Sunday, 29 April 2012

TN : Catena Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Bodega Catena Zapata, Agrelo Appellation, Mendoza, Argentina

All of the grapes were hand harvested. The vineyard soils consist of nine metres of 30% sand, 40% silt, and 30% clay, over round rocks. The wine spent one year in a combination of French and American oak. The winemaker was Alejandro Vigil.

This wine was imported by Vinunic AB.

Colour : Deep blackberry

Aroma : Blueberry, blackcurrant, herbs, oak

Taste : Coffee, liqourice, blackcurrant, blueberry, drying tannins and herbs on finish

Alcohol : 13.5%

Price : 129 SEK

Mark : B-

Website : Bodega Catena Zapata

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

TN : Studert Pruem Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spaetlese 2007, Mosel, Germany

The owners of Weingut Studert Pruem are Gehard and Stephan Pruem.

This wine was imported by Granqvist Agentur.

Colour : Very pale straw

Aroma : Honey, lemon, minerals, green apples

Taste : White grapes, honey, lime, minerals on finish

Alcohol : 8.5%

Price : 99 SEK

Website : Weingut Studert Pruem

TN : Girard Old Vine Zinfandel 2009, Girard, Napa Valley, California, USA

The winemaker was Marco Digiulio. This wine spent 14 months in oak of which 85% was French and 15% was American. 40% of the barrels were new, 40% were one year old, and 20% was two years old.

This wine was imported by Terrific Wines AB.

Colour : Dark red, blue hues

Aroma : Blueberry, blackberry, raisins, mint, white pepper

Taste : Blueberry, blackberry, fruity, mint, oily texture, pepper and raisins on finish

Alcohol : 15.5%

Price : 159 SEK

Mark : B-

Website : Girard Winery

TN : Tenuta Belguardo 2008, Marchesi Mazzei, Maremma, Tuscany, Italy

This wine is a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc. The total acidity of the wine is 5.9%. The vineyards for this wine are located at an alititude of 70 to130 metres with a south ot south-westerly exposure. The soil is ocmposed of mainly sandstone. The average age of the vines is eleven years. The canopy management system used is spur cordon training. The vine density is 6,600 vines per hectare. All of the grapes were hand picked from september 9th, for the Cabernet Sauvignon, and from september 12th, for the Cabernet Franc. The temperature at alcoholic fermentation was between 28 and 30 degrees. There was a period of maceration of 18 days. The wine spent 18 months in small 225 litre french oak barrels of which 70% were new.The wine was bottles in October 2010. 16,000 bottles were produced.

This wine was imported by Johan Lidby Vinhandel AB.

Colour : Deep red, blue hues

Aroma : Cherries, oak, vanilla, blackcurrant, herbs, tobacco

Taste : Cherries, oak, vanilla, milk chocolate, blackcurrants, tobacco, herbs

Alcohol : 14%

Price : 249 SEK

Mark : B

Website : Marchesi Mazzei

TN ; Poggio Rosato Toscana 2011, Poggio Argentiera, Tuscany, Italy

This wine is a blend of 80% Sangiovese, 105 Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.

This wine was imported by Mondo Wine Sweden AB.

Colour : Bright strawberry pink

Aroma : Raspberry, herbs, strawberry

Taste : Herbs, strawberry, raspberry. bitter acidic finish

Alcohol : 12.5%

Price : 209 SEK (3 Litre Bag-in-Box)

Mark : C

Website : Poggio Argentiera

Monday, 9 April 2012

TN ; Kaesler Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia

The grapes for this wine come from the Matthew's Block which was planted in 1985. The soil is red brown loam over clay. The winemaker was Reid Bosward.

This wine was imported by Divine AB.

Colour : Deep blackcurrant

Aroma : Blackcurrant, coffee, liquorice, burnt toast

Taste : Fruity, mint, coffee, blackcurrant, vanilla, burnt toast and cherries on finish

Alcohol : 15.5%

Price : 219 SEK

Mark : B

Website : Kaesler Vineyards and Winery

Friday, 6 April 2012

TN : Clos de los Siete 2008 by Michel Rolland, Mendoza, Argentina

This wine is a blend of 56% Malbec, 21% Merlot, 105 Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Syrah, and 2% Petit Verdot.

Colour : Dark blackberry

Aroma : Milk chocolate, blackberry, plums

Taste : Blackberry, plums, milk chocolate, spice, raspy oak on finish

Alcohol : 14.5%

Price : 13,90 Euro (Silja Shops Tax Free)

Mark : C+

Website : Rolland Collection

TN : Hoepler Erwein St. Laurent 2007, Burgenland, Austria

The Hoepler winery is loated in Breitenbrunn, South East of Vienna on the West bank of lake Neusiedl. Every tenth bottle of Austrian wine exported to the USA is from Hoepler.

This wine was sealed with a screwcap.

Colour : Dark cherry

Aroma : Cherry, oak, spice, coffee

Taste : Cherry, spice, violets, blueberry, raspberry

Alcohol : 13%

Price : 12,90 Euro (Silja Shops Tax Free)

Mark : C

Website : Hoepler

Thursday, 5 April 2012

TN : La Parinna 2010, IGT, Gancia Parinna, Maremma, Tuscany, Italy

This wine is  a blend of 30% Sangiovese, 205 Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Syrah.

This wine was imported by Interbrands Sweden AB.

Colour : Dark red, black cherry

Aroma : Vanilla, spice, herbs, cherries

Taste : Cherry, spice, herbs

Alcohol : 14%

Price : 259 SEK (3 litre bag-in-box)

Mark : C

Website : Gancia Parinna

TN : Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, Napa Valley, California, USA

This wine is a blend of 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Merlot. All the grapes were harvested between the 4th September and 8th October 2008. The wine underwent maturation for one and a half years in French oak of which 55% was new. The winemaker was Nicki Pruss. The wine is named after the Greek goddess of the hunt who is often pictured with a stag at her side. Stag's Leap Wine Callars was founded in 1970 by Warren Winiarski whose 1973 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon won first place in the 1976 Judgement of Paris tasting.

This wine was imported by Ward Wines AB.

Colour : Deep purple/blackcurrant

Aroma : Mint, blackcurrant, coffee

Taste : Blackcurrant, coffee, mint, milk chocolate, cedar on finish

Alcohol : 14.5%

Price : 319 SEK

Mark : B

Website : Stag's Leap Wine Cellars