Mini Reviews: October 2014

I taste lots of wine every month that doesn’t get its own dedicated post. The monthly Mini-Reviews allow me to share these tasting notes with you. One post – many reviews!

2011 Spier – 21 Gables Pinotage – Stellenbosch (100% Pinotage; French/Hungarian/American oak): Aromas of cocoa, caramelized oranges, blackberries, cherries – dry, medium-body, mellow tannins, well-balanced, elegant, notes of dark chocolate and tobacco – Lovely Pinotage!

Rating 4/5 stars Average price: €19

2010 Neethlingshof Estate – The Owl Post – Stellenbosch (100% Pinotage; Hungarian oak): Viola, black fruit, vanilla and pepper aromas – dry, full-bodied, rich, elegant.

Rating 3.5/5 stars Average price: €15

2011 K. Keller - Riesling Trocken - Rheinhessen Qba2011 K. Keller – Riesling Trocken – Rheinhessen QbA (100% Riesling; stainless steel): On the nose lime zest, stones and grapefruit – dry, clean, fresh, medium-high acidity, light very mineral – good value Riesling.

Rating 3.5/5 stars Average price: €14

2008 Poderi Aldo Conterno – Ciccala – Barolo Bussia DOCG (100% Nebbiolo; Slavonian oak): Complex nose with aromas of cinnamon, cardamon, sweet red fruits, cherries, and herbs – dry, full-bodied, lots of tannins tannins, slightly mineral, medium-high acidity, notes of red fruits and liquorice – very good wine with lots of potential but QPR could be better.

Rating 4.5/5 stars Average price: €108

2013 Santadi – Pedraia – Nuragus di Cagliari DOC (100% Nuragus; stainless steel/cement vats): Herbal, nutty nose – dry, slightly mineral, low-medium acidity, a bit alcoholic – nothing spectacular but good wine for that price.

Rating: 2.5/5 stars Average price: €8

2009 Fatalone – Primitivo – Gioia del Colle DOC (100% Primitivo; French oak): Intense, forest fruit-dominated nose – dry, warm, slightly alcoholic, full-bodied – balance could be a bit better but over all a solid everyday wine.

Rating 3/5 stars Average price: €14

2009 Aldo Conterno – Il Favot – Langhe Nebbiolo DOC (100% Nebbiolo; Slavonian oak): Aromas of sour cherries, blueberries, strawberries, vanilla – dry, high acidity, rather tannic, medium-body, notes of leather and red fruit – QPR could be better.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars Average price: €46

2013 Finca In Anna - In Anna Tempranillo - La Mancha DO2013 Finca In Anna – In Anna Tempranillo – La Mancha DO (100% Tempranillo; cement vats): Aromas of cherry liquor and plums – dry green, tannic, crisp, slightly fruity, light body – overall rather disputing wine which I won’t buy again .

Rating 2/5 stars Retails in Munich for €16.90 (No Wine Searcher entry available)

2012 Schlosskellerei von Schubert – Herrenberg Kabinett – Mosel (100% Riesling; stainless steel): Sweet, fruity nose with aromas of peaches, apricot and gooseberry – off-dry, fruity, mineral.

Rating: 3/5 stars Average price: €14

2013 Schloss Wackerbarth – Müller Thurgau – Sachsen (100% Müller Thurgau; stainless steel): Closed nose with little fruit but a mineral touch – dry, crisp, notes of bitter almonds.

Rating: 2.5/5 stars Average price: €10.30

2009 Jechtingen – Grauer Burgunder Spätlese Trocken– Baden (100% Grauburgunder; French oak) Oak-dominated nose – dry, very oaky, full-bodied – good wine but too oaky for me.

Rating: 3.5/5 Retails in Munich for €25

2010 Tokara – Director’s Reserve Red – Stellenbosch (72% Cabernet-Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec; French oak): Blackcurrant, ripe cherries, herbs, mint, and blueberries on the nose – dry, closed, a bit green, medium-body, medium acidity, good balance – has potential but I excepted more for this price.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars Average price: €26

This concludes this month’s Mini Reviews. My wine of the month was without a doubt the 2001 Bodegas La Rioja Alota Vina Ardanza (click to read my tasting notes) – absolutely fell in love with this Rioja. What was your wine of the month?



6 comments on “Mini Reviews: October 2014”

  1. Bill Dufton Reply

    Thanks for these. I’m already trying to source the Fatalone. Plus, it reminds me that i don’t sample enough German wines.
    My fave this past month was a 2005 Conde san Cristobal Ribera del Deuro. It made me wish that I purchased more of this style of wine. Maybe a bit more woody than some would like – balanced though for me with herbs and spices. Made me feel like I was there.

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Thanks for stopping by, Bill!
      I’m not familiar with the Conde San Cristobal Ribera del Duero. The last couple of months I’ve been diving more and more into the world of Spanish wines and so I’d love to try this wine. Will see if it’s available in Munich.

      Please let me know how you like the Primitivo from Fatalone. I think it has a good QPR and I buy it regularly. Cheers!

  2. Sean P. Reply

    The Barolo sounds great but gosh that price tag!! You can buy Barolo here for £20!!

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