Monthly Archives: April 2017

Dom. Gros Nore Bandol 2009

Domaine Gros ‘Noré (short for gros Honoré – the large framed proprietor), Cuvée Antoinette, AOC Bandol, Var, PACA, France, 2009 This wine: from a north-facing site, helping preserve freshness, a mourvedre dominated blend, with 5% each of cinsault and grenache, … Continue reading

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Mestre Maranges 2013

Mestre Pere et Fils, AOC Maranges, Burgundy, France, 2013 This wine: varietal pinot noir, hand harvested, matured in oak, agglomerate Diam 5 cork closure, 13% abv, ex-producer €12.50 (2015) Consumer tasting note: mature pinot noir, quite delicate, with a red … Continue reading

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Josmeyer Pinot Gris 2013

Josmeyer, Le Fromentau, Pinot gris, AOP Alsace, France, 2013 This wine: biodynamic, varietal pinot gris, vinified in stainless steel, no MLF; Diam 5 agglomerate cork closure, 13.5% abv, ex-producer, €15.60 (07/16) Consumer tasting note: a nose of ripe stone and … Continue reading

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Kings Ridge Pinot Gris 2015

Union Wine Co., Kings Ridge, Pinot gris, Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA, 2015 This wine: varietal pinot gris, screw cap closure, 13.5% abv, M&S, £14 (01/17) Consumer tasting note: a quaffable offering, with orchard and stone fruit on the nose, along … Continue reading

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Pinto Duas Quintas Douro 2014

Ramos Pinto, Duas Quintas, DOC Douro, Portugal, 2014 This wine: a blend of touriga nacional, touriga francesa, tinta roriz (tempranillo), 13.5% abv, Portland Wine, £13 (03/17) Consumer tasting note: a promising nose with some complexity of dark berries, a little … Continue reading

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Felsner Gruner Veltliner 2015

Felsner, Single Vineyard, Gedersdorfer Moosburgerin, Niederosterreich, Austria, 2015 This wine: varietal gruner veltliner, manual harvesting, screw-cap closure, 12.5% abv, widely available, £12 (11/16) Consumer tasting note: a fresh apple-citrus nose overlain by an opening but rapidly dissipating note of the confectionery shop, along … Continue reading

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Voarick Aloxe-Corton 2012

Domaine Michel Voarick, AOC Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Burgundy, France, 2012 This wine: varietal pinot noir, natural cork closure, 13% abv, Demoiselles de Ladoix (small hotel with cellar), at Ladoix, €19 (06/15) Consumer tasting note: a modest quite restrained pinot noir, … Continue reading

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Butrago Navarra 2009

Familia Fernandez de Manzanos, Marques de Butrago, Reserva, DO Navarra, Spain, 2009 This wine: a blend of 50% cabernet sauvignon, 30% tempranillo and garnacha, aged for 24 months in oak barrel, Diam 1 agglomerate cork closure (marked with DOca Rioja), … Continue reading

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Barao de Vilar Pink Port NV

Barao de Vilar, Pink Port, Portugal, NV. This wine: a blend of the port varieties – touriga franca, touriga nacional, tinta barroca, tinto cao, tinta roriz; natural cork stopper, 19.5% abv, 50cl, Ann et Vin, ~£13 (02/17) Consumer tasting note: a … Continue reading

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Ch. Gravelle Muscadet SL 2007

Chateau de la Gravelle, Muscadet Sevre et Maine Sur Lie, AOP Muscadet Sevre et Maine, Gorges, Pays de La Loire, France, 2007 Pays Nantais: Located close to the Atlantic coast, the climate is mild and maritime, with risk of rain throughout … Continue reading

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