Monthly Archives: September 2015

Poggio Basso Grappa NV

Poggio Basso, Grappa del Piemonte, Italy, NV Made from pomace of nebbiolo (90%) and moscato, synthetic stopper, 500ml, 40% abv, Waitrose, £14 WSET style tasting note Appearance: the spirit is clear, of water-white intensity and is colourless. Nose: the spirit is … Continue reading

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Moscatel de Valencia NV

Sainsburys Winemakers Selection, DO Moscatel de Valencia, Valencia, Spain, NV Moscatel is one of four sub-zones of the region of Valencia.  It is near-coastal at low altitude, with a hot climate, suiting the heat and drought tolerant muscat of alexandria, … Continue reading

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Chapoutier Banyuls 1986

M Chapoutier, AOC/AOP, Banyuls, 1986 A grenache noir dominant blend vin doux naturel, unfined, natural cork closure, 18% abv, Gauntleys,  £19 WSET style tasting note Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity tawny, showing tears. Nose: clean on the nose, of … Continue reading

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Albert Boxler Pinot blanc B Alsace 2005

Albert Boxler, Pinot blanc B (B stands for the sheltered south-east facing Brand Grand Cru vineyard), AOC/AOP Alsace, Niedermorschwihr, Haut-Rhin, France, 2005. Pinot blanc – a comment, collated and edited from various sources … at its best it produces medium, … Continue reading

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Dark Horse Chardonnay California 2013

E&J Gallo, The Original Dark Horse, Chardonnay, California, USA, 2013 Chardonnay dominant with gewurztraminer, Diam 3 agglomerate cork closure, 13.5% abv, Waitrose, £9.60 WSET style tasting note Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity lemon, showing tears Nose: clean on the nose, … Continue reading

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Royal Tokaji Aszu Hungary 2009

Royal Tokaji, 5 Puttonyos Aszu, Tokaj, Hungary, 2009 In the news, reported in Decanter online 14/3/14 … Hungary abolishes 3 and 4 puttonyos Tokaji grades, the two lowest grades, as of this year. A classic blend of furmint, harslevelu and muscat … Continue reading

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Leira Seca Alvarinho e Trajadura VR Minho 2014

Leira Seca, Alvarinho e Trajadura, (IGP) Vinho Regional Minho (coterminous with DO Vinho Verde), Portugal, 2014. Alvarinho is a white variety widely used in DO Vinho Verde, IGP Minho and DO Rias Baixas (Spain) where it is called albarino. It has a … Continue reading

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Falchini Vin Santo del Chianti 2008

Falchini, Podere Casale 1, Riserva, DOC Vin Santo del Chianti, Tuscany, Italy, 2008 Compared to a Tokaji 5 puttonyo, this wine has a more restrained nose with a more oxidised madeira character – boal-like perhaps, showing dried and nuts amongst … Continue reading

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Isole e Olena Cepparello IGT Toscana 2009

Isole e Olena, Cepparello, IGT Toscana, Italy, 2009 Cepparello is Isole e Olena’s flagship wine, launched in 1980, when DOC Chianti regulations stipulated 75-90% sangiovese, hence the labelling of this varietal sangiovese wine as IGT, rather than DOC.  Nowadays varietal … Continue reading

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Oddero DOCG Barolo 2009

Oddero, DOCG Barolo, Piemonte, Italy, 2009 Grown on south-facing slope on calcareous marls to the south-west of Alba. Nebbiolo buds early and ripens late, it has a thin, hence modest wine hue, yet strong skin. The best wines need ten years to … Continue reading

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