Sunday, October 08, 2006

Some wines to drink now - or hopefully in the future (If you can get hold of them)

Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
Western Cape, South Africa

This wine is absolutely wonderful. Produced by the de Wet family in the South West Cape region of South Africa. This estate goes back to 1859. The Cabernet-Sauvignon from this estate was great. After the wine was allowed to breathe, it developed into a wonderful full bodied wine with aromas of dark chocolate, black currants and earth with very soft tannins. If you can get hold of a few bottles do!

This full bodied wine is recommended for a wide varieties of food, as chicken, red meats, game or rich pasta dishes.

Melini Chianti Borghi d'Elsa 2003
Tuscany, Italy

Founded in 1705, Melini is a sign of tradition an an old and highly respected tuscan estate. It is produced on Chianti's finest soils by one of Tuscany's renowned winemakers, Nunzio Capurso. This wine has a clear fruity character.

I found that it was somewhat of a disappointment. Even after breathing I found that it rather flat. I would, if you are to buy this wine, recommend you to store this in hope for more character to develop.

It is recommended for meat, salads and cheese. If you are to drink it now I would recommend it for pastadishes and salads.

Ravenswood Vintners Blend 2003
California, USA

I love the Zinfandel grape and Ravenswood really knows how to make wine from it. It is produced in the predominantly zinfandel-growing counties of Sonoma, Lodi and Mendecino counties in California.

A lot character with distinct aromas of pepper, rasberry and blackberry, with enough oak, this wine is a great buy at a very affordable price, if you can hold of it. Due to its spicy character it can take spicy food, game and red meat easily. However this wine is very good to drink by itself. It is heaven!

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Hans said...

Any of these wouldn't be available at the Vinmonopol (Wine Monopoly) by any chance?

Tor Johnsen said...

The Excelsior and the Melini Chianti, is not available here. You might order it through the Vinmonopol. But you are in luck, as you can get the best of them, the Ravenswood Wintners Blena at the Vinmonopol-shops in Oslo. It is a bit pricey, around NOK 130, but it is excellent.

Good Luck!

Derek said...

We reviewed the Ravenswood Vintners Blend Zinfandel 2003 over at giving it 3 out of 5 stars. "This Zinfandel has a interesting raspberry smell, almost antiseptic... Good level of dryness, bold oak, but overall unremarkable"
Check it out over at