Monthly Archives: August 2018

Escattes Languedoc 2013

Mas d’Escattes, Heritage, AOC Languedoc-Sommieres, Gard, Languedoc, France, 2013 This wine: lot No. L15.238, organic, a blend of 60% syrah with grenache noir, natural indigenous yeast, aged in 600l demi-muid, natural cork closure, 14% abv, Des Cévennes à la Camargue, … Continue reading

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Penfolds Max’s Shiraz 2015

Penfolds, Max’s Shiraz, South Australia, 2015 This wine: lot No. L8301W2, a multi-regional blend of varietal shiraz, 12 months ageing in American oak, coated natural cork closure, 14.5% abv, Waitrose, £15 (10/17) Consumer tasting note: deeply hued ruby, with a … Continue reading

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Cave de Tain Cornas 2010

Cave de Tain, Arenes Sauvages, AOP Cornas, Ardeche, Northern Rhone, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes, France, 2010 On Cornas Cornas, established as an appellation in 1938, lies on the right bank of the Rhone, south of, and contiguous with, St Joseph, and south-west of … Continue reading

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Torres Perpetual Priorat 2011

Miguel Torres, Perpetual, DOCa Priorat, Catalonia, Spain, 2011 On DOCa Priorat. This wine: lot No. L3235, a blend of garnacha and carinena, aged in French oak for 18 months, coated natural cork closure (stained to half length, and standing 1 … Continue reading

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Josmeyer Les Pierrets Alsace 2002

Josmeyer, Les Pierrets, Riesling, AOC/AOP Alsace, Grand Est, France, 2002 This wine: lot No. L233, organic (in conversion to biodynamic), varietal riesling, natural cork closure (stained to half length), 12.5% abv, Gauntleys, bin end, £23 (03/16). Last tasted 25/03/16 Consumer … Continue reading

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Argentier Cinsault Gard 2016

Chateau L’Argentier, Cinsault, Vielles Vignes, IGP Pays du Gard, Sommieres, Gard, Occitanie, France, 2011 On cinsault (or cinsaut) The variety crossed with pinot noir, to create South Africa’s oft maligned pinotage. Aka samso in Catalonia. And more glowingly and famously … Continue reading

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Argentier Carignan Gard 2014

Chateau L’Argentier, Carignan, Vielles Vignes, IGP Pays du Gard, Sommieres, Gard, Occitanie, France, 2014 On carignan. This wine: lot No. L16286 (on the neck), varietal carignan, old vine (80 y.o), fermented in concrete vat, then aged for 18 months in … Continue reading

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Drouhin Pinot Noir Oregon 2013

Domaine Drouhin, Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills AVA, Willamette Valley, Oregon, Wine of USA, 2013 Firstly, some notes on Oregon, followed by the Willamette Valley AVA … A short history of Oregon wine There is some debate as to when and by … Continue reading

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Vina Bosconia Rioja 2004

Bodegas R. Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia,Vina Bosconia Reserva, DOCa Rioja, La Rioja, Spain, 2004 On Rioja: Rioja Wine Guide, including style descriptions – courtesy of the Wine Society. This wine: lot No. L-9986, traditional style, a blend of 80% … Continue reading

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Ch. des Vaults Savennieres 2005

Domaine du Closel – Chateau des Vaults, La Jalousie, AOC Savennieres, Maine et Loire, Pays de la Loire, France, 2005 Some notes on the Savennieres appellation. This wine: lot No. LSG35, varietal chenin blanc, coated natural cork closure, 14% abv, … Continue reading

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