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  • Two Carmenères from Chile

    … finish. S- Miguel Torres Santa Digna Reserva Carmenère 2012, Valle Central, Chile (£10.49 Aitken Wines, Portland Wines, Grape Expectations) Not sure about this one. The first thing you notice is a reduced/stinky aroma, and while there seems to be reasonable dark fruit, toast chocolate wafer-like oakiness and a touch of green bean, the pong hangs around rather too long for my liking. Hmm… C Categorised in: Carmenere, Chile, Maipo, Video, wine, Wine Education…

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  • Chardonnays from Jura, Spain & Chile

    … flavours. B- Sol de Sol Chardonnay 2010, Malleco, Chile (£19.95 Winety) A rather disjointed style, has lost the bounce and verve of youth, leaving a slightly gawky skeleton of acidity, and while there’s a pleasant mealy note, there’s not enough flesh on those bones. B- Tags: Video Categorised in: Chardonnay, Chile, Jura/Savoie, Penedes, Video, wine, Wine Education…

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  • Brancott Estate Sauvignon Gris 2013, Marlborough, New Zealand

    … Published by Simon Marlborough Sauvignon, but not as we know it… Brancott Estate Sauvignon Gris 2013, Marlborough, New Zealand (£10.49 Tesco, Asda, Ocado) Has some of the crisp lemon and lime character of Sauvignon Blanc, but instead of the ‘green’ flavours – cut grass, herbs etc – there’s muskier pear and peach notes. Think of a cross between Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris and you won’t be too far off the mark. B(+) Tags: Video Categorised in: Marlborough, Video, wine, Wine Education…

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  • Harveys Signature 12 Year Old Cream Sherry, Spain

    …, scalp itching intensity of acidity to keep it all fresh and twangy. Would be good with Xmas cake (hold the icing), but I’d like to try this with mature hard cheeses – Gouda, Cheddar, Parmesan, that sort of thing. S(+) Tags: Video Categorised in: Fortified Wine, Palomino, Pedro Ximenez, Sherry, Video, wine, Wine Education…

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  • Three Rías Baixas Albariños

    … Mendoza 3 Crianzas Rías Baixas Albariño 2012, Spain (£12.45 Moreno Wines) A year older, and those heady vanilla and peach edges have been joined by hints of pineapple juice. But once again, those rich flavours are bolstered by a lovely fresh backbone, with a bracing saline bite adding to the party. S- Tags: Video Categorised in: Albarino, Rias Baixas, Video, wine, Wine Education…

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  • Two Crémant du Jura from Champ Divin

    … to balance, along with a lightly nutty finish. S(-) Champ Divin Crémant du Jura Rosé 2012, France (£15.80 Tanners) Feels more mature than the above, and maybe lacks the bready complexity, but I do like the developed wild strawberry (fresh and lightly cooked) characters and the hint of rose hip syrup. S- Tags: Video Categorised in: Chardonnay, Jura/Savoie, Pinot Noir, sparkling, Video, wine, Wine Education…

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  • Three reds from Ribera del Duero

    …Sometimes Ribera del Duero can be a bit too big for its boots, but these three were very good. Joven de Silos Ribera del Duero 2012, Spain (£11 Oddbins) Has a youthful juicy crunchiness, with appealing flavours of berries, blackcurrants, violets a gloss of vanilla and a vibrant finish. S- Finca Villacreces Ribera del Duero…

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  • Cru Beaujolais from two famous Burgundy producers

    … Published by Simon Cru Beaujolais from two renowned Burgundian négociants (Louis Latour owns Henry Fessy). 2012 wasn’t the easiest of vintages, so how did each fare? Bouchard Père et Fils Fleurie 2012, Burgundy, France (£11.99 Waitrose) There’s a peppery edge to the fresh, almost crunchy raspberry fruit, but there’s also a stalky aroma…

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  • A pair of hearty reds from South West France

    … flavours, prominent smoky oak and (as with the above) a touch of earthy iron-rich rusticity. It does have some of the fragrance of Malbec, but will there still be some freshness in the wine when that oak has subsided? Intriguing, intense but maybe too big for its own good… S(-) Tags: Video Categorised in: Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, South West, Tannat, Video, wine, Wine Education…

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