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).
2005 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
2007 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.