Mas des Bressades Cuvée Tradition Rosé 2016

Mas des Bressades Cuvée Tradition Rosé 2016 *Tasting notes taken indoor.   Colour: Deep Salmon Nose: Strawberry, raspberry, floral, touch of meatiness, light thyme. Palate: Dry, medium body, medium acidity. Strawberry, raspberry, rhubarb, savoury herbs. Finish: Medium finish, touch of mineral, grapefruit skin. Score:78/100   More complex than I would have expected, although I haven’t tried Rose from Costieres … Continue reading Mas des Bressades Cuvée Tradition Rosé 2016

Il Molino di Grace Chianti Classico Riserva 2009

Il Molino di Grace Chianti Classico Riserva 2009 Colour: Medium+ garnet core, light garnet rim. Nose: Leather, cedar, matured plum, tobacco, black cherry, balsamic, white pepper. Palate: Dry, medium body, high acidity, medium silky tannins. Sour cherry, tobacco, plum, integrated oak. Finish: Medium finish, touch of pepper, mellow black raspberry. Score: 82/100 Chianti Classico is one of my favourite affordable … Continue reading Il Molino di Grace Chianti Classico Riserva 2009

Bodegas Benito Urbina Rioja Selección 1999

Bodegas Benito Urbina Rioja Selección 1999 Colour: Medium garnet core, lighter on the edge. Nose: Plum, dates, vanilla, crème de cassis, faint tobacco, integrated oak Palate: Dry, medium body, medium acidity, medium soft tannins. Red cherry, blackberry, mineral, plum. Finish: Medium finish, light oak, stone, touch of spice. Score: 77/100 The nose smells like classic … Continue reading Bodegas Benito Urbina Rioja Selección 1999

Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2009

Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2009 Colour: Dark ruby-purple core, light garnet rim. Nose: Ripe cherry, raspberry, liquroice, plum, graphite. Palate: Dry, full bodied, medium+ acidity, full grippy tannins. Black cherry, plum, graphite, black raspberry, faint orange peel. Finish: Long finish, pepper, plum, earth, alcohol kick (went away after 4-5 hours of decanting). Score: … Continue reading Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2009

Breca Old Vines Garnacha 2010

Breca Old Vines Garnacha 2010 Decanted for 3 hours. Colour: Dark ruby core, lighter on the edges. Nose: Noticeable alcohol on the nose, jammy; black raspberry, blackberry, black cherry, dark chocolate, baking spice, stone, violet, touch of meatiness. Palate: Dry, medium+ body, medium+ acidity, full grippy tannins. Concentrated and rich; black raspberry, blackberry, sour cherry, … Continue reading Breca Old Vines Garnacha 2010

Domaine de la Denante Les Maillettes Saint-Veran 2014

Domaine de la Denante Les Maillettes Saint-Veran 2014 Colour: Pale straw Nose: Honey, peach, melon, stone, grass, white flower, light citrus, touch of oak. Palate: Dry, medium+ body, medium acidity. Melon, citrus, mineral, honey. Finish: Long finish, crushed stone, salt, faint nuts. Score: 77+/100 First time having a wine from Saint-Veran, and it was a … Continue reading Domaine de la Denante Les Maillettes Saint-Veran 2014

Elderton E Series Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Elderton E Series Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Colour: Dark purple-garnet Nose: Blueberry jam, plum, vanilla, baking spice, touch of smoked meat. Palate: Dry, medium+ body, medium acidity, medium+ fine grain tannins. Blackberry pie, raspberry, pepper, vanilla. Finish: Medium+ finish, touch of liquorice, more dark fruits. Score: 77/100 Very standard, big, bold, jammy Southern Australian Shiraz blend. … Continue reading Elderton E Series Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Foreign Affair Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Foreign Affair Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Colour: Dark garnet core, light garnet rim. Nose: Dominant black cherry, blackberry, blackcurrant, raspberry, plum, dried dates, vanilla, cedar, meat, worn leather. Palate: Off-dry, medium acidity, medium silky tannins. Black cherry, blackberry, blackcurrant, vanilla sweetness, touch of herbs. Finish: Long finish, sweet oak, touch of spice. Score: 85/100 Coming from … Continue reading Foreign Affair Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Montes Alpha Pinot Noir 2014

Montes Alpha Pinot Noir 2014 Colour: Light ruby core Nose: Cherry, raspberry, brine, stone, plum, underbrush. Palate: Dry, medium bodied, medium+ acidity, medium- soft tannins. Ripe cherry, plum, raspberry, crushed stone. Finish: Medium+ finish, mineral, faint vanilla. Score: 78/100 Rather interesting nose to start, the usual cherry and red fruits, with a blast of salty … Continue reading Montes Alpha Pinot Noir 2014

Fattoi Brunello di Montalcino 2007

Fattoi Brunello di Montalcino 2007 Colour: Medium garnet core, light tawny rim. Nose: Meaty, savory, cherry, plum, dried rose, tobacco, leather, grilled red pepper, baking spice, sweet dates, undertone of crushed stone. Palate: Dry, medium body, high acidity, medium- tannins. Blast of sour cherry, plum, blackberry, touch of sweet cherry, faint leather, touch of green. … Continue reading Fattoi Brunello di Montalcino 2007