Again, home from four heavy days at Sweden Rock Festival, the best Metal festival in Sweden, and possibly the world. Among the 33.000 big crowd there were visitors from 56 different countries.
And yet again, there was mostly American, Belgian and Swedish beers and whisky that made up the liquid diet...
Some of the highlights of the 80+ concerts were:
Demon - my old favourites, they performed a solid concert with a lot of old stuff, like this one from their debut album from 1981 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vY57GGvON50
Huntress - a new acquaintance, but what a voice Jill Janus had live, impressive! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SKELDVRJDY
Five Finger Death Punch - without a doubt the best band/public interaction, will see them again in November! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-2yuGgp_U8
Amon Amarth - these Swedish Vikings really put on a big show in the dark Swedish night - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPRt6Tt6RyM
Asia - some 80´s AOR is never wrong and Asia performed lots of the good old stuff - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OubZVZyl2ww
Saxon - we had to wait until the end of the concert, but then the best song came - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkKrUz45icE
Accept - it is really a Metal disease, and I got it bad... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJxS1Bpnkl4
Rush - the power trio from Canada is always perfect live, this time with an (even more) amazing show - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYYdQB0mkEU
But this is apparently a wine blog, so over to some miscellaneous bottles tasted over the last weeks.
2010 Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara Chardonnay
This usually performs well in every vintage, and this is no exception. The nose is medium big with notes of ripe red apples, butter biscuits, summer flowers, fudge and some smoke. Nice but without much depth.
The taste is creamy, fine and nicely structured with notes of grilled lemons, yellow apples, smoke and sweet summer flowers. Fairly long. Very good. Should be drunk sooner than later though.
87p (tasted 2013/05)
2012 Château Bonnet
Event though I have had multiple vintages of the Au Bon Climat above, I must have tasted around 20 vintages of the white Château Bonnet. It has always been a wine that have performed above its price (it now cost about 10 Euro), but I think that this vintage is the best I have ever tasted.
The nose is pure, crisp and salivating with notes of chives, gooseberries, white currants, freshly cut grass and a touch of licorice. Very, very fresh and immediately likable. Very, very good.
The taste is cool, fresh and light, but with lots of fine notes of white flowers, gooseberries, white chocolate and grass. A fine, fresh acidity. This is sooo gulpable!
87p (tasted 2013/05)
2001 Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spätlese, Joh. Jos. Prüm
A very fine, elegant, pure nose with some maturity and lovely notes of white peaches, William pears, sweet hay and lots and lots of minerals. A gorgeous purity. The fine after-the-rain scent that signals great, maturing Riesling. Very deep.
The taste is fine, elegant and semi dry, with notes of ripe pears, yellow apples, smoke and crushes rocks. A finely tuned acidity. Long and refined. On its way to maturity which it should reach in 5-8 years.
92p (tasted 2013/05)
2010 Rosso di Montalcino, Campi di Fonterenza
A young, fresh nose with notes of lingonberries, blueberries, cherry pips, licorice and some herbal scents. Upfront and juicy, but without much depth. Cool and nice.
The taste is young, tight and juicy with notes of lingonberries, red cherries, mixed herbs and licorice. Uncomplicated but very gulpable - the whole bottle just vanished! Should get even better with 2-3 years in the cellar. But at 27 Euros it is, at least today, too expensive.
86p (tasted 2013/05)