1970 Giordano Barolo DOCG, Piedmont, Italy

Two Years of Delay of My Old World Wine

The Two Years Delay It has almost been five years, the last blog clocked in October 2015. Looking back at the blog about “chicken poop” of the Bordelais, it still triggers silly grin. Somehow the once upon a time determination to post a blog every month, faded with distraction of life and work. Luckily the uncorking has not ceased albeit a little inconsistent ever since. I was about to share the post about some of the old world wine tasted two years ago, but more distraction came along the way. So, here you are, the post that was delayed for two years! The Beginning of the Old World Wine Rioja… Read More

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Back to the Lovely Rioja – 2006 Vina Real Gran Reserva

2006 Vina Real Gran Reserva It has been a while when I had a true old school Rioja like Vina Real. Still mesmerizing, the beautiful tempranillo is teasing my taste buds with prune, chocolate and a hint of tobacco. The tannin has resolved into silky texture after 2 hours of airing. 2006 Vina Real Gran Reserva started its journey 9 years ago in this unique piece of land in Northern Spain called La Rioja. Although the age is relatively not very old considering the usual aging potential in wine world, the wine, with its fading dark ruby and pale purple tinted ring, begins to manifest its vintage charm. That charm… Read More

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Descendientes de Jose Palacios Petalos 2011, Bierzo, Spain

Local or Global? – 2011 Petalos Bierzo

It was purely from advertisement, perhaps a random victim of email spam. My behavior was a calculated pattern by targeted marketing. Slurp.asia was successful in promoting the “Slurp deal” via their mailing list which I unintentionally signed up earlier. The results were some champagnes, a Rhone red and two bottles of this 2011 Petalos Bierzo (Descendientes de Jose Palacios Petalos, Bierzo, Spain) 2011 Descendientes de Jose Palacios Petalos Bierzo I acted like a zombie who sought RP as its food source.  So, HK$145 with high score RP92 was an apparent good deal. Furthermore, my intention was to grab the champagne, but in order to qualify for free delivery, getting these two… Read More

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Soy de España — Enchanting 2001 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva Especial, Rioja, Spain

Soy de España — I’m from Spain, says the wine…Well, the complete names are 2001 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva Especial, Rioja DOCa, Spain. This wine arrived a few days ago from London, now sitting calmly in my office. “Resistance is futile!” And it’s been proven from the above picture of the empty bottle. The urge to uncork one was instantaneous when I laid my hands on the sealed boxes. The bottles of 2001 Viña Ardanza Reserva are individually bubble wrapped, a welcome approach since they had to travel far in carton boxes. “94 Parker Points”, the large red title on the extra label seemed to penetrate the bubble wrap, eagerly catching any attention around the… Read More

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