2009年，智利考克内斯（Cauquenes）地区遭受了可怕的地震，倒也成就了一段和地震有关的“风土”故事。这次地震在那里造成了重大的破坏，自然当地的酒厂也不能幸免。很多的橡木桶被散落异处。酿酒师巴蒂斯特屈弗利耶（Baptiste Cuvelier）拾起这些依旧幸存的酒桶，混合放入了同样尚存的葡萄酒，但结果却是产生了惊人的好酒。所有的葡萄在这里都是被公平贸易并且是有机生长。葡萄酒中柔和的单宁和清爽的果酸像是在你的舌尖偏偏起舞般跳跃，这样平衡的酒体的注定了是可以被存放在酒窖里陈年的好酒。辛辣的黑胡椒及肉桂香味的酒体更加醇厚，还夹杂着丰富的黑色和红色水果味，如黑加仑，桑椹，和树莓在一起，还有一丝烟叶和咖啡的味道。它还有一个非常有趣的薄荷味，如同一块没有巧克力的安第斯牌（Andes）薄荷巧克力。橡木中的香草味道在中期的口感得以显现。单宁相当柔美，以及很长的余味。这是一个出乎意料的好葡萄酒，同时又铭刻着那段令人伤痛的往事，这款酒的部分收益将返还给仍然在恢复中的地震灾区。只是有酒相伴味道足以鲜美。极力推荐。 标签：2006, Baptiste Cuvelier，赤霞珠，佳利酿，美娜，考克内斯，智利，Chile Maule，Cinsaut，地震，梅鹿辄，派斯，混合型红酒，红葡萄酒，酒评，酒
Citrus and a touch of caramel, a bit of toast and a nice, open aromatic profile characterize this barrel-fermented Chardonnay. It is immediately pleasant but could round out nicely over a few years in the cellar. Québec-born Guy Lamothe has been making wine in Australia since the 1980s, first as a home project and, since 1994, on some remarkable slopes in Yarra Valley, planted mostly to pinot noir, shiraz and chardonnay. Right now, Wedgetail Estate wines are available in Australia, Canada, Singapore and the United Kingdom. Time for the U.S. market to catch up. Recommended.
Found this 2005 forgotten in the basement and brought it up for dinner tonight. What a great surprise! It was a bit warm but I twisted open the screwcap and sweet grass and herbs wafted out. The aromas persisted upon pouring: more sweet meadow herbs, a bit of limestone. On the palate, plenty of body, great balance, but the finish was a bit on the short side. Reminiscent of a very good white Bordeaux, with an appealing strain of chalkiness running through it. Highly recommended.
Gianni Zonin, who likes to bill himself as “the biggest winegrower in Italy,” has 11 estates—10 in Italy and one in the U.S., in Barboursville, VA, not far from where that great oenophile Thomas Jefferson cultivated vines. Barboursville’s Octagon is blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc created that the winery produced only in the selected vintages. Dark red color in the glass, a nose of chocolate and blonde tobacco with nuances of eucalyptus. In mouth is silky: licorice and dark plum slip on a soft carpet of tannins. Finale is somewhat bitter; a shame that it is a little bit short. Pleasant with grilled meat.
There’s a fair bit of oak in this premium bottling from this producer in Oliver, British Columbia, but it integrates rather nicely in a supple and ripe cabernet with fine tannins and just the tiniest herbal touch to give it an edge, along with some blackcurrant and spicy notes. Clocking in at 14.5% alcohol, it does have a tiny bit of heat on the finish, but with a lasagna at the dinner table, it drank easily and with no heaviness. My only problems with the wine are (a) the mention on the back label of “ stewed “ flavors—no need to be so hard on yourself here; maybe a bit of dried fruit, perhaps, but not stewed and, (b) that it’s defined as having “old vines” character from vines that are (at least in part) 15 years old. Let it get out of adolescence and give another 10 years before saying “old,” I say. Recommended.