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My American Kosher Trip-Part VII:The Rest of the World

by Daniel Rogov » Fri Mar 06, 2009 12:55 pm

As in earlier cases, these wines were tasted or re-tasted at various venues, those including the Royal Wine events in Oxnard and New York as well as in the tasting rooms of various importers and at several wine shops in New York.

Argentina

Bodegas Flechas de los Andes, Gran Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina, 2008: A joint project by the Benjamin de Rothschild and Laurent Dessault of Chateau Dessault. Dark garnet towards youthful royal-purple, full-bodied, with generous but soft tannins and spicy wood settling down and showing good balance and structure. Opens to reveal appealing blueberries and figs, those supported nicely by hints of dark minted chocolate. Long and satisfying. Drink now-2011. Score 89. K

Bodegas Flechas de los Andes, Gran Malbec, Argentina, 2007: Garnet towards youthful royal purple, medium-bodied, with soft, gently mouth-coating tannins and opening to reveal purple plum, black cherry and red currant fruits, those on a lightly spicy background and finishing with a hint of licorice. A very good match to spicy sausages and grilled beef or lamb. Drink now-2011. Score 87. K

Terranal, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza, Argentina, 2006: Dark ruby towards garnet, with soft tannins, hints of spices and a note of chocolate highlighting blackberry and black cherry fruits. Round and appealing, a very good entry-level wine. Drink now. Score 86. K

Tierra Salvaje, Merlot, Mendoza, Argentina, 2007: Dark garnet, medium-bodied, with near-sweet tannins and just a hint of spicy wood. Opens in the glass to show plum, blackberry and citrus peel notes. A fine entry level quaffer. Drink now. Score 85. K


Chile

Alfasi, Cabernet Sauvignon, Reserve, Maule Valley, Chile, 2007: Garnet towards royal purple, medium- to full-bodied with gripping tannins that yield slowly in the glass to reveal blackberry fruits on a generously spicy background. Pleasant but somewhat one-dimensional. Drink now. Score 85. K

Alfasi, Cabernet Sauvignon, Maule Valley, Chile, 2007: A simple country style wine, medium- to full bodied, with chunky tannins and somewhat too generous oak. Shows a basic wild berry and cherry personality. Drink now. Score 84. K

Alfasi, Cabernet Sauvignon, Maule Valley, Chile, 2006: Medium- to full-bodied, with once firm tannins and generous oak now integrated and showing blackberry, and black cherry fruits. Drink up. Score 83. K

Alfasi, Merlot, Maule Valley, Chile, 2007: A somewhat internationalized Merlot, but pleasant enough with medium-body, a light oak influence and soft tannins to support black cherry and plum notes. Smooth and round, a good quaffer. Drink now. Score 85. K

Alfasi, Merlot, Maule Valley, Chile, 2006: A nice enough little Merlot, garnet in color, with light spicy oak notes and soft tannins highlighting lightly spicy blackberry and black cherry fruits. A good quaffer. Drink up. Score 84. K

Alfasi, Pinot Noir, Reserve, Maule Valley, Chile, 2007: As light in color as it is in body, a somewhat watered-down version of a potentially great grape, its strawberry, cranberry and red plum notes making you think you are drinking a lightly alcoholic fruit-juice cocktail. Drink up. Score 79. K

Alfasi, Malbec-Syrah Reserve, Maule Valley, Chile, 2007: A blend of equal parts of Malbec and Syrah grpes, medium- to full-bodied, with gently mouth-coating tannins and a light touch of vanilla-rich wood. On the nose and palate black cherry, damson plums and a light note candied orange peel come together nicely, those backed up by notes of white chocolate and espresso coffee. Long and rich, with a hint of dried raisins on the finish. Drink now. Score 89. K

Alfasi, Chardonnay, Maule Valley, Chile, 2007: Light golden straw in color, to medium-bodied with crisp minerality and acidity to highlight pineapple, citrus and mango fruits. Not complex but very pleasant and easy to drink. Drink now. Score 86. K

Alfasi, Sauvignon Blanc, Late Harvest, Maule Valley, Chile, 2001: A bit confusing because the label identifies this as made from Sauvignon Blanc grapes and an information received from the producer indicates that it is a bend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. Whatever, a medium- to full-bodied dessert wine, now going to bronzed gold with just the right notes of botrytis funkiness. On the nose and palate dried apricots and honeyed apple notes. Good balance here between moderate sweetness and acidity and, on the generous finish an appealing note of caramel. Drink now-2010. Score 88. K

Don Alfonso, Cabernet Sauvignon, Maule Valley, Chile, 2006: Dark garnet, medium- to full-bodied, with spicy oak and somewhat chunky country-style tannins, opens in the glass to reveal a basic berry-cherry personality, that with hints of earthy minerals and cigar tobacco. Drink now. Score 85. K

Don Alfonso, Sauvignon Blanc, Maule Valley, Chile, 2006: Light gold in color, medium-bodied, with citrus and tropical fruits showing heavy overlays of asparagus and grass. Quickly going past its peak. Drink up. Score 82. K

Terroso, Chardonnay, Lontue Valley, Chile, 2008: Light gold in color, with orange reflections, medium-bodied with generous apple and fig fruits and a near creamy finish, all with an appealing light yeasty overlay. Drink now. Score 87. K (Tasted 10 Oct 2008)

Terroso, Chardonnay, Maule Valley, Chile, 2007: Gold, taking on a light bronzed note, a medium-bodied and lively white with lightly spicy citrus, pear and green apples, the fruits taking on a bit of a fruit-compote nature. Still drinking well but not for further cellaring. Drink up. Score 86. K (Tasted 10 Oct 2008)

Tierra Salvaje, Rose, Lontue Valley, Chile, 2008: Made entirely from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, somewhere in color between rose petal pink and peach blush. Light- to medium-bodied, crisply dry with good balancing acidity and appealing cherry, raspberry and cassis fruits. Lively and refreshing. Drink now. Score 87. K

Tierra Salvaje, Chardonnay, Maule Valley, Chile, 2007: Straightforward but very pleasing, with appealing pear, apple and citrus flavors and an appealing mineral hint. Not overly complex but quite pleasant. Drink now. Score 86. K

Tierra Salvaje, Sauvignon Blanc, Lontue Valley, Chile, 2008: Light straw colored, light- to medium-bodied, with an appealing array of lemon, lime, red grapefruit and chive flavors. Crisply dry with fine balance between fruits and acidity giving the wine a "zingy" finish. Drink now. Score 87. K

Tierra Salvaje, Sauvignon Blanc, Maule Valley, Chile, 2007: The color of damp straw, medium-bodied, with lime and grapefruit notes supported by hints of sweet peas and freshly cut grass. Drink up. Score 86. K



Australia

Altoona Hills, Chardonnay, Australia, 2006: A few citrus and tropical fruits here but primarily showing eucalyptus, asparagus and light gamy notes. Not my cup of Chardonnay. Score 70. K

Altoona Hills, Shiraz, Rose, Australia, 2008: Light rose-petal pink in color, light in body, with strawberry, red cherry and wild berry notes. A simple but pleasant enough little entry level wine. Drink up. Score 83. K

Altoona Hills, Merlot, South East Australia, 2007: A country-style wine, medium-bodied, with somewhat chunky tannins but turning soft enough in the glass and showing black fruits and spices. An entry-level quaffer. Drink now. Score 83. K

Altoona Hills, Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot, South East Australia, 2007: Medium-bodied, with somewhat cooked aromas and flavors of berry, cherry and currant fruits. Picks up a hint of sweetness that not all may appreciate. Drink now. Score 82. K

Altoona Hills, Shiraz, South East Australia, 2006: A bit too much of both bottle stink and volatile acidity that linger and do not allow the cherry, berry fruits to make themselves felt. Drink up. Score 79. K

Altoona Hills Cabernet Sauvignon-Shiraz, S.E. Australia, 2007: My earlier tasting note holds firmly. Not much here. Light- to-medium bodied, with almost unfelt tannins and skimpy cherry, berry and currant fruits on a vaguely tannic background. Simple and one-dimensional. Drink now. Score 80. K

Tel Lake, Petit Verdot, S.E. Australia, 2007: Garnet red, a supple medium-bodied wine with soft tannins and showing generous cherry, berry and herbal notes. Round and soft. Drink now. Score 84. K

Teal Lake, Shiraz, S.E. Australia, 2007: Dark garnet, medium- to full-bodied with chunky, country-style tannins but opening in the glass to show generous cherry, berry and plum fruits, those on a lightly spicy background, the flavors lingering nicely. Drink now. Score 86. K

Teal Lake, Cabernet Sauvignon, Private Reserve, S.E. Australia, 2004: Dark garnet, with gripping, chunky tannins a somewhat coarse medium-bodied country-style wine showing a few black fruits, herbal notes and earthy overtones. Drink up. Score 84. K

Teal Lake, Chardonnay, S.E. Australia, 2008: Light golden straw in color, medium-bodied, with crisp acidity to highlight citrus and tropical fruits. Nothing complex here but a very pleasant quaffer. Drink now. Score 86. K

Teal Lake, Shiraz, Reserve, S.E. Australia, 2004: In its youth soft, round and not complex but quite pleasant showing nedium-bodied, with soft tannins and appealing cherry, berry and spicy aromas. Now sliding past its peak and starting to show age. Drink up. Score 85. K

Teal Lake, Cabernet-Merlot, S.E. Australia, 2007: Dark garnet, medium to full bodied with gently mouth-coating tannins and a light note of sweet cedar wood. Opens to reveal flavors and aromas of currants, plums, licorice and anise, all leading to a moderately-long finish. Drink now. Score 87. K


Austria

Hafner, Gruner Veltliner, Eiswein, Burgenland, Neusiedlersee, Austria, 2002: Made in the traditional manner, entirely from Gruner Veltliner that were allowed the grapes to freeze on the vine, this concentrating the sugar nicely. Generously sweet, with a good hint of botrytis spiciness and showing fine balancing acidity to keep the wine lively. On the nose and palate an array of dried fruits, those including apricots, peaches and apples, those matched by a very appealing peppery overlay. Generous and mouthfilling, as good with goose liver appetizers, fruit-based desserts or as dessert. Drink now-2014.. Score 90. K

Hafner, Sheurebe, Trockenbeernauslese, Burgenland, Neusiedlersee, Austria, 2000: A wine that continues to cross my tasting table and never disappoints. Medium-bodied, moderately sweet with good concentration and fine balancing acidity. Opens to show honeyed peach and apricot fruits on a lightly spicy background. Appropriate as an aperitif or as a dessert wine. Drink now-2009. Score 88. K


Italy

Bartenura, Malvasia Rose, Salento, 2007: Made from Malvasia Nero grapes, rose-petal pink towards ruby in color, an semi-sweet wine with not quite enough balancing acidity to let its berry-cherry personality show through. Drink up. Score 79. K

Bartenura, Moscato, Italy, 2007: Off dry, a distinctly floral wine, low alcohol wine (6%) showing stewed pear and sur-ripe melon aromas and flavors. Lacks balancing acidity to keep it lively. Drink up. Score 78. K

Bartenura, Prosecco, Veneto, n.v.: Light in body, lightly frizzante, with a hint of sweetness to the dry pear, melon and floral aromas and flavors. Lacks liveliness. Drink up. Score 77. K

Bartenura, Freisa d'Asi, Piedmont, 2007: Made from not very well known red Freisa grapes and most often destined for use as table grapes or for at-home winemakers. Moderately dark ruby in color, low in alcohol, an semi-sweet wine showing honeyed berries on the nose and palate. For those who like their reds on the sweet side. Drink now. Score 79. K

Bartenura, Chianti, 2006: Ruby towards garnet, medium-bodied, with soft tannins, a simple but pleasant wine, round and easy to drink showing berries, cherries and a light peppery overtone. Not complex but a good quaffer. Drink now. Score 85. K

Rashi, Barolo, Piedmont, 2006: Dark garnet in color, medium-bodied, with gripping tannins and a light animal aroma that arises when the wine is first poured, those residing to reveal almost compote-like berry, black cherry and currant fruits. Made from traditional Nebbiolo grapes but hardly representative of traditional Barolo. Drink now-2010. Score 84. K

Rashi, Barbera d'Alba, Piedmont, 2006: Ruby towards garnet, medium-bodied, with gently caressing tannins and opening to show appealing red and black berries, those on a background of minted dark chocolate. A lovely Barbera. Drink now. Score 88. K

Rashi, Pinot Grigio, Veneto, 2005: Light golden straw in color, with crisp acidity and showing aromas and flavors of lemon rind, green apples and flinty minerals. Fresh and refreshing but for further cellaring. Drink up. Score 86. K

Rashi, Malvasia, Puglia, 2005: A semi-dry red but one with good balancing acidity to keep it lively and showing generous strawberry, cranberry and raspberry notes. Light and easy to drink. Drink up. Score 85. K

Rashi, Moscato d'Asti, 2007: Light, semi-sweet and lightly frizzante, showing appealing pear, green apple and citrus notes. Not complex but lively and refreshing. Drink now. Score 85. K

Rashi, Barbera d'Asti, Piedmont, 2006: Dark ruby red, light- to medium-bodied, with appealing notes of wild berries, cassis and citrus peel. A good quaffing wine, especially if served lightly chilled. Drink now. Score 85. K

S'forno, Pinot Grigio, Veneto, 2006: Light straw colored, light- to medium-bodied, with lively acidity to show appealing grapefruit, melon and mineral notes. Crisply dry, a good entry level white. Drink ow. Score 85. K


New Zealand

Goose Bay, Chardonnay, Marlborough, New Zealand 2006: Deep golden in color, medium- to full-bodied, with a generous overlay of vanilla crème patisserie parting to reveal apricot, peach and citrus-like acidity and minerality that keep the wine lively. A generous floral and fruity finish. Drink now. 87. K

Goose Bay, Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand, 2007: Light straw in color, with distinct gooseberry, green apple and tropical fruits all on a background of freshly mown grass. Medium-bodied, round, with good balancing acidity, an appealing quaffer. Drink now. Score 86. K


Goose Bay, Pinot Gris, East Coast, New Zealand, 2007: Fresh and appealing, medium-bodied, with nectarine, pear and melon fruits along with a hint of citrus peel. Drink now. Score 87. K

Goose Bay, Pinot Noir, East Coast, New Zealand, 2007: Light ruby towards cherry in color, light towards medium-bodied, an easy to drink little red with soft tannins and berry, cherry and cassis notes. Light enough on the palate that you might think that it was a rose. Not complex but a good entry level quaffer. Score 86. K


Spain


Capcanes, Flor di Primavera/Peraj Ha'Abib, Monsant, Catalunya, Spain, 2006: A traditional blend of Garnacha, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carignan. Full-bodied, with firm tannins and generous spicy wood, those integrating nicely and showing fine balance and structure that bode well for the future. Showing a generous array of blackcurrants, wild berries and purple plums on a background that hints at one moment of Oriental spices, at the next of freshly roasted coffee, and at yet the next of dark chocolate. Intriguing, complex and long. Approachable now but best 2011-2016. Score 91. K

Capcanes, Flor di Primavera/Peraj Ha'Abib, Monsant, Catalunya, Spain, 2005: A full-bodied, dark garnet towards royal purple blend of Garnacha, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carinena (Carignan), showing firm tannins those already integrating nicely with spicy wood and black fruits. On first attack blackcurrants and purple plums, those followed by blueberries, spices and Mediterranean herbs. Remains one of the best kosher wines of Europe. Approachable and enjoyable now but best 2010-2016. Score 92. K

Capcanes, Flor di Primavera/Peraj Ha'Abib,Monsant, Catalunya, Spain, 2004: A blend this year of 35% each Garnacha and Cabernet Sauvignon with 30% of Carinena. Super-dark garnet reflecting in part a 42 day maceration period, with still firm tannins needing time to settle down but with balance and structure that bode well for the future. Opens with spicy wood, that quickly residing to show plum and currant fruits, those complemented well by white pepper, sweet herbs and a light mineral note on the finish. Unfined and unfitered, the wine will be at its best only from 2008 and then should cellar nicely until 2015. Score 92. K

Capcanes, Flor de Primavera/Peraj Ha'Abib, Monsant, Catalunya, Spain 2003: A blend of Garnacha, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carinena and Tempranillo (40%,35%, 30% and 5% respectively) aged in new and one year old French barriques for about 12 months. Now showing dark ruby towards garnet, with once firm tannins integrating nicely with wood, acidity and fruits. On the nose and palate black currants, cherry and raspberry fruits matched well by overlays of coffee, licorice and a generous hint of minerals. On the long finish look as well for a hint of peppermint. Drinking well now but best from 2007-2012. NIS 130. Score 92. K

Capcanes, Peraj Petita, Monsant, Catalunya, Spain, 2007: Dark garnet, medium- to full-bodied, with silky tannins integrating nicely and showing an appealing hint of spicy wood. A blend of Garnacha, Tempranillo and Samsao,opens to reveal appealing red and black berries and cassis fruits, those supported nicely by notes of minerals and chocolate. Drink now-2012. Score 90. K

Capcanes, Peraj Petita, Monstant, Catalunya, Spain, 2006: Think of this as the second wine of Peraj HaAbib if you will, but whereas that wine goes for depth, concentration and aging potential, this lighter wine is destined for earlier and easier drinking. Developed primarily in stainless steel, with only 15% oak-aged, this medium-bodied, ruby towards garnet blend of Garnacha del Pais, Tempranillo (known in the region as Ull de Llebre) and Samso (the local name for Carinena or Carignan), shows soft tannins integrating nicely and with generous raspberry, red plum, cassis and cola aromas and flavors, those with an appealing mineral overlay and just the barest hint of sweetness on the long finish. Drink now-2011. Score 90. K

Bodegas Casa Quemada, Tempranillo, Tierra de Castilla, 2007: Dark cherry red towards garnet in color, medium-bodied, with soft, almost plush tannins. Reflecting its 6 months in oak with vanilla and light smoky notes, opening to show a nose and palate of sweet cherries, berries, and sweet cedar notes. Generous and fresh, with notes of dark chocolate rising on the finish. Drink now-2012. Score 88. K

Ramon Cardova, Rioja, 2005: Despite its youth, already showing signs of browning and taking on a distinctly earthy set of aromas and flavors. Only a few berry fruits here, those dominated by herbal, tobacco and leathery notes. Drink up. Score 69. (Tasted three times with consistent notes).
Ramon Cardova, Crianza, Rioja, 2003: Deep royal purple, medium- to full-bodied and with firm tannins that come together well with smoky oak, near-sweet plums and wild berries. On the moderately-long finish hints of chocolate and tobacco. A better than usual effort for this winery. Drink now-2007. Score 86. K

Ramon Cardova, Crianza, Rioja, 2002: Medium-bodied, with soft tannins, a supple wine with cherry, berry, tobacco and gamey notes. Sliding past its peak. Drink up. Score 84. K

Ramon Cordova, Reserva, Rioja, 2001: Made, as are most of the Cordova wines entirely from Tempranillo grapes. Medium- to full-bodied, dark garnet in color, its once firm tannins now settled in comfortably, showing appealing blackberry, purple plum and currant fruits. Drink now. Score 86. K

Terrenal, Cabernet Sauvignon, Yecla, Spain, 2005: A pleasant little country-style wine, medium-bodied, with somewhat chunky tannins and showing appealing berry, black cherry fruits. Not complex but a good quaffer. Drink now. Score 85. K

Terrenal, Merlot, Yecla, Spain, 2006: Soft and round, an internationalized little Merlot but a pleasant enough one, showing medium-bodied, with soft tannins and a berry-black cherry personality. Drink now. Score 85. K

Tierra Salvaje, Cava Brut Reserva, Spain, n.v.: Made by the traditional methode champenoise, this Spanish blend of Macabea, Parallada and Chardonnay shows unusually large but sharp and,long lasting bubbles. On the nose and palate appealing peach, pineapple and citrus fruits, those backed up nicely by hints of yeasty white bread and minerals. Perhaps a bit more sweet than one might hope for in a wine categorized as "brut" but lively and refreshing. Score 85. K

Elvi, Classico, Ribera del Jucar, 2007: A garnet red, medium-bodied blend of 87% Tempranillo and 13% Merlot showing lightly gripping tannins and a hint of spicy wood. On the nose and palate plum, blackberry, earthy and smoky aromas and flavours. Drink now-2010. Score 86. K

Elvi, Ness, Ribera de Jucar, 2007: Garnet red, medium- to full-bodied and unoaked, with soft, tannins, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo and Syrah. On the nose and palate blackberry, currant and purple plum fruits on a lightly spicy background hinting of vanilla and sweet cedar wood. Drink now. Score 86. K

Elvi, Matrix, Rioja, 2007: Made entirely from Tempranillo grapes, an aromatic an expressive wine. Medium-bodied, with soft tannins integrating nicely and showing generous black cherry, kirsch and spicy notes. Lingers nicely. Drink now-2011. Score 87. K

Elvi, Vina Encino, Ribera del Jucar,2007: A gently oaked blend of Bobal, Merlot and Cabernet sauvignon grapes. Medium-bodied, with soft tannins and an appealing array of black cherry, currant and blackberry fruits, those supported nicely by hints of chocolate and cigar tobacco. Drink now-2012. Score 88. K

Elvi, Makor, Utiel-Requia, 2006: Made entirely from Bobal grapes, a medium-bodied red with chunky, country-style tannins that smooths out on the palate to show a basic cherry-berry personality, the fruits on a near-sweet cedar and tobacco background. Drink now. Score 85. K

Elvi 26, Priorat, 2005: A blend of Syrah, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Full-bodied, with mouth-coating tannins and a generous dose of spicy oak, those in fine balance with jammy blackberry, purple plum and cassis notes. Muscular but with elegance. Drink now-2014. Score 88. K

Elvi, Vina Encina, Ribera del Jucar, 2004: Medium-dark ruby towards garnet, medium-bodied, and gently oaked, a blend of equal parts of Tempranillo, Bobal and Cabernet Sauvignon. On the nose and palate red plums, blackberries, hints of smoky oak and a lightly earthy overtone. Drink now Score 86. K

Elvi, Brut, Cava, n.v.: A blend of Macabeeo, Xarello and Parellada grapes, made by the traditional method Champenoise. Crispy dry, with concentrated sharp bubbles and appealing cherry, berry and citrus fruits. A pleasant if not somewhat light and not complex sparkling wine. Drink now. Score 86. K


Portugal

Casa da Corca, Douro, Portugal, 2005: Garnet towards royal purple, medium-bodied, reflecting its 10 months in barriques with gently spicy wood and soft, well integrated tannins. An oak-aged blend of Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz and Touriga Franca, showing blackberry, currant and licorice notes, those yielding on the finish to hints of espresso coffee. Generous and mouth-filling. Drink now. Score 88. K

Casa da Corca, Reserva, Douro, Portugal, 2004: Dark ruby towards garnet, medium-bodied, with somewhat chunky country-style tannins. Opens to show smoky oak, plum, wild berry and currant fruits, those on a background that hints of eucalyptus and green olives. Drink now. Score 86. K

Taylor Fladgate, Porto Cordovera, LBV, 2004: A second joint effort between Royal Wines of the USA and the well respected Port lodge ofTaylor Fladgate. Deep royal purple in color, smooth and rich, medium-bodied and showing moderate sweetness well in fine balance with alcohol and currant, plum and raisin fruits, all supported by spicy, caramel and chocolate notes. Approachable and enjoyable now but best from 2010. Score 90.

Taylor Fladgate, Porto Cordovero, Fine Ruby Port, n.v.: Darker garnet in color than most Ruby Ports and on the palate and nose one might think this a higher-level Tawny. Ripe and spicy, with well integrated tannin and good balancing acidity, showing generous prune, black cherry, caramel and vanilla along with a firm structure and a generous finish on which you will find a hint of cinnamon. A very well-made Ruby! Drink now or in the next year or two. Score 88. K


Hungary

Langer, Tokaji, Azsu, 3 Puttonyos, 2000: Deep gold in color, showing apricot, orange and tropical fruits. Moderately sweet, with good balancing acidity, and with just enough botrytis spiciness to please. Drink now-2011. Score 88. K

Langer, Tokaji, Aszu, 5 Puttonyos, 1998: Muscular and almost potent in its youth but now, although still intense and concentrated coming together beautifully. On the nose and palate dried summer fruits and citrus peel together with Oriental spices, those matched by fine acidity to balance the generous sweetness. Long and elegant. Drink now-2012, perhaps longer. Score 91. K

Langer, Tokaji, Szamorodi, Late Harvest, 1998: Medium-bodied, off-dry with honey and almonds to highlight apple pie aromas and flavors, those supported nicely by notes of vanilla and cinnamon. Look for an appealing spicy finish here. Drink now. Score 87. K

Langer, Furmit, Late Harvest, Tokaji, 1998: Made entirely from Furmit grapes, with generous botrytis impact showing spicy dried apricots and mandarin oranges. Moderately sweet, with fine balancing acidity, a fine aperitif.. Drink now-2011. Score 87. K


South Africa

Backsberg, Merlot, Paarl, Coastal, South Africa, 2007: Garnet towards royal purple, medium- to full-bodied, with soft, near-sweet tannins in fine balance with notes of fruit and spicy wood. On first attack a distinct raspberry flavor, that followed by plums and cherries, all supported nicely by notes of freshly roasted herbs. Drink now-2011. Score 88. K

Backsberg, Pinotage, Paarl, Coastal, South Africa, 2007: Ruby towards garnet, medium-bodied, with soft tannins and a light note of vanilla from the oak in which the wine was partly developed. On the nose and palate cherry, black currant, purple plums and hints of raisins. Not overly complex but easy to drink. Drink now. Score 86. K
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Re: My American Kosher Trip-Part VII:The Rest of the World

by Menachem S » Mon Mar 09, 2009 4:57 pm

My how I wish there was a kosher australian wine that lived up to the region!
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Re: My American Kosher Trip-Part VII:The Rest of the World

by Jon Tabak » Thu Jan 06, 2011 4:41 am

Hi Rogov,

Do you have an updated TN on Bodegas Flechas de los Andes, Gran Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina, 2008? Also, is there kosher vs. non-kosher version or is it all one and the same?

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Re: My American Kosher Trip-Part VII:The Rest of the World

by Daniel Rogov » Thu Jan 06, 2011 6:22 am

Jon, Hi….

I have re-tasted both the 2008 and 2007 kosher cuvees of the Gran Malbec. Both tasting notes hold firmly. (As a reminder, the notation "drink now" translates in longhand to "drink now or in the next year").

Indeed there is a regular (that is to say, non-kosher) cuvee of this wine. The non-kosher and kosher cuvees are quite similar, in both cases however, the regular cuvee shows more pronounced notes of figs and, in the case of the 2007 wine, a note of anise on the finish. The non-kosher cuvees also gets somewhat longer driniing windows, both the 2007 and 2008 promising t drink well until 2013.

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Bodegas Flechas de los Andes, Gran Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina, 2008 (Kosher Cuvee): A joint project by the Benjamin de Rothschild and Laurent Dessault of Chateau Dessault. Dark garnet towards youthful royal-purple, full-bodied, with generous but soft tannins and spicy wood settling down and showing good balance and structure. Opens to reveal appealing blueberries and figs, those supported nicely by hints of dark minted chocolate. Long and satisfying. Drink now. Score 89. K

Bodegas Flechas de los Andes, Gran Malbec, Argentina, 2007 (Kosher Cuvee): Garnet towards youthful royal purple, medium-bodied, with soft, gently mouth-coating tannins and opening to reveal purple plum, black cherry and red currant fruits, those on a lightly spicy background and finishing with a hint of licorice. A very good match to spicy sausages and grilled beef or lamb. Drink now. Score 87. K
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Re: My American Kosher Trip-Part VII:The Rest of the World

by Jon Tabak » Fri Jan 07, 2011 1:30 am

Thank you.

I've had the 2007 kosher cuvee a number of times and I thoroughly enjoyed. Thought I might give the 2008 a shot. WineLibrary.com has the 2008 for $13.98/bottle, but since there is no indication that it's kosher, I'm going to assume that it's the regular version.
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Re: My American Kosher Trip-Part VII:The Rest of the World

by Jon Tabak » Tue Jan 11, 2011 4:56 pm

And last, do you have TN for the 2009 vintage kosher cuvee? It is now in stock at KosherWine.com.
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Re: My American Kosher Trip-Part VII:The Rest of the World

by Daniel Rogov » Tue Jan 11, 2011 5:19 pm

The laws of probability never fail to amaze me. Today was largely devoted to a tasting of 22 of the Tuscan wines of Antinori. Because I was afraid that I might too easily recognize the wines, I instructed my assistants to throw in five or six "kickers" in an attempt to neutralize whatever biases I might have. The wine in question was in my first flight. After a first taste I made the note "Argentina-Malbec", wrote up my initial impressions and then returned to the wine an hour later and then again three hours later. The wine later appeared in my third flight, with a different number on the glass of course. I smiled to myself and wrote "Same Argentina-Malbec, probably Flechas". Lord, it's nice to be proven correct once in a while.

T'was a fun tasting for me. Will post about the Antinori wines later this evening. For the moment, here is the note for the wine about which you inquired. I would be sipping that one now but let's not kid ourselvew a 96 point Tignenello is even better.

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Bodegas Flechas de los Andes, Gran Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina, 2009 (Kosher Cuvee): Dark garnet with a robe of youthful royal purple, medium- to full-bodied, with fine concentration. Reflecting its development in barriques with soft, gently caressing tannins and hints of spices and lead pencil. On the nose and palate an appealing array of blackberries, cassis and purple plums, those parting to make way for hints of ripe plums, all with an appealing hint of what at one moments seems like mint and another like red licorice. Long and generous. Best kosher cuve to date from Flechas de los Andes. Drink now-2014, perhaps longer. Score 90. K (Tasted 11 Jan 2011)
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Re: My American Kosher Trip-Part VII:The Rest of the World

by Jon Tabak » Mon Jan 17, 2011 2:39 am

Hi Rogov,

That's funny and amazing all at once. One can only wonder if there were additional points awarded for the mental satisfaction :) Being as I'm one who thoroughly enjoyed the 2007 vintage, I'm truly looking forward to this one. Many thanks for the follow-up.

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