Monthly Archives: January 2015

Paul Mas Marsanne Pays D’Oc 2012

Vignobles Paul Mas, Marsanne, IGP Pays d’Oc, France, 2012 Theoretical marsanne aroma profile: lemon, melon, peach, hawthorn, acacia, honey … Marsanne is not permitted in white Chateauneuf-du-Papes, though it does play a part in Coudoulet de Beaucastel and in Cotes du … Continue reading

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Trapiche Malbec Uco Valley 2013

Trapiche, Pure Malbec, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina, 2013 Diam3 cork closure, un-oaked – so lacking the commonplace cedary note, 14% abv, the Co-operative, about £9 WSET style tasting note Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity purple, showing tears. Nose: clean … Continue reading

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Campomaggio Chianti Classico Riserva 2008

Famiglia Castellani, Vigneti di Campomaggio, Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG, Radda in Chianti, Tuscany, Italy 2008 From one of the top 3 Chianti Classico villages, of Castellina, Gaiole and Radda, sited on south-facing East-West running hills, in the southern half of … Continue reading

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Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh 2011

Duc de Termes, Plaimont Producteurs, AOC Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh, Saint-Mont, France, 2011 On AOC Pacherenc de Vic-Bilh. Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh is coterminous with the Madiran appellation, white Madiran as it were.  A blend of the higher quality petit manseng in … Continue reading

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Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino 2009

Castello Banfi, DOCG Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscany, 2009 Varietal sangiovese (brunello strain),  aged for minimum 4 years, with 2 in mainly French oak barriques and partly in Slavonian oak casks (minimum DOCG ageing is 4 years including at least 2 … Continue reading

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Mitchell Clare Valley Noble Semillon 2010

Mitchell, Noble Semillon, Clare Valley, South Australia, 2010 Varietal semillon, matured in oak, screw cap closure, 11%abv, about £10 WSET style tasting note Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity gold, showing tears Nose: clean on the nose, of medium (+) intensity, … Continue reading

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Stumble Vineyards White Pinotage 2013

Stumble Vineyards, White Pinotage, W.O. Western Cape, South Africa, 2013 Natural cork closure, 12.5% abv, widely available, about £10 Pump the air out and put in the fridge overnight, the both nose and palate become dominated by pineapple, albeit unripe pineapple. … Continue reading

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Pierre Gimonnet Brut Champagne NV

Pierre Gimmonnet & Fils, Cuvee Cuis 1er Cru Blanc de Blancs, Champagne, France, NV Varietal chardonnay, Diam cork closure, 12.5% abv, widely available, about £25 WSET Style tasting note Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity lemon, showing tears and small bubbles. Nose: … Continue reading

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Gisselbrecht Gewurztraminer Alsace 2012

Willy Gisselbrecht Gewurztraminer Reserve Speciale, AOC Vin d’Alsace, Dambach-La-Ville, France, 2012 Nomacorc synthetic closure, 13% abv, widely available, about £9 WSWT style tasting note Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity lemon, showing tears. Nose: clean on the nose, of medium (+) … Continue reading

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Montigoli Ripasso Valpolicella 2012

Montigoli DOC Ripasso della Valpolicella Classico, Veneto, Italy 2012 The ripasso method involves a second fermentation over 10 days or so, of finished DOC Valpolocella wine with the spent skins, warm and rich in sugar, of amarone or recioto wine processing.  This imparts … Continue reading

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