Monthly Archives: April 2016

The Liberator Old Breton S.Africa 2014

The Liberator, Old Breton, Episode 5, W.O. Franschhoek, South Africa, 2014 Breton is Loire(ish) for cabernet franc. This wine: varietal cabernet franc, coated cork closure, 14%, Delilah £18 (2015) Consumer tasting note: a nose of rich ripe red berries, then … Continue reading

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Ch. d’Epire Savennieres Loire 2004

Chateau d’Epire, Cuvee Speciale, AOC/AOP Savennieres, Maine et Loire, France, 2004 This wine: Viticulture is neither biodynamic or organic, rather according to the principle of minimum intervention. Normally picked in 3 tris, to handle the uneven ripening nature of chenin blanc … Continue reading

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Running Duck Chenin Blanc S. Africa 2014

Stellar Organics, Running Duck, Chenin Blanc, W.O. Western Cape, South Africa, 2014 This wine: Organic, named after the Indian runner ducks that pest control the vineyards, varietal chenin blanc, 13% abv, Out of This World Organic Supermarket, £9.60 (2015) Consumer … Continue reading

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Casal Sta. Maria Arinto Portugal 2013

Casal Santa Maria, Arinto, Vihno Regional Lisboa, Portugal, 2013 There are 14 Portuguese wine regions, or vinho regionals.  Regulation is less strict than for the component DOCs, with more flexibility on using international varieties. The wines equate to vin de … Continue reading

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Dom. de Trevallon VdP Bouches du Rhone 2006

Domaine de Travallon, Vin de Pays des Bouches du Rhone, Bouches du Rhone, France, 2006 (there are also tasting notes here for 2009, 2003 and 1995) This wine: A 50: 50 blend of cabernet sauvignon and syrah.  No destemming, no added yeast, … Continue reading

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Berguet Gevrey-Chambertin 2011

Domaine Alain Burguet, Cuvee Symphonie, AOC/AOP Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Burgundy, France, 2011 This wine: A village wine, organically farmed, varietal pinot noir, 18 months in unspecified French oak, natural cork closure, 13% abv, Gauntleys, £45 (2016) Consumer tasting note: dry … Continue reading

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il brutto Salento Rosso 2014

il brutto, Negroamaro Primitivo, IGP Salento Rosso, Puglia, Italy, 2014 The Salentino region is at the southernmost end of Puglia (the modern name, also seen as the Latin Apuglia), south of Brindisi.  The topography is low flat-topped hills, or just … Continue reading

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