Thursday, May 31, 2007
Aconcagua Valley, Chile
Upfront wine...ripe cassis, herby, soft juicy flavours, very 'New World' in style ...a wine I would enjoy very much in a restaurant..but maybe not want to drink on a regular basis.
Weingut Wieninger Nussberg 'Alte Reben' 2004
Quinta Do Crasto Reserva Old Vines 2004
Monday, May 28, 2007
A recent wine from Dao, Portugal, costing 6.80 Euros..gained a first place from a jury of the Wine Gourmet magazine..which did not impress me....left me thinking it may be the case..but no, dear readers...it ain't true.....
Bodegas Agapito Rico
E. Pira & Figli, Piemonte, Italy
Medium deep colour with slight ageing at the rim; trace of what I call 'brittle tannins' on the nose, funky smells; in the mouth it is dry, trace of tannins with well-balanced cherry fruit. Very good
Complex aromas, perfect mix, none of the grapes really dominating, exotic fruits springs to mind, trace of marzipan; fine weight, a glass you want to return to, and a good finish...a really interesting wine...
Medium colour, watering rim; nose of red & black cherries; light-weight in the mouth, plenty of juicy fruit, a lovely 'summer' wine, could possibly be even drank cooler, Perfect for pasta and barbecues.Really enjoyed it.
very deep colour; spicy & peppery, big, full style, gobs of fruit, no real tannins..nicely balanced...
Saturday, May 19, 2007
Gravitas Pinot Noir 2004
The perfect climate for Pinot Noir could and should be New Zealand...but the consistancy is not there yet....here's a goodie tho...
R & C Schneider Spätburgunder
'R' Barrique Trocken 2003
This is a perfect vintage for this vineyard..fine, medium colour, no aging; elegant aroma, not too forthcoming at first....but opened with a few swirls..flavour more instant, attractive, tasty mouthful of velvety fruit, developed beautifully after 30 minutes, perfect balance.Delicious wine
Points 17.5 +
Gentle, soft aromas; creamy flavour, lovely balance, just a touch of acidity..then the fruit comes through...not 'overdone' like many Chardonney's nowadays
grapefruit, gooseberries etc..nice..but that's all..
Christos Kokkalis Mova 2003
This is made by a chemist who has a business in Germany...
His top wine is 'Trilogia'..but this, his 2nd wine; is very impressive...(must find the Trilogia).Made from 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Agriorgitiko
it has a purple colour, still dark; red & black fruits hit you with the first sniff; however..after that..the wine is soft and round, full flavoured, even elegant,with nice firm tannins.Very enjoyable.
Lorinon Reserva 2001
Old style Rioja; cream and vanilla nose; medium weight..
the slight dryness from the barrel ageing..good value(Euros 11,--)
Light colour; clean dryclassic nose; more sweeter in the mouth but
backed up by dry minerally finish..needs a year or two.
I drank this with a German speciality from our area..Handkäse mit Musik..
a smelly type cheese with onions and vinegar...it tastes better than the description..and the wine went very well with the food.