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 December 2012 



Vinexpo 2013 Press ReleaseCommittee (David, Paul, Karl, Geoff, Fred & Harry)

Wines Region / Country Source Cost Comments
1. Sharpham 2010 Dart Valley Reserve (DW)
Devon, England
A full nose, soft and quite creamy with a light floral touch. Relatively viscous in the mouth and a touch flabby on the mid-palate but showing a citrus/sherbert tang on the tongue into the finish. Hints of Sauvignon Blanc from this Madeleine-Angevine, Phoenix & Bacchus blend.
2. Stag's Leap 2008 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc (DW)
California, USA
A peach aspect to the nose and a rich colour in the glass. Interesting enough at the front but there's a coarseness on the palate, hollowing out on the finish which shows some bitter lychee. Possibly slightly oxidised?
3. Domaine de Terrebrune 2011 Bandol Rose (PR)
Provence, France
A sulphur "flintspark" nose which then goes into subtle red fruit. Pale Onion skin colour and delicate flavour with some strawberry and cream on an warm finish. A very good rose.
4. E. Guigal 2003 Brune et Blonde Cote Rotie (KL)
Rhone Valley, France
A meaty nose with some burnt tar. Savoury, secondary flavours on the palate and a cofee finish, a good wine but general agreement said it was too young.
5. La Crema 2009 Monterey County Pinot Noir (GC)
California, USA
A meaty Pinot with a strong nose with some stewed cabbage and smoke. Sweet fresh fruit on the palate with good structure, rich dark-chocolate/coffee tannins and good length.
6. CaRo 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec (FB)
Spicy tar and menthol (medicinal) nose which develops into liquorice. Initially comes across as harsh but integrates quickly into a smooth drinking wine. Spicy tannins throughout but the fruit balances them perfectly, a very drinkable wine.
7. Bussola 2006 Valpolicella Classico Superiore (HR)
Veneto, Italy
A tarry, stewed raisin nose with a soft mid-palate, tannins a touch harsh at the esges. Quite juicy fruit, soft with a coffee finish that is almost bitter.
8. Royal Oporto 1982 Vintage Port (FB)
Douro, Portugal
Tawny, almost amber in colour with a strong alcoholic nose that tickles the sinuses. Light raisins on the palate, quite fresh and mentholly.

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