Mini-Reviews: October 2013

Last month, I started a new monthly theme: Mini-Reviews. I taste a bunch of wine each month that doesn’t make it into a dedicated post but because I want to share my tasting notes about these wines 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 Planeta – Passito di Noto DOC (100% Moscato Bianco; stainless steel tank) Color: Intense amber-yellow. NoseMango, dried apricot, ginger, chestnut and orange. Palate: Creamy, elegant, vivid, intense and quite sweet. Lingering finish. Rating: 4/5 25€ find this wine. 
  • 2006 Aldo Conterno – Langhe DOC (80% Freisa, 10% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon; 6 months oak) ColorRuby red. Nose: Strawberries, viola, tobacco. Palate: Very dry, full-bodied, strong tannins, decent acidity. Medium-long finish. Rating: 3/5 21€ find this wine.
  • 2009 Ca Rossa – Mulassa – Barbera d’Alba DOC (100% Barbera; 18 months oak) Color: garnet red with ruby red shades. Nose: Plums, coffee and blackberries. Palate: dry, crisp, smooth, silky tannins. Long finish. Rating: 3.5/5 18€ find this wine.
  • 2007 Tedeschi – Recioto della Valpolicella DOC (30% Corvina – 30% Corvinone – 30% Rondinella – 10% Rossignola; 24 months oak). Color: bright ruby red color with garnet hues. Nose: Intense with aromas of blackberries, raspberries, blackcurrant, coffee, caramel. Palate: Well-balanced, full-bodied. Very elegant. Great correspondence with the nose. Lingering finish. Rating: 4/5 40€ find this wine.
  • 2012 Castello di Tassarolo – Spinola – Gavi DOCG (100% Cortese; stainless steel tank). Color: pale yellow. Nose:herbs, apple, hay, almonds, minerals. Palate: dry, bitter, mineralic, crisp, medium-short finish. Rating: 2.5/5  12€ find this wine.2009 Chateau La Grolet - Tete de Cuvee - Cotes de Bourg AOC
  • 2006 Caprili – Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG (100% Sangiovese; 48 months oak) Color: ruby red with garnet red hues. Nose: closed, oaky, maybe spoiled? Palate: very dry, full-bodied, silky tannins, oak dominated the fruit. Rating: 3/5 53€ find this wine.
  • 2012 Clemens Busch – Riesling Trocken – Qualitätswein Mosel (100% Riesling; stainless steel tank) Color: pale yellow. Nose: Quince, Saturn peach, apple, black tea,. Palate: very dry, crisp, elegant high minerality, lingering finish. Rating: 3.5/5 11€ find this wine.
  • 2009 Château La Grolet – Tête de Cuvée – Côtes de Bourg AOC (Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon; 12 months oak). Color: deep ruby red. Nose: cinnamon, black cherries, red fruit, cinnamon, cocoa, coffee. Palate: dry, full-bodied, high acidity, vivid tannins. Notes of cocoa and licorice. Medium-long finish. Rating: 3/5 15€ find this wine.

My personal flop was the Caprili Brunello. I tried it at a wine tasting with a representative of the winery. I think the Brunello was spoiled but the wine was served to us anyways. At that price there are many better Brunello available. Choosing the highlight among these wines is a tough choice: The Tedeschi Recioto and the Planeta Passito are both outstanding but I enjoyed the Passito a little more. However, my highlight of the month is the 1999 Schloss Saarstein Riesling Auslese. What is your highlight of the month?

Have you tried any of these wines? Which one would you like to try? Let me know in the comment section below.


18 comments on “Mini-Reviews: October 2013”

  1. Andy Andy Reply

    Sorry to hear that the Brunello wasn’t very good. For €50 one should expect something better. Haven’t tried it myself and I don’t plan to do so now!
    My highlight this month was a bottle of 2001 Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza. Rioja Alta is my favorite Rioja producer 🙂

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Thanks for commenting! Fortunately I didn’t have to pay for the Brunello otherwise I would have returned it.
      I have a bottle of La Rioja Alota Vina Ardanza Reserva Especial in my cellar but have never tried it before. Looking forward to open it someday.

  2. Sean P. Reply

    Good reviews, Julian. Tedeschi also makes amazingly good Amarone and I very much agree with your Recioto description. It matches mine 🙂

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Thank you so much! I’m so glad that my review matches yours. At the trade show I also tried the Tedeschi Amarone but I have to say that I like the Amarone from Trabucchi d’Illasi a lot more..

  3. hannah-theis hannah-theis Reply

    My personal wine of the month is a Canadian ice wine from a local winery.

    I tried the 2008 Cascina Rossa Roero last year and it was pretty good. Haven’t tried the Cascina Rossa Barbera d’Alba though. Sounds like an interesting Barbera.

  4. Suzanne Reply

    I love your short reviews, I have never tried the wines and most don’t seem to be available in the US, a couple of them are. I am especially interested in trying the Passito and Recioto I hope I can find them here.

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Thank you so much! Some of these wines come from smaller labels and might not be widely available. However the Recioto and the Passito are produced by larger, more well-known wineries (Tedeschi and Planeta) and are also available overseas. As far as I know, Caprili and Ca Rossa also export to the US.
      If you get a chance to try the Passito then let me know if you like it as much as I do 🙂

  5. RiojaChianti RiojaChianti Reply

    I really enjoy these quick reviews! The Planeta Passito sounds marvelous. Planing on buying a bottle or two.

    At a trade show I tried a Chianti Classico that I fell in love with. It’s produced by Monteraponi. That’s my wine of the month.

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      I’m glad to hear that. Please let me know how you’ll like it after you’ve tried it.
      I’ve red about Monteraponi on another blog a few weeks ago and have added their Chianti Classico on my to-buy list. The concept of the winery is pretty unique. Good to hear that you like this wine 🙂 Looking forward to try it.

  6. Marco van Puff Reply

    Why did the representative of Caprili not serve you a different bottle? I mean if the Brunello was spoiled then that would be the only logical thing to do..

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