Monday, January 25, 2010

Around the world

Last Saturday three wines were tested blind. This time around we came quite around in the world, with wines from California, Spain and South Africa. All were likeable but the scores did not enter the unforgettable area.

Seghesio Zinfandel 2006

Bouquet of black berries, cigarbox wood, a bit perfume, pine and musk. The taste is intially quite sweet (cinnamon) turning dry. The wine has impressively 15.4% alcohol. Upon drinking American, we discussed the Europan taste vs American. We tend to like our wines more dry. Gunnar Madsens vinhandel 169kr, 88P

Petales del Bierzo 2007

Concentrated bouquet of black berries/boisen berries, hint of citrus, wet leaves, and a characterstic clear hint of dill. Drinkfriendly with marked but soft tannins. This wine was new to all of us, but left us positively surprised. It is predominately made on an indigenous grape from Spain, Mencía, which Robert Parker has termed "Pinot Noir on steroids".
The region, Bierzo is also quite underrepresented and unknown, at least on the Danish wine market. Nevertheless, the bottle was an interesting and original play for the evening. 130kr, H.J Hansen 89P

Sequillo 2003
Powerfull nose with notes of smoke, dark berries, and peat (the wiskey note). Upon tasting, notes of ink are also sensed. This wine was bought to try the "economy class" of the reknowned South African wine maker Eben Sadie. However, while his Columulla is impressive and rememorable (fruitful, mineral), the cheaper Sequillo disappears in shadows of the new worlds many power wines - to our taste. E'sprit du vin, 170kr, 87P

Tasted by: Peter, Jakob & Drud

Saturday, January 9, 2010

A Colares minute

Road trip into Colares wine region in December. Found lovely ramisco and malvasia wines to appear on the site.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

2010 starts with a Portuguese red

posted by drud

2010 starts with a Portuguese native grape, baga from Beiras. The first wine is from the hands of the reknowned Portuguese enologist Luis Pato, aka "Mr Baga" (due to his merits with this hard little thick shelled red grape) and vinhas velhas 2005 is well done. The wine is made on 100% baga from chalk rich soils and has a great storage potential.

Vinhas velhas 2005

Intense bouquet with notes of red fruits. Distinct notes of cherries and raspberries along with spicy herbal notes (oregano, tobacco leaves). The spicy bouquet reminds me of modern Douro wines. It has a strong

structure from its high level acidity-backbone which reinforce the fuityness of the wine. The tannins are rich, yet softened and provide the wine with a dry and long aftertaste. Locally bought 17Eur, 90P