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Nov
22
Grand Nectar demi-sec

Grand Nectar demi-sec
85 tsomw points

Champagne Beaumont des Crayeres, Ardenne France

Category: Desert wine, Sparkling
Tags: Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir

Let’s start #winewednesday with a demi-sec Champagne. A  great pairing with the stawberries ice dessert. Blend of Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Champagne Beaumont des Crayeres – Grand Nectar demi-sec. (85 tsomw points) In the glass a bright golden color with fine mousse. On the nose expressive aromas of candied fruit , green apple and biscuit with hints of citrus and almond. On the palate soft and slightly sweet. Great with dessert.

Let’s start #winewednesday with a demi-sec Champagne.
A  great pairing with the stawberries ice dessert.

Blend of Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Champagne Beaumont des Crayeres – Grand Nectar demi-sec. (85 tsomw points)

In the glass a bright golden color with fine mousse.
On the nose expressive aromas of candied fruit , green apple and biscuit with hints of citrus and almond.
On the palate soft and slightly sweet. Great with dessert.

Website winery: www.champagne-beaumont.com

Nov
21
Prunicce Toscana 2014

Prunicce Toscana 2014
85 tsomw points

Pakravan Papi, Tuscany Italy

Category: Solid red, Supple red
Tags: Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvigno, Cabernet Franc

A Super Tuscan this evening - Blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Pakravan Papi Prunicce Toscana 2014 (85 tsomw points) In the glass a dark red color with garnet reflections. On the palate intense aromas of ripe cherries, raspberries, plums with hints of chocolate and some herbs. On the palate medium-bodied and round. Tight- medium tannins and high acidity with ripe red fruit, cedar and chocolate. Long finish with vanilla.

A Super Tuscan this evening - Blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. 
Pakravan Papi Prunicce Toscana 2014 (85 tsomw points)

In the glass a dark red color with garnet reflections.
On the palate intense aromas of ripe cherries, raspberries, plums with hints of chocolate and some herbs.
On the palate medium-bodied and round. Tight- medium tannins and high acidity with ripe red fruit, cedar and chocolate. Long finish with vanilla.

Webshop: www.grapedistrict.nl

Winemaker notes:

The Tuscan coast of the Val di Cecina is renowned everywhere for its Cabernets, but for ages past, Sangioveto has sovereignly dominated its slopes. Prunicce blends the delicate and fruitful aromas of Sangiovese piccolo with those, more spicy and austere of Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc.

A blend, halfway between tradition and novelty, where plum and red fruit prevail, that easily withstands aging for some years.

Website winery: www.pakravan-papi.it

Nov
21
Antao Vaz Branco 2016

Antao Vaz Branco 2016
87 tsomw points

Malhadinha Nova, Alentejo Portugal

Category: Fruity white, Full white
Tags: Antao Vaz

Memories of better weather in the Netherlands. Today a tyical variety from Alentejo Portugal – the Antao Vaz grape. Malhadinha Nova - Antao Vaz Branco 2016 (87 tsomw points) In the glass a bright yellow color with green reflections. On the nose aromas of citrus fruit, pineapple, fresh cut grass with hints of melon and orangepeel. On the palate mouthfilling, well structured and elegant. Lively acidity and aftertaste.

Memories of better weather in the Netherlands 
Today a tyical variety from Alentejo Portugal – the Antao Vaz grape.

Malhadinha Nova - Antao Vaz Branco 2016 (87 tsomw points)
In the glass a bright yellow color with green reflections.
On the nose aromas of citrus fruit, pineapple, fresh cut grass with hints of melon and orangepeel.
On the palate mouthfilling, well structured and elegant. Lively acidity and aftertaste.

Website winery: www.malhadinhanova.pt

Nov
20
Teodoro Marche 2012

Teodoro Marche 2012
88 tsomw points

La Murola, Marche Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Montepulciano

In the glass tonight this 100% Montepulciano. La Murola – Teodoro Marche (88 tsomw points) It shows a deep ruby red color with pomegranate reflections. On the nose intense aromas of ripe cherries and plums with hints of white peppet, chocolate and eucalyptus. On the palate full-bodied, very concentrated and round with hints of plums, licorice and black currants in good harmony with the shoft tannins. Nice finish.

In the glass tonight this 100% Montepulciano. 
La Murola – Teodoro Marche (88 tsomw points)

It shows a deep ruby red color with pomegranate reflections. 
On the nose intense aromas of ripe cherries and plums with hints of white peppet, chocolate and eucalyptus.
On the palate full-bodied, very concentrated and round with hints of plums, licorice and black currants in good harmony with the shoft tannins. Nice finish.

Website winery: www.murola.it

Nov
20
Tokaji Hárslevel 2015

Tokaji Hárslevel 2015
86 tsomw points

Zsirai, Tokaji Hungary

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Hárslevelű

Today a Hungarian white wine from a selected harvest of Harslevelu grapes that aged in new wine barrels for 3 months. Zsirai - Tokaji Hárslevel 2015 (86 tsomw points) In the glass a bright golden color. On the nose aromas of citrus, peach and some apricot with hints of flowers and herbs. On the palate well balanced, refreshing with hints of minerality. Nice acidty with white fruits and nice aftertaste.

Today a Hungarian white wine from a selected harvest of Harslevelu grapes that aged in new wine barrels for 3 months.
Zsirai - Tokaji Hárslevel 2015 (86 tsomw points)

In the glass a bright golden color.
On the nose aromas of citrus, peach and some apricot with hints of flowers and herbs.
On the palate well balanced, refreshing with hints of minerality. Nice acidty with white fruits and nice aftertaste.

Website winery: www.zsiraipinceszet.hu

Nov
19
L’aura 2014

L’aura 2014
87 tsomw points

Querceto di Castellina, Tuscany Italy

Category: Solid red, Supple red
Tags: Sangiovese

Tuscany memories! Also a great place 2 stay for some days.  Querceto di Castellina - L’aura 2014 (87 tsomw points) In the glass a dark ruby red color. On the nose aromas of black cherries, wet earth, savory and a bit rustic and spices. On the palate well balanced, medium - full bodied, still firm tannins but good with the pasta. Long great finish.

Tuscany memories! Also a great place 2 stay for some days. 
Querceto di Castellina - L’aura 2014 (87 tsomw points)

In the glass a dark ruby red color.
On the nose aromas of black cherries, wet earth, savory and a bit rustic and spices.
On the palate well balanced, medium - full bodied, still firm tannins but good with the pasta. Long great finish.

Website winery: www.quercetodicastellina.com

Nov
18
Riesling 2014

Riesling 2014
86 tsomw points

Egon Müller Scharzhof, Mosel Germany

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Riesling

Today an excellent producer from the Mosel.  Egon Müller Scharzhof - Riesling 2014 (86 tsomw points) In the glass a bright golden color. On the nose slate, little petrol, lemon zest, granny smith and some hints of peach and flowers. On the palate loads of acidity, but well-balanced with the body, which shows a nice touch of viscosity, and slightly off-dry. Nice long finish. As aperetif for me a little too sweet. With the Asian food better.

Today an excellent producer from the Mosel. 
Egon Müller Scharzhof - Riesling 2014 (86 tsomw points)

In the glass a bright golden color.
On the nose slate, little petrol, lemon zest, granny smith and some hints of peach and flowers.
On the palate loads of acidity, but well-balanced with the body, which shows a nice touch of viscosity, and slightly off-dry.
Nice long finish. As aperetif for me a little too sweet. With the Asian food better.

Website winery: www.scharzhof.de

Nov
17
Amarasco Cesanese 2015

Amarasco Cesanese 2015
86 tsomw points

Principe Pallavicini, Lazio Italy

Category: Supple red
Tags: Cesanese

From the volcanic soil South of Rome comes this nice red wine. Principe Pallavicini - Amarasco Cesanese 2015 (86 tsomw points) In the glass a dark red color with garnet reflections. On the nose intense aromas of dark red fruit, nutmeg, roses and spices. On the palate, soft and round, easy drinking with soft tannins. Flavours of ripe red fruit, earth, coffee and balsamico.

From the volcanic soil South of Rome comes this nice red wine.
Principe Pallavicini - Amarasco Cesanese 2015 (86 tsomw points)

In the glass a dark red color with garnet reflections.
On the nose intense aromas of dark red fruit, nutmeg, roses and spices.
On the palate, soft and round, easy drinking with soft tannins. Flavours of ripe red fruit, earth, coffee and balsamico.

Winemaker notes:

Grape varieties: Various clones of Cesanese 100%
Vine training system: 5,800 vines per hectare, 50 years old, Guyot trained
Production per hectare: 5 metric tons
Vineyard altitude: 250 meters a.s.l.
Area of production: volcanic hills south of Rome. Pebbly and somewhat chalky.
Harvest: by hand at the end of October with careful selection of the grapes.
Production Method: classic red wine with frequent délestage.
Ageing: 12 months in oak botti barrels, followed by ageing in bottles.
Organoleptic characteristics: Intense ruby red colour with hints of garnet. The broad ethereal nose has typical notes of nutmeg, red rose and a subtle spicy nuances. The palate has great thrust but is balanced, mouthfilling, with a long finish.
Food pairing: red meats, hard cheese; also superb as a meditation wine.
Alcohol volume: 13.5 %

Website winery: www.principepallavicini.com

Nov
16
Gris 2015 - 2008

Gris 2015 - 2008
90 tsomw points

Lis Neris, Friuli Italy

Category: Fruity white, Full white

We had the opportunity to taste two vintages of their Pinot Grigio.( Gris) Vintage 2015 and 2008!!! Yes 2008 sounds very old but it was still kicking ass. Lis Neris – Gris 2015 (90 tsomw points) In the glass a intense lemon yellow color. On the nose delicate aromas of flowers, pears, tropical fruits whit hints of light oak, honey and spices. On the palate nicely balanced, complex, full of fresh fruit and nicely structured. Great mineral tone with nice acidity and long finish. Lis Neris – Gris 2008 (91 tsomw points) This wine was still so good! With even more complexity and intensity. Great!

Did you ever tasted the wines of Lis Neris? Well…You have to! On our Wineclub Friuli tasting they were the best of the show!! We had the opportunity to taste two vintages of their Pinot Grigio.( Gris)

Vintage 2015 and 2008!!! Yes 2008 sounds very old but it was still kicking ass.

Lis Neris – Gris 2015 (90 tsomw points) 
In the glass a intense lemon yellow color.
On the nose delicate aromas of flowers, pears, tropical fruits whit hints of light oak, honey and spices.
On the palate nicely balanced, complex, full of fresh fruit and nicely structured. Great mineral tone with nice acidity and long finish.

Lis Neris – Gris 2008 (91 tsomw points)
This wine was still so good! With even more complexity and intensity. Great!

Winemaker notes:

Grape variety: 100% Pinot Grigio
Growing area: Right bank of Isonzo river – San Lorenzo
Soil type: Calcareous, gravel soils on a broad alluvial shelf 60 metres above sea level
Vigneto: Gris
Average age of vines: more than 25 years
Training system: Guyot – 5.200 vines/ha
Production: 50 hl/ha
Bottles produced: 45.000 (average)
Vinification: Fermentation takes place in 500-litre French oak barrels at 22-24°C, followed by maturation on the fine lees in the same barrels for 11 months, with frequent bâtonnage. The wine is cellared for 12 months after bottling.
Alcohol: 13/14%
Ageing potential: 6 – 10 years
Serving temperature: 11° C
Food Pairing: Stewed duck with courgettes

Website winery: www.lisneris.it

Nov
15
Buon Governo 2015

Buon Governo 2015
84 tsomw points

Picini, Tuscany Italy

Category: Supple red
Tags: Sangiovese, Merlot, Colorino, Cabernet Sauvignon

This wine from Tuscany got a second fermentation by adding a small percentage of dried grapes. Just like the Ripasso method. A blend of Sangiovese, Merlot, Colorino and Cabernet Sauvignon. Picini - Buon Governo 2015 (84 tsomw points) In the glass a dark cherry red color. On the nose aromas of cherries, blueberries with hints of violets and spices. On the palate little sweet from the second fermentation, nice acidity. Soft in the mouth with medium aftertaste. A very good wine in Its price range.

This wine from Tuscany got a second fermentation by adding a small percentage of dried grapes. Just like the Ripasso method.
A blend of Sangiovese, Merlot, Colorino and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Picini - Buon Governo 2015 (84 tsomw points)
In the glass a dark cherry red color.
On the nose aromas of cherries, blueberries with hints of violets and spices.
On the palate little sweet from the second fermentation, nice acidity. Soft in the mouth with medium aftertaste. A very good wine in Its price range.

Website winery: www.tenutepiccini.it

Nov
14
L'Atto Basilicata I.G.T.Rosso 2015

L'Atto Basilicata I.G.T.Rosso 2015
87 tsomw points

Cantine del Notaio, Basilicata Italy

Category: Solid red, Supple red
Tags: Aglianico

100% Aglianico del Vulture from the Basilicata region. Cantine del Notaio - L'Atto Basilicata I.G.T.Rosso 2015 (87 tsomw points) In the glass a deep dark red color with violet reflections. On the nose delicate aromas of cherries and blackberries with hints of violets, spices and herbs. On the palate rich, full and round with a little sweetness. Good balance between acidity and medium tannins with dark fruit, coffee and leather in the aftertaste.

100% Aglianico del Vulture from the Basilicata region.
Cantine del Notaio - L'Atto Basilicata I.G.T.Rosso 2015 (87 tsomw points)

In the glass a deep dark red color with violet reflections.
On the nose delicate aromas of cherries and blackberries with hints of violets, spices and herbs.
On the palate rich, full and round with a little sweetness. Good balance between acidity and medium tannins with dark fruit, coffee and leather in the aftertaste.

Winemaker notes:

L'Atto is an IGT red wine obtained from Aglianico del Vulture grapes exclusively.
Grapes: 100% Aglianico del Vulture.
Harvest time: first decade of Octobe from the youngest vineyards.
Maceration: 7 days in stainless steel tube with controlled temperature.
Aging: in more than fifth passage french oak barriques, placed in natural caves into the volcanic tufo rock.
Alcohol content: about 14 degrees.
Serving temperature: 18° C (64° F)
Organoleptic characteristics: L'Atto is fresh, pleasant and perfumed wine; it's good structure and full ending remoinds one of fresh fruit.
Food matching: ideal with sauces, roasted meats and also ripe cheeses.
Bottle size: available in 0.375 and 0.75, liter bottles.

IGT is the italian acronym for a wine produced in a specific area.

Website winery: www.cantinedelnotaio.it

Nov
13
Furmint 2016

Furmint 2016
87 tsomw points

Triebaumer, Burgenland Austria

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Furmint

Have you ever tasted wine from Furmint grapes? Orginally a variety from Hungary also used in dessert wines like Tokaji. Now we are tasting a wine from Burgenland – Austria with 100 % Furmint. Triebaumer – Furmint 2016 (87 tsomw points) In the glass a bright golden yellow color. On the nose a little shy but needs some time to show aromas of pear, yellow apple with hints of tropical fruit and white flowers. On the palate dry, crispy with nice acidity with flavours of apple, pear and citrus fruit.

Have you ever tasted wine from Furmint grapes? Orginally a variety from Hungary also used in dessert wines like Tokaji.
Now we are tasting a wine from Burgenland – Austria with 100 % Furmint.

Triebaumer – Furmint 2016 (87 tsomw points)
In the glass a bright golden yellow color.
On the nose a little shy but needs some time to show aromas of pear, yellow apple with hints of tropical fruit and white flowers.
On the palate dry, crispy with nice acidity with flavours of apple, pear and citrus fruit.

Website winery: www.triebaumer.at
Webshop: www.wijnkooperijdelange.nl

 

Nov
12
Cuatro Pasos - Black Mencia 2014

Cuatro Pasos - Black Mencia 2014
87 tsomw points

Martin Codax - Cuatro Pasos, Bierzo Spain

Category: Solid red, Supple red
Tags: Mencia

This evening a nice red one from the Bierzo region from the North of Spain. Martin Codax - Cuatro Pasos - Black Mencia 2014 (87 tsomw points) In the glass a dark cherry red color with garnet reflections. On the nose intense aromas blackberries, ripe cherries and strawberries with hints of earth, vanilla and spices. On the palate elegant structure with dark red fruit and well integrated wood. Soft tannins with nice long finish

This evening a nice red one from the Bierzo region from the North of Spain.

Martin Codax - Cuatro Pasos - Black Mencia 2014 (87 tsomw points)
In the glass a dark cherry red color with garnet reflections.
On the nose intense aromas blackberries, ripe cherries and strawberries with hints of earth, vanilla and spices.
On the palate elegant structure with dark red fruit and well integrated wood. Soft tannins with nice long finish.

Website winery: www.martincodax.com

Nov
12
Weißburgunder trocken 2016

Weißburgunder trocken 2016
84 tsomw points

Weingut am Nil, Pfalz Germany

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Weißburgunder trocken

Monday! Another interesting white wine from the Pfalz. Weingut am Nil – Weißburgunder trocken 2016 (84 tsomw points) In the glass a bright yellow color with golden reflections. On the nose aromas of pear, apricot and pineapple with hints of hay and nuts. On the palate light creamy, with subtle spice and nice freshness of the fruit and mild acidity. Elegant and light wine.

Monday! Another interesting white wine from the Pfalz.
Weingut am Nil – Weißburgunder trocken 2016 (84 tsomw points)

In the glass a bright yellow color with golden reflections.
On the nose aromas of pear, apricot and pineapple with hints of hay and nuts.
On the palate light creamy, with subtle spice and nice freshness of the fruit and mild acidity. Elegant and light wine.

Website winery: www.weingutamnil.de

Nov
10
Maremma Toscana Saffredi 2015

Maremma Toscana Saffredi 2015
89 tsomw points

Fattoria Le Pupille, Tuscany Italy

Category: Solid red

This week we joined a wine and dine at restaurant de leuf with the great wines of Fattoria Le Pupille. We also had the chance to taste their Flagship. Still young but very promising! 
Fattoria Le Pupille - Maremma Toscana Saffredi 2015 (89 tsomw points) In the glass a dark crimson red color. On the nose intense aromas of black currant, plums, cherries and cocoa with hints of spices  and violets. On the palate lots of power, tight tannins, high acidity with great juiciness and freshness. Give this baby some more years and the wood will be better integrated with smooth tannins.

This week we joined a wine and dine at restaurant De Leuf with the great wines of Fattoria Le Pupille.
We also had the chance to taste their Flagship. Still young but very promising! 
Fattoria Le Pupille - Maremma Toscana Saffredi 2015 (89 tsomw points)

In the glass a dark crimson red color.
On the nose intense aromas of black currant, plums, cherries and cocoa with hints of spices  and violets.
On the palate lots of power, tight tannins, high acidity with great juiciness and freshness. Give this baby some more years and the wood will be better integrated with smooth tannins.

Winemaker notes:

Saff redi is the icon of Fattoria Le Pupille. A wine which owes his birth to the desires and intuitions of Elisabetta, who with the precious help of Giacomo Tachis, wanted to make a great wine in Maremma, a place which until then hadn’t relished in any fame related to the success of its wines. Elisabetta wanted to dedicate this wine to Fredi, the man who inspired her passion for wine.

Variety: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot
Alcohol: 14.5%
Total Acidity: 5.7 g/L
Vineyards position: Saff redi vineyard (Pereta) altitude 250 meters above sea level.
Vineyards surface: 6 ha
Vineyards exposure: south-west older vineyard, south-east new vineyard
Type of terrain: predominantly of sandstone origin, with little organic substance or clay
Date of implantation: the older vineyard in 1987, the new one in 2006
Density of implantation: 4000 plants/ha
Cultivation system: pruned-spur cordon-trained
Grapevine/Hectare yield: 75 ql.
Harvest: middle of September for the Merlot, end of September-beginning of October for the Cabernet Sauvignon and mid October for the Petit Verdot.
Fermentation Temperature: 26º-28ºC in inox steel
Maceration time: 15-20 days
Aging: 18 months in 75% new barriques
Production: 30.000 bottles

Best combined with: important plates, such as red meats and game. It is also perfect with dark chocolate and in a contemplating environment, such as whilst enjoying a cigar. 

Website winery: www.fattorialepupille.it

Nov
10
Smeriglo Syrah 2014

Smeriglo Syrah 2014
88 tsomw points

Baracchi, Tuscany Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Syrah

Nice memories of the Tuscany - Cortona region. We had a great time at Baracchi winery and ofcourse "Il Falconiere hotel. Such an amazing place. Baracchi - Smeriglo Syrah 2014 (88 tsomw points) In the glass a deep ruby red color. On the nose aromas of wild berries, cinnamon, spices, pepper, vanilla and coffee. On the palate smooth and soft with enough power. Top Syrah from Tuscany.

Nice memories of the Tuscany - Cortona region.
We had a great time at Baracchi winery and ofcourse "Il Falconiere hotel. Such an amazing place. 

Baracchi - Smeriglo Syrah 2014 (88 tsomw points)
In the glass a deep ruby red color.
On the nose aromas of wild berries, cinnamon, spices, pepper, vanilla and coffee.
On the palate smooth and soft with enough power. Top Syrah from Tuscany.

Website winery: www.baracchiwinery.com

Nov
9
Cuvée rosé trocken 2016

Cuvée rosé trocken 2016
85 tsomw points

Weingut Becker, Rheinhessen Germany

Category: Rosé

Rosé wine from Rheinhessen. Weingut Becker – cuvée rosé trocken 2016 (85 tsomw points) In the glass a pink, rosy color. On the nose aromas of red berries, strawberries asn hints of herbs. On the palate balanced, easy drinking with nice freshness. A nice companion with crisp salads and asian food or just with risotto and spicy chicken.

Rosé wine from Rheinhessen.
Weingut Becker – Cuvée rosé trocken 2016 (85 tsomw points)

In the glass a pink, rosy color.
On the nose aromas of red berries, strawberries asn hints of herbs.
On the palate balanced, easy drinking with nice freshness.
A nice companion with crisp salads and asian food or just with risotto and spicy chicken.

Website winery: www.becker-weine.com

 

Nov
9
Monte da Peceguina 2014

Monte da Peceguina 2014
87 tsomw points

Malhadinha, Alentejo Portugal

Category: Solid red, Supple red
Tags: Touriga Nacional, Trincadeira, Aragonez, Alicante Bouschet, Syrah

Another nice wine from Portugal from the Alentejo region. A blend of Touriga Nacional, Trincadeira, Aragonez, Alicante Bouschet and Syrah. Malhadinha – Monte da Peceguina 2014 (87 tsomw points) In the glass a dark red color with purple, bownish reflections. On the nose delicious fresh aromas of cherries, prunes and licorice with hints of chocolate, spices and some blossom. On the palate round, velvet in the mouth with silky tannins, good balance and texture. The well integrated oak gives nice complexity to the long finish.

Another nice wine from Portugal from the Alentejo region.
A blend of Touriga Nacional, Trincadeira, Aragonez, Alicante Bouschet and Syrah.

Malhadinha – Monte da Peceguina 2014 (87 tsomw points)
In the glass a dark red color with purple, bownish reflections.
On the nose delicious fresh aromas of cherries, prunes and licorice with hints of chocolate, spices and some blossom.
On the palate round, velvet in the mouth with silky tannins, good balance and texture. The well integrated oak gives nice complexity to the long finish.

Website winery: www.malhadinhanova.pt

Nov
8
Della Casa 2012

Della Casa 2012
89 tsomw points

Loredan Gasparini, Veneto Italy

Category: Solid red, Supple red
Tags: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec

Delicious blend from the Veneto region. Variety of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and small ammount of Malbec. Loredan Gasparini - Della Casa 2012 (89 tsomw points) In the glass it shows a brilliant ruby red color. On the nose aromas of dark red fruit like bramble, black currant, plum with hints of forest floor, leather, pines and spices. On the palate medium- full bodied, dry with fresh acidity, fine grained tannins and well balanced. Shows flavours of black fruit and soft touches of well integrated wood. Nice long aftertaste. Give this wine some more years and you will touch heaven. 

Delicious blend from the Veneto region. Variety of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and small ammount of Malbec.
Loredan Gasparini - Della Casa 2012 (89 tsomw points)

In the glass it shows a brilliant ruby red color.
On the nose aromas of dark red fruit like bramble, black currant, plum with hints of forest floor, leather, pines and spices.
On the palate medium- full bodied, dry with fresh acidity, fine grained tannins and well balanced. Shows flavours of black fruit and soft touches of well integrated wood.
Nice long aftertaste. Give this wine some more years and you will touch heaven. 

Winemaker notes:

It is the historic wine of the Count Loredan and full expression of the Venegazzù appellation (North of Venice).

Born in the 50s as the result of a maximum selection of grapes, it represents with no doubts a state-of-the-art interpretation of the original blend made with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec grapes.

Aged 36 months in big oak barrel.

Website winery: www.loredangasparini.it

Nov
8
Deidesheimer Herrgottsacker 2016

Deidesheimer Herrgottsacker 2016
88 tsomw points

Von Winning, Pfalz Germany

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Riesling

Von Winning – Deidesheimer Herrgottsacker 2016 (88 tsomw points) In the glass it shows a bright straw yellow color. On the nose delicious aromas of lime, peach, apple, some grapefruit and lots of flint and hints of flowers and spices. On the palate at first cripsy on the tongue, with citrus freshness and highly mineral with great density. Flavours of menthol, lime and grapefruit. Extreme precise and a great soft finish with nice minerality. Drink not too cold and use bigger glasses and mabye the decanter for a while.

For me a top Rieslings in this price range.

Von Winning – Deidesheimer Herrgottsacker 2016 (88 tsomw points)
In the glass it shows a bright straw yellow color.
On the nose delicious aromas of lime, peach, apple, some grapefruit and lots of flint and hints of flowers and spices.
On the palate at first cripsy on the tongue, with citrus freshness and highly mineral with great density. Flavours of menthol, lime and grapefruit.
Extreme precise and a great soft finish with nice minerality. Drink not too cold and use bigger glasses and mabye the decanter for a while.

Website: www.von-winning.de

Nov
7
Rosso Piceno Superiore Kone – 2012

Rosso Piceno Superiore Kone – 2012
89 tsomw points

Vigneti Vallorani, Marche Italy

Category: Solid red

A wonderful organic blend of Sangiovese and Montepulciano from the Marche region. Vigneti Vallorani - Rosso Piceno Superiore Kone – 2012 (89 tsomw points) In the glass a dark ruby red color with purple reflections. On the nose intense aromas of dried plums, cherries with hints of violets, licorice and black pepper. On the palate harmonious and structured with fine and silky tannins, velvet with a nice aftertaste of red fruits, spices and anise.

A wonderful organic blend of Sangiovese and Montepulciano from the Marche region.

Vigneti Vallorani - Rosso Piceno Superiore Kone – 2012 (89 tsomw points)
In the glass a dark ruby red color with purple reflections.
On the nose intense aromas of dried plums, cherries with hints of violets, licorice and black pepper.
On the palate harmonious and structured with fine and silky tannins, velvet with a nice aftertaste of red fruits, spices and anise.

Winemakers notes:

The smell of the best Sangiovese and Montepulciano and the complexity of data aging for 14 months in French oak barrels make this product the most important expression of our territory. The word Konè, in the piceno dialect, indicates something valuable. Konè, Rosso Piceno Superiore DOP is unique because of its ability to combine power and elegance. Total production 3300 bottles.

Website winery: www.vignetivallorani.com

Nov
7
Euphoria Rosé 2016

Euphoria Rosé 2016
86 tsomw points

Quinta do Convento do Paraiso

Category: Rosé

This rosé is a good example of the improvement in quality of the wines produced in the Algarve. Quinta do Convento do Paraiso – Euphoria Rosé 2016 (86 tsomw points) 100% Touriga Nacional. In the glass it shows a deep pink, orange color. On the nose aromas of ripe red fruits like strawberries, berries and hints of blossom. Good presence in the mouth, well balanced, nice acidity with nice fruity aftertaste. Great easy sipper for hot summer days, or Autumn!

This rosé is a good example of the improvement in quality of the wines produced in the Algarve.

Quinta do Convento do Paraiso – Euphoria Rosé 2016 (86 tsomw points)
100% Touriga Nacional.

In the glass it shows a deep pink, orange color.
On the nose aromas of ripe red fruits like strawberries, berries and hints of blossom.
Good presence in the mouth, well balanced, nice acidity with nice fruity aftertaste. Great easy sipper for hot summer days, or Autumn!

Wbsite winery: www.conventodoparaiso.com

Nov
6
Thurcalesu, Cannonau di Sardegna 2015

Thurcalesu, Cannonau di Sardegna 2015
84 tsomw points

Cantina Berritta, Sardinia Italy

Category: Solid red, Supple red
Tags: Cannonau

Monday evening. It's cold outside so we have to pick a nice red one to warm up. Cantina Berritta - Thurcalesu, Cannonau di Sardegna 2015 (84 tsomw points) In the glass a bright ruby red color. On the nose intense aromas of cherries, red berries with hints of sweet herbs, pepper and balsamico. On the palate medium- full bodied good balance, medium tannins and long finish. For me slightly too sweet but well done wine. 

Monday evening. It's cold outside so we have to pick a nice red one to warm up.

Cantina Berritta - Thurcalesu, Cannonau di Sardegna 2015 (84 tsomw points)

In the glass a bright ruby red color.
On the nose intense aromas of cherries, red berries with hints of sweet herbs, pepper and balsamico. 
On the palate medium- full bodied good balance, medium tannins and long finish. For me slightly too sweet but well done wine. 

Winemakers notes:

Harvest time: End of September.
Grapes coming from our vineyards located in the Oddoene valley, Dorgali. A favorite area for producing cannonau wines. Limite limestone granite disintegration ground.

Vinification:  The oldest vineyard grapes, hand-picked with careful selection, are dirasped and transferred to traditional wooden tinctures where alcoholic fermentation begins. The fermentation lasts about 12 days and occurs in contact with the skins, with repeated manual seams. After fermentation, the wine separated from the vinegars is refined for 50% in large wood of 10 hl and the remaining in steel containers where malolactic fermentation occurs.

Foodmatching:  Specially flavored seasoned cheese, meat and game, idyllic with a roasted Sardinian piglet.
15,5% Vol.

Website winery: www.cantinaberritta.it

Nov
6
Gelber Muskateller 2016

Gelber Muskateller 2016
86 tsomw points

Weingut Türk, Kremstal Austria

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Gelber Muskateller

From Austria - Weingut Türk – Gelber Muskateller 2016 (86 tsomw points) In the glass a bright yellow color with green reflections. On the nose intense aromas of green apple, elderberries, citrus fruit and hints of nutmeg. On the palate not too sweat (what I expected) and easy drinking with a vibrant acidity. Nice fresh aftertaste. Ideal wine for hot summer days. 

Did you ever tasted Gelber Muskateller?

From Austria - Weingut Türk – Gelber Muskateller 2016 (86 tsomw points)

In the glass a bright yellow color with green reflections.
On the nose intense aromas of green apple, elderberries, citrus fruit and hints of nutmeg.
On the palate not too sweat (what I expected) and easy drinking with a vibrant acidity. Nice fresh aftertaste. Ideal wine for hot summer days.

Website winery: www.weinguttuerk.at

Nov
5
Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva 2013

Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva 2013
87 tsomw points

Santa Maria la Palma, Sardinia Italy

Category: Solid red, Supple red
Tags: Cannonau

This wine fits perfect with the Autumn weather. Santa Maria la Palma - Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva 2013 (87 tsomw points) In the glass a ruby red, garnet color. On the nose aromas of toasted oak, sour cherries, plums, earthy notes with hints of vanilla. On the palate medium / full-bodied, nicely balanced with flavours of black pepper, dark red fruits and light wood. Nice soft in the mouth with medium acidity. Cheers.

This wine fits perfect with the Autumn weather.

Santa Maria la Palma - Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva 2013 (87 tsomw points)
In the glass a ruby red, garnet color.
On the nose aromas of toasted oak, sour cherries, plums, earthy notes with hints of vanilla.
On the palate medium / full-bodied, nicely balanced with flavours of black pepper, dark red fruits and light wood. Nice soft in the mouth with medium acidity. Cheers.

Winemakers notes:

The grapes of this superior reserve are selected with care in the vineyards of Guardia Grande, Villasunta and Porto Conte. They are picked by hand and left to macerate in steel wine vats at a controlled temperature. The wine is left to mature in both oaken casks and barriques. The merging of the product and final improvement in bottles facilitates the formation of its elegant structure and harmony of scents.

Colour: Garnet red. Bouquet: Intense with hints of mature fruit in harmony with the evident traces of toasted oak and vanilla.
Flavour: dry, warm, with a velvet body, persistent with a vanilla  and spice aftertaste.
Serving Suggestions: mature cheeses, meat and game based dishes.
Serving Temperature: 18° C – 20° C
Alcoholic Content: 13% – 13,5% vol.

Website winery: www.santamarialapalma.it

Nov
5
Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay 2016
87 tsomw points

Terre di Ger, Friuli Italy

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Chardonnay

A refreshing chardonnay from Friuli. Great with the Aubergine. Terre di Ger - Chardonnay 2016 (87 tsomw points) In the glass a bright golden color with green reflections. On the nose aromas of apple, citrus fruits and some nuts. On the palate dry, solid with enough freshness. Nice acidity and nice aftertaste. 

A refreshing chardonnay from Friuli. Great with the Aubergine.

Terre di Ger - Chardonnay 2016 (87 tsomw points)

In the glass a bright golden color with green reflections.
On the nose aromas of apple, citrus fruits and some nuts.
On the palate dry, solid with enough freshness. Nice acidity and nice aftertaste. A refreshing chardonnay from Friuli. Great with the Aubergine.

Winemakers notes:

Characteristics of the Vintage The spring of 2016 was a particularly rainy one. This was very important for the water reserve during blossom. Defense against pests was not so easy to carry on; manual pruning and selection of the sprouts was essential to preserve the vineyard’s health and facilitate movement of air between the rows and the plants. The dry and sunny summer was only briefly interrupted by rain. At harvest period the grapes were perfectly ripened and in the best conditions in years. 

Designation: Doc Friuli Grave
Location: Friuli Venezia Giulia, province of Pordenone
Grapes: 100% Chardonnay
Territory Area of Production: Villaraccolta Vineyard, Pasiano
Altitude: 8 m a.s.l.
Exposure: North South Soil: Sandy-clay
Training System: Guyot
Vinification and Ageing
Harvest: Mechanical harvest in the first decade of Semptember
Vinification: Destemming and soft pressing. Fermentation is carried on in stainless steel wine tanks at 14°C for 30 days.
Ageing: In stainless steel, frequent battonage.
Bottling: End of March
Bottles Produced: 25.000

Website winery: www.terrediger.it

Nov
4
Korem - Isola dei Nuraghi IGT 2013

Korem - Isola dei Nuraghi IGT 2013
90 tsomw points

Argiolas, Sardinia Italy

Category: Solid red

Top red blend from the South of Sardegna. Argiolas - Korem - Isola dei Nuraghi IGT (90 tsomw points) In the glass a deep ruby ??red color. On the nose delicate aromas of blackberries, cherries and dried flowers with hints of vanilla, coffee mint and spices. On the palate great structure and intensity, well accompanied by a pleasant softness, a good amount of alcohol and tannins present but not annoying. Light spicy, woody and ripe tannins. 

Top red blend from the South of Sardegna.

Argiolas - Korem - Isola dei Nuraghi IGT (90 tsomw points)

In the glass a deep ruby ??red color.
On the nose delicate aromas of blackberries, cherries and dried flowers with hints of vanilla, coffee mint and spices.
On the palate great structure and intensity, well accompanied by a pleasant softness, a good amount of alcohol and tannins present but not annoying. Light spicy, woody and ripe tannins. 

Winemakers notes:

CLASSIFICATION: IGT (Typical Geographical Indication) red Isola dei Nuraghi.

SOIL: Medium mixture, tending to loose, presence of limestone and clay.

GRAPE VARIETIESCLIMATE: Mediterranean, good temperature excursions, well ventilated.

VINIFICATION TECHNIQUE: Maceration for about 10-12 days, malolactic fermentation in glass-lined concrete tanks.

TASTING NOTES

Colour: Intense red.
Nose: Intense, lingering, well balanced.
Palate: Velvety, full, harmonious, warm, round.

STORAGE

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

SERVING

Stemware with wide rim and fairly deep bowl, serving temperature 18 °C.

FOOD MATCHES

First courses with flavoursome meat-based sauces, spit-roasted suckling pig, grilled red meat, roast lamb, myrtle-flavoured hen, Sardinian sausage, mature Sardinian pecorino cheese.

Website winery: www.argiolas.it

Nov
3
Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2015

Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2015
89 tsomw points

Jordan, Stellenbosch South Africa

Category: Full white
Tags: Chardonnay

In 2014, this Stellenbosch Chardonnay won the world's best Chardonnay title at the World Wine Awards. Jordan - Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2015 (89 tsomw points) In the glass a golden yellow color. On the nose intense aromas of citrus, vanilla and toast with hints of butter, nuts and light wood and honey. On the palate mouthfilling, silky and soft in the mouth. Light creamy but with enough acidity. Long everlasting mineral finish. 

In 2014, this Stellenbosch Chardonnay won the world's best Chardonnay title at the World Wine Awards.

Jordan - Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2015 (89 tsomw points)
In the glass a golden yellow color.
On the nose intense aromas of citrus, vanilla and toast with hints of butter, nuts and light wood and honey.
On the palate mouthfilling, silky and soft in the mouth. Light creamy but with enough acidity. Long everlasting mineral finish. 

Winemakers notes:

BACKGROUND

The distinct ravine in the Stellenbosch Kloof ward allows the opportunity to harness the cooling influences from the False Bay on our south and east facing slopes. This captures the intense flavour compounds found in the grape skins.

LOCATION & CLIMATE

The distinct ravine which embodies Stellenbosch Kloof harnesses all the qualities of a well-orientated compass. Varying elevations and aspects allow us to grow a selection of classic varieties to specific sites that optimise this expression through their location. The cooler south- and east-facing aspects, unique in Stellenbosch, hosts the more sensitive and aromatic white-skinned grape varieties.

Stellenbosch Kloof enjoys a cooler Mediterranean climate with maritime influences from False Bay, 14km to the south, and a refreshing breeze channelled from the West Coast’s Benguela current 24km to the north-west. These two breezes culminate at the top end of the ravine and bring in early morning mists, especially from False Bay. Consequently, temperatures in our mesoclimate can be measured at least 3° Celsius cooler than inland Stellenbosch during ripening periods. This adds a unique characteristic to Jordan wines.

APPELLATION
Wine of Origin Stellenbosch.

SOIL
Glenrosa and Hutton

ASPECT
Coolers south- and east-facing slopes, 250 – 310m above sea level.

AGE OF VINES
12 – 30 years old

Website winery: www.jordanwines.com
Website distributor Holland: www.pallaswines.nl

Nov
2
Presa Romana Macabeu 2015

Presa Romana Macabeu 2015
87 tsomw points

Costador

Category: Full white

100% Macabeau from Catalunya. Fermentation in amphoras, 7 months in French oak. Costador - Presa Romana Macabeu 2015 (87 tsomw points) In the glass a golden yellow color. On the nose aromas of tropical fuits, fennel, fieldflowers with soft hints of wood and butter. On the palate dry, nice complexity, soft in the mouth, light creamy with nice acidity. Long aftertaste. Don’t drink too cold. 

100% Macabeau from Catalunya. Fermentation in amphoras, 7 months in French oak.

Costador - Presa Romana Macabeu 2015 (87 tsomw points)

In the glass a golden yellow color.
On the nose aromas of tropical fuits, fennel, fieldflowers with soft hints of wood and butter.
On the palate dry, nice complexity, soft in the mouth, light creamy with nice acidity. Long aftertaste. Don’t drink too cold. 

Website winery: www.costador.net

Nov
2
Roda I reserva 1995

Roda I reserva 1995
90 tsomw points

Bodegas Roda, Rioja Spain

Category: Solid red
Tags: Tempranillo

Bodegas Roda - Roda I reserva 1995 (90 tsomw points) In the glass a clear, deep garnet color. Slight bricking. On the nose delicious aromas of ripe prunes, cherries with hints of leather, licorice, herbs and spices. The palate was so nice with fine tannins, still alive and kicking acidity with flavours of leather, toasted cherries and spices. A great wine and still not at its prime. A great Rioja with a good PQR. 

Today I had the privilege of joining a vertical tasting of Bodegas Roda wines at the Dutch distributor Fourcroy.
Onno Kokmeijer from 2 star Michelin restaurant Ciel Blue did treat us with some perfect tapas inspired on his visit to the Rioja region.

On the label you see the Roda I Reserva - vintage 1995. A very nice year for this Rioja. 
Bodegas Roda - Roda I reserva 1995 (90 tsomw points)

In the glass a clear, deep garnet color. Slight bricking.
On the nose delicious aromas of ripe prunes, cherries with hints of leather, licorice, herbs and spices.
The palate was so nice with fine tannins, still alive and kicking acidity with flavours of leather, toasted cherries and spices.
A great wine and still not at its prime. A great Rioja with a good PQR. 

Website winery: www.roda.es
Website dutch distributor: www.fourcroy.nl

Nov
1
Achenio Bogheri bianco 2015

Achenio Bogheri bianco 2015
87 tsomw points

Campo Alla Sughera, Bolgheri Italy

Category: Fruity white, Full white
Tags: Sauvignon Blanc, Vermentino, Chardonnay

White wine from Bolgheri? Yes! A blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Vermentino and Chardonnay. Campo Alla Sughera – Achenio Bogheri bianco (87 tsomw points) In the glass this white one shows an intense straw yellow color with greenish reflections. On the nose aromas of blossom, mandarin and stonefruit with hints of almond and caramel. On the palate balanced and solid. The acidity makes it refeshing. Clean in the mouth with light wood notes and a long aftertaste.

White wine from Bolgheri? Yes! A blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Vermentino and Chardonnay
Campo Alla Sughera – Achenio Bogheri bianco (87 tsomw points)

In the glass this white one shows an intense straw yellow color with greenish reflections.
On the nose aromas of blossom, mandarin and stonefruit with hints of almond and caramel.
On the palate balanced and solid. The acidity makes it refeshing. Clean in the mouth with light wood notes and a long aftertaste.

Winemaker notes:

Achenio is my attempt to present the drinker with what I consider is “white wine” in its quintessential form: full of flavour, bold of structure and long lasting, yet refined. Achenio comes into this world for the most part in shaded vineyards, avoiding the effects of intense bursts of heat that have an adverse effect on the aromatic expression of white grapes. Certain parts of the blend, the Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, are fermented and aged in oak barriques, white the rest – largely Vermentino – is kept in stainless steel vats. This method produces a distinctively fruity, long-lived wine that is full of flavour, and a revelation in the mouth. 

The name, ACHENIO is a type of seed, and refers to the acorn of the sughera, the cork oak from which the estate takes its name. 

Website winery: www.campoallasughera.com

Nov
1
Clos Roareti 2013 Rosso Veronese

Clos Roareti 2013 Rosso Veronese
89 tsomw points

Guerrieri Rizzardi, Veneto Italy

Category: Solid red, Supple red
Tags: Merlot

Top refined Merlot from the Veneto region which paired great with the beef! Guerrieri Rizzardi - Clos Roareti 2013 Rosso Veronese – 89 tsomw points. In the glass a dark garnet color. In the nose delicious aromas of blackberries, cherries and roses with hints of black pepper, truffle and forest floor. On the palate dry, very smooth and not too yammy. good acidity with nice wood integration. Lovely long finish. Still very young but oh so nice.

Top refined Merlot from the Veneto region which paired great with the beef!
Guerrieri Rizzardi - Clos Roareti 2013 Rosso Veronese – 89 tsomw points

In the glass a dark garnet color.
In the nose delicious aromas of blackberries, cherries and roses with hints of black pepper, truffle and forest floor.
On the palate dry, very smooth and not too yammy. good acidity with nice wood integration. Lovely long finish. Still very young but oh so nice.

Website winery: www.guerrieririzzardi.it

 

Oct
31
Ried Vordernberg, Grüner Veltliner Kremstal DAC Reserve 2016

Ried Vordernberg, Grüner Veltliner Kremstal DAC Reserve 2016
88 tsomw points

Wengut Josef & Philipp BruendlMayer, Kremstal Austria

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Grüner Veltliner

Austria is getting more and more my favourite for refreshing white wines. Wengut Josef & Philipp BruendlMayer – Ried Vordernberg, Grüner Veltliner Kremstal DAC Reserve (88 tsomw points) In the glass a bright yellow color with green/silver reflexes. On the nose delicious aromas of stonefruit, tropical fruits with great minerals and hint of herbs. On the palate refreshing and nice complexity with great fruit flavours and acidity, minerality and long aftertaste with light honey nuances.

Austria is getting more and more my favourite for refreshing white wines.
Wengut Josef & Philipp BruendlMayer – Ried Vordernberg, Grüner Veltliner Kremstal DAC Reserve (88 tsomw points)

In the glass a bright yellow color with green/silver reflexes.
On the nose delicious aromas of stonefruit, tropical fruits with great minerals and hint of herbs.
On the palate refreshing and nice complexity with great fruit flavours and acidity, minerality and long aftertaste with light honey nuances.

Website winery: www.josef-bruendlmayer.at

Oct
31

"Winkl" Sauvignon 2016
87 tsomw points

Cantina Terlano, Alto Adige Italy

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white, Full white
Tags: Sauvignon Blanc

One of my favourite Sauvignon Blanc from Alto Adige region. Cantina Terlano "Winkl" Sauvignon 2016 (87 tsomw points) In the glass an intense golden yellow color with green reflections. On the nose aromas of peaches, stonefruit, grapefruit, lemon with hints of honey, melon and spices. On the palate balanced with intense yellow fruits, rich taste and minerality with a steely acidity and a long finish.

One of my favourite Sauvignon Blanc from Alto Adige region. 
Cantina Terlano "Winkl" Sauvignon 2016 (87 tsomw points)

In the glass an intense golden yellow color with green reflections.
On the nose aromas of peaches, stonefruit, grapefruit, lemon with hints of honey, melon and spices.
On the palate balanced with intense yellow fruits, rich taste and minerality with a steely acidity and a long finish.

Website winery: www.cantina-terlano.com

Oct
30
Granello Toscana Passito 2016

Granello Toscana Passito 2016
87 tsomw points

Barone Ricasoli, Tuscany Italy

Category: Desert wine
Tags: Sauvignon Blanc

Tuscany Flashback. A great dessert wine (95 % Sauvignon) Barone Ricasoli - Granello Toscana Passito 2016 (87 tsomw points) In the glass a golden yellow color. On the nose intense aromas of tropical fruits, raisins, honey and sweet plums. On the palate well balanced. Good marriage between the sweetness and the acidity. Long and elegant finish. 

Tuscany Flashback. A great dessert wine (95 % Sauvignon)
Barone Ricasoli - Granello Toscana Passito 2016 (87 tsomw points)

In the glass a golden yellow color.
On the nose intense aromas of tropical fruits, raisins, honey and sweet plums.
On the palate well balanced. Good marriage between the sweetness and the acidity. Long and elegant finish. 

Winemaker notes:

Granello was born under the sign of a willingness to experiment with new varieties and vinification techniques unusual in the territory. This white wine offers an imposing aromatic component.

Partial drying
Assisted, 20 days

Notes on the production process
The grapes are placed in dehumidified rooms where they undergo assisted drying. After they are cooled and pressed, the must starts a slow fermentation that brings out the aromatic elements.

The growing season 2014/2015 was perfect without anomalous weather events. Winter was mild;  Spring was also regular. Although a little cold at the beginning, temperatures began to rise and were average afterwards. May and June were warm favoring a perfect flowering and veraison.
Summer began earlier, with high temperatures already at the end of June. Rainfall was scarce (about 100 mm), but the good water supplies during the winter and spring months prevented drought stress. September showed perfect weather conditions, with significant day-to-night temperature ranges, favoring the accumulation of color and polyphenols in the grapes. The grapes were harvested in September. Aromatic white grapes were dried in an attic for about 20 days. They were then vinified in.

Website winery: www.baronericasoli.com

Oct
30
Ribolla Gialla “Colli Orientali del Friuli”

Ribolla Gialla “Colli Orientali del Friuli”
82 tsomw points

Andrea Visintini, Friuli Italy

Category: Sparkling
Tags: Ribolla Gialla

Last week we had a small Friuli tasting and we started with this sparkling. Andrea Visintini - Ribolla Gialla “Colli Orientali del Friuli” (82 tsomw points) In the glass a bright straw yellow color. On the nose aromas of flowers, ripe white fruits and hints of hazelnut. On the palate fragrant yeastiness, ok acidity and a light bitter finish.

Last week we had a small Friuli tasting and we started with this sparkling. 
Andrea Visintini - Ribolla Gialla “Colli Orientali del Friuli” (82 tsomw points)

In the glass a bright straw yellow color.
On the nose aromas of flowers, ripe white fruits and hints of hazelnut.
On the palate fragrant yeastiness, ok acidity and a light bitter finish.

Website winery: www.vinivisintini.com

Oct
29
Perlato del Bosco Toscana Vermentino 2016

Perlato del Bosco Toscana Vermentino 2016
88 tsomw points

Tua Rita, Tuscany Italy

Category: Fruity white
Tags: 88

Vermentino from Tuscany? Yes and it’s very tasty. Tua Rita - Perlato del Bosco Toscana Vermentino 2016 (88 tsomw points) In the glass a bright golden color. On the nose blossom, citrus fruits, pear with hints of melon and light spicyness. On the palate rich and balanced, with a great freshness and acidity. Long and fruity finish.

Vermentino from Tuscany? Yes and it’s very tasty.
Tua Rita - Perlato del Bosco Toscana Vermentino 2016 (88 tsomw points)

In the glass a bright golden color.
On the nose blossom, citrus fruits, pear with hints of melon and light spicyness.
On the palate rich and balanced, with a great freshness and acidity. Long and fruity finish.

Website winery: www.tuarita.it
Webshop: www.wijnkooperijdelange

Oct
29
Campo San Giorgio Conero Riserva 2011

Campo San Giorgio Conero Riserva 2011
89 tsomw points

Umani Ronchi, Marche Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Montepulciano

Great 100 % Montepulciano from the Marche region. Umani Ronchi – Campo San Giorgio Conero Riserva 2011 (89 tsomw points) In the glass a dark ruby red color with crimson rim. On the nose delicious aromas of ripe cherries, plums, cedar wood, flowers and hints of licorice, herbs and vanilla. On the palate medium bodied with enough freshness. Nice red fruit flavours, acidity and soft tannins. Great and long aftertaste.

Great 100 % Montepulciano from the Marche region.
Umani Ronchi – Campo San Giorgio Conero Riserva 2011 (89 tsomw points)

In the glass a dark ruby red color with crimson rim.
On the nose delicious aromas of ripe cherries, plums, cedar wood, flowers and hints of licorice, herbs and vanilla.
On the palate medium bodied with enough freshness. Nice red fruit flavours, acidity and soft tannins. Great and long aftertaste.

Winemaker notes:

The Conero Riserva Campo San Giorgio stands out as the most important experience of Umani Ronchi history in handling with excellence the Montepulciano grape from the Conero area. The chosen name is the name of the exact piece of land, which has track on the back label, in Osimo municipality. Land that has clearly distinguished, after some experimentation harvests, for its unique character. Finding its roots in a long family tradition the label, finds its inspiration on the design of Rosso Conero of the 70’s, representing the vines, Camerano village and the Mount Conero surrounding. The goal is to enhance a wonderful and vocated terroir and the result is a great Montepulciano able to combine strength, deepness, territoriality, elegance and high harmony. 

Vineyard The vine of Campo San Giorgio, around 15 years old average faces south?east, at a height of about 150 meters above sea level. The terrain, dating back to marine formations from the Pleiocene?Pleistocene era, consists of deep and particularly calcareous soils. Only 10.000 square meters, containing 8.000 plants per hectare, distance is 2.1 meters between the rows, 60 cm along the row. The bush?trained vine, kept within strict limits by very close pruning and targeted thinning, aims to reach a production of about 500/750 gr of fruit per plant, and it has a yield of 4?5 tons per hectare. 

Harvest The grapes are picked by hand, and collected and transported in boxes. The harvest, strictly connected with the climatic trend, 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. 

Vinification The grapes are destalked but not crashed, then fermented at 28?30°C in steel fermentation tanks for 14?16 days on its natural yeasts. After the malolactic fermentation stage, the wine is aged in new oak barriques for a period of 12? 14 months and further 6 months in large casks. After bottling, Campo San Giorgio is left to age further, in a temperature?controlled environment, for about 8?10 months.

Pairings A fine companion to elaborated and flavourful dishes based on red meats, game?birds, mature and spicy cheese. 

Website winery: www.umanironchi.com

Oct
28
Rosengartl Grüner Veltliner 2015

Rosengartl Grüner Veltliner 2015
89 tsomw points

Waldschütz , Kamptal Austria

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Grüner Veltliner

This is really a stunning white wine from Austria. It paired great with the Asian food. Waldschütz - Rosengartl Grüner Veltliner 2015 (89 tsomw points) In the glass a bright golden color with green reflections. On the nose it shows aromas of lychee, apricot and mango with hints of stonefruit and little spices. On the palate well balanced with great acidity and freshness. Such a pleasant wine with a nice long finish. 

This is really a stunning white wine from Austria. It paired great with the Asian food. 
Waldschütz - Rosengartl Grüner Veltliner 2015 (89 tsomw points)

In the glass a bright golden color with green reflections.
On the nose it shows aromas of lychee, apricot and mango with hints of stonefruit and little spices.
On the palate well balanced with great acidity and freshness. Such a pleasant wine with a nice long finish. 

Website  winery: www.weingut-waldschuetz.at

Oct
28
Rouge 2013

Rouge 2013
85 tsomw points

Domaine des Tourelles

Category: Solid red, Supple red
Tags: Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Cinsault, Carignan

Tonight a nice red blend from Lebanon. Cabernet Sauvignon 40%, Syrah 40%, Cinsault 15%, Carignan 5%. Domaine des Tourelles - Rouge 2013 (85 tsomw points) In the glass a deep ruby red color with purple edges. On the nose intense aromas of blackberries, dark cherries and plums with hints of olives and tobacco. On the palate medium- full bodied, light grippy tannins with again cherries and spices and nice acidity. Nice fruity aftertaste.
 

Tonight a nice red blend from Lebanon.
Cabernet Sauvignon 40%, Syrah 40%, Cinsault 15%, Carignan 5%

Domaine des Tourelles - Rouge 2013 (85 tsomw points)
In the glass a deep ruby red color with purple edges.
On the nose intense aromas of blackberries, dark cherries and plums with hints of olives and tobacco.
On the palate medium- full bodied, light grippy tannins with again cherries and spices and nice acidity. Nice fruity aftertaste.

Website winery: www.domainedestourelles.com
Dutch importer: www.libanesewijnen.nl 

Oct
27
Panzale Isola dei Nuraghi 2015

Panzale Isola dei Nuraghi 2015
85 tsomw points

Cantina Berritta, Sardinia Italy

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Panzale

Today 100 % Panzale (an indigenous grape) from Sardegna. Cantina Berritta – Panzale Isola dei Nuraghi 2015 (85 tsomw points) In the glass a deep golden and amber color. On the nose intense aromas of citrus, white fruits, apple with hints of blossom and minerals. On the palate solid but with a nice freshness and acidity. Medium finish with hints af almond. 

Today 100 % Panzale (an indigenous grape) from Sardegna.
Cantina Berritta – Panzale Isola dei Nuraghi 2015 (85 tsomw points)

In the glass a deep golden and amber color.
On the nose intense aromas of citrus, white fruits, apple with hints of blossom and minerals.
On the palate solid but with a nice freshness and acidity. Medium finish with hints af almond. 

Website winery: www.cantinaberritta.it

Oct
27
Red Angel 2013

Red Angel 2013
87 tsomw points

Jermann, Friuli Italy

Category: Fruity red, Supple red
Tags: Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon

Nice blend from Friuli. 85% Pinot Noir, 15% Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon. Jermann - Red Angel 2013 (87 tsomw points) 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.

Nice blend from Friuli. 85% Pinot Noir, 15% Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon.
Jermann - Red Angel 2013 (87 tsomw points)

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.

Winemaker notes:

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.

Website winery: www.jermann.it

Oct
26
Mara Moura Godello 2015

Mara Moura Godello 2015
87 tsomw points

Terras do Cigarron (Martin Codax), Galicia Spain

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Godello

To kick off the weekend we open this beautiful white one from Galicia. Terras do Cigarron (Martin Codax ) - Mara Moura Godello 2015 (87 tsomw points) In the glass it shows a straw yellow color with greenish rim. The nose shows light aromas of white fruit, blossom, hay with hints of nuts and stone. In the mouth it has a good entrance, with good acidity, clean, dry, structured with white fruit and minerals. Nice velvet aftertaste with light bitter note.

To kick off the weekend we open this beautiful white one from Galicia.
Terras do Cigarron (Martin Codax ) - Mara Moura Godello 2015 (87 tsomw points)

In the glass it shows a straw yellow color with greenish rim.
The nose shows light aromas of white fruit, blossom, hay with hints of nuts and stone.
In the mouth it has a good entrance, with good acidity, clean, dry, structured with white fruit and minerals. Nice velvet aftertaste with light bitter note.

Website winery: www.martincodax.com

Oct
26
Toscane de Ferrari 2012

Toscane de Ferrari 2012
87 tsomw points

Boscarelli, Tuscany Italy

Category: Solid red, Supple red

Entry level of this winery. Blend of Sangiovese and Merlot. Boscarelli - Toscane de Ferrari 2012 (87 tsomw points) Medium red / purple color in the glass. On the nose delicate aromas of cherries, blackberries and plums with hints of tobacco and chocolate. On the palate medium bodied, very fruity, medium acidity and easy drinking with good finish.

Entry level of this winery. Blend of Sangiovese and Merlot.
Boscarelli - Toscane de Ferrari 2012 (87 tsomw points)

Medium red / purple color in the glass.
On the nose delicate aromas of cherries, blackberries and plums with hints of tobacco and chocolate.
On the palate medium bodied, very fruity, medium acidity and easy drinking with good finish.

Winemaker notes:

Soil
The Boscarelli Farms vineyards in Cervognano are planted on an alluvial-origin calcareous soil that contains a good percentage of sand, silt and clay.
The average density is 6500 vines per hectare

Grapes
Produced with selected grapes harvested from our young vineyards, it is a wine that seeks to
enhance the fresh and floral scents of the Sangiovese variety with the fruity notes of Merlot. Grapes
that contribute to the wine’s composition are: 90% Sangiovese Prugnolo Gentile, 5% Canaiolo and
5% Merlot.

Vinification
The grapes are picked manually and after de-stemming and soft pressing, are fermented in steel vats using indigenous yeast. The fermentation process lasts about a week at controlled temperatures from 28 to 30 degrees. A short manual re-passing of the must and pomace is completed in the initial phase.

Aging
The wine matures for several months in vitrified cement vats where malolactic fermentation occurs. Before bottling the wine is lightly filtered and shipped the summer after harvest.

Optimal maturity
Our De Ferrari wine is made to enhance the freshness of its floral and fruity notes. As fragrance is a particular characteristic of this vintage, recommend drinking it within the first 4 to 5 years of its life.

Website winery: www.poderiboscarelli.com

Oct
25
Schioppettino 2010

Schioppettino 2010
87 tsomw points

La Tunella, Friuli Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Schioppettino

The black Ribolla, also known as Schioppettino, is one of the indigenous native vines of the Colli Orientali del Friuli. La Tunella – Schioppettino 2010 (87 tsomw points) In the glass a deep dark red color. On the nose dark red berries, figs, nuts with hints of  balsamico and wood. Dry and velvety taste with a tight and powerful touch of well-integrated tannins.

The black Ribolla, also known as Schioppettino, is one of the indigenous native vines of the Colli Orientali del Friuli.
La Tunella – Schioppettino 2010 (87 tsomw points)

In the glass a deep dark red color.
On the nose dark red berries, figs, nuts with hints of  balsamico and wood.
Dry and velvety taste with a tight and powerful touch of well-integrated tannins.

Winemaker notes:

Production Zone: D.O.C. Friuli Colli Orientali 
Grape Variety: 100% Schioppettino 
Growing System: Traditional Friuli single inverted with a plant density of 5,500 vines per hectare 
Harvest time: The first week of October 

Vinification: Also known as Ribolla Nera, the history of this variety as a native of the Colli Orientali del Friuli area can be traced far back in history. The grapes, which are extensive thinned out in June, are strictly hand-picked and laid in small cases for a slight raisining. The grapes are then stripped from the stalks and gently crushed. The resulting must is fermented on the skins with indigenous yeasts for approximately 20 days. During this period, remontages are carried out frequently carried to favour the transfer of colour and the noble components that define such an illustrious red wine from the skins to the fermenting must. After drawing off, the wine is left to rest in 500 litre French oak tonneaux for more than two years before bottling during the month of July. The wine is only presented to the consumer after a suitable resting and maturing period in the bottle. 
Availability:In the autumn three years after the harvest. 

Indicative Values: Total acidity 5.7 g/L; alcohol 14.50% by vol. 
Serving Suggestions: A stately wine for meditation and to accompany strongly flavoured dishes: excellent with roasts, rich red meats, game fowls and strong cheeses. 

Website winery: www.latunella.it

Oct
25
Pelago 2013

Pelago 2013
89 tsomw points

Umani Ronchi, Marche Italy

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

Blend of Montepulciano 50%, Cabernet Sauvignon 40%, Merlot 10%. Umani Ronchi - Pelago 2013 (89 tsomw points) In the glass dark ruby red color with purple reflections. On the nose intense aromas of black fruit, coffee, spices with hints of vanilla and tobacco. On the palate solid and balanced, powerful with red fruit, vanilla and nice minerality. Still strong tannins so some more years will even make it better.

Blend of Montepulciano 50%, Cabernet Sauvignon 40%, Merlot 10%
Umani Ronchi - Pelago 2013 (89 tsomw points)

In the glass dark ruby red color with purple reflections.
On the nose intense aromas of black fruit, coffee, spices with hints of vanilla and tobacco.
On the palate solid and balanced, powerful with red fruit, vanilla and nice minerality. Still strong tannins so some more years will even make it better. 

Winemaker notes:

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. 

Website winery: www.umanironchi.com

Oct
24
Piromafo Salento Negroamaro 2008

Piromafo Salento Negroamaro 2008
88 tsomw points

I Valle Dell Asso, Puglia Italy

Category: Solid red, Supple red
Tags: Negroamaro

After some years in the cellar it was time to open this 100% Negroamaro from the Puglia region. I Valle Dell Asso - Piromafo Salento Negroamaro 2008 (88 tsomw points) In the glass a dark ruby red color with garnet reflections. On the nose intensive aromas of cherries, blackberries, liquorice with hints of balsamico and nuts. On the palate soft and round, good balance with nice acidity (not to sweet) and freshness. I keep one bottle for 3 more years.

After some years in the cellar it was time to open this 100% Negroamaro from the Puglia region.
I Valle Dell Asso - Piromafo Salento Negroamaro 2008 (88 tsomw points)

In the glass a dark ruby red color with garnet reflections.
On the nose intensive aromas of cherries, blackberries, liquorice with hints of balsamico and nuts.
On the palate soft and round, good balance with nice acidity (not to sweet) and freshness. I keep one bottle for 3 more years.

Winemaker notes:

Alcohol: 14,5% Vol
Grape: Negroamaro 100%
Production Area: Galatina, froma organic agricolture
Soil: medium-textured and relatively loose
Rearing System: spur pruned cordon
Production: 10000 bottles
Yield per hectare: 60 ql
Fermentation Method: fermented in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperature.
Aging: 12/18 months in big oak barrel
Yeast: selected
Serving temperature: 18-20°C
The Piromàfo from Cantina Fiorentino  is based on Negroamaro: the intense scent of tobacco leafs, coffee and liquorice is supported by the taste from softness and extreme longevity  which make it perfect for meat.

Website winery: www.cantinafiorentino.it

Oct
24
Chianti Classico 2013

Chianti Classico 2013
86 tsomw points

Castello Monsanto, Tuscany Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Colorino

A blend of 90% Sangiovese and 10% Canaiolo and Colorino. Castello Monsanto - Chianti Classico 2013 (86 tsomw points) In the glass a middle ruby red color. On the nose intense aromas of sour cherries, strawberries, red berries, light meaty with hints of earth and minerals. Strong, intriguing but pleasant mouth. Slight acid overhang but not disturbing. All over a nice not typical Chianti. 

A blend of 90% Sangiovese and 10% Canaiolo and Colorino.
Castello Monsanto - Chianti Classico 2013 (86 tsomw points)

In the glass a middle ruby red color. 
On the nose intense aromas of sour cherries, strawberries, red berries, light meaty with hints of earth and minerals. 
Strong, intriguing but pleasant mouth. Slight acid overhang but not disturbing. All over a nice not typical Chianti. 

Website winery: www.castellodimonsanto.it

Oct
23
Benedictus Lugana 2015

Benedictus Lugana 2015
87 tsomw points

Le Morette, Veneto Italy

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Turbiana

100 % Turbiana. The local version of the well known Trebbiano. Le Morette - Benedictus Lugana 2015 (87 tsomw points) In the glass a bright golden yellow color. On the nose intense aromas of green apple, exotic fruit, pear and lychee with hints of herbs, barrel and spices. On the palate rich, light buttery with enough freshness and a long final. Very good price quality rate.

100 % Turbiana. The local version of the well known Trebbiano.
Le Morette - Benedictus Lugana 2015 (87 tsomw points)

In the glass a bright golden yellow color. 
On the nose intense aromas of green apple, exotic fruit, pear and lychee with hints of herbs, barrel and spices.
On the palate rich, light buttery with enough freshness and a long final. Very good price quality rate.

Winemaker notes:

This wine is produced exclusively by the selection of the Turbiana grapes, chosen from those exposed the most to sunlight. After the harvesting these grapes remain in contact with the must for one day at low temperature, to get particularly fruity and aromatic sensations. Fermentation takes place at controlled temperature to obtain a slow fermentation, to get a high quality wine. Lugana Benedictus has a pale straw-yellow colour, with gold reflections. Its flavour is fresh with intense exotic fruity sensations and hints of spice, due to the oak fermentation and ageing in small oak barrels. Its particular flavour make it a perfect companion with several kinds of cuisine from fish to delicate rice dishes, and white meat preparations. Recommended serving temperature is 12-14°C, with large glasses.

Obtained exclusively from “Turbiana” grapes, which are originally from this area of Lake Garda. Production per hectare is 8.000 kg.

VINE TRAINING SYSTEM
Guyot, double but short; 3.500 vines per hectare.

HARVEST
Strictly carried out by hand, at the end of October.

VINIFICATION
Thermo-controlled vinification of the wine-must, starts together with the skins for one day, then continues in stainless steel tanks at 16°-18°C. Part of the winemust ferments in small oak barrels.

Website winery; www.luganalemorette.it

Oct
23
Il Nero di Casanova 2013

Il Nero di Casanova 2013
87 tsomw points

Spinetta, Tuscany Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Sangiovese, Colorino

A nice blend of 5% colorino, 95%sangiovese. Spinetta - Il Nero di Casanova 2013 (87 tsomw points) In the glass a dark ruby red color. On the nose intense aromas of black berries, cherries with hints of leather, chocolate and tea. On the palate solid and complex with good balance with soft tannins and acidity and a long and soft spicy finish.

A nice blend of 5% colorino, 95%sangiovese
Spinetta - Il Nero di Casanova 2013 (87 tsomw points)

In the glass a dark ruby red color.
On the nose intense aromas of black berries, cherries with hints of leather, chocolate and tea.
On the palate solid and complex with good balance with soft tannins and acidity and a long and soft spicy finish.

Website winery: www.la-spinetta.com

Oct
22
Vertigo 2015

Vertigo 2015
87 tsomw points

Livio Felluga, Friuli Italy

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

A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from the Friuli region. Livio Felluga - Vertigo 2015 (87 tsomw points) In the glass a dark red colour with purplish reflections. On the nose delicate aromas of plum, strawberries, spices, blackberry, violets and nutmeg with hints of tobacco. On the palate powerful and elegant. Fruity aromas of pomegranate, elderberry berries with some nutty notes; aftertaste of cocoa and balsamic hints. 
 

A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from the Friuli region. 
Livio Felluga - Vertigo 2015 (87 tsomw points)

In the glass a dark red colour with purplish reflections. 
On the nose delicate aromas of plum, strawberries, spices, blackberry, violets and nutmeg with hints of tobacco.
On the palate powerful and elegant. Fruity aromas of pomegranate, elderberry berries with some nutty notes; aftertaste of cocoa and balsamic hints. 

Website winery: www.liviofelluga.it

Oct
22
Las Chorlas Tempranillo Arlanza 2015

Las Chorlas Tempranillo Arlanza 2015
82 tsomw points

Leza & Gonzàlez Grapes

Category: Supple red
Tags: Tempranillo

100 % tempranillo from Spain. Las Chorlas Tempranillo Arlanza 2015 (82 tsomw points) On the nose intense aromas of ripe red fruit like red berries, cherries with some spicy hints. On the palate soft in the mouth, easy drinking with red tart fruit and medium acidity. I prefer the more solid Tempranillo with more body and character but I know lots of people will love this light sweet version. 

100 % tempranillo from Spain.
Las Chorlas Tempranillo Arlanza 2015 (82 tsomw points)

On the nose intense aromas of ripe red fruit like red berries, cherries with some spicy hints.
On the palate soft in the mouth, easy drinking with red tart fruit and medium acidity.
I prefer the more solid Tempranillo with more body and character but I know lots of people will love this light sweet version. 

Webshop: www.tasteclub.nl

Oct
21
Riesling trocken, Zellertal 2016

Riesling trocken, Zellertal 2016
86 tsomw points

Weingut Schwedhelm, Pfalz Germany

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Riesling

In Holland there is a small indian summer so I had to sip something refreshing. Weingut Schwedhelm - Riesling trocken, Zellertal (86 tsomw points) In the glass a bright golden color. On the nose delicate aromas of peach, apricot, stone flavors with hints of citrus. On the palate vivid and refreshing with orange hints, nice minerality and acidity. Cheers or Zum Wohl.

In Holland there is a small indian summer so I had to sip something refreshing.
Weingut Schwedhelm - Riesling trocken, Zellertal (86 tsomw points)

In the glass a bright golden color.
On the nose delicate aromas of peach, apricot, stone flavors with hints of citrus. 
On the palate vivid and refreshing with orange hints, nice minerality and acidity. Cheers or Zum Wohl.

Website winery: www.schwedhelm-zellertal.de

Oct
21
7 Pergole 2011

7 Pergole 2011
87 tsomw points

Villa Corniole, Alto Adige Italy

Category: Solid red

Lately I tasted some very nice red ones from North Italy. Tonight also a red one from Trentino. Villa Corniole - 7 Pergole 2011 (87 tsomw points) In the glass an intense ruby red color with garnet reflections. On the nose intense aromas of currants, cherries and raspberries with hints of balsamico, flowers and spicyness. On the palate dry, solid and balanced, with nice red fruit, acidity and soft tannins. Nice long aftertaste with balsamico hints.

Lately I tasted some very nice red ones from North Italy. Tonight also a red one from Trentino.
Villa Corniole - 7 Pergole 2011 (87 tsomw points)

In the glass an intense ruby red color with garnet reflections.
On the nose intense aromas of currants, cherries and raspberries with hints of balsamico, flowers and spicyness.
On the palate dry, solid and balanced, with nice red fruit, acidity and soft tannins. Nice long aftertaste with balsamico hints.

Winemaker notes:

Grapes: Teroldego 100% (a Trentino autochthonous grape variety)
Vineyard location: Piana Rotaliana, in the Municipality of Mezzolombardo, at the Sette Pergole locality.
Soil type: Alluvial land?ll from the River Noce, highly fertile top soil with excellent drainage. Vine training system: Guyot and Trentino Pergola.
Vine training system: Guyot and Trentino Pergola.
Vini?cation: The grapes are handpicked, then selected and vini?ed in stainless steel tanks. The fermentation takes place with a 12-15 days maceration on the skins at a controlled temperature of 26/28 degrees then aged in barriques for about 18-24 months, then returned to stainless steel tanks for 2 years with a further 2 years in the bottle.
To be served at: 18°-20° C.
Characteristics: Intense ruby red color, tending to garnet on aging. Intense, fruity with raspberry and redcurrant notes, ample and re?ned, with spicy notes on the nose. Dry, with a strong personality, good sapidity and tannin taste with a light balsamic hint.
Food Pairing: A very elegant and structured full-bodied wine, which perfectly pairs the local cuisine, braised or roasted red meat, game, grilled meat and strong aged cheeses. A great meditation wine.

Website winery: www.villacorniole.com

Oct
20
Franciacorta Dosaggio Zero

Franciacorta Dosaggio Zero
87 tsomw points

SoloUva, Lombardy Italy

Category: Sparkling
Tags: Chardonnay

100% Chardonnay this very nice sparkling from FranciaCorta. SoloUva – Franciacorta Dosaggio Zero (87 tsomw points) In the glass a bright golden yellow color. It shows a fine and persistence mousse. On the nose aromas of white blossom, fruity tones with light hints of crust of bread and herbs. On the palate light creamy with nice freshness, acidity and minerality.

100% Chardonnay this very nice sparkling from FranciaCorta.
SoloUva – Franciacorta Dosaggio Zero (87 tsomw points)

In the glass a bright golden yellow color. It shows a fine and persistence mousse.
On the nose aromas of white blossom, fruity tones with light hints of crust of bread and herbs.
On the palate light creamy with nice freshness, acidity and minerality.

Website winery: www.solouva.com

Oct
20
Caprasia Bobal 2014

Caprasia Bobal 2014
88 tsomw points

Casa Alfaro, Valencia Spain

Category: Solid red
Tags: Bobal

Great red one from Valencia with an excellent price, quality rate. Casa Alfaro - Caprasia Bobal 2014 (88 tsomw points) In the glass this red one shows a deep red color withviolet reflections. On the nose intense aromas of ripe cherries, blackcurrant and blueberries with hints of black pepper, coffee, licorice and chocolate. On the palate full-bodied, meaty, concentrated but with nice freshness. Bold tannins but smooth with nice acidity and long finish.

Great red one from Valencia with an excellent price, quality rate.
Casa Alfaro - Caprasia Bobal 2014 (88 tsomw points)

In the glass this red one shows a deep red color withviolet reflections.
On the nose intense aromas of ripe cherries, blackcurrant and blueberries with hints of black pepper, coffee, licorice and chocolate.
On the palate full-bodied, meaty, concentrated but with nice freshness. Bold tannins but smooth with nice acidity and long finish.

Wine making

Cold pre-maceration and low temperature fermentation. Malolactic in barrel and aged for 14 months in European oak (French-Hungarian-Romanian). Finally partially aged for 5 months in 150 liter amphora.

Website winery: www.vegalfaro.com

Oct
19
Axia Xinomavro Syrah 2014

Axia Xinomavro Syrah 2014
87 tsomw points

Alpha Estate

Category: Solid red, Supple red
Tags: Syrah

What a nice Greek red one – It paired great with the meat dish. Alpha Estate – Axia Xinomavro Syrah 2014 (87 tsomw points) In the glass a dark ruby red color with garnet reflections. On the nose intensive aromas of cassis, raspberry, black pepper and hints of wet wood and leather. On the palate very rich and dence with a slight chew to the tannins. Nicely balanced with fresh acidity. In the end a light bitter finish.

What a nice Greek red one – It paired great with the meat dish.
Alpha Estate – Axia Xinomavro Syrah 2014 (87 tsomw points)

In the glass a dark ruby red color with garnet reflections.
On the nose intensive aromas of cassis, raspberry, black pepper and hints of wet wood and leather.
On the palate very rich and dence with a slight chew to the tannins. Nicely balanced with fresh acidity. In the end a light bitter finish.

Website winery: www.alpha-estate.com

 

Oct
19
Reserva Tinto 2014

Reserva Tinto 2014
88 tsomw points

Quinta de Cottas, Douro Portugal

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

Quinta de Cottas – Reserva Tinto (88 tsomw points) A blend of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz. In the glass a dark red color with opaque reflections. On the nose delicate aromas of red red berries, wild fruits, spices, cinnamon with hints of flowers, caramel, chocolate and coffee. On the palate soft and round but also powerful and intense, well balanced and fresh with a long everlasting finish.

A very nice blend from the Douro region. 2day soccer game Holland - Zweden 
Quinta de Cottas – Reserva Tinto 2014 (88 tsomw points)

A blend of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz.
In the glass a dark red color with opaque reflections.
On the nose delicate aromas of red red berries, wild fruits, spices, cinnamon with hints of flowers, caramel, chocolate and coffee.
On the palate soft and round but also powerful and intense, well balanced and fresh with a long everlasting finish.

Website winery: www.quintadecottas.pt

Oct
18
Albarino 2016

Albarino 2016
87 tsomw points

Martin Codax, Rias Baixas Spain

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Albarino

Summer in the glass this white wine from the Rias Baixas region (Spain) Martin Codax - Albarino 2016 (87 tsomw points) In the glass a bright, straw yellow color. On the nose intense aromas pineapple, green apples, citrus and grapefruit with hints of fresh herbs, stone and grass. On the palate fresh and crispy, medium / full-bodied, rounded with citrus fruit, nice minerality and a light petillance that gives the wine a vivacious, fresh finish. 

Summer in the glass this white wine from the Rias Baixas region (Spain)
Martin Codax - Albarino 2016 (87 tsomw points)

In the glass a bright, straw yellow color.
On the nose intense aromas pineapple, green apples, citrus and grapefruit with hints of fresh herbs, stone and grass. 
On the palate fresh and crispy, medium / full-bodied, rounded with citrus fruit, nice minerality and a light petillance that gives the wine a vivacious, fresh finish. 

Website winery: www.martincodax.com

Oct
18
Centovie Pecorino 2015

Centovie Pecorino 2015
87 tsomw points

Umani Ronchi, Marche Italy

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Pecorino

Today we taste a new biowine from the Marche region. Umani Ronchi – Centovie Pecorino 2015 (87 tsomw points) In the glass a bright straw yellow color. On the nose aromas of elderberry, citrus, peach and blossom with hints of aromatic herbs. On the palate elegant, persistence and solid with nice freshness. Returning aromas found on the nose with nice finish and minerality.

Today we taste a new biowine from the Marche region.
Umani Ronchi – Centovie Pecorino 2015 (87 tsomw points)

In the glass a bright straw yellow color.
On the nose aromas of elderberry, citrus, peach and blossom with hints of aromatic herbs.
On the palate elegant, persistence and solid with nice freshness. Returning aromas found on the nose with nice finish and minerality.

Winemaker notes:

In the last years our Roseto degli Abruzzi estate, with mainly Montepulciano vineyards and a small part of Pecorino, has enriched the quality and tipicity of the grapes. Since the first harvest in this area we decide to cultivate the vineyards following the organic methods because we thought that the position, soil and climate were perfect for this kind of farming. In this area, the Centovie village from where we overlooked the estate for the first time in 2000, was born our Pecorino. A wine where, on our opinion, you can find all the elements of this amazing estate between the Gran Sasso mountain and the Adriatic coast. 

Vineyard Soil is here mainly clay—sandy, deep and rather fresh. Every year we do the harvest by hand and select the best grapes in the vineyard in Roseto degli Abruzzi.

Harvest Grapes are hand picked in early September, paying the highest care not to lose their acidity content. Grapes are stored in small steel trolleys to preserve the integrity of the fruit.

Vinification After a light pressing, the prime must is rapidly cooled and then goes through static decantation. The alcoholic fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks at a temperature of 20°C for about 20 days. The wine does not undergo malolactic fermentation. 50% wine rests in stainless steel tanks and 50% in neutral tonneaux for about 12 months. After that, the wine ages in bottle for at least 5 months. 

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 Stuffed pasta, roast white meat, roasted fish
Ideal serving temperature 12-14°C 

Website winery: www.umanironchi.com

Oct
18
Alvarinho 2016

Alvarinho 2016
85 tsomw points

WA(和) / Villa Nova, Douro Portugal

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Alvarinho

This Alvarinho would be great to pair with oriental cuisine. WA(?) – Alvarinho 2016 (85 tsomw points) In the glass it shows a bright yellow color. On the nose aromas of citrus, peach with hints of white blossom. On the palate dry, medium bodied,  refreshing and balanced. Nice aftertaste.

This Alvarinho would be great to pair with oriental cuisine.
WA(?) – Alvarinho 2016 (85 tsomw points)

In the glass it shows a bright yellow color.
On the nose aromas of citrus, peach with hints of white blossom.
On the palate dry, medium bodied,  refreshing and balanced. Nice aftertaste.

Oct
17
Vette Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Vette Sauvignon Blanc 2016
89 tsomw points

Tenuta San Leonardo, Alto Adige Italy

Category: Fruity white, Full white
Tags: Sauvignon Blanc

Bad weather in Holland. Let’s make the sun shine with this Sauvignon Blanc from Trentino. Tenuta San Leonardo – Vette Sauvignon Blanc 2016 (89 tsomw points) Famous of their Bordeaux blends but this white one also impresses me. A very bright golden color in the glass. On the nose delicate aromas of lime, gooseberry, peach, grassy with hints of wet rocks, white pepper and mint. Expressive on the palate but with a great freshness and minerality, ripe fruit, lively acidity and nice length.

Bad weather in Holland. Let’s make the sun shine with this Sauvignon Blanc from Trentino.
Tenuta San Leonardo – Vette Sauvignon Blanc 2016 (89 tsomw points)

Famous of their Bordeaux blends but this white one also impresses me.
A very bright golden color in the glass.
On the nose delicate aromas of lime, gooseberry, peach, grassy with hints of wet rocks, white pepper and mint.
Expressive on the palate but with a great freshness and minerality, ripe fruit, lively acidity and nice length.

Winemaker notes:

AGE OF THE VINES
Variable, from six to fifteen years

YEILD PER HECTAR
90 q.li/ha.

HARVEST PERIOD
The grapes are picked strictly by hand on reaching perfect ripeness in the month of September.

VINIFICATION
After crushing and destemming, the grapes are vinified without the skins; they then undergo pre-fermentative cold maceration, and soft pressing under the protection of nitrogen. Cold fermentation at 12?C for 12 days.

FOOD MATCHES
Pleasing and intriguing as an aperitif, it is an ideal partner for fish dishes (both grilled and smoked), white meats, charcuterie and soft cheeses.

Website winery: www.sanleonardo.it

Oct
16
Maso Lordon 2004

Maso Lordon 2004
89 tsomw points

Letrari, Alto Adige Italy

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

This wine is now at it's prime. Much better then 5 years ago. Really great blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes. Letrari - Maso Lordon 2004 (89 tsomw points) In the glass a bright ruby-red color. In the nose forrest fruits, herbs and a touch of wet earth, vanilla and cacao. On the palate dry, solid and harmonious with blackcurrant, plum, raspberries and cherries. Medium tannic and a fine acidity. Long aftertaste. A nice, mature and full-bodied wine.

This wine is now at it's prime. Much better then 5 years ago.
Really great blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes.

Letrari - Maso Lordon 2004 (89 tsomw points)
In the glass a bright ruby-red color.
In the nose forrest fruits, herbs and a touch of wet earth, vanilla and cacao. 
On the palate dry, solid and harmonious with blackcurrant, plum, raspberries and cherries. Medium tannic and a fine acidity.
Long aftertaste. A nice, mature and full-bodied wine.

The wine is produced in stainless steel vats and aged in oak barrels before its final aging in the bottle (almost 6 months).
It is best served with roasted red or white meats, or quality poultry and game.

Website winery: www.letrari.it

Oct
15
Malvasia Puntinata DOC Roma 2016

Malvasia Puntinata DOC Roma 2016
87 tsomw points

Principe Pallavicini, Lazio Italy

Category: Fruity white, Full white
Tags: Malvasia

On winewednesday we opened this delicate white wine from the middle of Italy. Principe Pallavicini – Malvasia Puntinata DOC Roma 2016 (87 tsomw points) In the glass a bright golden color with greenish reflections. On the nose delicate aromas of white blossom, peach, pear and almond with hints of citrus and herbs. On the palate rich and balanced, refreshing with citrus and peach, light silky and a long aftertaste.

On winewednesday we opened this delicate white wine from the middle of Italy.
Principe Pallavicini – Malvasia Puntinata DOC Roma 2016 (87 tsomw points)

In the glass a bright golden color with greenish reflections.
On the nose delicate aromas of white blossom, peach, pear and almond with hints of citrus and herbs.
On the palate rich and balanced, refreshing with citrus and peach, light silky and a long aftertaste.

Winemaker notes:

Variety of grapes: Candia malvasia 50%, Malvasia del Lazio 30%, minor varieties 20%
Breeding method: shoots, stems for Ha 4000
Age of the vineyards: 25 years
Production for Ha: 10 tons.
Soil: rich in pebbles and emerging with basalt
Vineyard height: 300 m
Production area: volcanic hills in the south of Rome
Harvest period: late September and late October for grapes in full maturity
Type of harvest: Manual sorting of grapes
Taste: balanced, salty and velvety.
Matches: appetizers, velvety vegetables and white meat
Alcohol content: 13% vol.

Website winery: www.principepallavicini.com

Oct
15
No. 5 Rosé 2016

No. 5 Rosé 2016
86 tsomw points

Bodvar, Provence France

Category: Rosé
Tags: Grenache, Cinsault

What is your secret to survive a cloudy Tuesday? What about Bodvar No. 5 Rosé 2016 (86 tsomw points) This no 5 Rose from Bodvar is made from Grenache and Cinsault made in the Provence region. It offers a nose with ripe fruits but also has a sharpness to it. A strong tang with citrus and grated peel. Lush body with peaches and apricots and some dried herbs. The rosé is very dry and has only a tiny sweetness. 

What is your secret to survive a cloudy Tuesday?
What about Bodvar No. 5 Rosé 2016 (86 tsomw points)

This no 5 Rose from Bodvar is made from Grenache and Cinsault made in the Provence region. 
It offers a nose with ripe fruits but also has a sharpness to it. A strong tang with citrus and grated peel.
Lush body with peaches and apricots and some dried herbs. The rosé is very dry and has only a tiny sweetness. 

Winemaker notes:

Alcohol : 12,5 %
Available in : 370ml, 750ml and 1500ml
Colour : Pale Rosé

Grape varieties: Grenache, Cinsault, Rolle
Growing and Producing Region: Sainte-Victoire
Wine Classification: Côtes de Provence
Food pairing: Accompany it with salads, grilled meats and seafood. Serve between 10 and 12°C

 

Oct
14
Ribera del Duero Crianza 2014

Ribera del Duero Crianza 2014
88 tsomw points

Valtravieso, Ribera del Duero Spain

Category: Solid red, Supple red
Tags: Tinta Fina, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

A great red one from Spain with an excellent PQR.  Valtravieso - Ribera del Duero Crianza 2014 (88 tsomw points) In the glass a medium red color with garnet reflections. On the nose intense aromas of blueberries, cherries with hints of vanilla, herbs, leather and spices. On the palate medium bodied, good balance with nice acidity and tannins. Full but fresh with dark red fruit and long soft aftertaste.

A great red one from Spain with an excellent PQR. 
Valtravieso - Ribera del Duero Crianza 2014 (88 tsomw points)

In the glass a medium red color with garnet reflections.
On the nose intense aromas of blueberries, cherries with hints of vanilla, herbs, leather and spices.
On the palate medium bodied, good balance with nice acidity and tannins. Full but fresh with dark red fruit and long soft aftertaste.

Production process.

After careful production, designed to express the authenticity of the vineyards from which the grapes are grown, the wine is aged for at least 12 months in French oak barrels, with wood from the Allier, Nevers and Bosgues forests.

Website winery: www.valtravieso.com

Oct
14
Riesling Trocken 2016

Riesling Trocken 2016
87 tsomw points

Marcel Christ, Rheinhessen Germany

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Riesling

Autumn has entered – fallen leaves everywhere. To celebrate the start of October we opened this Riesling from Rheinhessen. Marcel Christ – Riesling Trocken (87 tsomw points) In the glass a bright golden color. On the nose aromas of pineapple, citrus with hints of melon and stone. On the palate dry/semi dry, fresh with white fruits, nice acidity and minerality and a long tasty finish.

Autumn has entered – fallen leaves everywhere. 
To celebrate the start of October we opened this Riesling from Rheinhessen.

Marcel Christ – Riesling Trocken (87 tsomw points)
In the glass a bright golden color.
On the nose aromas of pineapple, citrus with hints of melon and stone.
On the palate dry/semi dry, fresh with white fruits, nice acidity and minerality and a long tasty finish.

Website winery: www.christwein.com

Oct
13
Brut Rosé Grand Cru

Brut Rosé Grand Cru
87 tsomw points

Champagne Juillet Lallement, Ardenne France

Category: Sparkling
Tags: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay

What fits better by the weekend as a nice sparkling.???? Champagne Juillet Lallement- Brut Rosé Grand Cru (87 tsomw points) Nice Rosé Champagne. On the nose aromas of toast, cranberries and cherry, lemon peel, and smoky notes and licorice. On the palate a firm acidity and a fine-grained texture.

What fits better by the weekend as a nice sparkling? Champagne Juillet Lallement- Brut Rosé Grand Cru (87 tsomw points)

Nice Rosé Champagne. 
On the nose aromas of toast, cranberries and cherry, lemon peel, and smoky notes and licorice.
On the palate a firm acidity and a fine-grained texture.

Website winery: www.champagnejuilletlallement.com

Oct
12
L' Incontro 2013

L' Incontro 2013
87 tsomw points

Colosi, Sicily Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Nero D' Avola

It's weekend. Time 4 a tasty Nero D' Avola from Sicily. Colosi L' Incontro 2013 (87 tsomw points) In the glass a dark ruby red color. On the nose intense aromas of ripe ref fruit like cherries and plums with notes of dried blossom and leather. Full and soft in the mouth with notes of red fruit. Persistent with nice acidity, light wood and long finish.

It's weekend. Time 4 a tasty Nero D' Avola from Sicily.
Colosi L' Incontro 2013 (87 tsomw points)

In the glass a dark ruby red color.
On the nose intense aromas of ripe ref fruit like cherries and plums with notes of dried blossom and leather.
Full and soft in the mouth with notes of red fruit. Persistent with nice acidity, light wood and long finish.

Winemaker notes:

Grape varietals: Nero d’Avola - frappato.
Vineyard location: Agrigento.
Soil: limestone.
Vine training: vertical trellis.
Harvest: end of september.

Aging process: the grapes are pressed and fermented in stainless steel, In contact with the skins until  ompletely fermented, in order To extract coloring matter. Malolactic fermentation is carried out into barriques for 6 months And then bottled for a futher maturation of 4 months.

Alcohol content: 14% vol.
Suggested serving temperature: 62 / 64 f°.

Tasting notes: dark ruby red, with intense fruit aromas especially cherries, A persistic and tannic taste;  wood is perceived, but not in a predominant way. Perfect with red meats, Cheese and dishes with elaborate tomato sauces.

Website winery: www.cantinecolosi.it

Oct
12
Caladessa Tinto 2015

Caladessa Tinto 2015
85 tsomw points

Herdade da Calada, Alentejo Portugal

Category: Solid red
Tags: Tinta Caiada, Alfrocheiro, Touriga Nacional

What's in your glass this evening?  Herdade da Calada - Caladessa Tinto 2015 (85 tsomw points) This wine has been made from Portuguese grapes including Tinta Caiada, Alfrocheiro and Touriga Nacional. In the glass a dark red color with garnet reflections. On the nose intense aromas of red berries, prunes, figs withyumm hints of raisins and herbs. On the palate medium/full-bodied with dark ripe fruit, soft tannins and medium long finish.

What's in your glass this evening?
Herdade da Calada - Caladessa Tinto 2015 (85 tsomw points)

This wine has been made from Portuguese grapes including Tinta Caiada, Alfrocheiro and Touriga Nacional. 
In the glass a dark red color with garnet reflections.
On the nose intense aromas of red berries, prunes, figs withyumm hints of raisins and herbs.
On the palate medium/full-bodied with dark ripe fruit, soft tannins and medium long finish.

Website winery: www.herdadecalada.com

Oct
11
Roero Arneis San Michele 2016

Roero Arneis San Michele 2016
88 tsomw points

Deltetto, Piedmont Italy

Category: Fruity white, Full white
Tags: Roero Arneis

Deltetto – Roero Arneis San Michele 2016 (88 tsomw points) In the glass a bright yellow color. On the nose delicate aromas of grapefruit, apple, lemon with hints of almond, white flowers and light vanilla. On the palate solid and fresh with great minerality and acidity showing tropical fruits, lime and peaches and almond in the long aftertaste. @deltettowinery

Today a beautiful white wine from Piemonte – Italy.
Deltetto – Roero Arneis San Michele 2016 (88 tsomw points)

In the glass a bright yellow color.
On the nose delicate aromas of grapefruit, apple, lemon with hints of almond, white flowers and light vanilla.
On the palate solid and fresh with great minerality and acidity showing tropical fruits, lime and peaches and almond in the long aftertaste. 

Website winery: www.deltetto.com

Oct
11
Torricella Toscana 2015

Torricella Toscana 2015
88 tsomw points

Barone Ricasoli, Tuscany Italy

Category: Fruity white, Full white
Tags: Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc

It’s WineThursday. Today the Story about a great white blend from Tuscany. Chardonnay 75%, Sauvignon blanc 25% Barone Ricasoli – Torricella Toscana 2015 (88 tsomw points) In the glass a bright straw yellow color. On the nose intense aromas of fresh citrus, mandarin, grapefruit with hints of vanilla, little spice and roasted nuts. On the palate rich and complex, fresh and pleasant with spicy notes and hints of peach and apricot. Great and long final. This blend can be drunk fresh and direct, but it is also suitable for long aging.

It’s WineThursday. Today the Story about a great white blend from Tuscany.
Chardonnay 75%, Sauvignon blanc 25%

Barone Ricasoli – Torricella Toscana 2015 (88 tsomw points)
In the glass a bright straw yellow color.
On the nose intense aromas of fresh citrus, mandarin, grapefruit with hints of vanilla, little spice and roasted nuts.
On the palate rich and complex, fresh and pleasant with spicy notes and hints of peach and apricot. Great and long final. This blend can be drunk fresh and direct, but it is also suitable for long ageing.

Winemaker notes:

Torricella, white wine rich in structure and complexity, enhances its personality with a Chardonnay and a Sauvignon blanc of Tuscan character. Fruit of a careful quality development both in the vineyard and in the cellars, this white wine is able to express the characteristics of a terroir often reputed for its famous "reds" only.

The Sauvignon blanc comes from a vineyard situated at 230 m a.s.l. on alluvial soil and the Chardonnay comes from an estate vineyard located at 460 m a.s.l. on sandy and pebbly soil.

Growing Season

The growing season 2014/2015 was quite regular without extreme events and full ripeness was reached 10 days earlier. These are the prerequisites of a great harvest in terms of quality and quantity. As usual, the harvest began with Chardonnay on August 31. The grapes were perfectly ripe and healthy. The Sauvignon Blanc was harvested immediately after.

Ageing: 9 months of aging in wood with skin contact for Chardonnay and 9 months in stainless steel for Sauvignon blanc.

Website winery: www.baronericasoli.com

Oct
10
Pinela 2016

Pinela 2016
86 tsomw points

Finovino, Primorska Slovenia

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Pinela

We tasted the Finovino – Pinela 2016 (86 tsomw points) In the glass a pale sunny yellow color. On the nose aromas of peach, pineapple, citrus and dried flowers. On the palate medium-full bodied with a distinct minerality that completes the balance of freshness and smoothness. Very nice. My first wine from Slovenia and really a nice one. When you want to try more of their wines you can also order a tasting package of their wines.

Today a wine from Slovenia on the drinking table. Some years ago a couple from Amsterdam moved to Slovenia to escape from the busy city life. Now they distribute the wines from the local wineries under the label of Finovino. Varieties like Teran, Rebula and Pinela.

We tasted the Finovino – Pinela 2016 (86 tsomw points)

In the glass a pale sunny yellow color.
On the nose aromas of peach, pineapple, citrus and dried flowers.
On the palate medium-full bodied with a distinct minerality that completes the balance of freshness and smoothness.
Very nice. My first wine from Slovenia and really a nice one. When you want to try more of their wines you can also order a tasting package of their wines.

Slovenian white grape variety that can only be found in the Vipava valley and a bit in the Karst area. A very full wine that can accompany complex dishes.
Website winery / distributor: www.finovino.nl

Oct
10
Profundo Selektion Karlsberg 2013

Profundo Selektion Karlsberg 2013
87 tsomw points

Hofkellerei Des Fürsten von Liechtenstein, Liechtenstein Austria

Category: Solid red, Supple red
Tags: Zweigelt

Ever tasted a red wine from Austria? This Zweigelt tasted really good. Hofkellerei Des Fürsten von Liechtenstein - Profundo Selektion Karlsberg 2013 (87 tsomw points) In the glass this wine shows a dark red/garnet color. On the nose tasty aromas of cherries, black currant and cinnamon with hints of chocolate and violets. On the palate full-bodied and round, balanced with soft tannins, dark chocolate, leather and ripe cherries with good structure and length. 

Ever tasted a red wine from Austria? This Zweigelt tasted really good.
Hofkellerei Des Fürsten von Liechtenstein - Profundo Selektion Karlsberg 2013 (87 tsomw points)

In the glass this wine shows a dark red/garnet color.
On the nose tasty aromas of cherries, black currant and cinnamon with hints of chocolate and violets.
On the palate full-bodied and round, balanced with soft tannins, dark chocolate, leather and ripe cherries with good structure and length.

Winemaker notes:

Zweigelt is the most widespread red wine in Austria, newly bred by Dr. Zweigelt 1922, who was a teacher at the Viticulture and Horticulture Center Klosterneuburg. It is a cross-bred between St. Laurent and Blaufränkisch. Zweigelt is a very fertile grape, which requires intensive leaf work and yield regulation but demands little from soil. Variety spectrum ranges from young-drinking wine to mature versions of barrique and rich cuvees.

Harvested by hand at warm weather. After destemming grapes were at 28°C for 10 days on must fermentation. After pressing at pneumatic tank the malolactic fermentation took place in stainless steel tank. Aged for 15 month in barrique.

Website winery: www.hofkellerei.li

Foodpairings: Suitable meals: dark meat, game, duck and cheese.

Oct
9
Maximo Marche 2014

Maximo Marche 2014
88 tsomw points

Umani Ronchi, Marche Italy

Category: Desert wine
Tags: Sauvignon Blanc

Looking for a great dessert wine made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc? #winenot ? Umani Ronchi - Maximo Marche 2014 (88 tsomw points) In the glass a golden yellow color with amber reflections. In the nose aromas of apricot, candied fruit, honey, ripe figs and peach. On the palate silky soft and sweet, rich and elegant, with notes of honey, balsamicum and candied fruit. 

Looking for a great dessert wine made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc? #winenot ?
Umani Ronchi - Maximo Marche 2014 (88 tsomw points)

In the glass a golden yellow color with amber reflections.
In the nose aromas of apricot, candied fruit, honey, ripe figs and peach. 
On the palate silky soft and sweet, rich and elegant, with notes of honey, balsamicum and candied fruit.

Winemaker notes:

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.

Vineyard
The vineyard occupies about two hectares. It is trained on the Guyot system and has a planting density of 4270 vines per hectare. It faces north, on the crest of a hill, at 180 meters above sea level, and lies on not very deep alluvial soil (holocene formations), with a considerable proportion of gravel, which promotes good drainage of the excess water. The yield per hectare is extremely low and rarely reaches 2 tons.

Harvest
The harvest is carried out by hand, with the grapes collected and transported in boxes. It is performed in at least three passes. Selection of the grapes is a very delicate matter. The object is to pick only those bunches, or portions of bunches, which have reached the right degree of concentration (30?35° on the Babo sugar meter) as a result of the attack by some varieties of noble rot. Often, the last pass does not take place till the middle of December.

Vinification
The grapes are pressed whole by means of a small, gentle press. After static decantation, the resulting must is fermented on its own yeasts at a temperature of 15°C for a month. Maximo then ages for about a year in small stainless steel containers before being bottled. 

Serving glass
Small?sized goblet, with wide body and narrow opening, so as to favour the development of aromas and their concentration in the nose.

Pairings
A wine for meditation, perfect with patisserie, especially of the dry variety, and tangy cheeses.

Ideal serving temperature: 10-12°C 

Website winery: www.umanironchi.com

Oct
9
Merlot 2013

Merlot 2013
88 tsomw points

Almenkerk, Western Cape South Africa

Category: Solid red
Tags: Merlot

In 2004 the Belgian van Almenkerk couple followed their dreams and started a winery in South Africa. In a short time they already produce award winning wines. The first wine I tasted is the Almenkerk - Merlot 2013 (88 tsomw points) In the glass a deep garnet color. On the nose delicious aromas of cherries, raspberries, blackcurrant, licorice and hints of coffee and vanilla. On the palate a good structure, full in the mouth with enough freshness, nice acidity, soft tannins and a great and long finish. 

In 2004 the Belgian van Almenkerk couple followed their dreams and started a winery in South Africa. In a short time they already produce award winning wines. 
The first wine I tasted is the Almenkerk - Merlot 2013 (88 tsomw points)

In the glass a deep garnet color.
On the nose delicious aromas of cherries, raspberries, blackcurrant, licorice and hints of coffee and vanilla.
On the palate a good structure, full in the mouth with enough freshness, nice acidity, soft tannins and a great and long finish. 

Website winery: www.almenkerk.co.za

Oct
8
Sei - Chianti Classico Gran Selecion 2012

Sei - Chianti Classico Gran Selecion 2012
89 tsomw points

Querceto di Castellina, Tuscany Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Sangiovese

Querceto di Castellina - Sei - Chianti Classico Gran Selecion 2012 (89 tsomw points) In the glass it shows a deep ruby ??red color. On the nose delicate aromas of cherries, plums, raisins, licorice, balsamico and toasty oak. On the palate well balanced, solid but soft in the mouth, silky tannins and a long and pleasant aftertaste. 

When you visit Tuscany you have to visit this lovely winery!

Querceto di Castellina - Sei - Chianti Classico Gran Selecion 2012 (89 tsomw points)
In the glass it shows a deep ruby ??red color.
On the nose delicate aromas of cherries, plums, raisins, licorice, balsamico and toasty oak.
On the palate well balanced, solid but soft in the mouth, silky tannins and a long and pleasant aftertaste. 

Website winery: www.quercetodicastellina.com

Oct
8
Euphoria Tinto 2014

Euphoria Tinto 2014
85 tsomw points

Convento do Paraiso, Algarve Portugal

Category: Solid red, Supple red
Tags: Touriga Nacional, Aragonez, Sousão

A red wine from the Algarve? Yes and it really suprised me! Convento do Paraiso – Euphoria Tinto 2014 (85 tsomw points) A blend of Touriga Nacional (45%) , Aragonez (45%) , and for me an unknown grape Sousão (10%) In the glass a dark violet / red color. On the palate aromas of ripe black fruit like blackcurrants, blackberries with some nice spicyness and barrique.On the palate nicely balanced with good structure, solid and fresh, with great length and vividly sophisticated tannins.

A red wine from the Algarve? Yes and it really suprised me!
Convento do Paraiso – Euphoria Tinto 2014 (85 tsomw points)

A blend of Touriga Nacional (45%) , Aragonez (45%) , and for me an unknown grape Sousão (10%) In the glass a dark violet / red color.
On the palate aromas of ripe black fruit like blackcurrants, blackberries with some nice spicyness and barrique.
On the palate nicely balanced with good structure, solid and fresh, with great length and vividly sophisticated tannins.

Website winery: www.conventodoparaiso.com

Oct
7
Prior Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Brut

Prior Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Brut
87 tsomw points

Bortolomiol, Valdobbiadene Italy

Category: Sparkling
Tags: Glera

It's almost weekend so it's time to crack a sparkling!! Bortolomiol - Prior Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Brut (87 tsomw points) In the glass a bright straw color with a thin perlage. On the nose aromas of blossom which blends with cedar and orange and mineral tones with hints of apple and pineapple. Fresh and saline mouth with flavours of lemon, green apple, flint and vegetable notes.

It's almost weekend so it's time to crack a sparkling!! Bortolomiol - Prior Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Brut (87 tsomw points)

In the glass a bright straw color with a thin perlage. 
On the nose aromas of blossom which blends with cedar and orange and mineral tones with hints of apple and pineapple.
Fresh and saline mouth with flavours of lemon, green apple, flint and vegetable notes.

Website winery: www.bortolomiol.com

Oct
7
Torroxal 2016

Torroxal 2016
85 tsomw points

Adegas Valmiñor, Rias Baixas Spain

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Albariño

100% Albariño from Rías Baixas region. Adegas Valmiñor – Torroxal (85 tsomw points) In the glass a golden color with green reflexes. On the nose aromas tropical fruit, lemon, pear and a little sweet. On the palate balanced and easy drinking, lively and fresh with crips and light flavours.
 

100% Albariño from Rías Baixas region. 
Adegas Valmiñor – Torroxal (85 tsomw points)

In the glass a golden color with green reflexes.
On the nose aromas tropical fruit, lemon, pear and a little sweet.
On the palate balanced and easy drinking, lively and fresh with crips and light flavours.

Website winery: www.valminorebano.com
Nl webshop: www.tasteclub.nl

Oct
6
Profuma di Gioia – IGT Toscana Rosato 2016

Profuma di Gioia – IGT Toscana Rosato 2016
86 tsomw points

CorteDomina, Tuscany Italy

Category: Rosé
Tags: Merlot, Sangiovese

Let’s middle the week with this lovely rosato from Tuscany. A blend of Merlot and Sangiovese grapes. CorteDomina – Profuma di Gioia – IGT Toscana Rosato (86 tsomw points) In the glass it shows a bright pink color. On the nose aromas of blossom, strawberries, cherries, melon and some herbs. On the palate dry, medium-bodied with good structure and balance. Lots of red fruits with nice freshness and acidity with nice aftertaste.

Let’s middle the week with this lovely rosato from Tuscany. A blend of Merlot and Sangiovese grapes.
CorteDomina – Profuma di Gioia – IGT Toscana Rosato (86 tsomw points)

In the glass it shows a bright pink color.
On the nose aromas of blossom, strawberries, cherries, melon and some herbs.
On the palate dry, medium-bodied with good structure and balance. Lots of red fruits with nice freshness and acidity with nice aftertaste.

Facebook page: www.facebook.com/CorteDomina/

Oct
6
Toro Descarte 2013

Toro Descarte 2013
88 tsomw points

Bodega Elias Mora, Toro Spain

Category: Solid red

Suprisingly good for a Tinta de Toro / Tempranillo in this price range. After 1 hour decanter it opened very well. Bodega Elias Mora - Toro Descarte 2013 (88 tsomw points) Dark as night, mostly opaque color. On the palate delicate aromas of vanilla, moderate oak, ripe dark fruit, plums, flowers, espresso, menthol and chocolate. On the palate full-bodied with high density, young but round tannic, nicely balanced with dark coffee, tart, blackberries and vanilla. Nice acidity and a very pleasant long finish. Needs mabye 5 years to be at it's top but now very well drinkable. 

Suprisingly good for a Tinta de Toro / Tempranillo in this price range. After 1 hour decanter it opened very well. 
Bodega Elias Mora - Toro Descarte 2013 (88 tsomw points)

Dark as night, mostly opaque color.
On the palate delicate aromas of vanilla, moderate oak, ripe dark fruit, plums, flowers, espresso, menthol and chocolate.
On the palate full-bodied with high density, young but round tannic, nicely balanced with dark coffee, tart, blackberries and vanilla. Nice acidity and a very pleasant long finish. Needs mabye 5 years to be at it's top but now very well drinkable. 

Winemakers notes:

Fresh fruit with a powerful attack. Tasty red fruit. Perfect with smoked mushrooms, soft meats, game birds and blue fish.

Winery: Bodega Elias Mora
Name of the wine: Descarte.
Appellation: Toro.
Type: north face wine.
Cépage: Tinta de Toro 100%. 
Élévage: 12 months in French oak barrels. 
Consommation: 3-6 years. 
Open and serving: 1 hour before, 16 - 18ºC

Website winery: www.bodegaseliasmora.com

Oct
5
Viña Ardanza Reserva 2005

Viña Ardanza Reserva 2005
89 tsomw points

La Rioja Alta, Rioja Spain

Category: Solid red
Tags: Tempranillo, Garnacha

After 1.5 hours decanter this opened very well. La Rioja Alta - Viña Ardanza Reserva 2005 (89 tsomw points) Blend of 80% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha. In the glass a tawny tinged ruby color. On the nose delicate aromas of raspberries, cherries, ripe plums with hints of vanilla, balsamico, clove, tobacco and some light chocolate. On the palate round and structured with nice soft tannins, dark red fruits, vanilla and earthy. Top Rioja.

After 1.5 hours decanter this opened very well.
La Rioja Alta - Viña Ardanza Reserva 2005 (89 tsomw points)

Blend of 80% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha
In the glass a tawny tinged ruby color.
On the nose delicate aromas of raspberries, cherries, ripe plums with hints of vanilla, balsamico, clove, tobacco and some light chocolate.
On the palate round and structured with nice soft tannins, dark red fruits, vanilla and earthy. Top Rioja.

Website winery: www.riojalta.com

Oct
5
Grauer Burgunder trocken 2016

Grauer Burgunder trocken 2016
87 tsomw points

Weingut Becker, Rheinhessen Germany

Category: Fruity white, Full white
Tags: Grauer Burgunder

Yesterday this one really scored a goal at the Ajax Arena at the Riesling and Co event. A top Grauer Burgunder from Rheinhessen with an excellent PQR. Weingut Becker – Grauer Burgunder trocken 2016 (87 tsomw points) In the glass a bright golden color. On the nose delicate aromas of apricot, pear, ripe apple and melon with hints of nuts and some caramel. On the palate solid and fresh, round and good structure with good long aftertaste. 

Yesterday this one really scored a goal at the Ajax Arena at the Riesling and Co event. A top Grauer Burgunder from Rheinhessen with an excellent PQR. 
Weingut Becker – Grauer Burgunder trocken 2016 (87 tsomw points)

In the glass a bright golden color.
On the nose delicate aromas of apricot, pear, ripe apple and melon with hints of nuts and some caramel.
On the palate solid and fresh, round and good structure with good long aftertaste. 

Website winery: www.becker-weine.com

Oct
4
Weissburgunder and Auxerrois 2016

Weissburgunder and Auxerrois 2016
86 tsomw points

Dr. Crusius, Nahe Germany

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Weissburgunder, Auxerrois

Today an interesting blend from the Nahe region. Dr. Crusius - Weissburgunder and Auxerrois 2016 (86 tsomw points) Still very young but already very nice. In the glass a bright golden color. On the nose aromas of lemon, pear, apple blossom with nice minerality. On the palate fresh and round, rich with nice acidity and a light creamy aftertaste.

Today an interesting blend from the Nahe region.
Dr. Crusius - Weissburgunder and Auxerrois 2016 (86 tsomw points)

Still very young but already very nice. In the glass a bright golden color. 
On the nose aromas of lemon, pear, apple blossom with nice minerality.
On the palate fresh and round, rich with nice acidity and a light creamy aftertaste.

Winemakers notes:

In our most popular cuvée, the aromas of Auxerrois combine with the elegance of the Weißburgunder.
Subtle acidity, a very fine aroma and the full-bodied nature make Auxerrois the ideal partner of the Weißburgunder in Cuvée. A little discreet wood maturity on the finish gives the whole a perfect balance and harmony. Emphasizes acidity, yet powerful in taste, never intrusive, it adapts to a variety of dishes: fine poultry dishes, strong fish or Mediterranean vegetables.
A success story since 1999.

Grapes 51% Pinot Blanc, 49% Auxerrois
Locations traiser locations
Soils Sandy clay, stony-gritty clay, hanging debris of red rhyolite volcanic rock 
Harvest Selective manual harvest, 2-3 passes
Vinification Controlled fermentation and aging in stainless steel and young oak
Alcohol 13.0% by volume
Maturity 0-3 years

Website winery: www.weingut-crusius.de

Oct
4
Rheinriesling Strasser Gaisberg 2016

Rheinriesling Strasser Gaisberg 2016
87 tsomw points

Weingut Reinhard Topf

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Riesling

Another quality wine from Kamptal. Weingut Reinhard Topf - Rheinriesling Strasser Gaisberg 2016 (87 tsomw points) A bright golden color. On the nose aromas of peach, mandarin, stonefruit and some pepper and mint. On the palate dry, with fresh fruits, great minerality and acidity. Nice long aftertaste.

Another quality wine from Kamptal.
Weingut Reinhard Topf - Rheinriesling Strasser Gaisberg 2016 (87 tsomw points)

A bright golden color.
On the nose aromas of peach, mandarin, stonefruit and some pepper and mint.
On the palate dry, with fresh fruits, great minerality and acidity. Nice long aftertaste.

Website winery: www.weingut-reinhardtopf.at

Oct
3
Weisser Burgunder – Halbstück 2015

Weisser Burgunder – Halbstück 2015
86 tsomw points

Gut Hermannsberg, Nahe Germany

Category: Fruity white, Full white
Tags: Weissburgunder

oday a Weissburgunder – Pinot Blanc from the Nahe region. Gut Hermannsberg – Weisser Burgunder – Halbstück 2015 (86 tsomw points) In the glass a bright straw yellow color with golden rim. On the nose aromas of pears, citrus, spices and hints of herbs and white flowers. On the palate balanced, nice acidity, creamy but fresh with nice minerality and nice long finish

Today a Weissburgunder – Pinot Blanc from the Nahe region.
Gut Hermannsberg – Weisser Burgunder – Halbstück 2015 (86 tsomw points)

In the glass a bright straw yellow color with golden rim.
On the nose aromas of pears, citrus, spices and hints of herbs and white flowers.
On the palate balanced, nice acidity, creamy but fresh with nice minerality and nice long finish.

Winemaker notes:

It is simply impossible for our Weissburgunder to conceal its lineage, so faithfully and truly does it reflect the diversity of our soils in the Nahe River Valley. Its light, floral aromas are complemented with notes of citrus, and the ensemble of flavours develops into an enticing interplay of fruit and acidity. The creamy finish flourishes with added complexity from hints of spice – lively and ebullient drinking enjoyment!

Website winery: www.gut-hermannsberg.de

Oct
3
Les Brugueres D.O.Ca. Priorat – blanc 2016

Les Brugueres D.O.Ca. Priorat – blanc 2016
90 tsomw points

​Conreria d’Scala Dei, Priorat Spain

Category: Fruity white, Full white
Tags: Garnacha Blanca

For me one of my fave white wines at the monent!! Conreria d’Scala Dei - Les Brugueres D.O.Ca. Priorat – blanc 2016 (90 tsomw points) In the glass a bright straw yellow color. On the nose delicate aromas of marmelade, citrus, honeysuckle, white currants and hints of blossom and herbs. On the palate full-bodied, complex and balanced, with peach, lyche, great acidity and minerality. Top wine!

We celebrate international Grenache day!! For me one of my fave white wines at the monent!!
Conreria d’Scala Dei - Les Brugueres D.O.Ca. Priorat – blanc 2016 (90 tsomw points)

In the glass a bright straw yellow color.
On the nose delicate aromas of marmelade, citrus, honeysuckle, white currants and hints of blossom and herbs.
On the palate full-bodied, complex and balanced, with peach, lyche, great acidity and minerality. Top wine!

Website winery: www.vinslaconreria.com

Oct
2
Grimalda Red 2015

Grimalda Red 2015
87 tsomw points

Matosevic, Istria Croatia

Category: Solid red
Tags: Merlot, Terlan

Matosevic – Grimalda Red 2015 (87 tsomw points) Blend of 85% Merlot and 15%Terlan. Dark garnet color in the glass. On the nose delicate aromas of dark berries, plums, barrique and hints of spices, vanilla and coffee. On the palate full-bodied with good freshness and minerality, medium acidity  with red fruits and oak. Needs some time in the cellar to be at it’s best and the oak will be better integrated. Nice long finish.

Another great blend from Croatia – Istria.

Matosevic – Grimalda Red 2015 (87 tsomw points)
Blend of 85% Merlot and 15%Terlan.

Dark garnet color in the glass.
On the nose delicate aromas of dark berries, plums, barrique and hints of spices, vanilla and coffee.
On the palate full-bodied with good freshness and minerality, medium acidity  with red fruits and oak. Needs some time in the cellar to be at it’s best and the oak will be better integrated. Nice long finish.

Website winery: www.matosevic.com

 

Oct
2
'Senatore Prima' Piemonte Rosso 2015

'Senatore Prima' Piemonte Rosso 2015
85 tsomw points

Villadoria, Piedmont Italy

Category: Fruity red, Solid red
Tags: Dolcetto, Barbera

Autumn has arrived in Holland ???? So let's get in that mood. Villadoria 'Senatore Prima' Piemonte Rosso 2015 (85 tsomw points) A blend of Dolcetto 50% and Barbera 50%. In the glass it shows a deep purple color. On the nose cherries, ripe strawberries, plums and notes of almond and chocolate. On the palate structured, medium-bodied with flavours of cherries, herbs and laurel. On the end a little edge of sweet.

Autumn has arrived in Holland ???? So let's get in that mood. 
Villadoria 'Senatore Prima' Piemonte Rosso 2015 (85 tsomw points)

A blend of Dolcetto 50% and Barbera 50% 
In the glass it shows a deep purple color.
On the nose cherries, ripe strawberries, plums and notes of almond and chocolate.
On the palate structured, medium-bodied with flavours of cherries, herbs and laurel. On the end a little edge of sweet.

Winemaker notes:

This wine is an ode to history, a ‘thank you’ to the person the Lanzavecchia family owes its wine origins to, the tale of a man, a husband, an adventurer, a soldier, a farmer, a wine grower, a father who had the courage to look for a new way, to keep on dreaming even at the most difficult times, who had a passion for his vines and for politics and was known by his friends as the ‘Sentur’, Senator in Piedmontese. This wine resembles Daniele Lanzavecchia Senior and speaks of him, telling the story of an adventure in farming Italy in the interwar period, up to the foundation of Villadoria as it is today. It has a yesteryear style, something of the wine which you couldn’t resist drinking too much of at the osteria and accompanied evenings of song and laughter…

he grapes come from hills across the whole of Piedmont. The geological features of the various areas and the sun exposure of the vineyards chosen allow top quality grapes to be grown. The training systems used range from spurred cordon to Guyot, according to zone. Yields per hectare are approximately 80 hectolitres.

Winemaking
The Dolcetto and Barbera grapes are harvested by hand and then made separately into wine. For both varieties, alcoholic fermentation takes place in controlled temperature stainless steel tanks. The Dolcetto is dry-fermented and left on the skins for 6 to 8 days, depending on vintage, while the Barbera is vinified slowly at low temperatures to obtain a wine packed with aromas and a small amount of residual sugar. Malolactic fermentation takes place immediately after racking off for both wines.

Ageing
A very short wood ageing period for the Dolcetto softens the tannins and stabilises the wine’s colour. After this phase, the new Dolcetto and Barbera wines are blended, creating a good tasting balance between the tannins of the Dolcetto and the acid notes of the Barbera. It is a wine with a touch of the antique, and is best drunk about 5 years after the vintage.

Food pairings
It is a wine which goes well with all courses, from starters to full flavoured pasta and rice dishes and fairly mild flavoured meat dishes.

Serving temperature
18 °C

Website winery: www.villadoria.it

Oct
1
de Aetna Etna Bianco doc 2015

de Aetna Etna Bianco doc 2015
86 tsomw points

Terra Costantino, Sicily Italy

Category: Fruity white, Full white
Tags: Carricante, Cataratto, Minella

Today we are tasting a delicious white one from this region. Terra Costantino - de Aetna Etna Bianco doc 2015 (86 tsomw points) 80% Carricante, 15% Cataratto, 5% Minella. In the glass a nice straw yellow color with golden rim. On the nose intense aromas of lemonpeel, white blossom, ripe pear with hints of herbs and almond and the famous Etna-  smokey minerality. On the palate medium, full-bodied with alot of richness and depth, good acidity and crisp falvours.

Mount Etna, cradle of stunning whites and elegant reds. 
Yes. Today we are tasting a delicious white one from this region.

Terra Costantino - de Aetna Etna Bianco doc 2015 (86 tsomw points)
80% Carricante, 15% Cataratto, 5% Minella.

In the glass a nice straw yellow color with golden rim.
On the nose intense aromas of lemonpeel, white blossom, ripe pear with hints of herbs and almond and the famous Etna-  smokey minerality.
On the palate medium, full-bodied with alot of richness and depth, good acidity and crisp falvours.

Webshop: www.wijnkooperijdelange.nl
Website winery: www.terracostantino.it

Sep
30
Tokaji Fordítás 2008

Tokaji Fordítás 2008
89 tsomw points

Zsirai Pincészet, Tokaji Hungary

Category: Desert wine
Tags: aszú

This weekend we drank this lovely Tokaji from Hungary. A sweet dessert wine we paired with Moelleux - Chocolate cake with chocolate filling. Zsirai Pincészet - Tokaji Fordítás 2008 (89 tsomw points) In the glass a honey like color. On the intensive nose aromas of raisins, honey, grass, and dried fruit. On the palate soft in the mouth with fresh acidity and seductive aromas. A culinary pleasure of a special kind.

This weekend we drank this lovely Tokaji from Hungary.
A sweet dessert wine we paired with Moelleux - Chocolate cake with chocolate filling.

Zsirai Pincészet - Tokaji Fordítás 2008 (89 tsomw points)
In the glass a honey like color. 
On the intensive nose aromas of raisins, honey, grass, and dried fruit.
On the palate soft in the mouth with fresh acidity and seductive aromas. A culinary pleasure of a special kind.

Website winery: www.zsiraipinceszet.hu

 

Sep
29
Astore Trebbiano IGT Toscana Bianco 2016

Astore Trebbiano IGT Toscana Bianco 2016
85 tsomw points

Baracchi Winery, Tuscany Italy

Category: Full white
Tags: Trebbiano

While visiting Cortona – Tuscany we tasted this unique Trebbiano on the Baracchi – Il Falconiere estate. Baracchi - Astore Trebbiano IGT Toscana Bianco (85 tsomw points) In the glass a straw yellow color with greenish and golden rim. On the nose intensive aromas of lemongrass, green apple and peach with hints of acacia flowers and herbs. On the palate full-bodied, concentrated and dry, med-high acidity with nice freshness, light savory with green apple and lemon and light astringent finish.

While visiting Cortona – Tuscany we tasted this unique Trebbiano on the Baracchi – Il Falconiere estate.
Baracchi - Astore Trebbiano IGT Toscana Bianco (85 tsomw points)

In the glass a straw yellow color with greenish and golden rim.
On the nose intensive aromas of lemongrass, green apple and peach with hints of acacia flowers and herbs.
On the palate full-bodied, concentrated and dry, med-high acidity with nice freshness, light savory with green apple and lemon and light astringent finish.

Winemaker notes:

Trebbiano was harvested on the first week of October from a 30 year old vineyard , a careful selection was made of the best Trebbiano  grapes in August. Once picked 16 small cases,  the grapes were immediately transfer to the winery (this is important in maintaining the varietal characteristics). Immediately after a soft pressing starts the alcoholic fermentation and   maceration on the skins. They took place in stainless steel tanks over a period of about 10 days at a temperature never exceeding 14 °C. Following the alcoholic fermentation, the wine remained on the lees (sur lie), during this time it completed its malolactic fermentation. The wine was kept at a temperature of 12°C to obtain a natural clarification.

The resulting wine is rich in colour, well structured and with a good freshness. Followed by aging for about 6 months in bottles before release.

Website winery: www.baracchiwinery.com

Sep
28
Brolio Chianti Classico Riserva 2014

Brolio Chianti Classico Riserva 2014
88 tsomw points

Barone Ricasoli, Tuscany Italy

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

Yes kicking of the week with a delicious blend of 80% Sangiovese, 15% Merlot and 5% Cab. Barone Ricasoli - Brolio Chianti Classico Riserva 2014 (88 tsomw points) In the glass a dark purple, ruby red color. The Brolio’s nose shows lush dark currant, raspberry, dark cherries with hints of mint and cinnamon. On the palate silky, creamy body with multiple flavours with refined tannins. The acidity keeps the wine juicy with a harmonious and long finish. 

Yes kicking of the week with a delicious blend of 80% Sangiovese, 15% Merlot and 5% Cab. 
Barone Ricasoli - Brolio Chianti Classico Riserva 2014 (88 tsomw points)

In the glass a dark purple, ruby red color.
The Brolio’s nose shows lush dark currant, raspberry, dark cherries with hints of mint and cinnamon.
On the palate silky, creamy body with multiple flavours with refined tannins. The acidity keeps the wine juicy with a harmonious and long finish. 

Winemaker notes:

This wine was produced from a selection of grapes from the estate vineyards located between 400 and 300 meters above sea level. The lands vary much one from another but include the typical soil of the Chianti Classico area, from sandstone to marl, from marine deposits to calcarenites (also known as alberese).

Growing Season

The weather leading up to the 2014 grape harvest was an unusual year, humid and not very hot. Winter was mild and Spring was drier than in the past. Temperatures were average and began to rise in the second half of June. Bud break was from the end of March to the beginning of April and proceeded regularly.
Flowering was abundant and began in early June. The summer was much cooler than average, and rainy. This slowed the veraison of the grapes, which only began in mid-August. Fortunately, September was warm and featured significant day-to-night temperature ranges, favouring the accumulation of polyphenols in the grape skins.

Grape harvesting officially began on 10 September, about 12 days later than in previous years.
Ageing:16 months in barrique and tonneaux. A further 3 to 6 months of bottle ageing follows. 

Website winery: www.baronericasoli.com

Sep
28
Limine 2016

Limine 2016
89 tsomw points

Terre di Ger, Friuli Italy

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Pinot bianco, Sauvignon Blanc

This weekend we enjoyed this lovely white wine from Friuli. Terrediger – Limine (89 tsomw points) Only 2.500 bottles are produced. Blend of Pinot bianco and Sauvignon Blanc. In the glass a bright lemon yellow color. On the nose delicate aromas of stonefruit, passionfruit and a touch of vanilla and blossom. On the palate rich and round with great freshness and nice acidity. Great luscious and long finish.

This weekend we enjoyed this lovely white wine from Friuli.
Terrediger – Limine (89 tsomw points)

Only 2.500 bottles are produced.
Blend of Pinot bianco and Sauvignon Blanc
In the glass a bright lemon yellow color.
On the nose delicate aromas of stonefruit, passionfruit and a touch of vanilla and blossom.
On the palate rich and round with great freshness and nice acidity. Great luscious and long finish.

Winemaker notes:

Characteristics of the Vintage The spring of 2016 was a particularly rainy one. This was very important for the water reserve during blossom. Manual pruning and selection of the sprouts was essential to preserve the vineyard’s health and facilitate movement of air between the rows and the plants. The summer was dry and sunny. At harvest period the grapes were perfectly ripened and in the best conditions in years. 

Designation: IGT Bianco delle Venezie
Grapes: 90% Pinot Grigio, 10% Sauvignon
Location: Friuli Venezia Giulia, province of Pordenone Territory
Area of Production: Frattina Vineyard Altitude: 6 m a.s.l.
Exposure: North South
Soil: Medium-textured soil, traces of sea shells and fossils
Training System: Guyot Vinification and Ageing
Harvest: Manual selection of grapes.
Vinification: Destemming and soft pressing.
Fermentation is carried on in stainless steel wine tanks and partly in barriques at 16°C for 30 days.
Ageing: On the fine lees for 7 months, frequent battonage.
Bottling: End of March Bottles Produced: 2500

Website winery: www.terrediger.it

Sep
27
LBV Late bottled vintage Port 2011

LBV Late bottled vintage Port 2011
89 tsomw points

Quinta do Crasto, Douro Portugal

Category: Port
Tags: Old Vines (several grape varieties)

Today we celebrate World Port Day! Quinta do Crasto - LBV Late bottled vintage Port 2011 (89 tsomw points) In the glass almost black with a garnet rim. On the nose elegant aromas of raspberries, cherries and figs with hints of balsamic, herbs and blossom. Very fresh and elegant...like drinking a nice Douro table wine. The palate shows juicy blackberries and figs with subtle hints of black pepper. The tannic structure really reflects the careful extraction, with a gentle but firm grip. The smoky finish with its dark chocolate and liquorice notes has very good length. This is a really outstanding LBV.

Today we celebrate World Port Day!
Quinta do Crasto - LBV Late bottled vintage Port 2011 (89 tsomw points)

In the glass almost black with a garnet rim. 
On the nose elegant aromas of raspberries, cherries and figs with hints of balsamic, herbs and blossom. Very fresh and elegant...like drinking a nice Douro table wine. 
The palate shows juicy blackberries and figs with subtle hints of black pepper. 
The tannic structure really reflects the careful extraction, with a gentle but firm grip. The smoky finish with its dark chocolate and liquorice notes has very good length.
This is a really outstanding LBV.

Winemaker notes:

GRAPE VARIETIES Old Vines (several grape varieties)
WINEMAKING The grapes from old vines were taken to the winery in plastic boxes. On arrival in the winery they were rigorously inspected on a sorting table. The grapes with their stems were then slightly crushed and transferred to a traditional stone tank (“lagar”) where they were foot trodden. After this, the grape spirit was added to stop the fermentation and fortify the wine.
AGEING In large oak vats (9,000 litres) for about 4 years. Bottled without fining or filtration; a light sediment may form in the bottle over time.

TASTING Colour: Deep purple. Nose: Excellent aroma intensity and concentration, with fresh wild berry fruit notes and delicate hints of chocolate and gum cistus. Palate: Engaging beginning that leads to a wine of great volume, with a tight-knit structure of firm, finely-textured tannins nicely wrapped in fresh wild berry fruit notes. The finish is balanced, fresh and lingering.
WINEMAKERS Manuel Lobo. 

Website winery: www.quintadocrasto.pt

Sep
27
Bandol rouge 2013

Bandol rouge 2013
90 tsomw points

Domaine Tempier, Bandol France

Category: Solid red
Tags: Mourvedre, Grenache, Cinsault, Carignan.

Today a great red one from France. Domaine Tempier - Bandol rouge 2013 (90 tsomw points) In the glass an intense purple dark red color. On the nose intense aromas of spicy dark fruit, leather, currants, dark plums, anise, herbs and tobacco. On the palate lots of layers, rich and full, perfectly balanced, good acidity and solid tannins. Middle- long aftertaste. Great wine with lots of potential.

Today a great red one from France.
Domaine Tempier - Bandol rouge 2013 (90 tsomw points)

In the glass an intense purple dark red color.
On the nose intense aromas of spicy dark fruit, leather, currants, dark plums, anise, herbs and tobacco. 
On the palate lots of layers, rich and full, perfectly balanced, good acidity and solid tannins. Middle- long aftertaste. Great wine with lots of potential.

Webshop: www.finebarrel.com
Website winemaker: www.domainetempier.com

Sep
26
Bianco 2014

Bianco 2014
89 tsomw points

Gagliole, Tuscany Italy

Category: Fruity white, Full white
Tags: Procanico, Chardonnay, Malvasia

This Tuscany white is a blend of Procanico 60%, Chardonnay 30%, Malvasia 10%. Gagliole – Bianco 2014 (89 tsomw points) In the glass this wine shows a pale yellow color, light golden. I like the bouquet which shows aromas of melon, peaches and apricot with nice balanced hints of barrique. On the palate solid and light creamy. It is full-bodied, mouth-filling and round. Perfect balanced with a quite impressive aftertaste. Soon I will taste the 2015! Looking forward for that!

This Tuscany white is a blend of Procanico 60%, Chardonnay 30%, Malvasia 10%

Gagliole – Bianco 2014 (89 tsomw points)
In the glass this wine shows a pale yellow color, light golden.
I like the bouquet which shows aromas of melon, peaches and apricot with nice balanced hints of barrique.
On the palate solid and light creamy. It is full-bodied, mouth-filling and round. Perfect balanced with a quite impressive aftertaste. Soon I will taste the 2015! Looking forward for that!

Winemakers notes:

Density of vines: 5000 vines per hectare
Yield per hectare: 8000 kg per hectare after grape reduction in the field
Altitude, exposure.: 450-480 m. above sea level, South to South-West
Soil: Galestro loam
Harvest: handpicked, in small boxes
Vinification: in french oak barriques, 100 % new wood
Maturation: in french oak barriques, 100% new wood, “sur lies”
Refinement in bottle: minimum 3 months with temperature control
Best maturity for drinking: up to 3-5 years after release

Website winery: www.gagliole.com

Sep
25
Grand Vintage Franciacorta D.O.C.G - Noble Cuvée

Grand Vintage Franciacorta D.O.C.G - Noble Cuvée
88 tsomw points

Ca d'Or, Lombardy Italy

Category: Sparkling
Tags: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir

Ca d'Or - Grand Vintage Franciacorta D.O.C.G - Noble Cuvée (88 tsomw points) A blend of 90% Chardonnay with 10% Pinot Nero (Pinot Noir) In the glass this sparkling from North Italy shows bright golden color with greenish rim. The nose shows aromas of lemon, bread crust, blossom and white fruits. On the palate fresh and zesty, with tasty flavours of citrus, some tropical fruit and hints of honey and flowers with light spiceness and brioche. Nice acidity and balance with white fruit at the end.

I really like the design of this beautifull bottle – What about you?

Ca d'Or - Grand Vintage Franciacorta D.O.C.G - Noble Cuvée (88 tsomw points)

A blend of 90% Chardonnay with 10% Pinot Nero (Pinot Noir)
In the glass this sparkling from North Italy shows bright golden color with greenish rim.
The nose shows aromas of lemon, bread crust, blossom and white fruits.
On the palate fresh and zesty, with tasty flavours of citrus, some tropical fruit and hints of honey and flowers with light spiceness and brioche. Nice acidity and balance with white fruit at the end.

Website winery: www.cadorwine.it

Sep
24
Chenin Blanc – Viognier 2016

Chenin Blanc – Viognier 2016
87 tsomw points

Bees Knees, Stellenbosch South Africa

Category: Fruity white, Full white
Tags: Chenin Blanc, Viognier

Today a real nice summer sipper. Bees Knees – Chenin Blanc – Viognier 2016 (87 tsomw points) In the glass a bright light yellow color. In the nose tasty aromas of pear, melon, pineapple and blossom. On the palate ripe and racy but also soft and round with tropical fruit, apple and soft tones of honey and almond. Nice long aftertaste.

Today a real nice summer sipper.

Bees Knees – Chenin Blanc – Viognier 2016 (87 tsomw points)

In the glass a bright light yellow color.
In the nose tasty aromas of pear, melon, pineapple and blossom.
On the palate ripe and racy but also soft and round with tropical fruit, apple and soft tones of honey and almond. Nice long aftertaste.

Sep
24
Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso 2014

Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso 2014
86 tsomw points

Speri, Valpolicella Italy

Category: Solid red, Supple red
Tags: Corvina Veronese, Rondinella, Molinara

Speri - Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso 2014 (86 tsomw points) A blend of Corvina Veronese (70%), Rondinella (20%), Molinara (10%) In the glass light transparent ruby red color. On the nose intesive aromas of cinnamon, strawberries, black cherries, raisins, chocolate and hints of violets and graphite. On the palate well balanced and medium-bodied, light sweet tannins, soft and velvet with a long citrus-tinged aftertaste.

Speri - Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso 2014 (86 tsomw points)

A blend of Corvina Veronese (70%), Rondinella (20%), Molinara (10%) In the glass light transparent ruby red color.
On the nose intesive aromas of cinnamon, strawberries, black cherries, raisins, chocolate and hints of violets and graphite.
On the palate well balanced and medium-bodied, light sweet tannins, soft and velvet with a long citrus-tinged aftertaste.

Winemakers notes:

GRAPE VARIETIES Corvina veronese 70%, Rondinella 20%, Molinara and other native varieties 10%.
VINEYARD Estates situated in the heart of the Valpolicella Classica area, in the municipalities of San Pietro in Cariano, Fumane and Negrar. Altitude: 120 – 350 meters above sea level. CULTIVATION SYSTEM Verona pergola system.
HARVEST Manual picking of the grapes from from late September to mid – October.
VINIFICATION Immediate pressing after picking with a crusher-destemmer. Maceration in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperature of 20-24° C for 8 days. Transfer to vitrified cement tanks for completion of alcoholic and malolactic fermentation. Refermentation (second fermentation) of premium Valpolicella Classico over Amarone marc for 9 days at a temperature of 15°/18° C. Transfer to vitrified cement tanks for completion of the second alcoholic and malolactic fermentation. Ageing in 20 hl. oak barrels for 12 months and refinement in the bottle.
ALCOHOL CONTENT 13,5% vol.
ORGANOLEPTIC CHARACTERISTICS Intense ruby red color with hints of red fruit, spices and cocoa. Warm and smooth to the palate, wellbalanced and with a well-rounded tannin.
DINING COMBINATIONS Ideal with meat and cheese-based dishes.
SERVING TEMPERATURE 18°C. 

Website winery: www.speri.com

Sep
23
Livia Toscana bianco 2016

Livia Toscana bianco 2016
88 tsomw points

Querceto di Castellina, Tuscany Italy

Category: Full white
Tags: Viognier, Roussanne

Today a blend of 50% Viognier and 50% Roussanne from Tuscany. Querceto di Castellina – Livia Toscana bianco 2016 (88 tsomw points) 8 months on French barrique, 4 months in the bottle. In the glass this delicious blend shows a golden yellow color with greenish rim. On the nose aromas of white flowers, apple, apricot and hints of honey. On the palate generous and structured with exotic fruit aromas and a touch of well integrated barrique and a nutty component.?

Today a blend of 50% Viognier and 50% Roussanne from Tuscany.

Querceto di Castellina – Livia Toscana bianco 2016 (88 tsomw points)

8 months on French barrique, 4 months in the bottle.
In the glass this delicious blend shows a golden yellow color with greenish rim.
On the nose aromas of white flowers, apple, apricot and hints of honey.
On the palate generous and structured with exotic fruit aromas and a touch of well integrated barrique and a nutty component.?

Website winery: www.quercetodicastellina.com

Sep
23
San Leonardo 2008

San Leonardo 2008
90 tsomw points

Tenuta San Leonardo, Alto Adige Italy

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

This “Bordeaux” blend (Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère and Merlot) from Alto Adige is not at it’s peak yet but delicious already. Tenuta San Leonardo – San Leonardo 2008 (90 tsomw points) The early months of maturation in cement tanks are followed by 18-24 months in new and pre-used barriques. Decanted for 1,5 hours. In the glass dark ruby red with a dark core and a lighter rim. In the nose delicious aromas of dark berries, black currant, green pepper, flowers with hints of clay, earth and dark chocolate. On the palate  medium-full bodied with a nice structure with flavours of oak, pencil lead, boxwood and currants. Good richness and round quality to it right now with a great aftertaste. Wonderful cool climate Bordeaux Blend. 

This “Bordeaux” blend (Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère and Merlot) from Alto Adige is not at it’s peak yet but delicious already.

Tenuta San Leonardo – San Leonardo 2008 (90 tsomw points)
The early months of maturation in cement tanks are followed by 18-24 months in new and pre-used barriques.

Decanted for 1,5 hours. 
In the glass dark ruby red with a dark core and a lighter rim.
In the nose delicious aromas of dark berries, black currant, green pepper, flowers with hints of clay, earth and dark chocolate.
On the palate  medium-full bodied with a nice structure with flavours of oak, pencil lead, boxwood and currants. Good richness and round quality to it right now with a great aftertaste. Wonderful cool climate Bordeaux Blend. 

Winemakers notes:

San Leonardo is the magical heir to a tradition known the world over as Bordeaux blending. Dreams and heritage mingle to bring you a wine that conveys all its land-rooted character and genuine territory-focused appeal. A powerful yet elegant red, San Leonardo brings together the colours, aromas and savours of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère and Merlot aged in small oak barrels, melding them harmoniously into a uniquely intense, full-bodied wine with superb depth of flavour.

VINE TYPE
San Leonardo is a skilful blend of wines from different grapes that are fermented and aged separately: Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère and Merlot.
Before bottling, the precise proportions are decided only after rigorous tasting of samples, barrique by barrique.

VINE TRAINING SYSTEMS
Guyot and spurred cordon at a density of 6,600 plants per hectare.

AGE OF VINES
From 20 to 50 years.

YIELD PER HECTARE
50–60 quintals/hectare (2.25-2.67 tons/acre).

HARVEST PERIOD
The grapes are picked when perfectly ripe during the months of September and October.

MATURATION
The early months of maturation in cement tanks are followed by 18-24 months in new and pre-used barriques.

BOTTLE AGEING
For at least one year before release onto the market.

FOOD MATCHES
Game, roasted duck, lamb, aged cheeses from cow’s milk, cheese/vanilla soufflé, snails, truffles, dark chocolate.

SERVING TEMPERATURE
16°C.

CELLAR LIFESPAN
25 years or more.

Website winery: www.sanleonardo.it

Sep
22
Malvazija 2015

Malvazija 2015
88 tsomw points

Coronica, Istria Croatia

Tags: Malvazija

Pleasant memories about my Croatia trip. Coronica Gran Malvazija 2015 (88 tsomw points) In the glass a bright golden color. On the nose juicy stone fruit, apricot and peaches with hints of blossom and spicy hints. On the palate great texture and balance with fresh fruit, nice minerality and subtle oak. Long finish with peach. This wine needs time and will even get better within the years.

Pleasant memories about my Croatia trip.

Coronica Gran Malvazija 2015 (88 tsomw points)

In the glass a bright golden color.
On the nose juicy stone fruit, apricot and peaches with hints of blossom and spicy hints.
On the palate great texture and balance with fresh fruit, nice minerality and subtle oak. 
Long finish with peach. This wine needs time and will even get better within the years.

Website winery: www.coronica.eu

Sep
21
Pinot Meunier 2012 Vintage Champagne

Pinot Meunier 2012 Vintage Champagne
88 tsomw points

Champagne Salmon, Ardenne France

Category: Sparkling
Tags: Pinot Meunier

Only 1,500 bottles from this 100% Pinot Meunier 2012 Vintage Champagne. Salmon – Special club 2012 (88 tsomw points) The nose is very delicate, but not at all sweet. A lot of rocky minerality, some citrus, a touch of jasmine and rose petals. But the sweaty part is actually extremely dry, and indeed, very thin. (zero dosage ) On the palate is showing extremely structured edges with almost sharp, salty minerality with flavours of cherry to currant, to rosehip, redcurrant and cranberries. Superb tannin structure, and again and again this almost sharp bite, this crunchiness. 

Only 1,500 bottles from this 100% Pinot Meunier 2012 Vintage Champagne.
Salmon – Special club 2012 (88 tsomw points)

The nose is very delicate, but not at all sweet. A lot of rocky minerality, some citrus, a touch of jasmine and rose petals. But the sweaty part is actually extremely dry, and indeed, very thin. (zero dosage )
On the palate is showing extremely structured edges with almost sharp, salty minerality with flavours of cherry to currant, to rosehip, redcurrant and cranberries. Superb tannin structure, and again and again this almost sharp bite, this crunchiness. 

Website winery: www.champagnesalmon.com

 

Sep
21
Riesling Herrenberg 2015

Riesling Herrenberg 2015
86 tsomw points

Weingut am Nil, Pfalz Germany

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Riesling

Weingut am Nil – Riesling Herrenberg 2015 (86 tsomw points)This Riesling from the Pfalz shows a bright straw yellow color. In the nose delicate aromas of peach, apricot with hints of minerality and citrus. On the palate is a fresh firm but fruity framed and well integrated acid. This prances on the tongue. In the reverberation comes the peach with juicy-fresh quince and fine melt. See my reviews of the 2013 with more complexity. This will be better after some aging. 

It’s almost #winefridayso time to crack a good bottle.

Weingut am Nil – Riesling Herrenberg 2015 (86 tsomw points)

This Riesling from the Pfalz shows a bright straw yellow color.
On the nose delicate aromas of peach, apricot with hints of minerality and citrus.
On the palate is a fresh firm but fruity framed and well integrated acid. This prances on the tongue. In the reverberation comes the peach with juicy-fresh quince and fine melt. See my reviews of the 2013 with more complexity. This will be better after some aging. 

Website winery: www.weingutamnil.de

Sep
20
Chianti Classico 2015

Chianti Classico 2015
88 tsomw points

Riecine, Tuscany Italy

Category: Fruity red, Solid red
Tags: Sangiovese

Mabye you know that 2015 in Italy and also Tuscany were a very good vintage. This Chianti Classico from Riecine 2015 also shows some great potential (88 tsomw points) In the glass a ruby red color. On the nose dark red fruits, black cherries, leather, forest ground and spices. On the palate round, medium-bodied, wide and full in the mouth. It is a well-defined wine finely evolved with light tannins, soft and elegant.

Mabye you know that 2015 in Italy and also Tuscany were a very good vintage.

This Chianti Classico from Riecine 2015 also shows some great potential (88 tsomw points)

In the glass a ruby red color.
On the nose dark red fruits, black cherries, leather, forest ground and spices.
On the palate round, medium-bodied, wide and full in the mouth. It is a well-defined wine finely evolved with light tannins, soft and elegant.

Winemakers notes: 

The flagship of our portfolio is the Riecine Chianti Classico. The wine is 100% Sangiovese made in a classical style, medium bodied with lots of fruit character, light tannins and a spicy finish. It is authentic and true to the Gaiole terroir.

The wine is aged 18 months in “NOMBLOT” cement tanks, used barriques, older tonneaux or big wooden casks before blending and bottled.

TERROIR: Soils of Limestone and clay
ALTITUDE: 450 – 500 s.l.m
VINEYARD: Gaiole in Chianti (Siena). Certificated Organic by ICEA and introducing biodynamic practices.
AVERAGE AGE OF THE VINE: 25 years
YIELD: 30 hl/ha
HARVEST: Generally in second week of October. Picked by hand with 2 selections: in the vines and sorting table.
WINEMAKING: Separated by plots. Grapes are crushed by foot and then, either fermented in open top bins or cement “Nomblot” tanks. 15% whole bunches. Maceration for about 40 days and pressed off.
AGEING: Aged 18 months in a mix of cement “Nomblot” tanks, used 500 L Tonneaux and big wooden casks.
BOTTLING: Production: 40 000 bottles of 75 cl, plus 200 magnums 1,5 L and 50 Jeroboams 3L.
CELLARING: Can be enjoyed now and will last up to 10 years.

FOOD & WINE pairing: Accompanies all Tuscan dishes. Ideal with pasta and tomato sauce, al ragu? or simply with a drizzle of Olive Oil Extravergine – from Riecine for best results. Goes very well with poultry, meat balls, Gratins (meat pie, like Hachis Parmentier of Duck – a real blast!) and all kind of slightly spicy stew dishes. Our favorite tips would be for a barbecue with friends, enjoying a sunset. Serving temperature: 12 -14 °C.

Website winery: www.riecine.it

Sep
19
Pinot Grigio 2016

Pinot Grigio 2016
87 tsomw points

Kellerei Terlan, Alto Adige Italy

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Pinot Grigio

Today we drink the Terlan – Pinot Grigio 2016 (87 tsomw points) In the glass a bright yellow color. On the nose delicate aromas of melon, peach, pear and apple, nice mineral undertones and hints of almond / nuttiness. On the palate medium-bodied, round, light creamy with a great freshness (frizzle on tongue) and acidity with notes of melon and pear and light almond aftertaste.

Mabye you know it already but I am a huge fan of the Alto Adige region with their perfect white wines but also the red ones. We had the plan to visit Sud Tirol (italy) this year but we had to change plans. So hope next year!

Today we drink the Terlan – Pinot Grigio 2016 (87 tsomw points)

In the glass a bright yellow color.
On the nose delicate aromas of melon, peach, pear and apple, nice mineral undertones and hints of almond / nuttiness.
On the palate medium-bodied, round, light creamy with a great freshness (frizzle on tongue) and acidity with notes of melon and pear and light almond aftertaste.

Winemakers notes:

Doc denomination: Alto Adige
Variety: 100% Pinot Grigio
History of the variety: first vintage 1978
Year: 2016
Bottles produced: 110,000
Yield: 63 hl/ha
Quality line: The classics

Description:

Manual harvest and selection of the grapes; gentle whole cluster pressing and clarification of the must by natural sedimentation; slow fermentation at a controlled temperature in stainless steel tanks, aging on the lees in steel tanks for 5-7 months.

Website winery: www.cantina-terlano.com

Sep
18
Colledila Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2013

Colledila Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2013
90 tsomw points

Barone Ricasoli, Tuscany Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Sangiovese

100% Sangiovese and you smell that! Barone Ricasoli - Colledila Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2013. (90 tsomw points) This young Chianti really impressed me. In the glass dark ruby red color with maroon rim. On the nose delicate and intense aromas of sour cherry, roses, cocao, earthy, classic Sangiovese. On the palate nice texture,  good mid palate, pleasant grip though very drinkable, tart acidity with dried and fresh cherry, touch of oak. very good and long aftertaste.

100% Sangiovese and you smell that!

Barone Ricasoli - Colledila Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2013. (90 tsomw points)

This young Chianti really impressed me.
In the glass dark ruby red color with maroon rim.
On the nose delicate and intense aromas of sour cherry, roses, cocao, earthy, classic Sangiovese.
On the palate nice texture,  good mid palate, pleasant grip though very drinkable, tart acidity with dried and fresh cherry, touch of oak. very good and long aftertaste.

Winemakers notes:

"Colledilà" - the land which has been part of the Brolio estate for centuries - is the cru of this Chianti Classico DOCG that stands out due to its complex structure and great modern elegance. The research on original clones that has been carried out at Barone Ricasoli for the last fifteen years and the work on the specific characteristics of the various plots of land on the estate have now given rise to a single varietal Sangiovese which manifests the magnificent gifts of this grape variety. The limited volumes of the Colledilà cru render it all the more exclusive.

The vineyard is located at an elevation of 380 meters and faces south-west, in the most beautiful and representative part of the estate. The land is Paleocene-Eocene in origin and forms part of the geological formation ‘Monte Morello'. The soil is brown with a fine clay structure, very chalky, with a sub alkaline pH and little organic content. It is well drained, very stony and has an average water-holding capacity.

In French barrique and tonneau, of which 40% new oak, for 21 months.

Website winery: www.baronericasoli.com

Sep
17
No 7 Rosé

No 7 Rosé
87 tsomw points

Bodvar, Provence France

Category: Rosé
Tags: Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah

Bodvar No 7 Rosé (87 tsomw points) A blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah. In the glass this rosé shows a bright pink salmon color. On the nose the typical aromas of red berries, strawberries and raspberries but it has also a light sharpness to it with citrus and orange. On the palate medium-bodied, nice freshness with flavours of peaches and apricots and some herbs in the aftertaste.

Yesterday after work and bbque this was the right bottle to open up.

Bodvar No 7 Rosé (87 tsomw points)

A blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah.
In the glass this rosé shows a bright pink salmon color.
On the nose the typical aromas of red berries, strawberries and raspberries but it has also a light sharpness to it with citrus and orange.
On the palate medium-bodied, nice freshness with flavours of peaches and apricots and some herbs in the aftertaste.

Winemakers notes:

Côtes de Provence, France
Alcohol : 12,5 %
Available in : 500 ml, 750 ml,
1500ml and 3000ml
Colour : Bright Rosé

Grape varieties: Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah
Growing and Producing Region: Sainte-Victoire
Food pairing: Marries well with the tenderness of minced meats, chicken, fish, risotto dishes – quite simply wonderful with food and highly adaptable. Serve well chilled.

Website winery: www.bodvarrose.com

Sep
16
Red 2011

Red 2011
90 tsomw points

Meneghetti, Istria Croatia

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

Meneghetti Red is a dry red wine blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. For me one of my best reds I tasted on my holiday in Istria - Croatia. Meneghetti - Red 2011 (90 tsomw points) In the glass a deep ruby colour. On the nose intensive aromas of blackcurrant, raspberry, vanilla, earth, coffee, graphite, cinnamon and cloves. On the palate medium / full-bodied, solid and thick texture, mature and well-balanced. Flavours of vanilla, dark red fruit with pronounced spiciness. The taste is dry, warm, and perfectly soft with fine tannins. Liveliness and minerality linger in the aftertaste.

Meneghetti Red is a dry red wine blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.

For me one of my best reds I tasted on my holiday in Istria - Croatia.

Meneghetti - Red 2011 (90 tsomw points)
In the glass a deep ruby colour.
On the nose intensive aromas of blackcurrant, raspberry, vanilla, earth, coffee, graphite, cinnamon and cloves.
On the palate medium / full-bodied, solid and thick texture, mature and well-balanced.
Flavours of vanilla, dark red fruit with pronounced spiciness. The taste is dry, warm, and perfectly soft with fine tannins. Liveliness and minerality linger in the aftertaste.

Website winery & Winehotel: www.meneghetti.hr

Sep
16
Regaleali Bianco Sicilia 2016

Regaleali Bianco Sicilia 2016
86 tsomw points

Tasca Regaleali, Sicily Italy

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Inzolia, Grecanico, Catarratto, Chardonnay

When you are looking for a easy and refreshing sipper from Siciliy you have to try this one. A blend of Inzolia, Catarratto en Grecanico. Tasca Regaleali - Regaleali Bianco Sicilia 2016 (86 tsomw points) In the glass a bright yellow color. On the nose pleasant aromas of apple, pear, peach and melon with hints of mint. On the palate refreshing, nice acidity, easy drinking, great minerality with almond at the end. 

When you are looking for a easy and refreshing sipper from Siciliy you have to try this one.
A blend of Inzolia, Catarratto en Grecanico.

Tasca Regaleali - Regaleali Bianco Sicilia 2016 (86 tsomw points)
In the glass a bright yellow color.
On the nose pleasant aromas of apple, pear, peach and melon with hints of mint.
On the palate refreshing, nice acidity, easy drinking, great minerality with almond at the end. 

Winemakers notes:

Elegant and slender, the Rhine-style bottle of Regaleali white is truly Tasca’s ambassador to the world and has been for 56 years. It’s so famous, it has ended up in crossword puzzles as ‘Well-known Sicilian white’. A German guise for a strongly indigenous heart, with Inzolia, Catarratto, and Grecanico grapes, plus a little Chardonnay, from the hillside vineyards

Varietals: Inzolia (43%), Grecanico (24%), Catarratto (20%), Chardonnay (13%)

Fermentation: Stainless steel
Fermentation temperature: 14-16° C
Duration of fermentation: 15 days on average
Malolactic fermentation: No
Aging: 3 months in stainless steel
Alcohol Volume: 12.5%
Ph: 3.20
Total acidity: 5.27 g/l
Residual sugar: 1.10 g/l
Total dry extract: 20.10 g/l

Website winery: www.tascadalmerita.it

Sep
15
Pinot Nero 2011

Pinot Nero 2011
88 tsomw points

Baracchi, Tuscany Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Pinot Nero

This great red one we tasted at the tasting at the Baracchi winery. Baracchi – Pinot Nero 2011 (88 tsomw points) In the glass this Pinot Nero shows a ruby red color. On the nose ripe cherries, raspberries, roses, earthy and hints of spicyness and herbs. On the palate nicely balanced, dry and medium-bodied, with lots of red fresh fruit and flowers and a pleasant long aftertaste.

This great red one we tasted at the tasting at the Baracchi winery.

Baracchi – Pinot Nero 2011 (88 tsomw points)

In the glass this Pinot Nero shows a ruby red color.
On the nose ripe cherries, raspberries, roses, earthy and hints of spicyness and herbs.
On the palate nicely balanced, dry and medium-bodied, with lots of red fresh fruit and flowers and a pleasant long aftertaste.

Website winery: www.baracchiwinery.com

Sep
14
Corte de Campo coastal blend 2015

Corte de Campo coastal blend 2015
87 tsomw points

Vistamar, Maipo Valley Chile

Category: Fruity white, Full white
Tags: Chardonnay, Viognier

A pleasant blend of 85% Chardonnay and 15% Viognier from Chile. Vistamar – Corte de Campo coastal blend 2015 (87 tsomw points) In the glass a bright golden yellow color. On the nose yellow fruit, yellow plums, light wood, vanilla and caramel with hints of exotic fruit from the Viognier. On the palate nice complexity, solid but with enough freshness and elegance with a long pleasant aftertaste.

A pleasant blend of 85% Chardonnay and 15% Viognier from Chile.

Vistamar – Corte de Campo coastal blend 2015 (87 tsomw points)

In the glass a bright golden yellow color.
On the nose yellow fruit, yellow plums, light wood, vanilla and caramel with hints of exotic fruit from the Viognier.
On the palate nice complexity, solid but with enough freshness and elegance with a long pleasant aftertaste.

Website NL: www.wijnkooperijdelange.nl
Website winery: www.vistamar.cl

Sep
13
La Clape Champs des Pierres 2015

La Clape Champs des Pierres 2015
85 tsomw points

Château Pech-Céleyran, Languedoc France

Category: Fruity white, Full white
Tags: Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne

A couple of weeks ago we had a great time with our wineclub in the Ardennes. We also tasted this wine from Languedoc.Château Pech-Céleyran - La Clape Champs des Pierres 2015 (85 tsomw points) In the glass a bright clear color. On the nose yellow fruit, peach, ripe citrus fruits and hints of herbs and fresh almonds. On the palate round, nice freshness, concentrated, fine sparks fruity. Nice final bitterness. 

A couple of weeks ago we had a great time with our wineclub in the Ardennes. We also tasted this wine from Languedoc. 
Château Pech-Céleyran - La Clape Champs des Pierres 2015 (85 tsomw points)

In the glass a bright clear color. 
On the nose yellow fruit, peach, ripe citrus fruits and hints of herbs and fresh almonds. 
On the palate round, nice freshness, concentrated, fine sparks fruity. Nice final bitterness. 

Website tasteclub
Website Grapedistrict

Sep
12
Barely Legal

Barely Legal
86 tsomw points

Matosevic, Istria Croatia

Category: Sparkling
Tags: Chardonnay, Istarska Malvazija

Almost weekend so let’s crack a nice sparkling from Croatia. Matosevic – Barely Legal (86 tsomw points) Classic method, extra brut and zero dosage. Blend of Chardonnay (85%) and Istarska Malvazija (15%) In the glass a light mousse. On the nose aromas of citrus and lime with hints of bread, blossom and almonds. On the palate light creamy, nice freshness, dry with a good balace.

Almost weekend so let’s crack a nice sparkling from Croatia.

Matosevic – Barely Legal (86 tsomw points)

Classic method, extra brut and zero dosage. 
Blend of Chardonnay (85%) and Istarska Malvazija (15%) In the glass a light mousse.
On the nose aromas of citrus and lime with hints of bread, blossom and almonds.
On the palate light creamy, nice freshness, dry with a good balace.

Website winery: www.matosevic.com

Sep
12
Podalirio 2013

Podalirio 2013
88 tsomw points

Quercheto di Castellina, Tuscany Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Merlot

Another great Merlot from Tuscany. Quercheto di Castellina - Podalirio 2013 (88 tsomw points) Deep garnet color and garnet hue. On the nose quite young with sour berry fruit, brambly accents and a ok amount of wet wood, alcohol, leather and spices. On the palate it's full, with bright sour cherry fruit, smooth sweet cherry plum acidity, and smooth sweet tannins with a slight cedary underpinning that flows into a long clean bright berry fruit finish. Quite pleasant; it will age nicely.

Another great Merlot from Tuscany.

Quercheto di Castellina - Podalirio 2013 (88 tsomw points)

Deep garnet color and garnet hue. 
On the nose quite young with sour berry fruit, brambly accents and a ok amount of wet wood, alcohol, leather and spices.
On the palate it's full, with bright sour cherry fruit, smooth sweet cherry plum acidity, and smooth sweet tannins with a slight cedary underpinning that flows into a long clean bright berry fruit finish. Quite pleasant; it will age nicely.

Website winery: www.quercetodicastellina.com

Sep
11
Casalferro 2013

Casalferro 2013
88 tsomw points

Barone Ricasoli, Tuscany Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Merlot

After visiting the cellar and great barrel room we tasted this unique 100% Merlot from Barone Ricasoli - Casalferro 2013 (88 tsomw points) In the glass it shows a dark ruby red color. On the nose ripe blackberries, blackcurrants, bramble with hints of balsamic, pepper, earth, eucalyptus and some tobacco. On the palate nicely balanced, solid, soft in the mouth with a nice acidity, rounded tannins and notes of red fruit. Not the typical Merlot notes but the Ricasoli version. I guess this wine will be 90+points in some years.

After visiting the cellar and great barrel room we tasted this unique 100% Merlot from Barone Ricasoli - Casalferro 2013 (88 tsomw points)

In the glass it shows a dark ruby red color.
On the nose ripe blackberries, blackcurrants, bramble with hints of balsamic, pepper, earth, eucalyptus and some tobacco.
On the palate nicely balanced, solid, soft in the mouth with a nice acidity, rounded tannins and notes of red fruit. Not the typical Merlot notes but the Ricasoli version.
I guess this wine will be 90+points in some years.

Winemakers notes:

Casalferro was first produced in 1993 upon Francesco Ricasoli’s arrival at the company, and since then inspired him to begin his research into modern methods. Produced only during the best years, Casalferro is a pure Merlot from the vineyard of the same name, a single plot of land, located at 400 m above sea level facing south-southeast. The soil is brown with a fine clay structure very chalky and little organic content.

PRODUCTION AREA
Estate vineyard
Growing Season

The 2012 autumn and the 2012-2013 winters were among the rainiest of the last few years. The real spring began on April 10th when it stopped raining and there was a sudden change in temperature with extremely high average day temperatures.  Summer had begun with wet soils but the high temperatures and the sunshine accounted for homogeneous bunches. The year was shaped in September: summerlike temperatures during the day falling at night (with a 15°C difference between night and day) that allowed a perfect technological and polyphenolic ripeness. To sum up, a quality harvest with healthy, perfectly ripe grapes. Merlot this year is fresh and of a deep ruby-violet color.

Website winery: www.ricasoli.it

Sep
10
Cabernet 2012

Cabernet 2012
89 tsomw points

Baracchi Winery, Tuscany Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Cabernet Sauvignon

Baracchi – Cabernet 2012 (89 tsomw points) In the glass a deep red/purple color. On the nose delicate aromas of ripe red fruit, cherries, plums and earthy notes and vanilla. On the palate nicely balanced, soft in the mouth with nice acidity and lots of character. Great Tuscan wine.

Sunday we had a great dinner at Il Falconiere – the one star Michelin restaurant in Tuscany with Chef and owner Silvia Baracchi.

Baracchi – Cabernet 2012 (89 tsomw points)

In the glass a deep red/purple color.
On the nose delicate aromas of ripe red fruit, cherries, plums and earthy notes and vanilla.
On the palate nicely balanced, soft in the mouth with nice acidity and lots of character. Great Tuscan wine.
I paired the wine with lamb chops. 

This Riserva comes from limited locations of vineyards and from the best selection of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. 30 Days of maceration with skins. 24 months in new French oak barrels - medium toasted and 9 months in bottle before the release.

Website winery: www.baracchiwinery.com

Sep
10
Colle Vecchio 2015

Colle Vecchio 2015
88 tsomw points

Tenuta Cocci Grifoni, Marche Italy

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Pecorino

I really love this 100% Pecorino from the Marche region. Tenuta Cocci Grifoni – Colle Vecchio 2015 (88 tsomw points) This pecorino shows a beautiful golden yellow color with greenish rim. On the nose delicate aromas of pineapple, peaches, citrus, honey, white flowers and some spicy notes of white pepper and stone. The palate has a perfect balance, solid with great acidity, intense and persistent while showing freshness and sapidity. The long finish is complimented by hints of citrus, almond and sage.

I really love this 100% Pecorino from the Marche region.

Tenuta Cocci Grifoni – Colle Vecchio 2015 (88 tsomw points)

This pecorino shows a beautiful golden yellow color with greenish rim.
On the nose delicate aromas of pineapple, peaches, citrus, honey, white flowers and some spicy notes of white pepper and stone.
The palate has a perfect balance, solid with great acidity, intense and persistent while showing freshness and sapidity. The long finish is complimented by hints of citrus, almond and sage.

Winemakers notes:

Temperature: 8° C by the glass

First year of production: 1990
Grapes: 100% Pecorino
Number of bottles: 40.000
Soil composition: clayey- sandy with  exposure and altitude: North-East, North-West, 180 – 230 mt a.s.l.
Training system: espalier system, double guyot
Yield/hectare: 8 tons
Cares in the preparation: grape harvest in early September, hand picking with grape selection. Vinification through white wine-making, under controlled temperature at 14/16°C
Refinement: minimum 4/6 months in steel tanks and further refining in bottle for at least 12 months
Alcohol: 14% vol.
Shelf Life: 10 – 12 years

Website winery: www.tenutacoccigrifoni.it

Sep
9
Biancolo 2016

Biancolo 2016
86 tsomw points

Gagliole, Tuscany Italy

Category: Fruity white, Full white
Tags: Trebbiano, Chardonnay

While visiting Tuscany we tasted this nice summer blend of Trebbiano and Chardonnay. Gagliole Biancolo 2016 (86 tsomw points) In the glass a bright golden yellow color with greenish rim. An intense nose with aromas of green apple, lemon, tropical fruits, hazelnuts and hints of blossom. On the palate medium bodied, fruity and nicely balanced with nice acidity and light bitterness in the final.

While visiting Tuscany we tasted this nice summer blend of Trebbiano and Chardonnay.

Gagliole Biancolo 2016 (86 tsomw points)

In the glass a bright golden yellow color with greenish rim.
An intense nose with aromas of green apple, lemon, tropical fruits, hazelnuts and hints of blossom.
On the palate medium bodied, fruity and nicely balanced with nice acidity and light bitterness in the final.

Website winery: www.gagliole.com

Sep
9
Oh! Rosé 2016

Oh! Rosé 2016
82 tsomw points

Domaines Fabre, Bordeaux France

Category: Rosé
Tags: Syrah, Grenach, Cinsault

Today a Rosé blend of Syrah, Grenache and Cinsault.  Domaines Fabre – Oh! Bij Omérade Rosé 2016 (82 tsomw points) In the glass this rosé shows a pale pink color. On the nose red fruit, peach and hints of citrus. On the palate medium-bodied, dry, easy drinking, soft with nice acidity and aftertaste.

Today a Rosé blend of Syrah, Grenache and Cinsault. 
Domaines Fabre – Oh! Bij Omérade Rosé 2016 (82 tsomw points)

In the glass this rosé shows a pale pink color.
On the nose red fruit, peach and hints of citrus.
On the palate medium-bodied, dry, easy drinking, soft with nice acidity and aftertaste.

Website winery: www.domaines-fabre.fr

Sep
8
Riesling Win Win 2016

Riesling Win Win 2016
87 tsomw points

Von Winning, Pfalz Germany

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Riesling

Today we had a perfect pairing  with our Thai meal. Von Winning – Riesling Win Win 2016 (87 tsomw points) In the glass a medium lemon green color. On the nose pleasant aromas of lemon, grapefruit, peach, blossom, honey and a stony minerality. On the palate fresh and fruity, well balanced, good acidity with a light fizzyness in the medium aftertaste.

Today we had a perfect pairing  with our Thai meal.

Von Winning – Riesling Win Win 2016 (87 tsomw points)

In the glass a medium lemon green color.
On the nose pleasant aromas of lemon, grapefruit, peach, blossom, honey and a stony minerality.
On the palate fresh and fruity, well balanced, good acidity with a light fizzyness in the medium aftertaste.

Website winery: www.von-winning.de

Sep
8
 Iron Witch

Iron Witch
82 tsomw points

Matosevic, Istria Croatia

Category: Port

Matosevic - Iron Witch (82 tsomw points) The Iron Witch has a nice, medium deep ruby-black color. On the nose macerated dark fruits, cherries and plums with hints of black chocolate and alcohol. it's thick enough, with fine balanced sugars to keep your mouth out, and with enough freshness to keep it relatively easy. Shame the alcohol is not totaly integrated. Mabye it needs more time. 

Port wine from Croatia?
The owner of Matosevic wines fell in love with Port after visiting Portugal so he decided to produce the first "Istrian Port" 
Matosevic - Iron Witch (82 tsomw points)

The Iron Witch has a nice, medium deep ruby-black color.

On the nose macerated dark fruits, cherries and plums with hints of black chocolate and alcohol. 
it's thick enough, with fine balanced sugars to keep your mouth out, and with enough freshness to keep it relatively easy. Shame the alcohol is not totaly integrated. Mabye it needs more time. 

Website winery: www.matosevic.com

 

Sep
7
White 2015

White 2015
88 tsomw points

Meneghetti , Istria Croatia

Category: Fruity white, Full white
Tags: Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc

While the children were testing the pool we were sipping this great blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc at the Meneghetti Winehotel and Winery. Meneghetti - White 2015 (88 tsomw points) In the glass a bright golden color. On the nose delicate aromas of yellow fruit, citrus and mineral stone with hints of caramel, butter, honey and vanilla. On the palate rich and complex, creamy but fresh, great minerality with lemon and tropical fruit and a long aftertaste. 

While the children were testing the pool we were sipping this great blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc at the Meneghetti Winehotel and Winery. 

Meneghetti - White 2015 (88 tsomw points)

In the glass a bright golden color.
On the nose delicate aromas of yellow fruit, citrus and mineral stone with hints of caramel, butter, honey and vanilla.
On the palate rich and complex, creamy but fresh, great minerality with lemon and tropical fruit and a long aftertaste. 

Website winery: www.meneghetti.hr

Sep
6
Pinot Grigio DOC Friuli 2016

Pinot Grigio DOC Friuli 2016
85 tsomw points

Le Monde, Friuli Italy

Category: Fruity white, Full white
Tags: Pinot Grigio

A nice white one from Friuli to kick off the week. Le Monde – Pinot Grigio DOC Friuli 2016 (85 tsomw points) In the glass this wine shows a amber yellow collor because of the skincontact. On the nose intensive aromas of ripe white fruit, almonds, grapefruit and floral notes. On the palate solid but with enough freshness, soft in the mouth, good structure, good flavours of white fruit, almonds, nice minerality and a light floral finish. Great with sea food 

A nice white one from Friuli to kick off the week.

Le Monde – Pinot Grigio DOC Friuli 2016 (85 tsomw points)

In the glass this wine shows a amber yellow collor because of the skincontact.
On the nose intensive aromas of ripe white fruit, almonds, grapefruit and floral notes.
On the palate solid but with enough freshness, soft in the mouth, good structure, good flavours of white fruit, almonds, nice minerality and a light floral finish.
Great with sea food.

Website NL: www.wijnig,nl
Website winery: www.lemondewine.com

Sep
6
Mora Merlot 2015

Mora Merlot 2015
82 tsomw points

Matosevic, Istria Croatia

Category: Fruity red
Tags: Merlot

Looking for a nice companion for a hot summer evening? Matosevic – Mora Merlot 2015 (82 tsomw points) In the glass a dark garnet red color. On the nose aromas of red berries,plums with hints of spices, vanilla and light oak. On the palate medium-bodied, full of red fruit, fresh and easy drinking, blackberries in the aftertaste. 

Looking for a nice companion for a hot summer evening?

Matosevic – Mora Merlot 2015 (82 tsomw points)

In the glass a dark garnet red color.
On the nose aromas of red berries,plums with hints of spices, vanilla and light oak.
On the palate medium-bodied, full of red fruit, fresh and easy drinking, blackberries in the aftertaste. 

Website winery: www.matosevic.com

Sep
5
Vermentino 2016

Vermentino 2016
87 tsomw points

La Spinetta, Tuscany Italy

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Vermentino

Very different then the typical Vermentino from Sardegna this Spinetta - Vermentino 2016 (87 tsomw points) In the glass a bright yellow color. On the nose ripe apple, citrus fruit, herbs and hints of blossom and white pepper. On the palate medium/full-bodied, full of white fruit, nice acidity with refreshing flavours and bright and mineral finish.

Very different then the typical Vermentino from Sardegna this Spinetta - Vermentino 2016 (87 tsomw points)

In the glass a bright yellow color.

On the nose ripe apple, citrus fruit, herbs and hints of blossom and white pepper. 
On the palate medium/full-bodied, full of white fruit, nice acidity with refreshing flavours and bright and mineral finish.

Website winery: www.la-spinetta.com

Sep
5
Rosso di Montepulciano 2014

Rosso di Montepulciano 2014
87 tsomw points

Lunadoro, Tuscany Italy

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

Tonight pizza...offcourse with a nice blend of Sangiovese, Merlot, Canaiolo and Mammolo. Lunadoro Rosso di Montepulciano 2014 (87 tsomw points) In the glass a light transparent red ruby color with garnet rim. On the nose aromas of cloves, violets, leather, blackberries and some herbs. On the palate dry, balanced with lots of red fresh fruit, with a pleasant finish. 

Tonight pizza...offcourse with a nice blend of Sangiovese, Merlot, Canaiolo and Mammolo.

Lunadoro Rosso di Montepulciano 2014 (87 tsomw points)
In the glass a light transparent red ruby color with garnet rim.
On the nose aromas of cloves, violets, leather, blackberries and some herbs.
On the palate dry, balanced with lots of red fresh fruit, with a pleasant finish. 

It matches perfectly with first courses with rich sauces, such as pappardelle with wild boar, red meat and seasoned cheeses. Ideal also for a Fiorentina steak.
Serving temperature: between 16° and 18°. It should be decanted for at least one hour before drinking.

Website winery: www.nobilelunadoro.it

Sep
4
Malvazija Istarska 2016

Malvazija Istarska 2016
88 tsomw points

Benvenuti, Istria Croatia

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Malvazija

Benvenuti - Malvazija Istarska 2016 (88 tsomw points) In the glass a pale straw yellow color. On the nose persistent aromas of citrus, honey, blossom, grass and something tropical and salty. On the palate solid but fresh, nicely rounded with a great minerality and pureness with a nice aftertaste with flavors of citrus, flowers and tropical fruit and saltyness.

ipping a glass of refreshing Malvazija during our boat trip on a hot summer day. What else?

Benvenuti - Malvazija Istarska 2016 (88 tsomw points)
In the glass a pale straw yellow color.
On the nose persistent aromas of citrus, honey, blossom, grass and something tropical and salty.
On the palate solid but fresh, nicely rounded with a great minerality and pureness with a nice aftertaste with flavors of citrus, flowers and tropical fruit and saltyness.

Website winery: www.benvenutivina.com

Sep
4
Rose 2016

Rose 2016
82 tsomw points

Vina Laguna, Istria Croatia

Category: Rosé

This was our first sip in Croatia at the Terras of our accommodation. Vina Laguna – Rose 2016 (82 tsomw points) In the glass a transparent orange color. On the nose pear, raspberries and melon. On the palate refreshing, maybe a bit 2 much acidity with strawberries, currant. Not to sweet. @vinalaguna

This was our first sip in Croatia at the Terras of our accommodation.

Vina Laguna – Rose 2016 (82 tsomw points)

In the glass a transparent orange color.
On the nose pear, raspberries and melon.
On the palate refreshing, maybe a bit 2 much acidity with strawberries, currant. Not to sweet. 

Website winery: www.vinalaguna.hr

Sep
3
Amarone della Valpolicella 2010

Amarone della Valpolicella 2010
88 tsomw points

Villa Canestrari, Valpolicella Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara

A blend of 70% Corvina, 15% Rondinella, 5% Molinara  and 10% other vines. Villa Canestrari - Amarone della Valpolicella 2010 (88 tsomw points)

24 months in oak barrels, then 12 months in the bottle before release.
In the glass a dark ruby red color with garnet reflections.
On the nose intensive aromas of ripe cherries, plums, spices, cinnamon, vanilla and hints gember, pepper and tobacco.

On the palate full, rich, pleasant tannin, very emphatic but velvety and well balanced.

A blend of 70% Corvina, 15% Rondinella, 5% Molinara  and 10% other vines

Villa Canestrari - Amarone della Valpolicella 2010 (88 tsomw points)

24 months in oak barrels, then 12 months in the bottle before release.
In the glass a dark ruby red color with garnet reflections.
On the nose intensive aromas of ripe cherries, plums, spices, cinnamon, vanilla and hints gember, pepper and tobacco.
On the palate full, rich, pleasant tannin, very emphatic but velvety and well balanced.

Website winery: www.villacanestrari.com
Webshop: www.finebarrel.com

Sep
3
Classic 2014

Classic 2014
87 tsomw points

Meneghetti, Istria Croatia

Category: Sparkling
Tags: Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir

Suprisingly good sparkling from Croatia made in the classic method. Meneghetti – Classic 2014 (87 tsomw points) In the glass a pale yellow color with golden hue. Nice soft mousse. On the nose delicate aromas of blossom, citrus fruit, with hints of peach, yeast en toast. On the palate nicely balanced, nice minerality, light creamy with a long and fresh finish.

Suprisingly good sparkling from Croatia made in the classic method.

Meneghetti – Classic 2014 (87 tsomw points)

In the glass a pale yellow color with golden hue. Nice soft mousse.
On the nose delicate aromas of blossom, citrus fruit, with hints of peach, yeast en toast.
On the palate nicely balanced, nice minerality, light creamy with a long and fresh finish.

Website winery: www.meneghetti.hr

Sep
2
Gran Teran 2013

Gran Teran 2013
89 tsomw points

Coronica, Istria Croatia

Category: Solid red
Tags: Teran

This might be one of the best Teran I tasted during my visit to Croatia. Coronica – Gran Teran 2013 (89 tsomw points) In the glass a dark inky red color with garnet hue. On the nose delicate aromas of blackberries, dried plums, leather, spices and herbs and a hint of tobacco and vanilla. On the palate nicely balanced, smooth tannins, vivid acidity, full-bodied with a good long earthy/spicy finish. Lots is aging potential.

This might be one of the best Teran I tasted during my visit to Croatia.

Coronica – Gran Teran 2013 (89 tsomw points)

In the glass a dark inky red color with garnet hue.
On the nose delicate aromas of blackberries, dried plums, leather, spices and herbs and a hint of tobacco and vanilla. 
On the palate nicely balanced, smooth tannins, vivid acidity, full-bodied with a good long earthy/spicy finish. Lots is aging potential.

Website winery: www.coronica.eu

Sep
2
Grimalda White 2015

Grimalda White 2015
89 tsomw points

Matosevic , Istria Croatia

Category: Fruity white, Full white
Tags: Chardonnay, Malvasia, Sauvignon Blanc

A lovely blend of three varieties: Chardonnay, Istrian Malvasia and Sauvignon Blanc. Matosevic – Grimalda White (89 tsomw points) In the glass a bright yellow color. On the nose delicate aromas of blossom and vanilla with further on notes of peach, orange peel and apricot. On the palate dry, soft in the mouth with in the end some spice. Oak is well integrated.

A lovely blend of three varieties: Chardonnay, Istrian Malvasia and Sauvignon Blanc.

Matosevic – Grimalda White (89 tsomw points)

In the glass a bright yellow color.
On the nose delicate aromas of blossom and vanilla with further on notes of peach, orange peel and apricot.
On the palate dry, soft in the mouth with in the end some spice. Oak is well integrated.

Website winery: wwwmatosevic.com

Sep
1
Riesling Wechselberg 2015

Riesling Wechselberg 2015
86 tsomw points

Waldschütz, Kamptal Austria

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: 86

Another great wine from the Kamptal (Austria) region. Waldschütz - Riesling Wechselberg 2015 (86 tsomw points) In the glass a bright yellow color with silver reflexes. On the nose aromas of peach, stonefruit, citrus tones and nice mineral notes and light honey hints. On the palate elegant and balanced, medium-bodied, with great freshness and a light bitter in the long finish.www.weingut-waldschuetz.at

Another great wine from the Kamptal (Austria) region.

Waldschütz - Riesling Wechselberg 2015 (86 tsomw points)

In the glass a bright yellow color with silver reflexes.
On the nose aromas of peach, stonefruit, citrus tones and nice mineral notes and light honey hints.
On the palate elegant and balanced, medium-bodied, with great freshness and a light bitter in the long finish.

Website winery: www.weingut-waldschuetz.at

Aug
31
Rock Angel 2016

Rock Angel 2016
90 tsomw points

Chateau d'Esclans, Provence France

Category: Rosé
Tags: Grenache, Vermentino

Today....rosé time! Chateau d'Esclans - Rock Angel (90 tsomw points) 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.

Today....rosé time!

Chateau d'Esclans - Rock Angel (90 tsomw points) 
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 winery: www.esclans.com

Aug
30
Aria Chianti Classico 2015

Aria Chianti Classico 2015
88 tsomw points

Casa al Vento, Tuscany Italy

Category: Solid red, Supple red
Tags: Chianti

Today we served a nice Chianti with the tuna lasagna. Casa al Vento - Aria Chianti Classico 2015 (88 tsomw points) In the glass a dark ruby color with a garnet red rim. On the nose intense aromas of blackberries, cherries, plums and wet earth, some animality and hints of spices. On the palate well balanced and soft in the mouth with blackberries, raspberries, dried figs. Nice acidity and long finish. 

Today we served a nice Chianti with the tuna lasagna. 

Casa al Vento - Aria Chianti Classico 2015 (88 tsomw points) 
In the glass a dark ruby color with a garnet red rim. 
On the nose intense aromas of blackberries, cherries, plums and wet earth, some animality and hints of spices. 
On the palate well balanced and soft in the mouth with blackberries, raspberries, dried figs. Nice acidity and long finish. 

Website winery: www.borgocasaalvento.com

Aug
30
Cartizze docg 2016

Cartizze docg 2016
86 tsomw points

Bacio della Luna, Veneto Italy

Category: Sparkling
Tags: Glera

Today we poored this nice sparkling from the Veneto region. Bacio della Luna - Cartizze docg 2016. (86 tsomw points) In the glass this sparkling shows a bright straw yellow color with a light mousse. On the nose aromas of yeast, blossom and white fruits. On the palate dry, fresh and soft in the mouth with white fruit and flowers.

Today we poored this nice sparkling from the Veneto region.

Bacio della Luna - Cartizze docg 2016. (86 tsomw points)

In the glass this sparkling shows a bright straw yellow color with a light mousse.
On the nose aromas of yeast, blossom and white fruits.
On the palate dry, fresh and soft in the mouth with white fruit and flowers.

Winemakers notes:

winemaking
The Prosecco Superiore of Cartizze DOCG comes picked manually in cassette on the crests of the hills of Cartizze. The grapes are then pressed in soft way to get a shallow must by means of refrigeration operations. The stage follows of fermentation of must in steel tanks thermally conditioned for temperature control which must be maintained between 18 ° C and 22 ° Cfermentation ended the phases of stabilization and spraying with the method Charmat. Each stage of vinification is carried out following the specification of Prosecco DOCG Conegliano Valdobbiadene.

Pairings: Delicious aperitif or in combination with dry desserts and cookies.
Service temperature: 8 ° -10 ° C
Bottle: Kiss of the Moon Oak - 0.75lt
Analytical data
Alcohol: 11% vol. Sugars: ca.20g / l

Website winery: www.baciodellaluna.it

Aug
29
Ombra Teran 2016

Ombra Teran 2016
86 tsomw points

Matosevic, Istria Croatia

Category: Fruity red, Solid red
Tags: Teran

This Teran we drank light cooled in the garden of the Matosevic Winery in Croatia after a nice visit of the cellar. Matosevic - Ombra Teran 2016 (86 tsomw points) In the glass a dark ruby red color with purple hues. On the nose intense aromas of wild berries, cherries, flowers, herbs, forest floor and soft hints of leather. On the palate dry, medium-bodied with rich flavours of red berries, cherries and bitter spicyness. Soft and elegant texture followed by an expressed acidity and medium tannins. Long, concentrated finish. 

This Teran we drank light cooled in the garden of the Matosevic Winery in Croatia after a nice visit of the cellar.

Matosevic - Ombra Teran 2016 (86 tsomw points)

In the glass a dark ruby red color with purple hues. 
On the nose intense aromas of wild berries, cherries, flowers, herbs, forest floor and soft hints of leather.
On the palate dry, medium-bodied with rich flavours of red berries, cherries and bitter spicyness. Soft and elegant texture followed by an expressed acidity and medium tannins. Long, concentrated finish. 

Website winery: www.matosevic.com

Aug
28
EICH 2016 Weissburgunder

EICH 2016 Weissburgunder
87 tsomw points

Weingut Kornell, Alto Adige Italy

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Weissburgunder

A nice pinot blanc from Alto Adige. Weingut Kornell - EICH 2016 Weissburgunder (87 tsomw points) Bright light yellow color in the glass. For a Weissburgunder this one surprised me by the intense, fruity aromas of ripe apples, blossoms, pears and candied cherries with some spicyness. On the palate dry, spicy with lively freshness,juicy fruit, nice minerality and a long and persistent finish.

A nice pinot blanc from Alto Adige.

Weingut Kornell - EICH 2016 Weissburgunder (87 tsomw points)

Bright light yellow color in the glass.
For a Weissburgunder this one surprised me by the intense, fruity aromas of ripe apples, blossoms, pears and candied cherries with some spicyness.
On the palate dry, spicy with lively freshness,juicy fruit, nice minerality and a long and persistent finish.

Winemakers notes: 

First vintage: 2007

TERROIR
Altitude: 350 m
Soil: Porphyry weathered soil
Hillside: South
Slope: 15-20 %
Pruning System: Guyot
Vines/Hectare: 6000
Yield/Hectare: 50 hl
Harvest: Mid of September

VINIFICATION

Vinification: Fermentation in stainless steel tank
Maturation: in stainless steel tank for 5 months
Bottled: March 2017

Best enjoyed: To fortify starter and pasta dishes, cheese dumplings, baked mushrooms, grilled trout and blue, light fish dishes, white meats and fresh goat cheese.

Website winery: www.kornell.it

Aug
27
Malvazija 2016

Malvazija 2016
87 tsomw points

Meneghetti, Istria Croatia

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Malvazija, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc

We drank this white blend at the great Meneghetti resort. A fantastic location near Pula - Croatia. A blend of Malvazija, Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc. Meneghetti Malvazija 2016 (87 tsomw points) In the glass this blend shows a light yellow color with greenish rim. On the nose aromas of blossom, herbs, kiwi, lemongrass, apricot, peach and green apple. On the palate rich with citrus, tropical fruit, medium-bodied with nice acidity and freshness. Long and nice finish. 

We drank this white blend at the great Meneghetti resort. A fantastic location near Pula - Croatia. A blend of Malvazija, Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc.

Meneghetti Malvazija 2016 (87 tsomw points)
In the glass this blend shows a light yellow color with greenish rim.
On the nose aromas of blossom, herbs, kiwi, lemongrass, apricot, peach and green apple.
On the palate rich with citrus, tropical fruit, medium-bodied with nice acidity and freshness. Long and nice finish. 

Website winery and winehotel: www.meneghetti.hr

 

Aug
27
Brut classic Champagne

Brut classic Champagne
89 tsomw points

Champagne Deutz , Ardenne France

Category: Sparkling
Tags: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier

My birthday breakfast with ofcourse Champagne! 1/3 Pinot Noir, 1/3 Chardonnay and 1/3 Pinot Meunier. Deutz - Brut classic Champagne (89 tsomw points) This Champagne has an intense golden color and a fine and elegant mousse. On the nose aromas of flowers, grapefruit  with hints of toast, marzipan and ripe fruits like apples and pears. On the palate a full wine with nicely integrated aromas and a silk structure. This wine is round with an intense fruity finish.

My birthday breakfast with ofcourse Champagne!
1/3 Pinot Noir, 1/3 Chardonnay and 1/3 Pinot Meunier.

Deutz - Brut classic Champagne (89 tsomw points)
This Champagne has an intense golden color and a fine and elegant mousse.
On the nose aromas of flowers, grapefruit  with hints of toast, marzipan and ripe fruits like apples and pears.
On the palate a full wine with nicely integrated aromas and a silk structure. This wine is round with an intense fruity finish.

Website winery: www.champagne-deutz.com
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Aug
26
Grüner Veltliner - Steinvision 2016

Grüner Veltliner - Steinvision 2016
90 tsomw points

Waldschutz, Kamptal Austria

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Grüner Veltliner

Waldschutz - Grüner Veltliner - Steinvision 2016 (90 tsomw points) Until the bottling in January 2016, this Grüner Veltliner was on the fine yeast in a granite barrel. In the glass this GV shows a luminous yellow color with silver reflections. On the nose aromas of ripe yellow fruit, orange peel, firestone, pepper and great mineral notes. With almost 14% alcohol, this white wine is not a light weight. Nevertheless it's very lively and fresh. On the palate complex, juicy, spicy, firm minerality, lively structure, great acidity with white apple fruit. The finish is complex and delicate, showing multilple layers. This finish is bursting with power, but still elegant and fresh with a great minerality.

Only 1.300 bottles available from this fantastic white wine from Kamptal - Austria.

Waldschutz - Grüner Veltliner - Steinvision 2016 (90 tsomw points)

Until the bottling in January 2016, this Grüner Veltliner was on the fine yeast in a granite barrel.
In the glass this GV shows a luminous yellow color with silver reflections.
On the nose aromas of ripe yellow fruit, orange peel, firestone, pepper and great mineral notes.
With almost 14% alcohol, this white wine is not a light weight. Nevertheless it's very lively and fresh. 
On the palate complex, juicy, spicy, firm minerality, lively structure, great acidity with white apple fruit. The finish is complex and delicate, showing multilple layers.
This finish is bursting with power, but still elegant and fresh with a great minerality.

Website winery: www.weingut-waldschuetz.at

Aug
26
Sommelier 2013

Sommelier 2013
86 tsomw points

Bodegas Alcardet, Castilla La Mancha Spain

Category: Solid red
Tags: Tempranillo, Petit Verdot

I really enjoyed the sound of this Spanish red one. Bodegas Alcardet – Sommelier 2013 (86 tsomw points) Blend of Tempranillo 60%  and 40% Petit Verdot. In the glass an intense red-garnet color. On the palate aromas of black licorice, balsamico, coffee and herbs. On the palate powerful, balanced with solid and round tannins with persistent finish.

I really enjoyed the sound of this Spanish red one.

Bodegas Alcardet – Sommelier 2013 (86 tsomw points)

Blend of Tempranillo 60%  and 40% Petit Verdot
In the glass an intense red-garnet color.
On the palate aromas of black licorice, balsamico, coffee and herbs.
On the palate powerful, balanced with solid and round tannins with persistent finish.

Website winery: www.alcardet.com

Aug
25
Malvazija Istarska 2016

Malvazija Istarska 2016
87 tsomw points

Coronica, Istria Croatia

Category: Fruity white, Full white
Tags: Malvazija Istarska

The first wines I tasted was the Coronica - Malvazija Istarska (87 tsomw points) In the glass this Malvazija shows a bright yellow color. On the nose aromas of peach, lime, wetstone and blossom with a great minerality and hints of pepper. In the mouth very cripsy with yet a nice fatness. Many complex layers of fruit in the middle piece and a long finish, which ends on a nice minerality and almond long aftertaste.

The first winery of Croatia I visited during my vacation was Coronica. In the North of Istria close to the Slovenian border Moreno Coronica produces one of the finest wines. 
The first wines I tasted was the Coronica - Malvazija Istarska (87 tsomw points)

In the glass this Malvazija shows a bright yellow color. 
On the nose aromas of peach, lime, wetstone and blossom with a great minerality and hints of pepper.
In the mouth very cripsy with yet a nice fatness. Many complex layers of fruit in the middle piece and a long finish, which ends on a nice minerality and almond long aftertaste.

Website winery: www.coronica.eu

 

Aug
24
Torre del Falasco Valpolicella Superiore 2014

Torre del Falasco Valpolicella Superiore 2014
86 tsomw points

Cantina Valpantena, Valpolicella Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Ripasso

Cantina Valpantena - Torre del Falasco Valpolicella Superiore 2014 (86 tsomw points) Soft, full, pleasantly strong ruby ??red wine with the aroma of delicious sweet cherries with a hint of vanilla. The taste is full of ripe slightly overripe fruit and is very refined, full and soft with a slight spiciness, some vanilla and a characteristic pleasant bitterness in the aftertaste. 

Cantina Valpantena - Torre del Falasco Valpolicella Superiore 2014 (86 tsomw points)

Soft, full, pleasantly strong ruby ??red wine with the aroma of delicious sweet cherries with a hint of vanilla. 
The taste is full of ripe slightly overripe fruit and is very refined, full and soft with a slight spiciness, some vanilla and a characteristic pleasant bitterness in the aftertaste. 

Website winery: www.cantinavalpantena.it

Aug
23
Smalltalk Riesling Feinherb 2016

Smalltalk Riesling Feinherb 2016

Weingut Werk2, Rheingau Germany

Tags: Riesling

A Riesling from the Rheingau region. Werk2 - Smalltalk Riesling Feinherb (83 tsomw points) In the glass a golden yellow color. On the nose green apple, citrus and apricot. On the palate fresh, some high acidity but ok in the mouth and nice aftertaste. 

A Riesling from the Rheingau region.

Werk2 - Smalltalk Riesling Feinherb (83 tsomw points)
In the glass a golden yellow color.
On the nose green apple, citrus and apricot.
On the palate fresh, some high acidity but ok in the mouth and nice aftertaste. 

Website winery: www.werk2weine.de

 

Aug
22
Smeriglio Syrah 2014

Smeriglio Syrah 2014
90 tsomw points

Baracchi, Tuscany Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Syrah

A Syrah from Tuscany? Yes! And a good one. Baracchi - Smeriglio Syrah 2014 (90 tsomw points) In the glass a deep ruby red color. On the nose aromas of wild berries, cinnamon, spices, pepper, vanilla and coffee. On the palate smooth and soft with enough power. Top Syrah from Tuscany.

A Syrah from Tuscany? Yes! And a good one.

Baracchi - Smeriglio Syrah 2014 (90 tsomw points)

In the glass a deep ruby red color.
On the nose aromas of wild berries, cinnamon, spices, pepper, vanilla and coffee.
On the palate smooth and soft with enough power. Top Syrah from Tuscany.

Winemakers notes:

Vinatage: 2014
Grapes: 100% Syrah
Yearly production: 10.000 bottles
Alcohol: 14,50% Vol.

DESCRIPTION

The maceration took place in still tank over a period of 25 days, during which time alcoholic fermentation was also completed, at controlled temperature, never exceeding 24 °C. The wine is then transferred to new French oak barriques (Troncais, Nevers and Alliers medium toasting) where malolactic fermentation is completed. The wine is then racked, blended and then returned to the barrels for about 12 months aging, followed by aging in bottles for about 6 months before release.

Website winery: www.baracchiwinery.com

Aug
21
Brigante Lucano Basilicata 2013

Brigante Lucano Basilicata 2013
83 tsomw points

Casa Vinicola D’Angelo, Basilicata Italy

Category: Solid red

From the Vulture region of Basilicata comes this red one. Casa Vinicola D’Angelo – Brigante Lucano Basilicata 2013 (83 tsomw points) In the glass a ruby red color. On the nose intense aromas of raspberries, cherries  with notes of chocolate. On the palate firm tannins, full-bodied. Needs some time to develop and soften.
 

From the Vulture region of Basilicata comes this red one.

Casa Vinicola D’Angelo – Brigante Lucano Basilicata 2013 (83 tsomw points)

In the glass a ruby red color.
On the nose intense aromas of raspberries, cherries  with notes of chocolate.
On the palate firm tannins, full-bodied. Needs some time to develop and soften.

Website winery: www.dangelowine.com

Aug
20
Pinot Grigio 2016

Pinot Grigio 2016
86 tsomw points

Terre di Ger, Friuli Italy

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Pinot Grigio

I really enjoyed this white one from Friuli. Terre di Ger - Pinot Grigio (86 tsomw points) In the glass a bright yellow color. On the nose aromas peach, pears and hints of perfume and flowers.  On the palate dry, nice acidity and minerality  spiced melon along with apple, persistent and salty finish.

I really enjoyed this white one from Friuli.

Terre di Ger - Pinot Grigio (86 tsomw points)

In the glass a bright yellow color.
On the nose aromas peach, pears and hints of perfume and flowers. 
On the palate dry, nice acidity and minerality  spiced melon along with apple, persistent and salty finish.

Winemakers notes:

Characteristics of the Vintage The spring of 2016 was a particularly rainy one. This was very important for the water reserve during blossom. Manual pruning and selection of the sprouts was essential to preserve the vineyard’s health and facilitate movement of air between the rows and the plants. The dry and sunny summer was only briefly interrupted by rain. At harvest period the grapes were perfectly ripened and in the best conditions in years.

Designation: Doc Friuli Grave
Location: Friuli Venezia Giulia, province of Pordenone
Grapes: 100% Pinot Grigio

Territory

Area of Production: Villaraccolta Vineyard, Pasiano Altitude: 8 m a.s.l.
Exposure: North South Soil: Sandy-clay
Training System: Guyot
Vinification and Ageing
Harvest: Mechanical harvest between the end of August and the beginning of September.
Vinification: After destemming and soft pressing, fermentation is carried on in stainless steel wine tanks at 14°C for 30 days.
Ageing: In stainless steel tanks, frequent battonage.
Bottling: End of March Bottles Produced: 25.000

Website winery: www.terrediger.it

Aug
19
L'Hydropathe Rosé Provence 2016

L'Hydropathe Rosé Provence 2016
89 tsomw points

Domaine Sainte Lucie, Provence France

Category: Rosé
Tags: Grenache, Syrah

Domaine Sainte Lucie - L'Hydropathe Rosé Provence 2016 (89 tsomw points) Blend of Grenache and Syrah. In the glass the typical light salmon Provence rosé color. On the nose aromas of raspberries, pomegranate, grassy, roses and hints of pepper and herbs. Round attack on the palate with pleasant balance and a full-bodied, with enough freshness and persistent finish.

The perfect match for a Sunny day in the garden? Yes!

Domaine Sainte Lucie - L'Hydropathe Rosé Provence 2016 (89 tsomw points)

Blend of Grenache and Syrah.
In the glass the typical light salmon Provence rosé color.
On the nose aromas of raspberries, pomegranate, grassy, roses and hints of pepper and herbs.
Round attack on the palate with pleasant balance and a full-bodied, with enough freshness and persistent finish.

Website winery: www.mip-provence.com

Aug
18
Pinot Grigio 2016

Pinot Grigio 2016
87 tsomw points

Cantina di Ora, Alto Adige Italy

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Pinot Grigio

Cantina di Ora / Kellerei Auer – Pinot Grigio 2016 (87 tsomw points) In the glass a light straw yellow color. On the nose aromas of melon, peach and hints of honey and nuts. On the palate elegant and refreshing with white fruits, some herbs and honey.
 

What do you need more? 
Sun – check ?
Swimmingpool – check?
A refreshing white wine – check,? Cantina di Ora / Kellerei Auer – Pinot Grigio 2016 (87 tsomw points)

In the glass a light straw yellow color.
On the nose aromas of melon, peach and hints of honey and nuts.
On the palate elegant and refreshing with white fruits, some herbs and honey.

Winemakers notes:

This wine is characterized by a clear, light straw yellow colour; it has a delicate bouquet with pleasant and smooth taste of walnut and honey. After the harvest, grapes are softly pressed and the must put in stainless steel tanks, where fermentation takes place at controlled temperature (16°-18°).

Food pairing
Ideal accompaniment to mushroom dishes, fish and shellfish. It is excellent also as an aperitif. Serving temperature: 8°-10°.

Awards
Kellerei Auer Pinot Grigio Alto Adige DOC 2016 – GOLD Berliner Wein Trophy 2017

Production area
Südtirol-Alto Adige. Grapes come from vineyards located on the hills next to the mountains, at an altitude between 200 and 400 m. The area presents a dolomitic soil, calcareous and clayish, and a significant temperature range between daytime and nighttime.

Vinification
After the harvest, grapes are softly pressed and put in stainless steel tanks, where fermentation takes place at controlled temperature (16-18° C), without the malolactic fermentation. 

Website winery: www.schenkitalia.it

Aug
17
Donna Francesca 2011

Donna Francesca 2011
88 tsomw points

Giovanni Ederle, Veneto Italy

Category: Full white
Tags: Garganega, Chardonnay

Giovanni Ederle – Donna Francesca 2011 (88 tsomw points) Garganega and Chardonnay. In the glass a beautiful golden yellow color. On the nose aromas of ripe yellow fruit like apple, banana and plums followed with hints of broom, almond and honey. On the palate full-bodied, intense flavors and nice roundness. Persistent finish with honey and apple.

Wow, this is a nice and complex full-bodied white one from the Veneto region.

Giovanni Ederle – Donna Francesca 2011 (88 tsomw points)

Garganega and Chardonnay.
In the glass a beautiful golden yellow color.
On the nose aromas of ripe yellow fruit like apple, banana and plums followed with hints of broom, almond and honey.
On the palate full-bodied, intense flavors and nice roundness. Persistent finish with honey and apple.

Winemakers notes:

Vine species: garganega and chardonnay
Denomination:Igp Bianco Veronese
Soils: clayey, loamy, calcareous
Year planted: 2006
Altitude: 220m asl
Exposure: east-south-east ridge
Cane training system: Guyot
Planting density:  5700 plants/Ha
Grape yield per hectare: 9000 kg
Harvest season: chardonnay end of August, garganega end of September
Harvesting: by hand, by selection

Temp. of fermentation: 15°C
Duration of fermentation: 30/40 days
Maceration: prefermentation at 10°C
Fining: 12 months in medium untoasted French oak barrels
Fining in the bottle: 1 year
Maximum aging time planned: 15 years
Alcoholic content: 13.5% vol
Colour:  gold as gold
Aroma (nose): honey, ripe yellow fruit, hint of exotic fruits, magnolia and broomflower
Taste: complex and fully-bodied, warm rounded, chulk-lik minerality and good fresh acidity

Website winery: www.giovanniederle.it

 

Aug
16
MIP classic Rosé 2016

MIP classic Rosé 2016
85 tsomw points

Domaine Saint Lucie, Provence France

Category: Rosé
Tags: Cinsault, Syrah, Grenache

Domaine Saint Lucie - MIP classic Rosé (85 tsomw points) A blend of Cinsault 60%, Syrah 20% and Grenache 20%. In the glass a light salmon Provence style color. On the nose aromas of red berries, strawberries, grapefruit and some citrus fruit. On the palate again red fruit and citrus with a light bitter touch with pepper at the end.

Domaine Saint Lucie - MIP classic Rosé (85 tsomw points)
A blend of Cinsault 60%, Syrah 20% and Grenache 20%

In the glass a light salmon Provence style color.
On the nose aromas of red berries, strawberries, grapefruit and some citrus fruit.
On the palate again red fruit and citrus with a light bitter touch with pepper at the end.

Website winery: www.mip-provence.com

 

Aug
15
Chianti Classico 2009

Chianti Classico 2009
86 tsomw points

Castello d'Albola, Tuscany Italy

Category: Fruity red, Solid red
Tags: Sangiovese

Friday taking the plane to Tuscany and now getting in the mood :) This red one is now at the right drinking window. Castello d'Albola Chianti Classico 2009 (86 tsomw points) In the glass a dark ruby red color. On the nose intense aromas of cherries, dark red fruit, forest floor, licorice, sage and some spice. On the palate medium-bodied, well balanced with good acidity, smooth in the mouth, soft tannins and nice aftertaste.  

Friday taking the plane to Tuscany and now getting in the mood :) This red one is now at the right drinking window.

Castello d'Albola Chianti Classico 2009 (86 tsomw points)

In the glass a dark ruby red color.
On the nose intense aromas of cherries, dark red fruit, forest floor, licorice, sage and some spice.
On the palate medium-bodied, well balanced with good acidity, smooth in the mouth, soft tannins and nice aftertaste.  

Website winery: www.albola.it

Aug
15
Pinot Nero Alto Adige 2015

Pinot Nero Alto Adige 2015
87 tsomw points

Franz Haas, Alto Adige Italy

Category: Supple red
Tags: Pinot Nero

This Pinot Nero from Sud Tirol is already very nice but will be even better within some years. Franz Haas – Pinot Nero Alto Adige 2015 (87 tsomw points) In the glass a nice garnet red color. On the nose intense aromas of cherries, raspberries and ripe red currants with some smokey hints. On the palate very soft and smooth, easy drinking with a creamy texture and a beautiful long aftertaste. 

This Pinot Nero from Sud Tirol is already very nice but will be even better within some years.

Franz Haas – Pinot Nero Alto Adige 2015 (87 tsomw points)
In the glass a nice garnet red color.
On the nose intense aromas of cherries, raspberries and ripe red currants with some smokey hints.
On the palate very soft and smooth, easy drinking with a creamy texture and a beautiful long aftertaste. 

Winemakers notes:

The Pinot Nero vines are located on the hills of Mazzon, Pinzano, Gleno and Montagna. The individual vineyards are situated at altitudes varying between 350 and 900 meters and cultivated on very different soils. The high density planting of vines per hectare ensure the maximum quality of the grapes. Furthermore, over time, low yield Pinot Nero clones have been selected in order to guarantee the right continuity on a qualitative level.

The wine making process for the grapes takes place in open vats so that during fermentation the must gets in contact with the grape skins through frequent cap punch-down and with many pump-over. Thanks to these techniques the colouring substances and the fragrances contained in the skins are extracted and transferred into the wine. After this, the wine remains in barriques for over a year and after bottling it ages for a few months in the bottle.

Pinot Nero, which for Franz Haas is “the white wine among the red wines ”, is a changing interplay of colours that can go from a light ruby to an intense ruby red according to the vintage. The bouquet opens with notes of black cherries, raspberries, marzipan, plum jam, cloves and cinnamon, Finally aromas of underbrush detectable. In the mouth the wine is fresh and lively, bolstered up by elegant tannins which make it harmonious and round and guarantee a noticeable pleasantness while drinking.

Pinot Nero matches with light fish dishes, roasted wild game and red meat. 

Website winery: www.franz-haas.com
Website webshop: www.tannico.nl

Aug
14
Aix Rosé 2016

Aix Rosé 2016
87 tsomw points

Sain Aix, Provence France

Category: Rosé
Tags: Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault

Sain Aix – Aix Rosé 2016 (87 tsomw points) A blend of Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault. In the glass a bright salmon color. On the nose delicate aromas of raspberries, red berries, strawberries and a little spice. Vey well balanced with nice freshness and acidity.

Sain Aix – Aix Rosé 2016 (87 tsomw points) A blend of Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault.

In the glass a bright salmon color.
On the nose delicate aromas of raspberries, red berries, strawberries and a little spice.
Vey well balanced with nice freshness and acidity.

Website winery: www.aixrose.com
Webshop NL: www.wijnig.nl

Aug
14
Barolo Castiglione 2013

Barolo Castiglione 2013
88 tsomw points

Vietti, Piedmont Italy

Category: Solid red

An amazing red one this Vietti - Barolo Castiglione 2013 (88 tsomw points) Ruby red in color with intense aromas in which mineral notes the scent of cherries, violets, roses and spices change clothes. On the palate firm tannins, fresh acidity followed by a robust structure with finesse. Dark berry fruit, spices, tar and chocolate. Rich and complex, with excellent balance and a long finish. From beginning to end exciting.

An amazing red one this Vietti - Barolo Castiglione 2013 (88 tsomw points)

Ruby red in color with intense aromas in which mineral notes the scent of cherries, violets, roses and spices change clothes. 
On the palate firm tannins, fresh acidity followed by a robust structure with finesse.
Dark berry fruit, spices, tar and chocolate. Rich and complex, with excellent balance and a long finish. From beginning to end exciting.

Website winery: www.vietti.com

 

Aug
13
Guado al tasso Bolgheri Superiore 2014

Guado al tasso Bolgheri Superiore 2014
90 tsomw points

Marchesi Antinori, Bolgheri Italy

Category: Solid red

Another top wine on the table! Marchesi Antinori - Guado al tasso Bolgheri Superiore 2014 (90 tsomw points) Ruby red in color. On the nose intense aromas of ripe fruit like berries and plums, jam and hints of chocolate and liquorice. Snug and rich in tannins with a long and lingering taste of ripe black berry fruit.

Another top wine on the table!  Marchesi Antinori - Guado al tasso Bolgheri Superiore 2014 (90 tsomw points)

Ruby red in color. 
On the nose intense aromas of ripe fruit like berries and plums, jam and hints of chocolate and liquorice.
Snug and rich in tannins with a long and lingering taste of ripe black berry fruit.

Website winery: www.antinori.it

Aug
12
Blanc de Blancs 2014

Blanc de Blancs 2014
86 tsomw points

Raventos i Blanc, Penedès Spain

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

A very nice Cava blend - 40 % Macabeu, 40 % Xarel.lo, and 20 % Parellada from Spain near to Barcelona. Raventos i Blanc – Blanc de Blancs 2014 (86 tsomw points) In the glass this sparkling shows a lemon-yellow color with greenish rim. Very light lively mousse. On the nose aromas floral hints with lime, tropical fruit and grapefruit with a light butterry creaminess. On the palate lively and crispy with nice acidity. It has a crispy texture with citrus fruit and pineapple and a light oily texture with butter notes and light bitter finish. 

A very nice Cava blend - 40 % Macabeu, 40 % Xarel.lo, and 20 % Parellada from Spain near to Barcelona. Raventos i Blanc – Blanc de Blancs 2014 (86 tsomw points)

In the glass this sparkling shows a lemon-yellow color with greenish rim. Very light lively mousse.
On the nose aromas floral hints with lime, tropical fruit and grapefruit with a light butterry creaminess.
On the palate lively and crispy with nice acidity. It has a crispy texture with citrus fruit and pineapple and a light oily texture with butter notes and light bitter finish. 

Winemakers notes:

Blanc de Blancs is a sparkling wine marked by the typicity of its place of origin, the Vinya del Llac, a vineyard over 40 years’ old, which allows us to obtain a structured, fresh and complex sparkling wine.

THREE NATIVE WHITE GRAPE VARIETIES

The Vinya del Llac is a vineyard that faces north. The clay soils release water slowly throughout the vegetative cycle and, deep beneath the surface, we find calcareous bedrock with incrusted pebbles, which limit the water reserve, giving the grapes in this flagship plot more structure. The influence of the lake in this symbolic vineyard moderates the climatic conditions, avoids heatwaves and favours long ripening. It is a Blanc de Blancs due to its three native white grape varieties: Macabeu, Xarel·lo and Parellada.

Website winery: www.raventos.com

Aug
11
Pictus IGT 2014

Pictus IGT 2014
88 tsomw points

Il Cellese, Tuscany Italy

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

Next week I will visit Tuscany so let’s get in the Tuscany mood. A blend of 60% Sangiovese, 20% Merlot, 20% Cabernet sauvignon. Il Cellese – Pictus IGT 2014 (88 tsomw points) In the glass a deep garnet / red color. On the nose intense aromas of ripe red fruit like cherries, plums and blueberries with hints of underwood, wet earth, wood, spices and cloves. On the palate balanced, medium acidity with nice freshness, soft in the mouth with a nice spicy aftertaste.

Next week I will visit Tuscany so let’s get in the Tuscany mood.
A blend of 60% Sangiovese, 20% Merlot, 20% Cabernet sauvignon.

Il Cellese – Pictus IGT 2014 (88 tsomw points)

In the glass a deep garnet / red color.
On the nose intense aromas of ripe red fruit like cherries, plums and blueberries with hints of underwood, wet earth, wood, spices and cloves.
On the palate balanced, medium acidity with nice freshness, soft in the mouth with a nice spicy aftertaste.

Website winery: www.ilcellese.it

Aug
11
Pinot Nero (Blauburgunder) 2015

Pinot Nero (Blauburgunder) 2015
85 tsomw points

Tiefenbrunner, Alto Adige Italy

Category: Solid red, Supple red
Tags: Blauburgunder

Nice red one from Alto Adige. Tiefenbrunner - Pinot Nero (Blauburgunder) 2015 - 85 tsomw points. In the glass garnet-ruby ??red color with a deep shine. On the nose nice bouquet of blackberries, raspberries and cherries and hints of earth and flowers. On the palate medium-bodied wine with a very nice acidity, freshness and elegance in the mouth. Soft and easy going.
 

 Nice red one from Alto Adige. Tiefenbrunner - Pinot Nero (Blauburgunder) 2015 - 85 tsomw points.

In the glass garnet-ruby ??red color with a deep shine. 
On the nose nice bouquet of blackberries, raspberries and cherries and hints of earth and flowers. 
On the palate medium-bodied wine with a very nice acidity, freshness and elegance in the mouth. Soft and easy going.

Website winery:www.tiefenbrunner.com
Website webshop NL: www.wijnig.nl

Aug
10
Loibner Grüner Veltliner Smaragd 2012

Loibner Grüner Veltliner Smaragd 2012
90 tsomw points

Weingut Knoll, Wachau Austria

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Grüner Veltliner

Weingut Knoll - Loibner Grüner Veltliner Smaragd 2012. (90 tsomw points) Ripe - almost sweet - in the smell with clear mineral tones. Powerful, fleshy and slightly sticky in taste. Rich and round taste with apricot and honey. Top GV. 

Weingut Knoll - Loibner Grüner Veltliner Smaragd 2012. (90 tsomw points) 

Ripe - almost sweet - in the smell with clear mineral tones.
Powerful, fleshy and slightly sticky in taste. Rich and round taste with apricot and honey. Top GV. 

Website winery: www.knoll.at

Aug
9
Taurasi Riserva Radici 2009

Taurasi Riserva Radici 2009
89 tsomw points

Mastroberardino

Mastroberardino - Taurasi Riserva Radici 2009 (89 tsomw points) In the glass a ruby red color. On he nose intense and complex notes of tobacco, cherry, and berries. On the palate elegant, rich and sinuous taste with balsamic and red fruit aromas. On the finish liquorice notes with good persistence.

Still young this Taurasi but already top!

Mastroberardino - Taurasi Riserva Radici 2009 (89 tsomw points)
In the glass a ruby red color.
On he nose intense and complex notes of tobacco, cherry, and berries. 
On the palate elegant, rich and sinuous taste with balsamic and red fruit aromas. On the finish liquorice notes with good persistence.

Website winery: www.mastroberardino.com

Aug
8
Grüner Veltliner Hasel 2016

Grüner Veltliner Hasel 2016
87 tsomw points

Weingut Allram, Kamptal Austria

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Grüner Veltliner

Another top white from Austria at the campfire! Weingut Allram Grüner Veltliner Hasel 2016 (87 tsomw points) In the glass a light bright golden color. On the nose aromas of green apple, pear, apricot and citrus, some blossom and hints of spices a herbs. On the palate refreshing, soft, with ripe tones, nice acidity (light frizzle) and minerals. 

Another top white from Austria at the campfire! Weingut Allram Grüner Veltliner Hasel 2016 (87 tsomw points)

In the glass a light bright golden color.
On the nose aromas of green apple, pear, apricot and citrus, some blossom and hints of spices a herbs.
On the palate refreshing, soft, with ripe tones, nice acidity (light frizzle) and minerals.

Winemakers notes:

Potential 2017-2027
Location The soil is a result of the dry and cold climate of the Ice Age. Due to the effect of glaciers producing a high pressure on the land, quartz, limestone, mica and clay particles were pulverised. These loess soils retain deep reservoirs of moisture and rarely suffer from dehydration. The heart of this vineyard is the “Mittelhasel”, with a gentle incline towards the south; it is where our vineyards are located. As this location has always produced above average quality, the wine growers of past times were known to say: “A wine vintner without any Hasel will never get a wife”. It is here where the strongest, thickest vines thrive - very ripe Grüner Veltliner, Grauburgunder and Chardonnay. Wines with a harmonious combination of strength, body, characteristic aromas and elegance are the result.
 
Vinification handpicked, maceration on skins, temperature controlled fermentation with natural yeat at around 19°C, lees contact for 3 months
Tasteinfo Very ripe fruit, dense and elegant, rich in extract, on the palate very juicy with a long finish. Nice minerality!
Serving Suggestion Roast pork, chicken, asian cuisnie

Website winery: www.allram.at

Aug
7
Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Brut San Boldo

Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Brut San Boldo
86 tsomw points

Marsuret, Valdobbiadene Italy

Category: Sparkling
Tags: Glera

Ok! We passed half the week so time to crack a bubble. Marsuret – Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Brut San Boldo (86 tsomw points) This sparkling shows a pale straw yellow color with a very soft mousse. On the nose aromas of green apple, citrus and wild flowers. On the palate nuances of toast, pear, green apples and hints of lime. Great acidity and softness. 

Ok! We passed half the week so time to crack a bubble.

Marsuret – Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Brut San Boldo (86 tsomw points)
This sparkling shows a pale straw yellow color with a very soft mousse.
On the nose aromas of green apple, citrus and wild flowers.
On the palate nuances of toast, pear, green apples and hints of lime. Great acidity and softness. 

Winemakers notes:

The fresh mountain air from the San Boldo pass comes down to our vineyards and slows down the ripening process. This gives the grapes an acerbic quality that makes them ideal for producing Brut. The bouquet is delicate and lightly aromatic with an elegant complexity reminiscent of golden apples. With hints of wild flowers, the flavour is intense, dry and fresh. This wine has a fine and persistent perlage.

VARIETAL Glera
AREA OF ORIGIN DOCG Valdobbiadene Area (family-owned vineyards)
WINEMAKING Off skins using soft pressure with a maximum yield of 70%
SPARKLING WINEMAKING METHOD Charmat Method (autoclave)
ALCOHOL 11,5%
SUGAR RESIDUE 11 g/l
PRESSURE 4,8 - 5,2 atm.

COLOUR Bright pale straw yellow, lively with a fine and persistent perlage
BOUQUET Elegant and complex of golden apples with hints of wild flowers
TASTE Intense, dry and fresh
FOOD AFFINITIES Ideal as an aperitif and perfect with all kinds of fish dishes
SERVING TEMPERATURE 8° - 9° C

Website winery: www.marsuret.it

Aug
7
Grüner Veltliner trocken 2016

Grüner Veltliner trocken 2016
86 tsomw points

Weingut Becker Mommenheim, Rheinhessen Germany

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Grüner Veltliner

A whole lot of wine for a great price quality this GV from Rheinhessen! Weingut Becker – Grüner Veltliner trocken 2016 (86 tsomw points) In the glass a greenish-yellow color. On the nose a green apple, stonefruit and white pepper. On the palate very refreshing, with again green apple, great acidity and a light spicy peppermint in the finish. 

A whole lot of wine for a great price quality this GV from Rheinhessen!

Weingut Becker – Grüner Veltliner trocken 2016 (86 tsomw points)
In the glass a greenish-yellow color.
On the nose a green apple, stonefruit and white pepper.
On the palate very refreshing, with again green apple, great acidity and a light spicy peppermint in the finish. 

Website winery: www.becker-weine.com

Aug
6
Ten Barrels Syrah Reserva 2013

Ten Barrels Syrah Reserva 2013
90 tsomw points

Kamnik

Category: Solid red
Tags: Syrah

Top red wine from Macedonia! Kamnik – Ten Barrels Syrah Reserva 2013 (90 tsomw points) In the glass an intense ruby red color. On the nose intense aromas of dark berries, chocolate, liquorice, black olives with hints of violets and spices. On the palate full-bodied, soft and round tannins, full of red fruit but not too jammy, with good balance and structure and finishes with a great aftertaste. Lots of aging potential.
 

Top red wine from Macedonia!
Kamnik – Ten Barrels Syrah Reserva 2013 (90 tsomw points)

In the glass an intense ruby red color.
On the nose intense aromas of dark berries, chocolate, liquorice, black olives with hints of violets and spices.
On the palate full-bodied, soft and round tannins, full of red fruit but not too jammy, with good balance and structure and finishes with a great aftertaste. Lots of aging potential.

Winemakers notes:

This wine is made from Syrah grapes from the vineyards surrounding the Kamnik winery. It is characterized by a vivacious and deep ruby red color and crystal clearness. The bouquet is rich in dark berries, which are typical for the variety, and with discreet spicy tones of clove, dark chocolate, vanilla and liqorice. The complexity of the wine is revealed in its elegant and full-bodied taste with excellent structure, soft velvety tannins and well integrated oak aromas finishing with a long aftertaste. The splendor of this syrah comes as a result of the 23 months of ageing in new American and French oak barriques. Ten Barrels Syrah Reserva 2013 is perfectly combined with meat specialties, especially with game in spicy sauces.

Recommended serving temperature: 16-18°C. The wine has a bottle-ageing capacity of several years.
Alcohol: 15% by Vol. Bottled: November 2015

Website winemaker: www.chateaukamnik.com
Dutch importer: Biservino

Aug
5
Esprit Gassier Rosé 2016

Esprit Gassier Rosé 2016
86 tsomw points

Chateau Gassier, Provence France

Tags: Cinsault, Syrah, Grenache, Rolle

Chateau Gassier – Esprit Gassier Rosé 2016 (86 tsomw points) In the glass this Provence rosé shows a light bright orange-pink color. On the nose delicate aromas of peach, apricot, watermelon with hints of blood orange and red berries with great minerality. On the palate refreshing with a great acidity with flavours of peach, grapefruit and raspberries. The finish is long with nice minerality.

Today it’s  time for a refreshing Rosé. And yeah. It’s wineoclock!
Chateau Gassier – Esprit Gassier Rosé 2016 (86 tsomw points)

In the glass this Provence rosé shows a light bright orange-pink color.
On the nose delicate aromas of peach, apricot, watermelon with hints of blood orange and red berries with great minerality.
On the palate refreshing with a great acidity with flavours of peach, grapefruit and raspberries. The finish is long with nice minerality.

Winemakers notes:

30% Cinsault 25% Syrah 35% Grenache 10% Rolle
ALCOHOL: 13.0%
SOIL TYPE: Clay and limestone pebbles and sand caused by erosion from Mount Sainte Victoire.
FOOD PAIRING: Aperitifs (salmon rillettes) Bean salad Roast Poultry Supreme Lobster Quenelle Salmon lasagna

Website: www.chateau-gassier.com

Aug
4
Gaiole Toscane 2015

Gaiole Toscane 2015
87 tsomw points

Casa al Vento, Tuscany Italy

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

This is the entry level of Casa al Vento but already at a high level. Casa al Vento – Gaiole Toscane 2015 (87 tsomw points) In the glass a ruby red color. On the nose intense aromas of dark cherries, cinnamon with notes of leather, spices, clove and liquorice. This marriage of Sangiovese and Merlot is perfectly balanced. On the palate good structure, soft in the mouth with lots of red fruit and freshness. Perfect for a warm summer night.

This is the perfect wine for toninght. A blend of Sangiovese 50% and Merlot 50%
This is the entry level of Casa al Vento but already at a high level.

Casa al Vento – Gaiole Toscane 2015 (87 tsomw points)
In the glass a ruby red color.
On the nose intense aromas of dark cherries, cinnamon with notes of leather, spices, clove and liquorice. This marriage of Sangiovese and Merlot is perfectly balanced.
On the palate good structure, soft in the mouth with lots of red fruit and freshness. Perfect for a warm summer night.

Winemakers notes:

Production area: Ultimo Eremo Casa al Vento, Gaiole in Chianti (SI)
Grape Variety: Sangiovese 50% - Merlot 50%
Altitude: 456 s.l.m.
Cultivation method: cordone speronato
Grape - harvest: by hand during the third decade of September
Vinification: in red with thermo controlling fermentation
Maceration: about 15 days
Ageing: a share in steel vats, the other one in oak barrels; before the consumption at least 3 months of ageing in bottle
Alcohol content: 13% vol.

Website: www.borgocasaalvento.com

Aug
3
Millésime 2008 Grand Cru

Millésime 2008 Grand Cru
86 tsomw points

Vincent Renoir, Ardenne France

Category: Sparkling

Sunday! A day to start with a #bubble. A blend of Chardonnay (70%) and Pinot Noir (30%) Vincent Renoir - Millésime 2008 Grand Cru. (86 tsomw points) In the glass a golden yellow color with a very fine and creamy bubble. On the nose floral aromas and white fruit with a sharp yet full and fragrant mouthfeel. Great tension and length, good balance with a salty finish. Good long finish.

Sunday! A day to start with a #bubble. A blend of Chardonnay (70%) and Pinot Noir (30%) Vincent Renoir - Millésime 2008 Grand Cru. (86 tsomw points)

In the glass a golden yellow color with a very fine and creamy bubble. 
On the nose floral aromas and white fruit with a sharp yet full and fragrant mouthfeel. 
Great tension and length, good balance with a salty finish. Good long finish.

Website: www.champagne-renoir.com

Aug
3
Verdicchio di Matelica 2015

Verdicchio di Matelica 2015
88 tsomw points

Bisci, Marche Italy

Category: Fruity white, Full white
Tags: Verdicchio

100% Verdicchio from the Marche region. Bisci - Verdicchio di Matelica 2015 (88 tsomw points) I don't know if it is the warm weather or a damned good wine. I bet the last! In the glass a pale straw yellow color with green reflections. On the nose intense aromas of citrus, white flowers and green apple. On the palate full-bodied ( for a verdicchio! ) intense, tasty, refreshing, good balanced with nice acidity and a slightly bitter finish. Really enjoyable white wine which will also pair great with seafood or chicken.

100% Verdicchio from the Marche region. Bisci - Verdicchio di Matelica 2015 (88 tsomw points)

I don't know if it is the warm weather or a damned good wine. I bet the last!
In the glass a pale straw yellow color with green reflections.
On the nose intense aromas of citrus, white flowers and green apple.
On the palate full-bodied ( for a verdicchio! ) intense, tasty, refreshing, good balanced with nice acidity and a slightly bitter finish. Really enjoyable white wine which will also pair great with seafood or chicken. 

Winemakers notes:

Our Matelica Verdicchio DOC wine is obtained entirely from grapes Verdicchio.
The grapes are harvested by hand, it is transported immediately to the cellar where, after a soft pressing, pressed directly with horizontal presses to separate the juice from the skins.
The must is lowered in temperature to separate parts fecciose and then sent to ferment controlling the temperature that never exceeds 20 ° C.
All winery operations are aimed at enhancing the best features of the vine through the utmost respect of the grapes.

Verdicchio of Matelica is a vine that requires extraordinary attention in the processing because of the sensitivity of their skin, but then gives musts and wines with cloth and enviable body supported by the high acidity and alcoholic richness that allow a remarkable longevity, the latter feature rare for white wines.

Vineyard Extension 10 ha
Blend Verdicchio 100%
Vineyard age (year of planting) 1978, 1983, 1988
Soil type Calcarous, clayey
Exposure South
Vinification and ageing Fermentation in glazed cement vats with temperature control (under 20°C), maturation in cement for 8 months, finishing in the bottle for 2 months
Average no. bottles/year 40.000
Alcohol 13-13,5% Vol.

Website: www.bisci.it

Aug
2
Il Blu Toscana IGT 2011

Il Blu Toscana IGT 2011
89 tsomw points

Brancaia, Tuscany Italy

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

This is really a great Super Tuscan. Blend of Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Brancaia - Il Blu Toscana IGT (89 tsomw points) In the glass a medium garnet-red color. On the nose pretty complex with aromas of berries, earth, dried herbs with hints of lavender and spices. On the palate full-bodied but elegant. Great balanced with fine tannins. Despite its 14.5% it shows nice freshness with blueberries and tangy raspberries with medium acidity. Finishes long, with slightly chewy, fine tannins and subtle notes of oak and spice.

This is really a great Super Tuscan. Blend of Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Brancaia - Il Blu Toscana IGT (89 tsomw points) 
In the glass a medium garnet-red color.
On the nose pretty complex with aromas of berries, earth, dried herbs with hints of lavender and spices.
On the palate full-bodied but elegant. Great balanced with fine tannins. Despite its 14.5% it shows nice freshness with blueberries and tangy raspberries with medium acidity. 
Finishes long, with slightly chewy, fine tannins and subtle notes of oak and spice.

Winemakers notes:

Brancaia IL BLU, IGT Rosso Toscana – the top product of BRANCAIA. This wine is intended to demonstrate the elegance, complexity and intensity that BRANCAIA is now capable of achieving. Many wine lovers around the world already consider it a classic – perhaps because it has established a distinctive identity throughout all its vintages, reflecting the character and quality of our vineyards in the Chianti Classico.

Blend: 50% Sangiovese, 45% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol: 14,5 vol%
Harvest: 25.08. - 27.09.2011
Temperature of fermentation: 30 - 32° C
Must contact: 20 days
Maturing: 2/3 in new barriques, 1/3 in used barriques
Time of maturing: 20 months in barriques, at least 24 months in the bottle
Bottling: June 2013
Formats: 0.75L, 1.5L, 3.0L, 9.0L
First year of production: 1988
Perfect with: Dishes with strong flavour, dark meat such as beef or lamb.
Game – fried or stewed – dark wild fowl.
Awards:

94/100 Robert Parker The Wine Advocate
95/100 Decanter - Gold Medal
93/100 Antonio Galloni, vinous.com
92/100 Wine Spectator
95/100 Falstaff

Website winemaker: www.brancaia.com

Aug
2
Valiano 6.38 Gran Selezione Chianti Classico 2011

Valiano 6.38 Gran Selezione Chianti Classico 2011
86 tsomw points

Piccini, Tuscany Italy

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

Tonight a blend of Sangiovese 90% and Merlot 10%. Piccini – Valiano 6.38 Gran Selezione Chianti Classico 2011 (86 tsomw points) In the glass a ruby red color with dark red rim. On the nose aromas of violets, cherries, blackberries with hints of tabacco, vanilla and spices. On the palate medium/full-bodied, full but soft, velvet tannins and nice acidity.

Tonight a blend of Sangiovese 90% and Merlot 10%

Piccini – Valiano 6.38 Gran Selezione Chianti Classico 2011 (86 tsomw points)
In the glass a ruby red color with dark red rim.
On the nose aromas of violets, cherries, blackberries with hints of tabacco, vanilla and spices.
On the palate medium/full-bodied, full but soft, velvet tannins and nice acidity. 

Website winemaker: www.tenutepiccini.it

Aug
1
Weissburgunder 2016

Weissburgunder 2016
86 tsomw points

Hannes Reeh, Burgenland Austria

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Weissburgunder

The first bottle I opened from the Taste Club and this one really impressed. We drank it at The Ardennes – Belgium at the camping site.  Hannes Reeh – Weissburgunder 2016 (86 tsomw points) In the glass this Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc) shows a light yellow-green color. On the nose aromas of peach, citrus, stone-fruit with hints of blossom and mandarin and some white pepper. On the palate, ripe fruit, floral texture, great minrality and very clean with a great acidity with flavors of green apple and tea. Very nice with good PQR.? 

he first bottle I opened from the Taste Club and this one really impressed. We drank it at The Ardennes – Belgium at the camping site. 

Hannes Reeh – Weissburgunder 2016 (86 tsomw points)
In the glass this Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc) shows a light yellow-green color.
On the nose aromas of peach, citrus, stone-fruit with hints of blossom and mandarin and some white pepper.
On the palate, ripe fruit, floral texture, great minrality and very clean with a great acidity with flavors of green apple and tea. Very nice with good PQR.? 

Website winemaker: www.hannesreeh.at
Website NL: www.tasteclub.nl

Jul
31
Chardonnay Altkirch 2016

Chardonnay Altkirch 2016
85 tsomw points

Colterenzio, Alto Adige Italy

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Chardonnay

A very nice Chardonnay from Alto Adige with a good PQR. Colterenzio - Chardonnay Altkirch 2016 (85 tsomw points) In the glass a briljant green yellow color. On the nose aromas of yellow fruit like quince and pineapple and shows more aromas like stonefruit and blossom after warming up. On the palate a bit the same with mango and papaya, some pineapple and little quince. Discreet acidity and supple. Nicely balanced with a long exotic fruit finish and a small bitter note.

A very nice Chardonnay from Alto Adige with a good PQR.

Colterenzio - Chardonnay Altkirch 2016 (85 tsomw points)
In the glass a briljant green yellow color.
On the nose aromas of yellow fruit like quince and pineapple and shows more aromas like stonefruit and blossom after warming up.
On the palate a bit the same with mango and papaya, some pineapple and little quince. Discreet acidity and supple. Nicely balanced with a long exotic fruit finish and a small bitter note.

Winemakers notes:

Chardonnay is the classic white Burgundy grape variety and has been producing fine wines in South Tyrol for well over a century. This enormously popular wine is pale yellow with green reflexes in colour, delicate and floral in aromas. The flavour is infused with hints of exotic fruits reminiscent of pineapple, and mango; on the palate it is a concentration of mellowness and vivacity with classic mineral notes and crisp acidity. Cellaring potential: 2 – 3 years.

Food Combination

Excellent as an aperitif, it makes a delicious partner for steamed fish, skate in browned butter, baked oysters, light cold and warm starters, seafood salad, vegetable risotto, delicately seasoned dishes based on white meat, as well as for a variety of pasta dishes. Serve lightly chilled: 10 – 12° C.

Winemaking

The fermentation takes place in stainless-steel tanks with the temperature controlled at approx.18°C. The new wine subsequently matures for several months on the fine lees.

Website: www.colterenzio.it

Jul
31
Champagne Grand Cru Rosé

Champagne Grand Cru Rosé
84 tsomw points

Vincent Renoir, Ardenne France

Category: Sparkling
Tags: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay

Today a nice sparkling from Vincent Renoir – Champagne Grand Cru Rosé on the table (84 tsomw points) A blend of two grape varieties, 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay. In the glass this Champagne shows a bright salmon / red color. On the nose strawberries and raspberries with floral notes. On the palate nice freshness and balance, good acidity with a nice finish.

Today a nice sparkling from Vincent Renoir – Champagne Grand Cru Rosé on the table (84 tsomw points)

A blend of two grape varieties, 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay.
In the glass this Champagne shows a bright salmon / red color.
On the nose strawberries and raspberries with floral notes.
On the palate nice freshness and balance, good acidity with a nice finish.

Website: www.champagne-renoir.com

Jul
30
Rosso di Montalcino 2015

Rosso di Montalcino 2015
87 tsomw points

Argiano, Tuscany Italy

Category: Solid red, Supple red
Tags: Sangiovese

100% Sangiovese this nice red wine from the Argiano estate (Montalcino)

Argiano – Rosso di Montalcino (87 tsomw points)
In the glass a brilliant ruby red color.
On the nose intense and fresh aromas of red currant, cherries, raspberries with nice mineral tones, violets and leather.
On the palate medium-bodied with pleasant fruit notes, soft tannins, light spicyness and good freshness. Nice long finish. @cantina_argiano

100% Sangiovese this nice red wine from the Argiano estate ( Montalcino)

Argiano – Rosso di Montalcino (87 tsomw points)
In the glass a brilliant ruby red color.
On the nose intense and fresh aromas of red currant, cherries, raspberries with nice mineral tones, violets and leather.
On the palate medium-bodied with pleasant fruit notes, soft tannins, light spicyness and good freshness. Nice long finish. 

Winemakers notes: 

Rosso di Montalcino, made with 100% Sangiovese grapes like Brunello, is another expression of the tradition and terroir of Montalcino.Argiano’sRosso di Montalcino has a noble pedigree and is produced with the grapes grown in the Sangiovesevineyards that extend around the estate. The grape-variety is SangioveseGrosso, a selected clone which has adapted perfectly to the soil at Argiano; this wine receives the same care and attention devoted to our Brunello, from vineyard management to bottling.

Organoleptic characteristics
Rosso di Montalcino is deep ruby red in colour. It is medium bodied with a good concentration on the mid-palate. Elegant in the mouth, it is well balanced with tempting flavours of red berries, violets, menthol and earthiness.A generous wine with smooth, velvety tannins that will satisfy all Sangiovese lovers. The perfect companion at mealtimes, it is ideal paired with red meat, veal, bruschetta and all kinds of cheeses andpasta dishes.

Climatic conditions
The vineyards of Argiano benefit from a favourable microclimate and an enviable position which contribute to the development of the vines. The extended vegetative cycle and ripening period are due to the altitude of the plateau, 300 m above sea level, which determines cool nights in the summer months. The generally moderate rainfall in Montalcino favours better, healthier ripening of the grapes, conveying greater concentration and aromas to the wine. This, together with the hot and constant winds that blow from the Maremma, cooling the bunches of grapes during the hottest summer days, allows slower ripening of the grapes, determining favourable general conditions. Lastly, Argiano is close to Mount Amiata, one of Tuscany’s highest peaks, which protects the entire area from bad weather. The combination of all these factors enables Argiano to make high profile wines and constantly good vintages, year after year.

Vinification
Rosso di Montalcino is made from 100% Sangiovese grapes. The grapes are vinified in stainless steel tanks, with the must fermenting in contact with the skins for about two weeks, extending this time to three weeks if the grapes come from the best vineyards, in order to obtain the best possible concentration.Rosso di Montalcino undergoes a second fermentation(like all red wines), which makes it smoother. It then ages in French oak barriqueswhich have already been used once beforeand in larger Slavonian oak barrels until bottling time the following autumn. Argiano’s oenologist describes our Rosso di Montalcino as fresh, vivacious and full of “easy to taste” but generous fruity flavours that are sufficiently versatile to develop greater depth over the years spent in the bottle.

Website: www.argiano.net

Jul
29
Merlot 2013

Merlot 2013
86 tsomw points

Rust en Vrede, Stellenbosch South Africa

Category: Solid red, Supple red
Tags: Merlot

Always a safe choice this Merlot from Stellenbosch. (86 tsomw points) Rust en Vrede Merlot 2013. In the glass a dark red/garnet color. On the nose aromas of black currants and red fruit, coffee, vanilla and warm hints of fruits.On the palate balanced and solid with red fruit, soft tannins. The finish is long and persistent. 
 

Always a safe choice this Merlot from Stellenbosch. (86 tsomw points)

Rust en Vrede Merlot 2013.
In the glass a dark red/garnet color. 
On the nose aromas of black currants and red fruit, coffee, vanilla and warm hints of fruits.
On the palate balanced and solid with red fruit, soft tannins. The finish is long and persistent. 

Website: www.rustenvrede.com

Jul
28
Sybrand Mankadan Chenin Blanc 2015

Sybrand Mankadan Chenin Blanc 2015
87 tsomw points

Teddy Hall, Stellenbosch South Africa

Category: Fruity white, Full white
Tags: Chenin Blanc

A Chenin Blanc from South Africa - Stellenbosch. Teddy Hall - Sybrand Mankadan Chenin Blanc 2015 (87 tsomw points) In the glass a bright yellow color. On the nose aromas of tropical fruit, apple, some light vanilla and blossom. On the palate light creamy, but refreshing with again tropical fruit, citrus and honey. 
 

A Chenin Blanc from South Africa - Stellenbosch.

Teddy Hall - Sybrand Mankadan Chenin Blanc 2015 (87 tsomw points)
In the glass a bright yellow color.
On the nose aromas of tropical fruit, apple, some light vanilla and blossom.
On the palate light creamy, but refreshing with again tropical fruit, citrus and honey. 

Winemakers notes:

ageing potential
This wine will show its best in the first 3 years after bottling.

food suggestions
Chenin blanc is one of the most versatile grapes around. It produces accessible wines which in turn successfully complement a wide variety of food flavours. Try this with Seafood, Chicken, pork or pasta dishes.

vineyard
Bush vines planted between 1975 and 1988 provided a yield of around 6 tons of grapes per hectare. The soil is predominantly weathered Table Mountain sandstone and broken shale. There is a combination of dry land vineyard and vines which are irrigated by means of drippers and also overhead sprinklers.

harvest
The vineyards were picked from mid February. At that time the average grape sugar was measured at 24.3° Balling while the acidity was 7.1g/l on average.

cellar
To avoid any undesirable phenolic elements, the grapes were given a very soft pressing (0.5 bars for the technophiles!) and the juice left in tank to settle overnight. About 10% of the wine go into French oak barrels. The tank portion was inoculated with Vin 13 yeast and cold fermented to ensure that as many aromatic qualities as possible were retained. The wine then spent a few months in stainless steel tanks and barrel - on its lees - before being put together, cold stabilized, filtered and finally bottled.

Website winemaker : www.teddyhallwines.com
Website NL : Wijnkooperij de Lange

Jul
27
Filanda Rosé Brut Reserva

Filanda Rosé Brut Reserva
87 tsomw points

Bortolomiol, Valdobbiadene Italy

Category: Sparkling
Tags: Glera

Ok. Let’s kick-off the weekend with a nice Prosecco! Bortolomiol - Filanda Rosé Brut Reserva (87 tsomw points) In the glass a beautiful rose pink color - the mousse is nice and persistent. Refined, delicate with hints of flowers, wild berries blackberries, red berries, raspberries. Spicy with pepper and cinnamon. On the palate full, intense, dry, velvety and layered.

Ok. Let’s kick-off the weekend with a nice Prosecco!
Bortolomiol - Filanda Rosé Brut Reserva (87 tsomw points)

In the glass a beautiful rose pink color - the mousse is nice and persistent.
Refined, delicate with hints of flowers, wild berries blackberries, red berries, raspberries. Spicy with pepper and cinnamon.
On the palate full, intense, dry, velvety and layered.

 

Jul
26
Torre la Moreira Albariño 2016

Torre la Moreira Albariño 2016
86 tsomw points

Marqués de Vizhoja, Rias Baixas Spain

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Albariño

Today we crack this lovely 100% Albariño from the Rías Baixas region. Have you ever been there? Marqués de Vizhoja - Torre la Moreira Albariño 2016 (86 tsomw points) In the glass this wine shows a straw yellow color with greenish rim. On the nose intense aromas of apple, peach, tropical fruit with hints of citrus, herbs and minerality. The first taste has a tingly acidity on the tongue, light sweet (but nice), medium vitality, lively with lemon zest, herbs and minerality. Great as aperetif but also with seafood. Cheers!

Today we crack this lovely 100% Albariño from the Rías Baixas region. Have you ever been there?

Marqués de Vizhoja - Torre la Moreira Albariño 2016 (86 tsomw points)
In the glass this wine shows a straw yellow color with greenish rim.
On the nose intense aromas of apple, peach, tropical fruit with hints of citrus, herbs and minerality.
The first taste has a tingly acidity on the tongue, light sweet (but nice), medium vitality, lively with lemon zest, herbs and minerality.
Great as aperetif but also with seafood. Cheers!

Website: www.marquesdevizhoja.com

Jul
25
Extra Brut Franciacorta

Extra Brut Franciacorta
87 tsomw points

Arcari + Danesi, Franciacorta Italy

Category: Sparkling
Tags: Pinot Nero

Ok. It's wineocklock and what's better than cracking a bottle of sparkling? Arcari + Danesi Extra Brut Franciacorta (87 tsomw points) - 100% Pinot Nero. In the glass this sparkling shows a golden color en greenish rim. This Fanciacorta has a fine mouse. On the nose citrus, white fruit, nice minerality  and hints of brioche. On the palate dry, fresh with good balance and acidity. It finishes with a nice and persistent aftertaste. 

Ok. It's wineocklock and what's better than cracking a bottle of sparkling? Right

Arcari + Danesi Extra Brut Franciacorta (87 tsomw points) - 100% Pinot Nero
In the glass this sparkling shows a golden color en greenish rim. This Fanciacorta has a fine mouse.
On the nose citrus, white fruit, nice minerality  and hints of brioche.
On the palate dry, fresh with good balance and acidity. It finishes with a nice and persistent aftertaste. 

Website: www.arcariedanesi.com

Jul
24
Celeste Crianza Ribera del Duero

Celeste Crianza Ribera del Duero
86 tsomw points

Torres, Ribera del Duero Spain

Category: Solid red
Tags: Tempranillo

On the Camp site we paired this 100% Tempranillo with a great steak. Torres - Celeste Crianza Ribera del Duero 2013 (86 tsomw points) In the glass a deep cherry red color. On the nose intense aromas of ripe blackeberries and cherries, liquiorice, spicyness and hints of toast. On the palate solid but easy drinking, medium/full-bodied, soft tannins and light oak and cherries in the nice finish. @torreswines

On the Camp site we paired this 100% Tempranillo with a great steak.

Torres - Celeste Crianza Ribera del Duero 2013 (86 tsomw points)
In the glass a deep cherry red color.
On the nose intense aromas of ripe blackeberries and cherries, liquiorice, spicyness and hints of toast.
On the palate solid but easy drinking, medium/full-bodied, soft tannins and light oak and cherries in the nice finish. 

Winemakers notes:

DO Ribera del Duero

The vineyards in the Duero Valley are testimony to the history of this area which was written by the shepherds and farmers who long ago lived there.

It's said that the cold nights and hot days in the highest areas of these lands perfectly combine with the mountains winds to bring back memories of the first care given to the vines already back in the 12th century. Way high up there is where the grape ripens in the silence of the starry nights. Patiently awaiting the day when its great dream will come true: to become a Ribera del Duero worthy of praise.

Food Pairing: Given its tannic and fruit properties, it pairs well with a wide variety of meat dishes, including roasts and wild game. Best served at 14–16°C.

Website: www.torres.es
Importer NL: Walraven Sax

Jul
23
Champagne L’ Intemporelle Brut 2010

Champagne L’ Intemporelle Brut 2010
89 tsomw points

Mailly Grand Cru, Ardenne France

Category: Sparkling
Tags: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay

When we visited the Champagne region this sparkling was one of the highlights. Mailly Grand Cru - Champagne L’ Intemporelle Brut 2010 (89 tsomw points) Variety of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay. In the glass a bright golden color with a nice and fine mousse. On the nose delicate aromas of white fruit like peaches and pear with hints of stonefruit, a touch of toast, chalk and some floral tones. On the palate nice power with enough freshness, crispy, nice mouthfeel,  light creamy with flavors of citrus. 
 

When we visited the Champagne region this sparkling was one of the highlights.

Mailly Grand Cru - Champagne L’ Intemporelle Brut 2010 (89 tsomw points)
Variety of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay.

In the glass a bright golden color with a nice and fine mousse.
On the nose delicate aromas of white fruit like peaches and pear with hints of stonefruit, a touch of toast, chalk and some floral tones.
On the palate nice power with enough freshness, crispy, nice mouthfeel,  light creamy with flavors of citrus. 

Website : www.champagne-mailly.com

Jul
22
Feldmarschall 2016

Feldmarschall 2016
89 tsomw points

Tiefenbrunner, Alto Adige Italy

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Muller Thurgau

100% Muller Thurgau from one of my favorite regions for white wines. Alto Adige! Tiefenbrunner - Feldmarschall 2016 (89 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!

Tiefenbrunner - Feldmarschall 2016 (89 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

Winemakers notes:

Over the last 40 years, our FELDMARSCHALL VON FENNER has become an outstanding example of the art of wine-making in South Tyrol, attracting general acclaim and many awards. Since 2017, this exceptional wine is part of our Selection VIGNA. Made from grapes grown at 3,280 feet above sea-level, this zesty minerally Müller Thurgau is light straw-yellow in color with greenish reflexes. It is intensely aromatic with notes of white flowers and yellow fruits, peach and apricot. With increasing age, the mineral notes can come to the fore. A delicate body pampers the palate with elegant harmony, succulence and fresh acidity. The wine has a persistent finish.

Food pairing: Starters and fish dishes, Asian cuisine, poultry and pork, seafood
Suggested serving temperature: 50 – 53.6 °F | 10 – 12 °C
Aging potential: 10 years and more

Jul
21
Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Sauvignon Blanc 2016
86 tsomw points

Terre di Ger, Friuli Italy

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Sauvignon Blanc

Very nice and tasty white wine from Friuli. Terre di Ger – Sauvignon Blanc 2016 (86 tsomw points) In the glass a bright yellow color. On the nose aromas of ripe pear, melon, flowers and notes of nuts, vanilla and pepper. Light sweetness. On the palate round and fresh, crisp and solid with good acidity. 

Very nice and tasty white wine from Friuli.

Terre di Ger – Sauvignon Blanc 2016 (86 tsomw points)
In the glass a bright yellow color.
On the nose aromas of ripe pear, melon, flowers and notes of nuts, vanilla and pepper. Light sweetness.
On the palate round and fresh, crisp and solid with good acidity. 

Winemakers notes:

Characteristics of the Vintage The spring of 2016 was a particularly rainy one. This was very important for the water reserve during blossom but it caused trouble to wine growers in the area. Manual pruning and selection of the sprouts was essential to preserve the vineyard’s health and facilitate movement of air between the rows and the plants. The dry and sunny summer was only briefly interrupted by rain. At harvest period the grapes were perfectly ripened and in the best conditions in years.

Location: Veneto, Province of Treviso
Grapes: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Area of Production: Baite Vineyard, Basalghelle
Altitude: 11-13 m a.s.l.
Exposure: North-South Soil: Calcareous clay
Training System: Guyot
Vinification and Ageing Harvest: Mechanical harvest in the second and third decade of september
Vinification: The grapes are harvested perfectly ripened. Destemming and soft pressing. Fermentation in stainless steel wine tanks at 12°C.
Ageing: In stainless steel wine tanks for a long period of time upon the lees. Frequent battonage.
Bottling: End of March.
Bottles Produced: 5.000

Website: www.terrediger.it

Jul
20
Le Crosare Ripasso 2011

Le Crosare Ripasso 2011
89 tsomw points

Lenotti, Valpolicella Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara

Near Lake Garda this Ripasso has been born – A stunning red one. Cantina Lenotti - Le Crosare - Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso 2011 (89 tsomw points) Le Crosare Ripasso from Cantine Lenotti gets a special preparation: At the second fermentation the Amarone peels will be added. The wine will show more color, taste and strength. Variety: Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara. Le Crosare shows a deep red color in the glass. On the nose aromas of ripe red fruit like blackberries and cherries, leather and vanilla. On the palate spicy, full, velvety, light “sweet”and stays long.

Near Lake Garda this Ripasso has been born – A stunning red one. Cantina Lenotti - Le Crosare - Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso 2011 (89 tsomw points)

Le Crosare Ripasso from Cantine Lenotti gets a special preparation: At the second fermentation the Amarone peels will be added. The wine will show more color, taste and strength. Variety: Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara.

Le Crosare shows a deep red color in the glass.
On the nose aromas of ripe red fruit like blackberries and cherries, leather and vanilla.
On the palate spicy, full, velvety, light “sweet”and stays long.

Website: www.lenotti.it

Jul
19
Riesling 2016

Riesling 2016
88 tsomw points

Frey, Rheinhessen Germany

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: 88

A superb biological Riesling from Rheinhessen - Germany. Frey – Riesling 2016 (88 tsomw points) In the glass a light straw yellow color. On the nose aromas of green apples, peach and tropical fruit with nice minerals. On the palate a full round taste and a great acidity with hints of green apples, pear and citrus. Nice fresh ending.
 

A superb biological Riesling from Rheinhessen - Germany

Frey – Riesling 2016 (88 tsomw points)
In the glass a light straw yellow color.
On the nose aromas of green apples, peach and tropical fruit with nice minerals.
On the palate a full round taste and a great acidity with hints of green apples, pear and citrus. Nice fresh ending.

Website NL: Wijnkooperij de Lange

Jul
18
Fleur de Meunier Brut Nature 2012

Fleur de Meunier Brut Nature 2012
88 tsomw points

Beaumont des Crayeres, Ardenne France

Category: Sparkling
Tags: Pinot Meunier

Another nice discovery from Epernay (Champagne Region) - Beaumont des Crayeres – Fleur de Meunier Brut Nature 2012 (88 tsomw points) 100% pinot meunier
In the glass this Champagne shows a bright straw-gold colour with a nice mousse. On the nose expressive aromas of plum, peach and hints of butter, menthol and flint. On the palate its balanced, fresh and round with aromas od citrus, pear and green apple.

Another nice discovery from Epernay (Champagne Region)
Beaumont des Crayeres – Fleur de Meunier Brut Nature 2012 (88 tsomw points)
100% pinot meunier

In the glass this Champagne shows a bright straw-gold colour with a nice mousse.
On the nose expressive aromas of plum, peach and hints of butter, menthol and flint.
On the palate its balanced, fresh and round with aromas od citrus, pear and green apple.

Website:www.champagne-beaumont.com

Jul
17
Arnione Bolgheri 2012

Arnione Bolgheri 2012
90 tsomw points

Campo Alla Sughera, Bolgheri Italy

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

Decanted 3 hours this great Bolgheri. Campo Alla Sughera - Arnione Bolgheri 2012 (90 tsomw points) In the glass an intense ruby red color with violet rim. On the nose intense aromas of cherries, some undergrowth, dark chocolate and flowers in the background. On the palate much sweet smell, unfolds with fine-meshed, prominent tannins, supple, in the final with flavors of mint and red fruit.

Decanted 3 hours this great Bolgheri. Campo Alla Sughera - Arnione Bolgheri 2012 (90 tsomw points)

In the glass an intense ruby red color with violet rim.
On the nose intense aromas of cherries, some undergrowth, dark chocolate and flowers in the background. 
On the palate much sweet smell, unfolds with fine-meshed, prominent tannins, supple, in the final with flavors of mint and red fruit.

Winemakers notes:

Production area: The grapes come exclusively from the vineyards on the Campo alla Sughera estate, which is located in the heart of the area with the “Bolgheri” designation of origin.

Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon 40%, Cabernet Franc 20%, Merlot 20%, Petit Verdot 20%.

Harvest: By hand, with 15 kg of grapes in each box.

Winemaking technique: The height of the winery is used to harness the force of gravity and move the grapes, musts and wines. After destemming and gentle pressing, fermentation and maceration are carried out in steel tanks for approximately 12 to 15 days at a temperature no higher than 30°C. The wine is then decanted into barriques, where malolactic fermentation takes place.

Ageing: 80% of the wine is aged in new French oak barriques and 20% in previously used ones for at least 18 months. It is then aged in the bottle for more than 12 months. Tasting notes: A fine wine with a full and very complex nose, where aromas of red fruit blend with hints of spices. It has an elegant, harmonious palate which is balanced by fine velvety tannins.

Suggestions for an ideal tasting experience: Open the bottle at least half an hour beforehand and serve at a temperature of 18°C in large crystal glasses, whether the weather is cool or warm. Excellent in the summer too, if served at the right temperature.

Pairings: Game, grilled meats, mature cheeses, and creative Tuscan cuisine such as crepes with a pecorino fondue and mushrooms, wild boar with blueberries, and Cinta Senese ham with glazed cavolo nero.

Website winemaker: www.campoallasughera.com

Jul
16
Malvasia Vigna Roversolo 2015

Malvasia Vigna Roversolo 2015
88 tsomw points

Tenuta Conte Romano, Friuli Italy

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Istrian Malvasia

From the hills of Friuli comes this perfect white wine – 100% Istrian Malvasia. Tenuta Conte Romano - Malvasia Vigna Roversolo 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! 
 

From the hills of Friuli comes this perfect white wine – 100% Istrian Malvasia.

Tenuta Conte Romano - Malvasia Vigna Roversolo 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! 

Winemakers notes:

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

Website winemaker: www.tenutaconteromano.it

Jul
15
Smeriglio Sangiovese 2015

Smeriglio Sangiovese 2015
89 tsomw points

Baracchi Winery, Tuscany Italy

Category: Fruity red, Solid red
Tags: Sangiovese

It was a beautifull evening yesterday in the Netherlands. We opened this Baracchi - Smeriglio Sangiovese 2015 (89 tsomw points) In the glass a dark ruby red color. On the nose aromas of dark red ripe fruit, such as cherries, raspberries and blackberries some violets and hints of vanilla and chocolat. On the palate pure fruit, intense but fresh, soft tannins full of red ripe fruit and a nice long finish.

It was a beautifull evening yesterday in the Netherlands. We opened this Baracchi - Smeriglio Sangiovese 2015 (89 tsomw points)

In the glass a dark ruby red color.
On the nose aromas of dark red ripe fruit, such as cherries, raspberries and blackberries some violets and hints of vanilla and chocolat.
On the palate pure fruit, intense but fresh, soft tannins full of red ripe fruit and a nice long finish.

Winemakers notes:

DESCRIPTION

Sangiovese was harvested the first week of October. After destemming and light crushing were vinified separately; maceration took place in stainless steel tanks over a period of 22 days, during which time alcoholic fermentation was also completed, at a temperature never exceeding 26 °C. The resulting wine is typical in colour and acidity, 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.

TASTING NOTES

Brilliant light ruby red colour.
At the nose reveals tipical aromas of violet and cherry. Spicy notes of black pepper and juniper berries. Balsamic hints.
Fresh and warm, with soft and silky tannins sustained by a seductive tanginess. Medium boby and floral finish.

Website winemaker: www.baracchiwinery.com

Jul
14
Sauvignon Blanc II 2016

Sauvignon Blanc II 2016
88 tsomw points

Von Winning, Pfalz Germany

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Sauvignon Blanc

Today a great white wine from the Pfalz – Germany. On a hot day in Holland this really rocks. Von Winning – Sauvignon Blanc II 2016 (88 tsomw points) In the glass a bright golden yellow color. On the nose grapefruit, cranberries, apple and lime with hints of herbs and elderberry. On the palate crispy but not too much, full-bodied, good minerality and acidity (not screaming) with green apple, citrus and cranberries. Nice long reverberation and refreshing finish.

Today a great white wine from the Pfalz – Germany. On a hot day in Holland this really rocks

Von Winning – Sauvignon Blanc II 2016 (88 tsomw points)
In the glass a bright golden yellow color.
On the nose grapefruit, cranberries, apple and lime with hints of herbs and elderberry.
On the palate crispy but not too much, full-bodied, good minerality and acidity (not screaming) with green apple, citrus and cranberries.
Nice long reverberation and refreshing finish.

Website winemaker: www.von-winning.de

Jul
13
Calderara Rosso 2012

Calderara Rosso 2012
88 tsomw points

Tenuta delle Terre Nere, Sicily Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio

A Burgundy from the Etna region? Really enjoyable! Tenuta delle Terre Nere / Calderara Rosso 2012 (88 tsomw points) 98% Nerello mascalese / 2% Nerello Cappuccio. In the glass a bright red color. On the nose cranberries, red berries, sour cherries and hints of herbs and spices. On the palate smooth and elegant, dry, fine tannins, medium acidity with strawberries, slight smokey.
 

A Burgundy from the Etna region? Really enjoyable!

Tenuta delle Terre Nere / Calderara Rosso 2012 (88 tsomw points)

98% Nerello mascalese
2% Nerello Cappuccio

In the glass a bright red color.
On the nose cranberries, red berries, sour cherries and hints of herbs and spices.
On the palate smooth and elegant, dry, fine tannins, medium acidity with strawberries, slight smokey.

Order at www.finebarrel.com

Jul
12
Ried Hasel Gruner Veltliner 2016

Ried Hasel Gruner Veltliner 2016
84 tsomw points

Birgit Eichinger, Kamptal Austria

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white

Another nice white wine from Austria. Birgit Eichinger – Ried Hasel Gruner Veltliner 2016 (84 tsomw points) In the glass a bright yellow / golden color. On the nose aromas of blossom, spices, pear and stonefruit. On the palate nice acidity, medium-bodied, good freshness with citrus and white pepper. @birgiteichinger

Another nice white wine from Austria.
Birgit Eichinger – Ried Hasel Gruner Veltliner 2016 (84 tsomw points)

In the glass a bright yellow / golden color.
On the nose aromas of blossom, spices, pear and stonefruit.
On the palate nice acidity, medium-bodied, good freshness with citrus and white pepper. 

Website winemaker: www.weingut-eichinger.at

Jul
11
Rosa dei Frati 2016

Rosa dei Frati 2016
85 tsomw points

Cà dei Frati , Lombardy Italy

Category: Rosé
Tags: Groppello, Marzemino, Sangiovese, Barbera

Interesting Rosé from Italy. Cà dei Frati - Rosa dei Frati 2016 (85 tsomw points) In the glass a delicate salmon color. On the nose intense aromas of flowers, green apple and hints of spicyness and herbs In the mouth very fresh solid, juicy wine with a delicate fruit and a pleasant, nicely integrated acidity. 

Interesting Rosé from Italy.

Cà dei Frati - Rosa dei Frati 2016 (85 tsomw points)
In the glass a delicate salmon color.
On the nose intense aromas of flowers, green apple and hints of spicyness and herbs
In the mouth very fresh solid, juicy wine with a delicate fruit and a pleasant, nicely integrated acidity. 

Winemakers notes:

Rosa dei Frati
Riviera del Garda Bresciano Doc

The southern banks of the Benaco have long preserved the tradition of an outstanding, fresh and graceful wine like the Rosa dei Frati. A high level Rosé with a great capacity to surprise with its simple authority. Fresh, delicate yet sharp at the same time, it is capable of being the centrepiece of the table. To the nose, there are clear hints of hawthorn flowers, green apple, white almond and wild cherry. In the mouth, it is tasty, fresh, savoury and able to stimulate the palate thanks to its sharp acidity and hints of small red fruit. The ease of drinking encourages a carefree attitude by the second glass. Recommended with cured meats, fried vegetables, mushrooms, tomato and mozzarella salad, delicate pasta and spring risottos, light white meat and strongly flavoured fish.

Technical data

Vines used: Groppello, Marzemino, Sangiovese and Barbera
From the vineyards: I Frati – Sirmione
La Tür – Desenzano del Garda
Soil composition: limestone, clay, limy and sandy
Cultivation system: Simple and double Guyot
Planting density: 2.30 x 0.70
Yield per hectare: 90 hundredweight
Vinification type: in steel
with slight maceration contact
Malolactic fermentation: partial, around 80%
Refinement and development: in steel on the fine lees for 6 months, followed by 2 months in the bottle.
Alcohol content: 12.5%

Website winemaker: www.cadeifrati.it

Jul
10
Herrenberg Riesling 2014

Herrenberg Riesling 2014
88 tsomw points

Weingut Am Nil, Pfalz Germany

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Riesling

t's always the right moment to open a great Riesling from the Pfalz! Weingut Am Nil - Herrenberg Riesling 2014 (88 tsomw points) In the glass a bright straw yellow color. On the nose aromas of apricot and peach with mineral notes. On the palate fresh and fruity with well integrated acid. Little tickle on the tongue. In the finish peach with fresh quince and fine melt and spicyness.

t's always the right moment to open a great Riesling from the Pfalz!

Weingut Am Nil - Herrenberg Riesling 2014 (88 tsomw points)
In the glass a bright straw yellow color.
On the nose aromas of apricot and peach with mineral notes.
On the palate fresh and fruity with well integrated acid. Little tickle on the tongue. In the finish peach with fresh quince and fine melt and spicyness.

Winemakers notes:

Region: Ungsteiner Herrenberg
Classification: QbA T
aste/Palate: Dry
Harvest date: 22.09.2015
Yield: 33 hl / ha
Vinyard direction: Southeast
Soil: Lime stone & „Rotliegendes“
Angle of slope: 20 %
Maturation: Cooled in stainless steel
Alcohol level: 13,5 %vol
Residual Sugar: 5,7 g/l
Acidity: 7,7 g/l
Serving temperature: 10-12 ° C
Drink until: 2025

Website winemaker: www.weingutamnil.de

Jul
9
collection Montgolfiere Brut N.V.

collection Montgolfiere Brut N.V.
86 tsomw points

Champagne Salmon, Ardenne France

Category: Sparkling
Tags: Meunier, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay

Salmon – Champagne Selection Brut N.V. (86 tsomw points) A blend of 50% Meunier, 25% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay. The three generations of Salmon winemakers are all hot-air balloonists and the label is a tribute to their other passion along with the vines. In the glass a bright straw yellow color with a refined mousse. On the nose apricot, exotic fruits, yellow apple with hints of white bread. On the palate a fruity richness, dry, with yellow apples, citrus, peach, nuts and nice minerality.

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Salmon – Champagne Selection Brut N.V. (86 tsomw points)

A blend of 50% Meunier, 25% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay.
The three generations of Salmon winemakers are all hot-air balloonists and the label is a tribute to their other passion along with the vines. 
In the glass a bright straw yellow color with a refined mousse.
On the nose apricot, exotic fruits, yellow apple with hints of white bread.
On the palate a fruity richness, dry, with yellow apples, citrus, peach, nuts and nice minerality.

Winemakers notes:

This champagne displays a deep color, of a rather fluid and luminous appearance. The color is a pale golden yellow with strong straw yellow reflections. It is enlivened by fine and vivacious bubbles which make up a tenacious collar. The visual sensation indicates an opulent and nuanced wine.
The first nose evokes fruity scents of apple, pear, peach, blackcurrant, with spiced notes of black pepper and cumin delicately enhanced by perfumes of wallflower and mimosa. Once aired, the champagne reveals notes of damson, fleshy rose, pomelo, candied apricot, with hints of ginger and green tea.

The approach on the palate is supple and fresh, with a smooth and creamy effervescence. The champagne develops a fruity, pulpy and fleshy matter, carried by a fresh and citrus acidity with a hint of pomelo. The middle of the mouth is orchestrated by a minerality consisting of clayey-limestone, which confers a tactile and mature fruit depth, much elegance and a fruity resonance. The overall effect is balanced and fresh, reaching for a homogenous finish of candied fruits, nicely enhanced by spicy nuances, and zests of candied citrus fruits.
The cuvée Sélection Montgolfières is a champagne which allies freshness and gourmet fruitiness for a festive tasting, well paired with fleshy dishes.

Website winemaker: www.champagnesalmon.com

Jul
8
Amarone della Valpolicella Riserva 1999

Amarone della Valpolicella Riserva 1999
90 tsomw points

Accordini Ignio, Valpolicella Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Amarone

Accordini Ignio - Amarone della Valpolicella Riserva 1999 (90 tsomw points) At Vinitaly the new label was presented of this matured Amarone.  A special wine with an unique label. Only the best vintages can be given the title of Riserva. Open 2 hours before sipping and it will be singing! In the glass it shows a dark ruby / purple color. On the nose aromas of black cherries, black currant, tobacco and hints of leather and oak. On the palate dry, solid, full of red fruit, well-integrated tannins, spices and tobacco and perfectly balanced. 
 

My number 3000 review on Vivino so we opened this amazing Amarone.

Accordini Ignio - Amarone della Valpolicella Riserva 1999 (90 tsomw points)

At Vinitaly the new label was presented of this matured Amarone.  A special wine with an unique label. Only the best vintages can be given the title of Riserva. Open 2 hours before sipping and it will be singing!

In the glass it shows a dark ruby / purple color.
On the nose aromas of black cherries, black currant, tobacco and hints of leather and oak.
On the palate dry, solid, full of red fruit, well-integrated tannins, spices and tobacco and perfectly balanced. 

Website winemaker: www.accordini.it

Jul
7
Franciacorta Brut

Franciacorta Brut
87 tsomw points

Solo Uva, Franciacorta Italy

Category: Sparkling
Tags: Chardonnay

What's better than sitting in the yard with a nice sparkling from Italy? Solo Uva – Franciacorta Brut (87 tsomw points) In the glass a bright golden yellow color with a nice subtile mousse.
On the nose white flowes, nectarines, yellow fruit with nice mineral hints. On the palate this sparkling is well balanced with great acidity and a great finish.

What's better than sitting in the yard with a nice sparkling from Italy?

Solo Uva – Franciacorta Brut (87 tsomw points)
In the glass a bright golden yellow color with a nice subtile mousse.
On the nose white flowes, nectarines, yellow fruit with nice mineral hints.
On the palate this sparkling is well balanced with great acidity and a great finish.

Winemakers notes: 

Name/Typology: Franciacorta Brut SoloUva Vintage: n.v.
Blend: Chardonnay 100%
Production: 15.000 bottles
Ageing on the lees: at least 24 months
Ageing in the bottle: 3-6 months
Alcool: 12,5% by vol
Residual sugar (no exogenous liqueur d’expedition): 4 g/l Vineyard

District: Adro (Bs) Surface: 1,5 ha
Year of planting: 1985
Grapes: Chardonnay
Training system:guyot
Soil: morainic, clayey silt

SoloUva Method (made using only grape sugar) The method is based on a simple concept: the grape is a fruit and so it has to be picked when cropripe. The harvest takes place when the grapes reach phenolic maturity. This is the first difference compared to a classical method for which the grapes are harvested when “technologically mature” (when the bunches are picked as a function of sugar content and the acidity level, not phenolic maturity). After the harvest the bunches are gently pressed to obtain the must (juice). In all phases of SoloUva Method (in primary fermentation, in the secondary one that take places in the bottle and when the liqueur d’expedition is added), the only sugar used is self-produced sugar (in the form of frozen grape juice). So we obtain a wine, a Franciacorta, that is the real expression of territory, because it is the expression of the natural fruit of this land, without using exogenous sugars such as sucrose or MCR (reconstituted grape must).

Website winemaker: www.solouva.com

Jul
6
Iselis Bianco 2015

Iselis Bianco 2015
87 tsomw points

Argiolas, Sardinia Italy

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Nasco di Cagliari, Vermentino

Argiolas - Iselis Bianco 2015 (87 tsomw points) This week I started with cycle racing and so I am very tasty after 50 km. I picked this elegant and refreshing white from Sardegna.  Nasco di Cagliari with a small percentage Vermentino. In the glass a straw yellow color. On the nose intense aromas of flowers, apricot, peach and melon. On the palate velvet and round with apricot, quince, peach and melon with a touch of vanilla. Nice acidity and long aftertaste.

Argiolas - Iselis Bianco 2015 (87 tsomw points)

This week I started with cycle racing and so I am very tasty after 50 km. I picked this elegant and refreshing white from Sardegna. 
Nasco di Cagliari with a small percentage Vermentino.
In the glass a straw yellow color.
On the nose intense aromas of flowers, apricot, peach and melon.
On the palate velvet and round with apricot, quince, peach and melon with a touch of vanilla. Nice acidity and long aftertaste.

Website winemaker: www.argiolas.it

 

Jul
5
Ceppi Vecchi 2014

Ceppi Vecchi 2014
86 tsomw points

Nizza, Piedmont Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Barbera

100% Barbera -This red one from Piedmont. Nizza Ceppi Vecchi 2014 (86 tsomw points)In the glass this wine shows a dark garnet red color. On the nose aromas of blackberries, ripe cherries, liquorice and hints of vanilla and menthol. On the plate balanced, solid and concentrated red fruit, medium-full bodied. Medium acidity. Would pair great with roast meat.
 

100% Barbera -This red one from Piedmont.

Nizza Ceppi Vecchi 2014 (86 tsomw points)
In the glass this wine shows a dark garnet red color.
On the nose aromas of blackberries, ripe cherries, liquorice and hints of vanilla and menthol.
On the plate balanced, solid and concentrated red fruit, medium-full bodied. Medium acidity. Would pair great with roast meat.

Webshop: www.finebarrel.com
Website winemaker: www.nizza.it

Winemakers notes:

This is the gift o?ered by the old vineyards on the best hills in Nizza’s delimited area. Its colour is a wonderful garnet red with mauve re?exes, its aroma is reminiscent of ripe fruit, liquorice and vanilla and it possesses a balanced and never aggressive ?avour. A great wine for roast meat and game. Recommended serving between 18°-20°C.

Appellation:Nizza Docg.
Grape variety:Barbera 100%
Production area:Nizza Monferrato, Castelboglione, Calamandrana
Vineyard position and altitude:South, south-west 200/300  meters a.s.l
Soil:Calcareous clayey marl
Wine training system:Cordon training on Guyot support
Vineyard age:Over 20 years
Grape harvest:Hand-picked, after late ripening, in the second half of September
Planting density:70 quintals per hectare
Vinification and ageing:After careful selection of the vineyards and the grapes, fermentation is carried out for about 10-15 days at a controlled temperature of 28°C in stainless steel vats. Malolactic fermentation takes place in the tank, and is followed by maturation for 12 months in French-oak barrels and there then follows a final ageing in the bottle for at least six months.
Tasting notes:This is the gift bestowed by the old vineyards to be found on the best hills in Nizza’s delimited area. Its colour is a wonderful garnet red with mauve reflections, its aroma is reminiscent of ripe fruit, liquorice and vanilla. On the palate there comes to the fore its important, aristocratic structure, though nicely balanced and never aggressive.
Alcohol content:14 % vol.
Pairings:A great wine for roast meat and game. To be served at 18-20°C.
Aging potential:5/7 years
Bottle size available (lt):0.75 L; 1.5 L

Jul
4
Rieslaner Auslese, Lerchenspiel 2015

Rieslaner Auslese, Lerchenspiel 2015
87 tsomw points

Weingut Am Kaiserbaum, Pfalz Germany

Category: Desert wine
Tags: Rieslaner

A delicious dessert wine from the Pfalz we paired with selfmade chocolate cookies. Weingut Am Kaiserbaum - Rieslaner Auslese, Lerchenspiel 2015 (87 tsomw points) In the glass a bright yellow color. On the nose orange marmelade, necatrines and hints of honey. On the palate soft in the mouth, filming with excellent acidity. 

A delicious dessert wine from the Pfalz we paired with selfmade chocolate cookies.

Weingut Am Kaiserbaum - Rieslaner Auslese, Lerchenspiel 2015 (87 tsomw points)
In the glass a bright yellow color.
On the nose orange marmelade, necatrines and hints of honey.
On the palate soft in the mouth, filming with excellent acidity.

Website winemaker: www.weingut-am-kaiserbaum.de

 

Jul
3
Roero Arneis Docg 2016

Roero Arneis Docg 2016
86 tsomw points

MauroSebaste, Piedmont Italy

Category: Fruity white, Full white
Tags: Arneis

This lovely white one comes from the Piedmont region just like its big red brother “Barolo” / MauroSebaste – Roero Arneis Docg 2016 (86 tsomw points) In the glass this 100% Roero Arneis shows a light straw yellow color with greenish rim. On the nose delicate aromas of lemonpeel, tropical fruit, fresh flowers and hints of honey. On the palate medium bodied with lemon, apple with great freshness and a nice mineral finish and a hint of almond.
 

This lovely white one comes from the Piedmont region just like its big red brother “Barolo”

MauroSebaste – Roero Arneis Docg 2016 (86 tsomw points)
In the glass this 100% Roero Arneis shows a light straw yellow color with greenish rim.
On the nose delicate aromas of lemonpeel, tropical fruit, fresh flowers and hints of honey.
On the palate medium bodied with lemon, apple with great freshness and a nice mineral finish and a hint of almond.

Winemakers notes:

Grape variety: 100% Arneis.
Origins: The vineyards are located in different villages: Vezza d’Alba, Corneliano, Monteu Roero.
Type of soil: Silt and sand.
Harvesting time: End of August

Vinification
After a soft pressing of the grapes, and the separation of the skins, the must is transferred into steel tanks and vinified with the new cold processing techniques. The temperature is controlled by means of a central computerized system, which guarantees uniform development of the wine by intervening on the bio-metabolism of the yeast. Any chemical additive is used.

Ageing
The wine remain into steel tanks for 2-3 months.

Bottling
It normally takes place at the beginning of the year following the harvest.

Food Pairings
White wine for ideal aperitif or for accompany dainty and agreeable dishes.

Website winemaker: www.maurosebaste.it

Jul
2
Chardonnay DOC “Lafóa” 2015

Chardonnay DOC “Lafóa” 2015
87 tsomw points

Schreckbichl Colterenzio, Alto Adige Italy

Category: Fruity white, Full white
Tags: Chardonnay

A great Chardonnay from Alto Adige region. Schreckbichl Colterenzio -  Alto Adige Chardonnay DOC “Lafóa” 2015 (87 tsomw points) In the glass a straw yellow color. On the nose expressive aromas of pineapple, mango, stone fruit and melon with hints of walnut and light creamy. On the palate harmonious and balanced, lots of power in the mouth with ripe fruit, vanilla with well integrated wood and creamy finish.

A great Chardonnay from Alto Adige region.

Schreckbichl Colterenzio -  Alto Adige Chardonnay DOC “Lafóa” 2015 (87 tsomw points)
In the glass a straw yellow color.
On the nose expressive aromas of pineapple, mango, stone fruit and melon with hints of walnut and light creamy.
On the palate harmonious and balanced, lots of power in the mouth with ripe fruit, vanilla with well integrated wood and creamy finish.

Winemakers notes:

Food Combination

This full-bodied wine is perfect on its own, but an incredible complement to rich fish dishes such as poached skate with mint cream sauce, Dover sole, Cicatelli pasta with fresh crab, stirfried scallops with ginger and the perfect partner to chicken and veal.  Serve lightly chilled: 12-14° C.

Location

Selected vineyards at an altitude of approx. 400-550 m a.s.l. A very dry site, medium-structure morainal soils with a sand and gravel composition; the microclimate is cool, with striking contrasts between day and night time temperatures.

Winemaking

Grapes are pressed without being destemmed; fermentation takes place in a combination of new and used oak barriques, where partially malolactic fermentation also takes place. The wine refines on its fine lees for 10 months, and regular battonage is carried out. Further 6 months of bottle-aging before release.

LAFÓA

Lafóa: from a pilot vineyard to excellent wines
Lafóa is a byword for the beginning of the Alto Adige quality initiative and the pioneering work of the Cantina Colterenzio in the 1980s. At the time, the wine pioneer Luis Raifer not only planted new grape varieties on his vineyard named Lafóa, but at the same time introduced new quality standards: less yield for better grapes and better wines. It was exactly on this pilot vineyard that the “Lafóa idea” was born: the introduction of new quality standards that until this very day meet with the winegrowers and staff of Cantina Colterenzio. Lafóa stands for full-bodied white and red wines that are nonetheless very elegant and have great aging potential.        

Website winemaker: www.colterenzio.it

Jul
1
Chardonnay - Pinot 2015

Chardonnay - Pinot 2015
85 tsomw points

Jaromir jGala

Category: Fruity white, Full white
Tags: Chardonnay, Pinot gris

Did you ever taste a whine from Czech Republic?...ok. You have to taste this one! A blend of Chardonnay (70%) & Pinot Gris (30%) Jaromir jGala - Chardonnay - Pinot 2015 (85 tsomw points) In the glass a yellow-green color with silver reflections. On the nose orange peel, pear, green apple and stonefruit with light wood tones. On the palate dry, medium bodied. Solid with lots of freshness and same aromas. Great tight minerality and nice acidity. Long finish.

Did you ever taste a whine from Czech Republic?...ok. You have to taste this one! 
A blend of Chardonnay (70%) & Pinot Gris (30%) Jaromir jGala - Chardonnay - Pinot 2015 (85 tsomw points)

In the glass a yellow-green color with silver reflections.
On the nose orange peel, pear, green apple and stonefruit with light wood tones. 
On the palate dry, medium bodied. Solid with lots of freshness and same aromas. Great tight minerality and nice acidity. Long finish.

Winemakers Notes:

Vesnice Bavory-Perná (classical range)
variety: Chardonnay (70 %), Pinot gris (30 %)
vineyards: Hermesdorfen (Perná)|
residual sugar: 2.2 g/l (dry)
acid: 6.7 g/l
alcohol: 13.5 % obj.

tasting notes: Golden-yellow colour with hints of green. The purity of aroma is characterized by white flowers and yellow melon. This full-bodied and intensely-flavoured wine has pronounced minerality and crisp acidity as well as fully-integrated and elegant tones of vanilla, butter and nuts and a long finish.

Website winemaker: www.galavinarstvi.cz

Jun
30
Rosé N.V.

Rosé N.V.
86 tsomw points

Champagne Duménil, Ardenne France

Category: Sparkling
Tags: Chardonnay, Pinot noir, Pinot Meunier

While visiting Champagne bar Trésor in Reims we cracked this Champagne Duménil Rosé (86 tsomw points) A blend of Chardonnay 1/3 Pinot noir 1/3 Pinot Meunier 1/3 50% reserve wine. In the glass beautiful salmon-orange color with nice mousse. On the nise aromas strawberries and cherries. On the palate full of red fruits in an elegant way. At the end notes of almond and cocoa with a a freshness moment.
 

While visiting Champagne bar Trésor in Reims we cracked this Champagne Duménil Rosé (86 tsomw points)

A blend of Chardonnay 1/3 Pinot noir 1/3 Pinot Meunier 1/3 50% reserve wine.
In the glass beautiful salmon-orange color with nice mousse. 
On the nise aromas strawberries and cherries.
On the palate full of red fruits in an elegant way. At the end notes of almond and cocoa with a a freshness moment.
 

Jun
29
Montecucco Riserva 2010

Montecucco Riserva 2010
88 tsomw points

Colle Massari, Tuscany Italy

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

This Rosso really evolved in my cellar. Perfect on taste right now. Colle Massari - Montecucco Riserva 2010 (88 tsomw points) In the glass a deep red color with garnet rim. On the nose intense and persistent aromas with notes of black fruit predominantly; Then  balsamic aromas arise, among which hints of drop and tobacco. On the palate soft and harmonious; The last spatial and comprehensive, supported by a pleasant acidity. 2 bottles left 

This Rosso really evolved in my cellar. Perfect on taste right now. 
Colle Massari - Montecucco Riserva 2010 (88 tsomw points)

In the glass a deep red color with garnet rim.
On the nose intense and persistent aromas with notes of black fruit predominantly; Then  balsamic aromas arise, among which hints of drop and tobacco.
On the palate soft and harmonious; The last spatial and comprehensive, supported by a pleasant acidity. 2 bottles left!

Winemakers notes:

Wine produced from vineyards at 300 m asl and of varying expositions, where the soil is characterized by tufaceous clays and calcareous marl, alluvial pebble and conglomerate, ferrous and calcareous clays. Some of the grapes come from old vineyards. Vinification in stainless steel vats for 25 to 30 days with maceration at 27°C to 30°C. Malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Ages for 18 months in vats, barrique and tonneaux, 50 % new and 50 % in second and third passage. Bottle refinement 12 months minimum.

Tasting Notes

The not very hot summer and the temperature range of the beginning of September led to a long period of veraison, which began later than usual. From mid-August interventions of peeling and thinning of the bunches have accelerated the ripening of the grapes, bringing in the historical canons of the second week of September for the harvests dedicated to the ColleMassari Riserva. Pleasant impact on the nose, above all fresh and vinous notes of cherry and berries accompanied by sweet spices. The taste is soft and inviting; the tannins are enveloping and play in balance with the freshness of acidity.

Foods Parings

Goes well with roast and braised red meats, game and aged cheese.

Technical Notes

Appellation: Montecucco Rosso Riserva DOC
Composition: 80% sangiovese, 10% ciliegiolo, 10% cabernet sauvignon
Alcohol: 14% vol.
Colour: Intense ruby red
Production: 130.000 bottles.

Website: www.collemassari.it

Jun
28
Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay 2016
85 tsomw points

Villa Canestrari, Veneto Italy

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Chardonnay

Today we are tasting a nice white one from the Veneto region. Villa Canestrari - Chardonnay 2016 (85 tsomw points) In the glass a bright yellow color. On the nose aromas of blossom, almond, something vegetable and tropical fruit. On the palate light creamy but with a nice freshness, mild dry with tropical fruit and a long finish. Did find it on @finebarrel

Today we are tasting a nice white one from the Veneto region.

Villa Canestrari - Chardonnay 2016 (85 tsomw points)
In the glass a bright yellow color.
On the nose aromas of blossom, almond, something vegetable and tropical fruit.
On the palate light creamy but with a nice freshness, mild dry with tropical fruit and a long finish. Did find it on @finebarrel

Website: www.finebarrel.com

Jun
27
Costera 2014

Costera 2014
86 tsomw points

Argiolas, Sardinia Italy

Category: Fruity red, Solid red
Tags: Cannonau

100% Cannonau from Sardinia. Argiolas - Costera 2014 (86 tsomw points) In the glass a ruby red color with garnet rim. On the nose red fruit like cherries, plums with hints of graphite, black pepper and vanilla. On the palate it is warm, round, soft tannins with 14% alcohol, good texture and nice balance.
 

100% Cannonau from Sardinia.
Argiolas - Costera 2014 (86 tsomw points)

In the glass a ruby red color with garnet rim. 
On the nose red fruit like cherries, plums with hints of graphite, black pepper and vanilla.

On the palate it is warm, round, soft tannins with 14% alcohol, good texture and nice balance.

Winemaker notes:

SOIL
Limestone, clayey elements, medium mixture tending to loose, small and medium-sized pebbles.

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

VINIFICATION TECHNIQUE
Fermentation - maceration at controlled temperature of 28-30 °C for about 10- 12 days. Malolactic fermentation in concrete glass-lined tanks and development in small oak casks for 8-10 months. Brief refining in the bottle.

TASTING NOTES
Colour: Intense ruby red with garnet tinges. 
Nose: Intensely vinous, typical of Cannonau.
Palate: warm, well-rounded, well structured and excellently balanced.

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

SERVING
Medium sized goblet, temperature 16-18 °C.

FOOD MATCHES
First courses with tasty condiments, roast suckling pig and lamb, Sardinian pecorino cheese, medium or long matured.

Website winemaker: www.argiolas.it

Jun
26
Riesling Kupfergrube GG 2014

Riesling Kupfergrube GG 2014
89 tsomw points

Gut Hermannsberg, Nahe Germany

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Riesling

This wine Gut Hermannsberg - Riesling Kupfergrube GG 2014 / 89 tsomw points. Now the wine is still young with lots of fruit. The longer the storage will make the wine more complex and more structured. Pure with stony, salty minerality, herbs and spices, a lot of flint, lemon and grapefruit, is spicy, simple and enjoys enormous complexity. A highly concentrated Riesling, with elegance, strength and minerality. A wine with a long finish and a huge aging potential.

Nahe is a region for quality wine in Germany, along the River Nahe in the state of Rhineland. 
This wine Gut Hermannsberg - Riesling Kupfergrube GG 2014 / 89 tsomw points

The copper mine is not only the top location of the estate, but also the purest with volcanic rock, slate and copper parts. Overall, almost two years yeast the wine in large wooden barrels.

Now the wine is still young with lots of fruit. The longer the storage will make the wine more complex and more structured.

Pure with stony, salty minerality, herbs and spices, a lot of flint, lemon and grapefruit, is spicy, simple and enjoys enormous complexity. 
A highly concentrated Riesling, with elegance, strength and minerality. A wine with a long finish and a huge aging potential.

Website winemaker: www.gut-hermannsberg.de

Jun
25
Cosmas - Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Cosmas - Sauvignon Blanc 2015
87 tsomw points

Weingut Kornell, Alto Adige Italy

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Sauvignon Blanc

Now presenting a great Sauvignon Blanc from the Alto Adige region. Weingut Kornell - Cosmas - Sauvignon Blanc 2015 (87 tsomw points) In the glass a straw yellow color with greenish rim. On the nose gooseberries, lime, granny smith and some nettle. Dry structure, mineral tones. Pleasant and juicy with stimulating bitter nuances in the finish, which is long and refreshing.

Now presenting a great Sauvignon Blanc from the Alto Adige region. 

Weingut Kornell - Cosmas - Sauvignon Blanc 2015 (87 tsomw points)
In the glass a straw yellow color with greenish rim.
On the nose gooseberries, lime, granny smith and some nettle.
Dry structure, mineral tones. Pleasant and juicy with stimulating bitter nuances in the finish, which is long and refreshing.

Website: www.kornell.it

 

Jun
24
Fleur de Rosé - Rose Millesime 2006

Fleur de Rosé - Rose Millesime 2006
86 tsomw points

Beaumont des Crayères, Ardenne France

Category: Sparkling
Tags: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Meunier

When you visit the Champagne region don't forget to taste this one. Beaumont des Crayères - Fleur de Rosé - Rose Millesime 2006. (86 tsomw points) A blend of 60% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay, 10% Meunier. In the glass this Champagne shows a salmon color with a very fine bubble. On the nose redcurrant, cherry, pleasantly enhanced with brioche notes. On the palate fresh and aromatic with raspberry, citrus, grapefruit and vanilla brioche. Racy finishing on grilled notes.

When you visit the Champagne region don't forget to taste this one. Beaumont des Crayères - Fleur de Rosé - Rose Millesime 2006. (86 tsomw points)

A blend of 60% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay, 10% Meunier.
In the glass this Champagne shows a salmon color with a very fine bubble.
On the nose redcurrant, cherry, pleasantly enhanced with brioche notes.
On the palate fresh and aromatic with raspberry, citrus, grapefruit and vanilla brioche. Racy finishing on grilled notes.

Website: www.champagne-beaumont.com

Jun
23
Gruner Veltliner 2016

Gruner Veltliner 2016
84 tsomw points

Höpler, Burgenland Austria

Category: Crisp white
Tags: Gruner Veltliner

Today on the table this Grüner Veltliner from Austria. Really enjoyed this white one from the Burgenland. Höpler - Gruner Veltliner 2016. (84 tsomw points) In the glass a tansculent pale gold color. On the nose ripe peach, apricot, citrus, stonefruit, white flowers and green apple flavors. It’s nicely balanced with mineral notes, lemon, grapefruit and a hint of almonds, stone and a long creamy finish.

oday on the table this Grüner Veltliner from Austria. Really enjoyed this white one from the Burgenland.

Höpler - Gruner Veltliner 2016. (84 tsomw points)
In the glass a tansculent pale gold color.
On the nose ripe peach, apricot, citrus, stonefruit, white flowers and green apple flavors. 
It’s nicely balanced with mineral notes, lemon, grapefruit and a hint of almonds, stone and a long creamy finish.

Website: www.hoepler.at

 

Jun
22
Gigondas Les Garancières 2011

Gigondas Les Garancières 2011
88 tsomw points

Domaine Santa Duc, Côtes du Rhône France

Category: Solid red
Tags: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre

Having dinner at Epenay in France. Let's choose a nice and reliable red one. Domaine Santa Duc Gigondas Les Garancières 2011 (88 tsomw points) Grape varietals : Grenache 80%, Syrah 10%, Mourvèdre 10%. In the glass a medium dark garnet color. On the nose it needs some time to open with aromas of compote, leather, forest fruit, dried flowers with hints of vanilla. On the palate a subtle taste, berries, then secondary, with spice and slate. Balanced, clean, intensely drinkable. It paired great with the entrecote.

Having dinner at Epenay in France. Let's choose a nice and reliable red one.

Domaine Santa Duc Gigondas Les Garancières 2011 (88 tsomw points)
Grape varietals : Grenache 80%, Syrah 10%, Mourvèdre 10%. In the glass a medium dark garnet color.
On the nose it needs some time to open with aromas of compote, leather, forest fruit, dried flowers with hints of vanilla.
On the palate a subtle taste, berries, then secondary, with spice and slate. Balanced, clean, intensely drinkable. It paired great with the entrecote.

Website: www.santaduc.fr

Jun
21
Bremmer Calmont Riesling GG 2015

Bremmer Calmont Riesling GG 2015
89 tsomw points

Franzen, Mosel Germany

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Riesling

One of the most famous vineyards of the Mosel is the Bremmer Calmont. However, it impresses not only with its 65 degrees slope, but also with the old vines and their many facets. This Riesling is absolutely great – Franzen: Bremmer Calmont Riesling GG 2015 (89 tsomw points) In the glass a bright golden, yellow color. On the nose ripe apricots, citrus fruit with hints of herbs and wet stone. On the palate, exotic fruit, apricots with hints of orange zest are encountered, which are enhanced by a dense structure and minerality.

One of the most famous vineyards of the Mosel is the Bremmer Calmont. However, it impresses not only with its 65 degrees slope, but also with the old vines and their many facets.

This Riesling is absolutely great – Franzen: Bremmer Calmont Riesling GG 2015 (89 tsomw points)
In the glass a bright golden, yellow color
On the nose ripe apricots, citrus fruit with hints of herbs and wet stone.
On the palate, exotic fruit, apricots with hints of orange zest are encountered, which are enhanced by a dense structure and minerality.

Winemakers notes:

The Great Growth from the Bremmer Calmont is very dense and complex. The up to 80 years old vines stand on the lower terraces of the mountain. Their loose berry grapes allow for the late harvest. The big plants get with us the time they need to be perfect for us.

Here you do not have to be careful. It is always said, the stronger the main course - the darker the wine, but not if it is a large growth from the Bremmer Calmont. For a white wine, its golden yellow color is quite dark, but combine it like a red wine. Maybe to the pork tenderloin of chanterelle sauce or the Christmas goose.

Website: www.weingut-franzen.de

Jun
20
Grand Cru Champagne les Échansons 2006

Grand Cru Champagne les Échansons 2006
90 tsomw points

Mailly Champagne, Ardenne France

Category: Sparkling
Tags: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay.

This champagne was one of the best experiences of my visit to the Champagne region. A blend of 75% Pinot Noir and 25% Chardonnay. Mailly - Grand Cru Champagne les Échansons 2006 ( 90 tsomw points ) In the glass a golden Champagne with twinkling amber highlights. On the nose the wine is deep and is very sophisticated. Perfectly mature fruits like pear and mirable with hints of lemon mixed with delicate hints of almonds, honey and caramel. On the palate great balance between the flavor of butter, a fresh freshness and the presence of herbs makes for a deliciously soft taste.

This champagne was one of the best experiences of my visit to the Champagne region. 
A blend of 75% Pinot Noir and 25% Chardonnay.

Mailly - Grand Cru Champagne les Échansons 2006 ( 90 tsomw points )
In the glass a golden Champagne with twinkling amber highlights.
On the nose the wine is deep and is very sophisticated. Perfectly mature fruits like pear and mirable with hints of lemon mixed with delicate hints of almonds, honey and caramel.
On the palate great balance between the flavor of butter, a fresh freshness and the presence of herbs makes for a deliciously soft taste.

Website: www.champagne-mailly.com

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
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

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

 

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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