This is a wine that I have the pleasure of trying grown in Moravia, Czech Republic. Amanda Wilson of Ahtel Wines from Amherst, NH. contacted me to see if I would be interested in trying some wines they are importing. They are still in the process of getting proper labeling for the US. The wines will be at the USATT event in NYC and were at Vin Expo the first week of March. You can purchase these wines directly at their website. They are currently looking for distributors for Krásná hora Cuvée Bernety 2015 and their other wines.
About the vineyard
The vineyard is A small family-run winery. Krásná hora’s which means beautiful mountains approach to their vineyards is the same as their children, “we love them and we try to do our best to make the best of them.” Their first planting began in 1960 by their grandfather during communist control. They own 7 hectares of certified organic vineyards and since 2014 have used Bio-Dynamic methods. All fruit is hand-picked. They prefer to stay small and produce high-quality wines. The first vines in their line were planted in the 13th. century by French monks using traditional French varietals such as Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Noir. The vineyards are of varied soils including loess, sand, and limestone making perfect for planting various varietals.
About the region
Vina?ství Krásná hora is located in Moravia, Moravia is an area that takes up 30% of the whole Czech Republic, bordering the Niederösterreich region of Austria, Slovakia in the east, and Bohemia in the west. The rich history of the land has a story dating back to the 2nd century and is known as a traditional region in Central Europe that served as the center of a major medieval kingdom, known as Great Moravia. In the 20th century, Moravia became part of the modern state of Czechoslovakia and subsequently of the Czech Republic after the fall of communism.
The wine is a combination of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes were picked in the middle of October, fermented in open casks with one month of contact with the skins. It then spent 12 months in oak to go thru fermentation and bottled without filtration or finings.
What I found
I patiently gave the wine an hour to open up a bit before I tried it. It has a wonderful lite ruby/garnet color with clear edges. Being that it has not been filtered it has a slight haze to the color but still very nice. It does not have much in the line of legs possibly due to lower alc. levels.It has a somewhat spicy nose with plum and black fruit. The body to me is delicate with a nice mouthfeel. It is a nicely balanced wine with tastes of leather, dark cherry, and white pepper. The finish is crisp, long lasting and pleasant. Alcohol 12.5 %. There were only 400 cases made for 2015. I think it is a great wine from central Europe worth looking for. You can contact Amanda at Ahtel Wines to find where you can purchase it.
Until next week Cheers! and be safe.