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Lavinia Winestore, Madrid

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After having spent some time in Madrid visiting museums and eating tapas, I was on my own for 2 days and had to find a meaningful occupation for myself. Since I already got my dose of art and architecture, I decided to become hedonistic and locate my favorite wine shop Lavinia which I already thoroughly inspected in Paris (they now have shops in Barcelona and Geneva also). Of course, I expected the Madrid mothership to also have a specimen of my favorite toy and I wasn’t disappointed. In the end I spent nearly 3 hours in the store, sipping what “the machine” had to offer. Here are my notes.

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2007 Predicador Blanco, Rioja, Benjamin Romeo. A white cuvée made of Garnacha Blanca, Malvasia and Viura. Weird nose to me: rather floral but reminding cidre and furniture polish at the same time. A bit stinging on the palate, rather high acidity, some wax, slightly alcoholic, a little salty in the finish and a very good length. This is a totally untypical wine to me but I would also agree with you if you think my notes are a bit untypical too. Read the rest of this entry »

2006 Emilio Moro, Ribera Del Duero

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Sehr dunkle aber auch sehr schöne brillante Farbe die leicht in ein leuchtendes Fuchsia geht. Nase von in Vanille eingelegten Himbeeren: Ein sehr süßlicher Eindruck mittlerer Intensität. Mittleres Gewicht am Gaumen, noch leicht adstringierend, aber mit enormer Hitze im Finish – die 14,5% merkt man sofort – soll diese über eine eher mittelmäßige Länge hinwegtäuschen? Read the rest of this entry »

Spanish Reds Blind Tasting

After many weeks we finally gathered again for a genuine blind tasting round. This means that we agreed on a topic – Spanish Reds from the nineties on – and then covered the labels. The big guessing fun game could begin.

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Our first wine was at the same time the oldest of five bottles. We all guessed that. In fact it had a rather light red colour with a slight brown hue at the edges. The 1995 Medina Del Campo from Valcruzal was at best medium bodied. Its taste was Read the rest of this entry »

Rotweinreise durch Europa

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Diese Reise, welche eigentlich ein gemütliches Abendessen begleitet, beginnt in Deutschland mit einem unkompliziert fruchtig süffigen 2007er Ursprung vom Marketing-Genie Schneider. Dieser Mann macht nicht nur schöne Etiketten, sondern er hat auch die Zukunft des kleinen deutschen Rotweins erkannt: Sie besteht aus Cuvées mit heimischen und internationalen Sorten. Im Ursprung sind das Cabernet, Merlot und Portugieser. Nun gut, dass der Schneider der erste war mit solchen Cuvées hab ich jetzt einfach so behauptet, auf jeden Fall hat er aber das bessere Marketing. Read the rest of this entry »

2003 Bodegas Alion , Ribera Del Duero

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“… Nice dark colour with shiny crimson reflections. A sweet nose of sour cherries and raspberries with vanilla-oak tones hits your nose. On the palate then silky texture with a little grip of tannins still, but already quite evolved and easily drinkable. Mouth appears instantly sweet – too sweet for my taste – with marmalade-like impression of cooked sour cherries, very intense fruit. Of course 14,5% alcohol amplify the sweet madness and the acidity is too few to counterbalance it effectively. At least a few hints of liquorice are hidden behind that sweet wall (I somehow find liquorice in many wines these days). The length is satisfying but comes with some slight bitter notes which don’t really fit into the marmalade scheme. Read the rest of this entry »

4 Old Spaniards Tasting

Again we met in a small round for verifying what age has done to some old Spanish reds. We had a small but fine selection of reds: a Rioja from 1981 and one from 1982 -both vintages were supposed to be the best in Rioja from 1975 to 2001, further a Rioja from 1975 which was an average vintage and as a contrast a 1994 Ribera Del Duero, which was a fine year there.

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But first we refreshed ourselves with a 2005 Schloss Johannisberg Erstes Gewächs, or Silberlack as they traditionally name it. A Riesling with light straw yellow color, a rather light peach nose with Read the rest of this entry »

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