Monthly Archives: October 2017

Corimbo Ribera del Duero 2011

Bodegas la Horra, Corimbo, DO Ribera del Duero, Castilla y Leon, Spain, 2011 Ribera del Duero This DO is for reds and rose only, lying at about 800m altitude, on complex soils. A continental climate, where in high summer the … Continue reading

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On Sauternes

This is a fact and opinion collection and sifting exercise, so as to better understand the appellation … it is a work in progress. Sauternes – the regulations [1] including some contributory comments Quality and characteristics Sauternes is a still … Continue reading

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Fleur Sauvage Sommierois 2013

Vignerons du Sommierois (C0-op), Fleur Sauvage, AOP Languedoc-Sommieres, Gard, France, 2013 This wine: lot no. L15202D318H32, organic, a blend of grenache noir and syrah, aged in old French oak for 20 months, coated natural cork closure, 15% abv, La Cave … Continue reading

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Amnesia Alentejano 2014

Agricola Monte Novo e Figuerinha, Amnesia Tinto, IGT Vinho Regional Alentejano, Portugal, 2014 This wine: lot no.94/2012, a blend of aragonez (aka tempranillo), cabernet sauvignon and syrah, 2+1 technical cork closure, 14% abv, Ann et Vin, £11.50 (05/17) Consumer tasting … Continue reading

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Montmollin Neuchatel 2011

Domaine de Montmollin, Pinot Noir, Eleve en Barrique, AOC Neuchatel, Auvernier, Neuchatel, Switzerland, 2011 Swiss regulations From the 1980s the Swiss regulatory equivalent of AOC was OIC, which guaranteed provenance and traceability of a wine, with ideas of geographical limit, … Continue reading

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Tamar Ridge Riesling 2012

Tamar Ridge, Limited Release, Dessert Wine, Riesling, Tasmania, Australia, 2012 This wine: varietal riesling, screw cap closure, 7.5% abv, 375 ml, Vintage Wines, £18.90 (07/17) Consumer tasting note: a rich nose of exotic fruit, dark marmalade, dried citrus and honeyed … Continue reading

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Ricasoli Guicciarda Chianti 2011

Barone Ricasoli, Rocca Guicciarda, DOCG Chianti Classico Riserva, Tuscany, Italy, 2011 Chianti Classico, and ageing regulations There are 3 qualities under Classico – entry level rosso or normale, riserva, and gran selezione (from the 2010 vintage).  Minimum alcohol rises at … Continue reading

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