Monthly Archives: May 2017

Patrocinio Rioja Joven 2015

Bodegas Patrocinio (Co-operative), Senorio de Unuela, Rioja Joven, DOCa Rioja, Rioja Alta, La Rioja, Spain, 2015 This wine: varietal tempranillo, screw cap closure, 14.5% abv, widely available, ~£10 (05/17) Consumer tasting note: a nose of rich stewed strawberry, black cherry, … Continue reading

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Tyrrell’s Vat 1 Semillon 2006

Tyrrell’s Wines, Vat 1, Hunter Semillon, Lower Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia, 2006 Hunter Valley semillon does not see oak, rather, with time in bottle, it can develop a certain toastiness, adding a further dimension to a wine’s complexity. This wine: … Continue reading

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Ortega Viuda Negra Rioja 2014

Javier San Pedro Ortega, Viuda Negra, Crianza, DOCa Rioja, Rioja, Spain, 2014 This wine: varietal tempranillo, aged for 14 months in French and American oak barrique; coated natural cork closure, 13.5% abv, source unknown, ~€8 (05/17) Consumer tasting note: a … Continue reading

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Ferre i Catasus Penedes 2015

Ferre i Catasus, Somiatruites, DO Penedes, Catalonia, Spain, 2015 This wine: a blend of chenin blanc, muscat, with minor contributions from sauvignon blanc, xarel.lo, chardonnay; natural cork closure, 12.5% abv, source unknown, ~€7 (05/17) Consumer tasting note: entry-level quaffable white, apples … Continue reading

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Perelada Rose Brut Cava NV

Castillo de Perelada, Brut Rose, DO Cava, Penedes, Catalonia, Spain, NV This wine: a grenache noir dominated blend, with pinot noir and trepat; aged on the lees for ~12 months; mushroom natural cork closure; 11.5% abv, widely available, ~£10 (05/17) Consumer … Continue reading

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Dom. Aubai Mema Lunatico 2014

Domaine Aubai Mema, Lunatico, IGP Pays du Gard, Languedoc, France, 2014 The IGP Pays du Gard appellation was created in 2009. It extends from the Mediterranean to the Massif central in the north, from the Rhone in the east to the … Continue reading

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Lavinyeta Emporda Spain 2015

Cellar La Vinyeta, Llavors, Mollet de Peralada, DO Emporda, Catalonia, Spain, 2015 All you need to know about DO Emporda, including all producers’ details. This wine: a carignan (aka samso locally) dominated blend, aged in new casks of French, Hungarian … Continue reading

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Sorrel Cr. Hermitage Blanc 2013

Domaine Marc Sorrel, Crozes Hermitage, Tain l’Hermitage, Drome, France, 2013 This wine: (bottle identity Lot 1) a blend of 50:50 marsanne:roussanne, matured in old oak, natural cork closure, 12.5% abv, Gauntleys, £25.50 (01/17) Consumer tasting note: faulty … a subdued nose … Continue reading

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Vielle Julienne CdP 2010

Domaine de la Vielle Julienne, Les Trois Sources, AOC Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Vaucluse, PACA, France, 2010 This wine: 10k bottles produced of this vintage, a blend of 70% grenache noir, 10% syrah, 5% mourvedre, 5% counoise, 5% cinsault along with a range of … Continue reading

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Dom. de L’Hortus GC Blanc 2015

Domaine de l’Hortus, Grande Cuvee, IGP Val de Montferrand, Pic-Saint-Loup, Herault, France, 2015 The nomenclature of the Pic-Saint-Loup appellation changed in 2007 to AOC/AOP Languedoc Pic-Saint-Loup. There is a long-standing application for AOC/AOP Pic Saint Loup. It lies about 18kms to the … Continue reading

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