Monthly Archives: December 2017

Niagara Pinot Noir 2015

Southbrook, Triomphe, Pinot noir, VQA Niagara Peninsula, Canada, 2015 On VQA (Vintners Quality Alliance) Niagara Peninsula VQA, amongst other things, means that the wine is made from 100% grapes from the designated area, in this case the Niagara Peninsula. As … Continue reading

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Croft 10 y.o. Tawny Port NV

Croft, 10 Year Old Tawny Port, NV, Portugal This wine: a blend of the port varieties, which may include touriga franca, touriga nacional, tinta barroca, tinto cao, tinta roriz; bottled 2015, natural cork stopper, 20% abv, widely available, ~£20 (02/16) Consumer … Continue reading

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Oudin-Collet Champagne 2012

Oudin-Collet (RC)*, Prelude des fondateurs, Blanc de Noirs, Champagne, Cernay-les-Reims, Marne, Champagne-Ardenne, France, 2012 *RC – récoltant co-opérateur, a grower sells grapes to their co-op, then buys back finished sparkling wine, to market under their own label. This wine: lot … Continue reading

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Montee de Tonnerre 2015

Domaine du Chardonnay, Montee de Tonnerre, AOC Chablis Premier Cru, Yonne, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, France, 2015 This wine: lot no. L1510.2, varietal chardonnay, 80% vinified and aged in stainless steel, 20% vinified and aged in oak, of age new to 4 years; … Continue reading

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Archimbaud St Saturnin 2012

Domaine d’Archimbaud, AOP Languedoc – Saint-Saturnin, Herault, Occitanie, France, 2012 This wine: lot no. L14/134 , organic, a blend 50% syrah, 40% grenache noir, and 5% each of mourvedre and carignan, coated natural cork closure, 13% abv, Leon Stolarski, £11 … Continue reading

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M&S GSM Spain 2016

Marks and Spencer, GSM, Vino Tinto, Spain, 2016 This wine: lot no. L26217B, a blend of grenache, syrah and mourvedre, 13% abv, M&S, £7 (11/17) [Bought as part of a £10 two-person meal deal, so probably produced at ~€1 level]. … Continue reading

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D’Oliveiras Terrantez 1977

D’Oliveira, Terrantez, Madeira, Portugal, 1977 According to Madeira Wine Guide (MWG) and BBR, there are two vintage terrantez styles, both are richly flavoured, but one is rather sweet and the other very dry, not unlike sercial. A differentiating characteristic, according to MWG, is … Continue reading

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