domenica 30 giugno 2013

Viogner and Condrieu… Coleman and Cherry
Today was quite a boring winter day, I spent my morning reading about Don Cherry and his trumpet, an  awesome musician. I remember his music when I was in love with Ornette Coleman "Something else" "Tomorrow is the question" and "The shape of jazz to come" beautiful albums where Don Cherry show his beautiful talent. After that i bought some of his music and a Movie where he did the sound track Holy Mountain made by Alejandro Jodorowsky.
When i was back home i started to cook and I told to my wife to go and buy a bottle of Viogner around 50 bucks, she came back with a Domain Georges Vernay Viogner Le Pied de Samson 2011.
It was perfectly aromatic, peach, apricot and mushroom character on the nose mineral and tasty with lovely oily texture, some herbal, mint, sage; for sure not a reductive at all, very expressive wine but really enjoyable. Apparently Le Pied De Samson it is a lieux-dit located 300 meters above the town of Condrieu; this altitude exclude them from the Condrieu AOC. So we are there, where the expansive Viogner come from…. Thanks to my wife and Don Cherry made my day…. CHEERS, KAMPAE.

lunedì 17 giugno 2013

Chardonnay and Pinot noir, France and California on south appellation Macconais and Santa Barbara county...

Last night I had a dinner an event in Melbourne called Borrowed space. I had two wines a Chardonnay From Macconais a Poully fuisse by Verget in the plot "Terroir de Vergisson" which means limestone soil and produce wines with good balance, thanks to begin grown at a higher elevation than is usual for Poully Fuisse.
Only 20% new wood. Citrus, floral and orchard fruit, got some more saline notes and more stone fruit character with some air. Excellent clarity and persistence. Texture in the palate concentrated medium weight with a long finish in palate with toasty and buttery perception.
The next wine was Byron vineyard in Santa Barbara county in California. A sustainable farming methods is the key of the philosophy of the winery, all the picking are hand made form a small plot of vineyards in the finest Santa Barbara. 
Maritime climate with a mix of continental; the classic mesoclimate of the vast major part of California coast AVA.
A fresh bright nose, red and dark pinot fruit, balsamic hint of menthol and crushed herb. Clean, pure and attractive with a dusty finish and good balance. Typical floral/mineral character of Santa Barbara Pinot Noir with a warm a dry 2010.
          Some of the food we had byAdam Liston & Joel Alderson
                                                                          Broken chocolate biscuit, ice cream and salted caramel
cured eeel, salted grapes and squid ink mayonaise.

domenica 16 giugno 2013

I never post on my personal diary tasting, a wine which I didn't enjoyed but this time I a need to do this… I was in a rush this afternoon, I stop at the bottle shop to buy a bottle of wine and bring to a friend of mine … So I saw some Barolo was a bit expensive and went to the shell on Tuscany section I saw this Valdicava and I know James Suckling like this one. I never like his way to describe the wine so i never take him serious but this time a said to myself let me give him a chance, INFACT I didn't enjoyed this Brunello di Montalcino completely over extracted dark fruit lots of sweet spice and lots of oak tannin I'll say a wine like Michelle Roland doing in France… So Mr Suckling i was just on impression you don't like real wine or perhaps you really didn't get the means of world terroir… So please stop to infected the web with your recommendation… Because this Brunello doesn't have nothing to do with Sangiovese Grosso and Brunello style.

sabato 15 giugno 2013

Central Otago is the coolest wine region and one of the most south southerly wine regions in the world.   It's a continental climate with hot summer and cold winter and hot summer days and cold nights. The local mesoclimates turn out to be suitable for a Pinot Noir. Most winery a less than a decade old with the successful Pinot Noir joined by Pinot gris, Sauvignon blanc, Riesling and Chardonnay.

Felton Road single vineyard Calvert in Bannockburn in Central otago 2010 was a bit over extract with pronounced nose of red fruit quite ripe and some beautiful red berries but quite tight wood spice and hint of leather. On the plate quite classic new world Pinot Noir structure long savory with a slightly sweetness mask by the oak.
Felton Road Beginning with meticulous site selection and vineyard design started in 1991, Felton Road's story is one of refusal to compromise. A strict 100% estate policy with fully organic and biodynamic viticulture (Demeter certified) ensures that our fruit arrives at the winery as pure as it can be, while our entire estate comes as close to true sustainability as is possible. A commitment to hands off winemaking: gravity flow, wild yeasts, wild malo, an avoidance of fining and filtration all help preserve the wine's expression of its terroir. No additions or adjustments are performed unless they absolutely need to be. The result is Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir which we believe express the authenticity and complexity of our unique vineyards. From their website..

 Next Pinot was Rippon one of the pioneering of Central Otago, but they are located quite a distance from the main regions, are at the bordering with lake Wanaka. They farm their vines biodinamically, different plot are separated in different parcels with different exposition and level of altitude. All the vineyards however are in a gentle slopes facing the lake Wanaka which  moderate the temperature acting as a mirror to reheat in winter time and warm the temperature in the cool nights. 
The 2009 pinot are bright in colour very translucent full of strawberry, red plum and cherry caracther savory and spice with velvety tannin and distinct minerality on the palate.
From my old post a year ago
Recently i had the chance to try two a beautiful pinot noir from a cool climate region  Central Otago in New Zeland on the bottom of the south island really concentrate in color with a great finesse, precise fruitiness as a cherry and mulberry jam. My mouth was full of fruit with a perfect smooth tannin, show at the back of the mouth a great acidity integrate with the aging of  the time spend in barrel some fine licorice and spiciness as pepper and cinnamon. Burn Cottage is the name of the  very new winery in Central Otago raising up from a few metal rock guys with a great C.V. in the field of winemaking, very harsh rock'n roll Pinot noir, hopefully the god of the rock'n roll bless them. 
                                                         Central Otago and Television

domenica 9 giugno 2013

The climate in the Chablis region is mostly influenced by the continental climate of the Saône region. The average annual temperature is around 11°. It is not uncommon for the region to experience minimum evening temperatures of -20° or -25° in January, and evening temperatures below 0° at the end of April and the beginning of May. Favorable daytime temperatures of above 10° begin in mid-April and end around the beginning of October. The town of Chablis lies in the valley of river Serein, surrounded by hills, in the best sites it is limestone overlaid with a layer of Kimmeridgian clay, which is very rich in marine fossils. 
Lately I enjoyed this small vigneron Lauren Tribut his Cote de Lechet 2011,was quite interesting. The wine was immediately appealing, crispy and lively, with lovely fruit, lemony aromas, spice apple flowers, smokiness, toasty flavor and direct minerality with shellfish, limestone and button mushroom good balance with a silky finish and precise and energetic acidity with a good potential aging.

Laurent Tribut married Marie-Clotilde Dauvissat, the daughter of René Dauvissat, he joined the family ́s wine- making tradition. Long ago the Dauvissat ́s had purchased excellent A.O.C. Chablis vineyards adjoining their own premier cru, to give their children the opportunity to become viticulturists.
Laurent, Marie-Clotilde, and their children live only a few miles from René Dauvissat, in a large, restored farmhouse, with vineyards behind the property. Laurent is a good- natured man whose love of the vineyards is expressed in careful viticulture, using the minimum application of fertilizers and phytosanitary treatments.
In addition to 7.907 acres of A.O.C. Chablis, which is a superb parcel of kimmeridjian soil adjacent to Dauvissat ́s own vineyards, Tribut owns the following premier cru vineyards:
Chablis Beauroy
 Chablis Montmains 
Chablis Côte de Léchet
Yields are kept to 50 hectoliters per hectare, and the harvest is done by hand. 

 Cote de Lechet is a superb premeir cru with very high slopes and good sun exposition the soil are limestone on the surface thus make Chablis in this cru rich and full of minerality but they need time to express their characteristic.
 The second Chablis I had late was a negotiant William Fevre owner by Bouchard Perè and Fils which is located a Beaune in Cote D'or. Impeccable quality technicality and expression of the terroir are their distinctive character. 
The wines was a Montmains premeir cru 2010 
slightly toasty, floral nose ample and tight in minerality with more silkiness in the palate well structured and refined precise in the finsh, very lively wine.
Montamains is a splendid premier cru which give wines crunchiness energy and minerality; well exposed as well with a mixture of clay and limestone and layer of shellfish in dept.

sabato 1 giugno 2013

Les Choisilles 2009

Grape varieties: Chenin Blanc (Pineau de Loire)
Byodinamic system, none of chemicals have been used in the vines, just working on the soil with organic matter and prepared compost.
Density 6600 ceps per hectare.
Age of the vines 30 to 90 years old.
Income are 43 hectoliters for hectare.
Soil are silex, clay, limestone and Tuffeau named les Choisiless.
Training system Guyot and gobelet.
Harvest manual in different times on the field.

Today I had this superb wine from Montlouis sur Loire in Touraine district in Loire region. Quite gold in color not really clear and lucid with a complexity viscosity. The nose was youthful but to use an oximoron was developing... note of honey, mushroom, candid citrus character, ripe yellow fruit good balance with a present acidity musk by some residual sugar. Petrol nose, flinty and limestone some undertone of charcoal. Mouthful with deep length and complexity… Need some age to show is best but great chenin blanc.. Outstanding