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Different Wines of 2010!

May 20, 2013 12:47:35 PM

2010 has been a year of "different". Just because I got out of my comfort zone to try wines which are different from the usual - region wise and grape varietal wise. Moving away from the conventional is always a little unnerving but then if you discover something exciting then its is always worth it. For eg. one goes to a restaurant and is always ordering the same wine type - either a sauvignon blanc or a chardonnay or a sangiovese or a shiraz. But how many times you have looked at the wine list and said lets go crazy - lets try a Gruner Vetliner instead - or lets open a bottle of the Grenache or even better lets try a wine that we have never heard of. Give it a try - I assure you that if you hit on the winner, you will have more bragging rights the whole week in your friend circle than any one else!


My selection of Top 5 different wines for 2010!


1. Johann Donabaum, Gruner Vetliner, 2008 (Wachau, Austria)
Gruner Ventilner has taken the wine drinking world in Europe and USA by storm - especially in summers! A local grape from Austria, its stylistically made bone dry and delicate with a finesse and texture to die for. The Johann Donabaum Gruner Vetliner has a fantastic nervy acidity with asparagus like nose and a silky long finesse. Top 100 wines you should try before....!!


2. Novy, Blanc de Pinot, Willamette Valley, 2009 (Oregon, USA)
We all know that oregon makes one of the best PInot Noir's in the world rivaling Burgundy (almost), but what I got to try is unique - a white wine made from PInot Noir grape. SInce PInot Noir is a red grape - the wine is made without any contact with the red skins of the grape. If you don't already know - majority of the champagne are made from PInot Noir (Red Grape), Chardonnay and Pinot Menieur. This is the classical style of Champagne. However trying a still white wine just from PInot Noir Grape was rocking!


3. Saint Cosme, Little James Basket Press, Non Vintage (Gigondas, France)
The wines is a 100% Grenache coming from the famous southern rhone region of Gigondas - the next door neighbor to the more famous Chateauneuf du Pape. The producer has had the vineyards for 14th generation in the family - talk about family traditions! But the most exciting part of the wine is not that its Grenache or from old producer, but because it is made from a Solera system. Solera is a process where the wine from new vintage say "2009" is fractionally blended with the wines from the mixture of old vintages. In this case from 1999. So that in a bottle you have 50% wine from 2009 and 50% of the wines from vintages starting from 1999 to 2008. This adds tremendous complexity to the wines and is delicious from the minute you open it!


4. Boekenhoutskloof, The Chocolate Block, 2008 (Paarl, South Africa)
If there is a wine rush happening in the world its in south africa. If you haven't tried a south african wine yet - then run down to get one - this is surely one of the top wine making destinations today and is overdue for its lime light. The above wine as the name suggest is purely a sin! Made by blending Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Cinsault and Voignier. It is a classical style with superb balance of tannins, acidity and a lovely fruit. In a blind tasting you can mistake it for a great bordeaux!


5. Crabtree, Riesling, Watervale, 2010 (Clare Valley, Australia)
Rielsings technically are not in the "different" category! However I was was so blown away by this wine and most importantly in a very non expected way that it deserves a mention. The riesling from watervale in clare valley - one of the more famous appellations was a stunner. I was instantly struck with the purity and expression of the wine. If you can get a hand on one of these - don't let go!


Bottom line is experiment - don't get stuck with the routine - you never know when you can get get struck with a lightening or even better a great bottle of wine!