Mini-Reviews: December 2013

A few months ago, I started a new monthly theme: Mini-Reviews. I taste a bunch of wine each month that doesn’t get its own dedicated post but because I still want to share my tasting notes about them with you I came up with this new theme. These tasting notes are a little shorter than my regular ones. Each of them includes a Wine Searcher link that helps you find the wine (if available).

  • 2010 Lisini – San Biagio – Rosso Toscana IGT (100% Sangiovese; stainless steel tank). Color: Ruby red. Nose: Quite intense with aromas of black cherry and blueberries. Palate: Dry, refreshing acidity, quite elegant. Tannins could have been a little smoother. Medium-long finish. Rating: 3.5/5 12€ find this wine.
  • 2010 Riofavara – Notissimo – Moscato di Noto DOC (Moscato Bianco, Muscatella; stainless steel tank). Color: golden-yellow. Nose: Mostly aromas of honey and dates. Palate: Very sweet, little acidity, smooth. Rating: 3/5 20€ find this wine.
  • 2009 Winzerhof Allacher - Eiswein Blaufränkisch2009 Winzerhof Allacher – Allacher Eiswein Blaufränkisch – Prädikatswein (100% Blaufränkisch). Color: Garnet red with orange hues. Nose: harmonic and very intense. Aromas of honey, marzipan, peach. Palate: Sweet, well-balanced, creamy. Pleasing, mellow tannins. Lingering finish. Rating: 4.5/5. It appears that Winzerhof Allacher stopped producing this wine. They are now producing Eiswein from Zweigelt and Welschriesling.
  • 2011 Reichsrat von Buhl – Riesling Sekt – Sekt B.A. Brut (100% Riesling; stainless steel tank). Color: pale golden color. Fine, long-lasting perlage. Nose: Citrus fruits, fresh bread, stone. Palate: crisp, high minerality, quite fruity. Long-lasting finish. Rating: 3/5 15€. find this wine.
  • 2005 Gulfi – Nerobuffaleffj – Sicilia IGT (100% Nero d’Avola; French oak). Color: Ruby red. Nose: mostly juniper berry. Palate: dry, quite smooth, vivid. High minerality and heavy acidity. Mellow tannins. Medium length. Rating 3/5 29€ find this wine.
  • NV Bollinger Special Cuvée Brut (60% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot Meunier) Color: light gold. Long-lasting perlage Nose: Lemon, toast and almonds. Palate: Fresh, fine mousse, a little salty, medium body, smooth and quite persistent. Notes of pear and lime. Rating 4/5. 47€ find this wine.

The Winzerhof Allacher is my favorite among these wines and it’s also the most interesting wine. It was the first time that I tasted Eiswein from red grapes and I’m looking forward to do so again. If you’ve never tried Eiswein from red grapes then I strongly recommend that you try some. On the other side of the spectrum we have the Gulfi Nerobuffaleffj, which disappointed me a little probably because I had much higher expectations. Don’t get me wrong it’s a good Nero d’Avola but Gulfi makes also a few other varietal Nero d’Avola wines, which I personally like more.

What is your wine of the month?

17 comments on “Mini-Reviews: December 2013”

  1. Marco van Puff Reply

    I drank the Bollinger Special Cuvee (and a Bollinger Rosé) on New Year’s Eve. Great champagne! Absolutely Love it 🙂
    Can’t say much about the other wines because I don’t know them.. The Ice wine sounds delicious though! Sorry that they stopped producing it..

  2. RiojaChianti RiojaChianti Reply

    I first stumbled over the San Biagio at a wine tasting last year and am buying it frequently ever since! It has such a good QPR.

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Thanks for commenting! Very much agree with you about the San Biagio. I tasted the 2011 as well and it disappointed me a little (at least compared to the exceptional 2010 vintage).

  3. Sean P. Reply

    Love these short tasting notes but this time I don’t know any of the wines..

  4. Suzanne Reply

    Never had eiswein from red grapes. it sounds wonderful. I’ll try to find it. You didn’t include find this wine with that one. I will look it up. I am excited to try!

  5. hannah-theis hannah-theis Reply

    Here in Canada we have quite a lot of excellent Ice wine but I the ones I’ve seen and had were all from white grapes. The idea of making ice wine from red grapes sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing that with us, Julian.

  6. Oliver Reply

    My preferred hometown winemaker makes a Cabernet Cubin Eiswein. I agree with you, Eiswein from red grapes is definitely an experience worth trying out!

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