Monthly Archives: March 2018

Vina Tondonia Rioja 2003

R. Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Reserva, Rioja Alta, DOCa Rioja, La Rioja, Spain, 2003 This wine: lot No. L-0166. Tondonia is a 170ha vineyard on the western right bank of the River Ebro, with alluvial clay and limestone soil. The … Continue reading

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Chateau Musar Rose 2014

Chateau Musar, Rose, Wine of Lebanon, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, 2014 This wine: lot No. L5.225-01-01-C, vineyards are at ~1300m altitude, organic farming; a blend of obaideh (probably a local clone of chardonnay [1]), merwah (probably a local clone of semillon … Continue reading

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Majella Coonawarra 2012

Majella Wines, Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra, South Australia, Wine of Australia, 2012 On Coonawarra Coonawarra is on the Limestone Coast at the south-eastern extremity of South Australia, and so one of the coolest of this state’s vineyard areas. It is famous … Continue reading

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Pelizzatti Pinot Graubunden 2012

Annatina Pelizzatti, Pinot Noir Barrique, AOC Graubunden, Jenins, Graubunden, Switzerland, 2012 On Graubunden The canton of Graubunden is at the far eastern end of Switzerland. The top villages are from north to south Flasch, Maienfeld, Jenins and Malans. Vineyards are … Continue reading

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Allegria Manzanilla NV

Williams & Humbert, Allegria, Manzanilla Superior, DO Manzanilla-Sanlucar de Barrameda, Jerez, Spain, NV This wine: lot No. LX27B, varietal palomino fino, agglomerate cork stopper, 37.5cl, 15% abv, widely available, £5.50 (11/17) Consumer tasting note: a typical lemon hued manzanilla from … Continue reading

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Cabrol La Derive Cabardes 2013

Domaine de Cabrol, La Derive, AOC Cabardes, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon (now Occitanie – pronounced oxytanny), 2013 About AOC Cabardes Cabardes is an appellation for rose and red wine only.  It lies to the NW of Carcassonne, with a climate held in … Continue reading

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Oatley Southern Riesling 2014

Robert Oatley, Riesling, Great Southern, West Australia, 2014 On the Great Southern wine region This is a vast rectangular viticultural region, measuring 200km E-W by 120km N-S, with a generally cool climate, ranging from coastal Mediterranean, to inland semi-continental. Irrigation … Continue reading

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Argentier Carignan VdT

Chateau l’Argentier [old vine carignan], Vin de Table de France [Sommieres, Gard], France [2004] Vin de Table Wines labelled Vin de Table, are permitted to mention just the producer and country of origin, along with abv and a lot number … Continue reading

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Mestre Santenay PC 2013

Mestre Pere et Fils, AOC PC Santenay Beaurepaire, Cote de Beaune, Burgundy, France, 2013 Santenay is the southernmost outpost of the Cote de Beaune, at the border with the Cote Challonaise.  There are no grand crus in the appellation, but … Continue reading

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Canard-Duchene Brut NV

Canard Duchene (NM-137-004), Authentic Brut, Ludes, Montagne de Reims, Marne, France, NV This wine: lot No. L7Y3NAE06, a blend of chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier, natural mushroom cork closure, cork code R3A04, 12% abv, widely available, ~£ 27 (12/17) … Continue reading

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