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Altos de Losada [guest wine post by Susie]

Posted in pictures, Travel, University life, Wines with tags , , , , , on June 20, 2015 by xi'an

[Here is a wine criticism written by Susie Bayarri in 2013 about a 2008 bottle of Altos de Losada, a wine from Leon:]

altosThe cork is fantastic. Very good presentation and labelling of the bottle. The wine  color is like dark cherry, I would almost say of the color of blood. Very bright although unfiltered. The cover is d16efinitely high. The tear is very nice (at least in my glass), slow, wide, through parallel streams… but it does not dye my glass at all.

The bouquet is its best feature… it is simply voluptuous… with ripe plums as well as vanilla, some mineral tone plus a smoky hint. I cannot quite detect which wood is used… I have always loved the bouquet of this wine…

In mouth, it remains a bit closed. Next time, I will make sure I decant it (or I will use that Venturi device) but it is nonetheless excellent… the wine is truly fruity, but complex as well (nothing like grape juice). The tannins are definitely present, but tamed and assimilated (I think they will continue to mellow) and it has just a hint of acidity… Despite its alcohol content, it remains light, neither overly sweet nor heavy. The after-taste offers a pleasant bitterness… It is just delicious, an awesome wine!

a Chianti tasting tour

Posted in Mountains, pictures, Travel, Wines with tags , , , , , on June 6, 2015 by xi'an

montefiorale3During our short trip to Tuscany last week, we came across a festival in the small fortified village of Montefioralle, frazione of the town of Greve in Chianti, at the centre of the Chianti region. Although the festival lasted for two days with all sorts of activities, we arrived on the evening, with the medieval groups folding their costumes and swords, and only a few bagpipe players remaining in the small street circling the village inside the first and protective row of houses.montefiorale2However, the twelve local wine producers who lined that street had not closed their stall and we were thus able to taste (if not to drink!, as I was driving…) their Chianti wines and discuss about their production and methods in English, French, and even survival Italian! Which was fun as the producers were not pushy at all (well, most of them!), but happy to extol the virtues of their wine.montefiorale4While I am not particularly fond of Chianti [among Italian wines], I appreciated a few of them during that wine tasting circuit, especially the three organic Podere Campriano, including one growing on a reclaimed forest with a highly vegetal taste.