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Colle Massari "Rigoletto" from Montecucco

This is a low cost red from a small appelation called Montecucco in Tuscany. Very attractive purple colour and a refreshing smell of spicy red and dark fruit. The taste is well balanced with a light to medium body. Smooth medium taste with a decent acidity. An easy drinking which is in fact very good indeed and for a price around 135NOK or just 6-7€...The grapes are Sangiovese 70%, Montepulciano 15% and Ciliegiolo 15%. Rigoleto 2012 Colle Massari Montecucco 

Radio Cateau Pinot Noir

This is quite a dark Pinot Noir from the the Sonoma coast in California. Very often the California Pinot Noir are a bit sweet or "cooked" due to the high temperatures , but not so with this one. Very decent nose of brambles, dark fruit and some violet. Medium to long taste with a nice balance between acidity and soft tannins. Quite a full bodied Pinot with lots of structure on the palate. Radio Coteau "La Neblina" Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast  California Ca 380 NOK or 40$

Sato Pinot Noir 2012 New Zealand

This is quite an expensive Pinot Noir from Central Otago on New Zealand (south island). Dark purple colour. Big smell of dark fruit, crushed redcurrant and some spices. The taste is fullbodied to be Pinot with a great acidity and a spicy aftertaste. Its a very good wine, but perhaps on the side. It will probably develop with time. Ca 350 kr. Sato Pinot Noir 2012 Central Otago New Zealand

Blind tasting Nov 2014

Wine # 1 Medium purple coloured wine with purple rim. Somewhat closed on the nose, but with some notes of red fruit and hints of spices and chocolate. Very juicy and fruity taste and virtually tannin free taste. The acidity is not overwhelming, but still very much present. A decent wine for every day drinking. Panel somewhat lost between Pinot Noir and Sangiovese with Barbera discarded due to lack of colour. Barbera d'Alba 2012 Bruno Giacosa Score 15.90 Ca 250 NOK Wine # 2 Medium red colour with a red rim. Massive and impressive nose of flowers, dark fruit, spices, tar and licorice. The taste is really demanding and the wine certainly require food to blossom. An enormous acidity and also firm tannins that play together quite well at this stage. Definitely a Nebbiolo. Oops wrong again as it is 100% Aglianico from Taurasi in south Italy. Massive wine. Radici Taurasi 2006 Score 17.60 Ca 330 NOK Wine # 3 Very similar to the wine number two which again le

Sancerre Claude Riffault 2012

This is a crystal clear zingy and zesty Sancerre. The vines (Sauvignon Blanc) are between 10 and 50 years old and grow in clay-limestone marl soil. Known locally as “Terre Blanches”, this clay soil dates back to the Kimmeridgian age of the secondary Jurassic era, 140 million years ago. This soil allows the vine to take root deep down. It provides fullness and richness to the wine, whilst the limestone subsoil and small shell sediments endow it with a fine minerality. The wine is vinified in stainless steel vats (approx 50%) and barrels (approx 50%). Ageing lasts 7 to 8 months, when the wine is bottled before the arrival of summer. On the nose, the wine reveals aromas of white fleshed fruit and citrus. The fine minerality and acidity gives the wine freshness. It can be enjoyed on its own or with shell-fish or fish dishes. Sancerre "Les Boucauds" Claude Riffault Medium price

Beaune 1er cru Les Greves by de Montille

Les Greves, is one of the best plots in the Beaune appelation. It has many different producers with de Montille being one of them. Beaune 1er cru are good value for money but are never outstanding in terms of quality compared to what for ex Chambolle and Vosne Romanne can be. This Beaune by de Montille though is the best Beaune premier cru I have ever had. The quality, style, finesse and balance is just amazing and totally different from any other Beaune I have tried before. A real block buster of a wine. Absolutely brilliant. Beaune 1er Les Greves 2009 Domaine de Montille Ca 60€  

Pommard 2008 de Montille

Omg...what is there to say? Certain Burgundy producers have certain styles and de Montille has one that just oozes of quality and finesse. Delicious red fruit on the nose and a massive silky long and complex taste. Great acidity that matches the fruit and tsoft tannins perfectly. It's pricy (100$) but oh so good. It's a fantastic experience to drink de Montille wines. A truly special style focusing on clean subtle fruit with tremendous finesse. Pommard Les Pezerolles 2008 Domaine de Montille Ca 80€

Meursault 2012 Domaine Chavy Chouet

Sometimes you deserve something special. White Burgundy is 100% Chardonnay just as Chablis, but is a totally different world. The best white Burgundies come from Chassagne Montrachet, Pulugny Montrachet, Corton, Saint Aubin and of course Meursault. They are not cheap, but they are full bodied dry whites with a lovely seductive smell of lime, butter, minerals and spices. A wine like this is perfect with white fish and especially with a butter sauce. Use big Burgundy glasses for such wines otherwise you will not understand what's the fuzz is all about. It should also be drunk at around 12-13c.

Ch. Tour de By 2005

This very good basic Medoc is now available in the great 2005 vintage. Such quality Medoc 2005 for less than 20€ must be regarded as a bargain. Warm nose filled with dark fruit, cedar, oak and blackcurrant. Ful bodied well balanced taste with soft tannins and a big delicious aftertaste. Very elegant indeed. Ca 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot. Ch. La Tour de By 2005 Medoc Medium price (225kr or <20€)