Monthly Archives: June 2016

Tinkering with wine classification

Tinkering with wine classification – is there any benefit? Seduction, style, classic, gran selezione … what do they mean to the consumer? Are they useful? I argue that rather than overloading the consumer with additional labelling terms, resources would be … Continue reading

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Tbilvino Qvevris Georgia 2011

Tbilvino Qvevris, Kakheti, Georgia, 2011 This is an amphora wine, an ancient method of vinification, where crushed grape skins and juice are co-fermented, then partially matured for several months in large clay vessels – qvevris or amphora, buried underground.  The process … Continue reading

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Forge Finger Lakes Riesling 2013

Forge Cellars, Riesling, Finger Lakes AVA, New York, USA 2013 On the Finger Lakes The Finger Lakes are fresh water bodies, 200-600m deep, carved out by glaciers when they dominated this landscape. They filled with water trapped by the terminal … Continue reading

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Dandelion Barossa Shiraz 2012

Dandelion Vineyards, Lionheart of the Barossa Shiraz, Barossa Valley, South Australia, 2012 This wine: varietal shiraz from centenarian vines, open fermented with wild yeasts, then aged for 18 months in 25% new French oak, unfined and unfiltered; screw cap closure, … Continue reading

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Prieure la Chaume IGP Loire 2008

Prieure la Chaume, Orfeo, IGP Val de la Loire, Vendee, France, 2008 Prieure la Chaume is situated at Vix, inland and about 35km north-east of La Rochelle. It is the southernmost vineyard of the Loire and is about midway between … Continue reading

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BBR Chianti Classico 2011

Berry Bros & Rudd, DOCG Chianti Classico, Tuscany, Italy, 2011 This wine: made by Badia a Coltibuono for BBR, sangiovese dominant plus 10% of canaiolo, colorino and cilliegiolo, 12 months in 20hl oak barrels; Diam 3 agglomerate cork closure, 14% abv, BBR … Continue reading

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Flechas de los Andes Malbec 2014

Baron Edmond de Rothschild, Flechas de los Andes, Gran Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina, 2014 This wine: varietal malbec, 14 months in new and second fill French oak, bottled unfiltered, but showing no sediment, natural cork closure, 14.5% abv, Costco £13.80 (2015) … Continue reading

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Cantina di Negrar Amarone 2010

Cantina di Negrar, DOCG Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, Veneto, Italy, 2010 See my amarone entry in italian terminology. This wine: Cantina di Negra is a a co-op with 230 growers farming 700ha, where there is a scientific approach to deciding … Continue reading

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Free aroma kit

  The aim here, as with Nez du Vin, is nose training, but not to identify discrete aromas, rather to discern firstly between aroma families, eg florality from amongst citrus, orchard or red fruit notes. And then sniffing within each family eg floral with … Continue reading

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Ramey Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2012

Ramey, Chardonnay, Woolsey Road Vineyard, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA, 2012 Russian River Valley RRV is an AVA in Sonoma County.  It is classed as cool climate, particularly suiting pinot noir and chardonnay, but also cabernet sauvignon, gewurztraminer, … Continue reading

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