Sunday, 10 April 2011

Châteauneuf du Papes 2006 by Armand Dartois

We drunk this special French wine at a dinner with friends and chose it among many other fabulous wines in the wine collection of our host. I have to confess the choice was difficult, but this stylish bottle stand out. The other thing was my likeness to french wines.

The Châteauneuf du Papes by Armand Dartois, vintage 2006 is one of the best vintages of this wine. It comes from the southern Rhone region in France. The younger generation in Châteauneuf du Pape has taken seriously the farming in the vineyards. There are more organic and biodynamically run vineyards here than in any other appellation of France.

The sweet spot for drinking Châteauneuf du Papes is usually the first 5-6 years after the vintage. The has a long lasting finish and strong nose of berries and wild fruit, which makes the wine a pleasure for the senses. Very well balanced and very drinkable. The tannins was a bit too much, but overall - a great choice and a recommendation.

Sunday, 3 April 2011

2008 Vranec Special Selection, Tikveš Winery, Republic of Macedonia

I picked up this wine from the shelves of a supermarket in Skopje (Republic of Macedonia), where I was on a business trip recently. It was one of the most expensive ones available and it did prove to be a great wine! With a deep red colour and nose from black fruits, the Vranec has a very special character. The taste is well balanced and elegant and the finishing is long lasting with a tannins tint.

The Tikves wine region is the primary wine-prodicing region in Macedonia. Macedonia is a small country on the Balkans, generally populated with Bulgarians and Albanians. The winery was established some 120 years ago and is the largest in the country. Currently they own around 500 hectares of vines and control further 3500 hectares, producing over 20 million bottles a year. Their primary grape s Vranec, which comes in four ranges: Classic, Special edition, Limited edition and Alexandra Cuvee.

On the picture, the bottle is next to a Bulgarian martenitsa - a symbol of March.

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Gaierhof Teroldego Rotaliano 2009

The last wine from Trentino and probably the best one. The nose is of spices and fresh fruits. The mouth is smooth, very well balanced and rich in different aromas. Although the wine is relatively young, I could smell the oak barrel in it. Not so much tannins, which made the wine with beautiful dark red colour and great taste. A beautiful bottle as well. I always admire this. A perfect finishing for our ski vacation!

Friday, 18 February 2011

Teroldego Rotaliano Dorigati Trentino 2008

Another evening in Val di Fassa, another fantastic wine from Trentino on our table. I just love tasting the local wines and usually these are my favourites on the blog.

A good finish, ruby colour and very well balanced wine. The mouth is of wild fruits - strawberries and cherries. The no
se is also of wild cherries and hints of plum and violet. A full body with intense flavours. This Teroldego Rotaliano ages for 6 months in steel tanks followed by six months of aging in bottle.

The wine was great, but unfortunately my choice of pasta this evening was unfortunate. I don't remember its name, but please do not pick up something looking like the picture below!

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Armando Simoncelli Viticoltore Trentino Cabernet Franc 2005

This is the second fabulous wine from Trentino in Italy. I was so taken by the taste of this wine - a fruity and light taste with medium acidity and well structured. The Trentino Cabernet Franc is perfect dinner wine. I loved its long finish and its strong nose of fresh raspberries and flowers.

We had the wine with Italian pasta,
of course, and the combination was more than perfect. I recommend this wine heartily.

Monday, 7 February 2011

Marzemino Cantina D'isera 2009

This week we are having our winter vacation in Val di Fassa skiing. It is situated in the Trentino Valley of Italy ,where a lot wine is produced. There are many wineries around, as well as many wine shops and enouteqas. The variety of local wines is so wide, that it is difficult to choose.

This first wine I picked up from the supermarket. It costs about 8 Euro. The colour is dark ruby, the taste is a bit edgy, with strong tannis and little acid. Leaves a long lasting finishing and has a very typical taste for the local wine, as I noticed after trying several these days.

According to the label, the wine has been exalted by Mozart, but I must say I was not so impressed. The other wines we tried during our visit to Moena in Val di Fassa were much better.

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Sangre de Toro 2007

This wine comes from Spain as it is obvious from the bottle and the name (de Toro - bull in English). Deep ruby colour with a hint of ochre. Rich complex Mediterranean aromas with exuberant notes of spices and blackberries. Velvety tannins are noted on the palate with elegant flavours of small dark forest fruits (blueberries and blackcurrants).

I loved this wine. It does remind me of my trip to Barcelona long time ago when I tried Sangria for the first time. Sangre de Toro has a very similar taste! Naturally, it goes well with all kinds of tapas. I would recommend it for a cosy night-in with a Spanish dinner.

I will also give credit for the interesting story on the bottle label of the wine. I was pleased to learn that the name is inspired by Bacchus, Roman God of wine, known in ancient time as the " Son of the Bull". Now I know why my favorite wine magazine is called Bacchus.