alcahol but you don't really notice this. The wine has a dark red color. A powerful wine with a complex aroma of roasted coffee beans, cherry, chocolate, herbs and vanilla. The delicious, deep and powerful taste is supported by a mature and firm tannin structure. The aftertaste is dominated by dark berry fruit and a soft caramel tone. 

Dec
2
Glaube Liebe Hoffnung Riesling 2015

Glaube Liebe Hoffnung Riesling 2015
81 tsomw points

Weingut Bergdolt-Reif & Nett, Pfalz Germany

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Riesling

The label of this riesling says “Faith, love, hope” (Glaube-Liebe-Hoffnung) and has be created by a Tattoo artist from Berlin. In the glass a powerfull yellow color. In the nose aromas of peach, grapefruit, apple, pomegranate, spring flowers with a nice mineral scent. On the palate ripe, clear fruit, mineral with a gripping elegance, nice aromas, and long reverberating finish.

The label of this riesling says “Faith, love, hope” (Glaube-Liebe-Hoffnung) and has be created by a Tattoo artist from Berlin.

In the glass a powerfull yellow color. In the nose aromas of peach, grapefruit, apple, pomegranate, spring flowers with a nice mineral scent. On the palate ripe, clear fruit, mineral with a gripping elegance, nice aromas, and long reverberating finish.

Wineproducer: www.weingut-brn.de

Dec
1
Ortaia Pergola Aleatico Superiore 2013

Ortaia Pergola Aleatico Superiore 2013
80 tsomw points

Terracruda, Marche Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Aleatico

From this winery I also tasted some other wines. Every wines has it's own signature. Also this one. This wine has a light ruby red color with a violet hue. In the nose very aromatic and complex with roses and violets, cherries, strawberries and plums. A little wood in the back. There is a good harmony between the acids and sweet tannins. Very soft and filming in the mouth. A fruit bomb of red fruit and flowers. alcohol: 14%

From this winery I also tasted some other wines. Every wines has it's own signature. Also this one. This wine has a light ruby red color with a violet hue. In the nose very aromatic and complex with roses and violets, cherries, strawberries and plums. A little wood in the back. There is a good harmony between the acids and sweet tannins. Very soft and filming in the mouth. A fruit bomb of red fruit and flowers. alcohol: 14%

Production: Fratterosa PESARO and URBINO – MARCHES
Vine variety: an indigenous Aleatico biotype (anciently called Vernaccia di Pergola)
Vineyard: Vigna Ortaia
Harvesting period: second ten days of September
Harvesting method: grapes are handpicked into small boxes
Vinification: Grapes are selected during harvesting and sorted in the winery by a vibrating table and a sorting table. 
Barrel-ageing: This wine is aged for 12 to 16 months in second-hand and third-hand French oak barrels of 225 litres.
Bottle-ageing: 12-month bottle-aging
Alcoholic strength: 14% – 15%
Serving temperature: 18°C – 20°C

Wineproducer: www.terracruda.it

Dec
1
Rueda Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Rueda Sauvignon Blanc 2015
84 tsomw points

Jose Pariente, Rueda Spain

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Sauvignon Blanc

Yellow green colour. The nose shows a interplay of green plants and exotic fruits. Nice mineral with hints of cut grass. Not a screamy SB but very elegant. Great taste, fresh and great acidity. The finish is strong with a lot of structure, round and long. 

Yellow green colour. The nose shows a interplay of green plants and exotic fruits. Nice mineral with hints of cut grass. Not a screamy SB but very elegant. Great taste, fresh and great acidity. The finish is strong with a lot of structure, round and long. 

Variety: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Alcohol content: 13º

The grapes for this wine come from some of the first vineyards of Sauvignon Blanc planted in Rueda, almost 30 years ago. The soil, composed of the characteristic platform of loose stones, is very poor in organic matter and has limestone outcrops on the higher levels.

After destemming, the grapes were macerated for about 10 hours at a low temperature before pneumatic pressing. In order to conserve the primary aromas, the alcoholic fermentation was also carried out at low temperature. It was then kept on the lees until clarification, before being subjected to cold treatment and filtration.

Wineproducer: www.josepariente.com

Nov
30
Chardonnay 2014

Chardonnay 2014
81 tsomw points

Massoni

Category: Full white
Tags: Chardonnay

Matured for 14 months in French barriques. ( not too oaky). Medium straw color with green highlights. On the nose white peach, lemon curd and grapefruit mixed with cashew and nougat with spicy end notes. The palate is complex and long. Mineral, smoky flavours, light butter with again peach, cashew, light oak and spice. A long fruity, dry aftertaste. Great.

Matured for 14 months in French barriques. ( not too oaky). Medium straw color with green highlights. On the nose white peach, lemon curd and grapefruit mixed with cashew and nougat with spicy end notes. The palate is complex and long. Mineral, smoky flavours, light butter with again peach, cashew, light oak and spice. A long fruity, dry aftertaste. Great.

Region: Mornington Peninsula 100%
Composition: Chardonnay 100%
Harvest date: 10 March
Vintage conditions: The 2011-12 growing season was mild and relatively dry apart from some useful lateseason rain. After two wet years, the vines were healthy and fruit-set was good although berries were smaller than normal. Late January and February were cooler than expected so harvest was slightly later than we had anticipated.
Winemaking: Hand-picked and brought to the winery for immediate processing. Whole-bunch pressed with the juice settled for a short period before fermentation with wild yeast in small oak barrels, 30% of which were new. After fermentation, 15% of the barrels went through malo-lactic fermentation. The wine was blended in March 2013 and allowed to integrate in tank before bottling in June.
Alcohol: 13.0%

Wineproducer: www.massoniwines.com

Nov
30
7 Icon Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

7 Icon Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
77 tsomw points

Bayede, Stellenbosch South Africa

Category: Solid red
Tags: Cabernet Sauvignon

This cabernet sauvignon comes from South Africa, Stellenbosch (Coastal Region). Winery Bayede. Dark red color with a garnet hue. In the nose plums, red cherries, cassis, tabbaco and a little wood but also a sort of "medical" aroma. Shame because this disturbs the overall smell. Medium bodied, good acidity and well integrated tannins. Soft and fine in the mouth. 

This cabernet sauvignon comes from South Africa, Stellenbosch (Coastal Region). Winery Bayede. Dark red color with a garnet hue. In the nose plums, red cherries, cassis, tabbaco and a little wood but also a sort of "medical" aroma. Shame because this disturbs the overall smell. Medium bodied, good acidity and well integrated tannins. Soft and fine in the mouth. 

Wineproducer: www.bayede.co.za

Nov
29
Castelli del Duca Alessandro Gutturnio Riserva 2011

Castelli del Duca Alessandro Gutturnio Riserva 2011
81 tsomw points

Medici Ermete, Piedmont Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Barbera, Bonarda

Dark ruby red color. In the nose fruity and floral notes, cherries, jam, liquorice and tobacco. On the palate it very soft, round and full-bodied. The tannins are dense and elegant, never intrusive. Very nice easy drinking riserva. 

Dark ruby red color. In the nose fruity and floral notes, cherries, jam, liquorice and tobacco. On the palate it very soft, round and full-bodied. The tannins are dense and elegant, never intrusive. Very nice easy drinking riserva. 

Grapes: Barbera 50%, Bonarda 50%
Pairing: Particulary suitable to accompany grilled or roasted meat.

Wineproducer: www.medici.it

Nov
28
Steinertal Riesling Smaragd 2015

Steinertal Riesling Smaragd 2015
86 tsomw points

Tegernseerhof, Wachau Austria

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Riesling

Allmost sinterklaas at our home so you see some chocolate. This 100% Riesling from Tegernseerhof, Austria has a great bright color.
 

Allmost sinterklaas at our home so you see some chocolate. This 100% Riesling from Tegernseerhof, Austria has a great bright color.

In the nose delicate aromas of stone fruit, citrus, minerality, herbaceous notes, tobacco and some spiciness. On the palate ripe and juicy fruit, spice, lively acidity, a light sweetness, persistent and concentrated, great mineral notes with a good grippy finish.

Pure, originary primary rock weathered soil with a fine, washed sand layer on top - gneiss in its purest form - the cold north wind currents at night - a massive rock formation in the West - the Pfaffenberg in the East - in between, cauldron-formed terraced stone walls , as a natural amphitheater - to stage only their own compositions! The head of Janus - Steinertal presents itself taut, strong, salty ... ... .. Love at the 2nd sip? ... Or play all facets of art with Riesling, noble and almost fragile. This crus polarizes in every respect, and most clearly left its mark from all crus of the Wachau! 

Wineproducer: www.tegernseerhof.at

Nov
28
Sauvignon Blanc - Duttweiler Pfalz trocken 2015

Sauvignon Blanc - Duttweiler Pfalz trocken 2015
80 tsomw points

Bergdolt Reif & Nett, Pfalz Germany

Category: Crisp white
Tags: Sauvignon Blanc

In the glass it has a very clear and slightly greenish color. In the nose aromas of goosberry, grapefruit, black currant, fresh cut grass, some pepper and some hints of papaya. On the palate fresh, with lots of fruit, crisp acid, nice spiciness. Great with sushi.

In the glass it has a very clear and slightly greenish color. In the nose aromas of goosberry, grapefruit, black currant, fresh cut grass, some pepper and some hints of papaya. On the palate fresh, with lots of fruit, crisp acid, nice spiciness. Great with sushi.

Wineproducer: www.weingut-brn.de

Nov
27
Soll Pinot Grigio 2015

Soll Pinot Grigio 2015
80 tsomw points

Kellerei Kaltern, Alto Adige Italy

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Pinot Grigio

This Pinot Grigio from Kellerei Kaltern has a straw yellow color with light green rim. In the nose pear compote, some nuts, roasted almonds and vanilla. On the palate dry, medium-full bodied with wood notes (from barriques) and a harmonious finish. 

This Pinot Grigio from Kellerei Kaltern has a straw yellow color with light green rim. In the nose pear compote, some nuts, roasted almonds and vanilla. On the palate dry, medium-full bodied with wood notes (from barriques) and a harmonious finish. 

Summer 2015 was characterized by higher than average temperatures and lack of rainfalls. The weather situation induced us to an early harvest epoch thoughts. The heat, however, did slow the grapes development therefore we had an average harvest’s epoch which began on September 1 and ended on October 27. We immediately recognize the potential of an absolutely promising vintage when we saw the grapes quality brought to the cellar. The whites wines show enveloping and caressing fruit features.

Vineyard: Northeast facing slope at 250 – 300 meters above sea level, a rather breezy vineyard that has a relatively warm micro-climate, despite its altitude; this combination allows a high degree of ripeness without danger of Botrytis. Heavy soils, primarily loamy, weathered chalk.

Wineproducer: www.kellereikaltern.com

Nov
26
Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Sauvignon Blanc 2015
823 tsomw points

Aaldering, Stellenbosch South Africa

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Sauvignon Blanc

Some years ago, the Dutch couple Fons and Marianne Aaldering bought a wine estate in Devon Valley, Stellenbosch, South Africa. This Sauvignon Blanc is one of these very nice wines they produce.

Some years ago, the Dutch couple Fons and Marianne Aaldering bought a wine estate in Devon Valley, Stellenbosch, South Africa. This Sauvignon Blanc is one of these very nice wines they produce.

The wine has a golden, straw yellow color. In the nose aromas of gooseberry, passionfruit (like kiwi, pineapple, grapefruit) and some lime. Really a very nice glass of sauvingnon Blanc with well integrated acidity, nice minerality, refreshing and with a nice complexity in the finish.

Aging Potential:Enjoy right now or age up to 3-4 years. Bottled with a DIAM (taint-free) cork closure, in order to ensure a flawless aging capacity. Ideal serving temperature between 12-14°C/54-58°F.
Food Matches: Oysters, sushi, sashimi, light grilled seafood with olive oil, fresh green salads, avocado, tomato, parsley, thyme, goats’ cheeses. 

Wineproducer: www.aaldering.co.za

Nov
26
Piante Sparse Etna Bianco 2014

Piante Sparse Etna Bianco 2014
89 tsomw points

Ayunta, Sicily Italy

Tags: Carricante, Catarratto

90% carricante and 10% catarratto. Straw yellow color with golden reflections. 

90% carricante and 10% catarratto. Straw yellow color with golden reflections. 
Intense and fruity, with tropical fruit, apricot, orange, citrus, white flowers and firestone. Great minerality with good roundness, great freshness, acidity and complexity. Great solid long aftertaste. Top wine!!

Appellation: Etna DOC – Denominazione di Origine Controllata
Harvest time: the 2nd of October 2014
Grape: 90% carricante, 10% catarratto.
Fermentation: fermentation by wild yeasts in stainless steel.
Ageing: stainless steel and bottle.
Alcohol & Acidity: Vol.% 12,50 - Ph: 3,08
Num. of bottles: 3680

Wineproducer: www.ayunta.it

Nov
25
Grande Dingac Peljesko Vinogorje 2008

Grande Dingac Peljesko Vinogorje 2008
79 tsomw points

Madirazza, Dingac Croatia

Category: Fruity red
Tags: Plavac Mali

Aged for five years in barrels this wine which has been served to the pope when he visited Croatia. Deep ruby red color, clear and dense. In the nose plum, berry jam, followed by notes of chocolate and vanilla mixed with a little cedar and black pepper.

Aged for five years in barrels this wine which has been served to the pope when he visited Croatia. Deep ruby red color, clear and dense. In the nose plum, berry jam, followed by notes of chocolate and vanilla mixed with a little cedar and black pepper.

On the palate polished, ripe tannins with sweet taste of black currant jam, leather, cedar and sweet spice. A totally unfamiliar taste (very sweet) but very attractive and stylish wine which fits great with old cheese, chocolate dessert ( i guess )

Wineproducer: www.dingac.hr
 

Nov
25
Rubiolo Chianti 2014

Rubiolo Chianti 2014
84 tsomw points

Gagliole, Tuscany Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Sangiovese, Merlot

Deep ruby red color this Chianti Classico from Gagliole winery. In the nose this 2014 Tuscany shows aromas of strawberries, cherries, mulberries, leather and figs, soft spicy and some light oak influence but very discrete in the background. On the palate fleshy with a velvet structure. Medium bodied with cherries, mulberries and herbs. Good acidity and easy drinking with polished tannins. 

Deep ruby red color this Chianti Classico from Gagliole winery. In the nose this 2014 Tuscany shows aromas of strawberries, cherries, mulberries, leather and figs, soft spicy and some light oak influence but very discrete in the background. On the palate fleshy with a velvet structure. Medium bodied with cherries, mulberries and herbs. Good acidity and easy drinking with polished tannins. 

Designation: Chianti Classico DOCG
Grapes: Sangiovese 90%, Merlot 10%
Alcohol: 13.5 % by volume

Refinement in bottle: minimum 3 months with temperature control
Best maturity for drinking: up to 3-5 years after release

Wineproducer: www.gagliole.com

Nov
24
Polic Organic Refosk 2013

Polic Organic Refosk 2013
77 tsomw points

Polic Estate

Category: Fruity red

This organic wine from Slovenia has a dark red cherry color. On the palate, there are strong currant, wild berry and plum flavors. Rich tannins although a harmonious taste and pronounced acidity. I think some aging will smoothen the tannins. 

This organic wine from Slovenia has a dark red cherry color. On the palate, there are strong currant, wild berry and plum flavors. Rich tannins although a harmonious taste and pronounced acidity. I think some aging will smoothen the tannins. 

Refosco is an indigenous variety of dark red grape found on the Istrian peninsula. The grapes have harmonious taste and pronounced acidity. The wine has an intense dark red color and the aroma of Marasca cherries.

Produced and bottled by: Polic Estate Truške, Slovenia
Dry, 750ml, 14.5% alc/vol.

Wineproducer: www.polic.si

 

Nov
23
Megale - Negroamaro 2015

Megale - Negroamaro 2015
79 tsomw points

Tinazzi - Feudo Croce, Puglia Italy

Category: Fruity red, Solid red
Tags: Negroamaro del Salento

Ruby red, dark The bouquet is reminiscent of dark chocolate and a touch of vanilla. The wine opens immediately, is very wide. Despite relatively high acidity, the tannins are very soft. Nice red.

Ruby red, dark The bouquet is reminiscent of dark chocolate and a touch of vanilla. The wine opens immediately, is very wide. Despite relatively high acidity, the tannins are very soft. Nice red.

Region; Puglia
Grapes: 100% Negroamaro del Salento
Vineyards: the family owned vineyards Tinazzi in Carosino (Taranto) about 200 m.s.l.m. The soils are mainly limestone by clay
Winemaking: Crushing and crushing of grapes, maceration and fermentation at controlled temperature of 22-26 ° C for 8-12 days. Soft pressing
Refinement: Light aging in small barrels for 4/8 months
Alcohol: 14%
Pairings: Ideal accompaniment to first courses, roasted meat, medium-aged cheeses
Service temperature: Uncork one hour before serving. 16-18 ° C

Wineproducer: www.tinazzi.it

 

Nov
23
Weisser Burgunder Trocken 2015

Weisser Burgunder Trocken 2015
82 tsomw points

Ernst Eifel, Mosel Germany

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Weisserburgunder, Pinot Blanc

Light yellow in color this Weisser Burgunder (Pinot Blanc) from the from this small winery in the Mosel region. In the nose light tropical fruit, mineral and great freshness. On the palate good balance, mineral richness with great acidity. I like 

Light yellow in color this Weisser Burgunder (Pinot Blanc) from the from this small winery in the Mosel region. In the nose light tropical fruit, mineral and great freshness. On the palate good balance, mineral richness with great acidity. I like!

Wineproducer: www.weinguteifel.de

 

Nov
22
Cagiolo Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Riserva 2008

Cagiolo Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Riserva 2008
85 tsomw points

Cantina Tollo, Abruzzo Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Montepulciano

The Cagiolo Reserva 2008 is allmost black with violet reflections. Lots more flavours as the 2011 vintage. Aging was very good for this Montepulciano. Great 

 

The Cagiolo Reserva 2008 is allmost black with violet reflections. Lots more flavours as the 2011 vintage. Aging was very good for this Montepulciano. Great 

2011 - review
The Cagiolo Reserva 2011 of the Cantina Tollo is dark ruby red allmost black with violet reflections. In the nose dark forrest fruit, cherries, currants, black plums with notes of cacao, cinnamon, ginger and vanilla. The first sip is really enjoyable. With 14,5 % alcohol dominates a youghtfull freshness with tannins, just drying, but with no astringent feeling. Aromas of ripe cherries and fresh red fruit. Perhaps lacking a bit of flavor but I think this will appear after some more years. The aftertaste is long with some fine wood notes.

Area and Location of vineyards:  Tollo
Type of grapes:  Montepulciano 100%
Harvest period: second half of October
Alcohol degree: 14,3% vol
Serving suggestion: Temperature: 18°C 

Wineproducer: www.cantinatollo.it

Nov
21
Mezzan Blauburgunder 2014

Mezzan Blauburgunder 2014
81 tsomw points

Erste Neue, Alto Adige Italy

Category: Fruity red
Tags: Blauburgunder

This Blauburgunder (Pinot Noir) from Alto Adige has a purple color with dark red edges. In the nose lots of cherries, vanilla, some spicyness and woody notes. On the palate supple, inviting with fine tannins and more layers of red fruit. Dry and good structured with a nice final. 

This Blauburgunder (Pinot Noir) from Alto Adige has a purple color with dark red edges. In the nose lots of cherries, vanilla, some spicyness and woody notes. On the palate supple, inviting with fine tannins and more layers of red fruit. Dry and good structured with a nice final. 

CLIMATE: Mediterranean climate, with good aeration and
Night cooling
FLOOR: deposits of gravel, sand and clay
EDUCATION SYSTEM: Guyot
TOTAL WEIGHT: 50 hl / ha
REMOVAL: After the fermentation has finished, the fermentation takes place
Blauburgunder partly in large wooden barrels and partly
Up to 12 months in barrique barrels
ANALYTICAL VALUES: Alcohol: 13.5% vol., Total acid: 5.6
G / l, residual sugar: 1.9 g / l
DRINK: 2015-2020
DEGUSTATION: Purple with dark cherry edge.
Odor spectrum according to Weichselkirschen, Schlehdornnoten
With subtle roasted aromas. Dry with structured supple
Tannins, striking and inviting. On
Red wine with esprit and flattering finish.
ACCOMMODATION: To the Gansl in any form, ideal companion
To veal roasts or game. A highlight to
Pecorino with olive oil and nutmeg.
SERVING TEMPERATURE: 16 - 17 ° C

Wineproducer: www.erste-neue.it

Nov
21
Malbec 2015

Malbec 2015
80 tsomw points

Familia Fardo

Category: Solid red
Tags: Malbec

This Malbec is dark red, purple in color. In the nose lots of red fruit with notes of vanilla. On the palate, fresh, well rounded with soft tannins and medium body. Good structure and aftertaste

This Malbec is dark red, purple in color. In the nose lots of red fruit with notes of vanilla. On the palate, fresh, well rounded with soft tannins and medium body. Good structure and aftertaste.

Wineproducer: www.familiafardo.com.br

Nov
20
Cumaro Conero Riserva 2010

Cumaro Conero Riserva 2010
85 tsomw points

Umani Ronchi, Marche Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Montepulciano

A dense ruby red colour, very fruity with hints of ripe plum, currant and cherry on the basis of spicy black pepper, vanilla and tobacco. The palate is soft, with smooth tannins and a chocolate finish.

A dense ruby red colour, very fruity with hints of ripe plum, currant and cherry on the basis of spicy black pepper, vanilla and tobacco. The palate is soft, with smooth tannins and a chocolate finish.

Vineyard:The vineyard from which Cùmaro originates is situated on the edge of the municipality of Osimo, facing south?east, at a height of about 150 meters above sea level. The terrain, which started out as marine formations from the Pleiocene?Pleistocene era, consists of deep and particularly calcareous soils. The yield is kept within strict limits by very close pruning and targeted thinning, and can vary from five to six tons per hectare according to the season.

Harvest: The grapes are picked by hand, and collected and transported in boxes. Montepulciano is a fairly late variety. Harvesting does not normally begin before the second ten days in October, when the grapes have reached peak condition with an advanced degree of phenolic ripening.

Pairings: A fine companion for rare?cooked red meat, game?birds and mature cheese.
Ideal serving temperature 18?20 °C 

Wineproducer: www.umanironchi.com

Nov
20
C' Incanta Trebbiano d 'Abruzzo 2012

C' Incanta Trebbiano d 'Abruzzo 2012
84 tsomw points

Cantina Tollo, Abruzzo Italy

Category: Full white
Tags: Trebbiano

Great white one from Cantina Tollo. Tres bicchieri organic with a straw yellow color with golden highlights. In the nose a flower booket, yellow fruit with citrus notes, apricot and honey with some spicyness. On the palate dry, pleasant, balanced and a solid and robust wine. Good structured, fresh with a great finish. 

Great white one from Cantina Tollo. Tres bicchieri organic with a straw yellow color with golden highlights. In the nose a flower booket, yellow fruit with citrus notes, apricot and honey with some spicyness. On the palate dry, pleasant, balanced and a solid and robust wine. Good structured, fresh with a great finish. 

Area and Location of vineyards: Tollo, Ortona, Canosa Sannita
Type of grapes: Trebbiano 100%
Altitude (above sea level) : 130/170 metri
Soil type: medium texture, slightly calcareous soil, with a good permeability which tends to dehydrate before the harvest period
Exposition to sun: south-east
Age of vines: over 30 years
Density of cultivation: vines/hectare 1.600
Yield of product per hectare: 100 q
Method of cultivation: canopy
Harvest period: beginning of October

Vini?cation
Type and time of maceration of the skins: as in the ancient rural tradition this Trebbiano begins the fermentation spontaneously together with the skins. After the maceration period it was pressed and the juice goes to the end slowly fermented in a cement vat where it continues its aging for about 20 months
Temperature of fermentation: 20°C
Malolactic Fermentation: no
Refinement: in cement tanks with yeast fermentation for about 20 months. The wine is bottled without filtration and without any stabilizing treatment

Alcohol degree: 13% vol

Wineproducer: www.cantinatollo.it

 

Nov
19
Varietal Verdejo 2015

Varietal Verdejo 2015
84 tsomw points

Jose Pariente, Rueda Spain

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Verdejo

For sure one of my fave Verdejo. Light color with green tones. Rich and complex aromas of fruit like pear, peach, citrus and passion fruit combined with floral notes of wild flowers. Beautiful mineral with a delicate spiciness. Very fresh and elegant wine with a long and concentrated finish. Top!!! 

For sure one of my fave Verdejo. Light color with green tones. Rich and complex aromas of fruit like pear, peach, citrus and passion fruit combined with floral notes of wild flowers. Beautiful mineral with a delicate spiciness. Very fresh and elegant wine with a long and concentrated finish. Top!!! 

The soil of the vineyard, characterized by a platform of loose stones, is poor in organic matter and has limestone outcrops on the higher levels. The local climate, continental with an Atlantic influence, forces the vines to reach deep into the subsoil in search of water. The first stage was cold maceration for 8 to 12 hours. After a pneumatic pressing, the alcohols were fermented at low temperature in stainless steel vats, and the wine left to mature on its lees until clarification. Subsequently subjected to cold treatment and filtration, it was bottled in February 2012.

This is an excellent wine for accompanying appetizers and fish dishes, seafood, pasta, rice and white meat. It goes well with smoked meats, soft cheeses and serrano ham.

Wineproducer: www.josepariente.com

Nov
19
La Fassina 2014

La Fassina 2014
80 tsomw points

Costador, Catalonia Spain

Category: Fruity red
Tags: pinot noir

Light ruby red color with violet hues. In the nose cherries, strawberries, roses, violets, soft wood and a hint of chocolate, herbs and toasted almonds. 
On the palate juicy and fresh with dark fruit, some sweetness , lively acidity, soft tannins and a deep long finish.

Light ruby red color with violet hues. In the nose cherries, strawberries, roses, violets, soft wood and a hint of chocolate, herbs and toasted almonds. 
On the palate juicy and fresh with dark fruit, some sweetness , lively acidity, soft tannins and a deep long finish.

Wineproducer: www.costador.net

Nov
18
Pinot Grigio 2015

Pinot Grigio 2015
80 tsomw points

Erste-Neue, Alto Adige Italy

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Pinot Grigio

Bright straw yellow color with green reflections. In the nose aromas of pears, apples and meadows. Full bodied and well structured on the palate, it achieves perfect harmony between tartness and body. It has a long refreshing finish. 

Bright straw yellow color with green reflections. In the nose aromas of pears, apples and meadows. Full bodied and well structured on the palate, it achieves perfect harmony between tartness and body. It has a long refreshing finish. 

Wineproducer: www.erste-neue.it

Nov
18
1780 Tinto

1780 Tinto
87 tsomw points

Bodegas Castell del Reme, Coster del Segre Spain

Category: Solid red
Tags: Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, Grenache, Merlot, Syrah

55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Tempranillo, 15% Grenache, 5% Merlot and 5% Syrah grapes
Dark cherry color with garnet edges. Abundant tears stain the glass.

55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Tempranillo, 15% Grenache, 5% Merlot and 5% Syrah grapes

Dark cherry color with garnet edges. Abundant tears stain the glass.

A very expressive, intense and clean aroma with smoky and spicy notes with balsamic nuances. Once opened it gives intense notes of red fruits, and pleasantly roasted mineral notes. You keep sniffing the glass!!

Winery: www.castelldelremei.com

Nov
17
Beaujolais Villages Nouveau Millesime 2016

Beaujolais Villages Nouveau Millesime 2016
78 tsomw points

Chateau de Durette, Beaujolais France

Category: Fruity red
Tags: Gamay

OK. It' 17 november. Beaujolais Primeur Day!! So let's open a nice one.

Dark transparent purple color. In the nose Red fruits like red berries, cherries and strawberries. On the palate again red fresh fruit. It's a really easy drinking red one. This beaujolais comes from the beaujolais region and has a Belgium owner. Cheers 

OK. It' 17 november. Beaujolais Primeur Day!! So let's open a nice one.

Dark transparent purple color. In the nose Red fruits like red berries, cherries and strawberries. On the palate again red fresh fruit. It's a really easy drinking red one. This beaujolais comes from the beaujolais region and has a Belgium owner. Cheers 

For sale at: www.drinkzz.nl

Nov
17
Tradition Grauburgunder 2015

Tradition Grauburgunder 2015
80 tsomw points

Bergdolt-Ripe & Nett, Pfalz Germany

Category: Crisp white
Tags: Grauburgunder

In the nose aromas of ripe pineapple, apricots, peach, pear and some honey hints / bee wax. On the palate full and juicy with aromas of pear, peach and citrus fruits as well flowers and some herbs. Nice mineral fresh wine with a good and refreshing fruit acid at the end.

Oh...yes. What about taking a bath after a day hard working with a nice glass of #grauburgunder. The Bergdolt-Ripe & Nett "Tradition" Grauburgunder has a golden yellow color.

In the nose aromas of ripe pineapple, apricots, peach, pear and some honey hints / bee wax. On the palate full and juicy with aromas of pear, peach and citrus fruits as well flowers and some herbs. Nice mineral fresh wine with a good and refreshing fruit acid at the end.

Wineproducer: www.weingut-brn.de

 

Nov
17
Rosso d’Abruzzo Dop 2011

Rosso d’Abruzzo Dop 2011
82 tsomw points

Cantina Tollo, Abruzzo Italy

Category: Fruity red, Solid red
Tags: Montepulciano

Ruby red color with violet hues. In the nise reminiscent of small red fruits like rasberry, blackberry and cherries with a hint of liquorice, chocolate and violet. The taste is full, well structured, with soft tannins and well integrated.

Ruby red color with violet hues. In the nise reminiscent of small red fruits like rasberry, blackberry and cherries with a hint of liquorice, chocolate and violet. The taste is full, well structured, with soft tannins and well integrated.

A red obtained exclusively from Montepulciano grapes, aged for twenty-four months in Slavonian oak casks and for twelve months in the bottle without filtering, with distinctive aromas: red fruit, viola and mint.

Wineproducer: www.cantinatollo.it

 

Nov
16
Gruner Veltliner Smaragd (Bergistel) 2015

Gruner Veltliner Smaragd (Bergistel) 2015
83 tsomw points

Tegernseerhof, Wachau Austria

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Gruner Veltliner

This Gruner Veltliner Smaragd (Bergistel) from Austrian Tegernseerhof has a medium yellow-green color. Nutty aroma, tropical fruit, mango, citrus and some herbs. Very delicate, mineral with distinct pepper. On the palate sweetish fleshy fruit, candied nuts and vegetables, Elegant acidity, earthy and spicy mineral notes. Lots of flavors, touch of tannins. Very nice.?

This Gruner Veltliner Smaragd (Bergistel) from Austrian Tegernseerhof has a medium yellow-green color. Nutty aroma, tropical fruit, mango, citrus and some herbs. Very delicate, mineral with distinct pepper. On the palate sweetish fleshy fruit, candied nuts and vegetables, Elegant acidity, earthy and spicy mineral notes. Lots of flavors, touch of tannins. Very nice.?

Wineproducer: www.tegernseerhof.at

 

Nov
16
Il Favot Langhe Nebbiolo DOC 2012

Il Favot Langhe Nebbiolo DOC 2012
82 tsomw points

Poderi Aldo Conterno, Piedmont Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Nebbiolo, Michet, Lampia

Young, but pretty good. The wine had a very nose with rose petals, some tarry smoke, sweet red berry aromas and earthy herbs at the side. 
The palate shows zesty orange acidity and a little dusting of fine tannins the first thing to grab you. Beyond that though, nice pure notes of red fruit littered with sprigs of herb and then some warm spice as the wine ends with a gentle finish.

Young, but pretty good. The wine had a very nose with rose petals, some tarry smoke, sweet red berry aromas and earthy herbs at the side. 

The palate shows zesty orange acidity and a little dusting of fine tannins the first thing to grab you. Beyond that though, nice pure notes of red fruit littered with sprigs of herb and then some warm spice as the wine ends with a gentle finish.

SPECIES OF VINE: Nebbiolo, Michet and Lampia varieties. 
VINEYARD: different vineyards in Bussia (Monforte d'Alba). 
HARVEST: manual, with grapes selection in the vineyard.
TIME OF HARVEST: mid-October. 
NOTES: the grapes used to make “ Il Favot” come from vineyards which have undergone periodical implantations, and so have a maximum age of 15 years. The skin soaking is limited to 6-8 days so to extract few tannins and more colour from the skins themselves, with the result of getting a well-coloured wine with a remarkable softness.The barrels (“barriques”) used are 100% made of new wood.

Wineproducer: www.poderialdoconterno.com

Nov
15
Colli Euganei Bianco - 1 - 2015

Colli Euganei Bianco - 1 - 2015
80 tsomw points

Spinefrasse, Veneto Italy

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Garganega, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Muscat

This Colli Euganei Bianco from the Euganean Hills near to Padua has a straw yellow color with green hues. In the nose flowers and rose petals with fruity hints of elderberries, peaches, banana, lime and some herbs. On the palate clean, well-balanced with flavors of apple, lime and butter. Good aftertaste. Long and persistent. The wine is produced by a Young Group of wine-makers from North-East Italy.

This Colli Euganei Bianco from the Euganean Hills near to Padua has a straw yellow color with green hues. In the nose flowers and rose petals with fruity hints of elderberries, peaches, banana, lime and some herbs. On the palate clean, well-balanced with flavors of apple, lime and butter. Good aftertaste. Long and persistent. The wine is produced by a Young Group of wine-makers from North-East Italy.

Designation: Colli Euganei Bianco DOC
Grape variety: 30% Sauvignon blanc, 40% Garganega, 10% Muscat blanc, 20% Chardonnay
Prodution area: Cortelà, Vo’ Euganeo, Padua (ITALY)
Vineyard exposure and altimetry: south and south-east, 100-150 m above sea level
Harvest: grapes are hand-picked and selected
Harvest time: first half of September (Chardonnay, Muscat blanc and Sauvignon blanc), first week of October (Garganega)
Food pairing: ideal as an aperitif, it matches with starters, pasta and rice dishes, but also with fish and white meat.
Serving temperature: it is best served at 10-12°C.

Wineproducer: www.spinefrasse.it

 

Nov
14
Bolgheri rosso 2014

Bolgheri rosso 2014
79 tsomw points

Albereto, Bolgheri Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Sangiovese

Super Tuscan? Yes. It's young but hasn't the potential to get a real one. Bright purple with aromas of currants, blackberries, plums and spices. On the palate red fruit with some spiceness. Ok. No hotshot

Super Tuscan? Yes. It's young but hasn't the potential to get a real one. Bright purple with aromas of currants, blackberries, plums and spices. On the palate red fruit with some spiceness. Ok. No hotshot

Nov
13
Blanc de Costador de Varietats i Terroirs 2014

Blanc de Costador de Varietats i Terroirs 2014
81 tsomw points

Costador, Catalonia Spain

Category: Full white
Tags: Marsanne, Rousanne, Xarel.lo

Blend of Catalan varietes of grapes like Marsanne, Rousanne and Xarel.lo this organic wine from Costador wines. The color is yellow slightly “cloudy”. In the nose flowers and melon. Pretty solid on the palate with grapefruit, pear, flowers and vanilla and herbs. Good structure and acidity.

Blend of Catalan varietes of grapes like Marsanne, Rousanne and Xarel.lo this organic wine from Costador wines. The color is yellow slightly “cloudy”. In the nose flowers and melon. Pretty solid on the palate with grapefruit, pear, flowers and vanilla and herbs. 81Good structure and acidity.

Mountain, Organic & Biodinamic Vineyards planted at 750mts. of high.
Terroir of red clay and limestone. Fermented in amphorae & aged in French oak of several uses. Naturally Malolactic fermentation occurs.

Wineproducer: www.costador.net

 

Nov
12
Amarone Della Valpolicella 2007

Amarone Della Valpolicella 2007
80 tsomw points

Salvaterra, Veneto Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella

Garnet red hues and a powerful bouquet of ripe plums, cocoa, violets and cedar. An intense broad palate of cherries, candied fruits, cocoa and hazelnut. Great.

Garnet red hues and a powerful bouquet of ripe plums, cocoa, violets and cedar. An intense broad palate of cherries, candied fruits, cocoa and hazelnut. Great.

Wineproducer: www.tenutesalvaterra.it

Ageing: 80% in wood for 36 months of which:
2/3 in American and French barriques, half of which are used for the second and third time
1/3 in large barrels
20% in steel

Vine varieties: Corvina 60%, Corvinone 10%, Rondinella 25%, other varieties of the territory 5%

Nov
11
Montepergoli 2008

Montepergoli 2008
88 tsomw points

Enrico Santini, Bolgheri Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Sangiovese.

Color is intense red, allmost black with a violet hue. The nose is clean, focused, with notes of ripe dark fruits like blackberries, black currants and black plums accompanied by a slight hint of toasted oak and vanilla. On the palate the wine has great intensity and harmony; it is rich with layers of flavors, concentrated with generous tannins which are well integrated. Great aftertaste. 

40% Cab Sauv, 35% Merlot, 20% Syrah, 5% Sangiovese. 20 months in oak 60% new.

Color is intense red, allmost black with a violet hue. The nose is clean, focused, with notes of ripe dark fruits like blackberries, black currants and black plums accompanied by a slight hint of toasted oak and vanilla. 

On the palate the wine has great intensity and harmony; it is rich with layers of flavors, concentrated with generous tannins which are well integrated. Great aftertaste. 

Wineproducer: www.enricosantini.it
Datasheet (pdf)

 

Nov
10
Colli Orientali Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Colli Orientali Sauvignon Blanc 2015
81 tsomw points

Sirch, Friuli Italy

Category: Crisp white
Tags: Sauvignon Blanc

Sirch Sauvignon has a straw yellow color. The nose opens with notes of boxwood, grapefruit with hints of tomato leaf and peppermint. In the mouth it is immediately evident acidity that stings and cleans the palate with a pleasant fragrance. This isn't a "screaming" sauvignon but good in balance.

Sirch Sauvignon has a straw yellow color. The nose opens with notes of boxwood, grapefruit with hints of tomato leaf and peppermint.

In the mouth it is immediately evident acidity that stings and cleans the palate with a pleasant fragrance. This isn't a "screaming" sauvignon but good in balance.

Wineproducer: www.sirchwine.it

Nov
9
Bandol 2012

Bandol 2012
81 tsomw points

Chateau Barthes, Provence France

Category: Fruity red, Solid red
Tags: Mourvedre, Grenache, Syrah

This is a very well-balanced Bandol rouge with a deep, dark red color. The scent has light tones of the spices, dark berries, cherries, licorice and violets. The taste is rich and well balanced. Soft tannins. Easy drinking.

This is a very well-balanced Bandol rouge with a deep, dark red color. The scent has light tones of the spices, dark berries, cherries, licorice and violets. The taste is rich and well balanced. Soft tannins. Easy drinking.

 

Nov
9
Crianza Rioja 2012

Crianza Rioja 2012
80 tsomw points

Vivanco, Rioja Spain

Category: Fruity red, Solid red
Tags: Tempranillo

Very nice 100% Tempranillo wine from the Rioja Alta region. Aged for 16 months in oak barrels. Medium red color. In the nose red cherries, raspberries and a little spice. On the palate very smooth and elegant with raspberries, blackberries, violets and a hint of vanilla. Light wood. Round tannins and balanced acidity. Easy drinking.

Very nice 100% Tempranillo wine from the Rioja Alta region. Aged for 16 months in oak barrels. Medium red color. In the nose red cherries, raspberries and a little spice. On the palate very smooth and elegant with raspberries, blackberries, violets and a hint of vanilla. Light wood. Round tannins and balanced acidity. Easy drinking.

VARIETIES:100% Tempranillo.
VINEYARDS:A selection of vines in Briones, Rioja Alta which are 15–20 years old on average, grown in mainly ferrous-clay soils.|
HARVEST:Hand picked. All the grapes are placed in a cold room for 36 hours before being processed on the sorting table. The grape harvest began in early October.
VINIFICATION:After mild crushing, the grapes are fed by gravity into small French oak vats where they ferment and are left to macerate for 20 days in contact with the skins at a controlled temperature of 28 °C with light pumpovers.
AGEING: Aged for 16 months in French and American oak barrels, with periodic rackings, followed by at least 6 months in the bottle-ageing hall.
THE BOTTLE: Our bottle is inspired in an original eighteenth-century bottle that is on exhibit at the Vivanco Museum of the Culture of Wine.
SERVING AND PAIRING: Serving temperature: 16-18 °C. The perfect companion to Mediterranean cuisine, rice dishes, pulses, pasta and all kinds of white and red meats.

Wineproducer: www.vivancoculturadevino.es

 

 

Nov
8
Weissburgunder Festival 2015

Weissburgunder Festival 2015
83 tsomw points

Kellerei Meran, Alto Adige Italy

Category: Fruity white

This wine from Alto Adige comes from my favourite region for white wines. I really like this weissburgunder from Alto Adige. A deep golden color with aromas of fresh peaches, orange and golden apples. On the palate, fresh hay, nectarine with a waxy texture and nice minerals. Fresh herbal notes join the wine's deep core of fruits on the long, lingering finish.

This wine from Alto Adige comes from my favourite region for white wines. I really like this weissburgunder from Alto Adige. A deep golden color with aromas of fresh peaches, orange and golden apples. On the palate, fresh hay, nectarine with a waxy texture and nice minerals. Fresh herbal notes join the wine's deep core of fruits on the long, lingering finish.

Expansion: Alcoholic fermentation in small stainless steel tanks. Partial biologic acid degradation. Subsequent storage and ripening on the fine yeast for 6 months.

Harvest: the beginning of October
Quality level: DOC Classic
Vineyard: Marling, Meran, village of Tyrol 450-500m
Alcohol 13.50% Vol
Total acid 5.90 gr./L
Reduced sugar 3,50 gr./L

Wineproducer: www.kellereimeran.it

Nov
8
Cuvée Prestige Brut NV

Cuvée Prestige Brut NV
80 tsomw points

Serge Mathieu, Champagne France

Category: Sparkling
Tags: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay

This champagne from Serge Mathieu is a blend of 2/3 Pinot Noir and 1/3 Chardonnay. Golden yellow color, fine and elegant. In the nose exotic fruits like pineapple and apricot with notes of apple and nuts. The palate is concentrated with a nice freshness and persistence. It has a fine mousse and a balanced taste.

This champagne from Serge Mathieu is a blend of 2/3 Pinot Noir and 1/3 Chardonnay. Golden yellow color, fine and elegant. In the nose exotic fruits like pineapple and apricot with notes of apple and nuts. The palate is concentrated with a nice freshness and persistence. It has a fine mousse and a balanced taste.

Wineproducer: www.champagne-serge-mathieu.fr

Nov
7
Rocky Ox GSM 2015

Rocky Ox GSM 2015
84 tsomw points

Rusty Mutt, McLaren Vale Australia

Category: Solid red
Tags: Grenache, Shiraz, Mataro

This wine from Australia is really worth a try. The colour is youthful purple and vibrant. In the nose a really expressive bouquet with aromas of tomato leafs, plum compote, raspberry, blackberry, earth, pepper and cloves.  In the mouth whole of an experience with plums, mulberry, pomegranate, spices, firm but balanced tannins on the end. 
 

This wine from Australia is really worth a try. The colour is youthful purple and vibrant. In the nose a really expressive bouquet with aromas of tomato leafs, plum compote, raspberry, blackberry, earth, pepper and cloves. 

In the mouth whole of an experience with plums, mulberry, pomegranate, spices, firm but balanced tannins on the end. 
Grenache 66%, Shiraz 21%, Mataro 13%

Harvested March / April 2014
Alcohol 14.5% 

The GSM blend is an 'Australian-ised' version of the French Cotes du Rhone blend. This blend is all about youth, freshness, spice and complexity with very little oak influence.

The name 'rocky ox' comes from his daughter. She is an 'Earth Ox' in the Chinese Astrological calendar, so I thought it was fitting as Grenache can show some fantastic earthiness as it develops.

The individual ferments were all hand plunged and basket-pressed in order to release their full aroma and flavour potential. Only one vineyard batch of Grenache and Mataro went into this blend, along with a barrel selection of spicy Shiraz to complement the style.  After ferment, the wines were matured in 5 year old French oak puncheons and hogsheads, and were blended after about 8 months maturation then returned to oak to maximise the fruit intensity while providing the subtle complexities that natural barrel aging brings. After a further 4 months maturation it was racked and bottled (unfiltered) with a screw cap closure to preserve the intensity and freshness of this exciting wine.

Wineproducer: www.rustymutt.com.au

Nov
7
Vino Spumante Brut

Vino Spumante Brut
81 tsomw points

Ca 'Selva Agricola, Friuli Italy

Category: Sparkling
Tags: Ribolla Gialla

Fine and persistent bubbles sinuous accompany fruity and floral aromas of apricot, ppear and chamomile, inviting fresh, pleasant right outfit acid-sugar. 

Fine and persistent bubbles sinuous accompany fruity and floral aromas of apricot, ppear and chamomile, inviting fresh, pleasant right outfit acid-sugar. 

Wineproducer: www.caselva.it

Nov
6
Kamptal Reserve Alte Reben Gruner Veltliner 2013

Kamptal Reserve Alte Reben Gruner Veltliner 2013
81 tsomw points

Kemetner, Kamptal Austria

Tags: Gruner Veltliner

This Gruner Veltliner from Austria has a straw yellow color. 18 months on barrel. Deep and complex. Yellow fruit aromas, pepper, winegums (sweeties) and earthy mineral. Strong and dense in the mouth with delicate sweet, honey, tart, pepper and clear mineral. Really juicy, minty with a dry finish. Very good. 

This Gruner Veltliner from Austria has a straw yellow color. 18 months on barrel. Deep and complex. Yellow fruit aromas, pepper, winegums (sweeties) and earthy mineral. 

Strong and dense in the mouth with delicate sweet, honey, tart, pepper and clear mineral. Really juicy, minty with a dry finish. Very good. 

Wineproducer: www.kemetner.at

Nov
6
Leithaberg DAC weiss 2015

Leithaberg DAC weiss 2015
84 tsomw points

Nehrer, Burgenland Austria

Category: Fruity white, Full white
Tags: Chardonnay, Gruner Veltliner

Really nice blend of Chardonnay and Gruner Veltliner. In the glass powerfull yellow with green hues. In the nose pear compote, flowers and herbs. On the palate tropical fruit like mango, passion fruit, golden del. apples and some honey. Very delicate aftertaste, round and harmonious.

Really nice blend of Chardonnay and Gruner Veltliner. In the glass powerfull yellow with green hues. In the nose pear compote, flowers and herbs. On the palate tropical fruit like mango, passion fruit, golden del. apples and some honey. Very delicate aftertaste, round and harmonious.

General data award
Alcohol content: 14.0%
Year: 2015
Character: dry
Finishing: used barrique

Wineproducer: www.nehrer.at

Nov
5
Caladessa Tinto doc Escolha 2014

Caladessa Tinto doc Escolha 2014
81 tsomw points

Herdade Dacalada, Alentejo Portugal

Category: Solid red, Supple red

This wine has been made from Portuguese grapes including Tinta Caiada, Alfrocheiro and Touriga Nacional. They make the wine fruity, full-bodied and round with a dark red color. This rich, red wine has aromas of red berries, plums and raisins. Ripe, soft tannins with some spices. Very nice. 

This wine has been made from Portuguese grapes including Tinta Caiada, Alfrocheiro and Touriga Nacional. They make the wine fruity, full-bodied and round with a dark red color. This rich, red wine has aromas of red berries, plums and raisins. Ripe, soft tannins with some spices. Very nice. 

Wineproducer: www.herdadecalada.com

Nov
4
Cinquanta Collezione 50 - 2012

Cinquanta Collezione 50 - 2012
80 tsomw points

Cantine San Marzano, Apulia Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Negroamaro, Primitivo

Blend of Negroamaro and Primitivo. Alcohol: 14.5%. The wine has a ruby ??red, black color. In the nose a complete bouquet of fruit with plums, dark fruit, vanilla and spices. On the palate again lots of dark fruit, spices, cocao, leather and tobacco. Full-bodied with a soft and long finish.

Blend of Negroamaro and Primitivo. Alcohol: 14.5%. The wine has a ruby ??red, black color. In the nose a complete bouquet of fruit with plums, dark fruit, vanilla and spices. On the palate again lots of dark fruit, spices, cocao, leather and tobacco. Full-bodied with a soft and long finish.

Vine varieties: Red vine varieties typical of the Salento area.
Vines per ha: 4500 bush vines.
Production area: San Marzano, Salento, Puglia. Vines are grown at an altitude of around 100 meters above sea level. The soil is clayey and not very deep, with a good presence of rocks. Medium/high temperature in summer, with good evapotranspiration.
Harvest period:September.

Vinification: Hand-harvest of lightly overripe grapes; destem-ming and crushing; Cold pre-fermenting maceration; alcoholic fermentation with autochthonous yeasts. Final drawing off with soft pressing machines.
Ageing: Malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks; ageing in fine French wood barrels for about 12 months.
Ageing potential: A wine that preserves its organoleptic characteristics for 7 years.
Serving temperature: About 18°C.

Wineproducer: www.cantinesanmarzano.com

Nov
4
Antica Chisina 2011

Antica Chisina 2011
81 tsomw points

Tenute del Cerro, Emilia Romagna Italy

Category: Solid red

This vino nobile di Montepulciano 2011 has an intense and concentrated, vivid ruby red colour. In the nose hints of violet, black cherry, wild berries and touches of spices with a slight vanilla finish. It has a full, enveloping, fine and elegant flavour with an excellent persistence. Tannins are ok but I think some more years will even be better. 

This vino nobile di Montepulciano 2011 has an intense and concentrated, vivid ruby red colour. In the nose hints of violet, black cherry, wild berries and touches of spices with a slight vanilla finish. It has a full, enveloping, fine and elegant flavour with an excellent persistence. Tannins are ok but I think some more years will even be better. 

Grapes: Prugnolo Gentile (Sangiovese) 95%, Mammolo 5%
Maturing: 12 months in French oak barriques and 24 months in bottle
Maturing capacity: 15/20 years

Wineproducer: www.tenutedelcerro.it

Nov
3
Cagiolo Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Riserva 2011

Cagiolo Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Riserva 2011
81 tsomw points

Cantina Tollo, Abruzzo Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Montepulciano

The Cagiolo Reserva 2011 of the Cantina Tollo is dark ruby red allmost black with violet reflections. In the nose dark forrest fruit, cherries, currants, black plums with notes of cacao, cinnamon, ginger and vanilla. The first sip is really enjoyable. With 14,5 % alcohol dominates a youghtfull freshness with tannins, just drying, but with no astringent feeling. Aromas of ripe cherries and fresh red fruit. Perhaps lacking a bit of flavor but I think this will appear after some more years. The aftertaste is long with some fine wood notes.

The Cagiolo Reserva 2011 of the Cantina Tollo is dark ruby red allmost black with violet reflections. In the nose dark forrest fruit, cherries, currants, black plums with notes of cacao, cinnamon, ginger and vanilla. The first sip is really enjoyable. With 14,5 % alcohol dominates a youghtfull freshness with tannins, just drying, but with no astringent feeling. Aromas of ripe cherries and fresh red fruit. Perhaps lacking a bit of flavor but I think this will appear after some more years. The aftertaste is long with some fine wood notes.

Area and Location of vineyards:  Tollo
Type of grapes:  Montepulciano 100%
Harvest period: second half of October
Alcohol degree: 14,3% vol
Serving suggestion: Temperature: 18°C 

Wineproducer: www.cantinatollo.it

Nov
2
Poggio Ai Ginepri Blogheri 2014

Poggio Ai Ginepri Blogheri 2014
80 tsomw points

Tenuta Argentiera, Bolgheri Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, Petit Verdot

Ruby red with violet hues. In the nose flowers and spices (black pepper) combined with fresh red fruit flavors like cherry and currant. 
The palate is round and complex with the presence of sweet tannins besides a nice freshness. Wine with good structure and persistence and offcourse a bit young

Nice blend of 50 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 25 % Syrah, 20 % Merlot and 5 % Petit Verdot with 14 % Alc.

Ruby red with violet hues. In the nose flowers and spices (black pepper) combined with fresh red fruit flavors like cherry and currant. 
The palate is round and complex with the presence of sweet tannins besides a nice freshness. Wine with good structure and persistence and offcourse a bit young.

Climate:
The first three months of 2014 were characterized by mild temperatures and heavy rainfalls exceeding 1000 mm in March. However, the month of April we had almost a complete lack of rain and much sunshine, which favoured the beginning of the vegetative stages. 
In June the weather conditions became quite unusual what lasted until the first two weeks of August. In fact the summer, where sunny days alternated with rainy – sometimes stormy – days, brought temperatures, which were in average about 3° C degrees below seasonal average and with peaks over 30 degrees in July and August only. For this reason the grapes start to get coloured only in the last July week, about a week later than usual. 
During the second part of August the weather turned to regular conditions and remained sunny until the end of September, what allows the grapes to arrive to full and healthy maturation, thanks also to the microclimate of the Mediterranean Sea, which is typical for the Bolgheri area and the good and constant ventilation in the vineyards of Argentiera estate, what prevented humidity stagnation.
Merlot was harvested a bit earlier than usual, starting from September 9th and ending the 27th of the same month. Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Syrah were harvested on the last two weeks of September. Finally, Cabernet Sauvignon was regularly harvested from the 23rd of September to October 10th.

Vinification:
After destemming and soft crushing the different grape varieties were vinified separately. Fermentation and maceration took place in stainless steel vats for 15-20 days at a controlled temperature within 28° C. 
Half of the wine was then transferred into used 225 l French oak Barriques, where malolactic fermentation was completed and the wine was aged for about 8 months. The other 50% of the wine remained in stainless steel tanks for the fining and was then blended before the final bottling. 
Alcohol: 13,50%

Wineproducer: www.argentiera.eu

Nov
2
Confesionario Cepas Viejas 2015

Confesionario Cepas Viejas 2015
79 tsomw points

Rodriguez Laorden, Rioja Spain

Category: Fruity white, Full white
Tags: White Tempranillo, Malvasia

Straw yellow in color this blend of white Tempranillo and Malvasia from the Rioja region. In the nose ripe apple and tropical fruits like melon and grapefruit. On the palate again tropical fruits like pineapple and liches with a citrus ending. High in acidity but well drinkable.

Straw yellow in color this blend of white Tempranillo and Malvasia from the Rioja region. In the nose ripe apple and tropical fruits like melon and grapefruit. On the palate again tropical fruits like pineapple and liches with a citrus ending. High in acidity but well drinkable.

Grapes: White Tempranillo and Malvasia
Production: 1.358 bottles
Harvest: First week of Oktober

Wineproducer: wwwrodriguez-laorden-wines.com

Nov
1
Brunello Di Montalcino 2011

Brunello Di Montalcino 2011
80 tsomw points

Camigliano, Bolgheri Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Sangiovese, Brunello di Montalcino

This brunello from Camigliano is dark red with some transperency. In the nose ripe cherries, plums, cocao and earth. On the palate dominates dried cherries, cranberry, leather and clove. Despite the wines opulence it never feels jammy despite of the freshness. It shows more layers and tightly tannins. Leave for 5 years in cellar and this brunello will shine.

This brunello from Camigliano is dark red with some transperency. In the nose ripe cherries, plums, cocao and earth. On the palate dominates dried cherries, cranberry, leather and clove. Despite the wines opulence it never feels jammy despite of the freshness. It shows more layers and tightly tannins. Leave for 5 years in cellar and this brunello will shine.

SOIL CHARACTERISTICS: soil with rocky fragments, with a good percentage of silt.
VINES: 100 percent Brunello di Montalcino (cloned selection of Sangiovese).
AGING POTENTIAL: This is a wine that is best at the moment it is released. Aging in the bottle, however, intensifies the delicacy of the tannin and develops the aroma.
CONCLUSION: A great wine with an intense bouquet and balanced tannins that express all the characteristics of the "terroir" in terms of its quality and type, both in the selection of clones and in the selection of the best-situated and sunniest terrain. A high-class wine that evolves in interesting ways over time. It is recommended for important events – to honor a loved one or a special guest (Sunday).

Wineproducer: www.camigliano.it

 

 

Oct
30
Riesling Kabinett 2014

Riesling Kabinett 2014
80 tsomw points

Baron Knyphausen, Rheingau Germany

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Riesling

Light yellow in color this riesling from Rheingau. Beautiful clear, calm bouquet with pear, apple and citrus fruits over a fine mineral background. A typical Rheingauriesling which paired Great pleasure or in combination with the Mediterranean meal.

Light yellow in color this riesling from Rheingau. Beautiful clear, calm bouquet with pear, apple and citrus fruits over a fine mineral background. A typical Rheingauriesling which paired Great pleasure or in combination with the Mediterranean meal.

Wineproducer: www.baron-knyphausen.de

Oct
29
Brunello di Montalcino 2010

Brunello di Montalcino 2010
90 tsomw points

Il Poggione, Tuscany Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Sangiovese

Amazing Brunellothis Ilpoggione. Ruby red with a narrow, clearish garnet rim. Aromas of violets and cherry liquor, basil leaf, and pine. This feels serious and austere. Dryness, high toned acids, ripped tannins, and warm alcohol all hide beneath a robust body of fruit. Lean but long aftertaste.

Amazing Brunellothis Ilpoggione. Ruby red with a narrow, clearish garnet rim. Aromas of violets and cherry liquor, basil leaf, and pine. This feels serious and austere. Dryness, high toned acids, ripped tannins, and warm alcohol all hide beneath a robust body of fruit. Lean but long aftertaste.

Wine: Brunello di Montalcino
Varietal:100% Sangiovese
Vintage: 2010
Alcohol: 14,50%
Source: The winery's oldest vineyards, planted between 150 and 450 metres (490 - 1475 ft) above sea level.
Aging: 36 months in large French oak barrels (30 - 50 hl or 872 -1373 Gallon) followed by a long bottle aging.
Food Pairings: Red meats, game, mature cheeses.

Wineproducer: www.tenutailpoggione.it

 

Oct
29
Papà Celso DOGLIANI DOCG - 2015

Papà Celso DOGLIANI DOCG - 2015
86 tsomw points

Marziano Abonna, Piedmont Italy

Category: Fruity red
Tags: Dolcetto

Deep purple in color (inky) Blackberries, licorice, some vanilla on the nose. On the pakate blackberries followed by some blueberry, smoke and tar. The vanilla pops out during the finish. Well balanced acidity. Great wine for the price. 

Deep purple in color (inky) Blackberries, licorice, some vanilla on the nose. On the pakate blackberries followed by some blueberry, smoke and tar. The vanilla pops out during the finish. Well balanced acidity. Great wine for the price. 

VARIETY: Dolcetto
VINEYARD OF PRODUCTION:Doriolo
AVERAGE AGE OF VINEYARDS:55 years
WINEMAKING: Crushing-destemming is followed by spontaneous alcoholic fermentation using indigenous yeasts. It is left in contact with the skins in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature before dry racking and cold decantation, with transfer to stainless steel tanks. It is stabilized with cold temperatures in order to avoid the use of clarifying products at the end of the process.
Aging: In stainless steel tanks for ten months until bottling. Then, bottle rest at a constant temperature of 14°C (57° F) for two months before release.

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Oct
28
Finell Pinot Grigio 2015

Finell Pinot Grigio 2015
80 tsomw points

Pitzner, Alto Adige Italy

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Pinot Grigio

Another nice wine from one of my favourite wineregions Alto Adige. The wine shows In the glass a straw yellow color with green hues. In the nose flowery with aromas of peach, pear and stonefruit. On the palate fresh, light with nice acidity and a little spicy tone. Nice minerality and long aftertaste.

Another nice wine from one of my favourite wineregions Alto Adige. The wine shows In the glass a straw yellow color with green hues. In the nose flowery with aromas of peach, pear and stonefruit. On the palate fresh, light with nice acidity and a little spicy tone. Nice minerality and long aftertaste.

Oct
28
Bergdistel Smaragd Riesling trocken 2015

Bergdistel Smaragd Riesling trocken 2015
82 tsomw points

Tegernseerhof, Wachau Austria

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white

Light green-yellow color. The wine has a lovely scent of peach, stonefruit, citrus, honey and a peppery mineral. The wine is complex, juicy with notes of citrus, peach and easy to drink and still has the potential to further aged in the bottle. 3.7 points

Light green-yellow color. The wine has a lovely scent of peach, stonefruit, citrus, honey and a peppery mineral. The wine is complex, juicy with notes of citrus, peach and easy to drink and still has the potential to further aged in the bottle. 3.7 points

Wineproducer: www.tegernseerhof.at

Oct
27
Very Old Single Harvest Port 1966

Very Old Single Harvest Port 1966
86 tsomw points

Taylor's, Douro Portugal

Category: Desert wine, Solid red
Tags: Port

Brown yellow color. Touch of green. In the nose rum,spice and some fruity notes. Rich, very sweet but not cloying, fruity orange and apricots, lots of layers and layers of butterscotch, walnuts and vanilla. Very lively, not at all dried out. Big, complex port.

Brown yellow color. Touch of green. In the nose rum,spice and some fruity notes. Rich, very sweet but not cloying, fruity orange and apricots, lots of layers and layers of butterscotch, walnuts and vanilla. Very lively, not at all dried out. Big, complex port.

Port producer: www.taylor.pt

Oct
27
Wachenheimer Gerümpel Riesling trocken 2015

Wachenheimer Gerümpel Riesling trocken 2015
82 tsomw points

, Pfalz Germany

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Riesling

Very nice riesling with crisp, fresh aromatics of minerals, crushed rock notes, yellow apples, pear and white flowers. In the nose yellow fruit flavors are long and deeply refreshing. Good balanced with plenty of fruit and extract to keep things from being austere. Great light riesling with lingering finish.

Very nice riesling with crisp, fresh aromatics of minerals, crushed rock notes, yellow apples, pear and white flowers. In the nose yellow fruit flavors are long and deeply refreshing. Good balanced with plenty of fruit and extract to keep things from being austere. Great light riesling with lingering finish.

Location: Wachenheimer Gerümpel
Terroir: sandy soils made of sandstone sandstone with a water - absorbing clay content
Food recommendation: Strong, spicy dishes, to terrines with green sauce or to exoticThaicurrys.

Wineproducer: www.weingutschaefer.de

Oct
26
Barolo Vinorium Riserva 2009

Barolo Vinorium Riserva 2009
89 tsomw points

Salvano Vini

Category: Solid red
Tags: barolo

Deep garnet red color, with shades from the long aging. The nose is fruity and be among the various scents stand out raspberry, vanilla and cherries. On the palate this great Barolo is structured with good strength and harmony. All these features allow an excellent aging of the bottle, so as to awaken in it many flavors over the years. Great wine.

Deep garnet red color, with shades from the long aging. The nose is fruity and be among the various scents stand out raspberry, vanilla and cherries.

On the palate this great Barolo is structured with good strength and harmony. All these features allow an excellent aging of the bottle, so as to awaken in it many flavors over the years. Great wine.

Grapes: Nebbiolo
Production area: It is produced in the province of Cuneo in a precise area, which includes the villages of Barolo, La Morra and Diano d’Alba
Serving Temperature: 18-20°C. Uncork the bottle at least an hour before drinking.
Pairing: Red meats, perfect with game. It is especially fine with certain typical dishes of Langhe, such as “Brasato al Barolo”(braised beef in red wine) and “Lepre al civet” (wild hare cooked in red wine). Excellent with matured cheeses or between meals as a “meditation wine”

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Wineproducer: Salvano Vini

 

Oct
26
Plenio Verdicchio dei Castelli Riserva 2013

Plenio Verdicchio dei Castelli Riserva 2013
83 tsomw points

Umani Ronchi, Marche Italy

Category: Full white
Tags: Verdicchio

Ripe peaches, apricots, minerals, smoke and honey closely woven in the scent. Beautifully proportioned, intense, creamy, while of nice lightness of taste, in which the wood is perfectly integrated barrel.

Ripe peaches, apricots, minerals, smoke and honey closely woven in the scent. Beautifully proportioned, intense, creamy, while of nice lightness of taste, in which the wood is perfectly integrated barrel.

Plenio is their Verdicchio Riserva, a class recognised by the production rulebook, which prescribes a minimum ageing period of 18 months of which at least six must be in bottle. The name of the wine, from the Latin Plenum, is intended to suggest the characteristics of fullness, complexity and structure. It is a wine to be appreciated for its lingering persistence and for its richness of perfumes and aromas, which combine with the elegance of great whites to make it a unique wine. The first few years were produced from a plot in the Villa Bianchi vineyard, but now Plenio is the product of vines grown at higher altitude, in one of the areas historically regarded as more suitable for the production of Verdicchio, near the picturesque village of Cupramontana.  

Pairings Stuffed pasta, roast white meat, roasted fish.
Ideal serving temperature 12?14°C 
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Wineproducer: www.umanironchi.com

Oct
25
Pelago 2009

Pelago 2009
85 tsomw points

Umani Ronchi, Marche Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Cabernet Sauvignon, Montepulciano, Merlot

Dark red color. The aroma is intense with hints of spices, black fruit and vanilla. The taste is complex, Pelago Marche Rosso has a lot of impressions, fine tannins and a long strong finish. Great red wine

Dark red color. The aroma is intense with hints of spices, black fruit and vanilla. The taste is complex, Pelago Marche Rosso has a lot of impressions, fine tannins and a long strong finish. Great red wine.

Pelago joined the list of the most sought?after Italian wines in the world in 1997, with its first year of production, when it won the Best Red Wine trophy at the International Wine Challenge in London. Pelago is the result of the insight of our technical group, who had the idea of mating Montepulciano with Cabernet Sauvignon. It is a wine which retains the style and personality of the indigenous grapes while broadening its aromatic profile and complexity by adding qualities of the Bordeaux style of wine. To maintain a high standard of quality, we chose to produce it only in those years which provided grapes suitable for a fine wine. The name Pelago, deriving from pelagos, meaning ‘sea’ in ancient Greek, suggests its marine character and the special qualities of taste and aroma which are typical of wines produced near the coast. 

Pairings: A perfect match for red meat, game?birds and mature cheese.
Ideal serving temperature 18?20°C 
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Wineproducer: www.umanironchi.com

Oct
25
Metamorphica Estamos Ancestral 2015

Metamorphica Estamos Ancestral 2015
80 tsomw points

Costador, Tarragona Spain

Category: Sparkling
Tags: Xarel.lo, Macabeu, Parellada, Grenache

Very nice sparkling wine from Costador wines Tarragona Spain. A blend of Xarel.lo, Macabeu, Parellada, and Grenache. This Metamorphica has a nice light mousse with white fruits like melon and pear. Light floral, lemony flavor I belief this sparkling is one of their new products and really enjoyable at a Sunny autumn day. Cheers. 

Very nice sparkling wine from Costador wines Tarragona Spain. A blend of Xarel.lo, Macabeu, Parellada, and Grenache. This Metamorphica has a nice light mousse with white fruits like melon and pear. Light floral, lemony flavor I belief this sparkling is one of their new products and really enjoyable at a Sunny autumn day. Cheers. 

Wineproducer: www.costador.net

Oct
24
Sparviero Nero Mascalese 2015

Sparviero Nero Mascalese 2015
80 tsomw points

Tenute Rustica, Sicily Italy

Category: Fruity red, Supple red
Tags: Nerello Mascalese

From the foot of the Mount Etna in Sicily comes this Sparviero wine made from the Nerello Mascalese grape. A local grape in Sicily. The wine has a light red color. In the nose you smell cherries, red berries and floral hints. In the mouth again cherries, berries and vanilla. Light tannic but with ok freshness and good structure. This is their first vintage after 50 years of no wine production. Very nice "first vintage"

From the foot of the Mount Etna in Sicily comes this Sparviero wine made from the Nerello Mascalese grape. A local grape in Sicily. The wine has a light red color. In the nose you smell cherries, red berries and floral hints. In the mouth again cherries, berries and vanilla. Light tannic but with ok freshness and good structure. This is their first vintage after 50 years of no wine production. Very nice "first vintage"

Wineproducer: www.tenutarustica.com

Oct
24
Casal di Serra 2015

Casal di Serra 2015
81 tsomw points

Umani Ronchi.com, Marche Italy

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Verdicchio

Eating with friends and enjoying good wines like this verdicchio. Aromas of wild flowers and yellow fruit (peach, apricot and ripe apple). The taste is rich and soft with a good dose refreshment and juiciness. An intense and nice finish.

Eating with friends and enjoying good wines like this #verdicchio 
Aromas of wild flowers and yellow fruit (peach, apricot and ripe apple). The taste is rich and soft with a good dose refreshment and juiciness. An intense and nice finish.

Vineyard :The vineyards, which are between eight and thirty years old and trained on the Guyot system, are situated on the band of hillside between 200 and 350 meters above sea level, on opposite sides of the Esino valley. The soils go back to pleiocene?pleistocene formations, and are characterised by being very deep, medium?calcareous clay loams. The yield of the vineyards never exceeds 7 tons per hectare.

Harvest:The harvest is carried out by hand and normally takes place in the period from the end of September to the first ten days of October. Particular attention is paid to determining the right moment for the harvest, which must coincide with reaching the best balance between sugar content, phenolic ripening and acidity.

Pairings:Ideal with fish dishes, oven?cooked or grilled, roast white meat and fresh cheeses.
Ideal serving temperature 12?14°C

Wineproducer: www.umanironchi.com

Oct
23
Sangiovese 2012

Sangiovese 2012
78 tsomw points

Di Majo Norante, Molise Italy

Category: Fruity red, Solid red
Tags: Sangiovese

Nice every day sangiovese. Delicious fruity fragrance, with fine red fruit, sweet plums and cherries, leather, sultry and slightly spicy.

Nice every day sangiovese. Delicious fruity fragrance, with fine red fruit, sweet plums and cherries, leather, sultry and slightly spicy.

Area of production: Martarosa - Ramitello
Average age of vines: 22 years
Harvest: october
Vinification: maceration in contact with peels for about one month
Productio: 350.000 bottles

Ideal with hors d'oeuvres, starters, game, meats and cheeses.
Serving temperature: 16°-18°C

Wineproducer: www.dimajonorante.com

Oct
22
Il Poggiale Chianti Classico Riserva 2013

Il Poggiale Chianti Classico Riserva 2013
86 tsomw points

Castellare, Tuscany Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Chianti, Chianti Riserva

This wine shows dark ruby red in the glass with garnet highlights. Made from 90% Sangiovese, 5% Canaiolo, and 5% Ciliegiolo. In the nose aroma's featuring loads of red and black cherry, plums and roses. Secondary notes of licorice, earth and baking spice. It's lovely smooth and delicious with rich sour cherry fruit, well integrated baking spice and some nice olive notes. Excellent structure and long aftertaste. Great 

This wine shows dark ruby red in the glass with garnet highlights. Made from 90% Sangiovese, 5% Canaiolo, and 5% Ciliegiolo. In the nose aroma's featuring loads of red and black cherry, plums and roses. Secondary notes of licorice, earth and baking spice. It's lovely smooth and delicious with rich sour cherry fruit, well integrated baking spice and some nice olive notes. Excellent structure and long aftertaste. Great 

Denomination: DOCG Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggiale
Vintage: 2013
Yearly bottle production: 70.000
Grapes: 90% Sangioveto, 5% Canaiolo, 5% Ciliegiolo
Vinification: in steel for 16/23gg at a controlled temperature (28°) Malolactic fermentation: Done Ageing: from12 to 18 months in barrique 50% new Bottle refinement: 12 months Type of wood: Barrique of 225 lt.
Harvest: following the half of October 

Wineproducer: www.castellare.it

Oct
21
Pinot Noir Breborn 2012

Pinot Noir Breborn 2012
80 tsomw points

Baron Knyphausen, Rheingau Germany

Category: Solid red
Tags: Pinot Noir

Very nice Pinot Noir from Baron Knyphausen. Powerful and dense on nose and palate, with a lot of dark fruit sweetness and aromas of chocolate, coffee and sour cherries. Structure and depth are great. A long and intense finish is with impressions of wild berries.

Very nice Pinot Noir from Baron Knyphausen. Powerful and dense on nose and palate, with a lot of dark fruit sweetness and aromas of chocolate, coffee and sour cherries. Structure and depth are great. A long and intense finish is with impressions of wild berries.

Alcohol: 15%
Wineproducer: www.baron-knyphausen.de


 

Oct
21
Rosé La Clape - Classique 2015

Rosé La Clape - Classique 2015
80 tsomw points

Chateau D'Angles, Languedoc France

Category: Rosé
Tags: Bourboulenc, Grenache, Roussanne, Marsanne

Bright pink color. Intense nose of white flowers and fruits, citrus fruits and small fresh red berries. Rich taste of red fruit with a minerally freshness. A long fresh and fruity finish.

Bright pink color. Intense nose of white flowers and fruits, citrus fruits and small fresh red berries. Rich taste of red fruit with a minerally freshness. A long fresh and fruity finish.

Terroir: Hard limestone screes of the mountain of La Clape.
Warm and dry climate tempered by the Mediterranean. Slow ripening thanks to cooler nights on the shores of the sea.
Culture: Sustainable practices according to ASCERT charter for respect of the environment and complexity of the wine: composted pomace amendment, crushed unwanted shoots, plowing, no insecticides, no weedkillers.
Varieties: Bourboulenc (50%), Grenache (30%), Roussanne (10%), Marsanne (10%).
Harvest: Two-months-long picking according to maturity of each variety and plots. 

Wineproducer: www.chateaudangles.com

Oct
20
 Reserva Branco 2015

Reserva Branco 2015
84 tsomw points

Quinta da Boa Esperanca, Lisboa Portugal

Category: Fruity white, Full white
Tags: Arinto, Fernu00e3o Pires

Very nice blend of Arinto (60%) and Fernao Pires (40%). Light citrus color. Light mineral note with delicate white fruit aromas like melon and peach. Good volume, complex in the mouth with the right acidity to give it liveliness. Very nice longlasting finish.

Very nice blend of Arinto (60%) and Fernao Pires (40%). Light citrus color. Light mineral note with delicate white fruit aromas like melon and peach. Good volume, complex in the mouth with the right acidity to give it liveliness. Very nice longlasting finish.

Grapes: Arinto (60%), Fernão Pires (40%).
Harvest: 100% manual into 15 Kg cases.
Vinification: Totally destemmed and fermented in new French oak barrels of extra fine grain, a 50 days long “battonage”, followed by a 6 month aging.
Analytical data: Alcohol: 13,5%
Total Acidity: 6,1g/L
Volatile Acidity: 0,45g/L; pH:3,28.

Wineproducer: www.quintadaboaesperanca.com

Oct
19
Plytó Psarades 2015

Plytó Psarades 2015
80 tsomw points

Lyrarakis Wines, Crete Greece

Category: Fruity white, Full white
Tags: Plytu00f3

This White wine from Crete has a bright yellow color. In the nose white flowers, pear, melon and some herbs. On the palate a full mouthfeel, with fruity finish and almond notes.

This White wine from Crete has a bright yellow color. In the nose white flowers, pear, melon and some herbs. On the palate a full mouthfeel, with fruity finish and almond notes.

Datasheet (pdf)

Wineproducer: www.lyrarakis.com
Importer Holland: www.kretawijnen.nl

Oct
19
Castel Ringberg - Pinot Grigio 2015

Castel Ringberg - Pinot Grigio 2015
85 tsomw points

Elena Walch, Alto Adige Italy

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Pinot Grigio

Another fine wine Elena Walch. Complex but lively pinot grigio with aromas of ripe fruit like pear, sage and spices. Elegant and harmonious with fine acidity and both fresh and creamy taste. A lot of concentration and a long full finish. 

 

Another fine wine Elena Walch. Complex but lively pinot grigio with aromas of ripe fruit like pear, sage and spices. Elegant and harmonious with fine acidity and both fresh and creamy taste. A lot of concentration and a long full finish. 

Alto Adige DOC
Grape: 100% Pinot Grigio
Vineyard: Vigna Castel Ringberg
Aging potential: 8 – 15 years
Serving temperature and food pairing: 16 - 18 °C Venison and game, red meat and cheeses

Wineproducer: www.elenawalch.com

Oct
18
Pinot Grigio 2015

Pinot Grigio 2015
78 tsomw points

Ca 'Selva Agricola, Friuli Italy

Category: Crisp white
Tags: Pinot Grigio

Straw yellow with green hue in the glass. Aromas of white flowers and pleasant citrus notes. The palate is very pleasant with good freshness and flavor. The finish is long and persistent with a splash of citrus. 

Straw yellow with green hue in the glass. Aromas of white flowers and pleasant citrus notes. The palate is very pleasant with good freshness and flavor. The finish is long and persistent with a splash of citrus. 

Production zone: Friuli Venezia Giulia
Grape: Pinot Grigio
Alcohol content: 13.5% vol
Food matchings: Excellent as an aperitif or with gnocchi dumplings in melted butter or raw, grilled and oven-baked fish. Delicious with smoked ricotta and moderately mature cheeses.
Serving temperature: 8-10 °C

 

Wineproducer: www.caselva.it

Oct
18
Merlot / Refosco

Merlot / Refosco
86 tsomw points

Il Roncal, Friuli Italy

Category: Fruity red, Solid red, Supple red
Tags: Merlot, Refosco

Fall has started in the Netherlands. Though it was a wonderful weekend with lots of sun we tasted these lovely red ones from Il Rocal from Friuli. We tasted the Merlot and the Refosco.

Fall has started in the Netherlands. Though it was a wonderful weekend with lots of sun we tasted these lovely red ones from Il Rocal from Friuli. We tasted the Merlot and the Refosco.

Merlot 2013: This wine was the favorite of the evening in our wine club. Ruby red wine with in the nose fragrant hints of dark forest fruit. The taste is pleasant, dry and very soft with a slightly bitter aftertaste. It’s like an angel walking over your tounge.

Refosco 2014: Dark Ruby color that tends to purple. The aroma is intense and pleasant with hints of red dark fruit like blackberries, wildberries and forest fruit. The taste is full, warm, with delicious hints of red forest fruit, the wine has a pleasant tannin structure that emerges in a warm lingering finish.

Wineproducer: www.ilroncal.it

 

Oct
17
Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Sauvignon Blanc 2015
83 tsomw points

Matetic, Sant Anthony Valley Chile

Category: Crisp white
Tags: Sauvignon Blanc

Pale yellow with a green tinge, limes, fresh grassy with a hint of asparagus. Lively fresh with hints of ripe citrus fruits and grapefruit. Clean and accessible with an invigorating freshness. Ripe fruit versus tight acids, which is the ideal balance for this sauvignon blanc. Nice sb from Chile.

Pale yellow with a green tinge, limes, fresh grassy with a hint of asparagus. Lively fresh with hints of ripe citrus fruits and grapefruit. Clean and accessible with an invigorating freshness. Ripe fruit versus tight acids, which is the ideal balance for this sauvignon blanc. Nice sb from Chile.

D.O. San Antonio
Alcohol: 13,5°
Total Acidity (g/l): 6,92 g/L
Residual Sugar (g/l): 1 g/L
pH: 3,15
19000 cases produced

Terroir
This wine is made with three different clones of Sauvignon Blanc: 242, Davis 1 and 107. Each clone is planted in different blocks of our coastal-climate vineyards located in the San Antonio Valley. The decomposed granite and quartz soils of this vineyard offer ingredients of great complexity for the final blend. The organic and biodynamic management seeks to create good airflow and sunlight penetration in the canopy, to stimulate the ideal ripeness, development of the characteristic aromatic components of the variety and avoid bunch diseases. Harvest was done between March 10th and March 27th, with yields between 7 to 9 tons per hectare, with great quality and typicity.

Winemaking
Each block was hand harvested in one or two passes, looking for the optimal ripeness of each lot. After sorting, some of the grapes were destemmed and underwent a cold soak for 6 to 8 hours, others were pressed as whole bunches, looking for a wine with great aromatic intensity, mouthfeel and freshness. Fermentation was held at low temperatures in stainless steel tanks of different sizes for 30 days, afterwards, the fine lees were stirred periodically for 3 months to increase the aromatic complexity and mouthfeel.

Wineproducer: www.matetic.com

Oct
16
Rheingauer Gemischter Satz

Rheingauer Gemischter Satz
83 tsomw points

Baron Knyphausen, Rheingau Germany

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Yellow Orleans, Weisse Heunisch, Gewu00fcrztraminier, Silvaner, Elbling, Roter Riesling, Riesling

The gemischter satz consists of the grape varieties Yellow Orleans, Weisse Heunisch, Gewürztraminier, Silvaner, Elbling, Roter Riesling and Riesling. 
Deep straw yellow with green hues. Powerful, strongly nutty bouquet with soft toast, rose blossom and lychee, pear.On the palate very soft and creamy. Almost full of body, low acidity. Noticeable residual sugar, lychee, banana, nuts and vanilla ice cream. The pronounced nut notes of walnut, chestnuts and acorns continue in a very long finish. 

The gemischter satz consists of the grape varieties Yellow Orleans, Weisse Heunisch, Gewürztraminier, Silvaner, Elbling, Roter Riesling and Riesling. 
Deep straw yellow with green hues. Powerful, strongly nutty bouquet with soft toast, rose blossom and lychee, pear.On the palate very soft and creamy. Almost full of body, low acidity. Noticeable residual sugar, lychee, banana, nuts and vanilla ice cream. The pronounced nut notes of walnut, chestnuts and acorns continue in a very long finish. 

Wineproducer: www.baron-knyphausen.de
 

Oct
16
Ribolla Gialla

Ribolla Gialla
84 tsomw points

Il Roncal, Friuli Italy

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Ribolla Gialla

First wine of the CVU evening and right on the spot. Great ribolla gialla from Friuli with an inviting bouquet, a fresh scent, white fruit, pear. On the palate the wine is full, delicious dry, fresh, harmonious and nice acidity. Great with the fish.

First wine of the CVU evening and right on the spot. Great ribolla gialla from Friuli with an inviting bouquet, a fresh scent, white fruit, pear. On the palate the wine is full, delicious dry, fresh, harmonious and nice acidity. Great with the fish.

 

An ancient local grape cultivated almost exclusively in the foothills which guarantees the best results.
Vineyard: Hillside of Montebello in Fornalis di Cividale
Vineyard age: 1996
Altitude: 180 mt. above sea level
Terrain: Lime and sandstone of Eocene origin
Grape variety: 100% Ribolla Gialla.
Harvest: Late, by hand in crates with careful selection of the grapes
Alcohol Content: 13,00%
Best served at: 10° - 12°

Wineproducer: www.ilroncal.it

Oct
15
Diciotto 2012

Diciotto 2012

Schola Sarmenti, Puglia Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Primitivo

Despite its enormous power and high alcohol content (18%), it is a harmonious, soft wine, which is surprisingly easy to drink. A really imense fruit concentration. Cranberries, redberries and dried cranberries. Then there are fine herbs, a little cafe and chocolate together with oriental spices.The game in the mouth, the time that this wine remains on the palate, you must have experienced, you can not describe it. Really great. 65 euro Maison d'Elfant 

Despite its enormous power and high alcohol content (18%), it is a harmonious, soft wine, which is surprisingly easy to drink. A really imense fruit concentration. Cranberries, redberries and dried cranberries. Then there are fine herbs, a little cafe and chocolate together with oriental spices.The game in the mouth, the time that this wine remains on the palate, you must have experienced, you can not describe it. Really great. 65 euro Maison d'Elfant 

Grape variety: Primitivo 100%
Average age of the vines: About 80 years
Training: Alberello, an Apulian head-trained system, at a density of about 4500 plants per hectare
Yield: 400 to 600 grams per plant
Harvesting and wine-making: Grapes are picked up by hand and gently laid down into little airy crates, arriving as whole bunches at the winery. Once there, grapes are further selected using an advanced sorting table.
Aging: Fourteen months in new medium-toasted French oak tonneaux; then, ten months of further fining in bottles.
Alcohol content: 18%
Serving temperature: 14°-17° C

Wineproducer: www.scholasarmenti.it

 

Oct
15
Prestige Rouge 2014

Prestige Rouge 2014

Minuty, Provence France

Category: Fruity red, Solid red
Tags: Syrah, Mourvèdre, Grenache

Blend of Syrah, Mourvèdre and Grenache, this Minuty Red wine Cuvée Prestige 2014. In the nose greedy aromas such as candied fruits and spices. A smooth texture and its thick tannins make a wine of guard. The mouth is structured with a beautiful longer aromatic

Blend of Syrah, Mourvèdre and Grenache, this Minuty Red wine Cuvée Prestige 2014. In the nose greedy aromas such as candied fruits and spices. A smooth texture and its thick tannins make a wine of guard. The mouth is structured with a beautiful longer aromatic

Vinification: Manual harvest and hand sorting of grapes in the cellar. / Total destemming and crushing. Traditional vinification with maceration in 2 steps:
Ageing : 40 % in barrels (1/3 new, 1/3 single wine and 1/3 two wines) and 60% in vats. Barrels were filled just after the devatting (at the end of October). Malolactic fermentation done. Filtration and bottling at the Château. Storage in air conditioned cellars.

Wineproducer: www.minuty.com

 

Oct
14
Unoaked Chardonnay 2013

Unoaked Chardonnay 2013

Seven Springs, Stellenbosch South Africa

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Chardonnay

Light yellow in color. In the nose aromas of citrus, melon, lemon zest and white blossom. In the mouth fresh and lively with lime and pineapple with a relatively full body and a long lasting mouthfeel. 

Light yellow in color. In the nose aromas of citrus, melon, lemon zest and white blossom. In the mouth fresh and lively with lime and pineapple with a relatively full body and a long lasting mouthfeel. 

Technical Analysis

Alcohol: 12.66%     
Residual Sugar: 1.6 g/l     
Total Acidity: 5.8 g/l     pH: 3.36
Harvested 20th February 2013    
Bottled: October 2013  Ageing potential: 3-5 years
Production: 6000 bottles (750ml)

Wineproducer: www.7springs.co.za

Oct
14
Confesionario Cepas Viejas 2015

Confesionario Cepas Viejas 2015

Rodriguez Laorden, Rioja Spain

Category: Fruity red, Solid red
Tags: Garnacha, Tempranillo

Blend of Garnacha and Tempranillo. About 5.400 bottles produced. In the glass a cherry red color with purple hues. In the nose lots of dark fruits like red berries, cherry compote and vanilla. The palate is firm with a nice complexity. Again lots of dark fruits like plums, raspberries and blackberries. Pleasant in the mouth with soft ending with chocolate. Very nice. 

Blend of Garnacha and Tempranillo. About 5.400 bottles produced. In the glass a cherry red color with purple hues. In the nose lots of dark fruits like red berries, cherry compote and vanilla. The palate is firm with a nice complexity. Again lots of dark fruits like plums, raspberries and blackberries. Pleasant in the mouth with soft ending with chocolate. Very nice. 

Wineproducer: www.rodriguez-laorden-wines.com

Oct
13
Mandilari Red 2012

Mandilari Red 2012

Lyrarakis, Crete Greece

Category: Solid red
Tags: Plakoura

Deep red color this Mandilari Plakoura 2012 from Lyrarakis winery. 100%. Plakoura grape. For me unknown. Intense wine with good freshness and aromas of red fruit, hints of tobacco. Dominant flavors of red plums and blackberry, with a strong aftertaste. Great with the Lamb.

Deep red color this Mandilari Plakoura 2012 from Lyrarakis winery. 100%. Plakoura grape. For me unknown.

Intense wine with good freshness and aromas of red fruit, hints of tobacco. Dominant flavors of red plums and blackberry, with a strong aftertaste. Great with the Lamb.

Oct
13
Muller Thurgau 2015

Muller Thurgau 2015

Cantina Terlan, Alto Adige Italy

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Müller Thurgau

This Muller Thurgau has a pale straw yellow color. In the nose peach, grapefruit and flowers but also notes of white pepper and sweet spices. On the palate it’s genuinely fresh and arrives with an elegant flavor that does not invade, strong acidity, characteristics that give refinement and elegance. It closes with a final very persistent, on the fruit.

This Muller Thurgau has a pale straw yellow color. In the nose peach, grapefruit and flowers but also notes of white pepper and sweet spices. On the palate it’s genuinely fresh and arrives with an elegant flavor that does not invade, strong acidity, characteristics that give refinement and elegance. It closes with a final very persistent, on the fruit.

Doc denomination: Alto Adige
Variety: 100% Müller Thurgau
History of the variety: first vintage 1977
Year: 2015
Bottles produced: 50.000
Yield: 63 hl/ha
Quality line: The classics

Excellent as an aperitif and also with swordfish carpaccio, poached fish like blue trout, or sea bass in foil; boiled beef with a celeriac purée; fresh alp cheese.

Wineproducer: www.cantina-terlano.com

Oct
12
Caiño 2014

Caiño 2014

Moraima, Galicia Spain

Category: Fruity red, Solid red

This Caiño from winery Moraima is made from the native grape of Galicia in Northern Spain With an ammount of 2.226 bottles this wine has been launched on the market. Deep garnet red color. Fresh, balanced, very drinkable with a present acidity but tamed. Notes of red fruit like berries and raspberries. 

This Caiño from winery Moraima is made from the native grape of Galicia in Northern Spain With an ammount of 2.226 bottles this wine has been launched on the market. 
Deep garnet red color. Fresh, balanced, very drinkable with a present acidity but tamed. Notes of red fruit like berries and raspberries. 

Wineproducer: www.adegamoraima.com

Oct
12
Pergolaia 2006

Pergolaia 2006

Caiarossa, Tuscany Italy

Category: Solid red

First I poured this 2006 super tuscan in the decanter. The wine has a medium ruby in color with garnet edges. It the nose cherries, prunes, licorice, dried red fruits, chocolate, clove, and earthy notes. On the palate the wine showes cherries, red berries, raspberry, prune, cocoa, spices, clove and earthy notes as well as hints of cola, coffee and tobacco. It's fresh with medium acidity, fine, well-integrated tannins and a good aftertaste. After one hour it was more smoother and balanced. Great wine.

First I poured this 2006 super tuscan in the decanter. The wine has a medium ruby in color with garnet edges. 
It the nose cherries, prunes, licorice, dried red fruits, chocolate, clove, and earthy notes. On the palate the wine showes cherries, red berries, raspberry, prune, cocoa, spices, clove and earthy notes as well as hints of cola, coffee and tobacco. 
It's fresh with medium acidity, fine, well-integrated tannins and a good aftertaste. After one hour it was more smoother and balanced. Great wine.

Grapes:Mainly Sangiovese with small amount of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
Vineyard: Podere Serra all’olio, Podere Nocolino.
Harvest:By hand, in September.

Vinification: Maceration on the skins between 15 and 25 days. Alcoholic fermentation in concrete tanks of 50 hectoliters (only indigenous yeast) at controlled temperature, max. 28°C.
Aging; Mainly in old tonneaux of 500L for about 12 to 14 months. Then 10 months in concrete or wooden tanks of 25 HL.

Wineproducer: www.caiarossa.com
Holland Importer: www.pandorasbottle.nl

Oct
11
Al Passo 2009

Al Passo 2009

Tolaini, Tuscany Italy

Category: Solid red

Blend of 85% Sangiovese and 15% Merlot. Alcohol 13.5%. The nose had aromas of wood, dark berries and raspberries and aromas from maturity. In the mouth the wood continues with spices and blue and black fruit. When the wine gets some air it gets really tasty. Herbs and black fruit at the finish. The acidity is perfect with black minerals in the finish.

Blend of 85% Sangiovese and 15% Merlot. Alcohol 13.5%. The nose had aromas of wood, dark berries and raspberries and aromas from maturity. In the mouth the wood continues with spices and blue and black fruit. When the wine gets some air it gets really tasty. Herbs and black fruit at the finish. The acidity is perfect with black minerals in the finish.

Grapes: Sangiovese 85%, Merlot 15% Yield: 60 qt./ha
Area of production: Chianti Classico, Tuscany, Italy
Production: 100,000 bottles (2008); 117,000 bottles (2009); 83,000 bottles (2010); 93,000 bottles (2011); 165,000 bottles (2012)
Aging: 12 months in bottle

Winemaking

Grapes are firstly selected during harvest in the vineyard and then on the sorting table when they arrive to the winery; they are destemmed and the whole berries are immediately put into stainless steel fermentation tanks and a portion into French oak fermenters.

Alcoholic fermentation: The temperature is computer controlled in the tanks where the must is kept in contact with the skins for about 20-25 days where remontage occurs every 6-8 hours and one delestage is done per week.

Malolactic fermentation: French oak fermenting tanks and in French oak barriques (20% new and 80% used one year)

Maturation: On fine lees for 6 months in barriques and oak fermenters, 8 months in barriques (20% new)

Wineproducer: www.tolaini.it

Oct
11
Pinot Grigio 2015

Pinot Grigio 2015

Il Roncal, Friuli Italy

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Pinot Grigio

A Pinot Grigio from Winery Il Roncal. Bright yellow color. Fruity nose with melon, apple, grapefruit and flowers. Full-bodied, velvety, with good structure, pleasant on the finish. Nice 

A Pinot Grigio from Winery Il Roncal. Bright yellow color. Fruity nose with melon, apple, grapefruit and flowers. Full-bodied, velvety, with good structure, pleasant on the finish. Nice

Oct
10
Charta Riesling Kabinett 2013

Charta Riesling Kabinett 2013

Baron Knyphausen, Rheingau Germany

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Riesling

Pale green yellow color. In the nose juicy, sweet Riesling bouquet. Notes of peach, floral elements, a touch of butter and cream, and a soft mineral underlayer. Harmonious and tasty, with medium to full, balanced acidity, which go well with the soft sweetness, clear peach, spices and butter.

Pale green yellow color. In the nose juicy, sweet Riesling bouquet. Notes of peach, floral elements, a touch of butter and cream, and a soft mineral underlayer.

Harmonious and tasty, with medium to full, balanced acidity, which go well with the soft sweetness, clear peach, spices and butter.

Wineproducer: www.baron-knyphausen.de

 

Oct
9
Moreccio 2012

Moreccio 2012

Fattoria Casa di Terra, Bolgheri Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah

Nice party with friends. The Bolgheri shows red fruit, vanilla and spices that make the aromatic spectrum intriguing; smooth and silky tannins.

Nice party with friends. The Bolgheri shows red fruit, vanilla and spices that make the aromatic spectrum intriguing; smooth and silky tannins.

Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon 40% - Merlot 30% - Syrah 30%
Location: Bolgheri (Livorno)
Year planted: 1995 and 2000
Ageing: at least 6 months in oak barrels of 3° - 4° step
Ageing in bottle: 6 months

Wineproducer: www.fattoriacasaditerra.com

Oct
8
Bandol Rosé 2015

Bandol Rosé 2015

Chateau Barthes, Bandol France

Category: Rosé
Tags: bandol

Beautiful salmon pink color. Classic style rose with strawberry, raspberry fruit on the nose and some floral hints. Firmly structured, pepper, spicy with light tannins. Round and supple on the palate, with a subtle hint of liquorice and surprising grip.

Beautiful salmon pink color. Classic style rose with strawberry, raspberry fruit on the nose and some floral hints. Firmly structured, pepper, spicy with light tannins. Round and supple on the palate, with a subtle hint of liquorice and surprising grip.

Oct
8
Soave Classico 2015

Soave Classico 2015

Pieropan, Soave Italy

Category: Crisp white, Full white
Tags: soave

A fresh and expressive Soave, with white flower, almond and a touch of citrus. Rounded, ripe fruit is perfectly balanced by a fresh, clean acidity. Long and fragrant, it has a note of fine, almond on the finish. Great!

A fresh and expressive Soave, with white flower, almond and a touch of citrus. Rounded, ripe fruit is perfectly balanced by a fresh, clean acidity. Long and fragrant, it has a note of fine, almond on the finish. Great!

Grapes: Garganega 85 % Trebbiano di Soave 15%
Location: Hillside vineyard in the Soave Classico zone
Harvesting: Hand-picked starting from mid-September for the Trebbiano di Soave and from October for the Garganega
The grapes are de-stemmed and crushed with the free run juice fermented separately between 14-18°C in glass-lined cement tanks.

Wineproducer: www.pieropan.it

Oct
7
Dingac 2012

Dingac 2012

Madirazza, Dingac Croatia

Category: Solid red
Tags: Dingac

This wine from Croatia has a dark ruby red color. In the nose chocolate, earth, cherries and something sweet. The taste is full of dark fruit like blackberry, blueberry, black currant and cherry mixed with sweet and full aroma of jam and plums. Long complex. 

This wine from Croatia has a dark ruby red color. In the nose chocolate, earth, cherries and something sweet. The taste is full of dark fruit like blackberry, blueberry, black currant and cherry mixed with sweet and full aroma of jam and plums. Long complex. 

Grape: Plavac Mali
Serve with: Red meat, strong cheeses and game.
Ideal serving temperature: 18 degrees Celsius.
Alcohol: 14.5%.
Specialties: Dinga? is the first Croatian wine whose production and origin were protected under the Geneva Convention of 1961.

The Dinga? wine region lies on the southern slopes in the middle of the Peljesac peninsula. The grapes grow along very steep slopes of the Adriatic sea and catch a lot of light because the sun is almost perpendicular to the vineyards state, but also by the reflection of sunlight in the water. This has a major impact on the quality of the grapes.

This wine has won many awards, including a bronze medal at the IWC in London.

wineproducer: www.dingac.hr
importer netherlands: www.croatiangrapes.com

Oct
7
Adama White 2014

Adama White 2014

Bosman Family Vineyards, Cape Winelands South Africa

Category: Full white
Tags: Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Pinot Gris, Semillon, Viognier

This biological blend of 60% Chenin Blanc , 20% Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Semillon and Viognier has a yellow color with a golden rim. In the nose aromas of tropical fruit like pineapple, spiciness and wood. On the palate tropical fruit and complex tones of spiciness from maturation in oak. Complex and elegant wine with a minerally finish.

This biological blend of 60% Chenin Blanc , 20% Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Semillon and Viognier has a yellow color with a golden rim. In the nose aromas of tropical fruit like pineapple, spiciness and wood. On the palate tropical fruit and complex tones of spiciness from maturation in oak. Complex and elegant wine with a minerally finish.

Grapes: Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Garnacha Blanca, Pinot Grigio, Roussanne, Semillon, Viognier
Cuvée Cuvée
Grape variety division Chenin 60%, Chardonnay 20%, Grenache Blanc 10%, Semillon 3%, Viognier 3%, Pinot Gris 3%, Roussanne 1%
Alcohol content 14.28%
Acidity 6 g / l
Low acid acidity
Residual sugar 1.4 g / l
Allergen labeling Eggs, milk, sulphites
Presumably storable until 2019

Wineproducer: www.bosmanwines.com

Oct
6
Le Caprice de Clémentine blanc - 2015

Le Caprice de Clémentine blanc - 2015

Chateau Les Valentines, Provence France

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Ugniblanc, Vermentino, Clairette

50% Ugni Blanc, 30% Vermentino, 20% Clairette

Pale yellow color with green hints. Fresh aromas of white flowers, yellow fruit and hazelnut. A well-balanced and powerful mouth of exotic and citrus fruits, lychee and grapefruit. Long, racy, and rich, with a fresh finish

50% Ugni Blanc, 30% Vermentino, 20% Clairette

Pale yellow color with green hints. Fresh aromas of white flowers, yellow fruit and hazelnut. A well-balanced and powerful mouth of exotic and citrus fruits, lychee and grapefruit. Long, racy, and rich, with a fresh finish.

Wineproducer: www.lesvalentines.com

Oct
6
Jalé Sicilia D.O.C 2012

Jalé Sicilia D.O.C 2012

Cusumano, Sicily Italy

Category: Full white
Tags: Chardonnay

This Cusumano Jale presents a bright and attractive golden color. The nose emerge aromas of ripe tropical fruit, melted butter and vanilla, pepper on a mineral background. The taste is soft and structured, balanced with flavor and acidity and a long finish where the buttery notes return.

This Cusumano Jale presents a bright and attractive golden color. The nose emerge aromas of ripe tropical fruit, melted butter and vanilla, pepper on a mineral background. The taste is soft and structured, balanced with flavor and acidity and a long finish where the buttery notes return.

Zone of production:Tenuta Ficuzza, Piana degli Albanesi (PA).
Grape Chardonnay 100%.
Exposure South. Average age of vines 14 years.
Cultivation Low espallier at a density of 5000 plants per hectare. Production 6000 kg of grapes per hectare. Grape harvest Manual, in the first ten days of August. Vinification Cold pressing in contact with skins followed by static clarification. Fermentation in oak of 225 litres for a period of around six months, followed by fining in the bottle. 

wineproducer: www.cusumano.it

Oct
5
Valpolicella Ripasso Classico Superiore 2013

Valpolicella Ripasso Classico Superiore 2013

Cantina Spada, Valpolicella Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Corvina, Molinara, Rondinella

Deep ruby almost garnet red color. Bouquet is surprisingly wide and fragrant, merging ginger flavour, pepper, plum and black cherry notes. Very rich and full with lots of dark fruit, raisins and vanilla. It’s complex, balanced and slightly tannic in taste. Very nice.

Deep ruby almost garnet red color. Bouquet is surprisingly wide and fragrant, merging ginger flavour, pepper, plum and black cherry notes. Very rich and full with lots of dark fruit, raisins and vanilla. It’s complex, balanced and slightly tannic in taste. Very nice.

Grape Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara
character smoothly
Drink now Ready to drink.
Serve around 17 ° C

Wineproducer: www.cantinaspada.it

Oct
5
Mas Donis Barrica Montsant - 2013

Mas Donis Barrica Montsant - 2013

Celler Capçanes, D.O. Montsant Spain

Category: Solid red
Tags: Garnacha:Syrah

Vibrant purple in color. This wine, a blend of 85% garnacha, 15% syrah reveales intense aroma's of black fruits, violets, licorice and black pepper. The mouth feel is lush with a seductive velvety texture and additional tastes of smoke and minerals. The finish is medium/long in length with dense elements framing the fruits.

Vibrant purple in color. This wine, a blend of 85% garnacha, 15% syrah reveales intense aroma's of black fruits, violets, licorice and black pepper. The mouth feel is lush with a seductive velvety texture and additional tastes of smoke and minerals. The finish is medium/long in length with dense elements framing the fruits.

Jul
4
Vettina Pergolo Rosso 2014

Vettina Pergolo Rosso 2014

Terracruda, Marche Italy

Category: Fruity red
Tags: Aleatico, Vernaccia di Pergola,

Pergola Rosso or Aleatico grape is grown in the central part of Le Marche. The Vettina Terracruda has a bright and transparent ruby red color with purple hues. Very intense aroma’s of roses and violets, red fruits, raisins and cherries. On the palate intense persistent, with again flowers and red fruits with soft tannins. The aftertaste is long with fruits and flower. This taste is common with the Aleatico grape. You can drink it as aparative but I would prefer lamb or pasta dishes with it.

Pergola Rosso or Aleatico grape is grown in the central part of Le Marche. The Vettina Terracruda has a bright and transparent ruby red color with purple hues. Very intense aroma’s of roses and violets, red fruits, raisins and cherries. On the palate intense persistent, with again flowers and red fruits with soft tannins. The aftertaste is long with fruits and flower. This taste is common with the Aleatico grape. You can drink it as aparative but I would prefer lamb or pasta dishes with it.

Production: Fratterosa PESARO and URBINO – MARCHES
Vine variety: an indigenous Aleatico biotype (anciently called Vernaccia di Pergola)
Vineyard: Vigna Ortaia, Vigna del Frescuccio and Vigna del Pozzo
Surface: 7 ha
Plant spacing: 270 x 0.70
Altitude: 400 m above sea level
Plants per hectare: 5.500
Exposure: South /South–West
Training method: runner (i.e. spurred cordon) system
Plant age: ten years on average
Harvesting period: second ten days of September
Harvesting method: grapes are handpicked into small boxes
Type of terrain: sandy/clayey
Yield per hectare: 6 tonnes.
Vinification and Barrel-ageing: soft, whole-bunch pressing. Cold, static must decanting. This wine is totally aged on fine lees (sur lies) in new French oak barrels for 4 to 5 months, with continuous resuspension of noble lees (batonnage). This technique is used to give the wine a richer bouquet and a more intense taste.
Bottle-ageing: 8/12-month bottle-aging
Alcoholic strength: 14,50% – 15%
Serving temperature: 14°C

Wineproducer: www.terracruda.it

Jul
3
NEO 2010 - Ribera del Duero

NEO 2010 - Ribera del Duero

Bodegas NEO, Ribera del Duero Spain

Category: Solid red
Tags: empranillo

This needs some air but is so nice! Nose is excellent with blue and black fruit, vanilla, a little graphite. Palate of blueberry, chocolate, spice, graphite, and tannin. Dense mouthfeel, and good length on the finish. Needs major time, but it seems to have a lit of stuff going on. Great Ribera del Duero.

This needs some air but is so nice! Nose is excellent with blue and black fruit, vanilla, a little graphite. Palate of blueberry, chocolate, spice, graphite, and tannin. Dense mouthfeel, and good length on the finish. Needs major time, but it seems to have a lit of stuff going on. Great Ribera del Duero.

Ribera del Duero 
100% Tempranillo
Aging: 20 months in oak barrels (90% French, 10% American)
Parker Ponts: 95

Jul
3
Cuvée Tradition, Blanc de Noirs

Cuvée Tradition, Blanc de Noirs

Champagne Serge Mathieu, Champagne France

Category: Sparkling
Tags: Pinot Noir,

This Blanc de Noirs is 100% from the pinot noir grape. Pale yellow in color. Clean nose, ripe character with aromas of lime, red cherries, red berries and baked biscuits. Vivid, fresh and clear with some red apple and berry notes not showing serious complexity but with a very pleasant feeling. Vigorous mousse and more present palate with moderate acid.

This Blanc de Noirs is 100% from the pinot noir grape. Pale yellow in color. Clean nose, ripe character with aromas of lime, red cherries, red berries and baked biscuits. Vivid, fresh and clear with some red apple and berry notes not showing serious complexity but with a very pleasant feeling. Vigorous mousse and more present palate with moderate acid.

Ideal aperitif or with oysters, mussels, lobster, carrots and beef carpaccio. This wine goes with aperitif, inter alia, meats, poultry and seafood.

Wineproducer: www.champagne-serge-mathieu.fr
Dutch importer: www.colaris.nl

Jul
2
CABALLO LOCO ÚNICO - Number Fifteen

CABALLO LOCO ÚNICO - Number Fifteen

Valdivieso, Central Valley Chile

Category: Solid red
Tags: Syrah, Cabarnet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc,

Dark red violet. Complex and intense aroma with notes of cassis, coffee and hints of spices such as cinnamon, vanilla and clove. The taste is full , round, complex , tasty with soft tannins and a long finish.

Dark red violet. Complex and intense aroma with notes of cassis, coffee and hints of spices such as cinnamon, vanilla and clove. The taste is full , round, complex , tasty with soft tannins and a long finish.

Wineproducer: valdiviesovineyard.com

Valdivieso was founded in 1878 and gained fame as a sparkling wine producer before moving into red and white wines, but it was only in 1994 that the owners embarked on the project to produce Caballo Louco, one of Chile’s first premium wines and undoubtedly one of the best.

The idea for Caballo Loco was inspired by the legendary Spanish wine Vega Sicilia Único Gran Reserva, which is produced using the “Solera” method. This is a winemaking technique used mostly for Sherry production, whereby barrel-aged wines from different years are blended.

The first Caballo Loco was produced in 1994 (Caballo Loco number 1) made from a blend of 50% of that year’s vintage with an aged blend from 1992. Caballo Loco number 16,
currently available at Apolónia (€44.95), is the 16th wine to be made over the last 22 years, in this case from the 2011 and 2010 vintages.

The resulting wine is bottle-aged for at least 18 months before release onto the market, and being a blend of wines from different years, there is, of course, no vintage on the label.

The grapes for the premium Caballo Loco label come from four different vineyards in central Chile and the blend of the new wine varies each time it is made. Number 1 for example was a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Pinot Noir, whilst other editions contain varieties as diverse as Syrah, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Carménère.
Only Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc are always present, blended with the best grapes from the other varieties that were most successful in the particular year and best suited to create the intended balance.

The result is a wine of great concentration, quite unlike any other on the market. There is intense mature berry fruit on the nose and richness on the palate with velvety tannins, and so many layers of flavours that the wine is almost impossible to describe in detail.

In addition to the main “Solera” master blend, there is a range of four Grand Cru wines (€32.95 at Apolónia) produced as vintages made from the specific grapes grown in each of the four vineyards. These wines are in essence the soul of the great wine itself. Caballo Loco Grand Cru Limari, for instance, is made from 100% Syrah from the Limari Valley whilst Grand Cru Maipo Andes is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc from the Maipo Alto Valley.

Jul
2
Coda di Volpe 2014

Coda di Volpe 2014

La Dormiente, Campania Italy

Category: Full white

This Coda di Volpe  from the Taburno region Italy near #Naples has a straw yellow color with golden hues. In the nose white fruits and some flowers. On the palate also fruity with flowers, firm but easy drinking with some nice mineral notes. It is recommended as aperitif but I think it needs some food with it.

This Coda di Volpe  from the Taburno region Italy near #Naples has a straw yellow color with golden hues. In the nose white fruits and some flowers. On the palate also fruity with flowers, firm but easy drinking with some nice mineral notes. It is recommended as aperitif but I think it needs some food with it.

Wineproducer: www.ladormiente.it

Jul
1
Gavi DOCG 2015

Gavi DOCG 2015

Tenuta San Pietro, Piedmont Italy

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Cortese

Yellowish. In the nose, ripe fruit like peach and apricot , floral notes , fennel and minerals. In the mouth, a soft starter and a good concentration with nice , mild acids and a beautiful , long and mineral finish.

Yellowish. In the nose, ripe fruit like peach and apricot , floral notes , fennel and minerals. In the mouth, a soft starter and a good concentration with nice , mild acids and a beautiful , long and mineral finish.

Planted area: 22 has.
Grapes: 100% Cortese.
Pruning system: traditional Guyot.
Cultivation: organic-biodynamic method, the vines are grown without the use of fertilizers and agrochemicals.
Yield: 9000 kg / ha.
Soil type: calcareous clay, good texture, good presence of minerals.
Geological zone: Tassarolo, hilly, 300 m altitude (s.l.m.), south / east - south / west.
Harvest: mid September, hand picked.
Vinification: soft pressing of the grapes; The must, after natural settling, is fermented in stainless steel tanks with temperature control.
Alcoholic fermentation using selected yeasts for a period of 20-25 days.
The wine on the lees lasts for at least 2/3 months, and after the cold stabilization, the wine is bottled in early March.
Alcohol content: 12%.
Serving suggestions: Excellent as an aperitif, it goes happily with pasta dishes, white meats, fish and vegetables.
Serving temperature: 8/10 ° C.
Conservation: bottles stored in a cool, dry and at a constant temperature, will keep for 4-5 years.

Wineproducer: www.tenutasanpietro.it

Jul
1
Niersteiner Holle Weisser burgunder trocken 2014

Niersteiner Holle Weisser burgunder trocken 2014

Weingut Eckehart Gröhl, Rheinhessen Germany

Category: Crisp white, Full white
Tags: Weisserburgunder

The bouquet is very flowery, strong and sweet. It is reminiscent of white lilac and sweet with some pannacotta. Then green apple and herbal tones and some star fruit unfold. The palate is down quite opulent, rich in extracts and creamy. The whole is rounded off by a fine acid.

The bouquet is very flowery, strong and sweet. It is reminiscent of white lilac and sweet with some pannacotta. Then green apple and herbal tones and some star fruit unfold. The palate is down quite opulent, rich in extracts and creamy. The whole is rounded off by a fine acid.

Growing region: Rheinhessen
Grape: Weißburgunder
Alcohol content: 13.0% vol.
Expansion: Barrique, Spontanvergoren

Wineproducer: www.weingut-groehl.de

Jun
30
L'Aura Chianti Classico - 2013

L'Aura Chianti Classico - 2013

Querceto Di Castellina, Tuscany Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Sangiovese,

This is the entry level wine from Querceto di Castellina. Easy and very nice. 100% sangiovese this deep dark red. In the nose a lot of black fruit with floral notes. Tempting the palate with again plenty of lively fruit, earthy, savory and still dominated with some wood but supple tannins and a juicy rustic finish.

This is the entry level wine from Querceto di Castellina. Easy and very nice. 100% sangiovese this deep dark red. In the nose a lot of black fruit with floral notes. Tempting the palate with again plenty of lively fruit, earthy, savory and still dominated with some wood but supple tannins and a juicy rustic finish.

Aging: 13 months neutral French oak Tonneaux 500 lt
Alcohol: 13,5%

Wineproducer: www.quercetodicastellina.com

Jun
30
Poggio a' Frati Chianti Classico Riserva 2011

Poggio a' Frati Chianti Classico Riserva 2011

Rocca di Castagnoli, Tuscany Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Sangiovese, Canaiole

Cherry red in the glass. A sumptuous bouquet of violets, elderberries, plums and cherries. Smoky aromas and chocolate are also present . On the palate this wine acts first cool, then juicy, with a nice berry fruit acidity and elegant tannins but-present. Great chianti.

Cherry red in the glass. A sumptuous bouquet of violets, elderberries, plums and cherries. Smoky aromas and chocolate are also present . On the palate this wine acts first cool, then juicy, with a nice berry fruit acidity and elegant tannins but-present. Great chianti.

Grape varieties: 95% sangiovese, 5% canaiolo
Vineyard: Poggio a' Frati
Planting density: 5 thousand vines/hec
Average yield: 1 kg/plant
Average altitude: 430 m a.s.l.
Maturation: in oak barrels for at least 15 months and tonneaux
Ageing in glass: 12 months
Alcoholic content: 13% vol.
Serving temperature: 18°C

Jun
29
Roble 2014

Roble 2014

Quotanes, Toro Spain

Category: Solid red
Tags: Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon

This is the first production of this very nice red wine. So for me an honour. Color: Intense ruby red. Aromas of dark fruit and herbs. The palate shows flavors of black currants, raisins, chocolate and spices. They give this wine its expressive style. Still strong tannins so I think a few months or mabye years will do good to this wine.

This is the first production of this very nice red wine. So for me an honour. Color: Intense ruby red. Aromas of dark fruit and herbs. The palate shows flavors of black currants, raisins, chocolate and spices. They give this wine its expressive style. Still strong tannins so I think a few months or mabye years will do good to this wine.

Grapes: 85% Tempranillo, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon 

Wineproducer: www.quotanes.com

Jun
29
Sei - Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2012

Sei - Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2012

Querceto Di Castellina, Tuscany Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Sangiovese, Merlot

The flagship of Querceto di Castellina has a deep ruby color and opens immediately with intense notes of cherry, dried plum, balsamic and gusts of tobacco and salt liquorice background. The taste is powerful, elegant, full-bodied yet smooth, fluid and lasting persistence on the palate. I think this baby we will even better within 5 years.
 

The flagship of Querceto di Castellina has a deep ruby color and opens immediately with intense notes of cherry, dried plum, balsamic and gusts of tobacco and salt liquorice background. The taste is powerful, elegant, full-bodied yet smooth, fluid and lasting persistence on the palate. I think this baby we will even better within 5 years.

Grapes: 90% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot
Production: 7409
Location: Località  Querceto, Castellina in Chianti
Harvest: Hand picked in September/October
Aging: 8 months in 225 lt oak barrels and tonneau 500 lt. 12 months in bottle
Alcohol: 14,21%

Wineproducer: www.quercetodicastellina.com

Jun
29
Chianti Classico 2014

Chianti Classico 2014

Rocca di Castagnoli, Tuscany Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Sangiovese, Colorino, Canaiolo

The wine is made from 90% Sangiovese, 5% Canaiolo and 5% Colorino. 
This Chianti is still Young but allready very nice. Light transparent dark red color. In the nose a beautiful cherry scent, combined with spices, violets, tabacco and almonds. On the palate very juicy with fine acidity and ripe tannins. Tight finish, with tingling tannins. The other bottle I lie to rest in the cellar for 5 years.

The wine is made from 90% Sangiovese, 5% Canaiolo and 5% Colorino. 
This Chianti is still Young but allready very nice. Light transparent dark red color. In the nose a beautiful cherry scent, combined with spices, violets, tabacco and almonds. On the palate very juicy with fine acidity and ripe tannins. Tight finish, with tingling tannins. The other bottle I lie to rest in the cellar for 5 years.

Grape varieties: sangiovese 90%, colorino 5%, canaiolo 5%
Vineyard: loc. Castagnoli
Planting density: 5 thousand vines/hec
Average yield: 1,5 kg/plant
Average altitude: 500 m a.s.l.
Maturation: in oak casks and in tonneaux for at least 12 months
Ageing in glass: 12 months
Alcoholic content: 13.5% vol.
Serving temperature: 18°C

Wineproducer: www.roccadicastagnoli.com

Jun
28
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano D.O.C.G 2011

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano D.O.C.G 2011

Tenuta Di Gracciano Della Seta, Montepulciano Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Prugnolo Gentile, Merlot

Deep maroon color. Medium-full body. Lots of dark fruit, brisk acidity, and a touch of green. Smooth, polished texture with some oak. Solid red wine.

Deep maroon color. Medium-full body. Lots of dark fruit, brisk acidity, and a touch of green. Smooth, polished texture with some oak. Solid red wine.

Soil type / Silty-clay
Age of vines (year of planting) / 1970-1993-1997-1999
Planting density / 3.300 (old)-4.500-5000 (new) vines/ha
Grapes: Prugnolo Gentile 90%, Merlot 10%
Harvesting / by hand
Yield / 40 hl/ha
Ageing:18 months in 3,5 and 5hl French oak tonneaux (first, second and third passage) (40%) and in 25hl French and Slavonian oak casks (60%)
Serving suggestions: Traditional dishes: roasts, game and mature cheeses.

 

 

Jun
28
Altana Douro 2013

Altana Douro 2013

Symington Family Estate, Douro Portugal

Category: Fruity red
Tags: Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca

Good deep garnet and nearly opaque at the core. Nose with black cherries, blackberries, coffee and smoky licorice. The 2013 Altano Douro opens with a medium to full body revealing juicy flavors of dark cherry, blackberry, coffee, smoke, rose petal, and crushed rock. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a softly spicy finish. Very good pqr. 

Good deep garnet and nearly opaque at the core. Nose with black cherries, blackberries, coffee and smoky licorice. The 2013 Altano Douro opens with a medium to full body revealing juicy flavors of dark cherry, blackberry, coffee, smoke, rose petal, and crushed rock. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a softly spicy finish. Very good pqr. 

Consumption: Ready for immediate consumption, but could benefit from bottle ageing.
Serving Temperature: Between 14º and 17ºC.
Grapes: A mix of Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz and Tinta Barroca.

Wineproducer: www.altano.pt

Jun
27
Chardonnay 2013

Chardonnay 2013

Hartenberg Wine Estate, Stellenbosch South Africa

Category: Full white
Tags: Chardonnay

This Chardonnay from Hartenberg shows a bright amber color. In the nose a traditionel chardonnay smell with butter, fresh lemon, quince, vanilla and wood tones. On the palate creamy with soft enamel and fine wood. He lingers long on the palate and ends complex but soft. This wine match perfect with chardonnay fans who like wooded chardonnay.

This Chardonnay from Hartenberg shows a bright amber color. In the nose a traditionel chardonnay smell with butter, fresh lemon, quince, vanilla and wood tones. On the palate creamy with soft enamel and fine wood. He lingers long on the palate and ends complex but soft. This wine match perfect with chardonnay fans who like wooded chardonnay.

Barrel Ageing:12 months French Oak (225litre) 33 % new, 33% 2nd fill. Balance in 3rd fill barrels. Fermented & matured Maturation Up to 5 years from vintage 
Alcohol:13.81% by volume Residual Sugar 2.8 g/l Total Acid 6.5 g/l pH 3.24
Food matching: Cream based foods, smoked chicken or duck, seared tuna with olive oil, lime juice and black pepper.  

Wineproducer: www.hartenbergestate.com

Jun
27
Morellino di Scansano 2014

Morellino di Scansano 2014

Podere 414, Tuscany Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Sangiovese, Ciliegiolo, Colorino, Sirah

think it’s better to leave the wine in the cellar for 2/3 years so it will be even better. For me this young one has a bit to high acidity. I tasted the 2012 which tasted better.

think it’s better to leave the wine in the cellar for 2/3 years so it will be even better. For me this young one has a bit to high acidity. I tasted the 2012 which tasted better.

Grape Harvest dates: start 17 September 2014, end 16 October 2014 (100% hand harvested).
Vineyard (extension): 22 hectares of vineyard under organic management (IT BIO 006 OP.B1105). All of the vines are planted at high density (about 6500 vines/hectare) and the prevailing training method is the double guyot, the Alicante B. variety is managed at head pruned (Goblet).
Grape varietals: 85% Sangiovese, 15% other varietes (Ciliegiolo, Colorino, Alicante B., Sirah).
Maturing and refinement: the wine is aged in wood and refines for 12 months in small wooden casks (25 hl) and tonneaux (5 hl).
Time storage vintage 2014: 8-10 years.
Number of bottles produced: 114.000 bottles.
Analytic data: alcohol 13,50 % vol, total acidity 5,40 g/l; net extract 29,00 g/l; sugar 0,4 g/l.

Organoleptic analysis: the colour is intense ruby red. The bouquet is characterized by key notes of ripe fruit which blend with secondary spicy notes complemented by a woody note. On the mouth it delivers body, roundness and freshness, derived from the quality of the tannins and the sustained
acidity. Our aim is the creation of a wine which distinguisches itself, thanks to its peculiarities of harmony and refinement, rendering any meal more pleasant end flowing without overbearing. This year vintage fully lives up to the previous once in standards of both quality and regional reputation.

Wineproducer: www.podere414.it

Jun
26
Varietal Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Varietal Sauvignon Blanc 2015

José Pariente, Rueda Spain

Category: Crisp white
Tags: Sauvignon Blanc,

Yellow green colour. The nose shows a interplay of green plants and exotic fruits. Nice mineral with hints of cut grass. Great taste, fresh and elegant. The finish is strong with a lot of structure, round and long.

Yellow green colour. The nose shows a interplay of green plants and exotic fruits. Nice mineral with hints of cut grass. Great taste, fresh and elegant. The finish is strong with a lot of structure, round and long.

Grapes: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Alcohol: 13º
Volatile acidity: 0.24
Total acidity: 5.9 g/l
Ideal serving temperature: 6-8º C
Bottled in the month of February 2012

Wineproducer: www.josepariente.com

Jun
26
Gewurztraminer Spatlese Trocken 2015

Gewurztraminer Spatlese Trocken 2015

Zwölberich, Nahe Germany

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Gewürztraminer

This organic wineproducer from Germany creates a very nice Gewürztraminer. In the glass a bright golden yellow color.
Aromas of flowers like violet and roses and some citrus fruit and apple. On the palata green apple, pineapple, bananas and citrus. Nice refreshing wine.

This organic wineproducer from Germany creates a very nice Gewürztraminer. In the glass a bright golden yellow color.
?Aromas of flowers like violet and roses and some citrus fruit and apple. On the palata green apple, pineapple, bananas and citrus. Nice refreshing wine.

Grape: Gewürztraminer
Maturing: steel
Year 2015
Number of filled bottles in 2724
Content 0.750 liters
Cellaring 2020
Serving temperature 13 ° C
Alcohol 12.0% vol

Wineproducer: www.zwoelberich.de

Jun
25
Flower Power 2015

Flower Power 2015

Podere 414, Tuscany Italy

Category: Rosé
Tags: Sangiovese

This Flower Power has a pale orange rosy colour with aromas of tropical fruits, such as grapefruit and pineapple but also some strawberry  and redcurrant. Floral notes, a hint of strawberry and apricot dominate the palate with a lemon acidity carrying the finish. Fruit and acid in perfect harmony. Does what you expect from a good rosé.

The name of the wine “flower power” derives from the famous expression of the poet Allen Ginsberg coined during the period of the  “hippy counterculture ” of the sixties and seventies.

This Flower Power has a pale orange rosy colour with aromas of tropical fruits, such as grapefruit and pineapple but also some strawberry  and redcurrant. Floral notes, a hint of strawberry and apricot dominate the palate with a lemon acidity carrying the finish. Fruit and acid in perfect harmony. Does what you expect from a good rosé.

Grapes: 100% Sangiovese (organically managed).
Vinification: the vinification occours with the “soft pressure” method, after a short maceration on the skins. After a freezing period of the fresh juice the fermentation occours in steel with selected yeasts. The fermentation is driven for 15-20 days at low temperatures.
Date of bottling: march 2016. Bottles produced: 20.000.
Match and temperature: the wine is ideal for aperitif but matches as well with charcuterie, chease, pasta, pizza, meat or fish; serve cold.

Wineproducer: www.podere414.it

Jun
25
Ranuccio Barbera dei Colli Piacentini DOC 2013

Ranuccio Barbera dei Colli Piacentini DOC 2013

Castelli del Duca, Emilia Romagna Italy

Category: Fruity red
Tags: Barbera

Young and fruity with a variety of flavors. On the nose, a whole fruit basket. In addition to typical forest fruits such as blackberries and blue are also found elderberry and blackcurrant. On the palate wonderfully simple and tasty.

Young and fruity with a variety of flavors. On the nose, a whole fruit basket. In addition to typical forest fruits such as blackberries and blue are also found elderberry and blackcurrant.

On the palate wonderfully simple and tasty.

Bottle: 0,75 l. cork
N° of bottles produced: 60.000
Classification: red dry wine
Area of production: Colli Piacentini
Place: Val Tidone
Alcohol: 13,5%
Serving Temperature: 18
Aging: 3/4 years

Wineproducer: www.medici.it

Jun
24
Codazzo Pergola Doc Rosato 2015

Codazzo Pergola Doc Rosato 2015

Terracruda, Marche Italy

Category: Rosé
Tags: Aleatico, Vernaccia di Pergola

This Rosato made from an indigenous Aleatico biotype (anciently called Vernaccia di Pergola) has a crystal clear salmon/rosy color. In the nose great aromas of flowers, cherries, red berries, strawberries and some herbs. Great easy drinking Rosato.

This Rosato made from an indigenous Aleatico biotype (anciently called Vernaccia di Pergola) has a crystal clear salmon/rosy color. In the nose great aromas of flowers, cherries, red berries, strawberries and some herbs. Great easy drinking Rosato.

Grapes: an indigenous Aleatico biotype (anciently called Vernaccia di Pergola)
Vineyard: Vigna Ortaia, Vigna del Frescuccio and Vigna del Pozzo
Harvesting period: first ten days of September
Harvesting method: grapes are handpicked into small boxes
Type of terrain: sandy/clayey
Vinification: The must remains in contact with grape skins for a short period (maceration), which gives this wine an ideal rosé colour. Fermentation is made at low temperature in thermally controlled steel vats.
Bottle-ageing: 3/4-month bottle-aging
Alcoholic strength: 13% – 13,50%
Serving temperature: 12°C

Wineproducer: www.terracruda.it

Jun
23
One Night’s Rosé 2015

One Night’s Rosé 2015

Gaintus, Catalonia Spain

Category: Rosé
Tags: Sumoll

Made entirely from Sumoll, a native Catalan grape, the wine is harvested over one night , and pressed and macerated in one day. 
Very luxe bottle with a glass cork. Light pink. Clean and bright. Intense nose with aromas of red fruit, raspberries, currants and strawberries, roses and grass.

The palate has a soft entry and a mouth with nice acidity. Fresh and expressive. At the end a slightly bitter point. Not like a rose from the Provence but it's own taste.

Made entirely from Sumoll, a native Catalan grape, the wine is harvested over one night , and pressed and macerated in one day. 
Very luxe bottle with a glass cork. Light pink. Clean and bright. Intense nose with aromas of red fruit, raspberries, currants and strawberries, roses and grass.

The palate has a soft entry and a mouth with nice acidity. Fresh and expressive. At the end a slightly bitter point. Not like a rose from the Provence but it's own taste.

Grapes: 100% sumoll
Alcohol: 11.5%
Production of 8.500 bottles
Winery Heretat Mont Rubi (Font Rubi, Barcelona)
D.O. Penedès

Wineproducer: www.montrubi.com

Jun
23
Riesling trocken 2014

Riesling trocken 2014

Baron Knyphausen, Rheingau Germany

Category: Crisp white

This still Young riesling is light yellow in color. It has a fresh and fruity fragrance with green apple, gooseberry, pineapple and orange peel. Fresh mouthfeel with well-integrated crisp acidity. Light body with again apple, nice minerals and ok finish. Would pair great with asian food.

This still Young riesling is light yellow in color. It has a fresh and fruity fragrance with green apple, gooseberry, pineapple and orange peel. Fresh mouthfeel with well-integrated crisp acidity. Light body with again apple, nice minerals and ok finish. Would pair great with asian food.

Wine style:dry
Eating: poultry, fish, pork, seafood, cheese, Vegetarian, Pasta & Pizza
Alcohol: 11,5 Vol .-%
Acidity: 7.5 g / l
Maturity: to 2018

Wineproducer: www.baron-knyphausen.de

Jun
22
Podalirio 2012

Podalirio 2012

Querceto Di Castellina, Tuscany Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Merlot

“Iphiclides Podalirio” is the name of a kind of butterfly with pale yellow wings and black stripes that can be found all over the Querceto estate. The butterfly is also on the label of this wine in the Chianti Classico DOCG region.

“Iphiclides Podalirio” is the name of a kind of butterfly with pale yellow wings and black stripes that can be found all over the Querceto estate. The butterfly is also on the label of this wine in the Chianti Classico DOCG region.

Deep garnet / black reflections and garnet hue. The bouquet is quite young yet, with bright sour berry fruit supported by sour brambly accents and a fair amount of wet wood as well as alcohol and some leather and spices.

Pleasant and zesty. On the palate it's full, with bright sour cherry fruit supported by smooth sweet cherry plum acidity, and by smooth sweet tannins with a slight cedary underpinning that flows into a long clean bright berry fruit finish. Quite pleasant; it will drink very well and age nicely for another 5-8 years, and perhaps more.

Grapes: Merlot
Production: 6.000
Location: Loc. Querceto, Castellina in Chianti
Harvest: Hand picked in September 2011
Vinficiazione : Stainless steel with termo controlled temperature
Aging: 18 months French oak 225 lt
Alcohol: 14,11%
Bottling: 1August 2013

Wineproducer: www.quercetodicastellina.com

Jun
21
Burgo Viejo Crainza 2010

Burgo Viejo Crainza 2010

Tempranillo;Graciano, Rioja Spain

Category: Supple red

The color is garnet red with a beautiful ruby-colored crown. In the nose a good balance between black fruit, balsamic and vanilla from the wood aging in American oak. On the palate very soft, with potential and complexity.

The color is garnet red with a beautiful ruby-colored crown. In the nose a good balance between black fruit, balsamic and vanilla from the wood aging in American oak. On the palate very soft, with potential and complexity.

Region: DO. Ca La Rioja
Alcohol percentage: 13.5%
Serving temperature: 14-16ºC.
VGrapes: 90% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano
 

Wineproducer: www.burgoviejo.com

Jun
20
Amarone della Valpolicella Riserva 2007

Amarone della Valpolicella Riserva 2007
84 tsomw points

Tenuta Sant Antonio, Veneto Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella, Croatina, Oseleta

Ruby red with black tints. On the nose, incredibly intense and complex with primary notes of ripe cherries, plums and cinnamon as well as in a second wave following aromas of cocoa, chocolate, tar and hazelnuts. Dry palate and warm with incredible wealth and structure supported by powerful tannins and fine, persistent acidity.

 

Ruby red with black tints. On the nose, incredibly intense and complex with primary notes of ripe cherries, plums and cinnamon as well as in a second wave following aromas of cocoa, chocolate, tar and hazelnuts. Dry palate and warm with incredible wealth and structure supported by powerful tannins and fine, persistent acidity.

Production Area: Municipality of Mezzane di Sotto - Monti Garbi District (Verona).
Grapes: Corvina and Corvinone 70% - Rondinella 20% - Croatina 5% - Oseleta 5%.
Serving temperature: 16 ? - 18 ?.
Alcohol: 16% Vol.

Wineproducer: www.tenutasantantonio.it

Jun
20
Langhe Rosso D.O.C. 2013

Langhe Rosso D.O.C. 2013

Nada Giuseppe, Piedmont Italy

Category: Supple red
Tags: Dolcetto, Nebbiolo

This ruby red Langhe Rosso comes form the Langhe / Piedmont region. Full of red fruit notes like, ripe plums, cherries and some herbs. The taste has also red fruits like plums and cherries. Very easy drinking wine which will perfect pair with red meat. The wine is made from 98% Dolcetto and 2% Nebbiolo.

This ruby red Langhe Rosso comes form the Langhe / Piedmont region. Full of red fruit notes like, ripe plums, cherries and some herbs. The taste has also red fruits like plums and cherries. Very easy drinking wine which will perfect pair with red meat. The wine is made from 98% Dolcetto and 2% Nebbiolo.

Grapes: 98% Dolcetto, youngest vineyards and 2% Nebbiolo, Barbaresco vineyards.
Alcohol 13.5%
Drink Temperature: 18-20 ° C
Wine and food combination Combines well with all meat dishes and light / light-ripened cheeses.
Storage advice: The wine can be drunk now but, thanks to its high quality, it can also have 5-7 years are stored after bottling.

Wineproducer: www.nadagiuseppe.com
Bought at: www.aureliuswijnen.nl

Jun
19
Furtivo - Igt Toscana Rosato 2015

Furtivo - Igt Toscana Rosato 2015

Querceto Di Castellina, Tuscany Italy

Category: Rosé
Tags: Sangiovese

For me the honour to taste this Rosato from Sangiovese grapes. Only 2000 bottles made and I can say this is a real nice summerwine.
Fresh strawberry fruit aromas. Bright red fruit flavors with a slight sweetness on a long finish.

For me the honour to taste this Rosato from Sangiovese grapes. Only 2000 bottles made and I can say this is a real nice summerwine.
Fresh strawberry fruit aromas. Bright red fruit flavors with a slight sweetness on a long finish.

First vintage: 2015
PRroduction: 2000
Location: Querceto - Castellina in Chianti
ALlcohol: 13,30%
Bottling: 1 April 2015

Wineproducer: www.quercetodicastellina.com

Jun
19
Barbera d'Alba TRES 2014

Barbera d'Alba TRES 2014

Cascina Alberta, Piedmont Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Barbera

Ruby dark red this Barbera d'Alba. Great aromas of fresh red fruits like blackberries, cherries, plums with fresh overtones. Enveloping taste in the mouth with red fruits. I think that some cellaring will do good. Also now ready to drink.

Ruby dark red this Barbera d'Alba. Great aromas of fresh red fruits like blackberries, cherries, plums with fresh overtones. Enveloping taste in the mouth with red fruits. I think that some cellaring will do good. Also now ready to drink.

Varietal: 100% Barbera
Place of the wineyards: Treiso
Age/size wineyards: 20-30 years- 3,5Ha
Exposure: south, south - ovest
Soil type: moderately loose-packed, limestonebased
Altitude: 350 meters
Yield per Ha: 60 Hl/ha 
Training system: Natural Mechanical/Bordeaux mixture
Bottles: 3500/4500

Wineproducer: www.calberta.it

Jun
18
Piancarda Rosso Conero 2013

Piancarda Rosso Conero 2013

Garofoli, Marche Italy

Category: Supple red
Tags: Montepulciano

right ruby red color. The bouquet is wide, and persistent, rich with hints of ripe fruit, among which the notes of plum, cherry and jammy overtones. 
The palate is pleasantly soft, with pronounced but elegant tannins. Overall it is a fruity wine, warm and dry.

right ruby red color. The bouquet is wide, and persistent, rich with hints of ripe fruit, among which the notes of plum, cherry and jammy overtones. 
The palate is pleasantly soft, with pronounced but elegant tannins. Overall it is a fruity wine, warm and dry.

Zone of origin: the hills behind Monte Cònero.
Terrain: medium consistency, rich in limestone.
Grapes 100% Montepulciano.
Maturation: maturation for about one year in casks.
Consumption: if laid down properly, the wine can be aged for three to four.
Food matches it goes perfectly with roasted meats, aged cheeses and game.
Serving temperature: 18° C (64° F)

Wineproducer: www.garofolivini.it

Jun
18
Malvasia Nera Limited Edition

Malvasia Nera Limited Edition

Conte di Campiano, Apulia Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Malvasia

This Malvasia Nera is made from 100% Malvasia grapes. The wine has a ruby ??red color with orange glare. In the nose it shows the aromas of red fruit and ripe black cherries. In the mouth an elegant wine with a warm and rich taste which is accompanied by soft tannins.

This Malvasia Nera is made from 100% Malvasia grapes. The wine has a ruby ??red color with orange glare. In the nose it shows the aromas of red fruit and ripe black cherries. In the mouth an elegant wine with a warm and rich taste which is accompanied by soft tannins.

Grape Variety: 100% Primitivo from vineyards located in Taranto and Brindisi (Puglia).
The grapes are harvested by hand in early October. The wine has matured over a period of 4 to 6 months in oak barrels.
Wine / food: excellent as an aperitif, also delicious in combination with red meats, spicy pasta dishes and aged cheeses.
Recommended serving temperature: 15-18 ° C.

Wineproducer: www.contedicampiano.it

Jun
18
Feteasca Regala 2014

Feteasca Regala 2014

Liliac, Transylvania Romania

Category: Crisp white
Tags: Fetească Regală

A young wine, crisp, full of freshness, with a yellowish-green. The initial aromas are floral notes combined with green fruit and grass. The taste is balanced, mineral, with acidity characteristic of the variety which is manifested by aromas of citrus and grapefruit. 

A young wine, crisp, full of freshness, with a yellowish-green. The initial aromas are floral notes combined with green fruit and grass. The taste is balanced, mineral, with acidity characteristic of the variety which is manifested by aromas of citrus and grapefruit. 

Recommended with: The high acidity recommends this wine for cheese, fish and mushrooms.
Temperature: 10 degrees Celsius
Alcohol : 13,0 Vol. %

Wineproducer: www.liliac.com
Bought at: www.valachiaweine.com

Jun
17
Silvaner trocken 2014

Silvaner trocken 2014

Zwölberich, Nahe Germany

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Silvaner

This Silvaner has a golden yellow color. In the nose aromas of flowers, ripe pear and plums. In the mouth you taste apricot, white peach, honey melon and a hint of pear. This biological wine from Germany fits great with aspergus and has a fresh taste with good acidity.

This Silvaner has a golden yellow color. In the nose aromas of flowers, ripe pear and plums. In the mouth you taste apricot, white peach, honey melon and a hint of pear. This biological wine from Germany fits great with aspergus and has a fresh taste with good acidity.

Grape: Silvaner
Taste: Semi dry
Maturing steel
Year: 2014
Number of filled bottles 4435
Cellaring 2020
Serving temperature 13 ° C
Alcohol 11.5% vol

Wineproducer: www.zwoelberich.de

Jun
17
Il Palei - D.O.C.G. Chianti Classico 2007

Il Palei - D.O.C.G. Chianti Classico 2007

Villa a Sesta, Siena Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Sangiovese,

Ruby red color and garnet red border. The nose is fine and elegant, with red fruit (cherries, blackberries), spices, floral notes (violets) and cocoa and vanilla. Well balanced with finesse, ripe, nice tannins and softness. The finish is nice.

Ruby red color and garnet red border. The nose is fine and elegant, with red fruit (cherries, blackberries), spices, floral notes (violets) and cocoa and vanilla. Well balanced with finesse, ripe, nice tannins and softness. The finish is nice.

Prodution area: the Chianti Classico “Il Palei” is made in the vineyards situated in Villa a Sesta, Castelnuovo Berardenga, in the province of Siena.
Soil type: south-south-east-facing at an altitude of 450m a.s.l., the soil tends to be heterogeneous, consisting largely of averagely sloping terrain with stony, deep and well-drained soil, perfect for a variety such as Sangiovese.
Grape blend: Sangiovese 100%
Ageing and refinement: the ageing is carried out 30% in barriques and the rest in large casks for 18 months. Before being released for sale the Palei is refined in the bottle for about 6 months.
Food matches: mature cheeses, pasta with game, grilled meats and stews.
Serving temperature: 18°C

Wineproducer: www.villasesta.com

Jun
16
Aix Rosé 2015

Aix Rosé 2015

Saint Aix, Provence France

Category: Rosé
Tags: cabarnet sauvignon, carigan, cinsault, garnacha

A fresh, dry, almost pale in color rosé with a very pleasant long finish.
Here you can taste the Provence; berry fruit, plums, caramel and a bit spicy but very balanced taste, sun and maturity in a glass.
Better than the 2014. 

A fresh, dry, almost pale in color rosé with a very pleasant long finish. 
Here you can taste the Provence; berry fruit, plums, caramel and a bit spicy but very balanced taste, sun and maturity in a glass. 
Better than the 2014. 

Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, Cinsault, Garnacha
Year: 2015
Drink: 2016-2017
Organic: Organic
Alcohol: 13.5%
Taste type: Dry, fresh and fruity

Wineproducer: www.aixrose.com

 

Jun
16
Barbaresco Giacone 2013

Barbaresco Giacone 2013

Cascina Alberta, Barbaresco-Piemonte Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Nebbiolo

Deep garnet red color.
Intense flavor of roses and violets. Spicy notes of black pepper, tobacco, liquiorice and leather. 
Good tannin structur with a nice and long aftertaste. Really nice.

Deep garnet red color. 
Intense flavor of roses and violets. Spicy notes of black pepper, tobacco, liquiorice and leather. 
Good tannin structur with a nice and long aftertaste. Really nice.

Grapes: 100% Nebbiolo
Municipality of vineyards: Treiso
Average plant age:: 40 years
Soil: Lime tending to sandy
Altitude: 350 metres
Methods of defence: Natural weeding/Bordeaux mixture

Producer wine: www.calberta.it

Jun
15
Fiano di Avellino 2015

Fiano di Avellino 2015

Militerni, Iprinia Italy

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Southern Italy,

This Militerni, Il Fiano has a straw-colour with green hue. Nice aromas of elegant yellow melon, pear and granny smith apples.
In the mouth it is fresh and persistent with good minerality and nice aftertaste.

This Militerni, Il Fiano has a straw-colour with green hue. Nice aromas of elegant yellow melon, pear and granny smith apples. 
In the mouth it is fresh and persistent with good minerality and nice aftertaste.

Vine Variety and first year of production 100% Fiano di Avellino - 2015
Alcohol 13%
Type of soil Clay soil
System of farming Guyot
Density of trees and yield 4000trees / hectare – 6 tonnes / hectare
Period of bottling June/July

Wineproducer: www.cantinemiliterni.it

Jun
15
 I Diavoli Sangiovese 2014

I Diavoli Sangiovese 2014

Le Rocche Malatestina, Emilia Romagna Italy

Category: Supple red
Tags: Sangiovese,

Bright purple color, garnet hue.
On the nose the wine smells of ripe cherries, subtle mineral notes and a hint of violets.
The palate is gripping, very firm, fresh and meaty. 

Bright purple color, garnet hue. 
On the nose the wine smells of ripe cherries, subtle mineral notes and a hint of violets. 
The palate is gripping, very firm, fresh and meaty. 

Production area: San Clemente - Gemmano (RN)
Type of land: colorful and chalky soils Clays
Harvest: End of September
?Vinification: vinification in red with 15 days of maceration with pumping and delestage
Ageing: concrete tank for 6 months then Steel 4
Annual production: 5000
Form breeding: 70% cord, 30% Guyot
Vineyard age: mature plants 10/25 years of age
Alcohol: 12.5

wineproducer: www.lerocchemalatestiane.it

Jun
14
Unwooded Chardonnay 2014

Unwooded Chardonnay 2014

Louisvale, Stellenbosch South Africa

Category: Fruity white
Tags: pinot noir, chardonnay, unoaked

Yes. A blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. You do not often see reflected in a Chardonnay. It is, therefore, not a conventional Chardonnay. The color is bright and very light color with a golden touch. Beautiful aromas of berries, melon, citrus and tropical fruit.

Yes. A blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. You do not often see reflected in a Chardonnay. It is, therefore, not a conventional Chardonnay. The color is bright and very light color with a golden touch. Beautiful aromas of berries, melon, citrus and tropical fruit.

Very soft unctuous palate with apricot and red berries. Nice wide aftertaste. Very nice wine but also very sweet.

website producer: www.louisvale.com
bought at: www.winemarkt.be

Jun
13
PIASTRAIA Bolgheri Superiore doc 2010

PIASTRAIA Bolgheri Superiore doc 2010

Michele Satta, Bolgheri Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: bolgheri, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Sangiovese

Intense nose with notes of red and black fruit, but also tobacco and leather.
On the palate fine visible with a good balance between young fruit and the wood. Soft tannins in the finish. 

30% cabernet sauvignon, 30% sangiovese, 20% merlot, 10%syrah, 10% teroldego

Intense nose with notes of red and black fruit, but also tobacco and leather. 
On the palate fine visible with a good balance between young fruit and the wood. Soft tannins in the finish.

Fining the wine rests in French oak barriques (1/5 new) for a period of 18-24 months

Harvest period: early September (Merlot) up to the first week of October (Cabernet Sauvignon)

Grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Sangiovese

Producer winewww.michelesatta.com
Bought at: www.bavino.nl

Jun
11
Barbera d'Alba 2012

Barbera d'Alba 2012

Collina Serragrilli, Barbaresco Italy

Category: Solid red

Watching Formule 1 (Verstappen) with this very smooth barbera.

Bright and garnet red color. 
Rich and intense with a nice dose of fine and sharp fruity aromas.
Warm soft and rich in acidity it is nicely balanced.

Watching Formule 1 (Verstappen) with this very smooth barbera. 

Bright and garnet red color. 
Rich and intense with a nice dose of fine and sharp fruity aromas. 
Warm soft and rich in acidity it is nicely balanced.

Of these Barbera grapes come from three different vineyards in the Barbaresco region. They do have a fermentation of about 10 days in steel at a controlled temperature. After malolactic fermentation, 20% in Slovenian oak barrels from 20 hectoliters to mature a year. The rest is stored in steel tanks. After bottling the wine rests in the bottle for 6 months before being sold.

Growing location: Neive, Barbaresco wine-growing area, Langhe, Piedmont, Italy.
Vineyards: “La Funda”, “Sotto il Pra”, “Vigna Grossa”
Classification: D.O.C. Red
Grape-variety: 100% Barbera
Harvest: early October
Yield: 6 tons/ha
Winemaking and maturing: after fermenting for around 10 days in tanks at a controlled temperature, and when the malolactic fermentation has ended, 20% of the wine matures in casks of Slavonian oak holding 20 hl for one year, while the remainder is stored in steel.
Bottle ageing before release: at least 6 months in the cellar.

Website wineproducer: www.serragrilli.it

Jun
11
Colli Piancentini Vittoria Sauvignon 2015

Colli Piancentini Vittoria Sauvignon 2015

Castelli del Duca, Emilia Romagna Italy

Category: Crisp white
Tags: Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc

Bright yellow in the glass and a floral bouquet full of gooseberry, citrus aromas, white flowers and herbs.

Bright yellow in the glass and a floral bouquet full of gooseberry, citrus aromas, white flowers and herbs.

Bottles: 30.000
Classification: dry white wine
Production area: Colli di Piacenza
Location: Val Tidone and Trebbia
Maximum production per hectare: kg. 8,000
Type of soil: clay

Wineproducer: www.medici.it

Jun
10
Spätburgunder Weißherbst trocken 2015

Spätburgunder Weißherbst trocken 2015

Weingut im Zwölberich, Nahe Germany

Category: Rosé
Tags: Spätburgunder, Weißherbst, pinot noir

This is a very nice rose from Germany.
Salmon color.
On the nose, violets and lavender, mandarin and raspberry.
Its flavor raspberry, blueberry. Fine fruit and nice acidity.

This is a very nice rose from Germany. 
Salmon color. 
On the nose, violets and lavender, mandarin and raspberry. 
Its flavor raspberry, blueberry. Fine fruit and nice acidity.

Rebsorte Pinot Noir, Weißherbst
Taste: Dry, trocken
Year: 2015
Number of filled bottles: 8711
Cellaring: 2020
Serving temperature: 10 ° C
Alcohol: 13.0% vol

Wineproducer: www.zwoelberich.de

Jun
10
Saia 2011

Saia 2011

Feudo Maccari, Sicily Noto Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Nero d'Avola

Nice one! Aromas and flavors of dark and sour red cherries, spearmint, spice and oak.
A velvety palate of lush, concentrated fruit balanced by a fine acidic underpinning and ripe, sweet tannins ends in a long finish.

Nice one! Aromas and flavors of dark and sour red cherries, spearmint, spice and oak. 
A velvety palate of lush, concentrated fruit balanced by a fine acidic underpinning and ripe, sweet tannins ends in a long finish.

Production area: Sicily - Noto
100% Nero d'Avola
Date of planting vineyards: 1978 - 2000
Height: 80 meters above sea level
Number of vines per hectare: 5,555
Ageing: in French barriques
Bottle Ageing: 6 months

Wineproducer: www.feudomaccari.it

Jun
9
Chardonnay Contessa Entellina La Fuga 2014

Chardonnay Contessa Entellina La Fuga 2014

Donnafugata, Sicily Italy

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Chardonnay

This wine form Sicily is not a typical Chardonnay. Pale straw color. On the nose aromas of pineapple, melon, apple and banana, enriched by floral aromatic of rosemary. Its fruity resources are confirmed on the palate, with the addition of a elegenat mineral context. Splendid wine, full-bodied, well balanced. This wine can be drink as aperetif but also with some food.

This wine form Sicily is not a typical Chardonnay. Pale straw color. On the nose aromas of pineapple, melon, apple and banana, enriched by floral aromatic of rosemary. Its fruity resources are confirmed on the palate, with the addition of a elegenat mineral context. Splendid wine, full-bodied, well balanced. This wine can be drink as aperetif but also with some food.

Denomination: Sicilia Contessa Entellina DOC Chardonnay
Grapes: Chardonnay.
Terrains: altitude from 200 to 600 m a.m.s.l. (656- 1,312 ft); hilly orography; clay loam soils with a sub-alkaline reaction (pH 7.5 to 7.9) rich in nutritive elements (potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, manganese, zinc) and total limestone from 20 to 35%.
VINEYARD: VSP (Vertical Shoot Positioning) training with spurred cordon pruning, leaving 6 to 10 buds per plant. Density 4,500 - 6,000 plants/hectare (1,822-2,429 an acre), with yields of about 6.5 tons (2.6 tons an acre); about 1.2 kg per plant 
Aging: to be enjoyed within 5-6 years.

Wineproducer: www.donnafugata.it

 

Jun
8
Greco di Tufo DOCG 2015

Greco di Tufo DOCG 2015

Cantine Militerni, Campania Italy

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Santa Paolina, Greco

his 100% Greco is hand-picked and has an allmist golden color. Great aromas of peaches, tropical fruit and notes of flowers, grass and herbs. The taste is balanced and persistent, with its hints of yellow fruit, also tropical and nuances of almond. Great summerwine. 8,5/10

his 100% Greco is hand-picked and has an allmist golden color. Great aromas of peaches, tropical fruit and notes of flowers, grass and herbs. The taste is balanced and persistent, with its hints of yellow fruit, also tropical and nuances of almond. Great summerwine. 8,5/10

Vine Variety and first year of production 100% Greco - 2015
Alcohol 13%
Vineyard location and altimetry Santa Paolina (Av) - 400 mt. a.s.l.
Type of soil Clay soil
System of farming Guyot
Density of trees and yield 4000 trees/hectare – 5 tonnes/hectare
Period of bottling April/May

Wineproducer: www.cantinemiliterni.it

Jun
8
Solanera Vinas Viejas 2012

Solanera Vinas Viejas 2012

Bodegas Castaño, Yecla Spain

Category: Solid red
Tags: Monastrell, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache

Deep garnet color with purple reflections.
The nose develops aromas of ripe fruit compote and liquor, highlighted by notes of toffee.
In the mouth a wine with character , but silky and beautifully complex and tannic structure.
Nice roundness and a long finish.

Deep garnet color with purple reflections. 
The nose develops aromas of ripe fruit compote and liquor, highlighted by notes of toffee. 
In the mouth a wine with character , but silky and beautifully complex and tannic structure. 
Nice roundness and a long finish.

Region: D.O. Yecla
Vintage: 2012
Alcohol percentage: 14.5%
Grapes: 70% Monastrell, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Grenache
Ratings: 94 Parker Points

Wineproducer: www.bodegascastano.com

 

Jun
7
Red Cuvée Lechinca 2014

Red Cuvée Lechinca 2014

Liliac, Transylvania Romania

Category: Solid red
Tags: Fetească Neagră, Merlot

Very nice red one from Romania. Red-purple color.
Initial aromas are very fruity a little sweet like blueberries and cherries and a bit spicy.
Nice freshness on the palate combined with soft tannins, vanilla and cinnamon flavors.

Very nice red one from Romania. Red-purple color. 
Initial aromas are very fruity a little sweet like blueberries and cherries and a bit spicy. 
Nice freshness on the palate combined with soft tannins, vanilla and cinnamon flavors.

Grape varieties: Feteasc? Neagr? & Merlot
Recommended with: An excellent wine for dishes based on lamb or maybe for goulash, Mediterranean cuisine and maturated cheese.
Temperature: 16 degree Celsius
Alcohol : 14,5 Vol. %

Wineproducer: www.liliac.com
Bought at: www.valachiaweine.com

Jun
6
Quinta de Chocapalha 2011

Quinta de Chocapalha 2011

Family Estate Red, Lisboa Portugal

Category: Supple red
Tags: Syrah, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca, Castelão, Touriga Nacional

Syrah, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca, Castelão, Touriga Nacional

Deep violet in color with a powerful bouquet of ripe black fruit, spice and roses. This red one from the region of Lissabon is elegant on the palate with soft tannins and vibrant acidity leading to a long and expressive finish.

Syrah, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca, Castelão, Touriga Nacional

Deep violet in color with a powerful bouquet of ripe black fruit, spice and roses. This red one from the region of Lissabon is elegant on the palate with soft tannins and vibrant acidity leading to a long and expressive finish.

Vineyard name: Quinta de Chocapalha
Vineyard size:75 acres
Soil composition: Calcareous and Clay
Harvest time: September
Bottles produced of this wine: 32.270Grapes: 45% Tinta Roriz, 25% Touriga Nacional, 15% Castelão, 10% Syrah, 5% Alicante Bouschet
Type of aging container: Barriques
Type of oak: French
Length of aging before bottling: 18 months
Length of bottle aging:1 year
Alcohol: 14,5%

Wineproducer: www.wonderfulland.com
Webshop: www.wijnmarkt.be

Jun
5
Podium Verdicchio Di Castelli 2013

Podium Verdicchio Di Castelli 2013

Garofoli, Marche Italy

Category: Full white
Tags: Verdicchio

Light golden color. The nose is fine with  long sequence fruits, mineral notes, notes of almond and anise that alternate with great charm. The palate is robust, dynamic and deep. A small anise key and butter enrich the long finish.

Light golden color. The nose is fine with  long sequence fruits, mineral notes, notes of almond and anise that alternate with great charm. The palate is robust, dynamic and deep. A small anise key and butter enrich the long finish.

Zone of origin: vineyards owned by the winery in the commune of Montecarotto.
Terrain: medium consistency with streaks of clay.
Grapes 100% Verdicchio.
Maturation: 15 months in stainless steel vats at 10° C (50° F) and bottle refinement for four months in a temperature-controlled cellar.
Consumption: within six years or for special vintages as much as 10 years, if properly laid down.
Food matches: the wine is a perfect accompaniment for imposing and elaborate seafood dishes and preparations of poultry of all types flavored with herbs. Serving temperature: 12° - 14° C (54° to 57° F)

Wineproducer: www.garofolivini.it

Jun
5
Vinho Verde Branco

Vinho Verde Branco

Marquette Escolha DOC

Category: Crisp white
Tags: Alvarinho, Arinto, Avesso, Azal, Loureiro, Trajadura, Espadeiro, Padeiro, Vinhão

This is a very nice summer wine. 11% and a nice floral aroma with tropical fruit nuances. On the palate is fruity with persistent tropical fruits, a small prickling, crunchy and fresh.

This is a very nice summer wine. 11% and a nice floral aroma with tropical fruit nuances. On the palate is fruity with persistent tropical fruits, a small prickling, crunchy and fresh.


Foodpairing: Recommended for grilled fish, seafood, white meats, salads and appetizers.
Serving temperature: 6 ° / 8 ° C

Wineproducer: www.verdegosto.com

Jun
4
Barolo D.O.C.G. 2011

Barolo D.O.C.G. 2011

Villadoria, Langhe Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Nebbiolo

Lots of charred, woodsy notes and some aromatic spice up front on the nose. Lean strawberry, cherry, and lavender underneath and on the palate, with some sandalwood. The acidity is present, but not pronounced and fine grained tannins carry through the mid-palate and the brief finish.

Lots of charred, woodsy notes and some aromatic spice up front on the nose. Lean strawberry, cherry, and lavender underneath and on the palate, with some sandalwood. The acidity is present, but not pronounced and fine grained tannins carry through the mid-palate and the brief finish.

The vineyards of the Villa Doria wines are the Cappallotto Estate in Serralunga d'Alba in the heart of the Langhe region. This Estate is four generations in the possession of the Lanzavecchia family. The 19 ha. Vineyards are located in a hilly area and is fully planted with vines. It uses modern techniques but with respect for tradition. They have also joined the group Biotipico 'with strict guidelines for the use of chemical agents.

Ageing: The wine is aged for a total of 38 months, in medium and large sized Slavonian oak barrels for around 18 months, and then the remaining time in fibre-glass, concrete and steel tanks. It is a wine with great ageing potential and loves to rest for long periods in large barrels. It is a tannic wine and its tannins need tempering in wood and constant oenologist attention.

Food pairings: Red meat based, braised dishes and game, aged cheeses. Excellent with the traditional dishes of the Langhe.
Serving temperature: 20 C°.  It is advisable to open the bottle an hour before serving.
Alcohol by volume:13-14.5% Vol.

 

Wineproducer: www.villadoria.it

Jun
3
Douro Red 2011

Douro Red 2011

Churchill's, Douro Portugal

Category: Solid red
Tags: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz

Opaque, deep berry, pine and smoke fill the nostrils, full-bodied, quite juicy and dark, smoke, tobacco, blackberry, dark chocolate, coffee and sage fill in a complex and complete palate, very nice long finish.

Opaque, deep berry, pine and smoke fill the nostrils, full-bodied, quite juicy and dark, smoke, tobacco, blackberry, dark chocolate, coffee and sage fill in a complex and complete palate, very nice long finish.

Grapes: 40% Touriga Nacional, 30% Touriga Franca and 30% Tinta Roriz.
Ageing:About 30% of this wine is aged for 12 months in both new and old French oak casks; the remaining part is kept in stainless steel vats to maintain its fruity character combined with the oak complexity from the wines in casks.
Serving temperature: Serve at room temperature (16-18 ºC)
Decanting: No need to decant this red wine.
Serving recommendations: Estates Douro Red 2012 pairs well with Red meat dishes as well as Pasta Dishes.

Wineproducer: www.churchills-port.com