The Hedonistic Taster: 2019 Emerging Wine Regions

Capensis Chardonnay, South Africa.

 

The Hedonistic Taster

2019 Emerging Wine Regions Edition

by L.M. Archer

LM Archer Tastevin

Wine should not be regarded simply as a beverage, but as an art of living, a pleasure.” – Henri Jayer

 

The Hedonistic Taster provides an intimate format for me to share industry trade sample with you.

Ring in the new year with this exclusive selection of wines from emerging wine regions worldwide, including South Africa, Spain, Sud de France, Italy, and New Zealand.

Disclaimer: No compensation is received; all opinions expressed are that of the author.

 

Alois Lageder Schiava, Alto Adige, IT.

TASTING NOTES:

Wine:  Alois Lageder Schiava  – Vigneti delle Dolomiti IGT

Vintage: 2018

Alcohol:  12 %

Link to Producer Specs here. 

Suggested Retail: $ 16

Robe: Pellucid garnet robe.

Nose: An initial, sulfuric-like whiff blows off to reveal almond, red currant, and white pepper aromas. 

Bouche: Tart red currant, rhubarb, and white pepper on the palate; light body, well balanced acids and tannins dissolving into a savory, slightly bitter finish. Reminiscent of a granite-grown Beaujolais.

More about Alois Lageder here.

 

Fabula de Paniza Garnacha Rosado, Cariñena, ES.

TASTING NOTES:

Wine:  Bodegas Paniza Fábula de Paniza – D.O.P. Cariñena, Spain

Vintage: 2018

Alcohol:  13.5%

Link to Producer Specs here.

Suggested Retail: $  8.99

Robe: Delightful salmon hue.

Nose:  Summer strawberries!

Bouche:  Light body, refreshing acids, super-vibrant finish. A remarkable find for the price.

More about Bodegas Paniza here. 

 

Bodegas San Valero Particular Chardonnay - Cariñena, Spain 

TASTING NOTES:

Wine:  Bodegas San Valero Particular Chardonnay – D.O.P. Cariñena, Spain 

Vintage: 2017

Alcohol:  12.5%

Link to Producer Specs here.

Suggested Retail: $  10

Robe:  Clear pale gold robe. 

Nose:  White and yellow fruit.

Bouche:  Wowza! Clean, crisp,  inviting value summer quaffer. Super-impressed with this little breakout beauty. Amazing quality for the price.

More about Bodegas San Volero here.

 

El CIrco Payaso Garnacha Rosé - Cariñena, Spain

TASTING NOTES:

Wine:  El CIrco Payaso Garnacha Rosé – D.O.P. Cariñena, Spain

Vintage: 2018

Alcohol:  13%

Link to Producer Specs here.

Suggested Retail: $  9.99

Robe: Burnished copper robe.

Nose: White cherry, tangelo, stone fruit aromas.

Bouche: Grapefruit, nectarine, rainier cherry bouche; snappy acids. Light-medium body, snappy acids, zesty finishTextured enough to pair with tapas.

More about Grandes Vinos of Cariñena here.

 

Capensis Chardonnay, South Africa.

TASTING NOTES:

Wine:  Capensis Chardonnay – Western Cape, South Africa

Vintage: 2015

Alcohol:  14.%

Link to Producer Specs here.

Suggested Retail: $  80  / 1000 cases; each bottle numbered.

Robe: Regal gold robe.

Nose: Slightly toasty nose that opens into warm, yellow fruit aromas, with a hint of sea foam and fynbos.

Bouche:  All the finesse of a Meursault, with a taut, inner verve totally unique to South Africa. Impeccable structure, elegant finish. So beautiful.

NOTE: ‘Capensis’ means ‘from the Cape,’ which boast a 400-year-old wine growing history.

The label represents symbols indigenous to South Africa: A graceful springbok, which is a native gazelle, the versatile Marula tree, a King Protea which is a national flower of South Africa, and a Zulu shield.

More about Capensis here.
Domaines Paul Mas, La Forge Estate Chardonnay - Pays D'Oc - Languedoc, France

TASTING NOTES:

Wine:  La Forge Estate Chardonnay – Pays D’Oc – Languedoc, France

Vintage: 2017

Alcohol:  13.5%

Link to Producer Specs here.  

Suggested Retail: $ 12.99

Robe: Clean, golden hue.

Nose: Yellow apple on the nose.

Bouche:  Fleshy yellow apple follows through on the palate, with a slight kiss of oak. Light-medium body, perfectly poised acids and tannins, discrete finish. Great quality-to-value pour.

Domaines Paul Mas Reserve Pinot Noir - St. Hilaire Vineyard, Pays d'Oc, Languedoc FR.

TASTING NOTES:

Wine:  Paul Mas Reserve Pinot Noir – St. Hilaire Vineyard, Pays d’Oc, Languedoc FR.

Vintage: 2018

Alcohol:  13%

Link to Producer Specs here.

Suggested Retail: $  13.99

Robe: Deep garnet robe.

Nose: Potpourri, dusky underbrush ripe red fruit aromas.

Bouche:  Dark red fruit and savory, garrigue notes on the palate; surprising light body, balanced acids and tannins, lingering finish. 

Château de Crès Ricards 'Stécia' - Terrasses du Larzac, FR.

TASTING NOTES:

Wine:  Château de Crès Ricards ‘Stécia’ –  Terrasses du Larzac, FR.

Vintage: 2017

Alcohol:  14.5%

Link to Producer Specs here.

Suggested Retail: $  19.99

Robe: Inky garnet robe.

Nose: Red apple skin, garrique, umami notes.

Bouche:  Dark red fruit bouche; medium body. Balanced acids, tannins, silky finish. 

More about Domaines Paul Mas here.

 

Tenuta Sant'Antonio Famiglia Castagnedi "Nanfrè" Valpolicella Superiore DOC

TASTING NOTES: 

Wine:  Tenuta Sant’Antonio Famiglia Castagnedi “Nanfrè” Valpolicella Superiore DOC, IT.

Vintage: 2018

Alcohol:  12.5%

Link to Producer Specs here.

Suggested Retail: $ 15

Robe: Stunning bright ruby robe.

Nose: Vegetal, red cherry, black tea aromas carry through on the palate.

Bouche:   Light body, well-balanced acids, tannins, elegant finish. Exceptional quality-to-value wine. 

Tenuta Sant'Antonio Famiglia Castagnedi Monti Garbi Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore DOC

TASTING NOTES::  

Wine:  Tenuta Sant’Antonio Famiglia Castagnedi Monti Garbi Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore DOC, IT.

Vintage: 2017

Alcohol:  14%

Link to Producer Specs here.

Suggested Retail: $ 22

Robe: Deep garnet robe.

Nose: Savory tomato leaf, soy sauce, red fruit aromas.

Bouche: Red plum, currant,  umami-bomb back note. Medium body, balanced acids/tannins, smooth finish. 

 

Tenuta Sant'Antonio Famiglia Castagnedi Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG - Selezione Antonio Castagnedi 

TASTING NOTES:

Wine:  Tenuta Sant’Antonio Famiglia Castagnedi Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG (IT) – Selezione Antonio Castagnedi 

Vintage: 2015

Alcohol:  15%

Link to Producer Specs here.

Suggested Retail: $ 47

Robe: Deeply inked purple-garnet robe;

Nose:  Tomato leaf, Worcester sauce, smoky notes carry through on the palate.

Bouche:  Full-bodied, well-structured, smooth finish. For Bordeaux lovers who want to try something different with their entrecôte.

More about Tenuta Sant’Antonio here.

 

Tenuta Tascante Carricante "Buonora" Etna Bianco DOC, IT.

TASTING NOTES:

Wine:  Tenuta Tascante Carricante “Buonora” Etna Bianco DOC, IT.

Vintage: 2017

Alcohol:  12%

Link to Producer Specs here.

Suggested Retail: $ 21

Robe:  Clear gold robe. 

Nose: Hawthorne, stone fruit, ripe yellow apple aromas.

Bouche: Bosc pear, fleshy yellow apple, quince bouche. Light body, elegant acids, well-structured, clean finish. Gorgeous pour.

 

Tenuta Tascante Nerello Mascalese "Ghiaia Nera" Etna DOC.

TASTING NOTES:

Wine:  Tenuta Tascante Nerello Mascalese “Ghiaia Nera” Etna DOC, IT.

Vintage: 2016

Alcohol:  13%

Link to Producer Specs here.

Suggested Retail: $ 21

Robe: Clear garnet robe.

Nose: Red currant, acerola, pomegranate aromas carry through on the palate.

Bouche: Light body, beautiful balance. Lovely quality to value wine.

More about Tenuta Tascante here.

 

Loveblock Pinot Noir - Central Otago, NZ.

TASTING NOTES:

Wine:  Loveblock Pinot Noir – Central Otago, NZ

Vintage: 2018

Alcohol:  13.5%

Link to Producer Specs here.

Suggested Retail: $ 29.99

Robe: Brilliant ruby robe.

Nose: Violet, sous bois, clove, dark cherry aromas.

Bouche:  Uncomplicated, easy quaffer from the end of the world.

More about Loveblock here.

 

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