Monthly Archives: January 2017

Flor de Silos R. del Duero 2012

Bodega y Vinedos Cillar de Silos, Flor de Silos, DO Ribera del Duero, Castilla y Leon, Spain, 2012 This DO is for reds and rose only, lying at about 800m altitude, on complex soils. A continental climate, and in high … Continue reading

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Ringbolt Margaret River 2014

Ringbolt, Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River, Western Australia, 2014 As with cabernet sauvignon from Stellenbosch in South Africa, alcohol tends to be on the high side, though the 2013 was just 13.5% abv. Margaret River has a Mediterranean climate like South Africa’s … Continue reading

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Dom. de Trevallon VdP Bouches du Rhone 2008

Domaine de Travallon, Vin de Pays des Bouches du Rhone, Bouches du Rhone, France, 2008 (there are also tasting notes here for 2009, 2006, 2003 and 1995) This wine: A 50: 50 blend of cabernet sauvignon and syrah.  No destemming, no added … Continue reading

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Fra Fulco Priorat 1998

Vinyes Velles dels Costers de la Vilella Alta, Fra Fulco, DO Priorat, Catalonia, Spain 1998 This wine: a carignan dominated blend, natural cork closure, 14% abv, Gauntleys, £37 (11/16) Consumer tasting note: if you like maturity, here it is … … Continue reading

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Brocard Montmains Chablis 2013

Jean-Marc Brocard, Montmains, AOC Chablis Premier Cru, Yonne, Burgundy, France, 2013 This wine: varietal chardonnay, Diam 10 agglomerate cork closure, 12.5% abv, en France, €23 (09/16) Consumer tasting note: a strident nose of ripe citrus and stewed apple edged with warmer … Continue reading

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Mestre Santenay PC 2012

Mestre Pere et Fils, PC Beaurepaire, AOC Santenay, Burgundy, France, 2012 Santenay is the southernmost outpost of the Cote de Beaune, at the border with the Cote Challonaise.  There are no grand crus in the appellation, but 12 premier crus … Continue reading

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D’Oliveiras Terrantez 1988

D’Oliveira, Terrantez, Madeira, Portugal, 1988 According to Madeira Wine Guide (MWG) and BBR, there are two vintage terrantez styles, both are richly flavoured, but one is rather sweet and the other very dry, not unlike sercial. A differentiating characteristic, according to MWG, is … Continue reading

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Schloss Vaux Sekt 2012

Schloss Vaux, Brut, Cuvee Vaux, Deutscher Sekt, Rheinhessen/Pfalz, Germany, 2012 Note that this wine is a pan-regional blend and so labelled Deutscher Sekt, rather than a wine from a single region which would be Deutscher Sekt b.a. This wine: a … Continue reading

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Dom. Adèléandre VdF 2011

Domaine Adèléandre, Adèle, Vin de France (Herault), France, 2011 This wine: biodynamic, varietal grenache, aged in old oak for 16 months, natural cork closure, 14.5% abv, Leon Stolarski Fine Wines, £20.60 (09/16). Consumer tasting note: a strong opening nose of … Continue reading

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Hubert Brochard Sancerre 2015

Hubert Brochard, AOC Sancerre, Cher, France, 2015 This wine: varietal sauvignon blanc, nomacorc closure, 13% abv, widely available, £18 (12/16) Consumer tasting note: a strong nose of ripe citrus, white stone fruit and dessert apple edged with ripe green pepper; … Continue reading

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