Monday, 28 February 2011

TN : Saumur Reserve des Vignerons 2009, Cave de Saumur, Loire Valley, France

This wine was 100% Cabernet Franc and bottled under screwcap.

Colour : Dark red/pink hues

Aroma : Cherry, herbs, red fruits

Taste : Red fruits, blueberry, herbs, green, thin

Alcohol : 12.5%

Price : 79 SEK

Mark : C-

Website : Cave de Saumur

TN : Tandarra Cuvee Prestige Chardonnay, South Eastern Australia, Australia

I didn't get much complexity out of this wine at 11,000 metres up in a Finnair flight from Helsinki to Hong Kong. I tasted it again on the return journey with the same result.

This wine was in a 187 ml screwcapped PET bottle. It was produced by SkyCellar Ltd of Finland and bottled in Estonia.

Taste : Lemon, cream, butter, oak

Price : Free

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

TN : Echeverria Limited Edition Cabernet Sauvignon 2006, Vina Echeverria, Central Valley, Chile

This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Carmenere.

This wine was awarded 91 points by The Wine Enthusiast Magazine in May 2010.

This wine is imported by HJO Grosshandel AB.

Colour : Dark red, blue hues

Aroma : Blackcurrant, oak, herbs

Taste : Lively upfront blackcurrants, vanilla, oak, coffee, toast

Alcohol : 14.5%

Price : 199 SEK

Mark : B

Website : Vina Echeverria

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

TN : Sophenia Synthesis The Blend 2007, Finca Sophenia, Tupungato, Mendoza, Argentina

This wine is a blend of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot. 12,900 bottles were produced. The consultant winemaker was Michel Rolland. The winemaker was Matias Michelini. The vineyards lay in the foothills of the Andes at an elevation of 6,000 feet. All of the grapes were hand-harvested in the end of April 2007. The wine has spent 14 months in French barriques.

This wine received 89 points from The Wine Advocate and 91 points from Wine Spectator.

This wine was imported by PrimeWine Sweden AB and 120 bottles were imported into Sweden. The wine went on sale on the 1st March 2010.

Colour : Dense, blackberry

Aroma : Blackberry, violets, oak, toast

Taste : Blackberry, blackcurrant, violets, minerals, lashings of toasty oak on finish, smooth tannins

Alcohol : 14%

Price : 249 SEK

Mark : B

Website : Finca Sophenia

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

TN : Novelty Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, Columbia Valley, USA

This wine is a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot. The winemaker was Mike Januik.

Colour : Dark red, blue hues

Aroma : Oak, blackcurrant, milk chocolate, milk, red fruits

Taste : Blackcurrant, red fruits, milk chocolate, coffee, grippy tannic finish

Alcohol : 14.4%

Price : 299 SEK

Mark : B

Website : Novelty Hill Winery

TN : Annie Camarda Syrah 2007, Andrew WIll Cellars, Washington State, USA

The grapes for this wine come from Champoux and Ciel du Cheval. The titratable acidity is 0.67 grammes per 100 ml and the pH is 3.7. The wine spent 12 months is 100% new French Gamba oak barrels. The wine was bottles in September 2008 and was released in February 2010. 316 cases were produced.

Colour : Dark blackberry

Aroma : Very fruity, blackberry, plums, spice, black pepper, tobacco, burnt toast, meaty

Taste : Plums, blackberry, tobacco, toast, dark chocolate, meaty notes, spice and black pepper on finish

Alcohol : 14.5%

Price : 299 SEK

Mark : B+

Website : Andrew Will Cellars

TN : Chateau de Fieuzal 2007, Grand Cru Classe de Graves, Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France

Colour : Red, purple hues

Aroma : Toasty oak, bramble jelly

Taste : Upfront very fruity, blackcurrant, plums, bramble fruit, cedar and toasty oak on finish. This is overoaked but has nice fruit.

Alcohol : 13%

Price : 256 SEK

Mark : B-

Website : Chateau de Fieuzal

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

TN : Quimera 2007, Vino Tinto, Achaval Ferrer, Mendoza, Argentina

"Quimera" is pronounced "key mare ah". 5,280 twelve bottle cases were produced. The wine is a blend of 38% Malbec from Medrano and from Lujan, 24% Merlot from Tupungato, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon from Medrano and Tupungato, and 14% Cabernet Franc from Tupungato. The average yield per plant was less than 800 grammes which is equivalent to 18 hectolitres per hectare. The grapes were harvested between 27th Ferubary to the 12th March 2007.

Primary fermentation was peformed in smal tanks. The wine was then blended and underwent malolactic fermentation in French oak barrels, 40% of which were new and 60% were one year old. The wine was then aged in barrel for twelve months. The wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered on August 5th 2008.

The pH is 3.7, TA is 6.25, and total SO2 is 60 milligrammes per litre.

The wine was imported by Divine AB.

Colour : Dark blackcurrant

Aroma : Blackcurrant, oak, plums, blackberry, vanilla

Taste : Plums, blackcurrant, vanilla, smooth tannins, savoury notes, long finish with minerals and tobacco

Alcohol : 14%

Price : 299 SEK

Mark : B

Website : Bodega Achaval Ferrer
Website : Divine AB

Beringer Sonoma Chardonnay 2009, California, USA

Colour : Pale yellow

Aroma : Oak, toast with hot melted butter, oranges, pineapple

Taste : Over oaked, pineapple, vanilla, buttered toast, creamy texture

Alcohol : 13.5%

Price : 149 SEK (1.5 litre Bag-In-Box)

Mark : C

Website : Beringer Vineyards

TN : Chateau La Serre 2004, Saint-Emilionn Grand Cru, Bordeaux, France

Colour : Dark plum

Aroma : Oak, cedar, tobacco, blackcurrant

Taste : Cedar, oak, tobacco, blackcurrant, coffee, drying tannic finish

Alcohol : 13.5%

Price : 299 SEK

Mark : C