Monthly report - September 2022

Posted on October 1, 2022 by Boris
Updated on December 1, 2022

September was an unexpectedly active month. We had four tasting events as part of Barberry Garden instead of the three planned. I visited one tasting event and had to reject joining others because it was becoming too much. After all, wine is just one of my hobbies, and I have to divide my spare time more or less evenly between other activities. While it may sound like complaining, I am happy that so much has happened over these 30 days. And look at the news!

Anyways, out of 100 consumed wines, 90 were rated (for some reason, two wines were rated twice). Since the autumn has kicked in, my choice has shifted towards red wines (who would guess?) - only a third of rated wines are whites. And by the way, fewer sparkling wines (only seven bottles).

Novelties

In terms of novelties, this month was not as fruitful as previous months, but I have lots of curious stuff prepared for the next one. After all, we are going to have a wine tasting dedicated to atypical combinations of grapes and locations.

Favourites

Traditionally, preparing a list of my favourites is a tough task to accomplish. I try to avoid listing wines based solely on my scores (you can do it yourself by sorting the table below). Instead, I try to pick wines that really stood out for me. So this month my favourites are the following bottles.

And these are honourable mentions.

Outcasts

It’s not going to be a long list as this month was flooded with good wines.

Countries

Every month my top 3 rated countries stay the same. The only thing that changes is the order. So I am more interested in the countries that come below. This time the first one is Hungary (ouch!), with an average score of 7.37. Then goes Germany with a 7.97 average score, which is one of the highest country-based scores this month. Well, Wasenhaus and Tomislav Marković, it’s your merit.

I am happy to see Moldova, England and Slovakia on this list. And I am also happy to see more wines from New Zealand. Great.

Vintages

This month the oldest vintage is 2010. It’s sad to see 2012 missing. I would have rated wines from all vintages starting with 2010. According to my notes, 2018 and 2017 are the best vintages, with average scores of 7.85 and 7.84, respectively.

Grapes

I am getting less festive in terms of grapes. This time only 63 grapes are on the list. Yet there are novelties: Juhfark, Roussanne, Clairette and Verdiso. Four new grapes? Well, it’s still something.

Besides novelties, I am happy to see some other rather rare grapes. Like Trousseau, Mencía, Palomino Fino, Garnacha Blanca, Moscato Giallo, Muscat de Samos, Teroldego, Vitovska, Sousón, and some others.

And quite expectable, with the fall in white wine consumption, Chardonnay, at last, has dropped from the second position.

All ratings

date country producer name vintage rate QPR
2022-09-30 Germany 2Naturkinder 2Naturkinder Spätburgunder 2017 2017 7.00 1.2475
2022-09-30 Spain R. López de Heredia R. López de Heredia Cubillo Crianza 2014 2014 7.50 2.7211
2022-09-30 France Le Grappin Le Grappin Fleurie-Poncié 2020 2020 8.00 3.7482
2022-09-28 New Zealand Spy Valley Spy Valley Satellite Pinot Noir 2020 2020 7.00 2.4540
2022-09-27 Spain Fedellos do Couto Fedellos do Couto Bastarda 2017 2017 8.00 2.4201
2022-09-27 Italy Costadilà Costadilà Mòz NV NV 7.50 2.7729
2022-09-27 Italy Vino di Anna Vino di Anna Qvevri ‘Don Alfio’ 2016 2016 8.50 3.0760
2022-09-27 Germany Tomislav Marković Tomislav Marković Quo Vadis 2019 2019 8.00 2.5806
2022-09-27 Australia Patrick Sullivan Patrick Sullivan Baw Baw Shire Ada River Chardonnay 2018 2018 8.50 2.1736
2022-09-27 Greece Sous Le Végétal Sous Le Végétal Palli et Genesia 2018 2018 8.50 3.4589
2022-09-27 France Jean Grivot Jean Grivot Bourgougne Pinot Noir 2017 2017 8.00 1.6429
2022-09-26 Australia Gentle Folk Gentle Folk Little Creek Pinot Noir 2020 2020 8.00 2.0219
2022-09-25 New Zealand Clos Henri Clos Henri Petit Clos Pinot Noir 2018 2018 7.75 2.7282
2022-09-24 France Francoise Bedel Francoise Bedel Origin’elle (2017) NV NV 8.25 1.4212
2022-09-24 Australia Two Hands Two Hands Gnarly Dudes 2020 2020 7.25 1.8991
2022-09-24 Argentina Weinert Weinert Merlot 2011 2011 7.75 3.3682
2022-09-24 Italy Adriano Adami Adriano Adami Bosco di Gica NV NV 7.50 3.1236
2022-09-23 France Jean Foillard Jean Foillard Morgon Classique 2019 2019 7.25 1.9609
2022-09-23 Australia Nugan Estate Nugan Estate Third Generation Chardonnay 2018 2018 7.25 6.9666
2022-09-22 Argentina Bodega Chacra Bodega Chacra Barda Pinot Noir 2020 2020 7.25 1.2269
2022-09-22 New Zealand Clos Henri Clos Henri Bel Echo River Stones Pinot Noir 2017 2017 7.75 2.4141
2022-09-22 Italy Foradori Foradori Lezèr 2020 2020 7.50 2.7970
2022-09-22 Spain Cuevas de Arom Cuevas de Arom Pedra Forca Garnacha & Syrah 2016 2016 7.50 2.5361
2022-09-21 France Egly-Ouriet Egly-Ouriet Brut Grand Cru (d2020) NV NV 8.50 1.3287
2022-09-21 France Domaine Fournier Père et Fils Domaine Fournier Père et Fils Sauvignon Blanc F de Fournier 2020 2020 7.00 1.9549
2022-09-21 France Anne et J.F. Ganevat Anne et J.F. Ganevat Le Jaja du Fred 2019 2019 7.50 1.6025
2022-09-20 France Le Vieux Télégraphe Le Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf du Pape Clos La Roquète 2020 2020 7.75 1.5535
2022-09-20 France Pierre Frick Pierre Frick Pinoit Gris Macération Pur Vin 2019 2019 7.50 1.8470
2022-09-20 France Bret Brothers Bret Brothers Pouilly-Loché Climat La Colonge 2018 2018 7.80 1.9315
2022-09-20 France Domaine Rossignol-Trapet Domaine Rossignol-Trapet Savigny-Les-Beaune Les Bas Liards 2019 2019 8.00 2.4590
2022-09-20 South Africa Testalonga Testalonga Baby Bandito Follow Your Dreams 2021 2021 7.50 2.6696
2022-09-18 South Africa Boekenhoutskloof Boekenhoutskloof Porcupine Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 2019 6.50 2.3014
2022-09-18 New Zealand Spy Valley Spy Valley Pinot Noir 2017 2017 7.50 2.9459
2022-09-18 Argentina Weinert Weinert Merlot 2011 2011 7.75 3.3682
2022-09-18 South Africa Spier Wines Spier Wines Pinotage Signature 2020 2020 5.50 1.5574
2022-09-17 Argentina Bodega Catena Zapata Bodega Catena Zapata Appellation San Carlos Cabernet Franc 2019 2019 7.50 3.2768
2022-09-16 South Africa Ashbourne Ashbourne Pinotage Cinsault 2019 2019 7.75 3.5985
2022-09-16 Moldova Et Cetera Et Cetera Pinot Noir 2018 2018 7.75 2.3852
2022-09-16 Italy Lo Zoccolaio Lo Zoccolaio Suculé Barbera d’Alba Superiore 2019 2019 7.50 2.6369
2022-09-15 Italy Pruneto Pruneto Chianti Classico 2013 2013 7.80 2.4513
2022-09-15 Italy Škerk Škerk Ograde 2017 2017 8.50 3.0012
2022-09-15 France Marguet Marguet Shaman 17 Grand Cru NV NV 8.25 1.8275
2022-09-15 Italy Costadilà Costadilà 450 slm NV NV 6.00 0.9831
2022-09-15 France Patrice Beguet Patrice Beguet Go Together Red 2019 2019 7.00 1.6022
2022-09-15 Australia Gentle Folk Gentle Folk Summertown blanc 2019 2019 8.00 2.1187
2022-09-15 France Matassa Matassa Rouge 2019 2019 8.00 1.8794
2022-09-15 France J.M Dreyer J.M Dreyer Anigma Pinot Noir 2020 2020 7.75 2.2056
2022-09-15 Germany Rita & Rudolf Trossen Rita & Rudolf Trossen Schieferstern Purus Riesling trocken 2018 2018 7.75 2.1713
2022-09-14 Spain Bodegas Olarra Bodegas Olarra Cerro Añon Reserva 2018 2018 7.40 3.3635
2022-09-14 Spain Cume do Avia Cume do Avia Colleita #7 2019 2019 7.75 2.9506
2022-09-13 Germany Tomislav Marković Tomislav Marković Parabole 2018 2018 8.50 2.0934
2022-09-13 Spain Ca’ di Mat Ca’ di Mat Fuente de los Huertos 2017 2017 8.50 4.2141
2022-09-13 Slovenia Kmetija Štekar Kmetija Štekar Rebula Prilo 2015 2015 8.50 3.3044
2022-09-13 Italy Marco De Bartoli Marco De Bartoli Vignaverde 2019 2019 8.00 3.8613
2022-09-13 France Clos du Tue-Boeuf Clos du Tue-Boeuf Rouillon Cheverny 2020 2020 8.00 3.1085
2022-09-13 Spain Rodrigo Méndez Rodrigo Méndez Sálvora 2017 2017 8.50 3.0277
2022-09-13 France Domaine de La Borde Domaine de La Borde Pinot Noir Sous la Roche 2018 2018 8.00 2.5241
2022-09-13 Italy Foradori Foradori Fuoripista Pinot Grigio 2014 2014 8.25 1.7837
2022-09-13 England Lyme Bay Lyme Bay Bacchus Block 2018 2018 7.50 2.0252
2022-09-12 New Zealand Saint Clair Saint Clair Origin Pinot Noir Marlborough 2019 2019 7.50 3.0685
2022-09-12 France Baron de Brane Baron de Brane Margaux 2010 2010 7.75 0.7690
2022-09-12 Italy Caravaglio Caravaglio Occhio di Terra Salina 2019 2019 7.50 1.6586
2022-09-11 Italy Tasca Tasca Tenuta Tascante Ghiaia Nera 2017 2017 7.40 2.0686
2022-09-10 Spain Raúl Pérez Raúl Pérez La Clave 2018 2018 7.50 3.7272
2022-09-10 Spain Ca’ di Mat Ca’ di Mat Andrinal 2017 2017 8.00 4.1937
2022-09-09 Spain Els Vinyerons Els Vinyerons Saltamartí 2020 2020 7.40 4.6202
2022-09-09 Moldova Et Cetera Et Cetera Pinot Noir 2018 2018 7.50 1.9864
2022-09-08 Italy Tasca Tasca Tenuta Regaleali Perricone Guarnaccio 2018 2018 7.40 2.4612
2022-09-08 Italy Montevertine Montevertine Pian del Ciampolo 2017 2017 8.00 2.6667
2022-09-06 Spain Fedellos do Couto Fedellos do Couto Lomba dos Ares 2017 2017 8.00 3.7493
2022-09-06 Spain Cume do Avia Cume do Avia Arraiano Tinto 2019 2019 7.50 2.6926
2022-09-06 France Pierre Frick Pierre Frick Cremant d’Alsace 2017 2017 8.00 3.2556
2022-09-06 Italy Casa Coste Piane Casa Coste Piane Brichet Frizzante …Naturalmente NV NV 7.00 1.7813
2022-09-06 Hungary Hummel Hummel Villányi Portugieser 2020 2020 7.25 2.9589
2022-09-06 France Planères Planères Grenache 2017 2017 6.50 4.3836
2022-09-02 Hungary Hummel Hummel Schiller Fercsy 2021 2021 7.40
2022-09-02 Italy Antoniolo Antoniolo Gattinara 2014 2014 8.50 2.3967
2022-09-02 Italy Filippi Filippi Soave Colli Scaligeri Castelcerino 2019 2019 7.80 2.5515
2022-09-02 Hungary Hummel Hummel Pinot Noir 2020 2020 7.75
2022-09-02 Hungary Bencze Bencze Atlas 2019 2019 7.00 1.3847
2022-09-02 Slovakia Bott Frigyes Bott Frigyes Juhfark 2019 2019 7.50 2.0863
2022-09-02 Greece Domaine Sigalas Domaine Sigalas Santorini 2020 2020 7.50 1.4652
2022-09-02 Italy Marco De Bartoli Marco De Bartoli Pietra Nera 2020 2020 8.00 2.1034
2022-09-02 Italy Frank Cornelissen Frank Cornelissen Munjebel VA 2017 2017 7.75 1.1702
2022-09-02 Hungary Hummel Hummel Csury 2021 2021 7.25
2022-09-02 Germany Wasenhaus Wasenhaus Vulkan 2018 2018 8.50 1.8171
2022-09-02 Hungary Hummel Hummel Resi 2019 2019 7.50
2022-09-02 Spain Victoria E. Torres Pecis Victoria E. Torres Pecis Vino de Solera de Listán Blanco 2013 2013 8.80 2.7933
2022-09-02 Hungary Hummel Hummel Villányi Portugieser 2021 2021 7.40
2022-09-02 Italy Valentina Passalacqua Valentina Passalacqua Sintonia 2019 2019 7.25 2.6561

Final words

September was crazy. As much as I would love to organise more wine tasting events to meet demand, four events in one month are too much for me. At least in the current format. I want to maintain quality and provide all that extra that usually comes with my events. So in the next month, I plan only two events - one dedicated to atypical combinations of grapes and locations and one - to wines of Spain.

Safe travels!