Primator 24% Double

vineri, 29 iunie 2012

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Cred ca aceasta a fost cea mai over the top bere pe care am incercat-o pana acum. O bere ceheasca bruna (de fapt, e neagra de-a dreptul), in stil porter, cu "doar" 10,5% alcool. Acel 24% vine de la procentul de extract. Conform site-ului producatorului, ar fi numita si "Viagra neagra". Nici nu ma mira.

Spuma nu din cale afara de consistenta, bule medii si jucause. In nas te ataca pur si simplu cu arome intense de malt, caramel, zahar brun, cola, alcool la greu si ciocolata. Gustativ, papilele iti sunt anihilate instant de note zaharisite, siropoase chiar, caramel, ceai negru, fructe stafidite. Final dulce-amarui, cu mult malt, ceva cafea si cola. Carbonatie foarte usoara.

O experienta foarte interesanta dar pe care nu cred ca o voi mai repeta. Este prea mult pentru mine, prea dulce, siropoasa si prea grea. Oricum, cred ca se vor gasi amatori de asa ceva. In plus, 2 beri din astea te fac KO. Am simtit din plin o senzatie euforica doar dintr-o sticla incercata. Daca este sa o compar cu un vin, cred ca un rosu californian sau australian over the top ar fi alegerea perfecta.

Deocamdata nu am vazut vreo bere Primator in comert, am incercat-o intr-o locatie foarte interesanta si recent deschisa in Galati - Ceainaria "Casa Gustului". Un menu incarcat de ceaiuri care mai de care mai exotice, beri cehesti (deocamdata), dulcegarii si chiar vinuri gen Artisan, Merlot Stirbey, Chateau Domenii Rose, Rotenberg...Preturi cat se poate de decente. O alta chestie inedita este prezenta unui magazin ad-hoc, unde va puteti delecta simturile cu sute de ceaiuri, condimente, uleiuri de masline, dulceturi, in special de tip bio. Exista chiar si Cola Bio, ca fapt divers :))

9 lei/sticla.

Funny: arta chinezeasca

joi, 28 iunie 2012

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Va rog sa priviti cu atentie eticheta de mai jos, o adevarata minune a artei chinezesti. Romanee-Conti laolalta cu Lafite in Coteaux du Languedoc, ba-i "Vin Rouge Sec", ba-i "Vin Blanc Sec". Este probabil un soi de Superman al vinurilor :))

Puncte, puncte si iar puncte, dar sa le stim si noi!

miercuri, 27 iunie 2012

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De la Twitter citire:

watched a gritty movie-Harry Brown-with Michael Caine-geezer being terrorized by some slimeball gang-bangers- but the geezer wins!!!

Enough of the review. How many points?

Astept cu infrigurare decizia lui Parker :))

P.S. Va recomand filmul cu pricina, Michael Caine bate ca-n vremile bune...


"Traieste Vara in Alb" by

marți, 26 iunie 2012

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A inceput a doua editie „Vara in Alb”, o noua etapa din campania-eveniment “Anotimpurile vinului”, o initiativa Vinul.Ro care are ca principal obiectiv promovarea vinului si a consumului responsabil de vin. Incepand cu 22 iunie, timp de 31 zile, 23 de sortimente de vin vor putea fi degustate la preturi speciale in 31 localuri din Bucuresti, Cluj-Napoca si Pitesti. Sunt vinuri albe, linistite sau efervescente, atent selectionate de producatorii si importatorii care vor participa la acest eveniment, vinuri care vor putea fi degustate atat la sticla, cat si la pahar, la preturi speciale.

Cei care vor comanda vinurile prezente in campania „Vara in Alb” vor avea, pe langa bucuria pe care o ofera consumul unui vin de calitate, sansa de a castiga premii simpatice si lectii de degustare de la somelierii „de gardă” din restaurantele partenere, somelieri care vor povesti clienţilor cum se produce, consumă şi asociază vinul alb.

La editia de anul acesta a campaniei „Vara in alb” vor fi prezenti producatori de top si importatori precum: Cramele Recas, Crama Oprisor, M1. Crama Atelier, Budureasca, Jidvei,  Alcovin Macin, Domeniile Samburesti si Heinrig Distribution.

Ca si la precedentele etape din Campania “Anotimpurile vinului”, digestivul oficial la “Vara in Alb” va fi Unicum, lichiorul digestive numarul 1 al Ungariei, importat in Romania de Heinrig Distribution.

„Vara in Alb” nu reprezinta un punct final in campania de promovare a vinului initiata de Vinul.Ro. In luna septembrie se va desfasura a treia etapa a acestui eveniment, „Toamna in Rosu”.

Lista completa a vinurilor si a locatiilor participante, o puteti gasi aici

Interview with Mr. Chris Kissack (Winedoctor)

luni, 25 iunie 2012

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Dear reader, here's the interview with Mr. Chris Kissack, as promised.

I want to thank Chris for taking his time with this interview and for the extensive answers .Very much appreciated!

I hope you'll enjoy it!

@Photo credit: Jim Budd

1.      1. First of all, how did you get into wine and why are you so passionate about the Loire Valley wines?

Chris: Two very good questions there, the answers to which are related. To look first at how I got into wine, you perhaps need to understand the wine market in the UK in the 1970s. It was very different to the market we have today. The UK has long been a traditional market for the great traditional styles of Europe, especially Bordeaux, Burgundy, Germany, Port and so on. Nevertheless these wines were mostly drunk by a small section of the population, those from the upper classes, or who were perhaps more travelled than others, and to most of the other people (such as my family) wine was an unknown. The UK was not traditionally a vine-growing country (there were a few vineyards, but mostly as a hobby – today there are many and they are very successful businesses in some cases) and so wine was not part of our culture. Many British people saw wine as being a ‘posh’ drink that you had in a restaurant, or on a Sunday, and as the UK started to embrace wine in the 1970s and 1980s the first wines many people drank were cheap, industrial, sweetened German under one or two brand names. That was my experience of wine as a young man.

Then at university, on holiday with friends in France who were well travelled, I began to discover ‘real’ wine. I began to understand that all those confusing names I had heard of – Châteauneuf du Pape, Bordeaux, Champagne – related to specific regions, and specific styles. I began to read to understand more, and was heavily influenced by British authors Hugh Johnson and Oz Clarke. Hugh had a wonderful style and broad knowledge, and Oz’s enthusiasm was infectious. I never followed big-name individual critics like Parker, only discovering his work years later. My early years were about discovering wine for myself, not following recommendations of a critic, and so in those early days I learnt about wine from the world over, including countries such as Romania, by buying, tasting and drinking.

As for the Loire, within a few years I was sufficiently passionate about wine to want to spend a summer holiday in a wine region, and when I looked the Loire was the closest! I drove from my student home in Liverpool to the Loire, and visited domaines in Chinon, Bourgueil, Saumur, Sancerre and other famous appellations. I was amazed at the high quality of some of the wines, wines which I did not think you could buy in the UK (you probably good, but in the pre-internet days finding distant wine merchants who stocked such wines was much more difficult). I also discovered the beauty of the region, the ancient châteaux, the peaceful Anjou countryside, the foods – cheeses, rillettes and other specialties - and I fell in love with the Loire in its entirety, not just its wines. I still visit regularly, every year, to keep my Loire reports up to date with fresh reviews and tasting notes.

2.      2. Please tell me your honest opinion on natural and biodynamic wines. Do you think they represent the future of winemaking or is it just a “trendy” movement?

Chris: That’s another two questions! First, biodynamics. I think there are elements to this that are probably very sound and have a good effect on the vineyards, including the health of the soil. I think there are also some elements that are akin to astrology, which are thus no more than nonsense. There are also some hidden elements that might not be as ‘healthy’ as we think – although both organics and biodynamics result in the absence of manufactured chemical pesticides and herbicides, both allow for the use of copper in the vineyard, and large amounts of this heavy metal may not be any less evil than chemical products. One major difficulty with knowing whether biodynamics is better is the lack of rigorous trials; at Château Margaux, for instance, they have plots of vines tended using traditional, organic and biodynamic methods. The biodynamic consultant is convinced the biodynamic vines look healthier, but Margaux-manager Paul Pontallier admits he cannot see any difference. People with a belief in biodynamics are biased, this is human nature. Perhaps the most important evidence in support of biodynamics is that many of the wines are of very high quality, but then many of the wines are made by fastidious winemakers. Would the wines of Huet, Zind-Humbrecht or Pontet-Canet be any less great if the vineyards were not biodynamic?

As for natural wine, this minimally interventional approach to winemaking is very welcome, as it challenges the status quo regarding ‘safe’ winemaking. The wines can be vibrant, pure and alive, with such wonderful fruit definition. Sometimes, however, the avoidance of sulphur or other methods to protect from oxidation results in wines that are oxidised. These should be distinguished from those that have an oxidative style, meaning the character of the wine has been influenced by exposure to oxygen during winemaking, but which aren’t oxidised. These latter wines I enjoy, but oxidised wines I do not. That does not invalidate traditionally oxidised styles (such as Sherry, Vin Jaune, etc.) nor indeed does it invalidate the oxidised natural wines. If that is how some winemakers or consumers wish their wines to be, so be it! But I don’t personally enjoy oxidised Loire Sauvignon Blanc, for example.

I don’t think either is the future of winemaking or just a “trendy” movement. Both are here to stay, but neither will take over the world. Biodynamics is not for everybody. Nevertheless I do think more and more producers will move towards more ecologically sound methods of viticulture, either organics or at least ‘viticulture raisonnée’. Natural wine is here to stay also, but I think it will remain an interesting sector of wine rather than a dominant one.

3.      3. Do you think Robert Parker is still an advocate of the wine consumer?

Chris: Yes and no. Robert Parker has done a lot for the world of wine. In the 1970s the quality of some wines coming out of Bordeaux was lacklustre, even from some very grand names. Through his easy to understand points system he empowered consumers. The châteaux saw that his points meant good sales and with financial backing (most of the top Bordeaux châteaux are owned by big business these days) they invested and sought quality, making better wines, bringing higher scores and ushering in higher prices. We have seen the culmination of this with the very high releases prices in 2009 and 2010 (and, inappropriately, in 2011). Thus Robert Parker has done a lot for consistency and quality in Bordeaux, so there are lots of good quality wines to choose from today. But his work has also generated increased interest in the wines of the region, increased demand, increased the confidence of the châteaux, and thus many top wines are now much more expensive than they used to be.

We saw the Parker effect in the 2008 vintage most clearly; many châteaux released early, partly because they under-estimated Parker's opinion of the vintage, and partly because they wanted to display sensitivity to the world markets, which at the time were looking decidedly shaky. Hubert de Boüard de Laforest of Angélus opened with a 40% reduction in price (a big drop down from the over-priced 2007 vintage), and many others followed suit. Nevertheless the campaign was sluggish (although not quite as bad as the more recent 2011), and ultimately it was rescued only by Parker's strident opinion, as he unexpectedly lauded the quality of the wines. Upon the publication of his scores, some of which suggested a potential 100 points (Lafite was give a range of 98-100, for example), sales kicked off and prices of some châteaux, initially very favourable (for the consumer), rocketed.

In short, a lot of profit (or potential profit) was made, but it was the middlemen, négociants, merchants and dealers who raked in the cash, not the Bordelais themselves. Parker’s scores did not help consumers, as prices climbed as a result – only those brave enough to buy before he published got the best prices. And Parker's facilitation of post-release profiteering was a financial blow to the Bordelais, who have in recent years increased release prices to keep this profit for themselves. It was the 2008 vintage that hardened the resolve of the Bordelais to wait for Parker's scores, and to keep release prices high. In one respect, it was Parker's late over-scoring of the 2008 vintage (his revised scores, released in 2010, trended downwards, to the bottom of his score ranges or lower) that caused the Bordelais to hold back in 2011 as they waited in hope of a Parker salvation.

Clearly Parker loves what he does, and he deserves his success I am sure. He has done much good for the consumer over the years, but as indicated above sometimes his opinions work against the consumer. 

4. Do you believe in the true objectivity of a wine critic? Does this objectivity even exist? And I’m thinking about the recent case involving Jay Miller and Pancho Campo.

Chris: This is a question that deserves an incredibly complex answer. There are so many qualifications to the situation. I will try to keep it as short as possible!

I believe all critics should aim for objectivity. Few, though, have the financial clout to remain truly independent of the wine trade. The aforementioned Robert Parker is one, Jancis Robinson another. These writers make enough money from their work to fund independent travel to wine regions. But for the vast majority of the wine writing community, the work – which does not pay well – is insufficient to cover these expenses.

Thus most writers depend on the trade to some extent, either press trips or ‘tastings over dinner’. This is inevitable. If you would like to see the back of this, then you will find most wine writers would have to stop writing and find work elsewhere, as I don’t think it is possible to write high quality and informative material without travelling and tasting. What is important is that these benefits are declared, so that the reader can judge for him/herself. I have been doing this for several years now; at the end of the year I publish a register of benefits received, in other words what paid-for press trips I have been on, what dinners I have attended where someone else paid, what accommodation I benefited from and so on. Readers can see where they think I might have been influenced. It is a practice that seems to be well received, but unsurprisingly it has not really caught on. I think many writers would rather keep that information to themselves.

As for the Miller-Pancho case, that was something slightly different. Here the allegation that was made against Pancho Campo was that he charged for access to Jay Miller on a rare trip to Spain (Jay Miller once famously said “I don’t do vineyards”, and had never visited Spain when he took on the reviewer’s job for that country for the Wine Advocate). There was a string of emails supporting this allegation uncovered by Jim Budd and Harold Heckle, two reporters based in the UK and Spain. As a result of their work Parker severed any dealings with Pancho Campo, and he left the world of wine to return to his original business activities, which seemed to be events promotion. He was investigated by the Institute of Masters of Wine, although we do not know the result of their report as he resigned his MW status with the agreement that the report would not be published. Jay Miller also resigned, although that was already in the pipeline we are told by Parker. Budd and Heckle received a lot of flak for their work from participants on Parker’s forum, but the fact that they won the Born Digital Wine Award for best investigative story just a month ago indicates the significance of their work.

5.      5. Do you think that a wine blogger has the power to educate the consumer? What’s your opinion on the future of wine blogging?

Chris: Yes, blogs have an important role, but as with any other medium there are good examples of blogging and also bad. The best inform, entertain, say something important. The worst are insular, infrequently updated, ill-informed and uninteresting. The former can educate.

One of the key problems with blogging relates to your earlier question about objectivity. I have more concerns about free wines in exchange for good reviews published by an amateur blogger, than I do about the objectivity of an established critic. I know for a fact some businesses, merchants or PR companies, solicit good reviews in exchange for free wine, sometimes sent on a regular basis. I know this as they have approached me (I rejected their offers, naturally). But that means when you see a blogger writing reviews on many wines from just one or two merchants you have probably found a “free-wine-for-good-review” site. These blogs will always exist, but happily will never gain many followers as they are usually dull and ill-informed.

Wine blogging is here to stay, and alive and well. But it is just part of a toolkit for communication, one that might involve – for a professional wine writer – a bigger website, activity on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, etc., lecturing, chairing tastings and sessions, newspaper colums, book writing and so on. The idea of a standalone blog catapulting a writer to stardom is less likely now than it was five years ago when that came with a novelty value attached. There is so much blogging noise these days it is so difficult for the quality writers to shine through I think. In support of this I know of one or two blogs, of really high quality and interest, which receive very little publicity. They should be more famous.

6.      6. Do you have any knowledge of the Romanian wine industry? Have you ever tried a Romanian wine?

Chris: A little knowledge, not as much as I would like, and I have certainly drank wines from Romania. When many in the UK were discovering wine, as they moved away from sugary-sweet dirt-cheap German brands to other wines, both Romania and Bulgaria were well placed on the shelves in the UK. The wines were often of good value and quality. They seem to have lost some of that shelf position these days, as the competition for shelf-space has increased dramatically. 

I remember a few good Pinot Noirs from the Dealu Mare region, wines that offered good value early on as I discovered wine. I also have some fond memories of sweet wines from around Murfatlar. Even though this was in the early late-1980s and early-1990s I could pick up vintages from the 1960s for a very good price. They were some of the first sweet wines I ever drank, and were a fine introduction to the style. Now I drink sweet wines every week; Romania has a lot to answer for!

7.      7. Please name the top 5 wine experiences you’ve had so far (mainly involving older wines).

Chris: There are so many to choose from, but let’s see….

In 2011 I flew to Bordeaux to taste and drink the wines of Château de Fesles with the Boivin family who used to own the property a few decades ago. Fesles is in Bonnezeaux, in the Loire, but the family today live in Bordeaux, where some still work in wine. We tasted vintages back to the 1924 Fesles Bonnezeaux, with other vintages on the table including 1930, 1947, 1955, 1959 and 1970, plus some younger wines. It was amazing to taste these ancient wines with the descendents of the men who made them. The 1947, a great vintage in the Loire, was my favourite.

In 2009 in Burgundy, over dinner with Philippe de Marcilly, commercial director of the revitalised négociant Albert Bichot, we tasted many brilliant wines young and old. Some of the younger white wines were perfect with a platter of oysters and lobster, but then with subsequent dishes there came a sequence of older wines, all served blind. The final quartet, all Chambertins from the Domaine du Clos Frantin, in the 1978, 1969, 1959 and 1947 vintages, were some of the most exquisite wines of Burgundy I have ever tasted.
Not an experience necessarily rich in older wines, a trip to meet Michel Chapoutier in 2011 was a highlight of the year. The wines were, at the highest level – meaning the Sélections Parcellaires – really impressive, perhaps the most remarkable being a 1991 Ermitage Le Pavillon, one of Michel’s first vintages having taken over the running of the business. But the whole trip was a madcap adventure that I will never forget. I wrote it up extensively on my website,

Encounters with ancient bottles from the 1940s are rare, and so it was a real treat when I visited Château La Conseillante in Pomerol during the 2010 Bordeaux primeurs to be treated not just to a taste of the latest vintages, but also a selection of older wines, poured in order to celebrate 140 years of ownership by the Nicolas family. The 1990 was super, but the 1945 was more ethereal, haunting, aged and yet still pure and fresh. What a wonderful wine! Encounters with wines such as these are one of the delights of reporting on wine, and La Conseillante is a top-class estate in Bordeaux today. It was one of the domaines that I chose to profile in my recently published book, a 2012 Pocket Guide to Bordeaux.

Finally, not too many young wines, but dinner with Yves Guégniard (of Domaine de la Bergerie), Claude Papin (Château Pierre-Bise) and Vincent Ogereau (Domaine Ogereau) in early 2012 was a real treat. I started with a tasting of the latest releases from all three domaines, a tasting which went on for most of the afternoon, but then we sat down and had dinner together, experiencing the wines as they should be encountered, with food. They showed superbly, and reinforced my belief that the Loire is an under-appreciated wine region. The oldest wine was a 1990 Anjou Rouge from Claude Papin, but it was the younger sweet wines, such as the Domaine Ogereau Coteaux du Layon Saint Lambert 1997, that really impressed on the day.

Funny: Screaming Eagle si prostia umana

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Daca n-ati auzit pana acum de Screaming Eagle, inseamna ca ati trait degeaba in lumea vinurilor fine. Sau nu. Producatorul "cult" al Californiei, pentru ale carui vinuri poti sta ani intregi pe lista de asteptare in speranta ca poate ateriza intr-o zi in umilele tale maini, a lansat de curand o serie ultra-limitata (600 de sticle) din al lor mirobolant Sauvignon Blanc. Vinul a fost oferit doar membrilor activi inscrisi pe site-ul producatorului, la banalul pret de 250 dolari/sticla. Atentie insa, cu o conditie: cumparatorii sa nu vanda sticlele mai departe.

N-am idee ce-o fi fost in capul celor de la Screaming Eagle pentru ca, evident, smecheria n-a functionat. Astfel ca, pe site-ul comerciantului Cult Wines, o sticla din acest lichid se vinde deja la, tineti-va bine, 2.150 dolari/sticla! Si ca intreaga poveste sa intre definitiv in cartea de istorie a idioteniei umane, un alt lot de 6 sticle a fost adjudecat in urma unei licitatii, pentru ireala suma de 13.000 dolari.

Ce invataminte putem trage de aici? Ei bine, sa vedem:

1. Ceea ce pare o naivitate din partea porducatorului (vezi conditia pusa la vanzarea vinului), mie imi miroase de fapt a o mare vrajeala. Stiind ca esti mai exclusivist ca Petrus sau Romanee-Conti, cum poti crede macar o clipa ca vinurile tale nu vor fi folosite pentru a scoate un profit gras de pe urma lor? Vulturul tipa, stolul de vrabiute trece...

2. Baietii de la Screaming Eagle sunt de fapt niste genii ale marketing-ului si au intuit perfect ce se va intampla. Asta le va permite sa-si perpetueze mitul, la preturi si mai mari, ideea de trofeu avand un impact si mai puternic asupra mintilor cu materie cenusie cat bobul de mazare, dar cu buzunarele doldora de verzisori.

3. Degeaba ai bani, daca esti un idiot cu acte in regula. Cum naiba poti da fluierand atata banet pe o sticla de Sauvignon Blanc?! Chiar daca speri sa faci profit in continuare, cat naiba crezi ca mai poti impinge limita superioara a pretului? Dar, cum intotdeauna se gasesc idioti si mai mari decat tine, totul e posibil.

Va recomand sa va limitati la SB-urile lui Didier Dagueneau sau la un Haut-Brion Blanc. Macar astea se dau la doar cateva sute de euro/sticla :))

Kartauser Weissbier

vineri, 22 iunie 2012

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O noua bere bavareza din grau, destul de interesanta dar nimic sa te dea pe spate.

Culoare galben-portocalie, spuma destul de intensa, bule mici, jucause si surprinzator de persistente. Nas clasic al unei hefeweizen, drojdios, fructat, eterna banana, malt prajit si ceva mai mult caramel decat in alte cazuri. Gustul continua nasul, cu note dominante de banana, malt si mult caramel. Pe final apar si ceva nuante citrice dar dispar destul de rapid intr-un melanj drojdios dulce-amarui. Corp mediu si carbonatie medie, fara a fi intruziva.

Putin cam over the top cu notele de caramel, dar per total avem o bere destul de reusita in categoria ei.

5,7 lei - Kaufland.

Ce spuneti de un interviu cu Chris Kissack?

joi, 21 iunie 2012

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Tocmai am primit confirmarea lui Chris Kissack (Winedoctor), pentru a-i lua un scurt interviu :)

Pentru cei care nu stiu despre cine este vorba, va spun doar ca Mr. Kissack este criticul meu preferat in ceea ce priveste vinurile de Bordeaux, precum si o autoritate in materie de Valea Loarei.

Stati aproape, sper ca saptamana aceasta sa fie totul gata pentru "lansare".

@Photo credit: Jim Budd

De ce?

marți, 19 iunie 2012

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De ce sa arunc bani fara numar fara numar, pe vinuri romanesti umflate cu pompa si care nu aduc nimic in plus fata de mii de exemple straineze la jumatate de pret?

De ce sa nu ma indrept spre alte zari, unde exista un ocean intreg de vin bun, la preturi decente, fara sa am senzatia ca sunt luat de fraier?

De ce ar trebui sa mi se para normal ca unele vinuri premium romanesti pot fi gasite la jumatate de pret in afara, iar la noi se dau in continuare la preturi de porc?

De ce mi se creeaza impresia ca odata cu investitiile masive, este normal ca preturile sa fie mari? De ce ar trebui sa iau de buna aceasta axioma si sa scot banii fara cracnire din buzunar? Si, din nou, de ce am senzatia ca sunt luat de fraier?

De ce sunt intoxicat cu info despre milioane si trilioane de medalii, castigate la milioane si trilioane de concursuri, daca multe dintre acele vinuri nici macar nu se gasesc pe piata? Sau cel putin se pare ca numele ramane acelasi, dar lichidul se schimba miraculos odata ajuns la raft.

De ce as mai promova aceasta stare de fapt?

Si de ce oare ma agit inutil?

Al Muvedre 2009 - Telmo Rodriguez (Spania)

miercuri, 13 iunie 2012

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Simt nevoia de a incepe direct cu oaresice concluzii dupa ce am incercat acest vin. In primul rand, pretul: 6 Euro/sticla. Ridicol de putin pentru un asemenea exemplar pur, tipic, proaspat si sincer. Nici macar nu suporta comparatie cu vinurile mioritice in acest palier de pret, ba chiar nici cu cele mult mai scumpe. De ce spun asta? E simplu, pentru ca vinul de fata are fix ceea ce lipsesete majoritatii lichidelor de pe la noi: personalitate. De ce sa arunc banii pe fereastra pe vinuri care pot fi replicate in alte zeci de zone ale Terrei, cand pot avea acel "altceva" la bani mai putini? M-ati prins intr-un acces de sinceritate: m-am sictirit sa dau zeci de lei pe vinuri autohtone, doar de dragul unui ciudat si inaltator simt de patriotism. Sunt foarte putine exceptii unde consider ca merita sa-mi golesc buzunarele; in rest, am din ce in ce mai acuta impresie ca sunt jecmanit.

Dar destul cu angoasele personale, sa trecem la acest Monastrell 100%, obtinut din vii vechi, nebaricat si fermentat cu ajutorul drojdiilor naturale. Ca fapt divers, Telmo Rodriguez, creatorul vinului, este considerat unul dintre cei mai buni vinificatori ai Spaniei.

Culoare: rubiniu deschis si stralucitor, fara vreo urma de maturitate.

Nas: initial am fost lovit de puternice note carnoase, salamuri uscate, tente florale si multe fructe rosii proaspete. Odata cu aerarea, vinul este dominat de fructe negre, piper si multe, multe minunatii de condimente. Totul este pur, nealterat si dozat exact cat trebuie.

Gust: atac usor, rotund, cu multe fructe rosii proaspete si cu o foarte usoara si placuta dulceata. Aciditate excelenta, taninuri inca prezente dar foarte fine si un final mediu dominat de condimente. Post-gust delicios, plin de cirese. Pur si simplu, iti vine sa mesteci vinul. Mi-a amintit foarte mult de acest Morgon de la Jean Paul Brun.

Un vin de o puritate dezarmanta, extrem de fresh si usor de baut. Bravo, monsieur Rodriguez, tocmai ati mai castigat un fan!

Funny: Lopez de Heredia si noua generatie

luni, 11 iunie 2012

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Iata o chestie haioasa pe care am observat-o pe Decanter, cu ocazia unei degustari organizate de redactorii revistei. Tema a fost Spania, iar titlul articolului suna in felul urmator: "Expert's Choice: Spain's new-generation whites".

Toate bune si frumoase, dar cand ajungi la vinul din pozitia 2, incepi sa te intrebi care-i spilul cu acest titlu. Este vorba de Lopez de Heredia - Vina Tondonia Blanco Gran Reserva 1991. Apoi, dragii mei decanteristi, sa-mi fie cu iertare, dar ce treaba are un vin din '91, produs de un ultra-traditionalist, cu albele "noii generatii"? Va spun eu: cam cata are Rolling Stones cu muzica house...

Colina Piatra Alba Pinot Noir 2009 - Halewood (Romania)

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Despre varianta 2008 a acestui vin, puteti afla mai multe amanunte aici. Pentru ca am fost oarecum nemultumit de ce am gasit in acea sticla, mi-am zis ca n-ar fi rau sa incerc si varianta 2009. Se pare ca am fost inspirat, deoarece am gasit un vin mult mai bine definit decat fratele sau din 2008.

Culoare rubinie clara, stralucitoare. Nasul este destul de intens, cu multe fructe rosii de padure proaspete, cirese negre, capsuni si usoare adieri de condimente. Doar un strop de vanilie care ofera o senzatie placuta de cremozitate. Atac direct, fara ocolisuri, extractivitate buna, rotund si usor de baut. Fructele de padure fac din nou legea, dublate de note condimentate. Aciditate ok si taninuri bine conturate. Final scurt spre mediu si suculent, cu tente dulci-amarui.

Dupa cum am spus mai sus, vinul de fata este ceva mai bine definit si echilibrat. Este simplu dar eficient la o masa fara pretentii.

La cei doar 7 lei/sticla (Billa), probabil avem de-a face cu cel mai baubil Pinot Noir din galaxie, la un asemenea pret :))

P.S. La englezi, mai exact Laithwaites, o sticla e aproape 8 lire, asta sa va faceti o idee despre ce chilipir am avut parte...

De Wetshof Chardonnay Bon Vallon 2011 (Africa de Sud)

vineri, 8 iunie 2012

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De Wetshof este o proprietate din zona Robertson, aflata la circa 160 km de Cape Town. Cei de aici sunt cunoscuti pentru vinurile obtinute din Chardonnay, vinificat in diverse stiluri pentru toate gusturile. Exemplul de fata este un Chardonnay nebaricat si obtinut "sur lie", intr-un stil asemanator celebrelor vinuri Muscadet din Valea Loarei.

Culoare: galben pai extrem de sters, cu reflexii verzui.

Nas: destul de retinut, cu mult mar verde, nuante citrice, piersica, pepene galben si o adiere de ananas. Tipic si bine echilibrat.

Gust: debut in forta cu note de fructe albe si mar verde; proaspat, rotund si corpolenta medie. Spre final, vinul vireaza catre accente tonice, puternic citrice si minerale. De altfel, mineralitatea este surprinzator de bine infipta, mai ales pentru un vin din Lumea Noua. La un moment dat, iti lasa senzatia ca tocmai ai luat o bucata de calcar in gura.

Un vin bun dar nerecomandat celor care apreciaza un Chardonnay baricat, pentru ca nu are corpolenta asociata unui astfel de exemplar. Companion perfect pentru preparate din peste sau fructe de mare. Se comporta mai bine la temperaturi scazute.

Putin sub 10 Euro/sticla - Vinexus.


joi, 7 iunie 2012

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In sfarsit, m-am hotarat sa experimentez cu asa numitul concept "Dynamic Views", introdus de Blogger cu ceva vreme in urma.

Bila alba ar fi aspectul mult mai aerisit si elegant al noilor sabloane. De asemenea, orice vizitator al acestui blog poate schimba tipul de sablon (stanga sus), in functie de preferinte. Tot ceea ce inseamna link-uri, le puteti accesa in coloana din dreapta. Asta presupune cateva click-uri in plus, dar macar nu mai ofera senzatia de pagina incarcata cu vrute si nevrute.

Bila neagra cea mare ar fi lipsa multor gadget-uri accesibile in sabloanele clasice. Cei de la Blogger se misca destul de greu in acest sens, dar sper ca in timp sa rezolve o mare parte a problemei.

Inca sunt in faza de testare, asa ca astept si parerile voastre despre acest nou "look" al blog-ului.

In atentia amatorilor de vinuri vechi

miercuri, 6 iunie 2012

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Stiu ca pe la noi nu sunt prea multi amatori de astfel de vinuri. Pacat, pentru ca este o lume fascinanta si plina de invataminte. Vinul este mai mult decat o sarabanda de arome fructate si lemnoase, iar asta o poti afla doar incercandu-l la maturitate. Normal ca sunt riscuri sporite dar, cu putina atentie, poti avea parte de placeri nebanuite. Nimic nu se compara cu un vin invechit armonios dar, in acelasi timp, sunt constient ca gusturile nu se discuta, mai ales in acest domeniu.

Oricum, pentru cei interesati de batranei, am descoperit un nou site francez specializat in vinuri rare. Teoretic suna bine, practic il voi incerca la toamna :) Este vorba de Soswine, si am fost atras in primul rand de preturile foarte bune pentru multe dintre vinuri, chiar si pentru cele din anii '20, '30 sau '40. Bineinteles, aceste preturi sunt dictate de starea generala a sticlelor, dar eu spun ca merita o calatorie in universul unor recolte foarte rare, unele chiar legendare. Tarifele pentru transport sunt destul de ok, mai mari decat in alte parti dar infinit mai avantajoase decat in cazul unui alt foarte cunoscut comerciant de "vechituri" - Belgium Wine Watchers.


La Cittadella Pinot Grigio 2008 - Halewood (Romania)

luni, 4 iunie 2012

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Inainte de a trece la descrierea vinului, una scurta de altfel, as dori sa lamuresc problema achizitiei acestor vinuri din Billa mea de cartier. Bineinteles, si exemplul de mai sus a fost insfacat tot din locatia respectiva, la un pret modic: 7 lei. Am simtit nevoia acestui demers in urma unor discutii iscate pe facebook :)

In primul rand, va asigur ca nu sunt in cautarea unor "diamante in noroi". Daca unele sticle se nimeresc a fi asa ceva, e cu totul alta problema, dar nu pornesc cu acest gand in cap inainte de a cumpara ceva. Indiferent de an, de culoare, de locatie, nu exista vreo garantie ca vinul din sticla se afla la un anumit nivel de calitate, asteptat sau nu. Riscul se aplica la fiecare achizitie, la fiecare nivel de pret. In plus, daca nimeresti discount-uri puternice, riscul scade in consecinta, asa ca nu imi fac atat de mari probleme in acest sens.

In al doilea rand, se da urmatoarea ecuatie: buget extrem de limitat, aproape de linia de avarie, dorinta de a consuma un vin simplu si nepretentios la o masa simpla intr-o zi anume. Cum procedez? Pai as avea doua posibilitati: 1. sa aterizez in vinaria din coltul blocului si sa iau 1 litru de vin de surcele marca Vrancea sau 2. sa trag o fuga in supermarket unde pot gasi ceva decent, de la un producator cunoscut, cam la acelasi pret. Daca acel ceva decent este si la un discount puternic, cu atat mai bine. Ai nimerit si cateva sticle proaste, asta e, life sucks si treci mai departe. De cate ori nu ati experimentat acest sentiment si chiar pe sume mult mai importante?

In al treilea rand, factorul noroc. Recunosc, pana acum am avut mult noroc in genul asta de achizitii. Ce pot sa spun? Ma felicit si hai sa trecem la scurta disectie a acestui Pinot Grigio de la Halewood.

Culoare suprinzator de ok, galben-pai, fara vreun semn evident de oxidare. Nas destul de proaspat, floral (iasomie), fructe albe, mar verde si o adiere citrica placuta. Gustativ, nu as avea prea multe de spus; mar verde, pruna alba, corp subtirel, fara pretentii dar cu o senzatie neasteptata de tonicitate sub impulsul unei aciditati inca foarte bine infipte. Final scurt, cu note citrice. Merge foarte bine la o masa necomplicata.

Nu cunosc povestea vinului inainte de a-l observa pe rafturile din Billa. Nu stiu daca zace aici de 2 ani sau face parte din vreun lot adus cu vreo 2 luni in urma, pentru ca producatorul sa scape rapid de el. Inclin spre a doua varianta, asta si dupa starea generala a vinului. Dar nici nu ma intereseaza prea mult astfel de probleme. Ma intereseaza strict este ceea ce gasesc in sticla. Vinul a fost foarte ok, mai ales ca axa "alb-mai vechi de 2010-supermarket" nu suna prea incurajator.

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