So, besides from being an orthodox wine lover and preacher, I am too, together with my husband, a restaurateur and wine buyer. However, with all the wines we taste and like throughout the year, it’s impossible for us to buy it all. Which is actually quite terrible. Therefore my hubby and I have decided to score everything we taste -both the wines we import ourselves as well as the wines we can’t get our fingers on- hoping that someone else will buy in on our recommendations.
In Autumn 2017 we’ll officially launch this project (we’re thinking some kind of manifesto, neat and transparent explanation on how our scoring system works, app), until then we jump the gun by posting tasting notes on these pages on a weekly basis starting from May 21, 2017
Tasting notes June 22, 2017
A glass of afternoon Summer
Were Dreams…. from Jerman, vintage 2008 – as the colour reveals this wine has gotten old but oh my, with seldom grace. Gorgeous. We tried to drink it the other night for dinner having a Sardinian speciality; Aragosta alla Catalana (lobster with tomatoes, lemon, white vinegar, celery and white onions) and it completely lost its breath so we actually gave up on it and found something else. But, you never know, so we kept it in the fridge to try it again suspecting it was the high level of acidity in the dish that killed it. Having a moment to myself this afternoon I poured a glass and (emptied the bottle – wait a minute, there were only tops half a bottle left when I started!) had a very lovely experience. This is what I got:
Beautiful, deep golden color, strong nose of stone fruits peaches and apricots, butter in sync with lemon zest, coconut, toast and vanilla – after a while floral nose of lilies, pungent spice knocking on the door – that was mustard – particularly that smell of ‘mostarda’ (preserved fruit, often stone and citrus, with mustard), then stewed apple and applepie. Slight, slight, slight note of nuts and caramel, so starting to oxidise
On the palate a harmonious orchestra of biscuits, vanilla, butter, peaches, dried apricots, some of that mustard I had from the nose, toast, apple pie and a very philosophic much fairly long finish, rich and smooth body, good acidity (despite of it’s almost 9 years), well balanced alcohol (by no means aggressive with 13,5% abv), surely fully developed, so drink now. Thank you Jerman, I’ll toast to that anytime
Colterenzio is a co-operative winery consisiting of a board, a direction and 300 very proud grower-members -the Ambassadors- in Northern Italy’s Alto Adige, with a wine history dating back to 15 b.C.
From 1979 visionary Luis Raifer was behind the wheel, soon joined by his son Wolfgang Raifer who neatly followed in his father’s footsteps serving the co-operative first as winemaker, then in the sales departement and finally, until 2017, as the azienda’s Ceo.
The first time I tasted Colterenzio’s wines myself was around 10 years ago. I had some of their Lafoa wines and of course the Chardonnay Formigar (then called Chardonnnay Cornell). Having a soft touch for Chardonnay I instantly fell in love with the house’s wine style and have continued to appreciate it throughout the years. The latest vintage of 2014 is no exception;
Tasting notes May 29, 2017
- Chardonnay Formigar 2014, Colterenzio
Tight lemon-green colour with great nose of vanilla, peach, lemon zest, apricot, ginger and oak. High on acidity spoused with a rich palate of charming lemon, lovely peach & apricot, pleasantly well-balanced alcohol, decent oak, vanilla, some exciting ginger, smooth butter, toast and a fairly long finish. Drink now (though a bit too young) til 2020-2022
Maranzana winery is a cooperative founded in 1959 consisting of 200 producers and 4.500 HA, located in Monferatto, Piedmont.
Tasting notes May 19, 2017
- Barbera d’Asti Superiore 2016 – Trabucco
Light ruby, spicy nose with red cherries, pepper and hints of cloves. On palate lots of cherries, some tobacco leaves, pepper, low tannins and well integrated alcohol but a bit too fresh (sour). Short finish
- Piemonte Albarossa – Le Giare
Deep purple, some spice on the nose, black plum, cocoa, oak and vanilla. On palate, same with good acidity, high alcohol and fair tannins. Short finish
- Brachetto d’Acqui
Pale ruby, lovely rose petals, roses and lots of strawberry, some lemon juice to it as well. On palate pleasantly sweet, wild roses, strawberries, light fizz, and middle-long finish. Low alcohol (5,5%)