Aroma : Oak, Blacurrant Cassis
Colour : Dark Cassis, some sediment
Taste : Some oak, intense cassis, vanilla, fine tanins
Alcohol : 14%
Mark : A
Website : http://www.gallo.com
Friday, 30 March 2007
Thursday, 29 March 2007
I attended the Terriors & Signatures de Bourgogne tasting yesterday, held at Operaterrassen, Stockholm, during the Muskänkarna dedicated session between 18:00 and 19:30. There were 23 producers at the tasting.
Highlights for me were Maison Thomas Moillard who had some nice drinkable Pinot Noirs, especially the Gevrey-Chambertin, la Croix des Champs, 2004 which I could have happily drunk then. I was told that they are gradually converting over to organic growing, including making viticultural decisions according to the phases of the moon. In addition, I found out that a lot of their very old 90 year old vines have recently been replanted and that the new vines's roots follow the same path as the ripped out vines which was something I didn't know before.
Other wines I enjoyed were Bouchard Aines & Fils Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Cras, 2004, Domaine Parent Beaune 1er Cru Les Epenottes 2003, Domaine AF Gros Chambolle-Musigny 2004, Domaine Michel Prunier et Fille Volnay 1er Cru Les Caillerets 2004 and the Chateau de Fuisse Pouilly-Fuisse Vielles Vigne 2005.
Almost all of the wines on show need some age to show their best, to allow the new oak to integrate, and the tannins to soften.
Website : http://www.franskaviner.com
Posted by ANDY CHEESE at 06:59
Wednesday, 28 March 2007
This is a blend of Aragonez (Tempranillo) 50%, Syrah 41%, Trincadeira 5 %, and Touriga Nacional 4 %. The total acids are 5.0, final pH is 3.82 and the residual sugar is 2.6. It was bottled on the family estate in May 2006. The total production was 641,000 75cl bottles and 49,000 37cl bottles. There was no aging in barrels and the wine was released in July 2006.
In the Alentejo, rainfall since October 2004 was the lowest for more than a century, recorded at 219 mm, down from our annual average of 600 mm. The winter was not only dry but cold, with morning frost and temperatures as low as -5 °. Not surprisingly, bud break was delayed by a fortnight and the growing season was shorter than usual. The ‘ideal’ September harvest weather, brought along cooler nights and warm, sunny, breezy weather during the days, just was what was needed for the phenolic ripening of the grapes, to preserve some good fruit acid and flavor.
The fruit from local Portuguese varieties was handpicked at optimum maturity. It was fermented without stems at controlled temperature with frequent delestage (rack-and-return). This wine was lightly filtered and bottled early to maintain clean, youthful, ripe fruit flavours.
It received 87 points from Wine Spectator and 84 points from Robert Parker.
The grapegrower and head winemaker at Cortes de Cima is Hans Kristian Jorgensen who is Danish-born.
Colour : Plum red
Taste : Savoury red berries, slightly tannic, dry finish
Alcohol : 14%
Mark : C+
Website : http://www.cortesdecima.pt
TN : Riesling Trocken, Haardter Buergergarten Kabinett, 2005, Weingut Mueller-Catoir, Pfalz, Germany
The oldest record of winegrowing on the property dates back to 1744. The winery estate is in the village of Haardt, a part of Neustadt situated a little above the main town and lying at the foot of the Haardt hills, with an extensive view across the Rhine plain. The present owner is Jakob Heinrich Catoir. Junior: Philipp David Catoir. The estate has been owned by the same family since 1744, now in the 9th generation. For almost 100 years, the winery was run by women (great-grandmother, grandmother and mother of the present owner), whose influence has lent the property the distinctive note it has today. Martin Franzen, a viticultural engineer, comes from the Moselle region of Germany and learned wine-making under more difficult conditions. He made his name as the head of operations at Schlossgut Diel on the Nahe river and Gut Nägelsförst in Baden. As the rising star in the international wine world, he has now taken on the legendary position of estate manager with Müller-Catoir.
Colour : Pale yellow / lemon
Aroma : Grapey, lemony
Taste : Minerally, fruity, lemony, spitzy clean long finish
Alcohol : 13%
Mark : B
Website : http://www.mueller-catoir.de
Tuesday, 27 March 2007
I went to the Wines from Austria Trade tasting yesterday at Operakällaren in Stockholm. There were over 60 wineries participating. I didn't take much in way of tasting notes but recollect a few items of interest.
The Freie Weingärtner cooperative, based in Wachau, had some interesting wines to taste. I gave them all a B except for the 1981 Riesling Domaine Wachau which as not to my taste. I like more residual sugar in my aged Rieslings. However, it was showing classic petrol notes and mature characters. It was also bottled in a Burgundy-shaped bottle as the classic Germanic flute bottle was not yet used.
Weingut Nastl was present seeking an importer for Sweden. However, there are not a new winery and have been in business for over 300 years. Highlights for me were the Gruner Veltliner Kittmannsberg, B+, and the Eiswein which had an extraordinary long finish and I gave it an A.
Weingut Sepp Moser had a nice showing of wines. I gave them all a B though I didn't taste the "stickies".
The wines from Josef Umathum were very good. All had classic Pinot Noir characters, stewed fruit aromas, even though only one of the wines was actually Pinot Noir; the others were varieties such as Blaufrankisch or St Laurent. The Umathum range need a good 10 years of aging, lots of well-integrated tannins, to be at their best. I was told that in Austria these wines would typically be drunk much earlier though.
Website : http://www.winesfromaustria.com/eindex.php
Posted by ANDY CHEESE at 07:15
Monday, 26 March 2007
"More than 100 years ago Don Melchor de Concha y Toro reserved for himself an exclusive batch of the best wines he produced. And, to keep strangers away from his private reserve, he spread the rumour that the devil lived in that place. Hence the name : Casillero del Diablo or Cellar of the Devil."
Aroma : Blackcurrants, Green vegetables boiling
Taste : Blackcurrant, black coffee
Colour : Dark blackcurrant / Cherry
Alcohol : 13.5%
Mark : C
Website : http://www.casillerodeldiablo.com/
Friday, 23 March 2007
Posted by ANDY CHEESE at 07:47
Thursday, 22 March 2007
Posted by ANDY CHEESE at 07:17
Wednesday, 21 March 2007
I attended the 2007 Wine Australia tasting in February this year. I didn't take any tasting notes as such. The highlights for me were Glaetzer Godolphin 2004 and the Amon-Ra 2004 which I both scored as A. The Katnook Odessey Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Coonawarra I found disappointing and scored as a C+. The Dalwhinnie Pinot Noir 2003 scored a B. The Peter Lemann 2000 Menor Barossa Valley scored a B- as I thought it was a bit hot as a result of its' high alcohol.
Website : http://www.wineaustralia.com/europe/
Tuesday, 20 March 2007
This is a blend of 50% Assyrtiko and 50% Sauvignon Blanc. The grapes came from the Agios Pavlos vineyard. The wine was vinified in Stainless Steel tanks
Taste : Classic Sauvignon Blanc flavours with Almond and Creamy Apricot
Alcohol : 12.5%
Mark : B
Initiated in 1997, MontGras’ Ninquén Project was born of an appreciation for the unique properties of the specific terroir on Ninquén Mountain in Chile’s Colchagua Valley, and an ambition to forge a name for MontGras in the elite ultra-premium category. 222 acres atop Ninquén were dedicated to the venture and planted with a range of red grape varieties. With this move, MontGras became Chile’s first winery to plant atop the plateau of a mountain (Ninquén means “plateau on a mountain” in ancient local dialect).
Aroma : Orange and Lemon Marmelade
Taste : Honey, Orange & Lemon & Lime Marmelades, Good clean acidic long finish
Alcohol : 10%
Mark : B
Website : http://www.winzervereindeidesheim.de/
Monday, 19 March 2007
The scoring system I am using is loosely based upon what the 3 Wine Guys are using.
A : Exellent
B : A buy
C : Good wine but I wouldn't necessarily buy it
D : should pour it down the sink but can be drunk if nothing else available
E : Undrinkable
I don't understand the Parker and Decanter grading systems that don't start at zero. All I can guess is that they are afraid of giving bad scores since they will not get any wines to review or any invitations to wineries should they start this practice.
I like the 3 Wine Guys. If a wine is bad then they say it is bad. The show is great entertainment though the only thing of any real value is the great tasting notes/descriptions.
Website : http://www.3wineguys.com
Posted by ANDY CHEESE at 08:04
Friday, 16 March 2007
The Munskänkarna is a Wine Club which boasts over 20000 members in Sweden and 2000 members in the Stockholm section. It is a "must-join" if you are into Wine. It costs a one-off 200Kr joining fee and then 330Kr per year.
For this you get access to a lot (and more than one every week) of organised tastings (you must pay a fee) plus access to a few trade tastings.
There is a Forum where you can exchange information etc with other members.
There is also a regularly appearing magazine which also includes reviews of the next month's new wines (Systembolaget).
Web site : http://www.munskankarna.se/
Posted by ANDY CHEESE at 08:26