Monthly Archives: March 2014

Chateauneuf-du-Pape Clos St Andre 2000

Clos St Andre Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Southern Rhone (Vaucluse), France, 2000 Grenache noir dominated blend, with mourvedre and syrah, natural cork closure, 14%, £20, Costco. WSET style tasting note Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity garnet, showing distinct tears and an orange tinged rim. Nose: clean … Continue reading

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Dom. Courbis Champlerose Cornas 2006

Domaine Courbis, Champlerose, AOC (AOP) Cornas, Northern Rhone, Ardeche, France, 2006 Varietal syrah, natural cork closure, 13%, €22, widely available in France WSET style tasting note Appearance – clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing distinct tears. Nose – clean on … Continue reading

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Van Volxem Mosel Riesling 2011

Van Volxem Scharzhofberger Riesling, VDP, Mosel, Germany, 2013 The Van Volxem vineyards are in Willingen in the Saar Valley.  In 2007 the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer region was renamed the Mosel Natural cork closure, 12.5%, £38, Berry Bros and Rudd. WSET style tasting note … Continue reading

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Jim Barry Clare Valley Riesling 2013

Jim Barry, The Lodge Hill Dry Riesling, Clare Valley, South Australia, 2013 Screw top closure, 12.4%, £10, the Co-op. WSET style tasting note Appearance – clear and bright, pale intensity lemon, showing distinct tears. Nose – clean on the nose, … Continue reading

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Blauer Spatburgunder Rose Mosel 2011

Kohl’s Sommertraum Blauer Spatburgunder (pinot noir) Rose, Mosel, Germany, 2011 Screw top closure, 12%, ex cellar Stephan Kohl, €6. WSET style tasting note Appearance – clear and bright, pale intensity salmon, showing distinct tears. Nose – clean on the nose, … Continue reading

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Dom. Maubernard Bandol 2009

Domaine Maubernard Bandol AOC (AOP), France, 2009 Grapes for this wine are grown on a steep south-facing amphitheatre with stony calcareous soils. Mourvedre has an upright character, grown typically and here, as bush vines, with a short stumpy trunk, which … Continue reading

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Villa La Pagliaia Chianto Classico 2009

Villa La Pagliaia DOCG Chianti Classico, Italy, 2009 From vineyards at 350-400m near Siena, 25 y.o. vines, cane pruned; fermented at 28-30C and post ferment maceration, in all 8-10 days; MLF then 12 months in Slavonian oak, then filtered prior … Continue reading

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