Bodega la Milagrosa Milcampos Viñas Viejas, 2009

Bodega la Milagrosa Milcampos Viñas Viejas, 2009
Despite the Gaudiesque label, this wine is excellent. Another example of great value, great quality wines coming out of Spain at the moment. A little on the lighter bodied side of things, but smooth and juicy with a lovely spicy complexity that is excellent with food. Robert Parker 91 Points… “The 2009 Milcampos is 100% ...

Finca Villacreces, Pruno, 2010

Finca Villacreces, Pruno, 2010
Continuing my current love affair with Spanish wines – and particularly recently with the ones lying in my cellar thus far unopened! I decided it was time to explore this Pruno from Finca Villacreces which I bought on-spec last November, just to see what I got exactly …and of course whether I should be ordering ...

Teso La Monja Toro Almirez, 2009

Teso La Monja Toro Almirez, 2009
Spain has taken over from Argentina in my books as THE place to look for consistently beautiful well made wines for a relative bargain – notice I didn’t say cheap necessarily? But for value for money and pleasurable drinking at a high standard, Spain is currently a vast source… I discovered this at the Juserini ...

Frog’s Leap Zinfandel, 2009

Frog's Leap Zinfandel, 2009
In a  tasting against 3 other Californian Zinfandels where each wine was so closely matched it was difficult to tell them apart, Frog’s Leap showed it’s class and came out on top. …I wish I could remember it better!   Waitrose 24.99 Share this:FacebookTwitter

Duckhorn Vineyards, Rector Creek, 2004 (Magnum)

Duckhorn Vineyards, Rector Creek, 2004 (Magnum)
This was a great example of a classic Cabernet; unmistakable nose and distinct flavours of blackcurrants. Surprisingly not a monster wine – for a Napa Cabernet, but medium bodied with a perfect amount of refreshing acidity.     Share this:FacebookTwitter

Mitchelton Estate Marsanne, 1996

Mitchelton Estate Marsanne, 1996
I remember drinking Mitchelton’s oak aged Marsanne for my 30th birthday, this bottle is from that time and has survived amazingly well. Another bottle from my friend Geoff’s abandoned collection I was happy to discover. As the back label says after 10 years of age it develops the rich gold colour and rich honeyed characters ...

Inama Vigneto du Lot, Soave Classico 2008

Inama Vigneto du Lot, Soave Classico 2008
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Château Lagrézette Cuvée Dame Honneur, 1999

Château Lagrézette Cuvée Dame Honneur, 1999
This was a wine of two halves; at first very dry although still surprisingly refreshing… Really drying tannins with a fresh acidity. The second half a full fruity creamy-fresh wine with none of the drying tannins. This is providing some beautiful complex flavours. There is a serious wine in this glass… Share this:FacebookTwitter

El Guardado Malbec, 2010

El Guardado Malbec, 2010
This was a delicious wine that I ordered with my amazingly tender steak at Gaucho, Richmond. Silky, floral & light, a smooth vanillary Malbec that I fully expected to be full-on given it’s recent vintage. However I was pleasantly surprised; neither big and overbearing, nor too young and harsh. Pretty much a perfect wine, not to just ...

Peregrine Pinot Gris, 2011

Peregrine Pinot Gris, 2011
I always find the Peregrine label extremely evocative. Along with visiting the stunning Rippon Vineyards and tasting the heavenly sweet wine of Fromm it stands as a visual vinous reminder of a defining trip to New Zealand. Although it was all about their Pinot then. Forget New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris is the standout ...
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