The Sour Grape

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Barahonda Monastrell 2014

Monastrell (Mourvedre) is a grape that seems to have found a new identity for itself in southern Spain, in much the same way as Malbec has in Argentina. For a long time Rioja and it’s signature grape variety ‘Tempranillo’ defined Spanish wine in almost every way, but there’s a lot more the country has to…

Mas Du Libian ‘Khazan’ Cotes Du Rhone 2013

Few wine regions in world consistently balance concentration of fruit with depth of character like the Rhone does at table wine prices. So it’s no surprise that the ‘Wine Society’ is able to routinely offer their members quality Cote-du-Rhône wines for a good price. This has deep ruby colour with a pink rim, ripe red…

Chateau Montus Madiran 2011

The wines of Madiran have a special place in my heart… just look at how many I’ve reviewed on this site! If you love the fuller bodied red wine from the Rhone, then you owe it to yourself to seek out the deep brooding reds of south-west France. Alan Brumont is a producer at the…

Boutinot ‘La Cote Sauvage’ Cairanne 2012

Cairanne is one of the Villages in the Southern Rhone that is about to be promoted to ‘Cru’ status (like Chateauneuf-du-pape), so at some point soon the prices are going to shoot up… but not yet! So for now you can get some seriously high quality Rhone wines for far less than their famous neighbors.…

M&S Barbera D’Asti 2013

This is a good value Italian wine from the northwest of the country will make a cracking mid-week pasta wine. In the glass it has a medium ruby colour with a pink rim and black cherry, black currant, blackberry fruit aroma with soft vanilla and a violet floral note. On the palate there’s a fresh…

The Society’s Exhibition Crozes-Hermitage 2013

The Rhone in France is divided into Northern and Southern wine regions and most of what we see on our shelves in the UK comes from the South… Grenache dominant blends with Syrah and Mourvèdre amongst other varieties; wines like ‘Cote du Rhone’, ‘Chateauneuf Du Pape’, ‘Vacqueyras’ etc. The red wines from the North (with…

Greco Sannio 2014

When it comes to un-oaked white wines, hard as it may be to believe, there’s a whole world of incredible options out there that have nothing to do Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio and Italy’s literally bursting at seams with them. Two of my favorite varieties from the sun soaked south of the country are…

Terres De Moraines Madiran 2012

The third Tannat based wine M&S have on their shelves at the moment is a classic French ‘Madiran’… though one closer to entry level for the region than the bottle of ‘Domaine Picard’ I reviewed here. In the glass it has a deep ruby/black colour with a pink rim and an inky earthy black fruit…

Pisano Cisplatino Tannat 2014

Looks like M&S has a couple more Tannat based wines for us to enjoy! The last wine was from Argentina and this next one is another South American export, this time from Uruguay. In the glass it has a deep purple black colour with a medium intensity aroma of earthy yet ripe black & red…

Domaine Pichard Madiran 2008

I love wines made with Tannat and those from Madiran especially… they’re typically inky, weighty, earthy, beasts that serve as a separate food course entirely; they’re the Guinness of the wine world! If that sounds like a good thing to you then read on… otherwise I’d skip this, however good a wine it may be,…

Castel Firmian Teroldego di Rotaliano Riserva 2012

Trentino in north-eastern Italy is an area mostly renowned for unleashing ‘Pinot Grigio’ on an unsuspecting world. However, it’s also the heartland for the ‘Teroldego’ grape variety, which makes dangerously moreish fruity wines. In the glass this has a deep ruby with purple rim, black cherry (Morello), Blackcurrant and purple flower (Violets) aroma. On the…

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…