Domain du Gavillas, Lo Vièlh, 2008

Domain du Gavillas, Lo Vièlh, 2008
I’ve ordered this wine at The Lion before (I think!) and find it confusing and perplexing, and not just because it’s never been the first bottle consumed either! I’m a little confused about what it is exactly; the label has a boat load going on – what does Lo Vièlh mean? How do you even ...

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 ...

Nicolas Potel Bourgogne, 2011

Nicolas Potel Bourgogne, 2011
Ok, it’s a few days later and as suspected this wine has mellowed nicely and lost that obvious youthfulness. In fact four days open in the bottle and a delicious duo of pork has helped it turn into a ‘real’ wine!! Not as light as I would have imagined, in fact surprisingly quite medium bodied, ...

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 ...

Nicolas Potel Bourgogne, 2011

Nicolas Potel Bourgogne, 2011
If you wanted a wine that was the epitome of too young – this is it! (except perhaps the lack of purpleness in the colour??!) Simply not ready to be drunk by a long way. Maybe I should have considered the vintage a little more before deciding to open it?!! I’ll have another taste of ...

Château Moulinet, 2004

Château Moulinet, 2004
Tobacco nose with a little juicy dark cherry fruit but a definate Bordeaux giveaway aroma. Unique tobacco chocolate to taste! Dry, dry tannins on a medium finish. Definately ready. Share this:FacebookTwitter

Ridge Geyserville, 2001

Ridge Geyserville, 2001
I’m becoming aware of a theory about Californian wines – that even if they may be designed to, they don’t age very well. Their immediate appeal is mostly without question, and there always seems to be plenty of potential, but a few times lately I’ve been led to question their aging ability myself. I always ...

Edmeades Zinfandel, 2009

Edmeades Zinfandel, 2009
The original idea was to taste this against the Bogle Zinfandel as they were similar prices (Ok, the Bogle was about £2 cheaper!) However, as usual I over engineered the tasting and added two more zinfandels – Ravenswood and Frog’s Leap. Despite being a favourite of ours for the past year or so and being a wine ...
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