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Finca Carelio Tempranillo Castilla y Leon 2011

The Spanish wine region of ‘Castilla y Leon’ is fast becoming one of my favourite go-to areas for good quality/value inventive wines. Technically it covers most of north western Spain including ‘Ribera Del Duero’ and ‘Toro’, but wine makers are able to use the wider ‘Castilla y Leon’ region to label wines made outside of…

Bodega Atamisque Catalpa Chardonnay Uco Valley 2012

Argentina, heartland for the Malbec revolution, has one aspect going for it above all other new world wine regions, altitude… lots and lots variable altitude. As a country, Argentina’s on the smoking hot side of the Andes, whereas Chile gets all the cooling ocean influence on the other. However, what Argentina has going for it…

Massif D’Uchaux Cotes Du Rhone Villages 2014

‘Cotes du Rhone Villages’ are a whole step up in quality from entry level ‘Cotes du Rhone’ and this example from Waitrose hales solely from the village of ‘Massif D’Uchaux’. In the glass it has a medium purple/ruby colour, with bramble blackberry and black currant fruit and a soft vanilla, pastel like minerality. Inky black…

Cecchi Sagrato Chianti Riserva 2012

Cheap Chianti, like Valpolicella, was exported to the UK in droves throughout the 60’s and 70’s, becoming synonymous with ‘plonk’… so it’s no wonder its taken a while for that reputation to fade enough for it to be taken seriously again. After a period of exile from our shelves, Chianti has started to make a…

The Society’s Claret Nv

Another benchmark staple of The Wine Society is ‘The Society’s Claret’. Like their White Burgundy reviewed here, it’s a blend made up each year with the assistance of the Society’s wine buyers from recommended parcels of wine provided by Mason Sichel. Unlike the White Burgundy, however, this is non-vintage wine as some of the parcels…

The Society’s White Burgundy 2014

This great value un-oaked Chardonnay from southern Burgundy’s Macon region is something of a calling card for The Wine Society. Each year one of their wine experienced wine buyers travels down to the region to oversee the selection of wines and the overall blending process that goes into creating this classic icon of their range.…

Château Fourcas-Dupré Listrac-Médoc 2006

Just because the Bas-Médoc region of Bordeaux sits to the north of the larger and more prestigious Haut-Médoc, doesn’t mean fantastic wines aren’t to be found there. If anything far better wines can be found at a lower price point than from the south, as this wonderfully earthy, inky, complex wine shows. It has a…

Adega De Pegoes Colheita Seleccionada Setubal 2014

One of the best Portuguese white wines I’ve tasted to date. It has a pale lemon colour with clean fresh lemon, apple/pear and cream aroma upfront; developing more tropical fruit aromas as it warms a little. Clean acidity, ripe Lemon, grapefruit and pineapple on a textured palate. The finish is long and complex with layers…

Chateau Haute Galine Minervois 2014

A one off bottling for the Wine Society, blended together after a good harvest in 2014 left the producer with plenty of high quality wine left over. It has a deep ruby colour with Purple rim; intense inky aromas of bramble blackberry, blackcurrant and a lick of vanilla with a faint edge of brooding minerality…

Bouchard Aine & Fils Pinot Noir Vin de France 2013

Sometimes French Pinot Noir, especially from Burgundy can be designed to accompany food so much they become tangy by themselves… thankfully not so with this one! Pale ruby colour and a garnet rim full of red cherry, strawberry, Raspberry compote and soft vanilla aromas that join with the faintest hint of earthiness developing. On the…

Léon Perdigal Cotes Du Rhone Blanc 2014

A blend of Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Roussanne & Viognier with clear signs of a deft touch in both it’s blending and handling in the winery. I’ve been searching for good go-to white for all occasions this summer and this really stood out at a recent Majestic tasting. Spicy grapefruit and white peach aroma, with…

Piccini Memoro Rosso NV

The idea behind Piccini’s ‘Memoro’ was to blend classic regional grapes from the 4 corners of Italy; the result is unusual to say the least, but works remarkably well, creating a darker earthier wine than I’d expect from Italy. 40% Primitivo (air dried appassimento style) from Puglia; 30% Montepulciano (aged 12 months in Oak) from…

Montes Twins Malbec/Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

If you like your reds with a bit of vanilla goodness to them then this 50/50 blend of Malbec/Cabernet Sauvignon is well worth a try and fantastic value for money… A bright ruby coloured wine with ripe blackcurrant raisin fruit, vanilla and white chocolate aromas. Rich concentrated Blackcurrant leads the attack on the palate; rich enough…

Montes Alpha Chardonnay 2012

The Montes Alpha Chardonnay is great example of oaked chardonnay from Chile. Tropical banana, pineapple, apricot and butter cream aroma. On the palate lemon and mango fruit are balanced with butter, hazelnut and almond that build as the finish lengthens. This is a fresh balanced wine that nonetheless, that stays with you long after each…

Tesco Finest Gewürztraminer Alsace 2013

This Tesco Finest wine is a solid example of Gewürztraminer (Girdle-Trimmer), full of personality and closer to ‘dry’ than ‘off dry’. Pale straw coloured with intense rose petal, lychee and pineapple aroma. The palate is full of peach, apricot, pineapple and lychee with a viscose lees aided texture and a long Rose Turkish delight finish.…

Viñalba Malbec-Touriga Nacional Reservado 2012

Argentina loves to play around with International grape varieties, especially those known for producing big hearty red’s. Here the producer has blended together Argentina’s adopted classic ‘Malbec’ with Portugal’s predominant Port grape ‘Touriga Nacional’… resulting in a beast of a wine! Deep purple black Port colour with rich concentrated black fruits (plum, blackberry, blueberry), red…

Louis Bernard Reserve de Bonpas Cotes du Rhone 2012

Cotes du Rhone are usually fairly chilled out affaires, but this means business… A deep ruby purple colour with a soft pastel blackberry/black cherry and coffee cream aroma, intense inky berry fruit and garrigue herbs on the palate with an impressive charcoal minerality. Good concentration of fruit and a dark brooding depth that’s balanced with…