Monthly Archives: September 2014

Coteaux de Layon 2012

Chateau de la Roulerie, AOC Coteaux de Layon, Loire, France, 2012 Varietal chenin blanc, natural cork closure, 11% abv, 500ml, en France, about €7 WSET style tasting note Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity gold, showing tears. Nose: clean on … Continue reading

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Tufaie Soave Superiore 2012

Bolla Tufaie DOCG Soave Superiore Classico, Veneto, Italy, 2012 Grown on chalky soil at about 250m altitude, hand harvest, cold maceration, de-stalked, gently pressed, with slow fermentation at about 13C. The wine remains on the fine lees, with a proportion … Continue reading

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Skillogalee Clare Valley Shiraz 2010

Skillogalee Basket Pressed Shiraz, Clare Valley, South Australia, 2010 Vineyard at 450m altitude, hand harvest, de-stalked, vinified in open-topped fermenters, then gently basket pressed, and matured for 20 months in French and US oak hogsheads, which I believe are 25o litre … Continue reading

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Seyval blanc ripening

Seyval blanc ripening, orientation E-W, and it tells, with brix from a selection of berries –   minimum 10.2 on the north side, and a maximum of 17.2 on the south.  Overall mean brix 12.75, so continued dry and sunny … Continue reading

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Vigna di Fontalle Chianti Classico 2008

Antica Fattoria Machiavelli, Vigna di Fontalle, DOCG Chianto Classico, Riserva, Italy, 2008 The vineyard is at 300m altitude, with a southerly exposure, manual harvest, with a 21 day maceration.  The back label says … half the must is fermented in barriques … Continue reading

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Coursodon St Joseph 2010

Jerome et Pierre Coursodon, La Silice, AOP (AOC) Saint-Joseph, Rhone Valley, France, 2010 Saint-Joseph is a long narrow stretch of vineyard on the right bank of the Rhone, in the Ardeche, sandwiched between Condrieu to the north and Cornas to … Continue reading

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Coteaux de Layon Chaume 2010

Domaine des Forges, AOC Coteaux de Layon Chaume, Loire, France, 2010 Varietal chenin blanc, natural cork closure, 11.5% abv, 375ml, widely available, about £9 (£20 for 75cl). WSET style tasting note Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity gold, showing tears. … Continue reading

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