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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Trimbach Riesling 2010

Trimbach Riesling Reserve, Ribeauville, AOC Alsace, France 2010 Trimbach – a family owned negociant, with over 40ha of grand cru vineyard. Natural cork closure, 13% abv, widely available, about £18. WSET style tasting note Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity lemon, … Continue reading

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Cave de Turkheim Pinot gris Alsace 2005

Cave de Turkheim, Brand, Pinot gris, AOC Alsace Grand Cru, France, 2005 Cave de Turkheim is a top Alsacian co-op, and Brand is a grand cru vineyard in the village of Turkheim. There are no IGP wines in Alsace, just … Continue reading

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Dom Rafael Alentejo 2010

Dom Rafael, Mouchao, DOC Alentejo, Portugal, 2010 The Alentejo is in southern Portugal stretching from the Tagus estuary on the Atlantic coast to the Spanish border in the east.  A continental climate with cold winters and hot summers.  The land is gently … Continue reading

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