Louis Riesling

Louis RieslingIt amazes me how many times I’ve heard people say “I don’t like riesling” because whenever I hear that, I reckon “you haven’t tried the right riesling.”  This is truly a misunderstood wine and one where you can find as many terrible ones as excellent ones.  And so, I can be with you why it has a terrible rap with some people.
But if you want to reduce the likelihood that the riesling you’re going to taste is a terrible one, there are a few things you can do.  One of those things is to buy a German riesling.  Of all the rieslings I’ve tasted in my life, there are very few German ones I’ve tasted that I haven’t liked.  That’s not to say that there aren’t any duds appearance from Germany, but proportionally the majority are excellent… really excellent.  And this riesling from Louis Guntrum is no exception.
The Louis Guntrum estate lies on the banks of the Rhine river in Rheinhessen between Oppenheimer and Nierstein.  Like many European winemaking families, the description of the Guntrum family’s involvement with wine goes back for generations.  All the way back to 1648.  But, of course, they’ve also modernized their techniques and processes over the years. Read more

Great Sense Vinho Verde

Great Sense Vinho VerdePeople often question me, “what’s your favorite wine?”  But that’s an impossible question to answer.  I don’t have one favorite.  My favorite thing about about wine is the variety.  I like different wines at different times.  Sometimes it depends on what I’m eating with it, what the weather is like, or just what I feel like.  And when you like to mix it up, Vinho Verde is a nice wine to add to your repertoire.
It’s a very set alight and fresh wine.  And fresh is exactly what these wines are.  Vinho Verde translates to “green wine” which is a allusion to the youthfulness of the wines.  These are meant to be consumed within a year of production.  So, as a 2010 vintage, this one is nearly overdue for consumption… but it is subdue quite excellent.
The designation of Vinho Verde refers to the style of wine (i.e. young) and the location (i.e. Northwest Portugal) much more than it refers to the grape varietal, as there are a number of different varietals allowed in the wine.  This one is made with 60% Touriga Nacional and 40% Espadeiro.  Most Vinho Verde that I’ve come across is colorless, but some is red and some, like this one, is rosé. Read more

Casa de Vila Verde Vinho Verde

Casa de Vila Verde Vinho VerdeThe additional day we reviewed a Vinho Verde from Fantastic Sense and tonight we’re checking out another one, this one from Casa de Vila Verde.
Like many European vineyards, Casa de Vila Verde has a long description, going back to the mid-17th century within the same family.  And like many European producers, the winery was modernized within the past 20 years — in this case it was in 1996.  While in the US it’s fascinating to learn about vineyards with such a description, the tale is so prevalent in Europe that when I speak to wine writers there they find it cliché.  Maybe it is, but I subdue appreciate the family heritage that goes into many wines in the province versus the corporate heritage we find on many of the shelves in the US.  That’s not to say there aren’t family wineries in the US, there are many of them, but very few with the extensive description of those from additional regions.The aromas on this wine are like fresh squeezed lime over green apples, with a hint of honeysuckle in the background.  The palate has really nice, vibrant acidity with flavors of fresh apple, lime and a touch of mineral.  The end is nice too, with plenty of citrus and mineral flavors lingering on.  This one doesn’t offer the fizz you would find in many Vinho Verdes, but the acidity gives plenty of life to the mouth feel.
Wine: Casa de Vila Verde Vinho Verde
Variety: Colorless blend
Vintage: 2010
Alcohol: 11.5%
Rating: 87
Fee: $10.00 Read more