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Truly Irresistible Barbera d’Asti 2012

Barbera is one of Italy’s hidden grape variety gems from the north-eastern region of Piedmont, often overshadowed by expensive Nebbiolo biased wines (Barolo & Barbaresco)… which is good for us as Barbera makes awesome wine and it’s a whole lot cheaper! Soft pastel black cherry aroma with a hint of spice; ripe black fruit (black…

Ravenswood Lodi old vine Zinfandel 2011

Ravenswood ‘Old Vine Zinfandel’ from Lodi is a dark ruby wine with a tawny brown edge and aromas of cedar box, tobacco leaf and intense black fruits (Black Cherry / Blackberry). Surprisingly Medium-Full bodied considering this is a blend of 77% Zinfandel & 23% Petit Syrah, but well balanced and with velvety tannins that serve…

Morgon 2013 Chateau de Pizay

Until recently I’d never really gelled with lighter red wines and found them, especially those from Beaujolais, to be ‘all mouth and no trouser’ so to speak… promising much and delivering little. Wines from Morgon helped me to realise I’d clearly tried the poorest of what Beaujolais has to offer and this is one of…

Montes Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

This dark ruby red wine (85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot), has intense vanilla and blackcurrant aromas and much more on the palate… with a side order of white chocolate. Tannins are noticeable but are well balanced with the intensity of fruit while still possessing some grip. There’s a long slow dry finish that that fades into…

Vergelegen Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot 2009

This Bordeaux blend (52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot), from Stellenbosch in the western cape of South Africa has a huge hit of mineral pencil lead and leafy Forrest floor (from the cabernet franc) on the nose to match its almost tawny colour. Distinct but well integrated tannins lead this medium…