Warm weather! At last, the warm weather is arriving to our cold country. And then it's time to tell you about the best rosé wine I've ever tested. The wine comes from southern Italy's leading wine producer Mastroberardino in the Campania. The wine is made on the characteristic Aglianico, which Mastroberardino handles in a masterful way and better than anyone else. Most often, the grape produces red wines with a lot of power and tannins, which makes it extremely storage-friendly. But there are also wines where the grape may show other seductive properties. Mastroberardino is so good at getting the finesse of this amazing grape that has so much to convey in taste.
How do you make rosé wine? Rosé wines are usually made in the same way as red wines. The difference is that the grape skin spends a much shorter time with the must during or before the actual fermentation, which explains the light pink color.
The wine is made on 100% of the Aglianico from Campania IGT and grown in calcareous clay soils that are an average of 400 meters above sea level. This makes the grapes to get the best condition, with hot days and cooler nights. This successful vintage has a more pale pink color than previous vintage I tested. And the grape juice's shortened time with grape skin contact is a very successful decision.
The smell is impressively complex, filled with herbs together with blood grape, wild strawberries and rowan-berry. An excellent introduction to what's going to happen. For the taste is amazingly good with great complexity to be a rosé wine without taking over the show completely. Lovely aromas provide a very fresh taste with rowan-berry, blood grape, dried herbs, mineral, watermelon and blood grapefruit. Mastroberardinos wines are always favorites in our home and this new vintage of Lacrimarosa has a given place in our wine cellar. In order to be enjoyed at hot days that we love so dearly.
Coming spring weather with finally som heat travels from deep south. And also this organic Cava that will cool our throats when we sit there enjoying the sun's warm rays. Certainly, it is extra suitable to invite for a glas of bubble now when the heat returns "soon".
Cava Is a name of Spanish sparkling wine made according to the traditional method. This wine originates from Catalonia, where almost all cava is produced. For the wine to be called cava, it must have been produced with one or more of the permitted vine varieties Macabeo, Xarel-Lo, Parellad that are the dominant ones. The grapes should come from a so-called DO (Denominacion de Origen). DO Cava consists of about 160 municipalities across Spain, although 95 per cent of cava producers in Penedés, Catalonia. The wine must be made according to the traditional method and should have been stored on its yeast precipitation for at least nine months.
About the producer The Spanish nobility Vilarnau settle down in Penedés, west of Barcelona, already in the 14 century. The first cava, named under the name Vilarnau, was created in 1949 and since then Vilarnau has been associated with high class cava. In 1982, Vilarnau was bought by the sherry producer and the family company Gonzalez-Byass. A new state-of-the-art wine factory located in the middle of the property was opened in October 2005 and started a new era for Vilarnau. Since 2016, their production is 100% organic.
Cava Vilarnau Brut Nature Organic
Vilarnau Organic Brut Nature comes from the rolling hills just a few miles west of Barcelona. The grape composition is classic for this good bubble with 40% Macabeo, 30% Xarel Lo, 30% Parellada.
The scent is nice with fruity elements of green apples along with biscuits, nougat and pears. The taste impresses a lot specially in comparsion with the price. Aromas of green apple and grape combined with peach and a touch of sourdough bread create the perfect spring bubbly. Works as sn aperitif or for meals like spring vegetable salad or seafood. I'm buying more and more organic wines now as the supply increases. However, it should be remembered that many smaller family-owned producers always worked organic, even if they did not make the actual certification process.
Wines from apellationen Crozes-Hermitage in the northern Rhone Valley is extra close to my heart because the area was my third wine love after Bordeaux and CdP. Domaine des Remizières has vineyards in Crozes Hermitage (red and white wines), Hermitage (red and white wines) and Saint Joseph (only red wines). The property consists of about 30 hectares in these beautiful areas.
Domaine des Remizières Crozes Hermitage -15
The vintages of Domaine des Remizières I have tested earlier has always been a positive surprise. Latest vintage 2015 is very successful. Dark red color signal wine muscles characterizing wines from the area where the soil consists of clay and limestone.
The wine is made from 100% Syrah from vines that are 15-20 years old. The nose is full of dark fruit of blackberry and black currant together with a fine herbs. The taste impresses with power made for spring barbecues. Aromas of blackberries, blueberries, cherries, strong French coffee, chocolate, licorice and a wonderful vanilla finish. Suitable for grilled meat, well marinated pork as chicken and beef. Cheers!
Montsant So fun to discover the wines of a relatively new wine region although the area had wine making since Roman times. The neighbor Priorat contribution to the new Spanish wine miracle is well known, but Montsant on other hand, has played a more modest role until a few years ago. Despite being located adjacent to each other the soil completely different, where the Priorat has black soil called "Licoreras" while there is a more reddish soil with slate and granite in Montsant. The area got its classification DO (Denominación de Origien) as late as 2001.
Sileo 2015 from Montsant
The organic wine Sileo is created by the famous Cava producer Agustí Torelló Roca on the relatively new property in Montsant. This combination turns out was a successful mix when the wine offers a lovely wine character. The grapes used in this wine are Garnatxa 80%, 20% Samso.
Dark red color of the most concentrated wines like Spanish bull blood. The smell, however, is silky smooth iwith shades of strawberry and cherry with soft vanilla. The flavor is grape typical from the red soil of the Montsant. Dark berries creates a silky appropriations. The palate is filled by plum aromas together with cherries and cranberries, where acidity and sweetness come together in perfect balance. Mix this with the nice tannins and a vanilla dream to get a great wine that is affordable for this kind of money. Is highly recommended to a summer salad with charcoal grilled chicken.
Languedoc The wine Region dating 2500 years back in time when a Greek colony was founded. The Romans then took over. Geographically, ranging from wine district southwest of Avignon (on the border of Tavel and Chateauneuf-du-Pape) to the Spanish border. There currently exist some 20 production areas such as Corbières, Faugères, Saint Chinian and Fitou. Faugères offers a soil similar to Piedmont with hills of silicon moraine where the wine grows between 150 and 300 m altitude. Grapes grown are the blue Cinsault, Grenache, Carignan, Mourvedre and Syrah and the green Roussane, Terret Blanc, Terret Gris and Viognier.
The family owns 27 hectares of which 7 ha is reserved for cows and horses to let the soil rest from production. The family Barral's are vintners since 1750. Didier Barral took over the domain 14 years ago with his brother. Didier Barral has a great interest in nature with a special interest in microbial function and role of insects in the vineyard micro society.
Leon Barral Jadis 2013 The wine is made from a lovely grape combination of 50% Carignan, 40% Syrah and Grenache 10.
Dark red bull blood fills the glass with force from the southern French soil. The fragrance enhances the feeling of primordial force that the soil emits. Magic shades of fresh Mediterranean herbs, meats, dark berries, juniper and licorice create wine love from the start.
The palate is fabulously good with oregano, rosemary, licorice, cherry, wild raspberries and a final vanilla cream. The tannins are so perfectly fresh when they are playing in your mouth and make the wine marries the food. Jadis makes me so happy for the wine exudes so much love. If you are wondering what it is suitable for food I would say most of meat dishes.
Leon Barral is an fabulous producer and with the new vintage of our favorite wine Jadis it takes Barral wines to a new quality level. And this is without the slightest doubt a wine that will compete for 2017 wine of the year awards.
Great things happens with an antique grape in modern hands!
Soave bordering to Valpolicella is just east of Verona in the higher-lying hills in the area. The soil contains different proportions of limestone and volcanic rock which gives its wines a nice minerality and purity. And every hill has its own unique soil makes the wines to different mineral symphonies and interprets earth elements in the best way.
In a small village of Soave operates Meri, Valentina and Alessandra Tessari the amazing wine estate Azienda Agricola Suavia (Suavia which is the ancient name for Soave). They are completely dedicated to producing white wines from the area. Wineblogg has previously celebrated their Garganega wines Monte Carbonare and Le Rive.
Massifitti 2014 Trebbiano di Soavefrom Suavia Now is the time to present their exquisite Massifitti that is made from the ancient grapes Trebbiano di Soave that previously was almost completely forgotten. The wine is a tribute to the area where the volcano's heart has protected the wine roots derived from the ancient Roman Empire.
A light bright yellow color presents itself when the first drops fill the glass in dignified pace. The scent is so nice with lime and vulcano minerals that only the best hills/producers in Soave area can present. Combine that with the finest nuances of Jasmin, and will get a wonderful introduction to this divine wine.
The taste is perfectly good and yet another proof of what the female winemakers at Suavia can achieve. Clean fresh taste with crisp acidity along with minerals in world class in combination with a touch of pear, wonderful creaminess and fresh herbs in conclusion. What a great way to reintroduce an ancient grape that more than deserves a place in the spotlight again. Just for you to buy all wines coming out from this amazing property.
Suitable for seafood, especially fresh shrimp. Will also try this amazing wine with a creamy pasta together with winter fat North Sea cod. Easy to justify that this wine ends up in the final for Wineblogg wine of the year awards in one years time. Cheers!!!
Last summer's trip to Sicily was just so good, and no doubt that the volcanic soil affects me in the best way. Both food and wine are of the highest quality along with a magnificent scenery and wonderful people (despite a bloody history).
This marvelous volcanic red wine Ætneus is produced by I Custodi, located at Etna's northern slopes. The vines up to 150 years old and is located about 750 meters above sea level. Grape combination is Nerello mascalese (80%), Nerello Cappuccio, Alicante.
I Custodi Ætneus 2009 Etna rosso The scent is magically good and almost Bourgogne like. Here you will find world class minerals together with berries, fresh herbs, tobacco, and a seductive oak character. So happy when we face such a delightful introduction. Damn good wine And the taste is just as good. For an elegant fruit, followed up with great minerals, dense tobacco, vanilla nuance perfectly together with herbs and playful tannins. Damn good wine now and that will be monumentally good in 3-5 years. There is so much volcano puls and it becomes the wine's main artery. Without the slightest doubt, a wine for this year's jury meeting at wineblogg.com, when this year's wine of the year will be appointed.
This weekend we will remember our dead friends and family members extra much. Equally important is to love and show passion for life right now while you have it. For wherever you are in life it's something / someone to love and it sure feels a lot better to love than to hate.
My love the wine country Italy is well known. My passion is also the bubbly wine that makes life ggod. At the foot of the Alps is the Italian bubbla sanctuary Franciacorta. An undulating landscape that is so seductive to the eye, taste and heart. Here you can find the top producers Berlucchi and Ca 'del Bosco. But also many more exciting producers who deserve to be in the limelight. Franciacorta producer Monte Rossa founded in 1972 by entrepreneur Paolo Rabotti and his wife Paola. Today the property is runned by his son Emanuele which with great passion and innovative methods create bubbly wine love. Here is a description of a successful testing of their great rosé.
Monte Rossa Rosé (Systembolaget nr 7615) för 159 kr
The pink color is beautiful just like the soft surface of a ripe peach. The scent is wonderfully full-bodied with hints of biscuits, blood orange and strawberry. The taste is amazingly good. My palate discovers strawberry, minerals, blood orange, nougat and red autumn apples. Combine this with a lovely creaminess and you have a bubbly "value for money" wine that surprises. The advantage of this type of wine is that it is possible to combine with most of food. Why not try it together with seared tuna, cod or pork Provençale.
How good is the wines of Franciacorta?! Add a couple of euros on a well-made Prosecco and get this amazing wine instead. Will make a new stop in Franciacorta next summer.
If you have followed vinblogg you may have noticed that we have a bubbly favorite in Italian Berlucchi from Franciacorta. Now we finally got the chance to visit this cult producer. And what wonderful impression we got from this meeting.
The area Franciacorta is a green oasis located in Lombardy. The producer Berlucchi was founded by Franco Ziliani during the magical year 1961 (my birth year by the way) and is currently the best sparkling wine producer in Italy, known far across the borders for its quality wines. They currently produce about 5 million bottles and stands for quality from the first to the last drop which impresse me a lot.
The property is located in a beautiful rolling countryside just south of Lake d'Iseo and next door to the Franciacorta Golf Club. Go and visit them because the property is a real gem and you will be greeted by wonderful people who love their profession and their products.
Berlucchi produces super bubbly regardless of which of their wines you choose. In Sweden there are currently three of their wines and Berlucchi61 is a big personal favorite in the past, but there is obviously room for more. So when I got the chance to test their Berlucchi61 Rosé I fell head over heels.
Berlucchi61 Rosé The wine is made of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay harvested during the period from late August to early September. The color is perfect light pink with nose hints of minerals, strawberry and a nice citrus.
Taste is seductively good bubbly with delicious aromas of amazing minerals, citrus, wild strawberry and strawberry cream. So perfectly balanced that tou want a sparkling rosé to be. For me personally, this is the best Italian bubbly I've ever tested together with Cellarius Rosé from the same producer. Kudos to Berlucchi for the quality journey that they are on. For no doubt that the Franciacorta area can deliver fantastic world class sparkling wines.
Berlucchi61 Rosé fits most food, from seafood to pasta dishes or even as an aperitif with your loved one.
We had the honor to test the full range of Berlucchi wines and was hugely impressed. (A must is to buy their Cellarius Rosé) I have only chosen to write about the wines currently available for purchase in Sweden. Hopefully more Swedish wine consumers will discover Berlucchi and hope that we can buy the full product range in Sweden from this great producer in the future.
Grazie mille to Paolo Ziliani for the opportunity to visit the Berlucchi and wonderful Francesca Facchetti who was a fantastic guide presenting the property and its bubbly history. Berlucchi fan 4 ever.
We have enjoyed a relaxing holiday in Sicily last two weeks visiting both the Cefalu regionen and Castellammare del Golfo. It was amazing, but more on that here on winblogg in August.
After all the fantastic food and vulcano wine consumed during the trip we needed to neutralize our taste buds for the Nordic cuisine. And a grape that makes is best is in my opinion the Riesling grape, especially when it has grown slightly south of Frankfurt in Germany. Is there anything better than a warm summer where wonderful minerals meets citrus and with a perfect acidity. Is there any wine lover that does not get going with that combo? Earlier in the spring, we tested Von Buhl Riesling with great pleasure. And now it is time to turn to organic producer Sander from Reinhessen.
Sander eco Riesling from 2015 for the wine bargain price of 11 euro (in Sweden) The scent is wonderful, full of minerals (like smelling the dirt) together with a lovely freshly squeezed citrus and a delicate touch of honey. A true benchmark Riesling smell in my opinion.
The taste is perfect for summer grilled seafood dishes. Here you will find a perfect acid similar to the sounds of the opera Elektra by Richard Strauss. Combine that with a beautiful minerals, fresh fruity, citrus, fresh herbs and a final hint of honey. So good for just the price close to 10 euros, makes it into an obvious wine bargain made for summer.
Valtellina producer Mamete Prevostini has done it again. All of their wines are true wine art in higher Nebbiolo school and a pleasure every time we get the opportunity to open a bottle. Now in early March Swedish Systembolaget release their Botonero 2013 from the municipality e di Sondrio Teglio, more a rock'n'roll wine compare to its siblings.
Botonero 2013 from Mamete Prevostini
Grill wine of the year A light ruby color reveals nothing of the power available in the glass (like a wolf in sheep's clothing). The fragrance reveals so much more with an amazing combination of violet and charcuteries that create a great desire for more. And from the first sip, you are totally sold. For meaty aromas together with violets, rosemary and fantastic tannins creates an amazingly good red wine.
So perfect for spring grill in connections with juicy steaks and of course a wine-selection if you want to be praised for your good taste. Although it's only February, yet I dare say that for this money, it is no doubt that Botonero 2013 is one of best wine bargains this year.
This summer we visited the area around the Italian Lake Garda. From this area, you reach the red Valpolicella, white Soave and bubbly Franciacorta within an hour. So beautiful area that is combined with world-class wines and exquisite food.
The area of Soave is located about 30 minutes from Lake Garda and is a beautiful area where life is lived quietly with great dignity. Here are some of Italy's most exciting white wine producers. If you have followed our wineblogg we have told you about the wines from the female wine geniuses at Suavia www.wineblogg.com/#post282 that made me fall in love with the wines of the area. For these sisters can manage white wines like few others on this planet.
The visit was one of last summer's greatest experiences. We meet Alessandra and Valentina Tessari. Two of the three sisters who for several years have managed the property in a very successful manner. The girls show great humility for their success as winemakers. That makes it extra fun to share our experiences from meeting this super producer. And they make some of Italy's best white wines I dare say without the slightest hesitation.
Garganega 100% The estate produces mainly Garganega grapes, and they come from 60 year old vines grown on 120-280 meters above sea level. The wine tested contain the same grape as their amazing seafood wine Monte Carbonare, but with a completely different palate.
Le Rive Soave Classico 2011
WOW wine Golden yellow color and a touch of green signals great character from the beginning. The nose is so enjoyable with masterful minerals along with nettles, yellow apples, citrus and light touch of honey.
The taste is just wow, and absolutely perfect! It starts with palate filled with an outrageously comfortable silky oiliness. Absolutely fabulous taste nuances of minerals in world class with yellow apples, citrus and acacia honey. So incredibly good that it is hard to put describe this total perfection. The flavor is in the +120 seconds is a gift from God that has given us a magically good life elixir. One of the best white wines I've ever tested.
The wine goes well with pasta dishes as well as poultry and cheese.
The sisters Tessari has done it again and the latest release improves shows that quality increased even further, to a level of absolute world class. Grazie mille Suavia for an amazing memory and divinely delicious wines. I will forever be a loyal fan.The wine will obviously be a hot candidate for this year's wine of the year award @ Wineblogg when the jury will meet on 23 January.