February, 2009 browsing by month


Selfridges Vintage Port

Friday, February 27th, 2009

Vintage: 2001
Type: Port
Country: Portugal

As I love port I thought it would be interesting to try the Selfridges brand port (bottled by Whytingham’s). Long story short, spend your money elsewhere. You can get better port at a better price and I was very disappointed with this bottle. The flavours were not full and even the colour was too light. Not worth the price.

Quinta do Poco do Lobo

Friday, February 20th, 2009

Vintage: 1993
Type: Cabernet Sauvignon
Country: Portugal

This wine was a bit of a surprise, as it seems to have been on the wine rack for a long time. How else would a 1993 vintage still be around! This wine was well aged; it seemed to be past its prime, but nevertheless a good glass. The colours were good, the aroma pleasant and the taste subtle and refined.

Curico Valley

Monday, February 16th, 2009

Vintage: 2007
Type: Shiraz
Country: Chile

This fair trade wine was a gift for Christmas and it was not too bad. It was in a gift pack, which normally means to be wary, but it is from M&S so not to worry. I found it pleasant and easy to drink. Perfect with a meal.


Sunday, February 8th, 2009

Vintage: 2005
Type: Sangiovese
Country: Itay

This wine was a gift from a friend, so I will not go into too much detail, other than to say give this a pass. If you do have a bottle of this you will need to let it air for quite a while, or use it for cooking.

Laithwaite Shiraz

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

Vintage: 2005
Type: Oak Aged Shiraz
Country: Australia – McLaren Vale

This is another wine that I thought would be amazing that turned out to be rather mediocre. This is a “select” range from Laithwaite, but to be honest for the price you are better to go with something else. Perhaps with some more age it will mature into something special, but for now it is way to expensive for what you get.

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