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 May 2013 

 15/05/2013

Presenter: 

PDFFred Bell

Wines Region / Country Source Cost Comments
1. Spice Trail 2011 Pinot Noir, Kékfrankos  Rosé
Matra, Hungary
Waitrose
£5
12%. Salmon pink wine with a ripe berry nose and some white peach. Floral and fruity on the palate there was good structure, with bracing acidity adding a touch of steel to its backbone. “A nice rosé”.
2. White Hall Vineyards 2010 Viognier, Monticello
Virginia, USA
Oxford Wine Co.
£17
13%. A rich nose with a touch of honeysuckle and mouth coating, syrupy texture with a slightly bitter-sweet finish. Agreed by all as a good wine, but the syrupy aspect wasn’t to everyone’s taste.
3. King Family Vineyards 2010 Viognier, Monticello
Virginia, USA
Oxford Wine Co.
£18
13%. More restrained example of Vioginer, creamy honeysuckle on the nose. Plenty of character and a herbal bitterness on the finish. “French style”.
4. Breaux Vineyards Equation Merlot, Middleburg
Virginia, USA
Oxford Wine Co.
£13
14.5%. Good fruit nose with a little tar and menthol. Mineral with young tannins (too young) and a little minty chocolate. “Not married yet”.
5. Veritas 2010 Petit Verdot, Paul Schafer 4th Edition, Monticello
Virginia, USA
Oxford Wine Co.
£18
14%. Savoury, meaty nose with liquorice and mocha which developed a strong coffee aspect in the glass. A very good wine with great potential but a baby - the harsh tannins, especially at the front, suggested it needs 3-5 years. "A rollercoaster of a wine"
6. Barboursville Vineyards 2008 Cabernet Franc Reserve, Monticello
Virginia, USA
Oxford Wine Co. £20
13%. Deep colour with a little bricking at the edges. The nose was of youthful fresh fruit, maybe a little candified, with some blackcurrant. It was relatively light on the palate, a soft wine with some raisin sweetness, but balanced, smooth with gentle tannins and very drinkable. "No twiddly bits”.
7. Boxwood Estate 2007 Topiary Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Middleburg Virginia, USA
Oxford Wine Co.
£25
13.8%. An edgy wine, syrupy sweet undertones and creosote mixed in with the fruit. It had bouncing flavours with coffee and hazelnut from the mid-palate and a tarry finish, although the tannins started to come across as harsh after a while. “Not a St. Emilion, but good”.
8. Barboursville Vineyards 2007 Octagon, Monticello
Virginia, USA
Oxford Wine Co.
£28
13.5%. A touch of polish on the nose along with dark, rich blackcurrant fruit - but a pure fruit, not cordial. A serious and fruit forward wine this had a powerful attack but the finish whimpered a little. “A good Claret blend”.
9. Breaux Vineyards 2005 Nebbiolo, Middleburg
Virginia, USA
Oxford Wine Co.
£30
14%. Old looking wine with serious browning in the glass. The nose was difficult to describe so we settled on “intriguing”. On the palate there was sour acidity and tannins with roasted flavours and a balsamic aspect. "An oddball wine".

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