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December 18, 2013
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November 29, 2013
The Loire River Valley stretches from central France to the country‘s west coast.
Every region is unique and there is diversity of wines, grapes and styles.
The climate of the region ranges from Maritime to Continental.
I want to start in the place where Loire river reaches Atlantic ocean. The rolling countryside around the city of Nantes is devoted to the farming of the Muscadet grape variety. This simple white grape thrives in the Maritime climate and the gravel and sand soils of the area.
In the 17th century, Dutch wine merchants laid the foundation for the Muscadet style by encouraging the villagers of Nantes to plant the early ripening Melon de Bourgogne grape.
Some wines may also be labeled ―Sur Lie if they have been aged on their lees over the winter following the vintage. These popular wines are classic companions to local oysters because of their high acid, light body, neutral flavors, and occasional spritziness, courtesy of dissolved carbon dioxide in the lees.
And to taste
Domaine De L’ardennerie Muscadet Sèvre & Maine 2010, Ac, Sur Lie
Light straw color with a little tint of green.
Mineral aromas with a little bit of fruit, citrus. On the palate dry, crisp with acidity. Wine is asking for oysters! Nice, fresh finish.
and pair this wine with oysters, of course!:))
we clean them
And enjoy with wine!
November 13, 2013
I had another great experience thanks to Natalie Maclean!
This time I was at vertical Deutz Chamagne tasting!
It was an amazing experience!
Champagne Deutz was found in 1838.
They are located at 200 hectares(490) acres, among best Champagne crus.
Vines are about 50 years old.
We were presented 6 finest examples of the Deutz Champagne.
Deutz Champagne Brut Classic
in the glass-golden, straight small bubbles.
Aged on the lees.
On the nose briosh, floral,marzipan,
On the palate nice, soft mousse, very elegant, fresh. Long finish with mineral notes.
Deutz Champagne Brut Rosé
pink in the glass with small bubbles.
On the nose floral, perumy, raspberries, redcurrants.
On the palate dry, delicate mousse, pomegranate, cherries. Very balanced, long finish with strawberries flavour.
2006 Deutz Brut
Golden yellow in the glass.
On the nose bread, floral.
On the palate dry, fresh, backing spices, pear, floral notes. Fruity finish
Deutz Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2007
in the glass yellow straw, small straight bubbles.
On the nose, subtle, opens to floral, mineral aromas.
On the palate dry, crisp, fresh. Nice finish with citrus aromas.
Deutz Cuvee William Deutz Brut Champagne 2000
60% Pinot Noir
10% Pinot Meunier
in the glass golden yellow, small bubbles.
On the nose brioche, floral aromas,very complex. Sweet fruit, pear.
On the palate dry, full body, sweet bread, , complex, gastronomical wine.
Elegant and balanced.
Finish with citrus notes.
2005 Deutz Amour de Deutz Blanc de Blancs Brut Millesime, Champagne, France
minimum 7yrs on the lees.
in the glass clear, healthy, golden, delicate bubbles.
On the nose very aromatic, roses candy, cooked stone fruit.
On the palate, dry, elegant, complex. Soft mousse, floral aromas, roses, citrus.
Long finish with fruit flavours and touch of minerality.
October 30, 2013
2011 Speri Ripasso della Valpolicella Classico Superiore
fresh, fruity, red fruit, young wine. Fresh acid and tannins. Cherries, blueberries, plums.
2010 Speri Valpolicella Classico Superiore Sant’Urbano
Grapes from single vinyard.
Red fruit, oak on the palate. Dry, acidic, ned body, chewy tannins. Cherries, smoke.
Speri Vigneto Monte Sant’Urbano, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2008
Dry,med to full bodied, concentrated berries on the palate, cedar, leather, chocolate, firm tannins and balanced acidity.
Tedeschi Amarone Della valpolicella Classico 2008
dry fruit, opens to earthy, cherry, currant, plum flavour.
Rich,dark and red fruit on the palate, firm tannins, long finish.
Tedeschi Capitel Monte Olmi Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2007
oak,mushrooms, earth, leather,good chewy tannins and acidity finish with berries flavour.
Cherries, black currant, spices, plum.
TEDESCHI LA FABRISERA AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO 2007
Dry, fruity, concentrated dried berries flavours. Red fruit, chewy tannins, good acidity, smoky, earthy, opens up very complex aromas. Smooth finish.
Tenuta Sant’antonio Monti Garbi Ripasso Valpolicella Superiore 2010, Doc
Light color. Very nice , red fruit, berries, light, smooth, spicy.
2010 Tenuta Sant’Antonio Amarone della Valpolicella Selezione Antonio Castagnedi
Oak, dry berries, opens to cedar aromas, juicy. Firm tannins and acidity. Fruity, spicy.
2006 Tenuta Sant’Antonio Amarone della Valpolicella Campo dei Gigli
on the nose cedar, spice, mushrooms, vanilla. Full bodied, concentrated. Black fruit, very spicy, complex flavours, smooth.
Venturini Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2008
Classic wine. 3 month drying. 2 years in the wood.
Fruity, juicy, very smooth. Acidity of red fruit, supporting tannins, med finish. Need time to open up.
2007 Venturini Massimino Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Campomasua
Grapes from single vinyard. 3 years in the wood. Longer drying time-4 month.
Dry, smooth, red fruit, cherry. Classic flafours, Balanced acid and tannins. Cedar, spice, dark chokolate.
Long finish with red dry fruit flavour.
October 29, 2013
Musella Bianco del Drago 2012
Good, fresh acidity, little minerality, easy to drink
2008 Musella Amarone della Valpolicella
oak on the palate, juicy fruity, firm tannins, spice
Musella Amarone della Valpolicella Riserva DOCG
Juicy, fruity, acidic, earth, pomegranate, red fruit om the palate.
Testal Rosso del Veronese Igt Nicolis2008
oak, cedar, leather, great wine, fruity, balanced, med body, red currant acidity.
Very perfumy of red fruits like cherry and hints of sweet spices and vanilla. The flavour is complex and full, with soft tannins and an intense long-lasting aromatic finish.
Nicolis Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOC (2007)
made in old style.
Balanced, full bodied, big wine, oak on the palate, earth, leather, smooth, balanced acidity.
2006 Nicolis Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Ambrosan
more modern wine, aged in barriques. Grapes picked from single vineyard. Great complex nose, red fruit, balanced tannins and acidity, long finish. Cherries, spices.
October 28, 2013
Allegrini Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOC (2009)
red berries nose, strawberry, red fruit, firm tannins, balancing acidity.
Cooked black cherry compote with long hot finish.
Allegrini La Poja 2008 100% Corvina
100% Corvina no drying.
Med body, earthy, dry fruit on the nose. Spice on the palate.
Long finish with cherries.
Allegrini La Grola 2010
Corvina and Syrah blend
no drying berries.
Nose fresh and dry fruit, black currant full body, balanced tannins and acidity.
Lorenzo begali la cengia ripasso valpolicella classico superiore 2011
Young, fresh, light good acid.
2009 Begali Lorenzo Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOCG, Veneto, Italy
Oak, earth, dry berries, young, fresh acidity, light tannins.
Begali Lorenzo Monte Ca’ Bianca, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOCG, Italy 2008
Very smooth, fresh tannins, acidity. Needs ageing. Med to full body.
Brigaldara il Vegro Ripasso Valpolicella Classico Superiore, Veneto, Italy 2010
fruit forward, cherries acidity, light tannins, red fruit. Dry fruit, spice
2007 Brigaldara Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Case Vecie
2years in the barrel, 2 years in the barrique
Red fruit, cherry, smooth, oak, chocolate, good body.
2010 Brigaldara Recioto della Valpolicella Classico
Herbs on the nose, cedar, good balance of sweetness
October 17, 2013
Another wonderful experience I had, was Amarone tasting! And again because of Natalie Maclean!
Located in the Beautiful Ontario Art gallery, it was very classical and tasteful.
Great Amarone producers in a spacious room full of light.
Also there was a lot food! great Italian food and no shortage of it!
Italian wine can be more appreciated with good food, to find balance and taste.
Amazing experience! One wine from Veneto, so many personalities!
And personality in wine.
I love Amarone! Unique flavour, unique wine!
October 10, 2013
2012 Robert Oatley Signature Series Margaret River Sauvignon Blanc
Fresh, crisp, aromatic, with tropical fruit and herbs aromas.
2012 Robert Oatley Signature Series Margaret River Chardonnay
Lightly oaked, elegant. Easy to drink wine. Stone fruits flavours, citrus, fruity finish.
2011 Robert Oatley Signature Series McLaren Vale Shiraz
Rich, fruity, elegant. Flavours of candied fruit, blueberries, spice.
Good acidity, oak on the finish.
Morambo Creek JIP JIP ROCKS SHIRAZ 2012
Lots of fruit, medium to full body, nice acidity,supple tannins, red berries, oak.
2012 Jam Cellars Butter Chardonnay Napa Valley
Buttery, exotic fruit, candy.
2010 JAM Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon
Big wine, big fruit, great balance. Blackberries, raspberries, vanilla.
Concilio Pinot Grigio 2012, Trentino Doc
Concilio Lagrein 2010
Unique, light, fruity, fragrant. Plums, cherries, dry.
Concilio Teroldego Rotaliano Braide 2011
Grows only in trentino.
Unique flavours of tea and raspberries, medium bodied, light finish, very gastronomical wine.
2011 Château de Nages Costières-de-Nîmes
95% Roussanne 5% white grenashe
aged in old oak barrels.
Rich oak nose, fruit, vanilla, elegant wine
2011 Château de Nages Costières-de-Nîmes JT
Flavours of plum,red fruit, spice. Medium body.
2009 Terrabianca Campaccio Toscana IGT
30% Cabernet Sauvignon
Rich fruit, balanced, red and black berries, spice, meat, leather.
2006 Poggio San Polo Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Red fruit, floral notes. Dry, medium to full body. Cherries, spice, oak.
October 9, 2013
J. Bouchon. Chile
Reserva Especial Carmenere 2011 $16.95
Fruity, spicy, good balance. Easy to drink. Dark fruit, herbs, vanilla.
2009 J. Bouchon Las Mercedes Ensamblaje
Red Blend-Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Syrah.
Fruity, balanced wine with black currant, spice and cherry aromas.
2005 Bodegas LAN Rioja Gran Reserva $27.95
2 years in casks, 3 years in the bottle
Fruity, medium to full body, firm tannins, smoky, peppery. Long finish.
2007 Bodegas LAN Culmen Reserva, Rioja DOCa, Spain $86.95
Oldest single vinyard.
Full bodied, lots of fruit, baking spice, very complex.
2010 Celler Piñol Terra Alta Portal
Red Blend-Mostly Garnacha.
South of Barselona.
Medium to full body, balanced, lots of dark fruit. Aromas of red berries, cherries, some mineral notes.
2010 Finca Morenillo Spain.
aged for 14 months in French and American oak.
Light, fruity, fresh acidity, Pinot style. Red berries, pepper, minerality.
October 8, 2013
2011 Château Pezat
Red Bordeaux Blend $21.95
Located on the border of the St Emilion.
30% Cabernet Farnc
very rich, fruity and balanced wine, with plum, blak berries and vanilla flavours.
2010 Château Teyssier St. Émilion Grand Cru
Red Bordeaux Blend
30% Cabernet Franc
Aged in barrels for 18 month.
Very fresh, medium bodied. Lots of friut, red berries, strawberries, round and subtle. Nice finish.
2007 Château Laforge. Grand Cru.
30% Cabernet Franc
Fresh, fruity, with florar aromas. Dry, medium bodied. Good acidity, red berries, red fruit.
2006 Le Dome St. Emilion Grand Cru $285.00
90% Cabernet Franc
Very soft, round on the palate. Lots of fruit, spice, cherries, pomegranate acidity. Great wine.
Château Haut Selve 2012
Sauvignon Blanc, Semilion, Sauvignon gris blend.
Very aromatic, tropical fruit, citrus, good acidity.
Château Haut Selve 2008
50% Cabernet Sauvignon
Lots of berries on the nose. On the palate dry, balanced acidity and tannins. Plum, smoky, cherries, and hint of minerality.
Chateau Peyros, Madiran, France 2009
Blend of Tannat and Cabernet franc.
South West France.
magenta red in the glass.
Light, fruity, easy to drink. Red berries and plum on the palate.
Pierre Sparr Riesling 2010
Alsace, France $16.95
Very aromatic nose, fruit, citrus, apple. On the palate dry, fresh acidity, apple, pear. Fruity finish.
Pierre Sparr Muscat Reserve 2011
Alsace, France $15.99
Very aromatic nose, melon, spice. On the palate dry, floral fruit flavours.
Long fruity finish.
Pierre Sparr Gewurztraminer 2011, Alsace
Aromas of tropical fruit, lichee, roses. Light, nicely balanced, grapefruit, spice.
Chateau Des Arroucats 2010, Ste. Croix Du Mont
Semilion based dessert wine. Very nice and balanced, not too sweet, good acidity. Aromas of roses, honey, cooked fruit. Long finish.