Winter is upon us and it's cold, snowy and you just want to stay inside. What should you put in your wine glass, you ask? Well how about a fine and delicius red wine from Germany? This weeks wine is from a good friend from Pfalz.
The beautiful Villa Wolf is situated just on the other side of the more famous Burklin-Wolf winery in Pfalz. For a long time it was going backwards but in 2011 new owners and leadership came in and ever since the level of quality has been on the rise. Now they deliver some of the fines Pfalz wines we get here in Norway and their Spätburgunder, or Piont Noir as they label it, is a super wine and not expensive at all. Sumi Gebauer and her friends at Villa Wolf really know what they are doing. You can see for yourself about 16 minutes into our episode from Germany:
Villa Wolf Pinot Noir 2017 - 149,90
Super and delicate red wine from the Pfalz. Fruity on the nose with the typical hints of raspberries and strawberries, but also hints of the forrest. Good structure in the mouth, something I often finds lacking in German Pinots. Long and delicious in the mouth with berris dominating. A super wine to drink without food, just use to comfort yourself in the cold weather!
Bordeaux used to be among the most exclusive and trendy wines in the world. They're still exclusive, but others have entered the trend throne. This leaves us with some of the greatest wines produced, at fantastic prices.
Our wine of the week is this 11 year old bottle. Perfectly matured, ripe and at its peak right now.
For years one of my favourite producers have been Domaine Jamet from northern Rhone. I have tasted most of their wines and they have always impressed. Now there is a new Jamet in Town and he's out to impress.
Brothers Jean-Luc and Jean-Paul Jamet went their separate ways in 2013 where Jean-Paul have kept the old famliy Domaine. Jean-Luc sold most of his grapes to a cooperative until 2016. From then all his grapes have been kept and he now has four wines available in Norway. Three reds and one white. It's the white that I have selected for this weeks wine.
A blend of Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier grapes from vines grown on Granitic Argileux soils. Personally I love the Marsanne- and Roussanne-driven white wines from the Rhone Valley, but have often been dissapointed by the Viognier grape. So I tasted this wine with both great expectations and some intrepidation. I needent have worried though as this was a great wine.
Jean Luc Jamet Cotes De Rhone Blanc Couzou 2017 - 279,90
Outstanding white Northern Rhône Wine. Lemons, nuts, oranges on the nose. Great minerality and freshness in the mouth. Needs an hour to open up and be fully ready, but then you will be revarded with a great drinking experience.
This beauty from Burgundy delivers on many levels. Looks - Flavours - Price and Tax Free.
It's my favourite wine quest; finding gold at excellent prices. And when digging for whites in Burgundy, you'll always be searching for the ones that imitate Mersault and Montrachet. The famous and legendary top whites of the region.
Louis Jadot is a major producer in Burgundy, but still makes great wines. This is a straight up simple bottle of white, but it has all I'm craving in a budget Burgundy.
Note that the bottle in the picture (Les Remparts) is available at Gardermoen's tax free store at a whooping 149kr.
Vinmonopolet carries "Couvent des Jacobins". The two versions more or less taste the same.
The beautiful colours of autumn are upon us and the weather has turned. The cool winds bring makes me choose red rather than the white wines that has accompanied us during the summer. This week I have gone for a classic.
Situated in the heart of the Haut-Médoc, on the edge of the appellation Saint Julien and since 1793 the domain of Lanessan has belonged to the same family. The vineyard area extends to 40 hectares (99 acres), with a grape variety distribution of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. An average of 220,000 bottles of the Grand vinare produced per year.
Ch. Lanessan 2008 269,90 kr
Classic Bordeaux. Pepper and paprika on the nose. Very delicate and noble. You get the feeling that this is something with history.
Good structure in the mouth where the vegetable notes continue. It has elegance and grace. A sort of hint of days of yore when this was served at the fines tables in the world.
Perfect with a medium rare entrecôte!
This week we travel to majestic Argentina to explore a range of wines and styles, all from the same house - Bodega Catena.
Bodega Catena is situated in Argentinas prime wine region Mendoza. The iconic winery is shaped like a pyramid, with architect techniques from the Mayan culture. The backdrop is the mighty Andes mountains, that sets the scene of the growing environment for the grapes.
As indicated on the label, Catena wines come from high altitudes vineyards ranging from 800 meters to 1500 meters above sea level. This is very high for vineyards, no matter where in the world you are. And the altitude affects the grapes, and then again the wines.
The main variety in Argentina is the Malbec grape, that produces red wines. For whites it's the world famous Chardonnay grape that rule. Some obscure varieties are found in whites, but we're not focusing on them. Cabernet Sauvignon is popular and some Pinot Noir is also used for reds.
Our wine of the week pick
Other tasting notes
October is upon us an the weather has turned. With the chill of fall it’s easy to get out the lovely reds from the wine cupboard and let the whites rest. And for my taste there is nothing that says autumn like a great Barbera from Piemonte!
Elio Altare is famous in Piemonte for being one of the pioneers of the modernist there in the 70s. His Barolo were not as tannic as the more traditional Barolos and he was a big part of the controversy between the modernist and the traditionalists. But today I want to focus on his Barbera, which I love! The Barbera grape is perfect for this season. It’s fleshy and fine with softer tannins and great acidity that makes it perfect with the food we enjoy now.
Elio Altare Barbera d'Alba 2017 - 285,- kr
Outstanding Barbera. Let it breathe for an hour in a carafe before drinking. Red berries and Forrest floor on the nose. Very elegant in the mouth, with mushroom, red berries, flowers and herbs. Works very well with Turkey.
We’ve had a very special weekend with a premiere for our first Documentary film “The Rock and Roll Dream” at this years film festival in Bergen. It’s was a big success and to celebrate we decided to get a bottle from one of our favourite producers.
As most of you know we love a good Cremant de Bourgogne and the ones from Louis Bouillot have long been a favourite. But when we traveled to Burgundy to make a story of the Cremant’s we also tasted som very special vintage Cremant’s. These are now available in Norway and they are great.
The Blanc the Noirs 2005 that is available here is a part of the Las Grand Terroirs series from Bouillot. 100 % Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin this wine feels so exclusive and find and is a real find at only 239,- kr.
Louis Bouillot Crém. de Bourg. Extra Brut 2005 - 239,90
Fist ting we notice is that the usual pop we get when opening the bottle is not as loud as expected. Is the bottle not good? Fortunately the wine is fine. The bubbles are small and there aren’t that much, but enough to enhance the wine. On the nose you get some red berries, baked goods and ripe red apples. Nice and elegant in the mouth with a distinct red berries feeling. Very elegant and long. A super, super wine.
The french region of Savoie is a forgotten gem in many ways. Located just east of Lyon, tucked away in the majestic Alps, it has long been in the shadow of the world famous Burgundy region.
This remarkable bottle from the Loire Valley in France, features a transformation much like nature undergoes during autumn. While all wines change with air, this one takes on a whole new personality as days goes by. Starting with an intriguing mix of light red berries and darker ones. On day two, if you managed to save some, it will have turned in to forrest notes. Displaying smells of wet earth, leaves, mushrooms and sweet red berries. On the third day I got some black berries and more sandy tones.
Extremely fascinating wine!