Monthly Archives: June 2013

Dehasa del Rey 2009 Crianza

 

Dehasa del Rey 2009 Crianza HIJOS DE ANTONIO BARCELÓ, S.A. purchased from Rossman Dusseldorf for €5.99

 

A dark purple colour, a bit of American Oak on the nose and a bit more in the mouth. There is some fruit. Thin and dry in the mouth, but with some length. It tastes like a co-op wine and I cannot think of another Ribera Crianza that I can buy for this price in Dusseldorf. If I were at a barbecue then I dare say that the flavour would improve a bit. That said, will I buy it again ?- Probably not. I would rather pay another €1.50 and buy the Marques de Villila, which on a good day is very good and on a bad day is better than this. Or buy the Paramo de Corcos 2011 (Tinto) – Roble for €0.50 more. Either will give you much more of a hint of the potential of Ribera wines.

 

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Bottle to bottle consistency -Marqués de Velilla Crianza 2008

 

Marqués de Velilla Crianza 2008

 

Grandes Bodegas S.A. La Horra, Ribera del Duero

 

 

Purchased in Düsseldorf [Rindchen’s weinkontor Ellerhorst 1) 25/4/2013 and subsequently every week  for about €7.50

 

 

The first thing I noticed about the wine was the use of a ‘reserva’ length cork, which boded well for the liquid itself.

 

 

The wine was drunk with skate and a salad – so lots of butter and olive oil. It struck me as a good example of a La Horra crianza: big, powerful, significant quantities of oak, both American and French, some fruit, mainly cherry, and a long finish. A very good wine that I will drink again – so I did a week later, this time with Grey Mullet. Again the wine stood up very well to quite a strong fish.

 

 

Unlike the Altos de Tamrón 2011 Roble (€4.99) that tasted of sweet vanilla and may have gone well with ice cream, but not with roast chicken.

 

 

Subsequent bottles of the Velilla have been mixed, three have been as good as the two drunk above and two have been much more austere with large amounts of American oak and small amounts of fruit, they have also been a little earthy and less unctuous. Maybe we are drinking the wine at a higher temperature and the extra 3 degrees C is making a huge difference or maybe It’s another case of the well known Ribera, same vintage, bottle to bottle consistency.

 

Baden Numen ‘B’ 2009

Baden Numen ‘B’ 2009 Bodegas Baden Numan €9.90 Vino Versum Düsseldorf June 2013

Drunk on a warm afternoon – yes such afternoons do exist – and initially without any cooling.

The wine was very dark inky purple and bright, unlike previous bottles, drunk three years ago, that had been slightly cloudy. The first think that hit me was the smell of fruit and some French Oak, then the taste – big alcoholic, American oak – something like a Pesquera. This was not what I was expecting so I put the bottle in the fridge for an hour and opened something else.

The something else was Domaine De La Janasse Terre de Bussière 2010 – the VDP Vacluse version of this wine, containing non AOC Merlot. In comparison to the Baden Numen, this wine was red, not black. And the first notes were of cocoa and French Oak. fruity in the mouth and despite being 14.5% tasted less alcoholic than the 14% BN. A very nice summer afternoon wine, smooth and round enough to be drunk without food. I am sure it will also go well with something hearty later in the year. €8.90 Vino Versum Düsseldorf June 2013.

Returning to the Baden Numen and with the benefit of both food and some cooling the fiery alcohol had gone, there was a bit more fruit but most of the oak remained . A very nice wine, still tasting much more like a crianza than a semi crianza such as A&M’s Ceres.

This all left me a bit puzzled. I remember the Baden Numen I drank in Aranda as being cloudy, with a sediment but bursting with fruit and have no memory of it being a roble let alone tasting like a (very good) crianza.

I had a look at the website http://www.badennumen.es which was singularly unhelpful. I may have to go onto facebook and ask them if they ever made an unoaked joven.

Another visit to Vino Versum

 

Another visit to Vino Versum Kaiserswerther Strasse 40 Düsseldorf. June 2013

 

We started with two glasses of Markus Molitor 2011 Riesling (€8.90 a bottle). As before, the wine was just dry. The Riesling bouquet though evident seemed less pronounced than last time – maybe the wine was a little warmer, the day certainly was. Maybe we were a little thirstier. In the mouth there was also a lot of acidity and fruit, which reminded me of the 2009 Paramo de Guzman Rosado, it slipped down very easily (again).

 

Then I tried another Riesling: the 2012 Weiser-Kunstler. A citrus fruit nose, very dry and as the wine warmed up a little it became much more floral. Impressed I bought a bottle. Perhaps I did not get the wine as cold as it had been in the shop, perhaps I should have used different shaped glasses, at home I used flutes, the shop used more rounded white wine glasses, perhaps inside during the evening after a long day of bike riding v sitting at an outdoor bar on a sunny afternoon had an effect; something was very different. The wine I drank at home, though pleasant, bore little resemblance to the wine I had tasted in the shop. Unusually for a white wine, the one I drank at home also had some ‘wine diamonds’ so I guess not much filtration is used.

 

Clearly it would be hasty to jump to any conclusions about this wine, so I will have to go back an try it again.

 

I am not sure what the Riesling cost, but it plus four glasses of wine, plus an 8.90€ and a 9.90€ bottle came to 40€ so about 8€ I would guess.