De Kluizen, Napanook and Frescobaldi from Enomatic

Three wines tasted from an Enomatic machine at the wine bar Beaudevin
at Brussels airport:

De Kluizen Cuvée 2009
Vlaamse Landwein, Belgium. Costs € 8,40 at Mig’s World Wines. The producer’s webpage says that the cuvée consists of the white varieties SiegerrebeSchönburger and Reichensteiner, all rather early ripening German crossings.

Light yellow colour. Overtly aromatic in the nose with notes of muscat, melon, pear candy, honey and some spice. On the palate a hint of sweetness (but basically dry), medium bodied, fruity with notes of melon and yellow apple, honey, medium acidity, slightly oily, some bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste. 83-84 p.

A good wine with definite concentration and rather pure aromas, but slightly clumsy and would need some more freshness.

Napanook 2003

Napa Valley, California. Second wine of Dominus. In this vintage 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec, 15 months in oak. Price level: approx € 40.
Rather compact dark red colour, slightly lighter at the edge. In the nose dark and red berries – plums and blackcurrants – clearly spicy, some barnyard aromas, some eucalyptus, toasted oak barrels. On the palate more than medium bodied, rather alcoholic, dark and some red berries, spicy, rather much tannin that stays on in the aftertaste. Reasonably approachable and has some developed aromas, but still rather young on the palate. The noticeable alcohol reduces the score somewhat. 87-88 p.

Scored 90 points and “drink 2005-2020” by Parker.

Tenuta Frescobaldi di Castiglioni 2007
IGT Toscana, Italy. Grape varieties: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 10% Sangiovese. Price level: approx € 15.
Compact dark red colour. In the nose dark berries – blackcurrant, plums and ripe cherries – quite noticeable toasted oak barrel aromas, spice, some eucalyptus. On the palate definitely more than medium bodied, slightly sweetish attack, good fruit concentration with dark and red cherries, plum, blackcurrant, obvious but reasonably well embedded tannin, slightly alcoholic, aftertaste with tannin and sweet fruit. Young, impressively built in clearly modern style. 88-89 p.

Actually a bit too modern for my taste, with a little too much new oak, but it must be admitted that it is a really good wine.

The Swedish version of this post can be found here.

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