Thursday, February 11, 2010

One of our candidates in Texas was pouring Santa Rita 120 Cab, and I found it very good with interesting favor... but then, I have a cold this week...

From Chile ...

Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Winemaker's comments :
Our ruby red 120 Cabernet Sauvignon is dominated by aromas of red and forest fruits, with additional notes of leather, cloves, and vanilla on the palate. This is a wine that develops on the palate, juicy, with soft, ripe tannins and a very elegant finish.

Winemaker : Carlos Gatica

Variety: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Region : Central Valley

Climate & Soil : The central zone climate is mainly Mediterranean with a broad thermal oscillation between day and night, an average humidity between 55% and 60% and maximum summer temperatures over 30°C. In the lands nestled alongside the Andes Mountains, night temperatures are usually low due to the cold winds blowing down from the mountains. Along the Coastal range, the thermal variation is lower due to the maritime influence. A selection of vineyards of loamy soils and excellent drainage, located in the foothills of the Andes, is carefully combined with vineyards of heavier textured, loamy clay soils spread out along the Coastal range.

Vinification : The grapes were hand picked in April, destemmed, and gently crushed. Fermentation took place at 24º to 28ºC (75º–82ºF), depending on the lot and zone. 10% oak was used during fermentation to improve color fixation and stability in the wines. Once alcoholic fermentation was completed, 20% of the wine was aged in French oak for 8 months for added sweetness and increase complexity.

Suggested Food : Ideal to combine with red meats, pork, spicy sauces and cheese soufflés.

Technical Details :
pH: 3.72
acidity: 3.19 g/l (exp. sulfuric acid)
alcohol: 13,9 % vol
residual sugar: 2.6 g/l

Thursday, February 4, 2010

I present one of the mysteries of wine - location. I like German Riesling (which I have always called "Liebfraumilch") but not US Riesling. Try both

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With a search of Liebfraumilch (Lovely Woman's Milk),
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Jakob Demmer Liebfraumilch,

Qualitatswein, 2004, Germany $6.50 for 750 ml (White wine)

Another tasty treat from Germany. And like the Webber Piesporter, this wine doesn’t state a varietal on its label, so I have to assume that it’s a blend of two or more grape varieties.

Whether it’s a blend of Riesling, Spaetburgunder (Pinot Noir), Gewuertztraminer, Scheurebe or other delicious white wines I’ve never heard of (and probably could never spell), all I care about is the fact that the Jakob Demmer Liebfraumilch is down right delicious. And in fact, it reminded me very much of the Webber Piesporter.

Crisp, slightly sweet, honey-ish and round flavored, this wine is very pleasing and fun to drink. It’s the kind of wine you would want around for pretty much any occasion. Plus, the name alone keeps things interesting. According to my Babel Fish translation, Liebfraumilch means “Love Woman’s Milk” or “Dear Woman’s Milk”….


I don’t really get it, but if they’re going for the whole Nectar-of-Life theme, they just might be on to something….

Bottom line, this is a good white wine for parties, get togethers, book readings, cozy chats, etc. Although German wines labeled “Liebfraumilch” are apparently considered “cheap” by many and often sneered upon, I thought this stuff was quite good for a casual, fun drink. In fact, although it’s inevitable, I would nevertheless be surprised at a person who doesn’t like it. And awfully curious.

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1 M. Brown
Jun 24th, 2008 at 6:38 pm

My mother translates Liebfraumilch as “Sweet Mothers Milk”. I think that translates into what qualities are expected in a good wine!