Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Bordeaux after work party

I love parties! Especially when it a Bordeaux party! With the iYellow club!
We tasted some great wines!

Calvet Saint-Emilion 2009 Merlot and Cabernet franc blend. This is my cup of tea! Full bodied, aromatic, not very heavy, dry with some nice tannins.

Chateau Pey La tour 2009 Merlot and Cabernet Sauvingon.
Typical Bordeau blend. Lovely Merlot and Cab balance. Medium bodied with a long finish.

Chateau de Panigon 2005 Cabernet Savingnon, Merlot.
This is amazing wine! Full bodied, with balanced tannins and acidity, full of fruit, herb ans spice flavours.

Chateau Ferran Blanc 2007
Fruity and aromatic,  medium bodied and dry with medium finish. Nice oak adds more flavour. I enjoyed
sipping this wine during the party.

 Chateau Liot 2007 This is my favourite!Sauternes!
Sweet with ripe fruit aromas, deliciously thick, balanced with long finish.

Thank you for the nice party, Angela!

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Ripasso Valpolicella

I discovered Valpolicella some time ago. I liked this Italian wine. But little did I know!
This wine comes from Veneto region. It is a red wine, blend of  Corvina Veronese, Rondinella and Molinara, three Italian grape varieties. From this blend Amarone is made and also sweet recioto dessert wine. Those wines are made from dried grapes.
So, when I first tried Valpolichella, that was simple and nice wine.
Recently I found difference, when I  tasted ripasso. Valpolicella. Ripasso is little different style of making wine, when varlpolicella is left for extended maceration with partially dried skins and lees wich left from  Amarone or recioto fermentation. That method boosts alcohol and body of the wine and also adds complexity.

So, the two wines I tasted were - 2009 Ripasso Valpolicella Zonin

 It is a fruity, complex red wine. Ruby red color, rich fruit aromas, plums and spice. Dry with medium body,  ripe fruit on the palate.

And Sartori Vigneti di Valdimezzo, Ripasso Valpolicella 2008.

You have to be ready for this wine.It is very different. Peppery, spicy, mature. Deep ruby, complex of aromas of dry fruits, leather, coffee. Dry with nice texture, balanced tannins.

I don't want to say anything about pairing. Those are Italian wines and would go great with Italian hearty flavourfull food.