The new site is online / Le nouveau site est en ligne.


Voilà, c’est fait.

Le nouveau site de Winops est en ligne là-bas :

WINEOPS.FI

Il n’a pas du tout la même forme et son contenu est plus lisible, plus accessible. Les feedbacks seront les bienvenus.

Je tâcherai de continuer à tenir à jour ce blog car il permet une lecture facile et chronologique.

A bientôt!

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ALKO: Sparkling Brut by De Bortoli (Australia, South-Eastern Australia)


This is one of my last review on the old Wineops’ site… I hope you’ll enjoy!

Producer: De Bortoli

Wine: DB Family Selection Sparkling Brut

Vintage: NV

Grapes: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir

Origin: Australia, South-Eastern Australia

Price range: 8-10€ (Alko)

Available at Alko: Yes (02/14), 511387

It is not common for me to taste entry level wines. They tend to be pretty catastrophic, though I had a few decent experiences with Cono Sur or Fe.Vi. …

This wine appeals by its uncommon closure: a screw cap. This means that the pressure in the bottle cannot be as high as in traditional wines, this is most certainly a wine made with a Charmat method, as opposed to Champagne or traditional method. In Charmat method, you transformed all the wine in a pressurised tank into sparkling wine. There are two consequences. First the pressure is never as high as in Champagne (meaning, less bubbles, less delicate sparkling effect). The second consequence is that you cannot gain complexity from bottle ageing on yeasts since the wine cannot be stored long enough in contact of them prior bottling.

There are some example of great success in producing wines this way: in Asti, among Prosecco…

In this case, I am obliged to say that I rarely tasted a less interesting wine. Besides, I cannot really even call it wine. This is merely water with bubbles. There is no taste, the bubbles feels like added gas… a bit like a cheap sparkling water. As a wine, this is a preposterous: a bad joke, ridiculous! I would rather advise not to buy it. In the same category, you can find a basic sparkling by Cono Sur (worth 10 times the one extra euro). But I must say that it is not the first time I am disappointed with a wine by De Bortoli, especially from this DB Family Selection brand line.

Wineops’ rating: 32/100 ; 0 0

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Wineops va se transformer, nous sommes en train de développer un tout nouveau site, plus complet, plus propre et de nouveaux service. En attendant, un petit aperçu pour vous montrer vers quoi nous nous dirigeons :

Wineops will soon have a brand new Internet site. Better, stronger, faster! And multilingual. In the meantime, a little snapshot to discover it:

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ALKO : Pinot Noir Fuchsenfeld 2010 by Pittnauer (Austria, Burgenland)


Producer: Gerhard und Birgitte Pittnauer

Wine: Pinot Noir Fuchsenfeld

Vintage: 2010

Grapes: Pinot Noir

Origin: Austria, Burgenland

Price range: 20-30€ (Finland, Alko) – 20,50€ in January 2014

Available at Alko: Yes (01/14), 452237

Pittnauer is one of the good producer of northern Burgenland. It is one of the 9 winemaker based in Gols that produce the locally famous PANNOBILE, a high quality blend of Blaufränkisch and Zweigelt developed to promote the Red wines of the region. You can find more information over here.

Pittnauer’s style is rather on the modern side (in a positive way), with nice deep extraction, soft tannins and a clever use of oak. No use of modern artefact, though, for this Biodynamic estate. No surprises about the Pinot Noir Fuchsenfeld: it is a well made, juicy and powerful Pinot! At this point I will tell you a bit about the region and the vintage. Burgenland is a very warm place in summer. The climate is close to a Mediterranean one because of the influence of the Danube. The autumn is also pretty warm but often humid in the morning, thanks to the Neusiedlersee. It is wonderful for botrytis and thus explain the long tradition of Ausbruch (in Rust) or TBA. This being considered, it is a very big challenge to produce quality Pinot Noir. This grape doesn’t like warmth at all and it is very prone to every kind of disease, especially rot provoked by Botrytis Cinerea. This leads to two conclusion: first, a good vintage for sweet wines like Ausbruch is a bad vintage for Pinot Noir ; second, a cold vintage (bad for the red wines) is good for the Pinot Noir. Example: 2010 is a very bad year for red wines from Burgenland. The ripeness was low or even bad. The summer was cold, the autumn was wet. This led to catastrophic red in some parts of Burgenland, Kollwentz, one of the top estate, has not produced any single vineyard wines… but this was great for Pinot Noir. No problem with ripening, preservation of typical aromas, great balance… Every single Pinot from 2010 I have tasted were on the top : Dürr by Kollwentz, Blauburgunder  by Triebaumer, Unter den Terrassen by Umathum, Pinot Noir Réserve by Alphart… This one is no exception.

The nose is intense, with a lot of berries and a hint of oakiness (as I said, a very clever use of oak). It is a deep, dense nose. Still very young. On find also a hint of pepper. The palate give the same impression with a nice spiciness in the finish, a long finish. The structure is quite powerful, soft acidity and soft tannins. It is a very good wine in the making and still very young. I expect it to be at its best in around 3 years.

Wineops’ rating: 82/100 ; + 5

Pittnauer, Pinot Noir Fuchsenfeld 2010 (Austria, Burgenland)

Pittnauer, Pinot Noir Fuchsenfeld 2010 (Austria, Burgenland)

ALKO : Amalaya 2011 by Hess (Argentina, Salta)


Producer: Hess

Wine: Amalaya

Vintage: 2011

Grapes: Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Tannat

Origin: Argentina, Salta

Price range: 10-12€ (Finland, Alko)

Available at Alko: Yes (01/14), 485797

Amalaya is a kind of trendy wine. It has hit the market in Europe this year, at the same time in different countries, and I must say that is it pretty successful.

The nose displays a fruity profile but nothing too extreme. There is a hint of oak, but very well managed. Fruit is black berries and little black cherries. And in the finish you find a bit of spices (paprika-like). The mouth is fresh and balanced with enough tannins to pass on food. Oak is coming in the finish with a pretty strong vanilla-coco component. Then it develops on black cherry again. It is not overwhelmingly complex but the wine is extremely enjoyable.

This is the archetypical well made wine. It fits perfectly its purpose: it is simple yet enjoyable and clean. Balance, the most important, is indisputable. It is a very successful wine and it has a wonderful value for money. Obviously the best wine in terms of value that you can get from Alko it the category 5-15€

Wineops’ rating: 72/100 ; 0 0

Jouluviinit. Alkon parhaat viinit jouluksi: Punaviinit


And finally… mostly to enjoy at New Year’s Eve, considering how late I post the article 🙂 : red wines. There is a lot of possibility in Alko’s selection, though I must warn you that choosing a red wine with Finnish Christmas food is a big risk. It will absolutely work with the pork, but it will fall short on the salmon, whether it is graavilohi or savulohi, it will also have difficulties with all the salads, peruna, rosolli… In case I would serve a fine red, I would split the dinner into two parts : first part with the salads and then with the joulukinkku and the various laatikkot.

This time, I give you a list split between medium and powerful wines and then by order of  increasing price.

MEDIUM BODIED (wines that I would favour for the pairing with Christmas food).

Spain: Pares Balta, Savia Viva 2010 (471587) 7,98€ : Simple but efficient.

Argentina: Amalaya 2011 (485797) 11,90€ : A surprisingly good blend from Argentina. Spicy and fruity but with a nice structure in the mouth. This is one of my nowadays « top buy » in Alko. Best served not too cool and can be drank right after opening.

New-Zealand: Brancott Estate, South Island Pinot Noir 2011 (466047) 11,99€ : Entry level and yet delicious Pinot Noir. Sure, it lacks a bit structure, but at that price point, it is a bargain.

Italy: Zenato, Valpolicella Superiore 2010 (450187) 12,99€ : Standard but elegant Valpolicella. Thousand times better than the ugly Masi example of the kind.

Chile: Leyda, Las Brisas Pinot Noir 2011 (475537) 13,98€ : Pinot Noir is definitely the best option when it comes to Christmas dinner. This is a good and affordable example. It will benefit from an early opening. (a couple of hours before drinking).

Austria: Rabl, Blauer Zweigelt Vinum Optimum 2011 (496847) 13,99€ : light, fresh and fruity. Almost no tannins. This is a dream of a wine for delicate palates. 2011 being an outstanding vintage in Austria.

New-Zealand: Vicarage Lane, Canterbury Pinot Noir 2009 (435547) 15,95€ : Much more dense. Spicy. Clean. A very nice Pinot Noir, more balanced and fruity than the Leyda Las Brisas.

Spain: Muga Reserva 2008 (449177) 17,61€ : One of the best Rioja of the selection. Surprisingly balanced and elegant.

Italy: Villa Antinori rosso 2009 (006861) 17,99€ : Modern, fruit and chocolate taste. A nice wine that benefits from an early opening.

Austria: Weninger, Blaufränkisch Hochäcker 2009 (407007) 18,14€ : One of the best value for money place in Austria. Spicy, with a strong character. And still very soft tannins. Very good wine.

Austria: Pittnauer, Pinot Noir Fuchsenfeld 2010 (452237) 19,96€ : Austria has started recently to produce Pinot Noir. This is an interesting example.

New-Zealand: Te Kairanga, Runholder Martinborough Pinot Noir 2009 (408487) 19,98€ : One of the good Pinot Noir from Alko. If you find 2007 this will be even better. 2009 will require a little bit of breathing time.

USA: Boedecker Cellars, Oregon Pinot Noir 2011 (455397) 20,40 : From the coolest climates of the USA. A very well defined and nice to drink Pinot Noir.

France: Chapoutier, Crozes-Hermitage Les Meysonniers 2010 (429967) 21,00€ : A very good example of nordic Syrah. Great vintage. The wine is however very young and need 2 to 3 years to open. If you have it for Christmas. Either decant 2 hours, either open 24h before drinking (take a few centiliter away and leave the bottle opened).

Italy: Luigi Einaudi, Barolo Terlo 2007 (476267) 39€ : The top of Alko’s selection. This is an outstanding wine, not even expensive. This wine has years in front of him but it is already enjoyable. To be decanted 2 hours before.

New-Zealand: Felton Road, Bonnockburn Pinot Noir 2010 (429367) 50,30€ : A fantastic wine from New-Zealand. Felton Road is THE reference of the country. Still young but enjoyable.

FULL BODIED, POWERFUL WINES (for those who look for a big kick in the mouth!)

Chile: Tabali, Reserva Especial 2009 (407507) 15,99€ : Very concentrated, very ripe, very powerful. A decent to good wine, but it might overpower the meal. Still, very pleasurable if this is the kind of wine you are looking for.

France: Château Cesseras, Minervois la Livinière 2009 (424377) 16,99€ : Powerful and yet fresh with a hint of grassiness that often lacks in super ripe similar blends from Australia.

Argentina: Norton, Privada 2010 (432417) 17,89€ : Much more powerful and concentrated. It is not a wine with a strong personality but it compensates with its expressivity.

Australia: Rosemount, GSM 2010 (454607) 24,90€ : A southern Rhône blend from Australia. Rosemount is not the reference estate from the country but this wine is truely outstanding. Very complex and with a great balance. Not to be missed!

Australia: Yalumba, Hand Picked Shiraz-Viognier (463597) 28,70€ : An other Rhône blend (northern Rhône), the same that you find in Côte Rôtie. More concentrated, more generous with a more noticeable alcohol. An other very good wine.