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 ...

Ravenswood Old Vine Zinfandel, 2010

Ravenswood Old Vine Zinfandel, 2010
This was bought as a bit of a wildcard for the Zinfandel tasting, the other wines all costing in excess of £15. it actually stood up to the others very well and didn’t stand out in terms of lack of quality. I initially had it confused with the Edmeades, so at least in the context of a late night ...

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

Descendientes de José Palacios Bierzo Pétalos, 2009

Descendientes de José Palacios Bierzo Pétalos, 2009
I forget how good this wine is – and how much I like it. I first discovered it on my visit to Valencia a few years ago and brought just a single treasured bottle back with me, but I’m very glad it’s now available through my local Majestic. It has just enough fruit to be satisfying, ...

Sesti Monteleccio, 2010

Sesti Monteleccio, 2010
This was one of the raved about wines at Arth Wine, that I was easily convinced to bring home. One of the first Bio-dynamic exponents in Italy (apparently) Giuseppe really cares about the quality of his wine – and the environment. It was good, more soft fruit than the usual Sangiovese, juicy soft edges, but ...

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

Suckfizzle Sauvignon Semillon, 2005

Suckfizzle Sauvignon Semillon, 2005
Considering how much I can’t face Sauvignon Blancs right now, it surprises me how much I love a Semillon/Sauvignon blend – usually in the form of a white Bordeaux. They are NOTHING like a 100% Sauvignon blanc; full and round with an oily body, and none of that raspy Sauvignon finish. This Margaret River blend ...

Banfi Brunello di Montalcino, 2007

Banfi Brunello di Montalcino, 2007
Allan ordered a case of the the 2006 from Costco, which at just £19.50 sounded like a complete bargain – for a Brunello! So I agreed to a share of it, especially as Robert Parker himself rated it at 92 points and gave it a glowing review: “The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino is a beautiful wine ...

Retro Bistro, Teddington

Retro Bistro, Teddington
Chassagne-Montrachet “Les Pierres” Jean-Marc Pillot, 2008 I’m being stalked by Jean-Marc Pillot’s Chassagne-Montrachets! Without seeking them out they have cropped up three times in recent history – and they aren’t exactly common! The first at the Bingham Restaurant in Richmond for my birthday, then in Chassagne itself (where I just had buy some to bring back), then ...

Corralillo Winemaker’s Blend, 2007

Corralillo Winemaker's Blend, 2007
One of the mighty Matetic EQ’s little brothers. This bottle was left over from a case I bought as part of a mixed six-pack that I was selling on last year. Unfortunately a couple of bottles broke during transit, so I kept the bottles that had labels stained by the spillage. Amongst other things this ...
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