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 December 2011 

 14/12/11

Presenters: 

Vinexpo 2013 Press ReleaseDavid Whitaker (1&2), Harry Rose (3&4), Geoff Cullen (5&6), Fred Bell (7&8)

Wines Region / Country Source Cost Comments
1. Clos D’Yvigne 2009 Princesse de Clèves
Bergerac, France
Majestic
£9.99
14%. Sauvignon Blanc (50%), Semillon (30%) and Muscadelle (20%).  “very rich with acidity” “exotic” “cloying on finish” “thick wine” “very good aperitif” “good start”
2. Au Bon Climat 2006 Hildegard, Santa Maria Valley
California, USA 
Majestic
£25.00
13.5%. A blend of 55% Pinot Gris 40% Pinot Blanc and 5% Aligote. “bit of oak” “toffee caramel aftertaste” “very enthusiastic wine making” “massive wine but well balanced” “long” “concentrated tropical fruit”
3. Valdipatta  2007 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 
Tuscany, Italy
Wine Chambers
£19.99
14.5%. “morello cherries” “tannic” “medium weight” “burn on finish” “~nice~ aromatic nose” “dry”
4. Tommasi  2008 Valpolicella Ripasso 
Veneto, Italy 
Wine Chambers
£17.99
13%. “raisins, currants” “fresh tasting” “lack of structure” “sweetness” “light tannins” “a good example”
5. Vignerons de Caractère  2007 Eloquence,  Gigondas
Rhône, France
Cellar Door
£28.00
15%. A blend of 75% Grenache 25% Syrah. “blackcurrant” “mocha” “liquorice” “good structure” “uncomplicated” “bramble” “does what it says on the tin”
6. Petaluma 2008 Shiraz Adelaide Hills   
South Australia 
Majestic
£15.99
14%. “well structured” “brooding” “spicy” “vanilla” “grown-up ribena” “on young side” “elegant tannins” “toothy wine”
7. Geoff Merrill  2005 Cabernet Sauvignon
McLaren Vale,  South Australia 
Piper Wines
£13.00
14.5%. “mint chocolate” “black fruits” “balanced” “fresh fruit on aftertaste” “amazing acidity” “beautiful wine”
8. Smith Woodhouse 1985 Vintage Port     
Douro, Portugal 
Fred's Cellar
£70.00
20%. “raisins, figs” "needs more time” “marzipan” “silky smooth ” “marmite wine” “intense” “savoury”.
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