Monthly Archives: August 2014

Castillo Colina Mencia Bierzo 2009

Casar de Castillo Colina, Mencia Roble, DO Bierzo, Leon, Spain, 2009 Varietal mencia, aged in American oak for 3 months, agglomerate cork closure, 13% abv, the Co-op, about £6. WSET style tasting note Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity purple, … Continue reading

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Secco-Bertani Verona 2009

Secco-Bertani Original Vintage Edition, IGT Verona, Veneto, Italy, 2009 Hillside sites at over 250m altitude.  Vinified in the ancient method (not explained), but that used before the amarone and ripasso styles appeared. Matured for 12 months in cherry and chestnut (both … Continue reading

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Pierre Chanau Pinot Gris Alsace 2013

Pierre Chanau (the Auchan supermarket’s own brand) AOC Alsace pinot gris, France, 2013 Coated natural cork closure, 12.5% abv, en France about €5. WSET style tasting note Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity lemon, showing tears Nose: clean on the … Continue reading

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Pooles Rock Semillon 2005

Pooles Rock, Hunter Valley Semillon, New South Wales, Australia, 2005 The Hunter Valley has a special climate – warm yet cloudy, so the grapes attain flavour ripeness from a long hang time, but reach only a modest alcohol level.  Fermented … Continue reading

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Dom. Glantenay Volnay 2010

Domaine Glantenay, AOC Volnay (a village wine), Cote de Beaune, Burgundy, France, 2010 Clay-limestone soil, hand harvesting; temperature controlled maceration and fermentation over 15 days using natural yeasts, followed by MLF, then 15 months ageing in 40% new French oak, … Continue reading

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Santorini Assyrtiko 2013

Hatzidakis Winery, PDO Santorini Assyrtiko, Greece, 2013 A blend of assyrtiko (lime and honeysuckle character, ages well), with minor components of aidani (floral scented) and athiri (lemony character), 13.5% abv, black Nomacorc closure; Waitrose, about £11. WSET style tasting note Appearance … Continue reading

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Gevrey-Chambertin 2010

Maison Maume, AOC Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Burgundy, France, 2010 A Gevrey-Chambertin village wine, denoted by ‘Appellation Gevrey-Chambertin Controlee’, pinot noir, 13.3% abv, natural cork closure; Wine Society en primeur, about £20. Labels in Burgundy explained: Village wines, named with … Continue reading

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