Tuesday, 27 August 2013

TN : L'Ecole No 41 Apogee Pepper Bridge Vineyard 2009, Walla Walla Valley, Washington State, USA

This wine is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 7% Malbec, and 3% Cabernet Franc. The grapes for this wine were harvested between Septembr 21st and October 8th 2009. The average brix at harvest was 25.4, the average pH was 3.30, and the average acidity was 5.6 grammes per litre. The pH of the finished wine is 3.78 and the total acidity is 6.1 grammes per litre. 1,410 cases were produced and the wine was released in September 2012.

This wine is imported by Handpicked Wines Sweden AB.

Colour : dark red/blue hues

Aroma : Blackcurrant, spice, plums, liqourice, violets

Taste : Blackcurrant, violets, spice, black pepper, blackberry, plums, liqourice, very fruity

Alcohol : 14.5%

Price : 379 SEK

Systembolaget Number : 99111

Mark : B

Website : L'Ecole No 41

TN : Terres Viognier-Chardonnay 2011, Domaine de la Baume, Languedoc-Roussillon, France

 This wine was imported by Stockholm WineLab AB.

Colour : Pale straw/green hues

Aroma : Pineapple, peach, apricot, sweetcorn, oak

Taste : Very fuity, pineapple, sweetcorn, butter, oak, lemon, peach

Alcohol : 14.5%

Price : 199 SEK

Systembolaget Number : 71148

Mark : B

Website : Domaine de la Baume

TN : Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay 2011, California, USA

This wine was imported by Amka Vinimport AB.

Colour : Yellow/brown hues

Aroma : Oak, pineapple, mango, lemon

Taste : Pineapple, mango, oak, sweetness, butter, lemon

Alcohol : 13.5%

Price : 169 SEK

Systembolaget Number : 72747

Mark : B

Website : Kendall-Jackson

Monday, 26 August 2013

TN : Bad Boy 2009, Ets Thunevin, Bordeaux, France

This wine is 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc.

This wine was imported by Vinovativa AB.

Colour : Dark red/black, blue hues

Aroma : Raspberry, blackcurrant, plums, oak, cedar

Taste : Raspberry, plums, blackcurrant, cedar

Alcohol : 15%

Price : 219 SEK

Systembolaget Number : 75170

Mark : B-

Website : Ets Thunevin

Sunday, 25 August 2013

TN : Mas de la Dame Réserve du Mas 2009, Les Baux de Provence, France

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

This wine was imported by Ward Wines AB.

Colour : Red, blue hues

Aroma : Plums, herbs, blackcurrant, raspberry

Taste : Raspberry, blackcurrant, plums, spice, drying tannins

Alcohol : 14%

Price : 139 SEK

Systembolaget Number :70432

Mark : C

Website : Mas de la Dame

TN : Le Volte dell’Ornellaia 2011, Tenuta dell’Ornellaia, IGT, Tuscany, Italy

This wine is a blend of 50% Merlot, 30% Sangiovese, and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. The different varietals were fermented separately in small steel tanks to maintain their varietal characteristics intact. Alcoholic fermentation was followed by malolactic fermentation, again in steel tanks. The wine was then aged for ten months in barriques ranging from two to four years old which had already been used for the ageing of Ornellaia. The time spent in small oak barrels improved the wine's structure, and softened its tannins.

This wine was imported by Carovin AB.

Colour : Dark red/plums

Aroma : Milk chocolate, herbs, plums, blackcurrant

Taste : Liqourice on finish, plums, blackcurrants, cherries, sandalwood, herbs

Alcohol : 14%

Price : 159 SEK

Systembolaget Number : 32472

Mark : B-

Website : Tenuta dell’Ornellaia

TN : Alvarinho Contacto 2012, Anselmo Mendes, Vinho Verde, Portugal

This wine received 92 points from Robert Parker and won a silver medal at the International Wine Challenge.

 This wine was imported by Stellen Kramer AB.

Colour : Watery straw, green hues

Aroma : Lime, herbs, pears

Taste : Zingy lime finish, herbs, pears, peach

Alcohol : 13%

Price : 119 SEK

Systembolaget Number : 6707

Mark : B

Saturday, 17 August 2013

TN : Gnarly Head Petite Sirah 2011, Gnarly Head Cellars, California, USA

 This wine was sealed with a screwcap.

This wine was imported by Hermansson & Co AB.

Colour : Dark blackberry

Aroma : Spice, blueberry, blackberry, burnt toast, burnt rubber, herbs

Taste : Blackcurrant, blueberry, blackberry, jammy, herbs, milk chocolate, spice

Alcohol : 14.5%

Price : 89 SEK

Systembolaget Number : 74570

Mark : C+

Website : Gnarly Head Cellars

TN : Dancing Bull Vintage Blend Zinfandel 2011, Dancing Bull Winery, California, USA

This wine was imported by Spendrups Brygeri AB.

Colour : Dark blackberry

Aroma : Mint, raspberry, blueberry, herbs

Taste : Jammy, blueberry, raspberry, mint, herbs

Alcohol : 14%

Price : 89 SEK

Mark : C+

Website :  Dancing Bull Winery

TN : The Stump Jump Reserve Grenache 2010, d'Arenberg, McLaren Vale, Australia

This wine was sealed with a screwcap.

This wine was imported by Vinovum AB.

Colour : Dark red, blue hues

Aroma : Mint, plums, leather, raspberry, blackberry, spice, herbs

Taste : Oak, plums, herbs, blackberry, raspberry, spice

Alcohol : 14.5%

Price : 99 SEK

Systembolaget Number : 6347

Mark : C

Website : d'Arenberg

TN : Castiglion del Bosco Brunello di Montalcino 2008, DOCG, Tuscany, Italy

This wine was imported by WineWorld AB.

Colour : Dark red/brown hues

Aroma : Sour cherries, raspberry, milk chocolate, leather

Taste : Cherries, raspberries, leather, herbs, milk chocolate

Alcohol : 15%

Price : 179 SEK

Systembolaget Number : 70619

Mark : C+

Website : Castiglion del Bosco

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

TN : Rosé du Mas 2012, Mas de la Dame, Les Baux de Provence, France

This wine is a blend of 50% Grenache, 40% Syrah, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.

This wine was imported by Ward Wines AB.

Colour : Copper/salmon

Aroma : Raspberry, strawberry, oranges, herbs

Taste : Herbs, straweberry, blackcurrant, redcurrants, creamy texture, bone dry

Alcohol : 13.5%

Price : 109 SEK

Systembolaget Number : 70356

Mark : B-

Website : Mas de la Dame

Sunday, 11 August 2013

TN : Marqués de Cáceres Rosado 2012, Bodegas Marqués de Cáceres, Rioja, Spain

This wine is a blend of 85% Tempranillo and 15% Granacha Tinta. This wine was sealed with a screwcap.

 This wine was imported by Domaine Wines Sweden AB.

Colour : Pink/strawberry

Aroma : Strawberry, raspberry, vanilla, oranges

Taste : Raspberry, strawberry, redcurrants, oranges

Alcohol : 13.5%

Price : 79 SEK

Mark : C+

Website : Marqués de Cáceres

TN : Clos Floridène 2010, Denis & Florence Dubourdieu, Graves, Bordeaux, France

Clos Floridène is a 31 hectares estate mostly locatedon the calcerous plateau of Pujois sur Cirn near Barsac. The 22.7 hectare white vineyard is composed 56% Sémillon, 43% Sauvignon and 1% Muscadelle. The plantation densities range between 5,500 plants (1.8 x 1 metre) and 7,140 (1.4 x 1 metre) plants per hectare. This wine is a blend of 50% Sauvignon, 47% Sémillon, and 3% Muscadelle

This wine was imported by Granqvist Beverage House AB.

Colour : Lemon/yellow

Aroma : Oaky, woody, lemon, nuts, green apples, butter

Taste : Upfront overpowering mega oak and wood, lemon, lemon peel, nuts, honey, green apples, try again in two years - will this oak eventually mellow ??

Alcohol : 13.5 %

Price : 194 SEK

Systembolaget Number : 92098

Mark : C-

Website : Denis & Florence Dubourdieu

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

TN : Mionetto Prosecco Extra Dry 2011, Mionetto Spumante, Prosecco D.O.C., Treviso, Italy

This wine was imported by Henkell & Co Sverige AB.

Colour : Watery straw, large bubbles on mousse

Aroma : Green apples, pear, biscuits

Taste : Green apples, oranges, pear

Alcohol : 11%

Price : 69 SEK

Systembolaget Number : 7749

Mark : C

Website : Mionetto Spumante

Monday, 5 August 2013

TN : Buena Vista Sonoma Zinfandel 2010, Buena Vista Winery, Sonoma County, California, USA

 The pH of this wine is 3.52 and the total acidity is  8.30 grammes per litre. The wine spent 14 months in 100% French, Hungarian, and American oak of which 10% was new.

 This wine was imported by Giertz Vinimport AB.

Colour : Dark red/blue hues

Aroma : Fruity, blackberry, raspberry, oak, vanilla

Taste : Blackberry, spice, blueberry, vanilla, zingy acidici finish, oak

Alcohol : 13.5%

Price : 149 SEK

Systembolaget Number : 73776

Mark : C+

Website : Buena Vista Winery

TN : Mas de la Dame La Stèle 2008, Les Baux-de-Provence, France

 This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.

This wine was imported by Ward Wines AB.

Colour : Dark plums

Aroma : Blackcurrant, oak, spice, blueberry

Taste : Blackcurrant, blueberry, spice, black pepper and oak on finish, retaste in 1-2 years

Alcohol : 14%

Price : 189 SEK

Systembolaget Number : 70431

Mark : B

Website : Mas de la Dame

Sunday, 4 August 2013

TN : Anima Chenin Blanc 2010, Avondale, Paarl, South Africa

The word Anima refers to the vital life force or soul.   Avondale's ethos “Terra Est Vita”- Soil is Life – is their acknowledgement that for us, soul animates everything on earth, from the minerals, through plants and animals to humans.  Avondale called their Chenin Blanc Anima, because the lively minerals of Avondale’s soils give to the wine its own delicious, spirited character and extraordinary finesse.

The hand-picked, organically grown grapes were harvested at 22° to 23° Balling, whole bunch pressed and then naturally fermented in 500 litre French oak barrels. 15 to 20% of the grapes were whole bunch fermented which added body and length to the wine. After fermentation the wine was kept on the lees for twelve months with regular battonage.

This wine was imported by Handpicked Wines Sweden AB.

Colour : Yellow, green/brown hues

Aroma : Oak, mango, herbs, vanilla, butter, lemon

Taste : Peach, mango, oak, butter, lemon, herbs, zingy acidity on long finish

Alcohol : 13.5%

Price : 149 SEK

Systembolaget Number : 2049

Mark : B-

Website : Avondale

TN : Pittnauer Pitti 2011, Weingut Pittnauer, Burgenland, Austria

This wine is a blend of Zweigelt and Blaufränkisch. The wine received 88 points out of 100 from Austria's Falstaff magazine.

This wine was imported by AB Wicked Wine Sweden.

Colour : Red/blue hues

Aroma : Spices, blueberry, raspberry, milk chocolate

Taste : Spice, burnt toast, herbs, blueberry, raspberry

Alcohol : 13.5%

Price : 126 SEK

Systembolaget Number : 73173

Mark : B

Website : Weingut Pittnauer