Sassicaia 2002

Sassicaia 2002
Back in 1944 Mario Incisa della Rochetta owner of the Tenuta San Guido estate planted a small vineyard of Cabernet Sauvignon in the Bolgheri hills and changed the history of Italian wine. …and in the process, so the story goes, pissing off a lot of the local traditionalists and the Italian appellation system (if it had even ...

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 ...

I Frati, Cà dei Frati, 2011

I Frati, Cà dei Frati, 2011
Cà dei Frati was founded 1939 by Felice Dal Cero, and is now run by the third generation of the Dal Cero family, it has a reputation as one of the finest producers of wine in the Lugana DOC which lies in the north of Italy, south of Lake Garda in Lombardy. Depending on where ...

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 ...

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 ...

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
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