|Gaston Hochar giving us a tour of the winery|
You know that Alko has failed its customers when this is the most exciting new arrival in our monopoly during the last year or so. And when there are just a handful of wines that I enjoy drinking overall. And when there isn't even a single wine that I would find truly awesome. Surely if Finland is allowed to have a monopoly, it should at least cater to all tastes? But Alko is a failure, especially because this isn't even available in the normal selection but has to be ordered separately.
But that said, it's a nice little wine. I love Ch. Musar, but I don't always enjoy the Hochar, the "second wine". But in 2008 it's a little sibling of the Musar proper. The nose especially shows a very clear family resemblance. It is open and enjoyable even without decanting and has a lovely, slightly stinky touch to the ripe, sunny fruit. I think stink is woefully underrated in wines. Light and soft in comparison to Musar proper, it lacks the raciness and slight volatility and is more sweet and sunny. But it is structured enough that my glass disappeared very quickly. Nice wine. No need to age it.