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May
20
Indigena Rosé R-Evolution 2016

Indigena Rosé R-Evolution 2016
86 tsomw points

Parés Baltà, Catalonia Spain

Category: Rosé
Tags: Grenache

Pares Balta – Indigena Rosé R-Evolution 2016 (86 tsomw points) In the glass a bright rosé color with copper reflections. On the nose intense aromas of raspberries and cherries and bloom. On the palate dry, nicely balanced  and fruity with flavours of peach, raspberries with hints of herbs and hay. In the mouth not too much acidity, very juicy and soft with long reverberation in the finish.
 

On my trip to Catalunya two weeks ago we enjoyed this nice #summerwine with 100% #grenache at Playa D’aro.
Pares Balta – Indigena Rosé R-Evolution 2016 (86 tsomw points)

The family business Parés Baltà owned by the Cusiné family since 1790 is located in the Penedès, just to the west of Barcelona. With vineyards of 170 to 750 meters above sea level (so in all three sub-zones) different types of soil and microclimates are reached.

The wine is made from Grenache vines grown at an altitude of 615 metres above sea level in chalk and marl soils crafted by the Parés Baltà winery, which belongs to the Penedès DO.
First the grapes were cold-soaked and gently crushed. Then, the organically farmed grapes were fermented in stainless steel tanks for two weeks.

Tasting notes:

In the glass a bright rosé color with copper reflections.
On the nose intense aromas of raspberries and cherries and bloom.
On the palate dry, nicely balanced  and fruity with flavours of peach, raspberries with hints of herbs and hay. In the mouth not too much acidity, very juicy and soft with long reverberation in the finish.

Website winery: www.paresbalta.com

May
18
Montegradella Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2014

Montegradella Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2014
88 tsomw points

Santa Sofia, Valpolicella Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Corniva and Corvinone, Rondinella

Santa Sofia - Montegradella Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2014 (88 tsomw points) My tasting notes: In the glass a dark ruby red color with garnet reflections. On the nose intense aromas of prunes, cherries and smoke with hints of earth, violets, leather, vanilla and balsamico notes. On the palate dry, well balanced and full-bodied with soft tannins showing flavours of cherries, blueberries and barrique notes mixed with spices and cinnamon. Nice long and persistence aftertaste. A great pairing for braised or stewed dishes, cheese lasagna and creamy pasta. Also an excellent accompaniment to mature cheeses.

Santa Sofia - Montegradella Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2014 (88 tsomw points)

This Valpolicella Classico Superiore comes from the cellars of the Santa Sofia winery, produced in hilly areas of Fumane and Marno, all located in the famous Valpolicella DOCG.

This wine is made using grapes Corniva and Corvinone 70% and Rondinella 30%, harvested between the first and third week of September. After de-stamping, the grapes wither about 40 days. This is followed by pressing with soft crushers, for the extraction of virgin must. 
Fermentation is obtained in tanks with temperature control in stainless steel. The maturation is reached after 24 months, with 30% of the product in French oak barrels and 70% inSlavonic oak. Aging is bottled, with at least 12 months of rest.

My tasting notes:

In the glass a dark ruby red color with garnet reflections.
On the nose intense aromas of prunes, cherries and smoke with hints of earth, violets, leather, vanilla and balsamico notes.
On the palate dry, well balanced and full-bodied with soft tannins showing flavours of cherries, blueberries and barrique notes mixed with spices and cinnamon.
Nice long and persistence aftertaste.

A great pairing for braised or stewed dishes, cheese lasagna and creamy pasta. Also an excellent accompaniment to mature cheeses.

Website winery: www.santasofia.com

May
17
Riesling Schwarzer Herrgott Grosse lage 2016

Riesling Schwarzer Herrgott Grosse lage 2016
89 tsomw points

Weingut Schwedhelm, Pfalz Germany

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Riesling

Weingut Schwedhelm - Riesling Schwarzer Herrgott Grosse lage 2016 (89 tsomw points) Weingut Schwedhelm is located in Zellertal in the north Pfalz just south-west of Worms close to Rheinhessen. Here the bottom consists of limestone which gives refreshment to wines and a slightly salty undertone. The Schwarzer Herrgott is the top vineyard of Schwedhelm, the flagship! High level and suitable for years away. Tasting notes: Still too young but I was very curious about this wine. Some time in the Decanter will do good. In the glass a golden yellow color. On the nose delicate aromas of peach, mango and apricot with hints of herbs and spices. On the palate dry, good structure and light oily with round mouthfeel and nice acidity showing flavours of apricot, peach and exotic fruits with nice minerality and a long persistence finish. Already a very interesting wine! 

Weingut Schwedhelm - Riesling Schwarzer Herrgott Grosse lage 2016 (89 tsomw points)

Brothers Stephan - 35 years, winemaker and certified oenologist - and Georg - 28 years,
took over the family winery in 2006 and manage together 17 hectares of vineyards.

Weingut Schwedhelm is located in Zellertal in the north Pfalz just south-west of Worms close to Rheinhessen. Here the bottom consists of limestone which gives refreshment to wines and a slightly salty undertone. The Schwarzer Herrgott is the top vineyard of Schwedhelm, the flagship! High level and suitable for years away.

Tasting notes:

Still too young but I was very curious about this wine. Some time in the Decanter will do good.
In the glass a golden yellow color.
On the nose delicate aromas of peach, mango and apricot with hints of herbs and spices.
On the palate dry, good structure and light oily with round mouthfeel and nice acidity showing flavours of apricot, peach and exotic fruits with nice minerality and a long persistence finish. Already a very interesting wine! 

Website winery: www.schwedhelm-zellertal.de

May
15
Cabernet Franc 2014

Cabernet Franc 2014
88 tsomw points

Le Nez, Languedoc France

Category: Solid red
Tags: Cabernet Franc

Le Nez – Cabernet Franc 2014 (88 tsomw points) 20% of this wine is aged in new French oak barrels, 20% in vat and 60% in 1 and 2 year old barrels. The wines are racked and bottled according to the biodynamic calendar. Tasting notes: In the glass a deep ruby red color with garnet rim. On the nose delicate aromas of blackberries and other ripe red fruit with hints of herbs, black olives and something vegetal. On the palate dry, medium/full-bodied and well balanced with flavours of ripe cherries, cranberries and well integrated oak. The acidity is refreshing with a nice finish. Beautiful when combined with grilled meats, venison, wild boar and cheese.
 

Today a lovely biowine from Languedoc region made by the famous winemaker José Galante, head winemaker of Bodegas Salentein.
Le Nez – Cabernet Franc 2014 (88 tsomw points)
20% of this wine is aged in new French oak barrels, 20% in vat and 60% in 1 and 2 year old barrels. The wines are racked and bottled according to the biodynamic calendar.

Tasting notes:

In the glass a deep ruby red color with garnet rim.
On the nose delicate aromas of blackberries and other ripe red fruit with hints of herbs, black olives and something vegetal.
On the palate dry, medium/full-bodied and well balanced with flavours of ripe cherries, cranberries and well integrated oak. The acidity is refreshing with a nice finish.

Beautiful when combined with grilled meats, venison, wild boar and cheese.

Gold medal at Mundus Vini in 2017.
Silver medal at the International Wine Challenge in 2017.
Silver medal at the Decanter World Wine Challenge.

Website winery: www.lenez-wines.com
Webshop Vivino: Vivino NL

May
14
Rioja Reserva 2014

Rioja Reserva 2014
87 tsomw points

Coto de Imaz, Rioja Spain

Category: Solid red
Tags: Tempranillo

Coto de Imaz Rioja Reserva 2014 (87 tsomw points) 100% Tempranillo - 18 months in American oak barrels and maturing in the bottle for at least 18 months. In the glass a ruby red color with garnet reflections. On the nose intense aromas of dark red fruit, spices and chocolate. On the palate dry, mouth-filling with lots of dark cherries and blackberries with well integrated wood and vanilla. The wine has a nice tannic structure and a long pleasant aftertaste. Good choice to be served with game, red meat and beef

Coto de Imaz - Rioja Reserva 2014 (87 tsomw points) - 100% Tempranillo - 18 months in American oak barrels and maturing in the bottle for at least 18 months.
A Rioja with a very pleasant price, quality, rate. Coto de Imaz Reserva is a classic wine from La Rioja. Their vineyards are located in Rioja Alta, in the town el Cenicero, where clay-limestone soil predominates.

The climate is continental with Mediterranean influences, extreme temperatures and few hours of sunshine. This type of soil and climate favours the subsequent aging of wine as it provides a very good acidity and grape extract.

Tasting notes:
In the glass a ruby red color with garnet reflections. 
On the nose intense aromas of dark red fruit, spices and chocolate.
On the palate dry, mouth-filling with lots of dark cherries and blackberries with well integrated wood and vanilla. The wine has a nice tannic structure and a long pleasant aftertaste.

Good choice to be served with game, red meat and beef.

Website winery: www.elcoto.com

May
13
Vigna di Pallino 2014  Chianti Riserva

Vigna di Pallino 2014 Chianti Riserva
88 tsomw points

Tenuta Sette Ponti, Tuscany Italy

Category: Fruity red, Solid red
Tags: Sangiovese

Tenuta Sette Ponti - Vigna di Pallino 2014  Chianti Riserva. (88 tsomw points) The name Sette Ponti comes from the seven bridges over the river Arno along the road from Arezzo to Florence. On the nose fruiy aromas of cherries and dark berries with hints of spices and balsamico. On the palate dry, medium-bodied and well balanced with soft and round mouthfeel showing flavours of ripe red fruits with a nice freshness and a long and persistence aftertaste. 

Tenuta Sette Ponti - Vigna di Pallino 2014  Chianti Riserva. (88 tsomw points)
The name Sette Ponti comes from the seven bridges over the river Arno along the road from Arezzo to Florence.

The company is not only known for its wines but also for its cattle. There are famous racehorses and Chiana cattle, which produce the famous 'steak a la Fiorentina'.

Tasting notes:
In the glass this Chianti shows an intense ruby red dress with garnet reflections.
On the nose fruiy aromas of cherries and dark berries with hints of spices and balsamico.
On the palate dry, medium-bodied and well balanced with soft and round mouthfeel showing flavours of ripe red fruits with a nice freshness and a long and persistence aftertaste. 

Website winery: www.tenutasetteponti.it

 

May
12
Lampe de Méduse Cru Classe Rosé 2016

Lampe de Méduse Cru Classe Rosé 2016
87 tsomw points

Château Sainte Roseline, Provence France

Category: Rosé
Tags: Grenache, Mourvedre, Cinsault, Syrah, Tibouren

Today a lovely rosé wine from Côtes De Provence region. Château Sainte Roseline - Lampe de Méduse Cru Classe Rosé 2016 (87 tsomw points) Blend of Grenache, Mourvedre, Cinsault, Syrah and Tibouren. This rosé has a bright dress and slightly salmon. On the nose intense aromas of citrus, grapefruit and strawberries with hints of herbs, white flowers and little spicyness. On the palate dry, well balanced, medium-bodied with round mouthfeel showing red berries and refreshing citrus notes. Pleasant aftertaste.

Rosé wine,baguette, bbcue. Summer proof! Today a lovely rosé wine from Côtes De Provence region.
Château Sainte Roseline - Lampe de Méduse Cru Classe Rosé 2016 (87 tsomw points)
Blend of Grenache, Mourvedre, Cinsault, Syrah and Tibouren.

The grapes are harvested by night, to maintain colour and to avoid oxidation, from late August to late September.

Château Sainte Roseline is a prestigious vineyard created by Pope Jean XXI, and is one of the richest historical sites in Provence. History has graced the château with an exceptional double distinction. It is both a registered historical site and one of the cru classé vineyards of the Côtes de Provence.

Tasting notes:

This rosé has a bright dress and slightly salmon.
On the nose intense aromas of citrus, grapefruit and strawberries with hints of herbs, white flowers and little spicyness.
On the palate dry, well balanced, medium-bodied with round mouthfeel showing red berries and refreshing citrus notes. Pleasant aftertaste.

Website winery: www.sainte-roseline.com

May
10
Ribera del Duero 2015

Ribera del Duero 2015
92 tsomw points

Aalto, Ribera del Duero Spain

Category: Solid red
Tags: Tinto Fino (Tempranillo)

Aalto - Ribera del Duero 2015 (92 tsomw points) 100 % Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) The average fermentation time is 16 months in 50% new barrels of French and American oak. In the glass a dark purple red color. The wine needs to open up for about 2 hours because of his youth. On the nose delicate aromas of blackberries, cassis and cherries with hints of barrique, spices and vanilla. On the palate dry, full-bodied showing strong tannins and complex aromas of dark red fruit, vanilla, chocolate, coffee and tobacco. The finish is never ending with great power. It has all ingredients to age for lots of years and to get even better 

Aalto - Ribera del Duero 2015 (92 tsomw points)
100 % Tinto Fino (Tempranillo)
The average fermentation time is 16 months in 50% new barrels of French and American oak.

Flashbacks to last week when I visited Catalunya. During my one week vacation I bought some nice wines and this one was one of my favourites.

AALTO was born in February 1999 when Mariano García - who had been Vega Sicilia's winemaking director for 30 years - and Javier Zaccagnini - for 6 years head of Ribera del Duero's Consejo Regulador - decided to join their expertise in a very special project: to make a wine that in a period of 15-20 years should reach the quality of the best wines in the world.

AALTO is the result of a extremely careful selection of grapes combined with expert winemaking. It is a high quality wine which they make every year, except when the climate hinders perfect grape ripening.

Tasting notes:
In the glass a dark purple red color.
The wine needs to open up for about 2 hours because of his youth. 
On the nose delicate aromas of blackberries, cassis and cherries with hints of barrique, spices and vanilla.
On the palate dry, full-bodied showing strong tannins and complex aromas of dark red fruit, vanilla, chocolate, coffee and tobacco.
The finish is never ending with great power. It has all ingredients to age for lots of years and to get even better.

Website winery: www.aalto.es

May
8
Français Classique Blanc 2015

Français Classique Blanc 2015
89 tsomw points

Le Nez, Languedoc France

Category: Fruity white, Full white
Tags: Grenache Blanc/Gris, Maccabeu, Marsanne, Roussanne, Chenin Blanc

Le Nez Français Classique Blanc (89 tsomw points) In the glass the blend shows a beautiful bright golden yellow color. On the nose delicate aromas of apricot, tropical fruits with well integrated wood, spices, honey and vanilla. On the palate dry, rich and full-bodied showing different layers and nice complexity. The wine has a light creamy acidity but with enough freshness showing tropical fruits, honey and vanilla. The finish is long and elegant. A wine with a top price, quality, rate.

Le Nez Français Classique Blanc (89 tsomw points)

27 degrees in the South of the Netherlands. Exceptional good fort he time of the year so we enjoy the long evening eating outside with friends and family. Today I choose a great wine that fits perfect with the baked fish with lemon cream sauce.

The wine is a blend of Grenache Blanc/Gris, Maccabeu, Marsanne, Roussanne and Chenin Blanc.

The grapes come from a large diversity of terroirs in Roussillon and Malepère (Languedoc region). The wine matured in concrete eggs and a variety of 228l and 500l barrels on the lees. Before blending, only the best barrels are selected and then aged for 1 month on a big vat before bottling the wine.

The history of le Nez starts with the makers José Galante and Vincent Chansault. José Galante was born and raised in Mendoza and led the Catena Zapata Group for more than thirty years. With over 40 years of experience, José Galante is the father of modern wine production in Argentina. In 2010, José went to work as head of winemaker at Bodegas Salentein.

Now he creates the beautiful wines of Le Nez, combining the passion of new world wines with the expertise of the old world. Together with the leading French winemaker Vincent Chansault they make an assortment of three different types of wine that stand out and challenge the traditional wine expectations and deliver exceptional quality. 

Winereview:

In the glass the blend shows a beautiful bright golden yellow color.
On the nose delicate aromas of apricot, tropical fruits with well integrated wood, spices, honey and vanilla.
On the palate dry, rich and full-bodied showing different layers and nice complexity. The wine has a light creamy acidity but with enough freshness showing tropical fruits, honey and vanilla. The finish is long and elegant.

A wine with a top price, quality, rate.

Website winery: www.lenez-wines.com
Shop: Webshop Vivino

May
6
Luca Barbaresco Riserva 2011

Luca Barbaresco Riserva 2011
90 tsomw points

Carlo Giacosa, Barbaresco Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Nebbiolo

Carlo Giacosa – Luca Barbaresco Riserva 2011 (90 tsomw points) This red gem has  been aged 30 months in small French oak barrels. Afterwards 12 months on bottle. In the glass a deep dark and garnet color. On the nose intense aromas of dark berries, rose petal, liquorice with hints of spices, vanilla and cinnamon. On the palate full-bodied, dry and well balanced with complex flavours of dark cherries, earth, dried flowers, tobacco and coffee. Great acidity and fine grained tannins. Showing potential for more years aging. 

Carlo Giacosa – Luca Barbaresco Riserva 2011 (90 tsomw points) 
The wine has been named after the son of Maria Grazia (Luca). She works alongside Carlo, her dad, and Luca, her son.

100% Nebbiolo from three vineyards located in the Asili, Cole and Ovello crus in Barbaresco on a total of 1.55 hectares in the beautiful Piedmont region of Italy. 
In the winery, traditional methods are supported by modern technology, allowing for fermentation in steel at a controlled temperature, appropriate maturing in small barrels or large casks, and the reduction of sulphites to around a third of the legal limit.

This red gem has  been aged 30 months in small French oak barrels. Afterwards 12 months on bottle.
In the glass a deep dark and garnet color.
On the nose intense aromas of dark berries, rose petal, liquorice with hints of spices, vanilla and cinnamon.
On the palate full-bodied, dry and well balanced with complex flavours of dark cherries, earth, dried flowers, tobacco and coffee.
Great acidity and fine grained tannins. Showing potential for more years aging. 

Website winery: www.carlogiacosa.com

May
5
Cuvèe Zero Metodo Classico Extra Brut

Cuvèe Zero Metodo Classico Extra Brut
88 tsomw points

Cascina Chicco, Piedmont Italy

Category: Sparkling
Tags: Nebbiolo

Cascina Chicco - Cuvèe Zero Metodo Classico Extra Brut (88 tsomw points) In the glass a bright straw yelllow color with a greenish rim showing a small bubble with fine perlage. On the nose delicate aromas of yellow fruit, citrus with very light breadcrust and hazelnuts. On the palate very refreshing with a light creamy palate showing flavours of ripe yellow apple, citrus and pear. High minerality and nice acidity with medium aftertaste. Great aperitif wine or companion with fish, vegetables, and white meat courses. 

After returning from a week Catalunya (soon some reviews) I plopped this nice sparkling from Piedmont region. I think this was the first time for me to taste a 100% Nebbiolo Sparkling. 
Cascina Chicco has been making wines in the Roero for three generations, since founder Ernesto Faccenda planted vineyards of nebbiolo and barbera in the 1950s.

In the 1980s, Enrico’s son Federico modernized the winery, and today, he and his sons Enrico and Marco work together to produce wines of high quality.

They expanded production by selecting land that best expresses the unique characteristics of native grape varieties, and now their vineyards extend from Roero to Barolo territory. 
The grapes of this sparkling are gently pressed in cold temperatures after the harvest, after which is the first fermentation that serves to exalt the vine variety's characteristics. After 6-8 months aging in steel, they bottle the wines for the second fermentation. At this stage, the perlage develops while under a constant temperature of 14°C, zero dosage.

Cascina Chicco - Cuvèe Zero Metodo Classico Extra Brut (88 tsomw points)

In the glass a bright straw yelllow color with a greenish rim showing a small bubble with fine perlage.
On the nose delicate aromas of yellow fruit, citrus with very light breadcrust and hazelnuts.
On the palate very refreshing with a light creamy palate showing flavours of ripe yellow apple, citrus and pear. High minerality and nice acidity with medium aftertaste.
Great aperitif wine or companion with fish, vegetables, and white meat courses. 

Website winery: www.cascinachicco.com

May
1
Shiraz Australia 2015

Shiraz Australia 2015
86 tsomw points

The Black Chook, McLaren Vale Australia

Category: Fruity red, Solid red
Tags: Shiraz

Shiraz from MCLaren Vale with 96% Shiraz with a little amount of Viognier just like the Côte-Rotie style. The Black Chook - Shiraz Australia 2015 (86 tsomw points) In the glass a dark red color. On the nose aromas of blackberries, raspberries, liquiorice and spices with hints of vanilla and mint. On the palate medium bodied with rich mouthfeel showing dark berries, prunes and some flavours of vanilla spices and barrique. The acidity is nice with soft tannins and a little short finish.

At the Gulf St.Vincent, 40 kilometers away from Adelaide founded in 1836, the South Australian wine region McLaren Vale has earned its medals as a gifted supplier of premium shiraz fruit.  When you see the bottle you see alot of medals (a bit 2 much for me :) Shiraz from MCLaren Vale with 96% Shiraz with a little amount of Viognier just like the Côte-Rotie style.
The Black Chook - Shiraz Australia 2015 (86 tsomw points)

In the glass a dark red color.
On the nose aromas of blackberries, raspberries, liquiorice and spices with hints of vanilla and mint.
On the palate medium bodied with rich mouthfeel showing dark berries, prunes and some flavours of vanilla spices and barrique. The acidity is nice with soft tannins and a little short finish.

Website winery: www.theblackchook.com.au

Winemaker notes:

Utilising premium fruit from eminent wine regions in South Australia, The Black Chook struts affordable wines to be enjoyed and adored, shared and celebrated! Careful vineyard selection teamed with exceptional winemaking and an emphasis on consistent varietal expression hatches wines with approachability generosity and character that really are something to cluck about.

THE REGION
The Black Chook Shiraz Viognier is sourced from the premium grape growing regions of McLaren Vale and Padthaway in South Australia. McLaren Vale has an unrivalled reputation in Australia and indeed the world, for growing Shiraz which is full flavoured, ripe and balanced.

Situated approximately 40km to the south of Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, McLaren Vale has a Mediterranean type climate, experiencing winter dominant rainfall and warm, dry summers that are tempered by the proximity of the Gulf St. Vincent and low humidity.

The Padthaway wine region, since first vineyards were established in 1964, has a well established reputation for producing premium quality grapes across a wide range of varieties, including Shiraz. Chosen for its rich, diverse soils, underground water supply and Mediterranean climate, this region, located approximately 300km south east of Adelaide, produces elegant Shiraz with balance and finesse.

Both regions have very consistent climates which produce some of the best Shiraz in the country and work together harmoniously in the final blend.

THE WINE
The nose is vibrant and lifted with red cherry and plum fruit and hints of licquorice and vanilla spice. Generously loaded with dark fruits, the palate is balanced by fine, supple tannins and sweet spice. A soft, round shiraz with a satisfying fruit length. Winemaker: Ben Riggs WINEMAKING The shiraz grapes are co-fermented with a small amount of viognier skins which adds a vibrant perfumed aroma and at the same time intensifies the deep rich colour and supple tannins.

Apr
29
Langenlois Grüner Veltliner 2017

Langenlois Grüner Veltliner 2017
86 tsomw points

Weingut Leindl, Kamptal Austria

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Grüner Veltliner

Weingut Leindl - Langenlois Grüner Veltliner 2017 (86 tsomw points) In the glass a bright citrus color with greenish reflections. On the nose pleasant aromas of apple, pear and some hints of fresh grass on a mineral background. On the palate well balanced and fruity showing apple, lime and flint minerality with very light residual sweetness. Very nice companion for hot summer nights and asian meals.
 

This small and new winery is located in the heart of Kamptal in Zöbing. With his foundation Georg Leindl fulfilled a lifelong dream. During his 20 years as an oenologist in research, teaching and consulting, he followed his dream to vinify his own wines, which he put into practice in 2013. The vineyards of the winery are located in Kamptal, accordingly, the wines are characterized by the terroir of the locations. The soils give the wines their minerality and freshness, the microclimate with its alternation between hot days and cool nights brings the typical fruit into the wines. Weingut Leindl Langenlois Grüner Veltliner 2017 (86 tsomw points)

In the glass a bright citrus color with greenish reflections.
On the nose pleasant aromas of apple, pear and some hints of fresh grass on a mineral background.
On the palate well balanced and fruity showing apple, lime and flint minerality with very light residual sweetness. Very nice companion for hot summer nights and asian meals.

Website winery: www.weingutleindl.at

Winemaker notes:

Description: The classic out of our Grüner Veltliners from the famous wine-growing region of Langenlois. He combines fruit and freshness with a pleasant body. Fits ideal to a wide range of dishes.

Serving: Light meat and fish.

The Vintage 2017

First of all, the wine year 2017 gave us some sleepless nights, as we were struggling with the danger of late frosts. Due to the relatively early budding the late frost was favored, fortunately we were spared the frost. The summer months brought with it a heat and a dry spell like never before. Especially the young vines suffered from the drought, which made some irrigation passages necessary to ensure the survival of the young vines. Even the old deep-rooted vines suffered from the drought and it was not clear for sure how the drought affected the quality of the grapes. In August, however, came the long-awaited rain of the wine year 2017 rescued. In the fall we harvested healthy and fully ripe grapes, which laid the foundation for a great vintage.

Apr
27
Haut-Médoc 2015

Haut-Médoc 2015
86 tsomw points

Château du Taillan, Bordeaux France

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

Twenty minutes far from Bordeaux downtown, Château du Taillan a family estate on the Medoc's wines road and one of the last urban vineyard, located at Le Taillan Médoc, since the Middle Ages.Château du Taillan 2015 Haut-Médoc (86 tsomw points) In the glass a dark ruby red color with garnet rim. On the nose aromas of blackberries and blueberries with hints of vanilla spice, smoke, graphite and black currants. On the palate medium-bodied with some solid tannins showing blackberries and strawberries with medium acidity and nice long finish. Beautiful complexity, still very youthful but with great potential.

Twenty minutes far from Bordeaux downtown, Château du Taillan a family estate on the Medoc's wines road and one of the last urban vineyard, located at Le Taillan Médoc, since the Middle Ages. Château du Taillan 2015 Haut-Médoc (86 tsomw points)

In the glass a dark ruby red color with garnet rim.
On the nose aromas of blackberries and blueberries with hints of vanilla spice, smoke, graphite and black currants.
On the palate medium-bodied with some solid tannins showing blackberries and strawberries with medium acidity and nice long finish. Beautiful complexity, still very youthful but with great potential.

Website winery: www.chateaudutaillan.com

Apr
25
SingularV Malcorta Verdejo

SingularV Malcorta Verdejo
89 tsomw points

Javier Sanz, Rueda Spain

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Verdejo Marcorta

Javier Sanz – SingularV Malcorta Verdejo (89 tsomw points) On the nose delicate aromas of citrus, apricot, white flowers and some hints of almond, apple and fennel. On the palate dry, medium-bodied with nice acidity, freshness and fruitness. Flavours of peach, pear ans apple on a mineral background. It ends with a long salty and refreshing finish.

Javier Sanz Viticultor is a winery in the heart of the Valladolid province in the town of La Seca (Rueda D.O., Castile and León, Spain) and specialises in the creation of quality, signature wines. The winery is good for 104 hectares of vineyards  and produce about 700.000 bottles per year.
Javier Sanz – SingularV Malcorta Verdejo (89 tsomw points)

The variety Verdejo Marcorta was almost extinguished but, after years of research, Javier Sanz Viticultor has managed to bring it back to use in order to craft this unique wine. It is an extremely unusual clone of Verdejo which was no longer used due to the difficulty of its harvesting (which explains the name “Mal-corta” : Bad/difficult to cut).

In the glass a bright golden yellow color.
On the nose delicate aromas of citrus, apricot, white flowers and some hints of almond, apple and fennel.
On the palate dry, medium-bodied with nice acidity, freshness and fruitness. Flavours of peach, pear ans apple on a mineral background.
It ends with a long salty and refreshing finish.

Website winery: www.bodegajaviersanz.com

Winemaker notes:

It is quite a late-ripening variety actually the last one to be harvested. It also grows in small and tight bunches, which makes it ripen with a higher acidity, producing refreshingly balanced and concentrated wines. It is harvested at a perfect ripening point. Very careful winemaking, including cold maceration, juice settling for 24 hours, gravity-led racking and a slow, cold fermentation (below 15ºC) in stainless steel tanks, seeking to retain fruit aromas.

Serve cold, between 8º C and 10ºC. We recommend to match it with grilled and smoked fish. Fish casseroles and cold soups.

Apr
23
Rue 333 Riserva Taurasi 2008

Rue 333 Riserva Taurasi 2008
87 tsomw points

Nativ, Campania Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Aglianico

100% Aglianico from Campania matured for 24 months in French oak barriques of 225 liters. After that matured for 12 months in the bottle before the wine was released. Nativ - Rue 333 Riserva Taurasi 2008 (87 tsomw points) In the glass a dark ruby red color. The long legs are slow in the glass. On the nose intense aromas of ripe dark fruit like black cherries, prunes, blackberries and currants with hints of vanilla, mocha and flowers. On the palate medium/full-bodied with leathery texture and medium acidity with nice tannins and flavours of coffee, tobacco and liquorice. Ending with a long final showing notes of balsamico and barrique.?

100% Aglianico from Campania matured for 24 months in French oak barriques of 225 liters. After that matured for 12 months in the bottle before the wine was released.
Nativ - Rue 333 Riserva Taurasi 2008 (87 tsomw points)

In the glass a dark ruby red color.
The long legs are slow in the glass.
On the nose intense aromas of ripe dark fruit like black cherries, prunes, blackberries and currants with hints of vanilla, mocha and flowers.
On the palate medium/full-bodied with leathery texture and medium acidity with nice tannins and flavours of coffee, tobacco and liquorice. Ending with a long final showing notes of balsamico and barrique.

Website winery: www.winenativ.it

Apr
21
Menasasso Lugana Riserva

Menasasso Lugana Riserva
87 tsomw points

Selva Capuzza, Veneto Italy

Category: Fruity white, Full white
Tags: Trebbiano

Last week I visited Podere Selva Capuzza close to the Garda Lake. A wonderful location with agriturismo, restaurant and the winery. The have a nice selection of white, red, rosé, dessert and sparkling wines. Selva Capuzza - Menasasso Lugana Riserva (87 tsomw points) The Trebbiano grapes are partially fermented in barrique and partly in steel. In the glass a bright straw yellow color. On the nose aromas of spring flowers, citrus fruit, peach with a mineral background and hints of herbs. On the palate good balance and structure with flavours of yellow apple, peach, tangerine showing notes of almond, honey and herbs and a nice long finish.

Last week I visited Podere Selva Capuzza close to the Garda Lake. A wonderful location with agriturismo, restaurant and the winery. The have a nice selection of white, red, rosé, dessert and sparkling wines. Selva Capuzza - Menasasso Lugana Riserva (87 tsomw points)

The Trebbiano grapes are partially fermented in barrique and partly in steel. 
In the glass a bright straw yellow color.
On the nose aromas of spring flowers, citrus fruit, peach with a mineral background and hints of herbs.
On the palate good balance and structure with flavours of yellow apple, peach, tangerine showing notes of almond, honey and herbs and a nice long finish.

Website winery: www.selvacapuzza.com

Winemaker notes:

Produced from a selected plot within the Selva Cru, the Menasasso grapes, that make up this rich and refined white wine, are harvested few days after the regular vintage to explore the full potential of the this wonderful vineyard. A small part of the must is fermented in small oak barrels exclusively with the aim to impart extra complexity to the finished wine without imparting undesired wood flavors.

Apr
20
Palazzo della Torre 2015

Palazzo della Torre 2015
89 tsomw points

Allegrini, Valpolicella Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Corvina Veronese, Rondinella, Sangiovese

The ruby-red Palazzo della Torre immediately seduces with its nose full of forest fruit, laurel, cloves with hints of smoke, vanilla and a touch of minerality. The spicy taste is also juicy with impressions of dried black fruit and ends in a pleasant bitterness. The mineral, spicy aftertaste continues to last for a very long time. Needs some time to open up and will even be better after some time in the cellar.

Last week I visited Allegrini’s Villa Della Torre and some of their beautifull vineyards. A great experience and journey into the world of one of the most famous wine producers in Italy and all over the world.  Allegrini - Palazzo della Torre is one of the wines that made the Allegrini family famous.

Palazzo della Torre is a blend, a historic combination of Rondinella and Corvino with a small addition of Sangiovese. Some of the grapes from Allegrini Palazzo della Torre are dried and combined with grapes that are processed immediately after the harvest. The result is a velvety, well balanced wine with beautiful ripe notes and fruit aromas.

Allegrini – Palazzo della Torre 2015 (89 tsomw points)
Blend of 70% Corvina Veronese, 25% Rondinella and 5% Sangiovese

The ruby-red Palazzo della Torre immediately seduces with its nose full of forest fruit, laurel, cloves with hints of smoke, vanilla and a touch of minerality. 
The spicy taste is also juicy with impressions of dried black fruit and ends in a pleasant bitterness. The mineral, spicy aftertaste continues to last for a very long time. Needs some time to open up and will even be better after some time in the cellar.

Website winery: www.website.allegrini.it
Website importer NL: www.goessens.com

Winemaker notes:

The wine is made using an innovative take on the 'ripasso' technique. Most of the grapes are vinified at harvest time, while the rest are set aside to partially dry. In January, the wine blended with the juice from the raisined grapes undergoes a second fermentation.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS
This wine is a deep ruby red and easily pairs with various Italian dishes, above all risottos, especially those flavoured with saffron, porcini mushrooms and pork; classic dishes such as pasta with Amatriciana and Carbonara sauces, baked lasagna, gnocchi with gorgonzola cheese and walnuts; grilled meats and roasts.

 

Apr
19
Beaujolais Blanc 2016

Beaujolais Blanc 2016
85 tsomw points

Les Vignerons de Bel Air, Beaujolais France

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Chardonnay

100% Chardonnay – Un-oaked on the drinking table paired with tunna lasagna. Les Vignerons de Bel Air - Beaujolais Blanc 2016 (85 tsomw points) In the glass a bright golden yellow color. On the nose aromas of mango, citrus fruit, melon with hints of flowers. On the palate easy drinking wine with nice freshness and mouthfeel showing flavours of peach, melon and pineapple. Sharp aftertaste.

100% Chardonnay – Un-oaked on the drinking table paired with tunna lasagna.
Les Vignerons de Bel Air - Beaujolais Blanc 2016 (85 tsomw points)

In the glass a bright golden yellow color.
On the nose aromas of mango, citrus fruit, melon with hints of flowers.
On the palate easy drinking wine with nice freshness and mouthfeel showing flavours of peach, melon and pineapple. Sharp aftertaste.

Website winery: www.vignerons-belair.com
Website importer NL: www.viguursinwijn.nl

Apr
18
Syrah 2013

Syrah 2013
89 tsomw points

Almenkerk Wine Estate, Elgin South Africa

Category: Solid red
Tags: Syrah

The Almenkerk Wine Cellar is constructed against the mountainside with wonderful views over the Elgin Valley (Cool climate) and the Kogelberg Mountains south of the Stellenbosch wineregion. Aged for 24 months in exclusively French oak barrels. Almenkerk Wine Estate - Syrah 2013. In the glass a dark garnet red color. On the nose dark cherries, blackberries with hints of licorice. earthy and white pepper. On the palate full bodied with good structure and concentration. Flavours of dark plums, cherries and berries with fine grained tannins and a long lingering finish. A wine which will reward you cellaring for some years.
 

The Almenkerk Wine Cellar is constructed against the mountainside with wonderful views over the Elgin Valley (Cool climate) and the Kogelberg Mountains south of the Stellenbosch wineregion. Aged for 24 months in exclusively French oak barrels. Almenkerk Wine Estate - Syrah 2013

In the glass a dark garnet red color.
On the nose dark cherries, blackberries with hints of licorice. earthy and white pepper.
On the palate full bodied with good structure and concentration. Flavours of dark plums, cherries and berries with fine grained tannins and a long lingering finish. A wine which will reward you cellaring for some years.

Website winery: www.almenkerk.co.za

Apr
16
The Dry Land collection Chenin Blanc 2015

The Dry Land collection Chenin Blanc 2015
86 tsomw points

Perdeberg winery, Paarl South Africa

Category: Fruity white, Full white
Tags: Chenin Blanc

Lovely Chenin Blanc from South Africa with excellent price, quality rate. Fermented and aged on French barrels. Perdeberg winery – The Dry Land collection Chenin Blanc 2015. In the glass a bright golden yellow color. On the nose delicate aromas of tropical fruits, peach, banana with hints of waxy vanilla and butter. On the palate medium/full-bodied, dry, nicely layered with balance wood, yellow apple, pineapple, lychee and a fresh bitter finish.

Lovely Chenin Blanc from South Africa with excellent price, quality rate. Fermented and aged on French barrels.
Perdeberg winery – The Dry Land collection Chenin Blanc 2015

In the glass a bright golden yellow color.
On the nose delicate aromas of tropical fruits, peach, banana with hints of waxy vanilla and butter.
On the palate medium/full-bodied, dry, nicely layered with balance wood, yellow apple, pineapple, lychee and a fresh bitter finish.

Website winery: www.perdeberg.co.za
Website NL: www.tasteclub.nl

Apr
15
Massifitti Trebbiano di Soave 2015

Massifitti Trebbiano di Soave 2015
87 tsomw points

Suavia, Soave Italy

Tags: Trebbiano di Soave

Trebbiano di Soave from Italy. Suavia - Massifitti Trebbiano di Soave 2015 (87 tsomw points) I'm not a Trebbiano lover. But it may happen to find one that make me change my mind... In the glass a bright golden yellow color. On the nose intense aromas of flowers, pear, green apple and peach and something mineral. On the palate creamy but juicy with medium acidity showing apricot, apple juice and white pear and a spicy mineral aftertaste.

Trebbiano di Soave from Italy.
Suavia - Massifitti Trebbiano di Soave 2015 (87 tsomw points)

I'm not a Trebbiano lover. But it may happen to find one that make me change my mind... In the glass a bright golden yellow color.
On the nose intense aromas of flowers, pear, green apple and peach and something mineral.
On the palate creamy but juicy with medium acidity showing apricot, apple juice and white pear and a spicy mineral aftertaste.

Website winery: www.suavia.it

Apr
14
Fidenzio Montefalco Sagrantino 2011

Fidenzio Montefalco Sagrantino 2011
89 tsomw points

Cantina Tudernum, Umbria Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Sagrantino

Today on my way to Vinitaly. To get in the mood we cracked this very nice Montefalco. Highly structured wine produced with 100% Sagrantino grapes from vineyards around the hills of Montefalco, in the heart of Umbria. Cantina Tudernum - Fidenzio Montefalco Sagrantino 2011 (89 tsomw points) In the glass a garnet ruby red colour with brown rim. On the nose intense aromas of spices, leather with ripe red fruit, barrique and vanilla. On the palate full-bodied with great mouthfeel with fine grained tannins showing blackberries, dark cherries  vanilla, licorice and tobacco.

 

Today on my way to Vinitaly. To get in the mood we cracked this very nice Montefalco. Highly structured wine produced with 100% Sagrantino grapes from vineyards around the hills of Montefalco, in the heart of Umbria. Cantina Tudernum - Fidenzio Montefalco Sagrantino 2011 (89 tsomw points)

In the glass a garnet ruby red colour with brown rim.
On the nose intense aromas of spices, leather with ripe red fruit, barrique and vanilla.
On the palate full-bodied with great mouthfeel with fine grained tannins showing blackberries, dark cherries  vanilla, licorice and tobacco.

Website winery: www.tudernum.it
Distributor NL: www.viguursinwijn.nl

Winemaker notes:

For the production of this wine, proud of Terra Umbra, we use Sagrantino grapes (100%) obtained from selected vineyards owned by the Tudernum winery.
The peelings are macerated for 18/22 days, after which the time of contention arrives in which the wine is separated from the marc (discharged skin).
To give more harmony and roundness to the wine, it is kept in French oak barrels where it will remain refined for at least one year. The overall refinement therefore takes at least 33 months, with due regard for the bottled.
The result is a very intense wine both in the nose and in the mouth. Because of its organoleptic properties, it is advisable to combine it with highly structured and spicy dishes such as game meat or spiced and seasoned cheeses. Serve at 18 °

Apr
13
Ried Vordernberg Neuburger

Ried Vordernberg Neuburger
88 tsomw points

Weingut Josef & Philipp Bründlmayer, Kremstal Austria

Category: Crisp white
Tags: Neuburger

Today a very nice and refreshing wine from Kremstal – Austria. Weingut Josef & Philipp Bründlmayer - Ried Vordernberg Neuburger (88 tsomw points) In the glass this white one shows a bright yellow color with silver reflections. On the nose delicate aromas of apple, pear and orange zest with hints of green herbs, flowers and mandarin. On the palate dry, nicely balanced and acidity showing flavours of tropical fruit, citrus and mineral reverberation.

 

Today a very nice and refreshing wine from Kremstal – Austria.
Weingut Josef & Philipp Bründlmayer - Ried Vordernberg Neuburger (88 tsomw points)

In the glass this white one shows a bright yellow color with silver reflections.
On the nose delicate aromas of apple, pear and orange zest with hints of green herbs, flowers and mandarin.
On the palate dry, nicely balanced and acidity showing flavours of tropical fruit, citrus and mineral reverberation.

Website winery: www.josef-bruendlmayer.at

Apr
12
Cruasé

Cruasé
86 tsomw points

Oltrenero, Lombardy Italy

Category: Sparkling
Tags: Pinot Nero

Today a 100% Pinot Nero sparkling from Lombardy to kick of the weekend. Methodo Classico. Oltrenero – Cruasé (86 tsomw points) In the glass bright rosé color showing a fine bubble. On the nose aromas of raspberries, citrus, melon with hints of strawberries. On the palate nice freshness with recall of the nose showing small red fruits and light bitter finish.

Today a 100% Pinot Nero sparkling from Lombardy to kick of the weekend. Methodo Classico. 
Oltrenero – Cruasé (86 tsomw points)

In the glass bright rosé color showing a fine bubble.
On the nose aromas of raspberries, citrus, melon with hints of strawberries.
On the palate nice freshness with recall of the nose showing small red fruits and light bitter finish.
What are you plopping this evening? Cheers my winefriends. Have a fabulous weekend.

Website winery: www.ilbosco.com

Winemaker notes:

The name Oltrenero is composed of two Italian words "Oltrepo'", which means "beyond the Po", the longest river in Italy, and Pinot Nero, used in the wine.

VINTAGE
NV

APPELLATION
Oltrepò Pavese DOCG

AREA
Oltrepò Pavese, Lombardy

GRAPES
Pinot Nero

VINIFICATION
The grapes are handpicked and macerate for six to eight hours, achieving a slight extraction of color from the skins. Fermentation takes place for 12 days at 64°F and the wine sits on its lees until the following July. Upon completion, liqueur de tirage is added for the conversion to sparkling wine, which continues for 24 months until dégorgement and the addition of liqueur d'expédition to obtain residual sugars of 5 g/l.

FOOD PAIRINGS
Perfect as an aperitivo, smoked salmon, aged Parmesan cheese, crab cakes, or seafood risotto.

Apr
11
Cerasuolo D'Abruzzo 2016

Cerasuolo D'Abruzzo 2016
87 tsomw points

Il Feuduccio, Abruzzo Italy

Category: Rosé
Tags: Montepulciano

Not the typical easy summer sipper. This rosé is more aromatic and with more complexity. Il Feuduccio - Cerasuolo D'Abruzzo 2016 (87 mywine points) Grapes: 100% Montepulciano. In the glass a bright cherry red color. On the nose medium aromas of nectarine, raspberries and strawberries with hints of toasted spices and dried flowers. On the palate crisp acidity, medium mouthfeel with recalls of the nose with extra flavours of plum compote, cherries, herbal tea and earthy hints. 

Not the typical easy summer sipper. This rosé is more aromatic and with more complexity.
Il Feuduccio - Cerasuolo D'Abruzzo 2016 (87 mywine points)
Grapes: 100% Montepulciano

In the glass a bright cherry red color.
On the nose medium aromas of nectarine, raspberries and strawberries with hints of toasted spices and dried flowers.
On the palate crisp acidity, medium mouthfeel with recalls of the nose with extra flavours of plum compote, cherries, herbal tea and earthy hints. 

Website winery: www.ilfeuduccio.it

Winemaker notes:

Altitude of Vineyards: 432 mt. asl
Vineyards Exposure: the vineyards are excellently situated facing north, northwest
Soil Composition: mixed clayey-calcareous
Grapes: 100% Montepulciano
Number of vines per hectare: 3.600 approx.
Crop yield: 80 q/ha
Harvest: handpicked, from 5 to 10 October
Fermentation: stainless steel vats at a controlled temperature after a short maceration on the skins
Aging: stainless steel for 3 months

Apr
10
Roero Arneis Anterisio 2017

Roero Arneis Anterisio 2017
88 tsomw points

Cascina Chicco, Piedmont Italy

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Arneis

A 100% Arneis from Piedmont - Roero region. We paired this lovely white wine with salmon, grilled zucchini and tomatoes. Other food suggestions are hors d’oeuvre, rice and pasta. Cascina Chicco – Roero Arneis Anterisio 2017 (88 tsomw points) In the glass a bright yellow color. On the nose intense aromas of nectarine, apple and pear with hints of almonds and camilla. On the palate dry, medium-bodied and well balanced with nice freshness and acidity showing flavours of tropical fruits and a nice bitterness in the persistence finish.
 

A 100% Arneis from Piedmont - Roero region. We paired this lovely white wine with salmon, grilled zucchini and tomatoes. Other food suggestions are hors d’oeuvre, rice and pasta.
Cascina Chicco – Roero Arneis Anterisio 2017 (88 tsomw points)

In the glass a bright yellow color.
On the nose intense aromas of nectarine, apple and pear with hints of almonds and camilla.
On the palate dry, medium-bodied and well balanced with nice freshness and acidity showing flavours of tropical fruits and a nice bitterness in the persistence finish.

Website winery: www.cascinachicco.com

Winemaker notes:

Variety of vine: 100% Arneis
Vineyard position: Canale, Piedmont, Italy. Anterisio is a little zone of Canale with a very rich history. It’s named as one of the most important places for the cultivation of the Arneis.
Soil: Clayey-limestone
Date of harvest: Middle of September
Wine-making: After evaluating the sugar and acidity levels to determine the optimal harvesting period, the harvested grapes rest for one night in a refrigerator cell at 0°-2° C. The pressing is done the day after. The maceration is done between skin and must, an interesting choice for a white wine, which gives the wine much fragrance, structure and longevity. Temperatures are kept cold in all the operations in order to maintain the color. The wine then rests only in stainless steel casks, and is bottled in March.

Dishes: This wine is recommended with hors d’oeuvre, rice, pasta and fish.
Recommended serving temperature: 12-13° C.

Apr
8
Made in Provence Premium Rosé 2016

Made in Provence Premium Rosé 2016
87 tsomw points

Domaine Sainte Lucie, Provence France

Category: Rosé
Tags: Grenache, Syrah, Rolle

This weekend we had great sunny weather so we cracked this lovely Provence rosé. Domaine Sainte Lucie -  Made in Provence Premium Rosé 2016 (87 tsomw points)  In the glass a light salmon color.On the nose delicate aromas of raspberries, grapefruit and lemon with notes of flowers and herbs. On the palate nicely balanced with medium acidity, easy going showing flavours of peach, strawberries and subtle anise hints in the finish.

This weekend we had great sunny weather so we cracked this lovely Provence rosé. 
Domaine Sainte Lucie -  Made in Provence Premium Rosé 2016 (87 tsomw points) 

In the glass a light salmon color.
On the nose delicate aromas of raspberries, grapefruit and lemon with notes of flowers and herbs.
On the palate nicely balanced with medium acidity, easy going showing flavours of peach, strawberries and subtle anise hints in the finish.

Website winery: www.mip-provence.com

Apr
7
Barbera d’Asti in Origine 2016

Barbera d’Asti in Origine 2016
87 tsomw points

Cantina di Nizza, Piedmont Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Barbera

This Barbera is the first organic wine production project of Cantina di Nizza. The wine is intended to improve the synergy that occurs in another year, between the earth, the microclimate, the vine, the vines and the hand of those who improve the care. In one word: the Terroir. Cantina di Nizza – Barbera d’Asti in Origine 2016 (87 tsomw points) In the glass a ruby red color. On the nose ripe red berries, strawberries and cherries with hints of chocolate and black pepper. On the palate dry, strong taninns and medium+ acidity. Can age for some more years to soften. Very nice for this price!

This Barbera is the first organic wine production project of Cantina di Nizza. The wine is intended to improve the synergy that occurs in another year, between the earth, the microclimate, the vine, the vines and the hand of those who improve the care. In one word: the Terroir.
Cantina di Nizza – Barbera d’Asti in Origine 2016 (87 tsomw points)

In the glass a ruby red color.
On the nose ripe red berries, strawberries and cherries with hints of chocolate and black pepper. 
On the palate dry, strong taninns and medium+ acidity. Can age for some more years to soften. Very nice for this price!

Webshop: www.finebarrel.com
Website winery: www.nizza.it

 

Apr
6
Toro 2014

Toro 2014
86 tsomw points

Elias Mora, Toro Spain

Category: Solid red
Tags: Tempranillo

With a blue sky in the background I taste this entry level 100% Tempranillo from Elias Mora. Elias Mora – Toro 2014 (86 tsomw points) Matured for 6 months in American oak. A young casual wine which you can open any time. In the glass a dark cherry red color with purple reflections. Nice long legs stick to the glass. On the nose intense notes of fruit basket full of black and red fruits like black berries, black currants and red berries with hints of vanilla, cacao, pepper and laurel. On the palate medium/full-bodied showing black berries, dark cherries, chocolate and vanilla. Beautiful, concentrated with a  touch of herbs, liquorice and subtly integrated tannins and a light meaty finish.

This weekend will be great weather in Holland with temperatures around 20 degrees Celsius.
With a blue sky in the background I taste this entry level 100% Tempranillo from Elias Mora.
Elias Mora – Toro 2014 (86 tsomw points)

Matured for 6 months in American oak. A young casual wine which you can open any time.
In the glass a dark cherry red color with purple reflections. Nice long legs stick to the glass. 
On the nose intense notes of fruit basket full of black and red fruits like black berries, black currants and red berries with hints of vanilla, cacao, pepper and laurel.
On the palate medium/full-bodied showing black berries, dark cherries, chocolate and vanilla.
Beautiful, concentrated with a  touch of herbs, liquorice and subtly integrated tannins and a light meaty finish.

Website winery: www.bodegaseliasmora.com

Apr
5
Pagliareto Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano 2012

Pagliareto Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano 2012
89 tsomw points

Lunadoro, Montepulciano Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Sangiovese

From the Monpulciano territory comes this 100% Sangiovese driven wine. Lunadoro - Pagliareto Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano 2012 (89 tsomw points) In the glass an intense ruby red color with garnet reflections. On the nose delicate aromas of ripe cherries, blackberries with hints of plums, violets, liquorice, cloves and vanilla. On the palate full bodied with nice mouthfeel, good balance with cherries, vanilla, leather and impressive tannic vault. In the aftertaste fruity and spicy memories which close this nice journey.

From the Monpulciano territory comes this 100% Sangiovese driven wine. 
Lunadoro - Pagliareto Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano 2012 (89 tsomw points)

In the glass an intense ruby red color with garnet reflections.
On the nose delicate aromas of ripe cherries, blackberries with hints of plums, violets, liquorice, cloves and vanilla.
On the palate full bodied with nice mouthfeel, good balance with cherries, vanilla, leather and impressive tannic vault. In the aftertaste fruity and spicy memories which close this nice journey.

Winemaker notes:

btained from the vinitification of Sangiovese, its ruby red colour evolves to a quite strong garnet colour. It has a complex and characteristic bouquet with a mature fruit aroma, notes of black pepper, prune jam, a floral note of violet, cigar and dark chocolate aromas. Well balanced on the palate and with sweet tannins that, combined with the correct acidity, create a long lasting finish.

Pairings and serving

This wine is perfectly suited for traditional recipes of Tuscany, especially red and braised meat, soups like “pappa col pomodoro” and mushroom dishes. Serving temperature: between 16°and 18°.It should be decanted for at least one hour before drinking.

Website winery: www.nobilelunadoro.it

Apr
4
Pinot Blanc Wormeldange Waibour Grand Premier Cru 2016

Pinot Blanc Wormeldange Waibour Grand Premier Cru 2016
88 tsomw points

Domaine Clos des Rochers, Mosel Germany

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Pinot Blanc

Very nice Pinot Blanc from Luxembourgish Mosel region. The vineyard from Domaine Clos de Rochers cultivated since the 19th century, extend over an area of eighteen hectares. The vineyards have the advantage of being in one of the best areas and benefiting from the best microclimates, suitable for the production of dry, fruity, white wines. Domaine Clos des Rochers - Pinot Blanc Wormeldange Waibour Grand Premier Cru 2016 (88 tsomw points) In the glass a light citrus golden color. On the nose delicate aromas of peach, melon, citrus and some pear. On the palate dry,  good mouthfeel with nice acidity showing peach, melon, light grapefruit and a nice finish showing great minerality. 

Very nice Pinot Blanc from Luxembourgish Mosel region.
The vineyard from Domaine Clos de Rochers cultivated since the 19th century, extend over an area of eighteen hectares. The vineyards have the advantage of being in one of the best areas and benefiting from the best microclimates, suitable for the production of dry, fruity, white wines.
Domaine Clos des Rochers - Pinot Blanc Wormeldange Waibour Grand Premier Cru 2016 (88 tsomw points)

In the glass a light citrus golden color.
On the nose delicate aromas of peach, melon, citrus and some pear.
On the palate dry,  good mouthfeel with nice acidity showing peach, melon, light grapefruit and a nice finish showing great minerality.

Webshop: www.finebarrel.com
Website winery: www.clos-des-rochers.com

Apr
3
St. Magdalener DOC Malanders 2015

St. Magdalener DOC Malanders 2015
86 tsomw points

Pitzner, Alto Adige Italy

Category: Solid red, Supple red
Tags: Schiava, Lagrein

Today a pleasant blend of 90% Schiava (Vernatsch) and 10% Lagrein from Alto Adige region. Pitzner - St. Magdalener DOC Malanders 2015 (86 tsomw points) In the glass a bright ruby red color. On the nose aromas of cherries, red currants with hints of herbs, green and spicyness. On the palate wel balanced, medum bodied with enough freshness, soft tannins and a recall of the nose. 

So winelovers. The Easter holiday in the Netherlands is over.
Today a pleasant blend of 90% Schiava (Vernatsch) and 10% Lagrein from Alto Adige region.
Pitzner - St. Magdalener DOC Malanders 2015 (86 tsomw points)

In the glass a bright ruby red color.
On the nose aromas of cherries, red currants with hints of herbs, green and spicyness.
On the palate wel balanced, medum bodied with enough freshness, soft tannins and a recall of the nose. 

Website winery: www.pitzner.it

Apr
2
Les Auréliens 2015

Les Auréliens 2015
87 tsomw points

Triennes, Provence France

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Chardonnay, Viognier, Rolle

Today a very nice bio wine raised at the East of Aix en Provence. Triennes - Les Auréliens 2015. Blend with three equal parts of Chardonnay, Viognier and Rolle. Partly fermented in barrel, partly in stainless steel tanks. In the glass a bright golden color. On the nose delicate aromas of apple, pear, citrus with light hints of herbs. On the palate dry, round and fresh with nice acidity with light creamy touch showing apple, lemon and vanilla. 
 

Today a very nice bio wine raised at the East of Aix en Provence. 
Triennes - Les Auréliens 2015 (87 tsomw points)

Blend with three equal parts of Chardonnay, Viognier and Rolle.
Partly fermented in barrel, partly in stainless steel tanks.
In the glass a bright golden color.
On the nose delicate aromas of apple, pear, citrus with light hints of herbs.
On the palate dry, round and fresh with nice acidity with light creamy touch showing apple, lemon and vanilla. 

Shop at www.finebarrel.com

Winemaker notes:

Yield : from 25 to 30 hl/ha 
Surface : 4,5 ha 
Number of bottles : +/- 30000 
Vinification : 
- modeled on the Burgundian approach ; partly fermented in barrel, partly in stainless steel tank.
- malolactic fermentation depending on the balance of the vintage.
- regular less stirring. 

Elevage : 
from 6 to 7 months on lees, either in barrel of in tank. 

Website winery: www.triennes.com

Apr
1
Baga extra bruto 2015

Baga extra bruto 2015
86 tsomw points

Caves Primavera, Bairrada Portugal

Category: Sparkling
Tags: Baga

I wish you all a happy Easter. Cin Cin. We opened this sparkling as an aperetif before dinner. A sparkling wine from Bairrada region, Portugal. Caves Primavera - Baga extra bruto 2015 (86 tsomw points) In the glass a golden yellow color. Light creamy mousse with small bubble. On the nose aromas of flowers, white fruit and light brioche. On the palate well balanced, nice acidity with small red fruits, medium aftertaste. A very nice bubble for this price.

I wish you all a happy Easter. Cin Cin. We opened this sparkling as an aperetif before dinner. 
A sparkling wine from Bairrada region, Portugal
Caves Primavera - Baga extra bruto 2015 (86 tsomw points)

In the glass a golden yellow color. Light creamy mousse with small bubble.
On the nose aromas of flowers, white fruit and light brioche.
On the palate well balanced, nice acidity with small red fruits, medium aftertaste. A very nice bubble for this price.

Website winery: www.cavesprimavera.pt

Mar
30
Riesling Senftenberger Piri 2015

Riesling Senftenberger Piri 2015
89 tsomw points

Nigl, Kremstal Austria

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Riesling

Outside the sun starts to shine, spring is entering the Netherlands ( I hope:) Today also sun in the glass. A nice white wine from Kremstal- Austria which fits great with the Easter festivities. Nigl - Riesling Senftenberger Piri 2015 (89 tsomw points) In the glass a bright yellow color with greenisch /silver reflections. On the nose inviting aromas of peach, tropical fruits with hints of herbal spices, honey and blossom. On the palate dry, rich mouthfeel, well balanced with good structure showing flavours of peach, lemon, spicy acidity, mineral with tropical notes and light almond in the finish. Still young with safe development potential.

Outside the sun starts to shine, spring is entering the Netherlands ( I hope:) Today also sun in the glass. A nice white wine from Kremstal- Austria which fits great with the Easter festivities. 
Nigl - Riesling Senftenberger Piri 2015 (89 tsomw points)

In the glass a bright yellow color with greenisch /silver reflections.
On the nose inviting aromas of peach, tropical fruits with hints of herbal spices, honey and blossom.
On the palate dry, rich mouthfeel, well balanced with good structure showing flavours of peach, lemon, spicy acidity, mineral with tropical notes and light almond in the finish.
Still young with safe development potential.

Website winery: www.weingutnigl.at

location: As Senftenberger Piri we refer to three south facing mica schist layers which we expand together. The vineyards have the same slope, almost identical soils and a common microclimate. That's why you have established yourself as a single location. The Grüner Veltliner and the Riesling are usually expanded in the upscale Cabinet area.

Mar
28
Boca Vigna Cristiana 2009

Boca Vigna Cristiana 2009
90 tsomw points

Podere ai Valloni, Piedmont Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Nebbiolo, Vespolina, Uva Rara

Podere ai Valloni - Boca Vigna Cristiana 2009 ( 90 tsomw points) The wine label reminds me of ancient times with the hills of Piemond on it. In the glass a beautiful garnet red color. On the nose delicate aromas of plumjam, dark berries and cherries with hints of tobacco, spices and vanilla. On the palate dry, balanced with nice layers and complexity showing a good concentration of dark fruit, tobacco with nice tannins (still light gritty), acidity and freshness. Ending with a powerfull balsamic, cacao aftertaste. P

Yes number 1.000 on my IG timeline. A very good wine from a small Italian organic producer.
Variety of 70% Nebbiolo, 20% Vespolina and 10% Uva Rara from Piemonte region.
The grapes are meticulously selected and harvested by hand, gently layed in wooden crates and crushed the same day. the wine matures in oak casks for at least three years before being bottled and left to further mature.
Podere ai Valloni - Boca Vigna Cristiana 2009 ( 90 tsomw points)

The wine label reminds me of ancient times with the hills of Piemond on it.
In the glass a beautiful garnet red color.
On the nose delicate aromas of plumjam, dark berries and cherries with hints of tobacco, spices and vanilla.
On the palate dry, balanced with nice layers and complexity showing a good concentration of dark fruit, tobacco with nice tannins (still light gritty), acidity and freshness.
Ending with a powerfull balsamic, cacao aftertaste.

Pairing with risottos, tasty main courses of meat, game and medium-long seasoned cheeses.

Website winery: www.podereaivalloni.it

Mar
26
Valpolicella Superiore 2012

Valpolicella Superiore 2012
88 tsomw points

Giovanni Ederle, Valpolicella Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella

From Veneto (Verona) comes this very nice red wine. The Ederle Estate, located on the Veronesi hills, is a young winery which produces Amarone, Valpolicella and bianco Veronese. 
Giovanni Ederle – Valpolicella Superiore 2012 (88 tsomw points) In the glass a ruby red color with garnet reflections. On the nose aromas of black fruit and strawberries with hints of herbs, coffee and something vegetal. On the palate dry, nice full mouthfeel with enough acidity. Light alcoholic heat with well integrated tannins and light bitter finish. 

From Veneto (Verona) comes this very nice red wine.
The Ederle Estate, located on the Veronesi hills, is a young winery which produces Amarone, Valpolicella and bianco Veronese. 
Giovanni Ederle – Valpolicella Superiore 2012 (88 tsomw points)

In the glass a ruby red color with garnet reflections.
On the nose aromas of black fruit and strawberries with hints of herbs, coffee and something vegetal.
On the palate dry, nice full mouthfeel with enough acidity. Light alcoholic heat with well integrated tannins and light bitter finish.

Website winery: www.giovanniederle.it

Winemaker notes:

Denomination: Dop
Soils: clayey, loamy, calcareous
Year planted: 2005
Altitude: 220m asl
Exposure: east-south-west ridge
Cane training system: Guyot
Planting density:  5700 plants/Ha
Grape yield per hectare: 8000 kg
Harvest season: September/October
Harvesting: by hand, by selection
Drying:  1 month on racks
Temp. of fermentation: 22°C
Duration of fermentation: 30-40 days
Maceration: prefermentation at 12°C
Fining: 12 months in large French oak barrels
Fining in the bottle: 1 year
Maximum aging time planned: 15-20 years
Alcoholic content: 14 vol
Colour:  pale ruby red with vivid garnet higlights
Aroma (nose): red roses, violets, cherry
Taste: Balsamic notes of pennyroyale and licorice, with pink peppercorn and mineral wiff from basalt rock.

Mar
25
Primitivo Salento Piluna

Primitivo Salento Piluna
86 tsomw points

Castello Monaci, Puglia Italy

Category: Fruity red, Solid red
Tags: Primitivo

On winemonday a drop from Puglia with an excellent PQR. Castello Monaci –Primitivo Salento Piluna (86 tsomw points) In the glass a deep purple color in the glass. On the nose intense aromas of blackberries, blueberries, vanilla with hints of herbs, kicorice and pepper. On the palate powerful, concentrated with soft and velvet mouthfeel. Light sweetness. Good firm and harmonious structure.

On winemonday a drop from Puglia with an excellent PQR.
Castello Monaci –Primitivo Salento Piluna (86 tsomw points)

In the glass a deep purple color in the glass.
On the nose intense aromas of blackberries, blueberries, vanilla with hints of herbs, kicorice and pepper.
On the palate powerful, concentrated with soft and velvet mouthfeel. Light sweetness. Good firm and harmonious structure.

Webshop: www.finebarrel.com

Mar
24
Caballo Loco No 15 N.V.

Caballo Loco No 15 N.V.
90 tsomw points

Valdivieso, Maipo Valley Chile

Category: Solid red
Tags: Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Carmenere, Merlot

Valdivieso Caballo Loco No 15 N.V. (90 tsomw points) In the glass a dark red violet color. Complex and intense aroma with notes of cassis, coffee and hints of spices such as cinnamon, vanilla and clove. The taste is full , round, complex , tasty with soft tannins and a long finish. I think these bottles have a long life potential. I tasted several "vintages" and all were great. 

Valdivieso Caballo Loco No 15 N.V. (90 tsomw points)
You know I love winestories and Valdivieso’s Caballo Loco is definitely one of those.

One of Chile’s top wines, Caballo Loco is named after one of Valdivieso’s previous winemakers Jorge Coderch, who created the Cabollo Loco over 15 years ago, a winemaker who was long referred to as ‘the crazy horse’. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Carmenere and Merlot, the wine is created using a solera system, similar to that in the production of Sherry. This simple but effective process produces a series of non-vintage wines, where at least 50% of the blend has come from the previous Caballo Loco.

Following the barrel maturation of the current vintage/edition, it’s then blended with the previous edition. The new edition complete, 50% is then bottled and 50% goes back into the solera system for use in the next ‘crazy horse’. This interesting process enables Valdivieso to create a complex wine with unique characteristics for each edition, characteristics only achievable from adding aged wine to the blend.

Tasting notes:
In the glass a dark red violet color.
Complex and intense aroma with notes of cassis, coffee and hints of spices such as cinnamon, vanilla and clove. 
The taste is full , round, complex , tasty with soft tannins and a long finish. I think these bottles have a long life potential. I tasted several "vintages" and all were great. 

Website winery: www.valdiviesowines.com

Mar
23
De la Finca Gran Reserva 2014

De la Finca Gran Reserva 2014
89 tsomw points

Raventos i Blanc, Catalonia Spain

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

One of the top sparkling wines of Raventos i Blanc is called De la Finca Gran Reserva 2014 (89 tsomw points) Grape varieties: Macabeu, Xarel·lo and Parellada. A very nice bubble which spend a long time in the cellars with a very elegant and soft mousse. This sparkling wine has the same process as Champagne has. In the glass a nice golden yellow color. On the nose delicate and wide aromas of toast, white fruit, flowers, apple, herbs and roasted hazelnuts. On the palate layered and complex with rich mouthfeel, fine mousse and nice acidity showing aromas of brioche, flowers, citrus, vanilla and spiciness. The finish is long with mango, hazelnut and spices. 

The famous biodynamic sparkling wine producer Raventos i Blanc is located about 50 km West of Barcelona in the heart of the Penedès wine region of Catalonia.
The Raventós i Blanc Estate, is composed by 90 hectares of vineyards, woodland and a lake. The Mediterranean climate, the microclimate of the estate ,100% native grape varieties, the soils and a very respectful viticulture makes it possible to produce high level mineral sparkling wines. One of the top sparkling wines of Raventos i Blanc is called De la Finca Gran Reserva 2014 (89 tsomw points)

Grape varieties: Macabeu, Xarel·lo and Parellada
A very nice bubble which spend a long time in the cellars with a very elegant and soft mousse. This sparkling wine has the same process as Champagne has.
In the glass a nice golden yellow color.
On the nose delicate and wide aromas of toast, white fruit, flowers, apple, herbs and roasted hazelnuts.
On the palate layered and complex with rich mouthfeel, fine mousse and nice acidity showing aromas of brioche, flowers, citrus, vanilla and spiciness.
The finish is long with mango, hazelnut and spices. 

Website winery: www.raventos.com

Winemaker notes:

De la Finca sparkling wine is made with grapes from our oldest vines, planted using the gobelet system in 1964 in the Vinya dels Fòssils.

The 2014 vintage started with a very hot autumn that lengthened the vines' energy reserve period. The rains replenished the soil's water reserve. The winter was dry and very warm, which led to the vines budding early. The spring, with the vegetative development, was very warm and dry. A vegetative cycle with very little water led to a greater concentration in the grapes and loss of production. Occasional rains in July and at the start of August helped the grapes to ripen well. Our harvest was not very productive and was of high quality with a high level of acidity for our sparkling wines. During the agricultural year we had low rainfall (421 l/m2) and warm temperatures with an average of 15.8ºC.

Situated on the highest terraces of the River Anoia, the Vinya dels Fòssils vineyard has marine soils with a high fossil content. This characterises the structure and the soil composition of this vineyard. The carbonates are the component that provides the main source of typicity to this sparkling wine with a high saline expression. It is a sparkling wine with a unique identity and personality.

The plants on the Vinya dels Fòssils vineyard come from the massal selection performed by Manuel Raventós Domènech in 1888. Creator of the Penedès sparkling wine formula by combining the three native grape varieties, Macabeu, Xarel·lo and Parellada, Manuel Raventós also experimented by planting small separate plots. He took cuttings from the vines that produced the best grapes and used them to create new plantations.

Mar
21
PerElisa IGT Toscana Rosso 2011

PerElisa IGT Toscana Rosso 2011
89 tsomw points

Rabitti Suverto, Tuscany Italy

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

Super Tuscan born a few kilometers from Bolgheri. Rabitti Suverto - PerElisa IGT Toscana Rosso 2011 (89 tsomw points) Blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Orofino. Aged for 12 months in small french oak barrels and after that 8-10 months in bottle. In the glass an intense ruby red color. On the nose black cherries, dark berries with hints of green pepper and herbs. On the palate dry, rich with medium acidity and fine grained tannins. Nice long aftertaste.

Super Tuscan born a few kilometers from Bolgheri.
Rabitti Suverto - PerElisa IGT Toscana Rosso 2011 (89 tsomw points)

Blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Orofino. Aged for 12 months in small french oak barrels and after that 8-10 months in bottle.
In the glass an intense ruby red color.
On the nose black cherries, dark berries with hints of green pepper and herbs.
On the palate dry, rich with medium acidity and fine grained tannins. Nice long aftertaste.

Website winery: www.rabitti.eu
Holland shop: www.landrucci.nl

Winemaker notes:

Elisa Bonaparte, Napoleon’s sister, found in the Calzalunga’s area at Suvereto, an excellent terroirwhere to vegetate its vineyards – the same one that currently houses our. Elisa ordered them to be implanted with a blend of French vines, coming directly from the Botanic Garden of Marseille and tuscan native vines.

Production area: Loc. Calzalunga – Suvereto (LI)
Harvest: manual in preforated boxes, with careful selection of grapes
Output per hectare: less than 50 q.li/ha
Training system: spurred cordon

“PerElisa” then, is the wine that was produced specifically for the Princess Bonaparte that absolutely wanted was always present at her table.

Vinified using natural methods with grapes of Cabernet Sauvignon with the addition of other native red vines grape originating in the area (as desired by the Princess), wine is aged for 12 months in small french oak barrels and then refines further 8-10 months in bottle.

Mar
19
Château La Tour Sainte Anne rosé 2015

Château La Tour Sainte Anne rosé 2015
87 tsomw points

Tour St. Anne, Provence France

Category: Rosé
Tags: Grenache, Cinsault

Nice bio rosé from Côtes de Provence. Tour St. Anne - Château La Tour Sainte Anne rosé 2015 (87 tsomw points) Blend of Grenache and Cinsault. In the glass a pale pink salmon color. On the nose aromas of strawberries, raspberries and some peaches. On the palate medium-bodied with nice freshness, pleasant mouthfeel with nice acidity. Pleasant aftertaste with some grapefruit. 

Start of the spring! Checklist!!  Flowers ? Sun ? Rosé?
Nice bio rosé from Côtes de Provence.
Tour St. Anne - Château La Tour Sainte Anne rosé 2015 (87 tsomw points)

Blend of Grenache and Cinsault.
In the glass a pale pink salmon color.
On the nose aromas of strawberries, raspberries and some peaches.
On the palate medium-bodied with nice freshness, pleasant mouthfeel with nice acidity.
Pleasant aftertaste with some grapefruit.

Webshop: www.finebarrel.com

Mar
17
Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine Barville rouge 2013

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine Barville rouge 2013
88 tsomw points

Maison Brotte, Rhône France

Category: Solid red
Tags: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre.

Maison Brotte - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine Barville rouge 2013 (88 tsomw points) Blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. In the glass a dark ruby red color with violet rim. On the nose intense aromas of blackberry, plums and ripe cherries with hints of well integrated spices with licorice and herbs. On the palate well balanced , fleshy and dry. Powerful with velvet mouthfeel showing red berries and earthy notes. Nice long and smooth finish.

Maison Brotte, an established name in the Rhône region. This family winery located in Châteauneuf-du-Pape is characterized by its large diversity of vineyards in various top appellations. In total they have 52 hectares divided over 16 appellations, among which are the most situated in the Southern Rhône. Maison Brotte - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine Barville rouge 2013 (88 tsomw points)

Blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre.
In the glass a dark ruby red color with violet rim.
On the nose intense aromas of blackberry, plums and ripe cherries with hints of well integrated spices with licorice and herbs.
On the palate well balanced , fleshy and dry. Powerful with velvet mouthfeel showing red berries and earthy notes. Nice long and smooth finish.

Shop: www.finebarrel.com
Website winery: www.brotte.com

Mar
15
Godenza 2015

Godenza 2015
87 tsomw points

Noelia Ricci, Emilia Romagna Italy

Category: Fruity red, Solid red
Tags: Sangiovese

A biologically made wine from 100% Sangiovese from a vineyard called 'Godenza' at an altitude of 300-400 meters in Emilia Romagna. I really enjoy their great arty labels. Noelia Ricci – Godenza (87 tsomw points) In the glass it shows a dark red color with garnet reflections. On the nose intense aromas of red berries, violets, herbs and light spiciness. On the palate, the sip is relaxed, juicy with a soft and savory flavor showing full ripe fruits, tobacco and balsamico. The finish is nicely long lasting with pleasant tannins. 

A biologically made wine from 100% Sangiovese from a vineyard called 'Godenza' at an altitude of 300-400 meters in Emilia Romagna.
I really enjoy their great arty labels.
Noelia Ricci – Godenza (87 tsomw points)

In the glass it shows a dark red color with garnet reflections.
On the nose intense aromas of red berries, violets, herbs and light spiciness.
On the palate, the sip is relaxed, juicy with a soft and savory flavor showing full ripe fruits, tobacco and balsamico.
The finish is nicely long lasting with pleasant tannins. 

Website winery: www.noeliaricci.it

Winemaker notes:

Type of wine: Red wine from sustainable farming.
Denomination: Romagna Sangiovese Superiore DOC.
Location of the vineyards: Fiumana di Predappio (Forlì, Italy).
Altitude: 300-340 m a.s.l.
Soil type: Calcareous yellow clay soils, with sand presence (30%).
Vineyards characteristics: Vines of 1999, with 4.500 plants per hectar, spurred-cordon training.
Grape variety: 100% Large-berried Sangiovese, Romagna biotype.

Harvest: Manual, in the second week of September.
Yield: 5.000kg / hectar; 1,5 kg per plant.
Vinification: The different clones are harvested and made the fermentation in blend. The fermentation is in stainless steel with controlled temperature. The maceration with the skins is 28 days and after the malo lactic fermentation.
Ageing: 8 months in stainless steel tanks and minimum 12 months in bottle.
Annual production: 13.000 bottles.

Mar
14
Testarossa Passerina Terre Aquilane 2016

Testarossa Passerina Terre Aquilane 2016
87 tsomw points

Pasetti, Abruzzo Italy

Category: Full white
Tags: Passerina Campolese

This white wine was a great pairing with the fresh made tomatosoup with meat balls and hamcakes. White wine from Italy - Abruzzo region. Pasetti - Testarossa Passerina Terre Aquilane 2016 (87 tsomw points) 100% Passerina Campolese. In the glass a straw yellow, golden color. On the nose intense aromas of citrus fruit, apple, mango with hints of honey, flowers and almond. On the palate medium-bodied, rich in the mouth, light smoky with nice acidity. Flavours of peach, herbs and honey. The finish is herbaceous and elegant.

This white wine was a great pairing with the fresh made tomatosoup with meat balls and hamcakes.
White wine from Italy - Abruzzo region.
Pasetti - Testarossa Passerina Terre Aquilane 2016 (87 tsomw points)

100% Passerina Campolese
In the glass a straw yellow, golden color.
On the nose intense aromas of citrus fruit, apple, mango with hints of honey, flowers and almond.
On the palate medium-bodied, rich in the mouth, light smoky with nice acidity. Flavours of peach, herbs and honey. The finish is herbaceous and elegant.

Website winery: www.pasettivini.it
Webshop: www.finebarrel.com

Winemaker notes:

Production area

The vineyards are placed at 450 meters above sea level in Capestrano, at the foot of Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga mountains. It extends itself over the eastern side of the valley (south-west facing) from a fresh and pure water which is considered to be the Tirino source. The grape yield is of 5200 grapevines per hectare which correspond to 90 - 100 quintals. This uncontaminated place is characterized by high brightness, low humidity and frequent breezes. Temperature range between night and day can reach a difference of 20 °C, leading to a well balanced and complete maturation with a consequent great development of aromas. Thanks to its high capacity of drinking, the rocky soil is always accessible even after the rain. The aforesaid features facilitate the natural health of the grape, the reason why this territory could be considered suitable for a low impact viticulture (Capestrano is a distinctive “terroir” that has been recently exploited, even considering the global warming issue and its negative impact on this area). History tells us that the first human settlement on the Tirino stream date back to the V century A.C. during the ancient Saracens invasions. The finding of Capestrano warrior, one of the most famous Picent sculptures, is a symbol of the numerous battles occurred in this site.

Wine history

Passerina belongs to the Trebbiano family and it is considered to be a native variety of Middle Italy. It is cultivated on small crops and in Abruzzo it has been called with different names according to the production area: “Trebbiano camplese” or “campolese” in Teramo and L’Aquila, “Trebbiano scenciato in Chieti and “Trebbiano dorato” in Pescara. The loose and winged bunch is of a medium size. Its ripening is medium-late and it is characterized by a slow sugar accumulation not followed by a proportional decrease of acidity during the harvesting time (first decade of October). It’s a very strong variety.

Vinification

White vinification with a cryomaceration at 4 °C for 24 hours, precrushing, soft pressing and a successive refrigeration for a better decantation. Fermentation occurs in steel tanks by using selected yeasts at a low temperature (11 °C - 14 °C).

Ageing
2 months in steel tanks on its fine lees, then 4 months in the bottle.

How to serve it
It needs to rest at least 10 days after its arrive. It should be served at a temperature of 8 - 10 °C.

Gastronomic matching
It is recommended with fish cooking, antipasto, fish soups, mollusc, shellfish, roast fish and white meat.

Mar
13
Staves Merlot Riserva 2014

Staves Merlot Riserva 2014
87 tsomw points

Kornell, Alto Adige Italy

Category: Fruity red, Solid red
Tags: Merlot

Not only the white wines from Sud Tirol are very likeable but also the reds are doing well! This Merlot spend 18 months in barrique and several months in bottle. Tenuta Kornell - Staves Merlot Riserva 2014 (87 tsomw points) In the glass a dark ruby red color. On the nose delicate aromas of raspberries, sour cherries  with hints of chocolate and spices. On the palate dry, medium bodied, balanced with ripe fruit and soft tannins. Medium acidity which will soften in the years and some spices in the long aftertaste. 

Not only the white wines from Sud Tirol are very likeable but also the reds are doing well!
This Merlot spend 18 months in barrique and several months in bottle.
Tenuta Kornell - Staves Merlot Riserva 2014 (87 tsomw points)

In the glass a dark ruby red color.
On the nose delicate aromas of raspberries, sour cherries  with hints of chocolate and spices.
On the palate dry, medium bodied, balanced with ripe fruit and soft tannins.
Medium acidity which will soften in the years and some spices in the long aftertaste. 

Website winery: www.kornell.it

Mar
12
Amorino - Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC Superiore 2012

Amorino - Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC Superiore 2012
88 tsomw points

Podere Castorani, Abruzzo Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Montepulciano d'Abruzzo

Podere Castorani - Amorino - Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC Superiore 2012 (88 tsomw points) In the glass a deep ruby red color with purple reflections. On the nose delicate scents of  black cherries, forest fruit, plums with hints of vanilla, spices and chocolate. On the palate dry and full bodied with rich mouthfeel showing dark ripe fruit like cherries and plums and spicy hints. Tannins are easy going with al long rich aftertaste.

This Amorino is made from 100% Montepulciano d'Abruzzo grapes. The vineyard: is located within the estate, in the municipality of Alanno. The vineyard lies at an altitude of around 340 meters. The soil is mainly clay with minerals. Podere Castorani - Amorino - Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC Superiore 2012 (88 tsomw points)

In the glass a deep ruby red color with purple reflections.
On the nose delicate scents of  black cherries, forest fruit, plums with hints of vanilla, spices and chocolate.
On the palate dry and full bodied with rich mouthfeel showing dark ripe fruit like cherries and plums and spicy hints. >
Tannins are easy going with al long rich aftertaste.

Website winery: www.poderecastorani.it

Mar
11
Sito Moresco Langhe 2015

Sito Moresco Langhe 2015
90 tsomw points

Gaja, Barbaresco Italy

Category: Solid red

Gaja Sito Moresco Langhe 2015 (90 tsomw points) In the glass a ruby red color. On the nose delicate aromas of violets, ripe cherries, berries, underlaid with leather and fine spicy notes. On the palate dry, powerfull with a rich mouthfeel, tightly woven tannin with flavours of juicy cherries and plums and a light spicy and mineral finish. 

The grapes for this Gaja wine come from Barbaresco, Treiso and Serralunga. One of those plots gives the name to the wine, named after its former owner Moresco. Was this in the harvests before 1998 still a wine in which Nebbiolo dominated, today Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon are also represented for about a third in the Sito Moresco.

Gaja Sito Moresco Langhe 2015 (90 tsomw points)
In the glass a ruby red color.
On the nose delicate aromas of violets, ripe cherries, berries, underlaid with leather and fine spicy notes.
On the palate dry, powerfull with a rich mouthfeel, tightly woven tannin with flavours of juicy cherries and plums and a light spicy and mineral finish.

Webshop: www.finebarrel.com

Mar
10
Nerojbleo 2013

Nerojbleo 2013
89 tsomw points

Gulfi, Sicily Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Nero d’Avola

A beautiful biodynamic 100% Nero d’Avola from Sicily. Gulfi - Nerojbleo 2013 (89 tsomw points) In the glass a deep ruby red color with violet reflexes in the glass. On the nose black cherries, light smoky, licorice, tobacco with hints of vanilla, dried herbs and floral notes. On the palate full-bodied with good balance and returning flavours. Especially the intense structure makes a perfect impression, as does the fine, ripe tannins, the use of wood and the enormous length of the wine. Will be even better within some years. Cheers!

A beautiful biodynamic 100% Nero d’Avola from Sicily.
Gulfi - Nerojbleo 2013 (89 tsomw points)

In the glass a deep ruby red color with violet reflexes in the glass. 
On the nose black cherries, light smoky, licorice, tobacco with hints of vanilla, dried herbs and floral notes.
On the palate full-bodied with good balance and returning flavours. Especially the intense structure makes a perfect impression, as does the fine, ripe tannins, the use of wood and the enormous length of the wine. Will be even better within some years. Cheers!

Website winery: www.gulfi.it

Winemaker notes:

THE WINE:
NEROIBLEO is a warm, solar red, with the striking characteristics of wine produced from the renown Nero'd'Avola, the Sicilian grape variety which has been cultivated for centuries on Mount Iblea in the province of Ragusa.

Produzione area: Val Canziria, in Chiaramonte Gulfi (Ragusa)

THE VINEYARD:
VIGNA COSTE nearby Vigna Campo in the Canzeria Valley, with his 4 hectars is Gulfi’s widest vineyard in the commune of Chiaramonte Gulfi. Average altitude is 420 meters above sea level, slopes’ exposure is east-west, with a slight inclination. The climate is tempered, with mild winters and dry summers, favouring a healthy ripening of the grapes. The vineyard is trained with the bilateral spurred cordon, density is 8.900 vines per hectar, and yelds are lower than 85 q/ha.

STORAGE METHOD: horizontal in a cool place at a constant temperature not exceeding 18°C
AGING: ages well, becomes more austere and mature three to four years after vintage

Accompaniments: A smooth and at the same time plucky wine that magnificently accompanies winter legume, multi-grain, and vegetable soups. It envelops and takes custody of the liquid aspect of soups, tender in capturing the theme of the accompaniment without ever giving the sensation of prevailing. Another intriguing possibility is that of drinking it with Mediterranean dishes that unite flavourful vegetables, herbs and cheeses such as an oven baked pasta with aubergines, parmesan, mozzerella, and aromatic herbs, or also the classic aubergine parmesan.

GRAPEVINES:
Nero d'Avola, grape variety, sometimes incorrectly referred to as Calabrian (from the region of Calabria), is considered as the most typical and representative red grape of Sicily, excluding the territory of Etna. The incorrect name Calabrian is an "Italianization" of the word in old Sicilian dialect, "Calaurisi" which actually means, 'grape of Avola.' 
The Nero d'Avola was selected for cultivation by grape-growers of Avola (Siracusa) several hundred years ago and spread to the commune of Noto (SR), the provinces of Ragusa and Caltagirone, and recently throughout the rest of the island. When cultivated to yield a low quantity of fruit per vine this grape variety is capable of expressing the characteristics of important aged red wines. An aroma of red fruit and typically "sweet" tannins that persist after many years are the most significant components. At the same time, this grape also lends itself well to the production of young and novello wines of a suggestive red and violet-tinged color, highly pronounced aroma of red fruit (plum, blackberry) and smooth tannins.

Mar
8
Langhe Pinot Nero 777 2016

Langhe Pinot Nero 777 2016
88 tsomw points

Deltetto, Langhe Italy

Category: Fruity red, Solid red
Tags: Pinot Noir

This is not the typical Pinot Noir. This red one has more power and body but is still easy drinking. Deltetto - Langhe Pinot Nero 777 (88 tsomw points) In the glass a ruby red color. On the nose intense aromas of berries, currants and raspberries with hints of well integrated oak, spices and herbs. The palate is broad and fresh, very drinkable, juicy and refined in the tannins. Long persistence and pleasantly balsamic finish. 
 

This is not the typical Pinot Noir. This red one has more power and body but is still easy drinking.
Deltetto - Langhe Pinot Nero 777 (88 tsomw points)

In the glass a ruby red color.
On the nose intense aromas of berries, currants and raspberries with hints of well integrated oak, spices and herbs.
The palate is broad and fresh, very drinkable, juicy and refined in the tannins. Long persistence and pleasantly balsamic finish. 


Winemaker notes:

From our passion for this grape variety, Pinot Noir 777 was born as homage to the great French clone from which it takes its name,worldwide known for its characteristics of  concentration and longevity. The vineyard, located just around the corner from our winery on San Michele hill, shows a soil rich in marls thatunderlines the typicality of  Pinot Noir  as well as making it a complex and structured wine

VARIETAL:
Pinot Noir

VINIFICATION:
Submerged cup maceration on its own skins for approximately 30 days.

AGEING:
Approximately 18 months between barriques and oak casks followed by few months of ageing in bottle.

ORGANALEPTIC CHARACTERISTICS:
Ruby red color, bouquet of red currants and raspberries, great freshness and easy to drink.

FOOD PAIRING:
Pairs well with fish and meat dishes.

TO BE SERVED AT:
14°C – 57°F

Website winery: www.deltetto.com

Mar
7
Psi D.O. Ribera del Duero 2012

Psi D.O. Ribera del Duero 2012
89 tsomw points

Dominio de Pingus, Ribera del Duero Spain

Category: Solid red
Tags: Garnacha tinta, Tempranillo

Tonight red wine from Peter Sisseck. The legendary winemaker from Spain. Danish from origin. Dominio de Pingus Psi D.O. Ribera del Duero 2012 (89 tsomw points) In the glass a deep red color with garnet reflections. On the nose intense aromas of cherries, plums and red berries with hints of herbs and well integrated wood. On the palate good fruit, cherries and vanila. Slightly dry dusty tannins, well integrated, opened well with some air. Finishes with bitter chocolate, long fresh leafy finish. Great wine which will even get better within the years. 

Tonight red wine from Peter Sisseck. The legendary winemaker from Spain. Danish from origin.
Dominio de Pingus Psi D.O. Ribera del Duero 2012 (89 tsomw points)

In the glass a deep red color with garnet reflections.
On the nose intense aromas of cherries, plums and red berries with hints of herbs and well integrated wood.
On the palate good fruit, cherries and vanila. Slightly dry dusty tannins, well integrated, opened well with some air.
Finishes with bitter chocolate, long fresh leafy finish. Great wine which will even get better within the years. 

Webshop: www.finebarrel.com

Mar
5
Calafuria Salento 2017

Calafuria Salento 2017
89 tsomw points

Tormaresco, Puglia Italy

Category: Rosé
Tags: Negroamaro

Really surprised by this 100% Negroamaro rosé wine from Puglia. Tormaresco - Magnum Calafuria Salento 2017 (89 tsomw points) In the glass a copper, salmon color. On the nose delicate aromas of peach, raspberries, citrus and strawberries with hints of roses. On the palate soft in the mouth, dry, light bodied with nice freshness and acidity showing herbs, red fruits and grapefruit with savory and mineral notes. Top wine for summer days but also in winter 

Really surprised by this 100% Negroamaro rosé wine from Puglia.
Tormaresco - Magnum Calafuria Salento 2017 (89 tsomw points)

In the glass a copper, salmon color.
On the nose delicate aromas of peach, raspberries, citrus and strawberries with hints of roses.
On the palate soft in the mouth, dry, light bodied with nice freshness and acidity showing herbs, red fruits and grapefruit with savory and mineral notes.
Top wine for summer days but also in winter 

Winemaker notes:

VINTAGE 2017
2017 was, in general, a dry vintage in all of Italy, but the viticulture of the Puglia region is well prepared for and habituated to confronting hot years and obtaining nonetheless good results.The growing season, more than anything else, was largely conditioned by the “Tramontana”, the north wind, which maintains temperatures at relatively fresh levels and above all, favors temperature swings from daytime heat to evening and nighttime coolness. The cultivation practices, the balance between vegetation and grapes in the vineyards, and the breezy climate all assisted, even in a generally hot year such as 2017, in the development of a fresh and elegant aromatic profile in the wines. The Negroamaro crop for the production of Calafuria was harvested during the last days of the month of August, seven days earlier than normal seasonal averages.

PRODUCTION
The grapes were hand-picked, delicately destemmed, and given a soft pressing. The must went into stainless steel fermenting tanks at a temperature of 50° Fahrenheit (10° centigrade) in order to obtain a natural static settling of the impurities. The fermentation then began at a low temperature, 61° Fahrenheit (16° centigrade), in order to maintain the primary aromas of the grapes. The 2017 Calafuria was given a brief aging period in stainless steel and a further four months in bottle before commercial release.
ALCOHOL 12% vol.

Website winery: www.tormaresca.it

Mar
4
Minervois Cuvée Baroque 2015

Minervois Cuvée Baroque 2015
86 tsomw points

Domaine La Rouviole, Languedoc France

Category: Fruity red, Supple red
Tags: Cinsault, Syrah

Nice easy drinking organic blend of Cinsault & Syrah from Languedoc region. Excellent PQR. Domaine la Rouviole - Minervois Cuvée Baroque 2015 (86 tsomw points) In the glass a garnet red color. On the nose aromas of blackberries, plums and cloves with subtle notes of herbs. On the palate light tannic (gets smooter within an half hour) with rich mouthfeel, medium acidity with repeating palate flavours and a nice long aftertaste.

Nice easy drinking organic blend of Cinsault & Syrah from Languedoc region. Excellent PQR. 
Domaine la Rouviole - Minervois Cuvée Baroque 2015 (86 tsomw points)

In the glass a garnet red color.
On the nose aromas of blackberries, plums and cloves with subtle notes of herbs.
On the palate light tannic (gets smooter within an half hour) with rich mouthfeel, medium acidity with repeating palate flavours and a nice long aftertaste.

Webshop: www.finebarrel.com

Mar
3
Gigondas Préférence 2001

Gigondas Préférence 2001
89 tsomw points

Domaine des Bosquets, Rhône France

Category: Solid red
Tags: Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault

Ok! It’s Wine Friyay so let’s crack a nice red one!  Beautifull blend of Grenache, Syrah and small amount of Cinsault / Mourvèdre. Domaine des Bosquets Gigondas Préférence 2001 (89 tsomw points) This wine is almost at its drinking window I think. In the glass a dark garnet red color. On the nose intense aromas of dark cherries, blackberries, licorice with hints of smoky bacon, spices and white pepper. On the palate nicely balanced, full-bodied with dark red fruits, soft tannins and oaky undertones. Santé

Ok! It’s Wine Friyay so let’s crack a nice red one!
Beautifull blend of Grenache, Syrah and small amount of Cinsault / Mourvèdre.
Domaine des Bosquets -  Gigondas Préférence 2001 (89 tsomw points)

This wine is almost at its drinking window I think. 
In the glass a dark garnet red color.
On the nose intense aromas of dark cherries, blackberries, licorice with hints of smoky bacon, spices and white pepper.
On the palate nicely balanced, full-bodied with dark red fruits, soft tannins and oaky undertones. Santé 

Website winery: www.domainedesbosquets.wordpress.com

Mar
2
Grüner Veltliner 333 – 2013

Grüner Veltliner 333 – 2013
91 tsomw points

Weingut Türk, Kremstal Austria

Category: Fruity white, Full white
Tags: Grüner Veltliner

This is not the typical Grüner Veltliner but something very special!  Wrapped in a beautifull giftbox (see stories) The name 333 stands for:  3 top locations, 3 soils, 3 microclimates. Weingut Türk - Grüner Veltliner 333 – 2013 (91 tsomw points) In the glass a dark straw yellow color. On the nose intense aromas of lemon, pear, wet stones, orange zest, pepper and hay. On the palate full-bodied, light sweet on the entry but with enough acidity to compensate. The wine is clean and bright, elegant and silky in the mouth. The finish is very nice and long. 

This is not the typical Grüner Veltliner but something very special! 
Wrapped in a beautifull giftbox (see stories) The name 333 stands for: 3 top locations, 3 soils, 3 microclimates.
Weingut Türk - Grüner Veltliner 333 – 2013 (91 tsomw points)

In the glass a dark straw yellow color.
On the nose intense aromas of lemon, pear, wet stones, orange zest, pepper and hay.
On the palate full-bodied, light sweet on the entry but with enough acidity to compensate. The wine is clean and bright, elegant and silky in the mouth. The finish is very nice and long. 

Website winery: www.weinguttuerk.at

Mar
1
Pesquera Crianza 2011

Pesquera Crianza 2011
89 tsomw points

Bodegas Alejandro Fernández, Ribera del Duero Spain

Category: Solid red
Tags: Tempranillo

Cold day in Holland. Time to open up this famous red one from Ribera del Duero region. Bodegas Alejandro Fernández - Pesquera Crianza 2011 (89 tsomw points) In the glass a dark ruby red color with dark edges. On the nose delicate aromas of dark cherries, plums with hints of vanilla, cacao, leather and earth. On the palate well balanced, elegant with well integrated tannins, medium acidity, medium bodied, opulent yet punchy and nicely concentrated with infused red and blue fruits palate and nice vanilla tones. Long and nice finish. 

Cold day in Holland. Time to open up this famous red one from Ribera del Duero region. 
Bodegas Alejandro Fernández - Pesquera Crianza 2011 (89 tsomw points)

In the glass a dark ruby red color with dark edges.
On the nose delicate aromas of dark cherries, plums with hints of vanilla, cacao, leather and earth.
On the palate well balanced, elegant with well integrated tannins, medium acidity, medium bodied, opulent yet punchy and nicely concentrated with infused red and blue fruits palate and nice vanilla tones. Long and nice finish. 

Website winery: www.grupopesquera.com

Feb
28
Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Brut 'Crede' 2016

Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Brut 'Crede' 2016
88 tsomw points

Bisol, Veneto Italy

Category: Sparkling
Tags: Glera, Pinot bianco, Verdiso

While the snow falls in Holland, this bubble reminds me of a beautiful summer evening in the garden. This Prosecco comes from the hills of Valdobbiadene (Veneto region). Their entry level prosecco with a great PQR. Bisol - Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Brut 'Crede' 2016 (88 tsomw points) Blend of 85% Glera, 10% Pinot bianco and 5% Verdiso. In the glass a pale straw yellow color. The mousse is soft and persistent. On the nose ripe tropical fruits, citrus, wild flowers and light honey (no bread, yeast notes) On te palate dry, balanced with nice acidity, refreshing with apple, pear and nice minerality. Easy drinking with long and pleasant aftertaste. 

While the snow falls in Holland, this bubble reminds me of a beautiful summer evening in the garden.
This Prosecco comes from the hills of Valdobbiadene (Veneto region). Their entry level prosecco with a great PQR.
Bisol - Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Brut 'Crede' 2016 (88 tsomw points)

Blend of 85% Glera, 10% Pinot bianco and 5% Verdiso.
In the glass a pale straw yellow color. The mousse is soft and persistent.
On the nose ripe tropical fruits, citrus, wild flowers and light honey (no bread, yeast notes)
On te palate dry, balanced with nice acidity, refreshing with apple, pear and nice minerality. 
Easy drinking with long and pleasant aftertaste. 

Website winery: www.bisol.it

Feb
27
Etna Bianco 2016

Etna Bianco 2016
88 tsomw points

Tenuta delle Terre Nere, Sicily Italy

Category: Fruity white, Full white
Tags: Carricante, Catarratto, Inzolia, Grecanico, Minnella

Variety of Carricante, Catarratto, Inzolia, Grecanico and Minnella. Raised on the volcanic soil of the Etna. Tenuta delle Terre Nere - Etna Bianco 2016 (88 tsomw points) In the glass a light yellow color. On the nose light apple, pear and melon with hints of white flowers and lemon zest. On the palate well balanced, light buttery with medium acidity showing pear, peaches, citrus and nice minerality. Excellent price, quality rate. 

Variety of Carricante, Catarratto, Inzolia, Grecanico and Minnella. 
Raised on the volcanic soil of the Etna.
Tenuta delle Terre Nere - Etna Bianco 2016 (88 tsomw points)

In the glass a light yellow color.
On the nose light apple, pear and melon with hints of white flowers and lemon zest.
On the palate well balanced, light buttery with medium acidity showing pear, peaches, citrus and nice minerality. Excellent price, quality rate. 

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

Winemaker notes:

I first made this wine in 2005. I wanted to remove that more or less 5% of white grapes that the local vignerons used to mingle with their red ones, in order to make my Etna Rosso from red grapes alone. The white grapes were a mumbo-jumbo of local varieties: Carricante, Catarratto, Grecanico, Inzolia and Minnella. So that’s what my Etna Bianco was: a field blend of all the above, with Carricante dominating the blend with roughly 65%. And that’s what it still is. All from old vines. And, somehow, it works. A perfectly lovely wine. With the effortless uplift of a dancer, it allows me to let it go freely through life, malo included, without it ever losing its bright demeanor and lively step. Deviously drinkable, still it always clings, leaving one wondering how it delights and where do the goodies come from. In aging, the noblesse of the Etna and its remarkable terroir emerge. And the loveliness turns thoughtful and deepens, still graceful, never redundant. Fish, meat or fowl, all are fine, if very gently cooked. It loves seafood, particularly over pasta: after all, it is Sicilian.

Feb
26
Valletta 2015

Valletta 2015
90 tsomw points

Gagliole, Tuscany Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Sangiovese, Merlot

Delicious blend with equal parts of Sangiovese and Merlot. A red blend with great potential. Gagliole - Valletta 2015 (90 tsomw points) In the glass an intense ruby red color. On the nose dark red cherries, plums, strawberry compote, with hints of chocolate, liquorice, tobacco, sweet spices, mint and coffee. On the palate full-bodied, nicely balanced with ripe dark fruit and spices. Nice full mouthfeel with enough freshness and acidity. Nice long finish. 

Delicious blend with equal parts of Sangiovese and Merlot.

A red blend with great potential. 
Gagliole - Valletta 2015 (90 tsomw points)

In the glass an intense ruby red color.
On the nose dark red cherries, plums, strawberry compote, with hints of chocolate, liquorice, tobacco, sweet spices, mint and coffee.
On the palate full-bodied, nicely balanced with ripe dark fruit and spices. Nice full mouthfeel with enough freshness and acidity. Nice long finish. 

Website winery: www.gagliole.com

Winemaker notes:

This red is made of Merlot and Sangiovese. The wine is an intense ruby red in colour and is characterized by a complex and intriguing range of aromas: ripe black fruit, liquorice, spices and tobacco leaf. On the palate it is silky and enveloping with a fine density and persistence. The finish shows notes of ripe black fruit, liquorice, coffee, and dark chocolate.
It should be served at a temperature of 18°C.

Best maturity for drinking: up to 4-6 years after release.

Feb
24
La Vie Rouge 2016

La Vie Rouge 2016
87 tsomw points

Domaine du Castel

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

This wine is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, (80%) with the addition of 14% Merlot, 4% Syrah and 2% Petit Verdot. After fermentation and a short period in French oak barrels, the wine ages for a year in concrete tanks. This wine is easy to drink and well made. Domaine du Castel - La Vie Rouge 2016 (87 tsomw points) In the glass a ruby dark purple color. On the nose dark plums, berry fruit, cinnamon with light meaty tones, oak and chocolate. On the palate medium/full-bodied with dark fresh fruit and light tannins. Nice long aftertaste.

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This wine is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, (80%) with the addition of 14% Merlot, 4% Syrah and 2% Petit Verdot.
After fermentation and a short period in French oak barrels, the wine ages for a year in concrete tanks. This wine is easy to drink and well made.

Domaine du Castel - La Vie Rouge 2016 (87 tsomw points)
In the glass a ruby dark purple color.
On the nose dark plums, berry fruit, cinnamon with light meaty tones, oak and chocolate.
On the palate medium/full-bodied with dark fresh fruit and light tannins. Nice long aftertaste.

Shop: www.finebarrel.com

Feb
23
Haberle Weissburgunder – Pinot Bianco 2016

Haberle Weissburgunder – Pinot Bianco 2016
87 tsomw points

Alois Lageder, Alto Adige Italy

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Pinot Blanc

Alois Lageder – Haberle Weissburgunder – Pinot Bianco 2016 (87 tsomw points) You mabye know my love for Alto Adige wines. This wine style is why I stay in love with this region! In the glass a bright golden color with greenish reflections. On the nose delicate aromas of white peach, pineapple and white flowers with light salty notes and pleasant minerality. On the palate well balanced, medium-bodied, soft in the mouth with enough weight and freshness ending with light bitterness and mineral notes. 

Alois Lageder - this name stands for the highest quality standards in biodynamic viticulture. 
Alois Lageder – Haberle Weissburgunder – Pinot Bianco 2016 (87 tsomw points)

You mabye know my love for Alto Adige wines. This wine style is why I stay in love with this region!
In the glass a bright golden color with greenish reflections.
On the nose delicate aromas of white peach, pineapple and white flowers with light salty notes and pleasant minerality.
On the palate well balanced, medium-bodied, soft in the mouth with enough weight and freshness ending with light bitterness and mineral notes. 

Website winery: www.aloislageder.eu

Winemaker notes:

This wine is a product of the interaction of geological, microclimatic and cultural contrasts. The grapes come partly from the Haberlehof in Pochi on the eastern side of the Val d'Adige and partly from sites across the valley in Penone above Magrè. In either case the vineyards are located at about 500 meters (1650 feet) above sea-level and offer optimum conditions for the grape variety.

Feb
22
Barolo 2011

Barolo 2011
91 tsomw points

Elio Altare, Piedmont Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Nebbiolo

Tonight a special bottle. Elio Altare - Barolo 2011 (91 tsomw points) I decanted the wine for around 3 hours and it started singing in the glass. It shows an intense ruby red color with garnet reflections. On the nose raspberries, red cherries and roses with hints of licorice, vanilla, cedar and spices. On the palate excellent balance and texture with medium tannins, medium acidity. Good complexity and length. Can be aged fors some more years but now already great.

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Tonight a special bottle.
Elio Altare - Barolo 2011 (91 tsomw points)

I decanted the wine for around 3 hours and it started singing in the glass.
It shows an intense ruby red color with garnet reflections.
On the nose raspberries, red cherries and roses with hints of licorice, vanilla, cedar and spices.
On the palate excellent balance and texture with medium tannins, medium acidity. Good complexity and length.
Can be aged fors some more years but now already great.

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

Winemaker notes:

Appellation: Barolo docg
Varietal: Nebbiolo
Area of production: La Morra, Castiglione Falletto, Serralunga d'Alba, Barolo
Bottles produced: 10.000
Age of the vines: from 20 to 30 years
Soil composition: various
Exposure: south, south-east
 
Vinification: maceration on the skins for approx. 4/5 days in rotary fermenters with temperature control, ageing in French  barrique for 24 months
Color: very intense ruby red with garnet reflections
Nose: fresh scents of small red fruits, raspberry, redcurrant and wild roses that evolve into licorice and spice notes
Taste: warm, elegant, persistent with a long finish, soft tannins
Serving suggestion: red meats, aged cheese

Feb
20
Cuvée le Revenant 2014

Cuvée le Revenant 2014
87 tsomw points

Domaine la Rouviole, Languedoc France

Category: Fruity red

Very tasty bio blend (90% Carignan, 10% Grenache) from Languedoc region. Domaine la Rouviole -  Cuvée le Revenant 2014 (87 tsomw points) In the glass a dark cherry red color. On the nose aromas of red cherries, raspberries and strawberrries with subtle hints of herbs. On the palate well balanced, medium bodied with pleasant acidity. It shows soft tannins with again dark red fruit and herbs. Pairs great with lamb! ?shop @finebarrel 

Very tasty bio blend (90% Carignan, 10% Grenache) from Languedoc region.
Domaine la Rouviole -  Cuvée le Revenant 2014 (87 tsomw points)

In the glass a dark cherry red color.
On the nose aromas of red cherries, raspberries and strawberrries with subtle hints of herbs.
On the palate well balanced, medium bodied with pleasant acidity. It shows soft tannins with again dark red fruit and herbs. Pairs great with lamb!

Shop: www.finebarrel.com

Feb
18
Blanco Somantano 2016

Blanco Somantano 2016
86 tsomw points

Bodega Laus, Somontana Spain

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Chardonnay

This white one will be at its best during a long sunny evening or just for sipping at the beach or pool. Nice (not typical) unoaked Chardonnay from Spain with good pqr. (86 tsomw points) Laus Blanco – Somantano 2016. In the glass a bright golden color. On the nose intense aromas of pineapple, citrus, lemonpeel and hints of white flowers. 

On the palate fresh, powerfull and tasty, with recall of fresh tropical fruit and a long and light sweet, bitter finish. 
Not a complex white one but very refreshing. 

This white one will be at its best during a long sunny evening or just for sipping at the beach or pool.
Nice (not typical) unoaked Chardonnay from Spain with good pqr. 
Bodega Laus - Blanco Somantano 2016 (86 tsomw points)

In the glass a bright golden color.
On the nose intense aromas of pineapple, citrus, lemonpeel and hints of white flowers. 
On the palate fresh, powerfull and tasty, with recall of fresh tropical fruit and a long and light sweet, bitter finish. 
Not a complex white one but very refreshing. 

Website winery: www.bodegalaus.es

 

Feb
17
Brut N.V.

Brut N.V.
87 tsomw points

Tenuta il Bosco - Zonin, Lombardy Italy

Category: Sparkling
Tags: Pinot Noir

Sparkling wine from Lombardia on the Metodo Classico (Méthode Champenoise) review 3.600 on Vivino. 100% Pinot Noir - Oltrenero - Brut (87 tsomw points) In the glass a pale golden yellow color. The perlage is very fine and persistent. On the nose aromas of bread crust, elderberry, blackberries, red currants with hints of citrus and raspberries. On the palate fresh and lively with nice mouthfeel and fruityness showing notes of elderberries, citrus and red currants. Excellent as aperitif or with seafood, pastas and risotto. 

Sparkling wine from Lombardia on the Metodo Classico (Méthode Champenoise) review 3.600 on Vivino.
100% Pinot Noir - Oltrenero - Brut (87 tsomw points)

In the glass a pale golden yellow color. The perlage is very fine and persistent.
On the nose aromas of bread crust, elderberry, blackberries, red currants with hints of citrus and raspberries.
On the palate fresh and lively with nice mouthfeel and fruityness showing notes of elderberries, citrus and red currants.
Excellent as aperitif or with seafood, pastas and risotto.

Website winery: www.ilbosco.com

Winemaker notes:

Fragrant and seductive, this is a sparkling wine of authentic class. Its ethereal aromas derive from more than two years on the yeasts, in order to extract from the Pinot Noir, cultivated on the gentle hillsides of the Oltrepò, its almost voluptuous sensations of ripe redcurrants and white flowers, along with an inviting undertone of crusty bread. Its perlage is exuberantly fine, seeming to reveal thousands of golden pearls in one’s glass. Oltrenero Cuvèe Brut’s attractive fruit is of rare intensity, ideal for accompanying the salinity of oysters as well as the sweetness of seafood and other restrainedly elegant dishes. It is a perfect backdrop for sensual emotions, from those of friendship to the joy of a first meeting.  

Feb
15
Pinot Gris grand premier Cru 2016

Pinot Gris grand premier Cru 2016
88 tsomw points

Clos de Rochers, Luxembourg Luxembourg

Category: Fruity white, Full white
Tags: Pinot Gris

Great pairing with the salad and fish. From Luxembourg Mosel region comes this excellent white wine. Clos de Rochers - Pinot Gris grand premier Cru 2016 (88 tsomw points) In the glass a bright golden color. On the nose delicate aromas of white peach, pineapple and citrus with light white pepper hints. On the palate full-bodied with balanced  and round mouthfeel showing great freshness and acidity. On the long finish nice minerality showing chalky and honey notes. Shop

Great pairing with the salad and fish.
From Luxembourg Mosel region comes this excellent white wine.

Clos de Rochers - Pinot Gris grand premier Cru 2016 (88 tsomw points)
In the glass a bright golden color.
On the nose delicate aromas of white peach, pineapple and citrus with light white pepper hints.
On the palate full-bodied with balanced  and round mouthfeel showing great freshness and acidity. On the long finish nice minerality showing chalky and honey notes.

Shop: www.finebarrel.com
Website winery: www.clos-des-rochers.com

Feb
13
Monte Velho Branco 2016

Monte Velho Branco 2016
87 tsomw points

Esporão , Alentejo Portugal

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Antão Vaz, Roupeiro, Perrum

What a great value wine for this money (about € 7) The perfect big party wine for summer!  Esporão - Monte Velho Branco 2016 (87 tsomw points) Indigenous blend of Antão Vaz, Roupeiro and Perrum grapes. Light yellow amber color in the glass. On the nose intense aromas of green apple, apricot, white flowers and freshness of grass and citrus. On the palate medium bodied with great freshness and full mouthfeel. Lovely acidity with same fruit and some nuts and ending with a long lingering finish. 

What a great value wine for this money (about € 7) The perfect big party wine for summer! 
Esporão - Monte Velho Branco 2016 (87 tsomw points)

Indigenous blend of Antão Vaz, Roupeiro and Perrum grapes.
Light yellow amber color in the glass.
On the nose intense aromas of green apple, apricot, white flowers and freshness of grass and citrus.
On the palate medium bodied with great freshness and full mouthfeel. Lovely acidity with same fruit and some nuts and ending with a long lingering finish. 

Importer NL: www.dgswijn.nl
Website winery: www.esporao.com

Winemaker notes:

Launched for the first time in 1992, its name comes from the monte located next to the Caridade reservoir, at Herdade do Esporão. At the time, the wine boasted the same origin and philosophy as Esporão Reserva but was created to reach more people and make daily wine consumption an experience.

Produced according to the region’s winegrowing tradition, the variety of grapes and vinification techniques demonstrate the character of the region from whence it comes: rich aromas, a smooth palate and an excellent gastronomic bent.

Made with grapes from throughout the region, it is the result of partnerships lasting over 15 years with suppliers from the different sub-regions, who use the same integrated production system as Esporão. These sustainable practices, which preclude the use of pesticides and herbicides, are crucial to soil quality and fertility, which provide the vineyard with natural protection that influences the quality of the wines.

Ever faithful to its roots, Monte Velho is the Alentejo in a glass, coming to represent a benchmark of the region in Portugal and the world over the years.

WINE MAKERS
David Baverstock and Sandra Alves

Spring had lower temperatures and higher humidity than in previous years – ideal climatic conditions for fungal diseases in the vines, implying increased care to avoid mildew attacks. The cooler temperatures at this time of year provided a longer period of vegetative growth and, despite the heat felt since July, the beginning of the harvest took place about 10 days later than usual. The hot weather continued throughout the harvest, fruit condition was excellent. Despite the heat, sugar levels were normal and acidities a little lower than normal.

SOIL TYPE
Schist/granite origin with clay loam soils.

AVERAGE AGE OF VINES
16 years old

Feb
12
Le Serre Nuove dell’ Ornellaia

Le Serre Nuove dell’ Ornellaia
89 tsomw points

Ornellaia, Bolgheri Italy

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

Ornellaia – Le Serre Nuove dell’ Ornellaia (89 tsomw points) A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc & Petit Verdot. In the glass a ruby red color with some light transperency. On the nose aromas of blackberries and plums with hints of leather, spices and vanilla. Despite the youth of this blend from Tuscany it already shows its charm with a medium bodied body, nicely balanced with fine grained tannins and medium acidity which will soften in the years. The other two bottles will take some rest in the cellar. 

Famous second wine from the Ornellaia estate raised at the foothills around Bolgheri facing the Mediterranean coast. 2014 was a very unusual year with warm winter, cold and rainy august and a very late harvest on 6 september of the Merlot grapes and even 22 october with the last Cabernet Sauvignons. 

Despite the fact that the climate did not really cooperate, they still managed to make a very nice wine.

Ornellaia – Le Serre Nuove dell’ Ornellaia (89 tsomw points)
A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc & Petit Verdot.
In the glass a ruby red color with some light transperency.
On the nose aromas of blackberries and plums with hints of leather, spices and vanilla.
Despite the youth of this blend from Tuscany it already shows its charm with a medium bodied body, nicely balanced with fine grained tannins and medium acidity which will soften in the years. The other two bottles will take some rest in the cellar. 

Website winery: www.ornellaia.com

 

Feb
11
Château Franc la Rosa – SE Grand Cru 2005

Château Franc la Rosa – SE Grand Cru 2005
86 tsomw points

Jean-Louis Trocard, Bordeaux France

Category: Solid red
Tags: Cabernet Franc, Merlot

First gave this blend (Cabernet Franc and Merlot) an hour time to open up. Jean-Louis Trocard – Château Franc la Rosa – SE Grand Cru 2005 (86 tsomw points) In the glass a garnet red color. On the nose intense aromas of black cherries, mushroom, leather, licorice and dark berries with hints of menthol and balsamico. On the palate medium / full-bodied, nicely layered and elegant with ok complexity showing dark fruit, and soft tannins. 

First gave this blend (Cabernet Franc and Merlot) an hour time to open up. 
Jean-Louis Trocard – Château Franc la Rosa – SE Grand Cru 2005 (86 tsomw points)

In the glass a garnet red color.
On the nose intense aromas of black cherries, mushroom, leather, licorice and dark berries with hints of menthol and balsamico.
On the palate medium / full-bodied, nicely layered and elegant with ok complexity showing dark fruit, and soft tannins. 

Feb
10
Barbera d’Alba Superiore Alferi 2012

Barbera d’Alba Superiore Alferi 2012
87 tsomw points

Ellena Giuseppe, Piedmont Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Barbera

A lovely red wine from Piedmont Region in the municipality of La Morra. The heart of the famous Barolo. Ellena Giuseppe - Barbera d’Alba Superiore Alferi 2012 (87 tsomw points) In the glass a dark ruby red color. On the nose intense aromas of redfruit, flowers and light notes of herbs and spices. On the palate medium bodied, nicely balanced and warm in the mouth with soft tannins. Long and persistence aftertaste. 

A lovely red wine from Piedmont Region in the municipality of La Morra. The heart of the famous Barolo.
Ellena Giuseppe - Barbera d’Alba Superiore Alferi 2012 (87 tsomw points)

In the glass a dark ruby red color.
On the nose intense aromas of redfruit, flowers and light notes of herbs and spices.
On the palate medium bodied, nicely balanced and warm in the mouth with soft tannins. Long and persistence aftertaste. 

Website winery: www.ellenagiuseppe.it
Webshop NL: www.fattoria.nl

Winemaker notes:

Grape variety: Barbera
Production area: La Morra
Vineyard: Alferi
Total surface area: 0,8 hectares

Initiated (year of planting): 1940 – 1984

Produced bottles: 3500
Exposure: West
Altitude: 340 m. above sea level
Soil composion: calcareous – clayey
Yield per hectare: 50 quintals
Fermentation: With Wild yeast

Winemaking: 14 days of maceration on skins with frequent cap punch-downs
Ageing: malolactic fermentation and maturation in french barriques (25% new barrique – 75% second-year barrique) for about 24 months.
Bottling:  The wine is bottled in summer without filtration and bottle ageing for 6 – 9 months.
Service temperature: 18° C
Note: alcoholic content 14,50% vol, total acidity 6,20 g/l

Feb
9
Picol 2015

Picol 2015
88 tsomw points

Lis Neris, Friuli Italy

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Sauvignon Blanc

Top Sauvignon Blanc from the Friuli region near the border of Slovenia. Lis Neris - Picol 2015 (88 tsomw points) In the glass a bright golden yellow color. On the nose delicate aromas of pineapple, goosberry, citrus with hints of tomato leaves, sage and mint. On the palate well balanced, dry, medium bodied with nice mineral notes, great acidity and freshness. Full in the mouth with a great and persistence finish. 

Top Sauvignon Blanc from the Friuli region near the border of Slovenia.
Lis Neris - Picol 2015 (88 tsomw points)

In the glass a bright golden yellow color.
On the nose delicate aromas of pineapple, goosberry, citrus with hints of tomato leaves, sage and mint.
On the palate well balanced, dry, medium bodied with nice mineral notes, great acidity and freshness. Full in the mouth with a great and persistence finish. 

Website winery:www.lisneris.it

Winemaker notes:

Grape variety: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
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: Picol – Jurosa – Gris
Average age of vines: more than 25 years
Training system: Guyot – 5200 vines/ha
Production: 50 hl/ha
Bottles produced: 40.000 (average)
Vinification: Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks at a temperature of 20-22°C, followed by a maturation on the fine lees in stainless steel vats and 500-litre French oak 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: Catalan-style Lobster, hake with broccoli sauce.

Sauvignon Blanc is an international grape planted in many areas of the world. The two leading schools (areas) are French. The Loire valley produces a style of wine which is highly aromatic, salty and mineral, while in Bordeaux, where this grape is often combined with Semillion, is characterized by a good structure and body. In both cases only the best examples will be elegant and refined.

The right bank of Isonzo river has gravelly and warm soils, which are crucial to gain greater structure. As for climate, it is characterized by wide changes of temperature due to winds coming from the Balkans and by Mediterranean influxes from the nearby sea. These aspects put together create in this area the right conditions for a “Friulian style of Sauvignon Blanc”.

Feb
8
Triton Tinta de Toro D.O. 2016

Triton Tinta de Toro D.O. 2016
87 tsomw points

Jorge Ordóñez, Toro Spain

Category: Solid red
Tags: Tempranillo

Nice red from Toro region – Spain. Jorge Ordóñez - Triton Tinta de Toro D.O. 2016 (87 tsomw points) Dark purple red color in the glass. On the nose intense aromas of ripe strawberries, red berries compote with hints of chocolate, vanilla and violets. On the palate full bodied with dark red fruit but enough freshness, nicely balanced, with nice acidity and easy present tannins. Nice aftertaste.

Nice red from Toro region – Spain.
Jorge Ordóñez - Triton Tinta de Toro D.O. 2016 (87 tsomw points)

Dark purple red color in the glass.
On the nose intense aromas of ripe strawberries, red berries compote with hints of chocolate, vanilla and violets.
On the palate full bodied with dark red fruit but enough freshness, nicely balanced, with nice acidity and easy present tannins. Nice aftertaste.

Feb
7
Corte de Campo Andes Blend 2014

Corte de Campo Andes Blend 2014
88 tsomw points

Vistamar

Category: Solid red
Tags: Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Petit Verdot, Petit Syrah

Great blend from Chile with an excellent price quality range. Vistamar - Corte de Campo Andes Blend 2014 (88 tsomw points) Variety of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Carmenère, 20% Petit Verdot and 20% Petit Syrah. In the glass a deep ruby red color with purple reflections. On the nose delicate aromas of dark cherries, plums, black currants, cassis with hints of herbs, vanilla and light pepper. On the palate full-bodied, good concentration with nice complexity and freshness. It shows flavours of dark berries, coffee, chocolate and cedar. The tannis are soft and the red has a pleasant aftertaste. 

Great blend from Chile with an excellent price quality range.
Vistamar - Corte de Campo Andes Blend 2014 (88 tsomw points)

Variety of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Carmenère, 20% Petit Verdot and 20% Petit Syrah.

In the glass a deep ruby red color with purple reflections.
On the nose delicate aromas of dark cherries, plums, black currants, cassis with hints of herbs, vanilla and light pepper.
On the palate full-bodied, good concentration with nice complexity and freshness. It shows flavours of dark berries, coffee, chocolate and cedar. The tannis are soft and the red has a pleasant aftertaste. 

Webshop NL: www.wijnkooperijdelange.nl

Feb
6
Barolo D.O.C.G. 2013

Barolo D.O.C.G. 2013
87 tsomw points

Cascina Ghercina, Piedmont Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Nebbiolo

This Barolo didn’t need much time to open up. A nice Barolo with a very interesting price!! About 21 euro. Cascina Ghercina - Barolo D.O.C.G. 2013 (87 tsomw points) 26 months matured on Slovenian oak. In the glass an intense dark red color (light transparent) On the nose intense aromas of blackberries, prunes and dark cherries with hints of flowers, licorice, herbs and oak. On the palate medium / full-bodied with tight tannins (not disturbing) and medium acidity. Showing blackberries, prunes and tobacco. Nice long aftertaste. Still young but with nice potential.

This Barolo didn’t need much time to open up. A nice Barolo with a very interesting price!! About 21 euro.
Cascina Ghercina - Barolo D.O.C.G. 2013 (87 tsomw points)

26 months matured on Slovenian oak.
In the glass an intense dark red color (light transparent)
On the nose intense aromas of blackberries, prunes and dark cherries with hints of flowers, licorice, herbs and oak.
On the palate medium / full-bodied with tight tannins (not disturbing) and medium acidity. Showing blackberries, prunes and tobacco. Nice long aftertaste. Still young but with nice potential.

Website importer: www.goessens.com
Website winery: www.cascinaghercina.com

Winemaker notes:

Ethereal and precious, here's the Barolo D.O.C.G., a noble wine appreciated all over the world for its uniqueness and its close link with the eleven villages where the production is allowed. His notes of ripe red fruits and licorice resonate in the glass as a symphony, enveloping and warm, soft and elegant. If aged in the cellar a few more years, or if poured and left some minutes in a glass, it continues its evolution and at each sip it is a new discovery, a new emotion.

Area of production: 11 villages of the Barolo area
Vinification: Crushing and destemming; fermentation in stainless steel at a controlled temperature of 28-30°C. Maceration on the skins for 12 days, with daily pumping of the must over the cap.

Refining: Aged in large casks made of Slavonian oak.
Cellar life: 10 years

Feb
5
Lace Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Lace Sauvignon Blanc 2015
88 tsomw points

Almenkerk, Elgin South Africa

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Sauvignon Blanc

Almenkerk Wine Estate is owned by the Belgian van Almenkerk family and run by Natalie and Joris van Almenkerk. They settled down at the cool Southcoast from Africa. Almenkerk – Lace Sauvignon Blanc 2015 (88 tsomw points) In the glass a bright yellow color with greenish reflections. On the nose pineapple, white peach, grass, blossom and mineral tones. On the palate very elegant with fresh and crip mouthfeel, nice acidity and minerality and a long perstistence final. 

Almenkerk Wine Estate is owned by the Belgian van Almenkerk family and run by Natalie and Joris van Almenkerk.
They settled down at the cool Southcoast from Africa.

Almenkerk – Lace Sauvignon Blanc 2015 (88 tsomw points)
In the glass a bright yellow color with greenish reflections.
On the nose pineapple, white peach, grass, blossom and mineral tones.
On the palate very elegant with fresh and crip mouthfeel, nice acidity and minerality and a long perstistence final. 

Website winery: www.almenkerk.co.za

Feb
4
Extra Brut Millesimato 2011

Extra Brut Millesimato 2011
86 tsomw points

Deltetto, Piedmont Italy

Category: Sparkling
Tags: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay

2day a very nice sparkling from Piedmont region. Deltetto - Extra Brut Millesimato 2011 (86 tsomw points) Blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. 42 months aging on bottle and Millesimato means made from wine from one year. So no blending with other years. The mousse is fine and persistent. On the nose butter, light wood with hints of nuts and white fruits. On the palate well balanced, soft in the mouth with nice acidity and minerality and nice finish. 

2day a very nice sparkling from Piedmont region. Deltetto - Extra Brut Millesimato 2011 (86 tsomw points) Blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

42 months aging on bottle and Millesimato means made from wine from one year. So no blending with other years.
The mousse is fine and persistent.
On the nose butter, light wood with hints of nuts and white fruits.
On the palate well balanced, soft in the mouth with nice acidity and minerality and nice finish. 

Website winery: www.deltetto.com

Winemaker notes:

VINIFICATION:
Fermentation at 18°C and “metodo classico” fermentation at 12°C.

AGEING:
About 60 months on its own yeast in the bottle.

ORGANALEPTIC CHARACTERISTICS:
Straw yellow color, fine taste with an intense bouquet of bread crust and yeast, dry, full and well-balanced with a long finish.

FOOD PAIRING:
Perfect as an aperitif, pair particularly well with crustaceans, oysters and all dishes except dessert.

TO BE SERVED AT:
6°C – 43°F

Feb
3
Greif Lagrein 2016

Greif Lagrein 2016
88 tsomw points

Kornell, Alto Adige Italy

Category: Fruity red, Solid red
Tags: Lagrein

A great red wine which was the perfect pairing fort he tuna steak and risotto. Kornell - Greif Lagrein 2016 (88 tsomw points) In the glass an intense dark color with purple reflections. On the nose delicate aromas of black cherries, blackberries and a touch of blossom and chocolate. On the palate loads of dark fruit nice acidity and tannins with a pleasant and long light bitter finish.

A great red wine which was the perfect pairing fort he tuna steak and risotto.
Kornell - Greif Lagrein 2016 (88 tsomw points)

In the glass an intense dark color with purple reflections.
On the nose delicate aromas of black cherries, blackberries and a touch of blossom and chocolate. 
On the palate loads of dark fruit nice acidity and tannins with a pleasant and long light bitter finish.

Winemaker notes:

TERROIR
Altitude 250 meters
Soil Porphyry weathered soil
Hillside South facing
Slope 0 %
Pruning system Guyot, Pergola
Vines/hectare 3500 - 6000
Yield/hectare 50 hl
Harvest End of September

Vinification : Fermented in stainless steel tanks for 15-18 days Maturation: 6-8 months in large wooden casks 50 hl Bottled: April 2017

TASTING NOTES
Color: Dark ruby red with violet reflexes.
Aroma: Invitingly intensive, fruity accents with an aroma of ripe blackberries, spicy with the aroma of bitter chocolate.
Flavor: Fresh and full-bodied with strong tannins, fruity and convivial, salty and juicy with a pleasant acidity and long finish.

Best enjoyed: With hearty meals of red meat and game, grilled meals and ripe cheese.
Serving temperature 16C

Website winery: www.kornell.it

Feb
2
Priorat Laurel 2010

Priorat Laurel 2010
91 tsomw points

Clos Erasmus, Priorat Spain

Category: Solid red
Tags: Garnacha, Carineñera, Syrah

Yesterday Dick Schinkel – number 6 Vivino in Holland came to visit me and took with him this great bottle. Half day in Decanter before pooring. Clos Erasmus Priorat Laurel 2010 (91 tsomw points) 65% Garnacha, 30% Carineñera and 5% Syrah. In the glass a intense dark red color. On the nose delicate aromas of dark berry fruits, sweet spices, licorice and coffee. On the palate full-bodied with smooth tannins, great mouthfeel with medium acidity and flavours of plums, red berries and spices. Long presistence finish.

Yesterday Dick Schinkel – number 6 Vivino in Holland came to visit me and took with him this great bottle. Half day in Decanter before pooring.
Clos Erasmus Priorat Laurel 2010 (91 tsomw points)
65% Garnacha, 30% Carineñera and 5% Syrah

In the glass a intense dark red color.
On the nose delicate aromas of dark berry fruits, sweet spices, licorice and coffee.
On the palate full-bodied with smooth tannins, great mouthfeel with medium acidity and flavours of plums, red berries and spices. Long presistence finish.

 

Feb
1
Colle Nobile Grechetto Di Todi Superiore 2015

Colle Nobile Grechetto Di Todi Superiore 2015
88 tsomw points

Cantina Tudernum, Umbria Italy

Category: Full white
Tags: Grechetto

Nice Grechetto from Umbria region. Cantina Tudernum Colle Nobile Grechetto Di Todi Superiore 2015 (88 tsomw points) In the glass a dark golden color with amber reflections. On the nose delicate aromas of peaches, apricot  with hints of oak and vanilla. On the palate full in the mouth, light creamy but with enough freshness and acidity. Flavours of pear, apples and light almond in the finish.

Nice Grechetto from Umbria region.
Cantina Tudernum Colle Nobile Grechetto Di Todi Superiore 2015 (88 tsomw points)

In the glass a dark golden color with amber reflections.
On the nose delicate aromas of peaches, apricot  with hints of oak and vanilla.
On the palate full in the mouth, light creamy but with enough freshness and acidity. Flavours of pear, apples and light almond in the finish. 

Winemaker notes:

Collenobile is made with 100% Grechetto di Todi grapes selected by Cantina Tudernum exclusively from vineyards belonging to our consortium. 
Once the grapes are brought into the winery they are loaded in presses that allow a particularly soft pressing to obtain only the best from the grape. 
To further enhance this great wine it is moved to newly-made casks (medium-toasted French durmast oak) to initiate the alcoholic fermentation process. The process lasts between 20 and 25 days and temperature is kept at a constant 14-15 °C.

The final result is a structured product, because of the wood’s contribution, that is, however, elegant and smooth. Accompaniment suggestions include soups, lean meats, and averagely matured cheeses. 

Gastronomic combinations: tasty starters, soups, spicy and with blue-green marbling cheeses (gorgonzola...)
Serving temperature: 10/12°C

Website winery; www.tudernum.it
Website Dutch importer: www.viguursinwijn.nl

Jan
31
Tosone Barrique Terre Siciliane IGT 2016

Tosone Barrique Terre Siciliane IGT 2016
84 tsomw points

Musìta, Sicily Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Nero d’Avola

This Nero D’avola was rated by Luca Maroni with 99 points. Musìta - Tosone Barrique Terre Siciliane IGT 2016 (84 tsomw points) In the glass a deep dark red color. On the nose intense aromas of jammy black cherries, blackberries, chocolate and hints of spices and smoke. On the palate soft and jammy with intense flavors of dark red fruit, licorice and herbs. Easy drinking big wine without complexity which makes it not my type of wine. Scores very good on Vivino so there will be a definitely a crowd for this one.

This Nero D’avola was rated by Luca Maroni with 99 points.
Musìta - Tosone Barrique Terre Siciliane IGT 2016 (84 tsomw points)

In the glass a deep dark red color.
On the nose intense aromas of jammy black cherries, blackberries, chocolate and hints of spices and smoke.
On the palate soft and jammy with intense flavors of dark red fruit, licorice and herbs. Easy drinking big wine without complexity which makes it not my type of wine.
Scores very good on Vivino so there will be a definitely a crowd for this one.

Website winery: www.musita.it

Jan
30
Finca el Lince Special Edition 2015

Finca el Lince Special Edition 2015
86 tsomw points

Bodegas Alceno, Jumilla Spain

Category: Solid red
Tags: Monastrell, Syrah

Very nice Monastrell (with little bit Syrah) from Jumilla region. Bodegas Alceno – Finca el Lince Special Edition 2015 (86 tsomw points) Give it some time to open up like in a big glass. In the glass a deep ruby red color with purple reflections. On the palate prunes and liquorice with hints of wet earth, chocolate, pepper and tobacco. On the palate dry, with medium acidity, nicely balanced with moderate tannins and again liquorice in the nice aftertaste.

Very nice Monastrell (with little bit Syrah) from Jumilla region.
Bodegas Alceno – Finca el Lince Special Edition 2015 (86 tsomw points)

Give it some time to open up like in a big glass.
In the glass a deep ruby red color with purple reflections.
On the palate prunes and liquorice with hints of wet earth, chocolate, pepper and tobacco.
On the palate dry, with medium acidity, nicely balanced with moderate tannins and again liquorice in the nice aftertaste.

Website winery: www.alceno.com

Jan
29
Tinto Reserva 2014

Tinto Reserva 2014
89 tsomw points

Esporao, Alentejo Portugal

Category: Solid red
Tags: Alicante Bouschet, Aragonez, Trincadeira, Cabernet Sauvignon

Tonight a red wine with a perfect price, quality rate from one of the best producers from Portugal. Esporao – Tinto Reserva 2014 (89 tsomw points) Blend of Alicante Bouschet, Aragonez, Trincadeira and Cabernet Sauvignon. In the glass a deep dark red color almost opaque. On the nose intense aromas of red berries and prunes with hints of cloves, spices and vanilla. On the palate full-bodied but elegant with big tannins but not disturbing. Nice complexity and structure. After one day opening the bottle the wine was even better.

Tonight a red wine with a perfect price, quality rate from one of the best producers from Portugal.
Esporao – Tinto Reserva 2014 (89 tsomw points)
Blend of Alicante Bouschet, Aragonez, Trincadeira and Cabernet Sauvignon.

In the glass a deep dark red color almost opaque.
On the nose intense aromas of red berries and prunes with hints of cloves, spices and vanilla.
On the palate full-bodied but elegant with big tannins but not disturbing. Nice complexity and structure. After one day opening the bottle the wine was even better.

Website winery: www.esporao.com
Website Distributor NL www.dgswijn.nl

Jan
28
Graves 2014

Graves 2014
83 tsomw points

Château de Landiras, Bordeaux France

Category: Solid red
Tags: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon

Blend from Bordeaux Graves region. 75% Merlot en 25% Cabernet Sauvignon. Château de Landiras – Graves 2014 (83 tsomw points) In the glass chery red color with dark ruby red reflections. After some time in the glass you can smell black currants, plums, licorice with earthy hints, vanilla and toasted barriques. On the palate medium-bodied with present tannins and lots of red fruit. A bit onedimensioal and easy drinking Bordeaux which mabye will get better after some time?

Blend from Bordeaux Graves region.
75% Merlot en 25% Cabernet Sauvignon
Château de Landiras – Graves 2014 (83 tsomw points)

In the glass chery red color with dark ruby red reflections.
After some time in the glass you can smell black currants, plums, licorice with earthy hints, vanilla and toasted barriques.
On the palate medium-bodied with present tannins and lots of red fruit. A bit onedimensioal and easy drinking Bordeaux which mabye will get better after some time?

Website winery: www.chateaudelandiras.com

Jan
27
Barbaresco 2013 special edition

Barbaresco 2013 special edition
89 tsomw points

Carlo Giacosa, Piedmont Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Nebbiolo

Wine and friends – We had a great evening with lovely food and wine. Carlo Giacosa – Barbaresco 2013 special edition (89 tsomw points) Artist: Nespolo. This red one paired great with the Boeuf bourguignon. In the glass a dark garnet red color. On the nose delicate aromas of dark cherries, dark berries and plums with hints of violets, vanilla and spices. On the palate dry, medium full-bodied. Soft in the mouth with nice acidity and tannins. 

Wine and friends – We had a great evening with lovely food and wine.
Carlo Giacosa – Barbaresco 2013 special edition (89 tsomw points) Artist: Nespolo

This red one paired great with the Boeuf bourguignon.
In the glass a dark garnet red color.
On the nose delicate aromas of dark cherries, dark berries and plums with hints of violets, vanilla and spices.
On the palate dry, medium full-bodied. Soft in the mouth with nice acidity and tannins. 

Website winery: www.carlogiacosa.com

Jan
26
Atis Bolgheri DOC Superiore 2012

Atis Bolgheri DOC Superiore 2012
88 tsomw points

Guado al Melo, Bolgheri Italy

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

Mainly Cabernet Sauvignon and some Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Guado al Melo – Atis Bolgheri DOC Superiore 2012 (88 tsomw points) Two years in oak barrels and one year in bottle. Produced only in the best vintages. In the glass a dark ruby red color. On the nose delicate aromas of black currant, dark cherries, liquorice and balsamico with hints of leather and tabacco, pepper and some mint. On the palate medium / full-bodied with still active tannins with some spicy bitterness, full but soft in the mouth and a medium-long finish. Nice balanced wine which can stay some more years in my cellar.

Do you like Bolgheri? This one has 3 glasses Gambero Rosso.
Mainly Cabernet Sauvignon and some Cabernet Franc and Merlot.

Guado al Melo – Atis Bolgheri DOC Superiore 2012 (88 tsomw points)

Two years in oak barrels and one year in bottle. Produced only in the best vintages.
In the glass a dark ruby red color.
On the nose delicate aromas of black currant, dark cherries, liquorice and balsamico with hints of leather and tabacco, pepper and some mint.
On the palate medium / full-bodied with still active tannins with some spicy bitterness, full but soft in the mouth and a medium-long finish. Nice balanced wine which can stay some more years in my cellar.

Winemaker notes:

ATIS is our Superior Bolgheri and with it we express the greatness of our territory without modifying its essence, in a subtle equilibrium between our work and the naturalness of the earth and the vines. It is a wine in which Mediterranean power is mitigated by the innate elegance of the territory and its main variety, Cabernet sauvignon, with a little part of Merlot and Cabernet franc.

We dedicated our wine to the Etruscans who lived in this land, the first wine-growers in Italy. Atis was the name of a mythic king, grandchild of Zeus, which is at the origin of Etruscan people, according to a legend. The drawing represents a grape vine “married” to a tree, like it was grown by Etruscans. In the ancient poetry it was the indissoluble love metaphor.

VINEYARD: from selected micro-parcels of the vineyards Campo Grande and Campo Ferro, on the hills of Bolgheri. Alluvial soil, with good pebble-gravel texture and moderate clay content. Mediterranean climate refreshed by sea winds, in summer significant temperature range between day and night. Produced with sustainable practices.

PRODUCTION: Produced only in the best vintages, the selected grapes are vinified without correctives or additives which would alter the original characteristics. Refined on the lees for 24 months in oak barrels (only 10% new) and almost 12 months in bot-tle. Not filtrated.

Website winery: www.guadoalmelo.it

Jan
25
Ribera del Duero Joven Roble 2016

Ribera del Duero Joven Roble 2016
87 tsomw points

Pago de los Capellanes, Ribera del Duero Spain

Category: Solid red
Tags: Tempranillo

What are you drinking this evening? This red one is still young and we poured it 4 some time in the Decanter. Pago de los Capellanes - Ribera del Duero Joven Roble 2016 (87 tsomw points) In the glass an intense purple, ruby red color. On the nose intense aromas of dark fruit like blackberries and cherries with hints of herbs and spices. On the palate dry attack, full mouthfeel but not overwhelming. Tannins available but nog disturbing. Nice long aftertaste with spices, wood and herbs.

What are you drinking this evening? This red one is still young and we poured it 4 some time in the Decanter. 
Pago de los Capellanes - Ribera del Duero Joven Roble 2016 (87 tsomw points)

In the glass an intense purple, ruby red color.
On the nose intense aromas of dark fruit like blackberries and cherries with hints of herbs and spices.
On the palate dry attack, full mouthfeel but not overwhelming. Tannins available but nog disturbing. Nice long aftertaste with spices, wood and herbs.

Winemaker notes: 

Vineyards
Selection of parcels in our Santa Gadea vineyards. Chalky-clay soil, very poor fertility and low yield.

Production
Following a short cold pre-fermentation for 6 days below 12ºC, a controlled alcoholic (primary) fermentation is initiated, with seeding using our selected yeasts.
Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks with pumping over and two controls per day for density and temperature. At the end of this fermentation period the malolactic fermentation begins without the addition of bacteria, at a winery temperature of 22ºC for 24 days. 
The wine is transferred by separating it from the lees without filtering or clarifying.
The wine is then rested in 300 litre French oak casks for 5 months.

Serving temperature 16-18ºC. 

Website winery: www.pagodeloscapellanes.com

Jan
24
Pomerol 2008

Pomerol 2008
87 tsomw points

Chateau de Sales, Bordeaux France

Category: Solid red
Tags: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

One of the biggest vineyards in the Pomerol region. Chateau de Sales - Pomerol 2008 (87 tsomw points) In the glass intense dark cherry red color. On the nose intense aromas of forest floor, cherries, red berries with tobacco, chocolate and animal hints. On the palate well balanced, nice complexity and rich mouthfeel with medium tannins and acidity. Medium finish. 

One of the biggest vineyards in the Pomerol region.
Chateau de Sales - Pomerol 2008 (87 tsomw points)

In the glass intense dark cherry red color.
On the nose intense aromas of forest floor, cherries, red berries with tobacco, chocolate and animal hints.
On the palate well balanced, nice complexity and rich mouthfeel with medium tannins and acidity. Medium finish. 

Jan
23
Tabano Bianco I.G.T. Marche 2016

Tabano Bianco I.G.T. Marche 2016
86 tsomw points

Montecappone, Marche Italy

Category: Fruity white, Full white
Tags: Verdicchio, Moscato, Sauvignon Blanc

50% Verdicchio, 30% Moscato & 20% Sauvignon Blanc from the Marche. Montecappone Tabano Bianco I.G.T. Marche 2016 (86 tsomw points) In the glass a light golden yellow color. On the nose tropical fruit, peach, melon and yellow apple with some citrus hints and blossom. On the palate medium-bodied, concentrated but soft in the mouth, light velvet with light sweetness and low acidity. Normally I would like some more acidity but that is not disturbing in this wine. Perfect with some fish.

50% Verdicchio, 30% Moscato & 20% Sauvignon Blanc from the Marche. 
Montecappone Tabano Bianco I.G.T. Marche 2016 (86 tsomw points)

In the glass a light golden yellow color.
On the nose tropical fruit, peach, melon and yellow apple with some citrus hints and blossom.
On the palate medium-bodied, concentrated but soft in the mouth, light velvet with light sweetness and low acidity.
Normally I would like some more acidity but that is not disturbing in this wine. Perfect with some fish.

Winemaker notes:

We wanted to produce a wine full and was born on Tabano white intense flavorings like the taste. Hence the blend: 50% Verdicchio and the rest aromatic varieties (muscat and sauvignon blanc). A wine of high profile combined with a not common oenological ltechnique, make the Tabano white wine of great pleasure.

Production area - Hills around the Castle of Jesi, Tabano countryside
Vine variety 50% Verdicchio, 30% Moscato, 20% Sauvignon
Terrain Clayey and silty soil
Cutting system Guyot and spurred cordon
Plants per hectare About 5,500
Yield per plant About 1,6 - 1,8 Kg
Vinification Fermentation without the skins, with the wine allowed to rest on its noble lees for 4 months, use the “reductions” technique from the separations of the grapes from their stems until the bottling of wine, subsequent ageing in bottles.
Alcohol content 13% - 13,5% vol. varying, depending on the vintage
Food pairings Fried food, grilled fish, fish soup “all’anconetana” and swordfish. 
Serving temperature 10° 

Website winery: www.montecapponevini.it

Jan
22
Private Selection Red, 2012

Private Selection Red, 2012
91 tsomw points

Esporão, Alentejo Portugal

Category: Solid red
Tags: Alicante Bouschet, Aragonez, Syrah.

Wow – what a great wine this red one from Alentejo!! Get out of your chair and get this 1. Blend of Alicante Bouschet, Aragonez and Syrah. 18 months on French oak barrels. Esporao - Private Selection Red, 2012 (91 tsomw points) In the glass an intense dark ruby red color with violet reflections. On the nose delicate aromas of blackberries, pomegranates, oak and vanilla. On the palate well balanced with nice complexity, full-bodied with same fruit notes, chocolate and great acidity and tight tannins. It has a long spicy finish. At deltawines.eu

Wow – what a great wine this red one from Alentejo!! Get out of your chair and get this 1 
Blend of Alicante Bouschet, Aragonez and Syrah. 

18 months on French oak barrels.
Esporao - Private Selection Red, 2012 (91 tsomw points)

In the glass an intense dark ruby red color with violet reflections.
On the nose delicate aromas of blackberries, pomegranates, oak and vanilla.
On the palate well balanced with nice complexity, full-bodied with same fruit notes, chocolate and great acidity and tight tannins. It has a long spicy finish.

Dutch distributor: www.dgswijn.nl
Website winery: www.esporao.com

Jan
21
Primitivo di Manduria 2015

Primitivo di Manduria 2015
84 tsomw points

Conte di Campiano, Apulia Italy

Category: Fruity red, Solid red
Tags: Primitivo

Monday. Cold in Holland so a nice red 1 to warm up. Conte di Campiano - Primitivo di Manduria 2015 (84 tsomw points) In the glass a deep red to violet color. On the nose aromas of ripe plums, cherries, licorice and spices. On the palate harmoniously and powerful , velvety tannins and strong fruit flavors - with a long finish. 

Monday. Cold in Holland so a nice red 1 to warm up. Conte di Campiano - Primitivo di Manduria 2015 (84 tsomw points)

In the glass a deep red to violet color.
On the nose aromas of ripe plums, cherries, licorice and spices.
On the palate harmoniously and powerful , velvety tannins and strong fruit flavors - with a long finish. 

Webshop: www.finebarrel.com

Jan
20
Vie Cave Toscana 2012

Vie Cave Toscana 2012
88 tsomw points

Marchesi Antinori, Tuscany Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Malbec

100% Malbec from Toscana from the Maremma region? I am not joking but this wine is a very nice one. Marchesi Antinori - Vie Cave Toscana 2012 (88 tsomw points) In the glass a dark ruby red color. On the nose intense aromas of ripe black fruit, raisins and clove with hints of liquorice, vanilla and herbs. On the palate the wine is soft and round, medium, full-bodied with hints of ripe dark fruit, coffee and chocolate

100% Malbec from Toscana from the Maremma region?

I am not joking but this wine is a very nice one. 
Marchesi Antinori - Vie Cave Toscana 2012 (88 tsomw points)

In the glass a dark ruby red color.
On the nose intense aromas of ripe black fruit, raisins and clove with hints of liquorice, vanilla and herbs.
On the palate the wine is soft and round, medium, full-bodied with hints of ripe dark fruit, coffee and chocolate.

Website winery: www.antinori.it

Jan
19
Lune D’Argent – Grand vin blanc sec Bordeaux 2015

Lune D’Argent – Grand vin blanc sec Bordeaux 2015
87 tsomw points

Clos des Lunes, Bordeaux France

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc

Wat do you think about this pairing? Cock au vin and this lovely white wine from the Bordeaux region. Clos des Lunes – Lune D’Argent – Grand vin blanc sec Bordeaux 2015 (87 tsomw points)| Blend of Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc. In the glass clear yellow color with greenish reflections. On the nose intense aromas of pear, exotic fruits, citrus and blossom. On the palate nice round in the mouth with flavours of mango, liches and slighly saltiness. Light waxy but with nice freshness and acidity and minerality.

Wat do you think about this pairing? Cock au vin and this lovely white wine from the Bordeaux region.
Clos des Lunes – Lune D’Argent – Grand vin blanc sec Bordeaux 2015 (87 tsomw points)| Blend of Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc.

In the glass clear yellow color with greenish reflections.
On the nose intense aromas of pear, exotic fruits, citrus and blossom.
On the palate nice round in the mouth with flavours of mango, liches and slighly saltiness. Light waxy but with nice freshness and acidity and minerality.

Website winery: www.closdeslunes.com

Jan
18
Falanghina 2016

Falanghina 2016
86 tsomw points

Feudi di san Gregorio, Apulia Italy

Category: Fruity white, Full white
Tags: Falanghina

Feudi di san Gregorio - Falanghina 2016 (86 tsomw points) In the glass a pale straw yellow color with green reflections. On the nose intense aromas of blossom and tropical fruits. On the palate is quite full-bodied, dry with flavours of melon, quince, citrus and passion fruit. Nice minerality in the finish.

Feudi di san Gregorio - Falanghina 2016 (86 tsomw points)

In the glass a pale straw yellow color with green reflections.
On the nose intense aromas of blossom and tropical fruits. 
On the palate is quite full-bodied, dry with flavours of melon, quince, citrus and passion fruit. Nice minerality in the finish.

Website winery: www.feudi.it

Jan
17
Grüner Veltliner Renner 1ÖTW Kamptal Reserve 2012

Grüner Veltliner Renner 1ÖTW Kamptal Reserve 2012
89 tsomw points

Allram, Kamptal Austria

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Grüner Veltliner

Great wine from Austria from Kamptal region. Allram – Grüner Veltliner Renner 1ÖTW Kamptal Reserve 2012 (89 tsomw points) In the glass a bright yellow-green color. On the nose inviting aromas of yellow apple, mango, mandarin with hints of herbs and spices. On the palate well balanced, juicy with great acidity and minerality with yellow apple and hints of pepper in the great finish.

Great wine from Austria from Kamptal region.
Allram – Grüner Veltliner Renner 1ÖTW Kamptal Reserve 2012 (89 tsomw points)

In the glass a bright yellow-green color.
On the nose inviting aromas of yellow apple, mango, mandarin with hints of herbs and spices.
On the palate well balanced, juicy with great acidity and minerality with yellow apple and hints of pepper in the great finish.

Winemaker notes:

Potential 2016-2036
Location At the western foot of the Kammerner Gaisberg site, separated from the Lamm by a ravine. The soil is calcareous and consists of loamy, sandy silt that was formed on loess, mixed with a bit of alluvial deposits on crystalline rock, such as gneiss, amphibolite and mica slate.
 
Vinification Fermentation at 19° C with the natural yeast from the vineyard
 
Tasteinfo Deep yellow green, excellent spicy fruit, delicate sweetness with a well balanced acidity, mineralic, quince, blood orange, honeydew melon, on the palate powerful, juicy and dense, elegant, long and multi-faceted fullness
Serving Suggestion Veal, lamb, dear and asian cuisine.

Website winery: www.allram.at

Jan
16
Lintori Vermentino di Sardegna 2016

Lintori Vermentino di Sardegna 2016
87 tsomw points

Capichera, Sardinia Italy

Category: Full white
Tags: Vermentino

From the North of Sardegna comes this lovely white wine. Capichera - Lintori Vermentino di Sardegna 2016 (87 tsomw points) In the glass a straw yellow color with copper reflections. On the nose intense aromas of exotic fruits, stonefruit with hints of flowers, honey and nuts. On the palate medium-bodied, full and soft in the mouth with nice freshness, medium acidity and light creamy mouthfeel with citrus and mineral contents. Pleasant finish with good overall balance. 

From the North of Sardegna comes this lovely white wine.
Capichera - Lintori Vermentino di Sardegna 2016 (87 tsomw points)

In the glass a straw yellow color with copper reflections.
On the nose intense aromas of exotic fruits, stonefruit with hints of flowers, honey and nuts.
On the palate medium-bodied, full and soft in the mouth with nice freshness, medium acidity and light creamy mouthfeel with citrus and mineral contents.
Pleasant finish with good overall balance.

Shop: www.finebarrel.com
Website winery: www.capichera.it

Jan
15
Clos la Rose - St. Emilion Grand Cru 2010

Clos la Rose - St. Emilion Grand Cru 2010
88 tsomw points

Maison Carles , Bordeaux France

Category: Solid red
Tags: Merlot, Cabernet Franc

Tonight a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc. Maison Carles - Clos la Rose - St. Emilion Grand Cru 2010 (88 tsomw points) The wine shows a ruby red color. On the nose intense aromas of ripe fruit, plums, chocolate, forest floor, cigar box, licorice and something roasted. On the palate red berries, prunes and raisins. Full bodied with nice integrated tannins and excellent finish. 

Tonight a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc. 
Maison Carles - Clos la Rose - St. Emilion Grand Cru 2010 (88 tsomw points)

The wine shows a ruby red color.
On the nose intense aromas of ripe fruit, plums, chocolate, forest floor, cigar box, licorice and something roasted.
On the palate red berries, prunes and raisins. Full bodied with nice integrated tannins and excellent finish. 

Website winery: www.vignobles-carles.fr

Jan
14
Carjcanti 2014

Carjcanti 2014
88 tsomw points

Gulfi, Sicily Italy

Category: Full white
Tags: Carricante, Albanello

Ever heard of these indigenous grapes? Variety of 95% Carricante and 5% Albanello (Sicily) Gulfi – Carjcanti 2014 (88 tsomw points) In the glass a light golden yellow color with green reflections. On the nose intense aromas of volcanic earth, green apple, lemon tart with hints of vanilla, nuts and almond. On the palate medium/full-bodied, dry with great interplay between a waxy density and refreshing acidity. Rich mouthfeel with little minerality. Nice light spicy finish with anise tones. It paired great with the tuna lasagne. Will also be great with pasta and risotto.

Ever heard of these indigenous grapes?
Variety of 95% Carricante and 5% Albanello (Sicily)

Gulfi – Carjcanti 2014 (88 tsomw points)
In the glass a light golden yellow color with green reflections.
On the nose intense aromas of volcanic earth, green apple, lemon tart with hints of vanilla, nuts and almond.
On the palate medium/full-bodied, dry with great interplay between a waxy density and refreshing acidity. Rich mouthfeel with little minerality. Nice light spicy finish with anise tones.
It paired great with the tuna lasagne. Will also be great with pasta and risotto.

Winemaker notes:

VALCANZJRIA was created from a blend of several Chardonnay clones, grown on the plain of Chiaramonte Gulfi and Carricante. The Chardonnay lends the wine its aromatic richness and roundness, allowing it to express organoleptic characteristics as early as the spring following the harvest. Carricante, on the other hand, draw out the acidity, complexity and tartness which evolve over time, as well as help to maintain the freshness and aromatic intensity of the wine for up to two to three years after the vintage.

Production area: Val Canzeria, Chiaramonte Gulfi (RG).

THE VINEYARD:
Vigna Muti on which the grapes for VALCANZJRIA are grown is located in Val Canzeria at 400 meters above sea level in the commune of Chiaramonte Gulfi (Ragusa) in southeastern Sicily. Canzeria is the original Arab name meaning "place of the wild boars." The temperate Mediterranean climate is distinguished by wide-ranging temperatures. The soil is calcareous and moderately clayish. The vineyard was planted in 1999 with a planting density is 8,300 vines per hectare.

Website winery: www.gulfi.it

Jan
13
Cuvée Clasique Minervois

Cuvée Clasique Minervois
85 tsomw points

La Rouviole, Languedoc France

Category: Fruity red, Solid red
Tags: Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault, Carignan

A very nice bio wine from Minervois region. Blend of Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault and Carignan. La Rouviole - Cuvée Clasique Minervois (85 tsomw points) In the glass a dark red color. On the nose intense aromas of cherries and black currants with hints of herbs, liquorice  and spices. On the palate medium-bodied, good balanced with nice acidity and elegant taste. Nice finish and excellent PQR.

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A very nice bio wine from Minervois region. Blend of Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault and Carignan.
La Rouviole - Cuvée Clasique Minervois (85 tsomw points)

In the glass a dark red color.
On the nose intense aromas of cherries and black currants with hints of herbs, liquorice  and spices.
On the palate medium-bodied, good balanced with nice acidity and elegant taste. Nice finish and excellent PQR.

Webshop: www.finebarrel.com
Website winery: www.larouviole.fr

Jan
12
Dolce 2015

Dolce 2015
84 tsomw points

Castelo de Medina, Rueda Spain

Category: Desert wine
Tags: Sauvignon Blanc

From Rueda comes this semi sweet wine with 100% Sauvignon Blanc. It paired perfect with our dessert. Castelo de Medina - Dolce 2015 (84 tsomw points) In the glass a straw yellow color with green rim. On the nose tropical fruit like banana, pineapple and some sweet hints. On the palate semi sweet but with nice acidity. Soft in the mouth and medium velvet. Nice long aftertaste.

From Rueda comes this semi sweet wine with 100% Sauvignon Blanc.
It paired perfect with our dessert.

Castelo de Medina - Dolce 2015 (84 tsomw points)
In the glass a straw yellow color with green rim.
On the nose tropical fruit like banana, pineapple and some sweet hints.
On the palate semi sweet but with nice acidity. Soft in the mouth and medium velvet. Nice long aftertaste.

Website winery: www.castelodemedina.com

Jan
11
Terre d'illite 2011

Terre d'illite 2011
87 tsomw points

Champagne Moussé Fils, Ardenne France

Category: Sparkling
Tags: Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir

Champagne with Sushi! 95% Pinot Meunier, 5% Pinot Noir. Champagne Moussé Fils - Terre d'illite 2011 (87 tsomw points) In the glass a green golden color. The mousse is very thin and persistent. On the nose aromas of yellow plums, apricot and light buttery hints. On the palate balanced and round, dry, medium-bodied with apple, pear and tropical fruit with buttered brioche. It ends with a long persistence finish.

Champagne with Sushi!
95% Pinot Meunier, 5% Pinot Noir.

Champagne Moussé Fils - Terre d'illite 2011 (87 tsomw points)
In the glass a green golden color. The mousse is very thin and persistent.
On the nose aromas of yellow plums, apricot and light buttery hints.
On the palate balanced and round, dry, medium-bodied with apple, pear and tropical fruit with buttered brioche. It ends with a long persistence finish.

Winemaker notes:

Champagne from one especially good year that highlights the character of that particular harvest. 

Features
During the vintage 2011 we have had a spring and a summer warm and dry. The harvest 2011 was the earlier in the history of the estate. It began August 26th.
The blend is 5% Pinot Noir and 95% Meunier. 
Dosage : Extra - Brut, 5 g/l.
Soil : Clay 0/20cm, clay and sand 20/60cm, illite 60/80cm (green clay), Marne clay + 80cm (dry limestone powder).
Our valley is perpendicular to the vallée de la Marne, recognized for its lands veined with green clay.

Ageing
50 months ageing in our cellars

Description
Fine bubbles, a persistent mousse and aromas of distilled plums and mirabelles are the hallmarks of this champagne. Very round in the mouth with suggestions of buttered brioche and the distinct notes of aged champagne, all brought to a conclusion in a long, sustained finish. A champagne at the peak of its maturity.

Food Matching
A champagne to savour in good company just for the pleasure of it. 

Website winery: www.champagnemoussefils.com

Jan
10
Côtes de Provence Rosé 2016

Côtes de Provence Rosé 2016
88 tsomw points

Miraval , Provence France

Category: Rosé
Tags: Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah, Rolle

Miraval - Côtes de Provence Rosé 2016 (88 tsomw points) Tucked away in its own private valley in the ancient village of Correns – the first organic village in France – Château Miraval covers 500 hectares of land in the heart of Provence. Tasting notes In the glass a pink salmon color. On the nose delicate aromas of white flowers, strawberries, red berries and hints of peach and citrus. On the palate soft but full in the mouth, nicely balanced with lots of fruit and freshness, nice acidity and long aftertaste. Very well made Rosé from the Perrin Family. 

Cold weather in Holland but sunny! Time 2 crack this lovely Provence Rosé.

Miraval - Côtes de Provence Rosé 2016 (88 tsomw points)
Tucked away in its own private valley in the ancient village of Correns – the first organic village in France – Château Miraval covers 500 hectares of land in the heart of Provence.

Tasting notes:
In the glass a pink salmon color.
On the nose delicate aromas of white flowers, strawberries, red berries and hints of peach and citrus.
On the palate soft but full in the mouth, nicely balanced with lots of fruit and freshness, nice acidity and long aftertaste.
Very well made Rosé from the Perrin Family. 

Website winery: www.miraval-provence.com

Winemaker notes:

TERROIR Issued from the Château’s best parcels (Muriers, Longue, Romarin), and from selected parcels in the best terroirs of Provence. Clay & Limestone vineyard, partially in terraces located at an average of 1200 feet above sea level. Miraval's cold air pulling valley offers greater diurnal temperature variation.

VINIFICATION The grapes are harvested exclusively in the morning and sorted twice. Destemming. ‘Pressurage direct’ for Cinsault, Grenache and Rolle. The Syrah is vinified partially using the «saignee» method. Vinified in temperature - controlled stainless steel vats (95%) and in barrels (5%) with batonnage.  

Jan
9
Diversity Stellenbosch 2014

Diversity Stellenbosch 2014
85 tsomw points

De Toren, Stellenbosch South Africa

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

Little brother of Fuzion V en de Toren Z. Still very young but already a very pleasant wine. De Toren - Diversity Stellenbosch 2014. (85 tsomw points) Blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. In the glass a dark red color with garnet reflections. On the nose aromas of black cherries, blackberries, cacao and black pepper. On the palate also cherries, blackberries, wet forest floor with nice acidity. Tannins present but not disturbing. A wine with a very nice pqr. 

Little brother of Fuzion V en de Toren Z. Still very young but already a very pleasant wine. 
De Toren - Diversity Stellenbosch 2014. (85 tsomw points)

Blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
In the glass a dark red color with garnet reflections.
On the nose aromas of black cherries, blackberries, cacao and black pepper.
On the palate also cherries, blackberries, wet forest floor with nice acidity. Tannins present but not disturbing. A wine with a very nice pqr. 

Website winery: www.de-toren.com
Webshop: www.wijnkooperijdelange.nl

Jan
8
Champagne Brut Rosé

Champagne Brut Rosé
90 tsomw points

Ruinart , Ardenne France

Category: Sparkling
Tags: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay

Rosé Champagne with 55% Pinot Noir and 45% Chardonnay. Ruinart – Champagne Brut Rosé (90 tsomw points) In the glass a deep pink with orange reflections. On the nose aromas of strawberries, currants, spring flowers with hints of biscuit and minerality. On the palate medium-bodied, very tasty and refreshing with well integrated tannins and a lingering long light spicy finish.
 

Rosé Champagne with 55% Pinot Noir and 45% Chardonnay.
Ruinart – Champagne Brut Rosé (90 tsomw points)

In the glass a deep pink with orange reflections.
On the nose aromas of strawberries, currants, spring flowers with hints of biscuit and minerality.
On the palate medium-bodied, very tasty and refreshing with well integrated tannins and a lingering long light spicy finish.

Webshop: www.finebarrel.com
 

Jan
7
Chianti Classioco 2014

Chianti Classioco 2014
86 tsomw points

Fattoria della Aiola , Tuscany Italy

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

Blend of 90% Sangiovese and 10% Merlot. Fattoria della Aiola – Chinati Classioco 2014 (86 tsomw points) In the glass this Tuscan shows a intense ruby red color with purple reflections. On the nose cherries, currants with hints of flowers and wood. On the palate light-medium bodied, soft with light tannins with returning flavours on the palate. Medium aftertaste.

Blend of 90% Sangiovese and 10% Merlot.
Fattoria della Aiola – Chianti Classioco 2014 (86 tsomw points)

In the glass this Tuscan shows a intense ruby red color with purple reflections.
On the nose cherries, currants with hints of flowers and wood. 
On the palate light-medium bodied, soft with light tannins with returning flavours on the palate. Medium aftertaste.

Website winery: www.aiola.net

Jan
6
Pinot Blanc-Auxerrois 2015

Pinot Blanc-Auxerrois 2015
84 tsomw points

Domein Pietershof

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Pinot Blanc, Auxerrois

Pleasant wine from Belgium – Voerstreek. Domein Pietershof – Pinot Blanc-Auxerrois 2015 (84 tsomw points) In the glass a light yellow color with greenish rim. On the nose blossom, ripe pear and apple. On the palate medium bodied, with soft citrus tones. Paired great with the fish.

Pleasant wine from Belgium – Voerstreek. 
Domein Pietershof – Pinot Blanc-Auxerrois 2015 (84 tsomw points)

In the glass a light yellow color with greenish rim.
On the nose blossom, ripe pear and apple.
On the palate medium bodied, with soft citrus tones. Paired great with the fish.

Website winery: www.pietershof.be

Jan
5
Boria 2013

Boria 2013
87 tsomw points

Sumarroca, Penedès Spain

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

Delicious Blend from Penedès region containing 70% Syrah, 15% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. Sumarroca - Boria 2013 (87 tsomw points) In the glass this red one shows a cherry red color with purple reflections. On the nose delicate aromas of concentrated cherries, plums with well integrated oak and fine spices. On the palate dry, full in the mouth with ripe fruit flavours and nice acidity. Fine grained tannins with elegant cedar tones. Very nice blend. @bodeguessumarroca

Delicious Blend from Penedès region containing 70% Syrah, 15% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Sumarroca - Boria 2013 (87 tsomw points)

In the glass this red one shows a cherry red color with purple reflections.
On the nose delicate aromas of concentrated cherries, plums with well integrated oak and fine spices. 
On the palate dry, full in the mouth with ripe fruit flavours and nice acidity. Fine grained tannins with elegant cedar tones. Very nice blend. 

Winemaker notes:

The grapes come from a selected plot in the Santa Creu section of the Sumarroca estate. The total area is 1.1 hectares. The soil in the vineyard has very low levels of organic matter, with high levels of limestone and deep gravel deposits. This mix is ideal for this variety's natural plant strength and gives the wine its unique personality. Pruning work is carried out in carefully planned stages at the vineyard to ensure the balanced development of the Syrah. Intensive green pruning is carried out in spring, firstly to remove shoots and, three weeks later, to remove some leaves so the vine is better ventilated and the grapes are shaded. A final pruning is carried out during veraison to remove branches which are badly positioned above other branches, so the grapes can ripen as closely together as possible throughout the vineyard, on each vine and within each bunch. 

The grapes are collected by hand in 12 kg boxes. As soon as they are brought in, the grapes are cooled rapidly to 12ºC for a light pre-fermentation maceration lasting 48 hours. After starting fermentation, delestage is carried out. Around half of the seeds are removed during the first three days of fermentation to ensure that the tannins in the final wine are correctly balanced. Fermentation at 28ºC. Maceration lasts 17 days. Malolactic fermentation takes place at 20ºC in both barrel and vat. Aged for 12 months in new French oak barrels to ensure the tannins are correctly balanced. Then bottle-aged for at least a year prior to expedition.

Website winery: www.sumarroca.es

 

Jan
4
Monte da Peceguina branco 2015

Monte da Peceguina branco 2015
87 tsomw points

Malhadinha Nova, Alentejo Portugal

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Antão Vaz, Verdelho, Roupeiro, Arinto

This feels like summer in a glass despite the fact it’s winter in the Netherlands. Malhadinha Nova - Monte da Peceguina branco 2015 (87 tsomw points) In the glass a golden yellow color. On the nose refreshing aromas of tropical fruit, apple, citrus with hints of dried grass and flowers. On the palate well balanced, easy drinking with nice freshness and minerality. Nice acidity and soft creamy honey finish. Excellent companion with seafood from the Alentejo region.

This feels like summer in a glass despite the fact it’s winter in the Netherlands.
Malhadinha Nova - Monte da Peceguina branco 2015 (87 tsomw points) In the glass a golden yellow color.

On the nose refreshing aromas of tropical fruit, apple, citrus with hints of dried grass and flowers.
On the palate well balanced, easy drinking with nice freshness and minerality. Nice acidity and soft creamy honey finish.
Excellent companion with seafood from the Alentejo region.

Website winery: www.malhadinhanova.pt

Jan
3
Vintage Port 1985

Vintage Port 1985
89 tsomw points

Calem, Douro Portugal

Category: Port

This lovely port we drank on Christmas day with a great cheese platter. Calem - Vintage Port 1985 (89 tsomw points) In the glass a dark ruby / purple color with a black core. On the nose intense aromas of black currants, dried apricot, spices, vanilla and chocolate. On the palate full-bodied, soft and velvet in the mouth, soft tannins. Great interplay between the sweetness and acidity. Great long finish. Still alive after 33 years.

This lovely port we drank on Christmas day with a great cheese platter.
Calem - Vintage Port 1985 (89 tsomw points)

In the glass a dark ruby / purple color with a black core.
On the nose intense aromas of black currants, dried apricot, spices, vanilla and chocolate.
On the palate full-bodied, soft and velvet in the mouth, soft tannins. Great interplay between the sweetness and acidity. Great long finish. Still alive after 33 years.

Website winery: www.tour.calem.pt

Jan
2
Crémant Millésimé Brut

Crémant Millésimé Brut
87 tsomw points

Bernard-Massard, Luxembourg Luxembourg

Category: Sparkling
Tags: Pinot Blanc, Riesling

The Bernard-Massard Millésimé is composed of a subtle combination of fine Pinot Blancs and selected Rieslings from different vineyards in the Mosel valley. This Cuvée is only produced during exceptional years. Bernard-Massard - Crémant Millésimé Brut – 2014 (87 tsomw points) In the glass a light golden color. On the nose delicate aromas of exotic fruits, flowers and hints of baked bread. On the palate medium bodied, nicely balanced with great freshness and a silky mouthfeel.  A sparkling wine with a top price, quality rate. 

The Bernard-Massard Millésimé is composed of a subtle combination of fine Pinot Blancs and selected Rieslings from different vineyards in the Mosel valley. This Cuvée is only produced during exceptional years.

Bernard-Massard - Crémant Millésimé Brut – 2014 (87 tsomw points)
In the glass a light golden color.
On the nose delicate aromas of exotic fruits, flowers and hints of baked bread.
On the palate medium bodied, nicely balanced with great freshness and a silky mouthfeel. 
A sparkling wine with a top price, quality rate. 

Webshop: www.finebarrel.com
Website winery: www.bernard-massard.lu

Winemaker notes:

This Cuvée is only produced during exceptional years where our wine-makers judge that the weather conditions allowed beautifully ripen grapes worthy of a vintage. After an ageing of not less than three years, the Millésimé reveals its unique and distinctive character. Each vintage is distinguished by its own characteristics, but a mature, fullbodied and concentrated wine, sustained by a beautifully fresh finish, is always sought after.

The Millésimé is an exceptional, high-class wine perfect for intimate moments and memorable celebrations.

Jan
1
SotSas 2014

SotSas 2014
89 tsomw points

Maso Cantanghel, Alto Adige Italy

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Pinot Blanco, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc

Great white blend from Trentino. Variety of Pinot Blanco, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Maso Cantanghel - SotSas 2014 (89 tsomw points) In the glass a deep yellow color. On the nose intense aromas of stonefruit, citrus, blossom, honey and vanilla. On the palate good structure and complexity, light creamy with excellent acidity and minerality which give enough freshness to the wine. Nice long and full aftertaste. 

Great white blend from Trentino. Variety of Pinot Blanco, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Maso Cantanghel - SotSas 2014 (89 tsomw points)

In the glass a deep yellow color.
On the nose intense aromas of stonefruit, citrus, blossom, honey and vanilla.
On the palate good structure and complexity, light creamy with excellent acidity and minerality which give enough freshness to the wine. Nice long and full aftertaste. 

Winemaker notes:

The SotSàs cuvée literally “under the stone” is the synthesis of three terroir and three varieties that are part of Maso Cantanghel: Pinot Bianco grows in Serso (Pergine Valsugana – 650 m a.s.l.), Chardonnay of Vigna Caselle (Cembra – 450 m a.s.l.) and Sauvignon Blanc of Vigna Cantanghel (Civezzano – 500 m a.s.l.). This wine owes its name to the cliffs beneath which lie the vineyards. The noble blend of MasoCantanghel gives himself with elegant aromas, complexity and structure, cream andsoftness, which can be appreciated even after several years of aging.

Three soils and three terroirs that enhance the mineral notes of this wine and they are image of the mountain and genuine viticulture of Trentino. The soils are partlysandy with the presence of quartz (Serso), chalky (Vigna Cantanghel) and volcanic(Vigna Caselle).

The average age of vines, grown on the guyot system, is around 15 years.

The harvest is done entirely by hand in cases in the second half of September when the grapes are perfectly ripe.

After crushing and desteming, the grapes macerate for few hours in the press. Subsequently the grapes are pressed softly. The fermentation take place in oak barrels. The wine matures on the yeasts of fermentation till summer.

FOOD MATCHING
Main courses of fish and shellfish. Second courses with lake-fish or sea-fish. Sheep’s milk cheeses.

Website winery: www.masocantanghel.eu

Dec
31
Altitude +720 2011

Altitude +720 2011
88 tsomw points

Barkan

Category: Solid red
Tags: Cabernet Sauvignon

Today a lovely Cabernet Sauvignon from Israel on the tasting table. Barkan - Altitude +720 2011 (88 tsomw points) In the glass dark red color with garnet reflections. After some time in the glass it shows intense aromas of black and red fruit with hints of coffee, pepper, licorice and herbs. On the palate full-bodied with flavours of plums and dark cherries, medium tannins and acidity. Not too yammy with enough freshness and a long and presistence finish.

Today a lovely Cabernet Sauvignon from Israel on the tasting table.
Barkan - Altitude +720 2011 (88 tsomw points)

In the glass dark red color with garnet reflections.
After some time in the glass it shows intense aromas of black and red fruit with hints of coffee, pepper, licorice and herbs.
On the palate full-bodied with flavours of plums and dark cherries, medium tannins and acidity. Not too yammy with enough freshness and a long and presistence finish. 

Webshop: www.finebarrel.com
Website winery: www.barkan-winery.co.il

Winemaker notes:

The name of the wine symbolizes the altitude of the vineyard above sea level.

This wine is grown from a vineyard at an altitude of 720 meters above sea level, in the Godrim Mountains which lies between the Dovav Settlements and the Lebanese border. After a maturation period of 14 months in oak casks, most of which are made from French oak, the wine is bottled without shading.

This wine has the potential to evolve gracefully for a long period time.

Grapes 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Origin  Vineyard located in the Godrim Mountains, in the Upper Galilee at an altitude of 720 meters above sea level.
Characteristics  This wine is characterized by a soft elegance, accompanied by red and black fruit, which presents a “cool” aroma with a touch of leafy freshness. The wine has a long structure, with muscular, harsh tannins.
Serving Temp.  16°

Dec
30
L' autentica 2013

L' autentica 2013
89 tsomw points

Cantine del Notaio, Basilicata Italy

Category: Desert wine
Tags: Moscato, Malvasia

This sweet wine with Moscato and Malvasia fermented and aged in wood paired great with the ice dessert. Cantine del Notaio - L' autentica 2013 (89 tsomw points) In the glass a bright amber color. On the nose intense aromas of apricot, figs, peach and nougat with hints of oak, vanilla and blossom. Excellent tast on the palate. Clean and harmonious, with a nice acidity that refreshes the palate. Full and persistence finish. 

This sweet wine with Moscato and Malvasia fermented and aged in wood paired great with the ice dessert. 
Cantine del Notaio - L' autentica 2013 (89 tsomw points)

In the glass a bright amber color.
On the nose intense aromas of apricot, figs, peach and nougat with hints of oak, vanilla and blossom. 
Excellent tast on the palate. Clean and harmonious, with a nice acidity that refreshes the palate. Full and persistence finish. 

Winemaker notes:

Grape: Moscato (70%) and Malvasia (30%), traditionally grown in the Vulture area and dried on the plants and on the racks.
Harvest time: manually in the last decade of September. Vinification: in new barriques.
Aging: at least 12 months in barriques and 12 in bottle.
Matching Suggestions: ideal with dried fruit, dried biscuit and pastries and aged cheeses. Traditionally matched with Cannoli, Pastiera, Cassata and almond pastries.
Serving Temperature: at about 14 °C Size: 50 cl

Website winery: www.cantinedelnotaio.it

Dec
29
Fleur des Rochers

Fleur des Rochers
87 tsomw points

Domaine Clos des Rochers, Luxembourg Luxembourg

Category: Full white
Tags: Chardonnay+Pinot Blanc

Still enjoying my Holiday with this blend of 50% Chardonnay, 50% Pinot Blanc from the Mosel region Luxembourg. Domaine Clos des Rochers – Fleur des Rochers (87 tsomw points) In the glass a golden yellow color with amber reflections. On the nose aromas of peach, white flowers and toasted notes. On the palate medium bodied, round and light velvet with nice acidty and minerality. 

Still enjoying my Holiday with this blend of 50% Chardonnay, 50% Pinot Blanc from the Mosel region Luxembourg.
Domaine Clos des Rochers – Fleur des Rochers (87 tsomw points)

In the glass a golden yellow color with amber reflections.
On the nose aromas of peach, white flowers and toasted notes.
On the palate medium bodied, round and light velvet with nice acidty and minerality. 

Webshop: www.finebarrel.com

Dec
28
Godello Old Vines 2015

Godello Old Vines 2015
88 tsomw points

Bodegas Avancia, Galicia Spain

Category: Full white
Tags: Godello

This 100% Godello paired great with the cod fillet. Bodegas Avancia - Godello Old Vines 2015 (88 tsomw points) In the glass a golden yellow color. On the nose delicate aromas of pear, tropical fruit, stonefruit and melon with hints of blossom, vanilla, blossom and toast. On the palate  medium bodied, soft and round in the mouth, light velvet with medium acidity and a touch of oak. Nice long aftertaste.

This 100% Godello paired great with the cod fillet.
Bodegas Avancia - Godello Old Vines 2015 (88 tsomw points)

In the glass a golden yellow color.
On the nose delicate aromas of pear, tropical fruit, stonefruit and melon with hints of blossom, vanilla, blossom and toast.
On the palate  medium bodied, soft and round in the mouth, light velvet with medium acidity and a touch of oak. Nice long aftertaste.

Sourced from one of the oldest, most traditional vineyards planted in Valdeorras, Avancia Godello expresses the authenticity the history of Valdeorras and the oldest Godello clones in the world. A completely unique white wine that ages beautifully and has been recognized by Robert Parker as Spain's best Godello. Godello was almost extinct at the end of the 1980's, so it is extremely rare to find a Godello produced from a single vineyard planted in 1904.

Webshop: Vivinoshop

 

Dec
27
Blanc des Blancs

Blanc des Blancs
90 tsomw points

Ruinart, Ardenne France

Category: Sparkling
Tags: Chardonnay

Ruinart - Blanc des Blancs (90 tsomw points) In the glass a golden yellow color. On the nose fresh notes of citrus, pineapple, apricot and blossom. Delicious full of expressive fruit In the taste, Extremely fine mouthfeel with delicate aromas. Creamy mousse, therefore soft and round. Wonderfully dry. Pure and fresh with delicious. fruit. Nice length. 

2018. A year with new challenges and goals. 
I will continue my journey through wineland and hope to visit more wineries around the world.

Thank you for all your support. You are my daily motivation for The Story of my Wine. Have a great 2018!! With New Years Eve we opened this lovely Champagne. Also a region I will visit again this year. Cin Cin

Ruinart - Blanc des Blancs (90 tsomw points)

In the glass a golden yellow color.
On the nose fresh notes of citrus, pineapple, apricot and blossom.
Delicious full of expressive fruit In the taste, Extremely fine mouthfeel with delicate aromas. Creamy mousse, therefore soft and round. Wonderfully dry. Pure and fresh with delicious. fruit. Nice length. 

Shop at www.finebarrel.com

Dec
26
Prosecco Superiore Conegliano Valdobbiadene 2016 – Extra Dry 2016

Prosecco Superiore Conegliano Valdobbiadene 2016 – Extra Dry 2016
88 tsomw points

Bacio della Luna, Valdobbiadene Italy

Category: Sparkling
Tags: Glera

As the New Year approaches us with hopes anew, here is to wishing you and your family a wonderful year ahead. Happy 2018 with lots of great wines. Bacio della Luna – Prosecco Superiore Conegliano Valdobbiadene 2016 – Extra Dry 2016 (88 tsomw points) In the glass a straw yellow color with a nice fine mousse. On the nose aromas of flowers, peach and pear with light bread hints. On the palate fruity and clean, good structure and refreshing. Easy drinking sparkling with enough body and a long finish.

A sparkling wine under de Christmas tree. Holiday season ends for the most of you but for me a week of vacation starts next week.
As the New Year approaches us with hopes anew, here is to wishing you and your family a wonderful year ahead. Happy 2018 with lots of great wines.

Bacio della Luna – Prosecco Superiore Conegliano Valdobbiadene 2016 – Extra Dry 2016 (88 tsomw points)
In the glass a straw yellow color with a nice fine mousse.
On the nose aromas of flowers, peach and pear with light bread hints.
On the palate fruity and clean, good structure and refreshing. Easy drinking sparkling with enough body and a long finish.

Website winery: www.baciodellaluna.it

Winemaker notes:

Production area Conegliano - Valdobbiadene
Vinification Grapes for this Prosecco Superiore Conegliano Valdobbiadene DOCG grow on the Valdobbiadene hillside, and are manually harvested in cases and softly pressed to obtain the must, which is then treated by refrigeration and filtration. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperature between 18°C and 22°C. When fermentation is over, followed by stabilization and 2nd fermentation, the Charmat method takes place. All steps are carried out according to the Conegliano Valdobbiadene DOCG regulation.

Food pairing Perfect as an aperitif or combined with white meat and cheese. It is the right wine for every special occasion.
Serving temperature 8°-10°C
Bottle Bacio della Luna Quercia - 0,75lt
Analytical information: Alcohol: 11%vol. Residual sugar: approx.11/12g/l 

 

Dec
26
Amarone della Valpolicella 2009

Amarone della Valpolicella 2009
88 tsomw points

Tenuta Salvaterra, Valpolicella Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella

Always a solid choice! Salvaterra - Amarone della Valpolicella 2009 (88 tsomw points) In the glass a ruby red cokor with garnet red hues. On the nose powerful aromas of ripe plums, cacoa, violets and cedar. An intense broad palate of cherries, candied fruits, cocoa and hazelnut. Great.

Always a solid choice!

Salvaterra - Amarone della Valpolicella 2009 (88 tsomw points)

In the glass a ruby red cokor with garnet red hues.
On the nose powerful aromas of ripe plums, cacoa, violets and cedar. 
An intense broad palate of cherries, candied fruits, cocoa and hazelnut. Great.

Winemaker notes:

THE TERRITORY:
Geographical location: Tenuta di Prun
Height: 550 meters asl
Exposure: southeast
Soil type: marl typical of Prun Stone covered with a layer of soil rich in humus
Vineyard training system: guyot
Vine planting year: 2003/2004
Vine density: 5,400 vines per hectare

VINIFICATION AND AGEING
Harvest: mid-October with manual harvesting of the grapes with selection of the best bunches
Drying: natural drying in fruit cellar for 3/4 months with a sharp drop in weight of around 30%
Vinification: soft crushing of destemmed grapes in the months of January and February
Fermentation: at a controlled temperature of 18/21°
Fermentation time: about 30 days
Ageing:
80% in wood for 36 months of which:
2/3 in American and French barriques, half of which are used for the second and third time
1/3 in large barrels
20% in steel

Website winery: www.tenutesalvaterra.it

Dec
26
Barolo 2012

Barolo 2012
90 tsomw points

Paolo Scavino, Piedmont Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Nebbiolo

What an excellent pairing with the duck. A Barolo with an excellent PQR. Paolo Scavino – Barolo 2012 (90 tsomw points) In the glass a dark ruby red color, light transparent. On the nose intense aromas of red cherries, raspberries, plums, rose petal, licorice and  hints of tobacco and herbs. On the palate medium bodied with dark berries, cinnamon and spiced. Shows fine grained tannins and nice complex structure. Reallu lovely Barolo in an excellente price quality range. Needs some time to be at its ideal drinking window.
 

What an excellent pairing with the duck. A Barolo with an excellent PQR.
Paolo Scavino – Barolo 2012 (90 tsomw points)

In the glass a dark ruby red color, light transparent.
On the nose intense aromas of red cherries, raspberries, plums, rose petal, licorice and  hints of tobacco and herbs.
On the palate medium bodied with dark berries, cinnamon and spiced. Shows fine grained tannins and nice complex structure. Reallu lovely Barolo in an excellente price quality range.
Needs some time to be at its ideal drinking window.

Winemaker notes:

This Barolo has a special value for our family and represents the history and tradition of blending different cru of Barolo.

Our Barolo comes from the best plots of seven cru. The diversity of soils, exposure and altitude characterizes each of these small but very important terroir. Unifying these diversities, the Barolo offers harmony and complexity with an overall character of the zone.

Separate vinfication. Destemming and light crushing. The maceration and the alcoholic fermentation are in stainless steel with temperature controlled and indigenous yeasts. Malolactic fermentation in oak barrels. The tartaric stabilization occurs naturally during the winter with the low temperatures.

Every plots of the crus is kept separate and aged in neutral French oak barrels for 10 months and further 12months in large casks. Final blend as a result of a further selection in the cellar of the most performing plots of the vintage. Approximately one year of stainless steel and 10 months of bottle aging before release.

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

Dec
25
Valpolicella Ripasso Selezione di Famiglia 2014

Valpolicella Ripasso Selezione di Famiglia 2014
88 tsomw points

Tinazzi, Veneto Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara

This wine really did what I expected! Blend of Corvina 80%, Rondinella 15%, Molinara 5% Tinazzi – Valpolicella Ripasso Selezione di Famiglia 2014 (88 tsomw points) In the glass a dark ruby red color. On the nose intense aromas of black cherries and prunes with hints of chocolate, coffee and vanilla. On the palate full bodied with good structure, fine grained tannins, nice acidity with little sweetness (not too much) and flavours of raisins, light nutty, dark red fruit, leather and tabacco.

This wine really did what I expected! Blend of Corvina 80%, Rondinella 15%, Molinara 5%
Tinazzi – Valpolicella Ripasso Selezione di Famiglia 2014 (88 tsomw points)

In the glass a dark ruby red color.
On the nose intense aromas of black cherries and prunes with hints of chocolate, coffee and vanilla.
On the palate full bodied with good structure, fine grained tannins, nice acidity with little sweetness (not too much) and flavours of raisins, light nutty, dark red fruit, leather and tabacco.

Winemaker notes:

Region Veneto 
Grapes Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella 
Alcohol 14% 
Total Acidity 5.85 g/lt 
Residual Sugar 3.8 g/lt 
Colour Deep red 
Aroma Red fruits, especially prunes and cherries with a slight hint of nutmeg and a delicate balsamic note 
Taste Strong flavour, just the right level of tannins, good persistence, with an enveloping finale 
Accompaniments
Especially recommended for accompanying autumn risottos (risotto with mushrooms, red chicory or risotto al Tastasal), pasta and beans, various roast or baked meat dishes or boiled with “pearà” (typical Veronese sauce) 
Serving temperature Serve at room temperature, 18°C

Website winery: www.tinazzi.it

Dec
24
Minervois La Livinière 2014

Minervois La Livinière 2014
88 tsomw points

Domaine La Rouviole, Languedoc France

Category: Solid red
Tags: Syrah, Grenache

Domaine La Rouviole - Minervois La Livinière 2014 (88 tsomw points) In the glass an almost black color. Oily with long legs. On the nose intense aromas of blackberries, ripe plums, roasted herbs with hints of black pepper, wood, licorice and light vanilla. The taste is intense, full, long, very well balanced, versatile, powerful, dry and with a strong body. Decent acidity and present tannins make this one at least a very good wine. Top wine with excellent PQR

Only 7.500 bottles produced of this great bio wine with 80% Syrah and 20% Grenache. First did a Decanter for 3 hours.
Domaine La Rouviole - Minervois La Livinière 2014 (88 tsomw points)

In the glass an almost black color. Oily with long legs.
On the nose intense aromas of blackberries, ripe plums, roasted herbs with hints of black pepper, wood, licorice and light vanilla. 
The taste is intense, full, long, very well balanced, versatile, powerful, dry and with a strong body. Decent acidity and present tannins make this one at least a very good wine. Top wine with excellent PQR

Website winery:www.larouviole.fr
Webshop: www.finebarrel.com

Dec
23
Crémant de Luxembourg 2011

Crémant de Luxembourg 2011
86 tsomw points

Domaine Clos des Rochers, Luxembourg Luxembourg

Category: Sparkling
Tags: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir

Have a great Christmas evening! A sparkling wine from Luxembourg? Domaine Clos des Rochers - Crémant de Luxembourg 2011 (86 tsomw points) In the glass a light gold color with a nice amount of small bubbles. On the nose aromas of green apple, lemon, bread and toast. On the palate easy drinking, nice acidity. A bit like a sparkling Chablis. It has a nice finish. Crisp and clean.

Have a great Christmas evening! A sparkling wine from Luxembourg? 
Domaine Clos des Rochers - Crémant de Luxembourg 2011 (86 tsomw points)

In the glass a light gold color with a nice amount of small bubbles.
On the nose aromas of green apple, lemon, bread and toast.
On the palate easy drinking, nice acidity. A bit like a sparkling Chablis. It has a nice finish. Crisp and clean.

Website winemaker: www.clos-des-rochers.com
Webshop: www.finebarrel.com

Dec
20
Vosne Romanée, Les Champs Perdrix 2012

Vosne Romanée, Les Champs Perdrix 2012
90 tsomw points

Bruno Clair, Burgundy France

Category: Solid red
Tags: Pinot Noir

In the glass a dark ruby red color. On the nose delicate aromas of blackcurrant, raspberries with hints of spices, light vanilla and truffle. On the palate concentrated, fresh attack with a little spice in the middle. It develops into a rich and intense finish. This is already dilicious but wil get even better within the next 5 to 8 years.

Decanted 2 hours this still young 100% Pinot Noir from the Burgundy region.
Bruno Clair - Vosne Romanée, Les Champs Perdrix 2012 (90 tsomw points)

This domain has existed for decades as Domaine Clair-Daü, founded by Joseph Clair during the First World War. At the death of Joseph this famous domain was redistributed and since then his grandson Bruno Clair works on his own. At present, the Bruno Claire domain belongs to the 10 best in Burgundy and rightly enjoys worldwide fame.

In the glass a dark ruby red color.
On the nose delicate aromas of blackcurrant, raspberries with hints of spices, light vanilla and truffle.
On the palate concentrated, fresh attack with a little spice in the middle. It develops into a rich and intense finish. This is already dilicious but wil get even better within the next 5 to 8 years.

Website winery: www.bruno-clair.com
Webshop: www.finebarrel.com

 

Dec
19
Sélection 2015 Minervois - Languedoc

Sélection 2015 Minervois - Languedoc
89 tsomw points

Domaine La Rouviole, Languedoc France

Category: Solid red
Tags: Syrah, Grenache

A beautiful blend of Syrah and Grenache with an excellent price, quality rate. Domaine La Rouviole Sélection 2015 Minervois - Languedoc (89 tsomw points) A small organic producer which is very picky on the respect of the environment and on the quality of the wine. In the glass a dark purple red color. On the nose delicate aromas of plums, red berries, tobacco, vanilla and hints of herbs. On the palate rich with a versatile palette of herbs and dark fruit. The fine tannins ensure an elegant aftertaste. Shop this @finebarrel /finebarrel.com

A beautiful blend of Syrah and Grenache with an excellent price, quality rate.

Domaine La Rouviole Sélection 2015 Minervois - Languedoc (89 tsomw points)
A small organic producer which is very picky on the respect of the environment and on the quality of the wine.

In the glass a dark purple red color.
On the nose delicate aromas of plums, red berries, tobacco, vanilla and hints of herbs.
On the palate rich with a versatile palette of herbs and dark fruit. The fine tannins ensure an elegant aftertaste.

Website winery: www.larouviole.fr
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Dec
18
Tripudium rosso 2013

Tripudium rosso 2013
87 tsomw points

Cantine Pellegrino, Sicily Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Nero d’Avola

Cantine Pellegrino – Tripudium rosso 2013 (87 tsomw points) The wine has a deep garnet red colour. On the nose intense aromas of dark cherries, blackberries and plums with hints of earth, leather, vanilla and herbs. On the palate full-bodied, dry and nicely round, mellow tannins with aromas of blackberries, dark red fruit, menthol and balsamico notes. Ends with a nice long finish.

Tre Bicchieri this blend of Nero d'Avola , Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah from Sicily.

Cantine Pellegrino – Tripudium rosso 2013 (87 tsomw points)
The wine has a deep garnet red colour. 
On the nose intense aromas of dark cherries, blackberries and plums with hints of earth, leather, vanilla and herbs.
On the palate full-bodied, dry and nicely round, mellow tannins with aromas of blackberries, dark red fruit, menthol and balsamico notes. Ends with a nice long finish.

Winemaker notes:

GRAPE VARIETY 100% Nero d’Avola
TERRITORY OF ORIGIN Province of Trapani and Agrigento.
TERROIR Soil composition: clayey soil rich in stones. Altitude: from 0 to 300 m above sea level. Climate: Mediterranean, mild winters, limited rainfall, very hot and windy summers.
VINIFICATION AND AGEING Traditional grape harvest, starting from the fi rst ten days of September. Long maceration at a controlled temperature until the end of alcoholic fermentation. At least 24 months of ageing in steel tanks and barriques.
PAIRING Red meat, roast and braised meat, meat sauce, aged cheese and blue cheese. Serve at 18°-19°C.
ALCOHOL CONTENT 14% by Vol. 

Website winery: www.carlopellegrino.it

Dec
17
Bandol 2012

Bandol 2012
89 tsomw points

Chateau de Pibarnon, Bandol France

Category: Solid red
Tags: Mourvedre, Grenache

Last year I drank the 2014 vintage and it was already very nice. Today the 2012 and you notice how it developes very nice. What a great treat this Bandol chateau de Pibarnon 2012 (89 tsomw points) 90% Mourvedre and 10% Grenache. Decanted for 1 hour and it opened up. In the glass a dark crimson red color with almost black refections. On the nose intense aromas of dark red fruits, cassis, licorice with some spices and dried herbs. On the palate dry, fruit-forward with medium tannins and acidity. Flavours are similar to the nose with good intensity and length. Already very nice and youthful so aging will make it even better. 

Last year I drank the 2014 vintage and it was already very nice.
Today the 2012 and you notice how it developes very nice.
What a great treat this Bandol chateau de Pibarnon 2012 (89 tsomw points)
90% Mourvedre and 10% Grenache.

Decanted for 1 hour and it opened up.
In the glass a dark crimson red color with almost black refections.
On the nose intense aromas of dark red fruits, cassis, licorice with some spices and dried herbs.
On the palate dry, fruit-forward with medium tannins and acidity. Flavours are similar to the nose with good intensity and length. Already very nice and youthful so aging will make it even better. 

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

Dec
16
Brunello di Montalcino 2010

Brunello di Montalcino 2010
89 tsomw points

Tenuta di Sesta, Tuscany Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Sangiovese

Tenuta di Sesta - Brunello di Montalcino (89 tsomw points)  Beautiful ruby red color. Intense and elegant, with bright fruit flavors like black currants, plums, mixed with hints of dried herbs, licorice, orange peel and flint. The wine is full and powerful. Harmonious with a delicate slightly sweet undertone. The taste of red fruits accompanied by silky tannins, which makes the aftertaste is balanced long and perfect. 

What wine was in your glass this weekend my Vino Friends?

Tenuta di Sesta - Brunello di Montalcino (89 tsomw points) 
Beautiful ruby red color.
Intense and elegant, with bright fruit flavors like black currants, plums, mixed with hints of dried herbs, licorice, orange peel and flint. 
The wine is full and powerful. Harmonious with a delicate slightly sweet undertone.
The taste of red fruits accompanied by silky tannins, which makes the aftertaste is balanced long and perfect. 

Website winery: www.tenutadisesta.it

Dec
15
Rosé 2016

Rosé 2016
88 tsomw points

Domaine du Paternel, Provence France

Category: Rosé
Tags: Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvèdre

This rosé blend with 71% Grenache 19% Cinsault 10% Mourvèdre is really one of the best in town. Domaine du Paternel – Rosé 2016 (88 tsomw points) In the glass a light Provence style pink color. On the nose delicious aromas of strabwberries, watermelon with hints of lemon, red berries and flowers. On the palate dry, medium-bodied and nicely balanced. Full in the mouth, round with nice acidity and fruits. Long refreshing finish.

This rosé blend with 71% Grenache 19% Cinsault 10% Mourvèdre is really one of the best in town. 
Domaine du Paternel – Rosé 2016 (88 tsomw points)

In the glass a light Provence style pink color.
On the nose delicious aromas of strabwberries, watermelon with hints of lemon, red berries and flowers.
On the palate dry, medium-bodied and nicely balanced. Full in the mouth, round with nice acidity and fruits. Long refreshing finish.

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Dec
14
Bro Bianco Forli IGT 2016

Bro Bianco Forli IGT 2016
87 tsomw points

Noelia Ricci, Emilia Romagna Italy

Category: Fruity white, Full white
Tags: Trebbiano+Pagadebit

Noelia Ricci, Bro Bianco Forli IGT 2016 (87 tsomw points) In the glass a light straw yellow color. On the nose aromas of blossom, citrus fruit and nice minerality, light saltiness. On the palate round and balanced, light cloudy but with enough acidity and freshness with a citrus and mineral backbone.

Today a blend of 93% Trebbiano and 7% Pagadebit from the slopes of eastern Emilia Romagna that look over the Adriatic. 
The labels of their wines are really great with a nice artistic style.

Noelia Ricci, Bro Bianco Forli IGT 2016 (87 tsomw points)
In the glass a light straw yellow color.
On the nose aromas of blossom, citrus fruit and nice minerality, light saltiness.
On the palate round and balanced, light cloudy but with enough acidity and freshness with a citrus and mineral backbone.

Website winery: www.noeliaricci.it

Dec
13
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2014

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2014
88 tsomw points

Cantine Dei, Montepulciano Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Sangiovese, Canaiolo Nero

Tre Biccherie 2017 this blend of 90% Sangiovese and 10% Canaiolo Nero. Cantine Dei - Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2014 (88 tsomw points) In the glass it shows a brilliant dark ruby red color. On the nose black currants, cherries, dried plums with hints of cedar, herbs, cacao and truffle. On the palate rich and balanced with intense aromas of ripe black fruit and spices. Nice fine grained tannins which have potential and a long presistent finish.

Tre Biccherie 2017 this blend of 90% Sangiovese and 10% Canaiolo Nero.
Cantine Dei - Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2014 (88 tsomw points)

In the glass it shows a brilliant dark ruby red color.
On the nose black currants, cherries, dried plums with hints of cedar, herbs, cacao and truffle.
On the palate rich and balanced with intense aromas of ripe black fruit and spices. Nice fine grained tannins which have potential and a long presistent finish.

Winemakers notes:

SOIL 
Mix of clay and stuff
Area of production: Martiena Vineyard, La Ciarliana, La Piaggia
Elevation: 250 – 350 meters a.s.l.
Average plant age: 15 years
 
WINE-MAKING TECHNIQUE
Soft press; spontaneous fermentation with use of local yeasts i stainless steel at controlled temperature of 26-28° C; maceration of skins for 15-25 days with pump-over.
 
AGING
By regulation 24 months of which 12-18 months in wood, then in bottle
 
AGING POTENTIAL
About 10-15 years
 
AVERAGE YEARLY PRODUCTION
120.000 bottles

Website winery: www.cantinedei.it

 

Dec
13
Riesling Typ1 Vertrauen 2015

Riesling Typ1 Vertrauen 2015
87 tsomw points

Weingut Danner, Baden Germany

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Riesling

Today a very nice riesling from the Baden region. Weingut Danner Riesling Typ1 Vertrauen 2015 (87 tsomw points) In the glass a golden yellow color with greenish rim. On the nose intense aromas of peach, apple and citrus fruit with nice minerality. On the palate dry, cripsy and fresh with great mouthfeel, acidity and minerality. Nice long finish.

Today a very nice riesling from the Baden region.
Weingut Danner Riesling Typ1 Vertrauen 2015 (87 tsomw points)

In the glass a golden yellow color with greenish rim.
On the nose intense aromas of peach, apple and citrus fruit with nice minerality.
On the palate dry, cripsy and fresh with great mouthfeel, acidity and minerality. Nice long finish.

Website winery: www.danner-weingut.de

Dec
12
Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
89 tsomw points

Yarden

Category: Solid red
Tags: Cabernet Sauvignon

What an amazing Cabernet Sauvignon from Israel. Yarden - Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 (89 tsomw points) In the glass a deep purple red color. On the nose beautiful aromas of blueberries, blackberries, black currants, earth, leather, spices with hints of tobacco, vanilla and fresh herbs. On the palate concentrated, full-bodiedfull mouthfeel with dark ripe blackberries, blueberries, chocolate, raisins and spices. Powerfull and complex with long everlasting finish.

What an amazing Cabernet Sauvignon from Israel. Yarden - Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 (89 tsomw points)

In the glass a deep purple red color.
On the nose beautiful aromas of blueberries, blackberries, black currants, earth, leather, spices with hints of tobacco, vanilla and fresh herbs.
On the palate concentrated, full-bodiedfull mouthfeel with dark ripe blackberries, blueberries, chocolate, raisins and spices. Powerfull and complex with long everlasting finish.

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

Dec
11
A Touriga Vai Nua 2016

A Touriga Vai Nua 2016
86 tsomw points

Fita Preta, Alentejo Portugal

Category: Supple red
Tags: Touriga Nacional

Suprising red one from Alentejo region – 100% Touriga Nacional. Fita Preta - A Touriga Vai Nua 2016 (86 tsomw points) In the glass a dark ruby red color with garnet reflections. On the nose intense aromas of blackberries, raspberries and hints of violets, dried flowers, dried herbs and some anise. The palate is soft and round with lots of juicy flavours and nice acidity which makes it not too sweet. Very drinkable and not too heavy with great balance and structure.
 

Suprising red one from Alentejo region – 100% Touriga Nacional.
Fita Preta - A Touriga Vai Nua 2016 (86 tsomw points)

In the glass a dark ruby red color with garnet reflections.
On the nose intense aromas of blackberries, raspberries and hints of violets, dried flowers, dried herbs and some anise.
The palate is soft and round with lots of juicy flavours and nice acidity which makes it not too sweet. Very drinkable and not too heavy with great balance and structure.

Website winery: www.fitapreta.com
Webshop NL: www.tasteclub.nl

Dec
10
Closa Batllet Gratallops 2006

Closa Batllet Gratallops 2006
88 tsomw points

Cal Batllet, Priorat Spain

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

Tonight a great Priorat for this money! Cal Batllet - Closa Batllet Gratallops 2006 (88 tsomw points) In the glass a dark inky color. The nose shows aromas of stewed red fruit, jam, herbs and vanilla. On the palate rich and full-bodied with an alluring sweetness and silky tannins. Powerful wine with finesse.

Tonight a great Priorat for this money! 
Cal Batllet - Closa Batllet Gratallops 2006 (88 tsomw points)

In the glass a dark inky color.
The nose shows aromas of stewed red fruit, jam, herbs and vanilla. 
On the palate rich and full-bodied with an alluring sweetness and silky tannins.
Powerful wine with finesse.

Website winery: www.calbatllet.cat

Dec
9
 Pinot Gris Barrique 2016

Pinot Gris Barrique 2016
87 tsomw points

Apostelhoeve, Limburg The Netherlands

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Pinot Gris

For me one of the best Dutch wines this Pinot Gris. Apostelhoeve – Pinot Gris Barrique 2016 (87 tsomw points) In the glass a straw yellow color. On the nose aromas of peach, lychee, yellow plums but also tones of toast and vanilla. On the palate ripe, fleshy and round with notes of yellow fruits, apricot and well light intergrated wood. Nice long aftertaste with pleasant acidity.

For me one of the best Dutch wines this Pinot Gris.
Apostelhoeve – Pinot Gris Barrique 2016 (87 tsomw points)

In the glass a straw yellow color.
On the nose aromas of peach, lychee, yellow plums but also tones of toast and vanilla.
On the palate ripe, fleshy and round with notes of yellow fruits, apricot and well light intergrated wood. Nice long aftertaste with pleasant acidity.

Website winery: www.apostelhoeve.nl

Dec
8
Vigna alle Nicchie 2011

Vigna alle Nicchie 2011
90 tsomw points

Pietro Beconcini, Tuscany Italy

Category: Solid red
Tags: Tempranillo

Ever tasted a Tempranillo from Tuscany? This one is really the bomb. Pietro Beconcini - Vigna alle Nicchie 2011 (90 tsomw points)  In the glass an intense ruby red color. After opening the wines needs some time to open up with intense aromas of blackberries, dried plums and hints of dark chocolate, earth, tobacco and sweet spices. On the palate full-bodied with nice complexity, strong tannins but not drying. Full and round mouthfeel with a long and great finish. This baby tempranillo will be the best within 3-5 years...or longer.

Ever tasted a Tempranillo from Tuscany? This one is really the bomb. 
Pietro Beconcini - Vigna alle Nicchie 2011 (90 tsomw points) 

In the glass an intense ruby red color.
After opening the wines needs some time to open up with intense aromas of blackberries, dried plums and hints of dark chocolate, earth, tobacco and sweet spices.
On the palate full-bodied with nice complexity, strong tannins but not drying. Full and round mouthfeel with a long and great finish.
This baby tempranillo will be the best within 3-5 years...or longer.

Winemakers notes:

This is my most ambitious wine, the most exclusive and unique.

After the totally unexpected discovery in San Miniato of the centuries-old presence of the noble tempranillo grape, I set myself the task of researching in depth its characteristics and quality potential, with the goal of making a unique wine that would be its finest and most natural expression.  

It is called Vigna delle Nicchie because this small vineyard block is planted in a bed of fossil seashells, or nicchie in the Tuscan dialect, over a foundation of white clay and sandstone. Right on this hill lies the ancient tempranillo vineyard that yields the grapes to go to produce this wine in an extremely limited number of bottles.

After intensives studies and experimentation, and after these grapes repeatedly demonstrated their strength and versatility, I decide to take the most extreme path for the production of this final and most ambitious of my wines. The clusters of these ancient vines are picked in the first week in September into small 5-kg boxes, brought to the drying loft and allowed to naturally dry until the second ten days in October.

After this natural drying process, during which the grapes lose 25% of their weight, the must ferments in lined cement vats with a much larger percentage than normal of skins and seeds, which gives the wine a finer quality of acids and tannins, as well as a very distinctive array of aromas.

The fermentation can last as long as 10 days or more, because of the high sugar content; in any case, the maceration is never shorter than 6 weeks, to allow for the complete extraction of the desired compounds contained in these grapes. Sometimes the malolactic fermentation begins in the presence of the skins, other times after the first racking.

Vigna Alle Nicchie requires lengthy maturation and ageing; that begins in the spring following harvest as the wine is put into new barrels, 70% French and 30% American oak. After 12 months, the final wine is blended from the various barrels, racked, and then given an additional 12 months’ ageing in the same barrels.   

After two years in oak, the wine goes to bottle, where it remains until the end of the fourth year from harvest, when it is released.

Website winery: www.pietrobeconcini.com

Dec
7
Riesling Heiligenstein 1 OWT 2015

Riesling Heiligenstein 1 OWT 2015
87 tsomw points

Allram, Kamptal Austria

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Riesling

2day a lovely Riesling from Kamptal - Austria with some cheese. Allram - Riesling Heiligenstein 1 OWT 2015 (87 tsomw points) In the glass this Riesling shows a golden yellow color. On the nose delicate aromas of exotic fruits and apricot with nuances of herbs, light pepper and some honey. On the palate dry, medium-bodied with crispy acidity and lively structure. Nice long finish.

2day a lovely Riesling from Kamptal - Austria with some cheese.
Allram - Riesling Heiligenstein 1 OWT 2015 (87 tsomw points)

In the glass this Riesling shows a golden yellow color.
On the nose delicate aromas of exotic fruits and apricot with nuances of herbs, light pepper and some honey.
On the palate dry, medium-bodied with crispy acidity and lively structure. Nice long finish.

Website winery: www.allram.at

Dec
6
Poggio Alla Sala - Rosso di Montepulciano 2015

Poggio Alla Sala - Rosso di Montepulciano 2015
86 tsomw points

Gattavecchi , Montepulciano Italy

Category: Solid red, Supple red
Tags: Sangiovese, Canaiolo Nero

Let's middle the week with this nice red one. Gattavecchi - Poggio Alla Sala - Rosso di Montepulciano 2015 (86 tsomw points) Variety Prugnolo Gentile (Sangiovese) and Canaiolo Nero. In the glass a ruby red color. On the nose aromas of plums, cherries, leather and a hint of berries and flowers. On the palate medium bodied, warm in the mouth with lots of red and dark fruit, nicely balanced with nice tannins and acidity. 

Let's middle the week with this nice red one. 
Gattavecchi - Poggio Alla Sala - Rosso di Montepulciano 2015 (86 tsomw points)

Variety Prugnolo Gentile (Sangiovese) and Canaiolo Nero.
In the glass a ruby red color.
On the nose aromas of plums, cherries, leather and a hint of berries and flowers.
On the palate medium bodied, warm in the mouth with lots of red and dark fruit, nicely balanced with nice tannins and acidity. 

Website winery: www.alloroitalia.it
Website NL: www.viguursinwijn.nl

Dec
5
Alma Negra 2014

Alma Negra 2014
89 tsomw points

Alma Negra, Mendoza Argentina

Category: Solid red
Tags: Malbec, Bonarda, Petit Verdot

Blend of Malbec, Bonarda and Petit Verdot inside this mysterious looking bottle. Alma Negra – Alma Negra 2014 (89 tsomw points) In the glass an intense deep purple color. On the nose concentrated black fruits, tabacco, roasted wood, dark chocolate with hints of vanilla and violets. On the palate full-bodied, full and round in the mouth, intense flavours of dark fruits, tabacco and well integrated wood with velvet and silky tannins. Long and velvet aftertaste.

Blend of Malbec, Bonarda and Petit Verdot inside this mysterious looking bottle.
Alma Negra – Alma Negra 2014 (89 tsomw points)

In the glass an intense deep purple color.
On the nose concentrated black fruits, tabacco, roasted wood, dark chocolate with hints of vanilla and violets.
On the palate full-bodied, full and round in the mouth, intense flavours of dark fruits, tabacco and well integrated wood with velvet and silky tannins. Long and velvet aftertaste.

Website winery: www.ernestocatenavineyards.blog

Dec
5
Champagne Brut Meunier

Champagne Brut Meunier
87 tsomw points

Salmon, Ardenne France

Category: Sparkling
Tags: Pinot Meunier

This night Sinterklaas evening in Holland. Ever tasted a Champagne with 100% Pinot Meunier? Salmon – Champagne Brut Meunier (87 tsomw points) In the glass a clear golden color with fine-medium mousse. On the nose aromas of citrus fruit, white blossom, stone fruit, minerals and bread crumbs. On the palate light creamy, fresh and full with a chalky minerality and crisp acidity.

This night Sinterklaas evening in Holland
Ever tasted a Champagne with 100% Pinot Meunier?

Salmon – Champagne Brut Meunier (87 tsomw points)
In the glass a clear golden color with fine-medium mousse.
On the nose aromas of citrus fruit, white blossom, stone fruit, minerals and bread crumbs.
On the palate light creamy, fresh and full with a chalky minerality and crisp acidity.

Website winery: www.champagnesalmon.com

Dec
4
Basa Blanco Rueda 2016

Basa Blanco Rueda 2016
87 tsomw points

Telmo Rodriguez, Rueda Spain

Category: Fruity white
Tags: Verdejo, Viura

To kick off the week a wine with an excellent PQR. Telmo Rodriguez – Basa Blanco Rueda 2016 (87 tsomw points) In the glass a bright golden color with greenisch reflections. On the nose intense aromas  of citrus fruit, white flowers, green apple and tropical fruit. On the palate it is a very tasty and fresh wine, with perfect acidity and a very light step in the mouth, easy to drink, but with character and presence. Perfect party wine.

To kick off the week a wine with an excellent PQR.
Telmo Rodriguez – Basa Blanco Rueda 2016 (87 tsomw points)

In the glass a bright golden color with greenisch reflections.
On the nose intense aromas  of citrus fruit, white flowers, green apple and tropical fruit.
On the palate it is a very tasty and fresh wine, with perfect acidity and a very light step in the mouth, easy to drink, but with character and presence.
Perfect party wine.

Website winery: www.telmorodriguez.com
Webshop NL: www.grapedistrict.nl

Dec
3
Mountain wine tinto 2012

Mountain wine tinto 2012
88 tsomw points

Sedella , Malaga Spain

Category: Solid red
Tags: Rom̩, Garnacha Tinta, Jaen Tinto, Moscatel

Sedella is a red field blend from indigenous Spanish grape varieties including the rare Rom? variety 80%, Garnacha Tinta 15%, Jaen Tinto 3% and Moscatel 2%. Sedella mountain wine tinto 2012 (88 tsomw points) In the glass a deep purple red color. On the nose delicate aromas of cranberries, dried plums with hints of violets, chocolate, salt, licorice and herbs. On the palate medium full- bodied with the same fruit on the palate with fine, smooth tannins, fresh, crisp acidity and a lovely, lingering finish. 

Sedella is a red field blend from indigenous Spanish grape varieties including the rare Rom? variety 80%, Garnacha Tinta 15%, Jaen Tinto 3% and Moscatel 2%. Sedella mountain wine tinto 2012 (88 tsomw points)

In the glass a deep purple red color.
On the nose delicate aromas of cranberries, dried plums with hints of violets, chocolate, salt, licorice and herbs.
On the palate medium full- bodied with the same fruit on the palate with fine, smooth tannins, fresh, crisp acidity and a lovely, lingering finish. 

Winemaker notes:

Sedella Wines currently produces a single red wine from centenarian Romé and Grenache vines aged between 16 and 20 months in new French oak barrels. Wine with an outstanding deep blue color, high intensity, violet on the edges and dense and stained tears. The aromas are reminiscent of the natural environment, with notes of iodine, salt-pits and Mediterranean forests, fresh and fruity yielding very complex and elegant wines. In the mouth, sensations are soft, round, but fresh and a pleasant aftertaste. The label shows a view of the Axarquia region from our vineyard and has been designed by the designer Ana Varela. Each bottle of Sedella wine contains a lot of work, enthusiasm and, above all, much happiness.

Website winery: www.sedellavinos.com

Dec
2
Tinto 2014

Tinto 2014
90 tsomw points

Malhadinha Nova, Alentejo Portugal

Category: Solid red, Supple red
Tags: Alicante Bouschet, Aragonês, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah

Beautiful blend from Alicante Bouschet, Aragonês, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah from the Alentejo region. Malhadinha Nova Tinto 2014 (90 tsomw points) In the glass an intense almost opaque purple color. On the nose delicate aromas of overripe black prunes, plums, violets, coffee and oriental spices. On the palate dry and full-bodied, round and velvet in the mouth, soft tannins with dark fruit  and some mint. The finish is very tasty and long. I will keep the other bottle for some more years in the cellar.

Beautiful blend from Alicante Bouschet, Aragonês, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah from the Alentejo region.

Malhadinha Nova Tinto 2014 (90 tsomw points)
In the glass an intense almost opaque purple color.
On the nose delicate aromas of overripe black prunes, plums, violets, coffee and oriental spices. 
On the palate dry and full-bodied, round and velvet in the mouth, soft tannins with dark fruit  and some mint.
The finish is very tasty and long. I will keep the other bottle for some more years in the cellar.

Website winery: www.malhadinhanova.pt

 

Dec
1
Capo Di Stato 2013

Capo Di Stato 2013
91 tsomw points

Loredan Gasparini, Veneto Italy

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

Still young this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec grapes. This wine is the result of the selection of the best grapes of the vineyards. Loredan Gasparini - Capo Di Stato 2013 (91 tsomw points) In the glass a dark red color with garnet rim. On the nose delicious and intense aromas of dark prunes, blueberries and blackberries with notes of mushrooms, earth, tabacco, cocoa, herbs and light spices. On the palate medium- full bodied with nice balance and elegance. Top round mouthfeel with lots of red fruit, black pepper, subtle wood and chocolate. Smooth tannins and a nice long cherry finish.

Today one of my favourite wines at the moment. I really was blown away by this wine from the Veneto region.
Still young this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec grapes. This wine is the result of the selection of the best grapes of the vineyards.

Loredan Gasparini - Capo Di Stato 2013 (91 tsomw points)
In the glass a dark red color with garnet rim.
On the nose delicious and intense aromas of dark prunes, blueberries and blackberries with notes of mushrooms, earth, tabacco, cocoa, herbs and light spices.
On the palate medium- full bodied with nice balance and elegance. Top round mouthfeel with lots of red fruit, black pepper, subtle wood and chocolate. Smooth tannins and a nice long cherry finish.

Website winery: www.loredangasparini.it

Nov
30
Great Terroirs Cuvée Bella Rada 2015

Great Terroirs Cuvée Bella Rada 2015
87 tsomw points

Borovitza

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

Ever tasted a wine from Bulgaria? Today a blend of Chardonnay, Rkatsiteli and a bit of Sauvignon on the drinking table. Borovitza - Great Terroirs Cuvée Bella Rada 2015 (87 tsomw points) In the glass a deep golden color. On the nose aromas of pear, peach with hints of flowers, light smoky. On the palate medium- full bodied with good balance between creaminess and citrus fruit which gives the right freshness. Nice complexity and aftertaste with peach, spices and vanilla.

Ever tasted a wine from Bulgaria?
Today a blend of Chardonnay, Rkatsiteli and a bit of Sauvignon on the drinking table.
Borovitza - Great Terroirs Cuvée Bella Rada 2015 (87 tsomw points)

In the glass a deep golden color.
On the nose aromas of pear, peach with hints of flowers, light smoky.
On the palate medium- full bodied with good balance between creaminess and citrus fruit which gives the right freshness. Nice complexity and aftertaste with peach, spices and vanilla.

Webshop: www.bottleneck.be

Nov
30
Monica Iselis Rosso 2014

Monica Iselis Rosso 2014
87 tsomw points

Argiolas, Sardinia Italy

Category: Solid red, Supple red
Tags: Monica

A couple of weeks ago we tasted this red wine...with good weather. Tonight a wine from Sardegna with the Monica variety. Argiolas - Monica Iselis Rosso 2014 (87 tsomw points) In the glass a ruby red color. On the nose delicate aromas of ripe cherries, plums with notes of cinnamon, dark chocolate, pepper and vanilla. On the palate round and balanced, soft in the mouth with spices, vanilla, dark ripe fruits and nice long aftertaste. 

A couple of weeks ago we tasted this red wine...with good weather.
Tonight a wine from Sardegna with the Monica variety.

Argiolas - Monica Iselis Rosso 2014 (87 tsomw points)
In the glass a ruby red color.
On the nose delicate aromas of ripe cherries, plums with notes of cinnamon, dark chocolate, pepper and vanilla. 
On the palate round and balanced, soft in the mouth with spices, vanilla, dark ripe fruits and nice long aftertaste. 

Winemaker notes:

SOIL Calcareous, soils deriving from marly limestone sediments.
GRAPE VARIETIES Monica

CLIMATE Mediterranean, good temperature excursions, excellent ventilation.

VINIFICATION TECHNIQUE
Maceration at a controlled temperature of 28-30°C for about 10-12 days.
Malolactic fermentation in glass-lined concrete wine tanks for 10-15 days.

EVOLUTION Development in barriques for 12 months, followed by further development in the bottle for about 6 months.

FOOD MATCHES Traditional pasta dishes with sauce, savoury fish soups, grilled tuna steaks, stewed lamb, medium-matured pecorino cheese, grilled red meats.

Website winery: www.argiolas.it

Nov
29
Il Blu Toscana IGT 2011

Il Blu Toscana IGT 2011
90 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 (90 tsomw points) In the glass a medium garnet-red color. On the nose pretty complex with aromas of berries, earth, dried herbs and 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 (90 tsomw points) 
In the glass a medium garnet-red color.

On the nose pretty complex with aromas of berries, earth, dried herbs and 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. 

Winemaker 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.

Website winery: www.brancaia.com

Nov
28
Rubiolo 2015

Rubiolo 2015
87 tsomw points

Gagliole, Tuscany Italy

Category: Solid red, Supple red
Tags: Sangiovese

What an amazing time we had at Gagliole - Castellina in Chianti. Good wines, nice weather and a warm welcome. Gagliole - Rubiolo 2015 (87 tsomw points) 2015 had a cold and rainy winter followed by a hot, dry summer creating small bunches of Sangiovese, although concentration levels went very good. Really a good Chianti just like their other wines. Lots of good reviews and scores from the International Wine Press. Keep an eye on them.

What an amazing time we had at Gagliole - Castellina in Chianti. Good wines, nice weather and a warm welcome.

Gagliole - Rubiolo 2015 (87 tsomw points)

2015 had a cold and rainy winter followed by a hot, dry summer creating small bunches of Sangiovese, although concentration levels went very good.
Really a good Chianti just like their other wines. 
Lots of good reviews and scores from the International Wine Press. Keep an eye on them.

Website winery:www.gagliole.com

Nov
27
Löwengang Cabernet 2013

Löwengang Cabernet 2013
89 tsomw points

Alois Lageder, Alto Adige Italy

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

Dark clouds, heavy wind, rain all day... What can save your day? Right! This delicious "Bordeaux" blend from Alto Adige. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Alois Lageder - Löwengang Cabernet 2013 (89 tsomw points) In the glass a deep cherry red color. On the nose delicate aromas of black currants, ripe cherries, white pepper and well integrated wood. On the palate full-bodied with good concentration and structure. Good freshness with nice acidity and already soft tannins. Great and long finish. Will be even better within 3-5 years. 

Dark clouds, heavy wind, rain all day... What can save your day? 
Right! This delicious "Bordeaux" blend from Alto Adige. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. 
Alois Lageder - Löwengang Cabernet 2013 (89 tsomw points)

In the glass a deep cherry red color.
On the nose delicate aromas of black currants, ripe cherries, white pepper and well integrated wood.
On the palate full-bodied with good concentration and structure. Good freshness with nice acidity and already soft tannins. Great and long finish. Will be even better within 3-5 years. 

Winemaker notes:

The plot with Carmenère, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot vines at the heart of the vineyard was planted at the turn of the 20th century. That makes it one of the oldest sites in Alto Adige still preserved. In order to maintain this treasure with its old and unique DNA, young vines were obtained through selection massale witch which the vineyard extended.

The name of the Löwengang wine estate derives from the historical residence of the same name in Magrè, which has been in the possession of the Lageder family since 1934. The estate includes vineyards on the talus cone in the village at the foot of steep rock faces composed of dolomite that formed millions of years ago. Chardonnay, Carmenère and Cabernet grapes were grown in Magrè 150 years ago already. That is what persuaded Alois III to purchase the estate, at a time when wine-growing in the region was dominated by Schiava and Lagrein Kretzer.

Website winery: www.aloislageder.eu

Nov
26
Tinto Douro 2013

Tinto Douro 2013
86 tsomw points

Quinta de Cottas, Douro Portugal

Category: Solid red, Supple red
Tags: Touriga Franca

Another nice discovery from Portugal. Cottas - Tinto Douro 2013 (86 tsomw points) In the glass a deep ruby ??red color. On the nose intense aromas dominated by blackberries and ripe plums balanced with notes of flowers and vanilla. On the palate medium- full bodied with good structure and balance, round and soft in the mouth with nice long aftertaste. 

Another nice discovery from Portugal. 
Cottas - Tinto Douro 2013 (86 tsomw points)

In the glass a deep ruby ??red color.
On the nose intense aromas dominated by blackberries and ripe plums balanced with notes of flowers and vanilla.
On the palate medium- full bodied with good structure and balance, round and soft in the mouth with nice long aftertaste. 

Website winery: www.quintadecottas.pt

Nov
24
Chianti Classico 2014

Chianti Classico 2014
87 tsomw points

Rocca di Castagnoli, Tuscany Italy

Category: Solid red, Supple red
Tags: Sangiovese, Colorino, Canaiolo

This wine is made from 90% Sangiovese, 5% Canaiolo and 5% Colorino. Rocca di Castagnoli - Chianti Classico 2014 (87 tsomw points) This Chianti is already very nice. In the glass it shows a dark red color. On the nose a delicate cherry scent, combined with spices, violets, tabacco and almonds. On the palate very juicy with fine acidity and medium tannins. Long and balanced aftertaste.

This wine is made from 90% Sangiovese, 5% Canaiolo and 5% Colorino. 
Rocca di Castagnoli - Chianti Classico 2014 (87 tsomw points)

This Chianti is already very nice.

In the glass it shows a dark red color. 
On the nose a delicate cherry scent, combined with spices, violets, tabacco and almonds.
On the palate very juicy with fine acidity and medium tannins. Long and balanced aftertaste.

Winemaker notes:

Grape varieties: sangiovese 90%, colorino 5%, canaiolo 5%
Vineyard: loc. Castagnoli
Planting density: 5 thousand vines/hec
Average yield: 1,5 kg/plant
Average altitude: 500 m a.s.l.
Maturation: in oak casks and in tonneaux for at least 12 months
Ageing in glass: 12 months
Alcoholic content: 13.5% vol.
Serving temperature: 18°C

Wineproducer: www.roccadicastagnoli.com

Nov
23
Chardonnay - Strasser Groißl - Qualitätswein 2016

Chardonnay - Strasser Groißl - Qualitätswein 2016
87 tsomw points

Weingut Reinhard Topf, Kamptal Austria

Category: Crisp white, Fruity white
Tags: Chardonnay

Weingut Reinhard Topf - Chardonnay - Strasser Groißl - Qualitätswein 2016 (87 tsomw points) Not the typical Chardonnay but a very nice refreshing one. In the glass a golden yellow color. On the nose delicate aromas of exotic fruit, melon and  citrus with nice minerality. On the palate solid and fresh, good balance with nice minerality, very light creamy and good acidity. Nice long aftertaste.

What can you expect from a Chardonnay from Kamptal – Austria?
Weingut Reinhard Topf - Chardonnay - Strasser Groißl - Qualitätswein 2016 (87 tsomw points)

Not the typical Chardonnay but a very nice refreshing one.
In the glass a golden yellow color.
On the nose delicate aromas of exotic fruit, melon and  citrus with nice minerality.
On the palate solid and fresh, good balance with nice minerality, very light creamy and good acidity. Nice long aftertaste.

Website winery: www.weingut-reinhardtopf.at

Nov
23
Tinto Joven 2016

Tinto Joven 2016
83 tsomw points

Bodega Laus

Category: Fruity red, Supple red
Tags: Merlot, Syrah

Almost weekend. Tonight a Spanish red one from the Aragon region at the foot of the Pyrenees. Bodega Laus - Tinto Joven 2016 (83 tsomw points) Blend of Merlot and Syrah. In the glass a dark cherry red color. On the nose intense aromas of cherries and red berries. On the palate good balance, fresh and soft in the mouth with velvet tannins. Easy going wine for a easy going evening.

Almost weekend. Tonight a Spanish red one from the Aragon region at the foot of the Pyrenees.
Bodega Laus - Tinto Joven 2016 (83 tsomw points)

Blend of Merlot and Syrah.
In the glass a dark cherry red color.
On the nose intense aromas of cherries and red berries.
On the palate good balance, fresh and soft in the mouth with velvet tannins. Easy going wine for a easy going evening.

Website winery: www.bodegalaus.es

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

 

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

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
'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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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