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2005 Bodegas Roda Rioja Roda Reserva

31/08/2011 Jozef Schildermans 0

2005 Bodegas Roda Rioja Roda Reserva – Spain, La Rioja, Rioja (7/30/2011) A whiff of the barnyard on the spicy, dark fruited nose. On the palate sweet dark fruits, sweet spices, refreshing acidity and a hint of dark chocolate. Quite balanced, a pleasure to drink. (91 points)

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2007 Bodegas AAlto Ribera del Duero AAlto

29/08/2011 Jozef Schildermans 0

2007 Bodegas AAlto Ribera del Duero AAlto – Spain, Castilla y León, Ribera del Duero (7/29/2011) Ripe dark berries, coconut, vanilla, dark chocolate, refreshing acidity, modern styled, but balanced, not over the top, already accessible, but not as deep nor as complex as in better years. I wouldn’t age this. The same on the second day. (91 points)

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Pommard and Nuits want grand cru’s

29/08/2011 Jozef Schildermans 0

The Organisme de défense et de gestion (ODG) of Pommard in Burgundy (the association of wine growers) wants the premier crus Rugiens and Epenots recognized as grand crus. The ODG will file a request with the INAO (Institut National des Appellations d’Origine), the French institute that regulates appellations of origin. The Burgundy classification of 1936 recognized only premier cru vineyards > Read more …

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Emilio Lustau Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Rio Viejo Oloroso Seco

26/08/2011 Jozef Schildermans 0

N.V. Emilio Lustau Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Rio Viejo Oloroso Seco – Spain, Andalucía, Jerez-Xérès-Sherry (7/29/2011) Roasted nuts, citrus and orange peel and licor, a hint of caramel and smoke… completely dry, but generous and mouth coating, with a long lasting, slightly alcoholic aftertaste. (92 points)

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Roman wine jars found off Albania

26/08/2011 Jozef Schildermans 0

A team of American and Albanian archeologists found a well preserved Roman ship wreck off the Albanian coast with 300, unfortunately empty wine jugs, reports Associated Press. The thirty meters long ship wreck dates from the first century BC. The ship transported wine from vineyards in southern Albania to European markets, perhaps in Gaul (France). Albania was part of ancient > Read more …

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2010 Marqués de Riscal Verdejo Rueda

25/08/2011 Jozef Schildermans 0

2010 Marqués de Riscal Verdejo Rueda – Spain, Castilla y León, Rueda (7/28/2011) Lemon, pear, ripe apple, lemon herb on the nose and the palate; very balanced, expressive, aromatic, refreshing… very good quality for its price, a pleasure to drink. Better on the second day. (90 points)

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Belgian topchef launches own wine

25/08/2011 Jozef Schildermans 0

Belgian topchef Peter Goossens launches four wines with his name, signature and photo on the label: two whites, one rosé and one red. They will be sold in Belgian supermarkets and are a licensed product of Goossens’ Belgian satellite food channel Njam! The wines cost 6,85 euro. On the labels there is almost no information on what is in the > Read more …