My wine pick this week is from South America, although not from Chile but from Argentina. Another region making supurb quality/value wines and this one is a standout!
The producer, family owned Bodega Catena Zapata, is known for their high quality wines… has been making wine for multiple generations, they have vineyards planted in Mendoza at varying altitudes each vineyard bringing something unique to the final blends.
My pick the Catena Malbec is a blend of grapes from four vineyard sites, each bringing something special to the wine…the result a wine of intense aroma, with black fruit, floral notes, spice, black pepper, complex and with a lasting finish. I thought delish for $19.95.
It was a great evening, Mr Stechel shared a few of the traditions with his welcome, including some that are quite different than some of ours here… tree goes up Christmas Eve, gifts only show up on the morning, even the colours and styles for decorating are different…. I believe that sometimes requires a little negotiation in some families!
That evening we had the opportunity to try some very special wines, but my favourite was the Heinrich Vollmer ALTUM Pinot Noir 2008 from the Pfalz region. The grapes for this wine come from the top of the Vollmer Estate, from the Ellerstadler Kirchenstuck vineyard. Enticing aroma of cherries and hint of licorice, is medium-to full bodied, it was aged in oak for 12 months, has nice complexity, is well balanced, delicious and great for my big bird coming soon! I truly enjoyed and will be bringing to our Christmas dinner.
Well okay since we are talking “make a statement” vino… mine is a real Titan! It’s actually called Titan, the Alpha Crucis Titan Shiraz 2010 from McLaren Vale, Australia.This is a great name for a great wine! First of all “Alpha Crucis” is the brightest star in the Southern Cross constellation and the Alpha Crucis TITAN wines are so named to create the finest wines from the best areas of their vineyards which were established in 1897.
So this full bodied wine had nuances of beautiful complexity, with ripe cherries and bright raspberry combined with savory, toast and gamey elements, with a bright acidity and softer tannins. The finish doesn’t finish for a while….Thumbs up for my Alpha Crucis Titan Shiraz 2010, in vintages for $24.95
So just recently we had the opportunity to attend the 10th anniversary of "the Berlin Tasting:, a legendary and ground breaking tasting that showcased the wines of Chile like never before, beating out iconic wines such as Chateau Lafite and Chateau Margaux. As a nod to this accomplishment and this event, the founder of which is Eduardo Chadwick of Viña Errazuriz, I'd like to share the wine we were greeted with hat evening that was absolutely delicious.
My wine pick this week is the Viña Errazuriz Chardonnay Wild Ferment 2012 from the Casablanca Valley in Chile.
So wild ferment means that the winery or winemaker uses native yeasts. These yeasts end up contributing more complexity to the wine. It was aged "sur lie" for 10 months in Oak barrels... it was seductively intense, complex on the nose, with pineapple and peach notes and a creaminess on the palate, with hunts of toast and nuts... Crisp acidity! I really enjoyed this wine.
Luv luv my wine pick this week… and guess what? Its organic, biodynamic and smashing! From Southbrook Vineyards in Niagara-on-the-Lake,Ontario the 2012 Triomphe Cabernet Sauvignon, the name Triomphe is derived from the Latin “triomphus” a legendary song of praise to the Greek God of wine Bacchus, and this line is the mainstay of Southbrook producing superior quality wines, delicious and of superb value. Seductive deep dark aromas of black currant and cassis, hints of spice, abundantly fruity and concentrated, medium body with long lingering finish.