Wednesday, 17 February 2010

TN : 3 Weingarten Special Edition Riesling 2008, Weingut Huber, Kamptal, Austria

This wine was sealed with a screwcap.

Colour : Pale yellow

Aroma : Honey, oranges, peach

Taste : Honey, oranges, pineapple

Alcohol : 12.5%

Price : 78 SEK

Mark : C

Website : Weingut Huber

Saturday, 13 February 2010

TN : Sokol Blosser Pinot Noir 2007, Dundee Hills, Oregon, USA

The age of the vines was between seven and nine years old. 6111 cases were produced. The grapes were picked between 21st September and 29th September 2007. One-ton and three-ton open top fermenters were used and the cap was punched down 3 times a day. The wine was 100% barrel aged in 16 months in French oak barrels of which 44% were new barrels.

Colour : Red

Aroma : Spice, oak, strawberries, coffee

Taste : Strawberries, sandalwood, coffee, spice,fruit masked by the oak influences, warm finish

Alcohol : 14.5%

Price : 199 SEK

Mark : C

Website : Sokol Blosser Winery

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

TN : Erbacher Schlossberg Riesling Auslese 2005, Schloss Reinhartshausen, Rheingau, Germany

The residual sugar in this wine is 78 grammes per litre.

Schloss Reinhartshausen is the largest privately owned wine estate in the Rheingau. It has vineyards spreading over more than 80 hectares.

At the Castle’s present location stood, in the 12th century, the ancestral seat of the knights of Erbach. From 1275, and over a period of four centuries, the estate belonged to the knights of Allendorf who cultivated wine from 1337.

At the end of the 18th century, the estate was taken over by the Langwerth von Simmern dynasty from Phillip Reinhard after whom the Castle was named. It was sold in 1800 to the Duke of Westfalen, who built Schloss Reinhartshausen as it is seen today. Princess Marianne of Prussia from the Royal House Oranien-Nassau bought the Castle and the estate in 1855. She extended the Castle with the addition of a museum and, owing to her personality and her charitable generosity, she left a lasting imprint in Schloss Reinhartshausen itself and the community of Erbach as a whole.

Colour : Yellow

Aroma : Marzipan, honey, apricot

Taste : Honey, cloying sweetness, marzipan, apricot, long finish

Alcohol : 12%

Price : 119 SEK (Reduced from 149 SEK( (375 ml bottle)

Mark : C

Website : Weingut Schloss Reinhartshausen

Monday, 8 February 2010

Ried Loiser Berg Gruener Veltliner Trocken 2002, Weingut Bruendlmayer, Kamptal, Austria

This wine was imported by VinUnic AB.

Colour : Yellow/gold

Aroma : White pepper, apricot, peach, orange peel

Taste : Orange, white pepper, oily texture, peach, apricot

Alcohol : 12%

Price : 195 SEK

Mark : B-

Website : Weingut Brundlmayer
Website : VinUnic AB

TN : Erdener Treppchen 2008 Riesling Kabinett, Dr. Loosen, Mosel, Germany

Erdener Treppchen means "The little staircase of Erden".

This wine was sealed with a screwcap.

Colour : Light lemon

Aroma : Elderberry, banana, honey, minerals

Taste : Sweet, nice cleansing acidity, oranges, lemon, elderberry, pineapple, minerals, long zingy finish

Alcohol : 7.5%

Price : 129 SEK

Mark : B

Website : Dr Loosen

TN : Chinon La Gravinieres 2008, Domaine de la Chapelle, Philippe Pichard, Loire, France

Colour : Red

Aroma : Herbs, dark berries, violets

Taste : Violets,dark berries, sour, tangy, talcum powder

Alcohol : 12.5%

Price : 105 SEK

Mark : C-

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

TN : Vina Sutil Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2008, Colchagua Valley, Chile

Vina Sutil was started in 1990. Viña Sutil is 130 kilometres southeast from Santiago in the heart of the Colchagua Valley.

This wine was imported by VinUnic AB.

Colour : Bright yellow

Aroma : Apricot, orange, burnt sugar, marzipan

Taste : Overwhelming burnt sugar, spice, apricot, slight orange, lacking acidity

Alcohol : 12%

Price : 80 SEK

Mark : C-

Website : Vina Sutil
Website : VinUnic AB

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

TN : Heredos Del Marques De Riscal Rueda 2009, Spain

This wine is a blend of 85% Verdejo and 15% Viura. Total acidity is 5.4 and pH is 3.30.

The Verdejo, together with Viura, was destemmed, cooled, and then macerated in cool conditions to extract the maximum aromas from the skins and add texture to the wine. The must was fined and once clear was left to ferment slowly for 20 days at a controlled temperature of between thirteen and fifteen degrees.

Colour : Bright light yellow

Aroma : Lemon, pear, dried pineapple

Taste : Lemon, fruity, pear, grapefruit, bitter finish

Alcohol : 12.5%

Price : 69 SEK

Mark : C

Website : Marques de Riscal

Italian Wine Day for Consumers 2010

The Nordic Wine Institute organised the latest in a series of yearly Italian Wine Days on the 30th January 2010 at the Grand Hotel in Stockholm, Sweden. The venue was far too small for the number of attendees and it was like being a sardine packed in a tin.

These are my list of wines tasted, associated ratings, and current retail price :

A Wines

  • Brunello di Montalcino 2003, Poggio San Polo (369 SEK)

A- Wines
  • Dedicato a Walter 2005, Poggio al Tesoro (575 SEK)
  • Dedicato a Walter 2006, Poggio al Tesoro (499 SEK)

B+ Wines
  • Rubio 2006, Poggio San Polo (110 SEK)

B Wines
  • Gaja Sito Moresco 2007 (329 SEK)
  • Tenuta Belguardo 2006, Mazzei (239 SEK)
  • Brancaia Ilatraia 2006, La Brancaia (399 SEK)
  • Il Nero di Casanova 2006, La Spinetta (159 SEK)
  • Pin Rosso Monferrato 2007, La Spinetta (340 SEK)
  • Barbera d'Asti Superiore Bionzo 2007, La Spinetta (325 SEK)
  • Barbaresco Bordini 2006, La Spinetta (389 SEK)

B- Wines
  • Sondraia 2005, Poggio al Tesoro (319 SEK)
  • Sondraia 2006, Poggio al Tesoro (299 SEK)
  • Lucente 2006, Luca delle Vite (205 SEK)
  • Ca di Pian Barbera d'Asti 2007, La Spinetta (195 SEK)
  • Aglianico Stupor Mondi 2005, Carbone Melfi (269 SEK)

C+ Wines
  • Brancaia Chianti Classico 2005, La Brancaia (259 SEK)
  • Aglianico Terra Dei Fouchi DOC 2007, Carbone Melfi (123 SEK)

C Wines
  • Brancaia Tre 2007, La Brancaia (149 SEK)