Monthly Archives: September 2015

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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CVNE Imperial Gran Reserva Rioja 2007

CVNE (Compania Vinicola del Norte de Espana), pronounced coonay, Imperial, DOCa Gran Reserva Rioja, Spain, 2007 Imperial is produced only in exceptional vintages, from their eldest vines, mostly of handpicked tempranillo, with minor graciano and mazuelo (aka carignan). Aged for 2 … Continue reading

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Urbina Gran Reserva Rioja 1994

Urbina, Gran Reserva Especial, DOCa Rioja, Spain, 1994 Rioja Alta – so decent acidity, a blend of 95% tempranillo, with mazuelo and graciano. Mandatory 24 months ageing in oak barrels – 12 in new, 12 in 3-5 year old, and … Continue reading

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Albert Boxler Pinot blanc Alsace 2003

Albert Boxler, Pinot blanc, AOC/AOP Alsace, Niedermorschwihr, Haut-Rhin, France, 2003 Pinot blanc – a comment, collated and edited from various sources … at its best it produces medium, tending to full-bodied, crisp (medium (+) to high acidity) dry whites with … Continue reading

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