Friday, 27 April 2012

Monte del Fra Bardolino 2010, Italy

This wine is perfect for parties, pizza, spaghetti with meatballs.
Very light red from Veneto.
Dark cherry color,  aromas of strawberry jam, spices, flowers.
On the palate very lean, fruity,  medium to light body, dry with short finish.

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Brut Crémant De Bourgogne 2008

Another great sparkling from Burgundy. Vintage dated. Made by traditional method from Chardonaay and Pinot Noir grapes.
This wine is very complex with biscuit notes, apple, citrus fruits and a little af nutty flavours.  Nice little bubbles, very refreshing, good crispy acidity.

2009 Domaine Piron & Lafont / Piron-Lameloise Chénas Quartz

Dark ruby color. On the nose a lot of flowers, roses, violets, fresh.
On the palate lots of berries, pomegranate, nice balance of tannins and acidity.  Medium body, medium leigth. Very good with food. 
Another great little Beaujolais cru!

Perrin & Fils L'andéol Rasteau 2008, Ac Côtes Du Rhone Villages

A blend of Grenache and Syra. Ruby color, on the nose raspberries, oak, cherries. On the palate berries flavors, little bit of spice, medium body, nice finish.
 Fruity wine will be good with meats, or stewed meats and vegetables.

Monday, 23 April 2012

Jadot Beaujolais Village 2010

Another nice example of Beaujolais.
Color is purple, not very dark. On the nose a lot of strawberries and cherries. On the palate silky, red berries continue bursting their aromas into the mouth, a little spicy.
Very good wine for summer BBQ or enjoy it on a deck with sunset.

Oyster Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2010

That was a very nice surprise!
Nose is amazingly aromatic, parfumy and fruity. Pale straw with touch of green color. On the palate fresh, crisp acidity, citrus, passion fruit and a little fizz.

Friday, 20 April 2012

2010 MORGON - Jean-Paul Brun - Beaujolais FRANCE

Very unexpected. Delicious!
Very light color, almost Pinot like. On the nose it is not very usual Beaujolais with candy aromas, there is more of raspberry, roses, violets.
On the palate this wine is very young, it can age for a long time. Lean, fruity, very complex palate.
Finishes with spice and cherries aromas.
Very good cru Beaujolais!

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Yacochuya 2005, Cafayate, Calchaquies Valley, Salta

The 2005 Yacochuya (100% Malbec) spent 18 months in new French oak. It is a saturated opaque purple color with a brooding bouquet of mineral, wood smoke, lavender, incense, black cherry, and plum. Voluptuous and powerful on the palate, the wine is dense, rich, succulent, and impeccably balanced. It demands another 6-8 years of cellaring and will offer prime drinking through 2025, if not longer.
from here

Catena Alta Malbec 2008, Estate Lots, Mendoza

The 2007 Catena Alta Malbec presents a dark opaque violet color, with almost blackish hues. The nose offers freshly ground, ripe berry fruits with layers of violet flowers, cinnamon spice, and a touch of lavander. The mouthfeel is full and coating, with exceptional weight and concentration and a velvety texture. The mid-palate offers rich cassis and black currant fruit flavors interwoven with hints of chocolate, vanilla and black pepper. The lengthy finish shows wonderful minerality, with finely grained tannins and lively acidity.

from here

catena alta chardonnay 2009

This wine is remarkable from start to finish, beginning with an aromatic and complex nose of pear and apricot, almond and lemon cream. Subtle hints of white flowers and warm, smoky notes follow. The palate is full and concentrated, with citrus, honey, vanilla, nutmeg and toast. The wine has a wonderful viscosity, mouth coating and pleasantly creamy, but with an exciting streak of minerally acidity that leaves us wanting more.
from here

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Ascheri Fontanelle Barbera D'alba 2008

Again Barbera from Piedmont. Love this region and grapes growing there.
Dark ruby color. Rich nose with black fruit aromas. Soft balanced tannins and acidity. Medium bodied with cherries, plum, blackberries on the palate. Little bit of oak and leather. Long fruity finish.

Chateau Moncontour Sparking Vouvray Brut 2009

I love sparkling wine from Vouvray!
There is another great example made from Chenin Blanc!
Light straw color, citrusy, yeasty, very elegant. Acidity of green apple and grapefruit with a delicate mousse. Very fruity.

Graham Beck Brut

Sparkling Wine Méthode Cap Classique

From South Africa.

 A blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Very pale copper color. Creamy mousse and fresh, ripe orchard fruit on the nose. On the palate, there’s good acidity, apple and soda cracker flavors, and a soft mouth feel. 

Monday, 16 April 2012

Francis Ford Coppola Winery Diamond Collection Merlot Blue Label 2008

Rich, fruity and elegantly textured. Rich plum color. Full bodied, with aromas of cherries, strawberry. Very warm and round with subtle notes of chocolate, vanilla and jammy fruit flavors on the palate. Soft tannins, smooth finish.
I like my Merlot with meat, cheese or...chocolate! 

Casa Silva Reserva Carmenere 2009

Grape from Bordeaux became the grape number one in Chile!
Deep, almost purple color.  A blend of concentrated blackberry, cherry and raspberry and plum. Full bodied and firmly textured on the palate. Pleasant, with dark fruit, some chocolate and coffee, and also some pepper together with a balancing touch of oak. Balanced tannins. Long and rich finish.
Will be great with any meat or chicken.

Zinfandel from Lodi

Amazing, fruity, rich Zinfandel!
Spends 12 months in both French and American oak.
Rich cherry color, with pinkish rim.  Nose is layered with berries aromas.
Loaded with berry fruit, pepper, spice, and earth characteristics.
Silky smooth, great balance of tannins and acidity. Nice juicy finish.
And for pairing-of course it will be great with barbecue, ribs, pork, lamb.

Monday, 9 April 2012

Vignoble Brisebarre Vouvray

Wine from famous Vouvray appellation from Loire Valley, France. Wine is produced using same method as in Campagne -methode traditionelle.
The most used grape variety is Chenin Blanc.
Light yellow color, brioche on the nose, green apples, melon. On the palate dry, crisp, nice acidity, peach, apple, grapefruit, long finish. Good mousse.

Averoff Xinomavro 2005 Naossa

Something new from Greece. Ruby color. Very complex nose with berries, smoky aromas, leather.
On the palate rounded tannins, orange peel, red and black berries,  good long finish. Really enjoyed it.

Lefèvre Rémondet Crémant De Bourgogne Brut Rosé, Ac

Fruity sparkling rose. Color is rich pink. On the nose there are lot's of red berries, baked sweet bread. On the palate cranberry, pomegranate. Good frizz, balanced acidity.  Nice length.