Mini-Reviews: February 2014

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).

2007 Aldo Conterno - Cicala Bussia -Barolo DOCG2005 Erbaluna – La Bettola – Barbera d’Alba DOCG (100% Barbera; Slavonian oak) Color: Intense garnet red Nose: nutty and aromas of red berries. Palate: Vivid acidity, dry, medium-bodied, soft mellow tannins. Not too complex. Lingering finish. Rating: 3/5 find this wine 

2012 Domaine Stentz-Buecher – Pinot Blanc – Alsace AOC (100% Pinot Blanc; stainless steel) Color: pale yellow Nose: Very intense with aromas of passion fruit, quince and green apple. Palate: dry, pleasent acidity, fresh and good minerality.  Long-lasting finale. Rating: 3.5/5

2010 La Spionsa – Chianti Colli Fiorentini DOCG (Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Colorino; 6 months barriques) Color: ruby red Nose: Tobacco, cinnamon and marasca cherries. Palate: Dry, quite mineralic with biting acidity. Medium-bodied, quite aggressive tannins. Medium-long finish. Rating: 2/5 find this wine

2012 Van Volxem – Schiefer Riesling – Mosel QbA (100% Riesling; stainless steel) Color: greenish with yellow hints Nose: Tropical fruit, yellow apples and quince. Palate: very mineralic, dry, medium acidity, creamy, good structure. Rating 3/5 find this wine

2005 Erbaluna - La Bettola - Barbera d'Alba DOC2007 Poderi Aldo Conterno – Cicala Bussia – Barolo DOCG (100% Nebbiolo; 28 months oak) Color: garnet red Nose: Marzipan, raspberries, blueberries, smoke leather and cardamon. Palate: dry, smooth, tannic, complex, mineralic, cocoa and some fruit. Full-bodied, lingering finish. Rating 4.5/5 find this wine

2011 Meintzinger – Spätburgunder Trocken – Franken (100% Spätburgunder; stainless steel) Color: ruby red Nose: Blackberries and cherries. Palate: dry, fresh, vivid acidity. Medium-short finish. Rating 2.5/5 find this wine 

2005 Gulfi – Neromaccarj – Siclia IGT (100% Nero d’Avola; 24 months barrique) Color: Intense ruby red  Nose: Lots of berries, plums, espresso beans and vanilla. Palate: Dry, nutty, full-bodied, pleasing tannins, complex and well-balanced. Lingering finish. Rating 4/5 find this wine

It is hard to pick a favorite out of these. The Aldo Conterno Barolo is one of the best of its kind (at least one of the best I tried) and I highly recommend it. For warm spring months the Stentz-Buecher Pinot Blanc is perfect and I’m looking forward to drink it again. With the Neromaccarj Gulfi showed once again what excellent wines they make out of Nero d’Avola grapes.

That’s all for today! Up next will be a review of a two Piedmontese red wines from the town of Novara.

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17 comments on “Mini-Reviews: February 2014”

  1. wineking3 wineking3 Reply

    The Barolo sounds lovely but gosh that price tag.. Barolo simply costs too much for what you get in my opinion.
    I see there is no wine searcher link for the Pinot Blanc?

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Wineking,
      Barolo have to age for a long period in oak, which makes their production quite expensive and since they are in high demand wineries can pretty much demand any price for them.

      I didn’t include a Wine Searcher link for the Stentz-Buecher Pinot Blanc because I couldn’t find the wine on Wine Searcher.

  2. Marco van Puff Reply

    I’d like to try the Pinot Blanc but it seems to be hard to find. I’ll see what I can do..
    Only last week I attended a wine tasting with 6 Pinot Blanc/Pinot Bianco – three from France and three from Italy. The French ones were much more to my liking.

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Marco,
      That tasting sounds wonderful! Italian Pinot can be really good though – especially the ones from St-Michael Eppan and Girlan (both South Tyrol) are excellent.

  3. Sean P. Reply

    I like these type of reviews! Great format 🙂
    The Neromaccarj sounds most interesting.

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