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Barolo: a wine like a red cloud – 2005 Cannubi, Burlotto

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Most of the times I had Barolo, they were older bottles of average origin, thus dispersing all the generic perfume of leaves on a forest floor with mushrooms and some rather absent fruit. I would lie if I wouldn’t say that, even though those wines were perfectly ok to drink and had beautiful labels, I was slightly disappointed or somewhat bored. Read the rest of this entry »

Label of the Day: 1990 Barolo E. Pira e Figli

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The content of this old Barolo bottle wasn’t really worth a tasting note; or maybe just a quick one: typical Barolo underwoods scents mixed with a sour age note of cooked wine. Really too bad. So I thought I should at least honour the nice label design with a few pics. Really like the colourful emblem which was printed with attention to detail.
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Categories: Barolo,Italy

Great Wines Gala in Berlin

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A week ago I spontaneously decided to hurry to Berlin on Sunday for attending the “Gala Grosser Weine”, a wine presentation organized by a local wine store where many top German and international winemakers were presenting their products. It was a great event! Out of the German winemakers I already knew many and previously tried their wines at more close by presentations and thus the core attractions to me were big international names like Giacosa, Château Canon, Ridge, Moric or even Château La Nerthe. Can you understand my excitement? Read the rest of this entry »

Tuscany Blind Tasting

Finally a real blind tasting again. The last times we’ve been quite lax with our club’s rules I have to admit ;), but this evening all bottles were covered and then randomly numbered (and eventually re-mixed another time) so no bias was possible in our judgments. For this sum-up I kept the order of the tasting of course, just in case you wonder why vintages are so mixed up here. The theme was Tuscany, which includes of course the vast Chianti region, but also other famous appellation like Brunello di Montalcino for example. Generally the wines are made with the Sangiovese grape, but are most frequently combined in Cuvées with other varietals. Ok this should be enough theory! We were thirsty!

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2004 Villa Antinori, Toskana

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Die Familie Antinori ist seit über 600 Jahren im Weingeschäft und heute eine unumgängliche Größe in Italien. Der toskanische Villa Antinori ist daher auch nur einer von vielen Weinen im Angebot der Winzer-Dynastie. Es handelt sich um einen Verschnitt von Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot und Syrah, der nach der Vergärung ein Jahr in französischer Eiche schlummert. Read the rest of this entry »

Categories: Italy

Old Treasuries from Oskars cellar

It is always an occasion for great discoveries when Oskar announces he will come by and bring some wine. This time it was even more the case since he brought 4 bottles of old vintage wine and my knowledge about old wine is very limited, so I had an opportunity to learn a lot.

Domaine les Veilles 1979, Saint Ferdinand, Côtes du Rhône

Once poured in a glass you can see light brown shades on the brim witnessing the age of the wine. Nevertheless this Côtes du Rhône is still young on the palate. You can still taste the fire and wildness of a southern French wine in terms of alcohol. On the other hand 27 years have made this wine a very burgundy stile round wine with little tannins and perfect balance. You can smell and taste red fruits but there is no fruit attribute or flavour which someone could distinct in particular except maybe a little earthy taste. A nice discovery! Read the rest of this entry »

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