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).
2013 Tenuta De Angelis Falerio DOC (50% Trebbiano, 25% Pecorino, 25% Passerina; stainless steel) Nose: Apple, citrus fruit and lots of flowers. Palate: Dry and a little salty. Fruity and easy to drink. Very delicious! Medium-long finish. The perfect white wine for a warm spring eve. A bottle costs under 6€ in Germany and around 4€ in Italy – very, very good quality-price ratio. Rating: 3/5 find this wine.
2012 Frank Brohl – Riesling Alte Reben Kabinett – Mosel Prädikatswein (100% Riesling; stainless steel) Nose: Lots of tropical fruit (especially passion fruit) and some green apple Palate: Dry, crisp, sapid, fresh, quite mineralic notes of green apple. Very harmonic. Lingering finish. Rating: 3.5/5 find this wine.
2012 Weingut Breiling – Weissburgunder – Pfalz Qualitätswein (100% Weißburgunder; stainless steel) Nose: Yellow apple, flowers, a little bit of herbs Palate: Dry, herbal, bitter aftertaste. Rating: 2.5/5 find this wine.
2013 Azienda Agricola Pratello – Catulliano – Lugana DOC (100% Trebbiano di Lugana; stainless steel). Nose: Some herbs, a little bit of flowers and some yellow fruit. Palate: Crisp and fresh with lots of minerals. Lingering finish. Rating: 3/5 find this wine.
2009 Gulfi – Carjcanti – Sicilia IGT (95% Caricante, 5% Albanello; large oak & stainless steel). Nose: Wheat, Melon, some pineapple Palate: dry, mineralic with notes of butter and tropical fruit. Full-bodied, complex and of good structure. Long-lasting finale. Rating: 4/5. find this wine.
2012 Aurora – Fiobbo – Offida DOCG Pecorino (100% Pecorino; 30% barrique & 70% stainless steel). Nose: Ambitious but disappointing. Very, very oaky. A little spicy. Palate: Dry but was lacking the freshness I expect from a Pecorino. Lots of oak and even more oak. Not the style of Pecorino I enjoy. Pecorino really doesn’t need oak.. Rating: 2/5 find this wine.
2012 Gaudry – Le Tournebridge Sancerre AOC (100% Sauvignon Blanc; stainless steel). Nose: Aromas of Lychee, white pepper white currant and lemon. Palate: Dry, crisp, a little fruity, uncomplicated and pretty straightforward. Lacking a bit of minerality, Medium-short finish. Rating: 3/5. find this wine.
2012 Argiolas – Iselis Bianco – Isola dei Nuraghi IGT (85% Nasco, 15% Vermentino; stainless steel & barrique) Nose: Tropical fruit, banana, grapefruit, Palate: Dry, well-balanced, soft oak notes but the finish could have been more persistent. Rating: 3.5/5 find this wine.
2009 Azienda Agricola Marco Sambin – Passito Francisca (100% Cabernet Franc; barrique & stainless steel) Nose: blackcurrant, raspberry jam, humus, vanilla. Palate: deliciously sweet (not too sweet though), well-structured, full-bodied, complex, smooth. Lovely meditation wine with long-lasting, never ending finish. Rating 4/5. find this wine (no Wine Searcher link available).
2003 Fontodi – Vin Santo del Chianti Classico DOCG (Malvasia, Sangiovese; 5 years in small 50liters-110liters chestnut & oak barrels) Nose: nutty with lots of Marzipan and intense aromas of dried fruit. Palate: Sweet, crisp, overall well-balaced. Very tasty and full-bodied. Lingering finish. Rating: 4/5 find this wine.
2009 Gustavshof – jomax – Rheinhessen Qualitätswein (Spätburgunder, St. Laurent, Portugieser ; barrique) Nose: Mostlzy black cherries and some caramel. A little spicy. Palate: Dry, crisp with soft mellow tannins. A bit one-dimensional Medium bodied. Too short aftertaste. Rating: 2.5/5 find this wine.
Lots of white wines this month and two excellent dessert wines. Hard to pick a favorite so I won’t but the wine with the best quality-price ratio was definitely the De Angelis Falerio DOC. Tenuta De Angelis is one of the big players in the Ascoli-Piceno region. I had a few doubts about this wine because most of the time wine this cheap is not to liking but it turned out to be an enjoyable spring & summer white. Thanks to a fellow wine writer I discovered wine. The Gulfi Carjcanti keeps impressing me every time I try it and the the Vin Santo was wonderful. Words can’t describe the beauty of this Vin Santo – you have to try this.
That’s all for today. Enjoy your Sunday folks! Cheers!