Alpha Domus "The Navigator" 2008 - NZ, Hawkes Bay
Yesterday I traveled to Turku to attend a Freisalicious tasting. It was well worth the trip, though I did miss my train back and had to wait an hour for the next one.
1953 Giacomo Borgogno & Figli Freisa Riserva - Italy, Piedmont, Piemonte DOC (5/21/2012)
Vigneti Canubbi" - so are Canubbi and Cannubi the same vineyard? Pale,
orange color. The nose seemed quite far gone: lots of malty aromas, but
also some lovely aged fruit though that pretty quickly became too
oxidized. The palate was better: lovely intensity, not much fruit of
course, but lovely aged character and for about a half hour after
opening it was vibrant. I'm sure many will people have these lying
around still so drink up quickly!
1971 Gaja Langhe Freisa - Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Langhe DOC (5/21/2012)
very fruity and sweet aroma of tinned peaches. It did have aged
character to it, but the bright peachiness was the most memorable thing
about it. Sweetish fruit, fairly low acid, still some tannic bite. Some
around the table thought it lacked a bit of focus and precision and I do
agree with that, but I still thought it was a very enjoyable wine.
1973 Giacomo Conterno Vino Freisa - Italy, Piedmont, Piemonte DOC (5/21/2012)
the old Freisas, I thought this was the best. Dark and dusty fruit, a
bit of the peachiness that I found in the Gaja, but not in such absurd
and dominating amounts. Rather this was a very savory wine. Still quite
tannic, dense but lively and very moreish. A down-to-earth, charming,
slightly brutish relative of Barolo.
1997 G.D. Vajra Langhe Freisa Kyè - Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Langhe DOC (5/21/2012)
A really enjoyable Freisa with dark, savory fruit; good grip, but fairly low acidity. Long and savory. Could use a bit more age.
2008 G.D. Vajra Langhe Freisa Kyè - Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Langhe DOC (5/21/2012)
far the worst wine of the tasting - Vajra has apparently since 2006
changed the style of the Kyè and it is now a modern wine. It could be
from anywhere: Chilean Cabernet, Ozzie Shiraz, whatever. And it tastes
incredibly alcoholic as well: the 1997 was only 12,5% but this 2008 is
14,5% and it cannot handle such an amount. Bad wine.
2003 Giuseppe E Figlio Mascarello Langhe Freisa Toetto - Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Langhe DOC (5/21/2012)
hot year and it shows: dark, almost raisiny fruit; yet the palate is
quite a bit better as it has real grip and the fruit doesn't seemed
dried up. Nice enough.
2004 Giuseppe E Figlio Mascarello Langhe Freisa Toetto - Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Langhe DOC (5/21/2012)
flawed but we couldn't come up with a proper diagnosis: possibly some
contamination from one of the unenjoyable strains of brett, possibly
mildly corked, possibly both or something else completely. But it was
off-putting with its strong cats' piss and band aid aromas; no fruit, no
finish. NR (flawed)
2003 Cavallotto Langhe Freisa Bricco Boschis - Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Langhe DOC (5/21/2012)
nice wine and doesn't suffer too much from the hot year. It still has
some lovely dark, savory fruit and good grip (but lowish acid). Seems
fairly light - especially for 14% abv. Nice!
2003 Franco Conterno Langhe Freisa Vigne Bussia - Pugnane - Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Langhe DOC (5/21/2012)
hugely enjoyable wine and no need to qualify that by saying it's good
for a 2003; it is just plain good! Bright, delineated fruit, savory.
Bright and light, tannic and moreish. Deliciously light at only 12,5%.
2009 Giuseppe Rinaldi Freisa Langhe - Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Langhe DOC (5/21/2012)
darker style but not over-ripe, very savory, very crunchy fruit, very
good grip, delineated despite fairly low acidity. Very good.
2007 Cantina Terre del Barolo Le Terre Langhe Freisa - Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Langhe DOC (5/21/2012)
too keen on this. It had a bit too much of something sharp and off
putting on the aroma, a bit like cat's piss. Light but tannic.
Outclassed by the other Freisas.
After the tasting a few random bottles were opened (we Finns are a thirsty people):
2001 Recaredo Cava Reserva Particular - Spain, Cava (5/21/2012)
Corked. Which is a shame - it would have been fun to taste one of these "super" Cavas - this one apparently costs c.60€! NR (flawed)
2011 Domaine d'Emile et Rose Vin de Pays des Côteaux du Libron Aramon - France, Languedoc Roussillon, Languedoc, Vin de Pays des Côteaux du Libron (5/21/2012)
Aramon. A difficult wine to try now: very sweet, lacking acidity, but
still quite fresh, reductive. Might be interesting to try with more
exposure to air. It certainly seemed to transcend the workhorse, bulk
quality reputation of the Aramon variety.
2007 Franz Strohmeier Blauer Wildbacher - Austria, Styria, Weststeiermark (5/21/2012)
thought this was amazingly good. A very dark, savory aroma of wild
berries and wood (though not as in oak, as this sees only neutral).
Crunchy, wildly tannic, grippy and palate-cleansing. Ferocious. I love