Wine tipsPosted by Per-Olof Diderot Mon, November 02, 2015 20:04:52 We continue the Spanish wine taste journey with a wine from the comet area Priorat, neighbor to Montsant . Priorat has got a fantastic boost is obvious with a great combination of the unique soil called Licorella, but not the least impact from the area's innovative winemakers who have combined wine culture with ultra modern ideas.
Property Celler de l' Encastell is located in the town of Porrera about 40 km west of Tarragona. Carme Figuerola and Raimon Castellvi created this property as late as in 1999. And in this passionate vineyard the entire family is committed to building hugh wine love. To manage a unique soil in the best way is a gift only the best winemakers is given, and this is certainly one of them. They produce only 25 000 bottles, but with the greater quality.
Marge -13 from Celler de L'Encastell
The wine is made from about 60% Garnacha and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The color is dark red as the finest bull's blood.
Wine love! What a great wine love I found. Delightfully filled up with notes of cherry, rosemary, fresh herbs, vanilla and perfect tannins. A wonderful wine full of youthful power like the handsome Spanish young bull. Will be amazing with a few years of aging, on the other hand great to drink already today. An outrageously good wine that is more than well worth the wait for. Because if you only have patience, you will be richly rewarded within 2-4 years, the wine has just begun to open up like a true quality wine will do. Perfect for the most dishes with red meat.
Wine tipsPosted by Per-Olof Diderot Sat, October 10, 2015 14:05:56 Most of you wine lovers know, that in Burgundy they handle the Pinot Noir grape best of all. And for the grape Nebbiolo the Barolo district is of course on top.
But what happens when you bravely choose to produce Pinot Noir in Barolo? This summer Wineblogg have visited the wine genius Giulia Negri in La Morra . She is widely known as the Barolo Girl and everything she touches turns into fine wine art. The village where Giulia property is located 6 km from the town of Barolo and this fairy tail village high up with magical views of the Piedmont is a must to visit when in the area.
Barolo Girl! When we finally got the chance to meet her in person for the first time we met a wonderful soul. So down to earth and with a huge passion for the wine "craftgirlship". Her eyes say's everything how much she is willing to spend efforts to achieve perfection into every bottle that leaves the beautiful property. We also had the opportunity to meet her mother and close friends when we tested their wines in the property's garden. Have never felt so relaxed at a estate wine tasting along side with all these lovely people. So much soul warmness together with world class wines in the glass. Could it be any better?
If your name is Negri, coming from La Morra and making wine, there are great expectations. But why be burdened by this legacy when you can create a whole new dimension to the wines of this enchanting wine area. That she makes the future in a bottle can not be mistaken. A mix of tradition and expressive wines where the taste becomes more dominant and tannins accompany to perfection instead of taking over the whole experience.
This new wine oracle's journey can not be described better than her own words, "now that the Barolo Boys have grown up, time may have come for us, the Barolo Girls". And we wine lovers are ready to join this exciting wine voyage.
And now the wine!
Giulia Negri Pinot Nero La Tartufaia -12 from Langhe for just under 20 euros Giulia likes to benchmark with other wine areas, especially from France and the Burgundy region. It really shows in this amazingly good Pinot Noir from the fantastic Barolo/Langhe area.
The color is beautiful ruby red and the smell is wonderful with rich complex notes of wild raspberries, rosemary and a finishing touch of vanilla in true perfection.
The taste just makes me so happy... As Pinot Lover I have found favorites from both Burgundy, Hermanus, Oregon and New Zealand. But this is something that allowed me to open the senses extra with a combined elegance together with power. I taste flavors of dark forest raspberry, cherry, juniper, rosemary and absolutely perfect tannins. A fabulously good Pinot Noir from a wine star where only the sky is the limit.
Seductive So seductively good and suitable for most food. A personal favorite that I can warmly recommended you to buy before rest of the world has discovered this magical wine art. For then we are talking about completely different price levels compared to the cost per bottle today.
Will later this autumn write about her Barolo wines that are perhaps even better. So come back to Wineblogg and you're guaranteed to get good wine tips for everyday and also special occasions. Why drink other than the best tasting wines, when life is that short.
During the summer's Italy trip I finally got the chance to visit Piedmont with my favorite areas Barolo and Langhe. The area is located about 45 minutes drive south of Turin. Will be back with a full travel report about this wonderful experiences. But first I have to tell you about a wine that we tasted for the first time, at a nice restaurant in Cherasco. We found to our delight a Langhe Chardonnay . This Chardonnay was a true example of wine love. In the restaurant it only cost 14 euros (but even better 6 euro at the vineyard). It enchanted us to the point that we were "forced" to try a spontaneous visit to the vineyard.
Azienda Agricola Marengo Poderi La Collina www.poderilacollina.it is located in a small village called Dogliani about 20 minutes from Cherasco. It has excellent sun exposure, which gives a little more ripe grapes than Piedmont in general, which we appreciate. When we tried to visit them we where extremly lucky that the owner and winemaker Piergiorgio Marengo was just about to leave for a wine delivery in Turin.
Poderi La Collina Langhe Chardonnay 2014 for 6 euro The aroma is elegant, full of minerals like the scent of a gravel pit with green apples and a light citrus touch. The taste is so outrageously good for those few euros. A fully divine Chardonnay fruit appears with wine love nuances of minerals, green apples and blood grapefruit. So grape typical and money/quality wise one of the greatest white wine surprises of our entire trip. And it does mean a lot given all the goodies we got the opportunity to test during the trip. If you follow Wineblogg this autumn you will understand what I am talking about.
Unfortunately the wine is not sold in Sweden at the moment, but if we are lucky, there are some curious Swedish importer who read this blog post. And next year we will hopefully have more time to visit this exciting property a little by the side of the more famous areas. For their red is also just as sensationally good.
Recently returned after four weeks of winblogg tour to Italy and France, where we have gathered both enegrgy and the desire to tell the story about all the great encounters with magical talented producers we have had. Think about what European wine industry creates today and the potential there is for continued development. Just so happy to be European with so great wines only a day trip away.
In the autumn I will present a series of great producers and their wines that I have discovered during my trip. But first up is a wine I bought in June from the Sicilian star producer Tenuta Terre Nere. Those of you who follow Wineblogg,com know I have great love for this particular producer.
Star wines from Sicily! Sicily is making great progress as wine-producing Island with fantastic conditions and delicious impressions from what the the weather, and the volcanic soil brings. Tenuta Terre Nere's property is situated on the northern slopes of the Etna volcano near the city of Randazzo. Wine area has long been considered one of the finest in the fields of wines on the Island. The property currently consists of over 30 acres and has vines that are between 50-140 years with the exception of 6 hectares of newly planted. Vine area is between 600 to 1000 meters above sea level.
Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Bianco -14 Previously, I have written about some of the producers red wines, but now time for a white wine from the Etna slopes that creates great volcano wine love. Grape combination is somewhat unknown to most of us wine consumers (outside Sicily) with a mix of Carricante 60%, 25% Catarratto, 10% and 5% Grecanico Minnella. But do not be deceived, for here is quality in every drop.
The fragrance is a true imprint from Etna with seductive fruit and flowery ending. The combination of mango, peach, orange and minerals along with herbs creates desire. The taste is so darn good with volcanic minerals, mango, mandarin and herbs in a delicate balance. So nice balance of acidity and minerals and a pleasant oiliness together create a fantastic white wine.
I tested the wine in June and now again and I am just as happy about this high quality. Etna has spoken again and mark my words, next year there will be a wineblogg tour there for us and why not at the same time in combination with a hot yoga retreat that is also close to my heart.
Now we hope for a really hot August with fine summer evenings after work. And thank you once again for your continued follow of our Wineblogg.com.
Super Toscan Many of you readers have probably heard of wines called Super Tuscans and even better tasted some of them. The name was intruduced by Robert Parker after he had been spellbound by experimental wines from the lovely Tuscany. But history has its beginnings in the early 40's when Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta settled in Bolgheri regionen along the Tuscan coast. On his newly purchased horse ranch he planted Cabernet Sauvignon vines from Chateau Lafite in Bordeaux. The property was named Tenuta San Guido and the wine was given the name Sassicaia. Wine guru Piero Antinori in 1968 managed to persuade Roccheta to sell 600 cases of the wine to the international wine market. And 10 years after winning a prestigious wine competition in London where it was named the world's best Cabernet Sauvignon wine.
Since then there are many Super Tuscans wines, now sold at very high prices, and are you curious you can find a list of the wines via this link. (Luckily I had time to test several of these wines before all the fame got to the price) http://tuscany-wine.com/super_tuscans.htm
The estate Tenuta di Biserno is located in the town of Bibbona sixty km south of Pisa, just next door to the Bolgheri region. Here the wine legend Lodovico Antinori built up a fantastic property with vines of the classic French grape combination (Bordeaux blend) Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. The property has about 67 ha with a complex soil consisting of silt, sand and clay. The soil is very rich in minerals, which is also reflected in the wines from the area. Microclimate is unique, with hot summers balanced by a cool Mediterranean wind.
Il Pino 2010 from Tenuta di Biserno The color is beautiful dark brick red and the fragrance seduces my mind all the way into the deepest neuron level. The nose of dark Italian chocolate and featherweight shades of black currant form a senseless seductive scent that signals master class.
The taste is so perfectly pure and balanced with a combined power. Thousands of silky layers of taste aromas pleases. As being in a seven star luxury hotel with all inclusive. Here you get a pure aroma book of chocolate, minerals, together with tasteful spiciness and perfect silky tannins. The wine is consumed slowly drop by drop with extreme enjoyment. Only to bow towards the producer of this world class wine. This wine is from now on one of my true favorites.
Cabernet Franc dominates Only champions can master wines where Cabernet Franc is the dominant grape. But when it happens it create great wine magic. And this wine contains a high proportion of Cabernet Franc and is an outrageously good evidence of what the grape can achieve in their best moments.
Swedish winemaker The property's winemaker is Helena Lindberg from Sweden which makes this story even better. Because my taste experience tells me that there must be a woman's senses and touch to create this purity of flavors and at the same time beautiful elegance.
Food and wines from the north Italian valley of Valtellina has recently become a big favorite in winebloggs kitchen. Everything from bresaola (air-dried meat) to silky powerful Nebbiolo wines in world class.
Some time ago I wrote about an extraterrestrial Nebbiolo experience from the Valtellina producer Mamete Prevostini www.diderot.se/#post562 And now the time has come to have the honor to test a masterpiece in the shape of the producers Sforzato.
Sforzato - Dried grapes like the Amarone method The production of Sforzato is based on a technique in which the harvested grapes are partially dried before vinification begins much like the equal famous Amarone method. The grapes are dried directly after being harvested - usually from September until December/January. During that time, the grapes lose about 40% of its liquid. Only wine made from Nebbiolo belonging to the Valtellina DOC area may be used for this type of wine. A Sforzato hold at least 14% alcohol and stored for 2 years. The classification is DOCG. Source: Clubamarone.se and wikipedia.se
Albareda 2011 Sforzato di Valtellina DOCG The color is dark velvet red like the finest royal cape. The scent is still youthfully compact with nuances of dried fruit, plum jam and cherry. Scent image signals that this is an extremely complex wine that needs time to show its absolutely best.
The taste is dense as fog (Nebbia), with stunning stylish character of ripe cherry, anise and a perfect spiciness. Wonderful flavors overwhelms my mouth and the wine has already a fine balance between the light sweetness with a dry silky fruit. So perfect, for example together with Parmigiano Reggiano cheeses and Italian charcuteries.
Nebbiolo perfection This is a fantastic wine (probably the best Nebbiolo I have tested) that shows what perfection means from this fantastic grape. So buy this wine now, but promise me to save it for at least three years before seeing the day light again. For this world-class wine is worthy of all the attention when it comes to winning big on storage to bring up all the nuances that are still hidden in the interior of this elixir. Once again Mamete Prevostini has shown that their wines are from the finest of schools, and this wine is worthy of all praise. It holds so much wine love like the finest marriage.
Without the slightest doubt is Mastroberardino from Campania, the best producer I encountered from the south of Italy. Everything from their magnificent Aglianico wines to white wines with great finesse. Under the leadership of Antonio Mastroberardino, the family have done amazing things for the Campania wine industry. And one example of this leadership is that they have rescued and relaunched vines from the ancient Greco di Tufo grape, which were close to extinction. Nova Serra is made from carefully selected Greco di Tufo grapes with great grape typical complexity and grown on premium position beneath the seductive suger top village Montefusco.
A Maestro's last imprint The great maestro Signore Antonio Mastroberardino, which meant so much to Mastroberardino and especially for wine production in Campania and southern Italy sadly passed away in the beginning of 2014. So this vintage of Nova Serra Greco di Tufo was his last, and most likely is was the best vintage ever. A worthy master imprint on our wine heaven.
The future is already here Now the producer is managed by the multi-talented and extremely likeable Pietro Mastroberardino. Together with his team and especially Antonio Dente who is the most knowledgeable oenologist I've ever met. No coincidence that he was handpicked from university of Napoli to lead Mastroberardinos vines into the future. I have had the great honor to meet both on my last visit to the property. And later this spring you can read our special blog article about my amazing meeting with the producer's vineyards in historic Pompeii.
Photo of Antonio Dente - Maestro and oenologist at Mastroberardino and a person I have every respect and admiration for
Nova Serra Mastroberardino -13 Greco di Tufo The wine comes from the wine slopes approximately 500 meters above sea level beneath my favorite Campania village Montefusco. The soil is composed of volcanic material that gives the wine a unique character.
The color is so beautifully sunny, just like the sunsets over the Campania region. The scent is filled with volcanic minerals, gooseberries and green apples. The taste is amazing with a perfect acidity, oiliness and wonderful gooseberry aromas that settles like a silky creamy layer, like my mother's gooseberry cream. This wine is without any doubt the best white wine I have ever tested from Italy. Just the acidity in the wine is worth a blog article by it self, because it's just so fabulously good. This must be the perfect wine. So impressed by the Mastroberardino's craftsmanship. And you don't have to think that much of what this wine fits together with, for this creation is so much personality that it complements most dishes. But if you force me to make a suggestion it may be a Risotto Frutti di Mare or a fresh salad with Mozzarella di bufala from Campania.
(The label has details from a painting by De Rosa, located on the ceiling of vineyards basement)
And from one masterpiece to another! Tonight's winner at the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 is Grande Amore with Il Volo if I can decide. #ForzaItalia
I love Italian wines, as you probably already have guessed. The country has so much to offer in respect of flavor nuances depending on its diverse terroirs, with everything from Sicily in the south to the Alps in the north. Now my wine journey come to an area that I have never written about before. The wine region of the Valtellina is a valley in Lombardy, northern Italy on the border with Switzerland. Today, the area includes known ski resorts, bresaola, good cheeses and magical wines. And historically the valley has played a key role as an alpine pass, where people moved between Italy and Germany.
And in Valtellina the producer Mamete Prevostini plays an important role, one of the best producers (if not the best) in the region. The family has been producing wines in the valley terrace since the mid 40's. First selling wine only to their restaurant's customers and from mid 90's to customers worldwide. The area's dominant grape is Nebbiolo, a grape of great character who often have a high acidity with natural roughness and perfect for dark meat dishes and aged hard cheeses.
San Lorenzo Sassella 2011 Valtellina Superiore Mamete Prevostini The color is bright ruby red, but do not be fooled for this wine is after all made from Nebbiolo. But with a silky character that differs so compared to all other Nebbiolo wines I previously tasted.
Fabulous wine experience The wine has after a proper aeration become fully fledged and ready to take us to an outer space experience. The scent is so incredibly feathery elegant and balanced with hints of hazelnut, cherry and fine oak character. The taste is angelic with a silkiness that exudes class. With a excellent silky style it is still a robustness with clear Nebbiolo fingerprint. Lovely and sweetness simultaneously with a dryness which is unique. aromas of cherries and hazelnuts flows as graceful over the palate like gondolas in Venice or why not a ski teacher up there in the mountains. Its a masterpiece handling Nebbiolo in this way, with a combination of the silkyness and at the same time power. This is truly a fabulous wine experience that perfectly suits an Italian buffet with the very best in long mature hard cheeses and prosciutto. But you can also have it together with a good meat stews and your home made luxury pizza (preferably with a little saltiness of the food when the wine's natural sweetness and acidity creates a perfect symbiosis)
I'm completely charmed and promise on the spot that the wine is included in our annual wine of the year evaluation in the end of 2015.
If you are an Amarone lover, you can also try the producer's magic Sforzato Albareda that is made of dried grapes which also means that it is slightly sweeter in nature. My advice is that you try San Lorenzo Sassella first, which is an excellent introduction to the art of managing Nebbiolo on a silky smooth manner while maintaining power of the amazing Nebbiolo grape. When you are finished with this taste journey you are better equipped to take on what the super-concentrate sforzato can offer.
Mladen Rožanić has worked in the Rhone Valley (Rhône) and learned the craftsmanship all the way through skills from great French winemakers. And in Rhone was also born his vision to be able to produce top Istrian wines in the future. He began the search for the most favorable growing areas in Istria. In 2004, he met the winemaker Antun Banko, a producer from Kosinožići near Nova Vas. They found a common interest and passion to bring out the best from western Istria. For four years, they planted 23 hectares in red soils near Višnjan, an area that has an ideal terroir for viticulture.
Roxanich Super Istrian Cuvée 2008 The wine is a natural wine made from a grape combination of 40% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Borgonja (Gamay). The color of the wine is dark brick red and looks very beautiful in the glass. The fragrance is so wonderful characterized by the sweet terroir and features a large and expressive character in the shape of stable, black currant, and a terrific concentrated spiciness that you normally only experience from the best Rhone producers. What a start !!!
+60 seconds The taste delivers to the maximum. It presents lovely aromas of fresh herbs, green grass, black currant, vanilla and dark berries. So amazingly good and the pure taste plays wonderfully over the palate for more than +60 seconds and it is very impressive. A producer who will soon become cult winemaker from Croatia, mark my words. For after testing this top natural wine from Roxanich it's time to put Croatia on the priority wine map.
Soooo happy to have found a new wine favorite from beautiful Croatia
Ps Roxanich is a member of Grand Cro – Premium Croatian Wine Estates. (www.grandcro.com) Would you like to know more about natural wines? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural_wine)
I have had the privilege of visit the Russian River Valley (Sonoma County, California) at one point in life together with Californian wine collector. The visit was a very special memory that stays on my retina forever. Especially for the reason that I got two absolute favorites in the shape of wines from the two italian origin producers Martinelli and Rochioli.
Unfortunately, I made a huge mistake regarding wine purchases during the visit. To my great surprise (discovered afterwards) the tour began, in the adorable beautiful valley, with visits to the two fantastic producers. And with my plan that everything would be even better later on, I decided just to buy a single bottle from each property. Ahhh I regret it still this day. So if you are planning a visit in these magically beautiful wine region, I can heartily recommend that you instead end up with the these two producers.
I have long tried to get hold of wines from Rochioli which I believe makes one of the US premier Pinot Noirs and as many customers in the US line up every year to buy the precious bottles. But luckily we can today buy both the Chardonnay and Pinot in Sweden at Systembolaget.
New taste journey But lets start the new taste journey by going back in history. Joe Rochioli emigrated with his parents in 1911 to the United States from the Tuscan town of Lucca. He started working as most of the other kids (at the time) already at 10 years old. And eventually he became foreman at Wohler Ranch in the Russian River Valley.
The next step was the move to Fenton Acres where Rochioli Estate is located today. And after much savings Joe Sr. could purchase the property. He unfortunately died already in 1966 and after selling the harvest to other producers, the family started in 1983 to make wines under the own name. Joe Jr. laid the foundation for today's success story with the cultivation of grape varieties as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, which fits excellently well in this particular region.
Today the company is managed successfully by Joe Jr.'s son Tom Rochioli and since the first vintage of their Pinot and Chardonnay wines they are perceived as some of the best wines made in the USA.
Rochioli Estate Chardonnay 2012 The wine present it self with a wonderful sunset yellow color along with a seductive fresh scent of citrus, vanilla and nuttiness. Taste aromas is divinely good with a perfection of acid, minerals, and world-class aromas of citrus with a silky nano-layers of vanilla, ripe apricots and Golden Delicious apples.
What a tremendously good Chardonnay, that is still under development. This wine, you can enjoy to the last sip, but after the first glass I recommend that you to let it sit overnight in the fridge to get even more essence next day. For the wine just keeps getting better! So happy that my reunion with one of Rochiolis wines was more than successful. And best of all is that I've Pinot for next weekend.
The Silver spoon project proudly presents Spezzatino al Caffé (117/2000) I use the best beef and cut it into small chunks, heat it up in the pan together with organic butter. In the meantime, I chop a couple of smaller red onions, two cloves of garlic and hot pepper. When the meat has got a nice color, take it off the heat. Pour in the chopped mixture, some mushrooms and stir for about 5 minutes. Include corn and about 7-8 tablespoons of red wine as well as freshly brewed espresso. Cover with a lid and keep the pot warm for at least 1 hour and finish by adding favorite spices. As a side dish I recommend home-made fries.
Wine tipsPosted by Per-Olof Diderot Sat, February 21, 2015 13:43:20 Wines from Napa Valley in California has long been a great favorite for Wineblogg although our budget sometimes have protested loudly. So when I recently went to Southern California , I had to bring with me Chateau Montelena to US to be on the safe side. If you are following our wine blog regularly you may have noticed that I paid homage to the previous vintage of this magical good Chardonnay. www.wineblogg.com/#post276 And the launched vintage of 2011 certainly lives up to all expectations.
Chateau Montelena Chardonnay (nr 71649) för 301 kr Chardonnay lover that I am, I am seduced by this wine's wonderfully balanced aroma and flavor with nuances of minerals, mango, pineapple, citrus and nuts. So silky seductive, yet at the same time a fullness that creates magic in the palate.
Talk about wine for a delicious seafood symphony, ideally including lobster. And how lucky we Swedish wine consumers can buy this wine for 15 USD less compared to wine stores in California. Just to thank the producer and the Swedish importer Terrific Wines for this generosity. And we shall we immediately reciprocate this fact by buying out the stock. For believe me, US probably best Chardonnay is worth every penny.