Monthly Archives: November 2015

Plan Pegau VdT France

Plan Pegau, Vin de Table (a blend of declassified Domaine Pegau Chateauneuf du Pape and other owned vineyards), NV, France. This is a wine without geographical indication, aka Vin de France, the label indicating that it is the product of … Continue reading

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Ch. Batailley Pauillac 2003

Chateau Batailley, 5th Grand Cru Classe, AOC/AOP Pauillac, Bordeaux, 2003 A blend of 70% cabernet sauvignon, 28% merlot and 2% petit verdot, natural cork closure, 13%abv, BBR, £52 WSET style tasting note Appearance: Clear and bright, deep intensity garnet, showing tears. … Continue reading

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Bonterra Merlot California 2013

Bonterra, Merlot (organic), Mendocino County (not an AVA, though Mendocino and Mendocino Ridge both are), California, USA, 2013 Seven months ageing in 45% new French and US oak; predominantly merlot, with petite syrah (aka durif), syrah, and carignan, natural cork closure, 14.5% … Continue reading

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Senorio Amezola Rioja Reserva 2006

Senorio Amezola DOC Rioja Reserva, Bodegas Amezola de la Mora, La Rioja, Spain, 2006 In Rioja DOC and DOCa (Ca = calificada = qualified) are synonymous; in Catalan Priorat, instead, DOQ is used (Q=qualificada). The bodega is in the heart of … Continue reading

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Notes on cognac and armagnac

My cognac and armagnac notes cover a little history, EU regulation and production methods. For omissions, errors and comment please do email. References Broom, D. (2013). Distilling Knowledge, published by WSET Harrison, J., Ridley, N. (2014). Distilled, published by Mitchell Beazley … Continue reading

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Zenato Valpolicella Ripasso 2010

Zenato, Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore, DOC Valpolicella Ripasso, Veneto, 2010 Superiore refers to a higher quality base wine, than Valpolicella normale, submitted to the ripasso method – which adds alcohol, body, richness, extract, longevity, and a lessening of acidity. See the … Continue reading

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CVNE white Rioja 2014

CVNE, barrel-fermented Rioja, DOCa Rioja, La Rioja, Spain , 2014 Varietal viura aka macabeo, screw cap closure, 13% abv, widely available, ~ £9 WSET style tasting note Appearance – clear and bright, pale intensity lemon, showing tears. Nose – clean on … Continue reading

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