Wednesday, 24 August 2016
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
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"
Tuesday, 19 July 2016
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
Monday, 18 July 2016
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.
Domaine des Martinelles
Sunday, 17 July 2016
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
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
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
Tuesday, 5 July 2016
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.
Saturday, 2 July 2016
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
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
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€.
Thursday, 30 June 2016
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
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.
Tenuta Santa Lucia
IGT - Toscana
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
Tuesday, 28 June 2016
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
Tenuta di Burchino