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At the 10th December the 9th and last edition for 2011 of Cellartales International WineRoundTable took place at the Lebanese Restaurant “Hanul lui Manuc” in the old center of Bukarest. A splendid place with warm and welcoming people. Chef Mohammed and the crew spoiled us once more with excellent, indigenous food, perfect service and also a closer look into the kitchen. Thanks a lot for that folks ! Who thought that spicy, oriental food is a difficult counterpart for wine was disabused today. First we intended to have a special dish for every wine but the Chef told .....

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Better late than never ! The “International WineRoundTable Edition No.7” is already in the planning stage and I haven’t closed so far the last one … Well, we have been extremely busy lately (that’s a good thing) and therefore I let slight a little bit CellarTales and a lot of interesting wines lined up (that’s a bad thing). But I will do my very best to compensate the lost time. So, what we have had for our “International WineRoundTable Edition No.6” ? A very colored tasting with ups and downs, surprises and disappointments and a lot of different .....

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1994 Vina Pomal Reserva vs. 1994 Gran Reserva Carlos Serres – an one-eyed next to a blind …

March 21, 2011

Year: Wine: Producer: Country: Region: Variety(-ies):  Size: Closure: Alcohol: Taste: Colour: Group:
1994 Vina Pomal Reserva Bodega Bilbainas Spain Rioja Tempranillo (85%), Graciano + Mazuelo (15%) 0,75 l natural cork 12 vol.% dry red III

This winery I visited the first time during my study times when we visited several Bodegas in the Rioja region. But this one has been special. In the beginning the majority of our group was quite shocked and disturbed by their old cellars (or better said .....

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An “Imperial” annual closure …

January 7, 2011

Finally, so to say on the last day of 2010 we managed to bring enough gourme(n)ts together “to kill” a big bottle which has been since longer time on my radar screen. Of course we have had also a marvellous dinner next to this and as I always say – every good cook needs inspiration. So we got ours from a very nice, traditional Claret and last but not least we learned, that a good year for reds doesn’t necessarily mean a good vintage for whites as well …
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1997 Gran Reserva “904” La Rioja Alta – underestimated “Spaniards” ?

November 8, 2010

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1997 Grand Reserva “904″ La Rioja Alta Spain Rioja Tempranillo (90%), Graciano (10%) 0,75 l natural cork 13 vol.% dry red IV

A couple of days ago I read some comments (in different blogs) from vintothek owners, that Spanish wine “is heading south” what means, that it’s becoming more and more difficult to sell growths from the Iberian peninsula. Of course there are some (expensive) exceptions but in .....

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2006 Condado de Haza Crianza, Alejandro Fernandez – nothing to sip …

October 19, 2010

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2006 Condado de Haza Crianza Alejandro Fernandez Spain Ribera del Duero Tempranillo 0,75 l natural cork 14 vol.% dry red III

For today I wanted to have something easier to drink. Something with a nice fruit and a luscious and juicy body. By checking the cellar my eyes remained caught by this very expressive label. A hedonistic Tempranillo ? Yes, that should do the trick ! .....

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1991″Vina Tondonia Reserva”(white), Lopez de Heredia vs. 1981 “Vina Real Reserva”, CVNE – Rioja classics !

October 15, 2010

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Year: Wine: Producer: Country: Region: Variety(-ies) Size: Closure: Alcohol: Taste: Colour: Group:
1991 Vina Tondonia Reserva (white) Lopez de Heredia Spain Rioja Viura (90%), Malvasia (10%) 0,75 l natural cork 12 vol.% dry white III

Inspired by the last wine-tasting (Coulée de Serrant) I wanted urgently to verify my latest statement concerning the similarities of those two classic whites. To stay at least in the same decade I chose a ‘91er, their actual vintage on the market … ! Of .....

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1999 Pesquera Reserva

August 24, 2010

23.08.2010
Pesquera and other wines of Alejandro Fernandez like Condado de Haza, El Vinculo, Dehesa la Granja etc. can already be called “classics” even if they are a bit more on the modern side of spanish winemaking. In their youth much rounder and smoother than for example a classic Rioja and in addition to that also very fruity – yes – “fleshy”. Fernandez setted up this new style in the Ribera del Duero region first but others followed his example over the years. And as far as I’m concerned I also really like it, but with age, the wines can .....

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Herencia de Remondo Reserva 1995

March 11, 2010

29.01.2010
A very fine vintage for Riojas. This one shows an absolutely clear purple red with soft red-brown tints at the margin. Its nose appears still very young and rich, but typical Rioja. Plums, orange-peel, cacao, some bananas, new leather and forest floor. After some aeration it develops almost a pinot-noir-style with redberries, earthy aromas and soft hints of pieplant – great. At the palate we find a similar impression. A vibrant acidity in combination with fine-grained, lively tannins imparts juvenility and make it hard to believe, that this wine is already 15 years old. Its very well structured and .....

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Campillo Reserva 1995

March 11, 2010

29.01.2010
Campillo is the premium brand of the family estate Faustino. This Reserva posses a bright, young ruby-red, absolutely clear and with a fine depot. Its bouquet offers again nice, classic pure Rioja. But this time, brown spices like ceddar-wood, vanilla and cinnamon are dominating. Also its straight acidity and its still very notable tannins may frighten an unprepared tongue. This one needs urgently to be aerated. It is still young but also following a different style. What counts here is elegance and finesse. Although the winery gives just aged wine to the market, they still hold a big ageing .....

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