January, 2010 browsing by month


Cosme Palacio y Hermanos

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

Vintage: 2004
Type: Rioja
Country: Spain

This Rioja is with smooth red fruit flavours and notes of vanilla and spice. Very nice to drink and recommended.

Chateau Mourlet Graves 2003

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Vintage: 2003
Type: Bordeaux
Country: France

A superb Claret from a good vintage. A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, it has the aromas of ripe cherries combined with beautifully mellow flavours of blackberry, vanilla and spice. Let this one age for a while if you can resist temptation.

Lagunilla – Rioja Reserva

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Vintage: YEAR
Type: Rioja
Country: Spain

An Excellent Rioja that won a decanter silver medal in 2005. It has an intense ruby colour with little give on the edge, which is not surprising given its age. The aromas are of dark berry and the flavour of rounded plummy fruit.

Lagunilla – Crianza

Friday, January 15th, 2010

Vintage: 2006
Type: Crianza
Country: Spain

The 2006 Lagunilla crianza is an excellent wine made from 80% Tempranillo and 20% Grenache. The flavour is what you’d expect from a Crianza, young bold flavour and and excellent finish. The 2006 wine won an bronze decanter. Recommended.

Penfolds Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

Vintage: 2005
Type: Shiraz
Country: South Australia, Australia

To me, this was an Australian red wine that stood out from the other Australian exports showcased at the wine fair.

In a glass, it looks like your typical older shiraz: deep reddish-purple colour, long legs, slight fading at the edges. What sets this wine apart is that it has a slight mossy or earthy character on its finish, which is reminiscent of the Bordeaux from Chateau Rouselle 2004. Could this be an Aussie wine that is channelling a French spirit?

Well done to Wolf Blass for choosing a great company to take to the next level.

The France Show

Friday, January 8th, 2010

Hi all,

Just a quick note to let you know that I’ll be at the France Show this Saturday and will be posting my thoughts as I go on the wine I find there on my Twitter account:



Ricossa – Barbaresco

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Vintage: 2005
Type: Barbareesco
Country: Italy

The Barbaresco from Ricossa is an excellent, strong Italian wine. The Barbarescos tend to be a little lighter than their Barolo cousins and tend to mature quicker as well. This one is a fine example with dark cherry aroma and a great finish.

Ricossa-Barbera D’Asti

Monday, January 4th, 2010

Vintage: 2007
Type: Barbera D’Asti
Country: Italy

Of all of the Ricossa that I tatsed at the Tesco Wine fair this year, the Barbera D’Asti was the one that I enjoyed the most. Again a strong bold wine with Dark Cherries and plum on the palate. The aroma is oak with a strong earthy smell. The wine is also acidic, but not to the point of detracting from its taste.

Ricossa – Barolo

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

Vintage: 2004
Type: Barolo
Country: Italy

If you’ve ever had a Barolo before, you will know that this is a full bodied wine that goes great with meat. The Ricossa Barolo is no different with a big bold flavour with plummy aromas.