Monthly Archives: April 2015

Cavalchina Bardolino Chiaretto 2013

Azienda Agricola Cavalchina, DOC Bardolino Chiaretto, Lombardy, Italy, 2013 DOC Bardolino occupies pretty much a flat plain bordering Lake Garda’s eastern shores, with an aspect from southeast through south to southwest.  The soils are calcareous and pebbly, with alluvial content from … Continue reading

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Mas de Daumas Gassac 2010

Mas de Daumas Gassac (The ‘grand cru’ of the Languedoc), Aniane, IGP Pays d’Herault, Languedoc, France, 2010. Red glacial soils, naturally farmed, hand harvested.  A blend of 80% cabernet sauvignon, with merlot (7), petit verdot (6), pinot noir (4) and … Continue reading

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Georges Duboeuf Fleurie 2013

Georges Duboeuf, AOC/AOP Fleurie, Beaujolais, France, 2013 Beaujolais is the southern-most outpost of the Burgundy region. It accounts for about 50% of total Burgundy production, where negociants and co-ops are important. The 10 crus produce the top-most quality wines. Fleurie is … Continue reading

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Fevre Chablis 2013

William Fevre, Champs Royaux (a trademark cuvee, not a vineyard plot), AOC/AOP Chablis, Burgundy, France, 2013 Chablis – the soil is essentially clay-limestone, Kimmeridgian or Portlandian, porous, so water retentive, and freely draining any excess. The climate is continental, with … Continue reading

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Baron de Ley Rioja 2009

Baron de Ley, DOC Reserva Rioja, Spain, 2009 DOCa Rioja is a blended wine based on tempranillo, with mandatory oak and bottle ageing.  Tempranillo’s aroma and flavour pallette may include blackberry, cherry, raspberry; cinnamon, clove, coconut, vanilla; chocolate, leather, pine, prune, … Continue reading

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Dom Chatelain Pouilly-Fume 2013

Domaine Chatelain, Les Vignes de St Laurent l’Abbaye, AOC/AOP Pouilly-Fume, Cher, France, 2013 Pouilly-sur-Loire in the region of Centre-Val de Loire, is in the Nievre department, on the right bank of the Loire, opposite to Sancerre on the left bank. The … Continue reading

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Bonny Doon Proper Claret 2013

Bonny Doon Vineyard, A Proper Claret, California, USA, 2013 Owned by Randall Grahm, and not quite a proper claret, since tannat, syrah and petite syrah are not permitted .. however during the 18th and 19th centuries there was a flow of … Continue reading

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