Sunday, 25 March 2012

TN : Kloster Eberbach Riesling Spaetlese Crescentia 2010, Rheingau, Germany

 This wine was sealed with a screwcap.

This wine was imported by Granqvist Vinagentur.

Colour : Bright lemon

Aroma : Honey, lime, mandarin

Taste : Honey, mandarin, pineapple, racy lime acidic finish

Alcohol : 8%

Price : 115 SEK

Mark : C+

Website : Kloster Eberbach

Thursday, 15 March 2012

TN : Enira 2008, Domaine Bessa Valley, Bessa Valley Winery, Bulgaria

The Bessa Valley Project was started in 2001. It is situated in the region around Ognianovo village. The name of the winery "Bessa Valley" means Valley of the Bessi . The Bessi were a Thracian tribe that inhabited this land.

The wine is a blend of 48% Merlot, 40% Syrah, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 7% Petit Verdot. All of the grapes were hand-picked. The whole berries then underwent a a old maceration  performed from five to eight days at 16 degrees. Alcohol fermentation, with addition of selected yeast strains, was controlled at 26 to 28 degrees for 8 to 10 days. followed by maceration from 5 to 8 days in thermo-regulated concrete tanks. Malolactic fermentation continued in tanks follwed by ageing for about twelve months in oak barrels (10% one-year old oak, 56 % two- years old, 34% three years old).

Colour : Dark red/black

Aroma : Raisins, oak, toast, blackcurrant, spice, plums

Taste : Blackcurrant, plums, cherry, spice, raisins, concentrated fruit

Alcohol : 14.5%

Price : 12.90 Euro (T2 Duty Free, Helsinki Airport, Finland)

Mark : B-

Website : Bessa Valley Winery

Saturday, 10 March 2012

TN : Masi Passo Doble Malbec Corvina 2009, Masi, Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina

 This wine is a blend of 62% Malbec, 30% Corvina, and 8% Merlot.

This wine was imported by Philipson Soderberg AB.

Colour : Dark red, blue hues

Aroma : Plums, cherries, raisins, spice

Taste : Fruity, raisins, cherries, plums, vanilla, spicy finish

Alcohol : 13.5%

Price : 89 SEK

Mark : B-

Website : Masi

TN : Saint Clair Pinot Noir 2010, Saint Clair Family Estates, Malborough, New Zealand

Matt Thomson was the winemaker. This wine was sealed with a screwcap.

At the winery each batch of grapes was held cold for five days prior to fermentation. Cultured yeasts were used for the primary alcoholic fermentation during which the fermenting must was hand plunged six times daily and then up to eight times daily during the height of fermentation. When dry, each batch was pressed to tank, settled and then racked off gross lees to either stainless steel tanks or a mixture of new and older seasoned French oak. The wine then underwent 100% malolactic fermentation before being blended and prepared for bottling.  The Titratable Acidity is 6.2grammes per litre and the is pH is 3.46.

This wine was imported by Sigva AB.

Colour : Raspberry, blue hues

Aroma : Raspberry, plums, strawberry, spices, vanilla

Taste : Fruity, spicy and gingery on finish, strawberry, oak, cherries

Alcohol : 13.5%

Price : 99 SEK

Mark : C+

Website : Saint Clair Family Estates

Thursday, 8 March 2012

TN : Chateau de Lamarque 2008, Haut-Medoc, Bordeaux, France

This wine received 87 points from Wine Spectator (May 31st 2011 issue)

Colour : Dark red

Aroma : Blackcurrant, plums, cherries, milk chocolate, liqourice, herbs

Taste : Liqourice, blackcurrant, plums, oak, drying herbs and tannins on finish

Alcohol : 13.5%

Price : 195 SEK

Mark : C

Website : Chateau de Lamarque

TN : Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, Concha y Toro, Puente Alto, Chile

This wine is a blend of 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc. All of the grapes were hand-harvested between April 26th and May 19th 2007. The vineyard soils were alluvial and the climate was semi-arid Mediterranean. The wine spent 15 months in French oak barrels. The pH is 3.58 and the residual sugar is 3.77 grammes per litre.

This wine received 93 points from Wine Spectator (November 30th 2010 issue). 8,900 cases were produced.

Colour : Dark blackcurrant

Aroma : Blackcurrant, blackberry, herbs, coffee

Taste : Earthy, blackcurrant, blackberry, coffee, herbs, drying tannins on finish, try again in two more years

Alcohol : 14.5%

Price : 349 SEK

Mark : B-

Website : Don Melchor

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

TN : Magnas Sauvignon 2009, Isonzo del Friuli, Friuli-Venezia-Giula, Italy

This wine is partly produced from a vineyard from the Isonzo zone called "Marzul" and partly from an old vineyard in the "Boatina" zone. This wine was bottled with a screwcap.

This wine was imported by Chris-Wine AB.

Colour : Very pale lemon

Aroma : Nettles, gooseberry, stone fruits

Taste : Blackcurrant leaf, stone fruits, earthy, creamy texture

Alcohol : 13.5%

Price : 125 SEK

Mark : C+

Website : Azienda Agricola Magnas

TN : Au Bin Climat Chardonnay 2009, Central Coast, Santa Barbara County, California, USA

This wine was imported by Muram International AB.

Colour : Light lemon

Aroma : Pineapple, buttered sweetcorn, buttered toast

Taste : Lemon, pineapple, butter, toast, zingy acidic finish

Alcohol : 13.5%

Price : 199 SEK

Mark : B-

Website : Au Bon Climat

Sunday, 4 March 2012

TN : Rosenberg 2009, Gerhard Markowitsch, Niederoesterreich, Austria

This wine is a blend of  Zweigelt, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon.

This wine was imported by Fondberg.

Colour : Dark red/blue

Aroma : Herbs, blueberry, plums, spice, coffee

Taste : Concentrated, glycerol, blueberry, plums, spice, sandalwood, oak and liqourice on finish

Alcohol : 14%

Price : 299 SEK

Mark : B

Website : Weingut Markowitsch

Saturday, 3 March 2012

TN : Chateau Grand Destieu 2004, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, Bordeaux, France

This wine received 87 points from Wine Spectator in the March 31sr 2007 issue. There was 2,000 cases of this wine made.

Colour : Dark red, blue hues

Aroma : Plums, milk chocolate, blackberry

Taste : Plums, chocolate, oak, blackcurrant, thinnish

Alcohol : 13.5%

Price : 279 SEK

Mark : C+

Website : JCP Maltus

TN : Chateau Clement-Pichon 2005, Cru Bourgeois Supérieur, Haut-Medoc, Bordeaux, France

Château Clément Pichon is located in the commune of Parempuyre, approximately 15 kilometres north of Bordeaux.  The domaine was acquired in 1976 by Clément Pichon who recreated a 25 hectare vineyard that produces the Cru Bourgeois Supérieur.

The Château's history goes back to the fourteenth century where it was known as la Motte Caupène.  After a succession of a number of families and the passage of Louis XIV who came twice, the Château was reconstructed by the Durand-Dassier family in 1881 following a fire.  The architect Michel Louis Garros, built this neo-Renaissance architectural curiosity in the style of Chenonceaux.  In 1976, Clément Fayat became the owner of the domaine, which he renamed Clément- Pichon and which became the family house. In 2003 with the official classification of the Crus Bourgeois of the Médoc gave Château Clément-Pichon the rank of Cru Bourgeois Superior.

This wine received 86 points from Wine Spectator (Web only, 2008). There was 9,000 cases of this wine made.

Colour : Dark red, blue hues

Aroma : Blackcurrant, plums, cedar, herbs

Taste : Blackcurrant, plums, cedar, powdery tannins on finish, light on fruit but long finish

Alcohol : 13%

Price : 164 SEK

Mark : C+

Website : Chateau Clement-Pichon