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October, 2010

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Piccini Chianti 2008

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

Vintage: 2008
Type: Chianti
Country: Italy – Tuscany

This wine was quite pleasant, though it lacked a bit of structure. Too acidic to start, it mellowed out after an hour or so. Afterwards, it was a easy pleasurable drink.

Taylor’s Chip Dry

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Vintage: Non vintage
Type: White Port
Country: Portugal – Douro


Taylor’s Chip Dry is a dry white port, I enjoy it with a slice of lemon and some tonic water. It’s quite dry (hint in the name) though it is light and refreshing with sweet citrus flavours. Great for hot summer days as an aperitif.

Tarlant Champagne Cuvée Louis Brut Prestige

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Vintage: Non vintage
Type: Champagne
Country: France

We tried this champagne at a friends house and boy did it not disappoint!  A deep yellow colour, atypical for champagne.  In fact this was more of a wine that was carbonated rather than champagne.   Great citrus flavours and minerality and nice acidity.  Bubbles were smooth and creamy.   Recommended.

Offley Porto Barrão de Forrester Colheita 1994

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Vintage: 1994
Type: Tawny Port – Colheita
Country: Portugal – Douro

This Colheita was very good. A Tawny port made from a single vintage year and set to age for a period of time — in this case 15 years. As to be expected, it falls between a 10 and 20 year old tawny in terms of flavours and complexity. Full of dried fruit and nutty flavours with hints of caramel. Overall quite smooth a good finish.

Château Rousselle – Soif de Vincent 2007

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Vintage: 2007
Type: Bordeaux Blend
Country: France – Bordeaux – Côtes de Bourg

This wine starts with a great name: Soif de Vincent, meaning the thirst of Vincent (who happens to be the Château owner at Rousselle). The wine is meant as a summer refreshment – served chilled. With that in mind, it is not your typical Bordeaux, as it is light and refreshing (though it still has some of the Bordeaux heritage of earth and mineral). Overall it is a great refreshing drink, best enjoyed in the heat with some lovely complexity for people that don’t like their wine too frivolous.

90% Merlot, 10% Malbec

Cálem Tawny 10 Year Port

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

Vintage: Non-Vintage
Type: Tawny Port
Country: Portugal – Douro

Overall, a nice Tawny with good flavours of dried fruits and nuts. I found that the complexity was a bit lacking, though I did try it at the same time as a few exceptional 20-year olds and a great Colheita. If you like your Tawny you’ll enjoy this.

Kopke Porto Colheita 1983

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Vintage: 1983
Type: Tawny Port – Colheita
Country: Portugal – Douro

Colheitas are a strange beast, namely a vintage tawny. Usually only produced in exceptional years, another odd factor is that many of the top port houses do not produce Colheitas. On important item to note when buying a Colheita is when it was bottled as once it has been filtered and bottled it will no longer age and will only remain at its top quality for a couple of years (and only a few days after it has been opened). This particular bottle was bottled in 2010.

Overall, this Colheita was very good. Full of dried fruit and nutty flavours with great hints of caramel. Overall very smooth flavour and a great long-lasting finish. Great for a special occasion and recommend.

Graham 20-year Tawny Port

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Vintage: Non-Vintage
Type: Tawny Port
Country: Portugal – Douro

As 20 year Tawny Ports go, this is one of the best. Great flavours of hazelnut, dried fruits and caramel. Sweet, but not overpowering; smooth with a long sumptuous finish.