Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Ch. Verdignan 2009

Bordeaux wines are becoming increasingly more expensive and the best value reds from that region are the smaller properties like the Verdignan.

2009 and 2010 are two excellent vintages and the wines from these vintages are drinking perfectly right now.

The colour is deep dark red. The nose is discrete with nice dark fruit, some herbs and vanilla.

Well balanced taste with firm soft tannins.

A nice Bordeaux at around 270 NOK or 20€.

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Chambolle Musigny Les Cras 2012

Patrice Rion is one of the masters of Chambolle and he has three different premier crus as far as I know. This one called Les Cras, Les Fuees and the famous Les Charmes. All of them are equally good and elegant although my personal favourite is Les Charmes.

Optimum timing for drinking them are at least 5-7 years old to smoothen the tannins that are present in the younger years.

This one from 2012 has lots of red fruit dominated by wild raspberries and cherries. Delicate taste with a lovely balance and soft tannins. A lovely wine that will improve even further with a couple of more years in the bottle.

Chambolle Musigny 2012 "Les Cras"
Patrice Rion 
Ca 50€

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Amarone 2010 by Coffele

Coffele is well known for the lovely Soave they make but the Amarone they produce is just pure class. The grapes are; 75% Corvina, 15% Rondinella and 10% Molinara.

A real block buster of a wine with 16% alcohol without being too powerful.

Really deep dark red colour.

Beautiful nose with plenty of dark fruit, coffee, chocolate and vanilla. Truly wonderful bouquet on the "dark" side.

The taste is big, solid and powerful but also wonderful elegant with a very long aftertaste. A wonderful and impressive wine indeed. I wish all Amarone could be as classy as this one.

Amarone della Valpolicella 2010
Ca 30€

Monday, 18 July 2016

Hermitage 2007

It's not often one comes across an older Hermitage for less than 30€, but here it is.

Dark red coloured wine a delicious dark fruit smell with some pepper on the nose as well.

Lots of structure and fruit in the mouth with a compact well balanced aftertaste. Not a top Hermitage but it is very good value for money and is drinking really nicely right now and for the next 5 years.

Hermitage 2007
Domaine des Martinelles
Ca 27€

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Schug Pinot Noir

This is the basic Pinot Noir from Schug in California.

Medium red coloured wine with a fine smell of cherries, red fruit and some flowers.

Very surprising acidity on the taste and not "cooked" fruit at all. Good balance and fresh red fruit with dry tannins on a medium long aftertaste.

Require a bit of food to balance the taste.

Good value for money.

Schug Pinot Noir 2014
Ca 270 kr or 20usd  

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Ch. Sales 2003

Pomerol wines are just delicious, but ever so expensive. This one called Sales is of the inexpensive kind and it gives you all the indications of what Pomerol can deliver.

2003 was very warm vintage but that has not affected the wine too much as it still has a nice acidity.

Dark red colour with brick reed rim.

Dark fruit, plum, cherries, some mint and chocolate on the nose.

Lovely fullbodied taste which very smooth and rustic at the same time.

Ch de Sales 2003
Ca 25-30€ pending the year

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Chambolle Musigny 2011

This one of my absolute favourites; Patrice Rion, Chambolle and premier cru Les Charmes.

Delicious heavenly smell of raspberries, cherries, chocolate and some pepper.

Very firm structured taste with a gorgeous balance and wonderful red fruit. It's a big solid and smooth wine with lovely firm tannins.

Drink now, but will improve if you can wait for 5 years...

Chambolle Musigny 1er cru Les Charmes
Patrice Rion
Ca 50€

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Ayala Champagne

Back in France and a bit of Champagne in the heat.

We found this one in the wine section at Carrefour. Only 26€ for a very decent Champagne is not bad at all.

Made from 40% Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and then 20% Pinot Meunier it has an expressive bouquet of citrus fruit, flowers and white fruit.

Very fruity, clean and fresh taste with lovely bubbles and viscosity.  With 3 years on average on lees it has turned out to be a delightful wine indeed.

Ayala Champagne
Brut Majeur

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Campimaggio 2011 Chianti

This one of the few Chianti Classico that we tried this time around. The basic version (non reserve) was not very good despite costing 16€ but this one which is a Riserva is really quite interesting although a bit pricy (25€).

It displays lovely bouquet of dark fruit, coffee and some vanilla (the basic version is similar). Very seductive smell indeed.

The wine has a firm body with lots of acidity which is well balanced by soft tannins. A very long and elegant taste.

It's very approachable wine which is delightful to drink right now, but it's a bit pricy.

Chianti Classico Riserva 2011

Friday, 1 July 2016

Sangioveto di Toscana 2001

This is a special wine based on an old version of Sangiovese called Sangioveto. The producer is Badia a Coltibuono (abbey of good harvest) located near Monti in Chianti.

The 2001, which we had at the beautiful old monastery building now called La Collegiata (hotel, restaurant & wine bar) near San Gimignano, was quite an experience.

Medium brick red colour (looked like an old Bordeaux).

Elegant bouquet of sweet dark cherries, old cellar, dried fruit and some pepper.

Big, solid wine with a perfect balance. Long and very elegant. In a blind tasting our thoughts would have gone to Bordeaux immediately.

A beautiful wine in lovely surroundings.

Sangiovese di Toscana 2001
Badia a Coltibuono
IGT- Toscana

Ceppaiano Violetta

This is yet another IGT from Tuscany and this time it is a mix of 90% Sangiovese and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Medium dark red colour with a brick red rim.

Lovely discrete smell of sweet red berries, chocolate and vanilla.

Quite a powerful mouthful but the taste is soft and fruity with a lovely length and well balanced acidity.

A very nice red for 15€.

Ceppaiano Violetta
IGT- Toscana

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Il Burchino 2010

This IGT comes from Il Burchino in Tuscany and is a lovely blend of 50% Sangiovese, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot.

A low priced wine at only 10€ which is very drinkable indeed.

Delicious smell of vanilla, chocolate, coffee and minerals.

The taste is super soft, light and fruity making it perfect to be served chilled at lunch time.

Il Burchino 2010
Toscana - IGT

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Cieligiolo 2013

This red wine comes from Tenuta Santa Lucia in Tuscany. It's made from 100% Ciliegiolo (which means cherry in Italian), a forgotten grape on the rise in among others Tuscany.

Deep dark red colour and very dark smell of dark fruit and coffee.

The taste is quite seductive with smooth spicy cherries and a very soft and fruity aftertaste.

To understand the grape it's like a crossing of Merlot and Malbec.

A very interesting variety indeed.

Ciliegiolo 2013
Tenuta Santa Lucia 
IGT - Toscana
Ca €12

Fattoria di Travalda 2010

Where were you when Iceland beat England in Euro 2016?

We enjoyed this Bordeaux blend called Fattoria di Travalda from Santa Lucia in Tuscany. yet again an IGT due to the blend of Cabernet, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and some Petit Verdot.

A fullbodied (bit like Iceland..?) red which took a bit of time to open up. Big complex taste with elegant soft tannins and a perfect acidity.

Lovely dark fruit on the nose and taste.
Perfect wine for this enjoyable occasion!

We need to buy another one for the quarter final...

Fattoria di Travalda 2010
IGT- Toscana

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Genius Loci Sangiovese

This wine is from Tenuta di Burchino (not far from Pisa) which is also a part of the Castellani property.

It's an IGT based on 100% Sangiovese and the 2010 vintage has already developed a brick red colour.

The nose is very Bordeaux like with lots of red fruit, cherries, old farm and pencil.

Lovely developed balanced taste with lots of body. soft and elegant finish. A very nice wine indeed at 18€.

Genius Loci Sangiovese 2010
IGT- Toscana
Tenuta di Burchino