Mini Reviews: April 2015

Another month has passed and it’s time for Vino in Love’s end of the month Mini Reviews. This month’s edition covers 14 wines and is slightly dominated by German wines. Some of them may be more difficult to find than others. When available, I’ll post a Wine Searcher link to help you find the wine.

2010 Agricola Punica - Montessu Isola dei Nuraghi IGT2010 Agricola Punica – Montessu Isola dei Nuraghi IGT

Blend of 60% autochthonous Sardinian grapes & 40% French grapes; aged 15 months in French oak. The nose mostly has aromas of tobacco, myrtle, ripe raspberries and licorice. On the palate, dry and quite mineral with a saline taste.  Smooth tannins and  medium-bodied. Notes of black pepper, black fruit. Pairs excellently with lamb pinchos.
Side note: Agricola Punica is a joint-venture between the winemaker of Tenuta San Guido (Sassicaia) and Cantina Santadi (Terre Brune).
3.5 starsAverage price on Wine Searcher: €21

2013 Vini Forno – Fiano di Avellino DOCG

100% Fiano; aged in stainless steel vats. Nose opens with medicinal herbs but soon aromas of peaches and a little vanilla follow. Dry but slightly off-balanced with too much acidity. Persistent aftertaste with notes of nuts and fresh fruit.
2.5 stars

2012 Borsao - Tres Picos  Campo de Borja DO2012 Borsao – Tres Picos Campo de Borja DO

100% Garnacha; aged 5 months in French oak. Beautifully intense wine with lots of ripe berries, especially raspberries and blueberries aromas, as well as hints of leather, cherry liquor, earth and viola. Tres Picos is full-bodied, juicy, very harmonious and rich. It has a good structure, fine tannins and a good, fresh acidity. There are notes of berries, which recall the aromas from the nose, cherries and vanilla. Good length.
3.5 stars Average price on Wine Searcher: €14

2007 – Bodegas Jalon – Pena Aldera – Rioja Reserva DOCa

90% Tempranillo, 5% Mazuelo, 5% Graciano; aged 24 months in barrique. Lots of vanilla, plum, toffee and cherries as well as some espresso beans on the nose. On the palate, dry with a medium-full body and a good structure. There are notes of red cherries and vanilla. Pena Aldera Reserva has a present acidity and soft tannins. Persistent, long-lasting aftertaste.
4 stars

2007 Le Lase - Thesan2007 Le Lase – Thesan Canaiolo Nero Lazio IGT

100% Canaiolo; aged 4 months in barriques and 12 months in stainless steel tanks. Rich nose with blackberries, freshly ground black pepper, toffee, cocoa and nuances of blueberries and vanilla. In the mouth, dry, warm, still fresh and vivid with pleasing, mellow tannins. Notes of raspberries and dark chocolate. Medium-full body and well-balanced. Thesan is elegant, slightly mineral and has a warm, long-lasting aftertaste.
4 stars Average price on Wine Searcher: €16.90

2012 Loacker – Pulsatilla Welschriesling – Steierland

100% Welschriesling; aged in stainless steel tanks. Not a very pleasing nose with aromas of green bell pepper and mushrooms with very little fruit. The wine has a dominating acidity and lacks body as well as structure. Quite a disappointment.
2 stars

2010 Pomodolce – Fontanino – Colli Tortonesi DOC

100% Croatina; aged 12 months in oak barrels. The nose opens with blueberries, blackberries and raspberries. Soon followed by earth and hints of spices. Medium-bodied with a strong acidity and medium tannins. Interesting wine.
3.5 stars Average price on Wine Searcher: €10 (retails in Munich for about €17)

2012 Sant Nikolaus Kühn2012 Kühn – Sankt Nikolaus GG – Rheinhessen

100% Riesling; aged in large oak casks. This is a dry, full-bodied Riesling with aromas of herbs, green tobacco, flowers and fresh fruit on the nose. In the mouth it is fresh, powerful and complex. The wine has a potent acidity and is highly mineral with notes of pepper. Very long finish.
4 stars Average price on Wine Searcher: €24

2013 Gustavshof – Riesling Feinherb – Rheinhessen QbA

100% Riesling; aged in stainless steel tanks. Fruit-driven Riesling with green apples, red apples and lemon juice aromas. In the mouth, off-dry and saline with lots of fruit and elder flowers. The wine has a soft acidity and is very quaffable. Delicious!
3.5 stars

Riesling Feinherb2013 Borgsitter – Riesling Feinherb – Mosel QbA

100% Riesling; aged in stainless steel tanks. This Riesling opens up with passionfruit, red apples and stone fruit. On the palate it is off-dry and rather well-balanced. Highly mineral with a relatively low acidity. Quite fruity. Good length.
3.5 stars  €7.95 at the Winery

2013 Bergdolt-Reif&Nett – Grauburgunder Tradition – Pfalz QbA

100% Grauburgunder; aged in stainless steel tanks. Wine opens with pineapple, apples, and lime. In the mouth fresh, mineral and quite light with notes of lemon juice. Decent length
2.5 stars Average price on Wine Searcher: €7

2013 Bergdolt-Reif&Nett – Weißburgunder Tradition – Pfalz QbA

100% Weißburgunder; aged in stainless steel tanks. Mostly mirabelles and elder flowers on the not very aromatic nose. Dry with a powerful, dominating, acidity. Off-balanced.
2 stars About €7

Pfalz Wines Samples2013 Bergdolt-Reif&Nett – Pin:Ox – Pfalz QbA

Weißburgunder, Auxerrois & Chardonnay; aged in stainless steel tanks. The nose has aromas of red and green apples, pears and hits of apricot. In the mouth fresh with a strong acidity and a saline taste.
2.5 stars Average price on Wine Searcher: €6

2009 Leone de Castris – Donna Lisa- Salice Salentino Riserva DOC

90% Negroamaro, 10% Malvasia Nera; aged for 18 months in French barriques. Beautiful wine which has aromas of blackcurrant, plums, blackberries, mushrooms, vanilla and licorice on the nose. Donna Lisa is full-bodied and has an incredible softness. Quite elegant with a silky texture. In the mouth oaky but there are also notes of blackberries. Lingering aftertaste.
4 stars Average price on Wine Searcher: €22

Parting Words

This wrap up the April ’15 Mini-Reviews. One of the highlights was definitely the Cannaiolo Nero from Le Lase but also the Sankt Nikolaus Riesling from Peter Jakob Kühn was pretty amazing. Good value for money are definitely the two off-dry Feinherb Rieslings from Gustavshof and Borgsitter which are available in Munich for less than €10/bottle. If unusual is your thing then make sure to try the varietal Croatina from Piedmontese winery Pomodolce.

The wines from Bergdolt-Reif&Nett were samples a friend of mine had received which honestly were at least slightly disappointing. I disliked the Metzger Prachtstück (see picture above) even more than the Bergdolt-Reif&Nett wines and so I didn’t bother taking notes for it.

Yesterday I attended a Gambero Rosso tasting but I haven’t had the time yet to write my notes on these wines down. I’ll either make a separate post for them or include them in the May ’15 Mini-Reviews.



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