Monthly Archives: June 2017

Cheze P. Luminis Condrieu 2011

Louis Cheze, Pagus Luminis, AOC Condrieu, Northen Rhone, France, 2011 This wine: varietal viognier, fermented then aged in oak for 9 months, unfiltered, 13.5% abv, Weavers Wines, £38 (12/15) Consumer tasting note: an understated nose of peach and apricot, lightly … Continue reading

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Delicado Amontillado 12yo

Bodega Gonzalez Byass, Delicado 12 y.o. Amontillado, Jerez, Andalucia, Spain, NV An amontillado is the result of two successive ageing processes, both in solera – firstly biological as a fino under flor, then oxidatively in oak. It normally starts life … Continue reading

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Aromas and flavours deconstructed

Work in progress … the general consumer, when thinking about buying wine, needs tasting notes that are easily intelligible, unambiguous and uncluttered. Here I share my efforts in translating, testing and debunking esoteric aromas and flavours currently used to describe … Continue reading

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Dom. de La Noblaie Chinon 2012

Domaine de La Noblaie, AOC Chinon, Indre-et-Loire, Touraine, France, 2012 The Chinon AOC straddles the Vienne river. Permitted varieties are cabernet franc (locally known as breton) and cabernet sauvgnon (max 10% in a blend with cabernet franc) for red and … Continue reading

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Vinai Trentino Gewurz 2014

Bottega Vinai, Gewurztraminer, DOC Trentino, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy, 2014 The gewurztraminer variety originates from the village of Tramin, in the Adige valley, with about 500ha (2011) plantings. Wine styles vary from dry to sweet. This wine: plantings at 300-400m altitude, … Continue reading

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Walch Pinot Nero Alto Adige 2013

Elena Walch, Pinot nero (Blauburgunder), DOC Alto Adige, Tramin, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy, 2013 Pinot noir has been grown in the area, the Adige Valley, since the mid-nineteenth century. Altitude range is 250-900m, with about 350ha (2011) under pinot noir in … Continue reading

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