Sunday, September 27, 2009

Mouton Rothschild La Turque Montrachet Sassicaia..

..just to mention a few. Last friday we tried them all at Børsen, in the central part of CPH. An absolute terrific event. This post make no justice for all the wonderful wines we tested. However, there were also some cheap and affordable wines which gave showed great potential.

Condando de Haza 2005
Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero at its most drink-friendly expression. Vanilla, creamy, soft tannins with a great structure. Even to drink right now. Price set at 99dkk/bottle during the event.

Amayna 2008
A Sauvignon blanc from Chile with very rich nose of edler flowers, honey, salty, and wellbalanced, medium creamy taste. Absolutely all 80dkk/bottle worth for every sip.

Even tough it may sound impossible to outshine the whelm of superior wines from Bordeaux and Super tuscans, one did it. Montrachet! Never in my life has white wine been so delicate, rich, fresh, balanced. We tried the Puligny-Montrachet 2002 1. Cru Clos Mouchere Domaine Boillot once, moved on, came back and tried twice and lastly left the arrangement with the taste of the faboulus wine in our minds.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

German Riesling,again!!

Some time ago we tasted a few different German Rieslings which left us (or at least me) wondering whether German Riesling is just not for us. The only way to find out is to try out more of the German stuff. This time I chose the basic Riesling from one of the most renowned producers who is highly praised for his intense and well-structured wines.

Keller Riesling Trocken 2008

The wine was opened and poured. In the nose it seems a little reluctant to reveal its secrets, yet a few swirls uncovers notes of grapefruit, white flowers and something in the line of wet rocks. In the mouth you instantly feel the acidity. Very stringent with lots of minerals yet to me it lacks a bit of body to cope with the acidity. The wine is highly extracted (maybe a bit too much for me), which gives you a sort of dry sensation in the mouth. The word is that this only gets even more intense in his other wines. The wine was tasted again on day 2 and 4 without much happening. A little more open in the nose but still young and very fresh.

The overall verdict of this wine is that you get an amazing wine for just 69 DKR at atomwine. Yet, due to the acidity and high extract, this wine is actually not that easy to drink in large quantities. I find that one glass of this is enough and would then like to move on to something else. But what a glass.



Sunday, September 20, 2009

Italian wines on a saturday night

By chance we had three Italian wines on a last satudays blind tasting. It was a free call - but somehow we managed to chose three bottles from Italys more nortern parts. 
We started of in Veneto with secondary wine of the big amarone. The Ripasso is ever so often shaded by Amarone, but these wines are not  to neglect for two reasons. Firstly, as you may enjoy a lighter and more mineral wine contrary to the hefty amarone, or secondly because you find you self drinking a fantastic wine, similar to amarone but for a much cheaper price. 

Montezovo Ripasso Valpolicaella 2005
Nose: hints of strawberris came through first. pebber and vanilia. 
Upon tasting the red berries are quickly replaced by a dry (sherry like) and bitter dark chocolate. 89P, Erik Sørensen vin 149 dkk

Next wine up was perhaps tonights best experience, and also most hard to nail. A bordeaux wine from Italy. This wine is made on Cabernet sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. 

Villa Fidelia rosso 2003
Bouquet of dark red berries, oak (barrique), coffe and dark chocolate. 
The taste is rich, copulent but overall in well balance with the level acidity. There is a fine harmony between its volume, structure and sweetness. 90P, Theis vine 200dkk

We ended the evening with one of the most known Vino Nobile from Montepuliciano, the Asinone.The wine was opened and decanted 5 hr before tasting. 

Poliziano Asinone 2005
Bouquet of red berries, grass, oak and leather and slight hints of animalistic tones. Its a well structured wine, dry, and with a medium hard tannins. This wine may easily evolve more over the following years. 89P, Oxholm vine 279dkk

Monday, September 7, 2009

A red (and white) weekend

Apparently players in red stand a better chance of winning in football than other colours. Due to the importance of the football match against Portugal last Saturday, I chose to open a red bottle.

La Colombina rosso di Montalcino 2006 DOC

In many respects a vineyards rosso is a good indicator of the ditto Brunello. In this case the Sangiovese vines (aka Brunello) are simply not old enough to produce the more sophisticated brunello and thus we end up with this rosso. When I first tasted this wine the wood was very dominant, but there were promises of a well developing fruit if you were prepared to wait for it. Now 1½ years later it is time to check the status of this wine.

On the first day it poured out light clear and red. It was a little closed both in the nose and mouth with notes of fresh cherries and some spice. It finishes a bit short but is very drinkable. To me, this wine gives a good impression of how elegant wines made on sangiovese can be. In fact this wine reminded me more of Chianti than Brunello, but this is off course dependent of which specific wines you compare it to. It was accompanying ducks leg with a mix of potatoes, onions, carrots, parsley roots and butternut squash baked in the oven. As you might have guessed the wine could not quite match this pairing. I am, however, convinced that this wine will suit a lot of lighter dishes such as pasta, chicken and veal.

On the second day it was more open but it seems as if it is not quite ready to reveal its full potential so the remaining bottles will have to wait a little longer (not too long though).

88 P

/Mads E