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 March 2012



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


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1. Château Bauduc 2009 Bordeaux Blanc
Bordeaux, France
Smithfield Wine   
House white of Gordon Ramsay Restaurant. Subtle oak on the nose, rich perfume, good mouthfeel with a sharp tang on the finish. Well integrated and fresh.
2. Dalton Winery 2009 Fumé Blanc Upper Galilee, Israel
Smithfield Wine £15.99 Restrained nose. Sharp acidity at the front with some oak complexity, but not a lot really going on. A touch thin and tires quickly. 
3. Tabali 2009 Talinay Chardonnay, Camanchaca Vineyard Limari Valley, Chile
D. Byrne & Co. £13.99  Creamy on the nose, a little oak & smoke. Citric acidity all the way through, lemon sherbet but a touch artificial. Good texture, pleasant finish once the acidity tapers off, oak integrated well.  
4. Albert Morot 2006 a Bataillère Aux Vergelesses, Savigny les Beaune Burgundy, France
Majestic £19.99 Enticing nose; subtle & dark, drawing you in with fruit, herbs & tar. Lean at front, dry, oaky tannins - rather austere but the mid-palate expands and smoothes out into an elegant finish. Fruit is a little lost.
5. Tinto Figuero 2006 "12" Crianza, Ribero del Duero Bodegas Ribero del Duero, Spain
The Wine Chambers £19.00 A young wine with a menthol, herb nose. Deep colour, green tannins with a spicy, savoury acidity all the way to the finish. Not over-extracted, a well made wine with a touch of sourness, but needs mellowing. 
6. Catena Zapata 2008 Alta, Cabernet Sauvignon Mendoza, Argentina
Majestic  £27.00 So deeply coloured it stains the inside of the glass! Dark fruit nose, candy sweet. A fruit burst on the palate, blackcurrant and blackberry. An instant gratification wine with plenty going on to intrigue as well.
7. Caliterra 2009 Tributo Colchagua Valley, Chile
Laithwaites £12.00 Massive Cassis nose. A gentle attack, smooth with good acidity. A minty aspect develops into layers of flavour, complexity all the way through, a superb wine at a great price.
8. Tim Adams 2006 The Aberfeldy Shiraz
Clare Valley, South Australia
D. Byrne & Co. £27.50 A light nose, lifting with menthol & spice. Cool on the palate, satisfying with gentle acidity - clean but not harsh. Textured tannins with some cocoa, drinking perfectly - a true vin de contemplation, everything is in balance, a precise, silky, seductive wine.

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