Mas de Boislauzon Côtes du Rhône Villages, 2010

Mas de Boislauzon Côtes du Rhône Villages, 2010
Both of the other wine chat guys I bought this case with raved about this wine after they tried their first bottle, so much so we discussed buying some more, possibly two more cases! So I figured it was time to try it myself… I couldn’t help notice the purple tinge to it as I ...

Villa Antinori Toscana, 2009

Villa Antinori Toscana, 2009
I put this up against the Sassicaia 2002 to form a pseudo ‘Super Tuscan’ tasting as I thought it would make a good contrast – This costing £14 and Sassicaia £114!  It wasn’t here to compete, but was intended to be a simple comparison in quality. However this stood up extremely well to the Sassicaia ...

Quartz Reef Pinot Noir, 2010 1

Quartz Reef Pinot Noir, 2010
This wasn’t great when I first tried it after buying a whole case and a half (long story) on Jancis Robinson’s recommendation, but after lying in my cellar for just over a year being a constant reminder of my own failure and waste of money I tried it again a couple of weeks ago in Devon. ...

Yves Cuilleron Viognier Les vignes d’à côté, 2011

Yves Cuilleron Viognier Les vignes d’à côté, 2011
Yves Cuilleron produces a divine Condrieu les Chaillets which comes in at about £40 these days, this Viognier (from which Condrieu is made) is cleverly named Les vignes d’à côté – ‘the vines next door’, which implies they are grown next to the Condrieu. In fact they are from the general commune of Chavanay rather than the ...

Château Gapbern Gasqueton, 2009

Château Gapbern Gasqueton, 2009
I swear I remember Jancis Robinson raving at how good quality this wine was in her en-primeur tasting notes, even possibly as a wine of the week? It was such a huge underrated bargain she even revealed that she bought some herself. Since reading the review I’ve kept a curious eye out for it, even if ...

Decoy, Sonoma County Merlot, 2010

Decoy, Sonoma County Merlot, 2010
I think this has been a week of drinking too young. First Nicolas Potel’s 2011 Bourgogne, Yes, I know, I know, drinking a 2011 already? – am I crazy?? Now this 2010 Merlot. Ok, it wasn’t as obviously too young as the 2011 Bourgogne, but the purple haze on the rim was a dead giveaway. …or should ...

Boekenhoutskloof Syrah, 2003

Boekenhoutskloof Syrah, 2003
Tasting this against another ‘kloof’, the Tamboerskloof Syrah on another Friday Swim Tasting was maybe a little poetic, if also a little pointless as the wines were so similar with almost nothing, except vintage and maybe cost to separate them. I say maybe as this was Evan’s contribution which he brought back directly from South ...

Tamboerskloof Syrah, 2007

Tamboerskloof Syrah, 2007
These Friday night Swim Tasting’s are getting harder and harder to comment on, not only are wines so similar but this one went on until 3:30am… try to remember the wine and write anything sane even a day after that! This tasting was between two South African ‘Kloofs’ (which I think in this context translates ...

Bodegas Emilio Moro, 2009

Bodegas Emilio Moro, 2009
According to Emilio Moro “”Wine is an art, if you know how to listen it speaks to you, telling you when it needs racking and when it needs to rest. It is like a living being that you have to understand, look after and care for.” I get that, it’s what I thought winemaking was ...

Bogle Vineyards Old Vine Zinfandel, 2010

Bogle Vineyards Old Vine Zinfandel, 2010
This wine was the original inspiration to do a Zinfandel tasting as it was a similar price to the Edmeades Zinfandel, which has been a favourite, stand-out wine of mine recently and I was interested to see how it would compare. Unfortunately I also found the Frog’s Leap and decided to add a wildcard; a ...
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