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April, 2010

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Errazuriz Merlot

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Vintage: 2008
Type: Merlot
Country: Spain

This Merlot was disappointing. Normally Errazuriz is an excellent vineyard, but I found this wine lacking flavour and a little flat.

Champagne Armand De Brignac Ace of Spades

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

Vintage: Non Vintage
Type: Champagne
Country: France – Reims

When I got the chance to taste this champagne I was a little skeptically. Any Champagne that attracts a price tag that Armand De Brignac does must be all hype… In fact the wine was excellent. For a Non-Vintage blend it was refreshing and tasted wonderful. Nice crisp finish that I expect from a Brut. I would drink this again, though I doubt I’ll be buying any anytime soon; it’s just too expensive.

Baron De Ley Finca Monasterio 2007

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Vintage: 2007
Type: Tempranillo
Country: Spain

What can I say, revisiting this wine with a new vintage was a pleasure. Still strong aromas of berry and oak on the nose and excellent finish on the palette. Highly recommended, again.

Bienvenido Gran Reserva

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Vintage: 2003
Type: Tempranillo
Country: Spain

This wine graced our table at a gastro pub in Ballam. This Grand Reserva did not disappoint. Good leathery oak and berries on the nose and a great taste of cherry and oak, tempered with the age of the wine. Recommended.

Champagne Colin Ratafia

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

Vintage: Non-Vintage
Type: Ratafia – Dessert wine
Country: France – Vertus

Ratafia is an interesting dessert wine. It is made with the left-over champagne grapes and brandy. I enjoyed it served cold and it is an excellent accompaniment to a slightly tart dessert (like a lemon tort).

2004 Valiano Chianti Classico Il Poggio

Monday, April 5th, 2010

Vintage: 2004
Type: Sangiovese Blend
Country: Italy – Tuscany

This Chianti is quite nice. Better than most Chiantis that you can find outside of Italy (they tend to keep the good stuff) it is light and refreshing with a great nose and flavours.