Monthly Archives: January 2018

On pink wine

Prompted by a friendly discussion at a recent wine circle, on the making of a pink, or rosé, wine, here are some definitive answers, to at least get things straight in my mind, again. A pink wine can be created … Continue reading

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Langenbach Scheurebe 1986

Langenbach & Co., Wormser Liebirauenstift-Kirchenstuck Scheurebe Kabinett, QmP, Rheinhessen, Germany, 1986 On scheurebe An early 20th century underrated white cross [1] of  riesling x unknown. Plantings are on the decline, despite the potential of high quality dry and sweet wine. … Continue reading

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Tarapaca Sauvignon Chile 2016

Vina Tarapaca, Sauvignon blanc, Central Valley, Chile, 2016 This wine: lot No. L6356, varietal sauvignon blanc, screw cap closure, 12.5% abv, widely available, ~£9 (12/17) Consumer tasting note: pale lemon hued, with aromas of citrus, and warmer edges of unripe … Continue reading

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Sagrado Douro Red 2013

Quinta do Sagrado, Tinto, Pinhao, Cima Corgo, DOC Douro, Portugal, 2013 This wine: lot No. L-SST13, a blend of a wide range of approved grape varieties, coated natural cork closure, 13% abv, Ann et Vin, £12 (07/17) Consumer tasting note: … Continue reading

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Chapel Down BdN 2009

Chapel Down, Blanc de Noirs, Wine of England, Kent, England, 2009 This wine: lot no. L7177, varietal pinot noir (then strictly speaking, it should be blanc de noir), 4.5 years on the lees, Diam Diamant technical agglomerate cork closure, 12% … Continue reading

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Dujac Morey-Saint-Denis 2012

Domaine Dujac, AOC Morey-Saint-Denis, Cote de Nuits, Burgundy, 2012 This wine: lot no. L-01-12, traditional and sustainable farming, with no herbicides and pesticides since 1986, neither fined nor filtered, varietal pinot noir, coated natural cork closure, 12.5% abv, The Wine … Continue reading

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Zaccagnini Montepulciano 2015

Cantina Zaccagnini, il vino dal tralcetto, DOC Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Bolognano, Pescara, Abruzzo, Italy, 2015 On DOC Monepulciano d’Abruzzo It is a red wine appellation, where production is dominated, ~80%, by co-operatives (cantina sociale). The wines are based on montepulciano, which … Continue reading

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Cave de Tain Hermitage 2010

Cave de Tain (co-op), Grand Classique, AOP Hermitage, Drome, France, 2010 This wine: lot no. L12241, varietal syrah, coated natural cork closure, 13% abv, ex-producer, €29.60 (06/16) Last tasted 11/11/16. Consumer tasting note: deep ruby in colour, with aromas of … Continue reading

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Felton Road Pinot Noir 2015

Felton Road, Cornish Point, Pinot Noir, Central Otago, Wine of New Zealand, New Zealand, 2015 On Central Otago [see references at end] The region of Central Otago possesses a high alpine glaciated landscape, with deep u-shaped valleys scoured by ancient … Continue reading

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Argentier Carignan Gard 2011

Chateau L’Argentier, Carignan, Vielles Vignes, IGP Pays du Gard, Sommieres, Gard, Occitanie, France, 2011 On carignan Carignan (noir), aka amongst others, as carinena (Aragon), mazuelo (Rioja) and samso (Catalonia), is thought to originate in Aragon, Spain. It is a potentially … Continue reading

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