Monday, January 6, 2014
Chateau Lanyi – Winery of Rocks and Music, Ningxia, China
The winery is owned by Mr. Cao, who is the Director of the Bureau of Grape and Floriculture Development, and is responsible for managing the implementation of wine tourism development in Ningxia. He was also our host and the organizer of the wine tourism seminar. His enthusiasm and clear vision for the future of Ningxia was contagious.
The cabernet sauvignons were light and fruity, with the unoaked one tasting more like Beaujolais. It was very approachable and fun, and also served with our lunch each day where it paired beautifully with the food. The 2011 reserve cab with more oak and Chinese Gernischt, had a slightly bitter and acrid taste at first, but after some air, it opened up a bit. The 2011 vintage was cooler, so I found many of the 2011’s to have a sharp herbal note. Definitely vintage makes a difference here as in other parts of the world. Many of the winemakers reported that they felt 2013 was going to be one of their best vintages.