Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Rock @ DWWA 2011

No, silly, this has nothing to do with Dwayne Johnson returning to Wrestlemania.

Back in May, I made brief mention of the 2011 Decanter World Wine Awards and Cyprus' performance as listed on Decanter's website. As promised on that post, a few weeks back I picked up a copy of the October 2011 issue in which the judges offer detailed commentary on Cyprus and the southeast Mediterranean region. As another quick hitter, here's what Decanter (pp. 302-305) thought of The Rock's entries:
  • Overall, a "strangely disappointing" showing by Cypriot wines, except for the 2007 Sodap Saint Barnabas Commandaria, a "pure Xynisteri-based" dessert wine that received the Regional Trophy for Sweet Fortified Wines Under £10.
  • The judges suggest to "seek out [Cyprus'] rich but dry roses...from the current vintage," which "brim...with fruit [and] pair with the local food and climate perfectly."
  • Unfortunately this time around, Maratheftiko did not perform as well as expected with "the samples sent in...not showing the lovely, gentle, fine-grained and sustained blue-fruit style...they can have."
Decanter's tasting notes for the Regional Trophy and Silver Medal winners:

2007 Sodap Saint Barnabas Commandaria - Sleek and elegant with an aromatic profile of barley sugar, caramel, Muscovado, toffee, spice and praline. Rich, sweet, smooth and long - remarkable value!

2008 Lefteris Mohianakis Anama - Savoury smoke and toffee aromas. Sweet jammy figs with hints of iodine and seaweed on the palate. Great acidity on the finish.

2010 Sodap Kamanterena Dry Rose (Lefkada) - Vibrant bramble fruits with soft raspberry aromas. Herbal notes of thyme and fresh oregano. Pleasant acidity and lengthy finish.

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