Wine of the week
This week we've found an Italian bargain from 2009 for you. This now 11 year old bottle from Tuscany, holds a lot of power and delicious flavours, at a ridiculously low price.
2009 was an excellent vintage in Italy, with a 9/10 on the official rating. This really shows in this wine. Yummy to enjoy on it's own, and even better with food.
Wine of the week
The 2016 vintage from Bordeaux has an official rating of 10/10. Thats rare. It's a unique vintage in many ways, producing wines that both drink well young and some that need 30 years + in the cellar.
Renovned wine shop BBR - Berry Bros & Rudd in London starts by saying:
"The 2016 Bordeaux vintage is one of the most unique and exciting vintages in recent memory. From the barrel samples we tasted, the takeaway is that the wines possess elegance, glorious ripe red fruit, silky tannins, lower alcohol than in previous years and vitality. The energy of these wines is their selling point, with many displaying a pleasing freshness which will delight lovers of traditional Claret. "
Our wine of the week is one of those bottels who drink very well now, but can also be stored for years to come. It gives you an idea of what potential this vintage has.
Wine of the week
Our wine of the week is a Norwegian Cider - the crown jewel of our apple production in Hardanger. The quality of Norwegian cider has reached amazing levels over the last decade and the 2019 harvest doesn't disappoint. It's now in stores and if you're like me, you wanna enjoy the cider while it's at its freshest.
Alde is one of the top producers of cider in Hardanger and for this bottle they use three sorts of apples: Discovery - Aroma - Gravenstein.
The new year is here and you want to save a little in January, understandable. But a glass of wine now and then is something you don't want to give up, also understandable. Fortunately there is a good way to both save money and enjoy a nice glass of wine once in a while without opening a new bottle every time you want to have a glass.
Luca Roagnas wines are some of our favourite wines and has featured here befor as wine of the week. Then it was the excellent Langhe Rosso we recomended and we still do. But this week we will recommend his BiB.
In this box is a wine that is 100 % Barbera from vineyards around Asti. It is a Selezione Luca Roagna, so not from vinyards that Luca himself owns, but from fields that are owned by his friends. Every year Luca accompanies his frinds in these fields and finds vines that have the right age and quality that he wants and makes this fine wine. As with all of Lucas wines the quality shines through here as well and the result is something that is great with both food and if you just want a glass one afternoon.
Barbera Piemonte Selezione Luca Roagna 2018 - 499,90 kr
Deep purple colour, nice an rich. A lovely bouqet. Cherry, red plum, spices and mushrooms on the nose. Red cherrys and a lovely structure in the mouth. The acidity is really finely integrated and makes the wine a great food wine. This is a superb pizza wine and will also be great with pasta.
Wine of the week
For our final wine of the week we head to sunny Bekaa (Beqaa) Valley in Lebanon. Situated about 40 km East of Beirut, this fertile agricultural area has produced excellent wines for decades. With an elevation of 1000 meters it holds an exiting micro climate that has proved excellent for wine producers such as Chateau Musar.
The winery was established by Gaston Hochar back in 1930, after returing from Bordeaux, and is today run by his two sons Ronald and Serge.
They're world famous for their top wine named "Chateau Musar". This is their second wine called "Musar Jeune". Made by 45% Syrah, 45% Cinsault and 10 Cabarnet Sauvignon. Different from its big brother, this one has been stored in concrete tanks, not oak.
It's a very versatile wine, suitable for most situations. Drink alone or paired with many types of food. It's a lot of wine for the price of 209kr.
It drinks well now, but will improve with 2-3 years of storage. I'm putting a couple in my cellar for 5 years + :)
Wine of the week
Our wines of the week comes from Argentina, where they have spent years the cellar before shipping out to the world. This makes for a great opportunity.
At a very affordable price you get to try fairly old wines and explore singel varieties from a great winemaker. And what better time to try this, than Christmas.
Pop a few bottles and taste what ageing does to a wine, and how different the famous Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes really taste. It's quite fun and even better when tasting together.
These are available in several stores around the country.
What to drink at Christmas? One of the questions we get so often here at KulTour. When it comes to wine with dinner check out our podcasts from last year where we recommend wines for all of Christmas. One type of wine we recommended last year was Port for the cakes and desserts. This weeks wine is from a producer more famous for his ports than his regular wines.
The 2017 vintage for Port Wine is the stuff of legendes! Our good friend Tom Martinsen has written a great article for the superb wine website Nattverden where he explains why this vintage is so good and what wines you should focus on. The best have already been bought I'm afraid but there are still some great wines to be found and at a bargain price, so have a look at you local vinmonopol and try to get some for your collections. But it wasn't just the port wines that were great this year. The regular wines were also exceptional something this weeks wine is proof of.
Crasto Douro Red 2017 - 159,90 kr
Made from Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca and Tinta Barroca grapes. Flavours of dark, dark berries. The fruit really stands out as superb. Very jucy and good to drink. Tannins are fine and not as dominant as they often are in young Portugese wines. Great to drink alone but will handle meat dishes as well. Maybe try it with game?
WINE OF THE WEEK
Wine is a very nice present, and you can almost be sure that it won't end up stacked away in the basement. However for this particular bottle, a few years in the basement is not such a bad idea.
We get a lot of questions on wine, and some wanna know what bottles to buy for storing. Meaning wines that will improve with ageing. It's a good and complex question that depends on many factors such as grape variety, growing conditions, how the weather was that particular year, production methods, country etc etc. So here is a good tip for the holiday season:
Montesecondo Chianti Classico vintage 2015 is a remarkable bottle of wine from the Chianti region in Italy. 2015 was an excellent year for wine growers in this area. It's rated 9 out of 10 in the official rating system and is still a very young wine.
This means that if you open it now and taste the wine, it will not be as great as it could be. There are a number of reasons for this, but I will not bore you with the details :)
But these are the three reasons for you to consider buying it:
1. Christmas gift for the collector
A wine lover will recognise the producer and the vintage, and put it in the cellar/wine fridge for 5-10 years.
2. You can drink it now
If you're not into storing wines you can drink it now. Adding air to the wine will ripen it faster, making it drinkable now. Pour it into a carafe and let it breath for 3-4 hours.
3. It's a bargain
Clocking in at only 235kr this is a scoop.
Note that the vintage selling at Vinmonopolet varies between 2015 and 2016. Both are good, but 15 is best. 2015 needs more storage, while 2016 is more drinkable now.
A great ting about autumn is all the good food that we indulge ourselves at this time of the year. Lamb, mushrooms and super apples are something we in Norway particularly fond of at this time of the year and this weeks wine is great with lamb.
One of the first regions I fell in love with whenit comes to wine was the Tuscan Vino Nobile the Montepulciano. One thing was the name, it just sounded great! But also liked the fresh, firm and cherry-like flavours and one of the best producers was Avignonesi. Since 2009 Virginie Saverys have run this great wine house and has worked hard to bring ecological priciples to the vineyards, where the ultimate goal is to start producing biodynamical soon.
The terroir is mostly clay, sand, silt and limestone. he plants are between 10 and 40 years old and give a beautiful rubyred wine.
Avignonesi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2015 - 289,90 kr
A wine that brings back such great memories. The colour surprises me a little. It's transparent and not as dark as I would have expected from a 100 % Sangiovese. Cherry, Leather and forrest floor on the nose. Lovely acidity and soft tannins as always from Tuscany. Very rich and full. Cherry dominates in the mouth with hints of butcher's, herbs and mushrooms. A superb wine with food. Try it with lamb!
Last week we had a Kultour Live Show in Northern Norway. An evening with food and wines from our adventures around the world.
The wine we selected for our mushroom lasagna, turned out to be the best food pairing of the night. It's a great wine from Piedmont, good availability around the country and at a very affordable price. It's made from a mix of grapes (Dolcetto 25%, Freisa 5%, Nebbiolo 30%, Barbera 35%, Pinot Nero 3%) and stands out as a versatile food companion.