Monthly report - July 2022

Posted on August 1, 2022 by Boris
Updated on August 14, 2022
Photo by Elvira Kantiieva

July was a crazy month. In terms of work, in terms of wines consumed, in terms of novelties. I am happy that August begins with a short vacation. That gives me a chance to clean up my mind and come back full of mental energy to continue living and working during these war times.

This month I’ve organised two tasting events and attended four tasting events. And that explains why I consumed 97 wines and rated 86 (with 88 ratings total). Ok, constant background stress is also a reason for drinking that much. But at least I can say that amount of red wines increases. This month only 65% of rated wines were white (compared to 74% the previous month).

Every month the most rated countries are Italy, Spain and France. They just shuffle. But my curiosity is in lower rows. This time Greece wines were rated seven times. And unfortunately, four of them were of poor quality, despite being made by a somewhat legendary oenologist. More on that later.

I am happy to see that I’ve tasted ten new regions this month. But I am just angry that I’ve rated so few wines from New Zealand. I know that there are many Pinot Noirs available in Good Wine. Yup, it’s an official call for convives.

Vintage-wise, I started to drink fewer wines of 2019 vintage and more of 2020 vintage. Though somehow, I’ve got a spike in wines of the 2018 vintage. In that sense, the balance is good. And I am happy that I’ve got my hands on La Biancara Sassaia 1997. Legendary year for that region. You can read more here. I’ve tasted it as part of Mixed Bag Vol. 2: Orange.

In terms of grapes, July is a festival because I’ve rated wines made of 82 grapes! And 11 of them I tasted for the first time. Though if you take a closer look, many of them are rather rare. And it’s really funny to see how hard it is to move Chardonnay and Pinot Noir away from the first lines.

Before I share my favourites and outcasts of the month, let me briefly talk about the novelties of the month. It’s either a new grape or a new region. As they say, the world of wine is incredibly vast.

As you can see, I was not lying when I said that July was crazy. So many new grapes and regions. But now the time has come for the trickiest part of the monthly report - the list of favourites. To help myself, I am going to select favourites in specific categories.

  1. My favourite traditional sparkling of the month is 9.0 Ulysse Collin Les Maillons Blanc de Noirs Extra Brut (2017) NV. It could be Cascina Bertolotto Spumante Brut Metodo Classico NV because it was a blast during Mixed Bag, but I hope you understand my choice. Besides, I already included it in the favourites list in May.
  2. My favourite petnat of the month is 7.5 Fio Wein Piu Piu Petnat Rosé NV. If you want white petnat, then I recommend 7.5 Lucy Margaux Pinot Gris Comme de Fleurs 2020. Still available.
  3. My favourite skin contact wine is 8.5 Gentle Folk Summertown blanc 2019. Aside from being well crafted and delicious, it also offers something new in terms of bouquet and palate. I am happy that I’ve shared it with others as part of Mixed Bag Vol. 2.
  4. My favourite white wine is 8.6 La Biancara Sassaia 1997. A legendary year and incredible wine even at its peak.
  5. My favourite red wine is 8.5 Domaine du Pélican Poulsard 2018. Nuff said. Delicate and complex expression of Poulsard by the skilful winemaker. Still available.
  6. My favourite wine with a unique style is 8.8 Victoria E. Torres Pecis Vino de Solera de Listán Blanco 2013. I am pretty sure it’s my first non-fortified Solera system wine. I simply fell in love with complexity, depth and palate. Still available.
  7. My favourite sparkling wine below 600 UAH is 7.5 Els Vinyerons Pregadéu 2020. Incredible Cava with a fresh take on region style. Still available.
  8. My favourite still white wine below 600 UAH is 7.4 Weinert Carrascal Chardonnay 2021. It’s just tasty and generous. Still available.
  9. My favourite still red wine below 600 UAH is 7.75 Testalonga Baby Bandito Chin Up 2021. The problem with this Cinsault is that it’s quaffable to an unhealthy extent. Luckily, they are not available anymore. And this makes me sad. Other reds in this line are worth noting.
  10. And the wine I want to emphasise is 8.5 Marco de Bartoli Integer Grillo 2018. Some would say that I just love Sicily. And that would be correct. But this Grillo became so beautiful after spending more time in the bottle that it’s hard to forget.

And now, instead of listing all the outcasts of the month, I want to tell you about Iliana Malihin and Spyros Chryssos. Two talented people from two islands - Crete and Santorini. They united the effort to craft a future for their land using pre-phylloxera vines. On the 29th of July, we tasted a set of their wines without knowing anything about them. And the next day, after collecting information about tasted wines, I read an email by Jancis Robinson with disturbing news.

Later on Tuesday we heard devastating news from Christos Fatouros in Crete, who wrote about the subject of his entry, ‘nearly 80% of the pre-phylloxera vines owned by villagers that Ms Malihin had brought together were burned by wildfires, along with centuries-old olive trees. The people of Melampes are farmers and are now facing a grim future.’ We therefore decided to publish his entry on Wednesday, with a link to a crowdfunding initiative to help these Cretan farmers whose livelihood has literally gone up in smoke.

Photo by Iliana Malihin

You can support their effort to restore viticulture on island on giveandfund.com.

All ratings

These are all the ratings of the month. Remember that you can search for specific terms and sort any column.

date country producer name vintage rate QPR
2022-07-01 Spain Bach Bach Cava Gran Brut NV 6.00 1.2712
2022-07-02 Spain Mas Pere Mas Pere Selecció Brut Cava NV 5.50 1.1341
2022-07-02 Greece Kir-Yianni Kir-Yianni Paranga Sparkling NV 7.50 3.2192
2022-07-02 New Zealand Félix Solís Félix Solís Pulpo Sauvignon Blanc NV 5.25 1.0421
2022-07-03 Austria Weingut Bründlmayer Weingut Bründlmayer Hauswein Grüner Veltliner 2021 2021 7.00 2.7305
2022-07-03 Italy San Leonardo San Leonardo Vette 2019 2019 7.50 2.1824
2022-07-04 Argentina Weinert Weinert Carrascal Chardonnay 2021 2021 7.40 4.7191
2022-07-05 Italy Villa Calicantus Villa Calicantus Sollazzo 2018 2018 7.20 1.8131
2022-07-05 Australia Patrick Sullivan Patrick Sullivan Rain Field Blend 2019 2019 8.00 2.1300
2022-07-05 France Domaine du Pélican Domaine du Pélican Savagnin Ouillé 2016 2016 8.50 2.3271
2022-07-05 Georgia Pheasant’s Tears Pheasant’s Tears Poliphonia 2019 2019 7.50 2.7506
2022-07-05 France Éric Chevalier Éric Chevalier Cirrus 2018 2018 8.00 2.2695
2022-07-05 Italy Cascina Bertolotto Cascina Bertolotto Spumante Brut Metodo Classico NV NV 8.20 3.2354
2022-07-05 France Matassa Matassa Cuvée Alexandria 2019 2019 8.50 3.5033
2022-07-07 Czech Republic Krasna Hora Krasna Hora Ruby 2020 2020 7.50 4.0160
2022-07-07 Australia Jacob’s Creek Jacob’s Creek Sparkling Rosé NV 7.00 2.2586
2022-07-08 Italy Cascina Degli Ulivi Cascina Degli Ulivi Filagnotti 2016 2016 8.00 2.4415
2022-07-08 Hungary Hummel Hummel Villányi Portugieser 2020 2020 7.25 2.9589
2022-07-12 Australia Momento Mori Momento Mori Fistful of Flowers 2020 2020 8.00 1.8605
2022-07-13 Spain Lacrima Baccus Lacrima Baccus Brut Reserva 2019 2019 7.20 4.4753
2022-07-13 Argentina Weinert Weinert Cavas de Weinert Cask Selection 2009 2009 8.50 3.9230
2022-07-15 Germany Marto Marto Crazy Crazy 2020 2020 7.00 1.5305
2022-07-15 Czech Republic Krasna Hora Krasna Hora Blanc de Noir Sekt 2018 2018 7.50 2.0898
2022-07-15 Hungary Hummel Hummel Karašica PetNat Hárslevelű 2020 2020 7.50 1.9745
2022-07-15 Spain Clos Lentiscus Clos Lentiscus Gentleman 2016 2016 7.25 1.6907
2022-07-15 Italy Ca Dei Zago Ca Dei Zago Valdobbiadene Metodo Classico Dosaggio Zero 2018 2018 7.40 1.4697
2022-07-15 Italy Costadila Costadila 280 slm 2019 2019 7.20 1.8331
2022-07-15 Italy Cà del Vént Cà del Vént Sogno Blanc de Blancs Pas Operé 2014 2014 8.50 1.9671
2022-07-15 France Jacques Lassaigne Jacques Lassaigne La Colline Inspirée NV NV 8.00 0.8304
2022-07-15 France Ulysse Collin Ulysse Collin Les Maillons Blanc de Noirs Extra Brut (2017) NV NV 9.00 1.1632
2022-07-15 France Hudelot-Noëllat Hudelot-Noëllat Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2019 2019 8.00 2.2140
2022-07-15 Ukraine Prince Trubetskoi Winery Prince Trubetskoi Winery Blanc de Blancs 2017 2017 5.50 0.7898
2022-07-16 Austria Loimer Loimer Pet Nat 2020 2020 7.00 1.6383
2022-07-16 France Gérard Bertrand Gérard Bertrand Cote des Roses Rouge 2020 2020 7.40 2.6837
2022-07-16 France Pierre Trichet Pierre Trichet L’Authentique Premier Cru Brut NV 7.20 0.8921
2022-07-16 Spain Villa Clara Villa Clara Cava Brut NV 7.00 3.8772
2022-07-18 Austria Loimer Loimer Gluegglich Glückliches NV 7.25 2.9400
2022-07-18 Portugal Quinta de Chocapalha Quinta de Chocapalha Branco 2017 2017 7.00 2.2455
2022-07-18 Spain Comando G Comando G Rozas 1-er Cru 2018 2018 8.25 1.6471
2022-07-18 Italy Bel Colle Bel Colle Verduno Pelaverga 2020 2020 7.50 3.3172
2022-07-19 Spain Hoya de Cadenas Hoya de Cadenas Cava Brut Nature NV 7.40 4.7481
2022-07-19 Argentina Bodega Catena Zapata Bodega Catena Zapata Appellation Tupungato Chardonnay 2020 2020 7.75 4.2923
2022-07-20 South Africa Testalonga Testalonga Baby Bandito Chin Up 2021 2021 7.75 3.4232
2022-07-20 Italy Arianna Occhipinti Arianna Occhipinti SP68 Rosso 2019 2019 7.75 2.5500
2022-07-20 Italy La Stoppa La Stoppa Ageno 2018 2018 8.50 3.4794
2022-07-21 Italy Villa Calicantus Villa Calicantus Soracuna 2018 2018 7.80 2.8467
2022-07-22 France Pierre Frick Pierre Frick Gewürztraminer Macération Pur Vin 2018 2018 7.50 2.0733
2022-07-22 South Africa Testalonga Testalonga Baby Bandito Stay Brave 2021 2021 7.50 2.5916
2022-07-23 Spain Els Vinyerons Els Vinyerons Pregadéu 2020 2020 7.50 4.3879
2022-07-24 Hungary Hummel Hummel Villányi Portugieser 2020 2020 7.25 2.9589
2022-07-25 Spain Victoria E. Torres Pecis Victoria E. Torres Pecis Piezas #4 Malvasia Seco 2018 2018 8.00 1.5564
2022-07-25 Spain Soco Vinicola Soco Vinicola Soco Blanco 2020 2020 7.50 1.6197
2022-07-25 Spain Muchada-Leclapart Muchada-Leclapart Elixir 2017 2017 8.00 1.4563
2022-07-25 France Domaine du Pélican Domaine du Pélican Trois Cépages 2018 2018 8.20 1.7147
2022-07-25 Greece Domaine Sigalas Domaine Sigalas Santorini 2020 2020 7.50 1.4652
2022-07-25 Germany Fio Wein Fio Wein Piu Piu Petnat Rosé NV NV 7.50 2.4058
2022-07-25 Spain Adegas Guimaro Adegas Guimaro Camiño Real 2017 2017 7.50 2.0080
2022-07-25 Italy Sandro Fay Sandro Fay Valtellina Superiore Valgella Riserva Carteria 2014 2014 8.00 1.4159
2022-07-25 Spain Suertes del Marques Suertes del Marques El Chibirique 2017 2017 8.00 1.5686
2022-07-25 Italy Castello dei Rampolla Castello dei Rampolla Chianti Classico 2018 2018 7.75 1.8666
2022-07-25 Austria Heinrich Heinrich Blaufränkisch 2017 2017 7.25 2.1296
2022-07-25 France Domaine du Pélican Domaine du Pélican Poulsard 2018 2018 8.50 2.0424
2022-07-26 Italy Cinque Segni Cinque Segni Vigna Pura Grillo 2020 2020 7.25 2.5345
2022-07-26 Italy Francesco Boschis Francesco Boschis Dogliani Vigne in Pianezzo 2016 2016 7.25 3.3568
2022-07-26 Spain Els Vinyerons Els Vinyerons Lluerna 2021 2021 7.40 4.4440
2022-07-27 Italy De Fermo De Fermo Don Carlino Pecorino Colline Pescaresi 2018 2018 8.25 2.8935
2022-07-27 Hungary Oremus Oremus Mandolás 2016 2016 8.00 2.7746
2022-07-27 Germany Wasenhaus Wasenhaus Vulkan 2020 2020 9.00 4.0957
2022-07-27 Spain Victoria E. Torres Pecis Victoria E. Torres Pecis Vino de Solera de Listán Blanco 2013 2013 8.80 2.6127
2022-07-27 Italy Piera Martellozzo Piera Martellozzo Terre Magre Ribolla Gialla NV NV 7.50 3.2206
2022-07-28 Australia Lucy Margaux Lucy Margaux Pinot Gris Comme de Fleurs 2020 2020 7.50 1.7533
2022-07-28 Italy Marco de Bartoli Marco de Bartoli Integer Grillo 2018 2018 8.50 3.4021
2022-07-28 Italy La Biancara La Biancara Sassaia 1997 1997 8.60 2.7044
2022-07-28 Georgia Tsikhelishvili Wines Tsikhelishvili Wines Alvani Rkatsiteli 2018 2018 8.20 4.0481
2022-07-28 Italy La Stoppa La Stoppa Ageno 2019 2019 6.50 0.8035
2022-07-28 Italy La Stoppa La Stoppa Ageno 2018 2018 8.50 3.4794
2022-07-28 Greece Ktima Ligas Ktima Ligas Spira 2019 2019 8.20 2.4609
2022-07-28 Australia Gentle Folk Gentle Folk Summertown blanc 2019 2019 8.50 2.8581
2022-07-29 Greece Ρίζες 2 Ρίζες 2 Βιδιανό - Ασύρτικο Vidiano - Assyrtiko 2020 2020 1.50 0.1225
2022-07-29 Greece Shima L.P Winery Shima L.P Winery Liatiko 2020 2020 5.00 0.4431
2022-07-29 Greece Shima L.P Winery Shima L.P Winery Thrapsathiri 2020 2020 3.00 0.1772
2022-07-29 Greece Shima L.P Winery Shima L.P Winery Vidiano Old Vines 2020 2020 5.00 0.4431
2022-07-29 Germany Wasenhaus Wasenhaus Spätburgunder 2020 2020 8.00 2.7460
2022-07-29 France Domaine Huet Domaine Huet Le Haut-Lieu Sec 2017 2017 8.25 2.1497
2022-07-29 Spain Els Vinyerons Els Vinyerons Saltamartí 2020 2020 7.40 4.6202
2022-07-29 Spain Alfredo Maestro Alfredo Maestro Don Perdigón Pet-Nat NV 7.20 2.1583
2022-07-30 Italy Cascina Tavijn Cascina Tavijn Bandita 2019 2019 7.75 3.6345
2022-07-31 South Africa Testalonga Testalonga Baby Bandito Follow Your Dreams 2021 2021 7.50 2.7552