Monthly Archives: December 2014

Lacroix-Vanel Languedoc 2010

Domaine Lacroix-Vanel fine amor, Pezenas, AOC/AOP Coteaux de Languedoc, France, 2010 A blend of grenache and syrah; aged in tank (cuve resine) over 18 months; natural cork closure, 14% abv, Costco, about £9 WSET style tasting note Appearance: clear and … Continue reading

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Mas de Daumas Gassac 2007

Mas de Daumas Gassac, Vin de Pays (IGP) de l’Herault, Languedoc, France, 2007 A blend of 80% cabernet sauvignon and unspecified others, matured in oak, natural cork closure, 12.5% abv, Wijnkoperij Okhuysen, Küppersweg 19, 2031 EA Haarlem, The Netherlands, about €30 WSET style … Continue reading

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Italian terminology

Italian wine terminology, work in progress … – A – aciaio  stainless steel. acidità  acidity. amabile  medium-sweet. amarone  a type of passito and recioto, with grapes dessicated for 100-120 days, fermented to dryness, so alcohol is high, typically about 16% abv (min.14%), … Continue reading

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Pol Roger Cuvee Rich Champagne NV

Pol Roger, Cuvee Rich, Champagne, France, NV A blend of a third each of pinot noir, pinot meunier and chardonnay, from about 30 base wines.  Released when the youngest component base wine attains at least 3 years of age, reserve … Continue reading

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J Lohr Paso Robles Merlot 2010

J Lohr, Merlot, Los Osos Estates, Paso Robles, California, 2010 Combination cork with Diam style agglomerate centre piece, capped top and bottom with a 3mm cork disc (known, logically, as a 1+1 technical cork), 13.5% abv, Anne et Vin, about … Continue reading

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Louis Moreau Chablis 2013

Domaine Louis Moreau AOC/AOP Chablis, Burgundy, France, 2013 Varietal chardonnay, vinified and aged in stainless steel for freshness, so un-oaked, screw cap closure, 12.5% abv, widely available, about £10 WSET style tasting note Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity lemon, … Continue reading

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Tsantali Cabernet Sauvignon Haldiki 2011

Tsantali organic cabernet sauvignon, PGI Haldiki, Greece, 2011 Cold maceration, then temperatire controlled fermentation for a week, MLF, then eight months ageing in new Aller oak. Natural cork closure, 14% abv, Waitrose, about £10 WSET style tasting note Appearance: clear … Continue reading

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