December 09, 2016

Best experience of November

There are some wines that just make you happy. The first smell and sip makes you smile and then pure bliss. 2012 E. Guigal Crozes-Hermitage did exactly that to both me and TheMan a very autumn like November night. Dark red colour. Red fruits, cherries, strawberries and oak on the nose. Rather structured tannins with hints of vanilla and blackcurrant. One sip and we were back in a sunny and hot France driving along the river Rhône.

November 27, 2016

Best experience of October

On one of the first autumn evenings we were invited to some friends’ house for a California themed dinner. Bottles that had been brought over to Europe in suitcases and carry-on luggage.

First out Bonterra Chardonnay from Mendocino County. Yellow colour. Fruity with those typical traits from a Californian, chardonnay, i.e. oak, butter and vanilla.

Then it was time for 2013 A. Rafanelli Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma. Deep dark purple colour. Rich, luxurious, full bodied palate of blueberries mixed with blackberries, raspberries, mint, pepper and spice ending with a very long finish.

Number three and final wine was also from Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma. 2013 Michel-Schlumberger Zinfandel Gold Collection. Dark ruby colour. Concentrated blackberries, fresh plum with notes of vanilla and spice. Dense structure but still a very lush mouth feel.

October 03, 2016

Best experience of September

Whenever TheMan and I drink a Rioja we wonder why we don’t drink it more often, because they are so wonderful.

2004 La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 was no exception. Deep cherry-red colour. Intense, aromas of vanilla, coconut, chocolate and truffle with hints of candied fruit. Fine and silky tannins with a long finish. Truly wonderful just like we thought. And yes we need to start drinking more Rioja.

September 11, 2016

Best experience of August

I have a weakness for Bandol Rosés (and all other wines coming from Bandol). This hilly and sunny region of France had me at hello two years ago and I just want to come back for more and more.

As Bandol wines are a rare find here in Sweden, whenever I see a bottle I buy it and so far no major disappointments... 2015 Domaine de la Tour du Bon was no expectation au contraire. Pink orange colour, peach and red orange along with both mineral and spices. A little bit of heaven in a bottle.

August 07, 2016

Best experience of July

After a wonderful day with visits to the vineyard, cellar and tasting lunch it was time for dinner at La Maison d’Olivier Leflaive. Again, of course, marvellous food and wines. The 2012 Olivier Leflaive Volnay Premier Cru Santenots quickly became my favourite with its dark red colour, aromas of strawberries and cassis as well as slightly hints of spice. Can’t get much better than this...

July 01, 2016

Best experience of June

It had been a long wait, but very much worth it. 2007 d’Arenberg Dead Arm Shiraz definitely lived up to the rumours. Deep, dark red-purple colour. Plenty of dark chocolate, liquorice and blackberry fruits ending with rather balanced tannins.

June 08, 2016

Best experience of May

When I started my love affair with wine (i.e. tasting, learning and collecting) I got the advice to buy fine NV champagne and store them for a couple of more years before popping the cork. An excellent advice which has given my wonderful moments drinking superb champagne.

This particular bottle had a lively frothy bead with white cherries, apricots and some minerals ending with a both spicy and fresh finish.