- Château Providence 2005, Pomerol (a VINTUS US exclusive)
- Château Belair 2005, Saint Emilion
- Château Hosanna 2000, Pomerol
- Château La Fleur-Pétrus 1998, Pomerol (a VINTUS US exclusive)
- Château Magdelaine 1998, Saint Emilion
- Château Trotanoy 1995, Pomerol
- Château La Grave à Pomerol 1990
- Château Latour à Pomerol 1989
Ben Glaetzer takes us through a tasting of 2007 vintage Mitolo wines. Great background.
From a Mitolo newsletter this past year, we could not resist sharing the recipe below from Frank Mitolo’s mother. To be served, naturally, with Mitolo G.A.M.
Osso Bucco (serves 4)
Ingredients:4 osso buco ( 2-inch thick rounds of veal knuckle )plain flour, for dusting1 onion finely chopped1 carrot finely chopped1 celery stick1 cup dry white wine200g peeled tomatoes500g fresh peas, shelled4 bay leavesolive oil80g buttersalt and pepper
Preparation:Lightly dust the veal with flour. Melt the butter in a frying pan, add the veal on high heat turning frequently until veal is brown all over then sit to rest. Finely chop the onion, carrot and celery then place in a large deep pan with olive oil and cook for 5-6 minutes. Add the tomatoes, peas, wine and bay leaves and cook for 10 minuets, add salt and pepper as required . Place the veal in the pan and place a lid on and put into a pre heated oven on 200 degrees for 2 hours. Serve on top of soft potato mash with a sprinkle of parsley.
One of the best and most knowledgeable wine writers around, Jamie Goode, visited Chile about a year and a half ago, and here’s a video he took of Eduardo Chadwick at Viñedo Chadwick. A nice explanation of how they oversee the Chadwick vineyard, how it came to be, and a little background on the famous Berlin Tasting.
Soledad Meneses has been spending a lot of time in the US talking about Errazuriz wines to the trade and consumers, and in this video from Dutch wine website Wijnplein.nl we get to see some great shots of the Aconcagua Valley, and Soledad tastes through Errazuriz’ top Cabernet Sauvignon, Don Maximiano.
Errazuriz’ new winery opening is just weeks away. You can read Alder Yarrow of Vinography’s description of the winery, as well as some pretty spectacular reviews of the Errazuriz wines he tasted here. We love what he has to say about the Cabernet Sauvignon Single Vineyard.
“Dark garnet in the glass, this wine smells of cherry, wet slate, and a light briary note. In the mouth it is beautifully smooth, with cherry, black cherry, and hints of cedar. A mocha note emerges on the finish. Very nice, super smooth faint tannins, and this gorgeous texture make this a really seamless wine that is incredibly easy to drink. My notes have the word WOW underlined three times. In the quantities that this wine is made, and for the price, the wine is utterly stupendous. Run, don’t walk, to your nearest wine store and buy as much as you can.” Score: between 9 and 9.5
A heavenly wine from a heavenly place:
Harvest seems like a pretty good time at Disznoko, sign me up for next year!
A nice piece on Telmo Rodriguez by his Canadian importer, Lifford Wine Agency, which gives nice insight into what drives Telmo to find special little vineyards all over Spain.
The Grand Jury Européen is a very well-respected and serious blind-tasting organization made up of important trade people throughout the world – members include Michel Bettane (one of the world’s top wine journalists and tasters) and our very own Luciano Sandrone. Just over a year ago (in November of 2008) the GJE held a blind tasting of the top 2004 and 2005 Bolgheri wines. Included were Ornellaia, Guato al Tasso, Sassicaia…all the usual suspects.
The winner of this rigorous, double-blind tasting? Enrico Santini’s Montepergoli 2004! A tremendous showing for Enrico, and validation of his incredible work and wines. Check out the results here. And the origin of this tremendous wine? Enrico’s garage:
David Berry Green, the Sandrone’s UK importer, speaks with the incomparable Luciano Sandrone in his cellar. They discuss some of what Sandrone does in his cellar and his vineyards, very informative.