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January, 2009

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La Serre

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Vintage: 2007
Type: Merlot
Country: France

This wine was served at a function, and I decided to do a quick rating. Not very good overall, but easy to drink and if it was served again I would have some.

The Waxed Bat

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

Vintage: 2007
Type: Shiraz Petit Verdot
Country: Argentina – Mendoza

I so wanted to like this wine. To start off, the descriptions of this wine are great. Secondly, the wine itself looks purple when it is poured. The smell is great, unfortunately the taste lets you down. I found it harsh to drink and a major let-down.

There are a couple of more bottles left, so I think I will give it another chance in a couple of years.

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Il Papavero – Edizione Limitata

Friday, January 16th, 2009

Vintage: 2006
Type: Primitivo
Country: Italy

Readers of the Blog will perhaps recognise this wine maker from a previous post, which covered their non-vintage red – not favourably. One may ask, why I decided to try their vintage Primitivo and the answer is that I didn’t do it willingly. It was part of a mixed red case that overall was saved by this wine — the Edizione Limitata is supurb. Great smell, excellent taste and an overall excellent wine. If you try Il Papavero, you need to try this bottle and leave the regular bottle alone.

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El Bombero

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

Vintage: 2007
Type: Carinena
Country: Spain

Apparently, this is one of the UK’s best sellers. The only way I can explain this is that it is a whopping %15. The wine itself, after having a significant time to breathe, is nothing special. I would say that this is an easy drinking wine, but at %15 it will drop you on your ass if you’re not careful. Worth a try, but nothing more.

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El Beso

Sunday, January 4th, 2009

Vintage: 2007
Type: Red
Country: Spain – Valencia

This is a sweet red wine, and I’m not a fan of sweet red wines (unless it is a port). For me, there was no flavour other than the sweet and I was happy to let Eleanor finish the bottle (over the next few days) whilst I had some beer and scotch.