Monthly Archives: August 2017

Capitel Crosara Amarone 2009

Capitel della Crosara, Monopolio Montresor, DOC Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, Veneto, Italy, 2009 Recioto Amarone della Valipolicela Amarone della Valpolicella, strictly Recioto Amarone della Valipolicela (as it is made from dried grapes) was elevated to DOCG beginning with the 2010 vintage. Permitted … Continue reading

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Montesquiou VdF 2014

Domaine Montesquiou, Terre de France, Vin de France, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France, 2014 This wine: no ‘L’ prefix lot number, though 50694104:42 is stencilled on the glass; this wine, rather than being dry, at <= 4 g/l residual sugar at fermentation end, … Continue reading

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Cesseras Minervois Liviniere 2011

Pierre-Andre et Guillaume Ournac, Chateau Cesseras, AOC Minervois La Livinière, Hérault, Languedoc (whilst retaining its historical name, Languedoc, along with Roussillon and Midi-Pyrenees, has since 2016, been subsumed into the administrative region of Occitanie), France, 2011 Classification notes AOP Languedoc … Continue reading

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Q. Roques Dao 2013

Quinta dos Roques, Vinho Tinto, DA Dao, Portugal, 2013 DA Dao Dao is a land-locked mountainous region, 80 km + inland from the Atlantic coast. It can be viewed as a basin pretty much encircled by sheltering mountains. Altitude ranges … Continue reading

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Rouviole Minervois Liviniere 2012

Domaine La Rouviole, AOP Minervois La Livinière, Hérault, Languedoc (whilst retaining its historical name, Languedoc, along with Roussillon and Midi-Pyrenees, has since 2016, been subsumed into the administrative region of Occitanie), France, 2012 Classification notes AOP Languedoc was established in 2007, … Continue reading

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Wray and Nephew Overproof Rum

Wray & Nephew, White Overproof Rum, Kingston, Jamaica, NV This spirit: molasses-based, column distilled, screw cap closure, 63% abv, 5cl, widely available, ~£3 WSET style tasting note Appearance: clear, water white intensity, colourless. Nose: clean, medium intensity, with aromas as … Continue reading

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Beaux Hauts Russian River 1992

Chateau Beaux Hauts, En Tirage, Methode Champenoise Recently Disgorged Extra Brut, Russian River Valley Sparking Wine, Sonoma, California, USA, 1992 This wine: varietal pinot meunier, late disgorged in 2009 or a little later, having spent over 17 years en tirage … Continue reading

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Colombo Crozes-Hermitage 2014

Jean-Luc Colombo, Les Vignes Rousses, AOC Crozes-Hermitage, Drôme, France, 2014 This wine: varietal syrah, Diam 3 agglomerate cork closure, 13% abv, widely available, ~£10 (09/16) Consumer tasting note: a bright fresh red berried nose edged with toast and bees-wax, along … Continue reading

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Chereau Carre Muscadet 2006

Chereau Carre, AOC Muscadet Sevre et Maine, Loire, France, 2006 Another bin end with extended age from Vintage Wines (see the 30 year old Sancerre), this being an 11 year old Muscadet, not sur lie, with a normal lifespan of … Continue reading

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Bois de Carelle Sommierois 2012

Vignerons de Sommierois (Co-op), Bois de Carelle, AOP Languedoc, (whilst retaining its historical name, Languedoc, along with Roussillon and Midi-Pyrenees, has since 2016, been subsumed into the administrative region of Occitanie), Languedoc, France, 2012 AOP Languedoc was established in 2007, … Continue reading

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