Wierd Grapes First Get Together

Jelle in Amsterdam

Tasted February 3, 2015 by mychurch with 286 views


After years of tasting together Jelle, Mic, Ramon and myself decided to finally form a tasting group. Jelle has a goal of reaching 200 grape styles on Vivino, so we decided to focus on the Wierd and the Obscure. Unfortunately for this first get together Ramon was sick, so we only had 7 bottles to drink

Flight 1 - White Wine and Bubbles (4 notes)

All 4 fitted in well with the theme and we were all pretty much in agreement. The Taganan is the one to go and seek out more of, while the Romoratin is the one to drink with the food we had

White - Sparkling
2008 Bagrationi Chinuri 1882 Finest Brut Georgia, Kartli
85 points
Bubbles to start of course. I liked this more than the rest. 11% alcohol and super dry - think of a dry ultra-brut chapagme. Not a lot of bubbles and does not seem to have been kept on the lees. There was something about the crunchy fruit though that really worked for me - great apperatief with some roasted nuts. Finish is white grapefruit. Shame we finished it before the smoked salmon came out,
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2011 Domaine Philippe Tessier Cour-Cheverny La Porte Dorée France, Loire Valley, Upper Loire, Cour-Cheverny
88 points
Classiest wine of the day. Only previous experience of Romaritin is the Provignage, which was disappointing given the price and the age of the vines (oldest in France). This was much better. Chennin meets Sauvignon, with good weight of fruit and a touch of sweet apples. Good food wine and this really did not last long.
2013 Envinate Taganan Spain, Canary Islands, Tenerife, Tacoronte-Acentejo
91 points
I was expecting this to be something like an Alberino meets Chablis, but i was totally wrong. The nose is slightly oxadative, with yeasty witbier and the smell of the sea. Its medium bodied and very complex - stone fruits, brine and slate. Very complex. Long finish. No idea how this will develop, but its very unlikely my bottles will make it past the summer.
2011 Khareba Mtsvane Monastery Qvevri Wine Georgia, Kakheti
83 points
We served this as the last white as we guessed this would be the richest and most powerful. It was big, with a viognier style fruit, a fruity mid palate and a touch of bitterness on the finish, but it lacked some oomp, especially compared to the Taganan.. There are aspects to the wine that are impressive, and it is comples, but nobody really found it enjoyable and as the most expensive wine of the afternoon it is poor value.

Flight 2 - Red Wines (3 notes)

For me the Taganan was the only wine of the flight with a bit of class.

2013 Envinate Taganan Tinto Spain, Canary Islands
91 points
A red field blend, so its hard to tell exactly what grapes we are drinking. Lightest colour of the flight and style wise I have "farmers burg, which a dash of Southern Rhone". This is more refined than the white version, with a touch smokey and animal on the nose, red fruits and medium acidity. We all liked this and it would fit well as a pirate in an Etna tasting
2011 Pheasant's Tears Tavkveri Georgia, Kartli
87 points
Good wine. Touch of jam, but just enough acidity to keep it fresh. Easy drinking style with red currants and raspberries. Not a wine to seek out, but perfectly acceptable. Not sure its worth 17,50 a bottle though
2010 Vinselekt Michlovský St. Laurent Czech Republic, Moravia, Mikulovská, Perná
85 points
This is the Laurot grape - St Laurent was the nearest I could fine while adding this in. Maybe the food and the eiarlier bottles were having an effect as there was one clear smell when I stuck my head in the glass: porridge. A fancy porridge though, with added red fruit. Not quite jammy, but low in acidity. Easy drinking and this would make a good summer red. Nice to have tried.
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