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 November 2012 



Vinexpo 2013 Press ReleaseAlastair Stewart, Richard Granger Wines

Wines Region / Country Source Cost Comments
1. Viña Ventisquero 2010 Pinot Noir Reserva
Casablanca Valley, Chile
Richard Granger
Looks older than it is. A light, smoky nose, a touch simple. Youthful on the palate there's acidity and gentle tannins but a lean, quick finish. Good for its type, soft fruit, some strawberry which develops further in the glass.
2. Domaine Bruno Sorg 2010 Pinot Noir
Alsace, France
Richard Granger
Minty chocolate nose with a sweet floral (rose/violet) aspect which develops into soil/earth. Rose petals and chocolate on a balanced and integrated palate, smooth, good acidity and light tannins. A good wine for the money.
3. Franz Haas 2010 Pinot Nero
Alto Adige, Italy
Richard Granger
A polish nose which reduces, replaced by espresso coffee. Sweet fruit attack with fine grain tannins and a smooth, juicy mid-palate going into a slightly bitter coffee finish. A moreish wine at the start but a disappointing finish detracts a little.
4. Domaine Comte Armand 2009 Volnay
Burgundy, France
Richard Granger
Complex nose with some clove and a touch of barnyard. Well balanced with sweet spice and a lovely acid finish carrying lingering flavours. Violets and pomegranate develops on the nose, grippy tannins at the front not quite integrated, definitely too young but still drinking well.
5. De Bortoli 2010 Dixons Creek Vineyard, Yarra Valley Pinot Noir
Victoria, Australia
Richard Granger
A little browning on the colour, surprising for a 2010. Olde Worlde nose; mulchy Pinot Style with a little barnyard. Light at the front of the palate with a hint of added acidity (Sherbet acidity), the mouthfeel was uninspiring and the finish was a touch green with some bell pepper.
6. Alana Estate 2010 Rapture Pinot Noir
Marlborough, New Zealand
Richard Granger
A little smoke and spice on the nose but mostly un-Pinot like vapour hinting at the high alcohol, develops a slight cooked Pinot style in the glass. A luscious, sweet, juicy mouthfeel with a good balance of acidity and flavour, although again the alcohol is apparent. Further develops floral/herbal aspects in the glass. A very well-made wine - "built" as opposed to "evolved"
7. Au Bon Climat 2009 Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir
California, U.S.A.
Richard Granger
A fresh, herb nose with undercurrents of chocolate and mulch. Savoury red fruit, soft at the front of the palate with good acid integration and light, dry tannins. Subtle flavours on the mid-palate drop off into an uncomplicated finish. A delicious introduction to good Pinot Noir.
8. Domaine René  Bouvier 2009 La Justice Gevrey-Chambertin
Burgundy, France
Richard Granger
A restrained minty/coffee nose. Austere at the front with acidity on the mid-palate and drying tannins on the finish - the 3 components are out of kilter at the moment because this wine is years too young, but with the depth of fruit and flavours this could develop into something special.

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