Archive for the Gold Records Category

Mairena Reserve Bonarda 2008, Mendoza, Argentina

I had hoped my trip to Argentina would be a journey of Bonarda discovery since we get so little of it up here in Canada. The 2008 Mairena Reserve Bonarda was a real eye-opener,as it was clearly superior to any Bonarda I had previously tried. After I sampled it a restaurant, I made an effort to meet with the winemaker, because I was so impressed. Sadly the timing did not work out. I will have to wait until my next trip to Argentina for that visit. I do not think Mairena has wide distribution, but Read more [...]

Andeluna Reserve Chardonnay 2009, Mendoza, Argentina

My tasting notes for the 2009 Andeluna Reserve Chardonnay start like this: “Opposite of cold weather chard.”  I love chardonnay like any other grape, but my beef with some chards labelled cold weather is that they hide behind their climate to excuse their flat fruit and uninspiring aromas. This wine is from Mendoza Argentina, not from a cold weather climate, and oh joy! it does not have flat fruit or a boring nose!  (and by the way you can make exciting, vibrant chard in climates that start Read more [...]

Maula Sauvignon Blanc, Mendoza, Argentina

This is a great wine.  I had the pleasure of trying the Maula Sauvignon Blanc with the vineyard's winemaker, Romina Carparelli.  It was difficult on the spot not to gush on about how much I enjoyed the wine as she might have thought I was just pandering for a bit more.  I conferred with my travel mate and professsional sommelier Linda Susnik on these notes, just to make sure I wasn't off my mark. The nose was quite interesting, citrus yes, but more bitter notes than usual: like some rind Read more [...]

Casa de la Ermita, Trio of Reds, Jumilla, Spain

Hailing from a wine region of Spain that may or may not be familiar to casual wine drinkers called Jumilla comes the great winemaking house, Casa de la Ermita. Producing some organic and non organic wines from varieties you may or may not associate more with France than the Iberian kingdom.  I am always interested in displaced grapes, and for the second year in a row I have tasted their wine and really dug them all.  This year three of the Reds have made it to the bottleDJ blog along with a Casa Read more [...]

Taittinger Cuvée Prestige Brut Rosé Champagne, France

Sometimes a Champagne Supernova comes in pink. The Taittinger Cuvée Prestige Brut Rosé comes in a shade of pink that seems to come from Monet's garden. More pastel than fluorescent, this wine smells of typical clean, Champagne French Chardonnay with some berry accents. This non vintage product brings some character to the fine tradition of Champagne wine. With respectable mouthfeel and carbonation, the wine is enhanced by the the addition of just enough red wine to colour the champagne. In terms Read more [...]

Weingut Heinrich Blaufrankisch 2007, Burgenland, Austria

So wines from Germany and Austria are sweet and white right? Wrong. I keep hearing rumblings of fine Pinot Noir from Germany and Austria, particularly in Burgenland, produce great quality dry, open reds with good body. My 2007 Heinrich Blaufrankisch started out with some austere fruit and slightly musty fragrances. In the mouth the wine opened up with plum, apricot, blackberry, green pepper and some pleasant black pepper and mineral on the end. Not smooth and silky, this wine opens up with angles Read more [...]
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