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 December 2012 

 12/12/2012

Presenter: 

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
Oddbins
£10
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
n/k
£20
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
n/k
£21
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
Makro
£15
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
(Hampstead)
£25
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)
Argentina
n/k
£34
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
Majestic
£22
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
n/k
£36+
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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