Tasting Oremus Tokaji Late Harvest 08

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Tasting Oremus Tokaji Late Harvest 08

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This Oremus Tokaji Late Harvest 08 is a rich and lusciously sweet wine from Hungary.

On the nose it’s peachy, with hints of cooked orange and dried fruit. Vanilla, butter and honey reveals the oak and the ageing.

On the palate, reaffirms the orange, and reveals some dried fruit (preserved fruit) notes. Its medium acidity balances the sweetness very well. A very good wine, ready to drink!

A 375ml bottle costs around €20.


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Tasting Ressons Clot de la Vella 2009

Mas d’en Canonge is a newly-created winery in DO Montsant, Spain, and this Ressons Clot de la Vella 2009 is their brand new wine, in its first vintage, made from old vine Grenache single varietal – a gem!

I’ve just opened it and it still requires a bit of time for aeration, but it doesn’t take long to reveal its complexity. Its primary aromas has notes of oak ageing, which will satisfy those who like intense wines, but the fruitiness becomes apparent, revealing ripened black and red fruits.

Ressons Clot de la Vella brings the powerfulness of those old Garnacha vineyards. Ripe fruit and black fruit on the palate, volume and body very well balanced, pleasant, mineral and juicy, with an oak aftertaste in the back of the mouth.

This affordable first vintage made me curious to learn about its evolution, and the new vintages yet to come from Mas d’en Canonge.


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Tasting Puerto Salinas 2008

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Leia em Português
Wine:
This DO Alicante red wine was elaborated with old vine grapes of Monastrell, Cabernet Sauvignon and Garnacha Tintorera. Aged 12 months in French oak, was bottled without filtration. ABV 14.5%.

Eye:
Beautiful clear and deep ruby colour.

Nose:
Clean and pronounced aromas of fruits, spices and oak.

Mouth:
Dry in the mouth, its high acidity balances well with tight tannins. Full bodied, fruity and floral, with a silky chocolate taste on the back of the mouth. Long finishing.

Conclusion:
This is an amazing wine! Fruity aromas, full of flavours and subtle oak. Outstanding!


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Tasting L’esquerda 2009

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Leia em Português

The name come from its unique terroir, L’esquerda. Located 350 meters above the sea level, it’s composed of granitic over hills. L’esquerda is characterized by an assembly consisting mostly of Syrah, and completed with a little of Grenache and Carignan, all harvested by hand. As stated in its label, “Roussillon, a land of legend and history. A place of contrasts too, as Domain de Bila-Haut”. This L’esquerda has 10% aged in oak barrels, which balances well the wild aroma of Syrah, the silky texture of Grenache and the freshness of Carignan.

Eye: Deep ruby color

Nose: It expresses its maturity with notes of black fruits, warm spices, floral and a slightly earthy from its terroir.

Mouth: Good acidity and powerful tannins, both powerful and tight, with a long fresh finishing.

Conclusion: A very good wine, potent and well balanced acidity and tannins, with lots of fruits. A truly discovery!


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Tasting Lar de Paula 2010

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This Lar de Paula 2010 is a fantastic DOC Rioja, 100% Tempranillo, very clear ruby colour, with a clean medium nose, aromas of fruits, spices and liquorice. On the palate the medium acidity balances well with the rounded tannins, with a medium to full body. Quite jammy red berries and fruity, cherries, and a bit of tobacco as well. Medium to long length, making this wine a very good one, with a potential to keep for 3 to 4 more years yet.


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Tasting IWS Single Cask Single Pot Still 17yo

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The Whiskey:
Back in April, Irish Distillers Ltd. invited the Irish Whiskey Society (IWS) to a trip around the Fox and Geese Bottling facility and followed this up an evening in the Old Jameson Distillery in Bow Street, Dublin. There they were given the opportunity to sample 3 different casks, 2 aged for 15 years and one aged for 17 years…. those present then voted to select their favourite and by a margin of 2 to 1, Cask number 1038 was deemed the winner, the 17 year old cask.

This cask was then purchased by the IWS and was offered exclusively to their members as the first exclusive bottling from the Irish Whiskey Society. The whiskey was bottled at Cask Strength so it will be supplied at 55.2%. This is extremely limited in supply (204 bottles only) and is no doubt one to savour over a long period of time and offer only a small sample to the closest of friends!

On the eye:
Very clear, nice golden colour.

On the nose:
It’s clean and pronounced, with aromas of caramel, banana, ripe black fruit, vanilla and coconut milk.

On the mouth:
An explosion of flavours: floral, fruity, creamy. Long finishing, with a hint of spices and herbs. The water softened the alcohol on the nose and the spicy of the palate.. Outstanding!


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Tasting Monterucco Riesling 08

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Monterucco

The Wine:
Produced by Monterucco, this 2008 wine is made from Riesling Italico, a high-yielding grape in northeast Italy. In most cases, it produces fairly bland wines. At its best, it delivers light wines with pronounced flowery aromas. It’s produced in the DOC Oltrepò Pavese, It has 12,5% alcohol.

In the eye:
Nice goldish-yellowish color, quite different from the regular Rieslings.

On the nose:
Pineapple pops-up almost immediately, followed by compote, honey, floral, and something veggie – lovely!

On the mouth:
Low tannins and less acidity then it should be, but the pineapples and the green apples are all there! It got a bit sour in the end, but even though it just highlighted a subtle honeyed after taste.

Conclusion:
I found this an interesting wine, with such complexity on the nose and mouth. Very good, if not outstanding when considering the QPR. EM90/100!


Tasting Cantina Parroco Dolcetto d’Alba 2011

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Azienda San Michele

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The wine:
Cantina San Michele is a winery farm founded in 1973 by the archpriest Don Giuseppe Cogno, Pastor de Nieve, along with three other producers from Nieve, in the heart of Barbaresco area, one of the greatest Italian red wines. The vineyards occupy six acres at one of the best “cru” areas of the commune. This 100% Dolcetto from D.O.C. Dolcetto d’Alba can be consumed now or kept till 2014.

In the eye:
A clear, dense, deep, very lively and inviting ruby.

On the nose:
Intense aromas, with predominat fruits (red and black berries), flowers (violet, rose) and toffee.

On the mouth:
A pleasant taste, very enjoyable, quite warm and moderate tannins with good freshness

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Tasting Quinta do Carmo 2008

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Occasionally it is only known that a good wine was drunk when you drink another else…

The wine:
Quinta do Carmo 2008, from vines planted in clay and shale soil, selected from traditional Alentejo varieties – Aragonese, Trincadeira, Alicante Bouschet – and a bit of Cabernet Sauvignon to give it more structure.

In the eye:
Deep and clear ruby-garnet, showing that it wasn’t just brought from the vineyards to the bottle.

On the nose:
Delicate notes of black fruit, chocolate and a bit of toast.

In the mouth:
It has enviable delicacy and lightness itself, with balanced tannins and acidity without excessive plus a intense black fruit with chocolate and tobacco.

Comments:
No hype and no pretenses. A good wine, with its own profile, to be consumed with specific moderate spiced food. It doesn’t disappoint, and fulfills well its role.


Tasting Millésime Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

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Here in Brazil, I’ve been drinking the Aurora Reserve edition – Cabernet Sauvignon and Tanat. They’ve shown to be a very good wine, even better when you consider the price range: R$25 (€9.50).

I did try the “Pequeanas Partilhas” but it didn’t impress me, so I didn’t bother even mentioning it. Now I tasted the special edition Millésime, a top-line from Aurora winery. They made this wine from 5 harvest only – 1991, 1999, 2004, 2005 and 2008. This particular vintage has been aging for 10 months in American and French barrels.

Wine:
This is an Aurora’s Millésime Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, produced in Serra Gaúcha, Brazil. It’s priced at R$54 (€20). The tasting took place in my parent’s house, on 16/11/2012.

Eye:|
It’s a clear, deep garnet colour, with a orange-ish halo in the borders.

Nose:
It’s a clean smell, with pronounced intensity and notes of ripped fruits, blackberries, blackcurrant, coconut, oak and cedar.

Mouth:
Dry with a medium to high acidity, and elegant tannins. Medium to full body, with medium to long lenght. Jammy fruits, blackcurrant, oak and vegetables (green bell pepper) on the palate.

Conclusion:
Still a good wine, showing more herbaceous and vegetables notes than fruits, but a nice fruitty nose. 89/100.


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