Gleanings from last week and a wine
Last week of November was hectic in terms of wine events for me. On TUE I had dinner with the guys from Enira and tasted all their wines, next day on WED I had a very goof time having lunch with Oliver and Raluca Bauer(Oliver Bauer is the winemaker from Crama Stirbey/Stirbey winery), then the Riedel event on FRI evening and two days at the Goodwine fair on FRI and SAT. That was quite a busy but very entertaining week.
By the way, Oliver is preparing something special, hopefully before Christmas. The winery is expecting to receive the approvals from the Romanian authorities to launch their new sparkling wines made from an undisclosed grape any day now. They do not grow Pinot Noir, Chardonnay or Pinot Meunier at the winery. The sparkling wine is made from a local indigenous white grape that they already use for some of their still wines. Take a guess: what is that grape ? I hope they will succeed in receiving the required approvals in time so we can sample the new sparkling this year.
After such hectic days, SUN was a day to rest, relax and spend quality time with my better half. Lunch was home made and paired with a wine I bought from my last trip to Conacul Urlateanu – Halewood wineries.
Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva 2003
The wine has a deep dark red color. The nose is clean with earthy dark fruits but not sweet and mineral with graphite and ink. I would say the nose is dominated by the mineral aromas. In the mouth the wine is medium body with dusty tannins, more austere than the 2005, with pencil shavings, chalk, some discreet dark fruits and earthy tones. The finish is medium with dusty, chalky dark berries. It feels like after eating chalk with sweet ripe dark fruits in the aftertaste. Very good wine and not as good as the excellent 2005.
If you want to try the Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva I would firmly recommend to try the 2005 vintage.
This week I’ll visit SERVE winery. Will come back soon with a report.
Thanks for reading!