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 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 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?