Monthly Archives: September 2017

Vina Marro Joven Rioja 2016

Bodegas Domeco de Jarauta, Vina Marro, Joven, DOCa Rioja, La Rioja, Spain, 2016 Joven Normally, the joven, or young wine category, covers wines that are commercialised within one or two years of harvest, to preserve a fresh, fruity character, with … Continue reading

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Chateau Musar Rose 2013

Chateau Musar, Rose, Wine of Lebanon, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, 2013 This wine: Lot No. 4.288.01-04, vineyards ~1300m altitude, organic farming, a blend of obaideh (probably a local clone of chardonnay [1]), merwah (probably a local clone of semillon [1]) and … Continue reading

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Marion Amarone 2009

Fam. Campedelli, Marion, DOC Amarone della Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy, 2009 See the amarone entry in my Italian wine term dictionary. Also see this amarone 2009 vintage report. This wine: Lot No. L.54.13.A., indeterminate amarone blend, which nominally includes corvina and/or … Continue reading

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Tamar Ridge S.Blanc 2007

Tamar Ridge, Kayena Vineyard, Sauvignon blanc, Tasmania, Australia, 2007 This wine: Lot No. L106, varietal sauvignon blanc, screw-cap closure, 13.5% abv, Vintage Wines, bin end, £9 (09/17) Consumer tasting note: faulty. WSET style tasting note Appearance: faulty, when agitated in … Continue reading

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Pizzini Franciacorta NV

Barone Pizzini, Brut, Animante, DOCG Franciacorta, Lombardy, Italy, NV Franciacorta See my notes covering Franciacorta.  In brief, the minimum ageing period before release, for NV, is 25 months after harvest, comprising at least 18 months on the lees, and at least … Continue reading

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Solomon Hills Pinot Noir 2011

Solomon Hills Vineyards, Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley AVA, California, USA, 2011 Santa Maria Valley Is an AVA spanning San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties. Solomon Hills Vineyards are on sandy loam, at the western extremity of the AVA, … Continue reading

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Trenet Absinthe France

Trenet, Premium Absinthe, France, NV See my notes on aniseed flavoured spirits. This spirit: contains wormwood, screw cap closure, 60% abv, 4cl, widely available, ~£4 WSET style tasting note Appearance: clear, pale intensity blue-green, if pushed, then the blue component … Continue reading

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Chateau Musar Lebanon 2003

Chateau Musar, Wine of Lebanon, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, 2003 Last tasted 07/01/13. This wine: Lot No. 6.186.01, a blend of cabernet sauvignon, cinsault and carignan, coated natural cork closure, 13.5% abv, widely available, £20 (2011) Consumer tasting note: opens with … Continue reading

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Sagrado Douro Reserva Red 2008

Quinta do Sagrado, Reserva, Tinto, Pinhao, Cima Corgo, DOC Douro, Portugal, 2008 Last tasted 26/07/17. This wine: Lot No. 94/2012, a blend of 50% touriga nacional, 30% touriga franca, and 10% each of tinta amarela and tinta roriz (aka tempranillo), … Continue reading

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Torbreck Barossa Semillon 2012

Torbreck, Woodcutters’s Semillon, Barossa Valley, South Australia, 2012 Barossa GI and Barossa Valley The Barossa GI (Geographical Indication) lies to the north of the city of Adelaide, and includes the two regions of Barossa Valley and Eden Valley, and the … Continue reading

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