Thursday, January 2, 2014
Chateau Helan Quingxue – Winner of 2011 Decanter International Trophy, Ningxia, China
We tasted a 2012 Italian Riesling Jaibeilan Dry White Wine and the 2009 Jaibeilan Cabernet Sauvignon “Baby Feet.” The Riesling was fresh and fruity with floral notes. It would be an easy sell in California. The cabernet was part of the same famous batch that won the 2011 Decanter International Trophy Awards, but “Baby Feet” refers to four special barrels that were set aside with more oak and “stamped” with the footprints of Jing’s baby, whom she carried and then delivered during the winemaking process. A very sweet story.