Mini-Reviews: November 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).

  • 2011 Caprili – Rosso di Montalcino DOC (100% Sangiovese; Slavonian oak and stainless steel tank). Color: Ruby red. Nose: Quite intense with aromas of raspberry and black cherry. Not much oak aromas on the nose. Palate: Very dry, a little crisp and quite tannic. Full-bodied, sapid and harmonious. Fruit dominates the oak notes. The finish is of medium length. Rating 3.5/5 16.50€ find this wine.
  • 2008 Argiolas - Turriga - IGT Isola dei Nuraghi2008 Argiolas – Turriga – IGT Isola dei Nuraghi (Cannonau, Carignano, Bovale Sardo, Malvasia Nera; 24 months barrique). Color: Intense ruby red. Nose: Complex and rich nose with aromas of spices, in alcohol dunked berries, black cherries and lavender. Palate: Full-bodied, dry, quite warm and complex. Tannins are still too vivid. The wine needs a few more years before its ready to drink. Long-lasting finish. Well-balanced wine with great aging potential but maybe a little overpriced. Rating: 4/5 40€ find this wine.
  • 2011 Spice Route – Chakalaka – Swartland (37% Syrah, 21% Mourvedre, 18% Carignan, 10% Petite Sirah, 10% Grenache and 4% Tannat; 13 months French and American oak). Color: Deep purple-red. Nose: Very spicy and little fruit. Cloves and cinnamon re easily identified. Palate: Dry, medium-bodied. Oak-dominated. Smooth tannins and lingering finish. The quality-price ratio could be better (I saw that the wine is much cheaper in non-European countries). Rating: 3/5 20€ find this wine.
  • 2011 Tenuta Argentiera – Poggio ai Ginepri – Bolgheri DOC (40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Syrah, 25% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot; barrique and stainless steel tank). Color:  ruby red with purple hues Nose: not very intense. A bit of plum some spices and caramel. Palate: medium-bodied, dry, quite tannic. Notes of licorice and red fruit. Disappointing finish. 2009 vintage was much better. Rating 2/5 15€ find this wine.
  • San Clemente Doc rosso2012 Azienda Agricola Bianchi – Sanclemente – Colline Novaresi DOC (Nebbiolo, Vespolina, Uva Rara; stainless steel tank). Color: Intense ruby red Nose: Fruit-forward with aromas of raspberry and blueberry. Palate: Dry and quite fresh. Pleasing, mellow tannins. Fruit-forward on the palate, too. Sanclemnte is a light wine with a medium body. Rating: 3/5 12€ find this wine.
  • 2011 Reichsrat Von Bühl – Weißburgunder – Pfalz QbA (100% Weißburgunder; stainless steel tank). Color: Pale yellow. Nose: Nutty and exotic. Intense aromas of pineapple and passion fruit. Palate: Dry, vivid and crisp with great harmony. High minerality.. Lingering finish. Rating: 3.5/5 10€ find this wine.

I strongly recommend the Weißburgunder from German winery von Bühl and the Turriga, which by many is considered Sardinia’s best red wine. However, if you decide to buy a bottle of Turriga that you want to drink right away and not keep in your cellar then buy an older vintage (like 2005 and older). Von Bühl is among my favorite wineries from the Pfalz. So far I’ve never been disappointed by their white wines.

My wine of the month is actually not in this list. I had little time the last couple of weeks to blog and therefore I haven’t had a chance to write a review on the 2005 Gulfi Nerobaronj IGT Sicilia. Nerobaronji is the very best Nero d’Avola varietal wine that I have tasted so far. I’ll try to finish the review in the next couple of days. Care to share what your wine of the month is?


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14 comments on “Mini-Reviews: November 2013”

  1. winetalks winetalks Reply

    The Turriga sounds like a wine to try. I don’t have much experience with wines from Sardinia and I’m not familiar with the local varieties there. Haven’t heard of Bovale Sardo before.

    I tasted a very good Amarone Clasico last week, which is my wine of the month. I think its produced by Tedeschi. Do you know that winery?

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Frank,
      On Sardinia some of Italy’s most interesting autochthonous varieties are grown like Cannonau , Nasco and Monica. I hope you get a chance to try the Turriga someday!

  2. Sean P. Reply

    I tasted the 2009 Chalalaka a few months ago and thought it was too oaky.
    Really like these short reviews. Well done.

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Sean,
      Thank you for the comment.
      What I personally like about the Chakalaka is that it helped me getting a little closer to my goal of becoming a “doppel member” of the wine century club.

  3. Andy Andy Reply

    Sorry to hear that you didn’t like the Bolgheri.. Glad to see that the others were more to your liking! Thanks for sharing the reviews with us, Julian!

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Andy,
      Thanks for visiting.
      The fact that most disapoints me about the Poggio Ai Ginepri is that I remember the 2009 vintage to taste much better than the 2011 one..

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Hannah,
      Sanclemente is an easy-to-drink red wine perfect for situations where one is not eating much but still wants a glass of wine. Let me know how you like the Sanclemente if you decide to try it.

  4. Suzanne Reply

    I love your mini reviews, maybe I sound like a broken record. In just a few sentences you have all you need to make an informed decision. I have never tried wine from Sardinia, looks I must change that, Turriga sound wonderful.

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Suzanne,
      Thank you so much! Really appreciate your kind comment.
      Sardinia is home to some of Italy’s most interesting autochthonous grape varieties. Should you not want to splash out the cash for a Turriga but still want to try a good Sardinian wine then I suggest the 2009 Santadi Rocca Rubbia and the 2007 Meloni Vini Kosti.

  5. wineking3 wineking3 Reply

    Sardinian wine is so good 🙂
    Thinking about my wine of the month the 2007 Il Falcone Riserva immediately comes to my mind. It’s a blend of Uva di Troja and Montepuliciano. Loved it!

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