domingo, 5 de julho de 2020

Houdamond Pinotage 2015

This wine is produced by Bellevue winery in South Africa and commercialized with this label by Marks & Spencer.

Soil , red fruits, summer flowers in the aromas.

Compact, the plum and coffee stands out followed by raisins that float like bubble tea, chocolate, black pepper. It's too much for a wine? Is it tutti frutti? It's colored, it's punchy, it pushes everything in controlled turmoil.

Ratting: ★★★

domingo, 21 de junho de 2020

Weingut Robert Weil Riesling 2018

Summer fruits, melon, white peach, lychees. flowers in the aromas.

Dry, crispy, reminiscent of red Portuguese "Vinho Verde"  with the tinny bubbles throbbing as the liquid passes into the mouth. Peach glues like chewing gum mixed with mineral salts. Is it super alive, a little anise stands and some lychees as well, humm, this is a pleasure to drink.

Ratting: ★★★

sexta-feira, 29 de maio de 2020

Sierra Cantabria Colleccíon Privada 2014

Black fruits, raisins, cherries, plum in the aromas.

Really enjoyed it is not that extra heavy full body that drown the senses. It is a layered rainbow cake of cherries, plum, raisins, licorice, wood contact, English cake, delicious.

Finishes thin and long.

Ratting: ★★★

Pascual Toso Malbec 2016

Colorful red aroma wrapped in raspberry.

Cassis, raspberry, a plateau of raspberries that turns into something hot and spicy, you can feel the contact with wood, some vanilla hints topped by milk chocolate.

Enjoyed the balance, the twists the character change.

Ratting: ★★★

domingo, 19 de abril de 2020

Costa di Bussia Barolo 2015

Made from Nebbiolo.

Black fruits, anise, wood and some flowers in the aromas. Very strong sensory interaction.

I liked its sense of lightness, still bright, in contrast with the smoked and spicy and warm sensation. Plums and raisins, some nuts floating with a splash of anise in the back.

Ratting: ★★★

Amarone 2011

Made from a blend of Corvina, Rondinella, Corvinone, Molinara and Oseleta. Plenty of red fruits, toasted oak and smoke in the aromas.

It is chemical and smoked. The smoky sensation keeps its presence as well as, the oak contact, such weight is balanced by the acidity stings. Pity it keeps a sweet profile, a disguised chocolate flavor. It tries to blend to many and too much feelings.


domingo, 22 de março de 2020

Quinta do Crasto Reserva Vinhas Velhas 2016

Amoras with hints of raisins, raspberries, flowers, a little hidden anise.

What a poison. It sticks to the tongue like honey. When enters in the mouth, it seems it is creating a protective layer with a combined freshness. Some raspberries, a little bit of hidden spice and ends with some chocolate notes.

The 2012 vintage can be revised here.


Quinta do Perdigão Encruzado 2018

Nine years (already) passed when I had the opportunity to chat with the producer. This is one of my favorite producers in Dão region in my home country.

Mineral, some stone fruit, melon in the aromas.

Rolls in the mouth, light, lacks some tension and acidity but gains in vaporizing inside. Stone fruit does is not noticeable, coem hints of peaches and melon. Is more deeply mineral and delicate. Ends short.

Ratting: ★★★

sábado, 7 de março de 2020

Muxagat Tinta Barroca

Tinta Barroca is a Portuguese wine variety that I found often during the days I was a Western Cape inhabitant in South Africa. Stumbling on the bottle brought to me those memories, as well as the brand, Muxagat one of my favorites in the days wine trading was confined to a short spectrum of producers.

Earth, soil, vinum mustum, red fruits, and dark cherries in the aromas.

Light, without being thick, damn it, what a kick from typical Portuguese wine character, it is punchy. There is slight lack of focus, no tricks, no deceit, mostly red fruits floating. Ends peppery, astringent plays with my tongue and I love it.

Ratting: ★★★

terça-feira, 14 de janeiro de 2020

Quinta do Mouro 2013

For the good (2006 vintage) or for the bad (2005 vintage) we cannot forget the impact of Quinta do Mouro. Hence, it was time to go back for a spin.

Black fruits injected into gaseous steam.

Explodes in the mouth "en masse", is intense, really full body. It has black fruits, anise, and some raspberry that breaks free after from the darkness. What a precious detail. It never ends, it persisits. It is brutal and I loved to brace for impact.

Ratting: ★★★