Author: Zoltán Németi
Monastrell means great value, the wines in the €7-8 range almost always over-deliver (see here and here for example). However I find the pricier ones less reliable. But here is an exception, the Caliza 2020 from Bodegas Los Frailes is a step up in quality and still has a good QPR.
A unique Hungarian white wine: kabar 2019 from Péter Pince
This might be the best edition of this wine yet. Kabar can improve with a bit of ageing, a point proved by the also great 2017, so I’m looking forward how this 2019 will look in a few years time…
Lovely nebbiolo from Australia, the Mayer 2019
Australian nebbiolo is quite different from Piedmont versions, but it can be great, too. Made with semi-carbonic maceration this Mayer Nebbiolo is even more unusual – and what a nice wine it is!
Domaine Rostaing Cote-Rotie Cote Blonde 2018
Domaine Rostaing is one of greatest names in Cote-Rotie. Their Cote Blonde is priced accordingly, a bottle will cost you almost 150€. I cannot afford such expensive wines to drink myself, but sharing a bottle with wine lover friends helps, so now I have an idea what it’s like. Continue reading
Le Paradou Grenache Rouge 2020
A 15% red from Southern France. Continue reading
A visit in photos: Dorli Muhr, a leading blaufrankisch producer in Carnuntum
A wine lover’s dream. This is how wines are presented at Weingut Dorli Muhr (picture above). So that you can explore and compare the differences of all the site-specific blaufrankisch they make.
Supermarket wines: Pierre Chanau Brouilly 2020
What an interesting Beaujolais Cru! Never tasted one like this…
Yet another great value monastrell: Paraje Marín Bruma 2020
A new discovery for me. I tasted many monastrells in recent years, but not a single one from this producer – a big mistake. Compared to the previous two monastrells on this blog, this shows yet another face on the variety. And what a lovely wine it is.
Casa Castillo Monastrell 2021
After Castano Hecula, here is another monastrell, one with a completely different style. This is a very contemporary interpretation of the variety
Great value, as usual – Castano Hecula Monastrell Organic 2020
Bodegas Castano’s Hecula is an old favourite of mine, yet this is the first time for me to taste the organic version. It’s a bit different compared to the previous vintages, I wonder if the winemaking has changed, too, not just the grape cultivation method.